Sunday, 25 June 2017

At Home Pamper Picks

I usually associate pamper nights with the colder months, but to be honest there is nothing stopping me running a bath and relaxing even after a long summers day. There have been a few products I've been reaching for recently that make the perfect at home pamper picks.... Expensive spa days step aside!
Of-course I start off with running a bath, sometimes I'll opt for a Lush bath bomb or bubble bar, but for a real spa like feel I've been loving the REN Atlantic Anti-Fatigue Bath Oil*. This has that very typical spa scent - it's fresh, calming and not only that it leaves my skin feeling incredible soft. It's a little on the pricey side but you only need a drop, I actually feel like this would make the perfect gift for those that have everything.
Whilst in the bath I like to indulge in a good clay face mask, some of my favourites include the Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Mud Mask*, the GlamGlow Supermud Mask* and one that I always go back to is the Una Brennan Salicylic Acid Clay Mask. The Salicylic acid does such a good job at helping to keep my skin clear and fight against breakouts, it's a must for any oily skin girls out there to keep pores clear, or anyone that is prone to breakouts.
I also like to treat my hair when having a pamper and tend to reach for oils over anything else. Two of my favourites are Moroccanoil and the Grow Gorgeous Strengthening Oil*, I'll then leave that to work overnight and wash it out in the morning. Doing this 1/2 a week has really helped to keep my hair in good condition.

Although not very glamourous, a little hack that I swear by to keep my skin soft is using good old baby oil. Whilst in the bath I'll use a body brush and then before drying my skin I'll apply Johnsons baby oil all over and then pat the skin dry. Not only does this keep my skin feeling soft but I feel like it really does nourish the skin and add moisture. My skin doesn't feel sticky and I can just pop clothes on afterwards. It's affordable and works a treat and using oils is something I just love as part of my pamper routine - if you didn't notice...
Of-course more skincare is involved... After rinsing the clay mask I love using the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary mist. I had heard so many good things about this before trying it, it's super pricey but one of those little luxuries perfect for a pamper. It has an almost medicinal smell to me but I absolutely love it, perfect as a pre cleanse toner.

As much as I love using clay masks my skin does need a little moisture boost afterwards. Another favourite of mine that I like to team with a clay mask is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. This is a game changer for anyone with dehydrated/ dry skin as it helps to add moisture and keep skin looking plump and nourished. In the winter I tend to use this 4 times a week and in the summer 1/2 a week as my skin is less dehydrated.

After a pamper I like to wind down with a good book, podcast, or series and spritz the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray.

What are your at home pamper picks?
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Cohorted Beauty Box

Beauty subscription boxes are something I'm still getting my head around. I like to spend my hard earned money on products that I really want to try, so when a beauty subscription box doesn't tick all the boxes I always feel a little disheartened. Yet again, when a box arrives and it's full of amazing products and is amazing value for money, they're become a must have for any beauty lover.

I recently spoke about the Latest in Beauty Harpers Bazaar box, this is a one off subscription box with no monthly commitment -unlike a subscription box I knew the contents before I purchased it. Cohorted recently got intouch to see if I wanted to try out their monthly subscription box, it retails at £35 a month which for me is steep and for that price it would need to contain a lot of good stuff. This is what's in this months box...
From seeing what was in the previous boxes I was really excited to be getting my hands on this, a lot of them included brands such as Living Proof, Nars and James Reed. The box I received contained 4 items, a BellaPierre highlighting palette, liquid lipstick, a mini Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and a nail polish from a brand called Kure Bazaar. When looking at the RRP, it would appear that you get a really good deal seen as though the palette costs £40 alone. 

Being completely honest, the brand BellaPierre didn't really excite me. I hadn't heard of it and wasn't really expecting much from the Glowing Palette. However, I gave it a good go and I actually really like a lot of the shades included, they are highly pigmented and feel soft on the skin, plus they've definitely had me experimenting with different kinds of highlighter.
The liquid lipstick is a shade I really like, so again although not mad on liquid lipsticks I tried it and I'm pleasantly surprised. Unlike other liquid lipsticks it doesn't feel too dry and it doesn't show up too many cracks/ imperfections in my lips. I haven't reached for this as much as the highlighting palette, but it's nice to know I have a liquid lipstick in my collection that I actually like.
The mini Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara was definitely what excited me most when I opened the box, and it's safe to say for me it really does live up to the hype. I don't usually invest in highend mascaras just because the high street offers so many good ones, so receiving the mini fab as I can try it before I consider investing. This mascara offers both length and volume and a curl to the lashes that lasts all day.

One thing that lets this box down for me was the nail polish, why does every subscription box include a flippin' nail polish? I have 3 colours that I'll put on my nails and that's about it so this will be donated to a friend/ family member I think.

All in all, although I wasn't too impressed at first I'm actually starting to warm to the idea of a beauty box. The products in this box are such good quality and value for money, so if you do have a spare £35 a month and like luxury beauty then I think subscribing to Cohorted would be cost effective and a good way to try new products and experiment with different brands.

Do you like beauty subscription boxes?
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Monday, 19 June 2017

Getting Engaged... One Year On!

I can't quite believe today marks a year of being engaged...
Wedding plans are in full swing and I wanted to talk about the highs and lows of it all, what I've learnt about planning a wedding and my plans for the remaining time before the big day.

I don't actually live with my boyfriend (...that I'm getting married to next year, anyone else cringe when they hear 'partner' 'fiance' or 'other half'? I can't wait to be able to just say husband). We have been in a long distance relationship for 4 years now, as much as I miss him it's just one of those things we've both had to adjust to. I think with us being apart more than we are together time has become so precious, and it's actually forced us to plan the wedding quicker.

Jay really has been a gem. I feel awful saying it but with working full time and writing my blog I just haven't put time aside to really think about the wedding. I feel awful for being so laid back about it at the moment, but after booking the dream venue in January, I got a little lazy with it. So far we have the venue, catering, the bridal party, photographer, and recently my dress ALL sorted - that makes me feel a little better.... 
Of-course we do still have a long way to go, and all the little bits need to come together. I have lots of DIY things in mind for the table plan, place names and decorations and other bits and bobs which I cannot wait to crack on with. I'm hoping to vlog/ document the process on my YouTube channel aswel as on here too.

One of the main things that springs to mind when I think about this past year is just how quickly it's gone. I remember like it was yesterday getting engaged and I just know the run up to the wedding is going to fly by. If I had one bit of advice it would be to get planning early, if you want to get married within a certain time frame then make sure to give yourself plenty of time so there's no panic and you can actually enjoy it. I've learnt that planning a wedding can actually be terribly stressful and expensive, and there will be a couple of occasions that people don't agree with your plans. A low of wedding planning is not being able to please everyone, but when you're planning a wedding for two people with 60+ guests, that's kind of impossible...

We're getting married next April, over the next 10 months I not only want to make sure I keep on top of wedding planning and get lots of the little DIY plans done early - someone give my daily reminders of this! As I mentioned earlier I'm determined to put my heart and soul into YouTube and this little blog of mine. Jay is actually away for 4 months from November until March, with that time I want to be as productive as possible, keep myself busy and just enjoy the last few months of wedding planning.

If you have any wedding planning tips or one piece of advice I would love to know...
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