I am pretty sure Winter blues is a real thing, it may be a lot more serious than it sounds but I can’t be the only one feeling rather down and pessimistic suffering through the cold and distressing weather. I am quite happy about the thought of March coming in and putting Winter to an end for another year. Although for the time being sadly Winter is something we just have to put up with, unless you live in a very hot country then lucky you! Having overcome the great busyness and stress over the festive period, it is nice to use this time to wind down and simply relax before the sun begins to hit our way again. If you are feeling rather depressed or a little stressed out then hopefully these tips will come in handy!
HAVE A GOOD PAMPER
One of the best ways to relax and de-stress your body and mind is have a good pamper session. One of the first things I like to do after a long day is to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. As much as I love makeup, there is something so rewarding about taking it off. At the moment I am loving the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel to cleanse my skin which feels super soothing and leaves my skin feeling smooth. After cleansing I also like to apply a face mask. I vary between what I use but I do quite like the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask which feels super nourishing and hydrating on my skin. After taking care of my face, the next best thing is to run a bath. There couldn’t be anything more relaxing than a bath with a little Lush goodie!
GIVE YOUR NAILS SOME TLC
When I have a little time to myself I always like to ensure my nails are well presented. Giving my nails a fresh coat of polish always makes me feel a lot more fresh and cleaner. I also like to take the time to prep my nails and ensure they are in the best possible condition. Then picking a new shade to wear is all very exciting (to me anyway!).
BURN YOUR FAVOURITE CANDLE
I’ve had a pretty big obsession lately with candles and it couldn’t come at a better time. There is nothing more cosy and warm than lighting up a candle for the evening. I finished up quite a few candles over the last month and I’ve been loving a couple of Diptyque ones including the Baies one that is on the go at the moment!
INDULGE IN SOME READING
Reading is also really beneficial to de-stress your mind and to relax. I have to admit I do wish I was a more avid reader than I currently am just now but nothing beats having a good read. Not just books though, a magazine or also reading blogs which is one of my favourite things to do in my chill time.
Lastly, I always feel like the Winter months is a great time to de-clutter your belongings which as a result can de-clutter your mind too. Whether it is cleaning through kitchen cupboards, your beauty storage or your wardrobe, having a cleaner environment is ever so pleasing on the mind and for me especially it boosts my morale. It can be timely but it is a very rewarding task once you see your progress!
How do you like to wind down in Winter?
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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.
What do you do when you need a little TLC?
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