I have been using Burt‘s Bees since I first discovered it pacing the aisles of Boots quite few years ago. At that point they didn’t have a huge amount of products but I loved the natural smell of their products, particularly their hand balm which I have a huge tin of.
Sometimes I am my very best self. I wake up early, I make smoothies, I get all my work done with a skip in my step and I even manage to do a bit of exercise (albeit a run around the block before I pass out onto a hedge). I call my mum, I cook dinner from scratch and I am generally in a “let’s get shit done!” kind of mood.
There are some days though where all I feel like doing is curling up under a duvet with three seasons of Bob’s Burgers. I don’t feel like talking to anyone and all I want to do is turn off my phone and eat enormous bowls of cheesy pasta in the comforts of my own bed. This is not a hugely regular occurrence but it does happen, and sometimes there is absolutely no reason why. I have struggled with this for years. It’s an antagonising feeling, I enjoy being proactive, I am an ardent worker and generally a pretty active person. Being lazy is not my thing and I usually hate wasting a day or not leaving the house.
In recent years though I have realised that sometimes you’ve just got to listen to your body. It’s okay to just want to curl up with your dog and not answer the phone to anyone for a day. Some of the best minds in history have a regular needed a day off. Virginia Wolf used pretty much have a nervous breakdown every time she submitted a piece of work to her publishers. And you know what? It might not always be a duvet day that helps you recharge your battery. It might be switching off all social media, it might be swimming naked in the sea, wearing pyjamas solidly for the next three days or cleaning the house (not my idea of a day off but one of my good friends swears by it for when she has had a stressful day). I recently read an article in The Pool in which the author would swing an axe at an old tree whenever she was needing to destress. What I am trying to say is do what you need to do make yourself feel better. To make yourself feel a little more you again. Sometimes you need a day under the duvet with a box set of Friends and that is okay.
Let’s be unapologetically a little kinder to ourselves.
I had read a lot of glowing reviews about this brand and after seeing the very low price tag and spotting a small selection of the skincare range in my local Fenwick I picked up the Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% for around £6. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free and comes in a glass bottle and as you guys know about me already I try to avoid plastic as much as possible. have now been using this for three weeks every other night. My mum who is 64 has also been using it because she can’t resist a shiny new bottle sitting on our bathroom shelf so I will include her input too.
The whole idea of this product is to exfoliate the skin. This product is not recommended for sensitive or peeling skin and the brand warns that your natural SPF may decrease when using this product. I have normal to combination skin that tends to be on the oily side. My mum’s skin is normal to oily. I applied this in the evening before moisturising (as directed) and found that it certainly made my face feel softer. When I first applied it it my face felt a little sticky and I have to admit that I am not a fan of the chemically smell of this product, but the sticky feeling went away once I had put a moisturiser on top. My mum really enjoyed the product and definitely found that her face felt softer and had more of a glow about it. It has a “dropper” style applicator which looks fancy but isn’t super practical as you end up applying it one handed BUT I am so happy they use glass bottles, you don’t often see this on cheaper products in the beauty industry.
Would I repurchase? I am not sure if I would repurchase this specific product as I have to admit I love to do a good old fashioned exfoliate with some oatmeal or a homemade sugar scrub, but I would definitely get one of their other products and I have my eye on their Rose Hip Seed Oil!
Have you tried their range? Which products? What did you think of the range?
Weekends abroad… they’re never as cheap or relaxing as you think.
Trying to find an Air bnb in a different country is tricky enough, let alone after a Ryanair flight when you’ve spent the whole journey with your knees by your ears and your wallet is fifty euros lighter after an air stewardess decided to take a vendetta on you and your hand-luggage which is a mere few cm’s over the limit.
A lot of people dismiss the UK beaches, but it is not only cheaper but also one of the most environmentally friendly ways to have a little break and explore a new part of the country you live in. No flights= half the emissions and you get to explore somewhere for longer as it usually won’t take you as long to get to these places. I thought I would write about some of my favourite places for a weekend in the UK starting with the emerging hipster hangout, Margate.
I grew up very close to Margate, and I can tell you that ten years ago (oh god that makes me feel old) Margate was a very different place. There was not a huge amount to do for young people, that’s assuming you would even go out in Margate back then (not advised) and I remember spending most of my time in other neighboring towns.
Now with the help of the shiny new Tate gallery and a huge restoration project at Dreamland, the place is a booming little haven for anyone looking to get their toes in the sand but want to avoid the crowds of Brighton. And let’s be honest, the crowds in Brighton on a hot day are something else.
Here are my personal top places to visit when in Margate…
1. The beach- One of the most obvious ones, but it really is a giant, sandy dream of a beach. In the 18th Century the wealthy would come to bathe in saltwater to improve their health. I can’t promise the health benefits of the water in this Kentish town, but getting into chilly water is still used as an alternative treatment to depression due to the amount of endorphin’s that are released. Top Tip- Make sure you have an Oyster at the little seafood shack near the Tate!
2. The Tate– Even if you aren’t a big art fan it is still worth a visit. Margate has a very rich history in art (Tracey Emin and JMW Turner both lived here) and most exhibitions are free. Top tip- Make sure you go into the lift- it’s beautiful!
3. Dreamland! This place has had a complete makeover and is now full of food vans, music and incredible rides. Keep your eye out for upcoming gigs in this area!
4. Go shopping! A few of my favourite places are The Old Ken Market with the UK’s smallest pub and be sure to visit Peony Vintage and Ruskin which are fantastic little vintage shops full of secondhand clothing!
5. Eat! If you’re a bit of a foodie like me there a quite a few emerging food havens there. Unfortunately, a lot of them are’nt cheap but hopefully this will settle down soon. If you are staying for the weekend I would recommend getting an Airbnb to save some cash on breaky or lunch but I very much enjoyed The Greedy Cow, The Grain Grocer and Peter’s Fish Factory for fish &chips. We went to The Great British Pizza Company which personally I would’nt recommend as I found the pizza bases to thin and the pizza on the whole really was’nt very big or filling but that might be right up your street, plus I have an insatiable appetite.
If any of you make it there let me know, I would love to show you round! Where is your favourite UK getaway?
Our generation lives in a consumer society that is pretty different to our parents.
This is certainly not a bad thing, we finally have clothes designed to suit all shapes and sizes, there’s thousands of brands to choose from, all competing in prices (goodbye monotonous trip down to Clark’s to buy ugly but sensible shoes,right?). If you are savvy enough and hit the sales at the right time you can get a whole new outfit for less than £20! What’s the problem? Well, it’s that because of this ease and convenience of buying new things we seem to be stuck in a bit of a throwaway culture, particularly within the field of clothing. Over 1 million tonnes of clothing and other textiles is thrown away in the UK each year. If this was compressed it would be as wide as Canary Wharf and 3 times taller.
I am not judging. I used to have serious problem with buying clothes, especially when I was younger. I would march off down to the high street clutching the latest installment of my student loan and come home with bags full of H&M goodies for a party that night. Why buy one good top when you can buy five cheap tops?