Sunday, 30 October 2016

How to finally get a good nights sleep with Holland & Barrett

As soon as I wake up I check my phone and scroll through the usual suspects - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat then maybe flick through them once more before I get up ready to start the day. I get to work and sit down for a day which usually results in me staring at a laptop screen and repeating my morning routine, but this time its my works social media accounts. I then get home and flick through the same social media apps while I aimlessly watch tv in the background. I'm not paying attention to the phone in my hand or the tv in the background, but this has become routine until I finally get to bed.

36% of the British population are sleep deprived and Holland & Barrett are on a mission to help people finally get a good nights kip. When I got an email from their lovely PR team about their #GoodSleep campaign I knew I just had to say yes. I took their sleep test which you can do here, and got diagnosed as their "Late Night Browser" - who'd have guessed it? I know for a fact though that pretty much all of my friends will probably fall under this category as well, it has now become the norm to be more involved in what's happening on our phones that we rarely take a second to take a step back and see what's happening right in front of us, not just behind the screen.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Satori Salon Plymouth blogger event

Last Friday myself and some of the other lovely Plymouth bloggers were invited to an evening of pampering at Satori Salon which is based in Drake Circus. When you step inside its like its own separate bubble to the hustle and bustle of outside, you can just sit back and relax and let the world pass by or even have a little people watch as you get your nails done if you grab a window seat, who doesn't like doing that to pass the time?

I was really looking forward to this blogger event as I never usually treat myself to a bit of pampering in a salon, I normally just try and do everything myself at home. Throughout the evening we were given the chance to have a nosey throughout the salon, try some of their products/treatments and watch a demonstration of microblading.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

My favourite autumn lipsticks

Autumn lipsticks

I love autumn, it's one of my favourite times of the year; Mainly because I get super excited about Christmas from the end of September but also because I love the clothes and makeup you can wear. Cosy knits, deep colours, statement lips and eyes, the list goes on and on.  This week I thought I'd share with you my all time favourite lipsticks to wear this time of year. I've got a few nudes, a couple berry colours and of course some very festive red!


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Beauty Advent Calendars for every budget

Long gone are the days when just a chocolate calendar or dare I say it a picture one (!) are acceptable for the countdown to Christmas. Now it seems everywhere and everyone have got beauty advent calendars. Now I'm partial to a Cadbury chocolate advent every year and never normally stray far from the path, but last year was the first time experiencing the beauty advent and I must admit I loved it. I did keep my chocolate one as well because when else is it acceptable to wake up and have chocolate other than during December and Easter?


Sunday, 2 October 2016

How to get rid of pesky blind spots

 Don’t you just hate those really annoying spots that are the size of Mount Vesuvius and feel so bruised and sore, like it’s going to erupt at any moment and cause an earth quake. I have had the same one for MONTHS now and have only just managed to finally get rid of it after nailing my skin care. These horrible little creatures like to burrow somewhere along your chin when it’s ‘that time’ of the month to make you feel so much better about yourself. The reason they are so painful is because they are located deep under the surface of the skin and are close to the nerves making them very red and sore.

To save you the time, hurt, redness and money I thought I would be kind and share my 10 steps on how I got rid of them for good!

  1. DON’T PICK – this may seem like an obvious one but so many people make this mistake. By picking, squeezing or god knows what else you can do with it you’re likely to make it sore and much worse in the long run. Think of all the bacteria... eeeewwwwww.
  2. To help speed the process of it coming to a head, try putting a flannel in really hot water (not so hot you end up burning off your skin) and place it over the top for a while. Doing this morning and night helps shift it along.
  3. Take off your makeup properly. Another simple one that you should already be doing. It’s so easy to just use a makeup wipe and dive into bed (trust me I’m a fan), but it just doesn’t help the cause. If I am going to use a wipe I’ll make sure I use a face wash afterwards as well.
  4. That was a good link, now onto facewash. I picked up the new Body Shop 3 in 1 tea tree wash in hope that it would solve all of my problems and it definitely played a big part. You can use this as a wash, scrub or mask depending on what you fancy; I mainly use it as a wash. The thing I love about tea tree products is that you can instantly feel it getting down to business; The fact that it’s a Body Shop product just makes me even happier. As I have sensitive skin I always feel safe when picking a Body Shop product, plus the staff in Plymouth are always amazing.
  5. Before bed I use good old Germolene on the spot to soak in overnight. Word of warning, don’t use it before your makeup as it makes everything congeal! Germolene is an antiseptic cream which helps clean the area to prevent any infections as well as soothing the pain. My family have used this for everything since I can remember… My mums favourite answer to any dilemma is to put some Germolene on it.
  6. Once a week I also like to use a clay mask to pull out any impurities. I’ve been using the new one from L’Oréal which has been great. Again it doesn’t react with my skin and I feel like it helps reduce the size.
  7. Due to having to cover up the blind spot with makeup I like to try and make sure there’s some sort of barrier between the foundation and the skin. I’ve been using the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer. This helps create the barrier as well as making sure my makeup stays in place so I’m not having to cover up throughout the day.
  8. Wash your brushes regularly – I HATE washing my brushes it’s such a boring and long task. The first thing I usually do though when I have a breakout is wash the brushes. It’s important to keep up with it as all the dirt and bacteria just builds up and then you end up smearing it all over your face, which is not what you want!
  9. Drinking more water and eating a bit better can really help make all the difference, working from the inside rather than from the outside.
  10. Last but not least it’s important to keep up with your routine. There’s no point finally getting clear skin nailed to then go back to your old ways!
I hope you find this post helpful and you've had a great weekend!

Ellé x
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