Sunday, 11 November 2018

My Current Skincare Routine

I've been stepping up my skincare routine lately and I'm loving the results. I'm always trying new products but these are what's working really well for me right now - my skin is looking great (if I do say so myself!) and I feel like I've finally found a routine I'm really happy with (and one I'll stick to!). This being the case, I thought I'd run through the products I'm using right now.

Nivea MicellAIR Skin Breathe Professional Makeup Remover 
So I stumbled across this one on offer in Boots when I ran out of my usual remover (Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water, for anyone interested). I think this is a relatively new product and I was intrigued by the "professional" description as well as the claim to have 0% product residue and the ability to remove waterproof products. I'm really enjoying using this so far - it definitely gets my makeup off with ease, particularly my eye makeup, and I do find I'm using a lot less cotton pads than I was with my previous makeup remover. I think this will be my go-to from now on, as I'm really impressed with it!

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel* 
Once I've taken my makeup off I'll wash my face with Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel*. I've been a fan of Dermalogica products for years now and this is definitely up there with my faves - it leaves my skin feeling super soft and squeaky clean, and a little bit goes a long way. It's obviously not the cheapest but for the results I think it's worth the price tag!

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Toner 
Okay so I'm a little bit in love with the Naturally Radiant Glycolic collection from Superdrug at the moment and this is definitely one of my favourite products. I love glycolic acid anyway, so when I found this range (at an amazing price) I went a bit wild and bought everything. I use this toner after I've cleansed and it makes such a difference - my skin feels so much smoother after using this!

Tropic Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum*
This one is a very recent addition to my skincare collection, but so far I'm really enjoying using it. I switch up my serums quite often depending on my skin concerns and this is amazing for when I'm blemish-prone. I've noticed quite a few blackheads lately as well as the odd spot (which I don't usually get anymore, praise Roaccutane) and this has worked wonders at clearing them up. It is weightless on the skin and full of skin-loving prebiotics, so I feel like I'm really looking after my skin when I use it.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream* 
Another favourite from Dermalogica, I absolutely swear by this as my daily moisturiser. The most exciting thing is they've recently updated their best-selling formula and it now has 48-hour hydration! I've been lucky enough to receive a tube of the updated version to try and I'll be doing an in-depth review on that soon, so keep an eye out.

Estee Lauder NightWear Plus & Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye
The older I get the more I realise I really need to keep my skin in tip-top condition, so a few months ago I started investing in some bits from Estee Lauder. I picked up the Protect & Hydrate gift set for around £22 (I've only been able to find this in store in Debenhams, so I'd say if you see it, get it!) which comes with some mini versions of their best-selling skincare products, all of which I've been loving. I also picked up the Advanced Night Repair Eye because I've heard so much about it and while I haven't noticed amazing results, I'm enjoying using it. I probably wouldn't repurchase though as it comes with a hefty price tag, but I think perhaps in a few years time it might sneak back into my routine.

Gatineau Jade Facial Roller
Another fairly recent addition, I'd heard so much buzz around jade facial rollers that I thought it was best I try one out for myself! I use this after I've cleansed my skin and applied all my serums/moisturisers etc, and it's supposed to help ease tension, eliminate toxins and de-puff the skin. The thing that appeals to me most about this product is that it's said to help you reap more of the benefits of your skincare products, as it helps fully absorb them into the skin. I'm really loving using this - I definitely think it helps my skin absorb the products more and it definitely helps ease tension! The rolling process in itself is really relaxing, and I feel as though I'm really treating my skin when using it.

L'oreal Smooth Sugars Clear Scrub
I picked this scrub up a little while ago as it was on offer (I know, I'm a sucker for discounted products) and I'm so glad I did. I always tend to neglect exfoliating for some reason, but this product makes me really look forward to it. It smells so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling super smooth and blemish-free - it works wonders for blackheads. The only downside is you don't get much in a tub, but I will most definitely be repurchasing when this runs out!

So that's my current skincare routine! Are you using any of these products at the moment too? I'd love to hear what skincare products you're loving right now!

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Aims for Autumn

I can't actually believe how quickly this year is going. I feel like I blinked and suddenly it's November! I am, however, very excited that autumn is in full swing (I love this time of year) so I thought I'd put together a cute little post of my aims for the autumn, and things I plan on doing over the next month or so...

Do some autumn baking

Oh my gosh, I miss baking so much. I feel like every year I stop baking over the summer months and then when autumn comes around I am so ready to start creating delicious cinnamon treats, gingerbread cookies and everything else in between. I definitely want to set aside some time to make some autumn bakes for the blog, too, as I love blogging about what I make!

Cosy up and read 

Another thing I've really been neglecting lately is reading. I have about 12232 books I want/need to read but I've been prioritising Netflix over reading, which as a self-confessed bookworm is a tad embarrassing to admit! I'm so excited to just light some candles, grab my dog and my blanket and curl up and escape into a good book. If you have any recommendations do let me know! 

Buy some (more) autumn candles 

Speaking of candles, I'm a bit obsessed with them at the minute and this time of the year is just so perfect for stocking up on delicious-smelling autumn candles. I keep popping in to my local TK Maxx as they just have the best candles in there. Yankee Candle is another favourite - I've been lighting my Cinnamon Sparkle one from them all the time lately! 

Get into bullet journalling 

So I started bullet journalling a few weeks ago and I've well and truly failed at keeping it up. I really want to get back into it for autumn as I feel like now is the perfect time to get creative and make some pretty cool autumnal pages. 

Get started on my Christmas shopping

I'm so excited about Christmas already and I want to enjoy it as much as possible so getting a head-start on my Christmas shopping will most definitely help me with that. There's nothing worse than rushing around in the days running up to Christmas! There are so many cute Christmas gifts in the shop now too so I feel pretty spoilt for choice! 

Start YouTubing again

It's been so long since I last made a video and I really miss it! I can't promise how regular I'll be at uploading but I'm really excited to get back into it. Bring on the Primark hauls! 

Go to the cinema 

This time of year is so, so good for films on at the cinema. I'm gutted I've not watched 'A Star is Born' yet but I am so excited for the new Fantastic Beasts film! That and all the Christmas films that we've got to look forward to over the next few months. I can't actually remember the last time I went to the cinema, I think I feel bad going when the weather is nice but now it's cold and rainy I have the perfect excuse to go! 

What are your aims for autumn? Let me know! 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Why TK Maxx is the Best Place for Beauty Right Now

You guys know I love a bargain, and so when I stumbled across TK Maxx's beauty section and saw how much they've upped their game in the brand stakes lately I just had to share.

I love TK Maxx - in my eyes it's a real treasure trove of wonders, and you never know what you might find in there (the same goes for Homesense). Whilst I usually swoon over the bags, homeware and stationery, more recently it's their beauty section that's been catching my eye. It's always been the place to find good deals (I'm pretty sure I've bought my fair share of Tigi shampoos from there over the years) but lately they have been getting more and more incredible high-end brands for a fraction of the price. I honestly think it is THE place for beauty lovers right now!

Which brands do they stock?

Okay, so like I said, TK has always had their fair share of beauty brands, but lately they've really outdone themselves. Brands I've stumbled across include Too Faced (my fave, of which they seem to have loads of), Urban Decay, Estee Lauder, MAC, Illamasqua, By Terry, Charlotte Tilbury (!!), NYX, Rodial, Milk Makeup, NARS, Tarte and even blimmin' Anastasia Beverly Hills. Yes - all of those amazing brands, but much cheaper.

How much cheaper are they? 

Okay, so some of the products don't have as much off as others (the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks I've seen online only have about £4 off) but a saving is a saving and some of these are over 50% off. For example, I picked up some ABH eyeshadows for £3.99 each, when they're usually £12 (I know they're not photographed here but I got them after these pics were taken - d'oh!). That's basically a drugstore price for a high-end brand - something I can very much get behind!

What did I pick up? 

So, on several different occasions I've been into TK Maxx and picked up some beauty bits (or ordered online). I know TK has been stocking Too Faced Melted lipsticks for a while now (I picked up the bright pink one a few months back) but I was yet to try the Melted Latex ones so couldn't resist picking up this rather vampy one - the shade is 'Can't Touch This'. Both lipsticks were £5.99 each when they are £19 full-price so this was a total bargain if you ask me! Sticking with Too Faced, I also picked up the Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer (normally £25, I got it for £7.99) and the most incredible Funfetti palette - I think this was a limited edition palette from last year so it's not available anymore, but I'm guessing it would have been around the £30-£40 mark originally - I got it for £12.99! 

I also picked up a charcoal cleanser from Milk Makeup - I'd not heard of the brand previously but a quick search online while I was in the shop confirmed I needed this badly - Caroline Hirons wrote a glowing review of it a few years back so I pretty much ran to the till with it. I think it was about £6.99 and it retails at $28 (it's an American brand that is seemingly pretty hard to get hold of here - another one of the wonders of TK Maxx!).

Finally, I was queuing up for something or other and I saw the Grow Gorgeous Hair Serum winking at me and ended up buying two bottles. I'd actually been looking at it a few days before online where I saw it was £30, so when I saw TK had it for a tenner I had to have one (or two). Another incredible beauty bargain if you ask me!

Honestly, if you're into beauty but love a saving you need to get to TK Maxx now! This isn't sponsored, I'm just a little bit obsessed with TK Maxx anyway and this latest beauty bonanza has made me even more so. Let me know if you've picked up any absolute steals in the beauty section of TK lately - any excuse for me to head out and try and track some more beauty bargains down!

Monday, 1 October 2018

5 Podcasts I'm Currently Loving

5 podcasts i'm currently loving

Up until fairly recently, I'd never listened to a podcast. It just didn't really appeal to me; I'm all about getting the tunes on and having a sing-song when I'm driving, but when I stumbled across Emma Gannon's Ctrl Alt Delete podcast a little while ago it totally changed my commute. Now, on the days I'm not really feeling the music, I'll whack a podcast on and end up feeling inspired instead.

I thought I'd run through a few of the podcasts I've been loving lately, to give you some inspiration if you're looking for something different to listen to on your commute, when you're cooking dinner or even when you're walking the dog.

Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon

I just have to mention the podcast that got me into them in the first place. Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon (writer and author of the book with the same name) is probably my all-time favourite podcast because each episode Emma chats to a guest about their relationship with the internet. The majority of her guests are self-made and built their empires through the internet, so this podcast never fails to leave me feeling really inspired about what I can achieve on the World Wide Web. Guests on the show include Zoella, Lena Dunham, Dolly Alderton, Jojo Moyes and Dawn O'Porter. It's definitely worth a listen if you're an aspiring entrepreneur or simply love all things internet.

At Home With by Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton

I know Lily and Anna way back from the early blogging days, so to see how far they've both come is amazing. When I heard they had a podcast I simply had to give it a listen, and now I'm ever so slightly addicted! Each episode, Lily and Anna visit the home of someone in the beauty/fashion/content creator industry, and have a snoop around their house whilst chatting about their career, how they came to be where they are and their interior style, of course. They've chatted to some amazing women, including makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, Tanya Burr, Patricia Bright, Callie Thorpe, Nails Inc founder Thea Green MBE and Liz Earle herself. A must-listen for beauty, fashion and interior lovers!

Full Coverage by Harriet Hadfield and Lindsey Kelk

Beauty lovers rejoice - this podcast is most definitely for you. Hosted by makeup artist Harriet Hadfield and self-confessed beauty junkie Lindsey Kelk, Full Coverage is perfect for anyone keen to hear the lowdown on the latest launches in the beauty world, find out about the top trends in beauty and hear from guests in the beauty industry as they share their current beauty faves. Previous guests include Elemis founder Neolla Gabriel, writer Sali Hughes and the queen of skincare herself, Caroline Hirons. This podcast is fresh, funny and never fails to make me smile. I love how the podcast shares honest reviews on the latest products whilst also discussing hot topics like the relationship between influencers and brands.

Bryony Gordon's Mad World

Ever since reading 'Mad Girl' by Bryony I fell in love with her and everything she stands for, so naturally I had to give her podcast a listen - and I wasn't disappointed. Each episode Bryony chats to a different guest about their experiences with mental health, starting off by asking them how they are, really, feeling right now. It's a breath of fresh air to listen to people speak so openly and honestly about mental health and Bryony is a big character with oodles of enthusiasm, making her a total pleasure to listen to. Anyone who has ever struggled with their mental health simply must give this a listen.

The Emma Guns Show 

Another must-listen for beauty addicts, The Emma Guns Show is an incredibly popular podcast with over 3 million (!!!) downloads. I can totally see why it's a hit - I find Emma super easy to listen to and whether it's her on her own talking all things life and beauty or with a guest, she always keeps me entertained. I love that Emma mixes beauty chat with more in-depth conversations about life, mental health and everything in between. She has had some amazing guests on her show, the majority of which are in the beauty industry in some way. She's spoken to the likes of Sam and Nic Chapman, Caroline Hirons, Lisa Potter-Dixon, Lily Pebbles, Sali Hughes, Ruth Crilly... the list goes on. If you're interested in the world of beauty, "influencers", entrepreneurship and mental health then this is the podcast for you.

So there you have it - my top five podcast picks. What are you listening to at the minute? Let me know!

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