Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Survival Kit with Alibi and Balance Me

No, I can't believe it's nearly Christmas either.

This is always a crazy time of year with shopping to do (haven't done half of it), Christmas parties to attend (successfully survived work Christmas party sans embarrassment), Christmas food to eat (I had Quality Street for lunch last week, does that count) and Christmas jumpers to be worn (bought one in Primark, guilty as charged).

It's no wonder that this time of year can leave us feeling a bit frazzled. I've forgotten to buy wrapping paper, have already worn my one "party dress" to two parties and still haven't quite come to terms with adult life not consisting of a three week "break" where I can go home and revert to my teenage self.

With the silly season in full swing these deliveries from Alibi and Balance Me couldn't have come at a better time:

Alibi is a "healthy fizzy drink" which comes in three fruity flavours. I loved the sparkling citrus flavour the best - so refreshing! The drinks contain vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts to add to their healthy credentials and only 99 calories per can and no refined sugar or nasty artificial sweeteners. For an additional party season boost the drinks contain Milk Thistle, a natural remedy thought to help with hangovers and are super hydrating to help offset the effects of too many cocktails.

I had these to try to combat the dreaded 4pm slump and did feel more virtuous than reaching for a coffee or something sweet to perk me up. There are so many colds going around at the moment and so far (*touches wood*) I've managed to avoid them despite my diet being less than ideal (barely remembering the last meal you didn't eat at your desk isn't really a recipe for getting your 5-a-day) so I'd like to think the vitamins have done me some good!

Balance Me is a brand I've blogged about my love for before - all the products I've tried from them so far are lovely, the price points are great for natural beauty products and my local Waitrose sells them so I can sneak a couple of bits into my basket and claim I am "food shopping". The Radiance Face Mask is perfect for this time of year - whether you're looking for a pre-party boost or a wind down after a long day in the office. The clay-based mask is suitable for all skin types and promises to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten skin.

After using this mask my skin felt smooth and soft and it only needs five minutes to work its magic. This time of year is hard on our skin with the drying effects of the cold and central heating, complexion dulling late nights and the fact that booze and Quality Street are hardly known for creating a glowing complexion but this face mask must just be a skin savior and I'm definitely adding it to my winter skincare routine.

What's in your Christmas survival kit?

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