Faith in Nature Grapefruit and Orange Shampoo*


Hi Bellas,

Recently I was sent some shampoo and conditioner to try by a company called Faith in Nature. I have to admit, I'd never heard of them before (even though they have been around for 40 years!), but I was keen to try a haircare product that was made with natural ingredients and that was made here in the UK.

I went across to their website and had a look at that they had to offer. They have a vast array of Shampoo and Conditioner, some suited to normal to dry hair and others to normal to oily hair. You can simply click on your hair type and it brings up a selection that will suit your hair type.

Some choices for Normal to Dry hair

I have fairly Oily hair so I had a choice of 5 shampoos and Conditioners: 
Grapefruit and Orange
Neem and Propolis
Pinapple and Lime
Rosemary
Tea Tree

As I have trained in aromatherapy, I am fairly familiar with different essential oils and grapefruit is one of my favourites! So I went with the Grapefruit and Orange.

First impressions

I really liked the packaging of the products, they were eye catching and had pictures of the ingredients used to make them. The smell of the product was different to what I expected. It smelt more like the actual grapefruit rather then the essential oil which I wasn't overly keen on at first. I liked the smell of the conditioner more then the shampoo for some reason.

This didn't put me off though, because if I was going for scent I would chosen the Coconut as I LOVE the smell of coconut! But I wanted to try something that would be good for my hair type.




After using the Shampoo and Conditioner for the fist time, I was so happy with the result. My hair felt very soft and felt like it had had a deep cleanse. Throughout the day I kept getting a gorgeous whiff of orange which was lovely. Usually, after I have washed my hair, it gets greasy very quickly again. However, I found that it kept the oil away for longer which is great!

Overall I was really happy with the products and for £5.50 for a 400ml bottle, I think it is excellent value for money. You can find the products I used here

They also offer skin care products, home care (which I'd love to try) baby care, pet care and have lovely gift sets too! I'd highly recommend you take a look at their website!

Have you ever tried Faith in Nature products?


*these products were gifted to me, however, as always, the views and opinions are honest and are my own.

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Harlequin blanket pattern


I saw a harlequin blanket and fell in love! I sat for ages trying to find the correct pattern to achieve the right effect, so rather then have you sit there for hours, I thought I would share the pattern.


I have posted a video tutorial on YouTube and here is the written pattern.

It is written in UK terms.

ch= Chain
st(s)= Stitch(s)
tr= Treble
tog= Together e.g tr2tog (treble crochet 2 stitches together)

I have used Stylecraft Spacial DK in Cream, Wisteria, Clematis, Fondant and Candy floss.

I have used a 6mm crochet hook to achieve larger stitches.

You will be working into the top of the stitches from the previous row rather than between the stitches. 

Full diamond

Round 1: Create slip knot and ch4, tr into 4th ch from the hook

Round 2: ch3 and turn, tr into same st. 2tr into next sts (4 sts in round)

Round 3: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 2sts, 2tr in next st (6 sts)

Round 4: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 4sts, 2tr into next st (8 sts)

Round 5: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 6sts, 2tr into next st (10 sts)

Round 6: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 8sts, 2tr into next st (12 sts)

Round 7: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 10sts, 2tr into next st (14 sts)

Round 8: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 12sts, 2tr into next st (16 sts)

Round 9: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 14sts, 2tr into next st (18 sts)

Round 10: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 16sts, 2tr into next st (20 sts)


You will now start to decrease your Diamond


Round 11: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 16sts, tr2tog (20 sts)

Round 12: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 14sts, tr2tog (18 sts)

Round 13: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 12sts, tr2tog (16 sts)

Round 14: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 10sts, tr2tog (14 sts)

Round 15: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 8sts, tr2tog (12 sts)

Round 16: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 6sts, tr2tog (10 sts)

Round 17: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 4sts, tr2tog (8 sts)

Round 18: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 2sts, tr2tog (6 sts)

Round 19: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, tr2tog (4 sts)

Round 20: ch2 and turn, tr into last ch sp (2 sts)

Tie off to complete




Half diamond for top and base

Round 1: Create slip knot and ch4, tr into 4th ch from the hook

Round 2: ch3 and turn, tr into same st. 2tr into next sts (4 sts in round)

Round 3: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 2sts, 2tr in next st (6 sts)

Round 4: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 4sts, 2tr into next st (8 sts)

Round 5: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 6sts, 2tr into next st (10 sts)

Round 6: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 8sts, 2tr into next st (12 sts)

Round 7: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 10sts, 2tr into next st (14 sts)

Round 8: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 12sts, 2tr into next st (16 sts)

Round 9: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 14sts, 2tr into next st (18 sts)

Round 10: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 16sts, 2tr into next st (20 sts)

Half diamond for sides

Round 1: create slip knot and ch3

Round 2: ch3, tr into 4th chain from the hook (2 sts)

Round 3: ch3 and turn, 2tr into next st (3 sts)

Round 4: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 2sts (4 sts)

Round 5: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 2 sts, 2tr into last st (5 sts)

Round 6: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 4sts (6 sts)

Round 7: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 4sts, 2tr into last st (7 sts)

Round 8: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 6sts (8 sts)

Round 9: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 6sts, 2tr into last st (9 sts)

Round 10: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 8sts (10 sts)


You will now start to decrease the half diamond


Round 11: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 7sts, tr2tog (10 sts)

Round 12: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 7sts (9 sts)

Round 13: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 5sts, tr2tog (8 sts)

Round 14: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 5sts (7 sts)

Round 15: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 3sts, tr2tog (6 sts)

Round 16: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next 3sts (5 sts)

Round 17: ch3 and turn, one tr into next st, tr2tog (4 sts)

Round 18: ch2 and turn, tr into second st, one tr into next sts (3 sts)

Round 19: ch2 and turn, tr into last st (2 sts)

Round 20: ch3

Tie off




Quater diamond for corners

Round 1: create slip knot and ch3

Round 2: ch3, tr into 4th chain from the hook (2 sts)

Round 3: ch3 and turn, 2tr into next st (3 sts)

Round 4: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 2sts (4 sts)

Round 5: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 2 sts, 2tr into last st (5 sts)

Round 6: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 4sts (6 sts)

Round 7: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 4sts, 2tr into last st (7 sts)

Round 8: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 6sts (8 sts)

Round 9: ch3 and turn, one tr into next 6sts, 2tr into last st (9 sts)

Round 10: ch3 and turn, tr into same st, one tr into next 8sts (10 sts)

Tie off

Sew together using the coloured yarn and a darning needle.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I have. I would love to see your work, tag me on twitter and instagram 

@bellacoco_   #bellacococrochet


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Caitlin Wilson inspired cushion cover

Hi Bellas

I've had a bit of a huge obsession with Caitlin Wilson textiles for a while. I love her colourful and fresh designs. I've been swooning over this Coral Deco cushion for a while, but with the cost of the cushion PLUS shipping, it works out to be quite expensive! *SIGH* So I decided to do a DIY job, and create one myself.
Caitlin Wilson

The project only took a morning and I really enjoyed doing it. I even added a zip to make it easy to clean! Granted the zip needs a little more practice, but I'm happy with how it turned out :)




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Living room update

Hi Bellas,

Are you a lover of Pinterest? I am! Hugely! It's becoming a problem I think. I've had to stop myself pinning before I go to bed as I end up laying there thinking of all the things I want to do/make/decorate! lol. Take a look at my home decor board.

I've always been a lover of interior design and home decor. I don't proclaim to be good at interior design as I'm certainly not, but I love to look at designs and colour schemes and take inspiration from things to use within my own home.

I've never really felt like I had a 'style' when it comes to interiors. But after many MANY pins added to my home decor board, I discovered I actually do.

I love bright spaces, muted tones on the walls with pops of colour using accessories, textiles and art. The other day, I came across a few photos of a bloggers home and I fell in love with the look.

She had combined duck egg and lilac together which looks stunning.



Isn't it beautiful? The white furniture, the light walls. Gorgeous!

I went into Next Home with my mummy dearest (who's always a bad influence when it comes to shopping hehe) with some vouchers that we got for our engagement in hand as well as some 'joint' christmas money.

I've been wanting a change in our living room for a while. We have had the some colour scheme in their for around 7 years- Duck egg blue. Which I love, but it was time for something a little different. 

I love Mauve and fell in love with these curtains as soon as I saw them. I then found some matching cushions, and on the way to the checkout I saw a rug from the cosy collection! I have wanted a rug for a while but nothing seemed to 'float my boat' so to speak. This one is just gorgeous. I have a funny habit of walking through shops and feeling all the different textures, I just couldn't stop stroking this rug (HAHA) I think I actually looked like a crazy woman.

Next home curtains in Mauve

Next home cosy rug in Mauve

Next home scatter cushions in Mauve

Next home scatter cushions in Mauve

coffee table tray

artificial growers from HomeSense

So here is my living room as it is now, I'm so pleased how the purple and the duck egg go together. The rug adds a bit of texture to the room and its a pleasure to be in. I added the flowers to the room over Christmas. They are artificial but look amazing! I got them from HomeSense for £25 which is a bargain as artificial flowers can often be very expensive.

Will you be making any home updates this year?


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DIY Valentines day art tutorial


Hi Bellas,

With valentines around the corner, I was feeling a little inspired to create some artwork to celebrate the occasion. 


I have posted a video tutorial on You Tube showing how you can recreate this Love heart themed art. 


Will you be doing any valentines day crafts?
Happy crafting!




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'If'

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I came across this poem today, I'm sure many of you have seen it before. It's a poem about life. Life can be full of ups and downs and it's easy to get caught up in the moment. I was reading a book in which it asked "Who are you, when nobody is looking?", and it followed with this poem. I found it extremely thought provoking.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

BY RUDYARD KIPLING







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