Last month I somehow managed not to end up in an overdraft, hence I'm having high hopes for March. I always have such a hard time coping with the post-Christmas season as it takes me a while to settle back into the dreaded back-to-work-after-holidays scenario and with the spring to look forward to.
This post has been two months overdue as you may notice from the bizarre intro. I've decided to keep it in the end since all of the above is true. I have been meaning to do a chatty round up (ish) of all the things that have been happening since the New Year but never got round to it. As usual I blame a number of factors. But mainly I haven't managed to figure out how to organise my post working hours life, hence it took me 3 months to get in the right mindset and find time when I'm actually not ill and feel motivated enough. Saturday morning have slowly become a tradition for me to wake up ridiculously early with an enthusiastic intention (after 3 cups of coffee) to sort my life and space out.
AN IMPULSE BUY
I have wanted these Chloe shoes for years but because I'm only human I happily settled down for a cheaper version from Office. A few months later I had a quick browse through the sale section and these babies were included. I made a purchase without having second thoughts for possibly the first time in my life. Having worn them last Friday my feet have been left screaming as I limped back home. Nevertheless, I'm loving them,
GLYCOLACTIC RADIANCE RENEWAL MASK DUPE
OK, it's not entirely a dupe, but Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Mask does have similar properties and purpose. It offers instant results and does a decent job at exfoliating. Despite being glycerin infused it's not as gentle as the REN's product. Still the effect is satisfying and it is currently 50% off in Superdrug.
BEST BUDGET FIND
Following the budget recommendation route let me tell you about the best one I've managed to find. Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil. This ticks all the boxes for me and I do have my preferences when it comes to cleansers. Usually I'm into balmy textures but I do like oils especially in cooler weather or when my skin feels extra dry (which is most of the time lately). So instead of going for another pot of The Body Shop Camomile Butter I spotted a new offering from Simple and decided to try it out. I believe this is their first proper cleansing entry that really piqued my interest as I don't get on with the idea of a face wash or micellar water usually.
I heard a lot of positive feedback about this range from Caroline Hirons and instantly wanted to try it out. So you can imagine my excitement when I found the products in Tesco recently. I quickly went to their website and learned the brand is planning to launch these in other places which is great. Anyway, I grabbed the shea butter and green tuberose body wash and have enjoyed using them ever since (I really want to try the fig scented one). All the products in the range are natural and free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, animal derivatives, etc. (more about the formula).
Things I wish I’d been taught at school by Sali Hughes
Women Aren't Funny: An Ode to Greggs, and the politics of the office lunch by Alexandra Haddow
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That '70s Show
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