Sunday, 23 October 2011

Another Perspective [1]

Sometimes I feel that it's easy to forget that more isn't always a good thing.
I've seen a few skincare videos and blog posts floating around of late, and it's really got me thinking.
I really seem to have a very simple skincare routine, but my skin is something I get complemented on quite frequently. For me, less is definitely more.

{Desperately need to pinch Alex's camera! My iPhone just doesn't cut it}

The photo above shows everything I use on my face, bar my sunscreen.

My daily skincare ritual is really simple:

1. I wash my face and use my Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser. It removes any excess oils or dirt that may have built up overnight, and generally wakes me up. The reason I opted for the Vitamin E version was for two reasons; firstly, I prefer the texture of this one to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser; and secondly, I really see the benefits that Vitamin E products bring to my skin.
2. I apply my moisturiser (Vitamin E)
3. I apply my eye cream (Vitamin E) - I use mine to moisturise and protect, it's not anti-ageing.
4. I apply my sunscreen

Then I'm done for the morning, and ready to put my makeup on.

1. I take my makeup off with a makeup wipe, I swear by Jhonsons Dreamy Skin but they're always so hard to find. I stock up when I spot them.
2. I cleanse with my Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser
3. I use my moisturiser
4. I use my eye cream

The secret for me, in keeping my skin in good condition are the little extra steps I take twice a week.

1. I exfoliate using St.Ives scrub every 3/4 days
2. I use an anti blemish, or a refining mask once a week.
3. Once a fortnight I steam my face using a Lush Vitamin E/C toner tab (not shown)

I really enjoy using all of these products, they never let me down, and if it aint' broken, why fix it?


Friday, 21 October 2011

Oh Sinnerman, Where You Gonna Run To?

This weekend Alex and I are making the trip back to her parent's home.
It's always nice to have some home cooked food, and tonight we should hopefully (finally) learn to play poker.

On a side note, I'm completely falling in love with jazz and blues again. Nina Simone and Billie Holiday absolutely blow my mind. I need to buy a record player to have in our home. My other one is too large, it's a vintage Bang & Olufsen and is stored at my parents home.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Never give up, it's such a wonderful life [no.2]

{Apple pie and cream whilst reading blogs on a cold rainy night}

I can't believe how fast time flies, the nights are closing in ever quicker and it seems that every time I step out of my front door the cold wind bites that bit harder.
This will, however, always be one of my favourite times. The darker, romantic evenings, the comfort of walking into a warm cosy home after a hard day. Comfort food and the return of a good hot chocolate.

Halloween is coming up, and a trip to London to celebrate bonfire night, along with our anniversary. There seems to be so much colour and warmth in our lives at the moment.

You'll see that we have a new addition to our little family. She's called CoCo, and she's a dwarf lionhead. She brings us so much happiness and laughter. It's hard to imagine the times when we would be covered up under blankets before bed, watching or listening to something to pass the time without little CoCo being sat at our feet.

{A fluffy friend who reminds me of a lovely day trip to Chester Zoo, with a present of my favourite sweets}

{Little CoCo. Incidentally the easiest animal I have ever litter trained!}