Saturday, 28 February 2015

French Skincare Haul.

Last week one of my favourite websites Escentual had 20% off everything. I was in desperate need of sorting my skin care out, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try out some new products. I like the rest of the blogging community, am obsessed with French skin care, so I went all out and ordered a whole variety of it,

I went for the Caudalie Grape Water spray as a recommendation on Caroline Hirons' blog. It's a super light spray and is perfect for a quick an easy toning step in my routine. I picked up the most raved about lip balm on the internet - NUXE reve de miel in a limited edition green pot, which is pretty cute.

For cleanser and moisturiser I've picked up two things I've not heard a great deal about, but for reading online reviews they seemed a good option for me. I chose the Avene Cold Creme Cleansing Gel, which is a light gel cleanser for sensitive skin. Finally I picked up the La Roche Posay Effaclar H moisturiser, which is a light, balancing moisturiser for those with awkward skin, like me. 

I've only tried these products a few times so far, so expect some reviews soon.

What's your favourite French Skincare?

Katie xx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Mother & Daughter Spa Day.

Last week myself and my mum were super lucky and invited down to the The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester Hotel to try out the Mother's day Mother and Daughter Spa Package in the Sienna Spa. We headed down to the hotel spa and were greeted by the lovely staff and given a quick health questionnaire. We then popped off to get changed into our swimwear and gowns, ready for a super relaxing afternoon.

We began our spa experience in the relax lounge, which is a gorgeous space full of peaceful images and tranquil music. The therapists came to greet us and off we went out separate ways for our treatments. I opted for a facial and a manicure, while my mum had a facial and full body massage. 

The entire facial was tailored to my needs using the Espa range. It was the most relaxing 60 minutes I've ever experienced and I would 100% book in for another. The facial included a neck and arm massage as well as a face mask, exfoliation, cleanse and numerous oils. The Espa range was incredible, and I was so concerned about it breaking me out. but instead my skin was glowing and it's seriously never felt better. I was given a little menu after my treatment to show what products had been used.

Next onto the manicure, I was given a good tidy up and painted with a gorgeous coral colour from the Jessica nail range. It was just what I needed and my nails were in desperate need for a sort out.

After our treatments we headed into the spa and spent some time in the steam room, sauna and jacuzzi before heading for afternoon tea.

We headed up to the restaurant and were seated ready for our afternoon tea. I was a little concerned about the gluten free options but the staff couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating. My afternoon tea was delicious and my scone and cakes looked even more yummy that my mum's. We both had a selection of sandwiches, home made scones with clotted cream and a selection of little cakes. I couldn't manage to eat all of mine but I totally took the cake home for later. We were kindly given glass of Champagne to wash down our cakes and a selection of fruit teas to finish off our super relaxing afternoon.

You can find out more about the Sienna Spa here.

Katie xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Documenting 2015.

At the beginning of this year I decided I wanted to document all the lovely things I have planned in a scrapbook. Partly influenced by Lily Pebbles I took it upon myself to make a book to hold physical evidence of any exciting events I was involved in during 2015. I'm forever taking photos but they never seem to make it off my phone or Facebook into a real life album, so this year I'm making the effort and trying to resort back to the old ways of documenting your life.

So far I haven't had much to write about, however I will be printing some photos from Portpatrick as soon as I get chance. I've mainly been focusing on making the pages look pretty and playing around with ribbon and stickers. I'm a true child at heart and still find something really therapeutic about doing 'arty' things.  

My actual scrapbook was an absolute steal from Paperchase, just after Christmas. I paid a tiny £2.50 for it and it's just the best quality and has the cutest owl print. I picked up most my bits and bobs from Wilkinsons in the Christmas sale and they have THE best selection of stickers in the kids stationary section. I certainly will be popping back to invest in some princess stickers. I've also been playing around with buttons and ribbons from my Kirstie Allsop Button Kit* from Hobbycraft which has so many pretty buttons and fastenings to choose from. I must invest in a glue gun to keep them all in place though. The kit also comes with metal work to create your own jewellery, which I really need to have a good play around with.

I can't wait to continue my scrapbook and look back at the final result at the end of the year. I hope it's something I can keep forever and show my family as I get older. 

Katie xx