Periods Made Easier with Pink Parcel*

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Is it just me who thinks once a month for a period is just far too often? 

I'm one of those unfortunate ones who really suffers with her periods - I'm often up the entire night with cramps, throwing up, lethargic and just feeling icky. 

Luckily, Pink Parcel are here to help our 'time of the month' a little bit easier. When the lovely PR team offered to send me one to try myself, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Anything to help me get through my period, right?

When you open up the box, it's absolutely crammed full of goodies to help you through your period. First and foremost, there are enough sanitary pads and tampons to last you your entire period, including pads which are suitable for night-time, which is perfect for a spare stockpile for those 'just in case' moments. You also get a cute little draw-string bag to keep your sanitary products in, which has been fab for me to pop into my handbag for an extra bit of discretion when I'm out and about.

My favourite aspect of the Pink Parcel was the 'For You' section - which was all packaged in a box labelled with 'things to cheer you up.' At a time when I'm generally feeling hormonal, emotional, and at times, a little bit psycho, pretty things to make me feel a little more myself couldn't be more welcome!

The products which are included change each month, but my box contained some peppermint chocolate (yes please!), fabric bracelets celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage, a face mask and a matte red liquid lipstick - because there's nothing like a fab lipstick to make me feel sassy again! It was like the ultimate self-care package, and I definitely made use of all of the products when I needed them!

I loved receiving my Pink Parcel, I honestly think it's one of my favourite subscription boxes. I love that it's a little bit unique to other boxes I've tried and is so thoughtfully put together to cheer you up during your period. I'm definitely going to be repurchasing a Pink Parcel box - for £12.99 the amount you get is so worth it!

Have you ever tried Pink Parcel?

Sian xo

*This item was gifted to me in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.

I've Been SkinKissed!*

Sunday, 23 September 2018

You know when you find a product that fits perfectly into your routine instantly? I love it when that happens.

I've been using serums as part of my skincare routine for a long time now. I love the extra boost they give, especially at night when my skin's feeling a little tired.

I was very kindly sent the SkinKissed Vitamin C serum recently, and I've been putting it to the test over the last few months. I can honestly say it's now a firm feature in my skincare routine!

The serum is packed full of Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid & collagen - the perfect combination of ingredients for healthy, glowing skin. The formula is quite thick, which I personally love in a serum but it doesn't take long for the skin to absorb it, which means it is suitable to use either morning or evening. You only need a drop or two for the whole face and neck, a little bit goes a long way with this one!

But the glow. I love a product which gives instant results, and I could see a difference in my skin right from the first use. The Vitamin C gives my skin so much nourishment and an amazing boost, especially when I'm stressed and run-down, it always shows in my skin first! I get such a glow from using the serum, which is perfect for underneath make up, especially when I'm not fancying using too much foundation.

I can definitely recommend the SkinKissed serum for anyone who has tired, dehydrated skin and wants a healthy glow.

What's your favourite skincare serum?

Sian xo

*This product has been gifted to me in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. 

48 Hours in London

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The look on my sister's face on her 18th birthday when she unwrapped her 'tickets' (handmade as I hadn't had them arrive yet) was absolutely priceless, I genuinely wish I'd recorded it. The tickets were for Wicked, the West-End show that she'd wanted to see ever since being a child.

I'd planned a weekend trip to London for us, staying in Clapham and we wanted to pack as much into our trip as possible. And I thought I'd share it with you!

We arrived at our little hotel in Clapham on Friday evening, which seemed a bit far out at the time but it was a two-minute walk from the tube station, so pretty convenient really! We ditched our plans to go for a meal and drinks in favour of stocking up on snacks from the Sainsbury's Local and watching 8 Out Of 10 Cats in the room. And we had such a giggle. I was exhausted from working all week anyway, and we wanted to be fully charged for a full-on day on the Saturday.

Our first full day was a packed one. We decided to spend the day shopping, it had been so long since we'd had a good shopping trip! Oxford Street (including the Harry Potter section in Primark, of course), Regent's Street (if only for Hamley's), Caranby Street, coffee, pasta and a lot of overspending... totally worth it. We wandered the busy streets, died over the Disney Spectrum collections and somehow managed not to buy the entire Sweet Peach range in Too Faced.

Back to the hotel for a quick change and out for dinner and Wicked. We were so excited. 

After spending a small chunk of time crying at the price of prosecco in the theatre (I should have known better, it was too much for my poor Northern soul), the music started and we settled in for the show. It was my third time seeing Wicked but I still love it each and every time. I kept stealing glances at Isabelle and seeing her fall in love too, which was so lovely to see. (We might have both cried a bit. Just a bit though.)

We decided to take Sunday at a slightly slower pace, and use it to see all the usual tourist sights. We headed to Covent Garden first for the most amazing brunch (an omelette with chorizo and potato?! Yes please!) before taking a little wander around Whittard's, which is one of my favourite shops!

There's sometimes a massive assumption that when you take a trip to London everything is rushed because you have to pack everything in. But I'll be honest, we weren't really feeling that. 48 hours isn't a very long time for such a massive city, so we decided to walk towards the river, and see what we stumbled across along the way. No rush, no stress. We took it steady, explored little side streets that looked interesting, passed Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square and eventually found the River. We wandered the Embankment, stumbled across a huge second hand book sale, found cute prints for sale, had an ice cream and just took the city in. We had the best day, saw plenty, chatted and had a giggle. And did a lot of people watching!

We're already planning another trip to London, hopefully next year because we just loved spending quality time together! The next show has already been decided - we both want to see Hamilton so badly that we just need to bite the bullet and sell a kidney each to afford the tickets! It'll be worth it though.

Have you been to London? What are your favourite spots?

Sian xo