Monday 22 December 2014

Relaxation time

Relaxation time
It makes a very pleasant change to be writing this blog post at a sociable hour. I will confess that I am writing this blog post sitting on the sofa, under a large blanket, with a lovely cup of tea and eating two of my favourite naughties, After Eights and Terry's Chocolate Orange. Can life get any better?

Finding time in the week to relax, unwind and recharge the batteries can be really difficult. For me there are simply not enough hours in the day and relaxation generally has to wait for holidays. But the festive season is a good time to relax, pamper yourself and unwind. 

Today I thought I would share some of my pampering habbits. Relaxation time for me always has to start with running a wonderful bath.Given the choice I will always opt for a nice warm bath over a shower any day. I don't often have the time however to have a nice relaxing bath, but when I do I like to go all out with nice candles and bath products. 

Not only do lush products smell divine they also make a wonderfully pretty bath. Favourites have the be the above and I will be sad when Christmas is over and the Lush Pud and Northern Lights will disappear for another year. 

Another firm favourite is Chanel No5 Bath Oil. 
No5 Channel
As with any bath oil it is important to gently shake the bottle to mix the oil up. Only a few drops of the pink oil is needed, pour under warm water and a cloudy sweet flowery aroma is released. It does smell true to its Chanel No5 (£65) roots and is wonderfully calming and nice to relax in. Although expensive this little bottle has lasted for over a year. 

There are times when my actual body and muscles need a calming and relaxing scent. Bath salts are perfect for this and Ila have some of the best spa products I have tried. 

Bath oil for glowing radiance £51
Bath Salts for inner peace £49 

I also light some wonderful candles to go around the bath so the main light can go off. 

Another important ingredient to any bath is a relaxing face mask. 
Face masks
A selection of my favourite face masks are below. 
Face Masks

Once the face mask is done I like to pamper and bring back to life the rest of my skin, the best way to do this is with a scrub. Favourite has to be the Sanctuary gentle polish body scrub £5.50. 
Sanctuary Gentle Polish body scrub
This smells divine and helps to remove all the dead skin. Favourite washes for the bath have to be...

Sanctuary cleansing Burst Body Wash £5.50 and Soap and Glory Body wash £6.50. 
After a while I begin to look like a shrivelled prune so am forced to have to get out. The pampering doesn't stop there however. Moisturising your body, hands and feet is just as important and they are often the bits that get forgotten. Favourites have to be...

Sanctuary Luxurious Body Butter £10.
Sanctuary Body Butter
Sanctuary spa products
If your feet need a good moisturise the best thing to do is slap on some intensive heel balm and leave a pair of socks on over night. You will wake to wonderfully soft feet. 

I like to round of the pampering with a lovely Chai latte or hot chocolate. 

What are your favourite ways to relax? 
Do you have any favourite products to share? 

This is my last post before Christmas, so thank you all for your support and comments this year, it really means a lot. Wishing you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. 
Merry Christmas

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  1. Wow, that chanel bath oil is SO expensive! I'm not surprised it's lasted over a year, I'd be too scared to use it haha.

    Corinne x

    1. Haha, it is expensive but it smells divine and the oops really moisturises my skin. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Lucy x

  2. That Chanel bath oil sounds so luxurious! Northern Lights looks super pretty and I really like The Sanctuary products too. Hope you have a lovely Christmas Lucy with lots of relaxation and of course good food! x

    Josie’s Journal

    1. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Josie and New year. Hope to see you in 2015 Lucy x

  3. im loving all this pampering ideas/products!! love lush bath products!! and i wanna get my hands into a jo malone candle!! :D

    happy holidays!
    Animated Confessions

    1. All Jo Malone products are lovely they all smell lush, the best has to be like and Basil. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas Lucy x

  4. nice ideas, the lush bombs look amazing!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

    1. Lush bath bombs are lovely, with their Christmas range this year they have outdone themselves I love the Northern Lights and butter bear Lucy

  5. This just sounds so divine! I try to take a bath and take time for myself at least once a week. I find it a great way to just let things melt away. Merry Christmas Lucy!

    1. That sounds like a great way to relax. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year Lucy x

  6. Merry Christmas!
    Terry's chocolate orange and after eights are THE ultimate Christmas choccies - rather upset that there aren't any in my house this year! Hope you're having a lovely day and unwinding with all these lovely goodies! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

    1. I have some Christmas favourites. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Lucy x

  7. You have some great pampering habits Lucy :-) Nothing beats a nice relaxing scented bath...heaven! We've had a few hot chocolates over Christmas too...delicious! Hope you had a magical time.

    x Roch & Tash x

  8. Aaah, gosh, I am so looking forward to a long luxurious bubble bath! We don't have one at the minute, but we are moving ourselves across the country next week to stay with family who have a huuuuge tub and I will finally be able to indulge! So I'm going to save this post and follow your tips, thank you! x