Friday, 28 December 2018

Products for a better night's sleep

One of my main resolutions going into 2019 is going to get more sleep. Towards the end of 2018 I found there was a big rise in wellness and a trend for investing in better quality products to both aid and monitor sleep. I'm all too guilty of heading off to bed with all good intentions of getting some shut eye then spending hours scrolling through Instagram.

With what feels like my brain constantly ticking over and not letting myself switch off, I've recently been testing out some products that claim to help you sleep and wake up refreshed. This Works is best known for its classic lavender Pillow Spray and they now do a range of products to help you drift off...the Dream to Sleep gift set is currently in the Christmas sale and is just £24.50 (reduced from £35), containing a 75ml Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, 120ml Deep Sleep Night Oil, and eyemask. The Deep Sleep oil is a hydrating body oil infused with lavender. The pillow spray is now one of my essential items and I use it every night.

Lush Sleep Body Lotion is another lavender-scented product that claims to aid sleep. I had read so much about it online I was intrigued to see if it actually works and am pleased to say it does! I rub this all over my body after a bath in the evenings and the scent is so relaxing.

I'd also read a lot about sleep lamps and wondered how much they could help with sleep as most came with a hefty price tag. I tried out the Philips Wake-Up Light (Currently £95 reduced from £149) as this seemed to be the best value option. The light is inspired by sunrise and gradually increases from a soft red through orange then to a bright yellow light to fill the room with light. This helps your body to wake up naturally in the mornings. You can also choose an accompanying sound to help you wake up in the mornings, whether you want birds tweeting, gentle instruments or just your FM Radio. I especially like the light on this as I can also have it on in the evenings when I'm reading in bed and it has a dim, subtle light rather than a harsh bright light which would keep me awake. The clock function means I can use it as my bedside clock and it has a built in alarm clock. I was dubious when I got this at first but it really does help me to wake up naturally in the mornings and feel refreshed.

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Sunday, 23 December 2018

Calm in the city

Since moving to London I dash around everywhere walking ten times faster, my impatience has skyrocketed, and I seem to constantly find my shoulders tensed up by my ears. I don’t know what it is about this city that seems to induce so much stress but often I’ll be walking down the street and think, ‘oh god I’ve forgotten to take a breath recently’.

The importance of slowing down and taking some time out is vital, so every now and then I love to escape for a little relaxation and pamper time. London may seem like constant hustle and bustle but there are some gems in the city that are ideal for getting away from it all.

I recently came across the spa at K West Hotel, a calming oasis just a few minutes’ walk away from the madness of Christmas shopping at the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Winter skincare favourites

The arrival of winter means dry, sensitive, and irritated skin so I do a complete skincare rotation. Throughout the colder months I need to use more hydrating products and add in serums to lock in moisture.

After cleansing my skin I'll sweep Pixi Rose Tonic over my face. You may have heard of Pixi Glow Tonic but this new toner is completely is a rose-based toner that hydrates skin and netralises PH to soothe. I'll then use a serum like The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid or if my skin is particularly dry I'll use Dr Organic Snail Gel, from Holland and Barrett. Now, the thought of putting gel from snails onto your face may seem completely strange BUT it is great for your skin. This gel smooths and softens skin and is mixed with Aloe Vera.

Indeed Hydration Booster is also a great multi-use product that you can either pop directly onto your skin or mix with your favourite moisturiser or foundation for an extra boost of moisture.

When it comes to moisturiser I use different products for day and night, my favourite daytime moisturiser is the new launch from Murad Skincare - Nutrient Charged Water Gel. This is oil-free so suitable for all skin types and locks in moisture for up to five days. I love this as it plumps up my skin and hydrates without feeling thick or greasy. In the evenings I love the Lacura Caviar Night Cream from Aldi. This skincare range is such a bargain and feels like it is working to rehydrate skin overnight.

Finally, lipcare is an essential at winter and I am in love with these new mirror compacts from Lypsyl. They come in a range of great scents - Zingy Mandarin, Luxurious Vanilla, and Fresh Orange Blossom. They are just £4.99 and ideal for popping in your handbag for on the go touch-ups.

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Beauty favourites under £10

As I'm getting older and learning more about skincare I tend to invest in higher end, quality skincare. However, there are still some high street and better value brands around that I think deliver just as much quality without the high price tags.

Here are some of my favourite beauty products that are all a bargain and come in under £10...

Essence mascara - I have already written a blog post about how much I love these mascaras which are around £3.50 from Wilko. They lengthen and curl lashes and deliver just as good results as more expensive brands.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid - Deciem brand The Ordinary has become a huge hit for delivering high-quality skincare with simple ingredients and packaging. One product I can't live without is the Hyaluronic Acid serum, a super hydrating serum that I use daily under moisturiser. It is a bargain at £6 and I often buy it in bulk so I always have some to hand.

Revolution Pro Foundation - Make Up Revolution is one of my absolute favourite high street makeup brands and the company introduced its 'Pro' range last year. This full coverage foundation will cover any blemishes while still feeling lightweight and is just £7 from Superdrug.

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette - Sleek is another makeup brand that delivers great quality products for value prices. This I-Divine palette costs £8.99 and there are seven different palettes available with different shade options. This particular palette is 'Au Naturel' which has 12 shades of super-pigmented, long-lasting natural bronze shades.

I Love Body Butter - I'm a huge fan of I Love Cosmetics' new home fragrances (candles and reed diffusers are ideeal for Christmas!) and they also do a range of body butters, scrubs, bath salts, and more in deelicious scents! While this English Rose is actually £12, their smaller tubs of body butter are just £4.99.

St Moriz Fast Response Tanning Mist - St Moriz tan reminds me of my university days when it was known as the "poor girl's St Tropez" and I'd always stock up on a bottle with my weekly shop. The brand has come a long way since then and has launched an ' Advanced Pro' range complete with ran remover, facial tanning drops, dry oil, exfoliating primer, and more. I love this tanning mist as you can just spritz it over your skin and you're done! This is just £5.99 from Superdrug.

Re-Gen Oil - Anyone who likes Bio Oil will LOVE this dupe (which comes as a handy continuous spray). I have very dry skin so need to moisturise daily but am extremely lazy and rarely have the time to stand around rubbing in moisturiser and waiting for it to dry. This works to reduce scars, stretch marks and dry skin and prices start from just £4.15.

Nivea Lip Balm - The original and still the best, Nivea Lip Balm is one of those products I just can't be without. It contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil to protect cracked lips. I probably own about 5 of these so I can always have to hand at my desk, in my handbag, and by my bedside table!

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