I’ve read so many blog posts lately that I’ve absolutely loved, so I really felt the need to share them with you, just incase you didn’t manage to catch them the first time around.

 

I hope you found the inspiration that I did when I read these posts, and let me know if you’ve read any other great ones recently!

 

If I had to choose whether I was a makeup or skincare kinda gal, I would definitely pick the latter. I love experimenting with new skincare goodies, but I have some definite firm favourites that I know I would never stray too far away from!

I’ve harped on loads of times about my fave Simple Micellar Water so I won’t go on too long about it, but its something that I use on a daily basis and always have back-ups ready. I go through so many bottles of this little guy! But once I find something I love thats super affordable, I’m a happy bunny.

My favourite moisturiser in the whole *world* is the Lancome Hydra Zen. This really cleared my skin up, and whenever it’s having a moment where break-outs are looming, I’ll go back to this and it will soothe everything out. It also has a lovely calming scent that I ADORE.

I’ve tried a couple of products from The Ordinary (so far), and my standout favourite is the Niacinamide. It has helped tremendous amounts with my acne prone skin, and totally changed how it looks. It’s only £5.00 which is such an incredible price for how good this product is!

The last thing in my skincare routine that I will always repurchase is Rosehip oil. I currently alternate between a Pai one and the other which I bought from Amazon (I don’t really have a preference between the two) and it really soothes and comforts my skin without leaving it feeling greasy, just hydrated.

Do you have a product that you will always be repurchasing?

 

 

Sit down guys, I feel like this is going to be a long one.

I’ll start by saying that I definitely was one of those little girls who dreamed of the big white weddings when I was younger. I wanted Prince Charming, horse and carriages, and the biggest dress I could find. I wanted all the attention of the day to be mine, and I of course would be relishing in it.

Now fast forward 24 years later, and I’m a lot different with my approach to our wedding. I don’t want a particularly poofy dress, I don’t want lavish celebrations, and most definitely for everyone’s attention to NOT be on me. Maybe other introverts feel me on this?

I’m not an outgoing person, and much prefer being by the sidelines. Thats why we are opting for a small, intimate ceremony, and a bigger party afterwards. I feel like the most important part is where you actually get married, and I don’t want a list of extended relatives I never see (nor really know me as an adult) to be the faces I glance when I’m walking down the aisle. It’s such a personal moment to me and Dan, and I don’t want to involve people who don’t need to necessarily be there to see it.

I will only have my sister as my maid of honour, plus little cousins as bridesmaids. I’m doing my own makeup. I’m not paying thousands of pounds for a dress I will wear once, (but I’m looking forward to trying them all on that’s for sure!). We sent a ‘save the date’ TEXT (how 2017 of us) and our invitations are from Paperchase.

We have quite a fancy venue, but will be cutting the costs down (don’t start me on favours- do we *need* to have them?), and we primarily chose it because I really want to get married outside next summer. There are definitely some things we still need to finalise as we are quite picky about spending our money on tat. (This is mostly me to be honest).

I guess what I’m saying is that I want to be a low-key bride. We’re not doing things the ‘traditional’ way that you may expect, and that’s how we like it. And if people have a problem with that? Pah, not your wedding 😉

 

Whats your thoughts on being a low-key bride? Tell me your thoughts!

 

I would say I’m definitely a lot more productive now than I was a few years ago, and that combined with now having a blog means I feel like I’ve got a few tips that I think are actually quite useful up my sleeve..

 

UTIILISE ALL THE TIME YOU HAVE

This is probably the biggest tip I have and thats to really make the most of all the time you have. A prime example of this is at the weekend I knew I was going to be on a long car journey, so I spent the morning taking a few flat-lays that I knew I could edit on the way there.

Scheduling tweets while your having your lunch break is always a good idea too, as its surprising how quickly they seem to run out and its always a task to be ahead in. I am usually reading other people’s blogs whilst having my breakfast, as its something I really like to prioritise and find the time to do. Plus, I feel it in turn benefits my blog in many ways, whether thats leaving a comment to something I connected to, or seeing how other people do it on the Blogosphere.

 

MULTI-TASK

If I have a few jobs around the house I need to get done such as cleaning, tidying, I always make sure I’m either listening to a new podcast episode or watching a Youtube video I’m interested in. That way, it makes the chores so much less painful, and before you know it the place is looking sparkling again and it didn’t feel so bad.

I always find having a tidy household makes me work better and feel a lot more clearheaded. I struggle to get anything productive done when I’m surrounded by mess and clutter!

 

HAVE BREAKS WHEN YOU NEED IT

Theres nothing worse than desperately trying to be productive, when in reality all you want to do is lay in bed, eat biscuits and scroll Instagram. I like to schedule ‘mini breaks’ along the day where I can have a little rest, with a cup of tea, and take the load off for a few minutes. If I’ve had a really productive morning, I’ll take a more chilled out lunch break, so I’m restored for the afternoon.

Doing it that way, I’m much more likely to have the energy to do a bit more than I thought originally. Be sure not to beat yourself up mentally if you don’t manage to complete all the things you thought. Life is for enjoyment at the end of the day, not for ticking off to-do lists.

In terms of my blog, If I can’t think of content, I try not to worry about it. Luckily I make sure I’m quite ahead of my posting, so if I don’t manage to post for a week it’s okay. I’m not one of those people who can force out blog posts. If it’s not working for me, I leave it be for a while. Chances are after a few days off, your creativity comes back and you’re raring to write again.

 

How do you stay productive?

 

 

 

 

I did a skincare empties a while ago, so now I’m back with my haircare/body-care version! I thought it was best to split them up into two different posts so I don’t bombard you with that many products! Lets get into it…

 

JOHN FRIEDA LEAVE IN CONDITIONER (similar)

This took me ages to use, but I really liked it and it left my hair SOO smooth and silky. I used it instead of using conditioner after washing as an alternative, and I like how easy it is. Especially for low maintenance gals like me.
REPURCHASE? Yes I can see myself buying this again soon!

 

CLARINS HAND AND NAIL TREATMENT

My mum gave me this because the smell was too much for her. And I agree, I really don’t like the smell of it. Its VERY floral and quite ‘grandma’ I think. I still used it though because its probably the best hand cream that sunk into the skin I’ve ever used.
REPURCHASE? Not unless the scent changes.

 

NUXE MULTIPURPOSE OIL

I haven’t used anything from NUXE before, but I really got on with this little guy, which makes me want to try more of their products. I used it for my face, hair and body, which was SO great if you’re away on a trip and I didn’t breakout from it either. I think its also quite good value for money too at £17, it lasts a really long time and smells lovely.
REPURCHASE? Yes I would.

 

SOAP & GLORY BODY WASH IN SUGAR CRUSH

I got loads of these for Christmas, and I’ve enjoyed trying all the different scents from S&G. The ‘sugar crush’ scent smells so delicious, and for some reason these little tubes last FOREVER.
REPURCHASE? Definitely.

 

PATENTE 1 MINUTE TREATMENT

This was only like £1 and my hair was feeling quite dry, so I thought I’d treat it and use one of these, with quite low expectations I might add. I got about 2/3 uses out of this, and I loved it! It did such a perfect job at hydrating my hair.
REPURCHASE? Fo sure!

 

VO5 GIVE ME TEXTURE POWDER

I bought this so long ago when I saw Estee Lalonde recommend it. You use it by tapping some out on your hands and then rub into your roots to cut the grease and create volume. The texture of this is SO chalky and made my scalp feel all mucky and unclean, which was not ideal right? Most of the time I ended up washing it, instead of getting the ‘extra day’ out of it like I had hoped.
REPURCHASE? Definitely not.

 

Let me know if you guys liked this and I will start collecting products that I’ve emptied for another post! <3