Spring is the perfect time to spring clean and shake up your skincare routine. Lately, I’ve really upped my skincare game. I feel like at the age of 25 it’s the right time to really invest time and energy into keeping my skin healthy. It’s so important to be consistent with a regular skincare routine to keep skin looking clear and glowing. Recently, I’ve discovered some gorgeous new products which I absolutely love and have done wonders for me, and I’ve also got some old favourites that I can’t live without! I’m going to share a few of my favourite skincare saviours with you.

Skintifique Cleanser P Hypoallergenic Micellar Water

This is a new addition to my skincare routine which I was recently sent to review. You can read my full review here, but I’ll just summarise what I love so much about it that has meant the Cleanser P is now part of my daily morning skincare routine. Firstly, in the mornings I am usually extremely pushed for time, and the nature of this micellar water means I can literally apply some to a cotton pad and cleanse my face in less than a minute, with no washing, faffing or otherwise! It does a great job; gently removing any traces of makeup from the day before and it really wakes me up and makes my skin feel fresh in the morning. Also, my skin is pretty sensitive so I love how gentle this cleanser is gently and completely hypoallergenic and nasty-free, which is something that is really important to me. If you are looking for something that will give great results with minimal fuss this is a great addition to your routine.

 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

The original game changer and forever my favourite. I have been a loyal fan of Liz’s range for years and this cleanser is an enduring winner for me. I use the hot cloth cleanser every night when I’ve got more time and I really want to feel like I can wash the day away by deep cleansing my face. The product lathers up into a thick foam which I love because it makes my skin feel so clean and fresh afterwards, and then removing it with a warm muslin cloth (as recommended) helps to sooth and deep cleanse all my pours. A truly luxurious product.

Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial Mask

Now, this baby is something I picked up from the wonderful Exuviance skincare stall at BlogConLDN and I must say I am totally hooked and so glad I discovered it! I have had oxygen facials before, in salons (usually at great expense) and have found the results to be excellent. The benefits of bringing oxygen to your skincare are many, brightening dull skin, renewing, rejuvenating and so on. The Bionic Oxygen Facial mask contains pure essential oxygen plus Exuviance’s Bionic Complex for energising and bringing new life to the skin. I have found the results to be outstanding and this is now a staple item in my skincare collection. It’s on the high-end side in regards to price, but in my opinion totally worth it! I use the product roughly once a week and notice how bright, clear and glowing my skin feels afterwards. Five stars Exuviance – very impressed.

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment

This mask is my next choice and is an old favourite of mine. I like it so much because it’s gentle enough to use regularly (several times a week) and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. It’s naturally active ingredients promote brightening and the plant oils nourish skin to make it feel softer and smoother. I have used this mask regularly for years and I still find it a great mid-range choice which gives great results.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks

I must admit despite Elemis’ popularity I have never really tried many of their products at home but I recently received a sample of these collagen eye masks and I thought I had to include them in this little line up. Even at 25 (which is not old by my standards!) I am self conscious about fine lines and tired looking eyes. This mask comes in the form of little eye patches and are clinically proven to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As I wouldn’t say that I don’t have any really noticeable wrinkles I can’t say for sure whether they do ‘instantly reduce’ them but I did see an immediate brightening and refreshing of my eye area and I was really impressed with the product. I will definitely be re-purchasing.

Clarins Multi Active Day Cream

Last but not least, this little wonder which has actually caused me to change my lifelong faithful moisturiser! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Liz Earle moisturiser but for now I have switched to the Clarins day cream, simply for how incredible it makes my skin feel! It smells amazing, is suitable for all skin types and after using it my skin feels smooth, tightened, brightening and just generally gorgeous! I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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I hope you enjoyed my skincare saviours round up! I love writing about skincare and trying new products. I know good quality skincare can be a pricey investment, but I feel these products are a mixture of mid-range and high-end, but are all high quality products which are really worth it for the excellent results they give.

What are your skincare saviours?

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The single best way I find to motivate myself when I’m feeling tired or lazy is to get a gym buddy to kick me up the bum and force me to workout. Luckily, I have the best and most brutal workout partner in my husband! Because Paul is so into his fitness himself he goes to the gym pretty much everyday, so if I tell him ‘I’m going with you tomorrow’ he will MAKE me go and not take no for an answer. Which is great if you’ve had a long day and your suddenly feeling like the sofa looks a lot more appealing than the gym bench…

It’s a really good motivator to have somebody who loves working out the gym with you. We help each other and (as you can see here!) cheer each other on! It could be anyone; a partner, a friend or even just someone you’ve met at the gym – but having someone to help push you that extra mile can really help when you’re feeling a bit ‘I’ll do it tomorrow.’

Have you got a gym buddy?

xox

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Woohoo it’s Wednesday and so far I have smashed out a gym session every morning this week before work! Feeling motivated, fit and fab.

Something that was high on my priority list when I started my body transformation, and I think a high on many girls lists, was to build a solid booty. Booty gains. It’s what we all want. It’s what we all squat for.

And I’m pleased to report, a la photo above, my butt building is coming on nicely! I’m definitely starting to notice a difference in shape and also strength in my glutes when I work out.

On the Alex Crockford she fit plan (the programme I have been following) there is one ‘booty firmer’ day per week so I work it hard but only once a week to give it time to recover! These workout days often leave me walking with jelly legs for days! But it’s definitely working 🙂

xox

Like many people, at 18 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  I had done well at school, my passion being the arts, but ensure if I wanted to pursue them as a career. I knew I wanted to travel but had no money to do it.  I spent a few years drifting from job to job, and when I say job to job I mean it.  I think I recently calculated that I have had no fewer than 13 full time ‘careers’, although can you call it a career if you lasted 6 months?! I’ve done sales, property, makeup counter, temping, admin, payroll, hospitality, I could go on…In the middle of this I went travelling for 6 months, had the absolute time of my life, but came back still none the wiser about job prospects or a goal for the future.

Fast forward to the ripe old age of 24 and it came to me! I’d always fancied being a teacher but had always shyed away from it, partly due to being too lazy to do a degree to be honest. But now I felt ready for the challenge.  I found a degree at the University of Greenwich in primary ed, was offered a place and before I knew it I was moving to London with Paul and becoming a fulltime student.

I was considered a ‘mature student’ which sounds scary. But really it’s no different, and it basically just means anyone who is 21 and not a school leaver. I still got all the benefits and financial funding so really there is no difference.

The main difference for me personally was that I was not living at home, or in University halls. I was a nearly-married woman trying to rent a flat in a very expensive part of London with my fiance on a Student Loan and trying to balance working 20 hours per week, uni and actually having a life. At times, it was tough. But I’m so proud of myself and my achieving a first class hons. I have one year left of on-the-job teacher training and then I will be fully qualified and ready to start my real career.

Disadvantages: yes, maybe you don’t get eh ‘full’ mad, student experience, but to be honest that’s down to personal choice. I didn’t live on campus so I was slightly removed from all that, but if you want to live in halls and play shithead every night aged 50 there is literally nothing stopping you! I think there are many advantages to attending uni a bit later. I feel more confident in myself and the subject I chose, I think many school leavers are rushed and pressured into a decision and their hearts not in it. I also felt more motivated to prove people wrong and show them that I could do it even after having been out of education for 6 years. I made lots of new friends, had great experiences and learnt a lot.

If anyone is considering going to University as a mature student (whether you are actually mature or not) I would say go for it. It’s not as bad as it sounds! There is literally no age limit and it could change your life.

xox