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Lumie Bodyclock Review

I'm generally a morning person but back in November and December when the sun didn't rise until pushing 9am I was finding it so hard to get up for work. Living far North is great in the summer when the sun barely sets but it's so easy to start feeling symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder when winter starts to kick in and daylight is a distant memory. I'd had enough by my birthday and asked for a Lumie Bodyclock which is known as a dawn simulator. I've been putting it to the test for a couple of months and I'm happy to say winter mornings aren't the struggle they used to be.

Instead of a loud alarm shocking me awake each morning the Lumie Bodyclock uses an increasing natural light to ease me awake gently. The science behind it involves melatonin (sleep hormones) being slowly stopped and cortisol being increased (the get up and so hormones). Wake-up lights help your body adjust to waking up, keep your sleep cycle on track and in turn boost mood, energy and productivity levels. No more walking around half asleep, yawning my head off while trying to get organised for work. 

I've got my alarm set and the light begins to gradually turn on 20minutes before hand, reaching full sunrise and then staying on for an extra 30 minutes (though you can turn it off when you wake up). There's lots of different options ranging from 15 to 90 minute sunrises. There's a few sound options too to match up with the sunrise alarm. You can choose a standard alarm beep, a dawn chorus, rooster calls or FM radio with digital tuning. You can also use the snooze function but I rather getting up and going instead of prolonging the agony.  Alarm clocks using electricity always panic me a little through winter in case there's a power cut but the Lumie Bodyclock has power failure back up to put your mind at ease.

Some of the features that I've not really used much (mostly because I head off to sleep with no problems) is a 15-90 minute sunset to wind down for bed, white noise setting to mask sounds that keep you awake and wave sounds to lull you to sleep. These might be good for children or if you're having some sleep problems. There's also a nightlight feature, but for me I like complete darkness. You can also use the Bodyclock as a bedside light and boy can it go bright! And lastly, a feature that's quite good for people worried about safety and security you've got the option for the light to turn on randomly while you're away. That just makes me think of Home Alone!

Reaching nearly £100 for an alarm clock at first seemed mad but since using it and feeling the positive effects I would say it's worth the investment. You can remove the need to have a bedside table, while gaining a refreshing way to wake up each morning. This is also great for sports training - anyone thinking of heading to the gym before work? Replacement bulbs are only £5 so there's no maintenance costs to be worried about. Healthy sleep through light therapy is definitely worth looking into!

Superdrug Haul & First Impressions

This was a bit of an impulse buy because it was on offer. I was searching for an exfoliator and this gylcolic scrub was actually a bit better suited to my skin needs. I've used it once in the shower, so far, and it wasn't too rough and left my skin feeling really good. Let's see how this helps my dry skin.

I was in the need of a new liquid eyeliner and super slim sounded like the right one for me. I've been experimenting with eyelash extensions at home and I've put this to the test filling in little gaps. It was so easy to use, really black and stayed put during the first trial run. I'm looking forward to trying it for a night out.

The night that I did the order was cold and wet which left me wishing for Summer, sunshine and a healthy glow. I've used Palmer's Cocoa Butter for years and this was quite a good price. I tried it out the other night thinking it was pretty much a gradual tanner. I was a bit slap dash and didn't wash my hands very well - BIG MISTAKE. I'm looking a lovely colour, except for the bright orange between my fingers.

This teeth whitening product was the reason I was on the Superdrug website. Some of my friends had been speaking about this at dinner a few weekends ago and it reminded me of seeing it on Youtube. I'd checked for the different charcoal polish options and this was affordable... but out of stock. Finally it was back in and I snapped it up. It's really messy to use, I'll only be doing it on days when I've got time to be cleaning the bathroom!! It didn't taste of anything, it was a little gritty but it didn't bother me. I've noticed a slight difference after just one use.

This miniature was a freebie when you bought 2 skincare products. I'd never smelt this fragrance before and a little 5ml bottle is both a good chance to try it out but also a handy size for in a handbag or whilst travelling. 

Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Hair Care Range

Who doesn't want gorgeous hair? Phil Smith Be Gorgeous is a haircare range from the celebrity hairdresser with over 10 different collections. There's something to suit different types of hair, colours and problems areas. All of the collections have a distinctive colour scheme making them easy to identify and also bright and attractive sitting in the shower.  My favourite is the Cocolicious range with a sleek white bottle and amazing copper writing. I've got long, blonde, mega processed hair and I was looking forward to trying out a product from 3 different ranges - Hello Moisture SOS Rescue and Cocolicious*.

Argan Oil is well known for it's nourishing properties, it's been a buzz word in the beauty industry for years. This conditioner felt quite light and creamy in my hand before feeling a similar way in my hair. A heavy conditioner can make my hair feel greasy and lifeless but this one was the complete opposite both in the shower and once I'd finished my blow dry. It takes a while to notice actual signs of repair but my hair did feel stronger and healthier, ready to be styled.

The part I was excited about was the scent and it didn't disappoint. It smelt amazing and definitely earned it's Cocolicious name. Unfortunately this didn't leave my hair feeling as silky in the shower as I was expecting, which is a shame. I'm not sure how hydrating this actually is but maybe paired with the rest of the range it would be a favourite.

I love an intensive conditioning treatment. It's part of being a blondie who's partial to straightening and curling. I quite often use a conditioning treatment in place of a normal conditioner just to keep my hair in really good condition. This one with shea butter didn't disappoint. My hair felt smooth and hydrated in the shower after leaving it in for 5 minutes (I've also tried 15 minutes for a proper pamper night too). After washing it out, drying my hair and styling it my hair felt smooth and a little less tangled than usual. 

Phil Smith haircare is available from Sainsbury's at only £3.50 each which is a really fair, and affordable price. There's no need to spend a fortune when you can get gorgeous hair at high street prices. Unforftunately I don't have a Sainsbury's anywhere near me so I'll be stocking up at any chance I can. I wonder if Phil Smith uses his products on celebrities too?

Matalan Homeware Top Picks

I love Matalan homeware. We bought loads there when we first moved into our house about a year and a half ago (how has it gone that quickly!?). It's also the first place I go when Christmas starts creeping in because their decorations are also gorgeous and great value. So with that, it's been a few months since I've checked out their latest arrivals. It didn't take long for me to be longing for a basket full! Here's my top picks from their new homeware...

This style of photo frame is one of my favourite. They're easier to change but also look cute and quirky in any room. We have so many photos together it would be easy to fill this up.

I hate to admit it but the oven gloves in our kitchen are still our Christmas ones! We need something new and because our kitchen is grey and blue these mint coloured ones would be perfect. The hearts aren't too over the top girly so I'd definitely get away with it.

Since starting Slimming World at the start of the year I've been loving cooking so much more. We have 2 plastic chopping boards but there are times when the recipe has me chopping loads of different things I could do with an extra. Also, what's peoples' opinions on wood vs. plastic chopping boards? I feel like a wooden one might be more hygienic?

How Emma Bridgewater is this mug? Also, how heart themed is this post? This mug looks simple, gorgeous and is no where near the price tag of the designer version. It would be easy to make a little set of these as a gift for Mum for Mother's Day or a housewarming present.

If you don't know we've got a Lionhead rabbit so rabbit themed things tend to be a winner in our house. This bunny mug is obviously part of their Easter collection but I can so imagine my fiancĂ© drinking his coffee out of this every morning. 

Speaking of my fiancĂ©, I would win huge brownie points if I bought this sleek beer barrel for him. Can you imagine this packed full of ice and stocked up with beer for a BBQ in the summer? As long as he'd let me sneak a couple of prosecco bottles in there I'd quite happily oblige.

This is an ultimate Slimming World tea towel... got to get that speed food in! I love the cute cartoon veggies. Do I need more of an excuse to buy this?

Matalan has loads of fairy lights in at the moment but these mason jar ones caught my eye. I'm not sure where I'd put them but I instantly thought of cocktail nights or BBQs when I saw them. The colours are beaut too!