Upgrade your period with Daye*

If there is one thing I truly hate about being a woman, it’s having my period. I know I’m lucky that I’ve always been regular, and never really had to worry about it, but between bloating, cravings and generally feeling less than great for a week each month, it’s something I’ve really come to loathe. I think that’s why I’ve never really thought about the period products I use – I pick up boxes of pads and tampons alongside my groceries, and then tuck them in the cupboard ready to use, but Daye have completely revolutionised that with their new approach to feminine care products.

Creating products which are as gorgeous as they are effective, Daye’s approach is rooted in science but guided by women’s intuition – genius! Available online, the tampons are available as a subscription which starts from £6 per month, and is completely customisable to your needs. From regular to heavy flows, you’re covered, and rather ingeniously, Daye have even created a tampon infused with CBD – so you can benefit from the supplement’s properties exactly when and where you need it.

Packaged in pastel-hued biodegradable packaging, the tampons are made from organic, sanitised cotton, and if you decide to try the CBD option, you can rest safe in the knowledge that it’s seriously high grade (30%) so it’s as effective as possible. The brand is also really upfront about their ingredients, stating that the tampons are 100% free of plastic, rayon, chlorine bleach, dioxin, phthalates and fragrances – all of which have been commonly found in mainstream tampons. Purchasing your subscription couldn’t be easier – you simply choose whether you want 12 or 18, if you want CBD-infused or not, and then which level of absorbency you’re after. The tampons are then delivered straight through your letter box (free of charge) in a beautifully decorated discreet box. When you’re on the site, you can even treat yourself to little niceties like CBD balms, ProViotics, face masks, scrunchies and charity pins. The tampons arrive complete with a gorgeous tin and pouch for your to keep in your bag or in the car, and you can go on to enjoy your upgraded period!

Daye subscriptions start at £8 and are available here.

Valentine’s Day ready with Pixi by Petra Beauty*

I know that Valentine’s Day isn’t going to be much of anything this year, but despite lockdowns and regulations, I always think it’s fun to mark holidays, even if they are just a bit of fluff. So, in preparation for this weekend, I thought it might be fun to share some of my newest lip favourites – both of which come from Pixi and both are perfect for adding a little glamour to the weekend.

First up is the Shea Butter Lip Balm in Sweet Peach. A warm rosy-toned nude, it’s the perfect your-lips-but-better shade I’ve been reaching for during the day. Having a little boost of colour makes me feel more pulled together (even if I’ve only got a swipe of bronzer on) and the hydrating formula is perfect for treating dry, winter lips. I also like to have it on-hand pre-Zoom meeting, as it gives a flattering glow of colour, rather than a full-on lipstick which sometimes feels too much.

When I took the Liplift Max out of the box, I literally squealed. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect nude gloss, and honestly, I hit jackpot with this one. Honey Sheen is the perfect peachy-neutral which looks as pretty layered over lipsticks and stains as it does worn alone. A volume-enhancing gloss, which hydrates and firms lips, it’s not a burning gloss like other plumping formula, and instead has a lovely minty finish. It’s one of five available shades, and I love the rich formula, which doesn’t feel too sticky.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm is priced at £8 and is available here (UK) and here (US), and Pixi Liplift Max is priced at £12 and is available here (UK) and here (US).

Galaxy Chocolate launch Fusions*

I’m not sure about you, but this feels like the season for chocolate. From Valentine’s Day to Easter, it’s pretty much the law to have a couple of bars of the stuff tucked up in a cupboard, and my one of my favourites – Galaxy has made enjoying a little indulgence even easier with the release of their new fusion bars.

Available in three rather wonderful options, you can pick from a luxuriously smooth and deliciously intense dark chocolate, to a silky smooth salted blonde chocolate, there’s even a dark option peppered with raspberry and meringue if you’re feeling fruity! Each of the bars is a real treat to savour, and I love the fun twists like the additions of salt or freeze-dried raspberry, for a truly gourmet twist.

As you would expect from a bar of Galaxy, the Fusion range is wonderfully smooth and indulgent, and they make the perfect accompaniment to a great book for a cozy evening in. Available exclusively at Sainsbury’s, the trio is such a yummy treat to enjoy, and I know I’ve found a new favourite!

Galaxy Fusions Chocolate Bars are priced at £2 each, and are available exclusively at Sainbury’s.

Skin & Tonic – Rose Face Mist*

When it comes to the upsides of lockdown, there aren’t too many, but whilst we’re not allowed out, I’m taking the time to really baby my skin, hair and nails. If I’m not heading out for groceries or attending any Zoom meetings, I don’t wear a scrap of makeup, and the postman has caught me sporting a full face and hair mask more times than I’d care to count.

Once I’ve washed everything off, I make sure to use a super nourishing moisturiser, and let it get to work all day long. It feels like I get to enjoy a daily facial, and to make my skincare feel even more indulgent, I’ve been keeping this bottle of Skin & Tonic’s Rose Mist at my desk to spritz a few times a day. Made with organic rose, cooling aloe vera and skin-conditioning glycerin, it’s a skin conditioning treat which rehydrates skin, and undoes the damage done by having the central heating on all day.

On days when I do wear makeup, the spray is as equally handy. I love to use it as a setting spray, once I’ve applied my bronzer. It gets gives skin a perfect amount of glow, and it means that it lasts much longer than normal too. I’ve also found that on days where I’ve been a bit heavy handed with my foundation, or overdone my bronzer and blush, it can also stop everything looking or feeling too heavy or overdone.

Skin & Tonic Rose Face Mist is priced at £18 and is available here.

This Works – Sleep Club*

For the past year or so, I’ve founded it trickier than ever to enjoy a good night’s sleep. I know I’m not alone, as the moment you start googling what might be wrong, thousands of articles about Corona-induced insomnia and vivid dreams and nightmares all pop up, and as reassuring as it is to find out you’re not alone, it doesn’t exactly help ease the pain for tossing and turning at 3 am.

My tried-and-tested cure for sleepless nights though, is This Works Deep Sleep spray. I’ve worked my way through bottles of the stuff, and whenever anyone mentions a sleepless night, I can’t help but mention This Works. Their new Sleep Club features five mini spray bottles of the original formula, and it’s the perfect introduction to one of my most-loved products.

Obviously we can’t travel anywhere at the moment, but when we’re allowed out and about, I always keep a few of these bottles in my travel bag, as I can sometimes find it hard to drift off in a strange bed. I usually just spritz my pillow and duvet a few minutes before heading to bed, and the spray sends me off to sleep within minutes. With notes of lavender, chamomile and vetivert, Deep Sleep is pretty much a guarantee of a really great night’s sleep for me. It even lets me sleep in, and I always feel like I’ve had a much deeper sleep than normal too.

This Works Deep Sleep Spray is priced at £19.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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