Summery Things!

hello again lovelies!

summer is in full swing and i am super happy bout it! i went on a school camp for four days and it was very very hot. i got sunstroke and currently have tan lines in the shape of my sports bra, but it was pretty fun!

as it is now pool and beach season i thought i would share with you the bathers, clothes, beauty products, and accessories that i will be over using this summer! i have a newfound love affair with the bread and butter letter which is a vintage and nz made shop located on k-road.  in the space of a month i have picked up 3 things from there but you will have to wait till after christmas for the third as its a christmas present.

anywho, enjoy! oh and enjoy the weather too! xxx F

 

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pink and red stripy polo

how cute is this! its a vintage dunlop one which i nabbed from the bread and butter letter of course, my favorite vintage hotspot! i love how it’s a singlet so it’s not too hot and my shoulders can get some sun.

silver hoop earrings

i love the way hoop earrings look with my bob, not sure why i think it just looks cool! hoops are a great way to fancy up an outfit but if your planning on playing a spot of something sporty be careful cause there easy to get caught or pulled. ouch!

 

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straw hat 

this hat is my school hat and i have taken it daily to school for the last to weeks because i sit in a very sunny spot while eating lunch, and i realised that it’s kinda cute, practical and comfy. but im not suggesting to take your school hat to the beach but getting or putting on a straw hat is a pretty good idea.

rose lemonade

probably the most aesthetically pleasing drink i have ever sipped on. and honestly it’s amazing and im not generally a rose scented or fragranced fan. good stuff.

 

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bikini

the top is from cotton on body last year, it’s a nice classic cut and navy as always goes with almost everything. and the bottoms believe it or not where five bucks from kmart, score! they are a little bit more risque compared to the swimwear i normally wear but their gingham and i’m not gonna look like i do now forever!

sun jellies bag

i talk about this bag all the damn time, sorry, but it’s my pride and joy. louis vuitton who? nah just kidding, but these are waterproof so if it drops in the pool (empty) it will be all good! cute and practical, win win!

 

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dotty spotty dress

i picked up this cute dress for 10 dollars at the factory markets, its vintage and was a little big so i chopped the sleeves and i now tie them in little bows which makes it look even cuter. long flowy singlet dresses are must haves for me for summer.

sunnies

i have never worn these out and i don’t think i have the confidence to. they were my mum’s when she was young and they look very cool. but wearing sunglasses is very important to protect your eyes and also prevent early eye wrinkles. yeah!

mandarin

citrus is too damn delicious! this might be an odd thing to add but summer and fresh fruit go hand in hand so chuck a mandarin in your bag on the way to the beach.

 

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fjallraven kanken backpack

although these pags are tiny you would be surprised at the amount of things i have managed to squeeze into mine, i use it as a school bag so plenty of books! these are also great for day adventuring, walking to a waterhole or a short bush walk.

book & notebook

if your planning on sitting out getting a tan you might as well expand your mind. i have to read while tanning other wise i get bored so i always have a book handy while away in whangamata.

 

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kini top

this is a new purchase from cotton on body. i like the quite sporty cut of this one and the girly cute contrast with the frilly sleeves! pop on some navy bottoms and away you go!

 

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scarf

i like tying these on my bag straps, around my neck or in my hair. a very chic accessory and make ya feel like your in a 60’s movie.

mario badescu green tea facial spray

this is the sh*t! everyone raves about it for a good reason. it’s refreshing and revitalising, i took it to camp and it was so nice to spritz some on after i had too much sun or got a bit hot.

aesop shower gel

a nice scented shower gel is nice for summer in my opinion cause i personally think its more cooling than a bar of soap. the eco store do a coconut one which is a great one for summer scent wise. this aesop one is geranium which i normally hate but as always aesop make is beautiful.

 

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one piece bathers

i got these at a very cheap price from glassons last summer and i think im the only person that likes them and i’m not sure why. it’s pretty pink has a straight neck and the straps tie into cute bows, what’s not to love? fashion aye.

strawberries

ahhhh i love that these beauties are back in season! i put them on my overnight oats, yogurt and just eat them by the punnet. i cannot wait to make our traditional strawberry cheesecake, christmas comfort food at it’s finest.

 

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cane basket

i got given this from my grandad filled with homegrown oranges which was very sweet. it’s now very useful for picnics and also quite on trend.

la croix in peach and pear

another aesthetically pleasing drink that tastes damn good! this one is lightly sparkling and lightly flavored, it’s a summer winner. perfect for a little beach afternoon picnic treat with a fwend.

avocados

what a lovely produce season summer is. avocados are perfect on and in almost everything. guacamole, salads, vogels, i could go on for a while… im sure everyone that is an avo lover has there own recipes to include these green things in.

 

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bucket hat

$10 sale sun protection is the best kinda sun protection. this has come on two tramps and a camp with me and i did’nt get burnt (on my face!) bucket hats in cutey prints for life!

 

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another spotty dotty dress

spots and singlet dresses seem to be a fav of mine! this is another pink vintage beauty from the bread and butter letter that i adore so very much. it’s kinda see through though which is a bit sad but pretty nonetheless.  looks cute with the hoops too.

 

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gorman bikini

on of my favorite brands is gorman although it’s a little over my price range when this one was on sale and was one of the only bikinis that actually fitted me well i splurged and nabbed it. atelier bingo who are the crafty duo behind the print produce some pretty groovy things!

 

if you got to here your a champ! xx

 

 

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christmas gift guide!

hello lovelies! it’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

oh my goodness, this is a selection and a half! although the meaning of christmas runs way deeper than getting presents (happy birthday jesus! xx) the art of selecting, wrapping and giving to the people you love is so special. but sometimes you run out of ideas or just need some more. so here are my ideas, there are gifts for three different ages groups in each gender – but of course can be mixed up, women need bottle openers too!

anyway enjoy reading (it’s very long), shopping, prepping, celebrating and eating this festive season!

see you soon for more festive fun! xx frankie!

 

Ladies

gifts for the ladies! that means your mum, auntie, nana, wife, or any special lady in your life!

  1. penny round velvet pillow in the hue dusty blue by rachel castle, but can be bought at small acorns – $109. I am not aware of anyone that would turn down a new gorgeous addition to add to a pillow collection.
  2. brie earring in all white by pigment studio and can be purchased at the bread and butter letter for $40! statement earrings are one of my favorite things and they are also a bit on trend. these ones from pigment studio are made by hand here in new zealand by a small business, it’s so important to support local brands!
  3. PLAY red heart perfume by comme des garcons but can be found at FABRIC for $165. if you know a lady that doesn’t already by her self a regular perfume gifting one is a great idea! i love this CDG one, mainly because of the bottle, but other option like the new gucci bloom or the chloe perfume would make special gifts!
  4. circle suncatcher by hydrangea ranger can be nabbed for $75 at the bread and butter letter. another local, nz made product that is totally gorgeous! i love all the work hydranger ranger makes and her business story! i interviewed here if you want to read it after this!
  5. avery bag from seed heritage $110. these look very similar to the cult gia bags but they are a little more affordable but still as cool.
  6. everything i want to eat cookbook $63 from tessuti. the gift of recipes or food is never ever a bad idea. cookbooks are great as they can be taken into the new year and used to update a few meals.
  7.  js ceramics pink handmade vase $50 at iko iko. another nz business, we have some amazing potters here! gift this with some flowers to make a ladies day special!
  8. odeme nail polish in the shade los feliz, $22 from good as gold. who does not want summery yellow nails that came from a beautifully presented and packaged bottle?
  9. ycanta 2018 calendar by rifle paper co, $53 from iko iko. there is nothing like organisation, prettiness and paper goods, this calendar ticks a lot of boxes.
  10. comme des garcons wallet $215 at FABRIC. something a little more lux and cool.
  11. hydrangea charity pin $15 from the bread and butter letter. the holidays are a great time to support causes you feel are important. profits from this cute pin go to look good feel better which supports women with cancer feel great again after the loss of hair or change to their appearance due to treatment.
  12. fold rack $89 at let liv. sleek modern design at it’s finest!

 

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gifts for gentlemen, pop, dad, uncle, hubby…

  1. hunters race wrist watch get it for $220 at the bread and butter letter. so the man in your life can tell the time all the time.
  2. flotsam and jestsem bottle opener $22.50. cause every boy needs a vessel to pop open a cold one.
  3.  riders club socks $13 from barkers. everyone needs socks no matter the number of people that say they are a boring present, these ones are covered in little surfers with their boards, whats boring about that?
  4. indoor watering can $69 from father rabbit.  cause all those houseplants need a good water everyone once in a while.
  5. crossbone cufflinks $120 from the bread and butter letter.  for the snazzy suit wearer but these one are kinda edgy.
  6. as colour bucket hat $25. sun protection is very important.
  7. lost in city guide to copenhagen $33 from FABRIC. perfect for the traveller of the one with a huge book collection.
  8. js ceramics coffee filter and cup $60 from iko iko. coffee drinker love their coffee so a coffee accessorie would make their holiday!
  9. jason markk shoe cleaning kit $39 from good as gold. something to keep all those sneakers looking fresh.
  10. kingsly leather keychain $35 from the bread and butter letter. another nz made gift with a very practical purpose.
  11. bat and ball set $10 from the one-stop shop cotton on. perfect for the beach and bbq’s!
  12. a to z of david bowie $40 at iko iko. the man the myth the legend that is no longer has been honoured in this gorgeous illustrated book. perfect for a bowie fan.
  13. crosley portable record player can be bought for $120 at urban outfitters. something to play that huge old vinyl collection on with music from the good old days!

 

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gifts for girlies, sister, friend, girlfriend, niece, daughter. or me, i kinda want all of these pretty things!

  1. little feminist playing cards $13 at chronicle books. oh my goodness gracious have you ever seen anything cuter or more empowering? while you play card game you can be reminded by the strong badass women that came before us or are present in our lives today!
  2. satin scarf from supre $12. pink, navy and starry, and it’s a scarf so would look gorgeous around your neck, in your hair or tied to a bag!
  3. pink hair clip from seed heritage $23. i love the pearl look of the handy clip.
  4. gingham turkish towel $15 from cotton on. who doesn’t need a towel, let alone a pink gingham one, this summer!
  5. will you accept this rose notebook by ban.do but can be purchased for $20 at iko iko. dreams, recipes, lists, all very decent things to pop in a pretty notebook.
  6. chuck taylor all star pink suede 70’s converse $150 from FABRIC. i adore my CDG converse, once you wear them in they are very comfy, these pink one are more affordable but still super cool.
  7. goodheart hoops $35 by hydrangea ranger but can be brought at the bread and butter letter. i love hoop earing they make me feel really cool, these one have little gemstone strung on them for something cute but different.
  8. circular wicker bag $110 from seed heritage. another on-trend item for a very good reason. would make a perfect gift for a fashion lover.
  9. butterscotch velvet pom pom cushion $115 by rachel castle at small acorns. i don’t think many girls would treat themselves to a plush velvet pillow receiving one makes at all sweeter!
  10. super cool vintage sunglasses $30 from the bread and butter letter. i adore bread and butter letters collection of vintage threads and accessories, sustainable gifting! three cheers for that!
  11. ue wonderboom in pink $100 from urban outfitters. this handy dandy speaker is waterproof and pretty, what more could you need?
  12. gingham swim visor $15 from cotton on body. gingham is my favorite print this season and this cap with the bow at the back is too cute!
  13. altea earrings $85 from tessuti. what girl doesn’t love jewels especially these lil ones!
  14. js ceramics pink mug $32 from iko iko. the handle on this mug is so cool, that’s a weird thing to say but it just looks really nice.
  15.  comme des garcons PLAY long sleeve $196 from FABRIC. love the light blue with the contrasting red mini heart.

 

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gifts for dudes, brother, boyfriend, son, newphew, grandson, mate…DUDES!

  1. reebok werkout plus vintage shoes $160 from good as gold. most people already have white sneakers so buying someone a colourful pair that’s a bit different is an original way to gift a pair of shoes.
  2. supreme beanie $225 from FABRIC. it’s not really beanie season but knowing my brother he would be totally stocked to receive this, just make sure they don’t lose it as it’s pricy!
  3.  fjallraven kanken bag in olive $110 at urban outfitters. these bags are the shit! love love love and i could nor recommend them enough!
  4. clear cassette player $38 from urban outfitters. bringing a lil bit of old school back.  i love that cassette tapes are coming back, there is a huge selection of great new albums that can be brought on cassette.
  5. potted plant from father rabbit $22.50. give the gift of green!
  6. pantagonia hip pack $59 from good as gold. if you know a bit of a hype beast they will love this blue hued bag, or maybe a louis vitton X supreme one?
  7. flowerboy by tyler the creator on vinyl $27 from urban outfitters. in my personal opinion, this is one of the best albums that came out of 2017, tyler is a genius.
  8. socks $8 cotton on. pink and purple ain’t girl colours, these would look super rad popping out of white sneakers.
  9. sex wax surf wax $6 amazon. this surf wax is my favorite because of the coconutty smell.
  10. nautica cap $32 from urban outfitters. less than the beanie and a lil more weather appropriate.

 

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gifts for bebe’s, little girls! 

  1. the fuzzy duckling golden book $8 from iko iko. what lil kid doesn’t love a good read?
  2. pom pom tired dress $70 from seed heritage. perfect for christmas day.
  3. play and go storage bag $70 at let liv. perfect for a quick tidy up of all those christmas toys.
  4. sonny angel fruit series $19 from iko iko. too damn cute!
  5. small felt mushroom $11 from father rabbit. perfect for making a fairy garden or house.
  6. wooden mixer set $95 at father rabbit. i think any budding chef would be ecstatic to get this from santa!
  7. jamie kay cotton cardigan $29 from father rabbit. to keep the small ones warm.
  8. meri meri days of the week bobby pins $28. perfect for those just learning their days of the week!
  9. lemon bucket hat $12 from cotton on kids. cute summery sun protection!
  10. swan puzzle $35 from iko iko. perfect to take to the bach and do after a big day at the beach!
  11. bambi bubble bath $8.50 from cotton on kids. oh me oh my i love bambi, what a way to make washing fun!
  12. goodnight stories for rebel girls $45 from iko iko. i wish i had a book like this growing up. girls need to support girls!

 

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little lads/ trouble makers!!

  1. dachshund money box $70 at iko iko. a place to store christmas money!
  2. knitted cactus cushion $59 at father rabbit. add a bit of fun to a pillow pile!
  3. moomin comic strip boom $45 from iko iko. ahh moomin is too cute!
  4. ukelele $32 from cotton on kids. perfect for christmas concerts.
  5. country road coral bucket hat $35. i think i have a slight gifting hat obsession!
  6. rachel castle banana pillowcases at small acorns $79. how cute!
  7. embroidered shirt $45 from seed heritage. make your lil one look a bit dapper on Christmas day!
  8. blabla balthazar the bunny $85 from father rabbit. how cute is it’s little hat?
  9. dog printed enamel cup $25 from iko iko. this gift guide is full of things from iko iko, if your stuck travel there because they have plenty of kids gifts and something for everyone!
  10. shark tank bubble bath $8.50 from cotton on kids. bringing jaws to bathtime.
  11. casper the friendly ghost enamel drink bottle $5 from cotton on kids. everyones favorite ghost looking a bit cheeky, who said halloween has to end?
  12. country road splice overnight bag $65. perfect for sleepovers, athletics day and everything in between!

my new mood board & update

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hello again! long time no chit-chat aye!

I’m gonna start with a little update on the things I’ve been loving as of late! I have been so busy with school like everyone else in my age group so I can’t wait for them holidays!

R E A D I N G

The Tomorrow series by John Marsden. I’m on the sixth one which says that I am thoroughly enjoying this series. If you live in Ozzie or Kiwi land you will have a pretty good idea of the books I’m talking about!

L I S T E N I N G

I am loving the Rookie Podcast right now, it’s so good and so damn inspiring. Song wise I’m digging; the guardians of the galaxy soundtracks, Heard ‘Em say by Mr. Kanye West, Finesse (Hey Baby) by Flamingosis, Cool by Zac Villere, The Cool Kids by BVGER and Nana by Polo & pan. My Spotify is frankie..b so Y’all can see what I’m listening to!

 W A T C H I N G

Buzzfeed Unsolved… I’ve watched every single episode of all three series and of course the post-mortems.  I am very interested in crime and supernatural stories and if you are too give it a watch, it’s on YouTube!

 

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This monstrosity of an Inspiration wall was what I spent a good 75% of my weekend making. I went through about 20 BuzzFeed Unsolved episodes while cutting all these out. This is above my desk and is jammed packed with my favorite images from Tumblr and Pinterest.

I am really into plants, shadows, pinks, yellows, and organic looking things. I like to incorporate quotes, images, and illustrations. If I could insert Publisher files I totally would so you could pick the ones that you love and stick them all over your walls. I’ll work on it!

 

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thanks so much for reading

xx frankie.b

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I Love Good Design.

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and the lovely folk at lunch lady magazine do it oh so well!

I thought I would share some of my favorite pages from issue 5 & 6 with you. But I totally recommend you grab one for yourselves! They are filled with recipes, tips and tricks and articles that are very nice to read! and to look at.

If you want to see more of the design things I’m loving follow my Pinterest here

xxx frankie

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an article by the beauty and love guru, Zoe Foster Blake.

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cute little sauce bottles by Beci Orpin.

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the peach and nectarine popsicles are the bomb.

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F R A N K I E B R A D F O R D

magazines that i love

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Hello! The weather is hot, staying outside for too long makes you sweaty, and the water is the nicest place to be. but because I cannot be in the water every day and every minute I have been inside reading a lot. The ladies at my local library are my new best friends, no joke.

here are the magazines that I love at the moment. I think you should read them and love them too!

teen vogue

I have recently got my hands and eyes on teen vogue! I have been issuing past issues at the library as I haven’t found any places in Auckland that sell them. I love all the fashion shoots and beauty ideas as they are always a bit kooky and original which makes them quite refreshing to idolize over. The articles are always pretty good. I love reading stories about inspiring young people as it totally motivates me!

paper boy

This small, free magazine comes out every Thursday in Auckland. It’s filled with events and ideas on what to do around Auckland. There are fashion segments and interviews and I really do look forward to Thursdays for an issue to pop into our letter box!

Yen

The very last issue of Yen has recently come out and I thought I would share my love for it. I only own two issues but have read numerous amounts of others at cafes and libraries. I loved the food, the photos, the people, the homes, the fashion, the crafts, the vibe, the everything!  I will miss you, Yen.

Lunch Lady

Oh my goodness, although I think this is targeted at parents with children, this is my new favorite magazine. Filled with recipes that not only look and taste bloody good but are presented in a graphic designers paradise. It’s glorious. The colors, the fonts, the shapes, the photos, all too damn good. Go get yourself a copy chickas!

I will love you and leave you so you can cuddle up and read or run to the store to buy yourself a lunch lady issue because you need too!

xxx frankie

 

my top 5

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hello! I’m back!

In the weekend mum and I did a little bit of shopping and in St Kevin’s Arcade we found the absolutely cutest cafe called bestie. The walls were pink and olive green and the coffee machine was yellow! There were plants everywhere and It’s my new favorite!

Back to the point; I have been using these 5 products religiously and love them all! I thought it was about time I do an updated beauty favorites!

01. Mecca Cosmetica nail polish

Over this summer my toes have been this lovely shade of metallicy blue. I almost never paint my fingernails so my toes get all the painted love! This polish is a foolproof basic color and easy to apply and stays good for ages!

02. Clear Start Hydration Lotion

this is my all time favorite moisturizer! it’s is very liquidy which I love as your skin really soaks it up as well as making you skin glow! It’s light and gentle with a really nice fresh scent! All round it’s fabulous!

03. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

I use this all the time, on my lips to make them nice and glossy, on my eyelids for again a nice glossy look and on spots as I was told by a beautician, it’s good for healing/ getting rid of them! This will be a product I will use long time!

04. Clear Start All Over Toner

This is the first toner I have had as a spray and I love it! It’s so handy when you are feeling a little oily or if it’s a hot day. Once this runs out I think I will try one of the Lush ones because they are so easy and quick to use.

05. Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Lucious Lip Tint, in rose

I love the little bit of color this gives to my lips. It’s also very handy with the added SPF 25, great for the hot summer weather!It also looks really nice with a layer of 8 Hour Cream over the top.

F xx

 

 

aesop

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Hello lovelies!

I popped into the brand spanking new Aesop in newmarket and oh me oh my it’s gorgeous! The shop’s fittings are inspired by the “kiwi way of life”. The sinks look like water troughs with industrial taps and pipes and the shelves are inspired by metal baking trays. You definitely need to pop in to take a look for yourself!

To go along with the gorgeous interiors are all their gorgeous products! I love how they are all plant based and heavenly scented. There are testers all over the shop to try while you browse which is really nice. The lovely lady in store talked to me about my skin and what she recommended! She sent my mum and me home with a brown paper bag filled with testers!

01.  Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

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I love citrus scents so not only is this cleanser gently foaming, cleansing and leaves you skin feeling fresh, it does so while smelling amazing! It is gentle and fresh and for my sensitive and slightly oily skin it is perfect and is definitely a product I want to purchase.

02. Aesop B & Tea Balancing toner

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Most toners sting my skin but this one is so gentle but still removes the oil gross stuff from my skin. It’s really nice to use after the cleanser and the green tea smell goes really nicely with the mandarin scent of the cleanser. If you are looking for a new toner this one is worth a try.

03. Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion

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the lady recommended this as she said it’s great as a moisturizer and a skin protector. it’s kind of like a leave on mask because it is a post-shave lotion it’s very gentle on your skin but still protects and moisturizes it. It has the normal texture and consistency of a regular moisturizer too!

04. Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream

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Out of the two moisturisers, this was my favorite, mainly because of the scent though. I absolutely adored how this felt on my cleansed and toned face and citrus scents like I said before totally float my boat. I would very much like to buy this beauty as I think it was my fav!

Hopefully my tips and recommendations were jolly good and if so go buy yourself some Aesop products lovelies!

xxx frankie

the eco store .

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hello my loves!

today I am going to share the organic goodness that is the eco store with you! my house is scattered with these products and I thought I would share my absolute favorites with you!

my family and I all have quite sensitive skin so eco stores plant-based products with no nasty chemicals is what makes them a favorite in our house! they are not only kind to your skin but to the planet too! and there not tested on animals so *cheer*!

the thing I love most about eco-friendly products is their scents! manuka honey, coconut and lemongrass to name a few! the scents smell real and inviting and I just love them!

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product no.1 / /  lemongrass soap

this citrusy scented soap is very moisturizing and leaves your skin feeling cleansed and nourished! I love this one as it leaves the scent on your body for hours so you always smell fresh and clean! the packaging on the soaps is very cute it has this little design that’s drawn in black crayon! this actually appears on most of their products which I love!

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product no.2 / / volumising shampoo

I have very fine hair so this gives my hair a shiny glow and makes my hair look really healthy! it’s has a floral scent which is very subtle and quite herby! for best use, I recommend using the shampoo and conditioner!

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product no.3 / / coconut & vanilla body wash

I love the salty, beachy smell of this moisturizing wash! it makes me feel like I am in Hawaii or something! while cleansing the skin it protects it’s natural oils and makes it very soft!  this is the first time I have had used this and I am definitely going to rebuy it once I use it all!

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product no.4 / / manuka honey & kelp soap

oh I was so excited when I opened the box! it’s green! the seaweed pieces cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the skin! it smells earthy and salty and I just can’t get enough of it!

You can visit the eco store here

Follow them on Instagram here

 

until next time! xxx frankie!