New Year, New Skin Routine

My skincare routine has never been one to brag about. I am not a notorious cleanser, nor do I regularly treat myself to a face mask. I mean, I buy them? But I've not accumulated at least a dozen masks in the process. Due to my lack of care for my skin, as well as the inevitable ageing process; I have found my skin is starting to suffer. Black bags, dark circles, oily t-zone, dry everywhere else, patchy pigmentation - just to name a few. I knew I needed to take it more seriously; and so far I have (five days into the new year). So, I thought I'd share my skincare routine with an added face mask. 

One of my many face masks I've collected over the last few months. Superdrug have a great range of good quality and affordable masks, and you can always get 2-3 applications out of one sachet. Obviously, I picked this as its ideal for oily skin (most of my face). When  doing a deep cleanse, i'll always start with a face mask, after steaming my face with a hot flannel to open the pores.

I then leave that on for 2-30 minutes, and usually get on with the housework while doing so. 

Taking it off is my favourite, as I actually hate the feeling of having a mask on my face. Again, a hot flannel that I then press against my face, and then wipe off. I'm quite vigorous with this, which I like. You can use a softer cloth if you're skin is delicate.

A new found love of mine has been the Nip+Fab Pore Blaster, aimed at teen skin. Its a 2 in 1, being both a mask and scrub. I use this more as a scrub, as it is thorough but not too harsh on the skin. The consistency is like soft sand, having loads of little micro beads within the cleanser. I apply it with my hands and buff it in using my fingertips.

Once I've fully covered my face, I get my trusty face brush. Now, this isn't for everyone! It can be quite harsh on your skin, so if you have delicate or dry skin - don't use this. I have very oily, rough skin so I rely on this to remove any dead skin. I gently polish around my face until it is all fully exfoliated, and then again I will wash it off.

Now for the cleanse. This is an everyday task and is super quick! I've recently been using my sample of the Glam Glow Super Cleanse. This is amazing, and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and revitalised every time. It has an earthy scent to it, using three different charcoals and eucalyptus leaf, making it cooling on the skin. The cleanser goes on as a cream, and develops into a foam, spreading evenly and getting into every nook and cranny!
I may even go as far as saying i'll buy a full tube of this. It clarifies and helps remove pore-clogging debris, excess oil, and face makeup, while leaving skin feeling soothed and refreshed. 

And that's it. Back to my (not so cool or attractive) self. I am becoming so much more conscious of the state of my skin, I know how important it is to maintain it - especially when an everyday cleanse takes two minutes! 

What's your go to skincare item?


Obligatory New Years Resolutions

Its that time of the year again where we see copious amounts of blogposts and videos about new years resolutions. In previous years I've felt like I needed to go along with it and participate, making long and un-realistic lists of resolutions that I know deep down I wouldn't stick to. "Lose weigh", "read more books", "be happier". It forces so much pressure on yourself that it takes away all fun and each one becomes a chore. I can almost guarantee that around 70% of us would have given up our resolutions by March - and its hardly surprising.

So this year, I'm not making resolutions. I have made a small list of things i'd like to achieve personally throughout the year, for me. I spent a lot of 2018 with anxiety and depression, being on medication and still thinking of others. I'd use my annual leave to look after other peoples kids, helping people with their issues and taking on extra work. I'd over analyse and worry what others think of me, sometimes wasting a whole day overthinking - what a waste.

2019 is the year for me. I'm spending this year fixing myself and becoming the best version of me!
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1. Gym: 
For me. Not to lose weight (although toning up some skin would be great), but to spend time by myself, on myself. I've seen a lot of research that states exercise is a natural anti-depressant. I also have a lot of self doubt and am very self conscious, so anything I can do to better myself is a benefit.

2. Stick to Veganism:
Image result for veganI recently became Vegan (1st December 2018), and although there have been a couple of small slips; mainly cheese and an accidental milk coffee, I haven't found it as hard as I thought it would be. I'd like to be full Vegan by April 2019, easing my way in gradually and enjoying it in the process.

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3.Work harder:
In both my job and my blog. Every year since I've had this blog, I've spent a good 2-3 months dedicated and then I give up. I don't even know why, as I love writing and sharing my experiences with people. In my job, I have a tendency to either give 100% or 10%, mainly down to the team morale at the time. However, I want to be recognised and progress this year, so 100% is needed at all times.

4. Time together:
Me and Ben will have been together for 7 years in June 2019, and are yet to actually spend quality time together, go away, have a day out, etc. We have made a promise to go out more, allowing me to drive us to new places and experience more together.

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I want to do whatever it takes to spend more time on me. I mentioned the gym, but I want to really appreciate myself in 2019. Whether that is 30 minutes for a bath, 10 minutes for a face mask, an hour to get my nails done. Me time is very important, and everyone should allocate time to do the same.

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