(...using lots of treats you can ~probably~ find in your kitchen cupboard or fridge)!

If January brings one thing (apart from Netflix binges, and unintentional Zara sale shopping)- it's usually the practise of properly taking steps to look after yourself. I'm not talking reinventing yourself, going on a thorough detox or diet or even a major health kick- but making little changes, small indulgences (perhaps picking up some more varied ingredients on a Tesco shop, ready for a new recipe) and putting in those small efforts that we're always told growing up, in order to beat those seasonal sniffles.

After being reminded of a couple of these throughout this month, I thought I'd put together a little tips post on some of the things that have inspired me to look after the skin-I'm-in more this month, all of which leave out any extra nasties!

Face full of veggies!
Natural Avocado and honey face mask

One of the easiest ways to unwind after a long day is a face mask, obvious right? However, not all of us have a pack, or bottle handy- so the next best tip is getting inspired by what's going on in your fridge! I took to pinterest and scoured the 'net for some favourite DIY face masks, and the two resounding natural go-to's seemed to be honey and avocado- honey being great for cleansing thanks to it's antibacterial properties, and avocado due to being packed full of amino acids (plus, it also is super moisturising)! So, before I knew it- I'd smashed an avocado, poured a dollop of honey into it (mixing it together well)- and had the ultimate easy-peasy facial for bath time!

Try a creative (and fancy) breakfast!
Acai Bowl

I'm no health expert, but after being a big Ella-lover for a while (#girlcrush), have fallen in love with her recipes; including her famous Acai bowl, which bought a refreshing update on my typical-winter Ready Brek breakfast! Now, although Acai isn't cheap, the benefits it's known for are pretty special indeed (think tonnes of antioxidants and vitamins, with minimal sugar)- and it can be used in so many ways as part of a healthy diet (think smoothies, breakfast bowls, milkshakes and cakes)- which make the investment really worth it. If you don't fancy going acai, there's loads of other ways you can experiment with breakfast- which I'm thinking of posting about very soon, so let me know if you'd be interested!

Drink, drink, drink!
Honey and hot water

So, as well as aiming to drink more water of late, I've also taken to adding a little honey and lemon to the mix (even better if it's Manuka honey- which boasts amazing medicinal properties and seriously helped improve a nasty cold of late)! This is probably the oldest trick in the book (it's what I'm always reminded of when I'm feeling a little under the weather)- and having a mug a day can help cure a sore throat, flush out any nasties and help build up your immune system- who'd have thunk it?

Born lippy!
Burt's Bees
As soon as the weather gets chillier, my lips take to drying out- which is definitely as glamorous as it sounds. Not only does it make lipstick look pants, but having chapped lips ain't a nice feeling- hence why moisturising them as much as your face is a big old tip (and something I'm prone to forgetting). Cue natures, 100% natural favourite lip balm (and, ahem, mine), Burt's Bees. Not only do they have flavours reminiscent of everything I've mentioned above (read: acai, honey and blueberry and dark chocolate)- but they also have a pink grapefruit flavour (which tastes good too- although TMI?), and coconut and pear- meaning keeping a smooth pout has never been so tasty (there's 9 flavours in total)! For more inspiration, check out this video too, and hit up their Facebook and Twitter for lots of lippy updates!


Post in collaboration with Burt's Bees


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(...using lots of treats you can ~probably~ find in your kitchen cupboard or fridge)!

If January brings one thing (apart from Netflix binges, and unintentional Zara sale shopping)- it's usually the practise of properly taking steps to look after yourself. I'm not talking reinventing yourself, going on a thorough detox or diet or even a major health kick- but making little changes, small indulgences (perhaps picking up some more varied ingredients on a Tesco shop, ready for a new recipe) and putting in those small efforts that we're always told growing up, in order to beat those seasonal sniffles.

After being reminded of a couple of these throughout this month, I thought I'd put together a little tips post on some of the things that have inspired me to look after the skin-I'm-in more this month, all of which leave out any extra nasties!

Face full of veggies!
Natural Avocado and honey face mask

One of the easiest ways to unwind after a long day is a face mask, obvious right? However, not all of us have a pack, or bottle handy- so the next best tip is getting inspired by what's going on in your fridge! I took to pinterest and scoured the 'net for some favourite DIY face masks, and the two resounding natural go-to's seemed to be honey and avocado- honey being great for cleansing thanks to it's antibacterial properties, and avocado due to being packed full of amino acids (plus, it also is super moisturising)! So, before I knew it- I'd smashed an avocado, poured a dollop of honey into it (mixing it together well)- and had the ultimate easy-peasy facial for bath time!

Try a creative (and fancy) breakfast!
Acai Bowl

I'm no health expert, but after being a big Ella-lover for a while (#girlcrush), have fallen in love with her recipes; including her famous Acai bowl, which bought a refreshing update on my typical-winter Ready Brek breakfast! Now, although Acai isn't cheap, the benefits it's known for are pretty special indeed (think tonnes of antioxidants and vitamins, with minimal sugar)- and it can be used in so many ways as part of a healthy diet (think smoothies, breakfast bowls, milkshakes and cakes)- which make the investment really worth it. If you don't fancy going acai, there's loads of other ways you can experiment with breakfast- which I'm thinking of posting about very soon, so let me know if you'd be interested!

Drink, drink, drink!
Honey and hot water

So, as well as aiming to drink more water of late, I've also taken to adding a little honey and lemon to the mix (even better if it's Manuka honey- which boasts amazing medicinal properties and seriously helped improve a nasty cold of late)! This is probably the oldest trick in the book (it's what I'm always reminded of when I'm feeling a little under the weather)- and having a mug a day can help cure a sore throat, flush out any nasties and help build up your immune system- who'd have thunk it?

Born lippy!
Burt's Bees
As soon as the weather gets chillier, my lips take to drying out- which is definitely as glamorous as it sounds. Not only does it make lipstick look pants, but having chapped lips ain't a nice feeling- hence why moisturising them as much as your face is a big old tip (and something I'm prone to forgetting). Cue natures, 100% natural favourite lip balm (and, ahem, mine), Burt's Bees. Not only do they have flavours reminiscent of everything I've mentioned above (read: acai, honey and blueberry and dark chocolate)- but they also have a pink grapefruit flavour (which tastes good too- although TMI?), and coconut and pear- meaning keeping a smooth pout has never been so tasty (there's 9 flavours in total)! For more inspiration, check out this video too, and hit up their Facebook and Twitter for lots of lippy updates!


Post in collaboration with Burt's Bees


x

41 comments:

  1. Such great tips! I love Burt's Bees lip balms, and I've always been intrigued to try an avocado mask. It does sound incredibly messy, I must admit, but I'll have to give it a try soon! xxx

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  2. clever way to sneak in a commercial.

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    1. Thanks ; ) but no sneakiness here- all disclosed, and I still like to make sure sponsored content is useful to readers, and is fuelled by something that could potentially inspire someone : )

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    2. Olivia, I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I appreciate how you took the time to put together something that was well thought-out, appropriately themed, and useful for readers. It shows that even when a post is sponsored, it doesn't stray from the overall aesthetic of your blog. Along with all of that you were transparent and disclosed the needed information.
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  3. What lovely ideas, that breakfast looks delicious- I definitely need to come up with more ideas to mix up my morning foods!

    Emma xo // Wallflower Wardrobe

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  4. This was so handy! I'm going to make a honey and avocado face mask, and I want to drink some lemon and honey drinks :)

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  5. Hot honey and lemon water is the best! :-)

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  6. Loved this post, I've picked up some great tips to try out for February! :)

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  7. I love hot lemonade and honey, it reminds me of being poorly as a child and that's what my mum always made me! The acai bowl looks soooo good, need to give that a go one day

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Great post !

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  9. such a lovely, inspiring post! xx

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  10. I always try to drink plenty of water to keep my skin clear but I find it hard in winter as all I want it a warm hot choccc!

    infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  11. Lovely post- and some really useful tips :)

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    xo

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  12. I think I need that breakfast.

    Hannah
    helloisabelle.com

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  13. Such great tips! Thanks so much, Liv!

    Brittany x | Bringing Up Brittany

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  14. Really cute post, love the tips and Burts Bees too!

    thriftylilpixie.blogspot.ie

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  15. Burt's Bees lip balm is amazing! I've never tried an avocado mask before, because if I have avocado in my kitchen I guarantee I'm going to eat it before I put it on my face!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  16. That Acai bowl looks DIVINE! I'm so sad I actually look forward to breakfast the next day when I go to bed - so obviously I'd love to read a breakfast ideas post on your blog!

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer

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  17. Love the acai bowl! Also obsessed with burt's bees... just recently bought a new pack of lip products!

    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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  18. I LOVE Burt's Bees as well!!! Absolutely amazing :D I just discovered the Ultra Conditioning one :)

    Arianne

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  19. Thank you so much for introducing me to We Need To Love More - what an excellent blog! I've been debating whether or not to try acai but I think I need to now!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  20. Lovely tips! I love Burts Bees! x

    Blog A Girl with a Camera

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  21. I've been meaning to try out some DIY skincare as I figure it'll do plenty of good whilst not being too pricey. Avocado face masks seem to be a favourite face mask for many, so I think I might give it a try - thanks Olivia!

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  22. Yummy that food looks good
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  23. Enjoyed the post. Did not enjoy the not so nice reader comment about the lip balms. Snarky comments can just be left unsaid. I thought the lip balm tie-in was in sync, especially with my dryer than ever lips this winter. I've used Burt's in the past but had forgotten how handy they are. Am going to go make the water, honey & lemon right now! Thanks....

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  24. I have never made my own face mask before but, It does make logical sense that it would do wonders for your skin! Absolutely going to give it a whirl next time I need a pick me up.

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  25. very good advice, take a mental note, thanks
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  26. Good tips ! I do use honey a lot for face masks too :) And I use these lip balms as well, they are amazing !! :)

    xx from France, Victoria
    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

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  27. lovely post!

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  28. Mmm, that breakfast looks delicious! Great post.

    Emily x
    http://wondersofafairytale.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. I wholeheartedly agree that January/February are the best months for making little changes to take better care of yourself - not reinvent yourself. I've been trying to drink hot water + lemon + honey every night and every morning, prepping good meals, and little things like always making the bed before I leave the house. I'll have to try your at home face mask next weekend though, super easy and natural!

    xx

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  30. Thank you for sharing these tips, I can't wait to try them!

    Charlotte x

    Charlotte Olivia | Travel & Lifestyle blog

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  31. Lovely post and love the idea of making my own face mask! Just about to put the kettle on for lemon and honey and a slice of ginger xx

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  32. love all kinds of natural well-being & beauty solutions! lovely post x

    Mara // marashares

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  33. I love avocado! And Burt's Bees lip balms :)

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  34. Good pictures, http://www.robesdemariee2013.com/

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