28 Oct 2015 33 comments

Pressing Pause.


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Taking time out to look after myself is high on my list of priorities – but rather than the slap-dash routine I’m used to, I’ve been working on creating space in my day for a more indulgent ritual. A calming routine that works for us girls on the go, but one that will also ensure I’m taking some time to work on myself.

I find downtime is beneficial for mind and body; it’s a calming moment of clarity in the midst of daily life. I usually get up a little earlier on a Saturday or Sunday and enjoy a cup of tea and a book in the warm morning sunshine – thanks to our bedroom windows which catch every ray!
I get bouts of anxiety if I’m not careful, so getting away from the overthinking, and focussing on nothing more than a fictional story with my favourite playlist in the background is my way of shutting the world out for half an hour.

Pampering isn’t always about lathering up those luxe products either; I usually find comfort in a few affordable buys when I’m taking time out from my everyday life.
I often feature Dove products on these pages, as I think their positive, body-confident approach to beauty is spot on. They also get this balance between everyday affordable products, luxurious spa experience and kind-to-skin dermalogical care just right – and the result is a line of dreamy, purse-friendly picks that suit all skin types.


Dove has recently rebranded with the introduction of the DermaSpa line; housed in beautiful new packaging, it’s now easier to find a product that works for you. I’m all about the Goodnessᶟ range; for one, the scent is incredible! The products contain Omega Oil to really nourish the skin, so I come away feeling super supple and velvety soft. If you’re new to this range, definitely treat yourself to the Goodnessᶟ Body Cream. The rich, buttery concoction is a must for winter!

Also included within DermaSpa is the Uplifted+ line; the products in the range contain Cell-Moisturisers® to promote firmer skin – the Uplifted+ Body Oil is my post-shower staple. It smells delicious and sinks in instantly for dewy, cared-for limbs.
Finally, there’s the Summer Revived range – made up of two gradual tanners (one fair/medium, one medium/dark) that effortlessly work to give you a natural-looking hit of radiance. These are an improved version of the original Summer Glow products we’ve all been using since our teens; a failsafe way to achieve a natural glow at home!

What does your ‘pressing pause’ routine entail?


  • missgetaway

    Oh I love the Dove products. Still have to try the new ones. They sound amazing tbh 🙂

    Love, Kerstin

  • georgia

    All of the Dove pop ups when you read this on a mobile device are incredibly annoying!

  • You’ve reminded me how wonderful it is to escape our sometimes stressful world with a good book every once in a while. I love reading, yet find myself doing it less and less these days, so thank you for this post!

    I haven’t used Dove in a long time actually, but my goodness do I adore their brand philosophy and approach to a healthy body image.

    Kiara <3 // http://www.lioninthewild.com

  • I love this range, it feels so good on my skin! The oils smell amazing too!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I read and drink tea when I need to pause on life. Great post, Kate!


  • I saw this range in the supermarket and was quite tempted by it, I might give in and try it, Dove is such a great affordable brand.


  • I love the idea of these spa products and Dove is such an affordable brand I’ve used for years x


  • Gorgeous pictures! I love Dove products and I’d love to try the Uplifting+ line.


  • emily couture

    These Dove Spa products sound amazing 🙂

    emily xx


  • Everything Dove just reminds me of my mum, she loves it!


  • The new Dove products are incredible!

    Sara – She Who Is Short

  • I am so excited to try these products out, they sound incredible 🙂

  • Maggie

    These do sound wonderful! Hopefully they will be released in the US soon!


  • I love Dove – their body care range is just the best!

    The Girl From the North | An Amazing Giveaway Here!!

  • I have these and they seem great – I can’t wait to give them a proper go! x


  • These look fab! Such an affordable range too! May have to have a try of these 🙂

    Gianni x

  • Emma and Emily

    I absolutely adore this range!! The body oil and hand cream are absolutely amazing.

    Emily x

  • when I was at the drugstore last time I had that body butter in my hands, but I did not buy it as I did not know how it smelled and as it comes sealed (which I really like!) there was no way to find out. Is it a warm cosy scent or more of a fresh one?

  • I love using Dove shampoo, conditioner and body lotion! It’s just the greatest.

    Jenna | Beauty And The Style

  • I love to pamper and I love Dove so I can’t wait to try out this new spa range. Your pictures are lovely! xx

    Ally | http://www.glamoclock.com

  • These seem really nice! I have’t tried dove products in years but these look really fantastic!


  • Ooh so curious to try out these new Dove products! We’ve been loving their Oxygen Moisture shampoo lately, too.


  • I love, love, love Dove products x


  • I’m very prone to bouts of anxiety as well, and I cannot agree more about finding time to wind down by yourself 🙂
    Love Dove’s products – they’re so affordable! <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  • I love Dove, I didn’t know of this new range but I will definitely be trying it

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  • Dove is just one of those trusted brands I always return to and always hits the mark!

    Ceann x http://www.ceannnnn.blogspot.com

  • Jen

    I haven’t used Dove product in quite a few years. May have to check them out soon!

  • Melanie

    I’m obsessed with Dove products! It’s the only thing that works for me to keep my skin healthy and smooth!!! I have to try out this Dermaspa line…Never heard of it! =)

    Melanie | Toots + Dill

  • Taking time out is definitely important for mental health, I couldn’t agree more. Dove has been a favourite of mine for as long as I can remember, to me it’s the ultimate clean smell

    Charlotte xx

  • Dove is a great pamper brand!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Rachel

    Havent been using Dove products in a long time. But this new line sounds really good!

    Rachel x

  • Derma Spa range does look and ‘feel’ very spalike. Wonder how it works on normal skin. Anyways, thank you for sharing Kate 🙂

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.blogspot.com

  • Quest for Calm

    Your night stand is so cute!