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Pass It On with Pink Lady® Apples

 

A little while ago Pink Lady® Apples got in touch with me to ask if I wanted to take part in their Pass It On campaign. The idea was for a group of bloggers with different specialities to pass on their skills and expertise to each other. I love the chance to try some something new so I was very happy to sign up. I put together a kit of lovely watercolour supplies and a simple tutorial for Laura of Wholeheartedly Healthy (I can't wait to see how she gets on) and I received a surprise package in the post from Sarah of Temporary Secretary.

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I received the most lovely package from Sarah. The skill that she had chosen for me to learn was nail art, and she included a selection of nail varnishes and all the tools I needed to get started. She also included lots of lovely bath and skin products, so that I could have a bit of a pamper and relaxation session.

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emma block pink lady
emma block pink lady

The last time I had a go doing a bit of nail art was back when I was in university, using the wrong end of a paintbrush to make dots on my nails. This time round it was much easier with the proper tools, instructions from Sarah and a whole Pinterest board full of inspiration. I decided to keep it really simple and just use the dot tool rather than the brushes. I'm not that good using my left hand, so I decided to keep my first attempt really easy so they wouldn't be too much of a difference between my left and right hand. It was so much fun to take the time to sit down and do a bit of nail art, waiting patiently for each layer to dry. I'm usually one of those people who is always in a rush and tries to paint their nails 15 minutes before they leave the house and then smudges it on the way out. I've got to say I had a lot of fun trying out the nail art, and every time I look at my nails they just make me smile.

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It was also lovely to have a bath and a bit of a pamper session. Baths are one of my favourite things, I think they're probably one of the only times when I'm truly relaxed. Is there anything better than having a bath and putting a podcast on? The kit included some bubble bath, shower gel, body scrub and moisturiser. My favourite is this range from Champneys which says 'a well earned a treat' on top. I love anything handwritten or brush lettered. I've been working very hard recently writing my book  and it's all been pretty non-stop. I have been doing my best not to work 24/7 and to look after myself mentally and physically. I'm honestly a bit of a workaholic, But it's important to remember that the times when I feel like skimping on 'self care' are the times I need it the most. Anyway it was certainly nice to have an excuse to climb into a nice hot bubble bath and forget about work for 40 minutes.

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This post has been brought to you in association with Pink Lady® Apples as part of their Pass It On campaign.