12.12.16. Assignments are in, the tree is up, mince pies are out and I'm so ready for this festive season to begin. 2016, you have tested us all. Here's hoping the world gets a break this Christmas. I don't usually think much of the 25th of December. It always seems like more hassle than it's worth. Tensions are usually high and there's inevitably far too much sherry on the go. But this time, things are a little different. It's been a year of uncertainty, change and downright madness so I plan to savour each minute of this Christmas. To enjoy every moment (mince pie) of these festive traditions that keep us grounded and remind us what's really important. Taking stock, of our lives and of eachother.
That in mind, this post seems a little trivial. But, if you're anything like me the past few months have been hazy. Full of deadlines, full of chaos and not a lot of self-care. Winter is a cruel love. She makes us sick, she is cold but she is worth it. I've picked up a few festive favourites to help relax into the season. These gorgeous pick-me-ups are treats that would also make thoughtful gifts; Santa loves a bath bomb, after all.
I picked up a few bits from LUSH and The Body Shop. First up, a couple of LUSH's Christmas collection bath bits, because nothing says winter warmer like a relaxing soak in the tub. Today I nabbed a 'Magic of Christmas' wand and the adorable 'Snow Angel' bath melt. These products look and smell delicious. They are glittery, gorgeous and cruelty-free!
While I was in LUSH I picked up an old favourite, one of their fresh face masks in 'Brazened Honey'. This detoxifying mask is perfect for winter skin. It contains warming ginger and zesty lime juice to really brighten up the face, combat any blemishes and unclog pores. Alongside these skincare bits, I treated myself to something glam for upcoming Christmas parties. A golden creme eye shadow. Because look at that pigment! Will follow up with a festive makeup look so you can see how it looks on (I'm so excited!)
What else... The Body Shop. The Body Shop have a whole range of festive favourites in store. Their main ranges being, 'Frosted Berries', 'Spiced Apple' and this, the 'Vanilla Chai'. For me, both the berries and apples reminded me of naff alco-pops. Their scent is a little (lot) over-bearing and I imagine taking a bath in them might feel more like drowning in Apple Sourz than treating yourself to some needed relaxation. I mean, if I'm going to smell of booze, I may as well have had the night out.
It's not all bad though because I'm in love with this Chai range. These products are gorgeous. A to-die-for blend of warming indulgence and festive-ness; smells like a Starbucks, without the calories. I picked this scent up in both the sugar body scrub and butter, products I already know and love, in a flavour I can't wait to try.
That's all folks.
That's all folks.