Just Beauty Sleep…

As my teething, British Summer hating, restless baby goes down for what is likely to be another interrupted night of what I can only loosely refer to as “sleep”, I resist the urge to curl up beside her still fully clothed and resembling a harpy to grab the opportunity to pamper myself.

Now I would love to write a post on a beauty routine that involved massage oils, sheet face masks and a glass of bubbly while I languished in the tub but it would be fiction and instead I will give you the best realistic solutions I have found to give me a fighting chance of taking on the following day.

I light a posh candle, grab a good book and throw some Radox into the bath (even if there are a few rogue floating ducks in there)

It is tempting to grab every second of sleep, and sometimes that is the best option, but when you have the opportunity to unwind, savour it. Taking care of yourself is so important, especially if you need to take care of everyone else.

I’m not great at switching off so I love the half an hour of distraction i get from a novel and I really appreciate drifting away into a story.

I make sure to properly take off my makeup. Firstly using a small amount of coconut oil warmed in my hands then massaged all over my face. I love the smell and I love how easily mascara melts away. I then follow up with a small amount of Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash all over my face but avoid the eye area with this. I take everything off with a warm damp flannel and once a week use the Resurfacing mask, usually on a Sunday so my skin feels great to start the week off.

This combination hydrates my dry skin and leaves it incredibly clean without feeling stripped.

To finish off my evening skin care I squeeze a little of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Clarity toner onto a cotton pad and lightly sweep this over my face and end with Origin’s GinZing eye cream and Night-A-Mins moisturiser. These are cult favourites for a reason and whenever I stray brands I always come back to these.

Once out of the bath I apply Bio-oil while my skin is still damp to lock in moisture, then slather on Champneys foot cream (it is sandal weather after all) before creeping like a stealth trained ninja back into my room.

My absolute must have for the best nights sleep is a wonderful mattress. The Leesa mattress is unlike any other, designed from the inside out with three layers of universal adaptive high quality foam to provide the cooling, contouring and core support everybody needs to achieve amazing sleep.

Add to an incredible mattress freshly washed sheets and that is my idea of heaven.

How do you achieve your best beauty sleep? And what products are your saviours on an evening?




Not Just Another CC Cream…

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Arbonne is a new find for me, I’d heard about it here and there but as a firm beauty hall junkie I never really gave it a shot, until I had a test of the RE9 Advanced Set, Extra Moisture skin care and the arbonne intelligence CC CREAM and now I’m a complete convert.

I have tried my fair share of skin care (try saying that 5 times in a row!) and my standards are pretty high. I like a different day cream to night cream, I need a lightweight, good under makeup, high spf day cream and a thick, hydrating wonder cream at night. I love a serum as my skin is dehydrated and I have a 16 month old so hard working eye cream is a must. This set is everything I need and more and I saw a noticeable difference in how soft my skin felt after about a week. The day cream and the eye cream are my favourite 2 products I felt they gave the most dramatic results on my skin. You can get sample packs which are ideal, especially if you are unsure which range would be the best fit for your skin’s needs. The sets would make a wonderful gift for the women in your life or if someone doesn’t know what to get for you this is a fantastic suggestion

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In the CC Cream I am the fairest shade and even that looks pretty dark when you squeeze it out, but once you blend it in it just leaves a beautiful tint which adapts to your individual skin tone. It is a light coverage and has an Spf of 20 so perfect for a day time base. It gives a luminous but matte finish on it’s own and is perfect as a primer to make any fuller coverage foundation go on more evenly for a perfect base. It truly is skincare meets cosmetics and gives a beautiful, healthy looking complexion.

The whole company does not test on animals and is vegan friendly, a massive bonus. 

Have you tried anything from Arbonne? What would you recommend?

Thanks for reading my little review, talk to you soon

Nicola x

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