Hi!

So Thursday's is normally let's talk Thursday's where I get to fill you in on life events, adventures, and really any topic that excited me this week! But for this weeks episode I've decided to switch things up a bit and to a let's cook Thursday because cooking is really what's been going on in my life this week.

I've been seriously getting into the cooking spirit recently and for several weeks now I've managed to rustle up something new, quick, easy and great tasting everyday, which I can assure you is quite a feat for me!

I love to cook but find myself so caught up with life that I rarely get to treat myself to some good old fashioned home cooking so this is a real treat, and without further delay I'll jump straight into it!

Quick and easy Potato and Leek soup.
(It might not look too beautiful but it tastes great!)



This is a real oldie but an absolute classic too. I love this soup for its simplicity, it's taste and how quick and easy it is to rustle up with basic ingredients I usually have just lying around the kitchen.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Feeds: 4 people
Lasts: 2/3 days refrigerated

For this recipe you're going to need:


450g potatoes peeled & diced into small 1cm cubes
300g leek whites sliced
1 small onion diced the same size as the potatoes
a tbsp of butter
850ml chicken stock (or vegetable stock if you prefer)
125ml milk
225ml single/double cream
salt & pepper to taste

You can use single or double cream, and skimmed or full-fat milk based on your own preferences. I used single cream simply because I had some to hand but if you want a thicker texture I'd go for a full-fat milk and double cream but anything will do.

To start off you should have peeled your potatoes and diced all your vegetables into roughly equal 1cm cubes. So that's your preparation done!

Pop your butter in a large saucepan and place on a low heat, as it starts to bubble throw all the vegetables in and give a good mix to make sure they are all evenly coated in the butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Next make sure the heat is on low and put a lid on your pan so they steam a little and leave for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

It's OK if you find it sticking or browning a bit once the stock cubes in everything will be soaked up into the soup and no one will every know!

After 10 minutes or once your vegetables have started to soften add in your 850ml of stock, place the lid back on and increase the heat to a slow boil for another 5 minutes.

It's really this simple!

After your five minutes are up leave to cool for a few minutes and blend. Please be careful not to burn yourself! I like to have my soup pretty smooth but with a few chunky bits of potato in there too. After you're happy with the consistency add your milk and cream, and simmer for a couple more minutes and your done!

One quick, easy and delicious Potato and Leek soup.

This recipe is great if you're in a rush or if you're running low on food in the house and only have real basics in the house (potatoes!) and an extra plus it's really tasty!
I love this soup all year round but especially when it's cold and miserable outside. Nothing is more "feel good" than a warm and filling bowl of soup!

Good luck cooking and I hope you enjoy your soup. If you have any favourite soups for rainy days please let me know in the comments below!

Bye for now!
xx
Hello!

Today's another Tuesday review day and I just couldn't pick between two products so this blog post is going to have a beauty double dose!

If you missed last weeks review don't worry you can find it here.

The products I want to talk about today both came in my February Birchbox. At first I wasn't too sure about the box, I hadn't received all the items I'd hoped for but in true blogging form I wasn't going to be put of until I'd tried and tested all the products.
Turns out I'm really chuffed with it. My favourite products in the box this month were:

Gilchrist & Soames - The London Collection Shower Gel | £13.75
Leighton Denny Nail Colour | £11
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | £12

I absolutely loved the Shower Gel, it had a really soft foam which felt amazing on the skin and smells so good! (I've gone and bought a full size bottle already!)

But, the Leighton Denny nail varnish and Eyeko eyeliner were hands down my favourite products.


To start off I just love the look of the bottle, for some reason the glass lid just does it for me, but of course more importantly I loved this colour too. I've bought similar shades in the past, but coming into spring this was a perfect addition to the collection. This dirty cotton pink has a very elegant and natural look and worked perfectly with my pale olive skin colour.
I was so pleased that it lasted chip free for several days too, which is amazing for me as I'm quite a hands on person and seem to chip nail varnish within hours of putting it on. I'm on day three today and so far so good!

Application was easy too. I think this varnish would be fine with just one coat as it has a very opaque colour, but it also tries so quickly I was able to do two coats in a matter of minutes.


At £11 a bottle it's not the cheapest nail varnish on the shelves but I'm so pleased with it I think it's well worth the money I can't wait to check out the rest of the range.

If you've tried any of the other colours or top coats (I know there's some amazing glitter coats) let me know what you think in the comments below.




The second of my favourites was the Eyeko Skinny Liquid eyeliner. At first I was skeptical about this one because I wasn't to keen on the applicator but it won me over from the first use. Claimed to be a beauty essential by Alexa Ching, the eyeko eyeliner was really easy to apply and great for those classic flicks that have been so in fashion this season.

The felt pen like applicator was actually so easy to use and made for controlled and quick application without any worry about smudging or wonky lines. Some applicators are so runny and flexible it's difficult to make a perfectly straight line but I had no problems at all with this one.



I've only made small flicks in this post, but it was so quick and easy to do I have no worries about making bigger ones or experimenting with other styles.
After wearing this all day it hasn't budged an inch either, and I'm confident I could happily wear this straight from day into night without checking in a mirror.

I'm so pleased with this eyeliner I think it's going to become my new go to liner for a more dramatic look.

I've only been subscribed to Birchbox for three months but I've been really pleased so far. At £10 a month it actually works out quite well most months (the eyeko eyeline alone is worth £12!) and I've already discovered so many amazing products! If you're thinking about subscribing too I'd really recommend it if you're looking to venture outside your comfort zone and try out some new high end products. I'll leave a link here for you to find out more information.
Birchbox!

I hope you liked this post and thanks for visiting.

Bye for now!
xx
Hi!

So last week we started the Self-reflection series and discussed the difficult dilemma of making choices! If you missed it you can find it here.

Last week was a looong post but this week we are going to keep things simple and start to get active.
This week we're going to gain some perspective, focus our thoughts and find some confidence in planning out dreams.

I'm at the time in life when I'm "in between jobs". I'm not unemployed, in fact i work two jobs, but some (ahem...my family and friends) might think I'm not using my qualifications to their best potential.

You see I came out of University with two thoughts...I love my subject (Psychology) and I definitely want to use it in my future...but (two) I also love a lot of other things. See the hardest thing for me to face was the idea of choosing one over the other. It's not that I just don't know what to do, but the honest truth is I want to do everything. So I graduated and ended up in the crippling situation where the thought of having to choose put my whole life on hold. I just couldn't face choosing and so I did nothing...sucks huh?

Does that sound familiar?

However, contrary to popular belief, this whole time I'm been convinced I shouldn't have to choose, and I CAN do everything. Of course no one I know agreed with me, but then I came across a book, and it gave me the confidence to give myself a little more credit.

That book was "REFUSE TO CHOOSE" and since I started reading this book and applying the ideas and practises in my life, I've started to transform my life.
The first big change I noticed was in my confidence and my motivation to get going! I was so excited to read that someone else thought I shouldn't have to choose! It was incredible.

So today we're going to be using one of the gems of advice I found in this book to give our thoughts and ideas some direction, and for those of you who also find it hard to choose we'll start to build your confidence and optimism that you don't have to choose either!

It doesn't matter if you're finding it hard to choose between degrees, jobs, hobbies or maybe just what food you want to eat, if you use this simple and practical tool it will really help you to focus and feel like you're committing to your plans and ideas.



Step 1: Buy a notebook.

Now I'm sure if you're like me you're probably thinking you've got a spare one (or 10) lying around the house that you could use. But I really want you to purposefully go out and buy one especially for this. The act choosing and purchasing a notebook especially for this will give it identity and you the feeling that you're starting something new, and you've committed to refusing to choose! I found this task really exciting and I was super eager to get to my nearest smiths and hand pick my chosen notebook. As a recommendation I'd say to choose one that's NOT lined, and opens from left to right not a flip pad. I found a lovely brown leather A4 pad and was chuffed to bits to get home!

Step 2: Get your thoughts down!

Now this isn't a process you need to rush but is a great outlet for you to feel like you've dedicated time to your ideas. Open up your new notebook to a double page. As it says in the book, it's much nicer to have a double page because as your thoughts flood in you can spread out across the page and you can visualise your ideas all in one place without having to turn the page.
Start with one ambition - anyone. You want to be dedicated each double page to a single idea, thought, ambition or dream, and be creative! Do whatever fits but being able to visualise your idea is key to this process. So get out the colouring pens, spider diagram, draw, write, scrap book if you like, but take the time to put all your thoughts on paper.

Step 3: Take your time.

Don't rush the process. Make sure you've allocated enough time to focus on the task. Turn of the TV, put away your distractions and find a well lit corner or table and give yourself a clean slate to put down your thoughts. Try to put some time aside to do this everyday and you'll be amazed how quickly you start to actualise your dreams!

The worst that can happen is you'll get the thoughts on paper, you'll express yourself and you'll decide to leave it there. But even if that's as far as it goes you will have given it time. By purposefully dedicating time to do this you'll come out feeling like you've expressed the desire, no longer will it be pent up inside and you'll feel a huge weight off your shoulders.

But the best thing that might happen is that by putting it down on paper and expressing your thoughts you'll start balls rolling and start to establish a plan to make your dream a reality.

I couldn't believe how much this simple activity transformed the way I see my dreams. No longer do they feel unreachable, I'm finally feeling like my life is becoming everything I hoped it would.

If you'd like to read the book you can find it here:
Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love

Next week I'm going to share with you some of my hopes and dreams that I'm finally making a reality!

I hope you'll join me and if you do start a dreams notebook, leave a comment and let me know how you get on!

Thanks for popping by!
Bye for now
xxx
Hello!



Welcome to another Let's talk Thursday. If you missed last weeks you can find it here, where I announced the brand new blog itinerary.

This week I'm going to be sharing with your the first of one of my (hopefully) many mini-adventures I have planned for 2014.
Now when I say mini - I really mean mini, but for me, well they're quite a big step in my plans to self-progression. If you read Sunday's first Self-reflection post you'll know that I'm trying to really make things happen this year. I'm taking some big leaps toward my goals and dreams and trying to fulfil some of my biggest ambitions, as well as some little ones. On Sunday we will be going into this in more detail but for today I want to tell you all about the first of my little goals to tick off my list!

I've always been one of those people that was willing to try anything. I'm not pretending I'm confident, out-going or any sort of extrovert, but if there's an opportunity to do something new, or if someone needs me to do something hard I'm ready to go! Sadly thought it's not all so simple!

Let me explain. If I had an employer who said "OK i need you on a plane tomorrow to go half way across the world for a conference", I'd be booking my flights within minutes. If I had to do a training course that involved roughing it for 24 hours (random I know but I did one last year with the Navy!) I'd say OK where's my boots! But if someone said hey I'd like you to go and spend 2 nights in a spa and relax my first thought would be "Oh that would be great" and then shortly after my second thought would be "...what?!"

See I say I'm a girl who will give just about anything a go once, but tell me to do something for myself and I find it really difficult. The idea of doing something, going somewhere for self-indulgent reasons is just so hard! It makes me feel so uncomfortable, but in reality it really holds me back. I miss out on doing so many great things because I feel I can't just do something for me, and I realised I really needed to sort this out. If I'm not able to treat myself, and recognise when I deserve a break or that spending money on a hotel is not a waste...I'm never going to be truly happy with myself, who I am, and ultimately never get the life I want!

So long story short I made a big/small leap last week and went on my mini-adventure!

Last week, very last minute, I decided to take a trip over the boarded into England and booked myself a room in a hotel. I picked out a fancy executive sweet with a lovely bathroom and decided I was going to have a couple of days of just me time, unwind, have a soak and take advantage of room service (my first time!). Simply I can say I loved it! I felt really uncomfortable on the train, but once I got settled into my suite I was so happy, and was straight in the bath tub! I made sure I had plenty of supplies and took with me the Sanctuary Spa Get-away collection just to be sure! Turns out it was a first for lots of things as I'd never tried Sanctuary Spa before either so I gave it a review, and you can find out what I thought here.

Being me, I wasn't quite ready to just pamper myself, so I took advantage of my time in Birmingham and got some well deserved shopping in to (I'm loving topshop and warehouse at the moment!) and I also took a trip to the Sea life centre which I loved. I'm a big lover of wildlife and although I'd pick seeing animals in the wild any day it was a great day and also quite tranquil I think (if you can ignore all the crowds).

Here's some picks from my day at Sea life :)





So it might not be a big adventure but for me it was. I'm really proud of myself for venturing out and doing something just for me for a change. I think it was a big step towards a positive and adventure filled future, in fact I have many more mini adventures set up for the coming months and can't wait to fill you all in on the details.

 If you're really interested I'm thinking I might do some hotel diaries in a few weeks too so I might include some hotel, spa and retreat reviews for people who like to do a little travelling and sight-seeing.

If you've got any great ideas for places to go, things to see, or maybe just a hotel you love please let me know I want to see as much of the world as I can this year so any advice and tips would be so useful!

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to come back on Sunday for the next episode of Self-reflection Sunday where we're going to be using some tools to make dreams more of a reality!

Bye for now
xxx
Hello!

It's that time of the week when we review something! 

Last week was full of adventure for me. I made some big steps and got to tick of another goal on my self-reflection bucket list (more on that on Sunday). I won't go into too much detail today but I'll give you a little snippet, and it involves the Sanctuary Spa Get-Away Collection!

For one night only, I booked myself into a lovely 4 star hotel and treated myself to an executive suite, room service and some well deserved down time! I took as little as possible with me, just my laptop to blog, my essential travel products, some cosy pyjamas and the Sanctuary Spa Get-away Collection, and that lack of an extra set of clothes FORCED me to go shopping and by a new outfit for the next day (the trials and tribulations of me time!).

My plan for the mini trip was to simply spends some time on my own, to leave behind to stresses of studies, work and life, and soothe my neglected self in a mountain of bubbles.



I was really excited to use this set because although I have worked in boots (many moons ago) and always picked up a bottle for a quick smell - I do love that smell - I have never actually ever bought anything! Silly I know. So I decided to rectify this gross error and bought the Sanctuary Spa Weekend Get-Away Collection. Some products I loved and some less so but first off here's what you get in the set:

Body Scrub 50ml
Body Wash 75ml
Foaming Bath Soak 75ml
Luxury Bath Float 75ml
Body Lotion 75ml
Hand Cream 30ml
Body Polisher
Wash bag

For £18 it's a pretty good deal, and a great way to try a range of Sanctuary Spa products if like me you've never bought any before. Unfortunately boots no longer stock this set, I bought it during the Christmas sale but you can find it on Amazon, which I will link below.


I really liked the selection that came with the collection, a good mix of basic essentials and luxury.

The first thing I have to say to get it out of the way is every single one of these products had that tell tale Sanctuary Spa aroma, an aromatic fragrance that's not over-powering but subtly lingers for a long while after.

The different ranges in the Sanctuary Spa collection to vary in fragrances, some are softer or more floral, this one had a oriental, warm and very calming fragrance which was just perfect for my pamper break.

Of all the products in this collection, my absolutely favourite was the Foaming bath soak. This product was hands down the most luxurious in the set and made for a perfectly relaxing bath. The Luxury bath float was not far behind, it gave the water a silky touch which left the skin feeling beautiful and was irresistibly aromatic, but the Foaming bath soak produced a mountain of bubbles which really made pamper time feel extra special. It also had a much more subtle aroma which was blissfully calming and really let me relax and enjoy the soak, and the hand cream and body lotion finished off the whole experiencing letting me drift on into slumberland feeling pampered, loose and ready for sweet dreams.

For me, the only downside to this set was body polisher which was a little course for my tastes. I don't know if this is simply a matter of preference but I prefer a polisher which is softer on the skin, but if you're looking for something more abrasive that can really exfoliate the skin as well then this polisher might just be the ticket!

I would definitely recommend this collection from the Sanctuary Spa range for a short relaxing get-away, is has all the essential body products you might need and gives you that touch of added luxury that completes your relaxing getaway.

I hope you've enjoyed this review. As I'm new to Sanctuary Spa, please leave a comment in the box below telling me your favourite Sanctuary Spa products and I'd love to give them a try!

Thanks for reading!
Bye for now
xxx
Hello!

Welcome to the very first edition of Self-reflection Sundays! The back story to this series would be quite a feat to include all in one edition but hopefully from week to week we will go over a little snippet of the story and discuss the progress or ambitions that have arisen since!

So to start at the beginning...

There comes a point in everyone’s life where your peers, elders maybe your neighbour, or even a stranger asks you that dreaded question “So what next?” This question can be posed in a number of ways: “So what do you do?”, “Have you decided what A-levels you're doing?”, “Have you chosen a University?”, “Have you got a job yet?”, “What do you want to do with your life?”… the choices are endless, but at some point, every one of us, will be asked the very same life determining, all defining, path deciding question “…what now?”

The troubling thing is, I don’t think many of us really know. We get by from day to day doing whatever comes up next and for some of us that can leave mean doing nothing.

We dread that ominous question which can be so frustrating, demotivating and even embarrassing to have to answer with “I don’t know”, or even worse to put forward your maybe less conventional ideas or high reaching dreams that people are so ready to put down.

Sound familiar?

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I’ve lost count of the times I’ve answered this question, it’s been so many now I’ve written and rehearsed speeches to “explain” myself to minimize the disapproving thoughts from others.

Fortunately for me my recent life (ahem to be accurate the last decade!) has been filled with studies so I’ve had the opportunity to say “well I’ve still got a year to go, so I’m still figuring things out”, “I need to study at a higher level to get the career I want” (twice), and “oh well the university offered me a part-time contract so you know I’m using the rest of the time to look over my options and make sure I choose the best next move in my career”.

But really…I’m thinking…

WHY DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE??!!

In reality almost all of us don’t know what we want to do and the few that do are very lucky! This goes for everything not just careers, but personal choices, lifestyle choices, everything can get a battering.

For me however, it wasn’t so much a case of finding something I wanted to do, but more that I just found it so difficult to choose between all my ridiculously wide-ranging interests.

My bucket list reads more like a bucket novel with ambitions ranging from get my pilots license, to play a role in a Hollywood movie, all the way to become a well known Psychologist! Luckily there are a few smaller things on there too which I’m slowly ticking off (more on that later!), but my point is – Choosing is hard, possible one of the hardest things you, or I, or anyone will ever do, and that’s a lot of pressure.

(Just to be clear I definitely don’t have things all figured out yet!)

But the biggest revelation a person can ever have is that “you don’t have to choose!” I came to realize this only a few short months ago. It’s not an easy thing to say, I mean really? I don’t have to choose? I can do everything?

Well, the simple answer is yes.
I’m not going to say it’s all so easy because it’s not, and hopefully we will come to that in future editions to this series, but the real message I want to get across today is that yes, if you really are passionate about so many things that’s ok, and with the right mind set and some confidence in yourself you can do everything you hope to, maybe just not all at once!

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Knowing this won’t make it easier when people still ask you that dreaded question, but if you stand your ground and if you truly believe it in your heart, you can do amazing things, and if you have the write people surrounding you (bloggers included!) they will support you.

It will still take hard work, commitment and probably a lot of bumps in the road but if you really want it you’ll get through it, and if it turns out not be to be quite what you imagined, well you just learnt something really important about yourself.

Over the last few months I’ve been doing just that, I’ve found out more about myself, my ambitions and my convictions than in my whole 20 cough something years of existence and over the next few weeks I’m going to share with you my story.

I’m not going to pretend everything is all sorted out, because it’s a work in progress, but I’ve started to learn the tips and tools to manage pursuing a lot of my dreams (start a blog – check!), and in turn I’ve really built my confidence, improved my overall self-esteem and more importantly I’m so much happier for it!

We’ll be covering a ton of topics on self-reflection, gaining confidence, taking risks and really figuring out what you want from life, but if there’s anything you’re really dying to cover, anything at all leave a comment in the box below and I’ll do my best to include it in the series.

I’d love to hear your dreams and ambitions too! It would be great to get a discussion going and share our experience!

I think that’s enough for this week but please make sure you come back again next Sunday, where we’ll be talk about how to focus those dreams and I’ll be giving you more of a back story on the choices I thought I had to make and how I’m now choosing to do them all!

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I hope you have a relaxing Sunday, and this has left you with some food for thought. I'll speak to you all next time.
Thanks for visiting!


xxx
Hello!

Today I'm really excited to share with you the new Theas Thinkings weekly itinerary. After a long January break from the blog I'm bag on the band waggon and bumping things up to three blogs a week.

From now on you can stop by for a new blog post at 8 am every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

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On Tuesdays we're going to be doing "Tuesdays Review Days" where I'll be trying and testing anything and everything, from crafting projects, recipes and books, to beauty products, fashion, music, films...you name it I'll try it! I'll be offering my raw and honest experiences and opinions on a whole range of products and topics, so if you have anything you'd like tried and tested for you let me know and I'll to my best to give it an appearance.

Tuesday Reviews has already started to if you haven't yet seen it you can find my first review: My January Birchbox favourites here - a selection of my favourite skincare products from last months box.

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Thursdays is going to be a laid back and relaxed "let's talk" chat covering my daily doings, thoughts and experiences and some tips and tricks on lifestyle. I wanted to leave a day that was really open to pretty much anything and everything so make sure you pop by on Thursday for a nice natter and something a little different (cups of tea and biscuits at the ready!).

Sundays are going to be dedicated to self reflection and personal growth. My favourite days in every week are always Sundays and Mondays. I love Sundays because that's the day I get to look back at my week, the good things and the bad things, the progress I've made and the things that desperately need to go on the to-do list. I then spend a good part of the day planning for the week ahead. Productivity boosts motivation, satisfaction and overall happiness so I always try to put aside some time to work on the things that really matter in my life and dedicate time to them in the up coming days. Which leads us straight into Monday, and exciting fresh start! You never know how the weeks going to turn out but Mondays' come with bags of motivation so it's the perfect time to put those ideas into action!

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I really want to use Sunday Self reflections to look back on positive progress, motivating projects, and future ideas to keep life fruitful, full of adventure, personal growth and happiness! You'll be able to follow my successes and maybe failures (but hopefully not too many) and hopefully take some tips and values from my experiences and apply them in your own life. I'd also love to hear your ideas and experiences for improving you self worth, happiness, productivity and motivation! I would love this to grow into a caring community where we can all share our thoughts and ideas to improve all our lives.

I hope you're as excited as I am, and you tune back in on Sunday for the first edition to "Sunday Self reflections". I'm taking quite a big leap (for me) this week and fingers crossed it all goes to plan, but either way I'll be sharing my thoughts and experiences with you so don't forget to follow Theas Thinkings on bloglovin' to be the first to find out!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now,
xx
Hello!

It's been almost a month since my January Birchbox arrived and with a month of trying and testing I decided it was time to review my favourite products from last month.

For a reminder of the products I got In January's Birchbox take a peak at this blog post:

My January Birchbox

It was really tough choosing because in all honesty I loved everyone of my products this month, but only three products made it into my top picks:

Premae Anatomy Nutrients Instant Renewal Body Oil | £9.50
Vasanti Detox Nutrient-rich Purifying Facial Cleanser | £18
Benefit the Porefessional | £24.50


I was so impressed with all these products they've really made an impression and as my samples are completely out I'm going to definitely be putting in an order for full size products.

I have combination skin which pretty much sums up my whole body. I am always struggling to find products that nourish my dry skin without encouraging too much oil production which is just a disaster if you're blemish prone like me.

I was so impressed with all three of these products, they suited my needs down to the ground.

I just love the Premae body oil, my skin has become so much softer and I have no dry patches anywhere. It absorbs into the skin within seconds and left my whole body silky smooth all day. Just perfect for when I'm in a rush but still want to feeling pampered. It also has a subtle but lovely organic natural smell which suits me to the ground.

Of all my favourites the Vasanti facial cleanser felt the most luxurious. This cleanser is like liquid silk, the texture is much thicker than most cleanser I've tried but it creates a lovely soft lather and left my skin feeling really fresh, cleaned and nourished. I would highly recommend this facial cleanser for any skin types, at £18 it's more expensive than your high street brands but for the luxury you get is worth every penny.

Last but not least, we can't forget the infamous Benefit Porefessional. I've never used a primer before, but with all the hype that this product caused I was dying to try it out and can promise I wasn't disappointed. I can't compare it to any other primers, but what I can say is it really made a difference to how long my make up lasted. I know with confidence that if I wear the porefessional, I can put my make up on first thing in the morning, and everything will still look perfect when I leave the office at 5pm. Even on nights out I've only ever had to make minor touch ups and know I can walk about and not worry that my foundations disappeared or my eye liners wandered around my eyes! It's also invisible! From the moment it touches my face it feels invisible. It vanishes straight into my skin and still left my skin feeling light and my pores clog free.

I've loved using these products this month and though I'm excited for my next box, all three of these products will be making it into my regular routine.

Have you ever tried these products before and what were your thoughts? I'd love to hear your views.

Tuesday is now my regular review day so make sure you come back for more reviews soon, and if you have any products you'd like me to test and give an honest review let me know and I'll try and include them soon.

Bye for now!
xx
If you're anything like me you've just skipped straight over January and landed face first in 2014 in the middle of February.

You're wondering where on earth all the time went and then you remember it was that exhausting period of study study study that got you here.

I've just come out of the longest study slog of my life and my insides and outsides are in a real need of TLC, so I've come up with a plan to get myself back on top, feeling healthy, pampered and ready to take 2014 by the horns.

If you've just been through exams, an assignment or any project and your feeling a little neglected this should get to you back on track, and feeling like your old (or new) self!

So here's my ten steps to study recovery!

Step 1: Turn your phone off


I always find when I've been on a study spree my brain in zapped, all I can think about is sleep and the last thing I want is to be woken up by alarms, texts of phone calls. It's so important to take time out for yourself, unwind, recoup and remind yourself of all the things that are important to "you".

Step 2: Get some sleep


By now you're probably exhausted, I know I am so once your devices are all turned off, make sure you get a good nights sleep. Last night I turned the lights down low, grabbed a quick shower and a cup of cocoa and went straight to bed at 9pm. Luckily I had nothing to get up for this morning so I didn't even have to set an alarm and I slept straight through to 9:30am! If you can I'd recommend doing the same, and when you're body is feeling regenerated it will wake you up naturally and you can really get started with your recovery.


Step 3: Shower & Shave


You might now be well slept but I bet your body is still feeling sluggish and lets face it a little bit gross. I don't know about you but I have to admit when I'm mid study my daily showering routine tends to get a bit neglected, not to mention meals times and bed times! So first thing on my list is to get a hot shower, scrub my skin, shave my legs, nourish my hair and start feeling more human again. When you tire yourself out there's nothing like a hot shower to get your you feeling alive again.

Step 4: Go for a run


If you can manage it I'd really recommend getting outdoors too. If you're not a runner, maybe go for a brisk walk and get your blood pumping. Especially at this time of year it's so important to get outside, feel the fresh air, soak in some Vitamin D and put some exercise into your regime. It's amazing what a 20minute run outdoors can do for your well-being and will ramp up for motivation and productivity, which is just what we need right now!

Step 5: Get a good breakfast


After that exercise (and the several days of missed meals!) it's so important to make sure you are getting good nutrients back in your system to keep you going through the rest of the day.

I think you can never go wrong with a big glass of OJ and I'm loving this quick and easy after workout breakfast by Miss Glamorazzi, which I'll link here (I think it's at 7:39).
It's so quick and easy and really healthy too.

Step 6: Relax! Get a bath


I don't think there's anything more relaxing that running a hot bath, treating myself to a Lush melt and relaxing with a book or an episode of Desperate Housewives! The bath is somewhere I can really let my mind wander and I've come up with some of my favourite blog posts while in the bath! But if you're not a bath person find a quiet corner of the house, get cosy with a hot water bottle and some snuggly slippers and relax with a good book, and give yourself a chance to unwind. You've certainly deserved it.

Step 7: Pamper time


After a bath I love to finish my pampering experience with my favourite moisturiser, a face mask, and painting my nails. While I'm studying I never have time to worry about my appearance so doing my nails is a real treat for me after all that hard work.

Step 8: Shop!


Shopping can also be a great way to unwind and treat yourself after a long study period. But if you're like me and you live in a small town (where it ALWAYS rains) nothing beats a good old internet shop in the comfort of your own home an the warmth of a blanket.

Step 9: Watch a movie


After all that, finish it off with your favourite easy viewing movie and sit back and relax. Hopefully after all that relaxation and time for you, you'll be feeling back on track and ready to take on the world tomorrow.

Step 10: Get ready to go!


After a day of TLC hopefully you'll be feeling more awake and refreshed. You might not want to do all the above, or maybe you'll want to split it across a few days, but hopefully you'll find something that works for you and you'll be feeling as right as rain in no time.

I hope this has helped you with your study blues and if you've got any tips or tricks to recovering I'd love if you left a comment below so I can try them out!

It's so good to be blogging again and I can't wait to share all my up coming plans with you.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now
xx
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