How to Find the Perfect Work/Life Balance. ♥

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

I don't know about you but sometimes I really do let work take over my life and forget that you're supposed to work hard, but play harder. It's really easy to work all day long, and come home & continue to let work consume you.

It's taken me years to get to the point where something a colleague said or a small mistake I'd made at work, didn't stay with me for days, and I'd worry about it all night for weeks, even after leaving work. It sounds ridiculous, but I'm a natural worrier anyway so when it comes to work, I work hard and I used to take things to heart quite a lot. I've learned over the years, not to take things personally, unless, somebody knows me, personally. Basically I'm getting good at not giving a shit. Don't get me wrong, I still work really hard, but I've also been working hard on leaving work behind and getting my work/life balance right, as I think it's really important to look after yourself, and not let work take over your life. It's taken me a long time to get my work/life balance right, and some days I'm still not there 100% but I'm trying, and I think that's all that matters, right?!

Blogging has been a great way in which I can leave work in the office, come home & write & do blog stuff and just generally escape from all the work craziness. Whether it be writing up posts, taking photographs or just reading my favourite blogs, my little corner of the web has become the perfect place to escape!

However work isn't always fairy lights & flowers, call the blogger police, but sometimes it's been such a bad day in the office, that I don't even want to blog. You know it's been a bad day if this happens. On days like this, I tend to have a huge hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows, light all the candles & relax whilst watching a bit of Netflix, maybe even having a lovely, LUSH bubble bath. I've also tried to be a little bit more social recently and even go for a catch up with a few of my girls or family, or doing something fun with my fiance. It makes such a difference to my mood instead of the usual: work, eat, sleep, repeat routine I'd been getting myself into.

I guess  I'm not the only one that finds it hard to find a happy medium between work and play at times. So I thought I'd share 12 of the ways, I've been finding the perfect work/life balance, without burning myself out, every, single day. ♥

♥  1. Have breakfast without checking your phone/emails on the go - I'm a sucker for a good scroll through Instagram whilst eating breakfast, whilst replying to twitter mentions, whilst replying to emails, etc. Although I've become pro at multi-tasking, I often forget that this is causing me to feel stressed and feeling like I can't keep up. So I'm trying to stick to a 30 minute free social media & phone/laptop ban while I allow myself to prep for the day ahead by having a good, hearty breakfast. Nothing sets you up better for the day ahead, than breakfast.

♥  2. Take a good lunch break - at least 30 minutes away from your desk, or work surroundings. Even if you go to a local coffee shop, and eat your lunch there, and escape the office or whatever. Just give yourself a break.

♥  3. Be brave & speak up when your workload is becoming too much - it doesn't make you weak. You've got to put yourself first at all times. Will that deadline you've got to meet by the end of the week, really matter in 10 years?

♥  4. Exercise to relieve stress - I am still working on this one, and a lot of the time after a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is go to the gym, so I find getting a little exercise in, in the mornings really works for me, and it's a fab way to the start the day. I've also been loving Yoga recently to relieve stress, it makes me feel so good and relaxed, which is perfect after a long day. I'm loving Yoga with Adrienne, which is completely free to use, on YouTube.

♥  5. Plan holidays/events outside of work, to look forward to - it sounds sad, but something that always gets me through work when I'm feeling stressed or I have a lot of deadlines to meet, is an upcoming holiday! I love having a countdown app on my phone that tells me how many days away my holiday or special event is, to keep me motivated! #YepI'mThatSad

♥  6.  Try to get a good nights sleep - this one speaks for itself. Nothing sets you up for the day ahead better. Aim for at least 8 hours sleep, every night. Put that phone down and stop scrolling girl.

♥  7. Make time for the things you love - At least an hour each day, whether it be blogging, reading, watching YouTube videos, sewing, drawing, playing an instrument, exercising, gaming, etc whatever you LOVE make more time for it, it will make you feel so good about yourself. Pinky promise! :)

♥  8. Make time for the people you love - life is way too short, and it's really important to make time for your loved ones, whether it be friends/family or both. Even if it's just a phone call, or a text to see how they are, it doesn't always have to be meeting up, just don't let work stresses, hours or commitments get in the way of showing & telling people how much you love them. It will also make you feel grounded and good about yourself.

♥  9. Have a routine and stick to it - I'm such a sucker for a good routine. I like to have really structured days, where I know exactly what I'm doing, what's on my to do list, and what my priorities are for that day. Sad, I know, but I can't cope if not and I end up burning myself out, trying to squeeze too much into one day. I even schedule in, down time, so for example, I'll relax from 7pm onwards, after I've completed my to do list and been to the gym. That way I'm not allowing myself to work past 7pm, I'm forcing myself to relax and have some all important "me time".

♥ 10. Invest in lots of candles & lovely bath products & take a good, old bubble bath- melt your worries away by lighting a good old candle, so that you can inhale your favourite scent and exhale your stresses, whilst relaxing in a good old bubble bath. This is one of my favourite things to do, to make time for myself and leave work and work related stress, in the office.

♥ 11. Leave work tasks and any thoughts about work, at work - says it all. It's easier said than done, but believe me, once you start trying to do this, you'll notice a huge difference in how you feel. Even if a thought of work, pops into your head when you're home, tell yourself, you'll worry about that tomorrow in office hours, now is your time to relax.

♥ 12. Take time to do absolutely nothing at all - my favourite way to forget about work, and relax is to do sweet nothing!

 If you haven't read it already I've written a post on ways in which I de-Stress every single, day. Many of the tips featured in that post, could also help you find the perfect work/life balance. You can read that post here ♥

And just a reminder, in case you didn't know already, don't take your job/career too seriously. I'm a real advocate of being a girl boss, and slaying your career, working hard and getting that paper, being Miss Independent and all that. I've always been a really career driven person, and I've worked hard to become established in my career, however I've realised that looking after yourself and actually living life, is really important. Keep working hard beauts, but just remember:

You can't do your job, if your job is all you do. 
Don't confuse having a career, as having a life. 

I hope you've found this post helpful. 
What are your top tips for finding the perfect work/life balance?


5 Pretty & Affordable Wedding Guest Outfits ♥

Sunday, 28 May 2017

So Wedding Season is finally upon us! I absolutely love this time of year, and I really do adore dressing up and going to weddings! I'm going to a wedding in a month, but I've been really struggling to find anything pretty to wear that's affordable?! I don't know if it's just me that's having this difficulty? Anywho, to make my life easier come payday when I'll be purchasing my outfit, and to inspire any of you who have been kindly invited to any Weddings, I thought I'd put together some of my favourite wedding outfits in a variety of beautiful colours including: blush pink, electric blue, red, duck egg blue and lilac. I have 5 of my favourites for you guys to have a peek at! I hope you love them and their pretty accessories just as much as I do. But which one should I wear to the wedding? Help me decide! ♥

Pretty in Blush Pink ♥
Delightful in Duck Egg Blue ♥

The Best High Street, Summer Foundation. ♥

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

♥ Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - £10.99 - available here

Summer is nearly upon us, and with warmer weather promised in the next few months, I thought I'd prep you early for those lovely, warm summery days by telling you about a high street foundation I reach for religiously during the Summer months. I'm sure you've all heard of Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum before, it's the sister foundation of Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, which has rave reviews flying around the interwebs, but this little beauty is often wrongly pushed aside and least favoured of the two! However I much prefer the serums formula to the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation's formula, it's absolutely amazing and definitely my preferred base during the warmer months and holiday season. If you love having, healthy, radiant, glowing, dewy (without the added grease) skin, with a foundation that offers fab coverage, you'll love this beauty. Here's what the fuss is all about...

This foundation is one of those foundations that tick all the boxes for me. It behaves exactly how I want it to, and does everything I crave for in a foundation. Stays put all day long, doesn't cling to dry areas, gives me a lovley, healthy glow, and offers buildable coverage.

The foundation is gel based, and claims to give the skin a 16 hour healthy boost of radiance, even complexion, and an instant anti-fatigue result. It has a vitamin enriched formula that promises to make your skin glow, and provide even coverage with no mask effect. I totally agree with this description. Although I'm not sure about the 16 hour claim, read more below...

The consistency of this stuff, is much better to that of the Healthy Mix Foundation which is a lot thicker. This beauty has that perfect in-between consistency, it isn't too thick nor too runny and the gel formula makes it really simple to blend into the skin, it glides on like a dream with the help of my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It comes with a handy pump function, which makes application simple and easy too as you can dispense just the right amount you need.

Coverage is most definitely buildable. I'm not going to lie and say this is the best high street foundation for coverage, because it isn't but that isn't it's main purpose. The results aim to provide a lovely, light, healthy glow for up to 16 hours, but the added bonus is that the coverage is quite good, as usually foundations that add a lovely dewy finish aren't great coverage wise. However with this beauty, you can apply one coat of this stuff and any spots or blemishes are covered, imperfections are erased, and you instantly look fresh and healthy, with an added lovely glow, although you probably will still want to add concealer to any spots. Your skin looks clear, and even with no redness. It's a really beautiful finish and offers great coverage. However if you do want that little bit more coverage, don't be scared to build up the foundation to your desired finish, as it doesn't turn cakey in the slightest, nor does it look unnatural, I'd say 3 coats tops before it starts to look a little odd though.

Review - Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster ♥

Sunday, 21 May 2017

♥ Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster - £20 - available here

As you all know, I'm a real fake tan kinda girl. When March rolls in and I've spent the winter months looking rather pasty and pale, there is nothing I love more than slapping on a bit of fake tan, to make myself look and feel so much better and healthier. In my opinion everyone looks better with a tan, as long as you don't look like you've rolled around in some Wotsits and resemble any of these sorts of fake tan disasters you're good.

 Over the years, I've loved applying fake tan but one thing up until recently, that I've always struggled with is getting my face tanned, to the level that my body is, without breaking out, looking greasy or orange. There are plenty of products on the market that suggest they will tan your face, whether it be your usual tanning products, or products specifically created for tanning the face. But I'm gonna be honest and say none of them have ever worked for me, up until now. I've tried many facial tanners, from well known brands and they've either broke me out, been far too heavy for facial application, or just looked super unnatural. So for years I've just been wearing a darker shade foundation after I've applied my fake tan. Not the prettiest or most flattering of sights if I'm wearing any make up. My body has always looked a lovely shade of tan brown, and my face looked like Casper the ghost. Not a look I'd recommend at all.

After seeing a poll on Twitter about what everybody else does when it comes to tanning their face after applying fake tan to their body, I realised I wasn't alone in this whole tricky face tanning situation. I did a bit of research online and found that lots of people seemed to be raving about the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster. I'd never even heard of it before but decided to look into the product in more detail. It claimed to provide all the benefits of a self tanner, without the drawbacks. However it wasn't an actual tanner per say, rather it was a liquid you could adjust the dosage to create your own made to measure results. To gain a lovely tanned complexion, you had to  add 1 to 3 drops of this stuff into your regular day or night moisturiser and you're basically a tanned goddess. It had rave reviews across the interwebs and before and after pics seemed really fab!

Ok so I needed this in my life, asap. It sounded so interesting! The only drawback was that it was £20 for a tiny 15ml bottle. However, yolo and all that?

Ok, now time to hear my thoughts on this unique and interesting stuff. Not to spoil the review, but it is honestly amazing, and thanks to this stuff, you can now have the most beautiful, glowing, golden and healthy face with no fuss. You're welcome. 

♥ Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster - £20 - available here

The formula is a self concentrated which means you simply cater the effect of this stuff yourself by adding between 1 to 3 drops of it into your regular moisturiser depending on how tanned you'd prefer to be. Clarins claim you should use one of their moisturisers to see the benefits of this stuff, but I use my regular Body Shop Vitamin E moisturiser and still get amazing results!

I tend to apply this before bed, as it does take a while to develop. I've never tested applying it in the morning and wearing it throughout the day, as it develops, so I can't tell you the exact time it takes to develop, nor does it state how long it takes on the packaging. However it does take a good few hours, at least. So it's not an instant tanning product. However it does come with a useful note of instructions that tell you exactly how to apply this stuff, which is perfect if you haven't used it before and I would really recommend following those instructions as it makes application fuss free and simple.

The formula is lightweight, and grease free, it doesn't dry your skin out nor does the tanned results make you look orange. The liquid you squeeze out of the small bottle, is literally just a liquid that you mix in with your normal moisturiser. You don't have to compromise having hydrated skin with this beauty, and it doesn't break you out. I've had no spots since using this, which is a massive deal for me, as I've always found it tricky when tanning my face with other tanning products as they always seem far too heavy for my skin and tend to break me out.

My Soap & Glory Bath Time Favourites. ♥

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, or you read my blog often, you'll know I am the biggest Soap & Glory fangirl, ever. I'm constantly posting photographs of Soap & Glory's make up, bath, or skincare products on my Instagram, and you'll often peep a little bit of Soap & Glory in random blog photographs, somewhere in the background too. Oops. Whether it's their packaging, or their amazing quality products, that instantly tick all the boxes for me, I've always been obsessed. Ever since I was a a teenager and I fell in love with their beautiful, bright, bold packaging on a trip to Boots with a few of my friends, I've been hooked. I know a lot of you love and adore Soap & Glory just as much as I do, so I thought I'd do a somewhat little series featuring my favourite Soap & Glory products. As much as I love them all, I had to narrow it down, and only a few products have made the cut, which means they're pretty special, and at holy grail level. Todays post will feature Soap & Glory's shower/bath products and my next one will feature my favourite Soap & Glory make up products. That way if you're a Soap & Glory virgin, you can read what all the fuss is about, and if you're a huge fan like me, you could possibly try something you haven't used before, and fall even further in love. Without any further ado, here are my favourite Soap & Glory bath and shower time products, the ones I reach for when I want a real treat, after a long day, and a beaut pampering session that will leave me feeling brand new.

♥ Soap & Glory 'The Righteous Butter' Moisturising Cream £10 - available here 

This little beauty has always been one of my favourite beauty products to use when I really want to feel good. It's often one I'll reach for after a big pampering session, and a lovely soak in the bath. As well as when my skin is feeling extra thirsty, and needs added moisture pronto. It's a rich, highly hydrating moisturiser, that offers a rich, creamy texture and instant hydration and moisture that lasts all day long. 

It comes in a large size 300ml tub, packaged in, the ever so beautiful, signature Soap & Glory, = pink, bold and vintage inspired packaging. The tub lasts me a fair while, at least 8-10 months, as I apply once a week as a weekly treatment. I do this because the cream has a very rich, creamy texture. My best advice with this beauty is to apply just a little bit at a time, you'll know what I mean if you've tried this before, the formula is amazing and you don't need to use tons of this to notice the instant difference in your skin, a little really does go a long way. 

When you apply this, it absorbs into your skin instantly despite the thick, creamy consistency, and doesn't feel heavy or greasy to wear on your skin. You are left with amazingly hydrated skin, with added moisture that lasts for days. I apply this like I said, when my skin is lacking moisture and needs a real pick me up. This banishes any dryness instantly and leaves you with baby soft, silky skin. 

The scent of the butter is amazing, it's quite strong, and is described as packed full of leafy greens, Bergamot and Mandarin, with fruity and floral notes throughout as well as soft, and sexy musk. I have to agree that this is a very distinct scent, if you catch a whiff of it, you'll instantly know it's a scent that belongs to the Soap & Glory family. I can't describe it any better than that, it's just a really gorgeous, beautiful, unique scent that lingers all day long once you've applied. It leaves you smelling absolutely LUSH for hours, and I can still smell this gorgeous stuff in the morning if I've applied it overnight and I can still smell it lingering all day long. It's an added bonus, as you're not only left with amazingly hydrated skin, but you smell good enough to eat. What more could you ask for? Luxury in a tub and it also makes me feel really good. 

♥ Soap & Glory 'The Scrub of Your Life' Body Scrub £7 - available here 

This is that exfoliator that I will never not be able to have in my life. I'm a real fake tan lover, so a decent exfoliator is an absolute must in my collection. Over the years, I've tried many body exfoliators, but none quite compare to this beauty. Again, classic Soap & Glory packaging, it's right up my street, very pink, pretty, bold & vintage inspired. It ticks all my packaging boxes! 

The product comes in a 200ml squeezy type bottle, which I find really handy as you can dispense exactly the right amount of product out, easily, with no waste. 

The scent is honestly to die for. Again, like most Soap & Glory products it has a very unique scent that makes it easy to instantly know it comes from the Soap & Glory collection. I really love this about Soap & Glory products. The amazing scent is described as a combination of strawberries (delicious), rose, jasmine, peach, and fresh bergamot and Mandarin. It's a very fresh, fruity scent that honestly smells good enough to eat. It's quite a strong scent, as with most Soap & Glory products but I love and adore that about them and it's nothing too overpowering. 

The texture of this exfoliator is quite thick and pasty, but again like with many Soap & Glory products a little goes a long way and you don't need to use tons of this stuff to reap the benefits. The thick consistency of this gorgeous stuff means it doesn't slip and slide on wet skin, while you are getting ready to apply which I've found with other watery exfoliators. The formula contains small beading that makes it easier to remove dirt, however the beading doesn't feel too rough against the skin but instead leaves you feeling refreshed. 

This is an exfoliator I use on a weekly basis, as it does the job of removing dead skin, old fake tan and general dirt and grit perfectly without being too harsh on my sensitive skin. It's the only exfoliator that can remove any clustered, patchy, old fake tan without scrubbing for hours, or without being left with red, blotchy skin. It removes dirt with no problems at all, and leaves my skin feeling ridiculously soft, smooth and refreshed. Best thing is, it's basically two products in one as it lathers like a shower gel, meaning you can skip the shower gel and just use this gorgeous stuff instead. Added bonus! I apply this by squeezing a small amount onto my hand, and using some exfoliator gloves like these, I then go onto rub in circular motions and it does the job perfectly. 

♥ Soap & Glory 'Hand Food' Hand Cream £2.50 (travel size as shown above compared to lipstick, full size £5) available here

If you're anything like me, I hate having dry hands and I have to apply something to my hands regularly to keep them hydrated, or it bugs me. I know a lot of people like to just use a regular body moisturiser for their hands or your facial moisturiser after you've applied it, to keep hands hydrated, however I really like using a specific hand moisturiser as it doesn't feel like it's too heavy on my hands, or like it's not very hydrating. One of my all time favourite hand creams is Soap & Glory's  'Hand Food' it's a classic, I love the name, dreamy scent and the beautiful packaging. Best of all I love how it leaves my hands feeling smooth, nourished and hydrated.

The scent is typical Soap & Glory, it is packed full of feminine goodness, with a combination of strawberries, vanilla, and floral and fruity goodness. Like with all of the products mentioned today, when you grab a whiff of this, you know it's Soap & Glory and the scent lingers for a good hour on your hands after you've applied, if not longer, so it's like applying a dab of perfume but with the added bonus of having lovely, moisturised hands too.

The first time you use Hand Food, you will be surprised to know you get instant, visible results, with long lasting hydration, chapped areas, and dryness banished. You are left with smooth, moisturised and well nourished skin that just feels and looks amazing.

A little goes a long way as the creamy texture is quite thick. It's perfect because you don't need to use tons of this to see results. It smoothes into the skin like a dream, and the squeezy tube makes it effortless to add moisture and hydration to your hands. The cream instantly absorbs into your skin, and you aren't left with any annoying grease or residue, just a beautiful scent and lovely, well moisturised skin. 

The travel size option of this gorgeous stuff is perfect to fit inside your handbag and to carry on the go! I'm always doing this and then applying fresh top ups on the go to keep my hands looking and feeling amazing. I simply can't live without this stuff. 

♥ Soap & Glory 'Clean on Me' Shower Gel £6.50  - available here 

This beautifully fragranced Shower Gel with built in body lotion, is the perfect cleansing companion. Not only does it leave your skin feeling well cleansed and refreshed, but it also leaves you with silky soft, smooth hydrated skin once you've applied. 

The shower gel is packed full of Soap & Glory's signature scent, which I'm obsessed with. Once you smooth the luxury shower gel into your skin and rinse away, the scent stays put, lingering for hours. I adore the creamy texture of this shower gel, it feels very luxurious to apply. It's my go to shower gel that I use daily, and the pump function makes applying this stuff a dream as you can dispense just the right amount, without having to waste any product. 

It doesn't leave my skin feeling dry, chapped or irritated, instead moisturised, soft and smooth. I still apply a lotion to drier areas when I've used this, but if your skin isn't very dry you could skip this step as the shower gel in itself is highly hydrating and moisturising. 

You can purchase this gorgeous stuff in a 500ml bottle (which lasts me at least 8-10 months) or in a handy travel size 100ml bottle, which is perfect for holidays! I just can't get enough of this stuff and it's a shower gel that I feel so lost without. 

I hope you've enjoyed todays post.
As you can tell, I'm slightly obsessed with Soap & Glory. My other Bath Time and Pampering Session favourites are Ted Baker and LUSH products. What are your favourite products to use during Bath time or when you're in need of a full on Pampering sesh?

I'll be posting the second part to this Soap & Glory series, featuring my Soap & Glory make up favourites, very soon. So keep your eyes peeled.

Have a lovely day,

Pretty, Rose Gold Homeware Haul. ♥

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Honestly, I've become obsessed with all things Rose Gold recently, yes I know I'm about 4 years too late but GIVE ME ALL THE ROSE GOLD PLS! I decided to jazz my dressing room up recently, and buy a few new accessories to make it look pretty again, and of course they HAD to be all things girly & Rose Gold. I went a bit crazy, but I'm so happy with it all. It all look so, so pretty. I could sit and admire all the Rose Gold beauties in my dressing room all day long now! And best of all the purchases I made were really affordable, and such bargains, so I thought I'd share them with you!

♥ Candle Light Holders with Rose Gold detailing (set of three) - £8 Tesco - available here
 I made this myself, I bought the cute white jug from eBay, and then bought some Rose Gold ribbon and wrapped it around it to add to the Rose Gold cuteness. The artificial flowers are also from eBay. This cost me approx £6 to make, which I think is a total bargain!

♥ I picked up these beautiful Rose Gold draws for just £14.99, reduced from £24.99 from eBay, they're still in stock here. I'm using them to store some of my favourite jewellery, they're so classy and pretty and look so much more expsensive than they actually are! 
♥ This cute little pot was just £3 from George at Asda, available here, it could be used to hold a variety of things, including make up brushes but I like to display my cute, pink straws which were just £1.99 available here
♥ I made my first Oliver Bonas order recently, and could have literally spent my entire life savings there. The Homeware section is beautiful. I picked up this lovely, rose gold, heart shaped, dish for just £7.50 - available here
♥ I also purchased this beautiful Rose Gold & Pink Marble effect trinket tray, with the quote 'Little Things' scribbled on the top of it. I thought this was so beautiful, and it's a really gorgeous way to add a bit of colour and prettiness to any room. It was just £11 from Oliver Bonas - available here
♥ I'm also obsessed with New Look Homeware at the moment. They're absolutely KILLING it. They have so many beautiful pieces, at an affordable price too. This lovely plant with Rose Gold detailing was just £8.99 and is available here

♥ Also from Oliver Bonas is the beautiful Cat Ring Holder. I'm not actually using it as a ringer holder at the moment, rather just sitting it prettily on my dressing table. This is SO cute. It was just £8.50 and is finally back in stock here

♥ Finally if you can peep the cute rose gold/copper lips on top of my lovely new jewellery draws, those lips are actually a Polaroid Photo holder. It's the perfect size to store your favourite FujiFilm Instax photographs, and I cannot wait to place a cute little picture in there! For just £7.50 from Oliver Bonas, you can't go wrong! You can purchase this beauty here.

As you can see, I've become pretty obsessed with all things cute & Rose Gold. Who else loves Rose Gold? Where do you find the best Rose Gold or Copper homeware pieces?

Have a lovely day!

My Favourite Face Moisturisers EVER. ♥

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

♥ The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream - £14 - available here
♥ The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream - £13 available here 

Today I thought I'd share my favourite face moisturisers with you guys. As I know you are just as obsessed with skincare as I am and love a good bargain. As many of you will know, I've came on quite the skincare journey. I battled acne as a teenager all the way up until my early twenties, and I just couldn't find something that would work for my combination, sensitive, acne prone skin. My skin is really annoying, some days it's really dry, some days it's quite oily, most days it's a mixture of both. I can suffer with spots even now, however I can handle it a lot better now and I understand how to deal with spots because most of the time I can tell you whats caused them, whether it be hormonal, diet, or a new product I've used.

 You see, over the years I've tried everything to improve my skin, and I've come to know my skin really well, and what works for it, as well as what definitely doesn't. I've tried all the expsensive brands, raved about products, D.I.Y face masks and hardly anything touched the surface. In fact, most of the time new products I'd use would make my skin worse, aggravate it and cause more acne. It's taken me a long time, but hand on heart I can finally say I've found the best skincare routine that works for me, keeps my acne controlled without medicated support, and that keeps my skin looking and feeling healthy, hydrated and radiant. Best of all, all of the products I use in my skincare routine are all from the highstreet and are bargains! Isn't it funny that expensive and high end products aren't always the best for you? I truly believe that with skincare, it's all about simplicity. Keep things short, sweet and simple. I literally cleanse, and moisturise. Yep, I even cut out toning last year because for me, it doesn't make a difference to my skin and the many toners I've used over the years only add problems to it. Call the beauty blogger police! I'm probably committing the worst skincare sin, but at the end of the day everybody is different and you've got to do what works best for you.

The best advice I have for those of you who are wanting a good skincare routine, are suffering from acne or are trying to keep acne under control, is just don't go overboard. Keep things lovely and simple, you honestly don't need to use 10 products, morning and night on your skin, simple really is the way forward. You can read more about my skincare journey, as well as my favourite high street skincare products that are keeping my acne under control here

Anyway back to todays post, so after the countless moisturisers I've tried over the years I've found my ultimate favourites, that cause break outs and that give me gorgeous skin! I'm not sure there is any going back now. The Body Shop Vitamin E Night and Day Creams win hands down at the moisturising game and heres why...

♥ The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream - £13 available here 

This Vitamin E enriched beauty is suitable for all skin types, it boasts of 48 hour moisture and hydration and is The Body Shop's bestselling moisturiser. I can totally see why. I started using this around a year ago, and I haven't looked back since. It never fails to keep my skin looking and feeling radiant, healthy and well hydrated. Nor does it cause any irritation to my sensitive skin, it's really gentle. I apply this daily, after cleansing and before applying any make up and it provides the perfect base for any make up application. It's non greasy formula is perfect for my combination skin as it doesn't highlight oily areas or make me look really shiny underneath any make up. The Vitamin E ingredients support my skin, by ensuring that it is well hydrated and free of any dry areas. Before using this moisturiser I used to really suffer with dry areas around my forehead, eyebrows, nose and cheeks but now dryness is banished and I'm left with lovely, hydrated skin. No flakes or dry patches in sight. Despite the rich texture of the moisturiser, this doesn't break me out (I hardly ever find a moisturiser that doesn't break me out, so this is a winner!) which is obviously perfect!

The scent is really fresh, and isn't overpowering or full of added fragrance, which is perfect for my sensitive skin, that is often easily irritated by fragranced facial skincare products.

The texture of this moisturiser is honestly dreamy, it's really rich and creamy, feeling much more luxurious than the £13 price tag. Because of the rich texture, you only need to apply a small amount of this to reap the benefits, meaning the 50ml tub lasts quite a while. Though you can also purchase this in a 100ml tub if you're slightly in love like myself, for just £19, this may seem on the pricey side, but the tub will last you ages and the formula and results of this gorgeous stuff, really is worth the price tag! It also absorbs really nicely into the skin, and you can't feel it 'sitting' on the top of your skin, it simply absorbs within seconds. 

The only downside is that this beauty doesn't contain any SPF. However you can purchase the same moisturiser with added SPF 30, from The Body Shop here. I've actually made an order of the SPF 30 option of the Vitamin E Day Moisturiser so I will let you know my thoughts once I've given it a go, though I'm sure I'll be just as obsessed.  

♥ The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream - £14 - available here

Ok, so you guys know how much I adore the Body Shop Vitamin E Day Cream, well I obviously had to try the night cream and see what all the fuss was about too. I've been using this for around 8 months now, so four months after I started using the day cream. I've never really been that person that uses a day and night cream separately because like I said before I think simplicity is key to good skin and a good skincare routine, that actually works.

However, as soon as I began using this stuff, within a few days I noticed a dramatic difference in how my skin look and felt. It was glowing from the inside. If you think the day cream is rich and creamy wait until you give this stuff a try, this is a really rich formula and texture but don't be swayed away because it hasn't caused me any break outs at all, nor any added oily areas and the results have been amazing! Just be cautious though, as a little really does go a long way with this stuff, and you only need a small amount to notice the difference in your skin. Again this is a 50ml tub, but by using just a small amount every time, the price tag is easily justified.

Despite the rich texture, this night cream absorbs really easily, and locks in added moisture overnight so that you wake up with beautiful, baby skin soft and moisturised skin, every, single morning! I cannot describe how gorgeous and soft my skin feels when I've used this stuff. The aim of the moisturiser is to add any moisture lost overnight, back into your skin so that it's replenished and hydrated as soon as you wake up, and it really does tick that box! This is suitable for all skin types and it doesn't cause my sensitive, combination skin any irritation. I feel like this is the perfect compliment to the day cream and it just enhances the results of the day cream so well. Honestly, give it a go and you'll see what I mean.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post. If you take any tips or advice from it, remember: keep your skincare routine simple. Your skin will honestly thank you for it. Nothing has cleared my acne, and kept it under control, better than a simple, fuss free skincare routine and these moisturisers have greatly contributed to my clearer, healthier skin. 

What are you favourite face moisturisers?
What is your skincare routine? You can read about my favourite, highstreet skincare products here 


Pretty, Girly Homeware Wishlist. ♥

Sunday, 7 May 2017

I've been lusting over so many pretty homeware pieces recently! So many places are on point with their pretty floral, girly, rose gold and blush pink homeware and I literally just want to buy it all. I thought I'd make a wishlist of all of my favourites so that I can share them with you guys but also so I can purchase some of them when payday rolls around. Sorry bank balance. :)

Update: Some people were asking how you are directed to the retailers website for price and retailer info, if you click on the images guys, it will give you price information and take you directly to the product, though it should be showing the retailer and the price of products on the page anyway. Let me know if you have any problems. :) ♥

Have a lovely day! 
What are your favourites places to shop for gorgeous homeware? 

9 Easy Ways To De-Stress Every Day. ♥

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Lately, I've been feeling like I have no time in the world for myself. It's been such a crazy month with work, and I often let it get to me way more than I should. I think it's so easy for people to forget that most of us bloggers, have lives outside of blogging. We have homes, families and very crazy full time jobs. One thing I promised myself when I started blogging again at the beginning of 2017, was that I wasn't going to let it consume me like I used to years ago, read that post here. I think I've definitely learned to get better at not letting blogging take over my life. But now, I'm letting work take over my life instead. What is it about me? I simply can't do things by halves. I have to go the full way. Honeslty I day dream sometimes about quitting my job and just becoming a full time blogger. That would literally be THE DREAM. Because trust me, if I could, I'd quit the day job and take up this blogging thing full time. I absolutely adore having this place where I can talk to anybody from all over the world within a matter of minutes, speak to likeminded people who understand me, and I can share my penchant for all things life and beauty. There is nothing I love more than coming home and typing away like a crazy lady, with a hot chocolate and candles lit. I LOVE it. It calms me and it makes me feel good. But it's hard. So hard fitting everything in. There's not enough hours in the day, and definitely not enough hours in the day to blog and get everything done on my to do list, so yes I've been feeling stressed, but not necessarily about blogging just about everything else in general. In fact blogging has been making me feel really good. Over the past few weeks, I've taken a step back and tried to focus on little things that make me feel good because that helps me feel less stressed. I've been doing quite a few things that have helped me to de-stress, every, single, day and it's definitely working. Even if it's just 5 minutes of my day doing something I LOVE. It's making me feel great. I know so many of you are quite similar to me and often let things stress you out, or make you feel rubbish so I thought I'd share a few of the things that have been getting me through lately, and making me feel a whole lot, less stressed. I hope you find them helpful. :) ♥

Turn off social media - This is such a hard one for me, because I really do adore social media and think it's amazing, but I have such a love/hate relationship with it at the moment. It can make me feel really rubbish about myself, even without me realising it sometimes. It's so important sometimes to just live in the moment, and have a break from what everybody else is doing in their lives and just truly focus on yourself. Even if it's just for an hour a day. I can spend hours a day on social media, scrolling, thinking 'oh look, she's on holiday in Barbados again, and I've got to get up for shitty work at 6am' and then it gets to 10pm and I'm like "What have I done with my day?" so instead of spending far too much of my life on social media and comparing my life to everybody else's highlight reel, I'm trying to invest my time in doing things I love that make me really happy, as well as reminding myself that nobodies lives are perfect. 

♥ Read - I'm such a little book geek, and a true bookworm at heart. There is honestly nothing I love more than getting lost into a book. It takes me away from my crazy, hectic life, and makes me feel so good. I don't understand why I don't do it as often as I should? I always say to myself that I simply don't have the time. However recently I'm trying to save an hour of my day to just get lost into a book. If you don't like reading actual books, try reading your favourite blogs. I'm somebody that loves to feel the pages of an actual book, if that makes sense, like I'm really not a Kindle person at all, so that wouldn't work for me. But do whatever floats your boat and makes you happy! :) 

Watch something that warms your heart & makes you laugh - I really enjoy watching quite intense documentaries, or crime shows, but recently I've been reaching towards more light hearted TV shows, and trying to watch things that make me laugh, or guilty pleasure reality TV shows like Geordie Shore. I love a good Rom Com, and again it really takes my mind off any stress or anything intense. Again, whatever makes you feel good, do it! Some of my favourites to watch when I'm feeling stressed are: Gilmore Girls, Gavin & Stacey, Celebs Go Dating, TOWIE, Geordie Shore, Catfish, etc. 

Light your candles, put a face mask on, and paint your nails - a favourite of mine at the moment. I try and do this at least once a week anyway, because it makes me feel really good. But have a little spa at home, paint your nails and put your favourite face mask on. Take care of your body, moisturise. Make yourself look good, because ultimately it will make you feel good too. Lighting candles is literally my favourite thing to do at the moment, it makes me feel so calm, and relaxed.

Have a bath - I guess this is quite similar to the spa at home idea above, but seriously have a bath. There's nothing better than soaking away all that stress and washing away your worries with all of your favourite pampering products. Making time for yourself is SO important, and if having a bath is your way of getting time to yourself, go for it. Read at the same time, or watch your guilty pleasure TV Show. Multi-tasking and making time for yourself at it's best!

Go for a walk, alone - can we just appreciate how pretty those trainers are? ^ ok, back to the post, in my opinion, going out for a walk is so precious. I appreciate that some may struggle to fit this into their day, or may not feel comfortable going for a walk alone, however if you can, try it! I promise you won't regret it. I force myself to just go for a small walk, alone, even for 10 minutes, after a really stressful day. I like the time I get alone, where I'm in my own thoughts, and I'm left feeling refreshed, my mind clears and I feel so much better about any stress that was on my mind. Vitamin D always works a treat.

Close your eyes, and just rest - I try and do this after a really tough day. Even for just 5 minutes. I don't mean having a nap. I mean literally being alone, in your own thoughts. Counting to 10, taking a big, deep breath and chilling for 5 minutes. It sounds ridiculous but, similar to going for a walk, it refreshes your mind and makes you feel good. 

♥  Start your day well by getting up early, & having a good breakfast - this one makes the world of difference. How awful do you feel if you're rushing around in the morning, with not a minute spare, worried you're going to miss the bus, or not have enough time to finish that job on your to do list? It makes you feel shit. I used to be such a sleep person, and even if it meant sleeping in bed for an extra 2 minutes, I'd prefer to rush around all morning than just wake up, because I loved sleep. This sets you up for the worst day. I don't mean to sound Mumsy, but it's so true. Get yourself a good breakfast, one that's healthy, that makes you feel good. Get up 10 minutes earlier, so that you have enough time to do everything. This will set you up for the whole day. If you wake up feeling stressed, that feeling will follow you throughout the day.

Listen to your favourite music - this is a big one for me. If I listen to music that I love, it makes me feel good. It raises my mood. There's nothing better than listening to your favourite songs, and singing along as loudly as possible. Do it! Sing your stresses away, I promise it will work! :) I do this when I'm walking alone too and it works a treat!

I guess my main point throughout this post is to just do what makes you happy. Do whatever makes you feel GOOD. Everybody is so different, and even though these are the things that make me feel less stressed and make me feel good, they may not work for everyone. It's really about personal preference. But doing something that warms your heart, and makes you feel amazing is the best medicine for stress. Even if that's just for 5 minutes of your day, or even if you're working but you have candles lit at the same time. Do whatever you can, to help yourself feel good and I'm sure you'll feel a whole lot less stressed in the mean time. 

What are your top tips for de-stressing?

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