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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

In Retrospect | February 2017

It's been a funny old month, hasn't it, February? I'm not really sure what's happened, I feel like it's passed by in a blur of rain and exhaustion... It's basically just been non-stop and I've been struggling to keep up - which is possibly why I've been ill for the last week or so. More whinging about that later, but for now let's have a little look back over the past few weeks...
February In Retrospect
I think I've had another fairly good month for finishing products off - I'm trying to work my way through my hoard of body moisturisers, which is taking some doing! I've also seen off a few travel-sized tubes this month which is quite satisfying.
February Empties
Will Repurchase: Una Brennan SuperFacialist Salicylic Acid Purifying Cleansing Wash | This is my favourite face wash ever. It's gentle, smells beautiful, and the salicylic acid really does help to keep my skin smoother and clearer. // Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | I legitimately love this mask; it's super-hydrating and smells amazing. I already have a travel-size and will no doubt purchase it again (and again. and again.) once I've used that up!
Might Repurchase: Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Facial Polish | I'm not sure what I was expecting when I got this, but it wasn't what I got! I actually liked it a lot more than I thought I would, and am a bit sad that it's so bloomin' expensive! // Tresemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist | I did really love this (apart from the bloomin' useless "mist" which was more like a super-soaker jet!) but I have to admit I love my Ojon Damage Reversing Thickening Mist more... But for a budget option, the Tresemmé ain't half bad. // Next Sparkle Eau de Parfum | Next do such gorgeous scents, especially considering their price point! This wasn't my favourite of the scents I picked up but I'd definitely buy a different one in future. // Tresemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Conditioner | I love the scent of this and it did leave my hair super-soft. I'm just gutted the matching shampoo contains SLS! // Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Moisturiser | Quite a nice moisturiser which wasn't too heavy and gave a good base for make-up.
Won't Repurchase: FCUK Cool Down Body Spray | I dread to think how long I've had this! I thought it was super cool when I first got this scent in about year ten but I've gone off it somewhat in the intervening decade... // Cetraben Lotion* | Not a fan of paraffin in my moisturisers so won't be buying again. // Amie Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturiser* | Man this went on forever! It was actually a perfectly nice, basic moisturiser which wasn't too heavy on my oily skin, but I probably wouldn't choose it again. // Skin Chemists Bee Venom Moisturiser | I won this in a giveaway quite a while ago now and, whilst it was a lovely moisturiser to use, I don't see myself shelling out £100+ on a new bottle anytime soon!

Sample Sachets.
I set myself the ambitious goal of ten sample sachets in February and have fallen ever so slightly short, using up nine over the course of the month. I still think it was a pretty good effort, though!
February Samples 1
Tresemmé Expert Selection Beauty-full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner & Shampoo | This duo did leave my hair feeling nice but I can't use shampoos with SLS on a regular basis. Pre-Wash Conditioner £5.24/290ml here, Shampoo £5.24/500ml here // John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Shampoo & Conditioner | These were a bit too heavy for my hair and, again, I can't use SLS based products regularly. Shampoo £7.99/250ml here; Conditioner £7.99/250ml here // Nanokeratin Revive Invigorating Shampoo & Rehydrate Hydrating Conditioner | These were quite nice and I did like that the shampoo was SLS-free, but they're way beyond budget for me! Shampoo from $56/320ml here; Conditioner from $69/320ml here
February Samples 2
Clarins Double Serum | I like the idea of mixing two 'halves' of the serum to activate it, although I suspect it's a bit gimmicky... That said, it did feel lovely on my skin! £55/30ml here // Vichy Idélia Eyes | Is it just me or do eye creams seem to last forever!? I swear it took me about three weeks to use this sachet! I quite like the Idélia range - this felt nice and light, and hydrated well. £23/15ml here // Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation | Do you have any idea how much of a novelty it is to get a foundation sample sachet in a magazine, in a shade I can wear!? I've previously tried this foundation so I already knew it doesn't last too well on my skin, but it's quite a nice formula and would suit less oily skins well. £7.99/30ml here

February Goals.
Use ten sample sachets. Well, you can see above that I didn't quite hit my first goal! I'm rather proud of myself nonetheless (nine is pretty close, right!?) and I think I am finally getting into the habit of regularly having a shuffle through my little stash of samples and seeing what I can use up - instead of hoarding them for posterity...
See friends at least twice. One pub evening, one random drive and one trip out for chocolate (separate occasions!) with a Warrior friend, one night in with my best friend, one after-work hot chocolate with a work friend, one tea out with my best mate from primary school, and one pancake party planned for this evening... I'd say I've smashed this one!
Finish the two books I'm reading. You might have seen in my last post that I've finished them both! Hurrah for me - I'm now back on track with my goal of twelve books this year, so hopefully I'll manage to keep the momentum going through the coming months. Don't forget to have a peek back at what I thought of the two books I've read in February...
Start practicing for selection tests/interviews. Erm. Whoops. Need to get on with this now as I've got to complete online selection tests in the next couple of weeks. I blame being ill!
Sort my diet out. I'm calling this a semi-success. I've got much better in terms of taking healthy lunches to work, as well as sticking with my no-caffeine thing (which has annoyingly really helped my sleep patterns!), but I've been a bit too partial to cake and chocolates, which I really need to cut back on. Lent starts tomorrow, so I'll be cutting out chocolate altogether, as well as as much refined sugar as I can manage.
BONUS: I've also achieved my January goal of being able to run 5km without having to stop and walk - yay!

February Loves.
I have to be honest and say my life in February has mainly revolved around Lemsip and my duvet, so I don't have an awful lot to share here. Disappointing, I know! However I did love Alice's post about the Colourpop Valentine's Day collection (check it out, you won't be disappointed!) and, as always, I'm girl-crushing all over pretty much everything Gwennan writes because she's a babe and her sense of humour is basically identical to mine so I find everything she says hilarious.
Things have been a bit quiet on The Indigo Hours, which wasn't planned, but I just couldn't find the energy to write while I was ill so ended up having a week off - but I did post about a fab face mask trio by Tropic Skincare, my reading list for 2017, and a gorgeous eyeshadow palette from MUA Cosmetics, so check those out if you missed them, yeah?

February in Summary.
I've spent the last week of February feeling very sorry for myself as I suffered through a particularly violent bout of manflu cold which basically floored me, but apart from that it's been a pretty good month for me! I've kept pretty busy both at work (big projects going on, eek!) and outside of work, including keeping up going to the gym regularly - I genuinely missed going while I was ill! I've been loving the lighter evenings and am looking forward to Spring now! How has your February been? I'd love to hear what you've been up to!



  1. Sounds like you've had a busy month!! I really need to give origins drink up intensive mask xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

  2. Yes, February went by too fast and it was such a busy month too! Love how you write down your goals and tick them off, might copy that idea haha!

    shelley xoxo

  3. I felt like February went slow for me but I think it's because I have been wishing for March! I definitely need to make some goals too!


  4. Well, february is a short month isn't it, so you've done really well with your goals! I've been busy too and I'm doing much the same as you and trying to use up some samples

  5. I hope you are feeling better now. It seems as though everyone has had a cold of some kind over the last month x

  6. What a month it has been for you. I hope you're feeling much better now. I had an awful cold last month!

  7. I like your writing style. Hope you are feeling better and things are easing up at work.

  8. My February was pretty much the same! :/ Hope you're feeling better now! Well done for the 5K thing, thats my aim too, but I am SO unfit so I'm spreading the goal over a few months haha xxx

  9. A whole month full of beauty goodies. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all of these.

  10. Aw no, hope you're feeling much better now! I love the smell of the tresemme coconut products xo


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