AA Skincare Essentials Collection (natural) Deodorant Grapefruit & Cedarwood

I hate those deodorants that are thick enough to leave white marks on clothes because I wonder what they are doing to my pores! I get on OK with the solid rock natural deodorants in general but find them a little lacking if I’m working up an actual sweat for any reason, plus they tend to be scentless.

AA Skincare Essentials Collection Deodorant 50ml £4.94 is a liquid deodorant made from essential oils and natural extracts which comes in a handy roller ball and sturdy glass bottle.

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They say

‘Cedarwood is naturally deodorising ingredient which helps to remove and prevent bad smells. The inclusion of Thyme also helps to control odour by attacking the bacteria that cause B.O. Grapefruit adds a zesty note to the aroma and helps to encourage the body to expel toxins. Aloe Vera soothes and calms, helping to avoid irritation around the armpits or wherever else the deodorant is used.’

No aluminium

No alcohol

No synthetic parfums.

My Verdict

Well this is the sexiest scented deodorant I’ve used! This one is for men but I liked the combination of sensual woody cedar and zingy grapefruit. The Bloke loved this as well, I knew he would.

I applied this in the morning, it was a day mixed with sudden cold rain showers as well as long sunny spells so I often found I was dressed too warm and overheating. Not to worry though as my under arms stayed dry, itch free (unlike when I use some spray deodorants) and smelled wonderful all day and evening.

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Dear AA Skincare,

Please can you make a cologne with this scent.

Thanks

The Bloke

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Rating 5/5

Here is my earlier review of AA Skincare Refreshing Eye Gel & Cleanser.

 

Chrissie xx

 

Beauty Kitchen – Inspire Me Body Oil (before & after pics)

Who are Beauty Kitchen 

‘At Beauty Kitchen we always make 100% effective, natural and affordable products. Our recipees only contain 100% pure essential oils plus naturally derived ingredients and will never cost the earth.’

Beauty kitchen Body Oil

Beauty kitchen Body Oil

Beauty kitchen Body Oil

Inspire Me Body oil £14.99 for 100ml has such cheerful packaging and the dark blue glass will keep the oil in the shade as it should be stored. The pipette gives enough oil even for larger areas. The oil has a beautiful fresh almost herbal scent and skins in surprisingly quickly, even though this is not a dry body oil. I gently massaged this into my skin every morning for 1 week.

Stretch Marks Before

(I’m wearing a lace trimmed vest, it’s not a bra!)

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Stretch Marks After

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I wasn’t expecting much, these deep silvery marks were here before I was even 20, thanks to mother nature. The oil did make my skin look healthier and younger though to be fair.

Back of Thighs Before 

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My cellulite was a slightly worse than it looks here but I really didn’t want to go out into natural lighting to take the picture! You can still see the reddish shadows though, especially on the left and top right.

Back Of Thighs After

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I deliberately didn’t look in a mirror for the whole week so it was a total shock to see my cellulite with faint stretch marks had more than halved! I actually did a little dance with joy! The tiny green/blue veins seem less visible as well. I might actually be getting my shorts out again after a year in the cupboard – hurrah! Note: I haven’t cropped the picture – this is exactly the same area btw, just a slightly different angle. It’s difficult bending over backwards taking piccies lol

Overall Verdict

Obviously a massage every day is going to make some difference but I didn’t really have the time or the strength to do it properly so I was mostly relying on the oil. I’m going to carry on using this on my the back of my thighs each morning and I might apply it at night if I’m not too sleepy. To give you an idea about the amount of oil I’ve used it’s now at the same level as the top of the label.

Rating 

Stretch Marks 2/5

Cellulite 5/5

5 Fandom Friday – Fictional Vehicles I’d Love To Travel In

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Ok I know I’m late on this one. I must set a reminder in my calendar!

The Batmobile 

It has to be this model of batmobile because I love how sleek it looks when it’s totally armoured. Plus I imaging it would feel snuggly and seriously bad ass to drive!

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The Airship from The Golden Compass

I’ve always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon but not really liked the idea that you are just relying on the wind for direction. This airship is wonderfully high-tech and it ticks my steampunk box as well.

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The Black Pearl from The Pirates of the Caribbean

Since I went on a school trip to visit the galleon The Golden Hind in junior school, I’ve always wanted to sale on  giant ship. I also don’t get sea sick and the motion of a ship actually makes me sleepy. You can tell I’ve not travelled over giant waves yet, can’t you.

The Dolorean from Back to the Future 

Who wouldn’t want to have a time travelling car with seriously cool gull wing doors. Why not pick the tardis? Well entering and leaving it would be kinda conspicuous, plus I’m going to get a spaceship in a minute anyways.

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Serenity from Firefly

Well I had to have a spaceship in here somewhere didn’t I lol I know she was very temperamental but I love how chunky and rounded the ship looks. I also really miss the TV show so I’ve picked Serenity for sentimental reasons.

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It’s never tool late, what fantasy ride would you choose?

Chrissie xx

Weird & Wonderful Links #3

Film & Books

Why Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman is so controversial 

The possible story in the film Labyrinth that went over our heads as a kid

Spectre trailer and reveal that Bond has always been manipulated 

The Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials

Geek/Alt Style

Cool woman’s tees from Insert Coin including a ‘Hello Kitty made from a joypad’ logo

Tongue-in-cheek geek tees from Tee Fury

Sea Punk or ‘Merman’ style on Instagram

Random Racoons (not actual racoons)

Freeganism and Wombling help people who are living on a lot less

How different animals see the world through their eyes

31 Awesome 90’s toys you probably weren’t bought but you still can now

Where to get free blog images and how to be aware of copy write laws

Japanese sea slug which looks like a bunny!

Sea slug which looks like a sheep!

Funnies

More miss-heard song lyrics

Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actors in mime/dub karaoke battle

A definitive guide to sleeping positions and a bloke called Pete

 

15 Ways To Know When Your Boyfriend Is Also Your Best Friend

  1. He knows the exact way you like your weird food. Beens on your slightly overdone cheese toasty? No problem.
  2. You naturally help each other out because it’s a nice thing to do and you aren’t keeping count of favours.
  3. You share your favourite films and music and then realise you both liked similar if not the same already.boat
  4. When you are apart you either face timing each other or DM each other funny memes or email interesting articles. You always have ‘Oh I know they’d like this’ in the back of your mind.
  5. When you argue it’s because you are trying to get your differing points across to be understood. Not for smug point scoring.
  6. He’s phoned you at 1.00am when you are having a night out with friends ‘Just to check’ you are still ok and told you to phone him if you are stranded/in trouble, even if he doesn’t drive!?
  7. He will still invite you round to his, even though you’ve told him you need to watch the final of The Voice or Strictly Come Dancing as he knows how important it is to you.
  8. He will be honest and tell you if you are acting like a total muppet. You can also ask each other for objective advice. “Do these shoes make my feet look weirdly big?” “Not if you were a clown.”
  9. He’s taken the time to look after you when you’ve been poorly, like running to a late night chemist, massaging your feet or helping you get ready in the morning.
  10. You have a million in-jokes and phrases. You can have entire conversations that leave your group of friends looking completely perplexed.
  11. He’s seen you ugly cry and/or helped you to bed when you’ve had a few too many and not delighted in mentioning it the next day.
  12. You have declined invites out with friends because you are near the end of a Breaking Bad marathon (again).
  13. You have started sharing the same tees and hoodies and you aren’t sure who ‘borrowed’ what off whom anymore.
  14. He naturally encourages you to follow your dreams or hobbies even if they are different from his.
  15. You often take the mickey out of each other but it’s always in a tongue -in-cheek way.

Do you relate to any of these or have any of your own?

See also 20 Ways to Know if He’s The One

Would You Rather…?

I came across this idea on My Blog Is My Boyfriend and asked to join in as I don’t get to ponder over books with people very often. I never seem to be reading the same one as my mates and I tend to read fairly slowly so my reading list is rather out of date! So please feel free to comment and join in yourself.

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

I’d have to say standalones because trilogies can take a while to get going sometimes where as I enjoy the pacing of single novels. Plus if there is a character in there that is really annoying it’s just too frustrating reading about them yet again.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

This is difficult to answer as writers have pen names which don’t necessarily match wether they are male or female and anyway, if they are a great writer it wouldn’t matter to me!

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Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Ok I’m going to replace Barnes & Noble with Waterstones seeing I’m in the UK. I’d much rather keep physical book shops on the high street so Waterstones, as sadly most of the little independent book shops have gone out of business in Manchester.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

If it were small-medium books then a film but bigger books would have to be a series to do them justice such as Game of Thrones. I’m picking TV series for bigger books so I don’t have to wait for the next film in the series to come out.

Would you rather read only five pages per day or five books per week?

Five pages per day. I simply couldn’t imaging managing to read five books a week even though I actually have the time!

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Reviewer. I couldn’t bear having to be creative with a deadline hanging over my head. I can only come up with interesting characters and snappy dialogue but I’m useless at plots. I really like reviewing books so watch out for more reviews in the future.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

I would love to work in a comic book/graphic novel shop like Forbidden Planet. That’s the dream!

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

If I think of the fantasy genre as being incredibly varied i.e. The Night Circus and Little Big and not just about dragons and kingdoms etc. then I would have to say my favourite genre of fantasy, as reading a genre that didn’t interest me would be pure hell.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books because I don’t need to drag them around with me but if I commuted everyday my answer might be different.

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Here are the six blogs I’m nominating – it’s usually five but I didn’t know how to choose!

Super Space Chick

A few of My Favourite Things

Suzie81 Speaks

Booklexia

Mermaid Kisses

Teachez Well

To my nominees, please don’t feel any pressure to participate, I don’t mind at all if you choose not to.

Chrissie xx

 

The Highs & Lows of Blogging List

Yay a list post! Is it sad that I’m getting excited over my own list post?

Good You get to write creatively about pretty much what ever you want. It’s  your blog after all.

Bad Bloggers block. Trying to figure out an idea for a post that hasn’t been done before is really tough! Hey, I was writing list ‘posts’ before you were born…Age 12 in my diary – ahem.

Good You have taken the best picture possible of your lovely food and know it will get shared on Pinterest and liked on Instagram.

Bad You are sure your food was meant to be served a bit hotter -ahem.

Good Companies send you free stuff – whoop! IMG_0142

Bad PR’s can be seriously cheeky by asking bloggers to post info graphics for free or asking bloggers to add links a pre-written text to old articles and then are the ones giving you the ‘opportunity’ to create a specific blog post with text and their products for your ‘chance to win’ being featured on their page – aha no.

Good Getting positive feedback from your readers feels like the most wonderful thing in the world. It can really pick you up when you’re flagging.

Bad Dealing with smeg head trolls who leave abusive or just plain stupid comments. Luckily I’ve not had any of these in over two and a half years of blogging!

Good When you have found an item or a place that you adore and want to share it. You’ve taken the photo’s and edited them. You’ve figured out the perfect formatting and layout. You’ve added the tags and automated social media sharing. You’ve spell checked and faffed about some more. You are really proud of how it looks and your writing and all of your hard work.

Bad It gets no likes, comments or shares. Oh….But you are still proud of the way it looks and all of your hard work.

Good You get to communicate with lots of lovely people that are really supportive, interesting and creative. People that might be on the other side of the world from you or decades older or younger than you but it doesn’t matter.image

Bad Sometimes you don’t get to meet the people you want to because you didn’t get an invite to that event. Why not? Do they have more followers? Bring on the blog paranoia. Until you remember there were opportunities that you’ve had that others didn’t and you feel greatful.

Good Typing can be so much easier than writing and you don’t have to know a thing about coding to set up a really decent blog that’s customisable. As well as scheduling posts, you can set up programmes such as Hootsuite to do things automatically for you as well.

Bad When you some hoe make spelling mistakes and then publish your completely unedited draft. When that ‘simple’ plug in or competition widget just refuses to work and you are wailing “Why though? What is wrong with you!” at your device.

Good Even if you decide to quit your blog and go in another direction or you get more time consuming commitments. You will always have your little space on the internet that you lovingly crafted to look back on. Like the most vibrant journal or scrapbook that you can imagine.

Chrissie xx

**WIN** A Chocolate Gift Basket!

Serenata Flowers  provide beautiful bouquets of flowers from the pretty to the exotic but they also have a fantastic selection of gift baskets. I wanted to give all of you lovely readers a treat for being so nice to me so when they asked me to participate in a giveaway I chose a hamper full of delicious chocolatey treats! Nomnom…

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The basket includes a selection of chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered nuts and Belgian chocolates, not to mention a cute wicker basket perfect for storing things in style. This hamper gained an average of 5/5 stars from 25 customer reviews on the Serenata Flowers website.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Chrissiexx

Weird and Wonderful Links #2

Film and TV

Paper Towns official trailer ft. Cara Delevingne and Not Wolff

Best TV Series of 2015 so Far according to Rolling Stone Magazine I’m looking forward to catching up and watching Dare Devil and Empire. I liked Better Call Saul but it wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be and it’s more heartfelt. Some episodes can feel a little slow in places but stick with it.

The Best TV Series This Summer  Me and The Bloke loved True Detective we are so glad it’s back for a second series, same goes for Ray Donovan – I’m not usually into mean and moody types but there’s just something about this guy!

21 Add-libs That Became Famous Lines in Films Just leave the actors to it!

What Do US Film Critics Think Of Our Biggest Home-Grown Stars?

Alternative Endings to Films That Didn’t Make the Cut

Funnies

25 Signs Made Funnier By Pedestrians  I can’t even pic my faves as their are too many, although 3, 4 and 7 are a special kind of humour.The New Trend of Cooking/Baking Concealer

Best News Bloopers 80s and 90s “….The Noise!” haha!

Funny News Bloopers Compilation 2015 part 1

15 Logos That Have Failed Spectacularly. It helps if you have a dirty mind for a lot of these, lol

Weird Japanese Commercials – What. The. Actual. F#*%!?

Quirky, Clever and Cute Animals

French Bulldog Get Ratted On By His Friend

Maru the cat who’s behaviour is funny, lazy and adorably strange

Very Clever Animals 

Simon’s Cat ‘Hot Water’ cartoon sketch

Cute Mini Pigs Compilation Ok the word ‘cute’ is already obvious!

Unbelievably Strange Animal Friends Compilation

Social Media, Apps and Blogging/Vlogging

Daily Blog Tips For newbies or professionals.

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Favourite Aliens Five things on a certain topic that The Nerdie Girlie and Super Space Chick love. Link up your own Fandom Friday post there because it’s a linkie!

100 Ideas for Instagram Posts  If you have Insta-envy and want inspiration or if your just bored and fancy a challenge, these ideas are awesome!

The Busy Bloggers Guide To Pitching PR’s 

10 Smartphone Apps That Wil Save You A Fortune 

PewDiePie You Tube Gamer Gets Rich

Random

Lybia Jet Skims Person in a Very Low Fly By

Bloodhound supersonic car will be the fastest vehicle on earth, reaching speeds of 1,000mph

The New Trend of Cooking/Baking Concealer. A great alternative to Strobing (and looking like an alien) especially if you have oily skin as it involves a LOT of powder.

World’s First Line of Dolls with Disabilities 

Enjoy!

Check out the first Weird and Wonderful Links here 

Chrissie xx

Design Your Own Jewellery with Mink and Stone

You know when you spend ages scouring the shops to find that certain piece of jewellery that you have in mind and just cannot find anything that’s quite right? I’ve done this so many times. So I jumped at the chance to design my own at Mink and Stone!

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How It Works

The idea is that you select a size of necklace or a bracelet and then you add the type of beads to your ‘tray’ that you are interested in (or choose from existing trays such as Denim or Tropical), then you start virtually threading your beads in whatever pattern you like onto your chain. You will need to fill up the chain but they have spacer beads if you need them. It can get expensive very quickly if you get carried away – oops! Then you publish your creation and it goes to the gallery page where you can buy it. My bracelet arrived a couple of days later packaged securely in a jiffy bag and a little draw string bag. I was very impressed with the speed of delivery.

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Design Options

I love marcasite silver jewellery and turquoise so I knew it would end up looking something like this. I have tiny wrists which easily get swamped by heavier bangles but bracelets sometimes dangle annoyingly because they are too long. I really liked that I could choose my length of chain. They have every size, type and function of bead you can imagine from glass, ceramic and plastic to elaborately decorated ones.

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My Verdict

The only problem I had was that I couldn’t find a ‘back’ button when I was creating my bracelet so if I made a mistake or wanted to change the design slightly, I had to start over again. I think this service is fantastic for anyone who’s into design but doesn’t have the time, patience or ability to make their own jewellery. I’ve made my own jewellery in the past but struggled to attach or even find suitable fasteners so they’ve ended up being tied to my wrist instead – hardly fabulous, unlike these.

What would you design?

I was gifted the chain and a choice of  beads by Mink and Stone this in no way effects my opinion.

Chrissie xx