The Pre-birthday Pamper Haul.


Hey! so, if you read my post on wednesday you would of seen that my birthday is coming up on the 14th. Now, im not the biggest fan of my birthday these days at all but im trying to make the most of it this year, be grateful of what you have right?

Anyway, because of this i already knew id be spending most of the day with my friends playing the new world of warcraft expansion, i had planned to spend some time in the morning with my family but thats changed when my mum has had to take an appointment that morning due to finding out that she has cataracts. So after having a think i thought you know what? why dont i have a really good pamper on my birthday morning? So this of course meant that i just had too buy some new goodies to do this with…obviously.

originally i had thought about ordering from amazon because i hadnt really bought pamper stuff from them before and thought it would be cool but i quickly found the hidden p&p thing they do! so instead i made 2 orders, one from boots and one from superdrug because they had different offers on and i couldnt get soap & glory from superdrug!


FYI i will ask you forgive the pictures, these were taken before 12pm (shocker i know) and because of this you got the sun high in the sky and my shadow getting in the way!

So, from boots the first thing i new i would pick up was the soap & glory sugar crush body scrub £8.00, now i really love a good scrub, i am the queen of exfoliation i love it, i bought a new pair of exfoliating gloves on the tesco order and then i had to pick a body scrub. I knew i wanted this one but i kept holding off because its more than i would normally spend on a body product, but honestly? why not! its my birthday, this is my favourite one ive used, the grains are sugar & macadamia grains but the best bit is that its not in oil so you dont get that annoying layer on your skin and its not made with salt so it doesnt sting my very sensitive legs! and it smells amazing.

I love a good hair mask, and the garnier ultimate blends range of face masks are a personal favourite, ive tried a few of them now and im slowly making my way through the range! i went for the ultimate blends maple & caster oil hair mask treatment £4.99 this time, it sounded good to me basically! and i know how good caster oil is at helping with hair growth and im always for that.

I then got 2 nail bits, to be honest i doubt i will actually “do” my nails on my birthday but i saw this as an excuse to get some proper nail oil that isnt from the pound shop and finally get something ive wanted for a while!
So nail oil wise i went for the barry m cuticle oil £3.99, not heard much about it or tried it yet so lets see! The other item is the sally hansen instant cuticle remover £6.95, now i have wanted to try this product for so long its not even funny! Ive seen anna (the anna edit on youtube) mention it a lot, and a few other people too but i always felt i couldnt justify it. turns out i just need to feel sorry for myself!

Right lets move onto superdrug! i didnt mean to buy 4 products from each place but i did!

Anyway first up i picked up a new mask to try, now ive had a few masks come my way over the past week or so (dont worry ill be showing you soon!) but i still of course picked this one up. Again, big face mask fan! So i picked up natures alchemist balancing clay face mask £6.99, honestly i thought this was more of a classic clay or mud mask than it actually is, but thats alright! i have been in the market for a quick mask to use for a while too.

Next up, i love a good detox shampoo to help clean any dye or product build up from my hair and scalp so i went for the toni & guy cleanse advanced detox shampoo £6.49, im pretty sure i used this before years ago and really liked it so im looking forward to using it again!

Ok so hands up, the next item isnt really just for “pampering” ive just developed a little hydrating facial mist problem ok? I spotted the natures alchemist hydrating facial mist £5.99 and had to give it a go, specially as it was on offer, and yes im fully expecting to be someone with 5 different facial sprays in the fridge next summer.

Still with me? good! now last but not least we have the o’keeffe’s lip repair cooling £4.25, now i wanted to get a new lip balm, and when i spotted this one was on offer i thought why not! i bought the o’keeffe’s working hands hand cream for my mum and it seems really good at helping her really dry caretaker hands, and i bought the foot cream that is also working pretty well on my feet from hell so why not! ive worn it a few times now and the cooling effect is nice,but i cant say much more than that yet!

alright, there you have it! well done if you made it this far, do you have pamper sessions on your birthday? let me know!

Cath x

My Nighttime Self-care Routine.

Hey! So, for the past week or so ive gotten into having a bit of a self-care routine every night at the minute. I started having issues with going to sleep, as someone who after many sleep issues in my teen years was able to sleep with no issue. But now, i have been getting anxious about the idea of going too sleep, as someone who responds well to the pampering side of self care and i also needed to start taking better care of more than just my face! i brought in a routine that has really been helping.

So generally i am a massive night owl, and myself and friends will generally stop playing video games and go to bed between 1-3am. So, at this point i turn off my pc move my water bottle & phone near my bed and then i get my room sorted, i draw my blinds and tidy up my bed if i dumped stuff on it! I then will get a youtube video going  on my phone, currently its generally a video from thrift thick  (please check her out i adore her!) then i get all the products i need out and put them onto the corner of my dressing table that i use as a night stand, before i get changed & go off to cleanse my face brush my teeth etc.

So i always double cleanse, ive always been a massive fan of doing this and i start with generally the super facialist vitamin C+ skin renew cleansing oil £10.99 this is hands down my favourite cleansing oil, ive used it for years and will continue to do so! it cleanses without stripping, it isnt super oily or heavy and it smells like oranges! for my second cleanse, i go with either the botanics all bright gentle cleansing cream £5.49 witch is very gentle and good for when my skin is dryer or the B. creamy foam cleanser £6.99 during the summer and when my skin is oiler. Both staples in my bathroom cupboard!

Once im back in my room i turn off my light and do everything else just by the light of my phone, i do this purely because i dont wanna have to get back up and turn my light off again! continuing with skincare, i use an acid toner, at the minute ive been enjoying the Freedom makeup london pro studio radiance tonic £ 6.00, this is really good, pretty gentle but still helps to remove dead skin cells using good old acid! (nice acid!), after this ive really gotten into using a hydrating facial spritz, my choice being the B. hydrated hyaluronic acid spritz £7.99, i am going through this so fast! i think this was hands down what kept my skin from being dry during the heat wave when i didnt want anything on my face!

Then i use a serum, ive really been enjoying the superdrug vitamin c invigorating skin booster £4.99 at the moment, of course i love the smell! but it also adds an extra layer of hydration and softness that i love. Finally for my face, i use a night cream and i wrote a whole review about these garnier natural 3 in 1 soothing rose botanical balm £12.99 witch you can read here, but the short version is hydrating, calming and lovely!

With all that on my face, i turn my attention to the rest of my body! now i have never liked putting body cream on, i hate the feeling so that doesnt happen. But i have been finally paying my feet some attention, i have very difficult problematic feet (this, is an understatement) we are talking cracks so deep they bleed bad, and having to be bandaged up earlier this year! my foot cream of choice right now is the scholl hard skin softening cream £5.99. i have to be honest however i dont know if its as heavy duty as my feet need! so if you have a suggestion please let me know!

now, i lay down and watch the youtube video for a bit, as it gets closer to the end i pop on a lip balm. ive really been liking the REN vita mineral lip balm £10.50 lately, i think this was a freebie in a box at some point? but however i got it, i really like how smooth it feels on the lips and its very hydrating, its still on in the morning! the very last thing i do beauty product wise is pop on some hand cream, ive been going for this NAOBAY orange juice hand cream £11.50 currently, another box item! because its on the lighter side so good for the summer, but its still very hydrating and plus side it smells amazing (can you tell i like orange smelling things?).

and with that, i close my phone and go to sleep and generally this little routine as really been helping me unwind and not be quite so anxious at night!

do you have a night time routine? any foot cream suggestions for me? let me know!

cath x