Daily Skin Care Routine

Hello lovelies!

I’ve never been any good at having a proper skin care routine. When I was in university, remembering to take my make-up off before bed was an accomplishment – and applying my Boots-branded moisturiser was a pamper night!

But I’m a lot better these days. I do still have the odd night where just scrubbing a make-up wipe over my face is all I can manage, but in general I try to stick to a good routine and it does seem to be helping my spot-prone skin.

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I thought I’d share my current routine with you all – but I am a total novice so any tips would be massively appreciated!

To start with, one of my best go-to pieces is this Tee Tree Face Wash by The Body Shop. It smell amazing and really gives my face a fresh, clean feeling. I tend to use this every morning before anything else and occasionally in the evening after I’ve washed all my make-up off (if I can be bothered).

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My latest addition and current fave is this solution from The Ordinary. My sister introduced this brand to me as they are low-cost but very effective. We actually headed into a Deciem store in London to get some advice on which product I should start with, and a really helpful member of staff pointed me towards this. I apply just a few drops in the morning as part of a refresh after washing my face, and Oh My God does it make a difference. My skin is so much brighter and softer after just 2 months, and I’ve recently noticed that my acne scars are fading. This product is great for anyone looking to introduce Vitamin C into their routine (which I absolutely recommend you do asap!), and it’s great value for money.

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I’ve recently started using tinted moisturisers instead of foundation for a daily look, and my current choice is this Olay BB Cream. I pop just a little bit into my hand and smooth it on the way you would with a normal moisturiser. It glides on quite easily and gives me a hint of a glow without that heavy foundation feel that clogs up your pores. This one also has SPF in it, which is a win-win for me.

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I don’t really have a go-to make-up remover, but this Lancome Bi-Facil Instant Cleanser that I received for Christmas has been serving me well for the past couple of weeks. I just pop a little bit onto a cotton pad and that seems to get rid of the majority of what’s on my face. Top tip with this product – a small amount goes a long way! It doesn’t leave a greasy feel, which some of the other cleansers I’ve tried have (providing you shake the bottle before use!). It leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, so I am a big fan, but at £23 a bottle I’m not sure I’ll be splashing out on a full size version any time soon.

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Generally in the evening I just like to let my skin breathe, so I don’t put much on it after I remove my make-up. My staple skin care product has always been the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser, which I smooth into my skin once it’s clean in the evening. It leaves my face feeling clean, light and refreshed, which is perfect for a pre-bedtime product.

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Very occasionally I’ll use a night cream, depending on how my skin is doing. At the moment, I’m a big fan of this Regenerating Sleeping Mask by Dr. Botanicals. I received this in my Birchbox subscription a few months ago and it’s by far one of my favourite pieces they’ve sent me. Now, this is a mask rather than a cream, so it does feel quite dry when it absorbs into the skin, but that’s a small price to pay for how refreshed my face feels by the morning. Again though, this is quite pricey so I’m not sure I’ll replace this when my current bottle runs out.

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Do you have any hints for skin care? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading!

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Easter Weekend

Happy Tuesday my loves!

(Bank holidays always throw me – I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that it’s not Monday today!)

I hope you all had a lovely Easter! I work a 9-5 job, so I am fortunate enough to have had the Bank Holiday weekend completely off work. As we had the most glorious weather over Easter, I thought I’d share some photos of what I got up to!

My sister came to visit for a few days, which was lovely because she lives in London and I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like. We went to my parent’s caravan on the coast of Wales and did a lot of dog walking, beer garden-sitting and inhumane amounts of eating!

We also visited a garden centre which I used to think was a very middle-aged thing to do, but I’ve been completely converted since becoming a plant mum last year.

I came back to Cardiff on Easter Sunday to spend the day with Sam. I’m not much of a baker but I really wanted to find an activity that we could do together, so we popped out to get some Easter Nest Cake ingredients.

I want to be completely honest here – we managed to burn the chocolate quite badly on our first attempt. I know, I know. How can you mess up making the easiest cakes in the world? They don’t even go in an oven!

The second attempt was much better though, and although we probably used enough butter in them to give any taste tester diabetes, I think they turned out quite good.

After that, we went for a walk through my favourite Cardiff park and stopped for a quick ice cream. I love lazy sunny days when you’ve got nothing to keep checking your watch for! We had a nice wander around the lake, and then I spent the evening drinking wine in my garden with one of my long distance besties who was back in Wales for the weekend.

Monday was a lovely lazy day where Sam and I caught up on Game of Thrones (Oh My God!), did a big food shop and got some washing done. I am currently struggling with the joy of having a fridge that only seems to work when the sun aligns with Jupiter, so storing food is a bit of an issue right now.

We were so fortunate with the weather this weekend, and I’m so glad I was able to get out and enjoy it! I’m now back in work and counting down the hours until I get to finally see Avengers: Endgame!

Did you do anything nice over the bank holiday? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

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Sunday Strolls

Happy Monday!

It’s nearly Easter, which means today is the start of a short four-day week! I’m very excited for a lovely long weekend spent with the family, especially with the rumours of hot weather (dare we believe it?)

I’ve had a very hectic couple of weeks recently (of course my social life blows up the same week I have to go to Birmingham for 4 days with work!), so a nice chilled weekend has been very much needed.

Sam and I agreed to dogsit for my parents for a few days, so yesterday we decided to take the dogs out on a nice long walk. I love spending a few hours exploring somewhere new, but this weekend I thought I’d show Sam one of my favourite walks near my parents’ house.

It’s a lovely secluded trail on one of the mountains near where I grew up, following and occasionally crossing over a river. The dogs loved it as there’s plenty of places for them to easily get in and out of the river to cool down, and lots and lots of sticks to be thrown for them.

We spent a good couple of hours yesterday afternoon exploring the trail, but Bella’s little legs aren’t used to high levels of walking just yet so we turned back earlier than we would have liked. Hopefully when she’s a bit older (and a bit better behaved) we can try to go further.

I always love spending time with these two – I’ve had Max since I was 16 years old, and moving away from him when I left home was hard. Bella joined our family just last year after the sad passing of our OG doggo Benji, who lived to be the grand old age of 14!

Days like this make get me so excited to have my own house one day to fill with little puppers of my own!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend too! Let me know what you got up to!

Thanks for reading!

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March Round-up

Hello lovelies!

I can’t believe we are already a quarter of the way through the year and spring is finally here! Spring is my absolute favourite time of the year. Everything feels so fresh and bright, and there are flowers everywhere you turn.

I have a lot planned for the next months which I am very excited to share with you all, but first, here are a few highlights from March:

 

New Job 

I technically started my new job at the end of February but that was a sort of induction week, so let’s count March as my first month here. I really enjoyed my last position but it sadly came to an abrupt end back in January, and while I do miss it a lot, I was expected to do a lot of work that was outside of my job description. I am a team player and always happy to help out, but when your job title is Copywriter and you don’t have any time in the day to do any copywriting, it’s not good.

My new role is a Marketing position, and it’s far more relaxed than my previous position. I’m also working with an old friend of mine which is great. I’m not sure how long I’ll stay in this role, but I’m enjoying it so far.

 

Secret Theatre

I started the month off visiting my sister in London. Anyone who knows me will know all about my absolute hatred of the city. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a beautiful city and there’s so much to do there, but I lived in London on and off for around two years and I grew to hate how busy and expensive it is. I go back every now and then for a weekend to visit my sister, and that’s more than enough for me!

We went to attend a Secret Theatre show which was based on Hannibal Lecter and was totally amazing! The Secret Theatre shows are immersive which can be a bit daunting if you’re not into that sort of thing, but I loved it. We got to walk around a fake crime scene and then participate in a jury.

 

Exploring

Last weekend Sam and I decided to make the most of not being hungover by going for a walk. Our original plan was to go to on a heritage walk in Newport, but the path was closed for some reason. Luckily there was a lovely forestry walk nearby which we decided to explore instead.

The whole thing took around an hour and a half, and at one point gave us some really lovely views of what I think is Newport but my geography is awful so don’t take my word on that. One of my goals for this year (and every year really) was to improve my fitness, but the gym is one of my least favourite places to be. Having areas like this on my doorstep is a great excuse to get out and do some exercise in a way that doesn’t really feel like exercise.

(Side note – we normally take my parent’s dog Max with us on these walks but he was busy. How can a dog have a better social life than me??)

Also this month I saw the best Arctic Monkeys cover band, hung out with the cutest Dalmatian puppy, watched all of the Madeleine McCann documentary in around 3 days and saw Captain Marvel (which was SO GOOD).

What have you been up to this month?

Thanks for reading!

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25 Facts About Me!

Happy Sunday!

I thought I’d kick things off with a ‘facts about me’ post, as I’ve seen these around and I love reading them! And what better way to introduce myself?!

As I’m 25 years old, I thought I’d go for 25 facts:

  1. I’ve lived in roughly five different cities across England and Wales in my 25 years of life.
  2. Cardiff is my current home and definitely my favourite place that I’ve lived so far.
  3. I have naturally curly hair and am forever trying to tame it.
  4. I did a journalism degree but I now work in marketing, which I much prefer.
  5. I love scented candles – my room is completely full of them.
  6. I’m awful at wearing high heels, I will complain from the moment I put them on until the moment I take them off.
  7. I have a blood disorder that means I am constantly covered in bruises.
  8. I’m obsessively into Marvel films and I normally go to the midnight screening when a new one comes out.
  9. I’m a huge dog person and spend a lot of weekends taking my parent’s pooches out on an adventure.
  10. I take photos of everything. 
  11. I’m really awful at conflict and tend to just ignore situations and hope that they go away.
  12. My drink of choice is always a Jack Daniels and Pepsi Max.
  13. If I could realistically blow a month’s wages on Lush bath bombs, I absolutely would.
  14. Despite the fact that I was involved in two crashes within the first three years of having my license, I actually think I’m a really good driver.
  15. My dream man is some sort of cross between Jim Halpert, Ben Wyatt and Harry Styles.
  16. I cry a lot. Whether I’m happy, sad, angry or hungry, I’m probably crying.
  17. I don’t like the taste of coffee so I struggle through the day drinking overly-sugared lattes or mochas.
  18. I’m trying to follow a pescatarian diet. I’d love to be a proper veggie but fish is a huge part of my diet at the moment.
  19. I love the cosiness of winter but I do struggle with slight seasonal affective disorder.
  20. I have been with my boyfriend, Sam, for nearly a year, but he hates having his photo taken so I’m not sure how much of him you’ll see on here.
  21. My current favourite pastime is listing to true crime podcasts, especially My Favourite Murder.
  22. It takes at least three alarms before I’ll get out of bed – mornings are not my thing.
  23. I’ve been dying my hair ginger for about 6 years now and I still love it.
  24. I’m a terrible plant mum and they somehow always end up dead.
  25. My favourite time of year is when you can buy Daffodils for £1 from any supermarket – it always cheers me up to have a fresh bunch on my desk!

Thank you for reading!

 

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Hello!

Hi there, and welcome to my shiny new blog!

This is (roughly) my fourth attempt at blogging. I just can’t seem to stick with it, but that’s not because I don’t enjoy it. Every blog I’ve had before has been just a sort of online diary where I spurt out my inner thoughts and feelings – which is not fun for anyone.

This time, I plan to be more structured. I want to keep this is a space to share beauty, lifestyle and interior bits and bobs, as that’s what I mainly enjoying reading from others. I’m not sure how well it will go, but if I’m not whining about my love life on here anytime within the next 6 months then we’ll call it a success?

Rejoining the blogging world has been a long time coming, but I’ve recently moved into a job that is far less stressful and time-consuming than my previous role, which gives me more free time to explore what I enjoy.

So anyway, this is just a small introduction into me: currently, I am 25 years old and I live in Cardiff. I work as a Copywriter / Marketing Assistant and I am really hooked on true crime podcasts.

Thanks for reading!

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