Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Ways to get to sleep after a stressful day!

Do you ever get those days that go by and you're just sitting in bed thinking a lot, and then getting stressed out that you can't sleep? Well I have been getting these a lot lately, whether it be things that have been going on in my life, a stressful day at work, or just being stressed in general. So today I thought would be the best day to give you some tips on how I have found my place to relax and yes one of them does include a baby bath product!!

1. Espa Restorative Bath Oil-  A deeply comforting, rebalancing blend to soothe, calm and uplift. I usually like to use this on the days when I feel really irritated and just can't seem to get my body in the right balance or frame of mind. I usually put 3 cap fulls of oil in to my warm bath, wait for the aromas to go around the bathroom a little bit and then just relaxing. It also helps a lot with my breathing, and I can honestly say, since I have been using this on a regular basis now, I usually end up getting in to bed putting the TV on and within 20 minutes I have gone in to a pretty deep sleep.

2. Johnson's Baby Bedtime Bath- OK this may seem a little crazy that this would even be on something like this as I know that there are a tun of other products out there that can help you relax before you sleep. But if you are on a budget or need a quick fix, I find this bubble bath to be amazing, I usually come out the bath and feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It doesn't work as much as what my ESPA oil does, but if you don't want to be getting out of a bath all oily then this gives you the right amount of bubbles and will just help you de stress.

3. Kalms Sleep tablets- So I wasn't to sure if I wanted to put these in or not, just because I find these to be an easy fix, but I will say if I am desperate to get some sleep and I know before I get in to bed that I am going to be over thinking as soon as my head hits that pillow and I know I have to be up at silly o'clock in the morning then I will take these, as they put you in to a natural sleep and all the ingredients are organic.

4. This is an app that you can get on your IPhone one that I have become engrossed it just before I go to bed I have been trying not to use my phone an hour before I go to sleep, so I can have some time away from any sort of electrical device, accept for my TV depending on whether I am reading a book or not. But this little app right here, just before bed will put your mind in to a complete relaxing state, they do different sessions, or you can put your timer on and just listen. You will soon feel extremely relaxed and your sleep will come naturally to you.

5.This Works: breathe in- This works products have to be one of the most amazing things that I have ever discovered. I am obsessed with the pillow spray, but unfortunately I have run out of that now. So I have this little roller ball that you put on your wrists and temples, and it has a slight lavender smell to it. It's extremely calming, and seems to put me in to a pretty deep sleep too. 

Another solution that I haven't put in the picture is a book, sometimes I like to just turn my phone off, until I go to sleep and need my alarm and just have 1 or 2 hours to myself to not think about the world and twitter,instagram and Facebook and all of those and just take time for me. When I read a book I go in to my own little world, especially on trains and while I'm laying in bed. It's time just to shut out everything that is going on around me and just imagine what it would be like to be in the story of that moment. I don't think anybody realises how much time we spend on our phones now and not actually talking to people. Especially when you go out for dinner and you see groups of people and there all on there phones, where has communication gone in this day in age!!

How do you relax? Do you have any specific methods that you use at all? Let me know in the comments below.


Monday, 21 April 2014

My Skin Life Saviours

This week I have been having so many problems with my skin it's been crazy for some reason it has been so sore and dry and just doesn't want to play! I think half of this has been down to the fact that I have been on a late shift and have just been waking up going to work and then coming home have dinner and going back to sleep, haven't had any time just to relax.

Origins have become one of my favourite products out there on the market at the moment, for some reason all of there products just agree to my skin and I my skin doesn't react at all which is like heaven for me, no more pain and beautiful skin at the end a girl can't complain about that hey!?!

Origins Drink Up-Intensive Overnight Mask
The best mask that is out there on the market for my skin at the moment, this has been a god send. My skin has been so dry it's been ridiculous, even though I moisturise every evening nothing has been working but if I go to sleep with this on by the morning my skin if perfectly smooth and smells divine!

Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturiser
This is in one of my top moisturisers that I like to use, I use it every evening and every morning before I apply my make up, it smells lovely and makes my skin feel lovely and smooth, it is one of those products that is always on my bed side cabinet and something that I try to remember to use all the time, although sometimes I do like to use this and then boost my skin a little bit more with the overnight mask so I know my skin is getting the nutrients it needs.

Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion
This is a product that I really do like and it does leave my skin feeling amazing ones I have cleansed and exfoliated it's nice just to pat this on my skin to leave it feeling fresh. The only problem I have with this product is that it gets wasted a lot more then what I would like it to because it doesn't have a pump with it and just pours out like water, I usually like to pour it on to a cotton pad and dab that on to my skin. Would be nice to put it in the palm or your hand and dab it on like that though, or even as a spray.

Bath and Body Works Aqua Blossom Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel
I hate to say it but I have become obsessed with Anti-Bacterial hand gel at the moment, I have been getting a lot of colds at work lately or not feeling 100% so I like to always make sure I have one of these in my bag so I know my hands will always be clean and away from germs, it has become a life saviour and touch wood I haven't had a cold or anything in a couple of weeks now so I hope it stays like it!!


Sunday, 20 April 2014

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Range

Coming home late from work everyday and needing a quick fix to my usual cleansing routine has become very popular at the moment I hate to say it, but my skin has been taking it's toll (sorry skin!). But it just so happens L'Oreal have brought out there L'Oreal Skin Perfection range, and it has now become my best friend of all time. It makes my life quick and easy and I can just come home and wipe my make up off with the micellar water, then tone and then add my moisturiser, and these have worked wonders.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water

I find this product to be amazing as I put a couple of drops on to a make up pad and then my make up just seems to come off so easily and without having to rub my eyes to much as well. It also makes my skin feel super soft after I have used it. I know there is a lot of hype at the moment over all the Micellar waters that are out on the market currently, but I have got to say this one has been the best for me, and I have gone through quite a few bottles of the stuff.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Velvety-Soft Toner

This product I am a little bit in between about at the moment, I have been using it for about 3 weeks now, and I defiantly wouldn't put it as one of my favourite products out there, it does the job beautifully, but I find that it does have a tenancy to leave my skin feeling a little bit sticky, and has the slight feel of being a little bit oily. I usually like to use toners that as soon as you put them on to your skin you feel fresh, but unfortunately this just doesn't come up top in my books sadly.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil
For me this product has taken me a little bit of getting used to at first I found it to really sting my eyes and make my face feel really sticky and I wasn't sure whether to keep going with it, or to just give up. But I have heard so many good reviews on facial oils I persuaded myself that it would be better for me to keep going with it, and now I love it. I put a couple of drops on you my hand wipe it around my face and then my eyes, and afterwards use a warm cloth to wipe it all away to leave my skin feeling super smooth. Sometimes I like to use the Micellar water afterwards just on my eyes to take of the excess that may still me visible on my eyelashes.

These have become a favourites of mine, and something that I do use as a quick fix to a normal cleanse routine, but I still like to use my Clairns cleanser as much as I can, and my skin does get a pamper every Sunday with a mask etc!

What sort of products do you all use as a quick fix? Any other recommendations? Let me know in the comments.


Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Do you ever get those times of the year, when the weather starts to change, which means your scalp starts to become really itchy and flaky and it makes you feel so insecure because you just can't get rid of it? This happened to me, and it was beginning to get out of control, so I decided I would get a well needed haircut and also see if the hairdressers would be able to give me any tips on this crazy snow cloud that I had going on in the front of my head that was beginning to make me feel insecure. Turns out it wasn't actually dandruff it was actually a dry, irritated scalp. The hairdresser was lovely and said that I needed to get a sensitive scalp shampoo (which turned out to be extremely hard to find in my supermarket) so I decided what better place to try then The Body Shop, they have pretty much everything natural and hopefully they would have something that would help. Well from the day I walked in, The Body Shop has now become one of my favourites shops!

I was having a look around at all the different shampoos that they had in there range the hairdresser said that I should try one with olive oil in it, but then the lovely lady in The Body Shop I went in to started talking to me, and I ended up telling her my symptoms which was when she said to try this Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, she said that a lot of her friends had tried it as some of them suffered from dry scalp and some even had eczema on there scalp and it had worked wonders for them. But I know that everybody has different reactions to different products, but I thought why not give this a go and see what happens.

Well I couldn't ask for a better product! I don't think I will ever go back to using a normal shampoo, I know that this is maybe a little bit more money then what you would spend on a normal shampoo, but it's something that works so well for my hair, and one that makes it feel clean and look fresh and I no longer feel insecure as all the horrible flakiness has disappeared! You don't even need to use that much on your hand literally a 10p sized amount is perfect all you need to do is rub it in your hands a little bit to get the foaming going and then place it on your hair and start scrubbing. Personally I don't think this shampoo has one of the best smells in the world it is pretty bland, but if it does the job you can't complain, and what I usually like to do is use a normal conditioner once I have shampooed my hair so that makes my hair nice and smooth and smell fresh.

Have any of you ever had problems with your hair like this before? Anybody have any tips on what they have used in the past? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

I have seen this going about on the blogging world for a while now and thought that it was the right time to get something different up on my blog, so let's get started

1. How many hours a week do you spend writing / editing posts?
This varies quite a bit, from week to week, it depends on how busy I have been during the week and if I leave one whole day to do my blog and schedule things or whether I do it on the way home from work, so I would say I roughly spend about 5-6 hours a week on my blog. 

2. Are you a spender or saver?
I would like to say that I am a saver, but over these last couple of months, I have been going out and going crazy with buying make up and clothes, not so good on the bank balance, but it is stuff that I need at the moment, but I am sure in the next couple of months this will change again and I will only by the essentials, and here's me telling you all in my things to achieve post that I'm trying to save money (woops!!)

3. When is it easier for you to blog? 
I usually like to spend a Sunday trying to write and edit most of my posts as this is one of the only days in the week where I can sit down get in to my own little world with my music and laptop and get writing/taking pictures. I do like to try and organise posts throughout the week in a little notebook and if I do have any ideas that I can put up during the week that are out of the blue I will try to pop them on my blog. If during the week in my lunch hour or while I am on the train home from work, depending on how tired I am and if I fall asleep I will try and write blogs during the week on my phone and then by Sunday all I have to do is put the pictures on. But it really does depend on how busy my weeks are

4. What makes writing behind a computer comfortable for you? 
I feel like having my blog is a way of being able to express myself, and being able to let people come in to my world a little bit to see what I do on a day to day basis, or what make up I have been liking. It also feels a little bit like a safe haven somewhere were I can go and just disappear from the outside world for a little bit, somewhere for just me, and my readers.

5. What is your worst make up / hair habit? 
I hate to say this, but when I wash my hair unless I am going out and need to do something with my hair, I will usually wash it and then let it dry over night, yes I know it's not the healthiest, but when I don't have to style it each day and I just have to put it up, it makes it so much easier, as my hair can sometimes take up to 50 mins to try (yawn!)

6. What is one quote you wish the world lived by? 
One of my favourite quotes is a Harry Potter quote from Dumbledore himself which is "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights". Everybody goes through tough times in there life, and no matter how hard things can get you always have to remember there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, you just need to pull through and see the light.

7. How long do you spend getting ready every day? 
This has to depend on what I am doing it can take me anything from 20 minutes getting ready to an hour. Usually during the week where I have to be up so early I usually try to stay in bed for as long as I can so I will usually get ready within a 20 minute time frame. But when it is the weekend, I usually like to style my hair, and do my make up a little bit more so it usually takes a lot longer.

8. Who's your favourite blogger?
I have quite a few favourite bloggers at the moment, but if I had to give you one specific person it would be Becky from milkbubbletea, her blog is simply amazing, she has amazing photo's and everything about her blog is just fantastic. Also you can't miss out her little puppy Oscar he is just the cutest.

9. Who is a blogger that you think deserves more subscribers than they have?
This is a hard one as I wanted to put somebody here that I know has only just started blogging unfortunately I haven't found anybody on twitter, so I thought I would share with you a blog that I have been reading a lot recently it's a lady called Becki who write lifelooksperfect, she has some of the most amazing pictures and always gives a lot of information on a product. Please check her out :)

10. What is one thing you are excited about in the upcoming year?
This upcoming year, I have quite a few exciting plans to look forward to, which I will tell you in another post. But the most exciting out of all of them is I'm going to Ascot I literally cannot wait I have always wanted to go, and it's finally come, so I am really looking forward to June now :D

11. What is your most awkward blogging moment?
I haven't really been blogging for that long I only really started this little space up in January, so I haven't come across anything that has been too awkward just yet except from trying to work out how #bbloggers worked on twitter, but I slowly worked out what happened, other then that nothing else has really arisen but I'm sure in the not so distant future something will pop up.

12. How long does it take you to prepare a post?
I like to try and organise my posts, while I'm at work thinking or while I am on the train so I jot them down in my notebook, and write some little notes next to it, so I know what I am going to need to take the pictures and what sort of things I want to write. I usually then sit down in a quiet spot or on the train depending on when I decide to blog, try and draft it all and then get the pictures just so. I usually just go with the flow, 

13. Are you wearing trousers right now or jogging pants / PJ bottoms?
At this present in time I am wearing neither of these as I am on the train home from work so currently in my uniform YAY!

14. What are you most proud of in life?
This questions was a difficult one for me because I wasn't really sure, but I think it would be my parents giving me the opportunity to go on different school trips abroad and seeing some of the world that I may not of seen if I didn't have the chance,and bite the bullet and go

Sunday, 6 April 2014

My Victoria Secrets Collection

We have finally got a Victoria Secret's shops in a shop near me Bluewater yay!! Literally couldn't explain to you how excited I was when this opened at the beginning of spring. Since I went to New York a couple of years ago I have become obsessed with the shop and the body spray and shower gels, they are the best smelling and are super strong, so when I went in to the shop and they had a really good sale on I couldn't resist I thought I was going in to buy a couple and I think I ended up walking out of the shop with 7 products.

I find that all of the products that Victoria Secret have out are just amazing they are really strong smelling and it can last all day, something that I love in a perfume/shower gel. They give you the smell of being fresh but not to over powering!

Unfortunately I found out that they have discontinued one of my favourite smells of all time which is the True Escape range, this smelt amazing, and also extremely fresh luckily I still have a tiny bit left that I am trying to savour. And the lady that was in the shop was super helpful and said the closest one to it would be the Aqua Kiss so I had to buy multiple of this product!!

If you are lucky enough quite often Victoria Secrets has a lot of different offers going on, each time I have gone in they always do them, so I always try to batch them up and keep them going for as long as possible as they can be pretty pricey, but I really enjoy them. If you are also looking for comfy jogging bottoms I would highly recommend getting Victoria secrets ones I have a nice collection coming together I think I paid £35-£40 for mine but I wouldn't go a day without them they are so soft and comfortable. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

My Candle Collection

Most of my candles in the picture above are beginning to run out, and I really need to go out and purchase some more :( if anybody has any suggestions on candles that I should purchase please let me know down in the comments.

Over the last couple of years I have become a huge fan of candles, it can be any sort, just as long as they make my room smell amazing, and make me feel relaxed!

Candles have got to be one of my all time favourite things and they are such an easy way to relax! As soon as I get home from work I like to have my dinner, get myself sorted for the next day or if I have something I need to do I will get that done, and then burn my candles, have a nice relaxing warm bath and then come back to my room and relax, to me that is the best feeling in the world and one of the best ways I find to relax after a stressful day at work!!

My favourite candle out of all the selection above at the moment is the Bath and Body works Hawaiian Hibiscus, it makes my room smell like I am walking in to paradise and has a really holiday like smell about it! I really wish Bath and Body works would come to the UK think I would be one of there top customers for candles. My second favourite would have to be the Arran Aromatics, this candle is made out of a soya like wax which burns for longer and I find makes it smell a lot stronger, I brought this candle from a little shop near me, and they sell quite a large selection, but at the moment on there website they have discount on the amber wood candle.

All in all I like all different types of candles that are out there, what candles are you loving at the moment?


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

OPI Skyfall Collection- Tomorrow Never Dies

This is one of my most favourite nail polishes of all time!! I have a pretty big collection of nail varnishes which I will do a separate post on another day, but out of all of them this one comes tops!

I got this in 2012 I think it was, when OPI where doing there Skyfall collection, I pretty much fell in love with all the colours that they had but this one just caught my eye and I had to buy it. Unfortunately though due to my work, I can't wear this colour on a weekly basis which is so annoying and it can only come out on weekends or when I have holidays, so I try to make the most of it whenever I can. 

It has a blue/purple tone to it, with a little bit of a shine sort of like it has a little bit of glitter in it, and the nail polish itself goes on lovely, which I find with all OPI nail polishes as I used to always use them when I was at college studying beauty. I find the colour to be a very unique colour and whenever I wear it I will always get comments on it. 

Would you like more posts on my OPI nail varnish collection or would you like a post on all the nail varnishes I own? Please let me know in the comments, and I will do a post.