My Beauty Routine!

So over the Christmas holidays, (like any girl does) I received some beauty products. Which means now I have a full beauty routine ­čĺü­čĆ╝. So here’s a list of what I use on a weekly basis and when I use it.

My Morning Routine:

Ok so in a morning I’m normally just heading straight to work, and to be honest when it comes to beauty I’m quite low maintenance (hence why I haven’t had a beauty routine till now). So all I’ll really do is wash my face with my soap & glory vitamin C facial wash. It’s dermatologically tested which means it doesn’t affect my eczema during a flare up, it’s a three in one so it does everything my face needs doing to it all in one go, and to top it off it smells pretty damn good. A perfect way to set up my day really…for my skin at least.

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Soap & Glory – Vitamin C Facial Wash

The second and last thing I do in a morning before applying my make up is of course applying a moisturiser. This actually came with the facial wash in a pack…and so far they are working really well together. At the minute I have a little bit of flaky skin on my face (due to my eczema) and its’ keeping it in check to be honest. It’d probably help more if I didn’t wear my make-up on top, but god forbid I scare off any customers at work.

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Soap & Glory – All day Moisturiser

My Evening Routine:


Ok so if I have a free evening where I need a bit of TLC I’ll do more of a ‘in depth’ beauty routine. On average I’ll only do this about three times a week at most…mainly because I don’t want to clog my skin up and I like to give it a bit of a break…oh and I’m lazy.

So first up I’ll use a cleanser. I’ll normally use this first to take my make up off and just give my face a good wash. I’ve had this since before christmas, and basically it does what it says. It removes any dirt or make-up without leaving my face shiny with leftover product. It says the product is for combination to oily skin, but even though my face is a bit more on the dry side it never leaves my face damaged or dry.

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The Body Shop – Seaweed Cleanser

Next I’ll use a exfoliator by Nivea. I’ve always found that Nivea is good for sensitive skin and after using it at a friend’s house I decided to purchase it and work it into my routine. I can’t fault it, if┬ámy skin ever starts playing up it calms it down pretty quickly. Not only that but it leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh. I’ve also tried the men’s version of this and to be honest I actually think I like it more.

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Nivea – Exfoliating Scrub

After that, to finish off I’ll apply some of my seaweed toner from the body shop. I have to admit it wasn’t until I asked that woman working in the body shop, that I even knew what it was. Basically it helps restore the oils in your face, which have been taken out by cleansing and exfoliating. I still don’t really know how it works, but my skin seems to be doing very well since I started using it, so I can’t really say anymore on that.

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The Body Shop – Seaweed Toner

Back onto moisturiser. In the past I’ve put moisturisers on before going to bed, and the same thing always happens. I’ll wake up the next morning with all of the product on the surface of my skin, just hovering there. So I decided to go into superdrug and ask the advice of ┬ásomeone who worked in the beauty section. Basically she said that it might be a case that a serum would work better for my skin as a serum goes 2 or 3 layers below the skin level meaning it absorbs better. Which she was right, I chose the vitamin E moisturiser over the others due┬áto it being a good protection barrier for people with eczema, and its perfect. Sometimes I’ll use this alone, other times I’ll use it before I use the next product depending on how dry my skin is.

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Superdrug – Vitamin E Moisture Serum

Next is the night cream, which like I say I’ll sometimes use right after the previous one if my skin needs an extra boost. It basically does everything that the previous serum does with the extra antioxidants to protect my skin and keep it hydrated.

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Superdrug – Vitamin E Night Cream

And that’s it! Now I may be good having a routine, but I’m not that good that I do it everyday. But to be honest like I ┬ásay I wouldn’t like to do it everyday…and I’m too lazy anyway (did I┬ámention that?). But yeah…we’re getting there! ­čśü

Brace yourself…Autumn is here!

I love Autumn. You still get some warm days, but other days you can pull out your beanie hat and not have to worry about doing you hair…at least I don’t. Anyway there are a few things I always like to do and stock up on as soon as Autumn hits…so without further ado here it is!

  1. A Haircut – I know this is a monthly thing to have done but as soon as Autumn hits, I get the urge to do something different with my hair. Last year it was putting in a full fringe, and this years I’m thinking about changing the length to a bit shorter than I’ve normally been…although I do think I’d like to have my fringe put back in…maybe next month.
  2. Hats – These are one of the best inventions ever in my opinion. They keep your ears warm, hide the bush that I call hair, make you look cute…occasionally. What more could you want!
  3. Fluffy Socks – Come on. Who doesn’t already have these! Even if it’s not cold I wear these, but in Autumn I NEED them. They’re great with boots, and even better when snuggled under a blanket watching a film and eating chocolate…anyway.
  4. Lip Balm – this is definitely a necessity! Who wants dry lips? Especially with eczema. Not good, so even if it’s not that cold I have to prepare for colder days.
  5. Boots – This is actually one thing I hate about autumn, having to find a good pair of boots. It’s just so hard finding the right height so your legs don’t look fat, the right heel size, the right colour ugh so many different specifications! But once you find ‘THE’ pair, your autumn outfits are complete!
  6. Moisturiser┬á– this definitely applies to me because like I said earlier I suffer with eczema. So again you have to be prepared. You have to look after your skin as much as possible before winter hits, especially your face!
  7. Films/TV programs – This is where Netflix is brilliant! As soon as autumn hits it’s as if I’m permanently in my PJ’s from the moment I get home from work. And what better way to entertain myself than having a film fest! There’s a full list of films I’ve wanted to see but never got round to, so autumn gives me the perfect chance to do this!
  8. Tights – I love Jeans but jeans only look good so many days in a row, and of course it’s too cold to wear dresses or skirts bare-legged so the solution is tights! Warm, fluffy, thermal tights!

That’s just a basic list of my necessities from Autumn anyway, I’m sure there’s plenty more that I’ve forgotten! Anyway Bring on the cold!!!

30 Random Facts About Me

  1. My middle name is Jane.
  2. I’m 22.
  3. I have 4 pets; one cat, one guinea pig, and two gerbils.
  4. I studied Performance for Stage and Screen at University.
  5. I’ve worked in cafe’s since I was 16…Starbucks was one of them.
  6. I drive a Vauxhall Corsa.
  7. I lived in Sheffield for 2 years.
  8. I’m an attempting photographer.
  9. I’d like to move to Iceland when I’m older.
  10. I’d like to travel around America one day.
  11. I’d love to have a monkey as a pet.
  12. I’ve read into dream meanings before.
  13. If I went back to university, I’d either study Psychology or English Literature.
  14. Leonardo DiCaprio was and still is my dream guy.
  15. My alcoholic beverage of choice is tequila and orange juice.
  16. I can eat a whole tub of Ice cream in one sitting.
  17. My favourite fashion item at the minute is my new Brogues.
  18. I hate shopping for boots…only because I can never find one’s I really love.
  19. I only tried watermelon a couple of months ago, and I LOVE it.
  20. The whole ghosts/demons thing interests me, however I do think it can be dangerous to get involved.
  21. I struggle with Eczema, and used to struggle with the spelling of Eczema.
  22. I’m easily distracted, especially┬áat work.
  23. My favourite author is Mitch Albom, although I am warming to John Green.
  24. My favourite Youtuber is Gabriella Lindley aka VelvetGhost.
  25. I’d like to learn more about graphic design.
  26. I’ve┬ánever lived without an animal in my family home.
  27. I believe I have what people call a ‘resting bitch face’.
  28. I don’t understand people’s disgust with the word…mind my language… ‘cunt’. To me it’s a word.
  29. I still listen to Busted…
  30. One of my favourite past times is waiting for everyone to leave my house, putting on my iPod and singing at the top of my voice.

Eczema VS Sun-beds

So I’ve suffered from eczema since I was born. As I got older it seemed to of got more and more controllable, to the point where it was just seasonal and only really became visible in winter due to the sudden change of climate. However this year it doesn’t seem to be going away, and nothing seems to be helping clear it up.

Winter has come and gone and by March my skin would usually of gone back to its normal self. But for some reason this year it just won’t budge. I feel like I’ve tried everything. Different moistursers, steroid creams, bath ointments, and many more treatments. So like with any question I can’t answer, I took to the internet. There was suggestion, after suggestion but the one that caught my eye was to try using a sun-bed.

Now I know the risks of using a sun-bed…but due to my eczema mainly being due to the climate, and me feeling like I’m out of options I thought I should give it a go. So far I’ve only had 4 sessions, each of 6 minutes. But I honestly think it is beginning to help. My skin feels better and definitely looks better with the red patches disappearing, giving me a bit more self-confidence (because let’s be honest having people stare at you, and wonder why you look like a human leopard isn’t exactly a confidence booster). I mean I’m in no way getting a ‘great’ tan from this as I still look quite pale, but as long as my eczema is getting better I don’t mind.

Just as a side note this isn’t a long-term treatment at all and as soon as I feel happy that majority of it has cleared up, I will stop using the sun-beds. Anyway I’ll keep you updated, feel free to give me any feedback or even any suggestions if you or anyone you know struggles with eczema and what they use to clear it up.

 “People will stare . Make it worth their while” – Harry Winston.