CURRENTLY LOVING #1



001. Crafting. I honestly find writing lists therapeutic and always have a notebook to hand to scribble down my thoughts. Recently I've become obsessed with DIY projects, perusing craft and sewing blogs regularly instead of usual dose of fashion and beauty. I’m currently working on a canvas for my bedroom, and some little paint-them-yourself wooden hearts and photo frames to decorate the house, but I have a whole list of things I want to do. Check out Randomly Happy and Nouvelle Daily if you fancy some inspiration.

002. The Long Song by Andrea Levy. Having loved Small Island by the same author, I thought I would pick this up and give it a whirl. Recently I've been trying to get myself back into an old habit of reading before bed. I’m not even halfway through this book, but so far I’m really enjoying it. I've found it takes longer to get into than Small Island, but so far it is making up for its slow start.

003. Nivea Q10 bodyfirming lotion. I’m a massive fan of Nivea body products, I've already raved about their shower gel, and now I’m loving this moisturiser. It claims to firm the skin in two weeks, and whilst I haven’t noticed a huge difference, it definitely leaves my skin softer and smoother. It isn't a rich lotion; it dries quickly, and it isn't tacky, but still leaves my skin feeling hydrated. The smell is light and fresh, and very inoffensive, and the large bottle lasts for ages.

004. Lemon and Passion iced tea. Make this in the morning using a few tea bags in a large jug, keep it in the fridge and drink over ice throughout the day. I prefer to add sugar to this, but it depends on individual taste, and you certainly don’t need a lot. It makes the perfect refreshing drink for the hot weather we have been enjoying recently, and is a great way to get those 8 glasses a day if you don’t like plain water.

005. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel is a product I've been sampling for a few weeks now. Applied after cleansing, and left on for 20-30 minutes this leaves my skin looking bright and clear. This is an exfoliating cream, and I find it so much easier to use than manual exfoliators which can often leave my skin dry and tight. I'm definitely going to get my hands on the full size product!

006. Sephora Pro lipbrush. I picked this up in America recently, having been a long-time fan of Sephora’s eye brushes I was hoping their other brushes would be of similar quality. And I wasn't disappointed. I picked up a couple, and use them for different lipsticks throughout the week, and then give them a deep cleansing wash at the weekend. They distribute lipstick really evenly across my lips, and are just the right size to be able to control them well. Even on the first wash they didn't shed, and they didn't lose their shape. At only $12 despite being from the ‘pro’ collection, I would really recommend getting your hands on some if you can.

007. LA Colors Calcium nail treatment. I’m not sure this is available in the UK, but it has done a wonderful job of strengthening my nails after my holiday. As I spent the majority of the time in the pool and the sea, and not eating as well as usual, my nails were flaky and brittle when I returned home. I had to cut them very short and I've been applying this maybe twice weekly. My nails are almost back to their usual length and much less prone to breakages now. You can find similar products here and here

008. Smiths minted rose lip balm. Another Sephora purchase, but one you can now pick up at ASOS.. This wonderful product has to be one of my top three lip balms, and one I've been repurchasing for years. The smell is pretty strong, but mint combined with rose gives a really fresh scent and it’s not overpowering once you apply it. It’s not the most hydrating lip balm, but its glossy finish and lack of stickiness make it ideal for quick top ups throughout the day.

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