Friday, 5 May 2017

Ultimate Pampering Products: My Favourites

Hello Internet Beauties!
It's been a little while! (As much as I don't like to write that!)

I've been taking some time away from the Internet/my phone in general, which unfortunately includes my blog and twitter! This wasn't necessarily through choice but more need with some hectic things that have been going on.

However, rather than focusing on reasons for having a break (this might be explained in another post), this post is focusing on what to do when you need some 'me' time and time away from everything else! Self-care is so important but so easily overlooked with our busy lives!

One of my favourite things to do when I need some time out, is to properly pamper myself. Run a long hot bath, put some music on or a film (this is not recommended though as you may end up accidentally drowning your laptop - so use with caution 😂) and just relax, away from everything else.

I've obsvioisly not been just in the bath for a week on my break (I promise I'm not all wrinkled now haha) but I love a bath as my top relaxation go-to, because the bathroom is one of the rare places you can't be disturbed or interrupted by others!

Although I love so many bath products out there, here are my top favourites for the ultimate pampering de-stress session:

Bubble Bath: You HAVE to use bubble bath when having a bath - I cannot understand anybody who doesn't! They are just so pretty and add to the scents. My favourite at the moment is the Vanilla Chai from The Body Shop. This scent is absolutely amazing, by far the best vanilla scent I've ever had! Unfortunately it was a Christmas limited edition so I've been savouring this with the hope they will bring it back for permanent. However, in the meantime, it's definitely worth checking out their large collection of amazingly scented bubbles.

Face Mask: In keeping with the vanilla theme (can you tell what my favourite scent is?!), I love the Vanilla Sundae Scrub mask by 7th Heaven. Their masks have always been my favourite but I love this one for its exfoliating qualities, alongside being moisturising. The only down side is I really had to restrain myself from licking it off my face because that's how good it smelt haha.

Body Scrub: When I want a really good pamper, as well as exfoliating my face, I love to get rid of any dead skin from my body too, to really help me feel fresh and rejuvenated. The Rituals Hammam Body Mud quickly became my favourite after receiving it in a GlossyBox. It has a really awakening minty scent, alongside just the right amount of exfoliation without being harsh.

Hair Mask: Whilst I'm going all out with my skin, I also love to give my hair some proper attention. This was another product received in a GlossyBox that I cannot get enough of,
Schwarzkopf Brazillian Oil Pulp treatmentMy hair is literally the softest thing on earth after using this (well maybe not out of everything on earth, but it's close!)

Shower Gel: I love to add a bit of fun to my baths and these Imperial Leather fun editions to their collection are perfect for that! I'm currently using the Fruit Salad edition (I used to love those sweets so much!) but have also used and really liked the marshmallow one. They lather really well and are such a sweet treat for your body!

Finally, to lather and rinse these products, I've recently been using another GlossyBox product, a Konjac Sponge by Spa To You. I didn't really know what to do with this when I got it, but wet it in the bath/tap and it really lathers up, as well as gently exfoliating, both face and body. This has been a great new discovery!

So, what are you waiting for?! Run a nice hot bath and take some time to yourself!
What are your favourite pampering products? Let me know your recommendations in the comments below!


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Get Inspired & Be Creative!

Hello Internet Beauties!

Do you ever get the creative bug?! When all of a sudden, at the most random times, you get the desperate feeling that you need to create something? I get this so often, like right now for instance when suddenly at 11.50pm listening to Vanessa Carlton, A Thousand Miles (throwback!), I have the need to be creative, to draw, to make art, to do something creative. Unfortunately, my art skills are very limited - to the extent that I used to get my sister to do all of my Art homework for school...oops..sorry former art teachers! (Although it must have seemed a bit bizarre that all my Art homework was pretty good, yet anything I produced in lessons looked like a toddler's attempt at drawing 😂)

Anyway, back to the point! As my art skills aren't too good, my creative outlet is writing (hence blogging!) and doodling. While waiting for a train home the other day, I was overcome by this feeling. So, I logged onto Amazon and ordered these two journals which I'd seen previously in a shop, along with some colourful pens.

They are semi-blank journals that encourage you to create and write but give you prompts, questions and activities to complete, rather than just a blank journal which can be difficult to get started. The first one, 'Write Here, Write Now' is actually aimed for the teenage market, but even though it's been 5 years since I've been classed as a teenager, I love it. It's simple, it's light-hearted and encourages imagination.

Write Here, Write Now, £10, available from Amazon and Waterstones

The second I purchased is definitely a much more grown-up one, 'Start Where You Are', which is actually called a 'journey of self-exploration'. What won me over on this one was the most beautiful quotations on every other page, between the pages to fill in yourself. I'm a sucker for quotes with the most beautiful illustrations. The topics are also much more grown-up, as it is about learning more about yourself, such as your goals, strengths, weaknesses and desires. I think it's such an interesting idea because in a world when we rush around everyday, it's good to take a moment to just focus on yourself.
Start Where You Are, £8, available from Amazon 

I've started to fill in bits of them both, I do it whenever I get the creative feeling, as I think that's really the best way to do them, when you are fully in the mood. In colourful pens, they are looking pretty good and they will be something to look back at in years to come.

For anyone who loves to create and write, I'd recommend these 100%.

Have you tried any creative journals like these? I'd love to find out about any others, let me know in the comments below! If not, what's your creative outlet?! I'd love to hear!

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