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Fashion, Lifestyle and Interior

Having a proper skincare routine never used to be something I deemed important. Two years ago if you'd told me I had to actually cleanse and moisturise my skin I would have laughed in your face and told you that simply removing my make-up was enough for me.

But, times have changed and as I welcomed the oh so dreaded teenage spots into my life, a skincare routine quickly proved necessary. However, that's not to say I didn't struggle with finding a routine that worked for me. 

Whilst my skincare routine has become somewhat of a ritual for me within the last year or so, I would be lying if I told you I wasn't fickle when it came to the products I used. Always swapping and switching them, never settling on one thing. While this was partly down to the fact that I hadn't found a routine that worked for me, it was also because I didn't have a clue what my skin needed or what each product would actually do.

This year one of my New Years resolutions was to clear my skin and find myself a good routine. Being the eager egg I am, I started early and spent December reading up on what products were actually going to rid me of my spots, trialling different products and formulating a routine that worked for me. Now, I think I've got it down to a T, and for the first time I'm actually noticing a real difference in my skin. 


CLEANSE

After removing my make-up, I always cleanse using Neutrogena's visibly clear pore & shine daily wash. Not a day has gone by when I haven't used this, it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and glowy, completely getting rid of that nasty greasy feeling. I do this is the morning and evening.


SCRUB

Face scrubs had never been a must for me until I discovered Neutrogena's visibly clear pink grapefruit daily scrub. It gently exfoliates the skin, however, its firm enough for you to tell that its working. The strong smell of Grapefruit is also perfect for waking you up each morning. 

MOISTURISE

Neautrogena's visibly clear pink grapefruit oil free moisturiser is a product I've recently come to live by. The fact that it's oil free was a game changer for me, seeing as in the past I've felt held back by the  greasy-ness of moisturisers after applying. As its oil free it absorbs much quicker  and leaves you skin feeling completely fresh and ready to go after use. However, being oil free it is harder for the product to reach all of your skin. But, its without a doubt the best I've ever used. 




TONER

Toner is something else I didn't realise the importance of until Pixi kindly gifted me some of their new toners, including the iconic Pixi glow tonic. Seeing this product all over my Instagram feed, I'll admit that I didn't understand what all the fuss was about, but after trying it for myself I've been converted. I am now an avid lover of Pixi. 

As for what the Glow Tonic actually does, it tones, firms and tightens the skin and my god, you can tell its working.

    *Pixi Glow tonic was kindly gifted to me by the team at Pixi.


LIGHT THERAPY

One thing I didn't anticipate would help my skin just as much as it has is Neutrogena's visibly clear light therapy targeted acne spot treatment . This was given to me as a Christmas present, and if I'm honest I wouldn't have even considered buying it myself, as I wouldn't expect it to work just as well as it has. But, after using it twice a day, two minutes on each problem area, for quite a while now I can safely say that it has worked pure wonders for my skin.

There are red and blue lights which use energy to gently filter through the skin and target acne-causing bacteria, reducing the appearance of spots. The blue lights directly target acne-causing bacteria, whilst the red lights reduce inflammation.






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Its that time of year again... Christmas!
Amongst all the festivities and general Christmas feels I always, without fail, struggle with present buying. It's no secret that Christmas can be a very expensive time of year, and finding presents for your family that won't absolutely destroy your bank account can sometimes be hard.
So, I've put together my own gift guide, complete with smaller gifts that won't leave you broke by the time January roles around.

1-  Cath Kidston Christmas pyjamas
2- Pixi beauty Christmas gift set
3- Little black book
4- Tiger Christmas tree decoration
5- Oliver Bonas mug
6- Unwind set
7- Superstar lips Charlotte tilbury pillow talk
8- tortoise candle
9- Cath kinston initial phone case
10- pink Oliver Bonas mug
11- Jungle print candle
12- the little book of life hacks
13- Cath kinston Christmas hand creams



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I've got a confession: I hate winter dressing. Scratchy knits and layers are not my thing. If I'm one hundred percent honest, I'm a much bigger fan of summer dressing. It just seems so effortless, you know? You can throw on a pair of shorts and a cute top and you're sorted. But, when winter comes around you've got a decision to make: freeze your tits off or sweat to death with ALL the layers. 


Thankfully I've managed to find some middle ground. And re-using a couple of pieces from your summer wardrobe could come in handy this time of year, to avoid spending too much on Christmas jumpers and all. Although, I do love a good Christmas jumper...


The wrap dress




One of my favourite trends this summer was the wrap dress, and more specifically the spotty ones. But who said we have to leave them behind? Ummm nobody...

It may not seem like the most sensible option in terms of weather and all, but paired with a good pair of tights and a cute jacket it's no problem at all.

I've been styling my Boohoo wrap dress with a fleecy jacket from Pull and Bear and all I can say is that its cosy AF... AND you don't have to deal with all the itchy jumpers. I also think it would look great dressed up a bit for the party season...

Denim and stripes



If you know me well, then you'll know that about 70% of my wardrobe is stripy, and I especially love the classic stripy tops, which Boden do some gorgeous versions of.
For less of a dressy look I usually opt for a denim skirt to go with it. Just make sure you wear tights, you don't want to freeze...




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Best friends can be difficult to buy for, especially around Christmas when your budget is already tight  and you've got a million and one other people to think about buying presents for. Over the past few years secret Santa has become a firm favourite amongst my friendship group, and buying for just one person has taken away so much stress and saved us quite a bit of cash. But, when secret Santa isn't an option buying friends presents can be problematic...

I've put together a gift guide of inexpensive gifts suitable for the best friend. They're budget friendly but they're all things that I'm sure will be much appreciated come the 25th. 

For the best friend....


1. Why social media is ruining your life
2. Dorothy Perkins leopard print belt
3. Winning at life mug
4. Gold purse
5. Liz Earle Christmas cleanse and polish
6. Pixi by Petra glow mud mask
7. Pixi by Petra multi balm
8. Oliver bonas star candle
9. Dorothy perkins hoop earrings
10. Charly Cox - she must be mad
11. Kath Kidston Lipbalm set
12. Oliver bonas hoop earrings
13. Life Honestly book

What you might not know from just reading my blog is that I a bit of an interior lover. Meaning, I take great pride in making sure that my area is decorated and styled in a way that I like. I thrive off of that feeling you get when you walk into a room that is just so gorgeous and I could spend hours on end arranging and re-arranging different areas of my room.

My desk, in particular, is an area that I love to re-style every now and again. Possibly because I get bored of it the quickest, which isn't surprising seeing as I spend such long periods of time sat at it. I feel like theres always something that could be added to make it that extra bit pretty, which is always apparent to me after having a nosy at Kate La Vie's office - seriously, how does she have such a good eye for styling?


I've spent hours looking at Pinterest-worthy homes and work spaces online and have taken inspiration  from just about everywhere in order to create my own work space that feels very me. And now, after many H&M home orders I feel like I've succeeded in creating my very own, very pretty, desk area.



The Gold Mirror from H&M home, which I have placed on a stack of magazines along side my Oliver Bonas candle, feels like the focal point of the work top. It stands out from the otherwise fairly neutral background, which I love. 

Around this whole section, if you will, there are pops of gold against the black and white of the magazines and the one book. When styling it like this, the black and gold coming together was something I never intended to happen, it was more of a coincidence that they went so well together. And if I'm honest, a bit of a surprise. If you had asked me two months ago if I thought black and gold would look good together I would have laughed at you, but I'm actually loving this combination.


To go along with the black and white books, is this Desenio print. The simplicity of the print is something I appreciate, as I wouldn't choose to hang something much busier up there purely because the actual desk already has a relatively cluttered feel to it.
But, its a gorgeous piece which fills the wall space perfectly.





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