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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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Leighton Denny Nails AW18 Modern Bohemia Collection

Leighton Denny Nails Modern Bohemia Collection

As soon as we’re into those first few weeks of Autumn I love to switch up my nail colours and start wearing much deeper, richer shades. If I’m honest, I’m not great at applying nail polish. For years I had gels to save me the hassle of reapplying chipped nail polish and over time it ruined the condition of my nails, and was costing me a fortune every time I had them done. Now I love spending time painting my own nails, I find it therapeutic, plus it’s so much easier if I get bored with whatever shade I’m wearing  or I see a brand bring out a new colour nail polish and it makes less of a dent on my bank balance!

Having said that, I expect an awful lot from a nail polish, I can’t sit still long enough so it needs to dry pretty quickly, it needs to be easy to apply and last longer than a few days. I don’t want to have chipped nails on show, so if I have to keep reapplying it every 5 minutes the bottle’s going to sit in a drawer and never get used.

Leighton Denny Nails Modern Bohemia Collection

I have quite a large collection of nail polishes which includes just about every colour under the sun. I was extremely excited to try the new Modern Bohemia Collection from Leighton Denny Nails* which includes 5 brand new shades for Autumn 2018. A few weeks back I was lucky enough to be sent 3 colours to try, I think you’ll agree they are absolutely stunning.

The Modern Bohemia Collection is inspired by the bohemian free spirit and are rich in colour, resembling luxe fabric, echoing confidence and individuality. Each polish cost £12 and in just two coats you have beautiful glossy nails. The shades look super rich and dries really quickly, which is great if you’re in a hurry or impatient like me and don’t want to smudge your nails. The soft, flat brush adapts to the shape of your nail, making it glide on really smoothly and doesn’t leave any streaks.

These polishes last incredibly well, my nails were still chip free after a week, but I’m more impressed that after two weeks the polish on my toe nails still looked as though I’d applied it that day. Fantastic, if it can survive me knocking into everything and scraping my nails against stuff, then it can survive anything.

I’m extremely impressed with the quality of Leighton Denny Nails but the Modern Bohemia Collection is my favourite from the brand so far. I’ve totally fallen in love with these shades, Bohemian Spirit (grey), Vintage Chic (purple) and Eclectic Vibe (green). They look amazing with all my new Autumn clothes, almost like an accessory on their own. If you do change your mind and fancy wearing a different shade the polish comes off easily with your usual nail polish remover soaked on a cotton pad. No faffing required.

Leighton Denny are fast becoming one of my favourite brands for nail polishes. I definitely need to add a few more shades to my collection.

Which colour do you like best? What’s your favourite nail colour to wear during Autumn or Winter?

*This post contains PR samples
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imPRESS Nails: The No Hassle Manicure

imPRESS Nails

I love having my nails painted, they are part of my normal beauty routine and I’ve found some amazing brands that do actually stay on longer than a few days before they start to chip. When it comes to false nails, that’s where I get in a mess. I remember the very first set of stick on nails I tried as a teenager, the sticky bit was this tiny bit of tape and the nails literally fell off within a few hours. A few years later I gave a different set a try, this time the shape was the problem as none of the false nails seem to fit  properly around my deep nail beds.

However I think I have found a false nail winner with imPRESS Nails.

imPRESS Nails

I was very kindly send two packs of imPRESS Nails to try, one in Power Up*, a deep purple with a gold glittery option, and Swept Away*, a bold red with a black and white polka dot option, both packs look absolutely gorgeous and are right up my street.

imPRESS nails come with the sticky back already in place so no fiddling around with any glue. All I needed to do was find the right size for each nail, peel the clear tab away from the sticky backing and gently press the nail into place. It couldn’t have been any easier, I was so impressed at how simple it was and it literally took me ten minutes. The imPress Nails felt so secure, obviously false nails have advanced a lot since I tried my first set. They were still well and truly stuck on three days later, for me that’s pretty good going. The nails survived me opening packages, washing my hair, even popping out medication from the blister pack which is usually were I’d chip normal nail polish.

imPRESS Nails

I chose to apply Power Up as I think it’s a stunning shade to match my Autumn outfits, I kept turning my hand back and forth like you do when you’ve just had your nails professionally manicured. I also think Swept Away is a beautiful shade, so I’m saving that one to wear on Christmas Day. ImPress Nails are available in a vast range of colours so there’s bound to be something to suit your style. Each set costs £7.99 and you get 30 nails in each pack, so you should find a perfect match to fit. If you have a night out or special occasion coming up, maybe you just fancy having beautifully manicured nails for once without the hassle of going to a salon, then I definitely recommend imPRESS Nails. You can purchase them from Superdrug. in store or online, I’ll definitely be picking up a few more sets for some events I have over the next few months.

Items marked with a * have very kindly been sent to me in exchange for a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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