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At night, I am all about relaxing essential oils to calm me down and get me sleepy. Evening Primrose is one of my favourite scents for the bath, so I was pretty excited when Weleda sent me their entire range based on the scent.



Last week, I was invited to experience a Margaret Dabbs pedicure. I had heard so much about Margaret from British beauty blogs, and her frequent mentions in Porter magazine, so I was really interested to see what made the products a cult favourite (not to mention Margaret is a celebrity favourite).

Margaret Dabbs is a chiropodist from London, and has pioneered the dry pedicure–there are no massage chairs with jet-powered basins here.

All of the products are made with Margaret’s signature ingredients of Emu Oil and Lemon Myrtle. Emu oil is a natural analgesic (anti-inflammatory and soothing like Advil) and the oil itself is actually closest to human’s natural oil composition, so it is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin. It also contains vitamins A & E (skin repairer and antioxidants), Lineolic Acid (eases muscle and joint pain), Sapogens (skin softeners) and Terpines (antiseptics). Lemon Myrtle is used for its soothing properties and it’s clean scent.

My wonderful aesthetician Ellis began by filing my feet to remove all of the dry, dead skin (I had not been soaking my feet as wet skin masks the area that needs to be treated–Ellis pointed out the spots on my feet that would have been missed had they been wet). This was a really interesting way to start the pedicure as it was totally different than what I was used to.

After the filing and nail trimming, she shaped my nails with Margaret’s Crystal Nail File. The crystal creates a smoother finish and prevents any splitting or breaking of the nail.

Only once she was done pushing back my cuticles and prepping my nails did my feet hit the water. Ellis had filled a large bowl with the Hydrating Foot Soak (which can also be used in the bath). A small amount of the Exfoliating Foot Mousse was then massaged on to my feet to eliminate any remaining dead skin.

After being dried off, my feet were covered in the Intensive Treatment Foot Oil (which smells lovely and lemon-y) and followed up with the Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion (which can also be used as a body lotion). I’ve been applying the lotion nightly to my feet, and I have to say I am quite impressed–normally I am foot lotion-averse because I hate any greasy feeling on my feet, but this absorbs very quickly and is light and not greasy or oily in the least.

In the summers I am constantly being attacked by bugs at the cottage, and I was advised that the ingredients of the Lotion will actually keep the bugs away–I will definitely try this since even OFF! Deep Woods can’t keep my legs from getting 20 bug bites.

If you’re not one to splurge on monthly pedicures, investing in Margaret’s Foot File, Exfoliating Foot Mousse and Foot Lotion is a great way to keep your feet looking pretty and soft with minimal effort while feeling luxurious.

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A few little things that any women would love to put to use.
Lush Bath Bombs & Mini Shower Gels: Lush is famous for their quirky bath and body products– bars of shampoo, the Sex Bomb and Henna hair dyes. All of their products stand by their ethical philosophy, meaning no animal testing, fresh ingredients, environmentally friendly production and packaging and donations to LUSH FunD and Charity Pot.That being said, everything from Lush smells amazing, seriously. A baby shower gel or a bath bomb is the perfect stocking stuffer, because come on, who wouldn’t love to take a nice bath? Ponche, the shower gel I’ve been trying out, literally contains a shot of tequila to wake you right up. Rose Jam, the body wash Amanda was trying out, smells like what rose macarons taste like in Paris. Oh, also, their bath bombs look super cool as they fizz up into the water, and usually leave the water a pretty colour. The Golden Wonder is especially cool as it goes through several evolutions, with the end results being a bluish mermaid-coloured water rippled with scented oils, gold shimmer and little golden stars. Simply magical.
The Body Shop Mini Hand Creams: The perfect safe present for the woman in your life (let’s say, in-laws, teachers, friends–but not quite best friends, you catch my drift) whom you aren’t entirely sure on what to get. Everyone needs hand cream!! These holiday scents aren’t too sweet and nourish deep enough to counteract Jack Frost’s jackass temperatures. Cranberry Joy smells amazing, like I’m addicted. My friend loves Ginger Sparkle, and steals some every time she’s over.
Rococco Nail Polishes: At first I was thinking that these would be more suitable for a younger audience, but I’m reconsidering. I mean grey and black are great staple shades that I think most women can pull off. But I ain’t saying that these Rococco polishes are boring. These two in particular are from their Molten Lava: Lost in Space winter collection, basically the coolest thing in the world (or should I say out of this world? HA). Bad Robot is a frosty silvery/ grey shade that has super finely-milled sparkles that reflect the colours like that of spilled oil that you see in parking lots (that just might be the most awful description I’ve ever given a product). But in a good way! It’s like mega iridescent, and when held up to the light, it’s honestly breathtaking. Space Invader your classic black gone sci-fi, with tiny flecks of silver sparkles. Both are hella long lasting and their ultra thin formula is nearly impossible to pick off when you’re nervous/bored (this was a huge thumbs up for me).
–Anna Raponi