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June 30, 2016

products to ease stress and anxiety

For me, stress and anxiety affect me in similar ways but I always find it so important to work out which I'm feeling so that I can treat it in the best way. Stress usually comes from feeling overworked, tired out and in need of some rest, which is why a warm bubbly bath is usually the best remedy. Whereas anxiety often comes from a build up of negative energy and is best cured by a long walk by the lake with Milo or a peppermint tea and an uplifting face mask. Then at the worst of times when I'm feeling a mixture of the two, I will mix up my remedies rather than focusing intensely on too many relaxing scents for example.

Neal's Yard Lavender Bath Salts (£14.50) | Each time I have a bath, I will without fail go overboard on the bubbles and then sprinkle in bath salts as the cherry on the cake if I'm in need of some extra indulgence. A lot I've tried in the past seem to just melt away into nothingness, whereas this version from Neal's Yard is potent enough to be the real deal. 

Neal's Yard Neroli Oil (£22.50) | If you're familiar with feelings of stress and anxiety, please take my advice and invest in an oil burner along with some good quality oils to burn. It's the most effective way of filling your whole room (and house!) with a powerful scent that can be the best friend to any kind of mood that you're in. I have a handful of different scents that I swap and change depending on how I'm feeling, but by far my absolute favourite goes to Neroli, despite the price tag.

Korres Jasmine Body Milk (£10) | After my bath has gone cold and it's time to admit defeat and get out, if I'm still feeling stressy then I notch my routine up to intensive level and apply a nourishing body cream, all the better if it has a relaxing scent such as this jasmine version.

Clipper Snore and Peace Tea (£2.10) | The worst side effect of feeling stressed is tossing and turning at night trying to drift off to sleep. The right cup of tea can really do wonders and along with some chilled music or the rain sounds app, makes dropping off all that easier. 

Neal's Yard Cleanse Oil (£9.70) | My second favourite oil from Neal's Yard is this cleansing blend, formulated to both cleanse and focus the mind. I like to have this burning in the living room on days that I'm feeling either sluggish or suffering from a wave of anxiety. The touch of peppermint oil is subtle enough to not be overwhelming yet gives the blend a refreshing edge which I truly love.

Kiehl's Cactus Flower Hydrating Mist (£18) | A recent discovery of mine to combat general low mood and fatigue, is facial sprays, my best-loved of which being this travel sized version from Kiehl's. A couple of mists straight onto my face instantly lifts my mood and brightens up my skin too, genius.

Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Masque (£25.20) | As most masques simply get washed away down the sink after application, they often feel wasteful and put me off from ever wanting to use them on a regular basis. Saying that, this little pot from Kiehl's is an absolute game changer as only the smallest amount is needed which can then be left on the skin to sink in overnight. It works wonderfully on my dry skin to give me the joy of waking up with a radiant and nourished looking complexion both instantly and the day after.

Neom Tranquility Skin Treatment Candle (£36) | Scented candles and body oils are two of my favourite luxuries in life, so you can imagine how much it thrills me to have a product that does both. I'm a real fusspot when it comes to candle scents, I don't like anything too strongly scented and I'm usually drawn to those which stand out from the rest. Neom have it nailed with the mixture of scents used in the tranquility candle and the oil it creates is of incredible quality too. 

Please do let me know what your tips and tricks to defeat both stress and anxiety are! Check out how much better Mr Cactus is now looking too.. 

April 10, 2016

skincare sunday | 03

First off, please excuse the mildly deathly looking cacti, they are in need of some loving. It seems like FOREVER since I last put together a post on my current favourite skincare products, so here we are once again. I still have some staple products that I absolutely adore and have no reason to ever switch from, and also have a few new finds too. 

To remove make up and cleanse my skin, I go for DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (£21.50) for everyday use and Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm (£18) when my skin is in need of a deeper cleanse and nourish. The DHC version is absolutely unbeatable as a make up removal oil and is the perfect option for my typically dry skin, and the Pixi balm is ideal to let soak into the skin for a couple of minutes whilst in a bubble bath. 

I discovered La Roche Posay Effaclar Micro-Exfoliant (£8 - on offer!) a few years back when in France and have used it on and off ever since as a way of removing dead skin cells and prepping for my night cream. I much prefer to use a liquid exfoliator as they are proven to be much kinder to the skin over cream versions that have tiny beads in. It does a great job at throughly cleansing my skin without leaving it feeling stripped and dry. I tend to use this two times a week and then in between I will opt for Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic (£14.50) which has been a firm favourite of mine ever since I first start blogging, six(!) years ago. 

In the last few weeks I've made a real effort to take better care of my skin and to moisturise both in the morning and evening, along with introducing a serum into my routine. Every night I apply the Bryt Essential Serum (£16.50) and after allowing it to sink into my skin for ten minutes or so, I follow up with Korres Black Pine Eye Cream (£36) and Day Cream (£39). Although it may seem as if I'm slightly breaking the rules using a day cream for night, I find that more often than not they are suitable for both and there's no need to invest in one of each. That being said, whenever my skin is in desperate need of nourishment I treat myself to a small amount of Argentum La Potion Infinite (£147) which without fail leaves my skin looking fresh and radiant the next day. Another weapon of choice, at a slightly more accessible price point, is Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask (£23) which does absolute wonders for any dry areas and is something that I'd recommend everyone stocks up on. It's one of the only products that I've ever found to work instantly on dry skin and have a lasting effect. 

Bio-Oil (£19) is of course an oldie but a goldie and is something that I've once again rediscovered. I'm absolutely useless when it comes to any kind of routine, but whenever I remind myself to, I apply the oil from head to toe just before bed. I've without a doubt noticed a difference in the appearance and feel of my skin since starting using it again and find that any kind of lotion or cream just doesn't do the job nearly as well. It also makes a wonderful face oil and is comparable to higher end brands if you want to save yourself some pennies. 

I also want to give a quick mention to the Foreo Luna Mini (£85) which has soon become my new favourite cleansing device. I'm lucky enough to also own a Clarisonic, which as much as I love I have to say that the Foreo comes out on top down to it being much more hygienic, portable and less expensive. 

If there's anything in particular that you'd like for me to write up a full review on, please do let me know. I already have a plan to properly talk about the Korres products as I want to waffle on a bit more about how great they are, and it goes without saying that I am a huge fan of the packaging too. 

March 25, 2016

masque bar face masks

Masque Bar Face Masks Review

I've been a face mask obsessive for as long as I can remember, ever since I discovered peel off masks at around 11 years old and became addicted ever since. I'm convinced that using a mask once or twice per week, be it mud, peel off, gel or cream, keeps my skin in tip top condition. I also absolutely love to pack one in my travel bag whenever I go away, and find that the sachet versions are so perfectly handy for doing so. 

Anti-Blemish Mud Mask (£7.49)  Different to other mud masks on the market, this version is much thicker and therefore asks you to apply it to a wet face. As I already have fairly dry skin, I found that it dried out my skin too much in places, but was definitely effective when used on my t-zone area and chin. I think these would be absolutely ideal if they came with half of the product and were only designed for problem areas rather than the whole face. 

Brightening Sheet Mask (£7.49) | You can't go wrong with a brightening mask, they're suitable for all skin types, are a quick fix to tried looking skin and are quick and fuss-free to apply. I always use one of these when my skin is in need of a bit of extra loving and usually like to treat myself to one when I'm having a soak in a bubble bath. 

Hydro Gel Eye Patches (£22.49) | My downfall when it comes to my complexion are my tired looking eyes and dark circles. Even when I manage to keep up with a regular water intake I still find that I wake up with panda looking circles, which is where eye patch masks come in. I like to use these in the morning, either whilst I'm in the bath or when I'm having my breakfast and always notice a big difference after doing so. Upon first application, they do slip and slide around slightly so you may need to adjust them a few times but besides from that they feel ever so refreshing and hydrating.  I love that 30 pairs of these come stacked up in a little pot with a spatula all ready to go and would definitely repurchase them in the future.

All of the masks I've mentioned are currently reduced at Boots, hint hint