Beauty

What to get the lady who has everything for Christmas?

Us ladies often get to the stage in life where we want something lovely for Christmas, that we would love as a gift but not always something that we need. There is no denying that I have expensive taste, I always have done. I have this skill for picking the most expensive item, want it and not really need it so they are normally left in the shop as the family comes first.

What To Get The Lady Who Has Everything For Christmas

So this year I thought I would put together a gift guide of items that the lady in your life would love to see under the Christmas tree. Something that she will want a special treat.

Beauty gifts

Every lady loves a spa day, so why not add some Ragdale Hall spa vouchers. A perfect gift to help your lady unwind after all of Christmas preparation.

Luxury face cream and moisturisers by Skin Doctors are going on my list, Instant Eyelift, Skin Resurfacing cream, Beelift and Instant Facelift are on my wish list, they have fabulous reviews and any of the range would be loved.

Relaxing bath products are always a nice like luxury bath salts from Dead Sea or gorgeous bath oils from Olverum. The most amazing smelling bath oil to help you have a wonderfully relaxing bath.

Food and Drink gifts

My gift list always has a nice bottle of champagne added to it, so what about some lovely champagne flutes? Or what about this years craze of Gin, and especially Gin baubles from Find Me a Gift, you could add them to the Christmas tree as little treats throughout December. With Gin being so popular at the moment why not get a Gin & Tonic Infusions set, they give you all the ingredients to make your very own flavoured gins, available from Sous Chef.

Every girl wants some chocolates wrapped up under the tree, Guylian chocolates are one of my favourite as they contain praline, which is my go to chocolate… yummy. This year they are 15% bigger and so very delicious. Sous Chef also sent me this beautiful Panettone the most amazing sweet Italian bread that is very popular in our house at Christmas. We often sit down with a nice cup of tea and enjoy a slice of this fruity sweet bread.

I always love a personalised gift, so what about a jar of prosecco flavoured bon bon’s from Gift Pup. They have so many lovely gifts to choose from. I can’t wait to get started on mine.

Subscription Box gifts

Have you thought about a a floral subscription box? I love having flowers in our house, they always make me smile. Flowers just seem to bring happiness on even the gloomiest day. Beard and Daisies offer a range of different postal flowers, your Christmas gift would be a surprise delivery for months after Christmas.

The Pink Parcel is also a fabulous monthly subscription box, it is designed for us ladies. The Pink Parcel is delivered monthly in time for your time of the month, packed with all the products you need plus a box of little treats to help you feel better. Each month your ‘for you’ box is full of different items so you never get the same thing. Mine contained chocolates, a face mask, a couple of different beauty products.

Whenever I am at home, I have a a candle burning just about all of the time. The lovely team at Sandwick Bay Candles are launching a subscription candle box, which for me is perfect. If they smell anything like this gorgeous festive cinnamon and orange then I can’t wait to get my hands on the first months. Who wouldn’t love this gift?

Just gorgeous gifts

You cannot go wrong with beautiful stationery. What about a gorgeous personalised pen, beautiful note book and some stress therapy colouring crayons from The Pen Company. For me stationery is a must at any time of the year, not just at Christmas.

Of course no Christmas is complete with a gorgeous piece of jewellery. I love it, each year getting something beautiful to wear throughout the year. Rock ‘n’ Rose have a fabulous range of fashion items, you will find the perfect gift for any lady in your life.

Unicorns are so popular right now with both adults and children, that it seems silly not to add a cute little personalised mug and cuddly unicorn from Gift Pup. They will look lovely on my desk, to add that little bit of cuteness to my day.

Fitness gifts

I have always wanted a pair of retro roller skates, I used to skate as a teen. Why not bring back a childhood memory with a gift to remind her of her childhood. Roller skates are going on my gift list this year, as I am also reliving my Sylvanian Families obsession through my daughter this Christmas.

Or how about a lovely personalised t-shirt? You could have one made just for using in the gym or out running. How about ‘I run to eat cake’ or ‘This girl can’ you could put anything you wanted on to the top. Why not think of something that’s really personal to the lady in your life. Printsome offer a fabulous range of personalised t-shirts.

Of course with all of the yummy gifts at Christmas, most of us then start the new year wanting to get a bit fitter and what better way to help than buying a gorgeous Yogabellies yoga mat.

Something a bit cheeky

Why not treat your lady to a little gift that will spice things up in the bedroom? Why not try out the satisfyer pro penguin it’s a fabulous little toy for you both to enjoy.

 

*Big thank you to all the wonderful Brands who have contributed to my Christmas Gift Guide. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Changing your look for the Christmas party

*This is a sponsored post, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Christmas Party Season upon us…. YAY!!! Such an exciting time, with party plans in the making for the last couple of months, getting everyone into the festive sprit. When it comes to Christmas parties, I always want to look amazing. ( or at least try too Haha)

Christmas Party

I generally start my hunt for a new dress in around October, when the plans for venues have been confirmed. For me a dress is a must for a Christmas party, well in fact any party. My figure unfortunately doesn’t really suit the gorgeous leather trouser and top look so I always go for a dress.

To go along with my new dress inevitably comes, new shoes, new clutch bag, new jewellery, much to my Hubby’s dismay. ‘Do you really need another pair of shoes and a bag…..’ well quite clearly I do.

When it come to my make up, I love a dramatic smoky eye, with beautifully shimmery eye lids, false eye lashes and a great contour. Finishing off with one of my favourite perfumes.

This year however I had spoken to a couple of people who are going that extra mile and completely changing their hair style just for the Christmas party. Going from luscious long hair to a short choppy style and a cut pixie cut changing to long hair. Honestly I was quite surprised, I mean hair extensions are amazing when done properly however they are very pricey. Then having spend years growing your hair to have it all cut off to match your outfit for the Christmas seems just a little bit crazy to me. If you want to do it for a permanent change then yeah why not, but just because of the Christmas party… wow.

 

However when the girls started to explained they had found cheap wigs that they were looking at buying. Allowing them to completely change their look for the Christmas party with out having to make it a permanent change. What a brilliant idea. I know its popular with a lot of celebs like Kylie Jenner who is always seen with a different hair style and colour. It’s just not something I had ever thought about doing. However finding wigs that are reasonably priced I might give it a go.

What do you think? Would you wear a wig just for your Christmas party?

An evening of Relaxation at Ragdale Hall ….

Ragdale Hall is only about 30 miles away from where I live in Lincolnshire. I have been keen to visit for years, yet I have never managed to go. I have only been to a spa while on holiday, so I was really excited to visit for an evening spa experience. I invited my best friend to join me for the evening, it’s been a crazy few months for us both so some relaxation was just what we needed.

Relaxation At Ragdale Hall

Relaxation at Ragdale Hall

Arriving for an evening of relaxation at Ragdale Hall, I was pleasantly surprised by the grandeur of the Hall and it’s setting. Often you turn up at places to be disappointed, I am generally someone who does judge a book by it’s cover so to speak. On arriving at the reception we were greeted by the very friendly reception staff, she took our names and showed us through to the lounge area. We were offered drinks, both opting for a cup of tea, we were then given our locker keys and shown a map of the spa facilities. Informed about the various fitness classes we could take part in and where our evening meal would be served.

After enjoying a lovely cup of tea, we headed for the changing rooms. Found our allocated lockers which had towelling robes waiting for us in side. The changing rooms were clean and well looked after, plenty of benches to use to get changed at, or like me use the private changing rooms. Having got changed we entered into the Thermal Spa, we had taken flip flops to wear. My first thoughts went heading around the main pool towards the Thermal Spa was how claim everything was, no one rushing around, no mobile phones just a few relaxed people enjoying the surroundings.

The Thermal Spa

Ragdale Hall is home to 12 different heat and water experiences, each one build exclusively for Ragdale Hall. There was plenty of lovely seating dotted around in little groups, cold water and ice to drink was readily available around the Thermal Spa area, some of the heated rooms can make you really thirsty so keep up your water intake.

Before entering our first heated room, we made a wish at the wishing stream that runs through the spa. Taking a pebble and holding it in your hands to either make a wish or tell it your worries, before throwing it into the steam to wash away all of those negative energy’s before starting your relaxation.

First off we entered into the ‘Thought Zone’ a dry heated room, playing soft relaxing music and showing images on the ceiling to help to get those positive thoughts going. It’s also a silent room. Moving on to ‘Volcanic Salt Bath’, the ‘Colour Flow Cave’ which as really humid and smelt of jasmine and camomile. Then the ‘Scented Room’ which smelt of fresh herbs as soon as the door was open.

Next we entered the ‘Candle Pool’ to be honest it has to have been my favourite room to enter. It felt like stepping into an wonderful sanctuary of relaxation. Stepping down into the pool we swam across to a little bay and sat on the submerged seats with the water lapping over the sides of the pool, watching hundreds of little candles flicker around while looking up at the ceiling that was covered in little ‘stars’. Floating around in that fabulously warm pool was so claiming, so relaxing I just didn’t want to get out.

Then we went into the ‘Rose Sauna’ a tradition sauna you have in the gym however it smelt like roses and had a view of the outside waterfall and pool. If you have been in a Sauna before you will know how hot they are, we didn’t stay in to long before making our way to the ‘Outdoor Waterfall Pool’. By this point it was quite dark outside, which was great, I have always loved being able to swim in a nice warm pool when the temperature outside has dropped and it’s getting dark. I think it stems back from holidays with the family as a child.

Next to each room or cave there are pegs and even glasses holders, as many of the rooms are not suitable to wear your glasses in. My advise is if you wear contacts make sure you pop them in before you go, I completely forgot to put mine in and it wasn’t until I was getting changed that I thought about it. However if like me you can hardly see without glasses it was a bit annoying to keep taking them on and off between the rooms, so I shall remember for next time.

Heading back to the changing rooms to shower and get dressed before dinner. Everything you need is there, lush smelling shampoo, condition, body lotions not forgetting all the towels you could possibly need. Plenty of hair dryers and with seating so easy find somewhere to sit and get ready.

The Verandah Bar for dinner

Included within our package was a 2 course meal in the Verandah Bar. Now having not been myself before I was expecting a small leafy salad followed by fruit and water only to drink. However I was very pleasantly surprise by the menu. Stuffed flat breads or soda bread as an appetiser, we both opted for the rump steak and chiorzio burger with soda bread and chips, although it did take me 10 minutes as normal to decided what to have as there was a great range of items to choose from.

For pudding of course we went for the dark chocolate mouse and the Ragdale mess, (guess which one I went for?) All washed down with a an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc, just how I like it.

I can normally find fault with just about any meal I go for, my Hubby and Sister hate going out to eat with me because if I find something wrong I will complain. Anyway I genuinely could not fault this meal, it was fabulous the waitress was lovely she was polite friendly what more could you ask for to finish off a wonderful evening.

Getting wedding ready at Ragdale Hall

Ragdale Hall would be the perfect place to visit for a pre-wedding destress and relax. Heading there a few days before the big day after all your plans are in place, I think would be a wonderful treat, I know I would have loved this before my Wedding. You could book in for a relaxing massage or a body wrap so many fabulous treatments to choose from to start the preparation for being wedding dress ready. Or why not have an over night stay for your hen party?

Ragdale Hall has so much to offer, our evening package cost from £59 Monday – Thursday or £69 Friday – Sunday. Although with this package no treatments were included, there was always the option to add something on to fit within your evening.

*Thank you for Ragdale Hall for inviting me along for the evening, I shall be returning again soon. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Leave bleeding gums behind with Corsodyl Toothpaste

In my younger days I worked as a Dental Nurse, so the importance of having great oral health is something that is as important to me as getting my eyebrows threaded.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Visiting the dentist is so much more than just checking to see if you need a filling. Sat in the chair listening to as string of random numbers and words while the dentist prods and pokes your teeth and gums. These numbers and words not only relate to each tooth and different part of the mouth, but also the condition of your gums.

Gum Disease

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Did you know that gum disease effects about 50% of adults worldwide? What a crazy figure! When you think that toothbrushes and toothpaste can be bought at very little cost. Do your gums bleed after brushing or flossing your teeth? If they do, you have the first signs of gum disease. Now is the time to start addressing these issues, before the problems get worse and lead to possible tooth loss.

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Gum disease comes in 5 stages:-

  1. Bleeding Gums – Caused by plaque, which constantly builds up on your teeth, if not removed by brushing and flossing can lead to bleeding gums.
  2. Bad Breath – No-one wants bad breath, especially on an important day. Plaque starts to break down the tiny pieces of food in your mouth, which can release an unpleasant smelling gas. Hence the bad breath.
  3. Swollen Gums – As plaque builds up on the gum line, it causes inflamed gums, which become red and swollen.
  4. Receding Gums – As the plaque builds up and forms pockets between your teeth, the gums pull back from the gum line and expose the root beneath.
  5. Tooth Loss – If you leave bleeding gums untreated for a prolonged period of time it can lead to you loosing teeth. Not nice and certainly not pretty to look at.

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My Oral Health

Now, I wouldn’t say I am best at flossing my teeth on a daily basis. However I make sure I do at least twice a week. I have always tried to maintain a good level of oral health, sometimes when I have been poorly and rundown, I suffer with occasional bleeding gums. Like so many other people, after a couple of days of looking after my teeth and gums it has all cleared up.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Recently, I suffered with a very sore mouth. I had many painful ulcers all over my Buccal Mucosa (the inner cheeks), under my tongue and on the roof of my mouth. Not forgetting my sore and swollen tongue. This nasty mouth issue came on very quickly, starting with a couple of little ulcers, then before I knew it I was unable to eat and could drink very little. Great for the waist line not so good for a healthy lifestyle. So, after a couple of days of struggling to get a tooth brush to my teeth, I purchased some Corsodyl treatment mouth wash. Before I knew it, by using the mouth wash a couple of times a day, my mouth was so much better. I was able to eat again and more importantly look after my teeth and gums.

Only using it for a couple of days at a time. I love using Corsodyl treatment mouth wash when I have soreness or irritation within my mouth. I have also recommended it to many friends. In fact in the dental practice it was something that the dentists also recommended to patients on a regular basis.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Since then, Corsodyl have released a range of toothpastes, designed for daily use to help stop and prevent bleeding gums. Corsodyl’s daily fluoride toothpaste targets the bacteria that builds up along the gum line causing bleeding gums. It’s proven to be four times more effective at removing plaque than normal toothpaste.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

I have been using Corsodyl’s new Ultra Clean toothpaste for a couple of weeks now. I don’t think my mouth has every felt so fresh and clean after brushing. It has a very strong minty flavour, almost too much, it took a couple of brushes to get used to the sensation of this toothpaste. So many toothpastes are now gel style, with various ‘whitening’ elements, gritty or white flecks, this is really a paste. Slightly pink in colour and smells very fresh when you open it up. I haven’t had any other mouth issues since using this, it could just be that i’m feeling quite healthy right now, so no ulcers or it could be the toothpaste. Either way Im really happy using this toothpaste and I shall continue to do so.

Do you suffer with mouth problems? Why not try Corsodyl toothpaste to help leave bleeding gums behind.

 

* This post was in collaboration with Corsodyl. As always thoughts and options are my own.*