As beauty enthusiasts, we spend so much time and money looking after our facial skin yet it becomes to easy to neglect our feet and hands despite the fact that they are always working! It is definitely a step that I don’t reserve as much time for compared to my face yet it’s about time I did. iMantara is the new product range launched by the Thai Square Spa in London and I was lucky enough to try a couple of products from the range.
Starting with hands, the first product I got my hands on (no pun intended) is the Peaceful Palms Balancing Jasmine and Citrus Hand Lotion*. Now I am a huge lover of hand creams and I am pretty picky with my options. I have used a few okay products in the past and some I really like, particularly the Aesop one which is my favourite! I usually use hand cream every night although I have fallen out of my way with it slightly so this was a good reminder to start again. It comes in a large 240ml bottle which will definitely last a long while. The lotion itself feels very silky and soothing on the hands although as it is a lotion I do find it quite lightweight in terms of what I am used to. There is definitely a boost of hydration with it but I do find for night time it wouldn’t be as moisturising as I would like it to be however it does make a nice day time regular use lotion. The scent as well isn’t my favourite, there is a bit of citrus in their which I like but I’m not too keen on floral scents in a body care product but that is just my own preference. It does give off a very spa like scent though if you are into that!
Moving from top to bottom, I also received the Siamese Sole Foot Lotion*. I have very dry skin on my feet and I am always in need to care for them despite the fact that I am pretty lazy with this task. The foot lotion comes in a squeezy tube in a 100ml size. The cream is pleasantly thick and creamy and really works to add a lot of moisture into my cracked heels. The scent is also a lot more up my street as it has quite a mint-y scent from the addition of tea tree which works as an antiseptic perfect for hard-working feet. I coat my feet in this at night before bed to give them a proper coat of hydration! Out of the two products, I definitely prefer this and could see this being a firm favourite in my routine!
What is your favourite way to care for your hands and feet?
“If you like Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain…” Sorry couldn’t quite help myself! Summer is finally here (ish), well part of me feels like it’s been and gone but technically not really. Anyway to help get into the Summer mood, The Body Shop have released a new range of Pina Colada inspired products. I am a huge fan of the Body Shop and I can’t deny how excited I got from hearing about this new Pinita Colada range. I have to say this is probably one if not my favourite collection they have came out with. Once I spotted a great deal in store, I couldn’t help but try out a few things from the range!
I picked out three out of the four products from the range, leaving out the Body Sorbet since I already had one from last Summer. Starting with the one product I was desperate to have my hands on, the Body Butter. A Body Shop classic product, who doesn’t love a good body butter? It’s quite a thick textured moisturiser but I really wanted something super moisturising and this just does the job. I can’t count how many times I have just opened this to get a little whiff of the dreamy coconut and pineapple scent. Take me back to the beach bar already, Pina Colada in hand, thanks!
With tanning season in, it felt ever so appropriate to get my hands on the Body Scrub too. It has a beautifully creamy but gritty texture with real shredded coconut extract to help leave your skin feeling super smooth and exfoliated. Of course it also has the beautiful pineapple/coconut scent. Dreamy!
Lastly, I picked up the Shower Gel. I love the Body Shop Shower Gels, they are always so creamy and hydrating as well as coming in great sizes. I rather felt the need to pick this up as I had still been using Lush Snow Fairy! My timings just aren’t great eh. So this beautiful summery concoction has been a real winner in replacing my beloved Christmas scent. Yup I clearly can’t let go of Christmas. It lathers up so nicely and is basically a dream to use!
Whilst some people may reserve their Friday nights for an evening out I am usually the one stuck at home trialling a new face mask. After a long week and the start to the weekend there is nothing better than giving yourself a little pamper. We all need a little ‘me time’ in our lives and what’s better than slathering yourself in body cream and giving your nails a fresh coat of polish!? Here are some of the things I like to do when I have a little extra time to myself…
One of the best ways to help yourself relax is to run a nice hot bath. I am usually a shower kinda gal but when the cold weather settles in I cannot wait to feel all cosy and warm in a nice bath. Obviously one of the best things about taking baths is also the amount of exciting bath products you can try out. Lush is probably my favourite place to go for bath stuff as everything just smells super dreamy. I am currently obsessed with their Comforter Bubble Bar which has been making the rounds each time I have been taking a bath lately. The blackcurrant scent will never get old. Ahhh how I could do with a bath right now!
One thing I think many of us neglect is body-care. We can easily look after our face but its pretty easy to forget about the rest of your skin. When I have a little more time its the perfect opportunity to ensure my skin is got all the moisture it needs. Things like body butters or lotions are perfect for keeping your skin hydrated and also smell amazing. I am currently really enjoying using The Body Shop Body Sorbet from their Virgin Mojito range. The zingy lime scent is super refreshing on the skin and dries pretty quickly too!
What is a little self pamper without a good face mask!? Piling a thick layer on your skin is incredibly relaxing but also gives your skin the benefits it deserves. I tend to mix what face mask I use depending on what my skin is needing although right now I am all over the Lush Cranberry Festive Face Mask which is part of their Christmas collection. Being a fresh face mask (kept in the fridge) it is super hydrating on the skin and feels so soothing. The cranberry scent is also quite nice and feels really comfortable on the skin despite having a thick consistency. It helps calm my skin down and after removing it my skin is left feeling incredibly soft.
In any free time I have I always like to ensure that my nails are looking slick and polished (literally!). I don’t know if it’s just me but having undone or chipped nails just makes me feel like I am unready and messy. There is nothing better in my eyes than having a clean coat of nail polish. I also really love having my nails looking all nice especially at this time of year. My favourites at the minute include Essie Cocktail Bling, Sand Tropez and Bahama Mama, a perfect mix for Fall.
Lastly, keeping on top of my skincare routine is obviously really important too. After slathering on all my face stuff I like to ensure my lips are well scrubbed and prepped. I am currently loving the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm which has a slight honey-ish scent to it and feels super hydrating and smoothing on my lips. What’s left? Then burn your favourite candle and tuck into a good magazine.