Sukin Super Greens Range

I’m always on the look out for new skin care as I still feel like I haven’t found skincare that fully suits my skin. Well now I think I have. I have very sensitive skin, a lot of products I have are just too harsh for my skin to cope with. Not Sukin though, I feel like it is perfectly suited for my skin. I will explain below why I love these products so much.

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Sukin Background

Sukin launched in 2007, by a Melbourne based family on a mission to create a high quality, affordable and effective natural hair and skin care. Their tagline is “Skin care that doesn’t cost the earth”. They are certified as 100% Carbon Neutral, Cruelty Free and Vegan. They have over 60 products out now. If you are from the UK you can purchase the products from the Sukin  website, Holland and Barrett and Boots!

Detoxifying Clay Masque

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  • Paraben Free
  • Clay based masque infused with Kale, Spirulina & Parsley to promote a clean, healthy and glowing complexion.
  • Detoxifying and packed with antioxidants and vitamins
  • Promotes youthful and healthy skin
  • Also lots of great natural ingredients.

I really love the masque, usually when I put a mask on my face I have to remove it within few minutes as it starts to burn/irritate my skin. It’s safe to say that this masque did not do this. It felt really comfortable and nourishing on my skin. This masque also has a really great texture. When I remove the masque my skin feels and looks great. Which is something everyone wants to see from a mask hey! I also had a friend stay round one night and she tried the masque and really loved it. It does everything it says on the packaging  & it suits my sensitive skin perfectly. I use this product once a week.

 

Detoxifying Facial Scrub

  • Blend of Kale, Spirulina and parsley to promote a healthy glowing complexion
  • Jojoba beads and Bamboo gently exfoliate the skin
  • Micro Jojoba beads and Bamboo offer the skin a gentle polish to remove dirt and impurities.
  • Detoxifying and packed with antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Pineapple, Liquorice and Lime peel promote a clear and radiant complexion
  • Sulphate and Paraben free

The thing I loved about this scrub is that it’s not harsh when rubbing it on your face, you can clearly tell you are exfoliating your skin but it’s very gently and effective. The liquid its self is very soft on your skin and with the beads working their magic, my skin feels amazing after every use. I use the product twice a week and love it. I have noticed a difference in my skin since using this product. The products also have a non-overpowering cranberry scent, which is lovely.

I will 100% be re-purchasing my products when they run out as well as some other products by Sukin! I couldn’t recommend this skin care brand enough!

Thanks for reading,

Love From Liv xo

*These products were kindly sent to me. All opinions are honest and my own*

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Interviewing Bloggers: Coffee With Kays

This week I interviewed the lovely Kays. Please read below to find out more about her…

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1) Could you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Hi! My name is Kayleigh-Anne, I’m 22, I’m a first year university student. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, I love to blog about anything from fashion and beauty to advice and food! 

 

2) What inspired you to start blogging?

I had a diary for years and during a clear out I stumbled across my old diaries and I flicked through reading them thinking how great it would have been to share these with the world. My diary entries would be product reviews and deep meaningful life lesson talks and it almost felt like I was giving advice to the reader even though the reader would only ever be me, so I wanted to change that and I decided to essential share my new “diary” with the world in the form of a blog!

 

3) How has blogging improved/made a positive impact on your life?

I’ve got to know some really wonderful people through blogging, it’s great to be a part of a community in which everyone is so supportive and positive towards you. I feel like if I’m ever having a bad day I can turn to my blog or my blogging friends and both will cheer me up. It’s also been so therapeutic to be able to express my feelings into a blog post, I’ve also got to work with some brands and that’s been incredible too!

 

4) What is your biggest blog achievement?

Honestly I think the achievement for me is that I’ve managed to get so much out of this blog. I was once voted as blogger of the month by a website which blew me away however after an interview with them and waiting a long time for the announcement to go up it never happened which kind of sucked. I think personally the thing I’m most proud of is when I made a blog post about DIY Christmas cookie decorations and it hit 3000 reads in about 2 days, it felt surreal! You can read that here: www.coffeewithkays.co.uk/2016/12/16/diy-christmas-cookie-decorations/ 

 

5) Where do you want to in 5 years with your blog?

I think it’s pretty much every bloggers dream to be able to support themselves with their blog and make a career from it. I would of course love for that to happen! Time can only tell, Coffee With Kays also has a SUPER EXCITING secret project in the making which you’ll find out more about in a few weeks time so keep your eyes peeled on my blog for that!

 

6) What do you find frustrating about blogging?

I think the expectations in the blogging world has become a very big thing, everyone seems to need to have incredible photography skills, bright beautiful Instagram pages and the most incredible imaginative content to be able to call themselves bloggers when really if you got an internet connection & a passion for putting thoughts and feelings into a post, you can do it, you can blog about whatever you want to, you don’t need an incredible camera, brilliant lighting and the latest collection of beauty products. Make it what you want to and just go for it.

 

7) Does your blog have a niche?

To be honest I literally blog about whatever I fancy, i don’t think having a niche is important, or maybe that is my niche?

 

8) Do you blog full-time or part-time?

Part time, although focusing on my social media surrounding my blog is something I pretty much do all day every day. Checking my Instagram feed in lectures is quite difficult!

 

9) Where do you find inspiration/ideas for your blog posts?

They literally just pop into my head, I see something and think I can make a blog about it, or something happens to me and it makes me want to type away! I love-inspiring myself with other people’s blogs too though!

 

10) How do you drive traffic to your blog?

have an Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page. I love to promote my blog posts on all of them, I find that I get the most engagement through twitter though.

11) How many times a week do you blog?
Usually once a week however when something pop us that I really want to share I usually can’t hold it and just put it up early!
12) Do you have any bloggers that love and read religiously? If so name them and their blogs.
I love love love poppy deyes, she makes blogging about the simplest of things so interesting with her words and photos, I love it. I also religiously follow Leanne Haycock (www.leannehycck.co.uk), she’s a good friend of mine and her blog is just so incredible! 

 

 

5 Minute Whole Wheat Pancakes

So you fancy pancakes for breakfast, brunch or just when ever the hell you like but you are trying to be healthier, I have got the perfect pancakes for you. They are so light, fluffy and tasty you wont regret making these! I have made these for a few people and they have all loved them. The great thing about pancakes is the toppings, you can either keep it all healthy and light or visit the dark side and make the pancakes naughty, the choice is yours!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  •  1/4 tsp salt
  • tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup oil

 

Instructions

  1. Add wheat flour and milk to a blender and blend on high for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Cook on a hot greased griddle/frying pan for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. (The batter will be VERY thin and you may start to question my judgement 🙂  but press forward and you’ll see, they will puff up and be perfectly light and tender!)

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I found this recipe on Pinterest which is where I find majority of recipe’s and other ideas. The website www.tastesbetterfromscratch.com. Go over and have a look at her stuff, so many great ideas on there!

 

Please let me know if you make these.

Love from Liv xo

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Before I start this blog post I have to just say, ITS FRIDAY! WAHOOOOO. The day most of us have been waiting and dreaming of. Let the weekend commence.

My blog was a year old a little while ago and I thought what better way to celebrate and say thanks to my readers was to do a giveaway. Don’t get me wrong its nothing huge and nothing too expensive as this is my first giveaway.

I included the Sleek I-Divine Ultra Mattes V2 Darks & The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate.

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In order to enter you must follow me on Twitter, like and retweet my pinned tweet. The winner will be picked on 1/3/17 and the winner will be contacted on Twitter. GOOD LUCK and who ever wins I hope you enjoy the products!

Love From Liv xo

A Weekend In Amsterdam

Me and a few of my girlie friends decided to go on weekend away to Amsterdam! In the group was a couple of the girls birthdays so why not head to the Dam!

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As you all probably know that I am not good with flying – anxiety central!! But you know what, I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but I smashed that flight, probably helps that it was 40 minutes and was the smoothest flight I have ever been on and I was surrounded by some of my best friends who were on hand to try to keep me calm if a panic attack was to show its face but it didn’t! I did have more anxiety going home but I did it and made it back to the UK alive and well.

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Our flight was at 7am UK time so it got us in to Amsterdam around 9 something. We got the train from the airport the main train station in Amsterdam. Which was cheap and about 15 minutes. As you can imagine 7 girls let loose, we were all very excited to get the weekend started.

We arrived at out hotel which The Notting Hill hotel which is just outside the centre. I would 100% recommend this hotel, it was lovely and all the staff were super helpful and cheerful! Also because we stayed outside the centre and had a little walk in ,we got to experience a little bit more of Amsterdam. We found some of the best photos on our little walks to and from the hotel. Literally every house/building is so interesting.

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We went out to explore and to get FOOD! One of the girls we went with goes to Amsterdam a fair bit and had told us about chips with satay sauce, I know right? Weird? I thought the same. All the girls loved them and ended up having them a fair few times throughout the trip. Sadly I didn’t like the combination so I stuck to mayo and ketchup. Nice and safe! We found a nice café in the sun and had drinks, which was so welcomed as we were all feeling tired and needed a little refresher. We sat and people watched and took in Amsterdam’s sights. Unfortunately, it all got a bit too much for me and anxiety struck, so off I went back to the hotel with one of the girls for a mint tea and well deserved bath. We all went out for dinner on this night for 2 of the girls birthdays, the restaurant they chose was called Meatless District (majority of the girls I went with are vegan/vegetarian). This is ideal for people who don’t eat meat, everyone had a lovely starter but no one thought much to the mains unfortunately . They bought out slices of 2 different cakes for the birthday girls, those cakes were INCREDIBLE. I would go back there for that. The restaurant had a nice vibe and was cool décor. We ended up being awake for about 19 hours in total that day. Safe to say most of us were ready for a good night sleep by the time the night had ended!

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On the 2nd day we went for brunch at Bakers & Roasters which I would highly recommend but what I would say is either book or get there early as when we arrived the queue was out the door and there was a 45 min wait. Which we waited for, in my eyes if some where is that busy and popular they must be doing something right. We didn’t want to miss out on a good brunch. Plus whilst we were waiting we kept drooling over people’s food that was coming out of the kitchen! When we got seated we had a lovely table at the back on the restaurant, kind of in its own little space with a whole wall behind us of plants which was lovely. The food was good and worth the wait in my opinion! We then headed out and split in to two groups, some of the girls wanted to experience the smoking side of Amsterdam and others wanted to explore. We took ourselves  to the famous Red Light District, which was bloody fascinating as it is just not something you see at home.  Every alley way we spotted that was lit up by red light we found ourselves down taking it all in! We also visited the prostitute museum which was really interesting, worth a visit. Me and my friend, decided to book  massage at the Conservatorium Hotel which was incredibly fancy, the massage was so bloody good. 50 minutes of pure heaven. Also their pool area was beautiful, I would go back there 100%. Very zen environment. We had dinner in the hotel then walked to explore Amsterdam at night which was beautiful. We ended up back in the red light district, had crepes and had a walk around, It’s even better at night! Complete spur of the moment but we ended up in a sex show. Now I know what you are thinking… Why would you want to pay 40 euros to watch a sleazy awkward sex show? WELL it was all of those thing but it was such a funny experience and I’m so glad I went. Before the actual sex act there were strippers who had some very questionable talents. You can’t go if you are a prude/get offended easily that’s for sure! In my eyes it was 40 euros well spend. It had a wow factor that I cannot describe haha!

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On the third day things were a little more tricky got me. Anxiety and panic attacks had kept me up majority of the night. Anxiety and no sleep is a really bad mixture. Luckily I got to keep my room for a bit longer and managed to get another hour or so sleep. My body wanted to sleep for days but it wasn’t possible. We checked out and headed back in to central Dam by tram which by the way I would advise, so cheap and quick. Did some shopping and had some food before it was time to head off to the airport and fly home. Also Amsterdam airport is probably the nicest airport I’ve ever visited!

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So much happened in that weekend, so many stories, some I can’t share because it’s not appropriate or they’re all inside jokes that would not be funny to anyone but us.

Amsterdam is such a beautiful place, I would love to return. There is so much to see and take in!

Thanks for reading!

Love from Liv xo

 

 

 

Interviewing Bloggers: Abbey Louisa Rose

This week I have interviewed the lovely Abbey Louisa Rose. Please read below to find out more…

Abbey Louisa Rose – Abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  1. Could you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Hey guys, nice to meet you all! My name is Abbey, I am 21 and I’m an archaeologist and blogger from Oxford, England.  I blog over at Abbeylouisarose, a blog I started about 6 months ago. Thanks so much to Liv for letting me participate in this interview. Lets get started!

 

2. What inspired you to start blogging?

I actually (completely by random) came across another bloggers Twitter page and clicked on to her blog. It seemed like such a fun and creative experience that I thought “I have got to try it” since then I have never looked back! I adore blogging and its my all time favourite hobby.

 

3. How has blogging improved/made a positive impact on your life?

I’ve met some amazing people, improved my confidence, and learnt that I am never alone. Sometimes with mental health conditions it feels like nobody understands but in the blogging community, I am surrounded by incredible, inspiring people who are so inclusive and often have gone through exactly what you are experiencing. Knowing this is so comforting.

 

4. What is your biggest blog achievement?

I have worked with some amazing brands such as Sleek Makeup, All Bar One and the Beauty Booth and it was unbelievable to be contacted by companies like this. I definitely feel a sense of achievement when ever I hit ‘publish’ and also when I receive a comment on my blog. Knowing that people enjoy and engage with my content is such a rewarding feeling!

 

5. Where do you want to be in 5 years with your blog?

Who knows? I don’t really have any long-term blogging goals. I really just want to continue enjoying blogging for as long as possible and to keep up with all the wonderful friends I have made within the community.

 

6. What do you find frustrating about blogging?

Sometimes people in the community can be fickle. For example, a blogger who I had supported loads (helped proof read her posts, hosting chats for her, promoting her online services) once un-followed me without a word, and wrote a thinly veiled bitchy tweets about how I ran my blog. This really upset me at first but now I have moved onwards and upwards! Fickle people are everywhere and sometimes you just cant take it personally!

 

7. Does your blog have a niche?

My blog is hard to fit in to a niche, I blog about everything from baking to DIY’s t travel to lifestyle and advice. My blog niche is just ME. If I find it interesting, you can bed you’ll find it on my blog!

 

8. Do you blog full-time or part-time?

Part-time. I blog alongside attending university (I’m currently studying for a M.St in classical Archaeology at Oxford Uni) and my job as a tutor.

 

9. Where do you find inspiration/ideas for your blog posts?

Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere! It might be something that’s happened in my life, a book I’ve read or a TV show I’ve watched, to something big that happens in the blogging community! With a bit of imagination, you can blog about pretty much anything, so my advice for people lacking in inspiration is just to give anything a go! You never know until you try!

 

10. How do you drive traffic to your blog?

Twitter, Twitter, Twitter! I’m lucky enough to have a fabulous, engaged following on Twitter, so I schedule tweets using Hootsuite to ensure that this following translates into blog views. I keep up with everyone else’s blogs using Twitter too.

 

11. How many times a week do you blog?

Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. If I’m really excited about a post or there’s something that I really want to share, I’ll post more often, but mostly it’s just twice a week.

 

12. Do you have any bloggers that love and read religiously? If so name them and their blogs.

So many! My long-time favourites are:
They all produce such fab content and they’re all lovely girls too!

 

Thank you so much to Abbey for letting me interview you!

Love from Liv xo

 

 

15 Things Only Girls Who Love Wearing Black Will Understand

Now I don’t know about you but I effin love black clothes, always have and always will.

Here  is a list of things only girls who LOVE black clothes will understand.

♥ Not all black matches, there’s literally about 50 shades of black. Which is super annoying btw!

♥ Accessories are SO easy. Literally anything goes

♥ Stains? What stains? Except for toothpaste, what a bastard.

♥ The term “all black errrrrything” literally could not be truer.

♥ When you are shopping just look at the black clothes, asking the sales assistant if the item comes in black or shopping online and just clicking that little box that says refine; black. TICK!

♥ Joking that the colour of your outfit matches your heart/soul/personality.

♥ BLACK IS SLIMMING MATE. DUHHHH

♥ You have mastered the pop of colour nicely.

♥ Getting dressed really doesn’t take that long.

♥ Stop asking if im going to a funeral. Its old and boring.

♥ Summer is a bit of a pain as shops try to suggest vibrant colours.

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♥ Washing is easy, there’s only one pile and its darks :).

♥ Remember, black is timeless.

♥ If you feel like you are having one of those days where you just want to blend in to the background then you have got yourself covered.

♥ People always assuming that you are depressed because you wear black. BLACK IS MY HAPPY COLOUR I’LL HAVE YOU KNOW!

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Love from Liv xo