WHAT'S IN MY SHOWER BASKET?



Living in a shared house means leaving your products in the bathroom is a massive no no. I picked up this Wilko Plastic Basket to put all my products in; I keep it in my room and take it to the bathroom when I need it.. So what have I been using recently?

First up, the essentials for a good defuzz: Rituals Fortune Scrub to slough away rough patches pre-shave, Wilko Moisturising Shavegel to keep things smooth, and a Gillette Razor, as well as some spare blades.

Haircare wise, Boots Expert Buildup Removal Shampoo is almost impossible to find online but an absolute gem so look out for it instore. Use this baby once a week to remove build up and clarify your hair. L'Oreal Everpure Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner keeps my dyed hair soft, healthy and bright.

Any fruity and uplifting shower gel will do me just fine, and at the moment it's Imperial Leather's Revitalising Pomegranate and Grapefruit offering that I lather up to every morning. I prefer to cleanse my face outside of the shower but occasionally I reach for Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher. This old product has been discontinued, but it leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh.

Finally, an occasional treat: Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask.. Perfect for slapping on in a rush pre-shower. This takes only five minutes to dry and gives your face the glow it needs for the day.

What have you been using recently? And do you leave your products in the bathroom or not?

SKIN SAVIOUR: SERUM

Recently I've been making an effort to step up my skincare routine. Serums are a something I've always been desperate to try but with many of them costing upwards of £25 I've never been able to justify spending so much on one product.. So imagine my excitement when I discovered both of these drugstore gems.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum at £11 is the cheaper product, but my personal favourite. I use this nightly to calm my skin and give it that much needed boost of moisture. I apply this after using the eye cream and before using the moisturiser from the same range. This leaves my skin soft and supple the following morning. The product is housed in plastic packaging with a pump, making it easy to dispense the right amount. The consistency is gel like, really soothing and easy to apply, and the smell is not at all overpowering. Watch out for TBS 3for2 offers, which is when I like to stock up on skincare.

Super Facialist Vitamin C Glow Boost Skin Serum is slightly more pricey at £16 (however, it's usually on offer in Boots for around £11). This product claims to "deeply replenish, boost collagen synthesis and enhance the appearance of skin", and says that for best results, this should be used daily for a minimum of 3 weeks. I've been using this every morning for 2 weeks now, and my skin looks brighter and clearer already. The only downside is that the recommended "pea-size amount" barely covers my face, let alone my neck too so this product isn't as good value as TBS's version. The consistency is much more like a moisturiser and it absorbs easily. The smell of this is again very inoffensive with just a hint of oranges. I find that this works best under moisturiser in the morning for an added little glow.

So what do you think? Will you be adding these serums to your skincare routine?

MARCH ROUNDUP

Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat for me over the past month, so now that I'm ready to get back to regular posting, I thought I'd just share five things I've done this month.
  • Ate at Byron, Home Sweet Home and Jamie's Italian
  • Trained to volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Shopped at Cow Vintage
  • Watched all the old Disney Princess films (aka. procrastinated)
  • Focused on improving the University of Manchester's Blogging Society, which I am now President of
What have you been doing this month?

HOME SWEET HOME


Last week I went to Home Sweet Home in Manchester's Northern Quarter. I'd heard really good things about this little cafe so I was excited to try it out. The decor is really quaint and quirky, like your grandmas kitchen but in a cool way. Me and L ordered three sides to share: Chicken Wings, Jalapeno Mac N Cheese and Seasoned Fries. The standout dish for me was the Mac N Cheese; really saucy with lots of chopped up jalapenos, and L loved the wings which came with a blue cheese sauce. I also had an Oreo milkshake which was delicious, really thick and flavoursome. The staff were friendly and the food came pretty quickly. It took a while for them to sort out our bill, but it was during lunchtime and the place was full. Overall I really enjoyed my meal at Home Sweet Home. They have so much on the menu, ranging from breakfast to cocktails, and I will definitely be heading back to try some more food.

Have you ever been to Manchester's Northern Quarter? Where do you like to eat?