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It's a Jungle in Here

I don't know if you know this, but I really love house plants. Ever since moving to Poole at the start of last year, I knew I wanted to completely change up my room and the kind of atmosphere it has within it. My bedroom back home was totally different; dark wood, lots of darker soft furnishings and a godsend of a blackout blind resulting in low light - it's just how I liked to live back then.

Now, however, things are totally different. My room is now bright, airy, white with splashes of pastel pink and, due to my ever-growing collection of houseplants, shades of green. 

Want to know more about my green beauties? Let's do this...

One Year On

My last blog post was on April 22nd, 2017, almost an entire year ago, give or take a week or so and my goodness how life has changed. When I last posted, I was photographing product on a wooden table, on a balcony of an apartment that wasn't mine. I was staying there as a result of an internship with Lush Digital and here I am, one year on, and I'm fully immersed in the Digital experience as a full-time member of staff, producing LGBT+ content.

So what have I been up to? Lets get into it!

The Ordinary Skincare Everyone Wants

You may have seen this skincare flying around the internet as of late. The Ordinary by DECIEM has definitely taken the beauty world by storm and everyone wants to get their hands on it! After trying it myself, I can understand why.

I've been using The Ordinary on and off for about three months; I was sent a bottle of the Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% by a friend to try out. Trying that one product was enough for me to go ahead and splash out on some of the other skincare in their range. It was an awesome product. And with that, let's dive into the selection I've picked up this month.

Beard Shampoo Fail | Brisk Tea Tree & Cedarwood

I've never been one to dabble in the beard shampoo market. The last product I really enjoyed that was targeted for beards was Kalamazoo by Lush since it also doubled as an enzymic facial wash, which suited my skin. It was a win-win product. Over time, my skin changed and now Kalamazoo was no longer suitable. Until now, I've been sticking with other shampoo options from Lush, such as Soak and Float.

Enter Brisk and their Tea Tree & Cedarwood beard shampoo. What made me choose this one and what do I think of it? Let's get into it, shall we?

Grüum Grooming

I'd like to start by thanking Grüum and specifically Georgina at Grüum for hooking me up with some pretty great products!

Grüum is a brand that I discovered on Instagram while searching for some new bloggers to follow. What immediately stuck out for me was their packaging. It's so simple and clean and that's what I like. Anyway, I liked some pictures, left some comments and the next thing I knew I was getting a message from Georgina offering me product for review. G

Grüum is a tailor made shave, beard, and skincare company. You choose what you need and then it's sent to your door. As I don't have a shave routine - twelve year bearded, I didn't need the shaving products. My kit is focused on skincare and of course, the beard care.

Let's get started, shall we? In order of use:

First I start with the Kori | Daily exfoliating face wash.

Orange, Eucalyptus and Witch Hazel makes up this product, along with soothing aloe vera. I've been using this every other day since I received it. It's a pretty good scrub, I have to say. It feels really nice on the skin and really does help release dry skin and leave the skin soft.

The one thing I don't like, however, is the packaging. This isn't just the case for this product or this company. I personally do not like packaging you have to squeeze - it sucks in air and that will help bacteria breed. If you overlook this, it's a pretty great product. 

After cleansing the face, I'll jump in the shower with the Bard | Beard wash.

This beard wash is one of the best I've tried in a long time. It creates a rich lather, which really softens the beard hair, but it isn't so thick that it doesn't penetrate down to the skin. It really does give a nice shine and gloss to the beard.

The Rosemary and Eucalyptus are such a great combination, offering a great fresh scent and antimicrobial qualities from the rosemary. It's a win for me!

My skin does not get on with moisturisers at all. They'll work for a few days and before I know it I'll be fully broken out around my nose and lips. This one, however, is wonderful. Super light and refreshing. No blocked pores here, just smooth soft skin.

Beard oils and waxes are something I love. A hydrated beard = a happy chappy. Continuing the scent family from the beard wash, you have these two bad boys. The oil is super slick and the wax gives you a stiffness required if you're looking to twirl your 'tache. 

Overall it's a great kit. Something i'd definitely suggest taking a look at!