Making Time For Time Off

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Since my youngest started nursery in September I’ve had a couple of hours a day to work in peace but no more ‘me’ time than I ever did, so when Crocs challenged me to take a day off to myself and write about it here I honestly didn’t know where I would find that day. When you work for yourself there are no true days off, even on holiday you’re catching up on emails when you have a spare moment so to take any real time away from that feels foreign. I’ve been r eading (let’s be honest, listening to is more accurate) a few ‘self help’ books recently and one that has stuck with me is The Miracle Morning, it pushes the idea that we all need to take time for our own personal development but nobody ever feels that they have time. It suggests that waking up an hour earlier than you usually would gives you bonus time to use as you need to but also that following certain steps each morning will help you become more productive and successful.

IMG_1550Now I am NOT a morning person but I decided to give this a go this week and it has seriously been working for me. I’ll write more about it in a few weeks if I’m still keeping it up but waking up earlier has really helped me manage my workload and one afternoon when I dropped Milo off at school I decided to take my book to the lake and have my ‘day off’. I could easily go days without leaving the house if left entirely to my own devices but getting outside and forcing myself to take some time away from my computer was so refreshing I’ve been stopping by for 20 minutes after school every afternoon since. I mean, you never know how long the nice weather will last in England, do you?

IMG_1534Crocs are encouraging YOU all to capture YOUR days off and enter in to their contest to win 1 of 5 £30 Crocs vouchers and £70 cash! There are also FIFTY £30 voucher prizes for runners up to be chosen at random via the hashtag #MomsDayOffContest – There are tons of styles of Crocs now and the ones I’m wearing – online here – are SUPER comfy (as flip flops go) – check out the selection, I think you’ll be shocked to see everything from loafers to WELLIES! Not just the original shoe you may associate with the brand!

IMG_1539As I said I will cover The Miracle Morning in more detail in a later post but for those of you who feel you don’t have time for yourself.. you can MAKE time.. we all have the same amount of hours in our day as Beyonce after all 😉

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RMK Irresistable Glow

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This right here is my introduction to RMK, I’ve heard a little about the brand in the past but not much and I’ve never seen a counter to swatch anything. When these arrived I initially thought I’d love the lipstick, such a ‘me’ colour but the blush would be WAY off. I tend to err on the side of heavy handed and Babushka is not a trend this season. Turns out both products are much more sheer than they look and absolutely perfect for Spring! I swatched the blush heavily and even then it’s not over the top but applied with a brush it gives a very pretty glow.. and it should because according to the website spiel it’s designed to do just that. ‘The RMK Ingenious Powder Cheeks delivers high-pigmented, vibrant colour to give your complexion a healthy glow’ As blushes go I found this to be super long lasting and a dream to blend, not at all what I expected from the highly pigmented pink in the pan.

IMG_1453IMG_1452IMG_1450The lipstick has totally made me rethink using the glossier formula’s I have in my collection because I’ve really been enjoying this one. Perhaps Summer ’16 will finally break me of my matte lip obsession. The colour is hard to determine as there’s little English on the tube other than the number 2545 which I can’t correspond to anything online however there’s a new shade on the RMW site called EX-09 which seems similar so that would be my guess as this was sent to me quite recently. I think the blush may be EX-12.

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Paint Your Nails Pretty

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I spoke about the new Nails Inc Powered By Collagen range a couple of weeks ago and promised to follow up on the brights that I didn’t cover at the time.. so here we are. Would you believe this is just one coat? I’m not convinced the collagen aspect has any positive effect here but the formula is excellent and the colour (Hampstead Grove) is lovely. Without my trusty Seche Vite top coat it will chip after a day or 2 (even with the famed Kensington Top Coat) but so will 90% of nail colours so that’s no biggie. If you’re looking for a real difference in the condition of your nails however the Overnight Deox Repair Mask is for you!

IMG_1350I’ve found creams and oils that work well for my cuticles in the past but I’ve never found anything I felt really improved the condition of my nails themselves until this. It’s a light gel-like texture with a doe foot applicator that is designed to be worn as an overnight treatment. If you have flaky/dehydrated nails you will love it. It sets pretty quickly so unlike oils etc there’s a chance of it actually staying put while you snooze and I can always feel a little residue in the morning which instills hope that it’s managed to do that. It’s definitely changed my nails for the better and if you wear polish constantly like me I’d highly recommend taking one night off a week to treat your nails to this!

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