Sunrises & skincare

Friday, 19 January 2018


It's bloody freezing and I'm mildly annoyed about it. Cold is fine on its own, but when it's accompanied by icy wind I hate it. Icy wind is my nemesis.

On the other hand, winter brings us some cracking sunrises (and sunsets). I can just about look past the horrid wind when the sky looks like that at 8am. I'm really excited for spring to arrive - I miss waking up to the glorious sunshine in a morning. I also just miss it not being 2°C every day.

My Beauty Bay order arrived this morning. I've ordered some of The Ordinary Serum Foundation and a tube of Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser. I've tried foundation from The Ordinary before and didn't love it, but I reckon I had the Coverage Foundation and I found it a bit... blah, plus I think the shade was wrong, so I ordered the serum one this time. They're both quite similar in consistency but the serum foundation's had way better reviews so I figured I'd give it a go.

I've already tried and tested the Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser and it is be-au-tiful. So luxurious and soft, I want a hundred more tubes of the stuff right now. It can also be a make-up primer and make-up remover which is interesting - will definitely try it as a primer.

I also purchased a bottle of Organic Surge Daily Care Refreshing Face Wash recently from LookFantastic. I've been on the hunt for a new face wash because although I love Liz Earle, her products are a bit pricey and I don't always have the funds for them, so I have been looking for cheaper alternatives that clean my face just as well. This face wash was highly recommended so I ordered it, and so far I love it. It's in between being a gel and a foam cleanser and it completely strips your make-up off with so little effort. It's also kind on the eyes so you can use it to take your mascara off. Oh, and it doesn't leave your face feeling tight and dry!

Apart from doing a stupid amount of internet shopping, I've been a busy bee at work and at home I've been working my way through the first two graphic novels from George R. R. Martin's 'Tales of Dunk and Egg' (I talked about it here briefly). They're fantastic stories and way more fun in the graphic novel format.

Hope you guys have a lovely weekend. I'll be spending it relaxing in my warm bed, reading, possibly blogging, watching a lot of YouTube, and playing my new favourite household on The Sims 4. Living the high life, I know.


Movie days & thrifted things

Sunday, 14 January 2018


It's been a lazy one for me today. I'm currently watching Beauty and the Beast (the 2017 one) and it's just one of those films that gives me all the happy goosebumps. I love it so much. Next up I'm thinking either Baby Driver or Rogue One... I've decided it's going to be a movie-and-food kinda day. It is a Sunday after all.

Yesterday my mum, step-dad and I went on a bit of a charity shop rummage. I'm forcing myself to be more thrifty for the rest of this month (don't get paid for another 2 weeks, boo), so to satisfy my shopping habit I thought I'd look for some bargains. I found a grey duffle coat (dreamy for £5.99), a gorgeous copy of Henry V by William Shakespeare (a mere £1.50), and a book called Letters of Note (for £3.50!!!) which I remember seeing in Waterstones years ago. You can find it here if you're interested.

I had to nip into Superdrug very quickly and pick up some new mascara. I've been trying out the I Love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara from Essence but turns out it's naff as hell (goes on clumpy, flakes off at the end of the day) so I got one by Max Factor instead. I haven't tried it before but I can guarantee it'll be better than the Essence one. 

We then went home, ordered a Domino's and stuffed our faces with butterscotch tart. Well, I stuffed my face with butterscotch tart. It was a lovely afternoon spent watching Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and eating a lot of terrible but wonderful food. My favourite kinda days to be honest.

I hope the week ahead is kind to you.


Pinterest mood board / 2

Thursday, 11 January 2018


My skincare routine

Monday, 8 January 2018


Today I want to show you guys my skincare products. Unlike my make-up, my skincare doesn't change very often. Once I find something I absolutely love, I stick to it for life (looking at you, my darling dearest Weleda Skin Food). I have normal to combination skin if that's useful to anyone looking into buying any of these products - bear in mind some of them are intensely hydrating so if you're an oily gal I'd be cautious.

Hope you enjoy this post!

Cleanse: I use Cleanse & Polish by Liz Earle daily and use Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash by Amie once a week because it's way more exfoliating than the Liz Earle one. If I'm feeling lazy I'll remove my make-up using these Micellar Oil Cleansing Facial Wipes from Superdrug and then this Micellar gel from Primark to make sure I've got everything off.

A life update in verbs / 5

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Unrelated yet cute photo.

Watching: QI, Insert Name Here, Would I Lie to You? - basically all things BBC and panel show-y. Can't cope with anything too heavy at the moment. Oh, I've also been binge watching sophdoesnails videos on YouTube. I like her make-up reviews and the fact she tries make-up from cheap and cruelty free brands like Essence, Collection, and MUA.

Reading: I just finished reading The Mystery Knight graphic novel by George R. R. Martin. Loved it, but only realised after doing some research that it's the 3rd in a series, so I'm going to have to buy the others soon. I can get through graphic novels like nobody's business - I'm much more of a visual person than a 'wordy' person. If every novel could be turned into a graphic novel I'd be chuffed to bits.

Eating: Marks & Spencer's cool tortillas, Hotel Chocolat's caramel everything, and Wotsits. Like, a shed load of Wotsits. Yes, my diet is very healthy and nutritional, I know. It's truly inspiring.

Drinking: Plain old water. Occasionally OJ.

Loving: The fact that Christmas is over. Anyone else get a little fed up with it by the end of December/beginning of January? I don't want to look at another Christmas decoration, listen to a Christmas song, or even say or hear the word 'Christmas' for at least 10 months.

Feeling: Happy with my blog and the progress I'm making - it's been slow, but I feel motivated to push on and grow my readership and blogging skills no matter how long or how much effort it takes. Those that do read my ramblings - thank-you. My blog is currently a seedling and I'd love to see it become a sapling in 2018.

Thinking: About how I can be a little more conscious. I want to stop multitasking so much (I'm rubbish at it anyway) and start focusing all my attention on one thing and do it well. I love being on the computer and having some YouTube videos on my iPad next to me but I'd like to limit how often I do that. I'd also like to limit how often I sit watching shows in bed and simultaneously scrolling through Twitter and Instagram. Technology is addictive and I find it hard to break away from even when I want to. People who do digital detoxes - how?!?

Hope you guys are having a great weekend. I'm working today but it's an easy-breezy shift. Excited to book some time off over my birthday soon and then I can start thinking about what I want to do for my 24th... 

A part of me fancies a two-night stay in London but I can already hear my bank account crying. So much £££... Another part of me wants to spend a few days in the peace and quiet of the Peak District. Somewhere nice like Buxton, Castleton or Hathersage. Not sure, any recommendations?


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