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I'm always one to try out a new scent and I have recently been loving coconut scents after using the OGX Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner. Alongside this, I have also been using the Urtekram Coconut Shower Gel & Body Lotion (so that I can generally smell like one big coconut). Urtekram is a danish brand, who create plant-based, natural products. All of the products are free from parabens, synthetic ingredients and artificial colours too.

The whole coconut range includes organic virgin coconut oil and organic coconut nectar, which comes from palm trees in the south. Coconut Oil is now so widely used but to summarise, it is great for moisturising and hydrating the skin without leaving a sticky residue, making it a great product for normal skin. The shower gel contains organic coconut nectar and mandarin, which cleanses the skin in addition to creating and maintaining moisture in the skin. In addition, the body lotion contains hyaluronic acid, to help rejuvinate and moisturise the skin even further.

I have enjoyed using the two products and I am in particular loving the body lotion - I think the value for money is great and whilst it's well moisturising, it isn't too heavy on the skin at all. The coconut scent in both of the product is light and isn't too overpowering. I think it's great that the products are suitable for vegans as I am recently becoming more aware of products which are and aren't cruelty free.

Have you tried any products from Urtekram? What are your thoughts?

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River Island Navy Dress - Old

I'm all for a quality clutch bag - and this clutch from KoKo Couture is no exception. I was kindly offered a clutch bag to review and I opted for the Esme Faux Fur Box Clutch in Grey (£25.00).

Considering the clutch is £25, it is of great quality - it arrives with a dust bag to keep it clean (which is especially great to stop the dust collecting on the faux fur) and there is also a detachable chain inside the clutch so it can be worn over the shoulder. This is an ideal clutch for a Christmas night out as the faux fur makes it look rather fancy, yet it can still be used all year round! I also think the Burgundy colour is a rather festive option.

The clutch is surprising and it actuallyholds rather a lot, which I attribute to the fact that it is a sturdy box shape. The opening is pretty well shut too, once it has been closed it will stay closed easily which means that people can't get into your bag easily. I'm always willing to pay slightly more for bags as I think quality ones will last a lot, lot longer than cheaper ones and I think this is no exception - I love it already! 









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I'm always one to try a new shampoo and when this shampoo and conditioner duo arrived on my doorstep, I couldn't wait to try it out.

The shampoo contains organic coconut milk, egg white proteins, and coconut oil all designed to hydrate and nourish the hair, whilst cleansing away the excess oil and grease that can build up. I definitely find this shampoo to be a milder one as I find my hair to be quite oily by the third day, although in terms of maintaining the condition of my hair it's definitely not a bad thing. And as an added bonus, it smells absolutely wonderful! The conditioner, once again, smells wonderful (and that is very important, of course!) and leaves my hair feeling very soft and sleek. I think the duo are pleasant to use together although I don't think the two of them do the best job at maintaining the frizz in my hair, which is a shame as the products are otherwise fantastic.

The products cost slightly more than I would typically pay for a shampoo and conditioner (£6.99 for 385ml) and although they were very pleasant to use, I don't see myself repurchasing them as they don't quite have the wow factor. Back to my trusty herbal essences!







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Since having my bedroom redecorated I have suddenly become a huge fan of prints, sporting the beginnings of a 'photo wall' on one of my walls and this 'Say Yes' print from Mooku is a wonderful addition. I recieved the A3 size which costs £8.50 and whilst it feels somewhat expensive, the quality is wonderful and I can imagine it being on my wall in my bedroom for years.

The prints are all handmade and you can even have yours personalised if appropriate (which I think would make a wonderful Christmas present!) when you order on Etsy. The print arrives without a frame although they are super easy to pick up - IKEA is recommended (for example the IKEA Stromby Frame for £5) although I managed to pick mine up from Wilkos for £3.50, which was less expensive and also a lot easier for me to get to.







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4mm Thick Yoga Mat - £14.98 - Yoga Direct

My 'fitness journey', if you will, has been on and off for a very long time now. I'll get myself in routine and start doing exercise regularly, although it's often that life takes over, whether it be exams, work or something else.

Recently I've been getting into exercise, I love attending classes and one thing that I don't own myself is a yoga mat. I have been using the ones provided at my leisure centre although this yoga mat from Yoga Direct is much thicker and more comfortable to use. The mat is a lot longer than expected (61cm Width x 172cm Length) also which is great as it means I don't end up falling off it! I think it's a great option for a starter yoga mat as it isn't too fancy yet it's comfortable and it does the job well, and it's under £15. The only disadvantage I'd mention with the mat is that it doesn't come wth a bag or anything to keep it held in - obviously this is only a personal preference and you can buy them separately, although i've had a bag for a previous mat and it made it much easier to transport and store. Nevertheless, I'd still recommend the product to beginners or those who are after a budget option as it's great in so many situations - whether it be exercising at home or an exercise class at a sport centre.







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I've recently been trialling a whole host of new products in my skincare routine, in particular, the Skin Chemists Advanced Caviar Range. The Caviar range includes a range of vitamins and minerals to enrich the skin, including Omega 3 and 6 which brighten the complexion and protect against UVA and UVB. The range as a whole is designed to keep the skin protected from environmental stressors whilst keeping the skin smooth and hydrated, which is ideal for those who live in industrialised and urban areas.


The day moisturiser is a gel-type moisturiser which leaves the skin looking matte and smooth throughout the day. I've been loving using this moisturiser, the matte finish leaves me with a nice base to apply my makeup to and helps it last longer throughout the day, particularly as my T-Zone can get quite oily, yet other areas of my skin are dehydrated. The caviar extract protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays, and powdered pearl helps to regenerate the skin, to even skin tone and promote healthy appearance. The moisturiser also includes Alpine Rose Stem Cells in order to improve the skins barrier to environmental stressors, and reduces loss of moisture, making it an ideal product for those with dry skin. skinChemists also recommend the day moisturisers for those like myself who live in urban areas, due to the anti-oxidising properties.


Skin Chemists Advanced Caviar Night Moisturiser - £84
I've always been a fan of night moisturisers for rehydrating my skin after a long day, and the Advanced Caviar Night Moisturiser is intended to do just that - to replensish, revive and repair skin. Similar to the day moisturiser, the night moisturiser includes caviar extract, protease (to break down dead skin cells and restore natural pH) and shea butter, to thoroughly moisturise skin, with vitamin A and E. Once again, this product has been recommended for those who live in urban areas and have either dry or oily skin. I've noticed that since using the product nightly, my skin looks a lot more hydrated and has much more of a natural glow and radiance.



Skin Chemists Advanced Caviar Facial Serum - £85
Finally, the Advanced Caviar Facial Serum is possibly my favourite product of bunch. Designed to be applied underneath your moisturiser, it works wonders for dry and damaged skin. This is particularly useful for me in the winter months, as my skin often dehydrates and is prone to breaking and cracking. The facial serum contains caviar extract to protect the skin from the environment, seaweed extract which acts as an anti-oxidant, and aloe vera, which soothes and regenerates the skin.

Other Products in the range include the Duo Moisturiser, Hand Moisturiser & Eye Serum. Although the products are expensive, they are pleasant to use if you have a budget suitable for them. You can also get 70% off the entire Advanced Caviar range with the code: CAVBLOG1 - expires 30th December 2016, making an £84 moisturiser cost only £26!







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If anybody asks - this bouquet is from my "boyfriend", right?

When Blossoming Gifts offered me the opportunity to review one of their bouquets, I couldn't pass up the chance. I absolutely love flowers and I think they make a room look so much warmer and more colourful, which is especially the case since I have a grey and white colour scheme. Blossoming Gifts specialise in flowers through the post and I've never tried ordering a bouquet online myself, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the experience. I decided to order the 'Sweet Autumn' bouquet, costing £27.99.

I chose the day which I wanted my parcel to arrive (you can do this up to four months in advance) and the courier delivered them on that day. They arrived well packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with plenty of wrapping and were not at all squashed or ruined in the delivery process. Unpackaging the flowers was quite a tedious task I'll admit, once they had been removed from all of the packaging (make sure you have a pair of strong scissors on hand!), I found that the stems needed to be trimmed in order to fit into the vase. There is a leaflet provided with this to help alongside a few other flower care instructions, to get the longest possible life from the bouquet.

They arrived with food also to help prolong life and appearance. My flowers arrived in bud to help prolong the life of them and they looked great at this point, although now flourished they look even brighter and absolutely stunning. Even from a student perspective, I think £27 is a more than reasonable price to pay for a stunning bouquet. I've had mine sitting in my living room for about two weeks now and it still looks wonderful and I think they'd make a lovely gift this Christmas.

Blossoming Gifts have also offered the opportunity to win your own bouquet of choice, up to the value of £35. All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter below... Good luck!

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