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Accesorize The Outdoors

It’s that glorious time of year again, the time of year that another living space comes alive. Or at least it should be. When we moved into our house it had a perfectly lovely and mature garden, full of wild flowers and low maintenance beauty. It was not until we spent our first summer in the house that it dawned on us that as lovely as our garden was, we didn’t actually have anywhere dedicated to sitting and enjoying it. Slowly over our first summer we began making the garden a bit more habitable. We scaled back the bushes, jet washed just about everything in sight and removed a very damp and rodent infested shed that stood in the corner of the patio, it was that year that we learnt the lesson, that we are rubbish gardeners. Fast forward to 2020 and the sun came out again and we knew that we couldn’t spend another year not being able to sit in the garden. As I have mentioned before we have plans to extend the house in the not too distant future so I did not want to spend a fortune re doing the garden in case this would later be impacted by the build. The corner where we had removed the shed was crying out for a seating area and I knew exactly what we needed to do to create a little relaxingoasis on a budget.

I am a huge believer that accessories are key to transforming any space, you can buy the most expensive outdoor furniture, the garden dining set of dreams but styled incorrectly these things can just end up looking plain and un-special. We really lucked in when I found this rattan sofa and chairs on a local for sale page for £150, the quality of them is fantastic and who doesn’t love a bargain! I used this as the starting point for my styling ideas. We ordered white masonry paint from The Decorating Centre Online and painted the grey and gloomy back wall and garage, this gave the area a real freshen up and instant airy feel while providing the perfect simplistic backdrop for me to go wild on accessories!

I am a huge fan of geo prints and summer 2020 has not disappointed, I spotted these cushions in the Homesense sale and paid less than £5 for each and loved the pastel colours in a geometric pattern. Outdoor rugs have become a huge trend recently and with a tired old patio to cover, this seemed like the perfect way to fix this issue on a budget. The rug is from B&Q and is a great size, they had many styles available but I wanted to keep such a large item slightly more neutral in colour and let other accessories pop.

You can never have too much seating and as a family of five who spend a lot of time entertaining guests I was thrilled to find this amazing Moroccan floor cushion from RU comfy. These beanbags are a great solution to incorporate extra seating into an outdoor space without the need to store clumpy furniture, as the seasons change these Indoor/outdoor beanbags and floor cushions are a great addition to any space. With a huge range suitable for the outdoors it was so difficult to chose! I opted for this Mandala floor cushion, at a 120cm this oversized floor cushion is perfect for low level seating and lounging, you can also flip the cushion on its side and it makes a comfy beanbag chair that moulds to the users shape. I love the touch of bohemian style and I can confirm it is incredibly comfortable and there is often fights over who will be sat on it! You can check out RU comfy’s fantastic range online or over on their Instagram page.

We picked up the cushion box, wall hangings and oil burners from The Range, they had a huge amount of affordable accessories that work well outdoors. Of course no space indoor or outdoor woiuld be complete without an IKEA trip. We brought some low maintenance but realistic faux plants and some lovely pastel coloured pots. The Garage wall had two glass windows that we have covered with faux foliage for a rustic and earthy vibe.

Finally we added a gazebo that we already had to add a bit of shelter to the space and really give it that indoor/outdoor feel. I did have my eye on festoon lighting but I was actually really surprised by the cost for the length we would need and wanted to keep this project as low budget as possible whilst not scrimping on style. We found these lights pictured on Ebay and I am so pleased. They have several different modes and give a really pretty ambiance of an evening. Teamed with the fire pit that my clever husband built out of left over storage heater bricks, this area makes a great space to relax and enjoy a glass of wine, late into a summers evening.

I hope you like the space, I think this shows just how powerful accessorizing the outdoors can be. Simple and affordable accessories can make a huge difference and really transform an area without costing the earth. In total I think I have spent less than £300 including furniture. The area feels transformed and I love the relaxing Ibiza vibes. We are spending so much time in this space and can’t wait to enjoy more time in our garden.

Chynna

Moroccan floor seat was gifted, as always all words, opinions and photographs are my own.

The End of Adult Acne- BOTANYCL Review

As you all know, I am a total chatterbox and love sharing details of my life with my readers but this blog post has actually had me a little stumped. I don’t know if it is because I am nervous about showing just how bad my skin was, discussing something that I know is so important to many or that I am terrified to jinx the fantastic results that I have been having… maybe it is a combination of all. I need to begin by saying that I have been purchasing the product that I am going to be telling you about, for three months prior to being offered a complimentary months supply in exchange for sharing my experience with my readers. I state this in the most honest and open way possible because I myself, have spent many hours reading reviews and buying in to products that maybe didn’t have such honest reviews. I have suffered with adult acne for many years and it is something that has really affected many aspects of my life, especially my mental health and overall confidence.

I will begin by telling you more about my skin issues. I was incredibly lucky to have pretty clear skin in my teenage years, despite the constant abuse of taking my thick layers of foundation off with cheap make up wipes like we all did back then! The trouble actually began when I came off of the contraceptive pill to start trying for our third child, I developed painful cystic acne what felt like, overnight. I took my horrified self to the GP who was lovely and agreed that I had a pretty nasty case of Adult Cystic Acne and sent me on my way with three months of tablets and anti bacterial creams with a review appointment scheduled. Fast forward three months and I returned to the GP in a much the same, if not worsening state due to scarring beginning, I sat and sobbed my way through the appointment. This is when she advised that I needed to go on Accutane but unfortunately because I was trying to fall pregnant this would not be suitable due to risks to a pregnancy. I left feeling deflated. During the six months trying to fall pregnant I had been more aware of my cycles…. obsessive in fact and this had made me realise that my cystic acne flared up during ovulation, I did lots of research online but never really found why this would be the case. I then fell pregnant with Harbor and in the same abrupt fashion that Acne took over my life, it left again. I spent my pregnancy glowing, my skin was glorious and the days of cystic hell were behind me for the full nine moths of pregnancy until nine months post baby. It is at that point that I noticed my acne making a return and made a B line for the contraceptive pill, this kept my acne at bay until fairly recently.

My Skin at it’s worst earlier this year.

Just less than year ago my acne made a return with a vengeance. In the six months following I tried every cream, lotion and potion on the market. I have tried some well known women’s supplements, evening primrose, cutting dairy but nothing had worked. I knew in myself that my acne was 100% hormonal but I had no idea what to do about it and why I was constantly being given topical creams for something that was an internal issue. It was when I started focusing my research on hormonal acne treatments that I found Botanycl. Botanycl was founded by Caroline, whose story sounded oh so familiar to me. She had noticed incredible results from supplementing her diet with a few plant based, natural ingredients and it was from this that Botanycl SkinClear Elixir was born. SkinClear Elixir is a 100% plant-based supplement containing active botanicals shown in research and testimonials to support a clear and blemish-free complexion from within. In short these little capsules work miracles for the unbalanced hormones that lay within. SkinClear Elixir is made using only the best natural and plant-based ingredients and it is this approach that supports skin gently and effectively without the side effects associated with many harsh chemical treatments and prescriptions. Botanycl SkinClear Elixir is free from synthetic vitamins, gluten, dairy, added sugar, wheat, yeast, animal products, colourings, flavourings & preservatives. This vegan product is non-irradiated and non-GMO.                                   

I was hesitant to try the supplements in fear of spending yet more money on another disappointing result but the reviews kept speaking to me in a way that lotion and potion reviews never had, all of the cases sounded similar to mine so I took the gamble and I am so thrilled that I did. Two weeks in to taking the supplements I noticed acne calming and the other less acne affected areas just looked…different, more glowing maybe? Week four rolled around and I had experienced a full month of no new breakouts, something unheard of for me. If I am totally honest I still, at this point didn’t believe that it was the supplements clearing my skin and that it was just one month of wizardry. I am now on my fourth monthly supply of Botanycl and I can truly say my skin just keeps getting better and better every month. I haven’t experienced the agonising jawline and cheek cysts that I had been suffering with just months before. I have a lot of scaring from past acne but as you can see from photos I rarely get a single active spot at all now. Even if I do get one now and again it is absolutely nothing like the breakouts I was experiencing. I have always worn very heavy coverage foundations and found this to be so uncomfortable during summer but now I have been wearing no make up most days and only a small amount of tinted SPF now and again, something I never thought I would experience. Botanycl SkinClear Elixir has truly changed my life. I still feel cautious to say that out loud but I changed absolutely nothing of my regime except these supplements and I think the results speak for themselves. Yes I have been left with scaring, but this is something I hope to work on in the future, for now the relief of not having to fight a losing battle with horrendous acne has left me feeling so much more comfortable and confident in my own skin.

My bare skin three months later.

So my message to anyone reading this, who feels stuck in the cycle of buying expensive acne treatments, who is fighting a losing battle with acne or just wants to take a more natural approach to their acne treatment, I cannot recommend Botanycl SkinClear Elixir enough. I am excited to see what my skin will look like another three months from now. This product has truly changed my life and given me my confidence back You can find out more and see other incredible results over on the Botanycl Instagram page or website, the results really do speak for themselves. As always if anyone wants to chat skin or ask questions then please feel free to get in touch and leave a comment.

Chynna x

Teeth Whitening With Smileo

We all dream of the perfect Hollywood smile don’t we?….. but many of us also love our daily coffee and a glass of red! This is the never ending battle that I have always faced. I have always been very fortunate to have naturally straight teeth and have used many home whitening products in my time, but I have always been conscious of the damage that peroxide based whitening products can cause, especially since I experienced a burnt gum incident a few years ago. This is why when Smileo told me about their safe, natural and easy to use products, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

I was kindly sent the Smileo teeth whitening kit and the 3D Whitening strips to try. Having whitened my teeth at home for years, I was no stranger to either type of product, but what made Smileo products stand out for me is that Smileo’s tooth whitening products are vegan friendly, cruelty free as well as painless, 100% natural and peroxide free. Sounds pretty impressive right? Here’s how I got on.

Smileo Teeth Whitening Kit

This nifty little box of goodies promises to make teeth up to 8 shades whiter in only 7 days. The box contains 3 gel syringes, a mouth tray, UV light including battery (nice touch Smileo) and a colour card so that you can track your progress. I found the kit simple to use and loved that such great results can be achieved with only ten minutes use per day. I found the mouth tray pretty comfortable and it held against my teeth well and best of all I experienced NO sensitivity at all. The UV light is great quality and much stronger in brightness than others I have used in the past. I think this kit would be perfect for the time conscious, it’s compact and speedy with fantastic results. Smileo also offer a refill kit of syringes so that you can keep your white smile looking perfect without having to re purchase the accompanying products.

3D Whitening Strips

From the moment I used these strips I loved them. I have slightly wonky bottom teeth and have struggled to get whitening strips to stick to my lower teeth in the past. The shape of the lower strip is cleverly thought out and shaped for the perfect fit. The soft, thin strips are almost invisible on your teeth and are made from coconut shell! The strips are worn for around 30 minutes, although I did sometimes forget I had them on and left them for longer. I found the strips really comfortable, they have no nasty tastes and loved that I could still talk with them on my teeth. I saw instant results after using them and again experienced absolutely no sensitivity.

Overview

Since the using Smileo products, I feel so much more confident with my smile in photos and real life. I have already had compliments about my white teeth which is always a great confidence booster. I recommend Smileo to those who are looking to reverse years of stains on their teeth, without spending a fortune on doing it professionally. It’s a quick, and effective method at a fraction of the price it would be at the dentist. I love that Smileo products contain no nasties and I can truly see and feel the difference between using chemical based products in the past and natural products from Smileo now. My teeth feel strong, look great and have left me with a Hollywood white smile with ZERO sensitivity. As you can see my before and after results took my shade from around a 4-5 right up to a 1 in just 7 days! If you want to try it for youself just enter the code CHYNNA10 at the checkout for 10% off. click here to order yours.

This post features gifted products however all words, images and opinions are my own.