My Current Skincare Routine


I've been wanting to do this post for a while, but didn't feel happy with all the products I'd been using up until now. My skin is quite normal (if there is such a thing!) although very prone to breakouts. I am no skin care guru, but these are the products that seem to work best for my skin at the moment.

Morning:



Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash - This is a repurchase as it's so easy to use in the morning and really makes my skin feel clean. I apply this on dry skin all over my face and leave it on while I'm in the shower then just rinse off at the end. I can really feel it properly cleaning my skin and my face feels so fresh when I've washed it off. £2.32 here.

Lush Imperialis Moisturiser -  I'm a big believer in not overloading my skin with products before putting make up on so I only use two products in the morning. This sinks into my skin really quickly as it's very lightweight and a little bit goes a long way. £13.50 here.

Evening:



Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water - I use this to remove my makeup with cotton pads. This is my favourite micellar water I've tried as well as one of the cheapest I've seen, plus you get a lot of product so it lasts ages! Win. £3.32 here.

Nip + Fab Deep Cleansing Fix - I love this product. I love that it smells so clean, I love how creamy and gentle it is, I love how big the tub is. A lotta love! I use this after I've removed my makeup to really make sure it's all gone and to properly cleanse. £7.95.

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water - This was an impulse buy and I wasn't so sure how I'd feel about a toning water but it's amazing. I simply spritz all over my face and then either go over with a cotton pad or if I've got time I'll just leave it to sink in. £4.25.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream - This is my first eye cream and I really like it. It's refreshing and I actually really do think it has made my eyes look brighter. £11.

Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Replenishing Night Cream - This is still a fairly new product for me, but it seems pretty good and smells amazing. I'm at a funny stage in skincare where I feel like I need to start thinking about anti-aging nice and early, but there don't seem to be a lot of products aimed at people my age. This seems like a good product for this stage, but if anyone has any recommendations please leave them in the comments below! £7.99 here.

Weekly:



No7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Exfoliator - This is great as it's really gentle and I don't like to scrub my skin too harshly. I use this once a week - usually on a Sunday night for a bit of a pamper! I always wait until I've got a money off No7 voucher to get this as well to make it cheaper (not that I'm stingy or anything - ha!) £8.50 here.

Soap & Glory Fab Pore - This is a really gentle mask and has an almost creamy consistency as well as tiny exfoliating beads which leave your face super smooth once you've taken it off. The only thing that confuses me is that it's labelled as a 2-in-1 mask and peel and I really can't tell you how it could be described as a peel! This will be a definite repurchase though. £10 here.

Lush Mask of Magnaminty - This is the mask I turn to on a really bad skin day. It smells really good (although might not be to everyone's taste) and exfoliates as you take it off as well. The only annoying thing about it is how difficult it is to take off without soaking your whole bathroom! £5.50 here.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Link me to your skin care routines if you've written about them :)

Amy x

Juggling Blogging with a Full Time Job


I've seen a few posts along these lines floating around, but each one seems to be a little different as everyone has different tips and ways of juggling so I thought I'd share mine. I don't actually find it that difficult to manage both a blog and a full time job as blogging is something that I really enjoy doing so I don't see it as a chore and I'm also an organised person by nature! Here's how I do it:

Planning
I almost always plan my posts in advance. I write a list of all the dates in the month that I need to publish a post and assign a post to each - sometimes they'll switch around or things will change if I decide to write a different post last minute, but having them all written down helps me know when I need to have a post ready by. I put a mark next to each post when they're ready to go and then tick them off when it's published - so satisfying! (I'm a loser I know). I know some people are against planning posts and would rather just sit down and write on the day, but I think different things work for everyone and planning is what works for me!

Lists
You can never go wrong with a good list! I make a list for each post I'm writing with things I need to do for it such as photos, text, proof reading, adding links etc. Having a to do list for each post keeps me organised and means I don't forget to do anything and won't have a last minute panic!

Back up posts
I always have about three back up posts floating around that could be published anytime, just in case something goes wrong with one of my planned posts or if I don't get a chance to finish a post in time. If I have a free day I'll sit down and write out a few posts to have on standby. I find these so helpful as it takes the pressure off knowing that I have posts there ready to go if they're needed.

Be realistic
When I first started blogging I decided to post twice a week because I thought that would be manageable to fit around my job. I think it's much better to underestimate how much you'll be able to post because you can always start posting more if you feel like you can (I've recently started posting three times a week). If you're realistic about what you can achieve on your blog it makes it seem much more manageable plus you will produce better quality posts. I know some people post daily while having a full time job (hats off to you if you do!) but that would definitely not be realistic for me!

I hope some of these tips helped - what are your tips for blogging and having a full time job?

Amy x

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Thought of the month: May

Why it's important to use your vote



If you thought the last general election was unpredictable then this time round seems set to be even more so. Nobody seems happy with the way the country is being run, but at the same time I've heard a lot of people saying they're not going to vote. I can understand why - you only have to watch the PMQs once to despair at them putting each other down with immature remarks they thought up the night before right? That is how it seems, but one of those people is going to be running the country for the next five years whether you vote or not.

It's also quite difficult to differentiate between the parties and completely understand what they all stand for and the difference they could make to your life. I strongly recommend that you do a bit of research about each of the parties' policies to see whether there is one that could help you. You may not agree with any of the parties as a whole, but surely if there is a party that has just one policy that could do something good for you then it's better to vote for them than not vote at all? 

You may think you are only one person so what difference could it make whether you voted or not, but just imagine if a million other people thought like that too and those million people all voted for the same party. It could make such a huge difference to how the election turns out so if you are one of those people thinking like that then I urge you to do some research and use your vote. 

Will you be voting on May 7th? 

Amy x