Organic Shop Lavish Avocado & Avocado Haircare |Product Review

I recently was given the opportunity to try out a new purse friendly haircare range that is now available in Tesco stores. The range is developed using natural and organic ingredients and is also cruelty free. It includes a selection of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks all of which are priced at just £2.50.

5 different formulations are available, each developed to meet specific haircare needs. I opted to try out the Lavish avocado and honey repairing formula. It sounded exactly like what my hair was in need of.

The formula promises to soften and restore dry feeling hair. Protein rich Avocado Oil contributes to stronger and healthier hair growth whilst Honey helps to restore shine and control frizz. It claims to do all this whist still being free from silicones and parabens. As it also has no synthetic colours, dyes, fragrances or GM ingredients it is certified by the soil association and Cosmos Natural.

So is it any good?

I found the packaging to be fairly basic. This doesn’t surprise me considering the low price point. It does have the benefit of a pump on the shampoo and conditioner bottles which I found really practical.

None of the products are very scented but you can smell a slight hint of honey.  I found the shampoo lathered well which is surprising considering it claims to have no SLS or SLES (that’s sulphates). A quick check of the ingredient list though and I can see why it lathers well for a ‘Natural’ Shampoo. It contains Sodium Coco-Sulfate which is usually  derived from coconut oil. This is where the lather comes from and probably why it states on the bottle that it is 98% of natural origin. Fortunately my scalp doesn’t feel irritated by this.

After using all three products together my hair feels soft and smooth without that weighted down feeling. That feeling has lasted between washes. It is worth noting that I usually wash my hair every 3rd day. My hair has continued to look shiny throughout that time period as well. I don’t feel it looks any greasier that it would normally do.

Overall I think this is a good option for someone that is looking for ‘as natural as possible’ ingredients on a budget. As it is stocked in Tesco it is easily obtainable, though you can also purchase the products directly from the organic shop website. Here you will also find the full range of bath and body products available including bath foams, salts, scrubs, body conditioner and much more. I know I’m interested in trying out more from the brand. They have a candy floss body scrub! 

There is also the opportunity to enter a competition to win a holiday for two in in the Carribean. 

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5 things to consider when looking for the perfect pair of Jeans

Hands up if you find it a bit of a chore buying new jeans. 

I went for years wondering why my jeans never looked quite right. I was guilty of buying my jeans a size to large and wondering why they would suddenly go all baggy. I’d be constantly having to pull them up and never felt quite put together. 

I can’t quite remember who set me right. I may have been watching a style segment on This Morning, it might have been Lorraine? The point is I had a light bulb moment and I haven’t got it wrong since. 

I work in fashion retail and so many times I see ladies making the same mistakes that I used to. That is why I’ve decided to share some tips so that you don’t make those same mistakes. 

This first point is crucial and really is a game changer.

A good fitting jean shouldn’t be easy to put on. 

They may even take a bit of wiggling to get into. That perfect fitting jean should feel snug yet comfortable. I’m not talking so tight you can’t eat or move in them but remember that denim stretches with wear. Your jeans will loosen and not feel so tight after a couple of wears. If your jeans don’t feel snug when you buy them they are too big.

    Think about fabric. How is the denim itself  constructed? You will get a better fit with jeans that have multi directional stretch. A weightier denim is also more flattering as it will minimise the appearance of any lumps, bumps and VPL’s. 

      NEXT figure jeans are a firm favourite with me as  the denim is very stretchy yet feels thick and holds its shape well. They are a great price at £35 as well. Ever the budget fashion fan I do tend to regularly trawl the clearance section of their website in the hope of finding them on sale. 

      Next figure skinny jeans £35

      Know your waist measurement. A lot of jean brands are sized this way rather than by dress size. This will save you a lot of time and confusion when looking for your size. 


        Consider footwear
         are you intending to wear heels or flats? Take your shoes along along with you to try on. How many times have you got home with what you thought was the right length only to find you were wrong? It’s annoying isn’t it. That boot leg that is actually too short does not want to work well with your heels!  

          Experiment with the cut

          Let’s face it not all of us are shaped the same. I have chubby knees that twist skinny jeans the wrong way. Yes it’s a thing! 

            If like me your not comfortable in skinny jeans but really want a sleek silhouette consider a straight leg jean. 

            If you tend to be a bit hip and thigh heavy try a girlfriend fit jean as it can be much more flattering. The fit is not as casual and loose as the boyfriend fit and still looks smart. It just gives extra room for those curvier hips and thighs.

            Boden Cavendish Girlfriend fit Jean from £26
             
            This Jean is perfect to me as it is also high waisted so great if you are worried about your tummy. A high rise waist will give you some extra control. Fellow Mummy’s will know exactly what I’m talking about. 
            That higher waistband will also guarantee avoiding any unplanned flashing of your underwear! 

            Lastly don’t be afraid to roll up your jeans. Ankle grazers are super flattering and instantly make a simple jeans  and t-shirt combo look that bit more stylish. 

            Dandi Patch – A viable alternative to deodorants & anti-perspirants? 

            Let’s be frank here, we all sweat. It’s one of those necessary body functions designed to to keep us cool. It’s no fun though when it starts to pong or leave embarrassing sweat patches on your outfit. No wonder the top two selling brands, lynx and female sure,  net a cool £172 million in annual U.K. Sales. (Source: statista)

            For years many of us have hardly given a second thought about reaching for chemical based products in an effort to combat the odour.

            It is only fairly recently, now that Aluminium free options are on sale, that I personally have questioned the safety of such ingredients. Can they really contribute to breast cancer?

            So far I’m yet to come across any scientific evidence that it does, but given my family history with breast cancer I now use such products with caution.

            Here’s the conundrum…I am yet to come across an Aluminium free anti-perspirant that works as effectively as one with it in.

            I recently came across this product the dandi patch on the Latest In Beauty website. I definitely had to try this out!

            So what is a Dandi Patch?

            These triangular patches are designed to be a discreet and effective solution to the problem of underarm sweat marks and the inevitable odour.

            They are the brain child of sisters Theresa Pope and Hayley Leete, who won ‘British Invention of the year’ back in 2015, for the product. The pads can be worn for up to 24 hours and claim to hold up to 2000 times the average amount of underarm sweat.

            As sweat is trapped within the pad it means you no longer have to suffer those embarrassing damp sweat patches, bad odour or ruin a light coloured top with yellow staining. Why does sweat do that?



            I’m got going to lie and pretend these things are sexy. They’re not! In fact to me it looks like I’m wearing a giant plaster. I certainly would only ever wear these with sleeves.

            They are not uncomfortable but did take a little bit of getting used to.

            I deliberately choose to wear a blouse that I have previously had a sweaty patch problem whilst wearing. Off I went to deliver my work presentation, feeling a little hot and bothered. I could already feel the nervous sweat starting.

            One presentation down and the patches have done their thing. I might have been internally sweating but on the outside you would never know. There were no sweaty marks or unpleasant odour. They work!

            I don’t think I could use these on a daily basis. I am far too conscious that I’m wearing them. However for certain occasions they are a great confidence booster. I didn’t have to worry about my appearance or how I smelt and could focus on the task at hand. Did I tell you I nailed that presentation?

            Dandi patches are available in a pack of 10 for £8.99. They also come in a male sized patch as well.

            Let me know whether you would ever try these out or if you have actually come across an Aluminium free deodorant that works.


            The Sunshine Blogger award

            A couple of weeks ago I was tagged by Em, author of Em’s World to take part in the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you don’t know what this is it is a fun Q and A type post, with all the questions being set by the blogger who tagged you.

            What is your favourite social media platform for promoting your Blog?

            Pinterest is a really useful tool for generating blog traffic. However my favourite is still Instagram. I know it has had a lot of bad press recently, what with all the algorithm changes, but I haven’t fallen out of love with it. 

            If you forget about numbers, ignore all the bots and follow unfollow nonsense,  it is a great way of making genuine connections with people of similar interest. Just keep liking and commenting on the type of content that you want to fill your feed! 

            Do you prefer TV or films?

            Can I cheat and say Netflix? I tend to watch TV programs more than films I just rarely do it in the traditional way anymore. 

            What was your proudest accomplishment of 2017?

            Last year I was promoted at work to Supervisor. I genuinely didn’t think I’d get the position. However I applyed with a  ‘Whats the worst that can happen? They say No’ mentality. 

            Having got the job and proved myself this has now led me to now stepping up to Assistant Manager on Maternity cover basis.  It’s going to be hard to step down again but is proving great experience for the future. 

            What is you favourite song right now?

            I don’t know? Sorry a a massive cop out but I can’t pick just one. 

            The last song I downloaded though was fire in me by John Newman.
            If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

            I would love to visit Iceland. It would be amazing to see the northern lights, geezers and volcanoes. 

            Do you have any pets? If so, what?

            We have a King Charles Spaniel named Izzie, who we adopted from my cousin. She is getting rather old now bless her, she spends most of her time seeking out cosy corners around the house to have a snooze in.


            What is your favourite quote?

            This isn’t really a quote but an acronym of the word FAIL – First Attempt In Learning.

            What do you do to motivate yourself?

            I respond best to a list. It sounds boring but i am a very visual person. Physically seeing items ticked off my list never fails to push me to achieve more.

            What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?

            Agghh! It is really hard to narrow down just one thing. My answer is going to sound extremely mushy but I’m going with…meeting my Husband. This is because I consider it to be a defining moment in relation to the direction my life has taken. We met at work 17 years ago when we were just 17 years old. He has officially been in my life longer than he hasn’t. It wasn’t planned but I fell pregnant nine months into our relationship. We were very young and had a crazy amount of growing up to do. At times it has been hard but I wouldn’t change it. We now have three children, live a comfortable life and both have careers that are moving in the right direction.

            Do you have a bucket list? If so, have you ticked anything off yet?

            It’s not really a bucket list, more of a list of goals for 2018. I recently went to see the west end show, Wicked, which was on that list. You can see my full list of goals in this blog post. 

            What do you find most challenging about blogging?

            I don’t have time in my day to join in with many blogger chats. I definitely think this has limited the speed at which I grow my readership. 

            As the rules state is is now my turn to tag 11 other bloggers to pick up the baton and answer somw questions from me.

             

            My Questions

            1. Who is your favourite fellow Blogger?
            2. How would you describe your personal style?
            3. Would you ever consider plastic surgey? If yes what would you have done?
            4. Where is the favourite place you have visited?
            5. What one piece of advice would you give your teenage self?
            6. What is your earliest childhood memory?
            7. Can you remember what your last dream was about?
            8. Do you have a shopping wishlist? If yes what is currently at the top of it?
            9. Have you had more than one career?
            10. What meal would you choose for your last supper?
            11. What advice would you give to anyone considering starting a blog?

            I’m tagging 

            Ashleigh from ashleighsteaparty.com
            Megan from Beauty-ful World

            and anyone else who things this is a fun tag and wants to answer my list of random questions. 

                April Reading List

                Just a quick one from me today. This post is about keeping me accountable. I’m trying to get myself back on track with my 2018 reading goal. At the start of the year I vowed I was going to read 24 books, which breaks down to two a month. So far I’m only a quarter way through my 4th book. Not great progress then as I should be starting my 7th by now. 

                The plan for April is to finish Jo Jo Moyes After You, and then two further books. 

                Those books will be; 

                Who’s That Girl?  – Mhairi McFarlane 

                This is a Call: the life and times of Dave Grohl – Paul Brannigan 


                I do not seem to be be able to pick short books which could be why I’m finding it so hard? Perhaps I will have to find a couple of short stories to help me out? If anyone has any suggestions please help a girl out and drop them in the comments section. 

                2018 Personal Goals – 1st quarter update. 

                At the start of 2018 I set myself a moderate list of things I wanted to achieve this year. You can see the full list here. Now that we are three months into 2018 I decided to revisit the list and share with you some items I have ticked off.

                Last Thursday I finally went to see the musical Wicked. My sisters surprised me with tickets for my birthday (much better than a physical present). 

                Having wanted to see the show for such a  long time I am pleased to report that it didn’t disappoint. The alternative look at the world of Oz is clever, thought provoking and very funny. 

                On this occasion Elphaba was actually played by the understudy Laura Pick. She was brilliant, and to be honest, If my sister hadn’t told me she was actually the understudy I never would have known. 

                If you love musicals but haven’t seen Wicked yet book it up, you won’t be disappointed. 

                I can now officially say that I can cable knit. Surprisingly It is actually pretty simple once you know how. That is provided you stick to the pattern you are following. I rely heavily on a stitch counter and may have had to un pick my mistakes a few times. 

                I’m currently working on a cardigan for my Manager’s new baby. I really need to pull my needles out and finish that one whilst on annual leave this week otherwise he will be too big for it. Did I ever tell you that I deserve an award for advanced procrastination? 

                That will be why I have unfortunately fallen behind with my reading schedule. I love reading however I just seem to have got out of the habit. My goal of reading 24 books in 18 is going to be tough to achieve. I’m currently on my 4th book at the moment, whereas I should be starting my 7th by now. Oops! 

                Note to self…Step away from Twitter! 

                So that’s my quarterly update. I don’t think I’m doing too badly but there is definitely room to pull my proverbial socks up.

                Brand Focus – Jurlique skincare 

                Back in Febuary, Latest in Beauty featured High end skincare brand Jurlique in their product menu. I have been using and enjoying the Rosewater balancing Mist for the previous year so this was a great opportunity to try out some other products from the brand.

                Jurlique was developed by German husband and wife duo DR Jurgen and Ulrike Klein. The couples vision was to create the brand using a homeopathic approach that would connect its users back to nature. After settling in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia the couple set to work drawing on their skills in biochemistry and botany, along with  influences from the ancient arts of alchemy and herbal medicine, to create a sustainable organic range of skincare. The brand Jurlique was born.

                Now that I have a good couple of weeks to try out the products and being really rather impresses I decided it was a great idea to feature Jurlique in a brand focus on schoolrunbeauty.com.

                I have featured the products in the order that I use them in my skincare routine;

                Nutri-Define Refining Foaming Cleanser £30 100ml

                This cleanser contains tiny polishing beads designed to refine the skins texture and help to restore skin to a smooth glowing appearance. It contains Jojoba Ester, a non-polluting alternative to synthetic micro-beads, and willow bark extract to dissolve dirt and impurities. Already a big thums up from me!

                Jurlique suggest that this cleanser can be used daily both morning and evening. I did this to begin with however my skin can be very reactive to over stimulation and this was just too much for me. I instead I have been using this, like I would an exfoliator, twice a week. Used this way it leaves my skin feeling super smooth and cleansed without causing inflammation.

                Rosewater Balancing Mist £18 50ml

                This is actually the first product that I tried from Jurlique and I instantly fell in love with it. I am currently using this as my toner of choice in both my morning and evening routine.  For the past year I always carry a mini size in my handbag to freshen up on my lunch break. It has a beautiful soft rose scent and really helps to combat the drying out effect of my workplaces air conditioning system.


                This product formula is aimed at normal/combination skin, which I have. It is great at combating those annoying dry patches I can sometimes get around my nose. Key ingredients include Marshmallow root and Aloe Vera providing hydration, softening and skin balancing properties.

                Activating Water Essence £40 100ml

                This product is an added step to your skincare routine and works as a moisture booster. This has a very thin liquid consistency similar to a toner. To use I apply a few drops to the palm of my hands and then press into my skin. I am used to using hyaluronic acid for this step which I do find I actually prefer. For that reason I wouldn’t repurchase this. It isn’t a bad product though. If you don’t like the thicker tackier consistancy of hyalauranic acid this may be a good alternative for you.


                Key ingredients include marshmallow Root for hydration, Calendula flower extract providing calming and anti-oxidant benefits and Peach leaf Extract for anti aging and radiance.

                Purely Age-Defying Firming and Tightening Serum.  £56 30ml

                This is a non greasy serum that sinks quickly into the skin. It is free from artificial colours, fragrances, parabens, PEGS and Sulphates so is ideal for sensitive skin.

                The combination of Beech tree bud extract, Blue Algae and Oat Kernal extracts work together to add elasticity and bounce, smooth fine lines and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.

                I have a fairly prominent squint line between my eyes (I really should wear my glasses more).  After 10 days use this does appear to be looking much less prominant. I’m also convinced the integrity of my skins texture is much improved.

                Herbal Recovery Advanced Day Cream – £46 50ml

                This moisturiser contains a combination of 18 carefully selected botanicals of which the star ingredient is Japanese Cedar.  It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leave the skin glowing and looking feeling soft and supple.

                It has fresh clean scent that doesn’t smell too strongly of herbs. The cream  sinks in well to the skin without any greasiness. So far I feel that there isn’t anything not to like about it.

                Overall I think Jurlique is a great natural skincare brand. I have found the anti-aging products to be very effective. After using this combination of products exclusivly for 10 days my skin is feeling very smooth and supple. Visually it is looking very healthy which is a miracle considering how harsh the weather has been recently.

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                5 Birthday Freebies you too can enjoy. 

                I turned 36 last week, yikes! It feels weird just writing that. Anyway…growing old bleat over, I do like to see my Birthday as an excuse to be a little bit indulgent. Thanks to my love of loyalty cards I’ve been able to do just that without damaging my pocket.

                I thought it would be great idea to show my readers what Birthday freebies I picked up, just in case you didn’t know that these offers were available. FYI, I didn’t know about free booze from Miller & Carter,  until my brow waxer told me about it.

                The Body Shop – 

                If you are a member of their Love Your Body reward card you will receive a £5 gift voucher on your birthday.

                I traded mine in for a mini of my favourite Hemp Hand Cream.

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                Benefit Cosmetics – 

                If you have a Benefit brow bar near you then make sure you book an appointment for a free brow wax. This has to be scheduled within two weeks either side of your birthday. You don’t need to sign up to a loyalty program just bring along proof of your birthday date to your appointment.

                Paperchase

                If you hold a Paperchase treat me card then you will receive a £5 voucher on your birthday. The voucher is valid for two weeks from that date and is automatically loaded onto your points card.

                I traded mine in for a notebook and cute avocado stickers.

                Miller & Carter 

                So this I eluded to earlier. If you sign up to Steak Club you can get a free glass of prosecco for yourself and guests on your birthday. At least four of you need to be ordering a main course to qualify.

                Now I know this isn’t a cheap please to eat but I was heading there anyway for my birthday meal anyway so of course I wasn’t going to miss out on my free bubbles!
                Hobby Craft 

                I haven’t actually claimed this one yet, but I have a few days left to do so.

                If you are a member of the Hobbycraft Club you will get a £5 voucher on your birthday. Unlike other vouchers of this type you can use it not just on full price items but also sale and clearance items.

                Mine will be going towards a knitting needle case. I have so many needles that all sit loosely in a mess. Finding the correct matching pair can be a nightmare.

                I hope you found this post helpful.

                3 New Lip products from Phase Zero

                Beauty subscription service Love Me Beauty has recently gone through a big change. In February it launched new make-up brand Phase Zero, doing away with its previous points system and menu of popular beauty brands. As a 3 month gift membership holder I would be lying If I claimed I was over the moon about this, it wasn’t what I had signed up for. However already committed to at least one month I had nothing to lose by placing an order from the brands first offerings. I ordered 1 shade from the 3 available formulas of  lip products. These are a liquid lipstick, a lip gloss and a lip topper.

                Now that I have had a chance to try them out it is time to give you my verdict. Happily I can say I’m pleasantly surprised.

                The brand has been developed with the feedback of Love Me Beauty customers and  industry experts to offer a colour make-up brand that fulfils beauty lovers wants and needs. This has clearly paid off.

                The Liquid Lipstick

                Liquid lipsticks are known for often being drying and uncomfortable to wear. This really isn’t the case with this formula, I have been reaching for it on a daily basis. I do feel your lips need to be in good condition as any dryness or flakiness will be magnified, particularly with this shade Pink Suede. It’s a gorgeous ‘my lips but better shade’ and using a lip scrub before application corrects this.



                The Lip gloss

                I’m not one to wear lip gloss very often. The glossy look appeals to me but I hate sticky formulas. I was really pleased to find that the formula of this is not at all sticky. This shade Goth Gloss is strongly pigmented and wears longer than a lot of other lip glosses I have tried.


                The Lip Topper

                I was expecting this product to be a glitter suspended in a gloss. It actually has more of a liquid lipstick consistancy and dries down in the similar way. Again it feels very comfortable to wear. I think this will be a great product to have on hand for quickly switching a look from day to evening. The shade Pink Prosseco pairs perfectly with the liquid lipstick in Pink Suede.


                Best of all it doesn’t budge. This picture below is after I have dragged my finger across the dry swatches. 


                The lip products are all priced at £3.50 for Love Me Beauty Members, or £12 for non-members. Membership is £5 a month to new sign ups. This gives you access to products discounted by 77% and member exclusive free product samples.

                It is a very limited range at the moment but will see further launches in the future. I hope that more shades are released soon. This month will see eyeshadow become available.

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                The One We Fell In Love With – Book review

                 

                The Blurb

                PHOEBE  is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

                ELIZA is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was…And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

                ROSE is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. to make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

                But these very different girls have one thing in common. ANGUS. The one they fell in love with…

                This is probably my favourite story that Paige Toon has written. From the very begining the plot is intelligent, its gets very messy and complicated. I found I didn’t always fully like the main characters as I didn’t agree with their reasoning behind certain actions and behaviours. There is a lot of secretiveness and sneakyness. Having said that It does have me questioning how I would behave in a similar situation. For example, given the chance, would I give in to the temptation of reading someone elses diary. Would I continue with a relationship that I knew was making my sister unhappy?

                Mid way through the story there is a very major plot twist that completely changes the tone and direction of the story. It is definately a bit of an ‘Oh shit!’ moment which I didnt see coming. It actually does make me sympathise with and grow to like the characters more. I want everyone to have a happy ending.

                I do feel that the way the last chapter has been written that individual characters stories are not finished. I would like to hear more from them in the future. This is actually something Paige does regularly. In this story we briefly catch up with Lucy and Nathan from her first book Lucy in the Sky. Im pleased to report they are doing well.

                I don’t want to give too much away so am going to leave my review there. If you have never read a Paige Toon book before this is  good place to start. It is classic Paige writing at he best!

                Let me know whether you have read this book and what you thought of it .