15.12.2017- Beauty Buys: Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright Toothpaste

Friday, 15 December 2017

One of those everyday gripes which I have to be very careful about, especially at this time of the year, is my super sensitive teeth. Whether it's slurping tea and hot chocolate or having a cold drink over dinner, my poor enamel is often barraged by extreme changes in temperature, and, given that my teeth are quite sensitive anyway, it's always something which is at the back of my mind. Needless to say that the facial expressions which I pull when (slowly!) devouring ice cream are something to behold, and I'm always on the lookout for products which help to alleviate some of the shooting sensations which are so synonymous with sensitivity. A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to receive a sample of a new product from Sensodyne which is proving to be a source of some serious dental deliverance:

This Pronamel Strong and Bright Enamel toothpaste has been formulated to target erosion and subsequent sensitivity, delivering minerals to help strengthen teeth. As well as that, it also targets staining and polishes teeth to give you a sparkling smile too- hurrah! I've been using it for a little while now and so far, so good- I'm not sure I'd ever substitute it for my tried and tested favourites for whitening, but it terms of targeting sensitivity, it's a winner. 

What everyday essentials would you recommend? 

I received this sample as a complimentary tester- as ever, all opinions and impressions are 100% honest. 

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13.12.2017- Festive Favourite: Diptyque Frosted Forest Candle

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

There's something about this time of the year which is somehow synonymous with the calming glow of a candle, don't you think? As December is my birthday month, it starts with a bounty of candles on cakes, and as we inch closer to Christmas I'm finding myself contemplating options for the table too. To top it all off, this chilly snap has got me seriously embracing those Hygge sensibilities and cosying up in front of the fire, complete with a batch of reading material and a calming candle. And, as if by magic, a birthday gift from Diptyque courtesy of some of my blogging babes is proving the perfect option for these winter evenings: 

This limited edition Forêt givrée from Diptyque's festive collection is inspired by the constellation of the unicorn, which features at its nebula a star called the Christmas Tree- pretty perfect, don't you think? As well as being beautifully decorative, this candle encompasses fir needles, mint and Hinoki wood, evoking a real forest feel, and smelling from first light like the spirit of Christmas- what more could you want at this time of the year? 

What are your favourite candles? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

11.12.2017: Day Tripping: Visiting Birmingham Christmas Market

Monday, 11 December 2017

The week before last, I found myself heading somewhere completely new for the first time- Birmingham! Making use of a day off of work, I braved Euston (perhaps the most stress-inducing station known to man!) to catch the 10:03 train to Birmingham New Street. The purpose? Other than attempting to channel some Peaky Blinders inspired attitude, I was catching up with my lovely friend Kate, who I don't get to see nearly as often now she's living in Liverpool. Opting to meet more or less halfway between our two home cities, we settled on Brum- something of a no-brainer to be honest, as it gave us the chance to visit their wonderful Christmas market too:

Although it was a truly chilly day weather wise, it was wonderful to visit somewhere I'd never been before- and I can't quite believe it's taken me quite to so long to discover this beautiful city. A quick peek inside the Bullring had me eager to book a return trip to suss out the shopping situation proper, and it was great to catch up over brunch too- something of a novelty indulgence for me on a weekday! We then meandered our way down New Street towards the Frankfurt Christmas Market, with an array of stalls offering unique gifts and plenty of options for refreshments. Add in a tower of revolving Santas, an animatronic moose serenading passers-by in German and a ride on the carousel and you have the makings of a pretty quintessential Christmas! As well as the market, it was great to take in the sights of the city too- from the town hall to St Philip's Cathedral and Temple Row; I'm sure it won't be too long before I'm back to explore more! 

Have you visited anywhere new recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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