Crete 2017

Another year, another Greek Island!

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(Balos Island, Crete)

After our adventurous, action packed trip to Sri Lanka in April 2017 (yet to be blogged), we decided to have a chilled beach holiday before the dull Irish winter  hit us, and let’s be honest, it was always going to be a Greek Island. You know me! Obsessed!

Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, known for its pristine white beaches, the largest gorge in Europe, historic sites, delicious food and so much more.

Ryanair fly directly from Dublin to Chania, so we booked our flights and over the coming weeks we scanned bookings.com for some deals on accommodation and planned out a route to see as much as  we possibly could in seven days.

To be honest, the thoughts of Hersonissos made me anxious, I hate those party resorts, it’s just not my thing. It never was actually, its not that i’m old now or anything! I’ve just always preferred a chilled, small town with character kinda vibe which we found after we landed in Chania and drove east (at an ungodly hour in the middle of the night) to Agios Nickolas. There we spent the first four days of our holiday exploring the quaint town and it’s surrounding beaches.

Agios Nickolas is a bustling town with lots of restaurants and bars and thankfully no strip with clubs so it was ideal for us.

We had a heavenly sea view from our hotel room. Our accommodation was a five minute walk to the centre and a few minutes walk to a small beach so in essence, if you wanted to stay there for your seven nights and not rent a car, you would have everything you need.. but you know me, I love to explore!

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So off we went……

Vai Beach, The only natural palm tree beach in Europe was top on our list and the reason we chose to stay on this side of the island for the first four days to be honest.

The story behind the palm trees is that Arab pirates came in their ships, ate the dates they had brought with them and threw the stones on the ground. From these dates grew about 6,000 palm trees, of which 4,500 are still growing today.

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To be honest, its not breathtaking and it takes about two hours to drive there from Agios Nickolas. There is a large sandy beach with loungers and parasols and restaurants but it didn’t have the crystal clear water that I love. We did stay the day and enjoyed a few mythos in the sun.

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Along the way down to Vai, we saw loads of sheltered coves with the crystal clear water so we had to check them out.

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The countryside was lush at times and changed with every bend in the road. The Island had a lot to offer.

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Time went to fast and before we knew it, It was time to make our way to Chania where we would spend our final few days.

When we arrived at Chania old town, we parked our jeep outside the walled town and made our way to our accommodation by foot. Walking through the narrow streets was captivating.  I love looking in the open doors of people’s one bedroom houses.

Once we had checked in, it was clear to see that we had made a mistake. We should have spent the whole seven days in Chania. It was beautiful there. The streets were busy at night but the good kind of busy, the place was alive.  Navigating your way around the narrow, winding streets and deciding on a place to eat became our evening ritual.

Waking up in our amazing suite and heading straight to the rooftop for our breakfast with the breath taking views of the old Venetian harbour below was enough to get you out of the comfortable bed without hesitation.

 

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From Chania, you can easily drive to Elafonisi, Balos and Lake Kournas.

Elafonisi beach is beautiful but crowded, still, I defiantly recommend going there.

Apparently the pink sand is disappearing because tourists keep taking jam jars of it, you can barely see it at the waters edge but it is truly beautiful when the light hits the right spot and the pink sand becomes visible.

So if you go there, don’t be a dick!! Take only pictures…. (hehe)

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Seeing as we were close, we decided to check out Lake Kournas, the only fresh water lake in Crete. The drive there was lovely, the lake is in a beautiful valley resting among the hills. We sat and had lunch and watched the slow moving pedalos. A very relaxing, quiet place.

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Balos, the finale of our trip. We defiantly saved the best for last.

We set off for Balos and arrived around mid day,  cautiously, we tackled the long dirt track all the way down as far as we could.

I would advise renting a 4×4 when travelling to Balos as the area its self is protected so the road is….well, its not really a road, its more a dirt track and quite bumpy so rental cars can get damaged easily.

Just look at that view though, if you go to Balos by boat you will miss this view, unless you are willing to hike, yes, I said hike, up to see it. Make sure you pack enough supplies, especially a beach umbrella. The decent from the top to the beach is not long but when you stop to take in the view you can be awhile so make sure that you already have your sun cream on.

Being in Balos was just magical. The closest thing you can get to the pristine blue shallow waters of the Maldives for so, so much less money.

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As it happens, Holiday guru has a deal for Crete at the moment. Check it out below:

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I would 100% go back there as there was so much we didn’t get to do, the sameria gorge is defiantly still on my list. We traveled in September and the temperatures were a nice toasty 29-degrees.

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Why natural skincare is the most effective skincare!

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I have been asked time and time again “what skincare do you use? what foundation do you use? your skin is always so flawless!”.

I have always been into a skincare routine ever since I was a teeny bopper. Back then, all I knew was the Simple range and it worked well for me, however as I grew up it wasn’t enough.

When I went to college I was lucky enough to stumble across Lush and like everyone does, I fell in love with it. I loved their cleansers, toners, moisturisers, masks…. I loved everything about them. Sometimes, I’d even go in just for a sniff.

Funnily enough, I do have dry skin so I need moisture, and lots of it. Not dry flaky skin, just dry, particularly after a shower or a swim.

So as my life journey continued, so too did my interest in natural skincare.
I started getting more and more selective. Parben free this , fragrance free that, organic,  as natural as possible.
Which is hard because even the most natural cosmetics companies, with the greatest of intentions, have to start using nasties as they grow to prolong the shelf life of their products. It makes business sense yes, but its not an option for us health conscious people.

Actually, when you look into these things you can spend hours reading about the ill effects that synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances etc have on our bodies. Its crazy really! How did we end up like this. We were all so natural and self sufficient before.

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And all of this got me thinking………….

Some of us have gone full circle and reverted back to the ways of our grandparents when it comes to being self sufficient regarding food. ‘Growing your own’ is now on trend, everyone is doing it, and more power to you if you are. I am and I love it.

and if you don’t have the means to grow your own there is a big trend towards local farmers markets, locally grown fruit and veg, locally made preserves, jams and honeys. It’s great.

So, why don’t we do the same when it comes to skincare.

Local aromatherpists…

Local herbalists………

Small local companies that will make a blend on request, or make a small batch of creams, balms, whatever, that don’t need chemical preservatives to survive a holocaust. Products that are made of natural ingredients, plant oils, plant butters, essential oils….. The things our parents parents would have used, castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil.

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Doesn’t it make perfect sense?!

So, this leads me to my conclusion!

Why chose products pumped with chemical preservatives, synthetic fillers, synthetic fragrances and massive marketing budgets that have travelled the world more than you have ………

Make the change, find your local aromatherpists, herbalist, natural skincare company. They will make it as it’s needed and I guarantee you, it will change your skin forever.

Here are some of my favourites:

Saraki Skincare

https://www.facebook.com/sarakiskincare

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Apart from their fun, amazing packaging, they make small batches of face creams, balms etc by hand as demand requires which means they are always fresh with little or no preservatives. They are made using plant oils/butters and essential oils and smell divine, leaving your mind rested and your skin hydrated and soft.  Pop over to their Facebook page for a look!

Aroma Bliss

https://www.facebook.com/mollyhartigan1?fref=ts

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Combining culinary skills and a love of aromatherapy, Aroma Bliss again makes small handmade batches of creams specifically for clients on request and they all smell as beautiful as each other. Molly has a passion for skincare and the knowledge to back it up. CHECK THEM OUT.

LaVida Herbal Clinic

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 ‘My Role as a Herbalist is to give people a choice, to connect with what nature has to offer and to get people involved in their own health care, prevention is far better than cure.’
Claire is both an aromatherpist and a herbalist, so she can help you feed your skin from the inside out.
Have a look at her Facebook for more information.

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What will you leave behind for your children’s children!

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On the 22nd of April 2015, YOU could be apart of the biggest grass-roots effort in history just by planting a seed or a tree in an effort to ‘ give back’ to the earth!

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Our planet has been scavenged, harvested, flooded, battered, torn apart, bleed for it’s commodities, all so that humans can thrive ( or kill each other in wars) !

Now it’s time to give back to this wonderful place we call home, we have taken enough!

‘It is important to keep a certain portion of the planet covered with forests as it is essential for regulating the distribution of rain and snow over the surface, thus, controlling the climate. Every tree planted will assist in stabilizing the climate and provide habitat for various species.’

I have mentioned before that humans have become extremely disconnected from nature due to our modern lifestyles.

I personally believe that depression and this come hand in hand.

Ever since I started gardening, growing my own food and appreciating the beauty of nature that I have surrounded myself with, I have become so positive and happy in my world.

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I have even gone as far as growing indoor plants to help with the seasonal blues we all experience during winter.

If you live in a city I would highly recommend this.

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When my nephew was born, I planted a plum tree in my mothers garden with the idea that the tree will grow with him, providing him with food, oxygen and a feeling that nature will always be with him.

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So, here are just a couple of the beauties I plan on planting over the course of my life that when I’m gone will bring future generations, joy, happiness, beauty, life, wonderful scents, colour, food and shelter!

I will be leaving trees, fruit treas to feed a population, pretty acer and cherry blossoms to feed the mind as well as some floral escapes.

Wisteria Wonders
Wisteria Wonders
Lavender Escapes xx
Lavender Escapes xx
Trees that melt your trouble's away! Japanese Acer
Trees that melt your trouble’s away!
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Romantic Cherry Blossom Trees
Romantic Cherry Blossom Trees

So, start now if you have to but please get your children involved and explain to them why trees are so important, go to your local councils, schools, playschools!

If you are working with a small area, speak to garden centre’s and find out with varieties will suit your space.

There are no excuses!

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Please plant something that is organic, perennial and suitable to the growing conditions in your area. If the temperature is not conducive to planting on April 22nd, please start growing a plant indoors or commit to planting your tree once the outdoor temperature is warm enough. If you live in an apartment , please plant something in a container or donate a tree to a garden in your area. Please nurture your plantings, like children, until they can sustain themselves on their own.

Trail some creepers along your balcony!

Your world can be as colourful as you want it to be!
Your world can be as colourful as you want it to be!

You can also opt for flowers that help save bee’s and butterflies.

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 Here is the pledge to plant link ; http://forestnation.com/earth-day-tree-planting/

https://www.facebook.com/events/327883710751172/ for more info, check out their facebook page.

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As the season begins here in Ireland, I will be sharing this years gardening journey with you all, from seed growing to landscaping, so stay tuned!

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Lime Crime ‘s perfect purple… pansy!

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One of Lime crime’s newest velvetine’s , pansy!

As you know, Lime Crime cosmetics are 100% vegan, 100% cruelty free and their colours are bloody amazing x

The minute I saw this one i had to buy it. Here is how I wore it.me

Just like the other velvetines, they go on liquid and dry to matte within seconds which makes them touch proof. I love the WOW factor you get with this colour.

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Here is a swatch with their Lime Crime sisters utopia and wicked xx

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Again, I got this directly from their website and it took about a week and half to get to me from the states. (totally worth the wait) , the velvatines are $20US and international shipping is $10US.

Here is the amazing re-usable box it was shipped in xx

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Halloween- How to decorate a house for 50euro

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Hello Everyone!!!!!!

I organised a Halloween Party at a friends house this weekend and said I’d share my experience with you all in time for this coming Friday the 31st… HALLOWEEN!

We spent 50EURO on decorations and the place looked amazing.

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Here’s how!

Discount shops are your best friend!!

We got all of our decorations from the 2euro shop, deals and homestore and more.

Step one, creepy cobwebs!

To achieve the cobwebbed ceiling we used thumbtacks and fishing line and zig, zagged it across the ceiling, then using the fake webs from the 2EURO shop we stretched them out into the shape we wanted. All we needed for the hallway and sitting room was 4 packets of webs!

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Fake cobwebs are made even creepier by placing fake insects, rats and body parts into them.

Step two: Glass ware!

Next on the list was glass ware and more fake insects/body parts/ skeletons.

We were lucky, we had a biochemist to help us with this so we got glass ware from an actual lab which made everything extra spooky.

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With the right lighting and a bit of red food colouring this can give the place an extra spooky feeling.

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There’s nothing more creepy than showing up to a house, having to let yourself in, walk through a dark hallway with cobwebs, glass ware with skeletons with creepy music playing  while walking into suspended (fake) body parts.

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 Perfect for a Halloween party!

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The Extras

Mounted wall hangings, bloody hand and foot prints, spooky I-pod play list, eyeball punch, brain vodka jelly, red shots from test tubes served by creepy dead people (aka friends)

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Gruesome Halloween Parties are only good if everyone gets in the spirit and dresses up. In order to entice people to do this I volunteered myself to do anyone’s make-up once they showed up, so here are some looks I created for the guests. I also advised people to rip up old clothes and cover them with fake blood rather than buying expensive costumes.

The Joker and his missus

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Corpse Bride and Groom (myself and my fella)

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Dead Friends

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We were lucky that all our guests were really into the idea, thanks for making the night amazing! Here’s to an even bigger, better, spookier one next year xxx

I hope this gives you some decoration ideas. If you have any tips, please leave a comment x

Brenda xx

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Halloween, Brenda’s time to shine!

HALLOWEEN

It’s nearly upon us and I cannot wait!

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I have organised a gruesome themed Halloween party with friends so last night I did a lil practice run with face paints and hair chalk as I have never used either before.

I love Halloween and my room decor kinda has a Halloween feel to it all year round. I got this skull candle holder in tkmax for 9.99! I love tkmax!

My room loves skulls and skulls love my room!

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So here we go!

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Hair chalk was a big thing for festivals this summer, so I had a look on ebay and picked up this pack for 10euro from a seller called fashion union line, if you do a search for hair chalk loads will come up, it can also be bought in Claire’s accessories and the 2euro shop at the moment.

To use hair chalk you will need a glass of water and patience (hehehe). Your hair should be dry to begin with but will need to be re-styled after. As my hair is bleached and has a pastel blue at the moment it made for a perfect base. However, it does work on light and dark browns. You need to dip the chalk into the water and starting from the ends of your hair brush the hair chalk up. My hair was getting all knotted  from it so I didn’t do too much. It does look chalky after its done so it really is perfect for Halloween.

I then tried out a Halloween make-up! I have never used face paints like this before, you need to use water with them too. So this look is gonna be totally un-professional and amateur.  (The face paints are from Arts and Hobby) 

The cracked face effect was achieved using a gel eyeliner, I would use a smaller brush in future and a lighter hand.

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I’m happy with the look for a first attempt but will be practising a few more looks before the big day 😉

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What do you guys think?
Any tips or tricks you have learned along the way? Fell free to upload pictures xx

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Wapo Beauty Workshop

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Hello Beautiful People!

A few months ago I started researching the power of essential oils for the body and mind. For centuries, people around the world have enjoyed the aromatic pleasures and health benefits of these oils that come from NATURE’s many plants, flowers and trees.

Overtime, humankind has become detached from nature which has lead to a lot of mental health issues such a s depression, anxiety, fatigued minds and lack of motivation ETC. Sitting in cars, behind computers and spending hours in offices away from natural light all dampen the spirit. Plants, believe it or not have a unique link to humankind and if you feel like there is something missing in your life, then I urge you to go buy some essential oils, carry them in your hand bag for a quick sniff when you start to feel that afternoon slump, if you cant sleep or need to relax. Their uses are literally ENDLESS!

My research on essential oils and my keen interest in using natural cosmetics lead me to Mayca, the owner of an on line store based in Ireland selling certified organic cosmetics.(www.wapobeauty.com) Mayca’s story in itself is an amazing one, worth the read in fact, so here’s the link. http://wapo.ie/about-us/story-rosehip-oil/

As I stalked the Wapo organics website I discovered that as well as selling an amazing range of brands that are organic, cruelty free, vegan and safe, Mayca also holds natural skincare workshops. (http://wapo.ie/product-category/natural-skincare-workshops-dublin/).

So I got in touch. Let me say firstly that Mayca is a pleasure to deal with, such a positive personality.

So, we arranged a date, I arranged 7 of my friends and she came to us! Yes, it really was that easy! She travelled from Dublin to Tipperary last Saturday the 27th and what an experience it was.

She is on a mission to educate Ireland on natural cosmetics. She spoke about expensive brands who use marketing to their advantage when really their products are full of cheap filling agents and harsh chemicals. Even brands that chemists would stock that are full of harmful ingredients. She then went on to explain how we don’t need to use these synthetic materials, how, nature provides everything we need and so we began to make our first item of the day, a lovely natural, chemical and preservative free lip balm which was made in literally 5minutes using; beeswax, coca butter, sunflower oil, and essential oils.

Here we are making our face serum's.
Here we are making our face serum’s.

While that was setting and going solid be started making our second  item of the day, a face serum, tailored by Mayca to everyone’s specific needs. I used hazelnut and rosehip oils  with vitamin E and lavender, frankincense and geranium oils. Since I started using this at night my skin has felt so silky and hydrated in the mornings and of course the smells make me feel so relaxed, calm and positive.

Finally we made our third and last item of the day, a facial toner. I think this one has to be my favourites! When I use it my skin instantly feels calm, even though it wouldn’t have felt distressed before hand. We made this in a spritzer bottle so its a dream to apply. Using rosewater, aloe vera, glycerine and cucumber extract this toner soothes skin, leaving your skin silky and rejuvenated. I LOVE using this in the morning especially.

Mayca provided all the ingredients, utensils and packaging needed as well as some handy information and recipes that we will have forever.

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Student Packs

Here are the three products I made.

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Mayca does Christmas gift making workshops and an intense one day workshop where you make body butters and facial moisturisers. That one is on my list of things to do.

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This experience overall has been wonderful, learning to became self sufficient and chemical free is the way to go. I would 100% recommend this workshop to others and I will 100% be doing more of her workshops.

My lovely group making our lip balms
My lovely group making our lip balms

Aroma Bliss (Blissfully Chemical-Free)

Recently I stumbled across Aroma Bliss Handmade Aromatherapy Skincare.

I was wandering around Cork City after a Biffy Clyro gig and happened upon a market in princes street where I was immediately drawn to Molly’s stall. She has a beautiful array of colourful , homemade cosmetics.

Molly of Aroma Bliss
Molly of Aroma Bliss
All my artisan products are organic & lovingly handcrafted using my own unique recipes & techniques combining my culinary skills & passion for aromatherapy. I create a product that is excellent for your emotional, physical, & spiritual well being, I use only the finest wholesome organic ingredients & essential oils to work in harmony for your skin just like nature intended.”
That day I needed a new moisturiser and was on my way to Lush, so when I picked up Molly’s lavender rose and frankencince face cream I had to have it. (I’m a sucker for lavender)
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It is in quite a generous sized tub and priced under 20euro. Very reasonable when you consider its homemade, has no preservatives, chemicals or parbens etc.
So, I started using it and fell in love with it more and more everyday, the scent is amazing for a start, people have a stigma when it comes to face creams with essential oils, believing that they will make their skin greasy/oily but not Molly’s creations, it sinks straight into my face, soaks in after a few minutes and leaves my skin tone even, refreshed, supple, soft and bright. It works wonders as a make up base also.
So, I got in touch with Molly and told her how amazing this cream was (as I am sure she knew) , she kindly gave me her contact details and so I started recommending her products to friends who then purchased from her.
I have reviewed this cream on my “summer essentials” blog post already.
So, I asked Molly could she make me a hair oil as I bleach and swim and she agreed. We had arranged a payment&postage deal but then Molly kindly sent me these three beauties complimentary for recommending her to others and reviewing the cream.
The hair oil is a blend of coconut, sweet almond, jojoba, ylang ylang , rosemary and jasmine oils.
Again, the scent is out of this world amazing.
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So, when I go swimming I pop about ten drops of the oil into the palm of my hands and rub it into my hair, I then sit in the steam room for ten minutes, drop my body into the plunge pool for a cool down( accidently drop my bottle of hair oil into the plunge pool and have to call the life guard to help me out, embarrassing!) and then put on my rubber swim hat, swim away for 30mins and wash it out, it leaves my hair soft, manageable, light and smelling amazing. I LOVE IT
Molly also gave me two lip balms to try out, lime and mandarin lip balm with coconut and sweet almond oil.
I keep one in my hand bag and one in my car. The two of them are amazing, you know the way some lip balms can taste really chemically and some can even tickle your throat and make you cough. Not with these, they even taste great, though I would not recommend eating them(hehe).
Again, made with natural blends they leave lips soft, smooth and kissable and I love them. Thanks Molly!
 When it comes to food we are told to source locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats etc., I also believe that this should be the case when choosing cosmetics. Products made that week, maybe even that day with fresh, natural ingredients are better for one than the cosmetics shipped from the other side of the world with a shelf life longer than our own.
Enjoy and have a stalk of the Aroma bliss Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/mollyhartigan1/timeline
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Thanks for reading people xxx
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Natural products = naturally youthful skin!

IMG_20140807_220903IMG_20140807_220903 The most powerful ingredients for your skin, hair and body come from nature and Sukin have really captured this. I am not to sure whether the general population is aware or even concerned about the dangerous chemicals found in everyday cosmetics, even cosmetics for babies, but I am, and so I strive to find and use as much natural brands as I can, and this one won’t brake the bank either. We should all be supporting these brands with ethical and environmental consciousness, that way pushing out brands that add in dangerous chemicals. “Sukin is an Australian brand, dedicated to offering the ultimate in natural personal care, free from the myriad of harsh chemicals used in many products on the market today and what’s even better is the fact they do NOT test on animals. Sukin products do not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES),  synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA, or parabens. Instead the growing Sukin range offers formulas containing active botanicals and essential oils carefully selected to restore the natural vitality and radiance of the skin.” (http://www.sukinorganics.com/about.asp) Here is a list of shops that stock Sukin in Ireland; http://www.sukinorganics.com/store-listing.asp?co=1062 and you can also purchase directly from their website http://www.sukinorganics.com However, the sukin products I will be reviewing were purchased in tkmax. IMG_20140807_220937 Sensitive facial moisturiser 9.99 I tend to use this face cream before bed, its light texture means it will soak into my skin and I won’t wake up with little spots as I would with a more oily product. It contains shea butter and aloe vera with essential oils such as rose hip, sesame and jojoba. I love this cream, it smells amazing and balances my complexion. I recommend it 100% IMG_20140807_220831Wellbeing body oil 9.99 Dear lord this oil is amazing!  A magical blend of botanical natural oils, the smell alone would put you in a  good mood. I have even been using this on my hair at night and washing it out in the morning. I also swim a lot and as you know chlorine really dehydrates your skin so after my morning swim I use this oil all over my body, it makes my legs so soft . It can also be used as a bath oil, popping a few drops into your bath will make you calmer and leave your skin soft, it can be used to calm the skin after waxing/shaving and I find it great to treat areas of extreme dryness like my elbows, feet and hands. Basically you have to try it to fall in love and never be without it again. It comes with me everywhere I go in my handbag and it will defiantly be coming on holidays with me. Again, this was 9.99 in tkmax (http://www.sukinorganics.com/Product/Body-Care/Moisturise/44/Wellbeing-Body-Oil) IMG_20140807_221014 Botanical Body wash 500ml 9.99(tkmax) Lets face it, when it comes to body wash, we all usually go with the cheapest one we can find, after all it does just run down the drain right? Wrong! This blend of botanics, combined with softening avocado, jojoba and rose hip oil really penetrate your skin. You know the way your skin can feel so dry and even itchy after a shower sometimes? well not with this, my skin has never felt so smooth and soft without having to put cream on it. This body wash has won lots of awards also. The smell is said to stimulate the senses in the morning and it really does, all the scents come directly from nature and as a race that is becoming more and more detached from nature, I feel this really helps me to feel grounded. (http://www.sukinorganics.com/Product/Body-Care/Cleanse/54/Botanical-Body-Wash) Thanks for reading! Follow me on facebook ;https://www.facebook.com/brennersMcGooBlogger?ref=hl

My Summer Essentials xx

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Hey Humans,

It’s been a while since my last blog.

Life has been hectic.

So I wanna share with you my summer beauty favourites xx

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My ultimate summer lip shade Lime crime’s wicked velvetines lippy xx

I purchased this directly from the lime crime website and there is also a full blog dedicated to this on my WP page.

Aragan gel eye cream

During the summer time, the delicate skin surrounding our eyes tends to get a bit dehydrated so I picked this up in tkmax for 9.99. Argan gel eye cream. It is also parben free and leaves my eyes refreshed after a long day.

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I think that this cream has to be the best face cream I have ever used!

It is made by a small company called Aroma Bliss, based in Cork. Find them on face book (https://www.facebook.com/mollyhartigan1)

I found them by stumbling into a small craft market on Princes street in Cork and Molly explained to me that the cream was made the day before and full of natural ingredients with no preservatives or chemicals. My skin has never been so good since I started using it.

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Of course there had to be some Lush lovelies in there.

I have always been a lover of dream cream so I decided to try the new and improved one which is self-preserving and it is even better than the original xx

After a day in the sun or after a morning swim in a chlorine filled pool, this wonderful cream calms my skin. I love it!

D’Fluff is new to lush, it is a shaving soap. Oh my god the smell is amazing. Sometimes my legs and underarms get irritated from shaving but not with this baby and seeing as you shave a lot during the summer, this is now one of my favourite summer essentials xx It will be coming to Greece with me.

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I have been swimming almost everyday to get fit again and so my hair has been subjected to a lot of chlorine, these two brands have been amazing. They were both purchased in tkmax and quiet cheap. The great hair which like bain de terre is parben and sulphate free was 6.99 per bottle and the bain de terre was 9.99 per bottle.

There is quiet a lot in the bain de terre so it will last a long time and they small sooooooo good and leave my hair soft and easy to manage after the pool.

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So there you have it, my summer essentials.

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Summer time love people xx