15 January 2017

5 Tips For Relaxing At Home

One thing I've learnt over the past couple of years is the importance of making time for yourself and relaxing. We lead such busy lives - it's easy to keep going and forget to sit back and take time out from your day to relax. It's just as important for your mind as it is for your body, so I thought I would share my top five tips for relaxing at home.

Number 1.
Light a candle. I don't know about you but there is something so calming about a candle flame dancing around while your favourite scent fills the room. Anything with rose, lavender or amber is a winner - the more the better. My surroundings really impact on how I feel and candles really help me create a space to unwind in.

Number 2.
Read a book. There's nothing quite like escaping reality and getting lost in a book. Whether it's an old favourite or a new story, it's the perfect way to stop time as you find yourself in another world.

Number 3.
Take a long bath. After a busy day, having a long bath with your favourite products instantly relaxes both the body and mind. I like to keep my phone out of the bathroom, dim the lights and put on music. A bath oil can also make all the difference too - I'm currently loving the Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Bath & Shower Drops.

Number 4.
Treat your skin to a face mask. I find when I'm stressed or run down the first place I notice it is my face and so having a face mask to restore and replenish my skin works wonders.

Number 5.
Take a nap. This one might sound a little obvious, but to really relax you can't beat taking a nap, resting both your body and mind as you lay down for a few moments. Keep your surroundings quiet, grab a blanket and shut your eyes. Experts recommend a 20 - 30 minute nap can help improve your mood and boost your energy levels.

If you want the ultimate relax, I suggest doing all of the above - you deserve it!

What are your tips for relaxing at home?


11 January 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat In Pillow Talk

I love a nude lip, it's a look I wear over and over again and if you ask me, a nude lip liner is a total beauty staple. Enter my favourite lip liner ever - Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. Firstly I'm a huge fan of the Charlotte Tilbury collection, especially all things lip related, but this is by far my absolute fave, because well, it's just a bit of a babe.

The lip liner is the perfect dusky nude for nailing a super effortless nude lip. The great thing about the Lip Cheat liners is they really can transform your lip line. Whenever I pop this on, my lips appear much fuller which is a must for this look. The product literally glides on and feels lovely and velvety (is that even a word?!) It has really great staying power too and honestly works with pretty much every nude lipstick I own (and believe me, there's a lot.)

Whether you're looking for a new addition for your make-up bag, or your next nude lip fave, take my advice and opt for this little beauty, you won't be disappointed, nor will your pout. Have you got any Charlotte Tilbury faves?


8 January 2017

The Lust List : January

Watch | Earrings | Jumper | Lipgloss | Print | Mules

Today I want to introduce a new regular post for you - say hello to 'the lust list'. It's no secret I spend a lot of time (much more than I should) browsing the web for new things, so each month I will be putting together a board of beautiful things I love. From beauty and fashion, to homeware and books, the lust list will be a mix of current faves and this month, it's the little things helping to beat my January blues (and yes I have bought the earrings and mules.)

Comment and let me know what's on your lust list …


4 January 2017

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

When my skin is in need of a little tlc, I reach for my beloved Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. It has to be one of my all time favourite skincare products, it's worth every bit of hype I have read (and there's a lot) and honestly I just love it! In case you haven't heard of Antipodes before, let me introduce you … Based in New Zealand they specialise in organic science based skincare with a beautiful range of natural products to match, well, a beautiful brand ethos.

The mask is a dream. Firstly, the scent is an inviting combination of vanilla and mandarin 'to bring peace and balance your aura' - pretty special before you've even applied it to your skin right?! The key ingredient is as the name states, manuka honey; this has antibacterial properties to draw moisture to your skin and intensely hydrate. Not only this, it cleanses the skin and works to treat blemishes before you even know you have them!

I have dehydrated skin and when I apply this I literally feel a difference in a matter of minutes. The formula is rich and creamy and I like to apply a thick layer to give my skin a much needed treat when it needs a little extra attention. The mask is perfect for this time of year and at £22, it's an affordable multi purpose product you need in your life.

Have you tried anything from Antipodes?

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