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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Organic Young by Green People Skincare & Deodorant Review

At the end of August I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Green People hosted by Amie from The Curvaceous Vegan. I won lots of products from the Organic Young range, and I've been testing them for a while now with the intention to share my thoughts about them with others who might look for the same things in cosmetics as I do: natural and organic ingredients, and of course cruelty free and vegan credentials*. I'm always incredibly dubious to write beauty reviews without giving products a really good road test as I've been burnt a few times when purchasing products after reading a hastily written rave review and ended up thoroughly disappointed and out of pocket - however, I feel I've been trialling these for long enough to have an informed opinion on my first ever Green People products.

*Please note the Clear Skin Blemish Concealer is not vegan: see review below for further details.

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

How To Have A Less Plastic Period?

Maybe it's a British thing but talking openly about bodily functions like periods has always been something I've felt strange about doing, however after my Natural Cycles review chatting openly about contraception I figured it shouldn't be embarrassing to be honest about these things. After all, roughly half of us will experience periods at some point during our lives and they can be incredibly impactful on our day-to-day life.

Recently a colleague and I were discussing what happens to tampon applicators once they have been used. Seriously - is there a sea of tampon applicators in a landfill site somewhere that we don't know about? Last time I checked, the biggest tampon brand name I can think of used plastic applicators and when you think about the sheer volume they sell every day, that are used and thrown away every day, it is a scary thought. When you consider that up to 90% of plastic bottles we use are still not recycled, I'd be willing to bet that very few tampon applicators are either - not to mention the plastic sanitary products are wrapped in, both individually and the outside packaging.

Of course, I know we don't like to talk about the impacts of plastic that is deemed as disposable - we all like to think our household waste is magicked away free of consequences to our planet - but if we all were to make some small, conscientious changes to reduce our use of plastic, the combined impact would be huge, to protect our land and oceans from further being filled up with plastic that will never biodegrade. So today I want to chat about some of the changes I have made to stop adding to the plastic applicator mountain that is growing in my mind, and the reasons I have found these changes to be better for my own body as well as the planet.

*I will add a disclaimer now that this post features periods and sanitary products so if you are shy of these subjects please be aware that this post will not be for you.

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Health & Nutrition: My Must-Have Books

"My experience as a human being changed when I realised that I am what I eat and when I decided to give myself the best chance possible to feel as good as possible."

It's human nature to want the best for ourselves. People fill up their cars with fuel that gives them the best value per mile. We choose the posh bleach that smells good and works better, rather than the value version. Yet, when it comes to food, we are often blinkered to the link between our diet and overall wellbeing as a whole.

Health and nutrition are a big interest of mine, and something I feel passionately about. When I am eating healthily I feel better in every way: not only physically in my digestion, body and skin, I also notice a huge difference in my mood and energy levels. There are so many aspects to nutrition and wellbeing that I find fascinating and want to discuss, but today I thought I'd start at the foundation by sharing some of the resources that have taught me, many which I still refer back to regularly, and have found fascinating in my approach to educating myself in this hugely important area. Ranging from theory-based to recipe-based, I genuinely believe that taking the time to learn from these resources is the most valuable thing I have ever done for my health.
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Friday, 15 September 2017

Early Autumn Appreciation & Favourites

Those who tend to get puritanical about the seasons might be yelling at me that it's not autumn for another week yet, but I've officially started wearing scarves (and on one particularly cold morning thick tights!) so as far as I'm concerned autumn has started early for me this year. I started a new job last week which has resulted in my having to leave the house earlier in the mornings and truth be told it's worn me out more than I expected. While I'm in the process of getting used to the earlier start to my day, I've found myself even more excited about coming home to my happy place and getting cosy, as a result of this I wanted to share a few of the things that have been making me happy during this transition.
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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Autograph Fluid Touch Foundation Review

I am usually dubious when high street retailers bring out their own makeup, so it's little surprise that Autograph makeup is something that I had always walked straight past in M&S. However, having made a commitment to cruelty free beauty I recently learnt that Autograph makeup is Leaping Bunny certified. My previous non-cruelty free foundation had just run out and after reading some reviews suggesting that Autograph foundations are great for pale skin I thought I'd give one a try...
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Monday, 28 August 2017

How Sustainable Is Your Wardrobe?

My name is Hannah and I'm a recovering shopaholic.

Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration - I was never exactly addicted. But I loved to shop. As a recreational activity one of the things I most enjoyed was a trip to the high street with my mum or my friends. At university I loved going to the student lock ins with my housemates, and for many years my university or workplace's proximity to town resulted in me picking something up on my way home more often than not. But for all the time I worshipped the high street, I never gave any thought to the ethics or sustainability of my shopping habit. So what changed?

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Self Care & Learning To Recharge

Self-care has become a real buzz word for 2017, but only now am I starting to understand exactly why it is so important. On my social media feeds I'd see photos of bubble baths or cups of tea captioned with #selfcare and although it seemed a nice idea (I love baths and tea, even better together) I never gave much thought to self-care as a concept. Initially I understood the term from a medical perspective, a routine to stay healthy, preventing illness. This concept was right up my street. Looking after myself physically is something I am always working on. It is a huge priority for me to eat nourishing and healthy food, supplement where necessary, drink water, stay active and keep busy, get enough sleep, and use topical products to make me feel good in my outward appearance. These things are so integrated within my day-to-day that I barely realise that every beneficial thing I do for my physical self is a form of self-care. However, today I wanted to discuss the other side of self-care: the more holistic side that we all too often put on the back burner.

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