Face Products of 2018…

I feel like I’ve said this before, but I am lazy when it comes to looking after my skin. Lord knows I didn’t do it any favours by eating a boatload of chocolate and drinking very little water in December…and throughout the start of this month. So to try to win it back over I have been using a few beauty products in the hope I can revive it. 

• The Tea Tree 3 in 1 Wash, Scrub, Mask (The Body Shop £8.50) 
I bought this back in November, when there was a 3 for 2 offer on at The Body Shop. I was first looking for a face mask, as I’d already picked up a exfoliator and a cleanser, but the fact that this wasn’t just a face mask was brilliant for me as like I’ve said I am lazy when it comes to this. So depending on how much time I have I’ll either wash my face with this, or instead I’ll put in on while I’m having a bath and effectively leave it on longer then I actually should. Either way it is now my go to, anything with Tea Tree is good for your skin anyway!

• T-zone Charcoal Black Peel Off Mask (Home Bargains…£1.99 possibly £0.99…either way it was a bargain 😏)
Following on with another face mask, for a while I couldn’t scroll through Facebook without seeing a video where someone had one of these on. Following the hype I decided to get one, but without splurging so I went to where everyone goes for a cracking deal…home bargains. It’s affordable and effectively does the job. Leave it on a little too long though and you will feel like your skin is being ripped off…does remove blackheads though!

• Soap & Glory: 3 in 1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash (Boots £8.00 or 3 for 2 if your feeling it 😉)
I feel like this is one of the products to just throw on your face whenever it needs a little pick me up (which at the minute is nearly every day). And as soon as you’ve done it, your skin is already feeling so much lighter and fresh. Hats off to soap and glory, they really know what they’re doing! Even the smell of it is incredible…not to mention I like my 3 in 1 products!

• Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser (Superdrug £3.45 on special offer at the minute!)
Oh look another charcoal product, who’d have thought it. This is a cleanser for the days you need a little extra help, when you feel your skin is a little bit more clogged then usual…hence it being a ‘deep’ cleanser. It works into a nice foam and makes your face tingle while it works, just incase that’s important to you. Definitely a great product if you feel like your pores clog up easily.

• Sudocrem (Superdrug £2.49)
Ahh sudocrem, where would I be without you. I’ve used this so much in January, and in the early years of my life when I had eczema that I’m surprised I havent built up an immunity to it by now. It’s just an all round product. There’s nothing this can’t do…other then make me look good when I leave it sitting on my face…having big white dots on your face just isnt a good look for anyone. I will always be thankful of this product.

• Anew Vitale Day & Night Cream (Avon £14.00 each 😓 I know…I just wait for the special offers!)
I’ve actually been using these since about March 2017. It’s very on and off though, seen as I’m very forgetful when it comes to applying them…even if they’re right next to me I still forget. However on the weeks when I use these religiously I can tell a difference. According to Avon, the guideline age to start applying these is 25 (I started using them at 23) but I figure you can never start to early if you want to look good at 75 still. The only thing that hurts me about this is the price of them (I’m tight I know) but like I say I keep my eyes peeled for the deals!

So they’re the range of beauty products I’ve used on my face so far in 2018, the only thing I havent really found is a product for dark eye circles (not a necessity, but always a desired product) so if anyone has any suggestions for those please feel free to leave them in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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How to know when to walk away…

Firstly I’ll start with a little note, that I originally wrote this 3 maybe even 4 years ago. I had a relationship that started off absolutely amazing. To be completely honest it was my first real relationship, and the first and possibly the only time I have ever been completely and utterly smitten in love to the point where it literally engulfed me. And even now some of the memories from this relationship are some of the best memories I have. I may also add that I am still friends with this person as some bonds you create in life, will never be broken…saying that during some relationships it gets to the point where everything changes and that’s really what I want to talk about. I was reminded of this note I wrote down all them years ago when I found out one of my close friends was going through the same things as I did. So basically this is about that and knowing when it really is time to walk away. (Ok what started off as a little note, became a long one as I realised I had more to say about it then I thought…now onto the actual blog post.)

In life, we have relationships. Relationships with family, friends and partners. No matter who that relationship is with, it will go in waves. There will be good times and bad times…But there’s a clear difference between them. With family, you can’t really walk away from them. Because no matter what they will always be there, that’s what family does. For friends, sure we can walk away from them but it’s hard, and most of the time the problems can be rectified and within a week you’re friends again. But the one that’s the hardest is the partner relationships. Especially if you’re the one that cares the most. Your going to get hurt eventually, over and over again depending on how long you stay in that relationship. So eventually there will come a point where you have to be strong and walk away, because it’s got to the point where they feel like poison to you.

The hardest bit about this point is the mental torment that goes around in your head during it. When times are bad it’ll feel like your heart is repeatedly being ripped out of your chest, blended and then shoved back in there which is excruciating. But in between all of this there will be moments that are so sweet…probably just how they used to be, which will give you so much hope. Hope that things will one day be the same again, because deep down you love them unconditionally…and that’s the breaking point. The vicious cycle. Where you really have to think are the bad times over weighing the good one’s now. Of course it will be difficult at first, in fact forget that, it’ll be difficult for as long as it takes. Heck it took me over a year even after we’d split up, but that was because I didn’t completely remove myself from the situation and we were clearly seeing things differently. For him it was harmless doing thing we used to as a couple, but for me it was verging on manipulation of feelings. But anyway in long run you will without a doubt be so much better off, and some extent so much stronger for getting through it. What you’ve got to remember is that you aren’t the first person to feel like this and sadly you won’t be the last…probably even people close to home have been through a similar thing. Stay strong.

Music and Men

The other day I was in my car driving for about an hour with the radio on. On the radio the station was going though a variety of songs from the last few years, when the realisation hit that there was a number of songs that linked to my past. To be more precise they linked to men of my past.

You see memories are a funny thing. When they are created they can be linked to the silliest things like a certain scent or a location…but for me it seems to be music. I listen to music a lot. So when I listen to certain songs, sometimes the lyrics seem to fit the current situation perfectly and therefore the song then links to that person…or it could just be a case that the song was popular at that time and the radio played it constantly while I was around them. 

Anyway like songs, men come and go through life. I guess it just depends if they turn out to be a one hit wonder or a classic that never gets old. But no matter what, when a certain song from the past hits my ears, the memories will play over in my mind of my relationship with that person. In some ways it’s good, and in some ways its bad…but memories are memories. Sometimes it’s nice to look back at what once was…

I wonder if anyone reading this knows their song…heck I wonder what songs people would link to me!

“The past is a good place to visit, but certainly not a good place to stay.”

A night at the cinema…

I don’t know wether it’s due to my heart being a gentle soul or the fact that I’m a girl and we have a lot of hormones…or it could be just down to the genes I’m made up from. But for me going to the cinema or the theatre is a rollercoaster…when it comes to emotions at least.

Depending on what film or performance you go to see, you can experience love, passion, anger, fear, amusement, and of course sadness…all within the space of a couple of hours! When you think about it, all of them emotions you have just experienced is a bit like the emotions you could feel over a two year relationship…which in my opinion is pretty impressive to say the least. The ability to manipulate your feelings, to apply it to the current situations of the main character. Not to mention you could do it all over again the following day or even the following week. Learning a new story everytime, through observing other’s lives (well, acted out lives). Experiencing all of that through emotions, basically without the actual impact of drama of it all.

It’s all pretty incredible…but of course if we only ever lived through films and performances, then we’d never really allow ourselves the chance to actually live. Which you know, is what life is really about. Living, experiencing, feeling. Let’s be honest though…It’s perfect if you need an escape for a hour or two.

You smell good!

On a recent shopping trip I came across a bargain. A bargain so good I just couldn’t keep it to myself. So I love Zara, but what I like most about it is the fact that you can get some amazing items for a low price…for example t-shirt’s! I bought a short-sleeved stripes t-shirt from there the other day which is super soft, and it was only £5.99!

Anyway that’s a different story. The bargain of this story is perfume. While I was in Zara I was drawn over to the perfume section, spraying every scent on me in any space of my body I could find that I hadn’t already used. Anyway so even though they were only £9.99 I just couldn’t decide between them all. Until. I found the holy grail of Zara perfume. It was a pack of two 100ml bottles for just £12.99. Oh. My. God. What was previously a day of unfulfilled shopping hopes and dreams, was now a day to rejoice.  So the two that I got in the pack are called ‘Femme’ and ‘Twilight Mauve’…and they smell amazing!

Anyway so in light of these amazing perfumes, I thought I’d round this blog up with my TOP 5 favourite perfumes (in no particular order):

1.  Hugo Boss – Deep Red
2. Marc Jacobs – Dot
3. Next – Just Pink
4. Stradivarius – Cosy Vanilla
5. Next – Femme/Twilight Mauve

If you have any recommendations of perfumes you think I should try please leave them below in the comments. Thanks! Oh and what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Zara!

What Sunday’s are for!

Whether your hung over, tired or just damn deserve a lazy day here is a list for everyone! We all need a day to ourselves at to be honest, and what better day is there than sunday? Below is a list of things to do, hopefully you’ll find something of use in there!

Films to watch:
– The Impossible (Based in the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004, it follows a family trying to find each other after the disaster.)
– Joy (A feel good movie for women, focuses on a single mother who has take care of her
family while trying to set up a business.)
– Nerve (About an online game of dares, which gets dangerous…but also makes you want to go out and live life to the full.)
– The Book Thief (Set in nazi Germany, it follows a young girl who has been sent there to
be fostered.)
– Phone Booth (About a guy who answers a phone call, to be then trapped and if he hangs up…he’ll be shot.)
– Any film with Leonardo DiCaprio – The Great Gatsby/Inception (they are all amazing!)

Songs to bust a move to or just sing to your heart’s content:
– Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford and Sons
– You Don’t Know Me – Jax Jones ft. RAYE
– Stronger – Clean Bandit
– Shame on Me – Avicii
– London Calling – The Clash
– Town Called Malice – The Jam

Relaxing Ideas:
– Have a bath with as many bubbles as humanly possible
– Have a binge watch on Netflix with any junk food of your choice (I’m currently binge
watching Girlboss)
– Find an animal to hang out with, they’re fluffy, funny, and no need for conversation
– Play a board game! Heck who doesn’t love a cheeky round of Cluedo
– Take a nap…hey it’s relaxing! And you can catch up on the sleep of the week.
– Go to a spa, maybe get a massage? (Might have to book that one in advance)

Options for the people who just can’t do nothing (even if you are hung over):
– Go for a coffee/milkshake with a friend or even yourself
– Go for a hike
– Go visit some animals, could be a farm, a zoo, even your next door neighbours dog
– Do all your weekly chores? Possibly
– Go to the gym? Maybe?
– Do something else that Isn’t included in the list?

My hair saviour!

Ok so for me there’s not many hair products that impact me that much that I keep going back…but Aussie, now this is something I will always go back to.

I first discovered Aussie when I was at Uni. My hair was very damaged due to dyeing it so much since I was 13, to the point where ‘good condition’ was a distant memory. So being the girl I am (who had recently received her student loan), I went to Boots and basically picked up anything I could in the hope of restoring my hair’s health. Hair masks, deep conditioners, hair oil…basically anything and everything. Among these products was my hair holy grail! The Aussie 3 minute miracle reconstructor.

So basically after trying most of the other products and having very little results, I decided that this product would be the next I tried so one day after work I decided to chuck some on my hair while it was still dry and sit with it on for about 10-15 minutes. Best. Decision. Ever. My hair felt so much better already! It only took a couple more times to get it back to a good condition, and it felt amazing.

However that wasn’t the most impressive rescue mission from this product. The second time, it saved me from the Blue lagoon (I know the saying is the black lagoon but I literally mean the blue lagoon…in Iceland). Anyone who has been to the blue lagoon, knows that if you get your hair wet it can damage it…massively. Its something to do with certain levels in the water being high which causes your hair to stiffen, and therefore you should use loads of condition when you get out…which I didn’t do, as I was unaware of this at the time. Anyway so as soon as we got home I basically did the same thing that I did while I was at university, and hey presto the miracle that is Aussie prevailed again!

So basically this is now my go to hair product, and I would personally recommend it to anyone!