Category Archives: Weekend Pampering

On a Rainy Sunday…

photo-23-09-2016-13-10-10postIt’s a rainy Sunday morning, looks quite gloomy outside but just somehow feels calm and perfect for a day in. I’m currently boiling the kettle to make myself a nice cup of Teapigs Spiced Winter Red Tea. It has orange peel, cinnamon, ginseng, cloves and I just love it, makes me think of Christmas time.

Candles are another thing that makes the whole experience really cosy and relaxing. At the moment I’m burning this mini Apple & Blue Clover Candle from Voluspa, I adore their candles, they are coconut wax blend and hand-poured. The scent is floral with a hint of Magnolia and a bit fruity, thanks to the Apple but in a very elegant way, my boyfriend picked it up and he has great taste when it comes to scents.

A warm and soft blanket is always a must in such days and of course, a good book. I have a bad habit of reading several books at the same time but I’ve narrowed the number down to two in the past few weeks.
Cooking and baking bring me so much joy that I can’t miss the opportunity to fill the house with delicious aromas. Pity there are no Premier League games this weekend but we can snack on some pastries later, anyway.

I don’t feel like pampering too much today, however, I need a face mask a couple of times a week and Sunday’s choice is the Sephora Orchid Face Mask. These sheet masks are so easy to use and work wonders on my skin. The Lancôme Juicy Shaker in the shade 283 Berry in Love is a huge love of mine because it hydrates my lips beautifully, thanks to the oils in the formula, has a hint of colour and once the oils get absorbed, I’m left with a natural sheen on the lips. I might paint my nails because I just can’t get enough of the L’Oréal Paris Color Riche à L’Huile Nail Varnishes.

Sunday afternoon is perfect for planning the week ahead, so that will be done later, as well. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to notes, I like writing them down on paper, as well as having them on my phone. And this is actually a way to remember them much easier.

This is my rainy Sunday plan or at least, some part of it. What are you doing today?

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Time to Unwind

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The past couple of months have been pretty hectic for me, I had many happy and sad days, it was just a bit too emotional and busy. And I realised that I haven’t had “me” time for months! So, now that 2016 is here and we all need a fresh start, I decided to give myself a relaxing day. Nothing too fancy or special, just spending some time doing what I love.

It’s pretty cold in Norway at the moment and I’m basically living in slippers, I love these cosy slipper boots from Va Vite that my boyfriend got for me last month. They’re soft and cute and they keep my feet warm.

I love tea and this is just a tiny part of our tea collection. Herbal tea is something that I can’t go a day without in the winter and I’m actually boiling the kettle right now to make myself a nice cup of tea.

This will be a make-up free day for me, I even removed my nail polish and I’m going to enjoy my Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask, then apply a little bit of L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Lip Balm and nourish my hands with Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream. Later, after I remove the eye pads, I’m just going to give my skin a treat by spraying Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic White Tea* which is very soothing and moisturising and will follow with Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil to lock the mist. This combination hydrates the skin really well and makes it feel incredibly soft.

I’m very happy that friends gifted books to me around the holidays, as I love reading and I’m currently starting Tove Jansson‘s Tales From Moominvalley and Amy Lawrence‘s Invincible which was part of my Arsenal membership box (I’m a Gooner for those of you who didn’t know).

It’s also a great day to relive the most amazing summer experience I’ve had in 2015 (you can see a few pictures here)! I’m going to watch Tiziano Ferro Lo Stadio Tour 2015 DVD and just wish I could turn back the time and have that June night again for myself…well, and for 60 000 more around me. I ended last year with this concert and I definitely have to start 2016 with it, as well.

And…it wouldn’t be “me” time without chocolate, right? Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Two Affordable Body Lotions to Try

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When I was browsing through the body moisturiser aisle at the drugstore some days ago, I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the affordable brands are having body lotions with pumps. For me, it’s the most comfortable way to dispense the product and to control the amount of it, so I picked out two body lotions and decided to share my first impressions with you.

I keep the Ziaja Goat’s Milk Body Lotion (400 ml) by the sink because I really like using it as a hand moisturiser after washing my hands. It just absorbs so quickly although it has pretty thick texture and leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth. It has a delicate scent that would be appropriate for men, too and this random purchase became one of my favourites. I even got their Orange Butter Body Lotion the other day and can’t wait to smell it.

If you’re looking for a sweet-smelling body moisturiser, I’d recommend checking out the Cottage Caramel Body Lotion. I almost feel like I could eat it, it smells sweet and warm at the same time and the aroma lasts pretty long time on the skin. The bottle is very slim, so it’s actually travel-friendly even if it’s 250 ml. The texture is lighter than the Ziaja one but it needs a bit more time to absorb. However, it still doesn’t leave any greasy feel to the skin and just makes it soft and nourished while you can continue with your work.

I’m really impressed by these affordable body lotions and I hope this post was helpful now that the weather is getting colder and colder.

Cosy Sunday

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It’s 3 degrees outside and in such days I just want to stay home. Plus, I really do like being at home, makes me feel calm, I can relax but I can also do something productive.

Usually, I use weekends to spend more time with my boyfriend inside or outside, to bake, to blog and such pleasant things.

It’s autumn/winter, so it calls for warm socks, hot drinks and nourishing skincare.

Lip balm is one of my favourite skincare items, I have at least two different in every room, bag, pocket, jacket, it’s a little bit crazy. The Body Shop Honeymania is one that I’ve had for a year probably but never opened it – why? Because I keep buying and lose track of what I have. It’s a delicious one, it’s really nourishing and cute.

I’ve mentioned how much I love Origins Charcoal mask here, I combine it it with a hydrating one and that’s why I use it only on my T-zone in the autumn and winter. It’s not drying but my cheeks need a little bit more hydration in the colder months.

Sunday is the perfect day for painting your nails, just pick your favourite shade and enjoy. I decided to turn Ciaté London‘s Beach House Collection from a summer set to a winter fairytale by combining two of the shades. First I apply the beautiful nude Amazing Gracie and then top it with a bit of sparkle from Party Shoes. It’s so pretty and festive, so nice that I can use this collection not only in the summer.

After my nail polish is dry, I like to apply hand cream because my hands tend to get super red and flaky when it’s cold, it’s painful, really painful. Luckily, Burt’s Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream makes my hands soft, feels very soothing and smells wonderful. I just love their products!

When I’m finished with the tasks, my beloved Kindle and a snuggly blanket are my best friends to spend the time with.

How are you spending your cosy Sundays? Wish you a lovely one!