Monday, January 14, 2019

THE PERFECT NIGHT IN*

After the craziness of December, inevitably once January rolls around, I tend to retreat. So long festive nights out, cocktails and parties. New year, new evening plans. Quiet nights in are what I am all about right now.





When it comes to the perfect cosy evening, for me, there are a few very important ingredients.

Face Mask

If I am going for maximum relaxation, I will always reach for a face mask. 7th Heaven have a huge range of different ones, all of which are really affordable. One of my particular favourites is the Charcoal Peel-Off mask*.




If you aren't familiar with it, charcoal is great for drawing our bacteria and impurities and absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores. In this mask, there is also witch hazel and birch leaf. The former helps to ease inflammation and reduces redness and the latter is a source of vitamin C, which soothes skin.

With the combination of these ingredients, it is no real surprise that the mask has a really calming effect on the skin. Removing it is fuss-free, as it's just a case of peeling it right off. The mask has a really cooling effect and after using it, my face felt so smooth and soft.

The recommendation is that you use the masks around once a week and since they are usually priced around £1 each, its a really reasonable priced beauty indulgence.

Candles

I love candles and they certainly add to the cosy vibe. I've been using some lately by a brand called Shearer Candles.

A Scottish brand, they create delicious scented candles using raw materials. They ensure their candles use a really concentrated fragrance, to ensure that the delightful aroma fremains strong for the life of the candle. And that, they certainly achieve.



I have one of their Lemon Zest candles, which is packaged in a bright yellow jar and smells really bold and fruity. My fiancé isn't much of a fan when it comes to candles (I have quite a few) but this one is really liked. My favourite though is the Clean Slate - apt name for a new year too. The scent comes from notes of jasmine, lily and white rose. Sometimes rose scents can be a bit overpowering but the combination of these florals give a really lovely fragrance.

The candles that I have retail fro around £9. I'm not sure of the burning time, but the jar is a really reasonable size. You can peruse their other collections on their website: https://www.shearer-candles.com.

A Good Book

This year, I am challenging myself to read more. So far, I am really enjoying getting stuck into a book more and while I haven't turned my back on the world of Netflix entirely, I am enjoying that I am reaching for a book rather than just a TV remote. I set an initial target of 25 books and I am staying on track by logging everything I've read on Good Reads, but I am feeling inspired and definitely want to smash that goal!

If you have any recommendations of things I should read, drop me a comment and let me know.

And last but not least...

Of course, the last key addition is of course some good snacks and a decent fluffy blanket, just to ensure absolute comfort.

And voilá.

Nights in never looked so good.



*This post contains gifted items, namely the 7th Heaven mask and Shearer candles. All opinions are my own.



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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HOW I AM PLANNING MY WEDDING

Before I actually started planning a wedding, I had this very misconceived idea that the process would be easy. Find a nice venue, choose some food grub, gather your family and friends and voila!

How naive of me.



Planning a wedding is hard. At this point, we’ve nailed the big stuff; venue is booked, guest list confirmed - but now it’s all the niggly little bits which I actually think are more stressful.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

5 Things You Don't Expect To Happen When You Get Engaged

It's been four months since Ben popped the big question and we officially became ENGAGED. It's been such an exciting time, a little bit of a whirlwind and I can't believe that in just over 8 months time we will officially be Mr and Mrs. Eek!



While we have always talked about getting married, Ben did shock me with his romantic proposal and I never really thought about how it would feel to be engaged. Aside from it being really great, obviously, there have been a few things that I didn't expect to happen too as well...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Summer Nails with Roxanne Campbell: A Review*

I love having my nails painted and I have been even more conscious of having a fresh manicure since getting engaged. Honestly, I don’t think people have ever asked to see my hands more than in the last few months!

Although my days of spending hours trying out different nail art might be behind, I still love to switch things up with different shades. When celebrity nail expert Roxanne Campbell contacted me and invited me to try four shades from her range, naturally I jumped at the chance.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CBD Oil: The New Skincare Essential? Testing Out MGC Derma*

When I start using new skincare products, I always make sure to give it a fair go and so, for the last couple of months, I’ve been trying out some products from MGC Derma. Currently, the brand has three different lines: Derma Plus, Essentials and Anti-Ageing and I have been sampling the latter.

I was, admittedly, unfamiliar with the brand when they first contacted me but I am always keen to test out different things and I was really intrigued by a particular key ingredient used throughout MGC Derma's range. That ingredient? CBD oil.


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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Powdered Face Mask: Chic Chiq Review

When I want to kick back and unwind, my routine is always much the same; good snacks, a good tv show to watch and last but not least - a good face mask.



Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a few new ones to try from the lovely people at Chic Chiq, who produces Ayurveda inspired cosmetics. Ayurveda, which translates to “the science of life” in Sanskrit, originated in India thousands of years ago and is one of the world’s oldest types of medicine. It focuses on the mind and body connection and it's basic rules in terms of beauty care, which Chiq Chic follow, are simple; cleansing, nourishing and moisturising.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

A Super Duper Sunday | Astonishing Premiere with Southampton Bloggers and P&O Cruises*

I fell in love with cruising when I enjoyed my first one a couple of years ago, so I was ecstatic when I received an invitation to join Southampton Bloggers to board P&O Cruises' Britannia to enjoy a very special premiere of the entertainment team's upcoming show, Astonishing. The fact it is produced by TV presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern and fellow performer Jonny Wilkes, only served to make me more excited!


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