The thing I love most about Sunday’s, is the fact that I have a little more time to focus on myself. There is nothing better than having a nice, long pamper session, to get myself ready for the new week ahead.
More often than not, this involves me taking an extra long shower/bath, applying a face & hair mask and treating my skin to an exfoliating body scrub.
There are so many different body scrubs on the market at the moment, so I am going to share with you my two favourites…
Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub- Jo Malone London £72.00*
The Vitamin E body scrub is probably the most indulgent scrub I have ever owned, it is so luxurious (just look at the packaging!) and has the most amazing honey-combed scent, it smells good enough to eat…Although I wouldn’t advise this!
It contains organic brown sugar particles which gives it that sweet smell and this is what gently exfoliates the skin as its non-abrasive. It also contains wheat germ & Avocado oil, which leave the skin silky soft and smooth!
I use this once a week, applied on dry skin, before getting in the bath/shower. You can also use this on wet skin, but I find it exfoliates slightly better on dry skin, before getting into the water and watching the product melt away. It really does leave your skin feeling velvety soft to the touch & also makes the whole bathroom smell incredible. Which is a bonus.
I find, due to the oils, I don’t have to moisturise afterwards, as it leaves a slight layer of moisture on the skin, so perfect for the ultimate Sunday night pamper.
Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub – £44.00*
The Geranium & Walnut scrub is something I like to use when I know I am going to be fake-tanning that evening. I find it the perfect prep for my skin as it doesn’t contain oils like the Vitamin E above, so my fake tan glides on easily.
It contains natural crushed walnut shell to gently exfoliate and does an amazing job at buffing away any dry skin to make your skin feel soft & healthy afterwards. I use this scrub whilst in the bath/shower on slightly damp skin as I find it a bit too harsh on dry skin, it just depends how much of a scrub you like!
The Geranium & Walnut Scrub smells completely different to the Vitamin E, but equally as amazing. I find the scent of this scrub very spa like & relaxing due to the crisp geranium, perfect for winding down on Sunday evening…
I like to alternate between the two scrubs, depending on how I’m feeling. I sometimes use both in a week, depending on what my skin is telling me!
Let me know if you have a Sunday evening ritual, or a body scrub that I should try?
*I work as part of the Estee Lauder Companies, but all opinions/views are 100% my own.
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A couple of years ago, when I worked as a Beauty consultant in a department store, I would be surrounded with the latest launches of make-up products and the up and coming trends. More often than not I would treat myself to something once pay day had arrived.
Nowadays, I am a little bit more practical when it comes to make-up shopping, as I only have one face & rarely try new base products. I tend to stick with the ones that I know work for me and my skin…
Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude
I used to be a lover of the original Double wear as I loved the coverage it gave on my skin. As I got older and didn’t need such a high coverage (I used to have quite a few skin issues), I found it was a little too thick, to the point where it felt a little strange to move my face.
These days, I prefer Double wear Nude. It’s a medium coverage, which now suits me better and has the same amazing staying power as the original, but a lot lighter in texture. I find it evens out my skin tone and makes it look fresh and healthy, all whilst providing protection against sun damage (it has SPF30).
The Reparative Skin Tint – La Mer
This is something I either wear in the summer as it’s very sheer, or mix in with my Double wear nude, to give it a little more glow.
I like to use this on holiday/summer time as it is very lightweight and find it gives just the right amount of coverage to even out my skin tone. It provides me with a fresh glow but without making me look sweaty (never a good look!). This also contains SPF 30, which of course if very important!
MAC Pro long wear Concealer
This is probably my 5th bottle of the stuff! I love it. It provides a medium, matte coverage, which I find perfect for covering spots/redness. I also like to use it under my eyes and even though it’s a full coverage concealer, I find it never looks cakey, even when I top up my make-up on my lunch break. The only thing I dislike about this product is the pump, I can never get the right amount out and end up wasting a lot of it.
Nude Finishing Illuminating Powder – Bobbi Brown
This is a more recent discovery for me as I never really liked to use a powder to set my make-up as I didn’t like how they made my skin look.
However, I would 100% re purchase this powder ( I have already hit pan!) as it is so subtle and natural looking. It also has a blend of skin brightening botanicals to make the skin look lovely and fresh, which it defiantly does!
English Mint & Ginger Lip Care – Jo Malone London
SO technically, this is cheating as it’s not a makeup base… but it is a great base for my lip products. This is a new lip balm which is enriched with Moringa Butter, rose flower and KuKui seed oil, all which soften and hydrate the lips (& it really does!). Even though its so hydrating, it dries more of a matte finish, so doesn’t feel like you have lots of product on your lips. The Scent is also amazing, which you expect from a Jo Malone product!
Are any of these products your favourites? Or does anyone have any recommendations that I possibly should try? Let me know 🙂 x
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On the run up to moving, I basically lived on pinterest, whenever I had a spare 5 minutes I would be searching for home interior inspiration and imagining how I would like our home to look..
I never realised just how difficult it would be once you had moved in, for your home to actually look like a home, especially as me and James hardly had any furniture (Just lots Candles!).
As our house is rented, there is only so much that we can do to make it ours. That being said, our Land lady is lovely and left a lovely card (& bottle of wine) telling us to make it feel like our home and to put up as many pictures as we like, which I thought was so sweet!
Below are a few things that I have collected so far which have made our house look a little bit more like home…
Plant Pot: Anthropologie
I took a little detour on my way home from training with work, to head into Anthropologie in Bath. I had heard so many great things about the store and as I I don’t have a store near me, I thought I would take advantage…and my god, it took everything in my will power not to buy the entire shop (& the fact I was coming home via the train!).
I loved everything that they had to offer and think its great that they collaborate with local up & coming artists to provide unique items. I especially loved this quirky little plant pot (above) as it adds a bit of fun to our living room, its something a little bit different…I’m not sure if James is a massive fan, but I thoroughly enjoy looking at it!
Seeing as our living room is quite dark, I wanted to include pieces to make it bright and cheerful, whilst incorporating our colour schemes (dark blues/mustard tones). I found these two prints on Etsy, sold by ‘TheprintArcade’ (£8.50 each!). I ordered both of the prints in A3 and then bought two separate frames from IKEA to Mount them in. Even though the prints were quite cheap, they are really good quality and look even nicer now they are in their frames, I would 100% recommend if you are looking for affordable prints. I really like the Vintage feel to them and that they represent two places that we love, Spain and Italy (Capri is on my list of places to visit!). I also like the fact that you wouldn’t be able to find these prints everywhere, as Etsy sells unique items.
I have also added lots of plants to the living room, I think they instantly cheer up a room and give it a bit of life (Lets see how long I keep them alive for, I’m not the best plant Mum!).
The little gnome that’s hanging on the side of the plant pot, was a gift from my Mum for my birthday as I have a little bit of a thing for gnomes at the moment…not sure why or how this came about, but I think he’s great. I also received a big garden Gnome for Christmas, but he’s yet to go outside, as I think its too cold for him at the minute.. he’s currently sat in our conservatory haha.
We still have things that we want to change/add, but so far we have made good progress and I am very happy with our new home. Has any one else recently moved? Is there anything that you have added or want to add to make your house feel more homely? Please leave your links in the comments 🙂
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