Happy 1st of the month everybody! Can you believe that January 2016 has already passed us by? Where oh where does all the time go?! In lieu of the month just passed I thought today I'd share with you a few bits that I loved using throughout the month of January. From skincare, to beauty and from stationery to my all time favourite thing in the world ... tea!! So sit tight as I share a little love for these pretty little pieces sat right here, right now on my desk.
First up the aforementioned tea! Now during our recent adventure to India and Sri Lanka we visited a tea plantation to learn more about the UK's favourite tipple. No trip to Sri Lanka is really complete without such an excursion and whilst we were there I certainly learned a lot more about my personal favourite beverage. Namely the cast-off tea 'dust' that makes up the majority of our tea bags over here! So feeling a little cheated, I've turned back to a brand of tea that I love and have sampled before, but usually have to leave on the shelves for fear of the price in comparison to some other household brands.
Teapigs cover everything from your classic English Breakfast to some more tasty and unique herbal flavours such as this fresh and fruity Teapigs Rhubarb and Ginger. It's this flavour that I've been loving this month and the bonus is that all of their tea bags or 'temples' as they're known contain quality whole leaf only and not the regular old dust found in other options. The result is a much better and far more delicious cuppa. So from now on when possible I think it'll have to be quality over quantity for me - oh and also, don't these rhubarb beauties also look super pretty!
Next up, I was very lucky to be sent the collection of Giorgio Armani Si perfumes to sample back at the end of last year and have truly fallen in love with the Eau De Toilette*. It's been gracing my skin non-stop for the last couple of months and is subtle and light with a fruity scent that's just right for anyone who loves a sweet based scent but can't cope with anything too sickly or heavy and musky. Frankly any scent that's too strong, as much as I might like it, immediately gives me a headache. If this sounds familiar then I think you'll find this worth a try. It blends so nicely that although it has a beautiful and powerful fragrance, you aren't constantly being hit in the nostrils with it throughout the working day! It's lovely and I'm so sad that it's nearly through but am looking forward to trying the other two in the collection.
The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment was a last minute emergency grab at the airport at the start of this month. I also picked up the Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Protectant which is hidden somewhere in the depths of my bag right now but I would also recommend. This hand treatment has been a godsend for the sharp, coldness of January. Keeping sore cracked hands at bay, quickly absorbed and really very effective. It does still have that slightly odd emollient eight hour cream smell, not as strong as the actual stuff but it's still there and I'm not entirely convinced that I like that. It is however so nice to use and so soothing for sore hands that I'm prepared to overlook the slightly unusual whiff!
I love an eye palette and was in the market for a new and more affordable drugstore option to get me through the winter months. Something a little different from my usual browns, although not too far off! This palette from Loreal the La Palette Nude in Rose stood out for the rich plummy colours, smoky dark options down to the lighter shades of beige and nude. I've only just picked this up having heard good things about the colour pay off and pigment.
Having used it a couple of times now I'm really loving the pretty looks that you can create. From simple daytime eye makeup that's perfect for heading out and about, to more intense smoky looks ideal for taking you from a day at work to a night out on the town! At an affordable £14.99 I think this is a great selection and addition to any day to day makeup bag. I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy using this a lot over the next few months, taking me through into the spring and summer.
This Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Daily Moisturiser* was one of the lovely treats gifted to us in the goody bag from November's 30 Plus Blog Event at Omniya Mediclinic in Knightsbridge. It can be used morning and night, is paraben free and is good for normal to combination skin. I have quite sensitive skin and it actually really likes this product. It isn't too harsh at all and glides on and soaks in fairly effortlessly. Has it improved my lines and wrinkles? Well I'm not too sure just yet! But it's certainly a really nice product and leaves my skin feeling smooth and prepped ahead of applying daily makeup. It takes a little longer than I might usually like to soak into the skin but give it a minute or two and you're good to go.
Would I re-purchase this with my own money? Well that's always the million dollar question but with this product I would have to say yes, if I had the funds (!) I would because I like what it's doing to my skin and feel that it's a reliable, firming and soothing daily product. Something that it's been nice to rely on each and every day to keep skin feeling good!
Finally, if you still haven't gotten around to getting yourself organised for the year ahead and are looking for a decent diary to help to keep you on your toes, then you may well love this little gold striped beauty from Paperchase. I picked this up in the sale and it looks as if they still have some available online. It's a real winner in my eyes. Ring-bound with monthly tabs, and with weekly and monthly views giving you plenty of space and options for which to plan out your time.
What did you love this January? Have you tried any of these products or do you have any similar recommendations? Let me know in the comments below and as always thank you for reading x