The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil #FindReggieLove

31 Jul 2016

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Growing up I would always use Tea Tree Oil on my spots. It wasn’t till I was older that I began to dabble in more 'sophisticated' spot treatments, but recently I have returned to the old favourite. For the most part, my skin is generally pretty clear, the only time I usually suffer is around the time of the month, however recently my skin has not been very happy and tea tree oil has really helped.

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca Oil, is derived from the leaves of the tea tree, a plant native to Australia (this is not related to the common tea plant that we use to make green and black teas). Most people know tea tree oil as a blemish treatment thanks to its topical antiseptic properties, but there are many other ways that you can use the oil such as to treat scars, soothe insect bites. To read 25 everyday uses for Tea Tree Oil, see here!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil* is a fair trade organic tea tree oil that comes from The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers' Association. I have been applying this oil morning and night, using a q tip to avoid spreading bacteria. Although an oil, it is much runnier and therefore dries quickly. When first applied it does sting a little, something I find strangely satisfying - at least I know it is doing something. It helps to dry out your blemish, reduce the redness and within a few days you will see the spot begin to disappear. 

The bottle is very medicinal, and the cap is leak proof making it very travel friendly. The applicator itself can be quite hard to use, I often struggle to get the product out - but after practice it does become easier. Although small, the bottle will last a long time as you only need to apply one or two drops morning and night.

I must mention that tea tree oil does not have the most pleasant scent, and it is very strong, however I don't mind it too much and it dissipates quickly. It doesn't help much with spots that have already filled with pus - therefore apply as soon as you see the first signs of a spot. This particular version contains 15% tea tree oil and costs £8 for 10ml, but if you are looking for a cheaper version that is 100% tea tree oil, check out Superdrugs own version for £2.99.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil


The Body Shop are currently running a campaign called Find Reggie Love, but who is Reggie you may ask. Reggie is a Red Shanked Douc, a monkey that is on the red list of endangered species. Doucs are poached for both food and use in Chinese medicine, and the forest that they live in is being destroyed, so they need our help. 

For every purchase made in participating stores, The Body Shop will contribute 1p to help restore the rain forest in Vietnam. Now this may not sound a lot, however 1p can help save 1 square metre of the rain forest, and help Reggie to find some friends to expand their population. This is an easy way to help make a difference whilst purchasing your favourite products from The Body Shop.

Do you use tea tree oil as a spot treatment?

24 Hours in Athens

27 Jul 2016

On our way to Santorini, we decided to stop in Athens for the day. Now, Athens is not a city I have thought to visit exclusively, but as our flight was going via Athens we decided to make the most of it and stay there for one evening. We landed just after 10pm, and left the following evening - leaving us 24 hours to explore the historical city of Athens. To be honest, we did very little planning before we got there, which surprisingly turned out very well.

Top of the list is the Acropolis. Yes, it is full of tourists, and it can get very hot in the middle of summer but you cannot go to Athens without taking a trip to the Acropolis. From afar, the Parthenon can be seen from most places in Athens, but up close it is even more impressive.

Be sure to head to Areios Pagos, a rock below the Acropolis where trials were held for murders in ancient times, to get amazing views of both the Acropolis and the city. If you want to beat the crowd, visit early morning or later in the day when it will also be a little cooler. 

Next up, head to Plaka for some lunch. Plaka, arguably the most beautiful neighbourhood in Athens, is a labyrinth of streets with whitewashed buildings. Some areas are very touristy, however you can spend hours strolling along the old cobbled streets, discovering the bars and cafes. Here we stopped in and had my favourite Greek food - souvlaki and Greek salad, whilst we watched the world go by.

Near to Plaka is the Acropolis Museum, which houses the old riches of the Acropolis. The setup of the museum is one of the best I have seen, arranged in chronological order from pre-history through the late Roman period. It is very modern offers a beautiful view of the Acropolis from the cafe/restaurant. This can take a few hours to get around but is well worth the visit.

Lastly, if you are after a quick and easy dinner head to Monastiraki Square and eat at one of the two famous tavernas - Thanasis and Bairaktaris. It is here that I experienced my first gyros and it sure was amazing - highly recommended.

Be sure to find out if anything is on in the city that day - whilst we were there, there was a food festival that was on which was so much fun.

24 hours is a good amount of time to get a feeling for the city, but if you can afford to stay a few more days then I suggest that you do. It is a great city to not really have much of a plan, but just explore side streets and get off the beaten track a little.

3 Simple Tricks to drink more water

20 Jul 2016


You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again - drinking water has many health and skin benefits. When you haven't had enough water, you become dehydrated and you may begin to experience dry skin, headaches, a dry mouth and worst of all, tiredness. So why do we not drink more water? I for one used to struggle to drink the recommended 2-3 litres a day, until I started tricking myself into drinking more. Here are some tips that will hopefully encourage you to try and drink some more water throughout the day.

This is a more recent discovery, but one that I would highly recommend. Hydratem8* is a water bottle with a difference. The markings on the water bottle remind you to keep drinking every hour, motivating you to reach that 2 litre mark. It has a flip straw which means it is very easy to use on the move, it is BPA free and can hold 900ml of liquid. Since using this water bottle I am definitely drinking a lot more. I am always checking that I have reached the recommended amount, and if not, I drink up. They come in a variety of colours and cost £13.99 each. For every purchase made they also donate £1 to Pump Aid, a charity who help provide safe water to those who need it the most.


If you struggle to drink a lot of water because you find it quite simply boring, add some fruit, vegetables or herbs. Not only do you get the benefits of the water, but you get added benefits from the fruit and vegetables. Here are my top three infusions:
> Raspberry and Mint - This has wonderful antioxidant properties from the raspberries, and the mint helps to aid your digestion.
> Blueberry and Oranges - This also has antioxidant properties from the blueberries and toxin flushing properties from the oranges.
> Lemons, Mint and Cucumber - Otherwise known as sassy water. This is a well known detox water that has been shown to help people lose weight.
Lastly, make drinking water a habit. Many people simply forget to drink water, however, adding it to your daily routine will mean that you are prompted to drink. This could be every time you pop to the bathroom you drink a glass of water, or when you go to sleep/wake up you drink a glass of water. Make it a ritual and every time you do said activity you will be reminded to drink some water. This is an easy way to add a few more glasses to your routine each day.

What are your tips for drinking more water?

DHC Rich Eye Zone Care Pack

17 Jul 2016

Every time I have my skin analysed I am told that my undereyes are dehydrated, so I am always on the look out for hydrating treatments.  I currently use the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado every evening, but sometimes I am in need of a little extra boost of hydration. Eye Masks are not that easy to come by in the UK, however DHC have just released the Rich Eye Zone Care Pack*. This deeply hydrating eye mask contains moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and elastin, which help to protect the skins natural moisture barrier and olive fruit oil to deeply hydrate.

There are 6 applications in the pack, and they are stored inside a plastic container. The right and left eye masks are paired together, and when you peel them apart you reveal the creamy formula. After cleansing and toning, you apply the mask to your eye area, leave for 10 minutes then masage any remaining cream into your skin. It is suggested to use this mask once or twice a week, so you can get up to 6 weeks worth of treatments in one pack.

The first time I used the mask, I found it quite hard to apply in a place that was comfortable. Little did I know that I had put them on the wrong way round! When applied the correct way, it is still a little uncomfortable, perhaps I have a large eye area? Once I removed the mask, I could instantly see a difference - my eyes looked bright and more awake. My under eyes looked much more hydrated and I could still feel the moisture is there hours later. I like that it works on both the under eye and on the upper lid, something that would be very beneficial to older skin.

The DHC Rich Eye Zone Care pack is now available online at for £15 (£2.50 per treatment).
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How and why you should be Double Cleansing?

13 Jul 2016

Double Cleanse

Every day your skin is ageing, and ensuring your face is thoroughly cleansed will allow your skin to work on preventing those ageing signs from appearing. The skin repairs itself overnight, and so, if you leave make-up on your face, or do not remove it properly, you will clog your pores, dehydrate your skin and it will really suffer.

Why Should I Double Cleanse? 
Double cleansing ensures that your skin is as clean as it can be. The first cleanse removes your make-up and any build up of dirt throughout the day, and the second cleanse provides a deeper cleanse. This will ensure that any products that you apply to your skin afterwards are as effective as possible.

Double Cleanse

The products you should use depend on your skin type, and what works best for your skin. If you have dry skin, cleansing oil and balms are best to remove your makeup. They are very nourishing and will not dry out your dry skin even more. If you have oily skin then you can still use an oil or balm if it does not break you out, otherwise stick to a cleansing milk. Use a muslin cloth to ensure all makeup is removed before moving onto your second cleanse. The second wash should be using a cleanser. If you have dry skin you may wish to use a moisturising cleanser, whereas if you have oily skin then a clay based cleanser will help soak up any excess oil.

Double Cleanse

Do I need to double cleanse morning and night?
No, you should only double cleanse at night. However, ensure that you wash your face again in the morning to remove any excess sebum and oil that has built up overnight. It is important that you use a cleanser, not just water, to remove any toxins that the skin has eliminated over night.

Over time you will begin to see a difference in your skin, your pores should appear smaller because they are now getting a much more thorough clean, and your serums and oils will be much more beneficial. 

Do you double cleanse?

The New Pixi by Petra AW16 Collection

10 Jul 2016

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max Endless Silky Eye Pen

Last week I was invited to the Pixi Flagship Store to have a sneak peak at the new AW16 Collection. There are a total of eight new products in the collection; three new skincare items and five new makeup items. If you are a fan of the Glow Tonic, look out for the new portable pads infused with the cult-classic called Glow Tonic To-Go (£20). There is also a Best of Bright Kit which gives you brighter clearer skin in just 3 quick steps (including a Glow Mud Mask which sounds fabulous). Lastly in Skincare they have the Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads (£10) which deeply condition your lashes and nourish the under eye area while effectively removing all your makeup.

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max Endless Silky Eye Pen

From the make-up launches, I got to try three products. The Lip Lift Max in Sheer Rose* (£14) is a peptide infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances. Initially I thought Sheer Rose would be too dark for me, but once applied it is the most beautiful rose colour that enhances the colour of your lips. The added peptides hydrate, firm and plump lips without it being too glossy and sticky. It also contains aloe, jojoba and chamomile which heals, moisturises and soothes your lips. I am pleasantly surprised with the gloss and although my lips do not look much different, there is certainly some plumping going on.

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max Endless Silky Eye Pen

They have also added two new colours to the Endless Silky Eye Pens* (£12) collection. As I am quite fair, black eyeliner can often look too harsh on me, so Graphic Greige is the perfect softer alternative. This long wearing, waterproof eyeliner is super soft and gentle on the eye. Once set it does not budge, therefore you have to be quick to blend. It stays on all day and I am in love with the colour - definitely recommended if you want something a bit different to black.

Pixi by Petra multibalm LipLift Max

Lastly, one of my favourite new releases in the Multibalm in Wild Rose* (£12). This multi use balm can be used on both your lips and cheeks, but I personally prefer this colour on my cheeks. It is infused with aloe vera, Shea butter and rose hip oil, so it is super moisturising. I blend this in with a brush on my cheeks and it gives you a beautiful flush of colour.

Along with these products, they are also releasing a lower lash mascara (£11) which has a super slim brush and short bristles to effortlessly cost lower lashes, and a deep brown ink liner, called Lash Line Ink in Velvet (£12).

The AW16 collection launches late July and is available online and in store.
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