Pamper Yourself!

Hello people! I am writing this snuggled up in bed rocking my fluffy leopard dressing gown and knee high stripy socks because I am ill. Great timing Emma, it’s not like you just started uni or anything. Oh well, I have been resting and trying to make myself better. Today I decided to treat myself to a bit of a pamper sesh. When you are ill a lovely long shower or bath can do you the world of good.

I thought I would share some of my favourite pamper products with you. Some of them are pretty standard and cheap whereas others are a bit more of an indulgence so there should be something for everyone!

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Original Source shower gels are absolutely amazing! I love every single one of their different scents however the Vanilla and Raspberry and Raspberry and Cocoa are my current two favourites. Usually priced at about £2.29. Right now they are only 99p each on the Superdrug website which rocks! They lather up really well and make your skin so soft. They are packed with natural fragrances which leaves you and your bathroom smelling heavenly.

 

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Superdrug’s Revitalising Raspberry & Macadamia Nut Shampoo and Conditioner makes my hair so soft and silky. They help maintain the vibrancy of my coloured hair which means I can go longer between dyes. The sweet scent really hangs around in your hair which is lovely when you swish it around. These retail at £1.99 but they often have buy one get one free offers.

10580206-1324463975-484790Whilst on the subject of hair care I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourite products Alterna Bamboo Colour Protection Fade Proof Fluide (bit of a mouthful I know!). I just smooth a few pumps of this through my towel dried hair and it leaves it amazingly shiny. I feel it really helps add strength and retain colour as well. It also has UV protection which is a bonus. This is more of an indulgent product. I found it on Amazon for £12.99 for 3.4oz which seems pretty steep but it really does last for ages.

8840156643358Now on to some body love. This Cherry and Macadamia Body Butter is so rich and smooth you just want to spread it on toast and eat it! It smells like divine yoghurt or something, nom! I love strong scents and this definitely fits the bill. It moisturises beautifully and soaks into the skin really nicely. At £3.99 for a pretty big tub I would say it’s very good value for money as a little goes a long way.

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Could you guess a Lush product was gonna sneak it’s way in here? Trust me, there’s more coming up! Tender Is The Night has an incredibly romantic, sensual scent. Full of vanilla, ylang ylang oil and my favourite ever smell- jasmine, it is my perfect blend of fragrances. Lush massage bars are designed to melt with heat, so as you rub them over you they release lovely moisturising butters and oils all over your warm skin. I also love the look of this bar, the cute little pink flower on the top just adds that touch of loveliness. Priced at £6.50 I consider them to be a bit of a treat, but we all deserve a treat every now and then!

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Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub is perfect for the colder months. It works really well to gently buff dry, chapped lips. The caster sugar does the buffing while the organic jojoba oil moisturises. The best thing about it though has to be it’s sweetshop taste! After scrubbing away you lick off the sugary goodness- yummy! A 25g pot comes in at £5.50 which for such a great product isn’t bad.

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I like to finish treating my lips with a dab of Honey Trap lip balm. This is the only thing that has ever really worked for my dry winter lips. It’s super moisturising and tastes like honey and white chocolate! It costs £5.75 for a little tin which lasts forever. I got a tin just under a year ago and even with daily use I still have about half left. One thing I will say is be careful with the lid, I put mine of wonky once then spent half an hour bashing the tin to try and get it off again!

 

What to know something super cool about all of those products? They are all cruelty free! None of them have been tested on animals, yay!

 

lemon_ginger_20_etb_angle_2I’ve added this Lemon and Ginger Twinings infusion at the end of this list because it is my favourite drink when I am ill. I can’t stand Lemsip so when I have a cold I turn to this instead. If you leave it to brew for ages (10 mins) then it’s lovely steam really helps clear a blocked system. Also ginger is really good for settling an upset tummy. Basically this drink is a lifesaver! A box of 20 bags costs between £1 and £1.50.

I hope you like the look of some of my favourite pamper products. I think it’s really important to indulge in some pamper time, even if you aren’t ill. It’s good for the soul. I try to pamper myself fully at least once a week because it really boosts my mood and confidence. It’s part of my radical self love practice.

I hope you are all happy and healthy!

Toodles for now.

 

 

 

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Things I Love Thursday

I’m feeling pretty ill right now so a bit if gratitude is just what I need!

❤ Starting my new uni course and meeting some amazing people

❤ Google hangout chats with my friends who are off at Uni all over the UK

❤ My favourite ever online game being back in a way! You can go into the world of Glitch and run and bounce around as your character again! Here’s a screenshot I took today of mine and my Mum’s character in the game:

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Don’t we look super cute?!

❤ Dominos Wrapz- the veggie one is so tasty

❤ Oli looking after me when I am ill- he even wrote me a cute little note for when I woke up this morning

❤ Unicorn PJs and sweatshirts

❤ The documentary “Craigslist Joe”- it’s really inspiring and positive. It shows how generous and lovely humanity can be, very uplifting

❤ Dog walking

❤ Hanging out with my sister on our annual post birthday shopping trip to Plymouth

❤ This drawing my friend Saskia did of us and some of our friends playing games before everyone left for uni. This is the moment Jordan decided to plait Saskia’s hair strand by stand- I’m not quite sure what me and Taylor are thinking! Check out Saskia’s art here

tumblr_nc6bh3Zj0B1qgpg2ro1_r1_500❤ Lemon and ginger tea- my favourite thing when I am ill

Lust perfume from Lush; one word- heaven!

Things I Love Thursday

Gratitude is so important especially when you have been feeling a bit down. I find writing this weekly list really helps put things into perspective and reminds me that life can be freaking awesome!

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❤ Feeling super cute the other day wearing my new Crown and Glory glitter cat ears

❤ My 20th Birthday, I had a blast

❤ The Claire’s sale (squee!)

❤ Sonera saying that I “always look so nice”

❤ Oli always being there for me and making me smile

❤ My odd but delicious dinner the other night- rice, sweet chilli sauce, onions and 2 spicy bean burgers. Nom

❤ Jelly Bean Factory jelly beans

❤ Pre-uni drinks with my friends

❤ Sunny weather right into September

❤ The last super moon of the year

❤ Taking photos and making videos for my blog

❤ Prince being in the latest episode of New Girl

❤ This weeks episode of The Great British Bake Off! It totally made up for the baked alaska drama

❤ Playing spin the bottle/truth or dare

Next week I will be coming at you with new uni course awesomeness!

Toodles!

Well I’ve survived 20 years!

I am now a 20 year old! Woooo! It was my birthday on Friday the 5th and I had a blast of a day. I started the day with presents and kisses in bed with my lovely boyfriend before being whisked off to Swanpool beach for a spot of lunch. Their ciabattas are so delicious, I could eat one everyday. I also had one of their famous, massive icecreams. I opted for the “Monkey Business” which consists of two scoops of vanilla icecream, clotted cream and chocolate coated dried banana all balanced on a cone. Nom!

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I then wandered to my Mum’s house to see her, my Sister and Nana. They greeted me by singing happy birthday then gave me some awesome cards and gifts. I chilled there for a bit before heading home. My super wonderful housemates surprised me by decorating the living room with floaty scarves and birthday banners. Sonera also made me a pink cake adorned with chocolate cats!

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Check out all of this cake! The pink one was made by Sonera, the brownie type one was made by Saskia and the lovely marble cake was made by my cousin Lewis. I was so spoilt for choice!

On to the evening! All my friends came round and bombarded me with more heartfelt gifts before we headed upstairs to parrrrrttty! We played a bunch of drinking games which resulted in Oli declaring his love to one of the neighbours and Saskia sticking her hand in our wormery! All in the name of dares of course. We then headed into town the dance the night away! We had the club pretty much all to ourselves which was kinda weird but also freaking cool because we could be total oddballs without being judged.

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Now I thought it would be nice to show you guys my presents! It’s also a nice way for me to say thank you to everyone who came to my party and everyone who gave me presents. I love you all so much and am so happy to have you in my life.

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Firstly my tattoo! I got this a few days before my birthday but it was paid for with birthday money from my Mum, Nana, Oli, Beth, Lowri and my Dad. I love it so much! The art work is by Bei Badgirl and tattooed by the fabulous Josie at Shaded Lady in Falmouth.

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And finally here’s a video of my bumper Claires haul I got using a voucher from my Uncle and his family. Sorry if it’s a bit sticky in places, my webcam was being odd.

I had a lovely day and hope to have a lovely year! Again that you to everyone who made my day special, sorry I haven’t mentioned you all by name.

Toodles!

 

Things I love Thursday

Well this is my last gratitude list as a teenager, eeeek! Tomorrow at about 2pm I turn 20 and I am really excited. I was really scared about my birthday at the start of the summer, I even wrote a kind of bucket list of things to do before hand (which I haven’t at all completed). However I have come to realise that it’s not such a big deal. Ageing is unavoidable however growing up is most definitely optional. I am wearing a dress covered in teddy bears, ponies and rainbows tomorrow to prove just that point!10626595_923192454360256_3668808991202940485_n

 

❤ My latest inky addition. This merbitch by Bei Badgirl with merkitties and a fabulous seahorse. It’s a wee bit sore still but I am so happy with it! She is so badass and I love that about her.

❤ Popping round to my Uncles tonight to pick up my birthday card and being surprised
with a cake baked by my cousin! One birthday cake and it’s not even my birthday yet. So excited for tomorrow

❤ Sarah treating me to a curry

❤ The Krispy Kreme doughnut Jenny brought me

❤  After having to eat my dinner with just my left hand I have a new found appreciation for the use of both of my hands

❤ Watching Dr Who with my wonderful housemates

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❤ Reaching 1000 views on my blog! It really made my day

❤ Receiving wonderful comments on my blog

❤ Officially enrolling in my new uni course

❤ Lady Susan by Jane Austen, I read it all in one sitting and really, really enjoyed it

❤ Drinking out of my new Kilner jar/glass/mug (?) it’s so cute

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I look forward to sharing my birthday fun with you.

Toodles!

 

 

Personal Manifesto

I believe that writing something down makes it real. It takes it from the realms of abstract and places it firmly in the here and now. So I decided to write down my personal manifesto and put it out into the world.

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Physically writing this down really reaffirmed what I believe in and the things I need to do more of to keep myself happy and positive. In the past I have taken life way too seriously and not given myself time to enjoy the fun, simple and beautiful things. This list very much focuses on me and loving myself. I am working on putting myself first because then I will be in a happy positive state to help others. There are so many other things I could add to this list but I will leave them for another day.

Maybe try writing your own manifesto, I would love to read it 🙂

Internetty bits and bobs

Wow, I can’t believe August is over. It has really flown by. I’ve been getting in the mood for uni by buying new stationary and attempting to read my books. No month is complete without my round up of goodness from around the internet. Settle down with a cuppa and enjoy!

❤ Phoebe Buffay was my favourite character from friends so I was delighted when I found this list of her greatest lines.

❤ Have you ever wondered what a corner shop filled with felt goods would look like? Neither had I but this artist clearly has and decided to make it a reality! 

❤ I think this is an incredibly clever idea- How a password changed my life 

This wedding is so colourful and fun a beautiful, it fills me with joy

❤ Lot’s of UK stores embrace this idea in there value ranges however I think this way of marketing misshapen veggies takes the biscuit.

❤ Upcycling is always great and these thrift store paintings really gained a new lease of life through it

❤ Cher is hilarious on Twitter, just check this list out

❤ Baby crying? Here’s a musical solution

❤ Beaches are pretty magical as is but these beaches take it to a whole new level

❤ Colourful wedding dresses really add individuality to the day, be inspired through these beautiful examples

This website is so cute! You can “adopt” a toy cat who is based on a real rescue cat and half of your purchase price goes to cat shelters.

❤ There are so many body types women can have but they are rarely seen in the media. I found a wonderful, honest collection of photos of women owning their bodies and being proud to bare all!

❤ I see a bit of a wedding theme… oooops! Eclectic, vintage and bric a brac themed– what’t not to love?

A magical interview with my fave blogging babe Gala Darling

❤ Owl Babies was one of my favourite books as a child so when I came across an animated version I was transported right back

❤ I came across Tom Fletcher’s (from Mcfly) wedding speech the other day and it is so freaking romantic and funny and amazing. It made me cry happy tears

Sorry about the abundance of wedding type links, apparently I have been in a very romantic mood this month.

Toodles for now.