Summer is here, lets go basket bag shopping!

Well, we had a mini-heatwave over the weekend, and it truly felt like summer, which got me in the mood for a little summertime accessory shopping, and nothing says summer more than a straw/rattan/ woven/basket bag does it. Throw your beach stuff in a big straw style bag and head off to the seaside, pack a picnic and sit in the shade of the trees in the park, head down to your local fruit and veg market and fill a basket up with fresh produce, or dress up a cute summer dress with a little rattan structured bag such as this one from ASOS, my personal favourite. The options are endless..

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I Forgot Just How Much I love House Doctor.

Instagram House Doctor

Revisiting old friends, and scrolling through posts on Instagram, I forgot how much I love House Doctor.

My Travelling Beauty Essentials.

When it comes to travelling, well let's just say that I'm not very good at travelling light, I like variety and all the comforts of home, and I hate to reach our destination and realise I forgot to pack something!   Most of the time we travel by car, which makes life much easier, just chuck everything into the boot, but this year for our family holiday we flew to the Algarve, and I discovered the joys of mini products to take away with me.

Cleansers and Creams

I'm already a big fan of Sanctuary Spa products, when I use them at home I can definitely see a difference in my skin complexion, and if I use a mask at night before bed, my skin looks so much more perky in the mornings.
For cleansing, I packed the Sanctuary Spa Forming Micellar Cleansing Water, the Radiance Exfoliator, which is great for sleuthing away dead skin, suntan cream and general grim of the day, and I also picked up a supercharged Hyaluronic face and Neck cream too, which I used at night, though you can use it during the day as well.

Moisturiser and Makeup

When it comes to makeup, its pretty much the same as it is when I'm at home, I just keep it natural looking, Garnier Ultra-Lift with SPF 15 is my base, then I use Nivea BB cream, and for summer, I had a bit of Benefit Dew The Hoola for a more summery look, a coat of Benefits they're Real Mascara,  which is a new found favourite, it's all-day staying power is fab, no late afternoon flacking going on, leading to two panda eyes!
 Then for my cheeks, it's my Primark cheap as chips bronzing powder that I bought last summer, it adds a lovely shimmer to cheeks, and comes in three strips, two darker shades and a highlighter. 

Body Lotions 

If I can't find my usual products in a mini travel size version, I just decant into a smaller pot or bottle,  (which you can by on Amazon) I do this with my Nivea Q10 body lotions, which I use after a shower in the mornings, and I do believe that it helps firm the skin, particularly as I've gotten older. 


My pet hate about holidays is bad holiday hair, so I do tend to take my own hairdryer, (hotel hair dryers are never strong enough for my locks)  and my GHD's to keep my hair straight, and L'orel Elnett to hold it in place,  if for some reason I can't dry and straighten, for instance after being in the swimming pool, then I run some kind of curl serum or jelly through to tame my wavery/curly hair. 
Shampooing is always a bit tricky when I'm on holiday because you never know what the local water is going to be like, so I pack a couple of travel size shampoos and conditioners with me, again hotel shampoos just don't make the grade for  my hair, Pantene smooth and sleek is my usual, but I also packed Charles Worthington Every Day Gentle conditioner, and Diamond Shine. 

Do you have any travel must-haves that you swear by and think are worth a try?  We are off to France for a long weekend in September, so will be packing it all with me again.  I could do with a good travel makeup bag for it all to go in though....

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Interiors Inspiration

These pictures have been sitting in the draft box for,  I don't know how long, and I have just literally been checking out the link to see if it's still working, and it does!  If you fancy a bit of Nordic/Scandi interiors inspiration on a wet Sunday evening, go check out the rest of the site, it's a Swedish estate agents called 55 Square, specializing in small spaces.

The top two photos caught my eye as my Daughter  and son-in-law have done something very similar in their bedroom using old pallet boards 

here 55 square feet
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