Trying Vitamin E Oil

I've never used oils before so when I was contacted by the lovely team at Eden's Semilla, I was interested to dabble in them. I tried out the 100% Naturally sourced Vitamin E Oil with Rosehip and Jojoba Blend and despite not having great expectations, I was pleasantly surprised.

Eden's Semilla Vitamin E Oil

It took me a while to get into the routine of using an oil in my skincare but after a couple of weeks, I can safely say it's a step I won't be missing out in the future! I tend to use the oil on my skin in the evening after a shower as I find it can be a bit too much in the morning, especially when I'm in a rush before work and it doesn't have the time to sink in properly. Trust me when I say that a small amount goes a long way, it really does. I have no doubts that this bottle could potentially last me halfway through my twenties if it wasn't for the expiry date! The dropper pipette ensures you don't use too much and it's so nice not having to buy one.

Now let's get down to the nitty gritty, what is the oil actually like? It absorbs into the skin pretty quickly but does have a funny smell which I've noticed but that's only a minor issue. I've been rubbing it into dry areas of my skin after a shower and I can safely say I've noticed a difference. 

Vitamin E oil provides moisture and antioxidants to the skin which helps it to heal, hence why it's so darn good! So far, it hasn't irritated my skin or caused me to break out which is an absolute God send considering my skin is currently that of a fourteen year old at the moment. This particular oil contains jojoba and rosehip as well which help to combat the signs of aging, repair damaged skin, provide hydration and relief for skin irritation and sunburn. What more could you want?

The beauty of Vitamin E oil is that you can use it wherever you please. I tried it out on my hair and nails as well which made them feel stronger and really nourished the ends of my hair. I probably wouldn't use it on my nails again purely because I hate that oily feeling but I'll definitely continue to use it on my hair.

So if you're looking for beauty on a budget and tired of your dry, dull skin I would recommend taking a look into using Vitamin E oil!

Repurchase? Yes.



True Taste of Mexico

Big flavours, fresh ingredients, signature cocktails and an authentic looking Mexican restaurant. What is not to love about everything you just read? If you’re after a great night in Kent with mouth-watering food and don’t fancy a takeaway or your local pub, just take a trip down to Maidstone to MEXIco.

When I first received the email inviting me to the launch of MEXIco’s new restaurant in Maidstone, I went giddy with excitement. Food is amazing but Mexican food is even better and nothing can beat nachos!

Their mission is simply to bring you the true taste of Mexico with recipes handed down through generations to give you the authenticity of real Mexican food. Judging from the food we tried last week, it tastes bloody good and definitely entices you back for more.

The dish they claim to be most proud of is their puffy tacos and I’ll tell you now, if I made that dish I’d be proud as well. It tastes incredible. I think it was the chicken one we tried and I think I ate three or four of them. So good I can’t even explain! Something I also devoured was the guacamole. I honestly have never tasted anything like it and if I could, I’d order it in bulk and take it home with me. *Mental note for next time I go*

The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the cocktails. That’s probably just because I don’t really drink alcohol and if I do it’s only a beer. They tasted really strong, like I felt drunk after taking just a sip but my friend seemed to absolutely love them, especially the one with tequila. There was one drink though which blew the rest of them out the water and that was the mango and passionfruit slushy. It’s a very nostalgic drink, taking me back to the days where I’d get a Tango ice blast before the cinema, and it tastes amazing. I think by the end of the night we’d all drank our weight in slushies!

Not only were we stuffed with generously sized canapes, but also encouraged to try tequila tasting. I have to admit, I bowed out of this one. After horrendous experiences with the stuff, I just didn’t fancy a trip down memory lane! It sounded interesting though and guess what, tequila is the new gin… You heard it here first!

It's not all about the food and drink though, the restaurant itself looks so cool and makes you want to Instagram EVERYTHING! It's decorated with authentic Mexican artwork and if you're anything like me, you'll leave with even more of a sugar skull obsession.

I’ve been lucky enough to be invited back for a full meal review in the new year and I’ll be sure to update you further then but for now it’s a yes from me! I just want to say a huge thank you to the team there for inviting me and I can’t wait to come back for more!

To find out more about MEXIco and check out their menu just head to their website!



Balancing Blogging and a Full Time Job

Hats off to anyone with a full-time job who also has enough time to invest in their blog. Seriously, I don't know how anyone does it.

I've been in my first proper job now for coming up to four months and since I started I've watched my blog fall apart right in front of my eyes. Gone are the days when I could lounge around watching Netflix whilst typing up a few blog posts, taking some snaps, editing them and then scheduling them all. That just seems impossible now!

Even scheduling social media is a pain in the arse now when all I do is spend my days marketing at work to then come home and work on my freelance social media business. So the idea of having to do even more social media just doesn't appeal to me anymore. My blog suddenly feels more like a job than a hobby and I feel like I'm going to get fired!

I've done some digging and found the most useful tips I could to help anyone else who's struggling with the balance.

1. Stick to a schedule
I'm planning on blogging once a week in the new year, no more, no less. Then I know all my blog posts will be of the same quality and I have enough time to write them.

2. Set goals that are reasonable and achievable
Even though I'd love to say I can write three blog posts a week and take extra photos for my Instagram, realistically it's just not going to happen. Instead of crossing my fingers and hoping, I'm going to set more reasonable objectives like one blog post a week, one Instagram every other day and a maximum time of four hours a week on it all.

3. Don't do it all at once
Take baby steps when it comes to writing your blog posts - I'm going to try and write plan the post one day, then write it the next, then take the pictures.. You get the idea!

4. Don't bite off more than you can chew
You might be keeping up with your schedule but don't get too ahead of yourself, you might not be able to keep up for much longer if your workload increases.

What are your tips for balancing blogging with a full-time job? Let's all help each other out and stop the insanity!


America Today

If there's one thing I run short of in my wardrobe, it's winter coats. I'm sorted in the summer time with an array of denim jackets, leather jackets and bombers but as soon as the temperature drops, I find myself struggling. So really, I just bought this coat to start expanding my collection, and also because it was bloody freezing in Amsterdam, where I bought it from.

I'd never heard of America Today until we ran into their shop for cover from the rain. Thank God it was that shop we ran into because we ended up spending the next half hour in there and still went back for more! I wish we had a store in the UK, I really love their stuff and it's pretty decent pricing for clothes made from such lovely quality. I picked up a few other things as well which I'm sure will be involved in future posts, none of which actually fitted in my suitcase but I managed to get them back somehow!


Bringing Christmas To Your Home

Christmas is just around the corner and it really is the most wonderful time of the year. All my presents are bought and (nearly) wrapped, Christmas cards are in the post and my party outfits are sorted. There's only one more thing I need to take care of and that's Christmas-fying my bedroom!

I've already got my cosy Primark bedding on which only cost a tenner and I love it but I'm planning on going all out cosy this year so a duvet cover isn't enough. Amongst the other shops I've turned to for fairy lights and decorations, Esprit is one I know I can rely on with their high quality and reasonable prices. 

One of my favourite things on their website has to be these Esprit cushions which would be perfect for any time of the year! The silver will fit in so well with the colour scheme in my room and they'll make a great blogging background for photos! And what's a cosy bedroom without a blanket? I don't know if this Esprit blanket is intentionally Christmassy but with the red and the stars, it just works really well! Finally, the cosiest dressing gown known to man, the Esprit luxe dressing gown. My Mum actually has this dressing gown and she always looks like she's having a day at the spa when she wears it! Definite 10/10 for the cosy factor!

I'd love to know what your favourite shops are for cosy Christmas homeware so please leave them below!

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