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Kathryn Williams
Trained writer, who finds sanctuary in the beauty aisles.
Based in the North West.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

11 Ways to Practice Self-Care

We all need to practice self-care, whether you struggle with mental health or not, it’s important to take time for you. Work, family, friends and social media can leave us feeling under the weather and we spend less time on keeping our minds and bodies in the best condition.
Self-care is about creating little moments that make you feel relaxed and happy. I thought I’d share my favourite things to do when I’m down or need to press the reset button.

11 Ways to Practice Self Care

1. Grab a book
I’m guilty of endlessly scrolling through social media platforms for hours, it’s just become a habit. I try and put my phone down and pick up a book instead. I’m currently loving Jo Malone’s biography and Sali Hughes ‘Pretty Iconic’. It’s a great way to relax the mind before bed.

2. Candles
Way before the ‘hygge’ trend, I adored candles. They just create a cosy atmosphere and if you pick scents like lavender and cotton, they can be very relaxing. My current favourite is Yankee Candle’s Soft Blanket, it’s a clean cotton smell, I highly recommend it.

3. Skincare
We often forget to look after our skin when we are stressed or feeling low. I find a face mask and a good moisturise can make your skin look instantly more away. Elemis and Clarins have products with the most relaxing scents, they feel luxurious too.

4. Bathing
You can literally wash the bad day way with a bath or shower, I just feel instantly refreshed. If I opt for a bath, Lush’s Comforter Bubble Bar is my product of choice. I also love the Blue Skies Bubble Bar and the Butterball Bath Bomb. I’ve been trialling some Hunkemoller products from their Wellness range. The brand create the most beautiful underwear and nightwear, so they know a thing of two about creating cosy and feminine products. I have the HKM Spa Shower Gel and Spa Body Oil, both feel luxurious for the affordable price point.

5. Walk
Even a 10 minute walk can blow off the cobwebs and clear your head. I’m not a lover of the gym so this is my way of being active.

6. Spend Time with Family and Friends
I always try and pop to a friend’s house for a cuppa if I feel down. Even if I don’t talk about any issues or problems, it’s just nice to be in someone’s company and have a giggle and a chat.

7. Food
Treat yourself to food that soothes your soul, whether that be a hearty meal or some chocolate, savour the taste. I usually make myself a Whittard’s hot chocolate, it’s delicious but also helps me unwind before bed.

8. Write
Grab a pen and paper and just write things down - how you feel, what you are grateful for, plans for your year and goals. I find it really helps transferring my thoughts from my mind to the paper.

9. Netflix and Chill
Gossip Girl is my go to when I want to chill out and enjoy a cheesy TV show.

10. Sleep
There is nothing better for your body than a good night’s sleep! Try and switch off electrical items off an hour before bed. Grab a book, see point 1. Have an early night and hopefully you’ll feel refreshed in the morning!

11. Look at cute pictures of animals
My stress levels drop instantly when I see a cute cat or dog. Just try it!
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I'd love to know how you practice self-care, please leave me a comment!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WIN an Eyeshadow Palette of Your Choice

I have a weakness for eyeshadow palettes. I love experimenting with colours and trying out new looks. I often select affordable eyeshadow palettes to test their value for money but also to try something new.

I’ve teamed up with LaRoc Cosmetics to give you the chance to win an eyeshadow palette of your choice from their website. They have a huge selection of shades, textures and colours. Lovers of matte shadows will be excited to know they have an 88 pan palette filled with the most stunning matte colours. They also have 120 pan palettes that cover all the eyeshadow colours you could think of – perfect for people who love to experiment with colour. They also have a range of smaller, more compact palettes, ideal for travelling.

1 lucky winner will have the chance to win a palette of their choice from LaRoc Cosmetics. The giveaway is open to UK residents only. One winner will be picked at random from the Rafflecopter widget. For your chance to win, see the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Coast To Coast Chester Restaurant Review

If you love burgers, steaks, pizzas and cocktails, Coast to Coast is the restaurant for you. The American Grill restaurants are located across the country.  I paid a visit to the Chester branch to review their menu and drinks options ahead of Valentine’s Day.

They are extending their 2 for 1 Happy Hour times from 5pm till close, in the run up to the most romantic day of the year, available from Saturday 11th to Tuesday 14th February. Perfect for a Valentine’s date!

There is an excellent variety of food and drinks on offer. I opted for the Spicy Calamari to start, which had a salt and pepper batter on the squid. My boyfriend Alex, went for the Blue Cheese Chicken Tenders, which came in a large portion and looked delicious.

Next up was the main course, I could have selected a number of options on the menu as they all sounded tasty. I went for the Meat Feast Calzone, this was filled with BBQ sauce, pulled beef brisket, pulled pork, diced chorizo and sliced red onion. Alex had the Double Burger, which as you can see was mammoth! The burger contained two 7oz* beef patties piled high with pulled pork, streaky bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, smothered in our signature BBQ sauce and jalapeƱo cheese sauce. We both thoroughly enjoyed our mains and were already stuffed by this point.

Of course, we did have to make room for a spot of dessert! The Oreo Cheesecake was recommended by the lovely waitress so we shared one. By shared I mean, I had 70% and Alex had 30%!

Blue Moon beers were Alex’s choice of drink, whereas my drinks choices were cocktails. I took advantage of the 2 for 1 Happy Hour and ordered a Cherry Cola and a Mango Daiquiri, both were delicious!

We both had a wonderful time at Coast to Coast in Chester! Thank you to the lovely team for having us!
*A food voucher was gifted for us to use

Monday, 6 February 2017

January's Consumptions

"How much of this stuff do you actually use?!" That's what my mum said as she attempted to close my beauty drawers. I am lucky to receive a number of products throughout the year and also adding to my collection with a Boots haul every month. My beauty collection is just getting out of hand.

As a little bet to myself, I want to aim to 'consume' between 100-150 products this year, this isn't me being greedy - it's kind of like Project Pan. Products that are near expiration are the first to try and use up, then items which are less than half full. I'm also going to be making notes on whether I liked the products I managed to finish and whether I would repurchase them.

I'll also be having clear out throughout the year, I have a habit of holding on to things that didn't work for me or things I like that are past their expiration dates. These will also be added to the list and a reason noted why I threw it away.

I will not be keeping the empty packaging as I use things up as I am limited to space. So what did I manage to finish in January?

Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil in Blondeshell 
The only brow product I will use religiously, I already have repurchased.

Cetaphil Rich Moisturiser Lotion
If you have been following my Roaccutane journey, you will know that this is the only product that keeps my skin hydrated and stops it from itching.  I have already repurchased, can't live without it at the moment.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
This was included in the Lily and Anna Box from Cult Beauty last year. I enjoyed using this, as it turned from a gel to an oil, so it felt nourishing on the skin. Since using this up I have switched to the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, but I would repurchase this in future.

Origins Eye Doctor
Roaccutane has given me extremely dry eyes so this is heavenly to use. It's a nourishing cream which keeps dehydrated eyes looking perky. I have already repurchased.

Sure Maximum Protection Stick Deodorant
I feel that spray deodorants don't work at preventing me from sweating but this roll on does. It's worth the £5 price tag. I have already repurchased.

Chloe Roll-On Perfume
I bought this while in Barcelona, so this must have been nearly 2 years old. It was incredibly handy for travel so if I go to a Sephora again I will pick one up.

Yankee Candle Soft Blanket Candle
This is my favourite scent from Yankee Candle, it's a soft cotton smell, which is so relaxing. I had the large jar and it had lasted me so long. I have already repurchased.

Charles Worthington Texturising Spray
Some backcombing sprays are very sticky and leave your hair feeling greasy. This one is a mixture of a hairspray and a dry shampoo so it's wonderfully light. I would repurchase this again, once I have used other haircare items up.

The Nautral Candle Company Green Tea Soy Candle
This didn't give off a strong scent, so will not be repurchasing.

Twig and Dot Uplifting Candle
I'm not sure if this company is still operating. This was part of a blogger care package from them. I liked the scent, but I have lots of candles at the moment so wouldn't repurchase.

So in the month of January, I used up 10 items! I plan to have a clear out during February so that list will hopefully be longer!