FUNKY SOAP HAUL

Hey there beautiful souls,

After weeks of steeling my housemates Bodyshop ginger shampoo I finally remembered to restock on my shampoo bars from The Funky Soap Shop.

I love these shampoo bars because they’re 100% natural, vegan and I’m supporting an independent small business. They also last pretty long and can be used as bodywash as well, so they’re perfect for traveling!!

I don’t have any favourites and just tent to buy different ones each time. Here’s what I got this time round:

Now as I’ve mentioned in a previous post these work really well for my hair now that it’s short, but when it was long I didn’t get on well with the shampoo bars at all. However as they’re quite cheap and can be used for bodysoap too, I highly recommend you give this company a go and see what you think!

Love Carina xo

HENNA HAIR DYE

Good evening beautiful souls,

Some of you might have already seen from my Instagram stories that I dyed my hair with henna yesterday. I know not many are familiar with henna hair dye and so I thought I’d share the process with you incase you wanted to try it for yourself.

Firstly henna is a natural permanent dye and because it is a natural product it means that instead of damaging your hair with lots of chemicals the way most boxed hair dyes do, it nourishes it instead.

The one I use, the caca rouge henna from lush, is also vegan which is even better. It’s £10. 95 a block which as my hair is short, will last me for 6 hair dyes. Lush sells 4 different colours, but I’ve only ever tried the red so I can’t say anything about the others really, but I do love the natural look of the cacao rouge especially when the sun shines on it, it has the most beautiful sparkle! I think I used henna for the first time a good 8 years ago or so and gave been using it ever since when I wanted a nice gingery red.

Well let’s get started. Here’s a before photo of my hair with still a slight purply tint to it from the semi permanent dye I put on two weeks or so ago.

You will need:

  • Henna
  • Vaseline
  • Cling film
  • A fork
  • An old bowl
  • An old towel
  • Old clothing
  • Thin hair dye gloves

Firstly boil the kettle. Now the henna block comes in 6 squares and for my short hair I only needed 1. Just grab a knife and crack a square off. Place into your bowl and pour some warm water over it (beware I used too much here, so start of with a little, you can always keep adding too it). Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then using a fork start mushing it up into a tick paste, add more water as needed. It should be a kind of porridge consistency not too runny (which mines is here – oops) don’t worry if it’s bitty, it won’t fully dissolve.

Now make sure you are wearing old clothes you don’t mind doing staining because the henna will get everywhere! Also choose a tilled floor room as it is easiest to clean and won’t stain.

Next put Vaseline around your hairline before putting on your gloves and beginning to apply the henna to your hair (make sure your hair is damp/towel dry). If you have long hair separate your hair into sections starting at the bottom and working your way to the top layers. As it’s a grainy substance it will not spread as easily as the hair dyes you’re used to, so if you have someone to help you it’ll make it easier.

Once your hair is all covered in dye wrap it up in clingfilm and wipe any dye that has gotten onto your skin away. Now the next step is almost the worst. You have to keep the henna on your head for 2-3hs, the longer its on the more vibrant the result. However as your scalp heats up under the clingfilm the henna will start to run so carry a roll of kitchen paper with you as you’ll be wiping away the dribbles every few minutes haha.

One the time is finally up, pop on your gloves again and rinse your hair until water is clear before giving it a wash and blow dry.

And here’s the finished result, beautiful soft fiery red henna hair!

If you’ve ever tried henna or fancy having a go, I’d love to know!!

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BODYSHOP HAUL

Good evening guys,

It’s time for another haul!

The Bodyshop recently had a promotion on, where if you spent £50 you got £25 off. To top it off I had £5 on my loyalty card to spend, so of course I didn’t need anymore reasons to have a browse. It was the perfect time to stock up on some items I needed and buy a couple of treats. I am one of those people who shops for little stocking fillers and birthday bits & bobs throughout the year when I see things I like.

So without further ado, here’s what I bought:

Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

After having tried the vitamin E toner and loving it, I really wanted to try some more products from the vitamin E range. My facial scrub was running low and so. I went for this gentle face wash. So far I am enjoying using it; it definitely is very gentle. It’s texture is like a light face cream rather than a foaming wash, so when I first used it I got confused, wondering if I had bought face cream instead of face wash, but no I checked and the bottle definitely said facewash aha.

Vitamin C Glow Protect Lotion

I have yet to try this but I’m really looking forward to it. The reason I picked this up is because of its SPF 30. I find in autumn and winter we often forget about the sun and neglect the fact that UV rays can still damage our skin, so its important to remember to give your skin some loving. Thus I thought this SPF 30 face cream would be the perfect way to protect my face!

Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

This is my second bottle and I love it. The Vitamin E formula is soothing and gentle on the skin. It’s great for removing those last bits of remaining make-up whilst tightening the skin and making it feel fresh.

Atlas Mountain Rose Fragrance Mist

I have fallen in love with the Bodyshop’s fragrance mists! This is the third one I own now (ooh maybe I’ll do a perfume post sometime soon)! Anyway these fragrance mists are the perfect spray to make you feel and smell fresh, without costing you the earth! Rose has always been one of my favourite scents and flavours so this was a must!

Matte Lip Liquid – Nairobi Camellia 034

It has been years since I’ve used yet alone bought a lipgloss however when I saw this matte lip liquid in the shade Nairobi Camellia I had to try it! I am a big fan of browny red shades in quite natural tones. I haven’t tested the longevity of this yet but I like the shade, it’s perfect for a neutral Autumn makeup look and it’s easy to apply.

Hand Cream Stocking fillers

These little hand creams are what I call the perfect stocking fillers. I often stockpile little gifts for Birthdays and Christmas and these cute 30ml tubes are perfect! Rose and coconut are two of my favourite Bodyshop scents so of course I would choose these to add to my gift box at home. My gift box is where I store all the little presents I buy throughout the year for when the occasion arises that I need a gift for someone, or if I see something that is perfect for a certain person I will buy it and put it into the box till it’s Christmas or their birthday!

Well that’s all from my £50 Bodyshop haul! What are your favourite Bodyshop items? Any in particular you’d recommend?I’d love to know!

Wishing you all the best Sunday!

Love Carina xo