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Happy 2018!

I hope you are having a wonderful start of the new year and I wanted to wish you all the best in 2018! I know it has been a while since my last post but I wanted to take some time off, and spend it with my family and friends. I am very excited about 2018, discovering new brands and new products! A brand that I discovered recently, which I absolutely love is Lavender & Lillie, which has the most beautiful scented candles, diffusers and body care products.

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Praslin, Seychelles Candle 

At the moment, there are four ranges available, each one of them is inspired by an interesting destination. The scent I liked the most is Praslin, Seychelles, inspired by the tropical islands of the Seychelles. The scent is so wonderful and it is composed with finest scent notes. Unlike other candles, you can really smell the multiple fragrance layers, and the notes that stood out to me where Gardenia, Red Coconut and Frangipani. Below I included the entire ingredient list to show you the complexity of the scent:

Top notes: Pink Pepper, Passion fruit, Cardamom
Heart notes: Bougainvillaea, Gardenia, Frangipani, Orchid
Base notes: Leather, Red Coconut, Patchouli, Amber

I love the design of this candle, the drawings are fascinating and the candle adds a ‘design’ element to any type of interior. The candle comes with a stunning metal lid, which is hand crafted, meaning each lily is unique. Once you light the candle, the whole room will smell like tropical Seychelles, and you get 60 hours burning time. The candle comes in a gorgeous gift box. A home must- have and a perfect gift idea. Available from Lavender & Lillie Website for £42.

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Praslin, Seychelles Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion 

Once again, this lotion is from the Praslin Seychelles range, meaning it smells as beautifully as the candle. The lotion gets absorbed quickly into the skin, and keeps it hydrated throughout the day. It also has anti-ageing properties, aiming to improve the appearance of skin. What I liked about it, is that the scent stays on the skin throughout the day, so you either use it instead of perfume or layer scents on top of it. Available from Lavender & Lillie Website, for £18.

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Praslin, Seychelles Nourishing Hand Cream

This hand cream is my new handbag essential, it contains sweet almond and vitamin E oils, beeswax and Abyssinian grapeseed making it the perfect remedy for dry hands. Like the body lotion, it also has anti-ageing ingredients which help to improve the appearance of skin and protect it from the damaging effects of the environment. Available from Lavender & Lillie Website, for £12.

Ania’s advice:

– Decorate your home with Lavender & Lillie

– Light up lots of candles

– Plan your spring break!

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Hi 🙂

As Christmas is around the corner we are choosing the perfect gifts for our loved ones, baking gingerbread and decorating our Christmas Trees. Christmas is the perfect time to help others who are not as fortunate as us.

The Epoch Force For Good Collection helps to make a difference in the lives of people in Malawi, and for every product sold, $0.25 is donated to the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation. In addition, if you purchase the Epoch collection, Nu Skin will also donate 4 Euro to the School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI) which teaches farmers about sustainable fish, farming, drig irrigation etc.  The Epoch Force For Good Collection is available from Nu Skin, for £126.88.

To spread the word, I created a relaxing routine using these product. I am also hosting a  giveaway with Nu Skin which will run until the 3rd of January 2018. Terms and conditions of the giveaway are listed at the end of this post.

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What is in the box?

Ava Puhi Moni Shampoo and Light Conditioner

IceDancer – Invigorating Leg Gel

Glacial Marine Mud – Face and Body Mask

Firewalker – Relaxing Foot Cream

Sole Solution – Foot Treatment

Baobab Body Butter

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Step 1 – Ava Puhi Moni Shampoo and Light Conditioner

Turn off all the lights, light up your aromatic candles, and play your favourite playlist. Turn on the shower and once the water is warm, get in! When your hair is wet, pour a small amount of the shampoo in your palm and massage it in, starting above your forehead and moving towards your neck. Once you finish, wash out the shampoo and apply the shampoo again to deeply cleanse the hair.

This shampoo is perfect if you wash your hair on daily basis. Ava Puhi extract comes from a Ginger Plant, which helps to cleanse and add shine to your hair. The shampoo gently cleanses the hair, and the light conditioner hydrates it without weighting it down.

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Step 2 – Glacial Marine Mud Mask 

Once you are out of the shower apply the Glacial Marine Mud Mask on your body and face and wait for 10 minutes, or until you see that the clay is dry. The sea botanicals draw out dirt, impurities and excess oil from the skin, leaving it fresh, cleansed and glowing. I like to spray a bit of water on my face during the treatment to prevent the clay from drying completely.

Once the 10 minutes have passed, wash off the mask using circular motion. When your skin is completely clean, turn off the water and pat your skin dry with a warm towel.

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Step 3 – Baobab Body Butter

As the mask is quite drying, it is important to hydrate your skin right after the shower. The Baobab Body Butter is perfect for this as it is very rich and nourishing. It has a delicate, slightly sweet smell, which also helps to relax. Apply it on your entire body and let it sink in.

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Step 4 – IceDancer Invigorating Leg Gel 

After a busy day, I often feel that my legs are very tired. The IceDancer Gel is perfect for relaxing and refreshing your legs. Made with Natural wild mint, horse chestnut, eucalyptus and peppermint, the gel has a cooling and soothing effects. The gel quickly absorbs into the skin, and brings immediate relief to your tired muscles. The refreshing  minty scent also helps to relax your mind.

Step 5 – Sole Solution Foot Treatment 

You can either use Sole Solution Foot Cream or the Firewalker Refreshing Foot Cream. The Sole Solution is a more intense treatment for when you have rough, dry and cracked feet. It not only hydrates the dry surface, but works on the underlying cause of dry skin, and exfoliates the dry patches of skin. So if you feel that your feet are very dry, apply the Sole Solution generously on dry skin areas.

Firewalker Refreshing Foot Cream

If your feet just need everyday hydration, use the Firewalker Refreshing Foot Cream. Massage it gently into the skin to hydrate and relax after a long day.

Step 6 – Put on fuzzy socks, make yourself some tea, watch Netflix and relax 🙂 

How to enter my giveaway: 

  1. Follow me on Twitter and retweet my giveaway tweet!
  2. Follow me on Instagram, and like my giveaway picture
  3. Follow Nu Skin on Twitter

The giveaway will run from 17th December 2017 until 3rd January 2018.  UK Only!

Good luck! 🙂  

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Hi Stunning!

Happy December! How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? I am slowly getting everything ready for my friends and family but there are just so many great gifts out there, that it is so difficult to decide! This time I created a gift guide around lifestyle items, focusing on travel, home, accessories, wellness and Nutella 🙂 Hope you will find it inspiring x

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Bric’s Life Special Edition Toiletry Bag 

A perfect gift for a beauty lover and a frequent traveller. This new special edition from Bric’s is already available in selected stores and will soon be available online. I couldn’t find this particular one anywhere yet but I really loved the design so I wanted to share it with you! You can see all the pieces from Bric’s here.

Caroline Gardner Faux Fur Coin Purse 

It is impossible for me to see items from Caroline Gardner and not purchase anything. The accessories from this brand are the cutest! When you are struggling with a Christmas gift, you can head over to her website and you will not leave empty handed. This coin purse is a perfect gift for anyone and all of my friends love it, as it is super fluffy. Available from Caroline Gardner Website, for £18.

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Tumi Accents Kit 

It is a well known fact that men are the most difficult people to get gifts for. They are not happy with things that we love, so I always have to go the extra mile to find something that my male friends and family members will love. This year I discovered Tumi, which has the perfect travel accessories, and the Tumi Accents Kit is a great gadget, as you can personalise your travel bags, ensuring no one accidentally takes it. Available in Atlantic, Sunrise and Crimson colours from Tumi, for £85.

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Lavender & Lillie Praslin, Seychelles Candle

Candles are my favourites gift, as I feel you can never have enough. This candle I fell in love with as it smells like summer holidays and it has a stunning design. Inspired by the island of the Seychelles, it creates an uplifting atmosphere, ideal for the cosy winter evenings. What I particularly like about this candle is the beautiful drawings on the porcelain, and the lid which is hand crafted. Available from Lavender and Lillie Website, for £42.

Kusmi Tea Blue Detox 

Kusmi Tea has so many delicious teas that I want to get them all! I think the Blue Detox is perfect for Christmas as we always tend to overeat 😉 Check out the entire range available at Kusmi Tea Website, the pack of ten is available for £6.90.

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Butterfly Home By Matthew Williamson – White Pineapple Spoon Rest

Ok guys, so when I got this, I thought that this is a cute jewellery tray, but it is actually a spoon rest (lol) so as you can see it can be a multipurpose product which you can gift to your mum as well as your bestie. And let’s be serious, pineapples are always going to be trendy. Available from Debenhams, for £7.

Personalised Nutella 

I think you can gift a personalised Nutella to anyone, as everyone loves it and it shows that you went the extra mile to make it especially for that person. Not to mention that every time the lucky person eats Nutella, he or she will think of you! Available from Debenhams, for £5.

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The Ritual Of Ayurveda Balancing Set 

I know it was not supposed to include beauty but I cheated a bit with this gift set from Rituals… but we can consider it to go under lifestyle as the box is reusable and can be used for your photographs and jewellery. Inside this gift set you will find a shower foam, shower oil, shampoo and body cream. The products smell like Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil, the ideal relaxing scent for unwinding during winter evenings.  Available from Rituals Website , for £19.50.

Ania’s advice:

– Make a checklist of all the gifts you need to get

– Light up candles

-Watch Love Actually <3

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Hi Gorgeous!

Autumn season is the best for trying new bodycare products and late night pampering.  Recently I’ve been using this amazing Carbon Scrub which a 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free scrub. I am a huge fan of the lately trending coffee scrubs so this charcoal scrub was another exciting product which I really wanted to try.

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Carbon Scrub – Activated Charcoal Face + Body Scrub 

Carbon Scrub was used by Aboriginal Australians for more than 65,000 years to cleanse and smooth down the skin. Activated charcoal is a natural exfoliant, and it removes dead skin cells to maintain healthy and glowing skin. It is a bit more stronger than coffee, so I really liked using it on my body to achieve perfectly smooth skin. It has no scent, as it is 100% natural which is perfect if you just want to unwind. I liked using it twice a week to deep cleanse my skin and exfoliate dead skin cells. It is an amazing exfoliant and I was super happy with the results. It also lasts for a long time as you only need a tiny amount for your whole body. Available from the Carbon Scrub Website, for £17.15.

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Carbon Scrub – Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder 

This is another trending product – a charcoal powder which you use with your toothbrush to whiten your teeth. I must say this is a bit more messy as you do need to wash your mouth a few times before you get rid of all the charcoal grains but it is definitely worth it. My teeth felt much cleaner, as the charcoal grains helped to remove plaque and made my teeth one shade lighter. This is once again a 100% natural product, so you can use it without worrying about teeth sensitivity. If you like natural whitening products, you should give this a go for amazing results! Available from the Carbon Scrub Website , for £8.56.

Ania’s advice:

– Exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate

– Experiment with natural products

-Go on November shopping spree

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Hi Gorgeous! 

As you saw on my Instagram, it has been a super busy time with all the new launches, and events! I have so man exciting products to show you so you will be seeing lots of post in the upcoming weeks. I recently went to Rituals event, a brand that I absolutely love, and discovered their new exciting launch of the three dry oils.

The Doshas
Each of the oils is designed for a specific personality, to cleanse a specific dosha, or type of energy and maintain them in balance. In order to find your Dosha, you need to fill out a mini questionnaire, and at the end, after you sum up all the answers you will know your Dosha.
So what exactly is a Dosha? Doshas are the energetic building blocks of our world. Everything we do has an impact on the Doshas which is why they can be often imbalanced. The Ritual of Ayurveda aims to help restore the balanced, improving your wellbeing and Each of these oils is 100% natural and contains traditional Ayuverdic herbs, specific to each of the doshas.
Kapha, Pitta & Vata 

The three doshas are called Kapha, Pitta and Vata. When Kapha is balanced, you are loving, forgiving and loyal, but when it is imbalanced, you can be insecure, envious and stubborn. When Pitta is balanced, you are intelligent, content and a good leader, but when your Pitta is out of balance, you can be controlling, aggressive and demanding. When Vata is balanced, you are joyful, creative and vital, but when Vata is imbalanced you are fearful and anxious.

 
My Dosha – Pitta
After completing the questionnaire I found out that I my dosha was Pitta and surprisingly the description was very true – ‘You have a sharp mind and have good concentration powers. You are passionate and enthusiastic, stable and very reliable.’ The Pitta oil has a divine smell of sweet almonds, basil and Ayurvedic spices. The oil itself has a great consistency as it is not too thick nor too liquid. It is perfect for a relaxing evening as it really calms your body and mind. It sinks in very quickly, leaving your skin feeling hydrated, and smooth. I love it!
Vata, Pitta and Kapha oils are available from Rituals website, for £19.50. 
 
Ania’s advice:
1. Find your Dosha
2. Get your oil
3. Make time for yourself
x
Ania 
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Hi Gorgeous!
As we all know, the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping so the thought of staying home wrapped in a  blanket is much more attractive than going to the gym… I know as I find it extremely difficult to leave the house, especially in October, November and December! However, the winter season is around the corner, so especially now, I need to up my game and head over to the gym at least twice a week. To keep my energy and motivation high, I have been trying the delicious products from Clif and I really loved them!


Clif Bars
These are absolutely delicious! Filled with organic oats, they taste better than any protein bar. In addition to the taste, they are a source of protein, fibre and 11 vitamins including B6 and B12 which contribute to the normal release of energy. They are to be used before the exercise, during low intensity exercise of after exercise. I really liked using these bars before exercise as they gave me a lot of energy prior to starting my training. There are 7 flavours available and my favourites are the Coconut Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Almond Fudge. Available from Tesco, Ocado and Evans Cycles, for £1.79. 
Clif Bloks and Clif Shots
My favourites from Clif are the Bloks as they taste like sweets and are super tasty! The Bloks and Shots are to be used during high or low intensity exercise and before the training to give you energy. They are perfect to be used on the move and I particularly liked the Bloks as you could easily choose how many you needed and keep the rest for later. I found that both really helped to boost my energy levels especially after a whole day at work. The Bloks are available in 5 flavours from Energy Snacks, for £2.69. The Shots are available in 5 flavours, £1.59 from Energy Snacks
Clif Builder’s Protein
Clif’s Builder’s Protein helps you get the most out of your workout. It should  be consumed before or after workout for best results. It contains 20g of proteins for growth and maintenance of muscle mass. These are quite heavy, so I used them after my workout to ensure that my muscles had all the nutrients needed to develop. These are available in three flavours from Energy Snacks, for £2.39.
I really liked all of these products, and they are much better tasting than other protein bars that I tried before and are widely available for purchase. If you are a gym junkie, you should definitely try these!

Ania’s Advice:
1. Remember to work out
2. Make sure you get all the nutrients
3. Try Clif’s products 
x
Ania 

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Hello Gorgeous!
It has been a while since I did a favourites post so I finally decided to write  about the products that I really liked during the last few months.  During the summer I have been loving light scents, hydrating hair products and luxurious make-up. Enjoy!

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
This is one of the best mascaras I have ever tried. First of all, we can all appreciate the stunning silver and black design. The incurved brush really helps to curl and lengthen your lashes. I also found that it adds a lot of volume to the lashes without clumping them together. What I love about this mascara is that it doesn’t dry my lashes, as it has reconstructing lash-care ingredients.
It is definitely a must have, and for best effect, I always apply a lot on the top lash, and then gently touch the lower lashes to achieve the maximum definition. Available from Dior’s Website fo£25.50.

Diorskin Nude Air Powder

Currently I am loving the Dior Nude Air Powder for a light, natural coverage. After applying my concealer, I use this powder to eliminate shine and mattify my skin. Perfect for everyday as well as evening use. Thanks to the kabuki brush, it blends in easily, providing a perfect base for my makeup. I use it throughout the day for quick make-up fix, and I never leave home without it.

What I love about Dior is their focus on every detail of the product. They are always beautifully wrapped, and this powder comes in a velvet pouch with a brush. Available from Dior’s website, £36.50.



Aqua Di Parma Colonia  

I discovered this fragrance in the summer and I have been using it since. It is very fresh and it brings back memories of a luxurious seaside resort. The base notes include Vetiver, Sandalwood and Patchouli. Middle notes consist of Lavender, Rosemary, Verbena and Rose and the top notes include Sicilian Citrus Fruit. It is a cologne, so you could say that it is a bit masculine, but it is now used by men and women. A very luxurious perfume, perfect for a weekend away. Available from Harrods for £91 for 100ml.

Revlon Uniq One Classic Hair Treatment
Need a quick remedy for dry hair? Try this Revlon Uniq One Treatment which is a leave-in conditioner.  Just spray it on your hair after washing, and brush through for optimal hydration, repair and frizz-free hair. Available from Feelunique, for £14.95. 

Show Beauty Finishing Spray 
This is the best finishing spray I have used in a while. First of all, the packaging is very stylish -shiny black bottle, and a crystal like top! The spray is perfect for maintaining the hairstyle while retaining the flexibility and movement.

It also protects, moisturises the hair thanks to the enriching ingredients – Pro -Vitamin B, Lichiderm Lychee Extract, Argan Oil and Wheat Protein. I absolutely love the delicate scent of coconut which stays on the hair throughout the day! Available from Net-A-Porter, £30. 

Ania’s advice:
1. Find the time to create your summer video 
2. Get back to your beauty routine 
3. Embrace autumn 
x
Ania

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Hi Beauty!
I hope you have enjoyed the summer and are ready for the upcoming autumn. Every season I change the interior decoration of my house. For autumn I will be adding candles, blankets and items which will create a cosy atmosphere. Recently I discovered an online retailer uncommogoods.com where you can find a variety of lovely designs to decorate your home. The company works with artists and small manufacturers who create the products in socially and environmentally responsible manner. Keep on reading to see my favourites below!


   

Interior Decoration and Candles 
I love candles and fireplaces so in autumn I always light them up. I really like the shelf where you can place a variety of items like candles, books, plants of frames. The two candles selected would be ideal for an autumn evening with movies and  a warm blanket. The fireside cosy candles can be placed next to the fireside and you can light up your evening, and the second candle can be also worn as perfume and used for a body massage. I really like the idea of having a Firewood rack even if you don’t use your fireplace as it  adds a lot to the atmosphere.
 
The above items are available from the home section. From left clockwise, Fire Escape Shelf for £74.91, Fireside Cosy Candles for £13.62, Baltic Steel Firewood Rack £165.72, Wearable Candle for £21.19. 
 
Garden Decoration
If you are one of the lucky ones with a garden or a terrace, you should definitely invest in the above items as there is nothing better than sitting outside, wrapped in a cosy blanket with a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. I love the idea of a hanging chair, surrounded by hanging lanterns during a breezy autumn evening. I already cannot wait for autumn!
From left, Do Good Hanging Chair for £132.43, Solar-powered Mason Jar for £18.92. Head over to www.uncommongoods.com to see more garden accessories.
So above are my favourites from the website but you can find lots of interesting items from this retailer, and create your perfect cosy atmosphere at home. You can also find products which contain recycled components and no products contain leather, fur and animals. What is great about this retailer is that at the checkout you can select a non-organisation  to receive a $1 donation at the checkout. Head over to uncommogoods.com to find out more!
 
Ania’s advice:
1. Decorate your home this autumn
2. Light up a lot of candles
3. Enjoy the changing colours!
x
Ania
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Hi Stunning!
I have an exciting giveaway for you this week! You can win the Nordic Berries Repairing Shampoo and Body Lotion 🙂 These products are from an organic brand called Urtekram which just launched its new Nordic Berries range! Keep reading to find out more about the products and how to enter the giveaway. 

Nordic Berries Body Lotion
I was really fascinated to find out about the benefits of nordic berries as I have never seen them before. Nordic berries are cultivated Nordic region and they are known for for their beneficial properties, as they contain hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants. 
The body lotion comes in a 245ml bottle with a pump so it is very convenient to use. It is not too thick so it gets absorbed into the skin easily, and you only need a little for one use. The delicate smell reminds me of fresh forest fruits. It is hydrating as it contains an extract from willow bark and hyaluronic acid. I have been using it everyday as my skin is so dry after the summer holidays and it helped me to maintain my skin hydrated. Available from Ecco-Verde Website, for £7.99. 
  

Nordic Berries Repairing Shampoo 
This might sound a bit random, but I love the purple packaging of these products, especially the shampoo looks great in my shower on a white background! Thanks to the vitamins and antioxidants from Rosehip, Cranberry, Blueberry and Sea Buckthorn as well as the hyaluronic acid, the shampoo has repairing properties. I used it for two weeks to wash my hair and I liked it as it was quite hydrating and it improved the appearance of my hair. I always use conditioner after but overall I was happy with the results. It smells like the body lotion and leaves a delicate scent on your hair after. Available from Ecco-Verde, for £6.39.
What is also worth mentioning is that Ecocert COSMOS Organic Standard so if you are trying to move to healthier beauty products, you should give this range a go!
Giveaway!
To win the Nordic Berries Shampoo and Body Lotion, follow me aniaaniapawlak and HealthyFoodHQ and retweet my giveaway tweet.  For an extra entry follow me on Instagram aniaaapawlak. Good Luck! Ends on Wednesday 23rd August 12pm (UK only). 
Ania’s advice:
1. Remember to moisturise 
2. Try the Nordic Berries Range
3. Spend time in the sunshine!
Ania 

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