Chilly the Snowman

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Love this little snowman, very much inspired by the Cath Kidston snowmen decorations.

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Goodbye Winter

With the spring weather slowly making a lovely and welcomed appearance, now seems like a good time to share my winter favourites before I swap them all in favour of lighter and brighter options.
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Dove Daily Care 2in1 Shampoo and Conditioner
I got this impulsively when I was in urgent need of a nourishing shampoo. My hair was feeling very dry and frizzy from my excessive blow drying! I am so pleased with this purchase, it’s creamy, perfect for daily use and leaves my hair feeling conditioned but not weighted down. As a 400ml bottle this goes quite a long way and you can get many many hair washes from it.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Range
I purchased the mini travel pack which contains the Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, Day Moisture Cream and Night Moisture Cream which I have previously shared my first impressions on. This is the first range I have got into the habit of using. Winter drys out my skin a lot especially on my face and to find these products which I feel really comfortable using has been such a relief! No more face rashes or tight skin! The toner and day cream are completely gone, which is great. The night cream I use sparingly and only on nights when I feel like my face is super dry. The cleanser is rarely used, because I have a face wash but it is handy for when I am away from home.  Because I loved this range so much I have purchased the full size products, which is something I rarely do!

Nivea Lip Tin Rasberry Rosé
I got this as part of a three pack gift set at Christmas which I am so grateful for. I always used to apply Vaseline to my dry and cracked lips, knowing that lots of people have the opinion that Vaseline actually does the oppostive to aiding dry lips. This lip butter is heavenly. It feels thick and full of moisture but it isn’t too heavy on my lips. It keeps on for a while despite my constant lip licking. The main thing about this product is the smell. It is gorgeous and reminds me of a rasberry Petit Filous.

Dove Body Skilk
I have dedicated a whole post to this previously because it’s so great! I have sensitive skin and usually with winter comes Eczema but not for the past two years! I apply this two times a day after a bath and my skin is soft and prepared for the day ahead.

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails Cream
My nails have always been a problem for me, they grow fairly quickly and evenly but the same ones always peel away! I have tried many different things to stop this and used nail creams in the past. I give up on them usually because they can be heavy and oily making it difficult to do anything for the half an hour after application. I got this bottle in Asda in part of a multi-buy offer and keep it next to my bed. It’s sued after every bath because I think the water is what makes my nails weak. It works really nice after I use nail polish remover too and helps to prevent drying out before I repaint!

My nails are also always painted and during the winter months I tend to reuse the same colours just for ease and because my wardrobe colours become quite limited. Purples, reds, dark pinks…natural colours which blend well with black and other dark clothing! The most used in past months has been the Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus. 

This has been the first time I feel confident in the products I am using and happy to pay to replace them, usually I never finish bottles and am always on the look out for new products! Next winter my beauty shop should be a breeze.

The Season of Red, Green and Tartan

I have seen a lot of ‘#DIYDecember’ which has been really inspiring and got me excited about different ways to keep myself busy in my free time.

This week I thought I would try the classic salt-dough decorations. It was such a quick and easy project which really got me into a happy mood. Just getting my hands into the sticky dough, rolling and kneading felt so therapeutic, I recommend it to everyone.

There are so many recipes to follow online and suggestions for cooking or microwaving. I thought I would just improvise and see how it goes.

1 cup of table salt
2 cups of flour
1 cup of water

I kept adding water and flour until I got a nice tough consistency which I then rolled out and used cookie cutters to create shapes!
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They almost look good enough to eat!

I made a lot of trees because I like Christmas trees – of course. After spending an hour painting them, I thread a nice tartan ribbon through (the choice was hard to make thank you HobbyCraft). So now I have a cute DIY Christmas Tree alternative to Bunting.
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I hope some of my craft posts might inspire others to make some projects and get in touch with their crafty sides this  December.

 

December Essentials

As we approach December and the colder weather starts arriving (very slowly, it’s been a mild year), I thought I would put together a list of what I call my December Essentials.

1) SPF
Although the sun may not be shining as warmly or for a long as we would like sun protection is still a must. A lot of people I know have the misconception that just because it is a ‘cold sun’ it’s UV Rays won’t have the same effect as they do during the summer season. I am no scientist or expert but I believe that they do still have an effect on your skin, especially if you spend a lot of time in the outdoors. So for me, moisturiser with an SPF is a great investment for all year round. I also love a good tinted moisturiser to keep my natural sun-kissed glow.

2) Chunky Jumpers 
when I do the classic wardrobe swap I find myself having so much more storage space, beacsue my winter wardrobe consists of dresses and tights or leggings and lots of chunky jumpers to snuggled up in.

3) Scarves 
To go with the chunky jumpers and dresses, I have a lot of scarves which have just become a wardrobe staple for me all year round. A great way to make a plain outfit look a bit more ‘fashionable’ and they create endless amounts of outfits!

4) Vaseline – Rosy Lips
Many people I know aren’t much of a fan when it comes to Vaseline for your lips. It’s been known to dry them out more and can have a slimy texture. But for me it works and I love just being able to top it up during the day without a mirror and having to check if it’s bleeding around my lips to make me look like a clown. The Rosy Lips version ‘pinkens’ my lips to a natural shade and people often say they like my lipstick!  A bargain price too, in most drugstores you can get them for about £1.

5) Socks
More specifically, Christmas themed socks. These are a must to keep your toes nice and warm during Christmas shopping sprees and lazy days in.

6) Cadbury Drinking Chocolate
I don’t mean the instant ‘just add hot water’ type, I mean the real ‘swirl into hot milk’ type. I love having a night in with a big mug of this and some Cadbury chocolate to dip in (melted chocolate in your mouth is the best sensation, I am sure of it).

7) Christmas music
When December hits the playlists change and CDs in my car are swapped to Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé, Now That’s What I Call Christmas and I personally really like the Ally McBeal Christmas Soundtrack. Not forgetting Slade, Shakin’ Stevens and so on.

8) Glitter 
The party seasons is very much on our doorsteps, not that I have many party plans, but I still like to add a bit of sparkle into my wardrobe. Whether that be wearing glitter in my clothes or subtly in my eye-shadow it will be there. Most likely on my nails.

9) Decorations 
I live with my parents so unfortunately I don’t get to go crazy and decorate my home the way I would like. My mum loves Christmas lights and they do get planted on every flat surface, along with two Christmas trees and candles everywhere. I like to add festivity into my bedroom in the form of lights, candles and cute Christmas ornaments. This was a gift from my mum for my birthday in November:

10) Toby Carvery
My favourite place to eat has to be Toby Carvery, just because I absolutely love a roast dinner. Beef, Gammon and Turkey, Yorkshire puddings the size of your face, endless amounts of vegetables and roast potatoes, and to make it even more yummy in December, they have parsnips and occasionally Brussel sprouts. Of course this has to be topped with copious amounts of gravy, mint sauce and bread sauce.

 

Silky Skin with Dove

I never normally bother with body lotions, and body butters are a definite no-go area for me. They are heavy and oily and just not right for me.

However, last Christmas my sister bought me a Dove gift set with bath milk, soap and this body cream.

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As I suffer from dry skin and occasionally my eczema likes to flare up, I thought it might be worth a try last year. I am so glad I bothered and didn’t pass this one on like I have done with other unwanted body lotions.

To start with, this product is a cream not a lotion which to me reflects the different in texture. It really is creamy and soft, so after a lovely bubble bath this is just silk on my skin.

I have noticed recently stretch marks appearing on my thighs, bum and hips and this is definitely due to lack of exercise and fat build up! So aside from working on being more active, I’ve made a conscious effort every morning and evening to apply this body cream in firm circular motions to my problem areas. I don’t know if it is the product that’s helping, or the fact I’m stimulating blood to the affected areas, but the marks are definitely less prominent than they were before and I haven’t noticed any new ones yet. So perhaps this is a good product for skin ageing!?

These retail at around £3.50 in most drugstores and it goes a very long way. I only use it in the colder months to keep my skin noticeably soft and nourished. I have loads left to take me through to the new year and possibly longer as long as it keeps.

Dove are a great brand and I absolutely love their bubble bath products. This Silky range is a must have through winter!