This year, Mr Lyns and I had a lovely low-key Valentines Day as we’re trying to save some money. We didn’t do flowers, chocolates and the big meal out and instead chose to have a gorgeous and intimate breakfast date at Miel et Moi before I had to rush off to act in a mock court trial (don’t ask) and I have to say that I loved it every bit as much as I would have had we went all out.
That being said, I do find that there is something that is good for the soul in spending an hour pampering yourself whether it be for a cute date night or a big girls night out. Taking the time for yourself and dolling yourself up can help make you feel a million dollars. Whilst it’s lovely to head off to the hairdressers and nail salon in preparation of your big evening, there are several things you can do at home which are more purse friendly and don’t take too much time.
A little while before Christmas I was kindle offered the chance to work with up and coming online chemist store, Chemist 4 U. I had never heard of the site before but after checking it out initially, I was really impressed with the range of products and brands on offer.
I had been very generously given £30 to spend on the site and I really wanted to see how far that could stretch rather than use it all on one item. This wasn’t difficult. The site is jam packed with bargains! So, what did I pick up?
I am always keen to try out new brands. Previously, I would have stuck to my trusty favourite brands but since I have started blogging, I’ve really branched out and started to incorporate many new brands into my routine.
Wonderland Makeup contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be willing to try out a few of their best selling products from the collection. After checking the brand out, I learnt that Wonderland Makeup is a high-end, cruelty free brand which aims to bring good quality products to the market at affordable prices. I was really intrigued to see what their products were like so accepted their very kind invitation.
A few weeks before Christmas I was lucky enough to have had a highly informative and enlightening skincare consultation with Wendy at Therapie Clinic, Belfast. I had been invited along to the salon to have a chat about my skincare concerns to see what Therapie could recommend to address these concerns.
I’ve said it several times this year but, Temple Spa are fast becoming my favourite brand discovery of 2017. The brand really oozes luxury and quality which is lovely to add into your routine at home. Recently, I was very kindly gifted two items from their make up line to try out – the Stroke of Genius Serum Mascara and the Glint Dark Shadow Concealer.
The first thing that really struck me was the packaging. Gorgeous, sleek silver outer packaging housing shiny, weighty silver metal tubes inside. The packaging oozes luxury and indulgence which I am a huge fan of.
Not one to judge a book by it’s cover, I have used both products in my routine for the last 6-8 weeks or so to see how they perform in various situations.
Ireland have some of the best brands and I think that it’s really important that we all try to support local businesses and brands where possible so this year, I’ve decided to share my picks for a gift guide exclusively featuring local, Irish brands!
Now I am aware that this gift guide is going up later than expected, but I’ve had a pretty manic few weeks and the best laid plans often go astray. Many of these items will still be available (or alternatives from the same brands) so you can also treat this as a gift guide for spending your Christmas cash in the New Year! 🙂
For any of you that know me, you will know that I am obsessed with my little dog, Ruby. She’s honestly the best friend I’ve ever had. She’s loyal, fun affectionate and is always happy to see me. Mr Lynsey and I treat Ruby like our child. We just dote on her and while some people will roll their eyes and think we’re those “crazy dog people”, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Needless to say when Christmas rolls around, Ruby isn’t left out of the festivities at our house and has her very own little stocking on the fireplace that we fill with goodies for her.
So if you are dog obsessed like me, here are my top picks for Christmas pups or even some ideas to treat your dog in the New Year!