I did a little favourites blog post not so long ago (eek, just checked and it was actually January so perhaps not as regular as I was planning!!) and I had a lot of lovely feedback so you can guess what's coming next, yes, it's a few other things I've been loving over the last month or so!
So first up going in a nice traditional clockwise kinda way are the Pure eye patches. I saw these on a vlog I watched recently and as soon as I saw them I had to pop a cheeky order in. They are eye patches that allegedly combat dark circles, bags, puffy eyes, wrinkles, you name it, these little fellas promise to have a go at them all and this girl needs a little help in that department, not going to lie. So, obviously jumping on the bandwagon, I gave them a go and yes, I still look my age and a bit knackered but these are just so nice to pop on, relax and look a little bit silly all at the same time. Top tip - stick them in the fridge a while before you use them - it's a game changer.
Next up is my go-to for taking my make up off - Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. This stuff is amazing, if you've not tried it and are after a new make up remover this is definitely worth a go. It takes off every last scrap of make up - including those pesky eye liners that never seem to want to budge. This is the second pot I've bought and lasts for ages. A definite favourite.
Going with the relaxation, taking the make up off and having some down time, my next favourite that has been a favourite of mine for a really long time is my Kindle Paperwhite. I am a total bookworm and am doing pretty well on my "must read more" plans for 2018. I've had a couple of other versions of the Kindle over the last few years and this, I think, is the best yet. The backlight means you can read in bright sunshine so it's great on holiday or in the garden whilst you're dodging footballs from small rascals, or I can read in bed without waking up the snoring beast next to me. (Said beasts vary between Schnauzer, husband or child depending on which day it is. Sometimes all three.) I've recently finished two books - the one that everyone seems to be talking about at the moment, "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" and also "The Keeper of Lost Things", both of which I've absolutely loved and can definitely recommend.
Another relaxation favourite (God, have I had a really lazy month?!) are these candles from Aldi. I love a candle and was introduced to these by a friend who kindly bought me one. I've gone on to stockpile these beauties and one or more tend to "fall" into my basket whenever I go past Aldi. Die hard candle lovers will definitely see the similarity to the Jo Malone range of candles and as a lover of those too, I had to see if they lived up to the hype. Spoiler, they do. The fragrance is fab, they last well, they burn evenly so none of that annoying burning through the middle and wasting the entire thing as a lot of the cheaper ones tend to do AND they're only £3.99. Can't. Go. Wrong.
The penultimate one in my collection of favourites this time is the new toy of the family, the Nintendo Switch. We'd been toying (haha, geddit?) with the idea of getting a games console as my six year old had done the thing that six year olds do and seen the ads on TV and had it in his mind for a really long time that this would just be A Fabulous Thing To Have. I missed the boat as far as games consoles are concerned, I didn't "do" the gaming thing when I was younger, mainly because my only option as a child was to play Pong (80's reference, you're welcome) and I definitely wasn't cool enough to have a GameBoy in the 90's. So, I wouldn't say I'm a "gamer". But, having said that, what's not to love about a bit of Mario Kart? So we took the plunge as an Easter Holiday treat for all of us and I have to say, we all love it. The fact you can take it out and about with you as a handheld console is a huge plus for us for car journeys and it was really simple (i.e I managed to do it with no assistance, big deal - huge) to set up and link to the TV. The rascal loves it and I'm loving channeling my inner Princess Peach and being a total Competitive Mum and beating him almost every time. Hurrah.
And, last but not least, I had to have a food element in this list of favourites, Mallow & Marsh raspberry marshmallow bars. (And I just saw when I added this link that they do packs of 12 of the beauties, I'm a little too excited about this.) These are dark chocolate raspberry marshmallow bars of dreams. (Oh, and they are under 150 calories so they also don't quite have the guilt factor.) These are the bars that my husband will occasionally pick up from the supermarket for me if he's feeling generous. Who needs a bunch of flowers when you can have one of these? Not this girl!
So there you have it! A little round up of my current favourites, all of which seem to involve sitting down, chilling and stuffing my face, what's not to love eh? x