The Weekend Post #60: The Big Guns

I’m tired. You know those weeks where you forget what it’s like to have your little tooshe settle on a nice comfy sofa and you’ve lost all feeling in your feet due to marching through the streets in your ‘oh so lovely looking, but oh so painful‘ kitten heels? Well it’s been one of those weeks. A good’un, but one that’s left me day-dreaming about my soft, soft duvet. So I’m not messing around today with a fussy routine. It’s a product rotation that’s tried and tested and just does its job; bringing me back to the land of living with some serious R&R, all combined with a mid-afternoon nap I reckon. Four products, that’s all – it’s time to bring out the big guns…

Every good pamper session starts with a bath right? And I’m going to throw it out there into the bathtime arena that I don’t think there’s anything better to drop into your tub full of love than Aromatherapy Associates Peppermint and Lavdender Bath and Shower Oil*. Anything. You know I’m a complete and utter sucker for sleepy scents and this is just right up my street, paired with the fact it ramps up the moisture factor of the water, wow just wow. Soaked and scrubbed, I like to slather on an oil, and although the African Botanics Pure Marula Oil* is functioned for face, I add a few pumps to my body lotion rotation to inject a extra kick of orange-scented (again, swoon) hydration. I have been using this for its original purpose too, although I’m yet to be swayed away from the usual suspects in my face oil stash but I’ll keep you updated. Talking of skincare, my complexion hasn’t been at its most agreeable recently. A bit bumpy, blemishy and generally ‘bleurgh’; there’s only one mask I turn to in this case – Origins Clear Improvement. Gawd this stuff rocks and kicks my angry skin to the curb like no other. For a final touch I smooth the Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream through my ends before it gets whipped into a bun. Smooth, silky locks are revealed when I unknot it in the morning; almost like a leave-in conditioner that you don’t need to wash out. Low-maintance pampering, love it.

Ah I’m looking forward to this one. A lot. Time to regain feeling in these toes of mine before slipping on those wretched heels again tomorrow – I think I’ll pack the flats… 

*PR Samples


  • Beatrix

    Hey Anna! I recently watched your self tanning video and purchased the xen tan lotion – love it! But, as I do with most self tanners, my skin turns very dry and itchy the next day. Do you have any tips on how to avoid itchy skin from self tanning? love 🙂

  • Abigailc475

    i cannot find the 50ml clear improvement mask anywhere!!! dont wanna buy the 100ml straight away… can anyone help?

  • Hannah Thompson

    love the origins mask
    french pharmacy skincare reviews ect x

  • Jessica Brown

    Aw what a lovely post 🙂 I need to get my hands on the Origins mask – even just looking at it makes my pores feel cleaner! I’m hosting a giveaway at the moment if you or any of your followers are interested 🙂 x

  • joliewilliams

    Speaking as someone who has just (very unwisely) pulled an all-nighter to conquer a hideous workload, this post has me positively longing for the bathtub! Another amazing post Anna!
    Now, please excuse me whilst I sprint to Space NK…

  • Emma Elle

    Great post as always Anna! I really want to try the origins face mask, I’ve heard so many positive things about it, I should definitely give it a try!

    Thanks for the post, Emma Elle

  • Denise F.

    Now I wanna make me a pamper routine!

  • Looking forward to an update on the Marula Oil. I’ve seen a few reviews floating around the blogosphere and have been umming and aahing over a purchase for a while now. It’s just the price tag that’s putting me off but I’m a sucker for a good facial oil x Becky

  • Annablush

    Love a good Sunday afternoon pamper! Lovely products x

  • and kate

    Sounds like you’ve been very busy, loving your up-to-date Instagram snaps of what you’ve been up to also! You deserve a relaxing, pampering day.
    I love soaking in the bath with my favourite bath oil.
    Have a lovely Sunday (what’s left of it!!)
    Kate xo

  • Ugggh I completely agree with you on the Lavender and Peppermint oil. It. Is. Lush.  I’m currently trialing the 9 minis, and I’ve got to say I think it’s my best beauty buy this year so far!

  • Decisions Decisions

    I have heard great things about the Origins Clear Improvement Mask…maybe I’ll have to splurge on it!

  • Maddy Cane

    Hope your feet aren’t suffering too much, what we do in the name of fashion! xxx

  • Jennifer Walsh

    Oh to not be a student anymore and have the money to buy nice pampering products ;)

  • I love these indulgent pamper posts, you always have such good products to show! I particularly enjoy the face skincare ones that you do 🙂
    Eleanor x

  • Pippa Jones

    I love origins, The mask seems like it will do some good. cant wait to give it a go! 

    Pipp xx

  • Anna Garcia

    Damn Anna, feel soo tired these days think I should try this so I can relax and get some “me” time.

  • katherine.parkes

    nothing better than the Origins Clear Improvement when your skin isn’t looking it’s best! cannot get enough of it! x

  • Crystal Ike

    I am definitely following in your footsteps tonight, hun! Lovely post!

    Crystal’s Beauty Corner

  • jessica

    can you do an in-depth post about the origins mask. i have it and hate it but i don’t know if I’m using it wrong. 

  • Lulu

    Hi Anna:) I know it’s not mentioned here, but I’ve noticed the Kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate in some of you pictures and videos; but no review. 
    I’m considering getting it myself and I would love to hear your thought on it?

  • Genevieve

    You really are one of the best blog writers out there, you have real journalistic flair. 

  • Divs

    Just loved reading it.. I almost fell asleep half way through.. I recently bought aromatherapy minis and they r working wonders… Great post Anna