Pamper Night

Everyone needs a good old pampering session once in a while, even just 15 minutes here and there can do you the world of good. Actually taking time to relax and completely switch off from the outside world does wonders for me and makes me feel a whole lot better and ready to take on what ever the next few days have in store.

Every so often I like to make sure I have at least a couple of hours for a full on pamper night, usually at the weekends and especially if I’ve had a really rubbish week. Not only does it do my body good by using all my favourite beauty treats but it helps clear my mind, making me see things a lot clearer and feeling better about myself.

Whatever you choose to do, whenever you choose to have a pamper session, believe me, you’ll feel absolutely wonderful afterwards. You can always invite a few friends round for a pyjama sleep over, that’s usually great fun. Personally, I enjoy my own company so tend to indulge in a pampering session by myself.

Here’s how I spend my perfect pamper night.

Pamper Night Routine

 

Candles

I light some gorgeous smelling candles to help me to relax, some of my favourite ones have come from Home Bargains.

Music

I’ll pop on some relaxing music, usually whatever my favourite playlist on Spotify happens to be at the time.

Beauty products for a pamper evening

Tea

I then like to make a huge mug of tea as I find this instantly makes me feel chilled out.

Skincare

I’ll take my mug of tea into the bathroom, along with my mobile so I can carry on listening to music, and then I’ll do my skincare routine. At the moment I’m using Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish to get rid of any dirt and oils from throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll use a gentle facial exfoliator on areas that may seem extra dry or flaky.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

Face Mask

I love to use a face mask  and let it get to work on my skin while I’m in the bath, they seem to make my complexion look a lot brighter, and let’s face it, just laying there with a mask on for a while is a wonderful feeling and some of them smell divine!

Lush Spring Treats

A Bath

Next, I run a bath and pop in one of my favourite bath products, which at the moment happens to be the Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon, it not only smells amazing but turns your bath water into the most gorgeous pink swirls. I also love to use a body scrub to get rid of any dead skin, usually on my elbows, feet and knees. Then I’ll have a good, long soak in the bath.

Winter Skincare Essentials

 

Winter Skincare Essentials

Moisturisers

Once I’ve got out of the bath I’ll apply a facial serum and nourishing night cream on my face, my skin always looks a lot healthier in the mornings. I’ll use my favourite body butter or cream to make my skin feel super soft.

Comfortable Clothing

The last thing I want to do now is get into tight, uncomfortable, clothing, so I’ll pop on a loose top and trousers or a pair of cosy pjs and wrap up in a warm fluffy robe, then head off to the bedroom.

W7 Nail Polish in shade Fluorescent Pink

Nails

If I’m feeling really adventurous this is when I like to paint my nails, at the moment I love wearing bolder nail polish, and will always finish with a speed dry top coat, 2 minutes and my nails are dry, which is excellent for impatient people like me!

Comforting Drink

Depending what time of year it is, I like to make a warm relaxing drink, either a herbal tea or a hot chocolate, grab a couple of chocolate biscuits and snuggle up on the bed.

Netflix

I love watching TV in bed and I’ll scroll through to find a film to watch or catch up with whatever TV series I’m into at the time, whilst enjoying my chocolate treats, ooooh delicious!

What better way to spend the perfect pamper night at home!

 

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Making lists always seems to have a calming effect for me, even writing the all important to do list makes me feel organised and a lot less stressed every day. There are other lists I’ve made over the years that have really seemed to help with my wellbeing and how my mood is in general.

I was given the book “The 52 Lists Project” for my birthday and it’s such a wonderful idea, isn’t it strange how just writing a list can have that effect on you? When you think about it, even writing down a list of all the things you need from the supermarket can make you feel less stressed when you actually go in there, mind you I never stick to mine, so that’s probably a bad example!

There are 5 lists that I try to take the time and write down as often as I can.

Want I Want To Achieve

This can be as simple as what I want to do that day, but also my goals and hopes for the month and year, it gives me something to aim for and keeps me motivated. It helps me to prioritise areas of my life so I’m not left stressing over the important things at the last minute and reminds me to add in some fun things too.

What Makes Me Happy

This list is a great for de-stressing, It reminds me that whatever other rubbish is going on in my life or around the world there are still quite a lot of things that make me happy. I often write 3 things in my diary that have made me happy that day, no matter how small it may seem, it’s something personal to me and has put a smile on my face.

What I’m Grateful For

I can very often over look some of the good things I have in my life, I can easily sit there and list off things I wish I had or was doing, so by writing a list of things that are already in my life that I’m so grateful for can help me refocus my mind and not think about all the negative things that may be happening to me at the time.

What I like About Myself

I find this list the hardest one to write, it’s easy to list all the things I don’t like about myself, so why do I find it difficult the other way round? But when I think of at least 3 things I like about myself it gives my self esteem a real boost!

Things That Motivate Me

I’m sure the list of things that motivate me will be very similar to yours, so when I’m feeling really lazy and need a kick up the backside I’ll go straight to my list to get me going again. I also have a list of people who motivate me, the ones that believe in me and that I can achieve everything I would like to achieve in life, so I’ll turn to those people for help and advice. A certain goal I’m aiming for can also help motivate me and help me refocus with what I’m meant to be doing.

Do you like to write lists? What ones really help you to refocus in your life?

 

 

 

 

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Christmas 2016

It’s really starting to feel like Christmas now, with just over a week to go until the fun really begins and our families get together for the holidays and drive each other mad after only a few hours, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As soon as December 1st arrived I dug out last years Christmas jumper and my decorations went up, I’ve even put a small tree in my office to make it look a bit more festive in there as this is where I spend a lot of my time.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

I’ve finished wrapping up all of my Christmas presents, written out all the cards and queued up in the Post Office to send gifts for family and friends who live far way. This year, for close family members I decided to have some photos printed into Christmas cards. I chose four of my favourite pictures that Adrian has taken while out with his camera. The berries and robin photos were taken in our back garden, the one of the shop is a local one in town all lit up for Christmas and the deer photo was taken in the woods near to where we live. I was then able to write my own special message inside to make it a bit more personal.

At the end of November Adrian and I went into town to watch the Christmas lights switch on. It was freezing cold so I wrapped up in my thick Parka jacket, my faux fur lined boots and popped on my new woolly bobble hat, I wanted to have fun, not stand there shivering all night! It was already packed with people by the time we got there and there were plenty of stalls and entertainers to keep us all amused while we waited. The first thing I did was head to Costa and treat myself to a festive hot chocolate, like I said, I wanted to be warm. Then at 6.15pm the count down began, and on the count of one…….nothing! There was a technical glitch, whoops, luckily everyone was in good spirits so we counted down again and this time it worked. There was a local band playing all the old Christmas songs we know and love, so everyone was having a good old dance and sing along (slightly merrily and out of tune, haha!)

Dennis came along for the evening to entertain all the children and he even put his fairy lights on to get in the festive spirit!

Christmas 2016

My cousin has been staying with me for the last few weeks and we’ve generally been having a wonderful time doing loads of fun things together. We went along to a Christmas market, which really put us both in a festive mood, obviously we had to sample a few of the mince pies and a glass of mulled wine. We also paid a visit to Home Bargains so that I could pick up a few things for a Christmas get together at my house next week.  This time I bought the Wickfords Apple and Spice candle, which smells gorgeous and 100 fairy lights to hang round my living room. So that evening I sat with my feet up, eating a mince pie and watching Miracle On 34th Street while Adrian hung them up! It was the first time I’d watched this feel good Christmas film, if you’ve not seen it then I highly recommend you give it a go, you’ll love it! My cousin and I both had our eyebrows threaded ready for any photos over Christmas, plus I finally got round to having my hair trimmed and roots redone, which was long over due, luckily I’ve been able to wear a hat to hide any dark patches, hurray for hats! It’s been lovely having my cousin stay and enjoying some female company, although I’d forgotten how long she takes to get ready in the bathroom in the mornings!

I had planned on doing Blogmas, but then I got poorly with this dreaded flu like bug that’s been going around and I’d had a few personal issues to deal with so I really wasn’t able to focus on much at all. When I did start to feel better I was so far behind and couldn’t think of anything new that wasn’t being done already. I am really cross with myself as I wanted my blog to be so much better than last year as I’d only done a few posts by this point in 2015.

As well as having loads of fun over the Christmas period I will also so be taking some time to remember close members of my family who are no longer with us and after dinner on Christmas Day I’ll be raising a drink to them all.

 

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silver snowflake jewellery from jewellerybox

Are you feeling festive yet? It’s the most wonderful time of the year and definitely a time to get all the sparkles out.

Jewellerybox is an online retailer based in London and they have the most adorable festive items for you to choose from, all at affordable prices. They have wonderful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and so much more, there is literally something that will suit everyone’s style. There’s even the option of having an item personalised if you’re buying a gift for someone else.

I love adding a sparkly piece of jewellery to complete my outfit whatever the occasion but I also enjoy adding an element of fun with my accessories around Christmas time. You can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful necklace  and cute pair of earrings from Jewellerybox. Honestly, you really will fall in love with everything on their website because I certainly did!

earings and necklace from jewellerybox.com

The first item of jewellery in my package is this sweet pair of Sterling Silver Snowflake Stud Earrings. They are so simple and delicate and I have already worn them loads this week. The earrings can be worn on their own or with the matching necklace and still look stunning. They really will add a festive touch to any outfit but I think they will still look gorgeous worn during other times of the year too.

The next item in my package is this adorable 18 inch Sterling Silver Snowflake necklace. I think it’s such a beautiful piece of jewellery. The length of the chain is just perfect and the pendant measures about 0.8 cm in height, it’s such a simple and delicate necklace, but perfect for Christmas time. Again, it can be worn on it’s own or paired with the matching earrings and still look gorgeous. I’ve worn it a few times this week and have had people comment on how pretty it is! I’m absolutely in love with this necklace, I think it’s too cute just be be worn at Christmas, don’t you?

Each piece of jewellery comes in a shabby chic style box and then each box is wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string with a little tag. I absolutely love it!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the quality of the necklace and earrings, I’ll definitely be wearing them a lot more over the coming months!

So if you’re looking for some fun, festive jewellery then I really recommend checking out jewellerybox.co.uk as they have some absolutely gorgeous pieces in stock. They would also make the perfect smaller gift for someone or a Secret Santa present, whoever receives them I’m sure will just love them as much as I do.

*This post contains PR items that have been gifted to me

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winter-haul

With Winter (and Christmas!) just around the corner I recently picked up a few little treats to make me feel a little bit more warm and cosy during the cold weather.

I’ve been super organised this year and have already bought my Christmas presents but I agreed to go shopping with my friend to help her choose gifts for people, also to stop her over spending which is not always a good idea. Instead I came home with a few replacement items and some new additions! Isn’t that just typical, never mind, we both had a fantastic day out with lots of laughs and a few cups of coffee to keep us both going!

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I don’t know about you, but socks are the one thing that seem to go walk abouts in my house, never to seen again! I think the sock devil comes in during the night and steals them so I’m left with a drawer full of odd socks.

As soon as I come home I like to snuggle up in my pyjamas and a pair of fluffy socks, especially around this time of year, so while we were in New Look I picked up 3 pairs of fun, festive socks to keep my feet warm. New Look have so many adorable socks in at the moment. I think the fluffy Father Christmas ones have to be my favourite pair.

My friend disappeared off to the changing room to try something on, I know just what you’re thinking, I was supposed to stop her over spending but what could I do, she just vanished! Anyway, I was distracted by this gorgeous pair of tartan pyjama bottoms, they feel extremely soft and have a drawstring waist which is great when you just want to be comfortable at home. I bought the pink and grey checked pair from New Look last year and  was so pleased with them, I thought I’d go for something a little different to my usual pastels and choose a more colourful option for this winter. I can tell I’m going to love wearing these.

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Staying with the warm feet theme, I’ve wanted a pair of  fun slippers for ages and used a own a pair of monster feet ones years ago, but they got worn so much they eventually fell apart and ever since then I’ve had “grown up” slippers. This pair of cute fluffy cat slippers was hanging up next to the pyjamas and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. I just can’t get over how soft they are and they’ll be just the perfect thing to keep my feet nice and toasty in the evenings. My cat’s not very impressed with them though!

Next we went into Home Bargains, now I love shopping in this store and have been known to spend hours in there eyeing up all their cute homeware and stationery items. I usually come out with far too much stuff but for once I only bought two things, yay well done to me!

I have a large collection of hats but I picked up this neutral coloured, thick woolly bobble hat to keep my head warm when I’m out for a weekend stroll, it almost matches a woolly scarf that I already own so they’ll both look perfect with my thick parka jacket and boots, and keep me nice and snug.

Of course I couldn’t come home without picking up this large Mulled Wine candle in a glass jar, it smells absolutely divine. I already have a couple of these in different fragrances and for the price I think they are pretty amazing. The mulled wine candle will make my room smell so wonderful throughout December.

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During my shopping trip I also picked up a couple more candles to add to my collection as I love burning them in the evening, it creates a certain ambiance in the room and really does make me feel warm and cosy. The mini Cinnamon Spice candle smells amazing and reminds me of my kitchen after I’ve been baking cakes, so you can imagine how much I love the smell of this candle. The Christmas Spice candle not only smells gorgeous, with more of a warm spicy smell rather than a sweet fragrance, but comes  in a deep red class jar and when the candle is lit it creates beautiful patterns around the room. I think this one will be seeing a lot of use when I’m enjoying a nice relaxing bath on a Winter pamper night!

I hope you enjoyed seeing everything that I picked up during my recent Mini Autumn/Winter Haul. Let me know what items you’ve bought lately.

 

Pyjama bottoms New Look £12.99

Santa Socks New Look  £3.99

Gingerbread Men socks New Look £2.49

Penguin socks New Look £2.49

Cat Slippers ~ New Look  £14.99

Bobble Hat ~ Home Bargains £4.99

Mulled Wine candle ~ Home Bargains £2.99

Cinnamon Spice candle ~ Wilko £1.00

Christmas Spice candle ~ Sainsbury’s £5.00

 

 

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