As I’m now nearer to thirty than twenty (eeep) I’ve started paying more attention to skin care, especially this year with so many fellow beauty enthusiasts being part of my life. I have three cleansers I switch between depending on my mood.
When I look for a cleaner I want something that will eat through my makeup or just a days grime if I’m sans makeup, will remove eye and face makeup without stinging, and that isn’t drying. Making me a little fussy, but I like uncomplicated routines.
One of my favourites is this, Ultrabland by Lush. This is a creamy clarifying cleanser that feels like a real treat on the skin.
You rub the product into your skin, being very gentle around your eye area. I normally leave it to sit for a few minutes and then using a couple cotton rounds ran under some very warm water I remove the cleanser. I start on my eyes, move over my skin and onto my lips. Two cotton pads tends to be the perfect amount.
It leaves me with very soft, clean feeling skin with a slight glow. I tend to use this at the end of my day, in the morning I’m a micellar water girl. Often I’ll follow this with a moisturising mask or just my regular skin care routine. I love this product, and once I get to the end of it I will be repurchasing.
A special thank you to the lovely Ali In the Plymouth Lush, who spent thirty minutes talking cleansers, toners, steaming tabs, moisturises masks and all sorts of amazing skin care bits before sending me off with a sample of this piece of perfection (along with a bag of bathbombs and other exciting purchases).
If your in the mood to read more on skin care, Sally wrote a post in January on her skincare routine.
If your anything like me, if you have 30 minutes to get ready you will spend the majority of that time procrastinating (read: texting/Netflix/youtube).
This is how I make myself look presentable in under five minutes. This was at the end of the day when I’d worn makeup to work and was popping to the pub to catch up with a friend.
After running a brush throwing my hair I grabbed these three products: a makeup sponge, a lipliner and a bright lipstick.
After wetting the Makeup sponge I tapped it across my face to blend whatever bade I had left. This evened out my skintone nicely. This one is from a Glossybox and so far I’m preferring it to my Real Techniques makeup sponge.
I then grabbed my Autograph Universal Lip liner, this is an interesting product ad it doesn’t have a colour pay off, meaning it helps keep your lip colour in place, regardless of the colour. Little tip with this one, apply with a gentle hand. It snaps really easily
I finished with MAC Pickled Plum, first I dabbed this onto my lips to stain them, then I applied straight from the bullet with two layers dabbing off the excess in between.
The lipstick is the main feature of this look, and it’s a really fun impactful colour (if that’s even a word). If I’d had a couple more layers I would have applied a touch of concealer to my cheeks and chin, and a brightening concealer under my eyes but I was really happy with how it turned out.
What do you so when you have a very short period of time to get ready?
As bras go they may not be the prettiest or most comfortable but I would argue they are one of the most important. When I’m killing it on the cross trainer I would like my ladies to stay where they are and not take my eye out. Now I haven’t got the biggest bust but I’m a D cup and I can find excersise hard on my bust. But not anymore.
I have tried a fair few sports bras in my time. When I was first starting out I went to primark…colossal mistake for us bigger boobed gals (sure it great if you’re smaller busted). Then I tried Matalan, which was good for a while and a great price point. I’ve also tried H&M and actual sports brand from Sports Direct but I found the holy grail at none other than Marks and Spencer.
I have been buying my bras at Marks and Spencer since my first bra fitting aged 11 (I was an early bloomer). And on a trip to get something new for everyday I saw they had a new range out and my draw nearly dropped when I saw they did EXTRA HIGH IMPACT. its what I had always needed. So I got home looked online and found this beauty and instantly ordered two.
The first thing that drew me to it was the extra high impact and then it was how pretty it was. Not that people were going to see it but I liked the idea of a nice looking bra for the gym. It isn’t super cheap at £16 but it is such great quality. The girls do not move at all. And it’s pretty darn comfortable.
Let me know if you have any sports bras you swear by or sportswear in general.
We all hate spots…like a lot. But when you just need them to dry up so you can get on with your day it can be impossible. Whatever you use either doesn’t dry the spot up or it does and takes all the skin around it with it. Now enter Sudocrem.
I discovered this wonder product whilst watching some YouTube videos (I can’t remember who though). So, when it was claimed that it would end all my pimple problems I ran out and bought some as soon as physically possible.
I’m still on the same tub I bought about 2 years ago, that cost me £2.50.
As it quite clearly states on the tub it’s designed for acne, so I felt safe using it on my skin. I dab a small amount onto a spot and usually leave it overnight. When I wake up the blemish is all dried out and significantly reduced in size and redness. On parts of my skin that have recently had blemishes or a just a little red I usually put a tiny layer on after a few days the redness or scar has almost completely disappeared.
Over the last few years Sudocrem has saved my bacon on numerous occasions and I cannot sing it’s praises enough. Plus rocking the Sudocrem look is badass.
Let me know your secret skin weapon or if you end up trying mine.
Ok was scrolling through Pintrest a few months ago when I came across a new way to wash my hair. The article caught my eye because it was called, something along the lines of, ‘Wash Your Hair Just Once A Week.’ This caught my eye because I am lazy and I know it’s good for my hair to not wash it everyday.
The article explained that shampoos are detergents basically designed to strip your hair of its natural oils, that way it has over produce oils making your hair greasy so you wash it more. Therefore, driving up demand for shampoo…sneaky right?? Your hair makes these oils so it can clean itself stripping them on a daily basis is not healthy or cheap.
Their way around this is to use bicarbonate of soda and water solution as a shampoo and Apple cider vinegar and water solution as a conditioner. They claim it’ll make your hair healthier, able to wash it’s again and maybe even grow faster.
I’ve tried it and it’s weird. Washing your hair with no lather is really weird, but so far I can’t complain about the results. I would say if you want to try this method and you don’t use a hair oil start to, you’ll need it. And don’t worry after you rinse out the vinegar you can’t smell it anymore.
I’ll update you guys once I’ve got a few more miles on this method but so far I’m loving it.
In the reading department I am a very lucky girl. I work in a school where they have a drop and read policy…basically for 25 beautiful minutes a day I get paid to read. This has given me the chance to power through some books I’ve been dying to read.
So here is the list of the last three books I got to read at school.
The first book I took on was Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder because I was told to read it at university and never got a chance. For those of you who are not history nerds this might seem to be a bit of a dull choice but if you’re like me it was super interesting. It was a fascinating discussion comparing the death tolls of the Stalin and Hitler regimes in eastern Europe and it comes up with some brilliant points and surprising insights.
The next book I took on I have been dying to read since I first saw and fell in love with the film Into The Wild. If you seen the film the book is in the same vein but you really get to know parts of Chris’ past better though still not enough. If you haven’t seen the film then watch the film it’ll capture your heart, imagination and sense of adventure and you’ll want to read the book.
A huge contributor to Into The Wild was Chris McCandless’ sister, who for reasons she explains, felt it wasn’t right to tell the full details of the truth to Jon Krakauer though made sure to let the essence sink in. Many years later she decided, again for reasons she explains, to write her own book truly outlining the violence of their past that lead to Chris’ need to walk Into The Wild.
I would implore any history nerds to read Bloodlands and any lovers of truth and right to read Into The Wild and The Wild Truth and get to know Chris McCandless, you won’t regret it.
What have you guys been reading I’d love to know??
As you may have remembered reading one of my new resolutions was to spend a little less on my skincare products, since they all pretty much do the same thing. Not only that but since I’ve been drinking more water and less diet coke (another one of my resolutions go me) my skin has almost completely cleared up. I still get the occasional spot but other than that it’s like freaking baby’s bum on my face. So I recently went out to do a little budget skincare shopping to find alternatives to my more expensive stuff and I have found some absolute gems, that I am here to share with you.
I have been a worshipper of The Body Shop Vitamin E range since I used to steal my mum’s moisturiser. But who knew Superdrug did there own version (probably everyone but me) that is just as good. I got this to replace The Body Shop intense moisturiser and it is just as good I can tell no difference and for so much less money…fab.
Now I’ll be honest, I picked his up on a 3 for 2 sale at Boot not knowing how I would use it. But as soon as I put it on my face I realised it’s an amazing primer and leaves my skin feeling the same as if I have used the Benefit Porefessional.
This I have used before as I saw it mentioned by Lisa Eldridge I believe years ago. As a hydrating night cream it really does the job, gives my skin a nice drink over night and doesn’t leave my purse thirsty.
This was an absolute revelation to me. I have used The Body Shop moisture serum for a few years now and thought I’d never be able to find a cheaper alternative, but I did. The Superdrug version leaves my skin feeling beautifully hydrated, yes it smells a little of suncream but that’s the only real difference. I will be buying for this year’s to come I can already see it.
So that’s my picks of my favourite budget skincare, let me know if there’s anything else I need to trying.