Getting back into the swing of work is a tiring job! The past week has been challenging to say the least for several reason. When a teacher comes back work after a 6 week break, it can feel absolutely surreal – going from this full on 24/7 job to then trying to switch off and just when you think you’ve got the hang of not wanting to tell a child in Asda to stop shouting – bang, you’re back at school and it all starts again. I’ve been doing this job for 5 years and each September it doesn’t seem to get any easier. There’s a whole new timetable to remember, new schemes of work, new students – it’s a lot to take in! But for some reason I love it, I’m totally in my element during a lesson but at 5pm thats when the tiredness really begins to hit. I found myself coming home feeling absolutely exhausted so I built a little routine of relaxation to help de-stress. One which consists of lighting up a couple of candles, putting on some chilled music and running a warm bubbly bath. Now that’s a routine to help anxiety in the butt.
Another product which has been helping release some stress is the L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath Gel – this stuff is incredible. I pretty much use this atleast twice a week. I pour a bottle cap size full and run it under the tap, I get the most bubbliest bath and for 20mins I allow myself to completely switch off. The scent is gentle enough for it not to be over bearing but enough to ease the mind. Normally Lavender isn’t my cup of tea however this I really like.
There’s something in Lavender that really helps me to calm down and for some reason it also helps me get a goodnights sleep. I’m sure there’s some scientific theory behind it. L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath comes at around £20.00 for 500ml which can seem quite pricey but I justify it with the fact that I’m using the tiniest amount to get a bath full of bubble. Also when you weigh comfort over price – comfort wins. every. single. time.
I made a huge LUSH shop the other day and ended up buying 5 butterballs – they’re my favourite bath bombs ever, however since the launch of new products I thought I’d give it some newbies a go, I’ll be back with my thoughts on some of those.
Oh this one is definitely for you eyeliner lovers out there - Estee Lauder have introduced a new product called the Little Black Liner and the impact is anything but little. I am in love with this – just going to put that out there. I brought it a couple days before flying out to Santorini and it became one of the only makeup product that I wore the entire holiday. Okay let me actually explain what it is – a pen style eyeliner, with a thin nib on one side and an angled one on the other. Initially I thought I would use the thin nib and didn’t quite understand the thicker style – but I was pleasantly surprised when quite the opposite happened. I now absolutely love the thicker end to help develop a cat flick and I use the thinner nib to fill in the bits and sharpen out the wing. The product itself is jet black and applies extremely evenly. The only downfall I would say is that is has a ‘wet’ shiny look at the end whereas I’m so used to applying my MakeUp Forever Aqua Shadow as a liner which gives me a lovely matte finish. However that is probably the only downfall. I feel like combining my trusty L’oreal superliner and Maxfactor Masterpiece eyeliner in one handy product. Once applied it lasts the entire day, I tested it for about 10 hours and it remained in place. Whether you’re an eyeliner pro or a beginner this will cater for both. Little black liner is a staple for me now and I can see myself forever purchasing it.
Available at Boots for £22