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My Perfect Pamper Night Routine

Everyone needs a good old pampering session once in a while. Taking time to relax and completely switch off from the outside world does wonders for me, making 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 rubbish week. Not only does it do my body good by using all my favourite beauty treats but also helps clear my mind, making me see things a lot clearer and feeling better about myself.

Here’s how I spend my perfect pamper night.

Candles

I light some gorgeous smelling candles to help me to relax, some of my favourite ones have come from Home Bargains. This one I bought while visiting the Hitchin Lavender Farm and it smells divine.

Music

I’ll pop on some relaxing music, I have a playlist on Spotify with a selection of my favourite tunes for a pamper night.

Tea

I then like to make a huge mug of tea as I find this instantly makes me feel better. Let’s face it, a mug of tea cures everything (or so they say).

Skincare

I’ll take my mug of tea into the bathroom, along with my mobile so I can carry on listening to music while I do my skincare routine. At the moment I’m using Liz Earle’s Lavender and Rose 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.

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! My current favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask and you can find out what other products I’m loving in my May Beauty Favourites post.

A Bath

Next, I run a bath and pop in one of my favourite bath products, which right now is anything from Sanctuary Spa or Roger & Gallet. 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.

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.

The facial oil I’m obsessed with is the Beauty Sleep Elixir from Beuti Skincare. You may be interested in reading my full review. My first bottle was kindly sent to me by the brand but I have since bought the Sleep Elixir out of my own money.

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. At the moment I love getting cosy in this ultra soft pink hoody and shorts set from Boux Avenue.

You may also be interested in what Femme Luxe Loungewear* I’m wearing at home.

Nails

This is the time I like to paint my nails, at the moment I love wearing Millennial Pink from Essence Cosmetics which is an absolute bargain at £1.69 in Wilkos. I’ll 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 Lemon and Ginger 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, while enjoying my chocolate treats, ooooh delicious!

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

What’s your favourite way to relax in the evenings?

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My Current Hair Care Routine

When it comes to my beauty routine my hair care is just as important as skincare. I love having long hair, but it can take a lot of looking after. I’ve tried many products over the years but now I tend to stick with ones I know work well with my hair type.

One of the best things I’ve ever done for my hair is to have a regular trim. I get mine cut roughly every 8 weeks at Style Me Hairdressing Ltd to get rid of any dry, split ends. I’ve been going there for almost four years, the staff are wonderful, they really do make me feel at home and I’m always extremely happy with my style.

No matter how much I try to look after my hair you can guarantee I have days when it’s just full on frizz. I love using Kérastase Elixir Ultime Rose Hair Oil to smooth away any frizzy ends and give it a healthy looking shine. This oil is also a treatment to deeply nourish your hair, with a blend of White Tea extracts and Camellia and Marula Oils.

I’ve loved using Lee Stafford Coco LoCo Heat Protection Mist it’s become one of my hair styling essentials, it’s a super lightweight spray that protects my hair from any damage when I’m using the hairdryer or straighteners. It makes my hair look super shiny and healthy while keeping my style in place for longer.

I’ve used a variety of different products to wash my hair but always go back to the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. Having coloured and heat treated hair, I find both of these help protect my hair, leaving it feeling soft, nourished and clean. They contain UVA and UVB filters which help protect my hair against the sun and stops my colour fading as quickly.

When my hair does need a little extra TLC I use the hair mask from the same range. It gives my hair a deep condition without weighing it down and I’ll leave it on over night, then wash it off the next morning.

I always have a bottle of dry shampoo for those days when my hair needs a lift but I can’t be bothered to wash or style it. I discovered this one from the Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo CoConut range a few years ago and I’ve loved using it ever since. It doesn’t leave my hair looking white and powdery but it does soak up any greasy areas at the roots without leaving it feeling dry.

It’s no secret that I’m not as naturally blonde as I currently am, I’m more of a mousy blonde. I’m not the most patient of people and couldn’t sit in a hair salon to have my hair coloured. I’ve been using Clairol Nice and Easy in the shade SB1 for quite a while and love the natural blonde tone. It’s easy to apply in the privacy of your own bathroom and doesn’t dry out my hair. It also comes with a CC cream conditioner which leaves my hair feeling beautifully soft.

Redken Color Extend Blondage purple shampoo has been an absolute saviour for my blonde hair and getting rid of brassy tones. Twice a week I mix a little in with my regular shampoo and leave it on for around 5 minutes. No brassy or yellow tones, just a natural blonde and looks as though my hair has been freshly coloured. The actual condition of my hair feels soft and nourished and this shampoo helps my hair colour last that bit longer.

I try to leave my hair to dry as naturally as possible and go for as long as I can between washes. I use these cream and rose gold Remington straighteners and hairdryer for creating a number of different styles. They not only look beautiful but achieve exactly what style I’m after without paying the earth. Both the round brush and paddle brush are also from Remington.

Occasionally I’ll use heated rollers to create soft, romantic curls. I leave them in my hair to cool down and by the time I’ve finished doing my makeup and getting ready my hair style is done with minimum effort.

A wet brush is one of my Hair Styling Essentials

There’s nothing worse than trying to drag a comb through wet knotted hair, I’ve tried various different brushes which seemed to do more damage than good. The Wet Brush is brilliant for combing through towel dried hair before I style it. It’s gentle and glides through any knots or tangles without pulling your hair.

What products do you have in your hair care routine? Do you apply your own colour or have it done at the salon?

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Beauty Favourites: May 2020

Spending all my time at home during the last few months meant I didn’t need to purchase any new makeup. Instead, I’ve chosen to make extra time for my beauty routine, as well as using up products I was saving for “best”.

I’ve kept my makeup to a minimum and I’ve been applying a little of the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. It feels light as a feather on my skin yet gives a natural coverage and my complexion a healthy glow. It comes in a powder format and blends into a beautiful creamy consistency using the buffing brush. It’s super quick to apply and kind to your skin.

You know those products that are just so wonderful, you keep them for best? Well that’s what I’d been doing with these beauties from Roger & Gallet I’d received for my birthday. After recent events I’ve decided life’s too short for that, so I’ve been using them for my morning routine to make it feel a little more indulgent.

I’ve really enjoyed using the Rose Mignonnerie Shower Gel, it’s a great way to feel totally energized first thing in the morning. I personally love a light rose fragrance as it fits well with my feminine style. It’s a plant based formula enriched with aloe vera and makes my skin feel soft and hydrated. I have sensitive skin and this is gentle enough that it didn’t cause any irritation and still left my body feeling cleansed.

The Rose Soothing & Nourishing Body Lotion is super luxurious yet has an ultra light texture. It absorbs into your skin quickly, leaving it feeling smooth and silky soft. It contains Almond Milk and Nepal Rose, both are naturally moisturising ingredients and help to hydrate and soothe your skin. It smells absolutely divine, with a sensuous rose aroma of Nepal Rose, Peony and Almond.

I was a huge fan of the original Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, so when I ran out I replaced it with the Rose and Lavender one. It was originally launched as a limited edition in 2012, but it turned out to be incredibly popular that this became a permanent addition to their range.

As with the original Cleanse and Polish, the rich creamy formula gently removes daily grime and make up, even stubborn waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin beautifully smooth and thoroughly cleansed. I simply massage 1-2 pumps onto dry skin and then remove it with a warm facecloth. I adore the delicate fragrance of pure Damask rose petal and French lavender essential oils, making it feel like a mini facial every time I’ve used it.

Usually I don’t get on well with clay masks, my skin finds them too drying. I recently made a purchase on the Charlotte Tilbury website and got a free mini sample of the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, so I gave it a try to see what all the fuss was about. My reaction was simply “wow”. My skin didn’t feel tight, it felt soft and hydrated, and my complexion looked brighter after just one use. Not getting out of the house was starting to have an affect on my skin so I treated myself to the full sized product and added it to my pamper routine. The ingredients include Vitamin C for brightening, Sweet Almond Oil to help nourish your skin and is rich in Omega 3 and Rosehip Oil to help revitalise the appearance of your complexion.

If you’ve ever had a self tanning disaster you’ll know how frustrating it is, especially after you’ve gone through the effort of preparing and exfoliating your skin and following the guidelines.

I fell in love with Vita Liberata two years ago after trying their tanning mouse, so I was excited to see they’d brought out a tanning mist and decided to give it a go. With the current situation I don’t have any travel plans this year but still wanted that holiday tan, to be honest I’m not one for basking in the sun anyway. The Vita Liberata Self Tanning Mist is super easy to apply and dries in 1-2 minutes for a rich, natural-looking result within 4-6 hours. The beauty of this mist is that you can customise how deep you want your tan the moment it’s dried with a second application. It’s the best one I’ve used so far to achieve either a subtle sun kissed glow or a deep beach bronze, depending on what look I’m after.

What beauty or self care products have you been enjoying lately? Let me know in the comments below.

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Lockdown Looks: Femme Luxe Loungewear*

If you’d have asked me a couple of months back what I was wearing around the house I’d most likely have said a pair of pjs or baggy grey T-shirt and faded black leggings on cleaning days. The word loungewear wasn’t a thing in my house.

Then the country went into lockdown and everything changed, especially my moods. One day I’d feel I could take on every task known to man, the next all I’d want to do was wrap up in a throw and sleep for days.

I made the decision to change the way I dress while I’m at home and do you know what, it definitely made a difference to how I felt. By getting dressed everyday I had more motivation and I was getting a heck of a lot more jobs done. So I ordered a few tops and matching joggers, but being at home 24/7 these weren’t going to be enough to last me through the whole of lockdown.

Then Femme Luxe* got in contact and asked if they could send me a few pieces from their loungewear collection. When the package arrived I immediately tried everything on, they looked stylish and I felt super comfortable.

I love the loose fitting style of these peach joggers, they fit beautifully, I felt extremely comfortable lounging around the house and didn’t want to take them off. The material is slightly heavier than the other sets but it’s oh so soft next to my skin. The colour is so pretty and looks amazing styled with a plain white top. They also have deep pockets which is great if you’re someone who likes to carry your mobile on the journey from sofa to fridge! I paired them with this oversized T-shirt from Femme Luxe, I love how good the two look together. If peach isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know they also come in a range of other colours.

I love the shape of this grey loungewear set, the short sleeve boxy style of the top makes it easy to wear yet looks chic and stylish while you stick on headphones and listen to a podcast or two. The trousers are cropped with a straight leg, but oh so comfy. The material is stretchy making it easy to curl up on the sofa and get stuck into a must see box set. I wanted to have at least one set in a neutral shade, grey being my obvious choice, but there are loads more styles in the black loungewear collection.

No surprise that I opted for a rose loungewear set, I literally squealed with delight when I saw they had one in just the right shade. The top is the same boxy, short sleeve design as the grey ones, only the rose one has a deep v-neck. Being on the bustier side, I find this neck line more flattering than a crew neck. The matching cropped, straight leg trousers are just as comfortable. Both the rose pink and grey trousers have pockets, they’re not deep enough to keep your mobile in but great for somewhere to put your hands in a photo! Femme Luxe have some other amazing styles in their rose loungewear collection.

Who’d have thought I’d ever be wearing a pair of bright pink tie dye joggers, I certainly didn’t. Yet I bloomin love these, they fit in the most flattering way a pair of jogging bottoms ever could. I often suffer with bloating around the tummy and these hide it so well, I even felt confident enough to actually tuck in a T-shirt, normally I leave it loose. Yes, the shade of pink is brighter that I’d usually wear but it’s a fun colour and I feel happy when I wear them, that’s what we want right now. The material is thinner than the peach ones so great for warmer days. I styled them with the same white oversized T-shirt as before, yet they look equally fab with a white vest top or hoody. It’s definitely worth checking through other colours from their joggers collection.

What are you wearing during lockdown? Have you ventured into loungewear sets? Let me know in the comments below.

*These items were kindly gifted to me by Femme Luxe but all views are my own.

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Lockdown Life: What I’ve Been Doing During Isolation

In some ways March and April seemed like a complete washout, I felt like I was on set of Groundhog Day, only this was real life. One minute I was making arrangements with a friend choosing where to meet for coffee the following week, the next minute we were in Lockdown.

Some days I’ve really struggled and felt mentally and physically exhausted that I couldn’t even get out of bed. I made the mistake of watching every thing on the news and reading all the stuff about the virus on social media. My anxiety went through the roof and I was having irrational thoughts, some reduced me to tears. I’m use to staying indoors for long periods but this was like nothing I’d experienced before. It helped to talk to friends and family by telephone or Skype, to know that they were safe and we’d see each other real soon.

I wanted to focus on the positive things in life, however small. We’ve been out in the front garden every Thursday evening at 8pm to clap for our NHS staff and many other key workers. Our neighbours are in a band called Pink Champagne and they played Over The Rainbow. It was a wonderful atmosphere in support of some truly amazing people.

I had a lovely surprise a few weeks ago when a bouquet of flowers from Bloom and Wild dropped through my letterbox. My cousin had arranged for them to be sent as we’d only been chatting on the phone a few days before and she knew I’d not been feeling great, how kind and thoughtful of her to send me some of my favourite peonies.

Like everyone else our plans for Easter had to change rather quickly. We were due to have a family lunch but instead Adrian and I had an Easter lunch together at home. I had a few treats while getting ready in the morning and still wanted to make an effort by wearing a pretty dress with some natural makeup. We finished the day watching Disney films and old black and white movies, then fell asleep on the sofa.

We had planned to attend a street party to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. As this was cancelled Adrian and I chose to have a vintage style afternoon tea in our lounge, it was lovely and the food was rather delicious.

If you’d like to see more from our afternoon tea then you may like to read my post VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations.

Whenever there is a crisis, either personal or national, I love to organise and de-clutter, I find it extremely therapeutic. Sometimes it’s my desk drawers and others it’s a full blown bedroom deep clean, but during April I did the lot. My wardrobe is back to being organised and colour coded, I rearranged items on shelves in every room, then cleaned and de-cluttered the kitchen cupboards and work tops. I came across a Valentines Day card from Adrian with a print of The Eiffel Tower on the front, I’ve put it in a gold frame as it goes perfectly with other prints already on my bedroom wall.

As much as I love wearing feminine dresses I’ve really gotten into loungewear during lockdown. I’m totally in love with this pink tie dye hoody and shorts set from Boux Avenue and it’s the softest thing I’ve ever felt. It’s literally like wearing pjs all day.

You may also be interested in Spring Outfits I’m Wearing Right Now.

This hand held steamer is one of those random things that turn out to be one of the best purchases ever. It’s practical, lightweight and comes in rose gold. It saves me having to use the iron just for one linen or cotton dress that’s a little creased from being in the wardrobe, and it’s even small enough to pack it in your suitcase on holiday. It’s an all round winner!

How have you been coping during lockdown? Are you still going out to work or working from home?

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