Lush Double Vitality Bath Oil

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When it comes to baths, I like a long one. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as taking an hour out of your day, putting on some music, and kicking back with a great book. Lush bath bombs are my normal go-to – I find them super soothing, and I love being able to tailor my baths to my moods.

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On a recent stock-up trip to Lush, I noticed that they’re now selling solid Bath Oils, and even better – this one is absolutely neon pink! Scented with Sicilian lemon oil and peppermint oil, it’s much peppier than my normal choices – so it’s perfect for an indulgent morning bath! Fortified with a shea butter centre, it’s intensely moisturising for winter skin, and it smells absolutely incredible. After using it, I felt far perkier than before – and it’s become something of a must-have for (my very few) lazy mornings.

Lush Double Vitality Bath Oils are priced at £2.95 each, and they’re available here

Celebrating Pancake Day with Hotel Chocolat*

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With Pancake Day happening tomorrow, I’ve been trying to think of ways to mix the day up a little. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of the British lemon and sugar combo – it’s too sticky and crunchy, and maple syrup feels a bit predictable. So when Hotel Chocolat got in touch to share their recipe, I couldn’t resist giving them a go!

This year, Hotel Chocolat suggests ditching your usual toppings, and instead mixing things up with a choice of their delicious spreads. A more refined take on Nutella, their Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is pure indulgence – all silky-smooth cocoa, with a hint of moreish nuttiness. As delicious spread on a slice of toasted sourdough as it is topping a stack of freshly made pancakes, this is a breakfast staple you’re not going to want to miss.

If you’re looking for an even more indulgent treat, then you’re going to love the Salted Caramel & Pecan Chocolate Spread. An absolute treat, this mixes the salty-sweetness of caramel and pecans with the richness of chocolate. I couldn’t pick a favourite if you asked me, so I’ve found that the best method is just to enjoy a little of both on a pancake or two – it’s a holiday after all!

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If you’d like to enjoy some seriously indulgent pancakes this week, you can find Hotel Chocolat’s Spreads for £6 each, and they’re available here

Fresh Sugar Caramel Hydrating Lip Balm

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When it comes to Holy Grail products, Fresh’s lip balm selection takes a few of my top spots. I used to have to stock up on the stuff when it was only available in the US – I positively clinked out of Sephora with handfuls of the tubes. Now Fresh is available pretty widely throughout the UK, and I’ve been adding to my collection with their new limited edition take on their Caramel Hydrating Lip Balm.

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Packaged in the screw-top tub, the limited edition version comes primed for your personalisation, with fun stickers designed by illustrator-come-tattooist @GirlKnewYork. The box is decorated with her signature designs too – so it would make a beautiful little gift (or, a gorgeous treat for yourself).

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Perfect for this time of year (literally, it’s rained, hailed, snowed and blown a gale in the past 24 hours) I’ve loved it for combatting winter lips over the past few weeks. Unlike the other Fresh balms I’ve tried (the ones which come in the tubes), this one is silky soft, and gives lips a subtle sheen.

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The formula is filled with skin-softening oils including apricot kernel, blackcurrant seed and grapeseed to deliver long-lasting hydration, whilst Vitamin E helps protect lips.

The lip balm is priced at £15 and is available here

 

Skullcandy Venue Headphones*

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Working for myself has a whole lot of perks. There’s no commute, I’m my own boss, and I get to choose who I work with, but one of my favourites has to be the fact that I get to travel to see my clients. Since they’re scattered from north of Inverness to Oxfordshire, it’s fair to say I get around, and one of my must-haves when I travel is a great pair of headphones.

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If I’m working away, whether I’m in a coffee shop, hotel room, or even in my office at home, I like to wear headphones. There’s something about being ‘plugged in’ which really focuses me on whatever I’m doing, and lessens my tendency to scroll on Instagram or get otherwise distracted. So, when Skullcandy sent over their Venue headphones, it’s fair to say, my working process got a bit of an upgrade! Packaged in a beautiful case, which is perfect for travel, the Venue Headphones boast a 24 hour battery, noise cancellation, quick charging features, and crucially, they are wireless, so you can even wear them travelling or working out. Genius!

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Inside the travel case, the headphones come complete with a charging cable and even a connection cable, so if you’re somewhere you can’t use bluetooth, you can simply plug in and enjoy. As someone who normally relies on smaller, bud-style headphones, these big ones have been a bit of a life-changer. There are no sore ears, headaches or migraines after using them – just amazing quality sound, even when I’m moving around.

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Available in a selection of four shades, the Venue headphones won’t fade into the background. They are big, but they’re adjustable, and they’re super comfortable thanks to the memory foam padding. Even though I have a big head, these never feel pinch or tight. The headphones are also incredibly soft thanks to their padding, to there is no digging-in around the ears.

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Unlike other headphones I’ve used, the Skullcandy Venue’s have noise-cancelling technology – perfect for days when I’m working in a coffee shop (which is approximately 4 days a week). At the press of a button, outside hustle is blocked out, and I don’t need to hear any outside distractions.

There is some really clever tech hidden away in the Venue headphones, which makes life so much easier – most of all, the integrated Tile technology, which means you’ll never lose them. As someone who has a tendency to walk away from things (I’ve done this with keys, phones, you name it), being able to track exactly where my headphones are is such a lifesaver. There’s also a monitor mode, which means you can hear what’s going on around you – whether you’re ordering a coffee, or is you’re out on a run, and don’t fancy not hearing cars or people behind you – you can keep track of what’s going on. The headphones are also incredibly quick to charge. Just 10 minutes of charging gives them enough energy for five hours of playback.

Skullcandy Venue Headphones are priced at £149 and they’re available here

Clockface Beauty Face Moisturising Balm*

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Over the past week or so, the UK has been buffeted by wind, sleet, snow and hail thanks to Storm Ciara. Apparently we’ve still got a few days left of the craziness, thanks to a fast-approaching Storm Dennis, and with the harsher weather, I’ve had to ‘up’ my skincare routine to match. I’ve got dry skin anyway, so wintery weather means I need to up my game even more. Which is exactly where Clockface Beauty’s Face Moisturising Balm comes in.

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A supremely nourishing balm, which combats dry, stressed, sensitised skin in a single treatment, Clockface Beauty has been an absolute skin saviour over the past few days. I’ve been using it in a multitude of ways – on days when I don’t need to wear makeup, I’ve been slathering the balm on in the morning, and letting it work it’s magic. If I need to wear makeup, I massage a little into my problem areas, then in the evening, after cleansing, apply a generous layer. With a formula made up of nine oils, enriched with avocado and mango butters, candelilla wax and vitamin E, the balm feels like a facial in a single treatment. My skin absolutely drinks the balm up, and it feels so soft and nourished in the morning. The balm is also absolutely perfect for using alongside a gua sha facial tool too, as it gives a great amount of slip, so the stone doesn’t tug at your face.

Clockface Beauty Face Moisturising Balm is priced at £30 and is available here

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