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3 Skincare Products that I’m Loving This Spring

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When I typed this post, I initially typed ‘3 Skincare Products that I’m Loving This SUMMER’ because it really does feel like summer right now. We’ve had fab weather and we’re still only in spring.

Changing seasons is the perfect time to review your skincare products because it means you get to do it 4 times a year, and your skin has different needs depending on the time of the year. You’ll want to move to lighter moisturisers and opt for products that have an SPF formula

There’s so many products out there, it’s hard to know what to buy, so here’s my 2 cents on what works for me. 

Psst! It doesn’t have to be expensive!


Organic Raw Virgin Cocoanut Oil

Over the past couple of years I’ve religiously been using Garnier Skin Micellar Cleansing Water. It always got my makeup off without needing to scrubbing or irritating my face. I recently learned that their is a cancer causing ingredient in this product though which (unsurprisingly) has turned me off using it anymore.

There’s tubs of cocoanut oil all over my house, in the bathrooms, in the kitchen, on the bedside table, you can’t get away from the stuff. So incorporating cocoanut oil isn’t something new to my beauty regime, as I started using it when somebody told me that’s how they got super soft skin in 2012, when I was living in Australia. HOWEVER, I never used it to remove make up. My skin is quite oily, so I thought this would just make it worse.

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One evening I was in a bit of a pinch and needed a cleanser, so I used the cocoanut oil and it removed all the dirt and make up without any hassle. It’s all natural, it’s ridiculously cheap and it smells heavenly, too. So I’ve chucked out my nasty chemicals back with PHMB (Polaminapropyl Biguanide, and moved to a natural cleanser.

NIVEA Q10 Firming Rich Body Lotion

I’m so lucky that I’ve never had a problem with having dry skin – it’s actually quite oily the majority of the time. This does mean I’ve got a little complacent and I don’t moisture as much as I should. I’d usually apply cream to my body a couple of times a week, but now I’m making the effort to apply it twice a day, especially on my legs. I’ve been keeping up with my new routine for a couple of months and now I couldn’t imagine not moisturising everyday single day, because my skin feels so much better for it and 100% healthier.

Finding a light cream is difficult. Body butters feel too thick on my skin and I don’t like applying it, I prefer something that will glide over my body. Recently, I was introduced to the NIVEA Q10 firming rich body lotion with Vitamin C and I’m officially in love. The bottle claims to noticeably firm the skin and improve elasticity in 10 days and I can hand-on-heart vouch for that statement.

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💬 Dear Nivea Q10, please make my belly firm. Yours sincerely, Sam

** Please excuse the fact I’m not an Instagram model and I don’t spend all my time in the gym. My treadmill is gathering dust, and other than the surfing, sea swimming and walking, I don’t regularly exercise. Terrible, I know! But if I’m honest, I’d rather eat pizza and go on little van adventures with my fiancée and my dog. So here’s my curvy pizza belly (until I start my wedding fitness plan).

The lotion comes in a new pump format which helped me get into a routine of using it everyday, as it’s easy to just pump a bit of lotion and go. The pump also works quite nicely with my busy schedule, I really have no excuse.  People assume that because I have my own business that I can just float around at home all day maxing and relaxing, but the truth is that my calendar is packed full of deadlines every single day! So the fact it has a pump and it keeps your skin moisturised for 48 hours is everything right now.

Deliciously Ella Rose, Lime & Cucumber Set

I’ve been using the Deliciously Ella rose, lime and cucumber facial wash and daily moisturiser for a year and a half now, and I love it even more now than I did when I first started using it. Firstly, it smells gorgeous (just like the rest of the Neal Yard range – check out the de-stress aromatherapy blend – it’s my favourite 💙).

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The refreshing facial wash is suitable for all skin types and is made with antioxidant-rich blueberry and acai. It does a stellar job at removing everyday impurities using a beautiful blend of fresh, organic ingredients (instead of harsh chemicals!). Once I pat my face dry with a fresh towel, I use the beautifully light moisturiser which again, smells amazing! It makes such a difference not having a thick cream on my face and I feel so much better. Once the cream has absorbed into my skin I then apply SPF50 and a primer if I’m applying makeup.

You can pick up the combo on the Neal’s Yard website for a cool £42 with free delivery.

2018-06-11T12:55:21+00:00 June 11, 2018|Beauty|

Uber Sonic Electric Toothbrush Review

Over the past 5 years I’ve published a hellova lot of content on Strawberry Squeeze. In matter of fact, I’ve actually published over 800 beauty, travel and interior design posts. You’ll find that considering the amount of content I publish, I almost never write product reviews. Despite these types of posts driving a decent amount of traffic, it’s just not me. It feels so fake to receive something for free and writing a review about it, especially when it comes to things like clothes or non-functional homewares. I mean, how much can somebody really write in a product review without just ramming a product down the users throat?

Instead of product reviews I’d much rather provide a my readers with an informative post and then mention products I’m currently loving that *may* have been gifted. Obviously, as you all know, I ALWAYS declare this at the end of my posts, so you know that I might have been given a product or paid to write the post. I’m not going to lie, this little blog earns me a decent wage but that’ll never impact how and what I write about brands.

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Going against everything I usually stand for, I’ve decided on this occasion to write a review on my lovely new electric toothbrush c/o Uber Sonic because I genuinely think it’s worth shouting about.


It’s a toothbrush, what’s the big deal!?

If, like me, you hate your teeth, you’ll know how important it is to have good-quality dental products. I don’t really care about makeup that much but I like to look after my hair, nails and teeth because I believe it says a lot about a person. Long story short, I had a hideous set of teeth but after a couple of cosmetic procedures, I’m pretty happy with my pegs. I began writing about exactly why I hate my teeth, and I ended up writing loads so I’ve popped it into a toggled box incase you can’t be bothered to read about my sob story.

Why I hate my teeth

I’ve always hated my teeth and it’s forever been a sensitive subject. Despite having healthy teeth they aren’t aesthetically appealing. I had a huge gap in the front of my teeth and it really bugged me. When I was a kid, my dentist told me I had to wait until I was 16 to go on the waiting list for braces because it was for cosmetic reasons only. I can’t remember how old I was at the time but I remember thinking it wasn’t too long to wait.

The day I turned 16, I put myself on the list. Years went by and I heard nothing, just as you’d expect. Years later I dropped it into conversation with my dentist and he said that he tried to get in touch when I had it to the top of the list but at this time I was living in Newport, Wales. The message got lost and I ended up dropping off the list. By this time I was 19 years old and not eligible for braces on the NHS. BOOOOOOO!!

I was absolutely gutted when I found out that having my teeth straightened could cost up to £4,000 and I’d end up having train tracks in my twenties. I did a bit of research and looked at brands such as Invisalign to fix my teeth but at the time, I didn’t have a huge amount of money because I was at university, and I knew I was moving to Australia in the near future so it wouldn’t really work having appointments abroad etc. Eventually I gave up on the idea of having my teeth fixed and decided to put it on the back burner until I could make a decision.

Fast-forward a few months later, I’m sitting in a shared kitchen near London at my brother’s flat. I met one of his neighbours that said she had a gap in her tooth but they fixed it with composite bonding in just 20 minutes. This changes everything. I went into work and started telling people about it and found out one of my colleagues had the same procedure for a gap that she had in the front of her tooth. Next thing you know, I’m on the phone to the dentist and booking in my appointment to get it done myself.

My cosmetic procedure

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I spent 20 comfortable minutes in the dentist chair during my lunch break, having my teeth stuffed with play-dough and cured with a UV light. The anticipation of seeing my new set of teeth was so exciting but also a little bit terrifying. Despite having it done three years ago, I remember the feeling of looking in the tiny round mirror after the dentist finished working his magic.

Wowee! What a difference. The procedure completely changed my teeth, as they didn’t just fit composite bonding into my front gap, but they also filled in the chips and gaps I had everywhere else. Finally, I had a set of teeth that wasn’t perfect but I was completely in love with. The only regret I have is that I didn’t get it done years ago. It was undoubtably the best decision I’ve ever made.

Why I’m obsessed with dental care

The first couple of months felt weird and I couldn’t stop smiling. Once I left my appointment (with a giant grim on my face) I went to go buy lots of new dental products to keep my new gnashers in good condition. It makes a big difference which toothbrush I use because of my fakies, because technically I don’t have gaps inbetween my teeth anymore, so I need a brush that can get into the tiny gaps. There is also the chance of getting build up on the composite bonding itself around the edges where it adheres to my teeth. You can’t see this when you look at my teeth, but if you squint really hard and get right up in my face on a sunny day, you can see where the bonding has been applied. That’s why having a good electric toothbrush is everythingggg.

TLDR; I hated the big gaps in my teeth but getting braces wasn’t for me for a number of reasons. Instead I had my teeth professionally whitened and had composite bonding to fill in my gaps (essentially cured play-dough to fill in my gaps!). You can read more about my cosmetic procedure and see some before and after pictures above 👆

What’s so special about the Uber Sonic?

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This toothbrush is sexy. Yep, I said it! Both the bathrooms in my house are tiny so I try and avoid clutter and only put pretty things in the bathroom where I can. Dental care tends to be pretty ugly so it’s quite refreshing to see some designers have put some effort into toothbrushes because after all, we use them twice a day, everyday.

Sonic high-speed movement with 35,000 vibrations per minute ensures plaque and bacteria is removed seven times more efficiently than when using a regular toothbrush. This is music to my ears because like I said it’s super important that I not only keep my teeth and gums clean (duh!), but also because I need to get plague of the composite bonding which can sometimes be stubborn.

I’ve used electric toothbrushes a lot in the past but I usually end up using reverting back to my manual toothbrush because I don’t feel ‘clean’ after using an electric brush. Weird, huh? Knowing electric is the way forward, it’s been my mission to find one that works for me. I can whole-heartedly say that I DO feel clean after using the Uber Sonic. Perhaps it’s the high-speed movements?! 5 stars, never the less ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Teeth whitening kit

Prior to going in for my dentist appointment I was told that whatever colour my ‘cheap man veneers’ were, would be the colour they’d stay for the rest of my life. With this in mind, I went to get my teeth professionally whitened for a cool £250 at a local non-invasive cosmetic procedure salon nearby. It took hours, it was uncomfortable and obviously, it wasn’t cheap. But it was super important that I had this done though because it meant when I had the composite bonding done they wouldn’t be putting in yellow teeth.

I’m still so happy with my teeth. Like I said, they’re not perfect but they’re much better than what they were and they’ll certainly do until I have the whole set ripped out and veneers put in. Until then, as long as I keep them glistening white, they look pretty good. Alas! The teeth whitening has faded though. This is completely expected after 3 years but if I’m honest, I’m not rushing back to have them done professionally. I’ve been experimenting with teeth whitening stripes and toothpastes.

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When you buy the Uber Sonic toothbrush you also get a free whitening kit. There is a syringe full of non-peroxide whitening gel and 2 mouth trays so you can get beautifully white teeth at home. This is a God-sent because it saves me spending the afternoon in the salon and my bank account is pretty happy about it, too. I definitely saw my teeth go a few shades brighter which is more than I can say about over cheap brands in Superdrug.

Sounds good, what’s the catch?

The toothbrush kit is quite reasonably priced. Uber Sonic toothbrush and the free gel teeth whitening kit with first refill pack is just £19. You can’t really complain about that.

What actually bugs me about this product, is that it makes with a normal plug. I don’t know about you, but I live in a new-build house that doesn’t have a plug in. We’ve just got a bathroom safe plug socket for electrical shavers only, which all the electric toothbrushes I’ve had in the past have been compatible with this type of wall socket.

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It’s not the end of the world, but it means I have to plug the toothbrush in to charge in the bedroom and go and get it before I brush my teeth. This means that sometimes it runs out of battery and means I have to use my normal toothbrush because I can’t be bothered to wait for it to charge.

Overall, it’s a really good product but just a shame about the plug but that might not be a problem for everybody.

2018-06-06T21:53:42+00:00 June 6, 2018|Beauty|

Beauty Secrets: Fruits for Healthy Glowing Skin ✨

The skin is one feature of our body used a lot as a benchmark of beauty and healthiness – it is therefore only natural to yearn for perfect, glowing skin (as especially as we grow older).

While genetics play a significant role in how your skin turns out to be, there are steps that you can take to make it look as good as possible regardless – and I’m not talking about resorting off-the-shelf skincare products and/or professional beauticians (although that may help too).

I’m referring to fruits – rich in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help you regain and maintain young, healthy and supple skin. Here are a few that are especially noteworthy:

Tomatoes

Often mistaken as a vegetable (because of their frequent use in vegetable salads), tomatoes are in fact fruits that are rich in nutrients which can boost the health of your skin: vitamins A and C, proteins and lycopene are some of the more prominently beneficial constituents of this fruit. Lycopene, in particular, is a chemical that lends the fruit its red color – but more importantly, its antioxidant nature has a number of positive effects that can be observed simply by regularly consuming tomato juice!

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For instance, you can cleanse and lighten up your skin tone, get softer skin, alleviate irritation, reduce oiliness, tighten up pores, minimize acne problems, and do away with nasty blackheads. Got a sunburn? No problem, apply some tomato juice (mixed with buttermilk for best results) to the affected areas to speed up the healing of damaged skin cells.

If you’re hesitant to apply store-bought tomatoes on your skin because of potentially harmful chemicals they may have been exposed to, you could consider growing your own – even planted indoors away from the sun, you can get a steady supply of fresh, safe tomatoes all year round using a grow light!

Gooseberry

Gooseberry is laden with vitamin C – about 90% by content! Also an antioxidant, this nutrient is needed by your skin to remain youthful and repair cell damage. Indian gooseberry (aka amla), in particular, has long been regarded as a treatment for stomach ulcers, metabolism issues, and liver conditions, aside from its positive effect on human hair and skin.

If you’re worried about developing wrinkles and dark spots, the same vitamin C makes gooseberry an excellent dietary element for countering aging. Moreover, you also minimize the chances of developing pimples and acne. Besides consuming it raw or as a juice (I would advise mixing it with some honey to reduce some of its bitterness/sourness), you can also use it as a face mask by combining amla powder with yogurt and honey.

Bananas

Who doesn’t love to eat them as a snack – but these delicious, easy-to-manage fruits have more uses than merely filling up your belly! Bananas contain a ton of healthy nutrients – besides vitamins A, C, and B6, they are also a rich source of potassium and fiber.

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The Vitamin C, as discussed above, contributes towards improving the quality of your skin in a multitude of ways, but even the peel of the fruit has a role to play: Its antimicrobial properties make it useful for treating pimples, acne, warts, bruises and mosquito bites – it is the high potassium content present in banana peels that make this possible.

Mashed or pureed banana may be applied to one’s skin to get the benefits discussed above – you may also mix it with other substances e.g. regular milk, coconut milk or fuller’s earth, for enhanced results. The peels can be rubbed and/or taped to portions of the skin affected by warts, acne or other types of irritations – remove once the peel becomes brown.

Apples

The age-old adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ certainly seems to apply to dermatologists: the malic acid that they so liberally contain lends the skin a firm, youthful and healthy outlook without damaging upper skin layers the way conventional stronger acids used in beauty treatments do (painfully so, in some cases).

Furthermore, the high fiber content of the fruit will regulate your bowel movements, so that waste material is removed from your body in good time which in turn contributes towards the clearer skin, free from pimples.

Papaya

Papaya is yet another great source of vitamins A and C, along with magnesium and carotenoids. What distinguishes it from other carotenoid-rich food sources (e.g. tomatoes, carrots) is that the ones it contains are more readily available for your body’s use once consumed. In other words, you will notice the benefits much faster.

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Carotenoids are associated with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties – in the context of skin care, this translates into the prevention of early skin damage and skin cancer. Furthermore, carotenoids have anti-aging and UV protective effects.

There are many other fruits besides these that you can consume for healthier skin, so even if you (surprisingly) don’t like the ones I’ve listed above, finding the perfect healthy snack for your skin is but an internet search away!

2018-05-09T23:21:05+00:00 May 10, 2018|Beauty|
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