Saturday, 13 January 2018

Skincare Heroes

As I’ve grown older I’ve realised that skincare is so much more than taking your makeup off with a face wipe before bed. I now have an overflow of go-to products with a skincare routine which works for me and I feel like I’m winning at adulting.

Gone are the days when skincare seemed like a chore, now I relish in each and every one of the products I use and I'm forever social stalking beauty bloggers and beauty editors for must have products and newest releases (Sophie Beresiner and Alex Steinherr I’m looking at you!). I also try to have one make-up free day at the weekend, to give my skin a break.

One of my biggest beauty revelations of 2017 was Glossier. I’m sure you will have heard about them by now, but after being desperate for months and months to get hold of their products they are finally available to order in the UK. One of my favourite products is the milky jelly cleanser, I have tried so many cleansers I’ve lost count but this is ‘the one’. I am already on my second bottle and use it religiously every day. I just love how it feels on the skin and it’s ability to melt and budge the most stubborn of make-up. Another favourite from them is Boy Brow  (I know this is technically make-up but I just had to give it a shout out!) this is the answer to my lazy girl wants perfect-but-messy-brow prayers. I literally want to bulk buy it so I’m never without! Have you tried any Glossier products? Which is your favourite? 

Along with Glossier, another brand I fell in love with was The Ordinary. Looking at their prices, I couldn’t quite believe the quality of these products! The salicylic acid is my spot buster hero – if I can feel a spot coming through I simply dot with this before bed and come morning it’s like it never happened! One of the steps in my skincare regime which I never miss is The Ordinary's hyaluronic acid. After cleansing, I just add a few drops onto the palms of my hands, rub together and then pat onto my skin before moisturising.  I find this step is essential to locking in moisture and I can always see a difference in my skin when I don’t use it.

I am also a massive face mask fan and usually pop 1 or 2 on every week. One of my favourites from last year was the Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask from the Bodyshop. As it’s drying you can literally see the oil being drawn from your pores and once washed off leaves your skin so soft and glowy! Plus it smells incredible. A firm favourite and one I will be repurchasing! 

As I said, I'm always adding to the ever growing shelf in my bathroom (much to David's dismay!) So I will probably do another update soon and possibly a make-up heroes post if you're interested? Please leave comments below with your favourite products – I love hearing recommendations from you!

Alex x 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Hello 2018!

So 2018 is going to be the year I refocus on this little corner of the internet! I have neglected it for far too long, but I feel ready and refreshed to create more content, so hopefully you’ll stick around!  

I am going to do a little bit of a home update, as you may follow over on my Instagram I have been sharing more and more of our house and less of the fashion/beauty content that I used to (mainly because I spent the last few months with no make-up on, in old jeans and paint covered hoodies!)

Interior design is something I have always been interested in, and I have been able to indulge in that passion since buying our house nearly two years ago. There’s still lots to do but I am really enjoying creating the space that we want to live in.

So now for the update - we finally moved into the main bedroom last month after the downstairs taking priority, and I am so happy to finally have a calm and uncluttered space to go to sleep in. Here’s some before and after pictures of our makeover, from the estate agent pictures from the previous owners, throughout the DIY process and end result! 


Bed - Wayfair
Rug - Very
Chest of Drawers - IKEA
Frames and prints - Desenio
Lamps – B&Q
Bedding – John Lewis
Flooring – B&Q

I was toying with having a completely all white space, but after going dark blue in the back room downstairs, we started thinking about something similar with a dark green feature wall and I’m glad we went through with it! The paint is Sacred Grove by Valspar and although it took a few more coats than we wanted it to, I’m so pleased with the end result and it’s the perfect shade, exactly what we had in mind!

I’d also just like to take a moment to talk about our Eve king-size mattress. I bagged this in the Black Friday sales and it is up there as one of the best things I’ve ever bought. I was quite concerned that it would be too firm but it is the perfect balance between firm enough to support your back and soft enough that it feels like sleeping on a cloud! So if you’re in the market for a new mattress, I would highly recommend an Eve!

There’s still a bit of accessorising to do, and we currently don’t have any wardrobes (!) but I will keep you up to date on that front. 

Our next big project will be the bathroom, which quite honestly was nearly a deal breaker for me when buying the house. But hopefully, this year we can turn it into something I don’t dread looking at every morning.

I will be sharing more and more updates over here so please do check back in!

Alex x