The nights are getting darker, the air is getting chillier and you know what that calls for? More cosy nights in.

Don’t get me wrong, I had many cosy nights in throughout summer but when the autumn is here those nights feel that bit more special and a bit more needed. Don’t ya think?

I’ve recently rekindled with my fluffy socks and dressing gowns and become even more obsessed with an evening pamper. There’s nothing quite like a night-time pamper when the darker nights close in and this is a time when you can really indulge in those heavenly scented, moisture rich products.

My ultimate pamper session always involves a long warm bath, especially during the colder months. These pampers in the tub have kinda quickly become an evening ritual (maybe even an essential) and I can’t help but indulge. I much prefer to whip on a quick face mask and hop in the bath and get a good half hour or so’s worth of relaxation, rather than doing my nails and that kinda long winded stuff. Maybe that’s just laziness, but relaxing for me is when you allow yourself do the bare minimum and give yourself some TLC.

Typically for a mask at this time of year I’d go for something hydrating as well as maybe exfoliating and brightening. My favourites for that are the Lush Let The Good Times Roll, Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask or any from Origins (I find they do the best job at instantly hydrating my face).

Then onto the bath products I use, maybe my most favourite part of it all. I love to use richer products in the A/W months so that my skin gets all the moisture it needs and I find the sweeter autumnal scents tend to be thicker and creamier, so the more the merrier.

 

Now onto the best part, the in-the-tub essentials. My choice of bath-time bliss at the moment is to use a relaxing bath cream followed by some bubbles, usually a mixture of what’s on the side of the tub. I always shop for the bath filling products that say ‘relaxing’ for these kinda eves, it just feels right.

Then, for my fave part, the cleansing products. I absolutely cannot use anything else other than autumnal scents when it’s an autumnal pamper evening, it just makes sense doesn’t it?

At the minute my favourite to use is the Being by Sanctuary Salted Caramel and Macadamia Body Wash. Seriously, this stuff smells so good I wanna eat it. Since having this I’ve been eager to bake to, probably some salted caramel cupcakes – yum!

Once out of the tub I love to moisturise pretty much as soon as I’m dry and my go to is the Vaseline Cocoa Butter Moisture Spray. This stuff is not only hydrating but extremely fast drying, meaning I can snuggle in my pjs and dressing gown right away. I’ve got it all sussed haven’t I?

Every so often I like to go that extra step and indulge in a little body mist and pat myself down before moisturising. The Being by Sanctuary Water Lotus & Pomelo Body Mist is my spray of choice as it’s lightweight and again, fast drying, so I can get straight on with getting cosy.

I always always apply a hand cream after my bath, its a ritual of mine and ensures everywhere is hydrated and cared for. Another favourite from the Being by Sanctuary range is the Cloudberry and Lychee Blossom Hand Cream. Throughout the past few months before the Salted Caramel body wash came into my life, I swore by the Cloudberry body wash so it’s understandable why I love the hand cream.

Once the comfies are on, I’m settled down for the eve and with a fill in hand, my autumnal pamper session has put me in the mood to watch a film. Sounds good eh?

What is your favourite autumnal evening ritual?

Megan ♥

 

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With the long and very needed Easter weekend just gone, I thought what better time than to share with you my favourite ways to get a bit of down time at the weekends. I don’t work full-time but I am mid dissertation, daily blogging, part-time working and for some reason always busy – there’s never really a moment I stop and have a long time to take some down time. But, when I do it feels so good.

I’m one to always have a busy schedule, I like it that way, but down time is super important to keep your brain in check and not feel like too much is on your plate. If you’re like me and love a busy schedule, make sure you give yourself some ‘you time’, it really helps me focus for what’s ahead. Relaxation is key to stop my brain from constantly ticking. So, let’s get into my favourite ways to get some weekend down time.

Switch off

Being quite the phone addict and also needing to be on it a lot for blogging, I do try and switch off from technology when I can. By that I mean my phone and social media, as with down time I like to watch catch up or YouTube. Switching off your phone or just putting it to the side is actually the thing for me that makes the biggest world of difference. Even an hour or two with it out of the way and not keep checking for notifications is more therapeutic than it might sound. This is the number one thing I do when I need to zone out and focus on getting some me time. It’s also something I do when spending time with friends or loved ones, I just pop it in my bag and not let it be a distraction.

A good old cuppa T

I am a big tea lover, more than I ever was before. Recently I’ve also got into drinking fruit and herbal teas, so I am building quite the selection. When I want an hour or two to myself the first thing I do is make a good cuppa tea. Also, if you’re buy ventolin asthma inhalers feeling a bit down I always think a cup of warm tea just makes the day that bit better.

Soaking it all up

After a long and stressful week, I always think its time for a good pamper. I do like to shower but there’s nothing more relaxing than a long soak in the bath. To make it extra special I usually use some luxury soaks or Lush products and have a candle-lit bath and close my eyes. A big old bubble bath does indeed soak up all the stress and gives you space to think. I like to switch on YouTube, put a facemask on and take in my cup of tea if I feel like it to, it’s like making my own little mini spa.

Good food is good for the heart

During the week I like to stick to quite a healthy routine with my diet, especially with going to the gym. But when it gets to the weekends I let go a little and I think good food really is the way to make you happy. I love visiting cute little coffee shops/cafes during the weekends if I come across any, as they do the scrummiest food and I adore finding new and unique places. Exploring and venturing out is also a favourite way of mine to get some down time, it takes your head away from the busy week and helps me breathe.

Catching up

As I said, I love to catch up with series or YouTube during those moments I’m craving a bit of me time. However, catching up means with anything you’ve been missing out on. If you love to read blogs or meet up with friends, the weekends are made for that. I always make sure I have something planned at the weekend that’ll allow me to get dressed and take time with my makeup before heading out and doing something. Even if it means popping to town to pick up some bits or have a stroll and grab a coffee, catching up with yourself will help you feel ready for the next week ahead.

What are your favourite ways to get some weekend down time?

Megan ?

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