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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Gordon’s Pink Spritz*

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Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a fun cocktail idea, that’s perfect for enjoying on a Friday night!

I’m not the world’s biggest drinker, but I’m always partial to a gin, and Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin is a fun update, thanks to it’s note of fruity raspberries and strawberries, with the tang of redcurrant. It’s also pink, so seriously, what’s not to love?!

Gordon’s Pink From £13 at Asda, Morrison’s, Sainbury’s and all good supermarkets

Apothem Labs Day Drops*

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When it comes to new health trends, I’m not sure many have been as widely adopted as the new enthusiasm for CBD in a range of products. I’ve tried serums, face masks and creams with the stuff, so when I got invited to a breakfast with luxury brand Apothem Labs at Harvey Nichols, I absolutely jumped at the chance. Rather than the kind of crunchy image CBD can have, Apothem have it down to a science.

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Harnessing the power of CBD oil alongside pure botanicals, Apothem’s products are designed to perform effectively as possible whilst also being an absolute joy to use. Their Day Drops are designed to keep you calm throughout the day – each morning I drop 5-6 drops under my tongue (where it’s easiest for it to absorb, and keep them there for about a minute), and during busy days, I use another couple of drops around midday. Even though the drops are ‘Day’ ones, they don’t contain caffeine or any stimulants, so you can even use these in the evenings, if you need a little help to relax and unwind.

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With pure CBD oil, like the type used by Apothem, you don’t get high or giddy. Instead, they just seem to keep me calm. On days when work is getting super busy or I’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed, these drops help me take a breath, and tackle everything on my to-do list.

Apothem Labs Day Drops are priced at £85 and are available here.

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