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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Unwind With Me: Bedtime Ritual

I’ve found that the best way to deal with stress is to take a moment in the day to treat yourself to some ‘me-time’. When I feel completely overwhelmed, I've realised that nothing makes me happier than taking a nice, long bath and snuggling up in my comfiest pyjamas. Also, of late I’ve gotten into the habit of following a nightly wind-down ritual, which is probably the only reason why I haven't turned into a massive ball of stress.

After a warm bath, I slip into my toasty radiator-warmed pyjamas and make myself some cardamom-infused tea. I'm not much of a tea or a coffee drinker, but this warming brew reminds me of home and that's a very comforting thought before bedtime, isn't it? Then I slather myself in the heavenly Sleepy body lotion from Lush. I initially thought it smelled too sickly sweet but I've slowly grown to like it. Apart from the dreamy lavender hue, I LOVE the soft, whipped consistency. I'm not a big fan of body lotions that are too rich and creamy, so this is the perfect alternative - it's lightweight, sinks in well and coats the skin in a delicious fragranced layer.

 With the turn in the weather, my hands have started to look more pruney than usual, so I moisturise them with the Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose cream. It has a lovely medicinal smell and is incredibly soothing with no greasy after-feel. Next, I brush my nails with the mango-scented cuticle oil from NAF Salon - a super cute salon in Glasgow with Pinterest-worthy interiors. I've been looking to buy one for a long time now and I didn't want to pay an extortionate amount for it. So, when I saw that they sold these for just 8£, I added them to my basket immediately. This has restored both my nails and my faith in cuticle oils - they really do work!

And finally, I apply a generous layer of the By Terry Baume de Rose to my lips before cuddling up to R. It's super posh and pricey, but it's worth every pretty penny! It's a deliciously thick and buttery balm with a soft rose smell. What I particularly like about it is that it’s emollient without being greasy and, it stays put the whole night. I'm seriously obsessed! (Two exclamations in one paragraph- can you tell I'm in love?) I'm even considering buying a miniature version of it for my handbag.

All this takes me a little over five minutes and I've found that carving out this little time for myself in my busy day makes me keep my cool and not feel like a wound up robot. 

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