Monday, 28 August 2017

BKR Water Bottle

It's not rocket science! πŸš€

Water, we all need it, lots of it, and not just necessarily when we are thirsty.

Easier said than done? I'll be honest, I've always struggled with drinking the suggested 6-8 glasses a day (about 2 litres).

As well as keeping you alive πŸ˜† water is a great beauty supplement.  Needed to keep your skin hydrated and helping with organ function including supporting the kidneys with flushing away toxins ☠

Oh yes, and all at zero calories of course.

Enter the BKR Water Bottle

BKR bottles are made of glass, available in a multitude of colours and sizes, reusable and incredibly tactile...

The one I have recently purchased is the 'Teeny' 250ml bottle in 'Rosy' and it is just so cute; it has kinda changed my life!

I just love the way this little guy feels (and fits) in my hand, and because it is made of glass I don't need to worry about any of the negative claims about possible bacteria from reusing plastic bottles.

Of course there are plenty of reusable water bottles on the market, but I like to surround myself with things I love and BKR water bottle is now one of them!

I picked this pink bottle, it was a hard choice as there are so many lovely colours and designs available.

BKR like to keep things fresh and on trend, so they regularly bring out new colours and designs.  I have a feeling this may be my first of many bottles, they would also make great gifts...

Every Day Use

From a practical point of view, the top screws on super tight and the little hook is just the perfect fit for a couple of fingers, or even just the one.
250 ml BKR water bottle Rosy
The diameter (width) is about 6cm which is the perfect fit for the cup holder in my car, the silicone sleeve extends to the bottom of the bottle so it sits sturdily and has an anti-slip quality.

It is made of glass so it could break, but the sleeve adds a good level of protection, but trust me once you have one you will want to treat it with care.

Cleaning is easy, hot soapy water or in the dishwasher, the sleeve is easy to remove (and put back) should you wish to, but it's not compulsory for cleaning.
BKR Teeny water bottle 250ml
Because it only holds 250ml it doesn't weigh me down, and snuggles into any handbag.  It is equally easy to carry, either in the palm of my hand, or using the hook.

It comes with me on my daily walk with Bun (my cockapoo), as you can see he admires it too 🐢
BKR Teeny water bottle 250ml with dog

Drink anyone?

I feel a bit daft writing this, but this water bottle really has changed my (water drinking) life!!

It is still (!πŸ˜‰) just water (usually tap) but I no longer find drinking water a chore now it is from this glass bottle!

The 'Teeny' is the smallest in the range, BKR do 3 sizes, 250ml, 500ml and 1 litre.

The BKR is made of glass so as mentioned before it could break, so treat it with care.  However, if you were unlucky enough to break it within the first 90 days of purchase BKR offer a Replacement Service - click here for details. (they also sell replacement bottles/lids and accessories)

For me 250ml is the perfect fit, it means I take 'teeny' steps to drinking my 2 litres a day, but breaking it down into 250ml steps makes it achievable.

Also the advice is you should get your water in gradually during the day, rather than drinking it all at once.  I am finding it very easy to drink and refill my bottle 8 or so times during the day to get to the 2 litre mark.

I am so pleased I purchased a BKR, have you fallen in love with one?  Please let me know if you too have had your life changed by them!! πŸ’¦
Emily

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Going for the Glow with Luna *

Luna Kloris Natural Face Oil

I was lucky enough to be sent by Sahar a bottle of this lovely 100% Natural Face Oil by Luna Kloris, and its application alone has become a bit of a daily ritual for me!

First off it just looks so beautiful, the packaging  carton and bottle itself are stunning.  This has given my bathroom shelf a real wow factor, the white and gold colour scheme is so G-L-A-M.

Why use an oil?

Let's make one thing clear, an oil won't make your skin greasy or more greasy, every skin can benefit from using an oil.  Plus most oils are made from natural products and Go for The Glow is no exception as it is:
  • 100% natural 
  • Non-Toxic
  • Plant Based
  • and of course cruelty free 🐰
A face oil is easily absorbed into your skin, and actually goes to a deeper level than your regular moisturiser, so they boost your hydration levels and are great to 'layer' under other products.

If you feel your skin needs a boost - try adding an oil.

Also, as they are usually natural they tend to smell rather wonderful and Go for The Glow is no exception.

Go for the Glow


I mentioned about how great this looks, let me now try and explain the smell!  Easier said then done, but trust me it is wonderful.

The ingredients (all listed on the carton and website) include:
  • Green Tea
  • Jojoba
  • Passion fruit
  • Reship
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
All of which have benefits to the skin including natural anti-oxidants and vitamins plus they make for the most intoxicating blend - zesty, fruity basically a really happy and uplifting, sunshine type of smell!!🍊🌞❤️

The bottle comes with a pipette to draw up the oil, which itself is a happy sunshine orange colour - see below on the rose petal (which is much prettier then my hand!)

How to use

I have been using this morning and evening, after cleansing and before my day/night moisturiser.  

I have already developed a bit of a ritual when I use this.  As I said the smell is divine and I find it uplifting but at the same time relaxing so it works both AM 🌞and PMπŸŒ›

I apply a few drops to the palm of my hand (it is an oil so fairly runny) and then press my palms together and then use them to cup my face, I close my eyes and I-N-H-A-L-E.

Then I gently press the oil into my face... bliss.

I have also started to apply this to my hands and nails, I am going to start using it on my neck too.

The ingredients packed into the oil have been carefully blended for their skin boosting properties.  I am finding that I need less moisturiser as this oil is making my skin feel hydrated and my base is lasting longer (it is still there after lunch!)

Plus it is good to know that the anti-oxidants are there to help mop up any skin damage,  there is strength in numbers and this oil is packed full of them πŸ‘Ό

It is a really lovely product to use and the fragrance is fab, I look forward to using this every day.

Going for the Glow with Luna Kloris is working for me.


*Post includes a PR sample





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Monday, 14 August 2017

How I take it all off!! 😜

Beauty Sleep

It's a fact our skin is at its most active at night and is busy renewing itself.  So you need to give it a helping hand by trying to get to bed at a reasonable hour (easier said than done, and maybe a bit dull) and making sure your skin is nice and clean.

At the end of the day I always, always, always take off my make up and cleanse.  It's never a chore, as I really enjoy this bit of me time and the fact that I so love my bed!!  Yay, to the bliss of sleep and knowing that tomorrow will be another day with things to do and people to see.

My nightly routine

On the whole I am also pretty loyal when it comes to bedtime! and have more or less stuck to three core products on and off for most of my make up wearing life.

I rarely go a day without wearing makeup but on the very rare occasions that I do, I still do a cleanse pre bedtime.

The Body Shop Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover 
Various changes of bottle shape over the years but I am glad to say the product inside has remained the same.

I wear waterproof mascara and this one always deals with it well.  It isn't greasy and doesn't irritate the skin round my eyes which can be a bit sensitive.

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs
I am addicted to the smell of this lovely lotion.  A pretty pale green in the bottle and available in 200ml and 400ml.

This cleanser is aimed at normal to dry skin, it really does the job and my skin always feels soft after, and as I said the smell is a real joy.

I apply and remove it with a cotton wool pad.

Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile
This toner is the natural partner to the cleansing milk, and another lush fragrance.

I always like to finish off my cleansing routine with toner, just to make sure that all of the lotion is thoroughly removed.  I don't like the thought of leaving any product on my cleansed skin as this could block the pores and I do tend to suffer a bit with milia

After these 3 steps I am ready to apply my face oil/serum/night cream etc - which can vary... a lot.
Then it is time for sleeps 😴
Emily

What's your night time cleansing routine?

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Monday, 7 August 2017

A year of Blogging

Happy First Birthday to me πŸŽ‚

It is a long time since I have been in single figures but here I am a ONE year old blogger.

It took me a bit by surprise that my first post was back in June 2016, time flies when you're having funπŸ˜ƒ

I really enjoy the blogging world.  I love writing and the freedom that writing a blog that is 100% mine gives me.

If you are thinking 'mmm... should I start a blog?' the answer is a big fat YES!!

Setting up a Blog-first baby steps (in a kind of order!)

OK I am no expert, however I have learnt a lot in my first year, which may be of use to you if you are thinking of starting out:
number one
Decide what you want to write about - and then try and narrow it down.

By narrow it down I mean  think of your niche.  For example a Beauty Blog could be about hair, makeup, skincare, nails etc. Of course you can write about them all - it's your blog after all,  no-one can tell you what to do.  However you may decide to specialise a bit, or like me your niche may find you a few months down the line. 
number two
Think of a name for your blog and how often do you intend to post?  I think it's a good idea and discipline for you to set your self a posting day, that day your readers will know when to expect new content.  (I post every Monday)
number three
Decide which platform to use - Blogger, Wordpress etc (mine is blogger)
number four
Think about a budget.  You can set up a blog for free but you may decide to purchase a template just to help with the layout etc
(I use a template for my blog from Pipdig)
number five
Do some research and read blogs.  Be inspired by them but don't copy them.
number six
Photos - you should take your own photos, and you may decide you need an fancy camera - I thought I did but one year on I am still using my iPhone5.
number seven
Think of the structure of your blog.  What are you pages going to be called?
number eight
Write you first post and get someone else to proof read it - checking for spelling, typos, grammar, and does it read well?
(A good first post could be your About Me page)

Try and keep your paragraphs relatively short - 3/4 sentences work for me.  Put in some relevant photos and make sure you add Title and Alt tags to photos.
number nine
Social media, which platforms are you going to use?
You might like to think about using a provider such as Buffer which can help you schedule your posts (it's free πŸ˜ƒ)
number ten
Publish and then WORK!  Work at getting followers, reply to every comment and email.  Comment on others blogs, join some networks.

And finally

Remember it's your blog, you are in control and only you can decide what to write say and do!

Enjoy the freedom and Blog On!
Emily



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