The Me-Time Tag

I have found another one of these Tag posts and I really enjoy doing them as it helps my lovely followers to learn more about me and I also love reading them on others’ blogs. Me-time is really important to me, as I have spent so much time on my own most of my life, being an only-child and losing my Mum at 17. Therefore I am used to having my own space and now living with my boyfriend James, I like to make sure I have a little me-time so that I don’t have a freak-out every now and then haha!

  1. What do you like to watch or read during me-time?

With regards to films, I love girly films like The Princess Diaries, Cinderella, Clueless and then the Eighties Tom Cruise film Cocktail. Basically just films that remind me of when I was younger, they always seem to cheer me up. Book-wise I do read quite a lot anyway, and so it is usually just whichever book I am currently reading, it tends to be chick lit.

  1. What do you wear during me-time?
    Pyjamas all the way! If I am feeling cold, it will be pyjamas, slippers, and a cardigan or hoody, all topped off with a blanket or throw which I then tend to drag along with me to the kitchen in search of snacks.
  2. What are your favourite me-time beauty products?
    I run myself a lovely hot bath, pop a bath bomb or melt in there, tie my hair back and just soak until the water runs cold, although I then do fill it up with more hot water – just don’t tell my boyfriend James that haha! (He says I have too many baths/use too much water as it is!) I tend to take more care with my skin during me-time and so I will get my Magnitone out, and give me skin a good scrub, and use my Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed face mask, which is really warming on the skin.
  3. Current favourite nail polish?

Hmmmmmm I don’t paint my nails have as much as I would love to, and at the moment I like pastel colours, even though it is winter now! But I do have a lovely mustard-coloured Barry M Gelly nail polish.

  1. What do you eat or drink during me-time?

Anything I can find! I do like to whip myself up a hot chocolate, with squirty cream and marshmallows though and I will probably eat more sweet things than savoury during me-time as it is often when I am surfing the crimson wave.

  1. Current favourite candle?

I got a Stoneglow Winter candle from Love Aroma and it smells soooo amazing. It is such a Christmassy scent and it looks pretty too as it has the appearance of snow, with lots of sparkly glitter on the top.

  1. Do you ever have outdoor me-time?

Basically NO hahaha. Certainly not in Winter anyway, I hate the cold weather!

  1. Would you ever go and watch a film alone?

No, films don’t bother me that much anyway, and we do watch quite a lot of films at home as James is a bit of a film buff! I think the cinema is so expensive nowadays and so if I was to go it would be as a trip out with James or a friend.

  1. Favourite online shop?
    At the moment I love browsing www.boots.com as there are so many great offers at this time of the year and I cannot wait until this weekend as there will be lots of Black Friday offers – bank card at the ready! I am hoping to get the Jack Wills duffel bag set and the Best of Benefit set in particular. 
  2. Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?

I love a little snooze, my Dad used to call my horizontal Annie as I just tend to relax a lot of the time, well as much as possible. I will catch up on Twitter and Facebook, play my mindless games on my iPhone, flick through magazines and have cuddles with my kitten Millie.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my answers! If you want to also do the tag just copy & paste the questions below to your own blog. 

 

Kathryn xx 

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  1. What do you like to watch or read during me-time?
    2. What do you wear during me-time?
  2. What are your favourite me-time beauty products?
    4. Current favourite nail polish?
  3. What do you eat or drink during me-time?
    6. Current favourite candle?
  4. Do you ever have outdoor me-time?
    8. Would you ever go and watch a film alone? 9. Favourite online shop?
    10. Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?

 

 

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Olivia Burton Watches

Seriously, just how beautiful are the Olivia Burton watches? They have recently released some gorgeous new colours and designs just in time for you to pop on your Christmas list to Santa.

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This gorgeous scalloped design is definitely my favourite from the new releases and is available at http://www.selfridges.com and the full range is available at http://www.oliviaburton.com

Which is your favourite?

Love,

Kathryn xxx

W7 Advent Calendar

Now onto one of my favourite new Christmas traditions – Beauty Advent Calendars. They seem to be everywhere at the moment, and I have also seen Yankee Candle editions, jewellery versions and many many more. I do love a chocolate advent calendar, but a beauty one is a lot less fattening and to be honest a lot more fun! I have chosen three this year, the Selfridges edition, the Benefit calendar and the W7 Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar.

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W7 produce really amazing quality, fun and reasonable priced make-up items and I have done a few blog reviews on their products before and therefore I was SUPER DUPER excited to be able to show you my W7 Beauty Advent Calendar.

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It opens up like a book would, and is a gorgeous metallic red colour, and so nice and festive! Inside are 24 doors with beauty products behind each one, including nail polishes, lipsticks, lipglosses, eyeshadows and a full-size mascara. I think the Beauty Advent Calendars are such good ideas for being able to try different colours and products without forking out for the full size. Also, if you aren’t fond of a particular colour, it would be a cute idea to give it to a friend – it is the season of goodwill after all!

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At just £19 from TK Maxx they are a lot cheaper than the majority of the beauty advent calendars out there, but definitely no less fun!

Have you bought any of the alternative advent calendars this year? Would anyone be interested in seeing the contents of my Selfridges and Benefit calendar too?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Batiste Floral Essences

As mentioned in my Bouffe review, I am currently testing out a few different dry shampoos, and I couldn’t do this without including the most recent release from Batiste. In my opinion, Batiste are the original dry shampoo company and I have gone through a shop-full of their cans!

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The latest Batiste release is the Floral Essences fragrance – this is a floral fusion which refreshes hair using summer scents, which is I really enjoyed as it took me back to summer whilst donning my winter sweater and jeans.

I don’t want to rattle on about Batiste because I have done multiple reviews/faves on them and I am pretty sure you all have either read about Batiste or tried it yourselves. But the bottom line is that Batiste is my ultimate favourite dry shampoo product so far that I rely on a daily basis and love trying the new scents.

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Check out www.batistehair.co.uk and see which fragrance you like the sound of!

Love,

Kathryn xx

Bouffe Dry Spray

I love dry shampoos, and I more or less use them every day, whether it is to freshen up my hair, to fragrance it or to add a bit of texture and volume to the hair. I recently gave Bouffe Dry Spray a whirl and this is how I got on.

Bouffe is a dry spray that you apply to the roots to give instant volume for your hair. It comes in a variety of shades from clear and light blonde, all the way to black. The bonus of the coloured options is that it’s able to cover any grey hairs or root growth while it’s delivering the instant root lift.

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To use Bouffe, you simply roughly section the hair, spray the Dry Spray into the roots, and then massage it in with your fingers. It is pretty simple and you use it like any dry shampoo. If you are using a coloured one, just make sure you avoid spraying any in the hair line and rinse your hands when you’ve finished. I also made the mistake of using a coloured dry spray without taking precaution last year on holiday – I popped my brand new lilac Ralph Lauren polo shirt on and then liberally sprayed the dry spray on all over my hair – it went all over my new polo shirt as well and didn’t come out, which was pretty upsetting at the time!

Bouffe feels really light in the hair and I found that it doesn’t mattify the texture too much, so you can still have shiny hair if you want it. If you don’t need root cover-up I’d recommend the colourless one as I think it could get messy if you keep touching your roots. If you need a colour then make sure you also purchase the Bouffe Fixing Spray which seals the colour and locks in volume.

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I would definitely re-purchase this dry shampoo spray although I am currently testing a few different ones out so keep your eyes peeled for more Dry Shampoo reviews.

What are your favourite dry shampoo products?

Check out the full Bouffe Dry Spray range at www.boots.com – The dry spray is £5.99 and the Fixing Spray is £3.99.

Love,

Kathryn xx

Magic Minerals by Jerome Alexander

Magic Minerals by Jerome Alexander is the new improved all in one self-correcting mineral foundation, enriched with vitamin C and E. The secret is incredible colour correctors which are incorporated into ultra-fine micronized mineral powder that acts as an amazing foundation, concealer and corrector all-in-one!

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Features and Benefits of the Magic Minerals include:

·         Super light and ultra-fine – I felt like I hardly had anything on

·         The translucent foundation matches your skin tone while the special colour correctors cover imperfections

·         Quick and easy to use

·         It gives you beautiful clear flawless skin

·         It also works on different skin tones

·         Irritant free

The Magic Mineral unique built-in colour correctors hide skin perfections instantly; the Pink minerals help to brighten dull skin, the mint minerals help to reduce the appearance of redness and hide blemishes (this is perfect for me as I have suffered from redness on the skin for such a long time), the yellow correctors conceal your dark circles and help to even out the skin tone and the lavender minerals help camouflage sallow complexions. It is literally a 4 in 1 product and you all know how much I love multi-use products.

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To use Magic Minerals, you simply apply liberally over your entire face with the Stubby brush which is included in the pack and then buff vigorously to set the make-up. As well as the Stubby brush, you also get a mirror in the compact and a sponge and so it is a great product for on the go.

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Have you tried any colour-correcting products?

Magic Minerals cost £9.99 and are available from www.highstreettv.com

Love,

Kathryn xx

So…? Couture Body Spray Collection

I have been using So…? Perfumes and body sprays for years and I recently tried out their brand new range of body sprays. These four new fragrances have been inspired by the essences of capital cities, including London, New York, Paris and Rio.

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So…? London is modern, feminine and distinctive. The fragrance opens with sparkling notes of grapefruit, mandarin and apricot and rises on a floral haze of jasmine, rose and violet. Base notes of sandalwood, vanilla and musk settle into a cool, crisp fragrance that is perfect for effortless every day wear.

So…? NYC is a fresh, assertive scent, supreme for making a big city statement. A fruity fragrance which opens with fizzy burst of grapefruit and mandarin, followed by a creamy floral heart, wrapped in a woody vanilla background.

So…? Paris contains an impeccable arrangement of notes which flawlessly evoke the elegance of Parisian style. A truly classic scent that will tie your whole look together, the fragrance plays with the contrast of delicate notes of plum and rose with mysterious tonalities of Vetyver and Patchouli.

So…? Rio reflects the vibrancy of the city through its zesty top notes of pineapple, mango and melon. Its tropical heart notes of hibiscus dance on the nose before settling into a fragrance that is both enigmatic and exotic.

Personally, my favourite is the So…? Paris as I prefer scents that are a little darker and deeper than plain floral or fruity ones, but the Rio will be gorgeous for the warmer months! I love the brightness and vibrancy of the bottles and each one has a picture of a woman which has been styled to match the nature of the city.

These body fragrances are exclusive to Superdrug (www.superdrug.com) and cost just £1.99 each.

Love,

Kathryn xx