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5 Step Spa Routine 

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5 Step Spa Routine 

I am an advocate for me time. I love my busy life but sometimes I just need a break and some space just to be me without my phone, my job, my commute and the other stresses of my life. I like to make myself feel like a ‘human’ and more like myself. Now I am having a baby I feel this is even more important. So my favourite way of doing this is to have a bath and treat myself to a ‘spa-like’ evening and it makes me feel 100 times better. Here is my 5 Step Spa Evening:

1) Run a Bubbly Bath

Ooh I do love a bath. It just makes me relax and feel cosy. I like to light candles, warm towels on the radiator and have a gorgeous bath bomb or cream to soak in. This particular evening I used The Experimenter from Lush. It has popping candy and a sweet vanilla scent and the colours are amazing. It is also full of glitter which makes your bath water sparkle.

2) Remove Makeup, Cleanse and Mask it

I really enjoy putting on makeup but I love taking it off just as much. It just feels good to remove the day and have fresh clean skin. You should always take your makeup off before getting in the bath! (It’s just common sense all the water and steam with nowhere to go will just clog your pores.) I took my makeup off using my Una Brennan Face Oil and cleansed with Lush Ultrabland. I like to use face masks as well to really feel pampered and give my skin a treat or a treatment for problems. This night I had a free sample of an Nspa Mum to Be mask that I was given as a gift. It was a deep cleansing mud mask and it was really lovely and creamy. Once the mask is on get in the bath! (I always put my mask on before I get in the bath so I can see in the mirror. I have had an unfortunate event once with a warming clay mask in the eye….not pleasant!)

3) Hair Care

Once in the tub I like to lie back and relax. I usually have a glass of water to sip to keep hydrated and I read a book. I am practised at holding books now out of the water, I do know this can be bad for the book, but you know, it’s my book and they are all loved. Once the Mask has done it’s work I remove with cool water to refresh my face and start on hair care. I always shampoo twice, simply because my hairdresser told me to. I used John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Moisturising Shampoo. I love the smell and it looks after my coloured hair. To follow, if I am having a spa night I like to use a hair treatment as well. For this night I chose Lee Stafford For Hair That Only Grows to a Certain Length hair treatment. It’s a protein base product that moisturises hair and soothes the scalp to help your hair grow longer. I like the way my hair feels after this very smooth, strong and conditioned.  I left this on for 10 minutes whilst I relaxed again in my bath before the strenuous hair rinsing began. Once I’d rinsed the product out I finished with the John Freida Brilliant Brunette Moisturising conditioner. This locks in the products and makes my hair shiny.

4) The Working Part

Now with every spa evening there is always a working section. This is the part where I have to make the effort. So whilst my hair is conditioning I shave my legs, and other areas and wash using a shower gel and my loofah puff thing. I like to use this to exfoliate and I use my loofah everyday as my skin is so dry. I like to use my favourite shower gel which is the Original Dove Shower Cream. It smells really floral and feminine and leaves your skin very soft. This is the boring but necessary section of any bath it can be dull but once you are out of the bathroom you will be grateful for the effort. This is followed with copious rinsing to get rid of any excess product in my hair. Once I am ready to get out the tub I like to stand under the shower to rinse off any excess oils from the bath as this cleans the skin and is also very refreshing. Then it’s out of the tub and on with one of the nice big towels I’ve been warming on the radiator. 

5) The Finale

After a bath your skin has been sat in water which can be drying. Your pores will have opened as well so now these need to be closed and your skin cared for. To finish my face I used the Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanicals Rosewater Toner which is very nice and floral. And I put on a large amount of the Nivea Pure and Natural Regenerating Night cream. (Very long titles!) My face felt clean and fresh and plumped up. For the rest of my skin my favourite moisturiser is the E45 Intense Recovery Body Lotion. This is fragrance free, and after all the perfumes in the bath is a relief, this creams soaks in quickly and leaves my skin nice and soft. The final touch was another Mum to Be product from Nspa this a is a Moisturising Bump Butter as I am trying (probably uselessly) to fight any stretch marks from the pregnancy so this went on my bump, lower back and hips. It might not work but it’s a lovely body butter.

6) Bonus Step: nails and digits 

OK ok so I know I said 5 steps and sometimes these alone are enough. But whilst my hair was drying I repainted my finger and toe nails in the Rimmel Gel Effect Nail varnish in Shameless Selfie and moisturised my hands and feet using a gorgeous Roger & Gallet Hand and Nail Balm in Shea Butter and Fig which I got in a set for my birthday. 

So now I feel like me again, calm, relaxed and squeaky clean ready to face the world the next day. I love a spa night and I will do this a few times a month to really feel good about myself. I really believe everyone deserves some time to themsrlves to psmper or to just spend a few hours away ftom the stress of lufe doing what the hell you want. Its food for your soul.

Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

So my skin and I have a love hate relationship. Since I’ve been more aware and taken better care of my skin it has got a lot less awkward but it still punishes me with breakouts whenever I have an event or an important weekend ahead. I was told recently that my skin was more dry then combination so I have been trying to battle this now instead of the combination only. Does anyone else have conflicting skin messages like me? I don’t seem to know my skin type. Anyway I have been using some of these products for a while and I have got a routine down. It may seem like a lot of steps but actually once you get a routine down it can be very speedy. 

Morning

I start with using my beloved Ultrabland by Lush. I was recently bought a Clarins skincare set and threw my Ultrabland aside only to breakout in spots and a rash so I apologised to my Ultrabland slapped it back on and got my skin back under control. Ultrabland is just a beautiful balm cleanser with a blend of beeswax and rose extract. It cares for my skin and keeps it moisturised and under control. I apply this like a cream and wipe off with damp cotton wool pads then pat dry.

Ultrabland

For toner I am currently using a Clarins toner. It is a sample size and has extracts of Chamomile. I like it as it is not drying (unlike their sample cleanser) and its smells like a spa. It’s just lovely I brush this on with a cotton wool pad and enjoy the scent. I am not loyal to a toner as I have not found one I love but I do like to use one to remove and left over cleanser and close pores, this is my current month toner and as you can see I am running out.

Clarins Toner

Serum, I use a small amount of the Nivea Q10 Plus Energy Serum. I like this because I like the gel like texture of this Serum it’s light on my skin and it helps keeps fine lines at bay and smooths dry areas. I only use a small amount as it has hyaluronic acid in it which is good for exfoliation but my skin is too sensitive to use large amounts of this.

Nivea Q10 Serum

For moisturiser I currently use two. I have the Nivea Pure and Natural Moisturising day cream. I like this because it has natural extracts of argan oil and aloe vera and is light but very hydrating. I don’t have a separate eye cream as I have never found one that makes a difference to my eyes. (The only thing that makes a difference to my eyes is lots of sleep and water.) But I put an extra layer of this around my nose and eyes. Since becoming pregnant I have developed a rash around my nose and moisturising daily is the only way to control it. Sometimes I also have to use an E45 cream on my nose as it’s so sore. Being pregnant does wierd things to your skin. 

Nivea Day Cream

I also use a tinted moisturiser also by Nivea. (I’m a Nivea girl) I like this to wear under my current Porefessional Makeup and it keeps my skin moisturised all day whilst evening out my skin tone. I sometimes layer the moisturisers or will use this solely and will add the normal Nivea moisturiser just around my eyes and nose it depends on what the skin God’s have provided me with that day.

Nivea Tinted Moisturiser

And that is me ready to put on makeup and face the day. My skin feels soft and supple all day and I feel protected from the sun and pollution. 

Evening

I enjoy putting on makeup and I also enjoy taking it off. My go to makeup remover is a gorgeous vitamin C infused orange scented oil by Una Brennan the Superfacialist. I just rub this straight into my skin and it melts away makeup. I wash it off with warm water and pat dry. It’s quick and simple but the orange scent of the oil makes it feel luxurious. I have rebought this oil a few times and as you can see from the picture I will need to again!

To cleanse and tone I will use the same Ultrabland balm cleanser by Lush and whatever toner I am using. There are no mysteries here.

Once my face is cleansed and toned I apply a nice thick layer of Night moisturiser. I am using the Nivea Pure and Natural Regenerating Night cream again with extracts of argan oil and aloe vera. I just love it it keeps my skin hydrated over night and it feels plumped up the next morning. I dont feel the need for an eye cream here either with this moisturiser. Nivea really do have great products and are great value for money. 

Nivea Regenerating Night cream

Some evenings after I have cleansed I will use a face mask. I am not loyal to a particular brand here either but I do like the fresh face masks from Lush, especially the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask with blueberries, the spot clearing Magnaminty and the bright blue exfoliating Don’t Look at Me. (Not all at the same time of course). But I have also recently been trying the L’Oréal Pure Clay mattifying mask recently which is great your skin feels very clean and fresh afterwards but I am not keen on the scent. My other favourite clay mask is The Sanctuary self heating clay mask this clears your skin and I like the heating feeling. I will buy a facemask to combat whatever skin issue I am facing that week and I will put on a face mask about three times a week. This keeps my skin balanced.

L’Oréal Pure Clay mask

So that is my skin care routine. It’s not for everyone mine is very heavy on creams and moisture but it works for me. I like to do it and I have seen a difference. I do like to try new products so if anyone has any suggestions do let me know.

December Favourites 

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December Favourites 

December has been a wierd month. We’ve not been at home and its been Christmas and I’ve had such a hard time at work. I’m looking forward to 2017 and a fresh start! But I did a lot this month and I have some favourites.

1) Watching Krampus

I like Christmas films, I watch them all throughout December, but this is a Christmas film with a twist. Krampus is an ancient character from German folklore. He is Santa’s evil counterpart who comes at Christmas to punish those who have been bad and who no longer believe in the spirit of Christmas. In this film he visits a town in America and one family especially to wreak havoc. It’s not a scary film but it is a thriller and its just good Christmas fun with a moral twist as well as some creepy monsters and masked elves. I loved it and I’ve added it to my Christmas film collection.

Krampus

3) Using Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil By Una Brennan

I have been using this cleansing oil as an alternative to the very expensive Elemis oil. I bought it on a whim and I just love it. It’s a huge 200ml bottle for £10.99 in Boots. This oil literally dissolves makeup in seconds and it has a gorgeous rich moisturising texture and an orange scent. I use this in the evenings to remove makeup, just with my hands and a bit of water. I then cleanse again after with another cleanser of whatever I am using. In the mornings I just use the oil on my tired morning face to get a bit of Vitamin C. It has really smoothed and brightened my skin and it feels a lot more luxurious then it’s price tag. 

3) Using Snow Fairy Shower Gel

What is Christmas without Lush Snow Fairy? I buy this every Christmas and I just can’t get enough of the candy sweet scent. It’s  bright pink and glittery and I do really like the smell. You can buy a lot in Lush with the candy pink smell but Snow Fairy is limited edition. Which is why I’m so pleased Santa brought me some!

4) Wearing my new Hair Do!

So I have had the same hair for the last 6 years. Long, Brown and straight. Sometimes with highlights but mostly one colour. And I did like having long hair but I’d noticed recently how my hair had started to get finer on the ends, I had lots of split ends and it was getting harder to make it look healthy. With everything that’s been going on with the horrible floods and having to leave our home until God knows when, I decided to have a change. It’s been on my mind for months so I just took the plunge and I went for a shoulder length cut (a Lob) with balayage highlights in blonde.  I’ve been wearing it curly every day and I have to say I absolutely love it. My hair feels thicker, shinier and healthier. It’s such a change from the laborious straightener that it’s fun. I don’t know if I will stay short I may let it grow but for now this is me.

5) Reading The Butchers Hook by Janet Ellis

This book is so interesting. It is set in the summer of 1763 in London and follows a rather naive young girl, Anne Jacob, as she hits adulthood. She has been ignored for much of her life by her family overshadowed by her Mothers miscarriages and the deaths of her siblings. Her father who has ignored her much of her life as she wasn’t a boy is now pushing her to marry a much older man. One day she meets Fub a Butchers apprentice, he is below her in rank and status but she finally follows a path of her choosing and will be with him at all cost. Unfortunately for everyone else she will stop at nothing to be with him and surprises herself at the lengths she will go and her own scheming cunning. It’s a great book and a debut by Janet Ellis who was on Blue Peter a long time ago which surprised me a bit with the gory elements of this book!

6) Eating Pepparkaka 

All December I’ve been eating this. They are spiced ginger thin biscuits from Ikea. You can buy them around this time of year, I’m not sure if you can all year, but they are so damned good. They taste like a mix between a Lotus, Biscoff and a ginger nut biscuit and are incredibly moreish. I even like the little tin it comes in which you can use all year round. At this time of year it’s good to be indulgent and that’s what these are for me.

The important lesson I have learned this month especially is no matter how hard things gets to carry on and find the joy in little things.  Like our tiny little Christmas tree in our tiny little temporary house. Merry Christmas.

 

November Favourites

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November Favourites

So this month has been one of ups and downs with the flood at the end to ruin everything but it wasn’t so bad all month and I do have some favourite things!

1) Wearing Bobble Hats

I like hats. I like them in the summer and I like them at weddings and this year I have discovered the joy of the bobble hat! I’ve made myself a chunky knitted one and its lovely. So cosy and keep my ears warm in the morning.

Me in my hat

2) Wearing – My new favourite jumper

Sometimes you find clothes that just make you happy? I saw this beautiful jumper in my favourite shop Joy. It’s blue and sparkly, my 2 fave combos, and it has a big frill down the front. Pretty much love this jumper and I’m wearing it a lot. It’s perfect for this time of year.

Sparkly Jumper time

3) Visiting – The Hilton for Afternoon Tea

I wore my new favorite jumper to Afternoon Tea at the Hilton with my best friend. We had a prosecco option and its great as my friend has a gluten allergy and they do a good range of gluten free desserts. The views over Manchester are amazing and we really enjoyed it.

Afternoon Tea

4) Using- Don’t Look at Me Mask

I love Lush. I’ve already expressed my love for their skin care range on another post. But I am really into their fresh face mask range. I didn’t think a mask would beat Magnaminty but the Don’t Look At Me mask is amazing. It’s really fresh and lemony and has maize rice particles in it that really exfoliate the skin. I did see a difference after the first use. My skin was bright and smoother. Also this mask is bright Turquoise which is great for comedy factor

5) Reading- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Oh my gosh. This book is epic. I decided to read this as a challenge as I love the film. This book takes you on a long journey through Americas history through the eyes of a selfish, shrewd and sometimes extremely naive woman. Scarlett O’Hara us someone you can love to hate on one hand she is beautiful and brave and then the next she is childish and cruel. It’s beautifully written though I got a bit bored half way through and had to struggle through a down time in Atlanta. Rhett is a hero and he’s such a wonderful character as is the sweet Miss Melly. I would recommend to read this buy if you can face it at least watch the movie as that is also an epic film.

6) Watching- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I went to watch this movie last weekend. I am a fan of Harry Potter after reading all of the books from beginning to end this year. This film really is magical and entertaining. Eddie Redmayne is amazing and its just an all round great film. Go and see it!

My Awkward Skin 

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My Awkward Skin 

My skin. In a word is awkward. I am extremely sensitive and dry on some parts  and suffer with rosacea and redness.Then for the last few years i have a teenage T-Zone which is very oily and spot prone. Which is fine except that I didn’t have any spots when I was a teenager and now I am 27 I have more than ever before! I have spent the last year suffering with this. Last winter particularly was bad I had to go to a Hen Do with a planet on my face and was so self conscious when one of my friends innocently mentioned it. Christmas was awful too with sore red patches on my chin and nose and as I had just started a new job then I wanted to be confident but I just didn’t feel right. Skin has such an impact on confidence so I decided that enough was enough and I needed to sort my skin out.

 After spending money on expensive acne treatments that just burnt my face, foundations that either broke me out or dried me out and then copious moisturisers and routines I seem to have found a routine that helps. And I found it at Lush!

The reason I tried Lush is because I wanted something all natural and full of goodness. I thought back to when I was a teenager and I had quite nice skin and if I did get spots they would be tiny compared to the monsters I get now. Whenever I broke out then I used the Mask of Magnaminty. This peppermint, tea tree oil and clay concoction seems to clear oil and seek and destroy blemishes. It stops shiny foreheads and makes skin feel squeaky clean I started using it about 3 times a week in my routine and it instantly helped.

Mask of Magnaminty 

So after going back to the Lush Store for the Magnaminty Mask a third time I decided to go for some skin care as well. It was lovely as I was firstly given some free cleanser samples by one of the skincare assistants to help me decide what I should use as my skin is so wierd. (Handy hint: I’ve kept the little sample pots and use them for weekends away as they are so small and easy to pack!). I experimented with them and I now have a routine  down.

To remove makeup I use the Garnier Micellar Water (which I know isn’t Lush buy it’s so good!). I wear a lot of makeup during the day and this takes it off so easy. (In the morning I don’t use this as I don’t sleep in makeup!) It also comes in handy wipes for weekends away as the bottle is absolutely massive. 

 Then I use Ultrabland. This is a lovely calming balm cleanser with almond oil, bees wax, Rose water and honey. I smooth this on and take it off after a minute or so with two cold cotton wool pads. You can really see the dirt and gunk come off your skin and it leaves it clean and fresh and nicely moisturised. 

Ultrabland

Some evenings or mornings this is enough but if my skin is feeling a bit dry I use Let the Good Times Roll. This is a harder exfoliating balm with Popcorn and honey in it. It smells like fudge and has maize flour and polenta in it to smooth and remove dead skin and dirt. It’s really moisturising as well so your skin feels cared for. I don’t want to use it everyday as I think this may be a bit harsh on some sections of my face. But I do see an improvement to my skin texture and my skin feels squeaky clean after.

Let the Good Times Roll

To finish I used a toner water, I used Eau Roma Water which is very simple and made from lavender and rose water which really helps to calm my red skin down and is really refreshing. It comes in a spray bottle and you can either spritz it on your face directly or onto a cotten pad. Once I have cleansed, toned I moisturise but that is a whole other story which I won’t go into here.

Eau Roma Water

I really like Lush cosmetics as they are all natural and my skin has really improved. One of my friends told me it looked ‘glowier’ recently which is very nice to hear for someone with such awkward skin. I find the lush skincare soothes and cares for my skin and I think they are also great value for money as they last for ages. The staff in Lush are also lovely and helpful. I also partake in their recycle scheme and get a free fresh face mask with every 5 pots I take back. This is great as I can try some other masks for a break from magnaminty as the fresh masks don’t last as long so are good for a quick change. I am using Catastrophe Cosmetic with blueberries and Irish moss to brighten my skin at the moment and although it’s no Magnaminty it’s lovely to use and it definitely does clear and brighten skin. So it’s a second favourite. 

Catastrophe Cosmetic

So my awkward skin is still awkward but not in can handle the awkwardness a little bit better.

Here is a link to the Lush site for all their lovely things!

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May Favourites

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May Favourites

I haven’t done a post like this before but I love reading them and watching them on YouTube so I thought I would give it a go! So in no particular order here are my May favorites that I have been enjoying this month!….As well as a non favourite too as I am British and we do like to complain.

1) Miscellaneous favourite- Joy
No not the concept of Joy itself but Joy the Store. To be honest this would have been on my favourites list for the past 6 months. The shop is just amazing and the clothes are perfect for me. It is odd but every time I go in to the shop I find something good to wear. The clothes have a slight vintage edge to them which suits my style they are also really feminine and the colours and prints are amazing. For weddings and events their party dresses are beautiful. But the one in Manchester as well is just a lovely store I don’t get stressed in their waiting for a changing room and the staff are so helpful. I went in with my Mum and tried so much stuff on and they went and got my Mum a chair to sit on just nice things like that you wouldn’t get in a big shop so yes Joy the store. I love you.

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JOY the store

2) Makeup favourite
My favourite make up item this month I actually have two the first is MUA Bronze and Sculpt. This little kit is so good! It’s in a gold sturdy pot which is great. The bottom half is a really nice warm bronzer which I personally think is a little too warm for contouring but it gives a really good just been on .you holiday glow. But the top section has a really lovely highlighter. It’s a subtle one for day wear but it gives such a nice sheen to the skin and blends really well and it has become my go to highlighter at the moment.

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MUA Bronze and Sculpt

The second makeup fave is No 17 Wow. This is a three in one product you can use it to prime your face, add to your foubdation or to highlight as a separate product. I like it best as a primer it is a champagne colour and it is so glowy and leaves your skin looking so healthy whilst keeping your makeup on all day! Genius.

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Number 17 Skin Wow

3) Beauty Favourite
My fave beauty product this month has got to be the Mask of Magnaminty by Lush. I have been investing in skin care recently as my skin is just not behaving and is all over the place.  This mask just helps calm everything down, it’s got peppermint oil in it which helps to brighten the skin and it helps fight spots by just sorting them out. After this mask my face feels clean and bright and I feel like I can face the world again.

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Lush Mask of Magnaminty

4) Favourite Read
I read a lot. I commute to work on the train so I get through a hell of a lot of books each month I average one a week. One I definitely enjoyed this month was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I am a little late reading Harry Potter. (Try 15 years too late) buy as I didn’t read them when I was younger but love all the films one of my resolutions for the year was to read them all! This isn’t my favourite one so far but I really enjoyed it this month. J K Rowling is a pretty awesome author and I actually looked forward to reading it every day so has to be a favourite.

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Harry Potter

5) Favourite food/drink
My favourite food and drink item this month…I love all food to be honest but I haven’t been eating one thing exclusively. I have however been reaching for a new drink in Boots however. As part of their shapers range they have brought out a range of drinks which are really refreshing and tasty but not as full of calories and sugar as some others. I really like the Pomegranate, Raspberry, Rose and Green tea drink. Ooh it is so tasty and I also feel like it is good for me with added vitamins which I need so much at the moment. So yes good drinking boots. I have also been eating out a lot this month I had my favourite Chicken Royale at Grinch, food at Albert Schloss, lunch twice at Pizza Express and lunch at another Italian Avalanche. So favourite food this month is anything in a restaurant.

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6) Favourite Outfit
My clothing favourite this month I have two new dresses from JOY which just rock my world. But my favourite favourite is this pale blue sixties inspired dress with flowers on it. It fits me just right and made me feel very glam on my birthday. It can be dressed up or down and its just the kind of thing you find in Joy.

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First blue sixties dress on my birthday

7) Favourite Moment
Final thing here but I have to say my favourite moment of the month is so hard to pick as it was my birthday and I did so many lovely things but I went to see Busted with my best friend and it was truly amazing! We had a brilliant time and it reminded me of all the good times we spent together growing up as teens listening to Busted and being a part of fandom but also it is their Pigs Can Fly Tour and its good to see them all together again. They are really really good talented musicians and the music was incredible and so that was my absolute favourite moment this month! #yourwhatIgotoschoolfor

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BUSTED

8) Non Favourite
What didn’t I like this month…! To be perfectly honest a pair of shoes. How sad but I bought this gorgeous pair of sixties pointed kitten heels from Office last year and I wore them to go with one of my Joy dresses and I was in absolute agony. They cut all my feet made them swell and are so hard to walk in as they are not quite a heel not quite a flat…what are they? They have been banished to the back of the wardrobe until I try again next year and probably have the same experience.

I hope you enjoyed my list of favorites. I enjoyed writing it because my favourite thing is actually making lists!!