When thinking of roll on deodorant the 80′s brand ‘Mum’ and also my actual Mum always came to mind, until I decided I didn’t want to use aerosol antiperspirants that clog up skin any longer. In the past I’ve tried a solid mineral deodorant that you wet before application but I found it to be totally bobbins (i.e. ridiculously useless), so here goes…
The Body Shop Aloe Anti-persperant Deodorant £4 (50ml)
Fresh and natural scent
Cooling and refreshing
Small and portable
I remember when environmentally friendly refill bottles used to be available to pop inside the roller ball container but they have discontinued them.
Although I’m more bothered about being kept fresh and clean there are times, like when I’m dancing and exercising that I need a tough anti-persperant. This can’t be relied on for that so I think it should just be called a deodorant.
LUSH Aromaco £4.70 (100g)
This bar fits into my palm and also a square metal LUSH tin if you want to buy one. I use a chunky glass coaster instead. It’s active ingredient is witch hazel to tighten pores rather than block them and for it’s anti-bacterial properties. Aromaco is vegan.
I’ve used this on a long walk on a warm day and although I did sweat (as you need to in order to cool down), the aromaco protected my clothes really well a left me smelling fresh.
No packaging = No waste.
I get the feeling this bar will last a very long time!
The bar is scented with patchouli, which I assumed I would love as it evokes heady hippy days in Marrakech in my imagination. Not so much. It actually smells more like a man’s sporty deodorant, as does my whole bathroom now!
It’s quite dry and hard to spread on skin. I recommend wetting it with cold water before application.
I’d be the one bottom-right I reckon :0)
Let’s show respect, empathy and support for all of our sisters around the world, not just today but everyday!
I was lucky enough to be given the chance by Canvas Design to have any photograph I wanted put on canvas. I soon realised my photographs are mainly of street-art, architecture and people I care about looking happy but being a bit silly. I discussed it with The Bloke and we decided we wanted something that made a big impact, so we chose this dramatic photograph of Loch Eileen he’d taken.
The print arrived within a couple of days wrapped protectively in card board and bubble wrap. The canvas is of good quality as is the 16″ x 20″ 38mm pine frame which has strengthening struts at the corners. It even came with hanging fittings.
The quality is so sharp and the depth of colour so accurate that we noticed things in the picture we had never even seen before. Such as the colours in the light and on the water. When we looked at the original picture on a big screen, the subtle colours had been there all along!
Prices range from £5.99 up to £60 (sizes 6″ x 6″ up to 40″ x 40″) depending upon which type of canvas and size you choose so there really is something to suit everyone. I had a go on the site out of interest and it’s really easy and quick to upload a picture (250KB for small or 500KB for large) and to customise your image and canvas. You can even upload from Instagram.
I have been given this canvas for review purposes by Canvas Design and would normally cost £19.97. The opinions expressed here are honest and all my own.
Use discount code BLOG 15 at the checkout to get 15% off your own canvas order!
I’m in love with teal, always have been even before I knew it had a name.
This Barry M ‘Water Mellon’ Nail Paint is a newer colour from their Gelly collection. It’s a gel nail polish that you don’t need to dry under a lamp and gives a very shiny, flexible but durable finish. For a couple of quid it’s a wonderful bargain!
I can’t wait to get my hands on the new silk pastels summer collection!
The nail jewels from Claire’s come in a little wheel containing various shapes and sizes. I thought I’d create a little flower bud and leaves with them for Spring.
Every now and then me and The Bloke have a spontaneous evening where we raid the fridge and the kitchen cupboards for nibbles that are either pre-cooked or fresh. We eat standing up, no plates and minimal cutlery. It’s a fun way to eat when we need a break during a box-set marathon of which ever TV show we are obsessed with.
We munched on avocado, delicious spiced chutney our awesome friend Sarah made for use, smoked cheddar, blue cheese, crackers, green olives, falafel, humus, stuffed vine leaves and broccoli quiche.
I was inspired by Skint Dad and his regular ‘fake-aways’ to name our new habit a ‘kitchen picnic’ and do one weekly. It makes food shopping interesting again and is much cheaper than buying those single cartons from the refrigerated deli section. Plus it uses up all of the fresh stuff that’s been hiding in the back of the fridge that would otherwise be chucked away. It’s also a great chance to experiment with a combinations of flavours: Mango and mint anyone?
What combination of foods would you include?
I adore this illustration and would happily have it as a giant framed picture on my wall.
My favourite dresses are:
Frances McDormond – Richard Tyler
Nicole Kidman – Jean Paul Gaultier
Charlize Theron – Gucci
Natalie Portman – Rodarte
I think those dresses are all so classic and would create a beautifully feminine silhouette.
I find it rather cool that Katherine Hepburn didn’t turn up to collect her award from The Academy four times!
If you could choose one of these red carpet dresses, which would you wear?
So this month has been a pretty slow month with insane weather interspersed with lovely sunny days and blue sky. Glad to say my health is back on track and I’m feeling much more upbeat. Me and The Bloke had a fab alternate valentine’s night at our fave restaurant Greens in Didsbury. I’ve discovered the Worldfoods supermarket in Rusholme where they sell all of popular asian meals like aloo palak, palak paneer and various daal in affordable tins – bonus!
We recently went to one of our favourite pubs The Bank (on Mosley St) for lunch, which we don’t have the
funds chance to do very often. I had the veggie wellington, consisting of mushroom, spinach, brie and cranberries.
I’ve finally got around to using this Body Shop soap from their Honey Mania range (made using fair trade honey) and it smells gorgeous and doesn’t dry out my skin like most other soaps do.
Really pleased I managed to renew my 3 magazine subs – complete with free gifts – for a really good price using various offers I’ve waited patiently for.
Here are my top posts of this month:
Old Skool Street Style I’ve become rather addicted to Polyvore’s collage maker.
Why Bad Weather Can Be Good This shows a definite change in my attitude toward the darker months of the year. after all there’s no point having a miserable attitude for half of the year!
Alternative Valentine’s Rules This is me being both cynical and excited about that time of year again, then deciding to share my own ‘rules’.
Please feel free to share one of your own favourite posts of the month with everyone as a comment.