Faves & Hates | December 2017



FAVES

Glossier
*Heart eyes emoji* If you follow me on my instagram @elanawaite and you have seen my stories, you'll know I'm obsessed. Ugh I am so in love with this brand. My skin has never looked better or clearer. It's not cheap but it's also not ridiculously priced.

My new job
Don't get me wrong, it's still a job and it's still a supermarket but it's not as soul-destroying or horrible as the last. I have met some lovely people too and I feel generally less stressed, I can leave work at work.

Harry Potter marathons
As I write this I'm only Prisoner of Azkaban deep, (I'll fight anyone who disagrees it's one of the best) but watching the films is so special to me because I rarely sit and binge them all. Plus, there's something quite Christmassy about watching them.

Primark
I never used to love Primark as much as I do at the moment. Leggings, jumpers, pyjamas - I cannot stop buying from primark. Honestly just imagine me in Oxford Street.

Being off the pill
So far so good. Awful period. Awful hormones. Awful pain. But I feel a little more in control overall. Will be good to see how it goes from here.

HATES

Gift wrapping
I basically just can't do it.

Being too busy to ever see my best friend
We both have new jobs, we both have problems to deal with and I'm struggling for petrol money. It's really horrible not seeing her but we always pull through.

Wanting to buy things as Christmas presents I can't afford
So many nice things my friends and family deserve. But most are way too much for my budget, cry.

Oxford Street Lights





There's nothing quite like Oxford Street at Christmas. Seeing the lights is so special and something I love to do every year. 

Four Last Minute Christmas Gifts






Forgotten about everything this Christmas? Left everything till last minute? In complete denial about everything? Same. Here's four last minute gift ideas for the big day.

Monty Bojangles*
You can't beat chocolate. And I can guarantee that you can't beat Monty Bojangles chocolate. Their Christmas cracker packaging is so cute but I also love their huge selection box. As always, all the flavours are available and yummy but my favourite is 'Flutter Scotch', the butterscotch ones.

Lisa Angel Jewellery*
Lisa Angel recently sent me some beautiful personalised jewellery with my name and my star sign (Scorpio) and I think it'd make an amazing gift for a loved one. They have such a huge range of custom made jewellery on both their website www.lisaangel.co.uk and on NotOnTheHighStreet.com (www.notonthehighstreet.com/lisaangeljewellery). Have a look but don't leave it too late to make sure your delivery is here on time for Christmas!

ASOS Gift Cards
Always a winner in my eyes, ASOS stocks everything to be honest from clothes to gifts and beauty. Doesn't take me long to use these up, the perfect gift to be honest.

Basic Beauty Tools*
BBT's beauty sponges are my favourite. They're cheaper than most but have the same quality to them. Easy to clean, easy to use and even come with the SpongeDry tool which dries your sponges hygienically so you don't pick up any nastiness or bacteria. The perfect gift for a beauty fanatic.

An asterisk (*) indicates the product has been sent via a brand or marketing team.

The Twelve Best Things About Christmas



Get it? Twelve. For twelve days of Christmas? No? Okay then.

1. Advent calendars obviously. I have two this year, one upstairs and one downstairs and it helps me get out of bed in the mornings.

2. How everyone has different traditions. For example, we always watch The Muppets Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve after I get in from work because it is my all time favourite Christmas film and my family grin and bare it.

3. Talking of Christmas films, you can't beat them. My other all time faves are Love Actually and It's A Wonderful Life.

4. Dressing up. Actually having a reason to make an effort is rare so I treasure it. I can't wait to spend half the time in pyjamas and half the time in full glam dresses and take time on my makeup.

5. FOOD. All the food. Turkey and pigs in blankets and bread sauce and ham and parsnips and cake and chocolate and sugary things and salty things and gingerbread and shortbread and just food and so much alcohol.

6. Putting the decorations up. Lights, tinsel, glitter. What's not to love?

7. Christmas specials of television. My must watches every year include Gavin & Stacey, Friends (can't beat the The One With The Holiday Armadillo), Misfits and How I Met Your Mother. Even though we're currently watching Game of Thrones as a family instead, the least Christmassy show of all time.

8. Spending time with the most wonderful people. I'm so excited to get all my uni work done, all my blog posts scheduled and just enjoy two weeks of silly games, drinking and eating with my family and my friends.

9. Buying people really special gifts and watching their reactions to them. And also, kinda, maybe getting something nice for yourself too.

10. Every time you're in the car you get to hear the best songs. My faves of this category include Last Christmas, Fairytale Of New York, Step Into Christmas, Do They Know It's Christmas?, and Christmas Lights.

11. Red lipstick is 100% acceptable. Glittery eyeshadow is encouraged. Wearing tinsel earrings is embraced. You can dress festive and it's wonderful.

12. How when it's over, and when the pyjama wearing and napping is done - New Years is right round the corner for more celebrations.

A Christmassy Red & Gold Makeup Look





BASE
The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer / The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.0N & 1.2YG / Maybelline Match Perfection in 030 Classic Beige / Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair / Maybelline The Eraser-Eye Concealer in Nude / Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural 

BROWS
E.l.f. Eyebrow kit in Medium Brown / Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter

CHEEKS
Anastasia Beverley Hills Powder Contour Kit / Mac Powder in Sculpt / Benefit Dallas Blush / theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion / Nyc Smooth Skin Bronzer / Mac Cranberry Eyeshadow / Mac Nylon Eyeshadow / Mac Charcoal Brown Eyeshadow / Zoeva Chat Late At Night from The Matte Palette / Kiko Milano Colour Sphere Eyeshadow in 03 / NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner / Maybelline Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara / Ardell Wispies Lashes

LIPS
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in So Marilyn / Dr PawPaw Balm

My Letter To Santa... | Christmas Wishlist


Dear Santa, 
for Christmas I would like...

1. le Délices de Rose Collection Macarons - £5.50

2. Morphe 3502 Palette - $23.00
3. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Salon Shine Waves Wand - £30.00
4. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in 2 Fair - £32.00
5. A Trip to Disneyland Paris - serious money
6. Stradivarius Block Heel Ankle Boot - £28.99
7. Pink Velvet Cosmetic Bag - £20
8. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revoloution lipstick in Pillow Talk - £24.00
9. Stilnest Scorpio Zodiac Sign Necklace - £54.00
10. Mango Flap Chain Bag - £39.99
11. Pixi Glow Tonic - £18.00
12. Glossier Boy Brow Brown - £14.00
13. Mallow & Marsh Vanilla Marshmallows - £2.79
14. Zoeva Silk Finish Brush - £12.99
15. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - £16.00
16. Ardell Wispies (Multipack) - £13.42
17. Dune Pearl Studded Across Body Bag - £35.00
18. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution - £3.90
19. Capture Your Style by Aimee Song - £10.49
20. Boohoo Faux Suede Heeled Ankle Boot - £28.00
21. Whittard Luxury White Hot Chocolate - £6.50
22. Too Faced Hangover Primer - £32.00

I'd also like world peace, my student loans to be paid off, free train fares and a house. Thank you very much. Love from Elana xxx

Christmas Gift Guide: 10 For The Men


Now I don't personally know your dad, brother, uncle, boyfriend or grandad but, what I can guarantee is that they're difficult to shop for. There is only so long you can trawl through endless shops and pretend to come up with something nice yourself, before you have to give in and ask for suggestions. So here are a few of my own suggestions for the deserving males in your life. As with my earlier gift guide the prices vary, this time ranging from £3.99-£45.00, so there is something for everyone.

1. Bulldog Original Beard Care Kit - Superdrug - £12.00
2. Gameboy Heat Change Mug - Menkind - £9.99
5. Navy Speckled Tie and Hankerchief - New Look - £9.99
8. Portobello Road Gin - Tesco - £26.00
9. Sony Cybershot DSC-W800 Compact Camera - John Lewis - £69.99

Christmas Gift Guide: The Best of ASOS Stocking Fillers


Now it's no big secret how much I love ASOS. When present shopping, I always make sure to shop around on the site in the jewellery, accessories, beauty and gift sections. Here are the best of a huge range. The prices in this gift guide range from £3.99-£39.99, so there really is something for all budgets.


4. Coast Glitter Bag - £39.99
12. Benefit Bene Balm - £15.50
18. Nügg Face Mask 4-Pack - £14.99

Faves & Hates | November 2017


FAVES

I'm A Celeb is back
It's more exciting than Christmas to me. It's the trashiest of all shows but at the same time just so entertaining. The line-up could have been better this year but still.

Finding the perfects gifts for my favourite people
Christmas is well and truly on it's way (1 month to go people)

My parents reaction to Game of Thrones
We're only on season 1 and Mum hates Sean Bean for killing one of the direwolves and Dad is only interested when someone dies. Still, they're trying.

Feeling better for coming off the pill
I've been off the combined pill for a while now to regulate my hormones and it's like a breath of fresh air. I definitely feel more in control of myself, it's horrible to think about all the nasty things we put into our bodies everyday.

BLACK FRIDAY SALES
Ooh this year has been good. Whilst I haven't bought much for myself, putting in a discount code on every site has really helped me feel less guilty about throwing around the cash. *Eagerly waits for the next ASOS sale*


HATES

Bankruptcy
I'm poor. With good presents comes great loss of funds and my job switch hasn't helped either. I know it will be worth it in the long run for my happiness, but still, a grand or two wouldn't go a miss.

Not being able to take a good flatlay
I've taken some banging blog pictures in my time but I just can't master one anymore. The lighting is off, the colouring doesn't seem right and nothing looks good on the screen. Maybe I'm just too much of a perfectionist? Maybe I'm just not Hannah Gale.

The Little Things This Week That Made Me Feel Good


So this is it, I'm back with regular posts for as long as I can keep up with it. Day one, so far so good. I've been trying to enjoy the little things in life that make my day that little bit brighter and better, despite all the doom and gloom I'm fighting deep down. Here's a list of a few things that helped with all those bad feelings this week.


Reputation is the best album I've heard this year full of power anthems, sassy dance tracks and energy boosting bangers. I'm in love with every single track so I couldn't choose a favourite but I'm so proud of Taylor.
I tried a salted caramel hot chocolate from Nero before uni the other day and it made me feel all warm and, dare I say it, a little bit christmassy inside. 
Primark does the most comfortable but still pretty underwear.
I seem to finally be getting an appetite back, despite my stomach having shrunk dramatically in the past month.
I'm wearing makeup again and it's not making me feel absolutely gross and hideous.
Working on our live television show at uni has me all excited about working in the industry.
I'm getting stronger and building myself back up every day.
Dad brought me Chinese as a celebratory first day of work meal.
Sorting out blog posts.
Black Friday sales.
My blogging journal is making things so easy to plan and saving me so much time.
I'm really detoxifying my life.
The jungle is back and it makes me so happy.
My Mum has really been there for me.
I'm starting to sleep a lot better than I was.
The leaves are so pretty and orange and yellow and crunchy.
Making plans with the most important people.
Seeing my grandparents more because of my new job.
Looking forward to Will's birthday.
Going to bed early.
Christmas songs are socially acceptable from this week.
I feel a lot more stable and in control having come off the pill.
My uni friends make all the stress and drama worth it.
Kelly is so understanding when I cancel plans for my health.
I made a friend at work who seems just as lost, confused and worried as I am.
The Ordinary salicylic acid is really clearing up the hormonal spots I'm getting at the moment.
How much my old work friends care about me.
Katie passed her driving test!!! and I am so proud of her.
I managed a week without buying anything for myself.
I didn't cry every single day lol.
I feel better.

Anxiety | Turning A Bad Night Into A Better Day

For a long time now, I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a bad anxiety episode. It’s so much better than it used to be so I usually have my anxiety under control. I usually know when it’s coming, how to control it when it’s here and when the storm is over. At the moment, I just feel a bit off balance. Always one extreme to the other. All things I don’t really mean, all heightened emotions. I mean yeah, my body is transitioning right now (don’t worry I’m not becoming a vampire - I wish). I’m trying to readjust to new medication, coming off the pill and fight all the bad feelings. I have a lot of uni work and a new job to work out. My thyroid problem is bad and it’s draining. It’s fair to say that my mental health is a little messy because my life is a little messy.

Sometimes it starts with one thing. A bad feeling, one thought that drives me mad and pushes me over the edge. Maybe I’ve had a long day and I’m annoyed with myself for forgetting something, maybe I’ve had one of those completely pointless fights that I can’t seem to shake or maybe I’m just really tired and feel a bit run down. Sometimes I’ve had a glass of wine and it goes straight to my head in the wrong way. Sometimes something just doesn’t fit me properly and that’s obviously my fault - right?

Tonight is bad. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I didn’t have an appetite at dinner or because I ate way too stuffed crust pizza last night? Maybe because I feel so much pressure getting his birthday present and everyone else’s Christmas presents perfect with limited funds and I completely drained myself shopping today but still forgot a million and one things I needed. Maybe I’m scared about driving on the motorway tomorrow. Maybe it’s just because things are tougher than they’ve been in a while.

And I know that I don’t always help myself. I find it hard to let things go. The post fight feeling makes me feel dreadful even though we’ve metaphorically kissed and made up every time. I am not forgiving towards myself for little mistakes. I listen to sad songs because I think they will help me. I’ve got better at that. I’m better at turning things around before I go to sleep on an anxious mind than I used to be.

So yeah, some nights are bad. I’ve accepted that, I’ve always known that. And if the night doesn’t end calmly or better than it started, some days I wake up completely consumed by my anxiety. I struggle to leave bed. I struggle to be productive. I struggle to function. Some days I wake up and I’m completely unsure of who I am. I feel like a stranger in my own body because - why am I thinking like this? Why am I acting like this? Is it just hormones or sleep deprivation or stress or have I officially lost it? Didn’t I already beat you once?

Some days the anxiety just has control. It’s been a long time since I’ve had an episode like this. I’ve spent so long trying to get rid of the version of myself that anxiety turns me into. I don’t know her the way I used to. It’s humiliating that I am so out of control right now. I feel ashamed to have let it happen. Because when I’m good, I’m so good. I feel amazing, I feel powerful, productive and strong as hell. So why would I let myself be the opposite? Why would I let it win that easily?

I'm embarrassed because even though I've been struggling and trying my best to fight everything for the past few months, tonight has really got control of me. It's the worst it's been in a while.

I guess that half if it is uncontrollable. I never know when the hormones in my blood stream will set me off or when my alcohol intolerance is that of a 12 year-old girl on her first WKD or when being alone or in a crowded room will completely overwhelm me. But I should be able to fight it. I should know myself well enough to drive myself to uni stably or to know what my body needs. 

The other half is 100% my fault. For caring about irrelevant things too much. For refusing to let go of the past and for worrying about the future. For constantly panicking that people are staring at the bald patch on the back of my head. For worrying what people think about me. There is an overwhelming irritating fear of not being in control. For convincing myself that I’m a psycho girlfriend. For apologising too much. For unintentionally making myself weak.

I cried tonight. Over what? No idea. Crying makes me feel embarrassed. I cry all the time, it’s my first defence for every emotion - sadness, anger, happiness. But I let it out and felt better for it for once. 

When I panic I hyperventilate because I can’t breathe, I cough and wheeze until I fall asleep. It’s unhealthy. 

Tonight, for the first time ever, I calmed myself down. I didn’t have an anxiety attack. I made it through. If that’s not a sign that I’m getting better then I don’t know what is.

So as soon as I publish this, I’m going to try and properly fix it to help myself tomorrow. I’m determined to make it better. Just because I’m having a bad night doesn’t mean it has to be a bad day tomorrow. I’ll tidy up. I’ll shower. Listen to reputation for the 100th time. Wash my hair. Watch something not too heavy. Read my seminar notes for tomorrow.  Sleep knowing that I’m doing everything I can to look after myself. To get back to a good place again.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll be me again. Albeit a mortified by my out of control mental state and hormones version of me. And if I’m not feeling too fab that’s okay too. There are always reasons and triggers that I’ll revert back to a younger, more insecure, person, someone who doesn’t want to get better. I’m trying to learn to rise above her, to tell her I want to get better, to be better than her. I am better than her.

No matter how shiny and cringe-worthily happy life becomes, there will always be moments of weakness. There will always be anxiety to remind me how to feel bad. And that’s okay because I’m prepared. I just have to do my best to remind myself of how great I am at my best and beat anxiety again. 

Taking The First Step


Hello! Yeah, remember me? I still exist. Just about.

I haven’t been posting or really doing much other than get through each day recently because things have been hard. I haven’t been very well. Take that as you will because any interpretation of it is probably sadly true. With the doctors appointments, my body rejecting food and my mind letting everything overwhelm me - I pretty much look and feel like Voldemort’s soul under the bench in the last Harry Potter film at the moment.

Over the past couple of months, I’d given up. Subconsciously, I’d stopped doing all the things that kept me motivated, happy and calm. I wasn’t the girl I wanted to be. I wasn’t strong or even slightly likeable. I felt sorry for my family and my friends. Everything was lows and confusion and I wasn’t sure on anything.

I had a spontaneous date on thursday night. I put on makeup, made an effort, tried to hide how bad my hair was. My body hated me eating so much and so many varied things. The pain after eating was awful but I wanted to feel normal for one night. I cried pretty much the whole time about how awful things were. I knew it had to stop.

When I was driving home from a long day at uni and on my way to work, I told myself that even though I didn’t know how or why - things would get better for me. I had to get better for everyone else too.

Then there was this gorgeous sunset and while I watched it go down I listened to Taylor Swift’s new album. I thought about the people and things that mattered to me. I thought about how lucky I was to be loved and cared for so deeply. When I finally got home I realised someone had left me a voicemail but hadn’t called. I checked and it was a call from a job I’d had an interview for. 

Now, I’m not going to talk specifically about it but my current job makes me miserable. Like crying in the toilets or in the office at the end of my shift miserable. Like panic attacks in front of customers and not being able to do anything about it miserable. Like if I don’t leave in the next few months I’m going to explode miserable. Don't get me wrong, some people are kind and nice and there are things I'll miss. But my health will always come first.

So, a couple of months ago I’d started applying for jobs. More part-time retail obviously because I need flexibility as a student but still, something new. Something else to turn my mind to. Somewhere where I don’t have a reputation or am always reminded of exes and nobody knows who I am.

The interview went so well. They loved me, which just reminds me how great I really am in a professional sense. I work so hard as long as I feel supported. It reminded me that things aren’t always my fault when it goes wrong at work. They told me I’d been given the job.

And then I didn’t hear anything for a few weeks. 

I think I’d just accepted I was staying at the place that made my mental health unbearable. I retracted into accepting that I would be unhappy. But then there was this answer phone message. I knew it was a sign.

I handed in my resignation and it terrified me. I knew everyone, had responsibility and had made the place a safe, familiar place for the past 3 and a half years. But it wasn’t safe anymore. It made me ill. 

I’m going somewhere completely unfamiliar. Somewhere I have to learn new things, meet people and find my way around. I know nothing, that’s enough to put me out of my comfort zone. It’s a little further away from home which means it will be more expensive to travel but I can stay with my grandparents if I need to. There are a few more hours so there will be even less time to spend with my boyf, but we’ll deal because we always do. But, the pay is better. It will be so good for me in the long run. I trust this company. I trust myself to take this huge, brave step. (Like Neil Armstrong on the moon giant leap for mankind type of step).

I hope after this things will fall back into place, slowly. I don't want to overwhelm myself but I know I will eventually build myself back up to the strong and powerful woman I know I can be. And eventually, there'll be regular blog posts, imagine that!

I have an induction on Monday. It begins on Monday. The first step to getting better starts on Monday. Bring on Monday.

So I'm 20 Now


So, I made it... I've been alive for two decades. Check that off the list.
I know. The teenage years are over and I couldn't be happier.
Nostalgic. Slightly terrified. But happy.

My birthday celebrations were lovely. Everything I wanted.

I had a waga with my uni girls and they both bought me the loveliest gifts - some lush goodies and the Zoeva matte palette. My best friend bought me a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. I had drinks with friends and went out after. And it was a good night.

But I've come to the conclusion I'm just kinda over clubbing more than ever. Pub? Spoons? Getting drunk? Hell yes! But getting sweaty, trying to dance to increasingly crap music and trying to avoid horrible girls and grabby guys? Nah. It's not for me anymore. 

Wow... I'm the most boring adult ever already.

For my actual birthday, we waited up until midnight (because I may be a proper adult now, but I still get excited about my birthday).

We had a relaxing day, I opened some gifts from my family which were lovely. I got quite a bit of cash which was very much needed and well received. My parents were so good to me and brought me gifts I actually wanted. I got a new hard drive (FINALLY!!!) and a new tv box (because my sound is broken and I would have struggled to watch the Bakeoff finale otherwise), as well as a few other little bits like pyjamas and a hot water bottle like I'd asked for. My brother got me an amazing blogging kit, full of organisational goodies and stationery.

I got ready for dinner and even wore some lashes for the first time in forever! I wore this beautiful red dress from Boohoo which I bought on ASOS and have wanted to buy for-eve-r. Then I went for dinner with my family and my best friend. Ooh, and I had amaretto flavoured creme brûlée instead of birthday cake for desert. We came home and played silly games on the Wii for a laugh.

All in all, it was as perfect as I could have imagined. I feel so lucky to have such amazing people in my life and to have been so well looked after. I am so thankful for the love everyone showed me on and for my birthday. Thank you to everyone who made my 20th birthday so special.

I really can't believe I'm 20 now ha. Or that I made it this long without going completely insane. If I'm really honest I've struggled recently. With blogging and uni at the same time work and life in general. It's been tough. My health has been very unstable and I don't get time to be alone and to sort myself out anymore. My posts have been scatty and unorganised and I apologise for that but I'm getting there.

I just need to be a little more gentle with myself. That's my resolution for my next year of ups and downs. It's okay to not have it together every single second of the day.

Here's to a huge birthday party for my 21st next year. Here's to many more birthdays full of love and realisation and happiness. (And Tiffany jewellery?)

Faves & Hates | October 2017


FAVES

KISS Lashes*
I love KISS lashes, especially their natural ones and the recently sent me a few pairs to try out. I don't wear lashes as much as I used to and some were a bit heavy for me but the natural ones are subtle and super affordable!

The Wetherspoons App
Because who wants to order at the bar when you can get shots and pitchers straight to your table?

The Zoeva Matte Palette
I'm in love with zoeva palettes anyway for blend-ability and affordability, but their matte palette has blown me away. Thank you for the birthday gift Mill!

My Best Friend
Because she's just the greatest thing that's ever happened to me.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation
I can't believe how far I've come in terms of makeup. I always wore way too much but considering my skin was awful, I don't blame teenage me. The Ordinary foundation is everything I hoped it'd be and it looks like skin. I love it.

HATES

Leaving My Memory Stick at Uni
So I'm not going to entirely blame the lack of posts on not having my memory stick (again) but I kind of am actually. I had so many amazing birthday themed posts planned and it just hasn't happened because I needed my memory stick.

Not Being Able To Open My Birthday Presents
I'm so sick of waiting!!!

Blood Tests
Needles? Blood? Dizziness. No thanks.

An asterisk (*) indicates the product has been sent via a brand or marketing team.

My Top Five Halloween Lipsticks & The Best Fake Blood



So Halloween. I kinda love it. But I also kind of hate it for the simple reason that my birthday is the day before and when I was a kid all my friends would turn up to my birthday parties dressed as ghosts and zombies. Born a true attention seeker and drama queen at heart, there wasn't enough focus on me and my birthday and then for years after that I resented halloween for stealing my spotlight. Sigh. And whilst I may be slightly less jealous of halloween's attention stealing abilities now, I'm still a little opposed to it. Hence the no halloween looks on my blog yet (maybe at all). Nether the less, halloween is the perfect excuse to wear all the vampy/red/dark lipsticks and whip out the fake blood. So here are my faves.

It's just the perfect thickness and pigmentation, easy to build up and it dries fairly quickly. It's the only fake blood I'll use and worth a small investment.

(swatches on hand left to right)

Happy Halloween everyone!

Some Minnie Gifts From Mad Beauty


A little company called Mad Beauty* recently sent me some of their Minnie Mouse gifts from their Disney range. I was sent a head band and the face mask and they're both so cute!

The head band is perfect for when you're having a bit of a pamper. It's incredibly soft and stretchy. It keeps your hair out of your face for makeup or face masks/skin care treatments. You can get it for £ 4.99. The face mask is again really great because it packs a lot of product on to the sheet. Although not practical (you'd probably scare someone if they didn't expect you to be wearing it) it's a fun mask for a pamper night or as a novelty gift. It's only £3.50 too!

I think the stuff from Mad Beauty would be great as stocking fillers (I know, I know it's October) or even as little birthday gifts. Check out their website here: www.madbeauty.com

An asterisk (*) indicates the product has been sent via a brand or marketing team.

A Relaxing Weekend with Monty Bojangles


It's fair to say I've had a rubbishy week. Possible food poisoning, emotional breakthroughs and it's just been one of those weeks that makes you want to crawl in bed and forget all the big, bad, sad parts. I've decided to look after myself this weekend by running a bath with the gorgeous Lush Star Dust bath bomb and lighting this £3 candle from the Boots gift section which I only picked up for the copper tin. And as an extra treat, the babes over at Monty Bojangles have sent me some more products* to tuck into while I feel sorry for myself.

These brand new Treasure Boxes each have 20 truffles which are all insanely addictive. (Addictive enough that my family is already planning on stealing a box from me. I know the website says to share, but come on...) I was sent Scrumple Nutty, Choccy Scoffy and my personal favourite Taste Adventures. There are four flavours in the Taste Adventures box - Choccy Scoffy (dusted cocoa), Scrumple Nutty (crunchy hazelnut), Berry Bubbly (raspberry popping candy) and my absolute favourite flavour Flutter Scotch (butterscotch).

These new boxes are available from Sainsbury's now or via their website  (www.montybojangles.com). So go on, grab yourself a treat this weekend. Have a lay-in, a cuppa and some Monty Bojangles. You deserve it.



An asterisk (*) indicates the product has been sent via a brand or marketing team.