How many products do I use in a day?

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts and let me tell you, this particular post has been in the back of my head for many months.

Last year I started to really wonder how many products I used on a daily basis, not only on myself, but my daughter. The products I were using on her claimed to be ‘Gentle’, ‘Sensitive’ and ‘Safe’ to use on my baby. I searched for products with these words, believing what they said on the packaging.

Then I started to wonder how safe the products I was using were on me? Surely I matter too and my skin is just as important as my daughters.

Over the last year I have learned a lot. I don’t just assume anymore that brands tell you the truth. Sensitive, doesn’t always mean safe.

On Thursday I kept a list of products that I use on a daily basis and I encourage you to do the same.

It takes 26 seconds for chemicals in personal care products to get absorbed into our blood stream. This can affect our weight, metabolism, digestive health and chronic diseases.

Our skin is our largest organ and because it is porous, it absorbs whatever we put onto it. So what did I put onto my skin on Thursday?

Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, tan, toothpaste, deodorant, hand soap, hand sanitiser (numerous times), cleanser, serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, blush, bronzer, mascara, highlight, lipstick, purfume, nail polish, baby products that also absorbed into my blood stream – body wash, body lotion, nappy cream (numerous times), night cleanser, serum, mask, night cream and eye cream.

Cleaning products I used include: fairy liquid, bleach, air freshners, disinfectant spray and floor cleaner.

Did you know that women put on average 168 chemicals into their bodies each day?

When I really thought about the smoke I breathed in walking past others smoking, pollution from traffic, let alone candles I light in the house, I began to realise that what I put on my skin and used in my house was equally affecting my health as much as my diet.

Over the past six months I have made a huge effort to replace products with brands that are pure, safe and beneficial to me and my family.

The next products I plan to change are my cleaning products to the brand Thieves and I love Methods products.

So how many products do you use in a day? How many of these are full of chemicals? Can you make some changes to improve you and your families health?

One massive benefit that I’ve noticed so far in my journey is that cleaner products last longer! They tend to be more concentrated and are better value for money. A little goes a long way.

I hope I have encouraged you to consider making small changes as these make a huge difference.

Enjoy your weekend,

Sarah x

Bahama Body by Terrie McEvoy: The best fake tan I’ve ever used

Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous weather and long may it last! Today I want to chat all things tan.. Over the years I have tried and tested many brands, some of which I have adored.

I don’t like naming particular brands, but there is one that I particularly love but the only down side is the wear off. Let’s face it, that mad scrub we have to do to try and get it off our skin is never ever appealing. Tan is one of those things that can be absolutely amazing for the first few days, but before you know it, you are hiding your arms and neck out of fear anyone will see the state of your skin.

On a whim last year I purchased a new tan because I love the girl who created it. To be honest, I used it once and then forgot about it until recently.

Bahama Body by Terrie McEvoy is an amazing tan by the SoSue Brand which is extremely successful worldwide. The shade I purchased is Dark and here are my thoughts on it.

I absolutely love that it is vegan and cruelty free too! As you can see I am super pale. In fact, this photo makes me darker than I actually am. For many years now I have applied tan weekly and I couldn’t imagine life without it.

There are many pros and cons to wearing fake tan and one of them is that initial smell after you apply it. This tan doesn’t leave you smelling like curry or biscuits or anything nasty. It dries in very quickly and is ready to wear which is amazing.

As you can see, five minutes later and my arm has completely transformed. It is completely dry and is a beautiful olive tone. But what makes this the best tan I’ve ever used is the wear off. Every week it shocks me that it just fades off naturally. Of course I moisturise after every shower but it just vanishes as though I never applied it, which is absolutely amazing. One layer lasts me about four days and it is honestly the best tan I have ever used.

I genuinely can’t pin point one thing that I don’t like about it and it is very reasonably priced too. I purchased mine from Penneys in the Marshes Shopping Centre in Dundalk.

I hope you enjoyed my review of this tan. If you try it let me know your thoughts and I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Sarah x

30 Days to Healthy Living

Hi everyone, I have been meaning to write a blog post for the last few weeks explaining the 30 days to healthy living plan that I followed in April.

Before this, I had never followed any sort of plan out of fear that it wasn’t achieveable and that I wouldn’t stick to it. I don’t believe in diets and in fact I hate anyone using the word diet. To me, a diet has a finish date and I think healthy eating should be about creating habits that last. I wanted to break bad habits such as snacking on toast, crisps and sweets and learn how to eat healthy, nutritious meals.

On day one I was hopeful but still doubting myself that I would ever see day 30. I quickly learned that meal prepping was the key to not giving in and by day three I seen my energy levels soar. After a week, my clothes were definitely fitting better and I was eating healthier than I ever had. What shocked me the most was that I was eating more food than I ever had done. My body was thriving off all the nutrition and my skin was glowing. It didn’t take long for others to notice and honestly I was so shocked at how quickly the 30 days went by.

There was never a time that I was starving and I prepared my meals in advance which was such a game changer. What was brilliant was that the meals can be eaten by my whole family which means we are all being more healthier too.

I found myself also being more adventurous and putting more effort into making my meals have more colour and flavour. Instead off running for the bread to make toast, I was making time to cook something nutritious. In the mornings I do love a healthy protein smoothie for convenience and I found this very helpful in getting in a balanced breakfast.

The plan resets the digestive system and allows your body to get a break from inflammatory foods such as common allergens. I never thought that I was someone who bloated until I seen my tummy after following the plan!

What I love is that there are so many recipes to follow. The advice and support is amazing from the Facebook group and your sponsor. I do recommend doing it with someone for accountability!

One thing that has become a staple in my day are the energy fizz sticks. As with all Arbonne products, these are plant based, gluten and dairy free and contain B Vitamins to name a few which will give you a natural energy boost.

As I start the plan again I honestly could not recommend it enough. I really believe now more than ever we need to look after ourselves and if you have any questions I am more than happy to answer them.

A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to be promoted to District Manager and I love helping people lead a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Sarah x

Time to take care of ourselves ❤️

Hi everyone, I hope you are keeping well. Things are very difficult for a lot of us these days but I am trying my best to distract my followers . Over on my Instagram I have been putting up lots of content from cooking to makeup tutorials. To be truthful it gives me something to do, as well as something for you to watch.

I am also encouraging you to take the time to make yourself feel better. I know when I make time to prioritise myself at least once a week I feel so much more content .

For the past month I have been using this mask from Arbonne. It is absolutely devine and leaves my skin like a babies bum.

If you don’t already follow me on my other social media channels, you might not know that I am a proud Arbonne Independent Consultant. The brand is Plant based, vegan, gluten, dairy and cruelty free to name a few. The products are of such a high quality without all the nasty chemicals.

http://SarahMccaffrey. arbonne.com

I highly recommend this mask and guarantee you will love it too. You get lots of product in the tube and it is sure to last a while.

The creamy French pink clay cleanses to draw out excess oil and impurities like a magnet (which you can physically see around your tzone) in turn reducing the look of pores. There are 5 self neutralising acids to clarify and brighten the skins appearance. Don’t worry about it drying out your skin as the hydrating rosemary oil will balance the skin.

We all need this in our life and especially now more than ever, if something as simple as having good skin makes us feel better, then I’m all for it.

I hope you all are safe and well. My phone is always close by if anyone ever needs to talk.

For more info on purchasing Arbonne products, send me a message and I can get you the best discount possible.

Lots of love,

Sarah x

My new favourite product I’ve added to my kit

Hi guys, I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend!

For the past few weeks I have been trying the Hollywood Flawless Filter from Charlotte Tilbury, after seeing so many Makeup Artist’s absolutely adore it.

As I always say, the proof is in real life when people comment on how fab your skin is looking. My sister actually purchased it too and has been loving it. I use it differently on clients depending on their skin type, so I thought I would briefly chat about that now.

Shade 4

On dry skin, you can pretty much apply this all over. The applicator doesn’t give out much product and I think that’s as you don’t need to over do it and apply too much. A little goes a long way when it’s blended. On myself I apply to my forehead, cheeks and chin and I prefer to blend it onto the skin after moisturising and before foundation. On my ‘no makeup’ days, I have been wearing just this with some concealer under my eyes and my skin looks so incredibly healthy.

If your skin is more on the oily side then I would recommend only applying to the high points of the cheekbones and no where else. This will give your skin a beautiful healthy glow, without looking like oil. If you add this to your t-zone area, then it could be mistaken for oil. On a client with oily skin, I like to keep the nose, chin and forehead matte and add a glow to other areas.

Shade 2

For the past month I have had no issues with this product and I give it 10/10 in terms of what it is meant to achieve.

I mostly use shade 4 medium tan on my clients as they usually have a tan on when they are getting their makeup done. There are lighter and darker shades to suit everyone and it retails for £30.

I will definitely be restocking this in my kit.

Have a lovely weekend,

Sarah xxx