My Desk Essentials

My Desk Essentials

I work from home & seem to spend more & more time sat at my desk (not great for my posture), I try to keep my space as tidy as possible but it always ends up looking like a complete mess by the end of the week. Here are a few essentials I always have to hand, there are no snacks included in this post but rest assured in my desk drawer I have a supply of biscuits that would feed an army.

A huge cup of (quite weak) tea is my number one desk essential, I drink more tea in a day than I care to admit. I am a chai tea drinker most of the time but I am partial to a PUKKA Apple & Cinnamon, Lemon & Ginger and I like anything that has cardamon, cloves and winter spices in. I couldn’t get through my day without tea & I find popping to the kitchen to brew up makes me actually leave my desk otherwise I would sit there for far too long without moving.

Hand sanitiser – I’m terrible for touching my face, hair and biting my nails when sat at my desk so I like to make sure I keep my hands as clean as possible so I do use these quite a lot. I know they can be quite drying and contain a lot of alcohol but these Bath & Body Works ones just smell wonderful and look so cute sat on my desk.

What Is On Your Desk

I like to either burn a candle or my melts just to keep my office smelling lovely. I am a very very lucky lady as Timothy Dunn sent me some of their Spring / Summer candles to try out. Click through If you want to read my review of their Arabian Fig Candle (which is my ALL time favourite scent). Their candles are utterly luxurious from the outer packaging right down to the elegant bespoke hand blown glass container, everything feels like exquisite quality, such a treat. Their candles kick out scent even when they’re not burning, they have at least 60 hour burn time and I burn them for about 2 hours a day & then blow it out and the scent continues to be very present in the air. I’m currently burning the Mille Fleurs* scent which is a sophisticate blend described as:-

An exotic floral bouquet with tuberose, ylang ylang, frangipani, orchid, jasmine, lotus flower, white rose, carnation and neroli blossom with undertones of powdery heliotrope, vanilla and musk..

I think I may have the most luxurious smelling office, its really lovely to have this burning whilst I work, I find the scent relaxing, rich and it reminds me of a warm Summer evening. The candle burns down evenly and cleanly, it doesn’t give off any soot and the glass containers are just too beautiful to throw away so I like to reuse them. I have a small succulent plant in one. If you like to burn luxurious candles then Timothy Dunn needs to be on your to try list.

Lipbalm is a must for me & I have drawer full of them (hoarder) so each week I pick a different one to use and this week it has been the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Cherry. I do like Blistex lip products and find they work well at stopping my lips from drying out without having a greasy formula. It contains a blend of Shea butter & bees wax so very nourishing and smoothing on the lips oh & its also SPF15.  I like this cherry scented one & I think I will pop it in my handbag so I can keep using it.

My Desk Essentials

I have used Jurlique Hand Cream for almost 10 years now and I love to have one in my handbag or on my desk. This has a rich but gentle, hydrating and smoothing formula, its so nice to massage in to your hands throughout the day to keep them feeling moisturised and nourished. This does have quite a rich creamy formula but it doesn’t leave your hands greasy and you can apply it & get right back to typing / working. I personally like the Rose scent but I know its not everyones cup of tea and Jurlique also have Citrus, Lavender and Jasmine ones to pick from. I have their 40ml tube which I think is more handbag / desk friendly.

To keep my skin and my mind fresh and soothed I like to use a face mist and this Pai offering has been doing the trick. I would say its more of a spray than a mist so its quite wet on the skin but it feels refreshing. This Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Skin Tonic is fantastic if you have sensitive, dull skin.

It contains pure ‘living waters’ extracted directly from the plant. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and trace minerals, with regular use they help to cleanse and purify combination skin types. These natural elixirs have the exact pH and biochemical balance of healthy skin, giving unparalleled skin affinity while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture.

Just wonderfully gentle and a great product to add to your skincare routine. Pai is such a great brand and their skincare always seems to work wonders. Give me your Pai skincare recomendations if you have any.

*PR Sample

Five Under £5 April 2016

Five Under £5 April 2016

Last month got away from me & I totally missed the Five Under £5 post but I’m back and I have some great things to share with you. If you want to get involved and link up your monthly finds then head over to Julia’s blog at Rainbeaubelle

Pig Nose Black Head Mask

Korean skincare comes in the best packaging! I included the TonyMoly Sheet Masks in my February post & saw these recommended to me after I had checked out. I am obsessed with getting rid of blackheads (TMI) This is a 3 step mask & although its all in Korean there is a step by step diagram on the back which is easy to follow. I bought 4 packs & only have one left. Its safe to say I really like them & they’re very affordable despite being sent from Hong Kong.

Cute Sticky Notes

HEMA Sticky Notes

I am terrible at remembering things so I like to stick post it notes around my house & even have some in my car just to remind me to do certain things. These cute ones are from a Dutch shop called HEMA but don’t panic they have not only opened a few stores here (in London) but you can also order online from their shop. They carry a great affordable selection of stationery & so many other things. I often spend ages browsing the site and filling a very large basket. The arrows are also post it notes too, I couldn’t resist them.

Metallic Washi Tape

Now this is becoming quite a habit, I purchase at least two new rolls a month and have a growing collection. This is my newest addition and my current favourite. I order mine from eBay as they have such a massive selection and its pretty good quality.

Collection Lip Crayon

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butter 

I really like lippies in crayon form, I find them easy to apply, travel with and they are so fuss free. This is one from Collection which is a Boots only brand and their makeup is very affordable but don’t be put off by the cheap looking packaging because the products are very good quality. This is in the shade Vintage Rose, its a very pretty peach and perfect for the Spring. It has a slight glossy finish, feels comfortable on the lips. Oh & you don’t need to sharpen these – they just twist up! Easy peasy.

 

My Favourite Rose Products

Favourite Rose Beauty Products

Miller Harris Rose Silence*

This is just the most romantic, luxurious fragrance. Its a perfume that feels, smells and looks beautiful. It has Top notes: mandarin, blackcurrant – Heart notes: rose- Base notes: patchouli, cashmere musk. A real mix of fruity, floral and then the musk and patchouli adds that sexy more sophisticated touch. This would make a thoughtful and special gift for anyone you love & it become of of my favourite perfumes.

Jurlique Rose Body Oil

I am a big fan of body oils, I like to use them after I have had a bath to really nourish my skin. This Jurlique one is pampering and has lots of skincare benefits too including Rosemary that invigorates, restores and rebalances oiliness, Chamomile and Lavender to soothe and restore skin radiance, while Macadamia and Jojoba Oils soften skin it also contains Vitamin E which provides antioxidant protection. So your skin will look and feel silky smooth after using this. A little oil goes a long way so a bottle is going to last you months.

By Terry Baume de Rose

This is a mini pot of the cult beauty product –  By Terry Baume de Rose, its so cute and small. Its a nourishing and hydrating lip balm that feels comfortable and not at all sticky on my lips. It does keep my lips feeling soft and moisturised for hours and I like the subtle rose scent which I am able to smell for quite a while after applying it. Such a luxurious lipbalm & one I do love to use.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

This product is always to hand and right now its sat on my desk, I love spritzing this throughout the day. Its refreshing and uplifting not to mention really hydrating for your skin. Its a lovely product to use all year round. It contains Marshmallow and glycerin to help prevent moisture loss, intensely hydrate and soften skin. Rose and aloe vera to soften, sooth and calm the skin and Grapefruit seed which extract provides antioxidant protection. Its packed with so many great skincare benefits.

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Handcream

This is a great rose scented hand cream which keeps my hands feeling soft, smooth and not at all greasy. It has a light fresh floral scent, not overpowering at all its just a lovely lightweight hand cream. I have a sample sized tube and has lasted me for a good few weeks

Rose Themed Beauty Products

Diptyque Roses Candle

I love this floral scented candle, it took me so long to actually light it and I could even smell the candle without it being lit. It gives off a good amount of scent and its an authentic rose fragrance. Its a luxurious purchase but you only need to burn it for a few hours at a time & you will be able to smell the Rose scent long after it has been blown out. Yes I have even kept the box, I just couldn’t part with it – its too pretty.

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

LOVE this mask. For two reasons (well there are more but 2 main reasons). Its so quick, if you’re pushed for time you can apply it and after 10 minutes you’re good to go. Also after only 10 minutes your skin feels unbelievably soft, radiant and hydrated. You can apply it & leave it on as long as you like but you can use it like an express mask & thats how I I like to use it, so before I go out on a night out I use it just before I do my makeup, that way my skin is looking its best and my foundation applies like a dream, looks smooth and doesn’t cling to any dry patches. Goodbye dull skin – hello fresh, radiant complexion! This is a pricey mask but its worth every single penny.

What are your favourite rose scented products, or are you not a fan of this floral scent?

*PR Sample

February 2016 Five Under £5

Five Under £5 Feb 2016

This month post seems to have come round so quickly, not that I am sad to see the back of January. So I have some great things in this months Five Under £5. If you want to get involved and link up your monthly finds then head over to Julia’s blog at Rainbeaubelle.

Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks 

I am a sheet mask addict & that coupled with the fact these Tony Moly ones are just so bright & cute makes me a very happy lady. If you didn’t already know Tony Moly is a South Korean cosmetics brand & their products are affordable, incredible and always have the cutest packaging. These masks come in 11 varieties for all different skin concerns, I have the lemon one for brightening and the tomato one for radiance, you just apply to clean skin & relax for 30 mins then remove the mask & pat the excess product into your skin. £2 each

PUKKA Wild Apple & Cinnamon Tea

I really like Winter Teas & these PUKKA ones are nice and warming. They’re not too overpowering with cinnamon but have just enough flavour, I like to have a cup after a cold Winter walk. PUKKA teas are among my favourites and their selection is so big. If you have a favourite PUKKA tea let me know. £2.40 for 20 bags.

Essence Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

If you like to wear eyeliner but hate when it smudges then these utter bargains from Essence are all you need. They’re a waterproof gel liner, so easy to apply & smoke out then after a couple of minutes they dry down and stay in place all day long. At £2.30 everyone needs at least one colour in their makeup bag.

The Lady In The Van by Alan Bennett 

This is a true story about a homeless lady called Mary Shepherd who ends up living in her old Bedford van on Alan Bennett’s driveway in London. She lives there for 15 years and the story is little snippets of their interactions over the years. Often funny but at times quite poignant, I read this book in a day. I just couldn’t put it down. Mary Shepherd is eccentric, fiercely private and quite alone in the world. Well worth a read. Kindle edition was £2.30

Co-Op Dark Chocolate Infused With Orange Oil

I have a square of this each night as a little treat, its so rich and yummy, if I didn’t break off one square at a time I would eat the entire bar in one sitting. I love chocolate orange & this is a good mix, not sweet but very zesty! This was around £1.

Let me know what bargains you have found this month.