Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Scrub, scrub, scrub!

 

Usually I am a face wash and go in the shower kind of girl. Being in a rush in the morning is something that I have changed as I have managed to get my morning routine whittled down to around twenty minutes. Now this routine only seems to work whilst getting ready for work as when I get ready to go out it takes a lot longer!
The six products in the picture above are all wonderful and I can recommend them all from personal use. My favourite from the bunch is Origins Modern Friction and I seem to always have a tube somewhere! There is a range of different price ranges and a lot can be found easily in department stores or drug stores like Superdrug and Boots.
Modern Friction, Origins, Natural Skincare, Skin Care, Microdermabrasion, Face, Scrub, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
£33 – 125ml
Packed with natural ingredients this product not only makes your skin feel renewed and rejuvenated but really does set you up for a day against the elements. As advised I use this every 2-3 days as it can be a little harsh on the skin if used daily.
Ginzing, Origins, Skincare, Face Scrub, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
£18.50 – 150ml
In between exfoliation days I use this lovely GinZing scrub cleanser. Equally as refreshing and fragrant this scrub really does wake you up and help start your day.
Indeed labs, Facial, Skincare, Exfoliator, Powdered Exfoliator, Blog A Book Etc, Beauty, Fay
£12.66 – 75g

This powdered exfoliator can be used sparsely as it really does work its magic when mixed with water. Whenever I have used this product it has been part of a pamper session so I have been über relaxed so cannot speak for the quickness of this product on a day-to-day basis.

microdermabrasion, facial, skincare, skin, beauty, Neova, Scrub, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£36 – 65g

This is one of the products that is on the higher end of the price spectrum however I personally do prefer Origins dermabrasion product and the feel of my skin afterwards. If there is anyone out there that has used and loved this I would like to hear from you.

REN, Micro Polish Cleanser, Cleanser, Face, Beauty, Skincare, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£20 – 150ml

Much like the Origins Modern Friction this product I have used 2-3 times in a week instead of daily and when used my skin feels refreshed, bright and radiant. The pricing of this product is quite fair as the tube lasts a while as a little really does go a long way.

Superdrug, Tea Tree, Exfoliator, Scrub, Beauty, Skincare, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£3.29 – 75ml

Superdrug’s Tea Tree range are very good bargain products for break out prone skin. Whenever my skin has a break out this is my go to product for fast clear up action with a refreshing and light touch. After a good scrub my skin feels like everything is on edge and it really does have a chance to breathe. Wonderful!

Dermalogica, Skin Prep, Scrub, Skincare, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

£28.20 – 75ml

Massive fan of all Dermalogica products over here and believe me if it was cheaper my skin care regime would be made up of solely this brand. It feels like my skin is not my own but something a million times better. This product is a great first step to complete cleansing.

Are there any products out there that you love to use? 

What are they?

#IMWAYR

I started writing this post last week and then the week just took over. As many of you know I am a nurse and I work shifts so things can be a little hectic when it comes to having time to sit down and schedule posts.

This weeks post will be a little different as I will be including bits about what has been happening with me and not just the books I have read etc! I have done this before and really enjoyed writing the posts. Well, here goes!

LIFE

As I mentioned above I have been on night shifts but recently work has been full on as my shifts are a bit all over the place. A couple of months ago I started writing the staff newsletter and really enjoy doing so, this has now become a monthly thing.

nurse, life of a nurse

Despite being nagged by everyone and their dog to get the flu jab this year I am yet to do it. This week I got a very bad cold – I don’t think it was flu but it was bad enough to make me want to go and get the jab as feeling like this is one thing and from experience flu is even worse!

flu jab, health, medication

Christmas shopping – yes I said it! Although some may deem it too early I just see it as being organised slightly as I am sure there will be something that I will leave to the last-minute. The shops are already being ransacked for presents that will be presented to our nearest and dearest. Have you started yet?

santa moped!

I have not been to the gym in over 3 weeks and I feel very bad for this. Bad enough to scoff a delicious mince-pie with my coffee – I will get around to going back but I think I should ease myself into it! Some light swimming perhaps!

BEAUTY

Over the past couple of weeks my make up collection has grown significantly. Especially in the NARS department. Their seasonal colours are truly amazing and I can think of no better reason to get glammed up even for a night sipping red wine at your local bar/pub or just a simple shopping trip with a vamped up look.

I have already written a post about one of the colours from the Audacious lipstick range but will be posting the rest of my lovely collection over the next couple of weeks. Today however I wanted to share with you a favourite that seems to be used on a daily basis and may be in need of a refill sooner rather than later!

NARS, Cosmetics, Lip, Lips, Lip Pencil, Velvet Matte, Bahama

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama – £18

This pencil is an absolute beauty and something that if available I will be making several buys. The colour is incredibly neutral and as it is matte stays on for such a long time that reapplication is few and far between. At £18 it’s not cheap but totally worth it if within your budget.

Books

Currently Reading

the snow globe, sheila roberts, books, reading, blog a book etc, fay, blog tour, fiction, christmas, festive

Last week I was sent three books by Sheila Roberts and as agreed I am starting to read The Snow Globe first. There will be a review up on Wednesday 3rd December as I am taking part in the Blog Tour for the book.

Just Received

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch, Fiction, Books, Reading, London, Rivers of London, The Folly

I absolutely love Mr A’s style of writing as well as most of the books being based in London (I Heart My City!) they are just such a great adventure. I look forward to getting stuck into this one.

Recently Reviewed

Love Actually, Notting Hill, London, Love, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction, Reading, Books, Ali Harris, Little Brown Book Group, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Check out my review HERE

The Christmas Surprise, Jenny Colgan, Fiction, Books, Reading, Chick Lit, Festive, Christmas, Winter, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Check out my review HERE

Events

Over the past couple of months I have attended a few events and as this is party season the calendar is filling up pretty fast – not only with work but social and bloggy events. Tonight I will be attending a decadent sleepover in honour of the release of Sylvia Day’s new book. Champagne and Chocolates here I come!

Captivated by You, Sylvia Day, Books, Reading, Sex, Mummy Porn, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

That’s all for now guys :D

NARS Audacious BETTE

men shopping research

Just yesterday I headed over to Westfield in White City with one of my colleagues for a little shopping trip and a catch up. I picked up a couple of goodies for me and about the house. The one item that was truly out there for me was my brand spanking new NARS Lipstick. As the title says this gorgeous autumn shade is part of the new Audacious collection in the colour Bette. Never really being one to opt for bold coloured lips this colour really is a big thing for me. Of course to counteract my flamboyant colour choice I also purchased a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama which is a beautiful nude shade which I will talk about in another post.

Back to Bette . . .

Audacious Collection, Audacious, Lipstick, Bette, Dark, Red, Deep Red, Autumnal, Nars, Beauty, Cosmetics

A deep shade of red that slicks onto the lips like satin sheets against bare skin. This lipstick makes my lips feel super sexy and even added a bit of pep to my step after a slightly rubbish weekend. It is true that cosmetics and in general beauty can make you feel better inside and out. Check out this gorgeous lipstick and go to the website and see what other fabulous colours it is available in. At the moment the UK website is not allowing you to buy but of course Westfield is there if you can get to it.

NARS, Nars Cosmetics, Audacious Collection, Audacious, Bette, Red, Deep Red, Dark Red, Lipstick, Autumn

Not only is the actual colour of the lipstick gorgeous the packing is chic and just so functional. With a little magnet incorporated there is no chance your lid will go walkies whilst in your make up bag/handbag/pocket! So both beautiful and functional. This is most definitely one colour that I will be wearing on my days off just to jazz up my most ordinary look.

What is your go to colour? Any favourites?

#1 Hand Care

Soft & Supple Hands
There are so many hand care items on the market that the saturation point seems to be close. However there seem to be more on the horizon every day with different brands sprouting out of the woodwork at every chance available. This however can only be seen as a good thing from my side of things. There is always room for improvement when it comes to skin care and especially hand cream.
Above is a selection of creams that I have tried and tested over a period of time and found to be the best of those that are deemed affordable and if even slightly expensive most definitely worth the price paid. With Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream at the top of the price charts and the Botanics Intensive Hand Cream at the bottom there is a wide variety in type and price in between that offer so much for the eyes to see and the hands to benefit from.
The two most universal products of the bunch are Lush’s Ultrabalm and Burt’s Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Creme, both of which can be used on hands, lips and other parts of the body. Ultrabalm is a staple in my handbag and travel bag, there is also one that seems to be stuck inside my gym bag just incase I forget my regular body moisturiser. Being more of a balm you only tend to need a small amount which is great. The only problem I have with this particular balm is the smell – it is not very nice! The Burt’s Bees product however smells edible (IT IS NOT!).
My two absolute favourite products are Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve which leaves my hands feeling like they have been coated in a silk glove and Korres Almond Oil and Shea Butter Nourishing Hand Cream. The Korres product in particular is great as the scent is just so beautiful and feels great when your hands are coated and snuggled up in moisturising gloves. For work I must say Kiehl’s wins hands down.
As I wash my hands at least 50 times a day (not an exaggeration in the slightest!) as well as using alcohol gel and wearing gloves my hands get pretty dry and tired. Kiehl’s really does pull them out of that funk and combats the dryness immediately. Once worked into the hands they will feel soft, supple and cared for. In other words – callous be gone!
One little product that I haven’t included in this group of lovelies is an extra cheap treat that you can pick up in your local Superdrug on the off-chance that you have no hand cream to hand and just need a touch of moisture to last you until you get to your regular supply.
Superdrug, Beauty, Skin Care, Hands, Hand Cream, Moisturiser, 2in1 Hand & Nail Cream, Hand Therapy

Check out that price tag! For a couple of pounds with change this beauty can get you out of a tight spot!

So lovelies those are my choices of hand care after a tough shift on a busy hospital unit – no matter what you do with your day/night/life good hand care is essential and these bad boys will sort you out to no end.

Are there any in the group that you have tried and loved?

Are there any that you would like to try but have never been sure whether to take the plunge? 

Are there any that you would recommend?

Get in touch . . .

Let me know!