Thursday, 23 April 2015

Review | Sukin Cream Cleanser

As you may know, over the last few months I've become increasingly aware of what products I'm using and what I'm allowing my body to absorb through topical application. Its an on going and slow transition between the using up of old products and the replacing with newer, healthier ones. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on the Sukin Organics cream cleanser. But before I move on to the review I thought I would share a bit of research on the brand. I love a good bit of research and I think knowing where your product has come from is becoming a must for me.

About the Brand |

Sukin Organics are an environmentally conscious Australian company that offer over 50 carefully crafted personal care products produced with the best natural ingredients. Free from harsh chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), synthetic fragrencense, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA, or parabens. 
Sukin also aim to 'give back' to local communities, aligning with a variety of eco-initiatives each year.

Product Information |

Brand | Sukin
Product | Cream Cleanser Sulphate & Paraben Free
Price | £8.15
Purchased from | Holland & Barrett
Made in | Australia 
Would I re-purchase | Yes!

Let me start by saying how beautiful this smells. It has a fresh citrusy-orange scent. Its light and creamy and a dream to use. I use it both morning and night, at night as a secondary cleanser to my oil cleanse. It doesn't dry out my skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh and ready to take on the day!
Its not what I would choose to remove my makeup at night but can get the job done if needed.
There are a couple of ways to use this, you can either apply the cream, the swipe off with a cotton pad, or how I use it which is massage it on then remove with water. I don't take this off with my flannel, just water and my hands. Its become a firm favourite for me and something I will definitely buy again, and maybe even try more of this wonderful brand!

Jeni xo

Monday, 20 April 2015

H.H.A | Bantu Knot's

Hi Guys!

Its been a while since I've done a Heatless Hair Adventure, and when I saw the tutorial for the Bantu Knot and the beautiful Spiral Curls it creates I had to give it ago! So true to HHA I haven't ever done this before and its my very first attempt! So here's a lovely little pictorial on how to do them!

Step 1: You want to brush out all of the knots and tangles in you hair. It needs to be nice and smooth.
Step 2: Start with a front middle section and begin twisting and wrapping the hair to form a spiral bun, it should sit on top of your head all crazy like, then bobby pin in place.
Step 3: Repeat. So Grab more sections, these can be as big or as small as you like twist, wrap and pin all over your head. 
Step 4: Mist with water and leave over night or for at least 4 hours.

* Tip * try not to wrap too tightly at the base, they start to get tighter as you go, and they can be a tad uncomfortable!* 

4 hours later...

After 4 hours my scalp was screaming at me so I decided to de-pin and unravel my knots and separate them. The end results were...not how I'd imagined/hoped. I'm not sure if I should of maybe put some product in or dampened my hair more before wrapping but these are my curls after 4 hours, I have added in some serum and some curl gel.

I do plan on trying this method again, and when I do I'll be sure to update!

Jeni xo

Thursday, 16 April 2015


Its been a long ol' time since I've done a favourites post, and its something I should really start doing more of! So today I wanted to share with you the handful of beauty I've been loving and using tirelessly.

  • Sukin Cream Cleanser £8.15 from H O L L A N D & B A R R E T T
  • Skin79 BB Super+ £9.40 from E B A Y (I can't seem to find it anymore? And when I can its well overpriced!)
  • Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme £38.50 from B O O T S
  • Miaflora Argan Oil £14.99 from H O L L A N D & B A R R E T T (I'm sure I paid £11.99 for it)
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Ole Flamingo £8.99 from B O O T S
So starting with the cream cleanser, can I just say how much I love this! It smells divine and works like a treat! I don't want to give too much away as I will be doing a full review on this but I LOVE IT!
The Skin79 BB cream has been a firm favourite for a while and again I have a review coming up, but its so easy to use the colour matches so perfectly I don't even have to think about it, just smooth it on and away I go!
Jour Pour Femme, ah how I adore you! This was a gift for either a birthday or christmas I can't recall, and it is honestly the most perfect spring/summer scent. Its light and fresh and clean. Something I would definitely recommend and buy again!
My Miaflor argan oil is something I've been using for both hair and skin. I was using it both morning and night as a moisturiser but I have just bought a new organic/natural moisturiser so have now kept to using this just at night and on my hair. Its very nourishing and protecting for both skin and hair a total must!
And finally, one of my most favourite lip colours in the world! Ole Flamingo is a bright, vibrant pink shade with red undertones. I only need apply one coat all day. It stays on through food, drink and more food. It dries to a nice matte finish and doesn't hardly rub. I really want to buy some more but I'm holding back till I get me some boots points! But if your after long wearing beautiful matte lippies check these out for sure!

I hope you have enjoyed my April Favourites!
Let me know what are yours?

Jeni xo

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Review | Brow This Way Styling Gel

I never used to care about my eyebrows, and thus left them alone, naked for years. A few years ago I discovered that most women actually filled in there brows and how much it could change and finish your look. And since then I have been on a quest to find eyebrow products that work well for me. I never know what shade to use and sometimes its helpful to have a variety anyway. So a few months back there was a 3 for 2 offer on at Superdrug and I decided to pick all 3 of these up!

Information | 

Brand | Rimmel London
Product | Brow This Way Styling Gel
Colour | Blonde, Mid Brown & Dark Brown
Price | £3.99 each
Purchased From | Superdrug
Made in |
Would I re-purchase | yes

Ingredients |


The gel like most eyebrow gels comes in a little tube with a spoolie applicator. They are very easy to use and are very light weight. You can wear them alone or over another brow product as a form of setting gel. When I'm in a rush I have used them on their own and they do offer just enough colour for you not to look naked face.

My most used shades are the Blonde and Mid Brown. I find that the Dark Brown is too dark for me but can really aid in adding drama to a dramatic look. Also I have found with the 2 darker shades a light hand is needed in application, otherwise you end up with too much excess product on your eyebrows. These are simply to coat the hairs but using too much of a heavy hand gets it all over the skin.

 I have very sparse dark blonde brows that are very hard to match

You can see what I was talking about with the tail of my eyebrow the product getting on to the skin if your not light enough

The product boasts being smudge proof, fade proof, and keeping your brows fixed all day which surprisingly I would have to agree on all three things!
Over all I think these are very good gels and the pigmentation I'm really happy with. Out of the 3 colours I would go back and pick up the Blonde shade, but I'm so glad I've tried all 3! I find this shade works best for me as it just adds a nice finish to my brows.
If you have any brow product suggestions I would love to know! 

Jeni xo

Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Today I'm sharing with you something, that for me is super super exciting! And I've decide I'm gonna be really frank in this post as body odor for a lot of people is something everyone cringes away from. So here I go! (Scroll to the end for the recipe & cut out the jibber jabber!)

Since I hit puberty, I've been a sweaty betty. I've tried numerous deodorants and antiperspirants to stop me sweating. Let me tell you, antiperspirants don't exist, well at least not in my experience they don't, so I've given up the hopes of ever not sweating like pig in a bacon factory, because turns out, its good for us to sweat, we expel toxins and it helps to cool our skin down.

But obviously with sweat comes body odor. In my experiences through school and throughout life I have come to the realisation that there are a few types of body odor.
Number 1. The unwashed extreme of stale body odor and the kind that really is unpleasant to be around. Gives you that shock where you HAVE to breath through your mouth.
Number 2. The sweaty, not-too-bad-but-you-kinda-don't-smell-nice-because-your-purfumey-deodorant-has-turned-stale-in-your-pits kind of smell.
Number 3. The just been to the gym/hard days graft salty man scent (manly reserved for the man, obv's)

I fall (fell) into the Number 2 category.

So in my slow quest to lead a more crunchy lifestyle I bought a couple of natural deodorants and tried those out. One was a salt based one (LINK) that to use I had to wet under the tap and well I gave up on that one (but this was right at the start of my transition so I should of stuck with is) and the other a DR ORGANIC honey type one that smelt amazing but left me in the same situation.

I eventually happened on a video by HOLISTIC HABITS for a DIY Natural Deodorant and thought I'd give it a try.

I've been using my natural deodorant now for maybe a month, and it has changed my arm pits life!
Out of every deodorant I have tried for the last 15 years this works the BEST! And I'm not exaggerating! There was an adjustment period of about 2 weeks where I would still get a bit wiffy and had to keep a spray in my bag, while my under arms got used to the new regime, along with a bit of recipe adjusting. But so far this is the best thing I have ever tried. I still get hot and sweaty at work and embarrassing to admit it, but I come home of an evening and give my pits a smell and they are fine. I even have my fiance give 'em a smell and they just smell of skin! Result!

So what do you need to make your miracle pit savior? Just two little things! Coconut oil and Baking Soda.

The basic recipe mix is to melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil and then mix in 2 tbsp of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and mix really well. You can add in an essential oil as well to add in a scent. I found I had to add in more baking soda later on which ended up equating to 4 tbsp'ish. I added in about 10 drops of Lavender Essential oil, but you do need to be careful with this. Coconut oil sets which subsequently separated the lavender oil from the rest of it.

The main odor-busting ingredient in this little beaut is the baking soda which combats and eradicates bad odors. So if you start with equal measures, you can always add in more baking soda later on.
I've found the best way to use this is to keep in melted, I keep mine by my radiator. To use simply dip your fingers in the deodorant (if its melted, give it a stir too) or scrape it up and rub on to your under arms. The more baking soda you have used the more flaky you will find it, but that's ok still works a charm.
And voila!

I'm so happy with this and I'm never going back to conventional deodorants!

Sorry this post was so freaking long but I do hope you give it s try and let me know how you get on!

Jeni xo