Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Antipodes Organic Skincare for Combination Skin

As a skincare fiend, I'm always on the hunt for new brands to try out that work well with my combination skin. This winter has been tough on my skin and I've really suffered with breakouts and severe dry patches - the only good thing to come from this has been that, for once in my lazy life, I've been forced to maintain a consistent skincare routine and my face couldn't be more thankful for it.

Antipodes is a New Zealand based organic skincare brand that combines scientific research and natural ingredients to deliver innovative products to the skincare market. The brand targets women of all ages with varying skin types and highlights the importance of a structured regime to keep your skin looking healthy and flawless. I'm not going to lie, I may have fallen a slightly in love with this brand because one of their anti-ageing ingredients is extracted from the seeds of Sauvignon Blanc grapes and as we all know, I'm partial to the odd glass of Sauvignon on certain occasions (ok, most Fridays).    

Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser £24.99

The Antipodes Juliet Skin- Brightening Gel Cleanser has been my skin saviour; I have been using this for around 4 months and have seen a noticeable difference to the brightness of my skin and it's really helped to keep blemishes and redness at bay. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing cleanser, I was quite surprised to find that it's a thin brown liquid that could potentially be mistaken for something medicinal. You'll soon forgive this though as the scent of kiwi, Manuka honey and hibiscus flower comes through and excites your senses (it smells absolutely gorgeous!). The gel turns into a foam cleanser as you massage it into your face and neck; I always take care to concentrate on problem areas that need a little bit more attention. Daily use, removed with a warm cloth, has helped to reduce dullness and has left my skin glowing.

Antipodes Certified Organic Light Facial Day Cream £26.99

I'm over the moon that I have discovered the Antipodes Organic Light Facial Day Cream. This is perfect for people with oily skin who really struggle to find a moisturiser that doesn't leave their face looking and feeling greasy. It really is light, allows your skin to breathe and is packed full of natural, organic ingredients. It's lightly scented with sweet almond oil and vanilla pod which is a pretty heavenly combination. On first application, the cream can feel rather thick, however, it absorbs into the skin so quickly and feels almost matte when it's fully dry. It really helps to balance my combination skin so it targets those dry patches but doesn't encourage my skin to overproduce oil as it usually does. A little goes a long way with this as it's so concentrated so be careful not to squeeze too much from the tube - you don't want to be wasting any of this little gem!

I'm more than impressed with what Antipodes has to offer as a brand - I'd seen it floating around the blogosphere for a long while before purchasing and was slightly concerned that it wouldn't live up to its hype. It's very clear that time and effort have been invested into researching and creating this innovative skincare range. You pay high end prices for high quality products and I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase either the Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser or the Light Facial Day Cream. I'm looking forward to expanding my Antipodes collection in the very near future.

Let me know about your favourite Antipodes products in the comments below!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wanderlust: My Ultimate Travel Wishlist

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If you happened to read my 5 Reasons to Visit Abu Dhabi post, you'll know that a couple of years ago, I made a promise to myself that I would get out there and see more of the world. Since then, I've been lucky enough to experience Dublin, New York, Budapest, Abu Dhabi and Dubai; the travel bug now flows through my veins and you'll regularly find me trawling Expedia for the cheapest holiday deals. There are so many places I want to visit but here are my top ten travel destinations:


1. Reykjavik, Iceland - Possibly the most blogger cliché destination ever but I've been desperate to experience Reykjavik for at least the last 3/4 years. I'd love to trek around the Golden Circle to witness the wonderful waterfalls and glaciers, go whale watching and wallow in the warmth of the Blue Lagoon. Seeing the Northern Lights would be an incredible bonus too!

2. Stockholm, Sweden - My sister's friend has recently moved out to Sweden and she keeps sending me screenshots of his Instagram with photos of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen. I'd like to spend a whole day wandering around Stockholm Old Town, cram in as many museums as possible (ABBA museum is clearly top of the list) and eat my way through the Stockholm Food Tour.

3. Sorrento, Italy - Considering I have an Italian name and I can't go a week without someone asking if I have Italian heritage, I'm ashamed to say that I've never stepped foot in this beautiful country. I was browsing destinations the other day and the pictures of Sorrento took my breath away. All I'd want to do is book a luxury hotel with a balcony looking out on to the stunning coastline so I could sit and bask in the sun with a glass of top notch Italian wine in my hand.

4. Santorini, Greece - I've never been to Greece and I can't say I've ever had a huge desire to visit the mainland. I don't have a clue why but it's just not somewhere that has ever appealed to me really. Santorini, however, is a completely different story. It looks cosy with gorgeous boutique hotels and the most insane Instagram worthy views. I'd love to take the hiking trail from Fira to Oia along the winding staircases and watch the sunset over Santorini.

5. Salzburg, Austria - So, this destination was inspired by Becky after reading about her adventures in this post 48 hours in Salzburg.  I need to experience The Sound of Music Tour so I can pretend I'm Maria Von Trapp and intensely annoy my sister by screeching out the tunes at the top of my lungs. Festung Hohensalzburg would also be a must see for me too as I'm a huge history geek and who wouldn't want to visit a fortress on top of a hill?


1. Varadero, Cuba - This place looks like a Caribbean paradise with bright white sand and crystal clear ocean. The stuff of dreams. There isn't much to do here apart from lounging around on the beach and drinking cocktails out of a fresh coconut but quite frankly, I couldn't think of anything better. Get me on that plane.

2. Montreal, Canada - A trip to Montreal would be the perfect opportunity for me to practice my perfectly fluent French language skills (just kidding, I can just about manage "bonjour" and "oui"). As previously mentioned, I'm a history geek and I'd be in my element, there are so many beautiful buildings and the architecture looks so impressive. The Notre Dame Basilica looks particularly up my street. If I was visiting Canada, I'd make sure I booked to go during Winter so I could have an authentic freezing cold Canadian experience!

3. Tokyo, Japan - My Uncle has been to Japan on several occasions for work and keeps telling me that I have to book a trip. I'd love to roam around the Japanese Gardens, visit the sacred temples and just generally experience the busy, fast paced way of life in Japan. Culture is important to me when I'm travelling and I think the cultural aspect would be completely satisfied here.

4. Seattle, USA - When I was on the flight back from New York, I got chatting to a guy who was flying back from Seattle; he spent at least an hour telling me how much he enjoyed his travels and his enthusiasm really sold it for me. Venturing to the top deck of the Space Needle to capture the breath-taking 360 views would be majestic and I'd want to spend another day browsing Pike Place Market and sampling all of the freshly prepared food.

5. Auckland, New Zealand - I couldn't write a wanderlust post without including New Zealand. I've heard so many incredible things about this country; you only have to Google it and I can almost guarantee it'll be added to your own travel wish list. Obviously I'd hop straight on a ferry to Waiheke Island, better known as "the island of wine" (I mean, the island was pretty much made for me!) and enjoy their wine tasting tour. I've also heard on the grapevine that you can bungee jump from Auckland Harbour Bridge just in case I was feeling in a particularly daredevil mood...

Let me know in the comments if you've visited any of these places or if you have any recommendations on where to stay/places I need to visit!


Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Male Bloggers You Need to Know About #2

As part one of Male Bloggers You Need To Know About was one of my most popular posts to date, I thought I'd treat you all to part two. As we move into 2017, I have no doubt that the male blogging industry will continue to grow and pick up the pace as it has in 2016. I'm so pleased it's now seen as the 'norm' for men to also enjoy cleansing, toning, moisturising and makeup! Here's some more handsome fellas you should be following:

The Everyday Man Male Blogger
The Everyday Man is written by John who has firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners within the male blogging industry over the last (nearly) 5 years. If you're a fan of suave suits, bright pink socks (you'll have to check John's Instagram below to know what I'm referring to), health & fitness, music and travel, The Everyday Man most certainly won't disappoint. The travel section is my particular favourite as it satisfies my own wanderlust. I'm not envious in the slightest when he posts his worldwide adventures on Twitter (ha!). John has also worked with some incredible brands throughout his career and I think that's testament to his capabilities as an honest, credible blogger. Definitely one to check out.

A Bloke's Eye View Male Blogger
I've followed Carl over at A Bloke's Eye View for a pretty long time now, in fact, I'm sure he was one of the first male bloggers I discovered when I started blogging myself almost two years ago. I enjoy the three f's on his blog - family, fashion and food. He's got the most amazing shoe collection to go with his dapper suits and also documents his adventures with his gorgeous wife and two beautiful children. Carl's writing style is honest and open which is something I really appreciate; I think it allows his readers to engage with him as a person. I expect there will be more good things to come from Carl's blog in the very near future.

The Middle Aged Man Male Blogger
The Middle Aged Man created by the lovely (middle aged) Robbie is a relatively new blog that has gained rapid popularity within the blogosphere in just 7 months. You'll be hard pushed to find a topic that his blog doesn't cover from lifestyle and travel to fashion and male grooming. The Middle Aged Man does not shy away from open and honest reviews and his post discussing the 'manscaping' debate is one of my personal favourites. I can't wait to see what Robbie's blog has to offer this year, definitely one to watch.
Mr Luke Christian Male Blogger
I've only recently discovered Leeds based blogger Luke, the owner of Mr Luke Christian, but I'm already a big fan. We bonded over a love of the brand Kiehl's, which features heavily in the skincare section of Luke's blog so I've enjoyed reading his opinion on those products. If you're also looking for fashion tips or want to up your game with a smart and edgy style then Luke is definitely your man. I love the outfit he is wearing in the photo above! I'd also highly recommend checking out his YouTube channel too as his outgoing personality is hilarious! One to watch in the blogging community right now.

Let me know in the comments who your favourite male bloggers are...
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