RSS Feed

Tag Archives: treatyourself

Latest Purchases #92 – A Birchbox Haul

I was looking to up my skincare routine now that the weather is getting colder and the heating is on. I suffer from quite dry skin in the winter so looked to the Birchbox website for a couple of new items to try out. Of course, my search for skincare soon led to other things and before I knew it, a large box had arrived on my doorstep full of goodies, followed by a second order using the free shopping points I had earned from the first one!

IMG_4149

First up, the two items I actually needed: moisturising cream.

I bought this jar of Aquaporin Plus by Bluemandarínes, a 24-hour hydrating cream. I always think a glass jar adds a little bit of luxury and this cream is rich yet sinks into the skin quickly and has a beautiful, delicate floral scent. I think this would work as a day or night cream.

IMG_4142 IMG_4143

I also picked up a jar of Melting Moisturising Cream by Akane. Upon further reading, this brand uses the Akane red apple tree from Japan which has antioxidant properties and is perfect for normal to dehydrated skin. Whilst also quite a thick, rich cream, this has an almost matte finish which I think makes it perfect for use in the morning before makeup.

IMG_4145 IMG_4144

On the few occasions that I wear my hair straight, I have been struggling with some fine, wispy pieces of hair that seem to want to curl up again so I was after some light hairspray that would hold these flyaway hairs down without a heavy, sticky feeling. Montibel·lo is a good haircare brand and I bought their Flexible Hold Finishing Spray. It sounds like exactly what I’m looking for and this huge bottle should last me a while!

IMG_4138

I really like the brand Weleda and their all-natural approach but I had a few hit and miss products from them this time. The one I loved was the Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash which smells amazing and is just a really lovely shower gel.

IMG_4140

I also picked up the Oat Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner which I’m just not a fan of. The shampoo was fine and I will use that up but the conditioner was so thick and heavy and it left my hair really matted and unmanageable.

IMG_4139

Finally, I earned enough points to splurge on a luxury product I just love. At £28 for a little 30ml bottle it isn’t cheap but the Make Up Base by RMK is amazing. This milky formula sinks into the skin so quickly and leaves you with a soft, flawless base. I use this base with glowy and matte foundations and it really helps them last. I first tried this as a sample through Birchbox and it was only when it ran out that I realised how much I love it and it has actually replaced my silicone-based primers like Benefit POREfesstional as it feels much kinder to my skin.

IMG_4147 IMG_4148

Overall, a pretty successful haul and I’m hoping my skin thanks me for it! x

Advertisements

Latest Purchases #91 – Handbags

Handbags have never really been my thing – shoes yes, stationary yes and nail varnishes oh yes! However, I decided that for my 30th birthday I would treat myself to a designer handbag to remember my birthday holiday to America and also to have a beautiful item to use on a daily basis.

IMG_2711

Not content with one handbag, I actually ended up buying two bags, one statement and one classic, but I have quite different uses for them.

First of all, I bought this bright blue leather bag from Nine West. I love this colour and think it will work all year round. It has a lovely slouchy style and a folded over front which I think adds a cool twist. The inner lining is also really pretty. I have been using this as my everyday handbag and find it is quite roomy.

IMG_4012 IMG_4013 IMG_4014 IMG_4015

Secondly, I wanted a ‘timeless classic’ that I could use for years to come and I decided that a black handbag would always be in style. I had a serious shopping dilemma between a Michael Kors and a DKNY bag but the latter won and I have worn this beauty a couple of times now.

IMG_4009 IMG_4010 IMG_4011

I tend to save it for nights out or the weekend just to keep it feeling special. I think the black snakeskin leather with the gold hardware is just stunning and I love the fact is a very simple, classic shape that won’t go out of style.

Latest Purchases #90 – Dotcomgiftshop

Happy Saturday! Ian is working today so I snuck back to bed this morning with brioche and tea to read a few chapters of my new book and plan to spend the day baking, blogging, pottering and doing a little bit of marking.

A little while ago, I made another order at Dotcomgiftshop (which does the most amazing sales!) Here are a few things I picked up…

First up a fun new print for the kitchen. I like the retro style of this picture and of course the celebration of all things pudding! I was going to ask Ian to hang it this weekend but after almost falling out hanging some other prints midweek I think I may need to butter him up first!

IMG_3830

I have phases where I find cross stitching really relaxing to do as I watch TV (it stops me constantly checking my phone too!) and this ‘Home Sweet Home’ print is a very sweet project to have lined up.

IMG_3831

This metal sign made me giggle. I plan on hanging this in our utility room by the washing machine when we finally decorate it.

IMG_3832

I really like this next item – a pastel green herb house. I saw a similar style in IKEA recently and almost bought it but thought this was a little more unique. It comes with six plant pots with blackboard-painted signs for you to add the name of your herbs on. We always have fresh herbs on the go so this will be a lovely way to grow and display them.

IMG_3833 IMG_3834 IMG_3836 IMG_3835

I can never have too many notebooks and this pretty pink and gold design is a happy addition to the collection.

IMG_3837

I also picked up this pencil box to try and keep my desk tidier at work.

IMG_3838

I love making my baking efforts look a little bit better by using pretty cupcake cases.

IMG_3839

I had to bin my old flask recently as it was leaking so this is a good replacement…perfect for filling with hot chocolate when we go on an autumnal country walk!

IMG_3840

We always need tea towels and I thought these apples and pears designs looked very Orla Kiely-esque.

IMG_3841

Clearly influenced by the same designer, I bought a new jar for storing our teabags.

IMG_3843

Napkins.

IMG_3842

Despite Ian telling me we don’t need any more tins, I couldn’t resist these pretty ones and they all fit inside the big one so they aren’t taking up too much room!

IMG_3844 IMG_3845

Some washi tape in pretty gingham designs.

IMG_3848

Some metal candle holders that I plan on hanging in the garden next summer.

IMG_3847

Finally, my most middle-aged purchase (which I am secretly really excited about) is this little gardening set as my knees really hurt when I have to kneel down to dig and plant stuff!

IMG_3846

Latest Purchases #89 – A Paperchase Haul

It’s September and even if you are not going back to school/ college/ university, the shops are full of beautiful stationary so it’s only right that you indulge in some notebook-related loveliness.

FullSizeRender

I think stationary shopping can be dangerously tempting. All those planners and cute to-do-list notebooks make you feel like you are getting super-organised whilst having an Instagram-worthy desk space. I popped into Paperchase, one of my favourite stationary shops, to get a few back-to-school essentials and some not-so-essential items!

IMG_2091

First up, an academic diary. I long for the day I can get a January to January diary but luckily there are some pretty September to September versions available. I bought this peony-covered one and used my neatest handwriting to keep it looking beautiful!

IMG_2088

If I don’t write it down, then it will be forgotten about so I also picked up a new notebook for my to-do lists. I love this bright, geometric print.

IMG_2087

I can’t get enough of nice pens and pencils to write in the aforementioned books so I bought a set of metallic gel pens and some pretty pastel pencils. I’ve already sharpened the pencils in my new electronic pencil sharpener…yes, I am that cool!

IMG_2086 IMG_2089

Finally, I picked up a few birthday cards and some birthday cups too…just because.

IMG_2085 IMG_2090

I think I have also discovered where my next stationary purchases may come from – I love everything in Kate’s new shop…ahhhhh those prints!

Latest Purchases #84 – Summer Sales

It’s almost the summer holidays! This is a funny time of year as I try to cram the last few things into the end of term (prom tomorrow!) and start to get ready for our American adventure, plus a weekend in London with friends on the cards…busy but good busy!

I have been picking up a few bits and bobs in various sales over the past few weeks and thought I would bundle all of the items together into a blog post.

First up, Forever 21. We don’t have one of these in Bath but we popped into a store in the Trafford Centre and I came out with one of the least summery offerings available; a pair of chunky boots!

IMG_2047 IMG_2048

Despite not really needing them at the moment, I couldn’t leave these gold-plated beauties on the shelf. I love the colour (not brown or black like my other boots), the gold hardware and the straps across the front. They also have cut-out side panels which I really like and means I can start wearing them as soon as summer is on its way out as they aren’t solely winter boots.

IMG_2049 IMG_2051

Whilst I was in Forever 21, I also picked up a basic black cardigan, these pretty gold and white earrings and this cute polka dot makeup bag which I will probably take with me to America.

IMG_2079 IMG_2052 IMG_2053IMG_2058

I needed a few boring bits from Primark recently but I defy anyone to pop in there and not pick up something new! I spotted this dark grey tshirt with an embellished neckline and bought it a few sizes bigger than my normal size as I wanted a looser fit.

IMG_2055 IMG_2056

Next an ebay impulse purchase after I decided I wanted something embroidered in my wardrobe! I found this navy dress and really like the coral pink of the flowers. This is a loose, flowing smock-style dress which looks good with bare legs or over leggings.

IMG_2059 IMG_2061

I also bought this shirt from H&M on a whim but have worn it loads already. I like the print and I also really like the fact that the hem is slightly longer at the back.

IMG_2062 IMG_2063

ASOS did their usual thing of tempting me with some sale emails so I caved in and bought a few items; a pair of black, slim-leg trousers for work, some funky patterned trousers and a white top from Mango that I meant to photograph but is still sitting on my ironing pile!

IMG_2066

A duo next from TKMaxx and Superdrug which work perfectly together. I had wanted a new powder brush for a while so thought ‘why not try out a new powder too?’ This ecotools brush is my first from the brand but is soooooo soft! It’s quite chunky so maybe not great for travelling but it is lovely to use and is perfect for applying powder or bronzer evenly across the face. The Bourgois Healthy Balance Powder is a blogger’s favourite and I can see why.

IMG_2082 IMG_2083 IMG_2084

Finally, I popped into Accesorize and picked up some earrings. Both the orange and lime green pairs remind me of something you could pick up in a Mexican market and feel very summery.

IMG_2069 IMG_2070 IMG_2071 IMG_2077 IMG_2081

However, my favourite purchase was this gorgeous ear cuff which just about fits my tiny ears!

IMG_2072 IMG_2073 IMG_2075

Right, I’m off to binge on the new series of Veep! x

Latest Purchases #83 – A Mini Body Shop Haul

Hello! This week has been boiling hot and I have also had a horrible cold so spent the last few days feeling generally rubbish. Thankfully, it is much cooler today (but still sunny!) and after an early night, I seem to be able to breathe again. I even managed to do a spot of baking this afternoon.

Today, I wanted to share a mini haul that recently arrived from the Body Shop. I had my eye on these items and waited for one of their fab sales to save a few pounds and ease the guilt!

IMG_1917

First up, the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter.

IMG_1922

I have fallen in love with their Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil so thought I would give this solid version a go as I have been known to get the oil all down my bathroom shelf…the pump on it can be perilous! I’m sure it’s me and not the packaging but I thought this solid balm would be an interesting one to try.

Next, I blogged recently about wanting a daily moisturiser with a decent SPF to use on holiday. I was using one from L’Oreal but did a classic and managed to drop it all over my bedroom floor/ mirror/ wall/ slippers/ washing basket…yeah, that was fun to clear up! I received some recommendations for this Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser from the Body Shop and was so pleased when I saw it had SPF 30. I like this range – it reminds me of a bargain version of the Origins GinZing moisturiser and it will definitely be going in my travel washbag!

IMG_1920

A repurchase next – I love this serum from Body Shop’s Vitamin E range. Whilst I like trying new brands, this is probably my 3rd or 4th tube of this serum and one that is an oldie but a goodie!

IMG_1919

Finally, I picked up a little tub of their Elderflower Eye Gel – I think I was trying to spend enough to get free delivery but this seems like it will be perfect for puffy eyes, especially in this warmer weather.

IMG_1918

Latest Purchases #82 – ‘Front and Back’ Earrings

A little jewellery haul today with some pretty bangles and a new style of earrings I have been loving for the last few weeks.

First up, the bangles:

IMG_1744 IMG_1745

I picked these up from H&M as I loved the gem-like look of them – my favourite is the rose gold one!

Now onto the interestingly named ‘front and back’ earrings – I’m not even sure if that’s their proper name but it kind of explains the style quite nicely. I looked everywhere for a pair of these and these two were the nicest I’d seen. Some earrings in this style are very elaborate but I like these two pairs as they are very wearable.

IMG_1746

First up, the chunkier pair which remind me of a bellybutton bar at first glance! I love the pale pink gem in these and think they sit perfectly in the ear.

IMG_1747 IMG_1755

Next, another pink and gold pair but these have a more delicate look to them and can be worn with the 7-jewel backing or without as a simple pair of studs. If I had to choose, I’d probably say these were my favourite of the two.

IMG_1756 IMG_1757

Both pairs of these earrings were from River Island and they had another few cool designs too…I may be back for more!