Monday, 30 September 2013

Time to scrub up, sugar!

If, like me, you find your skin getting dry and flaky as the weather gets even colder (bloomin' England!) then I'm sure that you too, find yourselves stocking up on the body scrubs, lip balms & anything else that has the words "dry" and "chapped" written on it. I am one of those people that likes to think better safe than sorry and really use the seasonal changes as an excuse to give myself a bit of TLC. (I'm thinking bubble bath, hair mask, a big scrub up, the works!)

Whenever I reach the Soap & Glory section in Boots I am most definitely in my element. What with their eye-catching packaging, humorous quips and gorgeous scents I'm always more than happy to spend my Saturday afternoon browsing everything they have to offer. (and more often than not coming home with a few of their lovely products!) So what with the winter fast approaching (and there being a buy one get one half price offer on not having anything to do with it. ahem!) I thought it was high time I treated myself to some of their lovely body scrubs!



Firstly, I decided to go for The Breakfast Scrub, as this is one of my all-time faves from S&G.It comes in a generously sized 300ml tub with a cute pink lid. If you like your bath products girly and sweet-smelling then this is definitely one for you! Full of shea butter, oats, sugar, banana, almond & honey extract and with a gorgey maple syrup fragrance it really begs the question "Are you sure I can't eat it?" (trust me, it took a great deal of restraint to stop myself from having a little nibble!). This lovely scrub has a thick, luxurious consistency and is a real treat to use. I like to use this on my legs before shaving as it makes them super soft & silky and it really helps smooth down those pesky dry bits (elbows, feet, knees). So if you want to feel like a pampered princess (or just want the maple syrup without the calories!) the The Breakfast Scrub is for you.



Next up it's Sugar Crush Body Scrub. Unlike The Breakfast Scrub, this wonderful little pot is perfect for those of you who prefer their bath times fresh and fruity. With a gorgeous zingy lime fragrance it helps to wake you up as well as your skin, making you feel refreshed & super clean! With 300ml of the stuff, this normally lasts me quite a while. It comes in very bold green & pink packaging that to me screams kitsch & cute, which I love. Packed with brown sugar, lime, almond oil & macadamia grains I would say that this is one of the most invigorating scrubs I've tried. It's something I really love about this scrub as I find most brands tend to focus more on sweet or floral scents when it comes to body scrubs and exfoliating products. Sugar Crush isn't afraid to pack a pick-me-up punch & once again S&G have hit the nail on the head with this one. If you want gorgeously smooth skin, yet need something to pep you up a little then I can't recommend Sugar Crush enough!

Both The Breakfast Scrub & Sugar Crush Body Scrub are available from most Boots stores and retail at £8 each. (get in there now whilst the buy one get one half price offer is on!)

What are your fave body scrubs? Let me know lovelies!
Kelly x

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Topical Tuesdays: How to overcome shyness & make new friends



Todays' how-to topic is something I have had more than my fair share of experience with. Since I can remember I have always been "the quiet one" and if that sounds like you do not fret! It is completely normal to feel shy and not know how to approach new people. Not only does it make you feel alone but it can really get in the way of making new friends. I still have times when a stranger will introduce themselves to me & my brain just goes "Sorry Kelly, not sure what to do now so I'm just going to go completely blank, okay?" No brain, it's no okay and why do you do this to me? 

Social shyness can be caused by a number of things. Perhaps, like me, you just don't know how to strike up a conversation with someone you don't know & worry that they won't want to talk to you. Maybe you fear that you'll say something stupid and embarrass yourself. You might even suffer from anxiety when put in to these situations & just want the ground to swallow you up. Believe it or not we've all been there. It's just how we cope and deal with these situations that makes them easier for us to handle. So I've stuck my thinking-cap on & put together my top tips.


1. What's the worst that can happen?
Think about it. I know it's easier said than done but what are you actually worrying for? Okay, so you might say something & the other person might give you a funny look or laugh at you, but y'know what, who cares? If this new person who you've taken the effort to go & speak to laughs in your face then they are clearly not worth trying to be friends with & you're lucky enough to find this out first-hand! Don't let this put you off, there are tons of people that will find you interesting & enjoy talking to you! Tell yourself "I am confident. I can talk to people. People do find me interesting & want to talk to me." Repeat this mantra whenever you start to doubt yourself & write it down to look at whenever you need to. Trust me, it really helps!

2. You're not alone!
Okay, so you're at a party, stood in the corner not quite sure who to approach and what to talk about. You notice that girl who works in your office/goes to your school and think she looks like a friendly face, but what if she doesn't want to talk to you? Believe it or not she is most likely stood in the other corner of the room feeling exactly the same! Even if you know someone who is always chatting away to people it doesn't mean they're any less shy or nervous than you, sometimes people are just better at hiding it! Throw yourself out there, you'd be surprised at how much people would appreciate someone making the effort to talk to them!

3. Think up interesting topics/relate to them.
So, obviously you're not going to just walk up to that hot guy & start chatting about football & cars as if you know everything there is to know about them. You need to start slowly & get to know their interests. If you know them from somewhere start with that. I.e. "Aren't you in my maths class? That teacher does my head in!" or "aren't you friends with Lisa? Yeah I've known her for years! What's your name?" It's surprising how quickly a conversation starts to flow. Remember, if this person clearly can't be bothered to talk to you properly, just say "it was nice meeting you" and find someone who does.

4. Don't make yourself uncomfortable.
Now, I'm not saying you have to march up to every Tom, Dick & Nancy and give them your life story! Only talk to people you want to get to know better. Obviously if someone comes up to you and starts chattering away then be polite. But if you find that they are getting a little too in your face and you really do not want to talk to them then it is completely acceptable for you to leave the conversation. Just politely tell them you have to go somewhere and walk away. If it all has gotten a bit much for you, go take a breather. 5 minutes fresh air can really help you to organise your thoughts and get back in to the social situation.

5.If all else fails, keep your phone handy!
This is my no.1 for emergency situations! If you really start to panic, look at your phone & say you have a missed call/text & have to go outside to "make a call". I try not to use this one unless I'm really starting to feel uncomfortable or someone won't stop pestering me. 

I really hope that this helps any of you struggling with social shyness to make a change. I know just how difficult it can make life & some people just don't understand. So keep those beautiful chins up & get out there! You do only live once so just go for it!

I want to take this opportunity to ask you guys if you have any suggestions for my next Topical Tuesday: How to post. Is there anything you want help or advice on? Let me know! Have a fab Tuesday lovelies!

Kelly x

Sunday, 8 September 2013

LUSH Fresh Farmacy & Celestial Moisturiser: New Faves!

I was recently looking for something gentle to use on my sensitive skin. I'd been a little stressed recently and my skin was most definitely paying for it! So I thought I'd pop in to LUSH as I know they use only quality natural ingredients. What better for sensitive angry skin?


Fresh Farmacy. Image taken from Lush.co.uk

So let's start with Fresh Farmacy. This lovely bar of stuff works as a kind of cleansing soap. It's brill at removing make up (might want to use something else for that stubborn mascara though!) I don't know what I did before I found this little wonder! Every time I use it my skin feels super clean and soft, and it didn't break me out! It contains chamomile, which is very soothing for the skin. It also contains calamine which is known for it's calming properties. I found you just have to apply a little to your wet face and it lathers up a treat! It has a very mild natural smell to it, so if you're not a fan of strongly scented face products this one should be right up your street! I would highly recommend Fresh Farmacy to anyone who's having a bit of a bad time with their skin as it's very gentle and my skin loves it! Fresh Farmacy retails at £4.75 for 100g.




The other product I'm loving right now is Celestial Moisturiser, also from LUSH. This is, without a doubt, the most amazing moisturiser I have ever used! I asked for a sample of it first (as I didn't want to fork out £12 for something that doesn't work!) and the teeny pot lasted me a whole week! So to say that this stuff goes far is a bit of an understatement! The smell is beautiful too. Almost like vanilla yogurt, but it isn't too overpowering as it's all completely natural stuff and no added fragrances, which is one thing love about LUSH!
Celestial Moisturiser transformed my skin from dull and sensitive to bright and silky soft! I don't know where I'd be without this wonderful pot of cream! It contains almond milk, cocoa butter & glycerin, which are the best ingredients to give dry, sensitive skin a much-needed pick me up! I'd recommend this one to anyone with dry/combination skin as it hydrates really well. It's a little pricey at £11.95 for 45g but I assure you it is worth every penny!

Both products are available in store or at Lush.co.uk.



Let me know what your fave skincare is and share your tips for looking after sensitive skin!



Kelly x