With Valentines just around the corner, its time to think about what present I’ll be getting for Graham, my husband. Not only that, now’s about the time he starts asking me what I’d like too. Well, while I’m a sucker for chocolates and flowers, I’ve actually got a little more extravagant wish list ready to go… isn’t that handy!
Top of my wish list was a camera. Graham obviously did his research into Compact Cameras and got me a Panasonic Lumix for Christmas.
It’s actually brilliant, and I’m such a lucky girl. It has all the functionality I was looking for, but it’s really easy to use and the photographs it produces are fantastic! You can see some of mine here. These premium Panasonic Lumix cameras look pretty epic too.
I don’t know if Graham is still feeling so generous but I’m still after a few things and nothing too extravagant, but here’s hoping!
Next on my list, to help me deal with the copious amounts of chocolate I will be eating, is the Fitbit Surge. I already have a Fitbit but this one I found on Amazon is real upgrade thanks to its multisport function, heart rate tracker and music controls!
Obviously to go with my new Fitbit I could really do with the Fitbit Aria Scales. It measures your weight, body fat and BMI and of course syncs with your Fitbit stats!
My final dream piece of tech is the Apple iPhone 6S Plus in Rose Gold.
You either love Apple or you don’t. I just really do, I love how user-friendly and intuitive all my devices are and I’ve not been without an iPhone for years… this latest model is ticking all the boxes for me. It’s not only beautiful, but functional too with its top of the range camera, long life battery and amazing HD screen. I’m simplifying it of course, but all you need to know is I need this phone in my life!
I could actually go on for quite a long time with this wish list, but I don’t want to upset Graham so I’ll stop right here!
So, what are you hoping for and giving for Valentines? Do tech products feature anywhere?
This is a collaborative post on behalf of Panasonic. All opinions are my own.
While getting dressed up and painting our faces still has the same charm it had when we were young, it’s important that we remember to take care of our eyes. Luckily, there are a number of makeup items that are safe for your skin and eyes. With the array of makeup options to choose from, it can be difficult to discern what brands are best for you. Ladies with sensitive skin or allergies to certain ingredients in specific brands, and those women who wear contact lenses find it especially challenging to procure the makeup that is right for you, isn’t harmful to you skin, won’t cause obnoxious break outs, and don’t aggravate your contact lenses. Thus, it’s essential that you search every beauty counter, blog, and magazine for the right makeup products that not only look good on your face, but also don’t pose any hazards to your skin or your eyes. Here are a few beauty and makeup products that won’t damage your complexion and are designed especially for those with allergies and sensitivities.
Even if you have sensitive skin or allergies you can still partake in the latest makeup trends. In order to keep your skin smooth, clear, and free of breakouts, opt for cosmetics that are free of fragrances, chemicals, and preservatives. Keep in mind that although many makeup products carry labels that say they’re hypoallergenic, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe to use on sensitive skin, therefore, it’s best to carefully read the labels and test the products on your skin before you make your final purchase. Many department stores and other retailers that sell makeup often offer free samples of beauty products that you can take home and try before you buy. Those with extreme makeup sensitivities should try natural, organic beauty products like those available from Aveda or skip heavy items like liquid foundations and use a powder for
mula that has a lighter consistency instead. Always remember to use a sunscreen that contains an SPF of 15 or higher.
As any women who has ever worn eyeliner, eye shadow, or mascara can attest, wearing eye makeup can cause irritation if it gets in your eyes. This problem can be worse for those who wear contact lenses as lenses can be severely damaged if certain kinds of makeup get trapped between the lens and the eye. Before you apply any type of makeup around your eyes, be sure to learn how to properly care for your lenses when wearing makeup. I found a helpful guide online at Acuvue. Additionally, you should avoid applying oil-based makeup around your eyes in order to prevent bits of foundation from going into your eyes and steer clear of sporting false eyelashes while wearing your lenses as the glue can get in your eyes and damage your contacts. Remember to use mascara and eyeliner sparingly and apply any eye shadow or powder gently to prevent particles from flaking and getting into your eyes.
If you have never had a Turkish bath then it really is about time you did. There is nothing quite like it for getting a really deep cleanse to clear out your pores and slough off all those dead skin cells that cause break outs and dull complexions.
A Turkish bath – or Hamam – is naturally best enjoyed in Turkey. For the equivalent of between £10-£20 you can enjoy a day of unparalleled relaxation and cleansing where you will enjoy a hot steam in a grand marble room. Once you’ve sweated it all out, this is followed by an exfoliating scrub on the gobek tasi – a giant stone in the centre of the room. Once scrubbed and buffed you will then be soaped up to wash away all the excess dirt.
Owing to its popularity as a tourist resort you can find great deals for flights to the Dalaman region of Turkey throughout the year and last minute flights with airlines such as Jet2.com can be found for under £300 for 2 people.
If you need a quick fix more urgently then there’s some great ways to achieve this same clean and relaxing feeling at home.
What you will need:
•A hot shower/bath
•A good exfoliating body scrub
•A good face scrub
•Moisturiser and body lotion
•Fluffy robe and slippers
•Delicious herbal tea.
While most of us won’t have an at home sauna we can still relax with a nice hot bath or shower. While you need the warm water to heat the room to really get the most of the experience, you need to allow the water temperature to cool before you get in. Enjoy the relaxing soak while you let your pores open up before you exfoliate. Be sure to use a specific product designed for the delicate skin on your face and only use the loofer on your body. Once scrubbed, rinse off and then massage all over with a great moisturising soap or body wash before rinsing again.
Once you’re dried off, moisturise all over and slip into a warm fluffy robe and slippers and enjoy a hot herbal tea on the sofa while you put your feet up.
Exfoliating is an important step in our beauty regimes, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Over exfoliating can actually be worse for your skin and cause more breakouts. Stick to once a week or longer if you have sensitive skin.
So before I go shopping, how do you store your pencils and brushes?
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This year Carex celebrates it’s 20th Birth and to celebrate they have launched a nationwide competition to reward 20 pairs of hands around the UK. The prizes that will go to the 20 winners will be £500 of Red Letter Day Vouchers and a years supply of Carex hand wash..
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Red Letter Day website but with £500 you’re sure to find something fabulous to spend the prize on, whether it’s Spa Breaks or swimming with Sharks. It’s a lot of money!
So to be in with a chance of winning, you need to head over to the Carex Website competition page. And submit a day in the life of your hands. It can be photographs, video, a couple of sentences, or a short written diary, but be creative and showcase those moments in life that involve your hands!
I know exactly what I’d enter and I know exactly what I’d spend my winnings on if I was lucky enough to win.
Go on, it’s got to be worth a shot, show the world what those hands of yours get up to!
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I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned on the blog that I wear glasses… well, the truth of the matter is that I’m supposed to wear glasses but I’m a bit of a horror for not remembering (although writing this post has helped, I’ve just put mine on!).
Perhaps I’d be a bit better at remembering if I had some of the following! This is my glasses wishlist.
Starting with these Tom Ford glasses. These are the catchy named Tom Ford FT5146 56B. (£128.95)
Also loving these Tom Ford ones. The FT5189 55. (£141.95)
Then there’s these delicious Prada glasses. The also fabulously named PRO5NV PD6101 (£135.95)
Oh and I had no idea you could get Ray Ban prescription glasses. I love these Ray Ban RX5269 2383. I love the hints of olive green. (£79.95)
The strange thing about me is that whilst I like my prescription glasses small and narrow, when it comes to sunnies I like them big! And top of my sunglasses wish list are these Prada sunnies, I’d best get saving as they are £143.95.
SmartBuyGlasses is an Aladdin’s cave of designer eyewear, both prescription and sunglasses and I have literally spent hours trawling through everything on the site, you can use your webcam and virtually try some pairs and if you are going for frames for your prescription lenses, you can save yourself some hassle and get your lenses from them too. There’s free delivery too. Oh and if that’s not enough, there’s Buy One, Give One. A scheme whereby SmartbuyGlasses donate glasses to those in need, for every pair of glasses sold, they donate a pair to one of their charity partners (non profit). The partners work closesly with eye clinics in communities most in need. A truly fabulous thing!
So if you’re in the market for new prescription glasses, or fancy a pair of designer sunglasses look no further!