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Over the past few years, there have been certain self-care habits I have adopted that have not only really stuck but almost feel like a wellness toolkit that I can reach for when I'm having a bad mental health day, feeling run down or simple to energise myself. 

Not only is it important to take 'time out' when you aren't feeling your best but prioritising self-care can help bring out the best in yourself and even fuel the good days, so to speak. 

For me this comes in many forms; from keeping on top of my skincare routine and giving myself time to enjoy looking after my skin, to feeling cosy in the warmest loungewear possible! And in Winter especially, making sure I keep on top of taking supplements, along with the basics such as keeping hydrated and getting enough sleep. 

Whether you are someone that can slip into a habit of putting yourself last, creating zero time for self-care to happen. Or like me, find prioritising self-care to be an essential rather than a luxury - I hope you can find some tips and tricks here, along with some amazing beauty and wellness products from Very



Spending time over your skin is without a doubt a form of self-care, especially if you enjoy the process. Personally, it's a time I can feel present and also mindful in the sense that I'm enjoying both the scents and textures in the skincare products I'm using. 

If you are someone that enjoys skincare but often find yourself skipping or rushing it when life gets busy then I highly recommend setting aside time to cleanse and apply your skincare as soon as you come through the door in the evening. Or like me, as soon as you've closed your laptop for the day if you work from home. 

Doing your skincare routine earlier in the evening not only means you will have the energy to do it but it also means your skin will be free of makeup and daily grime a few hours sooner, which does actually make a difference! 

I personally like to split my skincare into two parts as I do find applying skincare just before bed to be a relaxing experience. The first part comes early evening starting with a thorough cleanse with one of my favourite cleansers; Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm which you can purchase alone or in the gorgeous Elemis English Rose-Infused Radiance Duo to take advantage of the amazing saving. 

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm has long been a cult classic, but for me the newer rose-scented cleansing balm is simply perfect, making for a really relaxing experience when using it. What also makes this an ideal self-care skincare item is that it is such a thick luxurious balm that when applied to the skin it melts down to a beautiful silky oil which not only removes makeup with pure ease but has a wonderful slip that makes massaging the skin a real joy, especially while breathing in the gorgeous rose scent. This is why I even use this cleanser in the evening on makeup-free days as the massaging element of the balm is beyond relaxing. As you can expect the balm also leaves the skin impeccably clean and smooth. 

Later in the evening, just before bed, I like to finish my skincare routine with Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Facial Oil, which again you can find included in the wonderful Elemis English Rose-Infused Radiance Duo gift set. This is a facial oil like no other, perfect for all skin types, due to the nourishing but light formula that allows the skin to retain moisture. I find not only this a joy to apply as it smells so natural but you really do see the benefits the next day with ultra-soft skin that's perfectly hydrated and nourished.

As for when I want to give my skin some self care I reach for Elemis Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask, a velvety smooth mousse-like mask that spreads with ease over the skin. The mask works by gently exfoliating the face to dislodge dead skin and refine texture and while it contains Brazilian black clay the face mask is neither tight nor drying on the skin. As with all Elemis products, the scent is wonderfully floral and fresh which really gives a spa-like experience. Face masks truly are a way to pamper yourself and show yourself a little self-love. 



Part of my daily self-care, especially in Winter, is to feel cosy. This can of course come in many forms; from taking a long bath, reading your favourite book or feeling like your loungewear in giving you a warm hug! As you can guess I'm all about the latter with my oversized Fleece Snuggle Hoodie - the cosiest piece of loungewear I own. 

As you can see this is one thick and supersoft oversized hoodie that has a warming plush fleece lining, along with cuffed sleeves that I find to really keep the heat in. If that wasn't enough the hoodie has a huge front pocket to keep your hands warm (or to house snacks?!) and an even bigger hood. This truly is my favourite item to wear around the house right now! 

My other favourite comfort is slippers. Slippers truly are my 'thing' when it comes to feeling warm and cosy. Do you wear slippers? My current favourite pair are these lovely Pearl Trim Mule Slippers that are as warm and soft as they look! I'm all about a snug fit to keep my feet from getting cold and these are really the perfect fit due to the inner faux fur lining. Totally dreamy! 



Another part of my self-care routine is enjoying a long bath or shower. This for me is a time where I can fully relax and let go of my stresses and really indulge in some wonderful spa-like products. 

My go-to brand for bathing is Elemis; in particular, anything with the Frangipani Monoi scent which smells just heavenly - think flowers on a tropical island and you are halfway there. 

Over the years I have pretty much tried the entire Elemis Frangipani Monoi range and can firmly say the Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow is their most decadent product that feels like it should be found in a spa than your own bathroom. Not only is the Kilner-style glass jar a very generous size but this is a perfectly formulated salt scrub that contains not only mineral-rich salts but Tahitian monoi oil that massages the skin as the salts exfoliate. This leaves the skin without any redness, unlike a lot of salt scrubs, but silky smooth and soft. I also can't get enough of the lingering frangipani scent that lingers on the skin after use. If you are looking for a luxurious product to add to your own self-care routine this is certainly one to own. 

Another in-shower product I enjoy using to take care of myself is Elemis Frangipani Monoi Hair & Scalp Mask which is a versatile 3-in-1 product that can be used as a deep cleansing scalp treatment, a deep conditioner and an intensive overnight mask. This is a favourite of mine due to being able to use it on my scalp as this area of the body can hold a lot of tension so massaging the silky, heavenly scented formula in really does feel relaxing. I'm also obsessed with this product as not only is it an effective hair mask but the scent lingers beyond hairstyling which you don't find with a lot of hair products and the frangipani scent is something you will want your hair to smell of! 

Lastly, on stepping out of the bath or shower I like to lather myself in Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Cream, a product I've used for years and still can't get enough of. Much like Elemis' skincare, you can expect a luxurious silky formula that soaks into the skin with ease, to leave it soft and deeply hydrated. It's also a body cream that while hydrating isn't oily so within minutes you can dress - for this reason, I also love to use this body cream as a hand cream. If you want your skin to feel velvety smooth I highly recommend this beautiful body cream. 


Another ascept of self-care that I like to do on a semi-regular basis when I find the time is to truly pamper myself. The first way I like to do this is by steaming my face with the Rio Facial Sauna & Steamer before proceeding with my skincare routine.

With a full face mask the facial sauna excapulates every part of the face to open up the pores, helping to deeply cleanse this skin. This is best done after cleansing to allow the steam to really clear out the pores and to remove any impurities in the skin. This is not only a relaxing experience with the warm steam softening the skin but really rewarding when you see how clear your skin looks after the treatment. 

Another way I love to pamper myself is in the evening with the Homedics Luxury Foot Spa, a relaxing way to relieve tension in the feet and to soften dry skin. 

To relieve tension and for user comfortability the foot spa has a tilted base which means you aren't require to sit straight with your feet flat to the floor which I personally have really loved. The foot spa also comes with 4 removable massage rollers. For feet skincare there is also a very handy pumice stone attachment which is amazing to use after soaking your feet. 

As someone with chronically cold feet, a foot spa like this feels like such a lovely treat to use in the evening while reading a book - I highly recommend it especially with the current cold weather! 



While my self-care routine contains a fair amount of pampering I truly believe in looking after yourself from the inside out. This consists of the basics of course - getting 8 hours of sleep per night, drinking enough water and getting outside. Beyond this, I'm a believer in taking daily supplements, from Vitamin D in the winter months to a multi-vitamin and good dose of antioxidants that not only promote good cardiovascular and digestive health but can combat signs of ageing. 

My main source of antioxidants is Perricone MD Superberry Powder with Acai Dietary Supplement Powder. If you are a fan of skincare then I'm sure you will have heard of Perricone MD as they have some amazing topical skin care products, which is why I decided to go for these supplements over anything else. This is now a drink I make up with ice each morning to start the day with, especially as the acai provides an instant dose of energy to start the day. I'd love to know if you take supplements as a form of self-care. 

Lastly, as another act of wellness, I find a fragrance diffuser a great way to alleviate dry air and to add a fine mist of natural aroma. The one I keep next to my bed, that I like to switch on in the evening is the Ellia Blossom Fragrance Diffuser with ambient mood lighting. Made with a wood base and ceramic dome this is one of the nicer diffusers I own, feeling sturdy with a large water capacity for a 12 hour run time. 

To enhance a cosy evening I like to add a few drops of butter fudge scented fragrance oil and enjoy the soft aroma it produces. The diffuser is also whisper-quiet which is without a doubt an essential a lot of diffusers don't have. Do you own an aroma diffuser? I would love to know. 

As you can see Very have an amazing range of wellness appropriate products that really can enhance any self-care routine. 

If you have been neglecting your own self-care recently I hope this post has reminded you how important your own care and needs are. 

Fee xo. 

Over the next few weeks and most likely months of spending most of our time at home there is going to be unexpected items we with require. I mean, there will be no popping out for a hair trim and there's likely to be side effects of sitting inside most of the time.

So I thought I'd put together a list of health and beauty essentials you may have overlooked that could be vital for your time spent at home! I hope this list helps.

I don't know about you but right now I'm finding my mood to be all of the place. One minute I'm a rational thinking human trying to see this weird, worrying time as 'time off' and make the most of it, to minutes later having feelings of claustrophobia and questioning - will the world ever be the same?! 

Which means some days call for binge-watching light-hearted fluff and others, becoming engrossed in a bizarre crime documentary series. So I thought while we all have more than enough time to kill I'd come up with a mega list of movies, series and documentaries you can find on Netflix! 

There are some gems here, so I've listed my own personal favourites at the bottom of this post if you're interested. 

-In collaboration with Leesa-

Bedtime is without a doubt my favourite time of the day - fact. I've simply never been nor wished to be a morning person, much preferring to spend extra time in the comfort of my bed... something I'm sure a lot of people can relate to especially at this time of year!

For me, a bedtime routine is very much self-care practice so having everything just right, from my skincare routine to my bedroom decor and bed is key. Comfort is also beyond important to me, which is probably why I treated myself to a super king size bed at the start of the year and recently upgraded my mattress to a premium foam mattress thanks to Leesa.

So today I wanted to talk through my autumnal bedtime routine, sharing only my most relaxing and comforting products and practices. I hope you enjoy this skincare/lifestyle post from me.

Today I thought I'd talk about something a little different - self-care. Because self-care plays a huge role in my life and has been one of the main ways I've overcome most of my anxiety problems. 

But with brighter weather and longer feeling days I've realised it's easy to push self-care aside, living life that bit faster and with a little less thought to what makes for good mental health. 

I've come to realise that I like to 'faff' when it comes to painting my nails. It could actually be compared to the pretty iconic scene in Love Actually where the character played by Rowen Atkinson takes gift wrapping to a whole new level.

In all, I've counted 8 or 9 steps in my nail painting routine, which I like to spread over an evening and turn it into a sort of pampering. I guess because I enjoy painting my nails it's sort of self-care at the end of the day or week. It's also a good excuse to not watch TV (because I can't seem to do two things at once!) or check my phone every 5 minutes. I simply sit and enjoy the process and enjoying having perfectly painted nails at the end of it.

So I thought I'd share my self-care/pampering manicure routine as it keeps my nails in check and is quite therapeutic.

Taking care of ourselves is one of the most important things we can do in life. But with a frequent feeling of there aren't enough hours in a day, this vital task can often get pushed to the back of queue, often until we are at breaking point! 

Being kind to yourself really is essential. 

Whether you're stuck in a rut, realise you're neglecting your mental health or just want to be kinder to yourself, here are more than a few self-care ideas to point you in the right direction.

Have an evening of cooking/baking
Take a pampering bath or shower
Go for a walk somewhere new
Spend the day in your pyjamas
Give yourself a facial
Visit somewhere you use to go as a child
Treat yourself to a spa day (or a one-day gym pass and use the pool & sauna, because £)
Re-read your favourite book
Put on your favourite song and bed dance to it (that's lied down dancing FYI)
Take your breakfast back to spend and get up slowly

Watch some motivating self-love TED talks on YouTube
Buy yourself your favourite flowers
Treat yourself to a head or back massage
Say no to something and do something for you instead
Having a bad mental health month? Book in with a counsellor, even for a one-off session
Make a calming or happy Spotify playlist
Have an evening of imaginary indulgence online shopping - no money required
Give yourself a manicure
Go trampolining with a friend (because having fun is self-care)
Declutter and create a bag to give to charity

Make the most indulgent cookie recipe you can find and then devour it
Have a pampering evening using your favourite products and take an early night
Start a bullet journal (look on YouTube for inspiration)
Treat yourself to something comforting - a fluffy dressing gown, cashmere socks, brushed cotton bedding
Call a family member or friend for a chat
Look up your favourite childhood TV shows on YouTube
Make a real chocolate hot chocolate
Order a midweek takeaway
Take someone else's dog for a walk or just pet it!
Write a list of positive plans for the month ahead

Start a DIY project
Listen to an audio book sat outside, preferable somewhere pretty
Re-arrange someone - a bookshelf, your makeup collection, a cupboard
Visit a local national trust for the day
Do a jigsaw or start a new colouring book
Learn something new with the help of the internet (modern calligraphy, how to do the splits)
Go on a walk and collect flowers and foliage to press
Start a new TV series
Create a Pinterest board of self love quotes
Write a kind letter to yourself

Build a cosy fort in your living room, grab snacks and binge watch Netflix
Tap a nap during the day
Wrap up warm and visit the nearest beach
Make up a batch of your own Playdoh and play with it
Download the Calm app and relax for half an hour
Have an indoor picnic
Read an uplifting book
Spend time with your phone turned off (each week if you can)
Start a daily gratitude diary
Go to a comedy evening

Create your own glitter slime  - look to Instagram for inspiration
Get your hair blow dried
Research your family tree
Make plans to spend time with someone you love
Go to a playground and swing (even go down the slide!)
Buy a house plant and take care of it
Rearrange a room and add fairy lights
Play a board game with someone
Go for a run or jog
Visit your local library and sit and read in silence

Take a shower with the window open and breathe in the fresh air
Try a guided meditation session on YouTube
Sit and reminisce with a family member
Make pizza from scratch with all your favourite toppings 
Try hot yoga (a challenge in Summer, comforting in Winter)
Buy a non-gossip magazine and read it cover to cover
Paint or draw your favourite motivational quote
Watch a feel-good movie in bed
Look on Google Street View at your favourite places 
Brush your hair 100 times or someone else's

Wear your favourite piece of jewellery or clothing more often
Stay in a luxury hotel for the night
Create a scrapbook 
Go shopping
De-clutter and reorganise your makeup collection
Catch up on your favourite blogs
Treat yourself to your favourite take-out lunch
Join a book club 
Make your own indoor herb garden
Go for afternoon tea or make your own at home

Take a bath with candles, your favourite drink and something to read
Create a self-love jar
Give your home a spring clean - tidy up, open all the windows and add new flowers
Treat yourself to a hot stone massage
Visit a cat cafe and stroke cats 
Take up sewing or knitting project
Tidy up your desktop icons and find a positive quote wallpaper you will see every time you turn on your laptop 
Go to a museum or art gallery
Declutter your social media accounts from any negative people/accounts
Star a crystal collection 

Plan a fun weekend
Go to an indoor ice rink 
Join an online forum that interests you
Go out for breakfast 
Organise your wardrobe
Write a poem or a piece of creative writing 
Buy a foot spa and soak your feet after a long day 
Put positive post-it notes around the house  
Listen to a podcast in a comfortable spot with a warm drink 
Give up something that isn't good for you

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