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Favourite beauty products of 2017

1.09.2018


I really did make a conscious effort last year to invest more in my skin and hair. Not just money but also time and patience. Plus, I have a bad habit of buying too many things to try out and either losing interest or moving onto the next shiny thing.

I've taken more of an interest in double cleansing my face after wearing makeup. I've been trying to use up the Bodyshop Camomile cleansing butter  that I've been neglecting. I forgot how buttery this product is and how amazing it is at melting makeup whilst being so gentle on the skin. Following from this I use a product that is in my everyday skin care routine without fail Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Once I've taken the makeup off of my skin I then massage this into my skin making sure my skin is refreshed when I wipe it all off with a muslin cloth.

Sheet masks have become a new favourite for me, especially with the winter months taking it's toll on my skin. I have absolutely been loving the Yes To Tomatoes blemish fighting mask - I kid you not I can definitely notice a difference to my blemishes after using this mask for just one time. It calms my skin and also treats the blemishes. When i'm not battling my blemishes i'm trying to balance my skin. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Green Tea Hydrating Sheet Face Mask helps with that. I have oily/combination skin (which i'm learning to love) and i'm looking at keeping it balanced.

I've finally accepted the fact that just because I have oily skin doesn't mean I can't nourish my skin with oils. I discovered the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate to give my skin that extra pampering before bed. On a more recent scale though, I have recently discovered is The Ordinary by Deciem products. They have many products for different skin types and all for a really good price! It makes you wonder how some of the other beauty brands can justify charging so much.

I've always been one for wanting fabulous lashes. What girl hasn't? During the year I would have LVL treatments done to my eyelashes. Which is actually a really nice treatment to have done. It's a treatment that effectively tints and perms your lashes and usually lasts for about 6-8 weeks. I wanted to try something different though and I decided to purchase Revitalash. I'm not going to lie. Revitalash isn't cheap - but I definitely notice a positive difference and I don't think I'll stop using the product anytime soon! It's effectively an eyelash conditioner to help nourish and condition your eyelashes to help them grow and be stronger.

Lets talk hair. One brand I have fallen in love this year was OUAI (pronounced like 'way') and their hair oil. I originally purchased this for when I went to Mexico and I loved using it in my hair whilst I was there. To the point that it was the main hair product that I reached for until it was empty! More recently though I stumbled across the Loreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil In Cream. During the winter months my hair becomes even drier than normal and this leave in cream is amazing for my midlengths and ends. After washing my hair i'll pop in some serum and then the leave in cream too.

Finally one product that I can't believe I forgot to include in my original post is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream. I purchased this tube back in January 2017 and it is still going strong! This is by far THE best product I have ever used on my lips or dry skin! Worth every penny and i'll be sad when I have to buy a new one! Originally I thought this product was only for dry lips but I can't believe how my conditions this product can help with and not just on your face!

What were your 2017 favourites? Comment them below!


 


17 things i'm taking from 2017

1.07.2018


  1. It's okay not to be okay. Being happy and feeling great 100% is practically impossible. You need the negatives to truly make the most of the positives.
  2. It's a new day tomorrow. Don't let today ruin it if it was a bad one. 
  3. Weight goes up and down. Focus on being healthy and happy. Even if your goal is to lose weight. Focus less on the scales.
  4. Social media encourages a false impression of peoples lives. Don't feel like your Instagram needs a 'theme' or should look a certain way to get interaction.
  5. Fresh air does you good. Clear your head more often.
  6. Just because you feel you aren't doing things the 'normal way' doesn't mean its the wrong way.
  7. Make more time for the hobbies you enjoy. It's okay though if you can't spare the time all the time. 
  8. You need to sleep more.
  9. If you diet constantly - you'll crash. You'll crash hard too. Don't put your mental state through that again.
  10. Moana is a great film and it makes you happy. Keep watching it. 
  11. Listen more to those that love you.
  12. Stop filling your life with clutter. 
  13. You'll never find that missing sock. Buy some new ones damn it.
  14. Stop picking at your spots. Even though you know this and still choose to ignore it from time to time. 
  15. Go and explore more of the world. Even its a different country or not. 
  16. You can never take too many photos. 
  17. You do you. 


Royal Blood ~ Alexandra Palace

11.28.2017

Last week the wait was over. The Royal Blood 2018 tour had reached Alexandra Palace in London. Scott and I ventured down there on the train not only excited to see Royal Blood perform, but the little piggies that we are - we wanted to get our hands on some fooooooood.

Quite fortunately we live in a location in which it isn't a terribly long journey to venture into London via the trains. In hindsight we wished we drove though, it wasn't particularly difficult to get to but with the cold winter weather we have right now, a cosy car journey home wouldn't have gone a miss! After chowing down on two fully loaded burritos (yes, we're still trying to get over our Mexico holiday blues!). We were ready to watch them perform! 


As expected, Royal Blood were absolutely amazing. Performing a good mixture of songs played from both of their albums. Having the whole crowd singing along and also as predicted, screaming for an encore right at the end finishing off with Ten Tonne Skeleton. If you want to listen to some music that's performed brilliantly live. Go and see Royal Blood. 

On a side note though, I do love to people watch whilst standing in a crowd of people. You find so many different types of characters. I suppose at gigs you have stereotypical types of people: 1. The hardcore/passionate fans - these types of people are singing every single song word for word as if they are the bands biggest and most important fan. 2. The drunken fans - those ones that probably wish they didn't get as drunk as they did at the start of the gig, resulting in them trying to dance off their drunkeness in hope they sober up a little. 3. The ' i'll film it all on my phone/ipad fans - I'm partial to taking a snap or two even if its a few seconds long of a video of  a song I love, but seriously you've paid to be there for the atmosphere, put the camera down once in a while! And finally 4. The 'I came here for my other half/friends' fan - the tag along that was invited for the great night out, doesn't know any lyrics or perhaps knows a few lines here or there whilst they're standing there. 




Manchester - better late than never!

11.27.2017

I completely intended on writing this post closer to the time but I just simply don't know where the time has gone! About 10 days ago I visited my cousin who's currently at university in Manchester. I asked her to show me some of her favourite places to go in the time that I had with her. Considering before this visit I had never been to Manchester before - I was pretty excited to see whats what. Due to bad traffic on my way up to her, I only had a full day with her before I was due to leave. First stop: Afflecks Palace.


Everywhere I turned there was something that caught my eye. The building has such character - don't forget each shop stall or coffee shop of course! The building had very much an indie-vibe to it which is something i'm not usually exposed to in all honesty! So everything had my attention. My cousin took me to one shop called Messy Makeup who feature henna art. Sadly this is something I couldn't possibly get away with for work but my cousin went right ahead.




Those that know me would know I love a good shopping spree! Some stumbling across this vintage clothes shop which had a Kilo Sale amused me. 1 Kilo's worth of clothing for only £15. Of course I was really trying to be on my best behaviour and i'm proud to say I managed to resist all purchases!

Something really did make me giggle on my journey to and from Manchester. A reminder that i'm becoming a full fledged adult - I was thinking 'what a lovely smooth drive' whilst on the M6 toll road. Even right now I find myself smirking... oh dear... 




My current Netflix binge list #2

11.16.2017


Stranger Things 2.
Okay, if you haven't watched the first series... where have you been - I promise this is a gooden. I'm gutted I haven't had the chance to watch this yet at the point of writing this. The binge for it is at the ready though. It's set in the 70's and a group of boys are on the hunt for their missing friend and stumble across the character Eleven and some dark forces along the way. 


Rick and Morty.
I remember the first time I noticed the first season of this on Netflix. I watched the first episode having no idea what to expect and what a cartoon it is. This is definitely something I recommend to others if you enjoy other adult cartoons like Family Guy. I can confidently say I've watched the first two seasons and honestly, it did make me laugh. If you can set aside the crazy storylines and clock onto the sneaky references they make in each episode you'll enjoy it. 


Power.
Sex, drugs and guns. Basically. There's 4 seasons of this show now. Each one that I've seen now just gets better and better. I'm yet to watch season 4 and I can't wait! James St Patrick (or known to some characters as Ghost) to the real world is known as a successful club owner. To a few he's known as the drug kingpin and the club is just a cover up. 


Peaky Blinders.
Out of all the other shows I've listed in this post. This is the only thing I haven't watched yet at all. It's been on my watch list for a while but I just haven't got around to watching it. A few of my friends have seen it and they talk highly of it. It's also different to other things I've been watching lately. It'll be nice to shake things up a bit!

What's on your watch list?



5 tips to help beat the post-summer blues

11.12.2017

I don't know about you, as lovely and picture-esque the late autumn/early winter months are. I sometimes find it hard to snap out of the summer blues and actually enjoy the winter months. I thought I would put together an inspirational blog post in hopes that it will help you.

1. Pamper yourself.
Going into the winter months, I find my skin loves to take a turn for the worst. Involving breakouts and dryness as my skin tries to adjust to the weather changes. Find yourself your favourite face mask, run yourself a hot bath (why not throw some goodies in there like bath bombs or bath salts for a relaxing treat!) and why not paint your nails - or even better, visit a nail bar for that extra pampered feeling! This is something that works so well on it's own, but by all means invite some of the girls over and have a catch up at the same time with a face mask and a cuppa.

2. Take a moment and go for a walk.
Sometimes life just feels like its passing us by before we know it. Once in a while I really do enjoy just going for a stroll. Quite fortunately I live near lots of green fields and woodlands and I enjoy seeing how the scenery changes colours when late autumn strikes. Try not to restrict yourself though! If you want to explore a new area then do it! Plan the journey then go and embrace it. Perhaps take a camera with you if you're into photography or make it another reason to take the dog out for a walk.

3. Get cosy.
There's nothing I like more than tweaking things around the house (or more specifically my room!) to help me feel happier as winter creeps in. This year for example, I've purchased fresh pillow sets and a duvet for my bed. Extra plump and fluffy to keep me warmer as the nights fall colder. Even a new duvet set can cheer you up! Don't forget candles, i'm a sucker for a candle. Pick winter scents (or do I dare say since it isn't quite December just yet - festive scents) and be sure to light them in the evenings too. There's something in the ambient lighting that helps me feel extra cosy and comforted in the evenings.

4. Start a new hobby - or pick up an old one again!
As the weather gets colder I find it easier to pick up my knitting needles and get practising with different knitted pieces I could make. This time of year tends to follow the trend of hats and scarves though but it keeps me inspired and wanting to make more to better my skills! Why not learn a new language for the new year, play an instrument, or take up general creative classes that can help!

5. Plan something to look forward to.
I'm not wanting to wish the rest of the year away, but there is absolutely no harm in making plans for next year so you have something to look forward to. Plan a holiday with a loved one, friends or your family. Think about how you would like to celebrate your birthday next year if you're celebrating a special one. Is there something on your bucket list that you hope to tick off next year? Do a little bit of brainstorming and get planning. As soon as you have something to look forward to, you will feel much better about the time you have to spend between now and then!


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