Bath time: How to start smiling again

For a couple of weeks I was going through lots of ups and downs and overall feeling absolutely terrible. I was feeling super sorry for myself, and feeling drained. You know that feeling of being an emotional mess and not knowing what the hell is happening with your life.. like your losing control of everything you ever knew, most of all your heart? Yup, that was me. Sometimes it’s surprising how much a little pampering really brightens your day up (or night in my case). I just wanted to share with you all a little formula that really did make a massive difference on my outlook and somehow managed to leave me with a smile. It has now become a weekly/fortnightly treat that I keep coming back to in order to recharge my smile.

I introduce you to my trio of feel good products. Bath oil, face mask and a candle. It was a combination of these things that I think played a significant part of pulling me out my black hole – of course 99% of it was in my head (completely contradicting myself here) but I don’t think I would’ve gotten there without that one night of soaking in the bath and giving myself a pep talk, does that make sense? It was around 4am in the morning, I couldn’t sleep, and decided to crack open my first bottle of Jo Malone bath oil simply because I couldn’t keep waiting forever for that ‘special event’ to come so I could use it.

I absolutely love this Yankee candle in Winter Wonderland, it smells so good! I bought this just before last Christmas I think and only got round to using it now. I had this burning by the bath tub and I was really impressed with the scent as it wasn’t weak at all. I’ve had a few Yankee candles that did disappoint me in the past but I was happy to see this one wasn’t one of those. You can pick up these from Clintons, this little jar was around £8.39

This natural mud mask has been really good at relaxing me, its really rich and good at deep cleansing my pores. It’s the type of face mask that you just lie back with, takes about 15-20 minutes to dry, so it isn’t one of those slap on and off type of face masks. It’s clay based, which I love as I love that tight dried feeling you get just before you wash it off. This is by Spa Find, and it is the Stabilising Mud Mask and I definitely would recommend it. I’ve been using it once a week for the past month or so and my skin feels soft, radiant and very clean after using it. It’s definitely a luxurious product, you can tell the difference between this face mask and any other £1 one you may pick up from the supermarket. You can pick it up here for £28.50

And finally, the key ingredient, this gorgeous and I mean gorrrrgeous bath oil by Jo Malone in Red Roses. I ordered this online and was worried that it wouldn’t smell as nice as I hoped but it was better than I expected. I’m rubbish at describing fragrances, but I was worried it’ll have that sickly synthetic rose smell but I was pleased to see that I was wrong. It comes with a price tag of £38.00 so for me it’s not an every day product, but I have decided I’m not going to save it for special occasions instead I’m going to save it for days when I’m really down and need something to perk me up. Plus I can only use it when I’m at home (with my parents) as my flat in London doesn’t have a tub. How annoying! You only need about a cap full of the bath oil and it feels silky and foams up a bit too. Imagine that, with your bathroom lit by candlelight – it’s no surprise that I feel recharged after that soak.This was taken the next day, I’m no longer lying in bed all day in pj’s and now back to living life with a smile.

That’s my trio of feel good products, I realise that I can’t keep repurchasing the Jo Malone bath oil so I am looking at alternatives for the bath, alternatives that hopefully won’t cost as much! I will definitely be updating you very shortly after I pop down to town to pick a bath goody up. Hope you guys have had lots of smiles- Tanzina x

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  1. Haha…a tutorial i could use now. you look seriously cute in your yesterday photo but the contrast is pretty clear so the treatments do work huh. this is my first time commenting and I’m wondering why i’m typing in caps despite turning my caps lock off.

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