GROUNDED Coffee Scrub Review

Hello everyone!

I think I may have mentioned FRANK body scrub before in a previous post. I really loved it, but the only draw back was having to wait for it to be delivered when you ordered a packet online. However, I came across another coffee scrub that it available to purchase in store in Boots. Apparently this company was on Dragon’s Den promoting their product, and they were successful! Now they have launched a range of their products in Boots.

They had 3 different ‘flavours’ in store, Chocolate Orange, Coconut, and Grapefruit. I decided to go for grapefruit, as it seemed a bit different. I have also used the FRANK Original Scrub previously (similar to the Chocolate Orange Grounded one).

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I think when I used the FRANK scrub, I don’t think I really knew how to use it properly, I would just use it quickly in the shower, but I when I was looking up reviews for it, I found out that you’re supposed to wet your skin, apply the product, then get scrubbing. Wait for it to dry for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off. Probably the worst part is the thought sitting around in a cold bathroom in Winter for that long, haha! This ensures that the ingredients in the scrub works into the skin, and then you see the benefits! When I did this, I really noticed the difference straight away, and now I always look forward to using it.

The product is very gritty and rough, but that’s what you’d expect from something made from coffee grounds and sugar I guess! The scrub seems quite dry but once you rub it into your skin you feel the essential oils and it softens up a little bit. I’d also prepare yourself for the mess your shower will be afterwards! But you can easily wash it away.

The ingredients in the scrub that I have are: Coffee Robusta Seed Powder, Coffee, Sucrose, Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Sodium Chloride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin E, Citrus Paradisi, Grapefruit Extract Oil, and Limonene. – Yep I can’t pronounce most of those either!

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My skin felt so soft afterwards! After a week of using it I’ve noticed a bit of a difference in my stretch marks on my thighs and the little scars I have from getting my appendix removed in 2009.

The place where I’ve noticed the biggest difference is my face. I’ve been going through a big eczema flare up around my cheeks and chin recently and this is the only thing that really seems to be working. I’ll give you all an update in a couple of week time if it cures it!

I think I’m definitely going to try the different flavours that they have in the rest of their range. What one’s would you recommend?

Let me know if you’ve tried the Grounded Coffee Scrub and what you think of it!

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February Favourites 

Hello everyone! Welcome to the post where I write about all the best bits I’ve been loving the past month. It definitely has been a quick month (well.. it is February!) it honestly seems like yesterday I was sitting writing out my January favourites! 

Let me know what you’ve been loving this month! X

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Garnier Toner – I’ve been doing a lot of research on skin care recently, and one thing that became apparent to me was that you need to have a good skin care routine. I’ve already been cleansing and moisturising my skin, but one step I’ve never really thought about was using a toner. Apparently toners have a huge range of benefits such as tightening pores. I picked this one up from Super Drug (it was on offer!) and I didn’t want to spend loads on something I’d be trying out. So far I’m really enjoying using this morning and night and I’ve noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.

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Nivea Dry Skin Face Wipes – I know face wipes aren’t the No. 1 skin care product to use, but after a long day all I want is a quick fix to remove my makeup and make my face feel a bit fresher. I feel like it’s actually worth investing a wee bit more in a good face wipe, and these Nivea ones don’t disappoint. I feel that my face looks brighter and heathier after using these.

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Boots Soltan Instant Tan – I still use the old and trusty St Moriz Fake Tan but I’ve been loving trying something different, yet still very affordable. This tan smells lovely, and my skin feels very soft afterwards and I find that it’s very build able to get the colour you want.

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Soap and Glory ‘Endless Glove’ Moisture Mask & Hand Cream – I don’t know about you guys but I looove Soap & Glory products. I was a huge fan of the ‘Hand Food’ cream yet this month I’ve been using the ‘Endless Glove’ a lot more. It has a very fresh scent to it, so it isn’t as sweet like their other products, which is quite nice for a hand cream. I find it sinks into the skin very quickly and works wonders on my nails as well! 😀 I’m yet to use it as a mask overnight, so I will let you guys know how it works!

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Witch Stick – An old favourite that I rediscovered. I used this all the time in my teen years, and I swore by it! Luckily I my skin isn’t very spot prone, but when the odd one pops up on my face I dap it on and it disappears within a day or two. I picked this one up as they donate proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care- a cause close to my heart.

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Once Upon a Time – I’ve mentioned this in my previous post ‘ Netflix Top 5 ‘ and it is definitely one of my favourite series’. This month I had a serious binge watching marathon of the show and unfortunately that’s me finished the last season until the next one is released.

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Benefit Beauty Bar Experience!

Hello everyone!

Today I was in Edinburgh City Centre to do a bit of shopping after finishing work a bit earlier than usual. I nipped in to Boots on Princes Street to get a few essentials (you know, face wipes, razors and all that jazz). A lovely lady from the Benefit Stand  came up to me and asked if I’d like to try out some of their products. I’m not usually one to go up to beauty counters and ask the sales assistants about products, but I’ve used a variety of Benefit products before and I love them! So I thought it would be a great experience to try some new products and get some hints and tips from the professionals!

First of all they cleansed my face with the ‘Remove It- Makeup Remover’ to clean any makeup on my face for a blank canvas 😉 She then applied the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ this felt amazing on my skin! The product has a light scent to it, and it feels very cooling when applied to the skin.

She then applied the new ‘POREfessional: matte rescue gel’ as a primer, followed by the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ in the shade ‘Believe in me- Ivory’ to one half of my face for me to see the difference. She then finished the rest of my face. It looked fab! My skin definitely looked flawless and it didn’t feel very caked on and like my skin could breath.

They had a 10% off event so I decided to purchase the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ and the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ as I was really impressed by them.

As my skin can flare up with dermatitis with various products, I was a hit reluctant in buying the moisturiser. It felt find at the time of application, but I’ll see how it performs over the next few weeks.

What pushed me to buy it was the 28 day money back grantee that Benefit offer. If the product doesn’t suit you you can return it for a full refund.

I love buying new makeup and trying different brands out. I’ll give them a go for the next couple of week and report back!

In the future I will definitely be more confident in approaching the beauty counters. The expert advice is definitely worth it. I think that once you find out how exactly to use the products the right way for your face, you can get the most out of them!

What are some of your fave Benefit products? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! X 

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Skin Care & Hair Care Haul

Over the last few weeks I’ve picked up a few items from Boots. They’re things I’ve wanted for a wee while as well as some spontaneous purchases!

Skin: 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream 

My friend recomended I’d try this cream as I get patches of dry skin as well as really chapped lips (especially in the Winter!). The smell is a bit unusual, but nice. It is more of a balm consistency than a cream but I feel like this adds to the moisturising properties and helps to really protect the skin. I’ve been using it for around 3 weeks now and I’m loving it. Its a skin saviour for the cold Winter months!

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my skin problems in previous posts but I suffer from eczema pretty badly, especially on my face. I’ve tried pretty much every cream on the market but I had yet to try Eucerin. I read some good reviews on it and I thought I’d give it a go. It’s creamy and really feels like it plumps up and and soothes the skin. I’ll be back to give you a proper review!

Nip + Fab Skin Glycolic Scrub Fix 

I needed to invest in a new exfoliator and while I was browsing the shelves this one caught my eye. It doesn’t feel too rough but my skin feels super smooth once I’ve used it.

Hair: 

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo 

The one piece of hair care advice I always get is to not wash your hair everyday! I’m definitely guilty of this, and so I thought I’d start properly using dry shampoo to help me achieve this. L’Oreal brought out the new ‘Extraordinary Clay’ collection recently which promises to give less oily roots and conditioned ends. The spray smells very fresh and doesn’t leave a white residue like other dry shampoos do.

Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask 

Recently I’ve been feeling that despite regular conditioning, my hair skill feels dry, as well as really heat damaged from over use of heat styling 😦 you may have read my previous post on the ’30 day no heat challenge’ that I’m attempting to do to try and make my hair a bit healthier! I thought I’d start using a weekly hair mask to try to treat my hair and help it look and feel a bit better. I’ll probably put this on my hair while soaking in the bath during one of my pamper nights… Bliss!

 

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Barry M Nail Paint Collection

Hello everyone! 

I don’t know about you, but Barry M is one of my favourite cosmetic brands for nail polishes. They’re very affordable, good quality, and constantly come out with gorgeous new colours and types of polishes.

Although I cant have my nails painted all the time because of work, I do love to have a pop of colour on my nails on the weekends and holidays!

Here are the Barry M Nail Paints that I have at the moment… Let me know what your favourite Barry M Nail Paint colours are!

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Drive Me Navy 

Sugar Plum 

Road Rage 

Diamond Glitter 

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Lap of Honour 

Do It Like A Nude 

Chilli 

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Vanilla 

Atlantis

Ballerina 

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CHANEL CC Cream Review

About a month ago my best friend recomended the Chanel CC Cream to me. I gave it a go for a night out and I loved it! I found it gave a medium coverage, matched my skin tone so well, and it also really did colour correct!

The product is a thick, creamy consistency, and is quite heavily fragranced like most Chanel products. So if your skin is sensitive to scented products then this may be one to avoid. When purchasing the product the Chanel Sales Rep colour matched me, she recomended the shade 20 beige. I found this shade to be perfect for my skin tone, even when I am ‘au natural’, or tanned! It also has an SPF of 50. 

I have redness prone skin that tends to be quite sensitive and dry, and I found that foundations didn’t cover up the redness and with the odd one that did it the redness began to show through after a few hours of wear. The CC cream works wonders for this. After using the cream for a few days, I began to notice that it dried my skin out a bit, which is probably the only negative that I found with it. 

The price is another factor you may need to take into consideration. I bought the standard 30ml tube for £44. I’ll admit this will last you a long time as a little definitely goes a long way, however I would consider this a luxury purchase.

Over all I feel that the Chanel CC Cream is a brilliant product that colour correct, conceals and can be used as a brilliant base to makeup or for a fresh faced natural look.

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My January Favourites

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a brilliant start to 2016, and if not, you can always count January as a false start and try again in February! 😉 How time flies! 1 month down and only 11 months to go in 2016! January has been a pretty busy month for me. I was lucky enough to have been offered a new job, and I accepted it of course! I started a couple of weeks ago now, and I absolutely love it. This was one of my new years resolutions (the only one I have managed to fulfil so far…).  This month there has been a few new beauty purchases that I have been in to, and also some old products that have made a re-appearance back into my life. I’ve also thrown in some other non-beauty related products for good measure!

Here are a few beauty products and other bits and bobs I have been loving in the last 31 days…

Hair Care:

Aussie Take The Heat Leave-In Cream Cream – After a recent trip to the hair dressers, I learned that my usual heat defence spray wasn’t really stepping up to the plate. Apparently if you’re using a spray, pretty much half of the product doesn’t even make it onto your hair. My hair dresser suggested a heat defence cream or serum, as this will coat the hair and ensure it’s protected. I love Aussie products, not only is the smell just amazing, but I find that they actually do work for my hair. After I wash and condition my hair, I use my tangle teezer to gently work out any knots, I then towel dry my hair until it’s still slightly damp. I then take one pump of the product and rub it between my palms and evenly distribute it throughout my hair.

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Aussie Take The Heat Cream

Skin Care:

My beauty routine had to be put on hold for a while this month as I suffer from eczema flare ups on my body and face. I still haven’t managed to pin point the exact cause of this, but I tend to put it down to Winter weather and stress. Normally it doesn’t bother me too much if it’s on my body, however my face is a different story. I always feel so self conscious and it’s the first thing people look at when they meet you, and so I like to try and get under control of my eczema ASAP!

I decided to go back to basics with my skin care and I bought Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I had this recommended to me by my dermatologist a few years ago but never gave it a go, and I’m so so happy that I did. It is so gentle and fragrance free, it takes off all makeup and it also feel like it’s properly cleaning your skin without being harsh on it.

I also began using Epaderm cream as a moisturiser on my face and body again. I was prescribed this by my GP and I should learn to never use a different moisturiser as this stuff works for me!

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Cetaphil Cleanser and Epaderm Cream

As a treat from time to time I have been loving using ‘The Comforter Shower Cream’ from LUSH. The comforter was my favourite bubble bar, and when I saw they brought out a shower cream I had to try it. I was lucky enough to get a gift set with this in it for Christmas. The smell is super sweet almost like bubble gum and I can’t get enough of it.

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LUSH The Comforter Shower Cream

Makeup:

There are three new products I have been using almost every day this month, they have become almost a staple in my makeup routine and although they might seem pretty basic they work really well for me.

Barry M Mani Mask in ‘Birthday Suit’ – You might recognise this being mentioned in one of my other posts ‘Mini Boots Makeup Haul’. I can’t have my nails done for work but I also like to have a nude pink coat on to make my nails looks a bit brighter. This covers any imperfections in my nails and gives in a french pink look to it.

Rimmel Brow This Way in ‘Dark Brown’ – I have naturally dark thick brows and so apart from grooming them I tend not to do much. However I thought I’d try out a brow gel and see if I liked it. This is a good colour match and blends in really well. I like it as I holds my brows in place all day!

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Rimmel Brow This Way

Ted Baker Lipstick – My Boyfriend got me a gorgeous Ted Baker makeup gift set for Christmas, and I love all the products it came with. My favourite product was the Nude Pink lipstick. I’m unsure on the product name unfortunately. It is super creamy and glides onto the lips. The colour lasts and keeps my lips moisturised. I think it’s the perfect everyday nude shade!

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Ted Baker Lipstick in Nude Pink

Fragrance: 

Michael Kors Sexy Amber – This was another Christmas present I absolutely loved this month! I wanted to get this perfume for all of last year but never got the chance to purchase it. I did a fair amount of travelling in 2015 and every time I was in duty free I sprayed this, so it always reminds me of my holidays when I wear it! It has a deep, sweet scent with fragrance notes of Sandalwood, Mandarin, White Florals.

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Michael Kors ‘Sexy Amber’

Books: 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns) By Mindy Kaling – I bought this book at Toronto Pearson Airport on my way back to Scotland. I read a good chunk of it on the plane, however when I got back home I didn’t have the time to finish it off. This month I made the effort to read more before bed and I finally finished it!! I love Mindy Kaling, and her personality definitely comes across in this book. It’s funny, witty and makes you feel like you’ve known her all her life!

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Food & Drink: 

Davids Tea ‘Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait’ – My sister brought a box of these tea bags over from Canada when she visited for Christmas. They are so yummy! I wish you could buy Davids Tea over here in the UK.. I’m going to need to ask her to send me some over!

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Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a brilliant February! I’d love to hear what you all think, so please feel free to leave in the comments what you’ve been loving this January!

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