Review: L'oreal Detox Clay Mask

I don't know about you but I hate Sundays. I always have. There's just no way to beat that back to school/back to work feeling. Thankfully the sun is shining today which already makes everything feel a little bit better. But I always welcome anything that can make Sunday a little bit brighter. 

I've never tried a face mask that I've really loved until I found L'oreals Pure Clay Detox Mask. I've never really been taken with L'oreal's skin care in the past but I'd heard really good things about these masks. Of course it took me a solid 20 minutes in the shop to decide which mask I wanted but in the end I though the detox mask would probably be the best fit.

It's easy to use - layer up the mask and wait about 10 minutes for it to dry. I use a mask brush from Avon which is much less messy and fiddly than using your fingers. The mask lightens in colour as it dries so you can easily tell when it's ready to be washed off.

The first time I used this mask my skin looked so much better afterwards. It looked and felt smoother, cleaner and clearer too. The instructions recommend using this a couple of times a week but I just use it as and when I need to give my skin a boost. It really makes a noticeable difference to my skin and believe me does my skin need some extra TLC.

You can find all three of the L'oreal clay masks here. I'd love the try the brightening mask next!

Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Tasting Adventure

Can you think of a better way to start off a long bank holiday weekend than doing a chocolate tasting? Anyone? No? Me neither. Callum and I had been given a gift card for Christmas and because of various different reasons (read: one reason - I'd given up chocolate for lent. A brilliantly timed decision on my part...) we've only just got around to using it.

So last Friday night we headed into Leeds for an early dinner and a mooch around the shops. At 6pm we made our way to Hotel Chocolat and were taken to a dimly lit corner of the cafe alongside another couple. The chocolatier introduced himself as Dan and then proceeded to pour us all a full glass of prosecco whilst we awkwardly fiddled with our pencils and resisted the urge to scream, "Where's the chocolate!?!"

Dan was amazing. He was funny and engaging and he clearly loved his job. It made a huge difference having somebody there who knew his craft. He would talk to us about certain types of chocolate, where it comes from, how it's cleaned and roasted and used. Then he would let us have a taste and ask us to guess what we thought the flavour notes were. We were on track for about 75% of the guesses, the other 25% came from Callum to which Dan said, "I think you should just leave now..." It was a fun, lighthearted atmosphere and being able to relax and have a laugh with everyone just made it that much more enjoyable.

We had a really lovely evening. We got to try about 12 different types of chocolate and we learnt all sorts about the process of making chocolate. We had a laugh (mostly at Callum, but he's a good sport and laughed at himself too) and discovered a new love for all different kinds of chocolate. Like we needed an excuse to eat anymore. We were also given a goody bag on the way out with some bars of chocolate and vouchers. Again, like we needed an excuse to eat anymore chocolate.

Next on my list is the chocolate making session!

What I've Been Reading Lately | April

I set myself a Goodreads challenge to read thirty books this year. So far I've only read 6 so I don't think I'm exactly on track but the good news is that I have a mammoth pile of unread books to sink into over the Easter holidays! Here are a few I've been reading in April:

The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler | This one I haven't read yet but I can't wait to delve into this book. The story centres around 17 year old apprentice Franz and his boss, Otto, a tobacconist. It is set in Austria and tells the story of how Hitler's Third Reich affected the lives of so many across Europe. This one definitely spoke to the historian within me and sounds like a touching read. This one is next on my list.

Shtum by Jem Lester | I'm in two minds about this book. I liked the idea of it - two parents battling to get their autistic, mute son into a school that would allow him to explore and learn in a way that best suits him. But for the most part of this book I just couldn't get past how much I disliked the father. And the mother for that matter. They were both selfish and unlikable and it kind of tainted the story for me.

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding | Need I say more?

March by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin | I've been wanting to read a graphic novel for the longest time now but I couldn't seem to find one that I thought might be worth it. I can't remember how I stumbled across March but it jumped out at me immediately. It's about Congressman John Lewis and his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement (which one one of the most interesting topics I studied at A-level History). I bought the first one and read it all in one sitting so now I'm waiting for book 2 to find out what he did next!

Now that this blog post has been written I'm going to make a cup of tea and finish the last couple of chapters of Bridget Jones.

What have you been reading lately? What's been your favourite so far in 2017?