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Drugstore vs high end foundation

This post has been written by countless amounts of bloggers, but today I am going to give my reviews on drugstore vs high end foundation!   High end: Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville (light 4) I had visited the Nars counter in my local Selfridges store, eager to try this…

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Mini Body Shop haul + reviews

 

 

A few weeks ago I bought a couple of new products from The Body Shop and what better time to write a review than just before Christmas, as they would make perfect little stocking fillers for beauty lovers!

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First up, I was in desperate need of a new face wash/cleanser as I was getting extremely lazy when it came to skin care, especially with make up removal. My skin had started to blemish quite badly and I could see a few pesky spots appearing. My skin is also extremely sensitive so I needed a product that isn’t too harsh. Some of my friends swear by the well known cleanser from The Body Shop, so I knew it would be a good one to go for.

The wash feels and smells absolutely amazing, really light and fresh. It is a non-sticky, non-drying formula that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, with the application not being messy at all, which you can find with some cleansers. A little goes a long way and I find one pump of the cleanser is enough to cover the whole face. It is easy to remove by rinsing away with warm water and the face feels clean and fresh all day.

I highly recommend this product for all skin types, especially for the sensitive type as it is so gentle. This will definitely be a regular in my skin care routine!

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Tea tree skin clearing cleanser – £5.50

Finding the right conditioner can be a pain and I find it is really hit and miss with what works best for certain hair types. I had just run out of my usual conditioner, so whilst on The Body Shop website I picked up some Banana Conditioner after reading copious amounts of positive reviews.

The conditioner smells divine, with the scent being present the second you open the lid. It reminds me of summer and holidays and of course, bananas!!! It isn’t overpowering at all, just the right amount. After first using the conditioner, I was a bit dubious as my hair was still massively tangled, but after the next couple of washes I realised this was down to the fact I hadn’t brushed my hair properly before getting in the shower and it is quite damaged.

It works a dream, hair is left feeling softer and looks healthier. I am pretty certain it made my hair go a bit lighter as well, as part of my hair is bleached but I could just be imagining this part.

I will definitely be purchasing again, but pairing it alongside a deep conditioner once every week or so.

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Banana conditioner- £4.50

The Body shop currently have a 40% off offer, so if you like the sound of any of the products mentioned, I’d advise to make the most of the offer!

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Conditioner 

 

If you have any skin or hair recommendations, let me know, I would love to hear your suggestions.

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5 ways to have more “me” time

It’s very easy to get caught up in the strains and stresses of a hectic every day life, but making time for yourself should be a priority, whether it be for just 5 minutes a day.

Today I am going to share with you 5 tips and tricks that I use to take a step back and spend some time with myself.

 

Write it down

Sounds simple, but I find that a couple of minutes of jotting things down in a little notepad helps. Usually at the end of the day, I write down how I felt and highlights of the day. It’s great to look back on to see if there’s a trend due to certain events etc.

 

Yoga/stretching 

Yoga and stretching is good for the mind and the body. I find the time first thing when I wake up, or if i’m running late, at night when I get home. Just 5-10 minutes is beneficial and it relaxes everything.

I recommend the “Love Your Body” routine by Tone It Up  and Blogilates “Feel Good Soul Stretches”.

 

 A good long soak

Another one of my favourites is a good ol’ bath. A looong soak complete with a relaxing Spotify playlist is one of the best ways to wind down and have some time to yourself. Bubbles compulsory.

 

Put the kettle on

A nice cup of tea with a chocolate digestive or 2 is always a winner, and it’s a known fact that a cup of tea is a big hug in a mug. I absolutely love green tea (Twinings fudge melts, anyone?) but if i’m feeling a bit more traditional, it’s definitely an English breakfast tea with a splash of milk and half a sugar!

 

Music makes the world go round

Finally, the last of my 5 tips is to get your headphones and listen to a few of your top tunes! Sticking on your favourite songs and having an epic lip sync battle with yourself makes you uplifted and in high spirits which is how everyone wants to feel. I do this far too often, but I love a good cheesy pop song. Lookin’ at you, S Club 7.

 

I hope you may have found these tips useful and if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful week!

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Challenging yourself

I’m a believer of challenging yourself and making the most of opportunities, but it never used to be like that.

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Have to start somewhere…

Hello

I’ve been meaning to start a blog for a while now, and by start I don’t mean create the blog and forget about it for all of eternity.

I’m going to be posting as much as I can, as long as it’s interesting of course.

The aim is to post a mixture of travel/favourite product/review posts with the occasional life update, but we’ll see where inspiration takes me.

Emma xo

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