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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Updating my skincare routine

Planning a wedding isn't all about what dress you're going to wear, how you're going to decorate and what flavour cake you're going to choose (although these are very big decisions of course), it's also about the beauty. 

I'm not the most consistent when it comes to a skincare routine - I start one up and keep it going for a little while then I get lazy and just stop! But, at the beginning of this year, I decided that I would get a skincare routine going that I WOULD keep up! I want to have beautiful skin on my wedding day, so in January, with 20 months to go, it was time to set about trying some products and finding some we could get on with. 

To set the scene, I have quite normal to combination skin - 90% of the time my skin is fine with no issues to note but there's that 10% of the time where I get dry patches. 

So, since January, I've been playing with some products and have finally found a routine that seems to be working. I feel that since I've been pretty consistent for the past 6 months on keeping up a routine I thought I'd share what's been working for me! 


First things first, good old Bioderma - can't really go wrong with a micellar water to get rid of the first layer of the day. I haven't yet tried any other micellar waters to be honest as I had such a stash of this from a previous visit to France but I love this step - it's quite refreshing. 

Once that's complete, I then use the Super Facialist by Una Brennan cleansing oil. I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of this particular oil - it smells really funky - a really fake floral scent but I love using a cleansing oil. It makes the cleansing process so easy. A few splashes on the face, a quick massage, a splash of warm water to emulsify and then off with the all important flannel! 

I then use one of the First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads - I've always skipped a toner/exfoliater but after a mini facial in Origins, the lovely lady used the Origins facial pads and they really did make my face feel as smooth as a baby's bottom! So, I did some searching around and decided to give these a go and I really like them. They give a little sting to the face but nothing that can't be dealt with. 

My current eye cream/serum of choice is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum - as you can see, I only have a sample size of this which makes me sad because it's going to come to an end very soon but I'll definietly be repurchasing. It feels so luxurious under the eyes. I am a dark circle sufferer which is hereditary so nothing I can really do there but I like to make sure I hydrate as much as I can under my eyes as this is where most of my dryness comes in. 

Now moisturiser/serum wise I switch it up a bit - at present, my favourites are...
Origins Night a Mins - there is just something about origins products, they smells so damn good and this stuff is no exception. This is quite a thick consistency but sinks in very well indeed so doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. 

The serum I'm currently using is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum - again, this is just a little sample but I'll definitely repurchase. I have used other serums from cheaper brands but I do much prefer this one - I like the consistency and the fact that it sinks it almost instantly leaving no greasy residue. 

And finally, once or twice a week I like to pop on the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask for a good shot of moisture. This stuff again smells amazing - really fruity! I usually pop this stuff on before bed, left it sink in a little then off I go to sleep and wake up with lovely refreshed skin!    

What are your favourite skincare products? What would you recommend?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Friendships

It's been a little while hasn't it? Sorry - I've been a busy bee with wedding planning, work promotion and general life but I'm currently sat curled up on the sofa and had the urge to get my laptop out and say hello.

In recent weeks/months I've spent quite a considerable amount of time with my dearest friends and although that may not seem such a big thing, I only have 2 or 3 friends that live in my area so it's always a bit of a mission to see them. My nearest and dearest friends are all dotted around the country and unfortunately for me, means I don't get to see them as much as I want to.

None of my friends know about this little corner of the internet I have - they think it's weird that I use 'the twitter' let alone write a blog occasionally but I wanted to dedicate this post to these wonderful human beings who really make me smile all of the time, even though they won't ever see it.

I truly believe that I am extremely lucky to have such wonderful friends and so many 'best' friends that have become a huge part of my life. I don't have a big family and so my friends play a huge part in my life and this has really shown through in recent weeks.

A few weeks ago, my Nanna passed away very unexpectedly and I was actually spending the weekend with my Uni friends (we all have different group names for friends don't we?). I was 3 1/2 hours away from home and didn't really know what to do with myself to be honest. I've experienced my fair share of loss (and someone else's share) but it really doesn't get any easier getting the dreaded news. But, being with some of most wonderful ladies (and gents) that I know really did something to soften the blow. They may not have realised what they had done, but they made me feel completely normal for a little while - they comforted me, made me laugh and let me cry without any judgement.

Over the past few weeks, I've busied myself with my friends - I've had a raodtrip to Glasgow to see a friend who moved up there way back in April; then headed down to London for a surprise hello to another who has been roadtrippin it around USA since April and had a few local friend dates in between and it's been awesome!

I cannot express my love enough for the friendship groups I have in my life and although I may complain from time to time that any arrangements fall to me to make, I actually don't mind if it means spending time with them!

If you have some awesome friends in your life, let them know - shout it from the roof tops and keep a good grip on them - good friendships are hard to find!

Winnie the Pooh has the best quotes!