My Desk Essentials

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

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.

 

Five Under £5 January 2016

Five Under £5 January 2016

I had so much fun taking part in the December Five Under £5 and was lucky enough to win Julia’s picks which was so exciting (I secretly wanted that phone case so badly). If you want to join in and link up with Julia from Rainbeaubelle then head on over to her post and get involved. I love seeing all the bargains that everyone finds.

So first up is a magazine I promised myself a few years ago I wasn’t going to just buy all the glossy magazines each month because they generally went unread and thats a waste of money but also because the content isn’t always great and they seem to be filled with more adverts than content. Saying that I have come to really enjoy Hello Fashion each month, its a relatively new magazine (I think it started last year). There are so few adverts in and the content is really good. I buy this every month and I’m never disappointed, oh & it is only £1 which is fab.

I burn candles like a crazy lady and I like reusing the glass jars which they come in too, so when I saw ASDA were selling these monogrammed candles for just £2 each I bought a few. The candles them selves are unscented but the jars are ideal to reuse with tea lights and are the perfect size for the small Yankee Candles too. I couldn’t resist.

Jan 2016 Five Under £5

Tea is my drink of choice, I always have a cup on the go. For 2016 I’m trying to drink more caffeine free tea and although these are not a new discovery for me I have stocked up on them to see me through January. This Raspberry & Peach Tea is from Lidl and its so refreshing, sometimes I leave it to cool & pop a few ice cubes in so its more like an iced tea. Either way its lovely and Lidl have quite a few caffeine free fruit teas (of which I have them all). Oh & a box of 40 bags is only 89p. If you have any tea suggestions leave them below – I love discovering new teas.

My January 2016 Five Under £5

I spied this old style plastic milk bottle Home Bargain and thought it would be good for smoothies and juices (which I drink a lot of). I bought two and they’re pretty cute. I am sucker for this kind of thing even if I really don’t need them, it was less than £2 for two so a complete bargain.

Last up is this postcard from Paperchase, I can never walk past that shop without going in and I never leave empty handed. I do like their postcard selection and in particular their positive slogan ones, I have quite a few pinned up on my office wall & fridge just little positive reminders each day. You could also frame them which I think would look really good. They are inexpensive & cost less than £1.

Let me know if you take part this month, I’d love to see what your bargain discoveries have been.

Catching Some Zzzz’s

The answer to a good nights sleep

Welcomin Sleep

Before I moved house I was having real trouble getting off to sleep & it was starting to get that I was still awake into the wee small hours & that’s not good for being productive or my state of mind. I was finding it difficult to switch off and I was waking up still feeling exhausted which had such a knock on effect to my day. I was making mistakes and generally feeling run down. So I thought I would share with you what I have found helps me most nights to nod off quicker.

  • This is such a simple one but I was so guilty of always being glued to my laptop. So I have banished all forms of technology from my bedroom – so no watching YouTube in bed, online shopping or scrolling through Twitter. I found having screen time late at night meant my brain wasn’t switching off & the light from the screen was often too bright and stopped me feeling sleepy. So having no devices in bed has meant my brain feels less stimulated and I am able to feel more restful.
  • Instead of using my laptop in bed I have got back into reading in a big way, I used to be the biggest bookworm until other areas of my life took up my more of my time so it’s been so good to get back on the reading wagon. Reading always makes me sleepy, and I love reading actual books, I do have a kindle that I use more if I am out of the house but reading books just feels so much better & it’s a great way to wind down and take time away from computer screens. If you have any book recommendations let me know in the comments.
  • Clipper Sleep Easy Infusion, I’m a complete tea addict and my friend Hayley & I always swap tea discoveries (rock & roll). I don’t have many drinks with caffeine in as I don’t enjoy coffee & a lot of my teas are caffeine free. I have found that drinking a specific night time tea really helps me feel calm and sleepy. This tea smells soothing and doesn’t taste too strong or bitter. It contains Cinnamon, Chamomile (25%), Honeybush, Lemon balm (5%), Valerian root (5%), Natural orange flavour. I think this tea tastes like Christmas & so is perfect for those cold Autumn / Winter nights & its become part of my nighttime routine to have a cup of this whilst reading my book in bed, it seems to be doing the trick.  
  • I have had so many people recommend the This Works Can’t Sleep range so to try it out I bought this little Can’t Sleep Kit from Feel Unique for less than £10 and I’m so glad I did. It comes with a mini pillow spray & a roller ball for your pulse points & I have been using them both for almost 2 weeks and what a difference they have made. It contains essential oils of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile which all smell calming and I instantly associate with a relaxing good nights sleep. I think they do a great job of helping you drift off & are very soothing. I know want to try the candle from this Can’t Sleep range. I have heard people say they use the roller ball in stressful situations like on airplanes and when they feel a little overwhelmed, I think it does have a very calming, restful scent so I am going to pack it in my carry on next time I fly
  • I’ve also been using an energy-saving bulb in my bedroom lamp so it isn’t as bright and feels more relaxing, I also like to have my fairy lights on my bed because they are also a nice light and make me feel calm and relaxed. So I have been making small changes and it has been helping. My husband likes to go for a walk an hour or so before bed so I might go along with him and see if that helps too.

Let me know if you have any tips for getting a good nights sleep. Or if you do any of the things I have mentioned.