15K Giveaway sponsored by LoveKitting.com


Hi Bellas,

I'm so happy to announce this giveaway today. When I hit 10K subscribers on YouTube a short while ago, I started organising a giveaway. Little did i know that in the time of organising I would gain another 5K (and more!) subscribers! I'm so happy and tankful to each of you for your kind words and support. 

As many of you have commented on my crochet mood blanket, I decided it would be a good idea to do a giveaway based around that. The lovely people of LoveKnitting.com have kindly sponsored this giveaway. I have selected 14 colours of my 'go to' style craft special DK, all of these colours are colours I have used in my mood blanket.

The colours include:

Fondant
Magenta
Sherbet
Wisteria
Clematis
Lemon
Spring green
Bright pink
Aspen
Saffron
Cream
Pomegranate
Shrimp
Aster

The competition is open worldwide!!

All you have to do is answer the question below in the Rafflecoper giveaway creator. There will be other ways to enter the giveaway too, so see below to find out extra ways to enter!




a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Beauty Tip #3 | Moisturising

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Moisturising is the last step in your daily skincare routine. There are so many on the market and it can be a little bit overwhelming when it comes to choosing one. Here is a few things to think about when you go to purchase.

What is your skin type?

Dry skin- If you have dry skin, then a thicker 'cream like' moisturiser is what you want to look for. It will keep your skin feeling soft and give it all the nutrients it needs. If your skin is dry, then you have to make sure that you keep it well moisturised as you will be more prone to ageing!

Oily skin- Throughout my career, I've had so many clients tell me they don't moisturise because they have oily skin. This is such a common mistake people make. Even if you have oily skin, you should still moisturise as you need to keep it well nourished. In this case, you would choose a lotion which sits a lot lighter on the skin and doesn't feel too thick.

Dehydrated skin- First of all, I just want to clarify something. Dehydrated skin is lack of WATER in the skin, whereas dryness is lack of OIL. These are two separate things. Therefore, it is possible to have an oily skin with dehydration. If your skin is dehydrated, it may feel 'tight' and you could have fines lines and flakiness. It is also not a 'skin type', it's actually a 'skin condition'. This means that the skin can be be hydrated due to your environmental conditions (whereas a skin type is genetically determined)
If you feel your skin is dehydrated, the best thing you can do is drink plenty of water so that you can treat it from the inside, and use your selected moisturiser to treat it from the outside.

Does your moisturiser contain SPF?

If you didn't already know, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is extremely important to protect your skin from the skin EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even on rainy and overcast days (which accounts for quite a few days here in the UK!)
The suns rays can still damage the skin through clouds and through glass! During the winter months, and SPF15 is fairly substantial, however I would increase it to a minimum of SPF30 in the summer months. 
Some moisturisers will have SPF built into it and others won't. So make sure you check your label so you are protected.

What about day and night moisturisers?

In an ideal world, we would have separate moisturisers for day and night. At night, our body and skin repairs itself and when you wake up in the morning, your skin can be left dehydrated. Not only is this because our body is working hard as we sleep, but the night air can also cause evaporation of water from the skin. Night moisturisers tend to be a little heavier in order to compensate for this.
Thats not to say that you can't use just one moisturiser day and night- anything is better then nothing. Lets face it, not everyone had an unlimited budget when it comes to skincare.

Moisturisers for the eyes

The eye area is much thinner then the skin on the rest of your face so it does require extra attention. Some people like them to help fine lines, while others prefer to treat dark circles. Luckily, there are many to choose from and they come in a variety of consistencies depending on what you want it for. All you need is an amount the size of a gain of rice. Any more can result it a build up of product which can cause irritation and Milia (small white lumps under the skin) Use your ring finger to gently press the product onto the skin following the bone that surrounds the eye. Do not go too close to the eye itself. If your concerned with crows feet, press the product over the cheek bone and towards the hair line also.



Moisturising your skin on a daily basis will help to keep skin smooth and supple. It can help prolong and reduce the signs of ageing and it can give us a healthy glow. It is such an important step that many do skip.

If you decided to start moisturising, you may feel that your skin feels a little greasy at first. Its important to remember this is quite normal. Your skin has been used to not having any help in that department, so it can take around 28 days in order for it to settle down and get used to what you are using.

One of my all time favourite ranges of skincare is Priori advanced AHA. The products contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids which gently 'munch' (I love that word!) away the dead skin calls leaving your skin looking fresh, healthy and SUPER hydrated. The Barrier Repair complex is so nice!


Priori advanced AHA range
Cosmeceuticals website 


What is your favourite moisturiser?




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Beauty Tip #2 | Exfoliation

exfoliators

Dermalogica Daily microfoliant | Dermalogica Skin prep scrub | Dermalogica Multivitamin thermafoliant | Guinot Gommage grain d'eclat

After my last Beauty tip, I thought a post on exfoliation would follow on nicely. Exfoliation is such an important part of skincare and its often a step that people either forget or don't bother to do at all.

Why should you exfoliate?

When you exfoliate the skin, it removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing the fresh healthy skin underneath. This gives the skin a nice healthy glow and leaves it feeling soft and smooth if done regularly. It also helps to minimise build up of oils which causes spots and blackheads.

Most people will cleanse and moisturise their skin on a daily basis and they seem confused as to why their skin is still looking a little dull and lifeless. Here's why...

Think of the moisturiser as a glue. When it is applied to the skin, it can stick the dead skin calls onto the surface of the skin. If this continues to happen day after day, they can start to build up. Not only will the skin start to look a little dull, but the build up of dead skin will create a barrier, thus making your moisturiser less effective and quite frankly, a waste of money.

How often should you exfoliate?

You should be using an exfoliator on your skin 1-2 times a week. Some people can take more but as a general rule you should stick to one to two times. You would do this after your cleanse and before your moisturiser.

What type of exfoliator should you use?

There are different ones on the market designed for different skin types. You should not be using the same exfoliator on your face as you do your body. The skin on your face it a lot thinner and should be treated with more care. If you have sensitive skin, chose an exfoliator with very fine granules in so you don't irritate it further and you should probably only exfoliate once a week. Some exfoliators don't have any granules in at all and actually work by using enzymes to break down the dead skin that way. Which ever you chose to use, make sure you are performing it on a regular basis in order to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.

cuccio pedicure scrub
 Cuccio Pedicure scrub for the feet
Soap and Glory Sugar crush for the body

Soap and Glory Sugar crush for the body

How to exfoliate

Make sure you read the instructions on your packaging as each one can be a little different. But as a general rule you should do the following after cleansing:

Put some product onto damp fingertips

Pat some of the exfoliator onto the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.

Using your fingertips, use small circular motions over all of the face paying particular attention to the crease of the nose and the chin. This is where blackheads tend to appear.

Was off with a flannel or some sponges

Pat the skin dry and apply moisturiser.

Don't forget your body!

These principles apply to the body as well. We cleanse using shower gel, we should exfoliate the body about 2-3 times a week and we should moisturises daily. This will help leave the skin soft and smooth, it will also help to reduce any ingrowing hairs.

Make your own

You can make your own exfoliators using products from around the house. Strawberries are high in enzymes which are excellent for getting rid of that dead skin. Simply blend some up and apply to your face like a mask. Just be careful you don't drop it everywhere as it tends to leave a pink stain on white towels etc.

You could also try mixing some sugar in honey for a fine exfoliator suitable for the face.

For the body, mixing sea salt in oil works very well, its moisturising as well as exfoliating.

For the lips, simply mix some sugar into Vasalene and gently rub into lips.


Hope you have enjoyed this post?! Have you found it helpful? Please leave a comment below telling us about your experiences with exfoliators and we will be sure to get back to you!





Don't forget to check back next week for the next tip which will be about Moisturising
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Mini Crochet Christmas Stocking Free pattern


Hi Bellas,

I have recently posted a video tutorial on this cute little Christmas stocking and it's gone down a storm! So here is the written tutorial:

This is in UK terms

ch=          Chain
ss=          Slip stitch
dc=          Double crochet (US Single)
dc2tog=    Double crochet2 together (Single crochet 2 together)
cs=           Cluster stitch (*yarn over, insert, yarnover, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2* 3times, yarn over, pull through)

I have used Stylecraft Special DK in the colour Lipstick and Cream
A 4mm Crochet hook

Foundation: Chain 38

Round one: dc into forth ch from the hook, dc in remaining ch spaces (36 stitches)  

Round two- six: ch2, turn work, dc into each ch space from previous row (36 stitches)  

Round seven: ch2, turn work, dc2tog, dc in next 30 spaces, dc2tog, dc (34 stitches)

Round eight: ch2, turn work, dc2tog, dc in next 28 spaces, dc2tog, dc (32 stitches)

Tie off yarn, turn work and attach yarn in the 7th space from the previous row

Round nine: ch 2, dc into next 19 spaces (20 stitches)

Round ten- eighteen: ch2, turn work, dc in next 19 spaces (20 stitches)

Tie off yarn, attach the cream colour

Round nineteen- twenty two: ch2, turn work, dc in next 19 spaces (20 stitches)

Turn work right sides facing, dc the edges together using the cream yarn (on cream section only) Tie off yarn and continue to connect sides together using the red yarn,
Sew in ends and turn right side out.

Pom pom: Attach yarn towards the from of the stocking, ch6, cl into third ch from hook, ch3, cl into top of last cluster, fold to stitches onto each other and ss together.
Repeat for sec on pom pom- you may with to increase original chain length to make it longer then first pom pom (i.e. chain 9 instead of 6 to begin with)

If you prefer to watch the video tutorial- here it is:





Don't forget to tag me on twitter or instagram using #bellacoco or #bellacococrochet


If you wish to repost this tutorial in any way, please make sure you include a link back to this post or my video tutorial. Thank you :)


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Using colour in interiors

Hi Bellas!

Over the years, it's taken me a while to settle into finding my own interior style. If you had asked me a year ago what my style was, I probably would've said that I didn't really have one. But if you asked me now, I would say that I like a mixture of old and new. My colour pallet tends to stay fairly neutral and I used accessories such as cushions, picture frame and candles to add some colour.




My Bedroom
My Kitchen

I have to say, I'm not one to push my boundaries with interior design. I shy away from using bold colours, not because I don't like them, but because I get worried that the vision I have won't be achieved. I do however, LOVE colours. I'm drawn to colours and patterns- they make me happy! So I've been having a little look around the old world wide web to get some inspiration.

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*Swoon* I am a big fan of Caitlin Wilson designs and textiles. This for me is the perfect mix of neutrals and pops of colour. The combination of the Bright pink, navy stripe and gold accents works like a charm. Can I see myself going out and buying a bright pink sofa? Erm, no. But, do I love it? Hell yeah!!

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Another example of Caitlin Wilson designs. This room again has neutral walls and a whole host of colours here, there and everywhere. Different colours, patterns and textures all mixed together to make a feast for the eyes. It all works amazingly well together and creates a bright and fun workspace.

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Salmon and Green? If you had told me that was a colour scheme I would have turned my nose up! However, I love this!! It gives such a fresh, feminine and summery look. The splash of animal print is also a winner for me.


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The white furniture against this Coral wall is so effective. It also hosts a gallery wall that has contrasting colours which really makes it pop. I very much doubt that 'Mr A' would appreciate this.....Maybe it's one to consider for my craft room?? 


I don't know about you but this really makes me want to pop down to B&Q and buy lots of paint! ha. I'm going to make a real effort to inject some cloud into my home and be a little more brave. 

Are you daring with colour?? Tag me in your interior pictures on Instagram @bellacoco_ so I can have a nosey!



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Will you be my bridesmaid? | Wedding Journal

Hi Bellas!

One of the first things I thought about when it came to planning the wedding! Well actually, I'm not going to lie- I'm a typical woman and had of course thought about this before Anthony popped the question- But it felt a little different when I had to think about it for real!!

Due to getting married abroad, I had to let my bridesmaid know as soon as I could so I could make sure they could make it. I either did this by asking them in person or by text (which is the last thing I wanted to do) Because I had to do it this way, I wanted to do something a bit more special when I asked them officially.

I searched for different ways- some of which were totally amazing, which also meant it would cost a fortune! I decided on making them a card each which mean they could keep it as a memory.




Made the poem for the front and the writing inside using PicMonkey (seriously that site is amazing for things like this!) I mounted them on some card stock and also used my butterfly punch to make the butterfly confetti.

I gave them to each of my bridesmaids and they loved them! It felt so special seeing them open them.

I'd love to know your thoughts! 





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