Cutting down on single use plastics and waste with A Waste Free World*

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2019 feels like the year that becoming as eco-friendly as possible became trendy. It feels weird to load up on single-use plastics, whether it’s for your takeaway coffee, or the produce you pick up at the supermarket, and sites like A Waste Free World are making it super-easy to reduce your impact.

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I was very kindly sent a hamper (packaged completely in recyclable packaging) filled with goodies which let me reduce my use of single-use plastics thanks to a selection of products I can use daily. Alongside classic ideas like a bamboo straw (perfect for my iced coffee habit) there were a few products which I hadn’t even thought about.

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Things like the string bags are perfect for shopping for fresh produce, and I’m more than a little obsessed with the Safix Scrub Pad (£1.99) which is made from coconut fibers, and is completely compostable once I’m done!

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The bamboo cutlery (£9.99) set has been tucked into my bag for lunches on the go, and I’ve been making changes to my bathroom too, with products like the Friendly Shampoo Bar (£3.50) which smells incredible, and the bamboo toothbrush (£2.99) and toothpaste tablets (£4.99) which take up less room than their wasteful counterparts. Perhaps my favourite switch has been to the bamboo cotton swabs (£3.99). Previously I ditched those blue plastic ones in favour of American compostable ones, but they’ve been difficult to find, so these are the perfect alternative!

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If you’re starting to think about Christmas gifts, why not head over to A Waste Free World and create your own hamper – it’s much better than treating them to something which will just add to their pile of unused goodies!

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Brush*

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I’m not sure that there is anything quite like the feeling of having a fresh-from-the-hairdresser blowout. There’s something about the way they get your hair to be both smooth and bouncy that I’ve never quite been able to recreate at home, and it always feels like such a faff playing about with diffusers and a a range of round brushes first thing in the morning.

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So, when Revlon sent over their One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer I had high hopes. I’ve just had a few tape extensions put in for a little extra volume, so blow drying my hair in the morning now feels like it takes approximately four times the time it used to, so any help in the morning, is seriously appreciated!

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Merging the ideas of a blow dryer and hot brush, Revlon’s brush has a unique oval shape, which means it functions like a paddle brush and a round brush at the same time. It’s a genius! If I’m heading out to an event or work meeting, I use the brush on soaking wet hair, sectioning it off, and blow drying the hair from the bottom layers to the top. The shape of the brush means that sections stay taut as I blow dry them, and they’re super smooth and shiny too!

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Thanks to the curved edges I can flick my ends in, keeping them tidy, and adding to the overall bounce factor. When I use the brush on my hair from completely wet, it’s the closest to that hairdresser feel I think I’ve ever achieved. I hardly even need to touch my straighteners once I’m finished as my hair feels so smooth.

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With two heat settings to choose from, you can make sure your hair stays healthy, and even on mornings when I’m in a bit of a rush, I had dry my hair using my hairdryer, and finish everything off with the brush. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how easy the brush is to use, and I feel like my hair even feels healthier since I’ve been using it. The brush is also an absolute life saver when it comes to travel. Rather than having to pack multiple tools and brushes – I can just tuck this into my case and I’m good to go!

The Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is priced at £59.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

The Eyelash Emporium – No Dramas Studio Strip Lash Applicator*

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When it comes to beauty bits, there’s not much that I love more than a great false lash. It’s amazing how much of an impact a pair can have on your overall look, and despite being more than a little obsessed with them, I’ve never really gotten the hang of applying them myself.

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I’ve never really figured out how to apply them, and I’ve tended to stick to single lashes which are easier to place – although not quite as dramatic as a strip lash. That is, until Eyelash Emporium sent over their No Dramas Studio Strip Lash Applicator.

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Designed to make putting your lashes on as easy as possible – all you need to do is place the lash in between the tweezers, apply your glue of choice, let it get sticky (usually around 30 seconds) and then place on your lash line.

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I’ve found it to be most effective if I do it looking down at a mirror, rather than facing it, and the tweezers make placing the strip close to the lash line incredibly easy. The tweezers also mean that the glue stays tidy – meaning less clean up once they’re on, and that you can re-use the lashes far more than when I try applying them with my fingers. Did I also mention that the tools also seriously cuts down the time I spend fiddling about with lashes, meaning I get the chance to wear them as often as possible!

Eyelash Emporium No Drama Studio Strip Lash Applicator is priced at £6.95 and is available here

 

Getting Spooky with Lime Crime*

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Halloween has to be one of my favourite holidays. I much prefer pumpkins to poinsettia, and who doesn’t love a spooky story or two now that the nights have gotten so much darker (and colder). I also love giving my makeup bag a bit of an update at this time of year, and when Lime Crime sent over a couple of their Pumpkin-inspired goodies, I couldn’t resist giving them a go!

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Despite being one of the o.g. liquid lipstick brands, I’ve never gotten my hands on them before. Previously an online-only endeavour if you wanted them in the UK, you can now play with them in Selfridges’ beauty halls – perfect when you’re looking for your perfect shade! The Pumpkin Liquid Matte Lipstick is basically autumn in a tube. A rich, warm brown-toned red, it applies like silk, and is opaque at the first swipe. Even when the formula dries down, it’s not drying to wear, and leaves the lips looking plumper than before, and velvety soft.

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If a full-on liquid lip feels like a bit too much, Lime Crime have also released one of their Plushies in Pumpkin Latte. Designed to be a softer take on the liquid lipstick look, Plushies give lips a soft-focus effect which is absolutely gorgeous for daytime wear. Another warm-toned brick red, Pumpkin Latte is perfect for adding a little something extra to my everyday look.

Applied straight from the tube, Pumpkin Latte is easily built up to give a vibrant look, but it’s absolutely gorgeous patted on with a finger for a softer, more diffused look which lasts all day long.

I’ve also been absolutely loving Lime Crime’s Velvetines Lip Liner in Pumpkin. As someone who’s not always the very best at filling in my lips with liquid lipsticks, the liner lets me really set out what I’m doing, and it really intensifies the colour too! I love how soft the pencil is, and it’s completely opaque at the first swipe.

Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Lipstick is priced at £18 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Lime Crime Plushies Liquid Lipstick is priced at £18 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Liner is priced at £14.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Farino City Carrier*

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When it comes to travelling, I’m not one of those people who do it lightly. No matter how hard I try, how many little bottles I decant my shampoo into, and how hard I try to use a capsule wardrobe, whenever I travel, I end up looking like I’m moving house rather than heading off for a few days.

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The past few weeks have been crazy-busy work wise, and as hard going as it’s been pinging about the country, it’s bee the perfect chance to give my new Farino City Carrier a good go. Designed to meet the needs of the modern business traveller, it’s sleek, lightweight, and has been an absolute life saver for me as I’ve headed from the Highlands of Scotland, right the way down to Stratford-Upon-Avon and back up to Edinburgh again.

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Available in a range of colour-ways, I opted for the black and rose gold, as I thought it would be the most versatile, but you can add a pop of colour with green, purple and blue options too. Unlike other carry-on cases I’ve tried, Farino’s are all about the interior storage.

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Made from durable neoprene material, Farino carriers are perfect for heavy duty travellers. Unlike other cases I’ve used, the storage on this one is perfect – rather than a whole lot of pockets which can take up more room than they’re worth, the interior of the case is left fully for your own storage. The base of the case also features four 360 degree wheels, which means that the case is super easy to wangle (even when it’s seriously full), and it’s perfect if you’re trying to move in a bit of a rush.

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Thanks to the sleek back pocket, which is perfect for slipping your laptop into, as well as the flip-open front flap, it’s incredibly easy to use, and it fits enough of my bits so that if I’m heading away for a few days, all I need is the Farino and my handbag of choice. Rather handily, Farino have made sure that the case meets the 15 of the most popular airlines’ hand luggage regulations, so if you’re planning a jaunt anytime soon, you know you can use the case for all your needs.

Farino Carriers are priced at £234 and are available here

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