I FINALLY TRIED USING A CBD OIL, HERE'S WHAT MISTATERA'S CBD OIL DID FOR ME.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

[Disclaimer: This post contains a gifted product for review but all words and opinions are still mine and honest]

I've heard a lot about CBD (cannabidiol) products over the past year and it seems to be making its way into every industry. It's no surprise why as it's been linked to a plethora of health benefits that affect most of us to some extent. Lately I've been more selective with what brands I work with, and when mistatera asked if I would like to review their 5% CBD oil I was actually really excited to try it as I had never used any products with the cannabidiol yet.

mistatera cbd oil


What are the benefits of CBD? 



I think the first think to state is that taking CBD oil isn't going to leave you feeling like Snoop Dogg or with the munchies, so if that's what you're looking for you're not going to get it from taking this. However, some of the more useful benefits include relief from chronic pain and inflammation, help with anxiety and depression, reduction in stress and a lot of medical practices have also introduced cbd as a treatment for diseases and medical conditions. I am not a doctor so I don't want to go into the findings from the research, but there is a lot of studies out there how it has helped with alzheimer's, pain relief and the slowing down of cancerous cells. It definitely makes for an interesting read!

About Mistatera



Mistatera is a Slovenian based company specialising in CBD products. They focus on the prevention of medical conditions with the use of cbd oil as opposed to just how they can help or cure them. They believe that by having a healthy body and a sound mind we can improve our quality of life and simply 'live better'. Their products come in 5% and 11% doses and they ship to several countries. If your symptoms are more severe then you might want to consider using a higher dosage. 

mistatera cbd oil


Mistatera CBD Oil (5%) 

(£39.27 - currently £27.00)



The 5% oil comes in a 10ml bottle (strength of 500mg) and it is suggested to take 1-3 drops per day depending on how mild/severe your symptoms or problems are. It might take a bit of trial and error to see what works for you and what dosage is right. The product is designed to reduce stress and relax you, raise your metabolism, ease pain and increase 'happiness' as it affects how your brain's chemical receptors respond.  The product is 100% made of plant origin so it is vegan and gluten-free

My thoughts on Mistatera CBD Oil



First of all, I'm in love with the emerald green packaging, it's very aesthetically pleasing. On the the actual product, my main interest for taking CBD oil was to help with my sleep, as I usually find myself tossing and turning a lot before eventually falling asleep. I think it's down to my brain not being able to 'shut up' and I find it very hard to just chill out. I'm enjoying it so far and have found that adding this to my night time routine and having a drop of this and then reading before bed is helping a lot. I'm not going to lie to you, the first time I tried this I pulled a face, but then again I did the same with apple cider vinegar and now I drink it every morning like I'm downing a glass of cold water. The taste just takes some getting used to! Another benefit which I noticed and then read up on to see if they were linked, is that it has helped with my migraines. I felt one coming and since I read up about how it's linked to pain relief I had a drop and soon after, the pain was gone. I remember a friend recommending the cbd oil a while back for migraines too so this has been great for me, as sometimes painkillers don't do the job. 

mistatera cbd oil review


I think this is one of those products that everyone can benefit from, as it doesn't have any bad side effects nor is it addictive. It's affordable and accessible and I think this is definitely a product I'm going to keep using and implementing into my daily routine. I think the benefits of cbd have been widely discussed and there are lots of medicinal plants that are being discovered. 


Have you ever tried and CBD products for yourself?


G




TREATING MY HAIR WITH THE AT HOME O'WOW KIT.

Monday, 18 November 2019

[Disclaimer: This post contains a gifted product for review but all words and opinions are still mine and honest]

I am very low maintenance when it comes to my hair. The only time I brush it is when I'm doing something social and have to get rid of the kinks in my hair from having my hair in a bun all the time. The same goes for styling it, whenever I'm going on a night out I say I want to make an extra effort to look nice and change up my hair, but when it comes down to actually straightening it I then decide 'eh actually it looks fine like this'. If you've been seeing my posts on Instagram, you might have seen I recently had a lot of blonde put into my hair after having a variation of 'red' dyed hair for around 10 years. As any blonde can tell you, having light hair requires a lot more maintenance and you'll usually have to invest in more products than your simple shampoo and conditioner. The O'WOW Kit was great because you only need to use the treatment once and the results will last up to 3 months. They kindly gifted me the set for me to try and share my thoughts with you guys. 

owow hair kit

HOW TO AFFORD A LIFE OF CONTINUOUS TRAVEL.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

[Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Schofields but all words and opinions are still mine and honest]

A question I get asked a lot is, 'how can you afford to travel so much?' and to be honest I don't just have one answer, nor do I have a lot of money lying around! It comes down to a couple of things, saving before the trip, cutting costs whilst travelling and then boosting your income whilst you're off galavanting the world. If you're looking to leave home for more than a month or want to live the dream of continuously travelling that most of us want to achieve, here are a couple of ways you can do that. 

how to keep earning money whilst travelling



1. Find casual work.


If you're planning on staying in one city for at least a month, then there are a couple of jobs that will hire you casually for the short-term. For example in Australia, Pinnacle People are a hospitality agency that are always looking for people for event staff - stewarding, kitchen hands, food and beverage assistants. AirTasker and SideKicker also operate around Australia but extend to loads of other casual jobs too - helping move furniture, gardening, ticketing, ushering etc! A quick Google search of 'temp/casual work in ___' will help you out. 

2. Consider putting up your house on AirBnB.


If you're leaving an apartment or house behind then why not make some extra money instead? Unless you're living in a house share, I don't think your housemates would appreciate random people walking in and out of your house on the regular. A study by Schofields noted that Instagram is now a really effective way to promote your holiday home or airbnb apartment, so adding some little 'instagramable' touches will help when it comes to getting your place booked. I'm all about the indoor plants, bookshelf's and vinyl records on the wall - so that would get me booking!

3. Au Pair.


This is what I'm currently doing in Australia (I'll be doing another post about that soon) and I've loved it. Although if you 'hate kids' then move on to number 4. An au pair is someone who lives with a host family to provide childcare, and in return you get food, accommodation and weekly pocket money depending on your hours. There are tons of Facebook groups connecting families and au-pairs or the website aupair.com has opportunities all over the globe

4. Use affiliate marketing.


This is something that requires 1% effort (to sign up) and can still give you some form of income. I can guarantee you that most websites you or your friends/family shop or book on have some sort of affiliate partnership programme. I use booking.com, skyscanner, klook, GetYourGuide to name a few. How it works is that every time you or someone else uses your link to purchase something through their website, you get a little bit of commission for it. 

5. Find a digital side hustle. 


Now I'm not going to tell you to take 2 hours out of your day to fill out surveys online that pay you 5p per questionnaire (can't believe 15 year old me fell for that.) I could tell you to start a blog on anything that you enjoy which you could eventually monetize, but not everyone enjoys writing. There are websites out there that you can get paid to do a variety of jobs including translating, graphic design, videography etc that pay. So it's just a case of finding what works for you!



Have you tried any of these on your travels? If not are there other ways you try to earn money whilst you are travelling? 

G



SKINCARE SUNDAYS | A REVIEW OF KLAIRS KOREAN BEAUTY.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

[Disclaimer: This post contains a gifted product for review but all words and opinions are still mine and honest]

I was first introduced to Klairs last year when WishTrend reached out and asked if I wanted to try some of their products. I tried their Soft Airy UV Suncream and I ended up buying one myself after I finished the bottle. I usually find with most big brand suncreams they leave my face oily and the cream is too thick and I feel like my pores are yelling ahhh get this off me!! With summer now coming along in Australia (it's Spring and already in the 30s), I knew two products that would definitely come in handy were the rich moist soothing serum and the midnight blue calming cream and both products came in a 2 step sun-burn care set. As me and my friends know to well, even if I put factor 50 cream on my face I end up looking like Mr Krabs at the end of my trip. I've been using both products for a couple of weeks and as always, here are my thoughts on them.

klairs


About Klairs 


Klairs is a eco friendly and vegan korean skincare brand that has been around since 2010. They create products that are tailored to different skin types and for different seasons. Their products are especially great for people who are more on the sensitive side as they use natural ingredients that do not irritate the skin. 

Morning Blue Calming Cream ($25)

klairs Morning Blue Calming Cream


The morning blue calming cream instantly calms and soothes sensitive skin. It includes guaiazulene, a natural component extracted from chamomile oil which has strong calming effects, whilst centella asiatica hydrates the skin and relieves redness.


What's in it?


Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Ceramide NP, Polysorbate 60, Bees Wax, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Morus Alba Root Extract, Tromethamine, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Guaiazulene, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol



My Thoughts 


First of all this cream is blue so that makes it even more fun to use. It's designed to be an after-sun moisturiser so I don't use this every night. I keep it in the fridge and if I've been out in the sun all day or been sunbathing then I use it. It definitely calms the skin and it feels nice and refreshing. The product comes in 30ml and 60ml sizes so it's a great skincare product to bring with you in your hand luggage! 

Rich Moist Soothing Serum ($23)




This hydrating serum helps reduce the surface temperature of your skin which helps cool down sunburnt skin and replenish it's moisture. It's a light serum and it doesn't leave a sticky residue or a thick layer of product on your skin. 


What's in it?


Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Natto Gum, Propanediol, Polyquaternium-51, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Carbomer, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Panthenol, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Brassica Rapa (Turnip) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract.


My Thoughts


This product absorbs easily into the skin and like I mentioned, I like that it doesn't leave a sticky or thick residue on the skin. It's a clear solution and odourless and leaves the skin feeling pretty matte and clear. It says what it says it does, it hydrates the skin well and it hasn't caused me any irritation or breakouts. 


Have you ever tried any korean skincare products or heard of Klairs?

G

MY ADVICE FOR STICKING TO YOUR DIET PLAN WITHOUT BEING MISERABLE.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

[Disclaimer: this post contains gifted items but all words and thoughts are my own]

I've been an avid gym goer for around 3 years now, and I think by now it's got to a point where I go because I enjoy it and like seeing progress, and not out of guilt because I've eaten a whole bag of Maltesers in one sitting. That being said, it is important to switch things up now and again because we as humans get bored of doing monotonous things. Over the last month I've made a conscious effort to work on my strength at the gym and have been eating and lifting more. My goal for the next 8 weeks is to maintain my muscle mass whilst also slowly decreasing my body fat %. So I'd like to share some of the ways to stick to your regime and reach your fitness and health goals.

T-Shirt (Muscle and Donuts) | Leggings (Cotton On) | Shoes (Tiosebon)



1. Find a plan that works for you. 


Nowadays there are literally 100s of lifestyle diets and exercise programs and what may work for one person not necessarily work for you, especially if you're going to be miserable all the time. For example the keto diet is something I've never really tried because I know my body functions better with higher carbs (although the fact it would let me have mayo with everything does sound appealing). I used to do intermittent fasting when I was working 9-5pm because I found it easy to fast until 12pm, but now that I go to the gym in the morning I feel like I need a pre-workout meal to fuel my body. So instead I try to stick to an 8am-7pm eating window. 

Gym wise, I now do 2 upper body days, 2 lower body days, and 1 light full body day with cardio. For me I prefer coming up with my own training plan, but you might personally benefit more from group classes or a personal trainer.

2. Don't drastically decrease your calories. 


It's hard to give a specific number because the calories our body's need will depend on our height, weight and daily activity levels, but really anything under 1000 is not ideal. Whilst I was increasing my weight training last month I gradually increased my calories up to 1900 (gained 1kg) so now my diet amount could be 1500 and I'd still be losing fat, as opposed to 1000 if I would have stuck to my 1400 calorie diet (what I ate before). Ideally the best thing to do is move more instead of eating less.  Using a calorie counter like MyFitnessPal is a great tool if you're new to counting calories or macros as it does the hard work for you. 

3. Allow for treats. 


Whether that's a glass of wine at night, a square of chocolate before bed or a McFlurry at the end of your night out (I might be guilty of all 3). If you tell yourself you're not going to eat anything bad for two months your brain is going to want to fight it, and eventually you'll give in and probably end up binging. Instead if you work occasional treats into your plan you won't feel guilty after. 


4. Take progress photos. 


I'm kind of glad the house I'm living in now doesn't have a scale, and I only use the gym one once or twice a month. We all know the number on the scale can be misleading (time of day, water retention, what you ate the night before, clothing, etc) so the best thing to do is take progress photos every month - that's where you'll really notice the changes! 


5. Wear clothes you feel comfortable in at the gym. 

I believe how good your workout is is directly correlated with how confident you feel at the gym - anyone else? I know when I look like a potato I also feel like a potato. This doesn't mean you have to go out and buy Nike everything. Amazon has some great inexpensive workout leggings and Sports Direct also have great deals for fitness gear. Tiosenbon kindly sent me a pair of their walking shoes which are perfect for me because my cardio involves a lot of incline walking and they fit so snug and they've been really comfortable to wear throughout the day. Not to mention I don't have to go through 5 pairs of socks in one week. The only rookie error I made was getting the white ones, because we all know they never stay white long!

I love wearing crop tops at the gym even if my fat hangs out the side when I'm doing crunches, because it gets damn hot! I do also like to throw on a cropped t-shirt like the pizza one I'm wearing from Muscle and Donuts (*gifted)  when I want to cover up slightly more.


6. Come up with a killer playlist. 


For me I always find listening to Eminem whilst I'm doing HIIT on the treadmill gets me the most pumped. RnB when I'm weight training also gets me in the right frame of mind too. If you don't have the time to come up with your own playlist, I've linked my gym playlist below - enjoy!





What are your tips for sticking to your diet? Do you follow any specific calorie plans or do you just eat what you want? 

G


THE FORMULA FOR GETTING A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

            [Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are still mine and honest]


Do you know what keeps me up at night? trying to remember everything I have to do tomorrow.  The sudden motivation to write a blog post at 1:30am. Remembering that I forgot to reply to an email. Putting my phone to charge and then reaching over to look at it to see if that boy who hasn't replied to me for 6 hours has finally sent a message. 

Apart from the latter, these are all things that I can control when it comes to getting a better night's sleep. It's definitely something I've been working on and I never thought I'd become a morning person (my mum and housemates at uni can confirm that), but recently I've found myself naturally waking up at 6am. These are a couple of things we can tweak to ensure we're getting a good night's sleep. 


1. Write it all down before you go to bed. 


This doesn't mean you have to go out and buy a diary and lock and write about your feelings everyday (but that's totally ok too), but just making a list of everything that's currently on your mind will clear the clutter in your brain. A survey by beds.net found that '73% of Brits are being kept awake by stress' and it's no surprise why! My generation especially loves this idea of being 'busy' all the time but there's only so much your brain and body can handle. If at the end of the day you haven't done everything you wanted to do, chances are you'll lie in bed thinking about it all. So the best thing to do is get a pen and paper, or make a note on your phone of everything you need to get done in the week or to worry about tomorrow. 

2. Stop drinking at least two hours before you go to sleep. 


Getting 3 litres of water in a day is great, what's not so great is getting up to pee at 4 in the morning after you told yourself at 10pm you didn't need to go that bad because you were too comfy in bed. Try and get most of your water intake earlier in the day, and then maybe switch to a cup of tea at night because you won't be able to drink that as quickly. 


3. Put your phone on silent/do not disturb when you're winding down. 


I know every article out there on sleep tells you to get off your phone an hour before you're going to sleep, but I enjoy having a scroll and laugh through twitter before bed and hey, sometimes it can be educational. Instead I make sure that once I'm going to sleep I put my phone on silent and put it facing down so even if I'm facing it the light of a notification doesn't tempt me to look. 

4. Buy an eye mask


I think part of the reason why I'm naturally waking up at 6am is because even with the blinds down I still get sunlight coming into my room, and I've lost my eye mask. If you're someone who's easily woken up by light or needs to sleep in complete darkness then get your hands on one!

5. Don't snooze. 


For the longest time, I'd always set two alarms in the morning. One for the time I actually had to get up, and one 30 minutes earlier to give me a heads up that I only had 30 minutes left to sleep. I thought this was a good idea at the time but found that if I fell back into a deep sleep again it only made it harder to get up. Now I only set one alarm and as soon as it goes off I don't even think about anything, I just get up and get ready. 



What tends to keep you up at night?

G







MY QUICK NIGHT TIME SKINCARE ROUTINE (FOR LAZY GIRLS).

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

 [Disclaimer: this blog post is written in collaboration with Beds.net but all words and thoughts are my own. This post also contains items that had been gifted for a previous review.]

Ever since I moved to Australia back in March, I've had more of an interest in skincare products and have enjoyed trying different brands. Probably because firstly, when my skin breaks out from using new products I don't have to see tons of people I know on a daily basis like back home, and secondly because I'm wearing less make-up here so I don't have foundation clogging up my pores. That being said I still don't have a very complicated skincare routine. These are some of my favourite skincare products that I like to use before bed.



Cleanser - Sukin Purifying Balancing Cleanser 


This has probably been my favourite and most used brand in Australia. All their products are natural, Australian made and don't come with the hefty price tag. My skin is a mix of combintation and oily and this helps remove excess oils and leaves my skin feeling really fresh. I also find it aesthetically pleasing that the gel is black because it contains bamboo charcoal. 

Toner - Sukin Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic 

Admittedly, I had gone a couple of months without using a toner. Now that the temperature has heated up here there's nothing better than wiping your face with this at the end of the day after I've been at the gym, walking around in the sun and sweating. This product contains Willowherb with has anti-inflammatory properties and helps eliminate impurities. 

Moisturiser - Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser 

Ok I'm obsessed with this - the cream smells like japonesas (custard donuts). The cream is fast absorbing and contains rosehip, seseme and joboba oils. It does what it's meant to do, moisturise the skin! 

Face Scrub - Alya Skin Pomegranate Exfoliating Scrub (Gifted)

I use this product twice a week - Wednesdays and Sundays usually. I might like it that extra bit more because the packaging and the cream is pink too. It smells delicious, pomegranate is my favourite fruit so if I could use this everyday I would. It's not too harsh on the skin and it leaves your face with a nice fresh glow after use. 

Eye Cream - Nakin Eye Cream Complex (Gifted)


This eye cream is weightless and spreads on very finely. At my age (25) I have to start looking out for those signs of ageing so I have implemented using an eye cream at night time!

Lip Balm - Nakin Lip Treatment Balm (Gifted)


My lips are always dry AF at night because 99% of the time I'm wearing lipstick during the day, so this adds the moisture right back in and doesn't leave a sticky finish

Light Therapy - Dermatec Personal LED (Gifted)


I won't go into too much detail here as I have written a separate blogpost all about the Dermatec Personal LED and the benefits of light therapy. The great thing about this product is that you don't need to stand in front of the bathroom mirror whilst using it, you can just move it around your face whilst you're lying in bed watching Netflix or reading a book. 


What are your favourite skincare products to use before bed?

G



MY ADVICE FOR TAKING CARE OF YOUR (COLOURED) HAIR.

Friday, 18 October 2019

[Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post but all words and thoughts are my own]


I remember the first time I dyed my hair I was 15 - Cheryl Cole had just debuted her red hair on X-Factor and suddenly every hair dye brand in Morrisons was stocking red hairdye. Obviously, I begged my mum to please let me dye it and that it was ok because it wasn't 'permanent'. She gave me the usual talk that 'my natural hair was lovely' and 'you'll get grey hairs sooner and you will have to keep dying it now'. In the end, we walked out of Morrisons with two boxes of L'Oreal Casting Creme in Mahogany and like always, mum was right. After 10 years of dying my hair 50 shades of red (and black, and pink ombre, and a failed attempt of going blonde) I finally booked into a hair salon, stripped my hair dye and finally jumped onto the balayage trend. If you're someone who colours your hair often, this is my advice for making sure it stays looking bright, healthy and glossy! 

tea with gi hair


1. Use products for coloured hair. 


I'm going to start this list with a *duh*. I've been using XXXX for ages and it does the job and its inexpensive. Now that my hair is lighter I've obviously had to switch to the holy grail for blonde hair, Pro-Voke Touch of Silver. It's also pretty good to stick to the same brand for both your shampoo and conditioner, as it will have a similar formulation and will target specific hair concerns. 

2. Limit the use of hot appliances.


I think the last time I straightened my hair was two years ago, I wish I had the energy and patience to curl my hair everyday but alas, I don't. Your hair probably looks a lot nicer natural than you think it does, it just might take some getting used to! 


3. Try and wash your hair only once or twice a week. 


I know people who wash their hair everyday and I just think, how do you have the energy? I know some people get greasier hair than others, especially if your hair is finer. Washing your hair too often will remove healthy oils and can leave your hair looking more dry and damaged, and it's just so much effort

4. Use a detangling hairbrush.


Just the thought of brushing my hair with a tooth comb sounds painful, my hair used to get so knotty but having short hair has definitely helped a lot (admittedly I don't brush my hair very often). A detangling brush isn't as harsh on your hair and will help prevent split ends. 

5. Choose satin pillow covers. 


Not only will you feel like Princess Jasmine, and make your bed look even more aesthetically pleasing. But you'll also help smooth frizzy hair and minimise static. You can get some inexpensive ones on amazon

6. Book into a hair salon. 


I think I've had a fringe (or a variation of one) pretty much all my life. I've become so attached to it that it's rare that I let anyone cut it for me. That being said, I try to visit a salon at least once a year to cut my split ends. I know letting someone else touch your hair can be a scary thing, so just make sure you do your research on the best salons in the area and read the reviews! I've collaborated with a top hairdresser in Manchester on this post so if you're in the North of England make sure you check them out!


G

SKINCARE SUNDAY | MY THOUGHTS ON DERMATEC SKINCARE'S PERSONAL LED.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

[Disclaimer: This post contains a gifted product but all words and opinions are still mine and honest]

I was only introduced to the world of LED light therapy two months ago, when I went for a treatment at The Loft Beauty. I'd also been exposed to the red light therapy when I went to a thermal spa in Bucharest where there was an area to lay on hammocks that had the red light shining on you from above. I had no idea the benefits of it back then and just remember lying there thinking 'I don't know what this is doing, but it's making me feel very calm and sleepy.'

When I came across Dermatec's Personal LED product on Instagram I was very intrigued. I thought this is perfect, I don't even have to get out of bed to use this! I'm always a bit skeptical of 'at home' devices. After doing a bit of research on the product and the reviews it had received, I saw it was working for a lot of people. So when Dermatec kindly sent me an LED personal device for me to try and see the benefits for myself, I very quickly made this product part of my night time routine! I've detailed a bit more about the product below, what LED light therapy is, and of course what I made of the product. 


How does a LED Light Therapy device work?


A personal LED is a photodynamic therapy device that harnesses light energy to improve the skin. The blue (417nm) and red (633nm) lights target specific skin concerns such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles, collagen renewal, acne clearance, rosacea and even mild psoriasis. 

The light energy stimulates your skin cells to repair and rejuvenate themselves. Whilst using the device you only feel a light sense of heat hitting your skin but it's not uncomfortable or painful at all, but rather quite relaxing. 

How I use the Personal LED


I find the best time for me to use this is before bed, after I've cleansed my skin, showered and changed into my PJs. You simply click a button to switch it on, and then select the duration you want the light on for (1min, 3 mins or 5 mins). You also get a pair of black eye goggles as the blue light can be damaging if you look directly into it for an excessive amount of time. I usually use it around my chin and neck area whilst reading a book (it doubles as a great reading light haha!). Then when I move onto the areas closer to my eyes I put the goggles on and put on a podcast or listen to Lana Del Rey or something to get me ready to sleep. 

My thoughts on the Personal LED 


Admittedly at first, I thought 'how is a light hitting my face going to actually change anything on my skin?'. I think when you're having a treatment done that doesn't involve product to skin contact it's always easy to be a bit skeptical. It took a while for me to get into the routine of using it daily as I kept using the excuse of 'not having time' or forgetting to charge it. But with everything, it's all about creating a new habit and sticking to it. So now I charge the device every night after I use it the same way as I put my phone to charge, and make time for using it the same way as I cleanse my face every night. 

I've been using the device for a month now and I think the biggest improvement I've seen is a reduction in redness on my face. I feel like I have more of a bright and clear complexion. Your 20s are all about prevention - so I'm hoping this device will delay those wrinkles and lines we all have to deal with as we age! In terms of spots, I have a few in my chin area that I get due to hormones and I haven't really seen a change in that. 

The verdict


The product retails at $349 (AUD) and comes with a 1 year warranty and 60 day money back guarantee. Considering a session of LED at a salon can cost you upwards of $70 (AUD), it really is a good investment. I'd say if you had really bad acne or don't get any beauty treatments done then this probably isn't the product for you. Otherwise, I think it's a great product for daily use and it's so portable that you can do it pretty much anywhere - so it also makes for a great travel accessory (and you don't have to use up your liquid allowance for it!). I'm going to continue using it and at the end of the year I will probably post an update on my Instagram stories - so make sure you're following me at Tea With Gi

Have you ever tried LED light therapy?

G



MY THOUGHTS ON THE MODERN WORLD OF ONLINE DATING.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

[Disclaimer: this post is written in collaboration with Urban Social Dating but all words and thoughts are my own]

Before Tinder, it wasn't really acceptable to say you had met your significant other online was it? I remember being 16 and having more of a thing for English boys (have to thank One Direction for that) so I signed up for this website called snog marry avoid, which was just as brutal as it sounds. You would snog, marry or avoid other teenagers based on their photos and profile (I'd even go as far as to say Tinder probably isn't as harsh). As superficial as it sounds, I actually met up with two boys from that website after speaking for ages, and 9 years later I'm still in contact with them! I remember telling my friends I had met them on holiday as I was too embarrassed to say I'd met them online.

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Fast forward to now, and I think around 40% of relationships start online and nobody bats an eyelid when you mention to people that you met your S/O on Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Twitter or on a video game chat room. 

Funnily enough nowadays I rely less on dating apps and prefer making connections in person. But apart from a guy who ran up to me in the cinema a couple of weeks ago to ask for my number, it seems meeting people the old fashioned way isn't as easy anymore. I think a lot of it (online and offline) has to do with location. 

For example, back home in Gibraltar there's no way I'd use swipe right on someone I knew and then have that possibility of bumping into them in town later that day, awkward. Whereas in bigger cities like London and Sydney, I think the chances of meeting someone you have a connection with both in person and online is higher as there is more, variety per say and things to do.

 There's also definitely a difference in the types of men across different dating websites. Tinder is usually where you'll get bombarded with messages asking 'what you doing now?' at 1am whereas Bumble only lets ladies make the first move, so there'll be no unsolicited messages there. Whereas a dating website like UrbanSocial is aimed more at people in their late 20s and older, who are actually looking for a serious relationship and not just there to mess about. 

At 25 and having been single for several years, what I don't want to do now is waste my time. Which is why I deleted Tinder, as I hate small talk and most conversations always end up being dead ends. Even if I did meet someone online, I'd much rather speak for a day then arrange to meet for a coffee the next. I think the longer you wait to meet someone in person the more awkward the situation can get. 

What has your experience been with online dating?

G










5 HIGH PROTEIN SMOOTHIES TO TRY THIS WEEK.

Monday, 7 October 2019

As an avid gym goer, protein shakes are one of the 'supplements' I take daily to help with my recovery and to get those lean gainz. There are people who simply enjoy downing protein powder mixed with water straight after the gym and that's that. I am not that organised and I like to spice mine up a bit. Here are five smoothie recipes that contain more than 20g of protein that I have on a regular basis. 


1. Chocolate & Strawberry Smoothie 


I'm a big chocaholic, and back home I always find myself ordering the Cupid Kiss smoothie from Joost. For this smoothie I used Inca Organics' Raw Cacao Protein Powderthat only use 3 ingredients in their product. Organic whey protein, fair trade cacao powder and stevia. You can taste the good quality and you don't get any of that 'powdery protein' taste that you find with some cheaper protein powders. The fact that it includes cacao powder means I don't have to reach for the drinking chocolate powder which of course, is slightly heavier in calories. 

chocolate and strawberry protein smoothie

2. Blueberry Oats Smoothie 


This one is rather filling, so if like me you prefer a more refreshing breakfast in the hotter months this one is perfect. Here I used Ultimately Natural's Cinnamon Banana* protein blend. I can easily drink this with just half a banana thrown into it for thickness, because it actually tastes like you're drinking a smoothie and not just a protein shake. Again it just has a handful of ingredients - whey protein, banana, agave, manuka honey, cinnamon and stevia - so all the good stuff! If you prefer a hot breakfast, you could also mix a scoop of this into your porridge. 

blueberry oats protein smoothie


3. Green Smoothie


I don't actually make green smoothies very often, but I eat a **** load of spinach anyway so I'm excused! I tried this one out and was pleasantly surprised by the taste, and the fact that it didn't taste like green veg at all. 

spinach and pineapple green smoothie

4. Mocha Protein Shake 


I've been having this a lot lately because coffee doesn't appeal to me much on hot days (unless we're talking about iced coffee). But I still need that little boost of energy so this is the perfect way to get it whilst also getting a good amount of protein in. Think of it as a healthier frappuccino! 

mocha protein shake


5. Chocolate Avocado Protein Pudding 


I know what you're thinking, avocado in a smoothie? I actually find it makes the texture a lot nicer and creamier than bananas do, so it's a great alternative if you're following a keto diet or just don't like bananas all that much. I used to ask for this custom smoothie all the time (more milk/water so it wasn't a pudding) and for some reason it tasted like a chocolate doughnut, so I wasn't complaining. 

chocolate chia pudding


What are some of your favourite smoothie recipes? Which one of these do you think you'd enjoy most? 

G


* This post contains gifted items but all words and opinions are my own.



ONE FOR THE BOYS, LET'S TALK ABOUT WINTER FASHION.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Last night whilst I was out having cocktails with my friend, the topic came up on 'what top 3 qualities we look for in a man'. We all like guys who fit the tall, dark and handsome criteria (especially when I'm standing at 5'8), but for me the way a guy dresses can be an instant attractive quality. This doesn't mean they have to be dressed to the 9's to go shopping in town or for dinner at Nando's, sometimes a pair of fitted jeans and a cool jumper does the job! Here are a couple of winter trends that I love on guys. Big thank you to my best friend Jonathan for posing for this post!

winter mens fashion

Turtlenecks


I think mostly every guy can get away with wearing a black turtleneck. Bonus if you wear glasses, you'll instantly look like you're working in the creative industry or read a lot of books in your spare time. They're so easy to dress up or down and you won't need to wear a scarf to keep the cold away - double win! 

Shirt | Asos (£20)



Neutrals 


Browns, nudes, whites, greys, and everything in between. When you pair your neutrals well it's so easy to look 'put together' and well, aesthetically pleasing. Great thing about wearing neutrals in winter is that they never go out of fashion. So if you're trying to spend less money on clothing or want to invest in a couple of high quality pieces that will last you a couple of years, then neutrals are the way to go. 

Jacket | Asos (£42)  



A good winter coat 


If there's an item of clothing that you want to make sure is fashionable but also good quality, it's your winter coat (especially if you live in the UK). For this you can never go wrong with a black, grey or nude coat, as they will go with most of your outfits. I once saw a guy in a white coat with a fur hood with matching white pants and he looked like he'd come out of that 'Stay Another Day' Christmas music video. Urban Apparels 4bidden winter jacket collection would suit just about anybody and their colours are very wearable. 

Coat | Urban Apparel (£90)


Block jumpers 


Remember the days where there was nothing sexier than a man wearing pink? Well now there's nothing sexier than a man wearing a pink jumper. Admittedly I do have a thing for boys who dress slightly alternative or 'hipster' as you might say. Wearing a block coloured jumper with just about anything, automatically makes your outfit that little bit cooler. 

Sweater | Bonds (£20)



What are some of your favourite winter trends for men? 

G


* This post is written in collaboration with Urban Apparel but all words and opinions are my own. 




MY ADVICE FOR CUTTING COSTS WHEN TRAVELLING.

Friday, 20 September 2019

How many times have you said to yourself or a friend about someone on social media 'omg they're always on holiday! Sometimes it might just be down to them having a lot of disposable income or rich parents who pay for everything, but travelling frequently can actually be cheaper than you think. Most of my money definitely goes on trips (or eating out), and at the moment I'm currently saving for a 10 week trip through Asia. Here are some of the ways I'm cutting costs when planning my trip, and  my advice on minimising costs when you're actually out there. 

cutting costs when travelling



1. Use price comparison websites 


I don't think I've booked any flights or accommodation anywhere other than through Skyscanner or Booking.com in the last few years. I've even earned 'Frequent Traveller/Genuis' status through booking which gets me 15% off some hotels, for using them so many times! The great thing about Skyscanner is you can also set up price alerts so you'll be emailed when there has been a change in the fare price. 


2. Book at least three months in advance. 


Or if you're anything like me, you'll have your hotels booked (free cancellation of course) a year in advance! If you're planning on travelling in peak season or around holidays, then it's probably best to book even earlier. The app Hopper lets you know when the best time to book your flight for a destination is, and whether you should wait or go ahead and book. Apparently Thursdays are now the cheapest day of the week to book too, whilst weekends being the worst. 

3. Create a budget and stick to it. 


Part of the fun of planning a trip for me is creating spreadsheets and itineraries (lame I know). But it makes things a lot easier if you know how much exactly you need to save for your trip, for fixed items (flights/hotels) and for activities and spending. For each city I'm visiting I'll make a list of things I have to pay for in advance, and then divide the rest of my allocated 'trip' money between activities and eating out. 

4. Use cash. 


It's so easy to overspend when you're just tapping your card left, right and centre. When you're actually physically holding money and spending it you'll become more accountable and be wiser with it as you can actually see how much you have left. It will also save you money to change all your currency at once, instead of constantly withdrawing from an ATM.


5. Choose overnight transport. 


For my east coast Australia trip at the end of the year, I've got 2 overnight coach trips which means I won't have to pay for hotel stays that night. Especially if you're in beach locations, even if your flight isn't until 8pm you can check out that morning, leave your bag in storage at the hotel and just go lounge at the beach instead of paying for another nights stay. 


6. Ask yourself what you actually want to spend your money on. 


The first thing most of us do when travelling to a new city, is research the tourist spots and sight seeing attractions. One mistake we often make is visiting spots just because 'it's what you do there' even if you haven't got the slightest bit of interest in museums, gardens or the Opera. If you're a foodie and eating out twice a day is what you look forward to, then allocate your spending to that. If you love photographing 100 types of flora and fauna, then definitely go to Singapore or Fiji

7. Consider a short-term loan. 


If there's a trip you really want to take (friends wedding? hen party?) and aren't currently in debt as it stands, then asking for a loan could be an option. CashLady.com offers short-term loans and their services are completely free to use. You can choose anything from £100 to £1000 and can pay it back over 12 months, so it really is quite manageable. 

8. Don't splurge everyday! 


Admittedly I still haven't got very good at this myself. It's so easy to say to yourself being you go away - 'ok I'm going to pack my snacks for the plane, only eat out once a day and walk everywhere instead of getting taxis'. Next thing you know I'm sat in Starbucks at Gatwick Airport with a white chocolate frappucino and a bag of Maltesers. Obviously you're on holiday to have fun and spend a little more than you would back home, but be smart about it. Don't order dessert every night at dinner, share starters, use a refillable bottle of water, and so on! 


What are some of your money saving tips for travelling? 

G


* This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are my own. 

how to save money when travelling



HOLY GRAIL BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR SURVIVING LONG-HAUL TRIPS.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Over the past couple of years I've got pretty good at only taking the essentials on my trips. Most of my Europe breaks are now hand luggage only so minimising the amount of beauty products to a little ziplock bag has taken some work (yet you can bet there'll still be around 5 lipsticks in there). When you're flying for an extended period of time there are a couple of things that are useful to keep on board with you, because as we all know that that cabin air does not do wonders for your skin. Whether you're flying or taking a long coach trip, these are some of my favourite products to keep handy when travelling. 

beauty products long haul flights




1. Eye Mask 


A couple of years ago, I would have been too embarrassed to be sat in a plane full of people with an eye mask in case I looked like Sharpay from High School Musical. When I started travelling longer distances I went to the other extreme and pulled a 'f*ck off' eye mask over my eyes (it was a gift) and I haven't looked back since. This way if the person next to you decides they want to keep the window open or their light on at night to read a book, you can still try and sleep for some of it.

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2. Nakin Eye Cream Complex [Gifted]

Before you go and pop your eye mask on, make sure to apply this and you'll arrive at your destination looking like you've had a nights sleep at Premier Inn. This product is weightless so won't take up much space in your luggage, and has natural anti-ageing ingredients. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffyness and dark circles. I've found this product to be quite hydrating and just a dot of the cream can cover your eye area and more. 

nakin skincare


3. Nakin Lip Treatment Balm [Gifted]


I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've found a lip balm that I'm now more loyal to that Vaseline (I finally had enough of those hard to open tins). It's an anti-ageing product to help with lines around the lips, but honestly I'm just loving the glossy and plump look it gives my lips. There's barely a day that goes by where I don't wear lipstick but this actually makes it look like you've got something on. It's made with shea, mint, argan and baobab oil and I love the ever so slight tingly effect it has.

4. This Works In Transit No Traces Cleansing Pads

How good does it feel to wash your face after a long trip? My skin is on the oilier side so these pads are great for removing excess oil and brightening my complexion. Or for when removing make-up when the plane has boarded and your potential future husband hasn't sat next to you. 

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5. Verso Deep Hydrating Mask [Gifted]


This feels so good on. I wouldn't recommend putting it on whilst you're flying as you'll scare the cabin (I was laughing for a good 5 minutes because I looked like squid ward). These masks provide 120 hours of moisture so they're perfect to use the night before your trip. They provide a good cooling effect and you can feel the hyaluronic acid working. The grapefruit extract helps to encourage collagen production and helps give your skin a healthy complexion.

verso hydrating masks



6. The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Facial Spray

I first picked this up whilst on holiday in Malta when we were dying in Valletta in the 40 degree heat. I've never used a lot of spray on beauty products before because I flinch a ton before actually getting the product on my face. That being said this product has been a life saver for refreshing my skin. 

body shop rose mist


7. Dermatec Personal Light Therapy Device [Gifted] 


I was only introduced to Light Therapy last month when I had a treatment done at The Loft Beauty. It's hard to believe shining a red/blue light on your face can have real results hey? But the reviews and benefits of light therapy has been great. In a nutshell, the red light can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, calm rosacea, calm inflammation and stimulates collagen production. Whilst the blue light kills acne bacteria and calms the skin. This device has a head that includes both light functions. I love how compact and easy to use it is, and what better way to use it than when you're passing the time on your flight whilst watching the in-flight movie?

dermatec personal light

8. A Water Bottle 

Most of us (myself included) tend to drink lower amounts of water when flying, probably because we don't want to pay the extortionate airport prices for more than one bottle of water. The best thing to do is carry an aluminium water bottle with you and have a member of the cabin crew fill it up for you. Just try and make sure you're sat on the isle, or you'll be asking your neighbours to move a lot when you need to run to the toilet every hour. 

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What beauty products do you take with you on your travels?

G


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