Recently, I was invited to try out the new St Enoch Centre Rewards scheme. It's a pretty simple concept - you earn points every time you shop in the centre and as your points grow, you earn rewards and access to exclusive offers. You can either use the reward card and keep it in your purse, or you can download the 'St Enoch Rewards' app for your phone and scan it at the till. Easy!
I was set the challenge of creating a mum-to-be pampering kit with a £100 gift card for the centre, while using the rewards card to build up my points as I go. At 32 weeks pregnant, I'm so in need of a good pamper and the offer couldn't have come at a better time.
It only took a few minutes to set up my new card and app, and then off I went to shops ready to spend some time on my favourite retail therapy for the first time in ages. Almost all of my shopping in the last few months has been for the baby and it's been a long time since I've actually shopped for myself. When you're exhausted, can't see your feet and have a to-do list the size of your arm it's easy to forget to make time for yourself when really, this is the time when I should be doing that the most.
The brief for a pregnancy pamper kit is very different to a normal pamper kit, I think. We don't need foot files and body scrubs cos we're probably struggling to reach a lot of areas. Fake tan is best avoided, since we're applying bio oil twenty times a day and hair masks and treatments require energy that I've not had for months. Simplicity and relaxation are the most important factors.
When I think of a relaxing setting, candles are always involved so the first place I went to was Yankee Scotland. In this transitional weather, I didn't want to go too 'summer' or too 'autumn' so I wanted something neutral. I love the sweet, baking smell of Pain Au Raisin and the clean, fresh smell of Olive & Thyme and luckily, these were in the blue dot sale and just £13 for the large jars.
Pregnancy makes everything smell stronger and that doesn't always have to be a bad thing, it means that my favourite scents smell even better than normal. I've always loved the Origins Ginger range and if it's possible, I actually think the smell of it has been one of my cravings! I made a quick visit to Debenhams and picked up the ginger bath soap and the ginger body lotion from the range. This bath bar has quickly become my favourite bath products - if you leave this in the bath while it's running, it creates the creamy, gingery bath water that makes you never want to get out. The body lotion is equally good - super moisturing and keeps the clean ginger scent on your skin for hours.
Next I went to the Body Shop - one of my favourite shops and an obvious place to visit for pamper products. Their skincare ranges have always impressed me so I picked up the Mineral & Ginger clay face mask - it warms when applied to the skin and I can't wait to try this out. I was also on the lookout for something else to compliment the ginger scents so I picked up the shea butter shower cream and the coconut shower cream on the two for £4 offer.
At the till, I spotted one of my favourite Autumn/Winter perfumes and had to get it. A new perfume is an instant pick me up, I think. Smoky Rose is a deep musky, rosy evening scent and unlike any other scent I own. The 60ml bottle is the perfect handbag size too!
Using the St Enoch Centre rewards card was super easy, and my app updated every time I swiped to tell me if I'd unlocked any new offers. There's some really good deals on there already including offers on food and drinks, special rates on travel money and discounts on clothes and jewellery. I'd definitely recommend picking one up next time you're in the centre - you've nothing to lose! Click here for all the info you need.
Hope you liked this post and got some ideas if you're thinking of creating a pamper hamper for a mum-to-be. If you're not pampering yourself, I think this would be a good DIY idea for a baby shower gift too. Anyway, I better go ... my ginger bath awaits me!