Sunday, 27 January 2013

Winter Skincare Routine

I've spent the last few weeks fighting against the elements and trying to protect my skin from the freezing weather and recent snow! I have dry/sensitive skin so this has been quite a challenge!

The products I have been using lately have done a fantastic job at keeping my skin nourished and well hydrated. I have barely seen any dry patches on my skin this winter thanks to the likes of Liz Earle and Avene products.
If you would like to hear me chat about all these winter goodies, click on the video below!
The Video
Thanks for reading & watching!

Friday, 25 January 2013

Hello Sofa!

Just about managed to get to the end of a very hectic week at work! The snow has caused absolute chaos to our normal day-day routine at school and I had some very tired children on my hands today. I couldn't sit down without a little person appearing on my lap for a cuddle. I lost count of how many times I was asked if it was nearly home time! We all made it though (just) and I am so happy to be sat on the sofa with a class of wine and my favourite candle burning! Roll on the weekend!

If I can offer any good advice in this blog it would be...try not to drop your powder because this happens...

I was only half way through it!

This weekend I am on the hunt for a new one and am quite tempted to splurge on the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. This is £31 and I have never spent that much on a powder so if anyone has any good recommendations I would love to hear from you before I get sucked into the world of the Space NK website and end up with things I don't need in my shopping basket!
I am uploading a Winter Skincare Routine video as I type so this should be up on my channel on Sunday!
Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

It's A Keeper!

Lady Million by Paco Rabanne has certainly taken pride of place in my perfume collection. Since having it I have neglected my other perfumes and have worn nothing else! It's the perfect perfume to wear during the day as well as evening because it has such a light fresh scent. It has top notes of bitter orange, neroli and raspberry with floral notes of orange blossom and jasmine. The base notes are patchouli, amber and honey. Now that's quite a list of smells but the most important thing you need to know is that it smells AMAZING! I have had so many compliments when wearing it and just can't get enough of the smell. I am about to run out so will be rushing out to buy it again as soon as I've used up the very last drop.
You can pick this up from Boots and the price ranges from £36.50 - £65 depending on what size and whether you choose eau de toilette or parfum. If you haven't had a smell of this before, go and have a good whiff and like me I'm sure you will be hooked!
Thanks for reading!


Monday, 21 January 2013

Empties #1

I have a feeling I may do a lot of these blog posts as I seem to get through quite a lot of products!
If you'd like to see me chat about all of these products, go and have a look at my first ever YouTube video! After about a million attempts at filming and having a go at the mind boggling world of editing, it's finally ready!
(A list of products and where you can get them will be in the video's information bar.)

The Video

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy my video!


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Winter Weekend

Interesting 'snow baskets' hmmm good job there were no flowers in them!
Pretty much still snowed in at the moment but I am loving it. Everything looks so pretty outside and as I said in my 'Snow Day' post it's the perfect excuse to stay in, be cosy, have a pamper and wear multiple layers of clothes!
I am busy reading my new book Blog INC by Joy Deangdeelert and making notes to get better at this blogging malarkey!
I was making the most of my day off in front of a crackling fire!

Still needed a few hot water bottles to defrost after a snowy walk!

I spent most of the day craving a hot bubble bath so once the heating had kicked in I went for a long soak. I used my Soap & Glory Calm One, Calm All bubbles and my new This Works candle (review on that coming up).

After a good soak and a few YouTube videos later I got out of the bath and went straight back to the fire! Perfect snow day?! I think so!
Today I am busy making chocolate cherry brownies for a lovely friends birthday dinner tonight! I think we may have to ski there?!

Fingers crossed they turn out OK!

Happy Weekend everyone.

Thanks for reading!


Winter hand care

How many of you have been building snowmen? Come on be honest! If you have, you'll be needing some good hand cream on afterwards.
I am really having to look after my skin at the moment to keep my eczema under control. My skin is at its worst during the winter months, so I make sure I am stocked up with  a good hand cream. My hands get a good battering during the winter and I have to apply hand cream every time I wash my hands and regularly throughout the day.

I picked this gem up from Crabtree & Evelyn during my Christmas shopping. I was shopping for my Mums prezzie and had no intention of buying anything else-honest! My boyfriend bought my Mum a lovely set of hand creams and I couldn't help but feel really jealous! The sales assistant saw me eyeing up the basket of hand creams at the till and told me they were on offer (music to  my ears). She let me have a good sniff of each one and my clear favourite was India Hicks Island Living. The scent is absolutely gorgeous! It smells of spider lily and jasmine and contains shea butter and myrrh extracts. Myrrh extracts are believed to help condition the cuticles and nails. The cream is also formulated without and parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil and propylene glycol. So no nasties for the skin.

I only payed £2 for a 25g tube, they are normally £9 for 50g, £15 for 100g or £22 for a 275g pump bottle (ideal for the bathroom or by the kitchen sink). I will definitely be buying this cream again. It's quite a thick cream but it soaks into the skin so quickly and best of all doesn't leave your hands greasy. I love the packaging, it's much more interesting than a boring plastic tube. The small size I have is perfect to pop in your clutch on a night out and the 50g tube is perfect for your work handbag.
I hadn't been into Crabtree & Evelyn for a long time and was really impressed with the store. Everything is beautifully packaged and there are good descriptions of the products. Some of it is quite pricey but having a good look at the ingredients lists it's no great surprise. You do have to pay a bit more if you want to put nice things on your skin.
So if you're on the hunt for a new hand cream go and have a look in Crabtree & Evelyn!
Thanks for reading!


Friday, 18 January 2013

My two favourite words, SNOW DAY!

Now I know teachers get amazing holidays, but we still get completely over excited if someone mentions the word SNOW! Cue checks of the BBC Weather website every hour and scrutinising the school closure procedure. The thought of an impending snow day is better than Christmas for me and I know I am not the only one. It's the ultimate excuse to do nothing apart from snuggle up in the warm with a cuppa and a good film.
We had already had a bit of snow earlier in the week and the children have had a great time building snowmen and sledging everywhere and anywhere there is still a patch of snow remaining. However, trying to teach your class when it's been snowing? FORGET IT! By the time you have taken off wellies, soaking gloves, socks, hats and defrosted tiny hands they are in no mood for 'work'. They have this defiant look in their eye that says 'do not ask me to do anything else OK?!'
I think I had about 3 snow dreams last night anticipating the first look out of the window this morning. Then sat half dressed waiting for a text and the three golden words SCHOOL IS CLOSED. Well this mornings antics were a bit of a palaver if I am honest. My school was a little late with the text and it said 'open' (heart sinks). Luckily for me it had already started snowing pretty heavily so I had two options, stay put or go in and get sent home again. My boyfriend urged me to stay at home and I didn't exactly argue that one! I definitely made the right choice in staying put as my school was open for all of 2 and a half hours! I can now be officially snowed in and commence my snow day!
Luckily this arrived before the snow! Can't wait to get stuck in!
Cosy socks are a must have for snow day attire as well as a cup of tea. I'm going to write a few blogs today I think while I wait for my boyfriend to get home. Then it is definitely time for snowman making!
Wishing you all a very happy snow day/days, keep safe and warm.
Thanks for reading!