Fashion & Beauty

My new skin care routine

I have recently started to try and integrate a decent skincare routine in to my daily life. For this, I am setting aside time in the day (and evening) to make sure I properly cleanse and moisturise my face. In the past I have been guilty of washing my face in the shower and only moisturising if my skin looked dry.

skin-care-routine

As I am beginning to show signs of age around my eyes, I chose the Emma Hardie Age Support eye cream. I love the light, fresh scent and how very little goes such a long way. I would say this is towards the higher end in terms of price but as you need a small amount, it will last a long time before you need to repurchase. It can be applied day and night which I do, however, when I have a bit more money, I might look in to purchasing an intensive night time eye cream as well. If you have any recommendations then please let me know!

I am also using the BareMinerals Skinlongevity serum. I got this for Christmas in a gift set and it leaves my skin feeling silky soft. I use two pumps day and night before moisturising. This is also fairly expensive and something I probably would never of had the chance to try if I hadn’t received it as a gift, however I do see the benefit of using a serum now and will probably continue set aside a budget for serums going forward.

The difference in my morning and night skincare routine lies in the cleansers and moisturisers. In the day I use Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cleanser and in the evening I use Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. There are two reasons for this, firstly, I feel that I need a good exfoliating wash at the end of the day to get rid of all the makeup but additionally, I use the steam from the hot cloth to clear my eye ducts (as recommended by my optician). Both these cleansers smell amazing, especially the Liz Earle which is sweet orange and mint.

Finally, I moisturise with Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin in the morning and Clarins Multi-Active Night. The latter is very close to empty so I will be on the hunt for a new one. I am trying to make the move in 2017 to brands that are cruelty free so if you have any recommendations there too, I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to share your opinions on the products in my new skincare routine. Have you used any of these eye creams or cleansers and would you recommend them? Bx

 

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Baby & Toddler · Pregnancy

What’s in my Hospital Bag?

Baby Boy Hospital Bag

This week, I packed my hospital bag. I had planned to do this earlier but I’ve been busier than I thought I’d be recently and Annabelle has had a few tears settling into nursery which has thrown me a bit. It’s heartbreaking seeing her get so upset but she’s beginning to get used to going three days a week.

I thought I’d start off showing you the things I have packed for baby. You can probably guess the gender by the colour of the clothes, but you can also watch my Gender Reveal video by clicking on the link.

For Baby
3 Newborn Vests from Marks and Spencer (These were given to us by a close friend. We did a swap as she had a girl a few months ago and wouldn’t be needing her baby boy clothes and we gave away Annabelle’s girly newborn things)
3 Sleepsuits from Marks and Spencer
2 Cardigans from Marks and Spencer
3 Pairs of Socks from Marks and Spencer
2 Hats from Marks and Spencer
Scratch Mitts from Mothercare
Cotton Wool Balls from Sainsbury’s
1 Pack of Pampers Nappies
3 Muslins in Grey and White Stars and Stripes from Tu at Sainsbury’s
1 Blue and White Striped Blanket from JoJo Maman Bebe
2 Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets in Jungle Jam Print

Hospital Bag

For Me
Pyjamas
1 Pack of Disposable Maternity Underwear
Nursing Bras from Marks and Spencer
Tommee Tippee Breast Feeding pads
Tesco Maternity Pads
Socks
Flip Flops (I may change this to a pair of slippers as it is getting colder now)
Towel
Laundry Bag
Phone Charger
A book (in case I need to be induced and stay in hospital)
Outfit to go home
Change for car park or snacks

Hospital Bag 2

Toiletry Bag
Tangle Teezer Hairbrush
Colgate Toothbrush and paste
Lush Travel sized Shower Gel in Seaweed
Lush Travel sized Shampoo in I Love Juicy
Lush Travel sized Conditioner in American Cream
Clinique Travel Sized 7 Day Scrub
Sanex Repair Deodorant
Moisturiser
Nivea Face Wipes
Moist Toilet Wipes
Contact Lenses and Solution

Make Up (I haven’t packed this yet as I’m still debating whether or not I will use it!)
Tinted Moisturiser
Tinted Lip Balm
Waterproof Mascara
Eyelash Curler

I’m sure there is probably something I forgot to pack so if anything stands out, please let me know. Thanks for reading and click on the link for more pregnancy related posts. Stay tuned for my 36 week pregnancy update too. Bx