Introducing The Aveeno Inside & Oat Challenge

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I was recently contacted by Aveeno and asked to take part in their Inside & Oat skincare and lifestyle challenge and as I already use the brand and I'm all for improving my diet, skin and health I said yes! 

Aveeno have armed me with a whole range of their products plus healthy foods along with bespoke healthy skincare and lifestyle plans to guide me through my week long challenge. This means I will be taking my everyday skincare more seriously, trying out new recipes and even trying out a new workout routine. And then sharing how I found it all and the results with you! 

Below are a few more details on my week ahead and what I will be trying out... 

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AVEENO SKINCARE PLAN 

As I mentioned I do already use Aveeno products, in particular the Daily Moisturising Lotion that's fragrance-free, which I really do rate! But over the course of the week I will be trying out a lot more of their products and adopting a daily moisturising routine... something I only seem to do whilst on holiday in the sun! 

Already through having a read of my skincare plan set out by Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Shefalo Rajpopat I know I will pick up a few more healthy tips when it comes to looking after my skin and hopefully I can improve a few problem areas such as the small spots I have to my arms and my constantly dry and often sore feet due to a circulation condition I have - maybe finally I will get into a good skincare routine! 

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HEALTHY LIVING 

On to the food side of my plan that was developed by alkaline chef and founder of Honestly Healthy, Natasha Corrett, I've been armed with a range of cupboard ingredients from spices to a few good fat butters and oils plus I've done a bit of fresh food shopping of my own for my healthy week of eating. 

Over the past 6 weeks I've actually been on my own healthy eating regime to improve my health and to aid weight loss and so far so good... however I've eager to try more plant-based recipes and hopefully finally fall in love with avocado and get the hype! Along with a good skincare routine I'm really looking forward to seeing the overall results after only a week. 

A taste of the recipes I will be trying out that I will share with you next Monday - Creamy Cashew Porridge (already tried this and just mmmm!), Avocado butter on rice cakes, Butternut Curry and Chickpea Oat Burgers. 

I really can't wait to share my #AveenoInsideandOat results with you next week plus lots of skincare tips and delicious healthy recipes! 

Fee xo. 

*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Aveeno* 

Spring Favourites - Beauty, Skin, Hair

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When Spring/Summer comes along I feel in my element when it comes to beauty products. There are just so many new launches, lighter products in both formula and shade for my pale skin tone and the excitement of changing up your makeup and skincare routine. 

So today I thought I'd share with you my favourite spring products so far. This will be a long one so I will try to keep rambling to a minimum but trust me when I say all these products are amazing! 

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Kiko Blending Wave Multicolor Blush in Artistic Pink 04 
Kiko - £10.90 here 
Kiko constantly impress me with their amazing collections and consistently high quality formulas and this new-ish blush is no different. The two tone blush can be swirled together for a fresh pink or you can use both shades individually with a smaller blush brush. This is ideal for pale skin tones for both spring/summer as it's just a flush of colour that's oh so pretty. I can see this becoming a staple blush for me over the next 6 months. 

Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon in Medium Brown 
ASOS - £5.99 here 
When I first spotted these new brow crayons from Maybelline I really couldn't see how they would give any definition or shape due to being so chunky and with not the most precise tip. However I was wrong because this soft crayon picks up each hair and with the very tip you can be quite precise. Of course you won't be achieving Instagram perfect brows with this crayon but it you love a full look to your brows that is still quite sharp then you will enjoy using this crayon. It also takes seconds to use and lasts all day. I've also found the crayon can be used as a base for a smokey eye making it a nice multi-purpose product. 

Lavera Dramatic Eye Cream in Gleaming Gold 
My Pure - £9.50 here 
Come warmer weather I love me a good metallic cream eyeshadow. I love how pigmented they are, how they stay put and just how easy they are to use. But the thing is until you dip your finger for the first time into a cream eyeshadow you really can't tell what the formula will be like and cream shadows really can vary in formula/texture. Thankfully this was a total goody with that butter smooth kind of air whipped feel to it that just smooths over the lids a dream and then sets and becomes unbudge-able. The shade is also absolutely gorgeous as you can see and really does light up the eyes whether you want to apply the shadow lightly for a subtle gold glow or add a little more for an intensive metallic look to the lids - I'm thinking this would love a-mazing with a tan. Love, love, love this product but it is a shame there's only one other shade in the range. Suitable for contact lens wearers and vegan friendly.  

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Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Purifying Facial Mask 
Bath & Unwind - £28.00 here 
With oily/combination skin I'm always on the look out for a good clay based mask that will keep my oily skin balanced and free from deep blackheads and spots. So an anti-bacterial deep cleansing mask that reduces excess sebum and decongests pores sounded exactly what I was looking for. This isn't a cheap mask but I find masks that really work can save your skin and they generally over a year... I've also found this to be a great multi purpose mask as it detoxes the skin without breaking it out or leaving it dry and I've been using it as an overnight spot treatment and it's worked wonders to calm redness and reduce the size of the blemish, again without drying out the skin. Another product I will be using all summer long as it's so effective. The only down side is it does smell like paint - eep!

Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum
Look Fantastic - £45.00 here 
Jurlique is a totally new brand to me but one I've spotted on a few of my favourite beauty blogs now and so I was excited to try out my first ever product from them especially as it's a serum and one that helps reduce redness in the skin. Over the past year my skin has improved so much and is now virtually blemish free apart from the odd hormonal spot each month so now my aim is to improve the look of my skin even more so I can feel confident to have foundation-free days with just a touch of concealer under my eyes. My main problem is redness especially by the sides of my nose and chin area so I'm really hoping this serum will help. So far I've been thoroughly enjoying using it as it feels so fresh on the skin in the morning and once dry my skin feel like it's been freshly exfoliated, it's that soft. As I'm using this daily I will keep you updated on my results and if it helps reduce the redness to my skin.

Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream 
Look Fantastic - £20.00 here
For years I've enjoyed using various tinted eye roll-on creams but as I've mentioned before there only so much rolling back and forth you can do before you have too much product under your eye! So I was on the look out for a new tinted eye cream when this lovely one came through my letterbox. The eye cream aims to smooth away dark shadows, firm skin and reduce puffiness making it ideal for popping on first thing in the morning to look instantly more awake. As you can see the cream is fairly yellow toned, which does blend out, but this does mean it's ideal for neutralising blue/purple tones under the eyes and I have found it does this. As I've been enjoying using this little cream so much I may have been applying this to my under eye area, lids and the odd blemish, but the smallest amount is required (I'm talking the size of a pin head) so even though the small tube is pricey at £20.00 a little goes a long way and I sure this will last me quite some time. As I embrace more makeup-free days in Spring/Summer this will definitely come in handy. 

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner 
Look Fantastic - £16.25 for 300ml here  
Over the past six months my hair has gone from fairly normal to quite thin and limp looking. This was due to quite a bad Vitamin D deficiency which I'm now thankfully taking tablets for and feeling much better, however so far I haven't seen much new hair growth so I'm currently trying all different lotions and potions to help aid faster hair growth. As I know hair growth can improve when the scalp is stimulated I've been using this Tea Tree Special Conditioner that's quite potent in scent but very invigorating when massaged into the scalp which you can do as it's quite a light conditioner that detangles and leaves the hair soft. Of course it will be a few months until I can say if the various products I've using are working but I may actually do a full post on the topic as hair loss can be worrying and frustrating even when you find out the root cause. The only thing I am confused by with this product is that on the Look Fantastic website it does say it's a conditioner for men but on the packaging there's no mention of it. Hey ho, it's still a good conditioner that wakes me up in the morning.

OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo 
Boots - £6.99 for 385ml here
Now I have already mentioned this shampoo in a post all about coconut scented products this month but I just couldn't not include it in this Spring post as it's so summery and OGX is my favourite shampoo brand especially as they have a selection of SLS-free shampoos including this one. As you can expect this has a fresh coconut scent that instantly makes you think of suncream and holidays, plus it's quite a thick milky formula that foams up well and leaves the hair clean but not super dry knotty. Again I've been using this to help with my hair breaking and not being as elastic when wet and getting damaged and I have actually noticed a difference! 

Goldwell Kerasilk Foam Conditioner 
Goldwell Salons nationwide - £17.00 for 150ml 
Again to help my fine limp hair I've been recently trying this interesting foam conditioner that actually adds volume to the hair while it's wet. So I have been enjoying using the mousse in the shower and do feel my hair is more light weight and lifted at the roots on styling it, but I can't help but feel a mousse formula is a bit of a gimmick and it's more the ingredients that achieve that effect... I may be wrong. I do also have to remember to store this outside of my shower as it is a metal can and I know it will rusty. So far I'm really liking the effects but only use this when I know I will be fully styling my hair as I don't know how long the 150ml aerosol will last me. If you hate having limp hair especially at the roots this may be a product to try.

Invisibobble Hair Ties - Secret Garden Party Collection 
Topshop - £4 for 3 here
 Lastly I thought I'd throw in my favourite traceless hair ties that I use all year round as they don't snag or leave any annoying kinks in the hair. I've used these for over a year now but find them especially handy in Spring/Summer when I often want my hair up and down in the same day or when on holiday - plus they look super cute on the wrist. Yes, these sadly still get lost much like standard hair ties but they don't snap and they importantly don't get hair wrapped around them over time. A Spring/Summer must have for me! 

Hope you've enjoyed reading through my Spring favourites and have found a few products to try out! 

Fee xo. 

eBay Haul - What I Bought in April 2016

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It's that time of the month again - eBay haul time! These are some of my most favourite posts to write as I truly love eBay and I love sharing what items look like past their stock images and what I think of them! Plus I love knowing you may also pick up some bargains from it as well. 

This month I didn't go crazy on eBay but what I did get I've been really happy with and all have been so inexpensive yet really good quality. I hope you find some bargains from this haul! 

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Bamboo 6-Piece Makeup Brush Set (£1.70 HERE
This month I must have been in a bamboo loving mood because all the bamboo brushes I came across I snapped up. I first came across this amazingly priced set and instantly knew it would be great as a travel set. On arrival the brushes felt perfectly soft and good quality with no loose ferrules... though the bristles did have a strong plastic scent to them, so a pre-wash is a must! I've already used a few of the smaller brushes for a smokey eye and they really are lovely quality. I've so pleased I picked up this bargain set!

Bamboo Double Ended Eyebrow Brush (99p HERE
I always love a double ended brush and with this being 99p I couldn't resist it. The angled eyebrow brush is soft and flexible making it great for both the eyebrows and under the eyes and the spoolie is handy for brushing through the brows. Nothing unique but super cheap and fab quality.

Makeup Product Stickers (£1.39 HERE
I mentioned these amazing stickers in a past eBay Bargains post and as they turned up this month I just had to show them! If you are makeup obsessed like me then these are an unnecessary must! I have no clue how I will use them but I'm just amazed that the stickers are miniature versions of some cult beauty favourites... even down to the 'it' blogger camera! The detail really is impressive and the stickers are quite thick and very adhesive. If you have a planner/diary or like to journal then these stickers would be perfect. You can find 34 other styles here!

Bamboo Flat Topped Kabuki Brush (£1.19 HERE)
 Last of my bamboo brushes I picked up this perfectly shaped kabuki brush. However this did come in Tarte packaging and with the Tarte branding to the gold bottom - naughty eBay seller! I don't like to buy fake makeup brushes as I find they can often lack quality due to money being spent on the packaging and branding, however this does seem amazing quality - super soft and dense! So far I've used this with powder bronzer and it's worked perfectly but you could use this to buff in foundation. I'm personally really pleased with this brush but please do be aware it is a fake.

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15 Head Fake Flowers - Green (99p HERE)
 Last month I was on the lookout for some blog props and decided to opt for some cheap fake flowers. I wasn't expecting much for 99p but I was pleasantly surprised when they turned up. Yes, you can tell the flowers are fake but positioned correctly in photos, i.e around the above phone cases, they can look really nice. I'll definitely be picking up more of these flowers in a few other colours.

Phone Cases - for iPhone 4 - 6 plus
At the beginning of April I posted quite a few of my favourite phone cases from eBay - find both posts here & here! Which meant I ended up buying quite a few of them and so far 3 have turned up and I love them all! All are gel covers making them super easy to get on and off and don't scratch. I'd highly recommend them!

Transparent Cherry Cover #29 (99p HERE) - Super cute and summery! This has a 3D effect to it due to the layered design of the cherries which I love and the illustrated look really shows up well.
Transparent Mehndi #11 (99p HERE) - My favourite case so far and what I currently have on my phone. The design is so detailed and shows of the rose gold back of my phone so well. I've also had quite a few comments on it when out and about!
Blue Glacier Effect (£1.22 HERE) - When this arrived I wasn't sure but on my phone it looks great. Again really good detail to it and so easy to take on and off to change covers. 

I really hope you've found some inexpensive treats here! 

Fee xo.

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