Sunday, 1 February 2015

Current Morning Skincare


























Hello everyone! Today I'm going to give you a rundown of my morning skincare as over the recent months I've really found some good staple products. Morning skincare for me is a huge faff! I get up for at 5am for work, so I need my products to be quick and efficient and these ones do the job. It does look like a lot (to me!) but my routine is done in 5 minutes max which works for me!

After rolling out of bed, the first thing I go to do is wash my face and for this I use the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (£14.00).  The Face Cleanser has very interesting texture, almost like a whipped mousse, which I like! When you add water it foams up which I was worried would strip my skin but despite that it leaves my skin feel clean and soft! I don't like this cleanser for removing make up, so I just leave this as my morning cleanser.

After cleansing, I like to just dampen a cotton pad with my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£3.49 - £4.99). I find this to really refreshes my skin and just removes anything that might have been left on my skin.

Next is moisturizer and oh wow, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (£9.00 or £20.50) is probably the best moisturizer I've used. It has pretty thick consistency but it sinks in quick and doesn't leave a greasy feel to the skin. I've had trouble with a dry nose (with the amount of colds I've had!) and this has cleared up in no time at all. I also love that you can use on any area of the body, so I use a little too much and can just rub it into my hands or elbows.

Lastly, I use Nieva Hydro Care Lip Balm (£1.99) which is just a bog standard lip balm that I'm using right now. It light weight and sinks in quickly, which is perfect because I hate feeling like I have ton of product on my lips. If there happens to be any pesky spots on my face, I like to just go in with some of the Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick (£3.29) which helps clean and clear up spots. Mine also lasts ages and you can use it for multiple purposes too which a bonus.

There is all the products I use in my morning routine. Do you like any of these products and what products do you like for your morning skincare? I'll also be posting an evening skincare routine so check out for that soon.

LUCY 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Year Long Break


Hello, remember me? Long time no blog post! A seriously long time! I'm quite disappointed in myself for not posting in over a year. But at the same time I'm glad that I have had that time away, as I have had a lot of reflection time about what I'm doing with my blog and I've just generally grown up a bit.

I don't want to bore you with excuses as to why I haven't been posting but all I will say is that 2014 was such a busy year for me! I got a job, started my new college course, started to learn how to drive and met someone which took up more time than I hoped for!


I feel like a huge factor as to why I stopped for so long was that when I started I didn't have a lot of money to spend on beauty products which really limited me to what I wanted to post. It felt very pressuring to have the latest beauty product, a nice clean background, a good looking blog and have amazing photos to tie it all in. Which at the time, I felt lacked very much in my blog so I just stopped! Which seems ridiculous now I think about it.

While I was away, I stumbled upon a really great post by Yige, where she talks about having a lack of motivation and it really got me thinking about my own blog and sort of gave me the pep talk I needed to start mine back up. It explains EVERYTHING I'm trying to explain now! 

Anyway, I hope you are all well. Let me know how your 2014 went and what you have been up to, I'd love to read about it! Sorry about the long winded and unstructured post, but I'm very excited to start posting again and this is just a stepping stone! 


LUCY 

P.S. Shout out to my sister, Sophie, for the amazing banner/title design!

Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Winter Splurge





It's finally 2014! Hooray! I hope you had a fantastic new years eve and day, and didn't suffer too badly from a hangover! My first post this year is going to be a haul, I got quite a lot of Christmas money and these are things I decided to spend it on!

Mac is the first place I went as I've been itching to be some things from there! The first thing I picked was Mac Bronze eyeshadow (thanks to this post by Sarah!). Bronze is exactly as it implies, a bronze shade, that doesn't lean too red or orange. I'm really excited to use this! The other eyeshadow I got was Charcoal Brown, which is a very hyped about matte brown shade. I picked up this eyeshadow solely to just fill in my eyebrows but it would make a really nice crease colour too!

I then picked up a Mac Paint Pot in Painterly as I've heard good things about their Paint Pots. Painterly matches my skin tone perfectly and cancels out any blue tones, which is perfect because I have quite veiny eyelids (TMI?).

Lastly from Mac, I picked up a lipstick in Plumful. This lipstick has been quite raved about so I wanted to give it ago. It is a Lustre finish, it's a pinke-y, plum colour and seems perfect for winter!

I got two things in The Body Shop, the first was a Brown & Lash brush, which was just because my old one broke and was getting a little gross! It was half price too so why not! I also got the Honey Bronzing powder as it's been on my wishlist for a while. The packaging is gorgeous and it's the perfect colour for my pale complexion!

Lastly I went to Boot (of course), I went in originally to get cotton pads but of course that's never the case! I'll get the less interesting stuff out the way first which is the L'Oreal Micellar Solution, I won't say any more about it as I talk about a lot! The other none interesting is the Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray. I love this stuff and it's the only heat defence I use because I think it really helps protect my hair, plus it lasts for ever and I'm pretty liberal with it!

The more interesting products I got from Boots were the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Collection which again I've heard a lot of hype from bloggers and youtubers! I love Real Techniques brushes and I like to contour and powder my face so I think these will really come in handy and help me be a bit more light handed with powder products! The last product I got was a Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Eye Cream, now I know I'm not exactly getting wrinkles at 17 but I've heard this stuff is brilliant for dark circles and just for added hydration under the eye!

That's everything I brought with my Christmas money! What have you brought recently?
LUCY