Beauty

Antipodes Divine Face Oil, Rosehip & Avocado Oil Review

March 31, 2020
Antipodes Divine Face Oil Rosehip and Avocado Oil

We had a cold spell in late February / early March (Britain I guess), so I decided to pick up the Antipodes Divine Face Oil – Rosehip & Avocado Oil. It is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? I’ve read it called just the Antipodes Divine Rosehip & Avocado Oil online but I thought it best to use the name given on the label. Anyway, I digress.

I realised I needed something more nourishing for my skin. I was using the Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser but it’s quite lightweight. I really like Antipodes as a brand and Lookfantastic was offering 20% off so I thought I’d pick it up.

The Antipodes Divine Face Oil comes in a glass bottle and includes a little pipette to dispense the product. Although it’s fiddly and glass isn’t the best to travel with, I like the pipette as it means I can use the tiniest amount without any waste. At £21.99 for 30ml of product this is relieving as I don’t want to waste my money.

Antipodes Divine Rosehip and Avocado Face Oil

The oil itself is quite thick and yellow but once applied to the skin does not leave any sort of colour cast. It has an almost bitter smell which I think is from the macadamia and jojoba seed oil. It isn’t unpleasant and it smells very organic but definitely different from the usual sweet citrus or floral scents I find most skincare products have.

The Antipodes Divine Rosehip and Avocado Face Oil is definitely one I apply in the evening and leave to work its magic overnight. It isn’t greasy but I find it takes a while to settle into the skin.

A nutrient-rich face oil for fresh, healthy skin. The superior collagen-boosting action of avocado oil helps reduce the appearance of lines, age spots and scars. Capture rosehip’s high levels of Vitamin A and C and essential fatty acids, plus its known ability to help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles.

Elements of Beauty: Rosehip oil * Avocado oil

Pure Plant Fragrance: Jasmine & sweet orange

Scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in human skin cells by up to 51%

Suitable for most skin conditions, especially dry and combination.

Antipodes
Antipodes Divine Rosehip and Avocado Face Oil

Antipodes Divine Face Oil Rosehip & Avocado Oil – My Verdict

I’ve used the oil for around four weeks now and can definitely say my skin does appear plumper, brighter and more hydrated. My skin feels soft and smooth and make up applies so much better. I’ve not really noticed the reduction of fine lines because I don’t really have many to begin with, nor do I have any age spots. I think those who have fine lines or scarring might find this really helps though!

If you’re after a rich oil that plumps up and hydrates skin, you should definitely consider the Antipodes Divine Face Oil Rosehip & Avocado Oil, especially if it ever goes on sale as Lookfantastic always seem to have discount codes floating around. For vegans and those who are environmentally conscious, it is certified vegan and the bottle is 100% recyclable.

Antipodes Divine Face Oil Rosehip & Avocado Oil Ingredients

Avocado Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, Vitamin E, Persea Gratissima, Macadamia Ternifolia, Buxus Chinensis, Rosa Canina, Tocopherol, Essential Oil Fragrances Of Sweet Orange & Jasmine, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, D-Limonene, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Linalool, Component Of Essential Oil, * Certified Organic Ingredient, Product Certified Organic By Asurequality.

London

Bermondsey, London in Isolation

March 30, 2020
Bermondsey London

Hello again, speaking from social isolation. It’s been so odd, hasn’t it? Being restricted to going out only for exercise and to shop for necessities. I mean, it is a necessity that we all have to isolate, but it is very different.

How are you coping with staying in isolation and working from home? I take advantage of being allowed out for exercise. I’ve been running or walking around London with my camera, and in the evenings I take advantage of having a garden by reading in it. I might even take up gardening but who knows! I find having a routine helps somewhat.

Here are just a few photos I snapped of Bermondsey on my walk on Saturday. It’s usually busy and bustling so walking around when there are just a few other people around takes some getting used to.

St James of Bermondsey

The above for example is the St James of Bermondsey. They sell drinks at reasonable prices (for London), and it’s pretty cosy inside. Just a few weeks beforehand I took my best friend there on her birthday, the rugby was on and everyone was jovial. Now it’s closed and completely empty inside.

Bermondsey London

What I love about Bermondsey and the bit of London just south of the river is that it is characterised by the railway arches. Some are decorated in graffiti and others house breweries and bakeries. They really add something to the atmosphere, don’t they? On my walk the shops were closed and quiet though, and the only sound came from the occasional rumble of a train overhead.

Bermondsey London
Bermondsey London
Bermondsey London

Wandering around without the hustle and bustle allowed me to appreciate the little details I might not have noticed before. I love that the borough is a mix of warehouse style buildings and little cottages with brightly coloured doors.

Morocco Street London

Morocco Street is just off Bermondsey Street and there’s a cute little shop that sells craft beer from the beer mile on the left. It’s usually so busy, especially on a Saturday. As you can see, everyone was indoors this weekend!

Ropewalk Maltby Street Market

Maltby Street Market is usually so busy this time on a Saturday afternoon, but it is closed for the foreseeable future. I hope the market traders will be able to get support from the government to tide them over until the market is able to reopen.

How are you coping with isolation?

London

Little Nan’s Bar Deptford London Review

February 25, 2020
Little Nan's Bar Deptford

I went to Little Nan’s Bar in Deptford the other Saturday for a friend’s birthday party. Deptford isn’t really a place I’ve been to that much but it’s just down the road from me. I think I’ve been missing out on a hidden treasure. For those who don’t know, Deptford is south east London, sort of sandwiched between New Cross and Greenwich.

I went along to Little Nan’s Bar on Saturday at midday. We had booked a “Boozy Brunch” and our slot was from 12-2pm. It’s £35 per person and you get cheesy chips, (fake) fish finger sandwiches, sausage rolls and chocolates and sweets, as well as beer, prosecco and cocktails. I actually chose the alcohol-free brunch as I don’t like drinking so early in the day and don’t really do “all you can drink”, but I felt you would need a little more food if you were going full on with the alcohol.

Grandad's Shed Little Nan's Bar Deptford

Because there were quite a few of us, we actually had the party in Grandad’s Shed. It’s right next to Little Nan’s Bar and it’s a great little party venue. There was a sound system so old school classics were playing (think Spice Girls). There were heaters and plenty of kitsch decorations. It’s pretty quirky. Think framed photos of Pat Butcher (if you know, you know), wigs and sombreros for people to wear. Sorry some of the pictures are a touch out of focus, the lighting was quite orange and it was quite dark to add to the atmosphere I guess. But they weren’t the easiest photography conditions!

Grandad's Shed Little Nan's Bar Deptford
Grandad's Shed Little Nan's Bar Deptford
Little Nan's Bar Deptford London
Grandad's Shed Little Nan's Bar Deptford

Overall, it was a really fun venue for a party. I’m not sure I’d make it my regular as it’s not a place you go to have a quiet drink, but if you have a large group of friends and want somewhere to have a party, I’d definitely recommend it.

Little Nan’s in Deptford is right by Deptford High Street train station and just off Deptford Market Yard. It’s open from 5-11pm Monday – Thursday, 3pm – midnight on Friday, 12pm – midnight on Saturday and 12pm – 10pm on Sunday. It’s so easy to find and if you want to continue the party there are a few craft beer places in the yard too.

Deptford Market Yard

Do you have anything like this where you live?

Beauty

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser Review

February 20, 2020

I bought the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser in the Black Friday sales last year. So I’ve had a bit of time to consider my thoughts on it.

The Origins Gel Moisturiser comes in a little glass orange pot. It costs £25.00 for 50ml of product. Although the packaging is nice and screams luxury, I don’t think it’s very convenient. I apply moisturiser after showering and the fact it’s glass always makes me anxious I’d drop it. Also it’s not very travel-friendly for the same reason. Lastly, I much prefer tubes I can squeeze, as I save dipping my fingers repeatedly into the pot.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser

The Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser is a lightweight oil-free cream with a citrussy scent. It’s not unpleasant and it absorbs into the skin quickly so the scent doesn’t linger. It’s an oil-free and silicone-free formulation. According to the Origins website; “Energy-boosting caffeine from Coffee & Ginseng help refresh & revitalize, while Hydra-Hug™ Technology helps lock in & maintain lasting, healthy moisture. Essential oil blend of Grapefruit, Lemon & Spearmint naturally invigorates the senses.”

Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser – My Thoughts

The Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser contains coffee and panax ginseng, meant to revitalise the skin’s appearance. I notice when I first apply the moisturiser, my skin goes ever so slightly red which could be it reacting to the ingredients. After it has calmed down my skin does look a bit brighter. For this reason though, I wouldn’t really apply it in the morning in a rush as I’d be ever so red.

On the Origins website it claims that this moisturiser will provide 72-hours of hydration. I didn’t get that. I still need to apply moisturiser every day. However, it is winter and my skin does need that extra bit of hydration. I think those with oily skin may find that using this once a day or every other day will be enough. For those with drier skin types I’d probably say it’s a bit too lightweight and you might want to opt for something a bit more nourishing.

Origins GinZing Gel Moisturiser

Have you tried the Origins Oil-Free GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser? What does your skincare routine look like?

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser Ingredients

Water\aqua\eau, butylene glycol, dicaprylyl carbonate, silica, glycerin, niacinamide, isopropyl isostearate, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil*, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil*, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil*, limonene, linalool, citral, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) butter, hydroxyethyl ure, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract\extrait d’orge, trehalose, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, panax ginseng (ginseng) root extract, sodium polyaspartate, tocopheryl acetate, sodium pca, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seedcake, sorbitol, caffeine, linoleic acid, ophiopogon japonicus root extract, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, ppg-15 stearyl ether, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, hydroxyacetophenone, carbomer, caprylyl glycol, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxide, ethylhexylglycerin, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol * essential oil 

Books

This Really Isn’t About You – Jean Hannah Edelstein Review

February 19, 2020
This Really Isn't About You Jean Hannah Edelstein

This Really Isn’t About You by Jean Hannah Edelstein was on my December read list, and I finished it in January.

This Really Isn’t About You by Jean Hannah Edelstein is a memoir of her life. It begins almost in the middle, when Jean is trying to rebuild her life in Brooklyn after 14 years of living overseas in the UK and Germany. Two years prior she found out over Skype that her father has cancer. She then delves into her past and then it skips to the present and how she and her family are coming to terms with the loss of her father and the grief proceeding it.

Jean talks about her family life, and how her father’s Jewish traditions were interwoven in her childhood. She then goes on to talk about her experiences of living abroad, moving countries for love and the feeling of helplessness when it comes tumbling down. She also talks about trying to kickstart her career as a writer and the various workplace experiences she has had. When she moves back to Brooklyn she discovers she has the gene for Lynch syndrome and describes the various medical tests she has to undergo.

This Really Isn’t About You – Jean Hannah Edelstein – My Thoughts

Jean Hannah Edelstein recalls certain moments I think we can all relate to. Such as getting locked out of her flat at midnight and having to call a locksmith but having no money to pay him with. Or cycling around on a sunny day. Or living somewhere a little grotty around the edges for a cheaper price. Her writing is funny in a dry way but always heartfelt and honest.

I found the memoir to be rich and candid. I think it’s something most people could take something from. Especially if they’re a woman who has moved away and navigating life overseas, or who has experienced the breakdown of a relationship, loss and grief. I guess my only gripe is the title. I thought the book would be her coming to terms with a selfless realisation. Perhaps she lived a self-involved life and her father’s illness made her become more aware of the needs of those around her. Instead it is her memoir and it really is about her and self-realisation.

Have you ever read This Really Isn’t About You by Jean Hannah Edelstein? Do you like reading memoirs?

On My Bookshelf

Holly Bourne The Places I’ve Cried in Public
Tayari Jones An American Marriage
Jean Hannah Edelstein This Really Isn’t About You
Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians
Zadie Smith On Beauty
Emilie Pine Notes to Self
Holly Bourne The Places I’ve Cried in Public
Tayari Jones An American Marriage
Jean Hannah Edelstein This Really Isn’t About You
Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians
Zadie Smith On Beauty
Emilie Pine Notes to Self
Holly Bourne The Places I’ve Cried in Public
Tayari Jones An American Marriage
Jean Hannah Edelstein This Really Isn’t About You
Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians
Zadie Smith On Beauty
Emilie Pine Notes to Self
Books

Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple Review

February 19, 2020
Maria Semple Where'd You Go, Bernadette

I actually wrote my review of Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple a few days ago but I majorly messed up my blog and it got deleted, so here it is again.

I bought Where’d You Go, Bernadette last year and finished it some time in October. The colourful book cover drew me in. It follows the story of Bernadette Fox, an intelligent reclusive architect. Bernadette promised her daughter Bee anything if she got good grades. Bee got excellent grades and wanted to go to Antarctica, which was basically Bernadette’s worst nightmare.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Book Summary

In the beginning the story is mainly narrated through letters sent between the mothers at Bee’s school. They mainly concern Bernadette and her antics. Bernadette is supposed to be funny and kooky, and the sort of antithesis of the stereotypical middle-class mother. She ran over another mother’s foot when she got into an argument with her. I guess some people would find that humorous but to me it seemed too exaggerated to be plausable.

Also, from the title you’d assume that Bernadette was already missing, or that the plot would be about trying to find her. It’s a bit misleading as she only goes missing about three quarters of the way through, and the part where Bee is trying to find her seems rushed and confused. The build up to her going missing is told through letters and sometimes it was confusing and ultimately unsatisfying.

A background story is Bernadette’s husband Elgin Branch, and his emotional affair with his colleague at Microsoft, Soo-Lin. It’s revealed through Soo-Lin’s letters to her friend Audrey. Again, the whole idea of telling a story through letters gets confusing when many characters are involved. It also removes you slightly from those characters.

Overall, many people found this book humorous so maybe it was just me? I didn’t find any of the characters that likeable, and I found Bernadette to be quite tiresome. Where’d You Go, Bernadette was also made into a film and perhaps that’s a more satisfying way to enjoy the plot.

Have you ever read Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple? What did you think?

Beauty

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment Review

February 13, 2020
Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment

I’ve mentioned before that my lips have been playing up and that’s why I bought the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment. They do almost every winter due to the cold weather and me being out in it a lot. I bought the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream in an attempt to soothe them, but the smell was not for me.

I researched “best lip balms” and Lanolips came up several times. They have a few versions, such as a tinted balm, ones with fruity scents and an original, but I chose the Lemonaid Lip Treatment. Lanolips are the lip treatments from Aussie brand Lano. Their products contain ultra-medical grade, Aussie lanolin which offers moisturisation that is more effective & 100% natural alternative to common petroleum-based balms.

The Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment is a whipped formula containing lanolin and organic lemon oil. The lemon oil is renowned for its antiseptic and cleansing properties to exfoliate the lips. The lanolin for its moisturising qualities. Many have reported a tingling sensation when it is applied due to the lemon oil. I didn’t experience that myself though.

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment – My Thoughts

It’s a thick consistency that takes some squeezing to get it out of the tube. Once applied it melts into the lips. The Lemonaid Lip Treatment smells like sherbet, probably how you’d guess considering its name. It leaves a slight sheen on the lips due to the shimmer that runs through it, although it’s not too noticeable.

The Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment leaves my lips feeling soft and smooth. It’s my go-to in the winter months and I really recommend it for people who suffer with chapped lips.

I think the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment is really reasonably priced at £8.99 for 12.5g of product. I picked up my tube from Boots when it was on a 2-for-1 offer so it worked out even better value for money.

Have you tried Lanolips before? What’s your favourite lip balm for soothing chapped lips?

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment Ingredients

Lanolin, Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aroma, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tocopherol (Vit E), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Mica, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylopropional (Lilal), Limonene, Linalool, CI77891.

Beauty

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Bare Affair Review

February 12, 2020
Revlon Bare Affair Super Lustrous Lipstick

I’ve had Revlon Bare Affair Super Lustrous lipstick hanging around in my make up bag for a long time. For some reason I had always gravitated towards the pinky-nudes, but to my surprise this peachy-nude suits my pale skin just fine.

Bare Affair by Revlon comes in the usual Revlon lipstick packaging. It’s black and gold with a clear window in the lid so you can see the colour. All in all, the packaging is functional and I don’t think it’s going to break any time soon.

Revlon Bare Affair is a warm-toned peach with a slight pink undertone. It is quite light and for that reason I’d recommend it for those with light – medium skin tones as it could look rather ashy on darker skin tones. Bare Affair glides on with ease and has a creamy texture. It takes about two swipes to reach full coverage. On the lips it has a slight sheen and is relatively moisturising with no discernible scent. Due to its creamy consistency, it lasts for about three or so hours before needing to be reapplied.

Revlon Bare Affair Super Lustrous Lipstick Swatch

The Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick range comes in four finishes: creme, matte, pearl and shine. The formula is designed to combine high impact colour with moisturising qualities.

Revlon Bare Affair on Lips

At £7.99 for a nude lipstick that is comfortable to wear, you can’t really go wrong. What do you think of Revlon’s Bare Affair?

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Ingredients

Polybutene. Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate. Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil. Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate. Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2. Polyethylene. Diisostearyl Malate. Ozokerite. Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride. Ethylhexyl Palmitate. Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. Synthetic Wax. Paraffin. Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax. Phospholipids. Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate. Atelocollagen. Hyaluronic Acid. Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil. Tocopherol. Soluble Collagen. Calcium Sodium Borosilicate. Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate. Benzoic Acid. Bht. May Contain: Mica. Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499). Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140). Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850:1). Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200). Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850). Carmine (Ci 75470) .Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985). Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090). Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410).

My Natural Lipstick Picks

Revlon Bare Affair
NARS Anita
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
NARS Rosecliff
MAC Modesty
Revlon Bare Affair
NARS Anita
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
NARS Rosecliff
MAC Modesty
Revlon Bare Affair
NARS Anita
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
NARS Rosecliff
MAC Modesty
Books

Why I’m Making the Switch to Kindle

February 11, 2020
Kindle Paperwhite

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you would have guessed I am a bit of a bookworm. There is nothing I like more than huddling over a good book with a hot drink by the fire on a drizzly day. Or sitting by the Thames on a sunny day with a light read and a cold beer. I have a particular genre I like, namely fiction and observations about life.

I know that the Kindle vs. Physical Book is fiercely debated. A lot of people love the feeling of a paperback in hand and think that a Kindle is somewhat taking away from the experience of reading. But reading is reading right? It doesn’t matter from which medium it’s read.

I read so much I’ve almost managed to fill two bookshelves. Just with my books. My personal space is getting a bit cluttered now and I thought there has to be a way to entertain my hobby without diminishing my living space. So here’s why I’m making the switch to a Kindle.

The environment

Studies have shown that the Kindle is less polluting over its lifetime than buying paperbacks, even taking into account the CO2 released from manufacturing it. I like to think of myself as quite environmentally conscious, so this was a major plus for me.

The cost

Although there is an initial outlay with regards to actually buying the Kindle, Kindle Editions of books are much cheaper. I can buy a Kindle version of a book from Amazon for roughly half the price of the paperback version and I can read it almost instantly. Considering the number of books I read, it’ll more than make up for its purchase price.

It’s compact

My point here is twofold. I can fit lots of books onto it. I find if I’m going away for the weekend, I usually pack a few books and this can take up considerable room in my suitcase. Conversely, with the Kindle I can download a few books and it takes up the same amount of minimal space. Also it’s light and I find it’s much easier than a heavy book to take out and read on the morning train commute to work.

More room in the house

I was going to say “less clutter” but I feel as if the purists around me will take umbrage with me calling books “clutter”. Even I feel a bit iffy about labelling books as “clutter”. You know what I mean though. After a while there gets to a point where lots of books in a small space looks “too much”. I live in London, I can’t afford lots of storage! With a Kindle I can read to my heart’s content without worrying where I will stash the book away afterwards.

No doubt, there will be things I’ll miss about reading a physical paperback. I miss really enjoying a book and passing it on to others who I think will like it. I’ll miss the smell of a new book and the cover designs that draw you in. I’ll miss having to turn the book to read the sentences that disappear into the spine so I don’t have to break it. I’ll miss making journeys to charity shops armed with bags full of books and the feeling of a book in hand.

I have quite a few paperbacks that I will finish reading. But I have vowed to myself to not buy any more physical books, unless they are presents for others.

Do you prefer reading a Kindle or a paperback?