Sunday, 15 July 2018

The One Where I Went To FriendsFest

friendsfest review

Growing up, without a doubt, my favourite TV show was Friends. I remember begging my parents to buy the seasons on VHS, eventually amassing them right as DVD players were introduced. *facepalm* I had a Friends pencil case, with the cast slurping from milkshakes, that I proudly displayed during each and every class at school and even visited the 'Friends building' when I was in New York last year. So it's safe to say I'm a fan.

Even now, I must get through several episodes a week, with me tending to watch one whilst I eat lunch most days. I honestly could act out entire episodes, I've seen them that many times and often find myself sitting watching them again for the millionth time when I'm supposed to be getting back to work. So let's not get too distracted as I write today's post...

friendsfest set tour

I've always been incredibly envious of people in other cities up and down the UK when FriendsFest first made it's debut, becoming a bit of a tradition every Summer here in the UK. Every year since then, I've hoped and prayed that the following year would be the year that it came up to Scotland and thankfully my prayers have finally been answered.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

How To Get A Good Night's Sleep This Summer (+ A 25% Off Desenio Discount Code)

how to sleep in the heat

Summer sure has it's benefits (being able to wear dresses and playsuits again, lighter evenings and basically eating ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner) but it also has it's downfalls, namely wasps (I hate them with a passion), hayfever and my least favourite thing about it; the humidity. Over the past few weeks, whilst Scotland has been hit with a bit of a freak heatwave, I've had sore heads, itchy and irritable eyes and more than a few dizzy spells. That muggy or clammy feeling can often feel inescapable, especially when you live somewhere so ill equipped to deal with it (there's no air-con or properly shady spots here) and that sweaty and gross feeling only intensifies when you eventually go to bed.

If, like me, you struggle to get to sleep when it's over 10 degrees at night, this blog post is for you! I've tried out a few things to help and some of them have made such a big difference.

So here are my top tips on how to get a good night's sleep this Summer;

Switch to a flat sheet

Other than the obvious advice, aka. get a fan ASAP, the biggest gamechanger this year for me has been buying a flat sheet. For some reason, no matter how hard that I try, I just can't get to sleep without something covering me. And since it is far, far too hot to be messing about with any kind of duvet or throw on top of me at night, I thought that I would try out a flat sheet. And what a difference it has made.

They seem to be pretty commonplace in warmer climates and are pretty much the only thing on the beds when visiting somewhere like Florida, for example. I managed to pick up mine from Primark for about £5, which wasn't too bad at all and easily one of the best fivers that I've spent this year. It's light and breathable enough to not add to your already hot self but significant enough to still feel like I'm wrapped up in bed. It's also infinitely easier to stick your feet or limbs out of rather than having to deal with a big or heavy duvet cover.

how to sleep in the summer heat

Keep your bed free of clutter

Talking of beds, isn't it the worst when you're 100% ready to flop onto your bed and pass out, only to realise that you've left a pile of clean washing or half the contents of your wardrobe, when you were getting ready, strewn all over your bed?

I've desperately needed to lie down in a dark room thanks to the heat induced headaches and migraines that I've been experiencing as a result of the warm weather and not having to spend 10-15 minutes tidying everything off my bed changes the whole game. I also regularly need to lie down at certain points throughout the day and the evening thanks to my IBS and the last thing you want to be doing is having to start moving things around or tidying up when you've got a sore stomach or trapped wind.

At night, if I've left lots of stuff all over my bed, I often find that by the time I've moved or tidied everything away, I then feel full of energy and nowhere near ready to go to sleep. Just get into the habit of making your bed each morning or even simply pulling back the covers to let your bed breathe in this warm weather. That also makes a big difference to keeping your bed cool for when you're ready to get into it at night.

Create a space that you actually want to spend time in

When I've had a night of restless or little sleep, something inside me resents having to spend any more time than absolutely necessary in or around my bed the following day. In a bid to remedy this, I've spent some time creating a space that I actually want to spend time in that also gives me those Summertime vibes without having to actually leave the comfort of my home.

Having white walls can often make a room look bare and uninspiring so I thought that I would add some much needed colour and a spot of Summertime realness to my back wall with this trio of prints from Desenio.

desenio discount code

Pastel Palm No 1 50 x 70cm Poster - Neon Leaves One 50 x 70cm Poster - Pink Sky Beach 50 x 70cm Poster

Don't the colours just compliment each other so well? They also go well with a lot of my bedding and cushions etc. which are all pretty much in the teal or pink family. Seeing the prints immediately makes me smile every time that I enter my bedroom.

I also couldn't resist this print, which definitely sums up the days when I'm having a bad IBS flare up. Instead of worrying about my bed and my bedroom being a place where I feel unwell or struggle to get comfortable or to sleep, I now look forward to starting what I like to think of as my bedtime routine (more on that below).

desenio discount code 2018

Go Back To Bed 30 x 40cm Poster 

If you like the look of these prints or are looking to add more personality to your home or bedroom, I have a great and exclusive 25% off discount code to take 25% off posters (excluding handpicked and collaboration posters and frames) between July 4th and 9th, simply by using the code ellistuesday25.

If you're reading this blog post outwith that time period, I also have a link to take £5 off your first order of prints.

Start a proper bedtime routine

Again, this might sound like common sense but if you're used to curling up in bed hours before you actually nod off or spend your time in bed scrolling through social media at like 11pm at night, chances are you're going to find it more difficult to get to sleep.

Try to properly wind down and to detach yourself from anything with a screen for at least an hour before you want to sleep and see if that makes a difference. Get into the habit of having a real bedtime routine. Whether that's having a long bath, getting into your pjs and grabbing a book or if it's simply switching off and listening to your body when you start to feel tired, see what works best for you.

I personally like to put my phone on charge and out of reach and either read a few chapters of a book until my eyes start to sting or lay down and listen to some chilled out music until, again, my body starts to say, 'right, it's time for bed.'

lush sleepy review

Get sleepy

And if all else fails, literally get sleepy and slather on some of Lush's Sleepy Body Lotion right before bed. Honestly, this stuff completely lives up to the hype! If you struggle to drift off naturally, you need to give this stuff a try! This little pot is only £7.95 and it really is money well spent.

They also do a bigger pot, that I've already stocked up on, which is even better value for money. And if you prefer spraying your room or body with fragrance rather than slathering something on, then you simply have to pay your local Lush store a visit solely to smell their Twilight Body Spray! Honestly, it's just so soothing and dreamy and lets my body know that it's time to wind down when I've sprayed it.

lush twilight body spray

I'm also putting a new mattress to the test, namely the Leesa Mattress and I'll be sharing my thoughts on that in a few weeks time. SPOILER ALERT: you won't want to leave your bed ever again! And in combination with the tips in today's blog post, I've been sleeping a lot more soundly and comfortably this Summer.

Do you often struggle to drift off to sleep either in the warm weather or just generally? If so, what do you do to help the situation? Do any of my tips sound like they could work for you? And what's your favourite and least favourite things about Summer?

Sunday, 1 July 2018

The Look Fantastic x Caudalie Mixology Edition Beauty Box

caudalie limited edition beauty box

Over the years you'll have seen me review many a beauty box on Ellis Tuesday but it now takes something special to really pique my interest and that's exactly what this particular box is, something very special!

Priced at either £35 as a one off purchase or just £30 if you're already a Look Fantastic Beauty Box subscriber, this is one beauty box that you don't want to miss!

This is easily one of the best and most impressive beauty boxes that I've ever received! With a value of over £99 and limited edition in nature, meaning it's sure to sell out (keep checking back on the site for any restocks), let's waste no time and see exactly what's included in the Look Fantastic x Caudalie Mixology Edition Beauty Box*;

caudalie best products reviews

The first thing that grabbed my attention when I opened the box was the fact that three full size products were staring back at me. And those three full size products are as follows;

The Caudalie Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum, which has an RRP of £36.
Even though I'm in my mid twenties and therefore don't have a vast deal of wrinkles to worry about, I have found that laughter lines around my eyes are starting to become that bit more noticeable, especially when I'm smiling for a photograph or laughing. I'm excited to give this a go and will of course share my thoughts on it with you on here or on social media.

The Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, which has an RRP of £22.
I gave this a try the same night that this box arrived at my door and I was so impressed. If you struggle with really visible pores or enlarged ones, I would definitely give this mask a go. Mine aren't particularly bad but even I've noticed a difference after using this. It also leaves my skin feeling silky soft and incredibly clean and I'm actually surprised that I haven't heard more love for this mask on the beauty scene. I've got a feeling that I'll now be using this every Sunday night for the foreseeable or until it runs out anyway.

And the Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator, which is ordinarily £20.
As some of you might remember, if you saw my Sephora haul from my trip to New York last Summer, I picked up two of Caudalie's exfoliating products on that trip and have now been using them in combination with a few other exfoliating products ever since. The Deep Cleansing one is especially great if you have uneven texture to your skin (mine is particularly bad on my forehead) and both of those Caudalie exfoliators are my go-to physical exfoliators.

Then you'll find three fantastic luxury travel sizes;

A 75ml bottle of Caudalie's iconic Grape Water, a 15ml tube of the Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturizer and a 30ml tube of the Make Up Removing Cleansing Oil.

look fantastic caudalie beauty box

These are all perfect for taking away with you on holiday, especially if you're flying hand luggage only and have to abide by the 100ml limits. You can also try out several different skincare products without having to fork out for the full size first.

I'm excited to see whether Look Fantastic will do more brand collaboration beauty boxes because I would definitely be up for trying out more, especially when you consider the value for money that this box had.

What do you think of this beauty box collaboration? Have you ever tried anything from Caudalie? If so, which products are your favourite? Or if you've always wanted to try them, which product sounds like it could be right up your street?

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