Lancôme Tonique Confort – Review

Toning was always a step I overlooked.  Recently though, I’ve been taking better care of my skin and adding toning into my routine. Funny thing – my skin is better for it. The extra TLC I’ve been giving it works.

Until recently I was using quite a harsh toner.  It was very drying and although it did help improve my pores and reduce blackheads, it made my face red and patchy.  I hate wasting products but I didn’t want to have come a long way with my skin to just have it be red and damaged by my toner. So I went on the hunt for something better.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lancôme skincare so searched the Feelunique website for toners in their range.  They have a lot to choose from but I settled with the hydration tonic.

It’s wonderful.  So refreshing, cooling and calming.  Great after a face mask or exfoliate as it’s super hydrating too.  It’s got a good consistency (think gravy?) and a little goes a long way.

I apply it with my fingers and take some time to really massage it into my skin and enjoy the cooling temperature and calming smell.  On the bottle it says ’tissue off’ honestly I don’t know if that means you need to wipe it off after but I find it soaks in so there’s no need?

I’d recommend not using a cotton pad to apply as you end up losing a lot of the product to the cotton wool.

Star Wars (spoiler free)

Very early in the morning, in a cinema in Norwich…

It’s been a dark time for The Franchice. Although the prequels were terrible, another attempt has been made to restore The Franchice to its former glory. Hoping to evade the dreaded CGI overload, a young couple shuffle to their seats in the arthouse Cinema City.

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Christmas Jumpers

It’s that time of year!

With so many options for Christmas jumpers I thought I’d have a look at a few online and let you know how I feel about them.  Some wonderful and some not so wonderful…

Please use #elfieselfie to show me any pictures you have with the Elfie Selfie jumper!


I picked up ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ from Waterstones a few weeks ago after having heard a few bloggers talk about it.


In general I think of myself as a fairly organised person and I like things to be tidy – note that I didn’t say that things were ever actually tidy.  This book gave me a totally different idea of tidy. The author has invented a fairly extreme method for tidying that involves you taking every item you own in your hands and only keeping those which spark joy.  It sounds like a wonderful idea, I love the idea of only having items which make me truly happy and I can think of so many things that I’d be happy to get rid of and I have! So far I’ve thrown away 4 bags of things I don’t want any more and we have some things to donate too.  It’s very liberating to reduce your belongings and I find it helps me focus on things really care about.

There are some elements of the book which don’t speak to me as much, for example, the author suggests communicating with your belongings: thanking them for all they have done for you.  This isn’t something that I feel I need to do, however I did try to acknowedge every item and made the effort to be aware that even though I didn’t want it any more I was grateful for the item and that getting rid of it doesn’t mean I think it’s useless or worthless.


I strongly agree with her idea that even gifts that were not really wanted have still brought joy, and have still served a purpose. Their purpose was to be gifted, the giver felt the joy of giving. If you receive a gift with a positive outlook and consider the thought that went into the purchasing or making of the gift rather than whether you like it or not the receiver can still benefit from the joy of receiving: of knowing someone cared and was thinking of them.

I don’t think I’ll ever get to a point where I only have items that bring joy or to a point where everything has a definite place, but then I actually enjoy sorting and reorganising. Reducing my stuff has cleared my mind and I find myself spending more time doing the things I love.  The book was a joy to read and it’s something that I will definitely be keeping in my home.

The Simple Things

If your looking for a new magazine that you might actually read every page of then I can highly recommend The Simple Things.

I’ve been getting this magazine for a few months and every month I love taking a few minutes  here and there to sit with a cup of tea and read a few pages.

Their tag line ‘Taking time to live well’ is a good hint at the theme of the articles and features, all of which are very interesting and relaxing to read. My favourite regular interview feature is ‘My Day In Cups Of Tea’

Along with plenty of ideas for things to do this Christmas, this issue contains lots of winter recipes, all of which look very tasty.  This is by far my favourite magazine at the moment.

 I should mention that I’m not being paid for this post.  🙂