Montagne Jeunesse Gorgeous Gift Pamper Pack.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

I love a good face mask, there is something I find really relaxing about applying one to a freshly cleaned face and just taking 10-15 minutes to have some me time!

When I was younger, my sister & I used to buy the Montagne Jeunesse face masks from our local supermarket or Boots, you can pick them up anywhere on the high street. We would also pick up some naughty goodies and snuggle up on our bunk beds with face masks on, watching crap tv.
Even now, at 23, I still absolutely LOVE these masks, they are honestly such good value for money it's unbelievable. You can literally pick them up for £1 from Boots.

My Mum knows me extremely well, and got me this amazing gorgeous gift pamper pack which contains five different face masks that all have different benefits for your skin.
The pack contains:

Red, Hot Earth Sauna Face Masque: De-stress and indulge as you feel the heat penetrating your damp skin. The warming feeling is simply heavenly! Relax and enjoy to reveal a soft, radiant complexion.

Dead Sea Mud Pac: De-stress and experience the ultra-deep pore cleansing effects of rich dead sea minerals. Open blocked pores and draw out impurities to reveal revived, smooth skin.

Very Berry Face Masque: Bursting with the juice of pressed Blueberries and crushed Cranberries our fruity beauty is packed with antioxidants. Nourishing Peach Kernel oil and soothing Aloe will leave your skin refreshed and cleansed.

Cucumber Peel Off: Relax and unwind as you peel and reveal a fresher face. This pore cleansing masque helps remove impurities and dead cells whilst reviving skin. This masque is great for a weekly detox.

Passion Peel OffGently peel away dead skin with this amazing deep cleansing masque. This fruity formula cleans, purifies and protects leaving your skin feeling fresh and radiant.

You can have all this for just £4.25 off the Feel Unique website! Whilst writing this post I had the Cucumber Peel Off mask on and holy smokes, not only did I get a sick satisfaction being able to peel the mask off (come on, you're not telling me i'm the only one!) my skin felt really refreshed and hydrated! I can't wait to try out all the others!

Have you ever tried any masks from the Montagne Jeunesse range? What's your favourite face mask?

When Your Good Just Isn't Good Enough.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016
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I haven't planned this post in the slightest. Not even a little bit. I didn't take notes to remind me of things I want to say, which I usually do because i'm horrific at remembering things.

I just feel like I have a huge weight on my chest. A feeling i'm sure we are all too familiar with. Not feeling good enough. Ever.

I'm usually a really optimistic person, my glass is always half full and I try to always see the best in every situation. Sometimes however, that all fades away. I begin to doubt everything that I am, try to be and want to be.

I have so many dreams and ambitions but I never feel like i'll succeed and push them all to the back of my mind, the only thing i'm thinking is "it's better to not have tried, than be rejected and fail."

How silly is that?! If someone I knew came to me with that, i'd tell them to stop being so stupid! At least you can say you tried and keep trying! How is that I can do that for someone else, yet not for myself? 

I am my own worst critic and enemy.

I always see the worst in myself, my hair is too frizzy, my eyebrows don't have the perfect arch, I don't have a flat stomach, I hate my thighs, I have teenage skin.. 

I promised this year that I would be kinder to myself, and i'm really trying. I also said 2016 is the year for positive thinking and i'm getting there!

Blogging is amazing, i've met the most incredible people, leading to me finding one of my closest friends, Rachel (if you are reading this..) I love ya, I do!
There's still this niggling thought in the back of my mind, reading other blogs, that screams jealousy. You see bloggers travelling to far ends of the earth, because of their blog. Receiving the latest products because of their blog..I don't get it?! I support these people so much and they deserve every opportunity that comes their way. I just can't help but think 'what about me?'.

My blog isn't good enough, my writing isn't good enough, my pictures aren't good enough? Maybe I should write what everyone else is writing? Maybe I should make my blog more like theirs? 

But that wouldn't make me happy either, if people will only follow my blog for being like other people, that would only upset me more. It's all about acceptance, and I want to be accepted for being me and not faking it.

Being yourself in this huge blogging bubble is so damn hard. You feel like you need to fit in somewhere or you'll get lost in this endless pit of blogs. It's not about having a huge amount of followers *hell no*, it is again, about being accepted into this world and appreciated for your content and thoughts/ideas/creativity. 

A lot of my *real life* friends don't know about my blog. I like to think it's my own little world and I can escape here. 

I'm currently trying to find my place, that appreciates my best. With my family & friends. I am so fortunate to have such amazing people in my life. I need to learn to not only appreciate them more, but to learn that they do see the best in me. All the time. They never make me feel like i've failed.

Anxiety has taken over my life the past few weeks, to the point where i'm struggling to get through meals. I can't sit at a table with my own family, without feeling trapped by the strangers around me. I hate it. I  have just started seeing someone about my anxiety, and it is getting easier, however I couldn't see them over Christmas and I feel like i've taken two steps back.

I need to take a deep breathe and think, how lucky I am. I have a roof over my head, a full time job, a gorgeous fiancĂ© who shows me nothing but love, a family who always put a smile on my face and the best of friends who know me sometimes better than I know myself.

It's time I took back control of my thoughts and put things into perspective. I can be good enough. I just need to give myself the chance.

A Sick Girl's Guide to Being Sick.

Monday, January 04, 2016

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I am officially sick! 

It started with a cold, then a sore throat and before I knew it I had aching muscles, feel sick, headache, tired and just feeling crap in general. I'm currently snuggled up with a blanket, lemsip and Pride & Prejudice on Netflix. It's how I roll..

I thought i'd give you a nudge in the right direction, on little ways to hopefully make you feel better when you are ill.

1. Have a hot bath/shower. I always feel really achy and sore when i'm ill so having a bath or hot shower really soothes that and I start to feel a little more normal!

2. Get in your pajamas/comfies and do not get changed for anything! If you can't lounge in your scruffs when you are ill, when can you?!

3. Stock up on your favourite snacks, whether that be chocolate, or your favourite drink. Make sure you are fully prepared with all your favourites.

4. Pamper yourself. Apply your favourite face mask and relax for a 10-15 minutes. Take deep breaths and un-wind. 

5. Chill the **** out. Whether that's marathoning your favourite series, watching a film on Netflix that nobody has actually heard of, listening to music or reading a good book. Just take some time out to relax and have some 'me time'.

6. Have a good night's sleep! Nothing feels better than being well rested, have an early night and don't set an alarm if you don't need to. Just sleep it off.

7. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, whether that's water, a hot drink or some juice. Just stay hydrated!

These are little tips that are helping me feel and look a little more human, rather than something out of The Walking Dead.

I'd love to know your tips for making yourself feel a little bit better when your head is hanging out your ass :) 

My Favourite Homeware Stores.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

I've always loved homeware, ever since I can remember and that has only intensified since owning my own house. I love adding new things to the house, whether that be a huge piece of furniture or small knick-knacks, both can make such a difference and really make a house become a home. 

I thought i'd put together a list of my favourite stores/websites to buy homeware from.

Ikea: THE MOTHER SHIP! Nothing makes my heart flutter like a trip to Ikea. The arrows on the floor, the meatballs and the candles are just some of the highlights. You can pick up some amazing pieces that cost little to nothing and can look really luxurious!

Next Home: I could spend a *huge* fortune in Next, everything they sell is so beautiful! I own quite a lot of furniture from here, and where it may not be the cheapest, it is amazing quality! My dream house is literally filled with everything from Next. Especially their kitchenware, holy smokes! 

Homesense/TK Maxx: All the hidden treasures are found in these stores! I could honestly spend hours & hours browsing the aisles. They stock anything you could ever imagine, from candles to footstools!

H&M Home: Damn you for only having a store in London!! Honestly, Manchester needs to sort themselves out! They are always bang on trend and you don't have to remortgage your house to own them. I spend hours on this website everytime I go on it! They sell everything from canvas prints to food & drink. I have a list as long as my arm of all the things I want to buy from this website, especially their wall prints!

What are your favourite stores to buy homeware?

Rachael x