January – Essentials To Get Me Through

January – Essentials To Get Me Through

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January is that horrid month. You’re skint from Christmas festivities and pay day seems miles away, have eaten way too many mince pies, no amount of layering warms you up, and your skin is in need of some real TLC.

Like a lot of people, January makes me feel blue sometimes. I need my survival essentials.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
This was a Christmas gift. It came as part of a pack which included the Hot Cloth Cleansing Polish and 2 muslin cloths.

DSCN0640My love for Liz Earle products grows every day. This tonic along with the polish has made my problem skin so much clearer. It feels like my pores are thoroughly cleansed, and there is no redness. The smell is amazing and I can see my skin seems brighter since I have been using it. The first time I used it was when I saw Zoella using it all those years ago and I’ve used it ever since!

No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream
This cream is for normal/oily skin, is SPF 15 and is hypo-allergenic. I specifically chose this moisturiser because it is light yet really hydrates my skin – essential for this cold weather. Does anybody else find their skin is so dry during the Winter Months? I also absolutely adore the smell of this cream, it is mild and fresh, and if they bottled the smell I would be wearing it in a heartbeat!

Tangle Teezer
I got my tangle teezer for Christmas after wanting one for SO. LONG. I’m pretty late on the old tangle teezer bandwagon, but have loved them since discovering one of my favourite youtubers Gabby has a larger than life love for them too. They really are amazing. When I first used it I was worried that it’s tiny bristles would snap in my thick hair but they get rid of all my knots and my hair feels soooo soft after using it. It is the perfect size to fit in your handbag, and you can get every colour imaginable. They also do a compact teezer which is even smaller to fit in your bag, and that one has a cover to protect the bristles. Highly recommend!

Next mini perfumes
I got two of these for Christmas and I love them both! I got Cashmere from my Christmas blogger swap Rachel in my little gift box and I carry it around with me in my handbag! It has a subtle powdery musk scent and is also slightly floral. I like the delicate scent and you could wear this day or night.
I got Femme from my Mum, and I actually love this for nights out or dinner with friends. It has a slightly oriental fragrance and is lovely and fruity. I would recommend both to you all, I know perfume is very personal so go to Next and smell them!

Options Hot Chocolate Mint
The Wintery months call for lots of hot drinks, and during my hunt for low fat hot chocolates to fit in with Slimming World I have rediscovered my love for Options Hot Chocolate Mint! I like all the flavours but this one is my ultimate favourite. It really fills the spot and makes me feel all yummy and warm inside 🙂

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons
I got this set for Christmas and live with at least one of these in my handbag at all times. It contains three crayons, in ‘Fuchsia-ristic’, ‘bashful’ and ‘raplumzel’. Out of the three, I would say bashful is my favourite as it is more of a pinky nude, and can be worn with most things. That’s not to say I don’t like the others! I looove the plum colour of raplumzel and fuchsia-ristic is very bright but still quite subtle. These crayons are not too pigmented, so nice to wear through the day, I would probably add a bit of lippy to them if I were to wear them at night, just to bring the colour out a little more.
Side note: they smell INCREDIBLE.

Crabtree and Evelyn Ultra-moisturising hand therapy in Avocado, olive and basil.
This hand cream is amazing. I went into Crabtree and Evelyn to buy a gift for my boss, and came out with this. After trying the sample I was desparate to buy it and I’m so glad I did. This is a staple in my handbag. Without being too oily, my hands feel soft and moisturized, and working with children I constantly wash my hands so need a rich moisturizer to stop my hands cracking. Even the smell indicates this moisturizer is of a good quality.

These lovely things have pulled me through January and ensured I don’t constantly feel January blues. Let me know your January staples, and if you use anything similar!

Speak soon,

Sophie xxx

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Hooray For The Weekend!

Hooray For The Weekend!

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I just love weekends. My weeks are always crazy busy with work and commuting so as soon as Friday night hits I can feel a wave of happiness rush over me. That feeling when you finish work and skip out f the door with pure joy on your face. I just love the weekend.

This weekend I knew I would be fairly busy so I had a very chilled Friday night planned. Recently I moved back home (I’ve lived away for six years) so I’m still adjusting to being back with my family but our house is very laid back and we tend to spend Friday nights relaxing with a takeaway and a film. I like to pamper on a Friday night so I put on the Soap and Glory Fab Pore 2 in 1 pore purifying mask and peel and painted my nails. I then used the No.7 Essential Moisture night cream and snuggled in my blanket with a cup of tea. Perfect.

On Saturday I woke up naturally at 8:30am. I cannot tell you how glorious I felt and I still feel it slightly as I type this on Monday; that’s how glorious it was. Through the working week I wake up on average between 5:30am and 7am, torn away from my slumber by my wretched alarm. So just the idea of waking up when my body is ready is a distant dream. TODAY IS A WONDERFUL DAY. I got ready and drove an hour and a half to one of my best friend’s parent’s house for her little boys first birthday.

I had a great time, and Travis looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself, surrounded by family, friends and presents! The spread was beautiful and the cakes were amazing! We sang happy birthday and I had a lovely catch up with my friends, some I see a lot, some not so often so it was a great chance to talk and have a laugh together.

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From there I drove to my best friend Laura’s house. It’s like a second home for me, so as soon as I step in the door I feel completely at ease. We watched Beyonce- Life is But a Dream and had a little gossip; and then we made a carrot cake. The recipe is good old Mary Berry: the recipe is here.

Laura’s boyfriend James cooked a delicious sausage pasta bake yummy and then we iced the carrot cake. We then spent the evening watching X factor, drinking tea and eating our carrot creation. I am so gutted we were so excited to eat it I didn’t get a photo! It looked just like Mary Berry’s… promise! So after eating lots of cake I drove home, singing along to the Wicked soundtrack all the way.

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Baking organised chaos

Sunday morning was spent lying in bed, drinking tea and watching Frozen. Love that film! I’m so excited to spend Wintery weekends snuggled in blankets with candles lit, hot chocolate and Wintery Christmas films. Does anybody else store their stash of Christmas films and keep them locked away until October when the urge is just too great to hide them anymore? I am barely able to contain myself with excitement right now, winter is my favourite season. Eep!

The rest of Sunday I spent baking some lovely cakes. I’ll do a separate blog post with the recipe, it was a scrummy one!

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?

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(P.s in this photo I’m wearing the MAC lipstick in ‘plumful’, my new fave, perfect for the coming season!

Sophie xxx

Current Favourite High Street Skincare Products

Current Favourite High Street Skincare Products

DSCN0538So for as long as I can remember I have been suffering with bad skin. Blemishes, dryness and a dull colouring are my usual facial characteristics. I find that my skin has a slightly oily t zone, but everywhere else is dry, so I need a light moisturiser, and a deep cleanser that will tackle blackheads.

I am always on the lookout for a product that is gentle on my skin, but also helps to clean and refresh my skin.

The first product I love is the Simple ‘Kind to Skin’ hydrating Light Moisturiser. This moisturiser is exactly what is says it is; it’s light on my skin, and quickly absorbs. A small bottle is lasting me ages, and I love the scent and overall feel of this moisturiser.

The second product is the Benefit ‘Remove It’ Makeup remover. This cleanser is oil free and so perfect for my skin. I use a couple of cotton wool pads and clean my face until the cotton wool pad comes away clear of dirt. The first time I used this product I was amazed at how much dirt came off my face! I adore this product and although pricey, it is so worth it. I will buy this over and over again.
The packaging of this product is also beautiful, I want to display the bottle as a decorative accessory!

My last product is the No.7 Essential Moisture Hypo-allergenic Night Cream. I have very sensitive skin so I wanted a gentle moisturiser I could apply before going to bed. My sister swears by No.7 so after receiving a voucher I decided to give it a go. This moisturiser makes my skin feel so hydrated without being thick and heavy on my skin. When I wake up in the morning I can really see the colour in my face is bright and I look ready for the day. The classic shape of the tub is lovely, and although I don’t tend to use tubs of moisturiser in case of germs spreading; I make sure I wash my hands before each application.

I hope you like this little review, and if you have any products you swear by I would love to know which ones so I can try them! I love new products!