Nourish and Balance Me
During Bath Time it’s time for me to cleanse my skin and two brands I have been adoring lately have been Nourish and Balance me. First I apply the Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser
, which is the softest and most indulgent cleanser with an extremely light exfoliation. This is definitely better after you have already taken off your makeup as it definitely isn’t strong enough to do that but it’s light enough to provide an almost mini facial massage effect. It has enzymes which reveal a healthier and smoother complexion whilst healing probiotics shield against daily ‘environmental aggressors’. It sounds fancy but basically it feels amazing and smells glorious. At just £16.50, it should definitely be on everyone’s ‘to try’ list.
After Nourish, I apply my Balance Me Radiance Face Mask whilst letting the steam of my bath loosen my pores and allow the face mask to really sink in. This is actually an award winning mask that only needs to be on for 5 minutes to work its magic, it revives dull skins and brings it back to life – so to speak. It’s basically a pick me up in a bottle and fantastic for when the build up of lack of sleep starts to show. It cleanses deeply, brights, exfoliates and softens the skin to make you feel amazing and look it too. Probably best to use on a weekly basis, unless your skin really needs a helping hand. Another reasonably priced product at £18 for 75ml where a little goes a long way.I’ve also started using the Stellar Beauty Balm at £18 and it is a little pot of magic. You can literally use it as everything, I personally use it as a lip balm before bed but there’s also opportunities to use it as a face mask, styling wax on your eyebrows, cuticle cream, to soothe dry skin, prevent cold sores and sooth burns!
I really enjoy having creams on my stomach to sleep in, I don’t know why, I just think the layer of silkiness is really comforting. Therefore, I’ve really enjoyed trying out the Phyta Lotion
which helps reduce the signs of stretch marks. However, I’ve not been blown away by this product due to the fact that you have to apply it 3 times a day and the bottle is ridiculously small at £9.99 for 60ml and it ran out in literally two weeks when I only apply it at night. I know I’ve got a lot of skin to cover, but if you’re meant to use this 3 times a day and notice results after a minimum of 3 months, it’s going to be pretty costly. So although I love the feeling, this is far too costly and not a miracle in a bottle at all.
After all my other creams, I’ve started to apply a very light coating of Merumaya’s new Hydrate and Protect Hand Cream on at night as with having my nails on constantly, I want my hands to look flawless. This certainly helps achieve that by really moisturising and hydrating your hands deeply whilst Merumaya’s signature fragrance is comforting and relaxing to have on your hands before bed. For 50ml, which is the perfect handbag size, it’s only £12.50 and I love to carry this around and apply all over my hands and forearms before going anywhere. It ensures that my skin stays hydrated whilst looking its best and it’s probably my favourite hand cream of all time.
I have actually nearly finished the entire of Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream
(£12.99), which also made it perfect timing for this post and I’m so glad as I’ve been itching to write about it. It’s not often that I become obsessed with a product or try and force my Boyfriend to use it just so we can agree on how amazing it is, but that’s how Garnier has made me feel. The new Miracle Sleeping Cream is an anti-ageing and de-tiring moisturiser that helps to replenish tired and dull skin whilst softening it. Garnier says that from the first morning you should be able to feel ‘intensely re-hydrated’ skin, a softer and rested face and your skin should overall look more radiant. This is exactly how I felt and looked the first morning, glorious and not like the walking dead.
From then on, I can’t go a night without it! I’ll even get out of bed to put it on, which as we all know, is a big thing. After quite a long time of using it, I’d definitely say around, if not, over a month, I can definitely confirm what Garnier wanted you to feel. My skin is alive, it looks healthier and refreshed. It’s also meant to help with signs of ageing, I didn’t have many signs of ageing to start with but my laugh lines have definitely reduced and don’t cause as much as a problem with my makeup anymore which is an amazing relief. I can’t rave about it enough, simply, if you need an indulgent but affordable night cream, this is it.
Other Useful Sleeping ToolsWhen all else fails, try things like a Liberty Lavender Bag to encourage sleepiness, they’re only £5.99 and this has not left the side of my bed. I absolutely adore the smell of Lavender so this has been the most delightful bag to sleep next to. Finally, if I really can’t sleep at night, I simply make sure I’m ahead of work to have a lay in, not the best approach but as I work from home, it’s doable and acceptable with my injured body.
In the mornings I do tend to dream a lot as I’m in a lighter sleep, so I’m quite pleased that Garnier sent along a little dream book too, as I find it rather fascinating. The Dream Dictionary (£9.74) explains why you dream what you do and what it means, I’ve had some pretty weird dreams lately which have made me laugh and worry about myself, but the dictionary explains all.
What do you use when you have trouble sleeping? Have you slept well this week?
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