Thursday, 28 December 2017

What I Got For Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas! I hope you've all had a lovely and relaxing few days full of food & drink. I'm going to keep this blog post short and sweet as I've got a few posts planned on my reflections on 2017 and all my plans for 2018, but for now I love being nosy and seeing what everyone got for Christmas (if you've done a blog post then please leave me a link!) so I thought I'd share my gifts with you too.

My family don't really go mad on presents and usually give me money so I can buy things for myself, and this year I bought quite a lot in the sales so I have included that below too...

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The Best of Supermarket Beauty

With the amount of beauty stores and websites to browse these days, supermarkets may be the last place you expect to pick up a new beauty buy. Now with many supermarkets bringing out their own ranges of luxury products, adding a budget caviar night cream or luxury body scrub may not be a last-minute trolley dash but actually a find worth shouting about.

I've always loved browsing the beauty aisles in supermarkets and discovering a bargain buy, but supermarket-own brands have been dominating headlines this year. Whether it's due to tighter budgets or the rise of the high street, a lot of people seem to be turning away from high-end price tags and embracing bargain brands.

Monday, 18 December 2017

My Favourite Cleansing Balms

With winter playing havoc with my skin and office air conditioning sucking the life out of it, my dry face feels like it’s taken a complete battering this Winter.

Combined with harsh cleansers stripping away moisture at the end of the day, my skin really doesn’t feel like it’s getting any TLC at the moment. After trying out coconut oil as a makeup remover recently, I’ve become interested in different cleansing balms. Cleansing balms are a great way of nourishing and moisturising skin while also removing makeup and any built up grime and dirt.

There are a number of benefits to using cleansing balms. As well as not drying out the skin, if you’re the type who doesn’t like washing your face then a lot of cleansing balms don’t require water. Just massage in, wipe away and let the leftover goodness soak in – doubling as both a cleanser and a night cream.

Some of my current favourite cleansing balms include:

  • Pixi Double Cleanse - This cult product is the brainchild of skincare guru Caroline Hirons. Double Cleanse has been raved about for years and I can't believe I've only just tried it. It is a two-step cleanser consisting of a solid oil to melt away makeup and a gentle cleansing cream for a deep cleanse. I love using this after a night out to ensure my skin is thoroughly clean!
  • Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm - If you've tried Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish you will LOVE this. Controversial opinion but I'm not a huge fan of Cleanse and Polish, I find it dries my skin out too much, whereas the benefit of a balm instead of a cleansing cream is that it keeps it moisturised. Most cleansing balms come as a solid that you need to warm up in your hands to melt, but this is a thick liquid that comes in a squeezy bottle. It is made up of Shea, Mango and Cocoa Butter (so smells amazing!) and it rich in vitamins and essential acids that plump the skin. I was surprised to find oat powder in here too so it exfoliates the skin as it cleanses too. It also comes with a muslin cloth that acts as a hot cloth cleanser.
  • Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Facial Cleansing Balm - This is ideal for sensitive skin as it is fragrance free and non-greasy. It quickly melts into the skin and swipes away makeup. It contains Abyssinian oil (a turbo charged version of argan oil) to help moisturise skin replace essential skin lipids without blocking pores. This is no hassle and no fuss with gentle cleansing! 

*Post contains PR Samples

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Why a Winter Holiday is now a must for me

Working in the travel industry outside of blogging, I’m always keeping an eye on trending holiday destinations and try to cram in as many trips as possible throughout the year. Whether it’s a weekend city break or a long-haul holiday to the beach I love to get away from the dreary British weather.

I was recently lucky enough to travel to St. Kitts in the Caribbean with my work and, while it felt a little odd sunbathing in 28 degree sunshine in December for the first time, it was a welcome change from the rain, snow and freezing temperatures in England!

In St. Kitts I stayed at the new Park Hyatt resort, taking full advantage of their swimming pools and beach access, and got to go ziplining through the rainforest as well as exploring the island’s culture and history.

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