Winter Skincare Routine

No surprise I know but I love Skincare… I love it so much I would trade in my whole collection of make up for a skincare routine. My routine hasn’t changed that much but a few of the products I am using are more ideal for the colder months.

Shocking… but I have been using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (bet you weren’t expecting me to say that haha) this is just the ideal cleanser for all year round, morning and night. It removes make up like an absolute boss and also refreshes in the morning. I massage this into dry skin and remove with a hot damp face cloth. I have also been using the Soap and Glory Clarity cleanser again as my second cleanse and switching between this and C&P in the AM.. but a review on that soon.

For my acid toner I have been using the Nip and Fab Extreme pads, I use these in the morning and evening, I have noticed the texture of my skin improve so much since adding these. To hydrate my skin after the acid, the Hungarian mist by Omorovicza has been incredible, it smells amazing but most importantly it hydrates my skin amazingly, the bottle though is what I love. It’s a gorgeous mist instead of a massive squirt in the face.

It being colder I notice the skin around my eyes gets a lot drier so skipping an eye cream this time of year is definitely a no no, this one from Time Delay Boots is pretty great if I am honest, for £5 it is one to try. The little lines around my eyes are less noticeable too.. bonus!

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In the mornings I use a serum and the Boots Time Delay one is so lovely, its not tacky or heavy. In the evenings though it is all about the oils, this one from Botanicals surprised me, it isn’t greasy like a normal oil, it is more like water but wow it hydrates and plumps the skin I really love the bottle too just really nice to use.

The final step is moisturiser and the Liz Earle moisturiser will forever be a firm favourite, it is more like a balm and a little goes a long way, perfect base for make up and keeps my skin hydrated all day. I pop on some Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and I’m ready to rumble… or sleep… usually sleep.

I do a scrub once a week and been loving this Frank coffee scrub! It smells divine and makes my skin so smooth, especially if I use the Lavender Elemis afterwards.

The main skin care tip for this time of year though is drink loads, I preach this so much to clients and if I am honest I really struggle to listen to my own advice haha. But water really is the best thing you can do for your skin.

What are your Winter skincare staples? XO

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Winter Beauty Essentials : http://www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

A Catch Up 

Another catch up…. I haven’t posted since the 15th October, I have been doing so much! Went back to work for a couple of weeks, been doing nails and met some lovely ladies whilst doing that! Also we had an awesome half term!!! Did so much and really spent some quality time together as a family as James was off too.

Anxiety has been a bit pants and little Jake has been unwell with a chest infection. He is all good now though and hopefully getting somewhere with the doctors. They have been amazing with my little man though and couldn’t fault them.

I have also completed my lash and brow course, which is super exciting. I am planning to learn Indian head massage which I thought would be a nice extra to add to a facial. I am so lucky I have been able to leave my job to do what I really love doing and I am so grateful for that.

I seriously thought about doing Blogmas but I just don’t think I have the brain space haha. It being the 1st December and all ready for Christmas it’s now time to finish writing cards, wrapping presents, Christmas crafts, mince pies and Christmas films. So I will be publishing posts but not every day.

Hope you have all been well! What have you been up to?

XO

Pastel Elixir (mini) Haul

Ok so not the biggest of hauls I know but I am so impressed with the quality of the products I bought that I really wanted to share it with you. 

I found Pastel Elixir on Twitter after seeing a tweet, I really wanted to support a smaller business and I am so glad I did as the products are so affordable and cute. 

So here is what I bought….. 


Two thank you cards, because I always need a stash of those! A cute unicorn bookmark that I have been using for my journal, an Easter card for Jacob for next year, my mums Mother’s Day card (sorry mum haha you’ve seen it now), I love you Cherry much card, which I thought was so cute, I will give that to James at some point…. the last card is a mini elephant card, this is being saved for something and someone very special. Last but not least a little notebook that says “always wear your invisible crown” I am going to use this little book to take notes at a monthly event I’ll be attending starting in November. 

I am really chuffed with what I bought. When I placed my order I was advised the bits would be sent later than usual due to a holiday which was fine with me obviously! Thought it was so lovely of them to let me know that, amazing customer service. 

The packaging was also very personal and was a lovely touch… 


Inside the little package was also a little sherbet stick and a sticker, which is super cute for Halloween. 

So thank you Pastel Elixir, I will certainly be ordering more soon! 

If you are looking for any cards, notebooks, artwork or little bits definitely check them out here https://www.pastelelixir.co.uk/

Bit of a random post from me I know…. and just want to say this post isn’t sponsored in any way. I bought the products with my own money and I genuinely love them. XO

Q & A Part 2

Just a quick one from me this week. I have been proper manic this last week and as much as I don’t want to let my blog down… I literally don’t have time to write so thought I’d do a little Q&A. 

  • If you could move anywhere in the world where would you go? New York 100% 
  • If you should choose any language to be instantly fluent in, which would you choose? Spanish 🙂
  • If you could be best friends with any Disney character who would it be? Anna from Frozen! She’s fresh prince of hilar! 
  • If you could go on holiday with any F1 driver, dead or alive, who would you choose? Ayrton Senna without a doubt!! 
  • If you could be some one else for a day. Who would it be and why? I was going to say something political but thought best not haha… I would be anyone rich and give loads of money to charity. 
  • What are your guilty pleasures? Chocolate and Brie (not together lol) 
  • What’s on the top of your bucket list? I haven’t really thought of a bucket list for a long time but going to New York with Jacob is something I’ve promised him as soon as he’s a bit older to remember. 
  • Where was your favourite holiday too? When I was younger it was Gran Canaria with my family. Spending quality time with them is my favourite and I have so many memories from those holidays. 
  • Would you rather: Wear bright green lipstick every day for a month or throw out all of the foundation you own? 🙊 throw my foundation out… I would cry though haha!! 
  • What food could you never give up? Chinese, cheese, chocolate and bread. 
  • What was the biggest make up faux-pas that you committed when you were younger? White eyeliner.., my god!!! 

Hope you enjoyed this and learnt something new haha XO 

Autumn Make Up

My favourite season is finally upon us and oh my… I get so excited! Christmas is getting SO close!

I like to wear more make up in Autumn and the no make up make up looks can take a step back! I have been loving The Ordinary Serum Foundation and a review will be up shortly, but now it is Autumn I like something a little heavier and I am in love with the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, it isnt mega heavy but it gives a nice coverage with the concealer. A perfect mix… pardon the pun haha.

Autumn to me is all about berry lips.. patted out obviously because, well, its me. Mac Rebel will always be a firm favourite. Been loving a few other lip choices too but Rebel is my go to Autumn shade. Rocketeur by Benefit is a staple for this time of year too! Along with Urban Decay Half Baked and Naked in the crease and lower lashline. Nars Laguna is always in my make up routine so no surprise there.

I think this is such a perfect simple Autumnal look, can be made heavier and can be made softer depending on my mood but golds and berries are the way forward for me, a bit like dresses, tights and ankle boots.

I prime every day and use a setting spray too but trying a few out so didnt want to include those.

What are your Autumn staples? XO

Fudge Toning Shampoo 

I love me a silverising shampoo, I used the Provoke silver shampoo for years… YEARS, however I noticed my hair was so dry after using it and would have to deep condition more after using it. I decided to pick this toner up when I bought the Make-a-mends shampoo and conditioner (still so in love with that!!)

This is brilliant though, I didnt include it with my Fudge Haircare post as I hadn’t given it a good enough test. Now I have and it is so good. Not only smells amazing but it is moisturising which is incredible for a toner. I leave this on for 3 minutes as notice my hair goes a little silver if I leave it on any longer. I use this all over including my roots, even though I have like a balayage type style so my natural hair colour is at the root. I find this shampoo blends and helps the transition to the highlights.

I use this once a week usually when I have my weekly pamper, feels like a treat not a chore with this toner. It is quite messy if you’re not careful and it is important to wash it out until the water runs clear.

Have you tried this toner? Or do you use one that you would recommend?? XO

 

My Boy has Started School..

Ahh.. I can’t believe I can even say my boy has started school!! I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. Jacob started last Wednesday and I am so proud of him! He looks incredibly cute in his uniform..

He seems very proud in his uniform and he has gone for 3 mornings so far. He was very content and was quite happy when we started to walk away. I left… and was emotional (obviously!) but didn’t cry haha! James has been off too so could do the school run with me haha.. all about support and all that jazz. The first morning my friend and I went for breakfast while James did a tip run so time went quickly.


After Jacobs first day we went for cake and the park… and he was exhausted that evening…


But day three and he was still skipping to school… yay!

Jacob wont start full time until October so they ease them in really gently, not like when I started school… chuck us in and get on with it haha! That was a very long time ago though.

My little guy was so ready for school, he has loads of energy, eager to learn and asks so many questions. I try and do things with him at home and upped this a lot over the summer holidays to get him prepared, even little things like putting his own socks on. He was a bit lazy before which is my fault as he is my baby and I always wanted to help him, luckily he can now get himself dressed. Its like he is growing up so quick…. (I am not crying…honest… lol)

I had a few concerns though, like what if he gets upset, what if he wants the toilet and needs help etc, just little things I didnt need to worry about as the school/teachers are incredible and Jake can use the toilet at home without trouble so really is just irrational thinking.

Anywho… I know this isnt my usual post but I really wanted to share and something for Jacob to look back on when he’s older! XO