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?

 

 

Love Aroma Christmas Collection

I have done a post on Love Aroma before (http://thekatspaws.com/2014/07/28/love-aroma-candles/) and wanted to show you a couple of their Christmas releases. I think Love Aroma is such a fab company…they sell candles and other home fragrances and when you receive your goods, they come beautifully packaged and are even scented with fragrance (there is even a card telling you what fragrance your package is scented with!). Here are a few of my favourites…

The Scented Home Warm Winter Punch Scented Pomander by Ashleigh & Burwood £9.99

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If I had to package a scent up and call it Christmas, this scent would so be it! It has hints of Orange, Cinnamon, Clove and Black Pepper and smells so so amazing, I wish I had a smell-o-blog and you could actually smell it as it truly is that gorgeous. The metal pomander has cute little stars cut out of it and is sealed with a cream bow ribbon, which you can also use to hang the pomander up.

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The pomander contains fragranced wooden balls, but these can be taken out and replaced with new ones when the fragrance runs out, usually after around three months. It is such a warming, comforting fragrance and would be a perfect gift as it comes wonderfully packaged in a gift box. If you can’t bare to part with it, the pomander will look beautiful hung on your Christmas tree or around the home.

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Stoneglow Winter Snow Topped Candle Tin £9

Argghhhh this is super pretty! This stunning candle is adorned with snowflakes on the outside of the tin and once inside you will see a gorgeous snowy scene, created from wax, with lots of sparkle (which unfortunately you cannot see in my picture as I only have a camera phone and not some amazing kick-ass camera – Santa please?).

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I don’t know how it is done, but the top of the candle really looks and feels like crumbling snow. It has a burn time of around 30 hours, which is amazing for quite a small tin. The scent combines indulgent, sensual sandalwood and exotic amber enriched with creamy vanilla and rich balsamic notes and is truly sensational. I definitely cannot choose whether this is my favourite scent or the Pomander is. They are both totally different but equally as festive. Again, this would make another gorgeous gift, either for yourself or a loved one.

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Lily Flame Foodie Mini Tins £18

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I have had Lily Flame candles before and I love them, the scents are gorgeous and so different to many other candle brands around. This little set contains three mini tins, and includes the fragrance Mellow Figs & Garden Mint which smells incredibly light and fresh and not at all ‘minty’ in the Polo sense.

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The next fragrance is Pink Grapefruit which is totally refreshing and zingy and lastly Mango Fandango (love the name!) which is sweetly scented and does smell of mango but also has a hint of something else, which uselessly I am not sure what it is haha!

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This is a great little set perfect for teenagers or friends and can also be taken away with you as they are the perfect travel sized tins.

What are your favourite festive scents?

Check out these beautiful home fragrance gifts and a whole lot more at http://www.lovearoma.co.uk

Love,
Kathryn xxx

Sass & Belle

With me moving in with my boyfriend James, I finally have (share) my own house which I can decorate with lots of gorgeous lovely lovely things. Sass & Belle have such pretty and useful homeware items for every single room in the house. I am going to talk about two products which I think would be perfect as Christmas gifts or Christmas decorations which will be suitable all year round.

Hanging Star Tealight Holder – Cream £13.75

Bring warmth and charm to your winter garden with Sass & Belle’s gorgeous cream Star Tealight Holder. The delicate filigree cut out shapes on the star let gentle light filter through, creating a jolly festive glow. 

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This stylish metal holder hangs on a 70cm chain- perfect for hanging from a tree or over a door. Made from metal and painted a simplistic cream, the tealight holder is durable and will go with almost any surroundings, adding a vintage edge. Push back the shadows in your own garden in style or treat someone you love to this unique outdoor lighting option.

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Small Heart Bark Tealight Holder £6.25

Cosy candles flickering on your mantelpiece evoke sentimental magic in your home; make Sass & Belle’s Small Heart Bark Tealight Holder is on wish list this Christmas.

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Once lit, your festive candle shines through the glass inner, lighting the delicate heart cut into the natural bark shell: Gorgeous as interior decoration or when illuminating your winter garden at night.   

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Eager to discover more beautiful Sass & Belle products? Head over to their website at http://www.sassandbelle.co.uk 

Love,

Kathryn xxx

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.

Olivia Burton is a beautifully presented, well-priced designer watch label for women. Mixing vintage style with catwalk trends, Olivia Burton designs are strikingly original and thoroughly contemporary in style. Founded in 2012, the London watch label has achieved a great deal of success in just a short space of time with an impressive roll call of worldwide stockists to its name.

OB14WG02 Winter Garden Mirror Flo ral Burgundy and Gold RRP �75OB14BD41 Big Dial Forest Green and Gold RRP �75

Treat someone special to you this Christmas with the gift of a stunning vintage inspired Olivia Burton watch. From classic statement pieces to more delicately elegant designs the new collection features unique prints and a nod to traditional festive colours.

OB14CF01 Check Design Black and Gold RRP �65OB14MD31 MIDI DIAL RED AND GOLD RRP £65

The new Brown and Rose Gold Scalloped Edge watch is launching in November exclusive to Selfridges and is sure to appeal to Olivia Burton and Selfridges customers alike. Featuring rose gold plating and a genuine leather strap along with a beautifully detailed large face this upcoming design would make the perfect festive gift.

SELFRIDGES EXCLUSIVE - NOVEMBER LAUNCH.  �75 BROWN AND ROSE GOLD SCALLOP EDGE

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

Time Bomb Skincare

I am exhausted most of the time and I am pretty sure it shows on my skin. A shot of vitamin B12 can be a serious boost to energy levels and now Time Bomb has put B12 in their complexion cocktail. As skin ages it doesn’t produce as much protein, lipids or natural moisturising factors. Add that to a tired and stressful life and you get skin that hangs there like a jowly dog, grey, puffy and slack.

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From the Time Bomb range, this Complexion Cocktail contains B12, B3m brown algae, centella – helps with the delivery of oxygen and nutrients – and amino acids. You do not need a lot of the product at all, a few drops will help to tighten the skin and produce a glowy, fresh look. I was super surprised by the effectiveness and powerfulness of the Complexion Cocktail, it really makes you look super rested, even after a few hours sleep.

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The algae and B vitamins help to re-energise and de-puff. The ginseng is meant to increase micro-circulation and it definitely makes skin look tauter. It is suitable for sensitive skin too and if you suffer from rosacea, just use a small amount and you will still see a difference.

The Powerball Intensive Moisturiser is so super hydrating and helps your skin retain the moisture it gives. This is not just any ordinary moisturiser. It is packaged in a cool white ball and inside is the super whipped, super silky cream, a powerhouse blend of 21 natural hydrating agents that promise to refill and revive skin. The cream when applied sinks in instantly and has a wonderful plumping effect, and the magic of it is that the plumping lasts.

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The Powerball describes itself as a watershed moment in the evolution of skin moisturisation and harnesses the hydrating effect of Ectoin, a miracle-working microscopic protein found in the desert.

The Time Bomb Complexion Cocktail costs £24 and the Powerball Intensive Moisturiser costs £36 and both are available from http://www.timebombco.com 

Love,

Kathryn xxx

The Soho Soap Co

Well Winter is well and truly here and as much as I love some things about Winter, I can’t help but think about Summer. The Soho Soap Co have some gorgeous smelling bathing products and I wanted to tell you all about some of my favourite scents, which remind me of Summer.

My favourite fragrances from the collection include Strawberry Daiquiri, Coconut Paradise and Vanilla Smoothie. All three scents remind me of the summer months, strawberry daiquiri cocktails in Egypt, Coconut Paradise reminds me of suntan lotion and Vanilla Smoothie reminds me of summer evenings smothering vanilla body butter on my skin to cool down the Summer warmth.

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Each tube of Bath and Shower Gel have little paragraphs on them telling you about the ingredients and here’s what is on mine…

Vanilla Smoothie – Tales of passion and intrigue have surrounded this exotic vanilla orchid bean for centuries…all I feel is nostalgia and ice cream sweetness.

Strawberry Daiquiri – A gentle fruit born in France would you believe, which may explain why its scent smells of quiet romance and creates calm in the craziest of days.

Coconut Paradise – Its flowers adorn Hindu weddings and its fruits play fairground games of tall dancing trees and swimming in its milky sweetness.

I think this is a really cute touch and the formulas are all allergen and paraben free and so are fab for even sensitive skin and leave your skin smelling gorgeously fresh and silky smooth.

What scents remind you of summer?

The Soho Soap Co is available at Sainsburys.

Love,

Kathryn xx

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Collection

Hi you Gorgeous people!

I have been a little MIA lately as I have had Bronchitis and so I have been in bed the majority of the time! But I am on my way to a full recovery and wanted to start back with my new favourite collection from The Body Shop. The Glazed Apple range is new for the festive season and includes all of the usual Body Shop products – Body Butter, Shower Gel etc plus a few fab new products.

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Glazed Apple Shower Gel £4

The Body Shop’s shower gels are soap-free and this one is made with apple extract and Community Fair Trade honey all the way from Ethiopia. It is a bright green colour (reminded me a bit of Fairy washing-up liquid colour-wise) and smells divine.

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Now I love apple scents and flavours anyway and so this was always going to be a winner in my eyes, but the scent really does smell like crisp, fresh apples, although there is a sweetness to it, which some people may not like. With this formula you don’t need a lot of the product as it spreads really well and so it tended to last me quite a while.

Glazed Apple Body Butter £13

One of The Body Shop’s hero products, this Body Butter is suitable for all skin types and is made with apple seed oil and Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana. I love the fact that with The Body Shop products you are also supporting other countries who are not as fortunate as the UK.

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The scent is exactly the same as the Shower Gel and the texture of the formula is beautifully creamy, leaving your skin nourished and well moisturised.

Glazed Apple Bath Sprinkles £7

One of my favourite ‘new’ products in the range, these Bath Sprinkles are super cute. They come in a bauble shaped bottle and you simply sprinkle a small amount under hot running water to leave your bath fragranced beautifully.

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With regards to the Glazed Apple scent, I did find that the fragrance was stronger but this certainly wasn’t a problem for me. I also think, if you can find yourself able to give this gorgeous product away, that this would be a perfect stocking filler!

You can check out these products and more at http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk 

Have you tried any of this beautiful festive collection?

Love,

Kathryn xx