My Christmas Night Routine

27/11/2016

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.“ - The Grinch

Cozy Afternoon Tea with Christmas Cookies and Tea

Happy first advent guys! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I’m beyond excited as this is the most wonderful and magical time of the year and when it comes to me, I’m probably one of the most Christmas obsessed people you will come across. Like I would have done back home in Germany, I put up my Christmas decorations last Monday, trying to make my sparsely furnished dorm room as christmassy and festive looking as possible, I got out my traditional ore-mountain Christmas CDs and I ate a delicious piece of Stollen (a German Christmas cake) my mum sent me from the local bakery in my hometown. Consequently every part of my day becomes christmasfied, from listening to Christmas music when getting ready in the morning, to wearing my Christmas sweaters in Uni, to buying Christmas presents to my cozy winter nightly routine. 

 My picture-perfect Christmas night routine begins with me having a little study break and eating a yummy piece of Stollen and some self-made German Christmas cookies called “Vanillekipferl“ with hot chocolate or fruit tea with milk - yes, the British lifestyle really rubbed off on me. Doing that I always watch a Christmas movie like a Christmas carol, the grinch, home alone or Barbie nutcracker, or I catch up on “Weihnachtsmann & Co. KG“ (in English it is called “The Secret World of Santa“) - it is on TV every year, starting at the end of November and all my friends in Germany are just like me beyond obsessed with this series as it is an essential, traditional and wonderful part of Christmas time. Not to forget - I keep my feet warm with my grinch socks from Primark. (Btw: Primark has an awesome, fuzzy grinch onsie this year and I really want one!)
  Christmas creative Watercolour art
Christmas creative Watercolour art

As I do most of my hard Uni work in the morning I don’t have to do a lot after my wee afternoon tea, I lately enjoy taking some time to do watercolour painting. I use the outcomes for coursework at Uni and for Christmas cards for my grandmas - therefore they are saying “Frohes Fest“ which is German for “Merry Christmas“. I splurged on some good “Winsor & Newton Cotman water colours“ from amazon and “Daler Rowney Aquafine watercolour paper“ and brushes from WHSmith. Watercolouring is so fun and relaxing and looks simply beautiful with lovely, easy achievable designs and effects. While doing that I either listen to traditional ore-mountain (which is area in Germany where I’m from) Christmas music or Tchaikovsky' rather magical Nutcracker suite.
  Products from The Body Shop, Bath&Body Works and Soap&Glory

Honestly I have never been into skincare a lot, but since my skin is acting up lately and needs some love and care I have been adding some new fabulous products to my skincare routine. For a super deep skin cleanse I enjoy using the “No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask“ by Soap & Glory, which I have used up a whole tube back home in Germany and decided to repurchase it here as it is a multi-action, powerful, pore-purifying, at-home facial detox mask which uses heat to emulsify stubborn pore-plugging grease and softens keratinised skin cells to prevent breakouts and blemishes. A new mask I recently purchased is the “Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask“ from The Body Shop which contains tamanu oil, lemon tea tree oil and menthol and is said to fight the look of imperfections by minimising breakouts with regular use. As I know that tea tree oil works well on my skin, I decided to try this mask and my first impression is quite good. Following that I moisturise my face using the “Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser“ which is naturally antibacterial for healthy clear skin and shine control. For my body I like using the “French Lavender & Honey 24 hour moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream“ from Bath&Body Works and for my hands the “Frosted Berries Hand Cream“ from The Body Shop - both smell heavenly and are nice and nourishing. As I have this really annoying dry patch under one eye I try to fight that with my Soap&Glory “Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost Hydragel“ and my The Body Shop “Vitamin E Eye Cream“. I love the refreshing and calming feeling they leave and I really hope to successfully eradicate the dry patch with those products.
  The Body Shop Christmas Gift Idea Body Butter
The Body Shop Christmas Gift Idea Body Butter
The Body Shop Christmas Gift Ideas

The last thing I want to share with you is this rather lovely personalised “Vanilla Chai Softening Body Butter“ from The Body Shop, which I got gifted at a Blogger event last week. I adore The Body Shop as a brand with their wonderful and valuable commitment to protect our planet by i.a. fighting against animal testing and reducing the environmental footprint and their aim of being the most ethical and truly sustainable global business. This Christmas they our doing an especially wonderful campaign, by restoring 1 Square metre of rainforest with every selected Christmas gift you buy. So by buying Christmas presents there, you are not only are you giving a lovely, high-quality product to your loved ones but you are more importantly helping to protect endangered creatures. What really spoke to me was the fabulous idea of personalising the famous, deeply nourishing and heavenly smelling body butters with the name of your choice for free. So when you pick out your favourite body butters - mine are the strawberry one as well as the British rose one - you go to one of the machines with a lovely employee printing out a personalised sticker for you and putting it on your body butter. The Body Shop offers incredibly gorgeous Christmas gift sets on a wide price range - so it’s honestly the perfect choice for a Christmas gift everyone will love and value, while contributing to the admirable message The Body Shop strives to spread. 

What makes your Night routine christmassy and wintery those days? Kisses, Laura

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