Thursday, 2 January 2014

time to relax

Now the festivities are over, and my body is definitely feeling the after effects of overindulging, I am on an end of year relaxation mission! Lots of warm baths, face masks and reading in bed - perfection. For those interested, I've just finished The Color Purple by Alice Walker which I received as part of the #bloggerbookswap from Amy and was really impressed! Have you read it? I'm now on to Philomena by Martin Sixsmith (on which the film was based) which I was given for Christmas. Two chapters in and I'm hooked!

So, where to start. I was given these rather delicious Neal's Yard bath potions for Christmas - so far I've been loving the English Lavender shower gel and am looking forward to using the Seaweed and Arnica foaming bath. It is said to restore those who are overtired; perfect for post-festive partying and the inevitable hangover! 

This past week I seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time cleaning the house and washing up (all that tasty food don't cook itself!) and my hands are feeling the after effects. This is Absinthe hand cream from The Body Shop is my go-to product at the moment; it smells divine (who'd have thought?!) and leaves my hands hydrated and soft without feeling greasy. Its these little luxuries that put a smile on my face - sad, I know!

And finally, once my body is tended to, on to the face. All the rich food, alcohol and cheese (!!) has left my skin feeling pretty sorry for itself and I've started to break out which is quite rare for me. This Merumaya Luxury Facial Wash* is my first point of call to recharge my skin and get it back to its former self - I also loved their Melting Cleansing Balm. This one is to target blemish-prone skin whilst also holding anti-ageing properties - they say to start young! And to complement this I've also been using an anti-wrinkle eye cream from Vision Direct* before bed. I've discussed my eye issues with you all before and have continued to ensure the skin around my eyes stays hydrated and well looked after. This does the job well!

And if all else fails to help you relax and unwind, try one of these...



  1. I love the Body Shop's hand creams. The hemp one is my saviour!

  2. The absinthe hand cream sounds so intriguing. I'm sing the almond one and it's lovely!
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  3. Man the muffin looks yummy!


  4. mmm that breakfast looks amazing! My mum doesnt the neals yeard products and im yet to try them! will have to give them a go :)

    Love your blog! Pictures are lovely and clear :)
    would love you to pop over and check out mine!

    Mollie xoxo


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