Show and Tell: Soap & Glory body and bath

I think its fair to say I am a big fan of Soap & Glory. I use their skincare, make-up and even wear their perfume!  I am most dedicated to their body and bath ranges and in todays blog I show what I use day to day and tell you why, to try get you into the S&G cult too!

soap and glory flatlay by blueskygirlie via always a blue sky girl fashion beauty home blog
Body Wash – Clean on Me £6.50/500ml

Shower gel is something you use every day and although this is more expensive than your average product it is in a large 500ml pump action bottle that lasts ages. It is super thick and creamy, lathers up beautifully and leaves a lovely sweet but fresh smell.

soap and glory body bath skincare blog via blueskygirlie beauty blogger at Always a Blue sky Girl

Face Wash – Peaches and Clean £8.00/350ml

Regular readers to this blog know I follow quite a strict beauty routine. I never use soap or shower gel on my face as it is drying (and therefore aging) to the skin. I switch to a squirt of this 3 in 1 product and make sure my skin is both clean and mosturised. I use this in the morning rather than the evening and it acts as a skin detox which helps to purify and clarify for a smooth, luminous complexion.

soap and glory body bath skincare blog via blueskygirlie beauty blogger at Always a Blue sky Girl

Scrub – The Scrub of your life £7.00/200ml, Flake Away £8.00/300ml

OK, you’re clean but are you smooth? I use a scrub probably every 2/3 days. Scrub of your Life is a gentler scrub that you can use on your face for exfoliation (and on your body too if you want) and Flake Away is great for tougher skin areas – legs, arms etc. – definitely dont let that near your face! Both products work brilliantly though, removing any rough skin and making you feel smooth like a baby!

soap and glory body bath skincare blog via blueskygirlie beauty blogger at Always a Blue sky Girl

Body Milk – Smoothie Star £10.00/500ml

The smell of this is so delicious you will feel like a beautiful walking milkshake afterwards! Use wise, body milk is a lighter alternative to body creams, is absorbed easily, leaves no greasy residue and works great after a shower.

soap and glory body bath skincare blog via blueskygirlie beauty blogger at Always a Blue sky Girl

Body Butter – The Righteous Butter £10.00/300ml

If youve ever heard anything about Soap & Glory its probably the body butter youve heard of. The Righteous Butter is the brands hero product and carries its signature scent. It comes in a large pot and is thick and luxurious. Again although not cheap it lasts ages and really moisturises well. 

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Hand wash and lotion – Wash Hands £5.00/250ml, Hand Food £7.00/250ml

I dont just keep my Soap & Glory products in the bathroom…I have them in the kitchen too! Your hands need as much care as the rest of your body and I love this double dispenser for day to day use.

They sell the holder as a gift every Christmas and then when each hand product runs out they can be replaced from the normal range.

soap and glory flatlay by blueskygirlie via always a blue sky girl fashion beauty home blog

I also love their make-up, skincare and perfume and would definitely recommend trying a few items out – but I’ll leave that for another blog!  

To buy Soap & Glory products in the UK visit Boots – find the full range here. Look out for 3 for 2 offers and free gift promotions and soon you’ll become as much of a loyal follower as I am!

Whats your favourite Soap & Glory product? I’d love to know…

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The Hungarian H&M Holiday dress™

Every so often I get obsessed with finding a piece of high street fashion I have seen in a magazine or on Instagram. You know that feeling when you just have to have something?

I first saw this dress on one of those big wall posters in H&M. Did they have it in stock? Well as it was only £14.99 it had sold out…typical. I trawled Bluewater then central London trying to track it down. I found a couple of UK 16’s and 18’s but this dress is huge (for reference I am wearing a UK8 and probably could of fitted in the 6 if I could of found it and I am definitely not that size!)

Finally when we were away on holiday in Budapest I sweet-talked my boyfriend into letting me go into the H&M there and I found it – so forever it will be called the Hungarian H&M Holiday dress™.

h&m off the shoulder peasant dress by blueskygirlie via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion styling blog
This dress ticks a lot of boxes trend-wise for summer 2016. Off the shoulder? ☑️ Peasant style? ☑️ ☑️ Strong, hot colour? Oh yes ☑️☑️☑️

Now I am a bit of a customiser when it comes to fashion and as I’ve mentioned this dress is very voluminous – great if youre a 6ft waif model but not so good if youre a 5’2″ curvy 40 something.  The dress had tasselled ties on the sleeves which I removed and replaced with elastic and then created a tasselled rope belt which I fixed to the dress. This belt pulls the dress in at the waist, still keeping with its Boho feel but creating a more flattering fit for me and my body type.  The lesson here? If something doesnt quite suit you then make it suit you!

h&m off the shoulder peasant dress by blueskygirlie via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion styling blog

h&m off the shoulder peasant dress by blueskygirlie via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion styling blog

h&m off the shoulder peasant dress by blueskygirlie via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion styling blog
I accessoried this look with my new rose gold sunglasses from New Look (which I’ve hardly taken off since I bought them), some gold palm leaf earrings and espadrille floral print sandals from Primark.  Oh, and just as a finishing touch I painted my toenails the same reddy/orange as my dress.  Good styling is often all in the details – you dont have to spend a lot…in total this outfit cost me under £40.

h&m off the shoulder peasant dress by blueskygirlie via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion styling blog

h&m off the shoulder peasant dress by blueskygirlie via Always a Blue Sky Girl fashion styling blog

So what have we learned from todays blog? If you fall in love with something find it by any means necessary even if you have to go to a foreign country and then change any parts you don’t totally like to make it look even better!

Nothing too major then..well, when you love something, you love it!

Dress – H&M
Sunglasses – New Look
Earrings – New Look
Sandals – Primark

The thing I fell in love with this week

AFAW Rug : £45.50 – La Redoute

I first saw this rug on Erica Davis’ (the-edited.com) Instagram feed and immediately loved it. I love her style and I assumed it was a £300+ Morrocan number which would be way out of my budget. When she blogged about where it was from and now much it was retailing for I couldn’t believe it! We had just finished decorating our bedroom in a rather dark and dramatic teal colour and were looking for light accessories to add to the room and it was absolutely perfect.The quality of the rug is really good. Its is a shaggy Berber style rug and looks much more expensive than it was.Its really soft too and makes the perfect little chill out spot… This is the smaller size at 120cm x 170cm (its in a bedroom) but they have 2 other larger sizes and the same design in an inverted colour scheme – a black base with white pattern and also a cream and brown. Photo – La Redoute

Find it here – be quick though it is 40% off in the sale and La Redoute sale pieces sell out fast! For the full range of clothing and home check out the website – www.laredoute.co.uk – its definitely one of my new favourites.

Still Running

Someone asked me the other day how I motivate myself to keep running. They wanted to run, in fact they could run a 5k OK, but they couldn’t motivate themselves to do it regularly so it wasnt having any effect.

It got me thinking – how have I bucked the trend and run 3 times a week every week for the last 2 years come rain or shine and havent given up?

Well firstly its definitely not due to any physical prowess! Let me be clear – I still find running hard – I’m tired at the end and I definitely dont look forward to it.  But the thing I’m best at is never missing a run, so these are my 5 tips for not just starting running, but keeping running…

1) Treat it like a commitment you cant get out of – when you get up for work in the morning not going in isn’t an option you consider even if you’d rather stay in bed. I treat running the same way. I have ‘running days’ that fit around my work and childcare schedule and think of them as an appointment in the day that is non-negotiable. This change in how I think about them makes them a ‘have to’ rather than a ‘might do’.


2) Provide yourself with tools that make it easier – buy yourself some bits of clothing that mean youre not reliant on good weather. Any gaps for excuses is dangerous.  A hat, snood and gloves for winter and sunglasses, vest and water bottle for summer.  We can all make excuses to get out of doing things but dont give yourself the option. Carry an ipod or phone with you and listen to music or an audiobook – if you can find ways to make yourself feel more comfortable within the act of actually running it wont seem so hard.


3) Get to know your body – your body is a machine and you need to treat it as such. Know when you’ll be running and make sure you eat a decent meal beforehand. Dont leave it too late though, everyone is different but I would suggest a gap of least 2 hours so you dont feel like youre going to see your food again! Stay hydrated too and then take some water with you particularly in the summer and you will find running so much easier. If youre a woman don’t push yourself too hard at certain times of the month – a slow steady run is still a run. And finally a small thing but its mega important, ALWAYS make sure you use the loo before you leave 🙈.


4) Revel in your acheivements and be proud!  Hey, youve done something amazing. Realise that. It shocks me how many people do no exercise at all – I used to be one of them. Share your run on social media – you might get the odd sarky comment but you know what? People that do that are just jealous (and usually doing no exercise themselves) and on the whole I find friends very supportive. Join a running community online or find followers via Strava – kudos from others can be a powerful tool.  And if all else fails treat yourself to a favourite dessert or treat with dinner that night…after all the more you run the more you can eat!!!


5) Push yourself and acheive some ‘bucket list’ goals – when I started running just the idea of running a 5k without stopping was my only goal but as I’ve gone on (and its got easier) my goals have become bigger. Trying to get better times, running with others and recently doing my first organised run – a daunting concept for me – a charity Colour Run where we got pelted with paint powder as we ran. That had been on my bucket list so I was very proud…plus I got my first running medal!

Dont wait for January with the New Years resolutions losers, or during a short-lived health kick, or even wait till Monday, start now. And then, most importantly, DO. NOT. STOP.

All images via my Instragram – follow me here.

My vintage buy of the week

Welcome to another of my new semi regular blogs! As you may know I run a business on Etsy selling vintage items and often end up keeping things I fall in love with.

In these blogs I will share what I’ve bought and why (hopefully) it was a good buy! 

Currently I am adding the finishing touches to our bedroom re-vamp and am on the look-out for unusual and quirky pieces to add an ‘Anthropologie’ (the shop) vibe to the room but at a more realistic price. So far La Redoute and TK Maxx has been my friend but those good old charity shops are providing some unique touches too.

So say hello to this little fella! I love owls and this 1950’s/60’s French porcelain trinket pot is a great collectable.  Nice quality pieces like this are always a good investment and sell very quickly when I have them in my Etsy shop, plus – well look at him, he’s adorable!

And here he is, in position in the bedroom. I do love mixing different types of vintage storage together for a eclectic look and best of all my huge jewellery collection is almost getting organised!



Owl trinket pot via Cancer Research charity shop

What bargains have you found recently in the world of charity and vintage shops? I would love to know…

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Look out more more vintage buys in coming weeks…