Tray It Up

This week I’ve decided to share my favourite relaxing bath time trick!

Well, it’s not really a trick, but this is something that I now cannot be without when it comes to chilling in the tub! Of course, you’ve got your candle for some mood lighting and a beautiful fragrance, and a bath bomb to add soothing oils and extra bubbles, but this little beauty is guarantee to up the ante.

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Introducing the fabulous bath tray!

This was something that I’d seen floating around on Instagram. It’s been featured in posts from my favourite bloggers like Little Lauren and posts from name-brands like The White Company.

They look great on the bath but they’re practical too, giving you a little shelf for your bathtime goodies and treats. Whether you love a bathtime read or prefer to use the time to relax with a facemask, body scrub, and candles, there’s no end to the help that this little guy provides.

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I’ve seen people adding laptops and tablets to their little trays too – admittedly the perfect opportunity to catch up on missed TV – but, to be honest, I’m not that brave!

Another trick I’ve seen is to use the tray for a drink and some snacks, though be careful not drop them in the water. A chocolate-tinged bath doesn’t bear thinking about!

 

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There are lots of different types and colours of bath trays and some even come with specific holes for holding your glass of wine or tablet, check this one out from Wayfair.

If like me you prefer something simple, a white wooden tray with room for all your bath time essentials, you can find my bath tray from, Dunelm here, and at only £10 personally I think it’s a bargain!

Found a great use for your bath tray? I’d love to hear about it!

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The Best Easter Egg

It’s almost that wonderful time of the year when eating chocolate is not frowned upon!

But if you’re still feeling a little guilty about tucking into a giant chocolate egg, or want to gift somebody an alternative egg this year, the Which Came First? bath bomb from Lush is a perfect little treat.

 

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An indulgent and rather large egg, this bath bomb is infused with lemon and grapefruit — two of my favourite fragrances — so I knew that this would be a hit! Naturally, I was attracted to its beautiful appearance first. Which Came First? is a different shape to the usual spherical bath bomb, but an obvious choice for this time of year. It’s covered in a vibrant, sunshine yellow to make you smile instantly. Who doesn’t love the sun?! As I mentioned earlier, this bath bomb is rather large in size which I found intriguing — imagine the bubbles!

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Until the lovely store assistant told me that there was a second bath bomb inside the egg, I had no idea! That’s three bath bombs in one, all for £6.95: one for the sunny side of the egg, one for the pink side, and one for the sweet little chick inside. I don’t think this could get any better.

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The combination of lemon and grapefruit has to be one of my favourite fragrances. Perfectly sweet, but not too citrusy or overpowering. There’s also a hint of vanilla to blend everything together, making this a truly indulgent spring treat!

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I mean, how cute is this little hatchling? The perfect Easter egg, if you ask me!

Have you found a nice alternative egg this year? I’d love to hear about it! 🙂

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xx

Miracle Masks

Can I just start by saying how much I love facemasks, they remind me of girly sleepovers talking about rubbish, eating pizza and painting each others nails in crazy colours… and dots 😉

So in order to put out a massive hint to my best friend that we need to do this again, and to show my love for some of the face masks out there I’ve decided to dedicate my instagram posts and my blog this week to trying them out. #facemaskweek

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First up is a mask that I’ve been wanting to try for ages! I love the idea of a sheet mask with the hope of it being less messy but still with great results. After following the Garnier UK instagram account after posting about the Micellar Water, I noticed them posting a lot about this tissue mask with everyone commenting it had left them with great results.

I applied the mask after cleansing my face from makeup first and whilst relaxing in the bath to try and get the full benefits of a chilled face mask application. With this mask you simply unfold it and lay over your face, I’d recommend a mirror handy to make sure you get the eye holes in the right place. You then peel off the protective blue layer and smooth out the edges to the curves of your face. The tissue mask is covered in a serum with Chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates and comforts your skin while you relax.

I loved the texture of this mask, it really felt as though it was ‘doing something’ and made me sit still which was an added bonus. If you do use it while in the bath as I did just be careful not to get too hot as I found having something covering my face and in a hot bath started to overheat a bit and I think I cut the 15 minute time a bit short.

Overall though I loved this sheet mask and will hopefully try some of the others out after payday 😉

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Next I decided to try the clayMask® from Medik8®, this mask has a thick almost clay like consistency which I’m guessing is where its name comes from. I wanted to give this mask a try as it will hopefully help absorb excess oil on my skin and prevent my pores from clogging.

This mask did leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh afterwards, however it was difficult and messy to apply, but that’s half the fun of a facemask right! I also liked the sound of this mask as it’s ingredients include plant extracts like Passionflower and Willow Bark together with Cranberry Fruit, which to me sounds like would be a good cocktail too!

 

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The 7th Heaven masks are the masks of teenage sleepovers all over the UK I can imagine, I know they were a firm favourite of mine, and still are to be honest! I decided to go back to them and try some new ones as well as one of my favourites, the Passion Peel off. I love these masks as not only are they all peel off ones which are so satisfying to peel off once they’ve dried, It’s like that feeling when you used to peel dried glue off your fingers!

I’ve not had a chance to try these all out yet but the one I’m most looking forward to testing out is the Black Seaweed Peel Off, I’ve always been a lover of seaweed as a skincare ingredient mainly due to it reminding me of being by the sea, which always calms me but I know it’s also good for oily prone skin, having used the Body Shop seaweed range previously.

 

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The Passion Peel Off is one of my favourites though, partly due to its fruity smell of Pineapple and Papaya as well as how soft and refreshed it leaves your skin. Once applied you’ll look a bit red and very shiny, but once its all dried up and you peel away the pale pink mask along with all your dead skin cells, you’re left with a completely refreshed complexion, don’t forget to moisturise on top though as this one can dry your skin out a little.

 

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After the success with the Garnier tissue mask I decided to have a little delve into a few more sheet mask’s, having finally scouted out the Soap & Glory sheet masks in boots, (Found them in the third boots I tried!) I decided to try out the Pore-Refining Mask and the Radiance-Boosting Mask. Firstly can I just say how much I love their packaging, I’m not usually a fan of ‘gimic’ packaging or a lot going on design wise, but somehow Soap & Glory manage to make theirs look great I almost don’t want to use them to ruin it!

Again I haven’t had a chance to try these ones out yet, but planning on a little pamper this weekend so keep an eye on my instagram story to find out how I get on!

 

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Still yet to find a face mask that I’m absolutely in love with, so if anyone has any suggestions of their favourites please let me know!!

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