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SELF CARE

As someone in there early 30s I think it's incredibly important to look after your skin and have a good solid skincare regime. 

I've always been fascinated by beauty and makeup from a very young age. I remember having my 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' routine down by the age of about 13. I still remember I absolutely loved The Body Shop tea tree oil face wash (oh the smell of it takes me back) . I also remember buying Bliss and Sugar magazine (remember them!) and jumping straight to the beauty pages. I loved finding out how to give myself at home manicures and how to give myself a facial or seeing what the hairstyle of the month was......typical girl.

Fastforward 20 years and i'm still that same girl, loving all things beauty related. I even went to college and studied Beauty Therapy a couple of years ago and am a fully fledged Level 2 Beauty Therapist although I am yet to use this qualification for anything other than sprucing my friends and family up, but thats fine by me, its something I genuinely love to do.

This weekend I made some time for myself and actually gave myself a really decent pedicure. I soaked, scrubbed, exfoliated, got rid of the cuticles and gave myself 2 coats of Essie Altitude Attitude (gorgeous colour btw). I also gave myself a little 'at home' facial using some products from Biore that were sent for me to try.

The Baking Soda Cleansing scrub reminded me a lot of the Dermalogica Microfoliant (which I also use and love) so if you are looking for a cheaper alternative this is a good dupe of that. My skin felt very clean afterwards and it didn't break my skin out or leave it feeling too dry which I find powder scrubs often do with my skin.

The 1 minute self heating mask was LUSH. It instantly warms up as soon as you start rubbing it in to your skin and its a really lovely feeling. It doesn't burn or sting, it just feels really good. After 1 minute of massaging in you just rinse it off (I like to do this with a flannel) and it then gives a cooling effect on the skin afterwards which just makes you feel so fresh and so clean.

The most exciting part for me though was the pore strips OH MY GOODNESS! There is nothing more satisfying than pulling a load of old dirt out from your pores and seeing the evidence on a white strip. The thing is, I didn't even think my pores where that blocked........how wrong was I. My skin has never felt so clean.

Keep Smiling
xxx

SUMMER SUMMER SUMMERTIME



I am so incredibly excited about the summer holidays this year and I'm not entirely sure why. I mean we've already had our family holiday to Portugal so its not as if I have that to look forward to. I think its just the fact that we have 6 weeks to play with. I'm really hoping for plenty of beach days, coastal walks, making the most of our National Trust membership and attempting to keep everything alive in my garden apart from the weeds, although I seem to be particularly good at keeping them alive.

Speaking of gardening. I feel like each year that passes I get a little bit better at this gardening malarky. Don't get me wrong I still forget to water my plants on occasions and don't even get me started on the slugs LOVING my Dahlias.....I must remember to keep topping up the slug pellets. But all of the above pictures were taken in my garden and I'm pretty proud of my David Austin Olivia Rose which is just about to flower for the third time this summer!

A few things I'm planning to do this summer include:

- Go to the beach
- Picnic in the park
- BBQ with friends
- Drinks in a beer garden
- Go away in the camper van
- Try a new watersport
- Use my National Trust membership as much as possible
- Go on a bike ride
- Read a book in my deckchair
- Eat ice-cream
- Visit the farmers market and pick up some local produce

Wishing you all the best summer ever!

Keep Smiling
xxx

 

FEELING CRAP ABOUT MYSELF


Top - Primark//Jeans - Gap//Flip Flops - Havaianas 

It's safe to say i've been feeling pretty shit about myself these past few days. I can't really put my finger on what triggered it but I would hazard a guess that its a mix of the holiday blues, time of the month and the grey drizzly days we've been having.

We came back from Portugal on Tuesday evening and after a pretty good nights sleep we woke to another beautiful sunny day so I managed to catch up on my laundry and then lie out in the sun for a good portion of the day, Wednesday was a pretty good day. I'd say the crappy feeling started to happen on Thursday afternoon and then just spiralled from there. Literally everything was getting on my nerves. The house was a shit hole with remnants of our holiday in every room, our Dyson hoover stinks of dog shit so every time you use it it smells like the dog took a crap in the room, I felt plain ugly, hot and irritable. I was continuously being asked questions from Fletcher which I just couldn't be arsed to answer. I even had to take a little break from Instagram because I felt like my feed looked so rubbish compared to everyone else and I literally had nothing to talk about other than how crap I felt which I didn't want to do. After obsessing about it I decided I just needed to stop looking at it and do you know what, the break was just what I needed. It was also nice to still have 88% battery before going to bed haha.

Im slowly getting back to feeling my normal chirpy self but I just felt like I needed to share with you that I also have off days.  The little things that really helped me to get out of this funk were:

1. Music - Namely Paulo Nutini Pencil Full of Lead, that song never fails to cheer me up
2. Dancing - I love love love dancing to anything, anywhere. Zumba on Thursday is my sanctuary
3. Smiling/Laughing - Even if you don't feel like smiling it really is a mood lifter
4. Getting outside - Even if it is drizzly rain and your son wants to go to the park
5. Roobis Tea - Its soothing, delicious and caffeine free
6. Headspace app - Taking 10 minutes out of your day to be mindful is always a good idea
7. Getting my hair done - Nothing gives you a boost like getting your hair done
8. Bath and Book - Pure relaxation
9. Cooking - I cooked a delicious butternut squash chilli from Clean Eating Alice
10. New sports gear - The brighter the better

I'm hoping being back at work is going to get some structure back into my life (ever the optimist, trying to find a positive of going back to work)

Keep Smiling
xxx

awin