Nip+Fab products: the clue’s in the name

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Ohhh Nip+Fab… how much I love you! I have been using this brand for about two years now and my love for it just keeps growing. I went shopping recently (how weird!) and got myself a few of their goodies.

Let me start with the Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads. Each pot contains 60 pads that you can use to exfoliate and clean your face. You can use these across your neck, face and décolleté in the morning or at night.

The results will appear pretty much instantly. It contains a pleasant blue daisy smell that will leave your face feeling refreshed, hydrated and soft. I have read loads of reviews about this product and many people who suffer break-outs, eczema or have sensitive skin highly recommend it.

For me, this product is perfect because it isn’t heavy and leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth. I purchased this on ASOS for £13.00. However, you can also buy these pads from the Nip+Fab website or use a very similar pot from the same brand sold at Boots called Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial for just £6.49!

Another product that I have also included in my daily routine is the Glycolic Fix Cleanser, which you can find in the Nip+Fab bestsellers section. It is also one of Kylie Jenner’s favourite products!

The bottle contains 150 ml of the cleanser, which has a lovely citrus smell. All you need to do is apply a small amount on the palm of your hand, massage it on damp skin and then rinse it with lukewarm water. If you tend to have a lot of spots, this will clear them up in a few days and will leave you with beautiful glow skin.

I normally use it in the morning and at night with a facial cleansing brush to make sure that I clean my face properly. I got this from Boots for £3.97 but it also comes as part of the Kylie Morning Skincare Routine Set, available on Nip+Fab’s website for £35.00.

The Bee Sting Deluxe Body Soufflé contains 200 ml and cost me £5.24. The smell is quite subtle but it is also very pleasant. Unlike other creams, it is not sticky and my skin absorbed it pretty much immediately. It contains bee venom which, according to Nip+Fab, helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Another of the treats that I got myself was the Glycolic Fix Scrub. This little gem contains 75 ml and only cost me £4.97. I only use this once a week while I am having a long and relaxing bubble bath. It has a lovely grapefruit citrus smell and the texture is very light. Your face will look bright, soft and youthful!

The last product that I want to tell you about is the Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask. The bottle contains 50 ml and cost me £4.97. The package says it is anti-oxidant, antiseptic and has a healing effect. One option is to use it as an overnight treatment and then rinse your face in the morning. Alternatively you can apply it on your face at night after cleaning your face, leaving it on for 15 minutes and then rinsing with warm water.

In the UK, Boots now has a buy 3 for 2 offer on Nip+Fab products, so if you like the look of them, this is your chance! 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!

R x

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Tip to keep your make-up sponges clean

Today I want to share a tip with you that will keep your make-up sponges dirt free and in mint condition. I learnt this during my first year of university. Back then being a student my money was very limited, so I had to learn different ways to save up money. This trick was one of them!

One of my friends, who was doing her Fine Arts degree, mentioned that a lot of painters used this method to clean their brushes. It is very simple and you will find that the results are AWESOME!

Things that you will need are:

-washing up liquid (I usually buy Fairy Antibacterial. They have some with different smells such as Eucalyptus or Aloe Vera & Cucumber that smell really nice!)

-olive oil

I know! It is as simple as that!

Step 1. Grab a deep plate or bowl and add a tablespoon of washing up liquid mixed with a tablespoon of olive oil.  If you are cleaning a lot of sponges, then you can increase the quantity but keep the proportions the same.

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Step 2. Cover your make-up sponges with this mixture.

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Step 3. Wash your make-up sponges under warm water. It is important that you squeeze them hard, quickly and quite a few times. At this point you will see the dirt coming out and your sponges will start to look much cleaner. Make sure that you keep squeezing them until all the washing-up liquid has come out!

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Step 4. Leave the make-up sponges on a flat surface to dry over night. Sometimes it can take up a whole day for them to get completely dry.

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Et voilà! Now you can have your make-up sponges looking as new as when you first bought them 🙂

Pembrokeshire, Wales ❤

I feel a bit guilty for abandoning my blog for a few days. In my defence, I have been enjoying some well deserved days off after having handed in my last set of assignments for my MA. I did make an attempt to write during my break in Wales, but the connection at the cottage where I was staying wasn’t great. D’oh!

So, where was I? Well, I drove to Pembrokeshire to celebrate my dad’s 74th birthday. Sadly, some of my best friends’ parents have passed away in recent years, which made me realise that every day that I get to spend with my father is a treasure.

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Pembrokeshire is home to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Its largest town, Pembroke, is a small city located in the south west of Wales. The landscape is spectacular and people are welcoming and friendly. Pembrokeshire is full of character and offers a huge range of outdoors activities: kayaking, surfing, canoeing, rafting and fishing. There is even horse riding on the beach, which I think is super cool!

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You can go for walks, enjoy the relaxed lifestyle, or visit farms where you can see horses, cows, Welsh pigs, Balwen sheep, donkeys and chickens. If you like history, you can also visit Pembroke castle, which was the birth place of Henry VII in 1457, or any of the numerous other historical monuments.

If you prefer spending your time by the sea, there are a lot of seaside villages that you can drive to with coastal walks and beach sands. On our second day, we visited the port town of Fishguardwhere you can take a ferry to Ireland or a boat tour to see the dolphins.

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Another town that we went to was St Davids, which is located in the north west of the county. This is the smallest city in Britain (qualifying because of its cathedral!) and has some nice restaurants (Cwtch is award winning, but booking is essential), coffee shops, art galleries and craft shops.

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St Davids is famous as a medieval pilgrimage destination related to the patron saint of Wales. St David’s day is on 1st March and this is always an interesting time to visit Wales! They started building the cathedral in 1181 following a declaration in 1124 by Pope Calixtus II that two pilgrimages to St. Davids were equal with one to Rome. Three equalled one to Jerusalem…

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While we were in St Davids we visited the Bishop’s Palace, which is located next to the cathedral. This was built by the bishop Henry Gower in the 14th century. Its architecture is very impressive with a lot of the Gothic features still very well preserved. It only cost us £3.50 each to get in and we spent a good couple of hours looking around at the well presented information.

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Afterwards, we were feeling a bit peckish so we looked for a cafe. There is a refrectory in the cathedral and plenty of places to eat as you walk into St Davids. Be aware that many stopped serving food for the afternoon after 2.30 pm though! We also ended buying lots of these delicious Welsh cakes!

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If you are feeling inspired, you can try some pottery painting at The Creative Cafe. According to their website, they also have cafes in Narberth and Haverfordwest. Haverfordwest is the largest town in Pembrokeshire and its name means “ford used by fat cows”!

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If you are looking for places to stay with pets, I found this website, which suggests dog friendly cottages and even walks that you can do with your furry friend. At the cottage where I was staying I made a new four-legged friend! If you already have a furry member in the family, then this website might help you find somewhere to stay with them.

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During our last day the sun was glorious. I still can’t believe how lucky we were with the weather! We went for a walk along a section of the Pembrokeshire coastal park at Solva. The views from the top of the headland were stunning!

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If you are considering taking a walk here, make sure you wear appropiate footwear. It was quite muddy even though the sun was shinning. There is parking in the harbour at Solva. It costs £1.00 an hour. We took food with us and enjoyed a picnic on the tables there.

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I found my stay in Pembrokeshire very enjoyable. I’d recommend a visit to anyone who is interested in getting away from the hustle and bustle. Wales, I will definitely be coming back!

Matcha, Nectar of the Gods

20160517_143433I love drinking tea and trying different and exciting flavours. I’d heard that lately there was a tendency for drinking and baking anything with matcha tea in it, so I thought I’d give it a go and see what all the fuss was about.

Matcha tea has been a very important ingredient in traditional Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies since the 12th century and it is also related to Zen Buddhism.

A lot of people talk about the health benefits of drinking this tea. It is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, packed with antioxidant properties and helps to decrease high blood pressure and boost your energy levels. All these benefits seem like a winner to me!

A few months ago when I was on my way to work, I found a new store in Regent Street called T2 Tea. From what I read on their website, they started in Australia and have been running for 20 years but it was only recently that they have started to open up in foreign markets such as London.

T2 Tea sells all sort of lovely items: flasks, mugs, tumblers, bowls, jugs, teapots, etc. Their range of tea is actually quite impressive. If you go into one of their stores, you will find yourself surrounded by loads of little tea boxes. Seriously… they are everywhere!

I bought my first matcha pot here. A tin of 30 grams will cost you £20.00. It is not cheap but the quality is pretty noticeable so I think it is worth it. I am a big fan of Darjeeling, white organic, green, gunpowder and Jasmine tea but trying this was something else!

The first impression you receive will probably not be pleasant… or at least that is what happened to me! The smell and the taste are quite strong so when you make your tea, it is very important to follow the preparation steps properly and in particular using much less tea than you might normally.

If the water temperature is not quite right, your tea won’t taste nice. It is recommended to use water that is not quite boiling. It is equally important to measure the amount of tea powder that you will be using carefully so you don´t end up adding too much. You don´t want to end up having a chlorophyll overdose… just kidding! Finally, you also need to get yourself a bamboo whisk to mix it properly – this website has some good tips for making matcha tea.

There are loads of places today where you can buy this tea; one alternative that I spotted was Bloom Absolutely Matcha Green Tea Powder. I found this one in Holland & Barrett. Here a pot containing 30 grams will cost you around £16.99 and it tastes just as good as the other brands that I have tried.

My last suggestion for you is the Pukka supreme matcha green. If you feel like you just want to give this a try to see whether you like it or not, this is your best choice. You can find these teabags in supermarkets like Sainsbury’s or Waitrose. Each box contains 20 sachets and sells for £2.39. I think they are luscious and it is a great way to step into the fascinating world of the matcha tea.  You don’t get to use the bamboo whisk though!

Cheers!

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New cooking books

I am a big fan of Waterstones. I could get lost in that store for hours! I recently visited one of their biggest shops in Piccadilly Circus and purchased two cooking books that I now A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y adore!

Let’s start with the famous blogger Madeleine Shaw. I have been following her website and using her recipes for a while. She has always been a source of inspiration for me as I had issues with my body weight and eating habits pretty much since I was in high school. I love her ideas on healthy eating!

The blog is full of amazing tips where you can learn how to improve your lifestyle and change your nutrition habits. Her most recent book Ready, Steady, Glow is very affordable. I found it in Waterstones for £14.00 but you can purchase it on Amazon for £8.99. It is full of nourishing recipes and includes a meal plan for those who, like me, struggle to get themselves organised in the kitchen during the week.

I love the fact that this book holds a healthy fast food section. Sometimes I get so busy that I don´t even have time to think about what I am going to eat when I get home in the evening. That is where the danger resides… when you get home without an eating plan and you start nibbling anything you find like a voracious rat.

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This is one of the reasons why this book comes in so handy for me. In the 30-minute mains section you will find a wide range of delightful healthy recipes. They are very easy to prepare and the variety of ingredients is wonderful: couscous, quinoa, prawns, beetroot, salmon, coconut oil, kale, you name it! And all in 30 minutes… or there about. It sometimes takes me a bit longer (I’m not going on Masterchef any time soon), but they are quick and easy recipes that always turn out delicious.

There is also a yoga section towards the end with exercises that you can attempt to do at home. I was scared to try these by myself as I am not a yogi and my knowledge of this discipline is very limited. I am more of a Pilates fan. But hey, I decided to give these a go and found out that they were quite approachable!

A few years ago I started to suffer from lower back pains so stretching has become a crucial part in my daily routine workouts. These exercises are very simple and will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I usually practise them in the garden after I have woken up so I can hear the sound of the birds and feel the morning dew. It is a great way to start your day.

The other book that I have recently found was designed by the wonderful Lorraine Pascale. This costs £20.00 in Waterstones but can be found on Amazon for £7.00. It is a fantastic alternative for those indulgent and extra cheeky recipes which I love but are not allowed in my weekly diet…. basically because I would turn into a big walking balloon…!

Anyway, here you will find a wide range of breads, cakes, puddings and some savoury recipes. One thing that I like a lot about this book is that she shows the comparisons of both the original recipe and her own version with the amount of calories, fat, salt, protein and sugar.

When I was reading her introduction, I remember how she mentioned that she struggled to reduce the amount of sugar and fat. I am not a nutrition expert (so your comments here are more than welcome!), but one product that I have recently included in my diet to avoid using sugar and still maintain the sweet touch is the Agave nectar syrup. I usually get this from Holland & Barrett but it can also be found at Sainsbury´s for £2.50. You only need a tiny amount so, if you are sensible, it will last you for a long time 🙂

I was very sad when I noticed back in 2014 that Lorraine had closed down her bakery the Cupcake Bakehouse in Covent Garden. Her career is truly impressive. She did modelling for Versace and Donna Karan, met celebrities like Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell and had her own cooking show at the BBC. I think her most recent book is called Eating Well Made Easy: Deliciously Healthy Recipes for Everyone, Every day and can be found in Amazon for  £9.00. I will let you know what I think of it once I have finished reading it.

Have a lovely weekend!

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My favourite Lee Stafford hair products

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Today I’d like to talk about some of my favourite hair products. There is a brand that I have been using a lot since I started to dye my hair into blonde and that is Lee Stafford. One of the best things that I have found out is that Boots usually has a special offer for these. You can buy 3 Lee Stafford products for £15. Bargain!

As a Spaniard, my hair colour is naturally dark, but I love the way I look with blonde hair. When I started to change my hair colour, I had to bleach it quite a lot in a very short amount of time. This left my hair severely damaged and dry. My hairdresser recommended that I started using the Bleach blondes’ shampoo, which is suitable for bleached or highlighted hair. I was a bit sceptical about it to begin with, but when I saw that the horrible yellow tones suddenly disappeared, I almost cried out of happiness!

The only issue that I see with this shampoo is that your hair can turn a bit purple/pink if you use it too often; hence why I started to alternate it with the Everyday blondes shampoo (also suitable for natural, highlighted or bleached blondes). They cost around £6.99 individually.

Another product that rescued my poor badly treated hair was the Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I know what you must be thinking right now: hang on a second, isn’t that for cooking!? Well… yes… but I have to say that it is one of the best things that I have used on to my hair during its worst days. Apply it as a hair mask and leave it on for about 20 or 30 minutes while your hair is still wet. Trust me. If you hair makes you look like a scarecrow, this is definitely worth a try!

Another product that I tend to carry with me in my handbag is the Coco Loco coconut balm. It costs £6.99 and has the benefit that you can use it any time, anywhere because of its size. Plus the coconut smell is absolutely gorgeous! In this range, you can also find the Coco Loco shampoo, which is a bit cheaper than the others that I mentioned above. However, I don´t think this is the best if your hair is in a very bad state.

As you can imagine, whenever I’m on holiday in Spain, I spend a lot of time sunbathing on the beach with my friends. When I’m there, I use the Beach babe sea salt spray or the Poker straight spray. They cost around £8.00 pounds each and will leave your hair feeling smooth and silky. My hair is naturally curly so after I go swimming it gets very tangled and it is difficult to manage unless I use these products. I can assure you that they will make your life so much easier during your holidays!

Finally, if your hair tends to break easily, then I suggest that you use the Bleach blondes’ conditioner or the Hair growth treatment pink. Don´t worry. You won´t turn into Rapunzel from one day to another; instead you will find that your hair becomes stronger, healthier and more shiny, smooth and hydrated. This last product costs around £8.49 and needs to be apply with a head massage while in the shower.

Seriously, these hair products are AMAZING! So why don’t you give them a go?

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The day that I discover TempleSpa

20160513_174812This year I turned 31. 31! I KNOW! It makes me laugh whenever I see other young bloggers getting scared about turning 25. Well, wait and see how you feel when you pass the 30s barrier and still have no clue of what you want to do with your life *smiles*.

Anyway, I decided that if I was going to start getting old, I had to try and age with some style. I wanted to get away from the hectic lifestyle that London sucks you into. As Rihanna sings, all we do during the week is Work, Work, Work; SO after doing some research, I managed to find this wonderful place in Wilmington, Kent called Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa.

God, what a fantastic idea this was! I was lucky to be upgraded to one of their master suites called Groombridge. The room was amazing! Spacious, with lots of natural light coming through the skylights and decorated with great taste. There was also a seating and dining area, a Nespresso coffee machine and an Ipod decking station, which for me is always a bonus. I could not survive without music. Then there was this staircase, which I decided to call the Stairway to Heaven.

Oh, yes.

I close my eyes now and can hear Led Zeppelin playing while climbing up those steps that would take me to paradise. Because, let me tell you, the bathroom at the top of those stairs was AWESOME!

Strawberries and chocolate, along with a bottle of champagne were waiting for me next to the biggest bathtub I have ever been to. There was a large range of L´Occitane toiletries available every morning and a flat screen TV that you could enjoy watching while having a relaxing bubble bath. The price for this room ranges from £339.00 to £480.00 a night, so definitely not cheap but for a birthday treat, that’s OK.

Whilst I was there, I also had a range of treatments done in their UTOPIA Spa. I know that these usually depend on a lot of things (age, skin needs, special requirements, etc.) so obviously I will talk about my personal choices:

For my facial treatment, I decided to go for the Tri-Dosha Supreme Results – Shilajita Mumiyo. This costs £85 and lasts for 55 minutes. I usually have a Dermalogica prescriptive facial because, well, I LOVE Dermalogica products but also because they give me everything that I need to leave my skin feeling radiant and healthy. When I saw the name of this treatment I had absolutely no idea what I was going to get so I was a bit nervous about it.

I shouldn’t have worried, as it was a great experience! The beautician was lovely, the room was cosy, the music was relaxing. And here is when I discovered this wonderful face mask that I would like to recommend to everyone on this planet! Purification deep cleansing mask. It is great for oily skin like mine and does miracles with those nasty blackheads. It feels very light and because it is made with marine mud and natural extracts it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and so smooth. You can purchase it online at this website and it costs £25. Seriously, this is one of the best purchases that I have ever made!

Another product that I discovered after having my facial treatment was the All Talk Moisturising Lip Balm. It has a citrus fruit aroma, flavoured with orange, thyme, lemon and lime, which is very refreshing. It gets to work immediately and leaves your lips feeling completely hydrated and soft. Its price is £6.50. I normally use it when I am at home. However, when I spend a lot of time out and about, I tend  to carry my Nivea Lip Butter in my handbag. The ones that I like are “Vanilla & Macadamia” and “Coconut” because they smell delicious! They can be purchased at Sainsbury´s for £2.00 so are great for carrying around on a daily basis.

I also had a manicure and pedicure at the spa, and so I want to talk about two products that have become essential for me. These are the AVOPLEX nail & cuticle replenishing oil and the NAIL ENVY nail strengthener by OPI. I have a tendency to wash my hands several times during the day, especially if I go on the tube or the train. I know… you could say that I am a bit paranoid but I caught a nasty infection in my eyes a few years ago called Keratitis and the ophthalmologist told me that it was likely that I caught it in a place like that after having my hands dirty and touching my eyes! Ewww… Anyway, going back to the nails, as you can imagine, with all that washing they tend to break quite easily. But these two products really do wonders for them. It´s a great way to pamper your nails at home! I recently saw that you can buy them in a packet called Dream Duo, which actually works out a bit cheaper (£19.50). You can find them here.

 

I am finally doing this! ❤

Hi all!

I am so happy to have decided to start this new chapter in my life. Creating a fashion blog has always been something that I wanted to do but I never really had the time or energy for… until now!

My intention here is to review products that I like, share tips and try to find some alternatives to the pricey items found in the catwalk or fashion magazines, which sometimes we can’t afford.

I also hope that this is going to be an amazing opportunity to meet other people who share the same interests and who will be able to help me improve this page with their views.

Your comments are more than welcome! So yes, let´s begin!

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