La Rose Bath and Beauty

 

 

If you have been following me on any of my social media accounts you may have realised how much I love supporting small businesses. When I discovered La Rose Bath and Beauty products I was very impressed with her dedication to creating products free of harmful chemicals and offering consumers organic ingredients they could trust. I purchased a few products at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. If you visit La Rose Bath and Beauty Products please read D’Andra’s very inspirational story behind her brand.

There are so many beauty and household products to choose from but I decided to start off with these.

  • Blueberry tea organic bath and body massage oil
  • Raspberries and cream organic whipped shea butter and sugar scrub
  • Skin correcting gentle facial wash
  • Clean Cotton Deodorant

 

My Thoughts

Bath and Body Massage Oil

This was highly moisturising and non greasy. My skin felt really soft and smooth after applying. I found it to be quite soothing post shaving as well.The body and massage oils are available in various fragrances and there are unscented versions for those with sensitive skin ,who prefer fragrance free.

 

Raspberries and Cream Organic Whipped Shea butter

This body scrub was unlike any other that I have used before. There was somewhat of a balance between the creamy and grainy consistency of the scrub. I think it is an excellent physical exfoliant and perfect for those who are  unable to tolerate a typical sugar scrub; the shea butter adds a bit of softness that your skin is sure to love.

 

Skin Correcting Gentle Face Wash

I think what impressed me most with this gentle face wash is the ingredients. I mean it is just ridiculous how much goodness is in this face wash; from oils to pink Himalaya salt it is truly heaven in a bottle. I love the creamy texture and the scent as well. I did notice that a few dark spots I had on my forehead have faded by using this so I can tell you that it definitely works.

 

Clean Cotton Deodorant

This was by far my favourite product. It isn’t often that I purchase a product and can confidently say that I am sticking to it simply because I love trying out new things ; but I have been searching for an organic deodorant for so long and the issue that I had before was that they did not offer all day protection. I am so glad that I finally found one which does. It doesn’t leave behind any residue and it has such a pleasant scent as well. If you take nothing else from this post please consider switching to an organic deodorant. Although evidence does not yet confirm the link between aluminium based deodorants and breast cancer it still makes sense to consider organic alternatives. I simply choose not to take the risk with my body or breasts and I will be purchasing these for my mom and sister and grandmother as well.

 

As promised my exclusive discount code is SHAIZ10 so be sure to use it for 10% off all of your purchases. For now shipping to the UK is quite expensive as this is a US based company but I will be placing an order in January so if any of you are interested I can make arrangements for you. Send me a message on instagram or twitter if you are interested. As always thank you so much for stopping by.

 

Liebster award

 

I was nominated for the Liebster award by one of my favourite bloggers; Chelsea of blissfullybubbly.com. I was so surprised when I got the nomination and so grateful as well. Chelsea’s blog is filled with wonderful tips and advice from gift buying to relationships. I absolutely love it. Thank you so much Chelsea for nominating me. I remember seeing nominations like these all the time on other blogs before I started blogging and I always got a little excited for the blogger who was nominated and now its actually my turn to get a bit excited.

The idea behind the Liebster award is simply blogger recognition and appreciation. Accepting the award gives the nominee an opportunity to nominate other bloggers who can then nominate other bloggers.  By accepting the award I  need to share 10 facts about me and answer a few questions as well. So here are 10 very random facts about me.

  1. I watch episodes of Friends over and over again and I never get tired of seeing them.
  2. I don’t like having breakfast. It is really a challenge for me to eat that early in the morning and any time before 10 am is considered too early for me.
  3. I don’t think I am an awesome cook because I never quite know just how things will turn out. They usually turn out pretty good but I am well aware that it could easily go either way.
  4. I learnt to swim when I was 21. When you live on an island everyone assumes you can swim and rightfully so since there are beaches pretty much everywhere but I couldn’t before, but then I signed up for swimming classes and now I have a certificate to prove that I can.
  5. I turned 30 this year and a week ago I got asked for ID when I bought cider at   TESCO.
  6. I still get excited about all the toys and chocolates that are at the stores during Christmas.
  7. I know some people love makeup but for me I love organic skincare products. I don’t think I could ever have enough. I just love trying out new brands but I always go back to my favourites.
  8. I like everything to do with travelling I dot even mind waiting for the flight to arrive.
  9. I order pretty much the exact same thing whenever I go to fast food restaurants. Since I don’t go very often I really can’t be bothered to try whatever is new I rather just stick to what I’m used to.
  10. I have strawberry legs. If you don’t know what that is its the tiny dots that appear all over your legs due to shaving. I think for me it is a mixture of that and keratosis pilaris which has similar appearances on the skin. That is definitely my biggest insecurity.

In addition to sharing 10 random facts about myself Chelsea also asked me a few questions which I will answer below.

 

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I wanted to share my passions online. I started blogging definitely as a personal form of not just expression but relaxation as well. It can be a bit stressful maintaining a blog but overall it is such a rewarding experience. My advice to new bloggers is to keep at it because you can only ever get better and also to join a community of other bloggers where you can all support and encourage each other.

 

What is your favorite topic to write about?

Definitely organic skincare. Having beautiful skin has always been a passion  of mine and up until a few years ago I never paid much attention to the ingredients on some of my favorite skincare products. Choosing to take the organic route was one of the best decisions I ever made and I love sharing new brands and products that work for me.

 

What is your favorite movie?

A walk to remember is one of those beautiful but sad love stories without the predictable happy ending. It speaks of love that one would hope doesn’t just exist in movies.

 

Name a blogger who inspires you most and why?

Chelsea from blissfully bubbly definitely is an inspiration and its not because of the nomination lol. I love the layout of her blog, her choice of colours and the advice she provides especially on her Marriage Monday posts which I always  look forward to reading. There are so many bloggers who inspire me; I wish I could have selected more than just one but at least I can nominate a few of them.

 

If you could pick any place to live where would it be and why?

I would have to say St.Lucia because that is where I lived for pretty much all of my life and I will always consider it to be home even if I don’t live there right now.My family lives there and my husband’s family as well. It’s a beautiful island with very lovely people and I simply couldn’t imagine anywhere better than home.

 

Here are my nominees:

Jess from Jessxclare

Erika from PAE reviews

Kayla from Kayla Loves

El from Exclusory

Kris Marie from Boston Book Reader

Hebah from Hebah Pervaiz

Caitlin from Caitlincx

Carly from Pretty style of living

Becca from Becca Whiting

Sian from Okami-ammy

All of these bloggers inspire me for different reasons and they blog about beauty, lifestyle, books, gaming and all sorts of other things. They are different and all very much worth reading about.

These are the rules for accepting the award.

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show off your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started /give advice to a new blogger.
  • Answer the questions included below.
  • Select 5-10 bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and include the link to your post.

These are my 5 questions.

  1. Do you wish you started blogging sooner? Give a reason or reasons for your answer.
  2. What is your favourite childhood memory?
  3. What is your absolute best time of the year?
  4. What was the last post you read about?
  5. Where do you find your inspiration for blogging?

Hope you all enjoyed this post. As always thank you for reading.

 

 

 

Top 10 Tips On Turning 30

 

So now that we have managed to read out that title lol let’s get into this post. Today on December 2nd 2017 I turned 30; and given the fact that I am at home at 8:20 pm typing this post says a bit about what turning 30 looks like (I’m kidding) . This is one of those birthdays where at least one or maybe several people will tell you that you’re getting old. Even if technically you’re only one year older than 29 the absence of the number 2 makes it a big deal apparently.I don’t feel old at all, it’s just that I tend to enjoy makeup free days, spent doing absolutely nothing a lot more than I used to. I think this is why I chose this picture rather than one with me all glammed up with an inflated number 3 and number 0 suspended somewhere over my head.(no offence to others who choose to go that way I just can’t pull it off) So just in case you are about to turn 30, already 30 or wishing you could be 30 again here are my top 10 tips.

  1. Prioritize: Although you probably should not wait until you are 30 to do this but if you aren’t already there’s no better time than the present.I know everyone will be telling you that your biological clock is ticking but what this tip is really about is recognising how you are spending your time and whether the things that you are doing are actually worth your time anyway. Are you spending too much time on social media sites? Are you spending too much time in a relationship that isn’t going anywhere or are you not spending enough time doing the things that matter like spending time with family or spending time doing the things you love.

2. Organise your finances: If you haven’t already, start thinking about setting aside something for your retirement, medical bills or if you’re married consider a joint account to put towards your home or vacations or your next vehicle. Consider clearing or reducing your credit card bill. There is so much information online for ways to minimise spending and increase savings.It’s all about making the effort to improve the look of your bank account balance.

3. Wellbeing: With age comes different levels of responsibility. Maybe you have a husband, or children, a mortgage or student loan or maybe you are battling an illness; whatever the case may be, the truth is that life never ceases to present challenges, and these vary greatly from the ones you may have endured in your teens.It’s important to focus on your wellbeing  whether it is through spirituality, meditation, yoga, or your personal methods for self care, just be sure to do something that works for you.

4. Health: Eating well , sleeping well and exercise. If my husband ever read this he would probably wonder why I am not taking my own advice because I am so guilty of ignoring all 3, but your body tells you when you are lacking in any of these areas and you will notice if you pay attention to it. Although I am not the healthiest eater and there are days when I go on just 4 hours of sleep and I have donated to a gym or two lol I do try .

5.Fitness: Although I mentioned this previously I think its important to make this a tip all on its own. Maybe like me you cannot commit to a gym, but try working out at home especially if your job is not physically demanding .You will notice that your metabolism is not what it was before  and that extra milkshake will give you a bulge that wont just magically disappear in the morning like it used to so developing a lifestyle that includes fitness is definitely something you need to do.

6. Career: Are you already doing what you love? Are you in a job that challenges you? Are you making enough? Is there something else that you would rather be doing? Ask yourself these questions. Don’t delay your desire for more out of life.

7. Anti ageing Skin care: I got mixed reviews online on the best time to start using anti ageing products. I think you will notice the difference in your skin and know when you need to upgrade your skin care regimen.If nothing else invest in a good sunscreen. This is one product that I believe is critical to preserving that youthful glow.

8. Fall in love with yourself: You have had 30 years on this earth and if that wasn’t enough time to make you love you then maybe you need to start talking to yourself like you would someone you love. Give yourself compliments. Buy yourself something nice every once in a while; just be good to you.

9. Travel: I have always wanted to go to Paris. Maybe its the movies I’ve seen or maybe because I just love a bit of over the top romance every now and then; but its one of those places I’d love to go to. It’s refreshing and relaxing to experience new cultures with that special someone or just on your own. It gives you the opportunity to just unwind outside of the routine of life.

10. Don’t be too hard on yourself: These are just tips. They are tips that I constantly need to remind myself of because I am nowhere near perfect . I remember watching an episode of Friends once when Rachel turned 30 and she was trying to work out how much time she had left to have a baby. There’s absolutely no need to do that to yourself. I am 30 and yes I am married but I don’t have any children yet, my finances are not perfect, I don’t have abs, I don’t have a perfect a job and I am ok with that. I saw this quote once on Pintrest and I will end this post on that note. Your story is unique and so so different and not worthy of comparison. Always love and appreciate yourself for who you are. Here’s to 30!!!!!!!

Please let me know what you think and feel free to share some tips of your own in the comments below.