Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Ultimate Beauty Kit

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Looking after myself, inside and out, is something that's really important to me. I want to look after my body as well as I can now so that it pays off in the future. Once every week (usually Saturday mornings) I spend the morning soaking, scrubbing, cleansing and moisturising myself, getting rid of the weekly grime and putting life back into my skin. Here I've compiled the basic body kit, what I use to keep my skin, hair, nails and body revived, and how I use them. Get ready for the full works at your own home spa!


1) Exfoliate - The Body Shop pore-cleansing facial exfoliator, £10  In a steamy bath or shower, gently rub a small blob of this over your face and neck in circular motions, then wash off with clean water. For lips, dampen a face cloth a gentle rub over the lips in horizontal movements for around 20 seconds.

2) Cleanse - Burt's Bees deep cleansing cream, £10.99 In gentle circular motions, rub this around your face and neck with your fingers, avoiding the eyes, and splash off with warm water.

3) Peel - Adore Essence Facial Peeling Gel, $189 (US only, can be bought for cheaper) Spread a pea sized amount on both cheeks and t-zone with the paddle provided, and leave to dry. Rub off with fingers. 

4) Tone - The Body Shop clarifying toner, £8.50 Squirt a small amount onto a cotton pad and rub over every area of the face, make sure to also do the sides of your nose, your neck and your lips.

5) Moisturise No7 Beautiful skin Day cream, £12.50 Gently rub a pea sized amount onto both cheeks, then on the t-zone and neck. Use Blistex Intensive Moisturiser, £2.63 on the lips.


1) Comb Any fine toothed comb, similar to the above  Before washing your hair, gently comb out all the tangles with a fine toothed comb to get out all the knots.

2) Shampoo Aussie Winter miracle shampoo, £4.69  Massage a coin sized blob into your scalp and through the ends, then wash off with warm water.

3) Condition Aussie Winter Miracle 3 Minute, £4.99  Massage a coin sized blob into just the ends of the hair, and tease through with your fingers.

4) Serum & Oil - John Frieda Frizz-Ease hair serum, £3.99 Before blow drying- rub the one pump of serum through the ends, and comb through. When blow-drying, always use a brush to keep it smooth and shiny. After it's dry rub one pump of Schwarzkopf got2b Oil-Vicious hair oil, £3 through your hands and then run your palms along the ends of the hair until it's distributed evenly.


1) Polish - Body polisher, included in Champney's pamper kit, £12  + The Body Shop Vanilla Brûlée shower gel, £6.50 (Vanilla no longer available, although you can get similar) In gentle vertical motions, use the body polisher with gel over arms, legs, torso and feet.

2) Moisturise - The Body Shop coconut body butter, £13 (Available in a variety of fragrances) Massage a medium thickness layer of the body butter across the legs, torso, arms, neck and hands. Allow it to soak in before getting dressed.


1) File Any soft nail file  File your nails to an even length, if your nails are broken or flaking, try and file them down below the flakes. Avoid using a buffer unless you have really thick nails, as it will thin your nails and make them weak. Correct care of the cuticles should help them to grow smooth.

2) Nourish Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream, £5.99  Rub over the cuticles and the sides of your nails, as much as you would apply as lip balm. Use one dip of Essie nail treatment cuticle oil, £8.99 one each hand, brushing over each nail. I also use a bit of this on my knuckles if they are cracked and dry.

Let me know what products you find essential for looking after yourself by commenting below! Also if you have any questions about the products feel free to ask x

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