NSPA Skincare – Beauty Review πŸŒ±

I am a self admitted, skin care screw up. Even that is an exaggeration, because I’d have to have some kind of skin care routine in the first place to screw it up!

I know I’ve been neglecting my skin, and taking advantage of my youth. Since I’ve been blogging a lot more recently and getting involved in the beauty community I have kind of realised I need to look after my skin a hell of a lot more. I don’t have unlimited funds for such things so I found myself looking in ASDA for some skin care products that were a great price and still gave me that luxury feel!

I came across the gorgeous NSPA Products exclusive to ASDA. They were on offer at 3 for two so I picked up three items that caught my eye! I looked on the back of the items and also realised they are vegan friendly and cruelty free along with being made in the UK. This ticked three big boxes for me because I am trying to be more conscious of the ingredients in my products, how they are tested and where they come from!

And before anyone mentions it, yes, I know I picked 1,2,2 instead of the recommended 1,2,3 but I have lots of moisturiser at home (this was the suggested no.3) and was much more intrigued by the radiant flash serum! Sometimes you just have to go with the items you like!

Review:

Price and Packaging: I picked up all three items for Β£10, which I think is amazing compared to some of the more high end products in this department! The packaging was precise, and modern. I love the fresh blue colour of the boxes, they really felt like luxury items!

Products:

I started the routine by using the Micellar Cleanser to wipe off any excess makeup from my already wiped face.

The instructions were as follows:

Apply generously to a cotton wool pad. Wipe the pad in gentle circular motions over skin to remove dirt and make-up, repeat as necessary until the pad is clear. For best results, use morning and evening and follow with Step 2 Treat and 3 Moisturise.

This item worked great! I used a cotton wool bud to wipe off any excess makeup from around my eyes and used a baby wipe to do the rest. There was no scent to this cleanser and it left my face feeling clean.

I then moved onto the Brightening Micro Derma Scrub using the instructions as follows:

Smooth Scrub onto damp skin and work in with gentle circular motions. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. Follow with Step 3 Moisturise. For best results, with dry skin exfoliate up-to three times per week. With more oily skin exfoliate up-to two times per week.

The gentle exfoliator was gentle like the packaging stated, the scent was also gorgeous, I feel like that had something to do with the added ginseng! Also containing vitamin E this exfoliator is designed to leave your face feeling clear, refined and smooth. It did!

After patting my face dry I applied a small amount of Epaderm moisturiser before moving onto my last item!

The Radiant Flash Serum – I just love this one! As you can see below, the glow is phenomenal!

Instructions: Apply serum onto cleansed skin, patting or smoothing in gently. Wear over or under makeup for an instant pick-me-up

I smoothed a pea sized amount over my cleansed face and it looked and smelt divine! I couldn’t pick it up on the photograph but it left my face shimmering ✨!

I am completely impressed with all aspects of these products, and I’m also really pleased that I went for numbers 1,2,2 because I feel like with my added moisturiser between I completed my perfect 4 step process!

I thoroughly enjoyed using these items and would definitely recommend! Have you used NSPA before?

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Lots of Love

L

Why being ginger rocks!

It is pretty plain to see I have ginger flowing locks. Admittedly my natural hair colour is a lot darker than the shade I’m currently rocking, but I just love having ginger hair!

*Insert sleazy Snapchat filter above*

Some people are repulsed by the colour and go to lengths to make it apparent. I’m lucky I don’t tend to care about what people think, as throughout my life I’ve had comments like

Do you think gingers will become extinct one day because no one wants a ginger baby’

‘I could see you from a mile away with that orange head’

Apparently gingers have no souls – this one I actually find pretty funny ! And apparently I’m ‘attractive for a ginger’ a comment my husband particularly dislikes as in his words I’m attractive for ANY woman!

Why is it that people feel the need to mock ginger hair? And why is it that ginger people have been excluded from the emoji community? πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ I am left with this emoji to call my own: 🦁

I’m pretty thick skinned so I’m not writing this post for my benefit. I’m not too fussed whether people like my hair colour or not, because I sure as hell do! I’m writing this post for the people who don’t have that confidence, the people who have been downtrodden by constant comments and now hate their ginger hair so much that they have put colourant over the top of it because they feel that they couldn’t possibly be beautiful without it.

It just isn’t true!

If you have ginger hair, you rock! Here are some cool facts to prove it…

  • Red heads are more likely to be left handed.
  • Red Heads are more sensitive to pain- yet tolerate it better.
  • Men with red hair are 54% less likely to develop prostate cancer.
  • Less than 2% of the worlds population have red hair.
  • Red Heads can produce their own vitamin D

Now if that doesn’t make you feel pretty cool then I don’t know what will! I happen to think that being a little bit different is awesome, and generally now I’m an adult I have receive lots of lovely comments on my hair colour.

If you do find yourself in a situation where your ginger hair is being mocked, just let that ‘no soul’ attitude shine through and they will get bored in no time!

I would love to hear some of your comments on this subject, so drop a comment below!

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Lots of Love

L

3 Ways to stay motivated with blogging!

Hey there people!

For a few weeks now I have been focusing on things that make me happy in life. While doing this I realised that I would like to pursue my dream of being a blogger/instagram influencer.

I am on a roll with consistently blogging and producing content at a good rate on my Instagram page (@loleihm), so I wanted to share some of the things that help me to stay on the ball!

1: If you’re feeling de-motivated, have a shower.

If you wake up and immediately feel like you just want to laze around all day doing nothing but eating snacks and binge watching Netflix, have a shower! Wash your hair, pamper yourself and have a think about your blog topic for today… when you’re done, get dressed! When you do these things, you will feel fresh and ready to have a productive day! When I feel fresh and ready I get a lot more done. When I stay in my pyjamas all day it seems that I stay in sleep mode for the entirety of it, and if you have a busy schedule, every bit of free time counts!

2: Take advantage when you’re being productive!

If you are on a roll one morning and you’ve done your makeup, and you’ve picked your outfit of the day to blog about for example, don’t stop there! Take photos of your outfit, then change it, is there another style you want to blog about in the near future? Put it on and get the evidence so that when you have a busy day, you have your content ready to go! If you did your makeup, what products did you use? Is there a product you’d like to review? If so, get the evidence! This means that you already have multiple things to blog about from one morning and you have all the photographs to prove it. Then if you do have a pyjama day, you can still type away on your phone and get that blog posted!

3: Remember the reasons why you started!

When you’re feeling down In the dumps and you’re not getting the followers or readership you wanted, at the rate you expected, DO NOT QUIT! Remember the reasons why you started and focus on those! Make a list of reasons why you love blogging and remember that if you are consistent and pour genuine passion into your blog topic you will slowly build up a following of like minded people!

So! Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Look Book 01: Surprise Party πŸŽ‰

I had such a brilliant weekend! And so did my Husband because I managed (with a lot of help from his Mother and Father) to throw him a surprise birthday party!

The goal was to make him feel special, because that is what he is!

We often dress up just to go for a meal at his mom and dads house, so I thought the perfect plan was to pretend we were having a meal there, when really all his friends and family were there waiting! It was awesome and he had no idea 😁!

Boots: Ego Shoes and dress: Boohoo I received many compliments on my carefully chosen outfit, which I was pleased about as I have been making an effort in the fashion department in recent times!I thought the colours in this outfit were just gorgeous and match with my complexion as sometimes I can look quite pale. The boots are actually so comfortable I could easily wear them on a night out!

The dress, I felt amazing in, but the only downfall was that the side split in the was actually very high! It looks ok in the photograph but if you’re moving around it rides up so given that it’s short already the booty is on show if it goes up any further πŸ˜‚! I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of flashing people so I actually wore some black gym shorts underneath. I don’t think I should have picked a bigger size as the dress fitted well everywhere else, I think this was just the design of the dress!

All in all I was pretty happy with this look! What do you think?

My new identity.

The 08/11/2017 was one of the best days of my life. It wasn’t THE best day of my life, because I’ve been lucky enough to have many amazing days, like finding out I was pregnant with my son! I don’t think you can have just one best day!

This day for Kieran and I, was about celebrating nearly 9 wonderful years together and shouting to the world that we’re in it for life. We have made it through some very difficult times together and even more brilliant times. I couldn’t believe he was the man I was meeting at the end of the aisle. I’m one lucky lady. If you don’t feel like that, even after years with one another, I would question whether you should be getting married at all!

I did not anticipate how life changing getting married really was! I realised quite quickly that tying the knot is more than just a man made construct. It was more than just a piece of gold on my finger. It was so much more than a pretty dress and one perfect day. I married my soul mate. I just checked into forever with THE most amazing person on the planet! Not only did I marry the love of my life. We created a new identity. We double barrelled our names to become the new Hemming-Marsh family. And let me tell you it is so refreshing! It seemed to both of us that with our new identity came the feeling of a new start. A new chance to evaluate what we want from our lives as individuals and a couple. Along with the feeling that all is right in the world because Mr and Mrs Hemming-Marsh are who we’ve always been. Two halves of a whole.

The majority of marriages (traditionally) include the bride changing her name to the grooms last name. I wondered what part this plays in the aftermath of identity in marriage. Does the lady feel fresh and new, while the male feels like he always has done. Or does the woman feel that she is fitting into someone else’s identity and leaving herself behind? For many women I can imagine it is a great honour to take their husbands last name. Lucky for me, the UK is pretty forward thinking in this department and we have more choice now. Whether it is the choice to change your name, or the choice to enter a same sex partnership.

It is wonderful being a wife. It is wonderful that we both felt we could make decisions that were right for us.

It’s a real sign of the times.