Sweet Cecily’s Personalised Pampering

I was very tempted to have this as a Christmas gift kind of post, but it still feels a tad too early for that and let’s be honest, this is something anyone would love at any time of year! So basically, Sweet Cecily’s have come out with some brand spanking new gift sets and they are dreamy as all hell.

There are 3 new sets up for grabs – The Winter Skincare Collection, The Coffee Lovers Collection and The Essential Pampering Collection – and they pretty much cover all bases! Of course it’d be a bit much to gift me all 3 collections so I received the Essential Pampering Collection which, to be honest, is definitely the one I would’ve picked myself. Here’s a quick little bit on each set (I know you’re curious) before I get into my thoughts!

THE WINTER SKINCARE COLLECTION £35

Protect and revive hardworking skin with nourishing Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream, Red Clay Face Mask, Limited Edition Chocolate Orange Lip balm and Spiced Winter Berry Bathbomb. This set comes in a 100% cotton drawstring bag which can be personalised with a name to make it a truly thoughtful gift that anyone would be excited to receive!

THE COFFEE LOVERS COLLECTION £24.95

We all have a friend that can’t face Monday morning without a hot mug of the good stuff! Give them a helping hand with a pouch of rich, mellow coffee which can be fully personalised (to ward off potential coffee thieves!) and a hand printed porcelain mug that reads “I don’t need an inspirational quote I just need coffee” all contained in a hand printed rustic hessian sack. There is also the option of adding a scrumptious Espresso Martini Lip Balm.

THE ESSENTIAL PAMPERING COLLECTION £22.95

After a long and tiring week, all anyone wants to do is relax and unwind with your favourite TV show or a good book. Sweet Cecily’s are here to give you a helping hand with a selection of indulgent skincare treats including Rose & Ylang Ylang bath salts, Coconut Hair Mask, invigorating Citrus & Walnut Body Scrub, a little pot of body butter (choose from Coconut or fruity Fig & Olive) and a handmade natural lip balm in a flavour of your choice. These little pots of joy come in a 100% cotton drawstring bag which can be personalised with a name which makes this a great gift; although we’re sure you won’t want to part with it!

So as I said, the Essential Pampering Collection is the one I bagged (get it lol) and let’s just start off by talking about how exciting the whole personalised bag situation is… As an Imogen it’s very rare to get anything with your name on (so much so that my mum picks up literally anything that has my name on now, usually kids stuff) so I LOVE that this has my name on it – plus if you’re stuck on what to get somebody, you get a lot more credit for getting something personalised as it seems like you’ve put more effort into it!

More importantly though – the contents! It definitely came at the perfect time for me as my hair was crying out for a good hair mask to rejuvenate it a bit and the body scrub was a great excuse to apply some tan for no reason and I can guarantee that whoever receives one of these bags of goodness will take at least one thing out and say ‘oh I need this!’. As you’d guess, it’s all perfect for a pamper night so this would be the perfect gift for someone that’s always on the go, or you know, for yourself because why not! All ingredients are handmade and natural for all you fussy gals out there and the smells are divine. Sadly, the gift wrap is a little bit extra but if you are giving this as a gift then I 100% recommend it – look how pretty!

So whether you’re starting on your Christmas shopping early or you’re still trying to figure out what to buy yourself from payday then this gets a big thumbs up from me and you can find all their pretty bits and bobs here!

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I got Botox!

I know I’ve been really inactive lately and up until this year I had no actual excuse (I’d just been laying around the house) but lately I’ve been trying to sort my life out because quite frankly, it’s been a hot mess. One thing I’ve finally gotten around to sorting out lately is my sweating – through botox-  and I thought I’d dive into the topic a little bit, because I know it’s not something that’s talked about very openly and it could help some people out. Be prepared for a long post…

What is Hyperhydrosis?
So if you haven’t read this post then you might not have any idea what hyperhydrosis actually is – in a nutshell, it’s excessive sweating. You sweat 4/5 times the normal amount and it can affect mainly your armpits, hand or feet, so it’s not too pleasant. Personally, it only has a major affect on my armpits and I’ve had it since I was around 12 years old. Of course at first it was put down to hormones, because yeah you do sweat more when you hit puberty, but this definitely isn’t the same thing. I can wear all the deodorant in the world (I think 13 applications in 1 day is my record) and you can wear as much breathable fabric as you want, but the issue is still there. You don’t have to be warm, working up a sweat or even moving, you just sweat – all the time. A good example of this actually is that when I get out of the shower, before I’ve even left the bathroom (and I don’t hang around in there) I’m sweating – annoying huh?

What can be done?
I didn’t go to the doctor about it until I was 15 and even then they diagnosed me with hyyperhydrosis but didn’t really do much. They prescribed me an itchy, flaky roll-on that contains aluminium so it stinged like hell. You couldn’t apply it to broken skin either so it was a choice between shaving my pits or applying an uncomfortable deodrant (come on). I kind of gave up on the doctors after that because they just didn’t seem to see it as a real issue – one that affects your confidence and day to day life, so I just decided to try every deodorant I could get my hands on and see what worked but a pattern started to develop. Each time I found an effective deodorant I’d be fresh as a daisy for a week or so, then my pituitary glands would give it a big fat nope and I was back to square one. I didn’t go back until October of last year and the doctor that saw me couldn’t have been better. He asked why I was there, saw how long I’d had it (it was on my record from the last time) and referred me to a dermatologist there and then!

What did the dermatologists do?
To be fair, it was a pretty long wait to get into the dermatologist (I didn’t get an appointment until January this year) but it was well worth it. I went for an initial consultation and that was a pretty big waste of time because he didn’t tell me anything, but within 2 weeks I was back at the hospital receiving botox! You have to have a starch test before hand to check that you’re affected enough to have it done (mine showed up instantly and everywhere) and that will help determine how many injections you’ll have too. The botox is paralyses the sweat glands which stops you sweating and yes, it’s completely safe, otherwise they wouldn’t do it!

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9sorry for the gross armpit shot – I couldn’t shave for 48 hours beforehand)

Altogether I had 30 injections (15 in each armpit – each dot in the photo is where the needle went) and it all took about 20 minutes with the starch test included. Yes, it did hurt, but it’s completely worth it. I’ve been told that sometimes it doesn’t fully work the first time you have it done and I definitely get that, I didn’t go in with high hopes so just a little bit of sweat when I get warm definitely doesn’t bother me. It’s nothing in comparison to how I was and it’s great being able to wear whatever I want now! I’ve got an open appointment now to go back when I feel like it’s back to how it was before (it has to be at least 4 months) and then they’ll do the starch test again and I’ll definitely give it another go! I did go through the NHS personally, but if you’re in a position to pay privately, it’s available in most places and well worth the money.

Lastly, if you suffer with hyperhydrosis, know that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Everyone sweats, I know it affects your confidence, it did mine, but for the last couple of years I’ve accepted it. It’s part of who I am  and even if I want to change it, I’m not going to apologise for it and feel ashamed.

Monkey Melts

I’m sure by now you guys know I love candles. Who doesn’t? I’m an avid Yankee Candle fan but as you can probably guess, it’s a pretty expensive obsession and I just can’t afford to keep up with it so I’m always on the look out for an alternative that’s just a good – if not better! Monkey Melts is definitely one of those shops whose products are up there with the best, they’re so good that I’ve already had 2 colleagues order them and they’re just as impressed as I am! Continue reading “Monkey Melts”

Nature’s Soap – a Lush alternative?

Last week I got home to one of the best deliveries I’ve had in a while – a big box of Nature’s Soap goodies! I’d never tried Nature’s Soap before so I was so excited to see how good they are, and I was absolutely besotted as soon as I opened the box and got a massive whiff of everything inside!  Continue reading “Nature’s Soap – a Lush alternative?”

Half year update

So I was looking through my old posts and realised I set myself some goals back in my February Thoughts post that I’ve never really spoken about since. I thought with the first half of 2016 almost over, it’s the perfect time for a bit of an update and a new set of goals! Continue reading “Half year update”

Coconut Lane Wishlist & 20% off!

So a couple of weeks ago I came across Coconut Lane – a fabulous online store with a variety of sassy, girly products from stationary and prints to socks!

I’m dying to get my hands on their products but I’m so skint at the moment that it’s pretty much impossible for me to part with the money *cue the violins*. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have my basket ready and waiting for the day I can afford it! (Just to note, their products are very reasonably priced – especially with the discount code below – I’m just poor and stingy!). Here are some of the bits and bobs that I’m dying to get my hands on… Continue reading “Coconut Lane Wishlist & 20% off!”