Sunday, 1 September 2013

Recovery and planning.

Settle in, this is going to be a long one.

After a heavy weekend of abusing my poor body at yet another wedding, I'm making some choices. Mainly those that aim to improve my health and general well being! Hopefully you've read my post on being kinder...if not have a look here and let me know what you think. I started today by complimenting my Mum on her outfit without prompting, which made her smile and made me feel happy. See, easy peasy! get involved!

I think when you've had several late nights, bad food and more than a little alcohol you feel crappy inside which inevitably shows on the outside. I hate that awful hungover sluggish feeling you get after an extravagant weekend, and I always have to have a little session in which I treat myself and try to get me feeling back to normal again! 
I started a lovely soak in the hot tub and followed it up with a long hot shower using some of my favourites to scrub away the horrible hungover feeling I had. I love showering, is that odd? Using mainly Soap & Glory products I scrubbed and lathered and shampoo'd and conditioned myself back to a human state, then I settled myself in my room with this lot...

Dressed in my holiest and most comfortable pjs (after a good slathering of that body butter) I got to work on my face. I don't know about you, but several days of wearing heavy makeup, drinking anything other than water and (shamefully) sleeping in my makeup, the first place it shows is on my skin! Firstly, I wanted to cleanse my skin of any nasties, so I applied the Sanctuary 5 minute thermal detox mask. This is so satisfying - it heats up as you apply it and it's like you can feel it drawing the impurities out of your skin. Lovely. 
Next, after washing away the detox mask I popped on the REN glycolactic radiance renewal mask, which feels weird but smells lovely and again, you can feel it tingling away as it works. I love using this once a week to boost the radiance in my skin, and I'm sad that its nearly run out! 
While waiting for this to do its thing, I busied myself sorting my nails out- I think I'll do a separate post on this if people would be interested? let me know! My polish of choice was OPI 'I don't give a Rotterdam' which is a gorgeous grey/lilac with gold shimmer running through and is possibly my all time favourite polish...what a claim.
Once the REN mask is done, I rinse and have a quick spritz with the nspa Revitalising Vitamin toning mist which wakes me skin up and gives it some much needed moisture. I love nspa, I find it really good quality and surprisingly affordable...their hot cloth polish is definitely a contender for the Liz Earle cleanse and polish in my eyes!
I lock this in with an old favourite- Origins Drink up Intensive which I leave on overnight- so over indulgent but when you've spent a day lounging on the sofa feeling sorry for yourself it's exactly what you need!

While all this is going on, I have my James Brown intense moisture mask on my hair ready for a quick rinse before bed, and the Nuxe Reve de Miel lipbalm on to give some intensive moisture to my lips until the morning! I've started using bio-oil on my face in an attempt to clear up the acne scars which are my main concern at the moment so I'll let you know how I get on with that, I'm hoping to see some improvement soon as it is something that bothers me a lot. I also popped a pill ( not that sort) of the vitamin kind to give my skin a little boost from the inside. I really should take these more regularly as I always notice feeling better when they've been in my routine a while!
I love this little routine for whenever I'm feeling run down. I think a bit of 'me time' is always lovely, especially on a sunday night when you're preparing yourself for the week ahead!

Now, if you're anything like me the start of a new month and week always bring motivation to get stuff done! I've got a long list of things I want to accomplish this month and by writing them down here I feel that I can't really chicken out! So, this is my to-do list for September...

1. To work out again- I went through a stage of running and working out every day and then it slipped, and I lost my motivation. This month I'm allowing no excuses and I'm signed up to Results with Lucy and I'm ready to exercise out those bad feelings.
2. To eat better- what is the point in working hard in the gym (or front room in my case!) if you're just going to ruin it with pizza that evening? 60% of abs are made in the kitchen so this month I'll be binning the crisps and chocolates and embracing meat, veg and green tea!
3. To improve my blog- My blog is a few weeks old now and I love every second of working on it! from writing posts to taking pictures to taking part in the #bbloggers chat every sunday and wednesday. I've had such a great response and met some lovely girls, I want to carry this on and keep building my readership and improving the quality of my blog- there's lots planned this month so watch this space!
4. To continue my clear out- I've put lots of things on ebay recently (look here if you're interested!) and I still have loads more to go, I can't take it all with me when I move so I'm determined to get rid!

I think that's a good enough list to be getting on with, don't you? What plans do you have for September? What are your ultimate treat products? Typically all my favourites are due to run out at the same time so please let me know! xx


  1. This sounds like a lovely little routine :) Good luck with reaching your goals!

    I should update you on how your 'be kind' post affected me: Every day on my way home from work I'm on the train watching fellow passengers. I used to think 'oh my gosh look at her hair, looks awful' or 'she shouldn't wear that'. Since reading your post I'm always trying to think of something nice and the best part about it is that it actually works! I don't have to feel bad anymore for being such a bitch which is great. Sorry about the ramble but I thought you'd like to know your post has made a difference! xxx

    1. Ahh this is the loveliest comment ever, thanks so much! I'm so glad that post made a difference and helped you think kind things about people :) try telling them next! Thank you Fisi xxxx

    2. No worries hun! :) Will try that next and let you know how I get on with it xxx