Sunday, 22 February 2015

DIY Herbal Facial Steam // Pore Cleanser

There's nothing quite like taking a morning or evening out of your daily routine for a little pamper sesh, some quiet time to just relax and rejuvenate. My 'me' time is usually a sunday morning if we're not out for a walk or exploring new places. I usually slather on some intensive hair treatment and apply a face mask, maybe paint my nails and put on some of my fave tunes. This week, I tried something different, a Herbal Facial Steam. I've been doing some research into home-made and organic beauty lately as I really want to try using less chemicals on my body and to make more conscious decisions about the brands I do use, how ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly they are. Also, It can work out a lot cheaper to make your own beauty products, so it's a winner all round!

Warm, moist heat from the a facial steam encourages pores to perspire and breathe, which, in turn, boosts circulation and injects moisture into deep skin layers. The steam helps to get rid of toxins, encouraging the appearance of less prominent black heads and clogged pores...hoorah! With the help of the steam, beneficial oils from the herbs are released into the skin and act as astringents or tonics to aid in healing.
This super refreshing, pore cleansing steam has a mix of herbs that will tighten your skin, boost circulation and combat excessive oiliness. You can use this steam once or twice per week and just mix up the herbs as needed.
You will need:
3 cups of freshly boiled water
1tsp Yarrow
1tsp Sage
1tsp Rosemary
1tsp Peppermint
I already had Sage and Rosemary in amongst all my other herbs and spices I use for cooking. I purchased my Peppermint and Yarrow from Ebay,it was really affordable and gave me enough to last for months.
First, prep your skin by giving it a thorough cleanse. I like to use a cleanser first then give it a another cleanse with some face wash.
Add your herbs to a large bowl and place in a position where you can sit comfortably for 10-15 minutes.
 Pour in the boiled water and let steep for 5 minutes or so.
After the herbs have been infusing for 5 minutes, place your face directly over the bowl, about 10 inches from the water so you avoid burning your skin. Cover your head and shoulders with a large towel to create a 'tent'. Now, simply close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax. Once finished, splash your face with tepid then cool water and pat dry.

My skin felt so soft and nourished after this and breathing in the herbs was so refreshing and relaxing, it's a great way to unwind. I'll definitely be adding this to my weekly routine.







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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Conscious Consumer // NEOM Organics 'Happiness Candle'

Neom was launched in 2005 by Nicola Elliot. It all started with Nicola, a trained aromatherapist with a passion for wellness, creating bespoke blends that worked as therapies to help her friends, stressed-out city workers to busy mums lacking in energy - with sleep, stress, energy and psychological wellbeingNicola turned her bathroom into a luxury apothecary to create little bottles of beautiful smelling oils that treated her friends in a serious therapeutic way.
"The light bulb moment came ahead of my sister's birthday - a staunch greenie who was having trouble sleeping. I wanted to create something really special, combining the complex blends of essential oils I was known for among friends and family in a luxurious, uniquely chemical-free product that my sister would want to use every night."
The Neom 3-wick candle was born, the first in a whole range of 100% natural and truly therapeutic products. Hailed as the first of their kind, they not only smell amazing (they really do) but they can transform the way you actually feel.

I was very fortunate enough to win one of these gorgeous 3-wick candles recently thanks to a Facebook comp I nonchalantly entered one Monday morning. A couple of days later, the Happiness scented 3-wick candle arrived at my door. At £45 it's really not something I would have ever considered buying, it's definitely out of my price reach! But as I started to un-box it, it was clear to see that this product is definitely worth the money if you can afford it.
The packaging is just beautiful. I love the soft, water-colour like print to the outer box and the frosted glass of the candle. It looks really premium, which is what you want if you're shelling out that much for a candle.
As soon as you lift the lid the scent already begins to fill the air, it's strong but not in an over-powering way. It smells fresh and spring-like, with top notes of freshly cut grass. When the candle is lit, the fragrance is of course a lot more noticeable, but even when it's not lit, the room smells amazing. The candle has a burn time of 50 hours and is recommended to burn the candle for a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 hours each time to ensure the wax burns evenly.
Lighting candles is a big part of my evening ritual, alongside getting cosy in my pj's and wrapping up in a blanket to watch an episode of whatever we're currently into on Netflix. Candles signify time to relax and unwind. There is something just so peaceful about watching those little red flames flicker and glow in a dimmed room
The fragrance of this candle is so different from any scented candle that I've had before, and I love that it's 100% natural, no chemicals just pure ingredients. There are 8 pure essential oils blended within this candle that help to promote a more up-lifted state of mind, boost positivity and balance emotions, the perfect end to the day. If you're feeling really spendy then Neom have teamed up with Jenny Packham and created a range of luxury candles, including the ultimate Happiness Candle that burns for 150 hours, but will set you back £295! 

On their products, Neom label the percentage of the ingredients that are organic and the percentage that are natural. Their candles do not have the ingredients listed as they are not used on the skin. Their candles are made from a blend of 100% natural vegetable waxes and 100% natural pure essential oils. Neom also say that they have had independent tests to confirm that there are no chemical fertilisers or synthetic pesticides used in the farming stages that make those waxes and essential oils.

Neom are proud to say that they never ever use any synthetic ingredients petrochemicals, SLS, parabens, PEGs or silicone nor are their products or ingredients used are tested on animals.

I'm not sure my regular (cheap) scented candles are gonna cut it when this one runs out, I'd love to say I'll be re-purchasing but I'm not sure I can justify splurging that much on a candle just yet. Check out Neom World for more graphics a-washed with pastel painty splodges and top tips on how to sleep better, energise and stress less. 
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Thursday, 12 February 2015

DIY Ear Muffs

It's pretty chilly here in the UK with Spring feeling like it's still sooo far away. Most of the time I just bung on a beanie hat for fear of cold ears and looking like a wind-swept mess, but for those crisp, non blustery days when you like to have your locks free and avoid 'hat hair' ear muffs are the answer. The are both practical and can be pretty stylish too.You can also wear them with your hair up making them a super versatile winter accessory. They're fairly affordable to buy but why not make your own for even cheaper and to your own design? It's really simple and only uses a few materials. All you need is your chosen faux fur fabric, some headbands, stuffing, glue and needle and thread.
I got my faux fur from Ebay as a couple of odd pieces that someone no longer needed. You really don't need much fabric to make one pair of ear muffs, so you should be able to find an oddment quite cheaply.
Firstly, find something circular to draw around that's  slightly larger than your ears, remembering to add a little extra for seam allowance. Draw 4 circles on the reverse of your fabric.
Once you have 4 circles, you need to turn them right sides together and sew about 3/4 of the seam together leaving an opening at the top. Pay attention to the direction of the fur and place the two pieces together to match. Once sewn, turn out the right way and stuff with toy stuffing. I used the innards of an old pillow.
Work out roughly where you want your muffs to sit on your ears by placing the headband loosely inside the padded fur circles and place on your head. Once you have everything aligned, apply some glue to the bottom part of the headband and secure into the middle of the stuffing as shown below.
Once the glue has dried, sew up the hole using a double thread. Don't worry if you're not a neat sewer, the faux fur hides all the stiches!
That's it! I made 4 variations because I had a lot of fabric and I wanted to experiment with the different headbands I had too. I covered 2 of the ones I made with ribbon by simply gluing the trims onto the top of the headbands then sewing it together underneath to secure if tightly around.
I think they turned out really well and they're really cosy, plus I have a few different options to choose from when I'm wearing different outfits.
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Meccano Jewellery & Giveaway

In April last year, I published a DIY post on making a statement necklace from Meccano pieces. Towards the end of the year I got a really lovely e-mail from the brand manager for Meccano at Spin Master, saying that they loved what I'd made! After a phone call (all the way from L.A) I received a big box of Meccano goodies for me to play with and create new jewellery pieces from.

I decided to try and make a collection of pieces, rather than just randomly create. I started to sift through the Meccano pieces and pick out anything that caught my eye or could be interesting to use. I gathered together my other craft bits, chain, jump rings, gemstones and embroidery thread and sat down to experiment. Here's what I came up with:
I liked the idea of mixing different mediums and textures together, combining industrial-looking construction pieces with natural gemstones, bound together with silk thread.  The plates were really easy to work with as the shapes and holes allowed for other objects to be attached to them or to hang from them. I even used some of the bolts and washers that were included in the Meccano kits I got. I'm really happy with how they turned out and think that they're really wearable pieces, whether you're looking for a statement piece or simple pendant.

// G I V E A W A Y \\
I thought that seeing as some of these pieces were gifted to me, I'd pass on the love and hold a little giveaway. I'll be giving away one piece of jewellery from this collection to one reader. You can enter worldwide and the closing date isn't until the 20th February, so there's plenty of time to enter and share! All you have to do is leave a comment below saying which piece is your favourite, visit and like the RENIQLO page on facebook and if you're on Pinterest, follow me on there too. Winner will be picked at random and announced at 6pm GMT on Friday 20th February via blog comment on here and also on Facebook.

Thanks for entering and good luck!


If Meccano's your thing, check out https://community.meccano.com for inspiration.
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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Conscious Consumer // Reformation

Reformation  have managed to combine fashion and sustainability with an undeniable cool and sassy edge. The sight boasts beautiful clothing, beautiful styling and photography to boot, make a quick browsing sesh suddenly turn into 'Oh I need that'. With designs and styles fitting into to various collections or 'stories', Reformation is an inspiring place to shop in more ways than just the beautiful clothing.

Reformation design limited-edition collections and manufacture those styles in their downtown LA factory. This allows them to release designs that reflect the latest fashion trends within  just a few weeks. By selling in their own boutiques and online store, Reformation eliminate the traditional retail markup. They source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments, and incorporate green practices throughout their supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact generated by most fashion brands.

"We are changing the way people think about fashion by demonstrating that fashion can be sustainable without sacrificing any element of design. It is our mission to lead and inspire a fashionable way to be sustainable. We do this by raising awareness around the impact fashion has on the environment and at the same time offering sustainable solutions."


Being a sustainable company is not just a notion for Reformation, it's a passion. This is more than apparent as you scroll through their site and land upon the extensive information they give on the 'Impact of Fashion', and I recommend you read it.

About 15% of their products are made from 'deadstock' fabrics (leftover, over-ordered fabric from designers and fabric warehouses). Often these fabrics are available just a few miles from Reformations factory, allowing them to reuse and divert these materials from the landfill. Alongside 'deadstock' fabrics, Reformation also hand-select one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are tailored and refreshed for their stores. They also buy bulk vintage denim, cashmere and other materials which can be refashioned and included in their collections.

'We always try to source our raw goods locally and domestically first. What we can't produce in our own Los Angeles factory, whether due to expertise or capacity restraints, we send to a manufacturer a couple miles away. We screen suppliers for negative social and environmental practices, seeking those with eco-friendly manufacturing processes and fair, safe labor practices.'

Reformation are also encouraging you to be a 'Healthy Dresser' and 'join the Reformation'  as they state that Up to two-thirds of a product's carbon footprint occurs during consumer care. Here they offer some easy ways to join the Reformation and make a difference by 'washing smart', 'green dry cleaning' and 'recycle and donate'.

Behind each garment is it's story, what it's made from and how it's green. A lot of garments made by Reformation use Tencel fabric which is made from biodegradeable, renewable, sustainably harvested wood pulp. It's manufactured in a closed-loop system, which means all excess materials get reused. Tencel tee only uses 6 gallons of water to produce, compared to 257 gallons to produce a traditional tee. As well as Tencel, Viscose is another favourite as it's a natural fibre and is therefore also biodegradable, unlike Petroleum based synthetics like polyester,  which can take over 200 years to decompose.

But one message that's crystal clear is that you can do all this and look hell of a good doing it.
All images found via Reformation Pinterest page

I can't get enough of this brand! The whole package. I love what they're doing, what they stand for and that the clothes they are making? Dreamy. I've been following them on Instagram for some time. They have the passion behind the lust-worthy designs and my Insta feed has a steady flow of both inspirational quotes and fashion snippets. I'm on board and have joined the Reformation, now who's with me?

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