Posts tagged ‘bathing’

January 15, 2014

Three Good Things: get well soon edition.

I’ve been ill all week with a chest infection and feeling pretty sorry for myself. Thankfully, I have been taken care of very well by my lovely boyfriend and now I’m back on my feet and, a week late,  ready to crack on with 2014!

So, this week’s Three Good Things is the Get Well Soon edition…

One: Flapjack from Millies

When I’m feeling poorly, I tend to indulge myself in whatever food I fancy. My opinion is that it’s a good way of making myself feel better, or at least forget that I’m ill for a while anyway.  I discovered these flapjacks a couple of weeks ago, and OH MY GOODNESS, they are amazing. And, they have lots of healthy seeds and goji berries in them, which totally offsets all the sugar, right? (In my head, yes.) If you ever find yourself in Leeds, then I completely recommend you get along to Millies Local and Organic Store and buy yourself one. Or a bundle. You’ll find them near the cash tills, assuming I’ve left any…

Flapjack from Millie's Organic

Two: Planning travel

Lying in bed feeling sorry for myself has been rubbish. I get to the point where I’m just cross and bored with my own illness. Taking myself out of the situation by planning future travel is an excellent way to cheer myself up. As a result of this, and thanks to my back issues of Lonely Planet magazine, current plans for the year include Paris, Amsterdam, a bit of Scandinavia and Oxford. I plan to travel alone, with friends, with my beloved children and with my equally beloved boyfriend. I’m very excited about these plans. Now I just need to pay for them!

Lonely Planet magazine

Three: Long baths.

Long, warm baths are just the thing for helping to soothe away the soreness that comes from being ill. A favourite bath oil, a fragrant candle, and a good book complete the picture. Heaven.


What have your Three Good Things been this week? I’d love to hear from you.

Let me know if you write a Three Good Things post, and I’ll link back to it in next week’s edition.

January 13, 2012

We Love Lush.

Last summer, I took my lovely mum out for the day in Leeds for her birthday. We ended up in Lush. To be honest, I’d not been in the store for ages. Which, I see now, was a big mistake.

We had a potter around and I came across a shower scrub called Rub, Rub, Rub. Like a large proportion of the population, I have those little red bumps on my upper arms (keratosis pilaris) and it’s been something I’ve been self conscious about for as long as I can remember. Something that my mum knows all too well. So, she was queueing up with a pot of this for me to try and some bath goodies for herself, when I mentioned to the staff that it was her birthday. Which resulted in a loud and enthusiastic rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” and a free pot of shower scrub each…hurrah! Rub, Rub, Rub turned out to be the BEST scrub I have ever used on my arms and so I’ve found myself buying replacements for that first, free pot on a regular basis. I do think that the staff in the Lush Leeds store are amazing. It might be the result of being surrounded by essential oils all day, but they are unfailingly kind, helpful and a pleasure to spend time with. No wonder people go back time and again.

Like many girls, my daughter is fascinated with beauty products. We’ve even had that clichéd moment where she tried out all of my make-up in secret, emerging triumphantly from the bathroom looking rather clown-like and smelling horrifically of the half-bottle of perfume she’d doused herself with. I’ve wanted to indulge her a little bit, whilst at the same time holding her back from the worst elements; products that are clearly too grown up for her or full of nasty chemicals. I remember buying products from Cosmetics to Go when I was younger, and receiving the most exciting parcels through the post from them, and I knew that the new incarnation of that company would produce a similar amount of excitement for Eve. So I went back to Lush and came out of the store with a bag full of goodies including Creamy Candy and Pop in the Bath bubble bars and Snow Fairy shower gel. All of which have gone down a storm. As did the Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb I bought, which is filled with lavender and chamomile, so it even helps get both of the kids snoozy for bed! Our new favourite treat is to go to Lush together and choose a new bubble bar or bath bomb and it’s such a lovely thing to do and a great way of moving away from the idea that all treats have to come as chocolate.

The truth is that there is no smell sweeter to me than the top of my children’s heads (which sounds odd if you’re not a parent, and completely understandable if you are) but the second sweetest smell in the world is probably the products from Lush.

My next plan is to go back and find perfume and industrial quantities of wrinkle-filling face moisturiser. Which will be a story for another post.

PS – If you’re in Leeds on 20th January, they’re unveiling their Valentine’s Day selection, with demonstrations and nibbles. Mmm, nibbles…

From 5pm onwards.

October 7, 2011

Home Spa.

Now I don’t have training to do for any physical challenges, it’s safe to say that I have slowed down a bit and haven’t made it to the gym as often as I should. I’m also trying pretty hard to deal with my sugar addiction.  No more full sugar coke and Danish pastries for me for a while – at least until I sign up for another challenge. Then I’ll give myself licence to eat a bit more!

What I tend to do when I’m trying to avoid food, is turn to the bathroom. Indulging in lotions, potions and other lovely things stops me from putting my hand in the biscuit jar too often – it’s pretty hard to eat and paint your nails (using my new NARS polish in Orgasm) at the same time! Plus, it makes it easier to eat better if you feel as though you’re looking after yourself on the outside too.

So, I thought I’d share some of my favourite products with you. We all like a nosy around each others bathroom cabinets to see what other people are using, so here’s my ‘I’m on a Diet’ Spa Evening…

All the ingredients for a great spa evening…

The first thing I do is light some candles (preferably from Jo Malone, The White Company or Dyptique) and  run a bath, adding REN Rose Otto bath oil. A classic, this foamless oil has the best  Moroccan rose essential oil scent ever, so it’s truly relaxing and moisturises your skin beautifully. I leave the bath to cool a little while going through the rest of my home spa routine.

I have a quick shower, using Lush’s ‘Rub, Rub, Rub’ salt scrub. It’s bright blue with a floral scent, and most importantly, it does a great job of tackling the bumps (keratosis pilaris) on the upper arms.

Then once I’m out of the shower, it’s onto a facial. My cleanser of choice is Eve Lom. The slightly medicinal and eucalyptus smell (always reminds me of horse hoof oil), takes a while to get used to, but I do love it now. Partly though, it’s because I know how well the product works. I massage it into my dampened skin and leave it on for a while before using the provided muslin cloth to take it off again. It cleans, exfoliates, decongests and soothes. I cannot cope without it now, and notice a real difference to my skin when I run out!

For my Spa Evening, I often exfoliate as well as use the Eve Lom muslin cloth. A recent discovery is Dr Brandt’s Microdermabrasion exfoliating cream, which I apply onto damp skin and massage gently round the face, especially the t-zone. It has a lovely lemon-y scent and really fine grains, making it really gentle but effective.

After relaxing in the bath, I’ll then apply a facial serum, often Caudalie’s Vinoperfect radiance serum. Serums make all the difference to a daily skin-care routine, adding so much more than just a moisturiser, especially now I’m in my mid-thirties. My skin isn’t too bad, but I am noticing more issues, so I want to try and deal with them without resorting to extreme measures. Having said that, I have started doing that thing of looking in the mirror and stretching my skin back with my hands to see what I might look like after a face lift! Oh dear…

As an aside, my favourite moisturiser at the moment is also by Caudalie – Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid. A moisturiser that tackles imperfections, pigmentation, texture, and radiance – basically all the problems I have at the moment!

If my skin is really congested I do also love to use Darphin’s Aromatic Purifying Balm. With twelve different essential oils, it smells amazing and I use it over cleansed skin at night.

The REN Rose Otto bath oil removes the need for a body moisturiser after the bath. So, it’s straight into clean pyjamas and having a warm drink, before going virtuously to bed…