Updated Skin Care Routine.


Back track to a couple of months ago and my face was an angry, spotty mess. It was really affecting my confidence and I knew something had to be done , so after a trip to a doctor resulting in a prescription for Zineryt, I also decided to try and create a routine that I knew I would stick to. It's short, simple and easy enough to manage on a daily basis, and whilst my skin may not be 100% perfect yet, I'm getting there with it. 

I've always had combination skin so coping with it is a little difficult, but I've learned to accept that trying to dry out spots is NOT the way to go, it just doesn't work like that. Skin needs to be treated and protected with care so I try not to strip it as much as possible by using a gentle foaming wash from Vitage on my Magnitone at the lowest setting and then replenishing with lots of oils afterwards.  My favourites come from Caudalie and Nuxe. Keeping skin clean but nourished is the best way, at least for me, to keep it looking healthy and radiant. 

If everything is still looking a bit dull after all of that, I'll occasionally also use Merumaya's Gentle Exfoliating Toner after washing my face to freshen everything up and get rid of the dead cells. My Zineryt is also a nightly go to for me, and has done wonders in clearing my face up. When I have the time, usually about once a week, I really love to treat my skin with a face mask. Cosmetic Catastrophe from LUSH is one of my favourites for calming everything down and soothing angry skin.

And that's it! Simple enough that I always stay on top of it but with a whole host of really effective products. How do you take care of your skin? 

Everyday Hair.


My haircare routine is pretty standard. No fuss, simple. It's just an area of beauty that doesn't really interest me, and therefore I try and make it as quick and easy as possible. For months I was using the L'Oreal Brunettes Shampoo, a quick run through with my Tangle Teezer and a touch of my Moroccan Oil to give it a bit of love. Not even a blow-dry in sight. I admit though it's nice to change things every once in a while, so welcome to four new additions in my stash...

The Envy Blow Dry Set (£40) has really changed the way my hair looks. Basically, you massage the pre-wash Dual Fix into your hair, blow-dry, and then wash normally with the other two. The SLS/SLES Paraban Free formulas work together to give both moisture and body and smooth out hair. My hair has a tendency to get frizzy, especially in the winter when it can get really dry quite easily but I've found that the combination of these products stops this from happening - probably thanks to the Keratin and silk blend. Plus, they cut down on the need for any after styling products. Couldn't be happier! 

My hairs always been a bit on the limp side, and my not so beefy strands could definitely do with a bit of filling out. I've been using the intense version of the Grow Gorgeous Serum, which you are meant to massage into the roots with a little dropper every evening to promote growth. Not only that, but it gives a really nice glossy shine much like an Argan Oil would. I'm notoriously sceptical of products like this so I'm not sure how well it is actually working but I'm guessing it takes time. Here's hoping ... 

Good hair routine that won't take forever? Sorted. 

What do you like to use on your hair?

Body Confidence.


Wearing: Boohoo Body Suit in Tall, American Apparel Easy Jeans 

Body confidence is something that I have, and think I always will to some extent, struggle with. But I know that I'm not alone. The sad truth is that so many of us have things that they want to change with themselves, and the image of perfection that we seek to attain, is for the most part unattainable. With both skinny and fat shaming all too common on the internet, there really are no winners in this game of hate. And whilst we may know this to be true, it often doesn't make coping with negative and destructive thoughts any easier. At the end of the day, the way we look is not what defines us, but the character within. Here are some ways the I attempt to try and improve my confidence and outlook on life:

Positive thoughts on the inside equate to those outside. 

I'm definitely a glass half empty type person, but on days where I let it consume me I notice it affecting how I view myself as well. By focusing all that hate into better things, who knows what we could get done! Achievements in other parts of my life always make me feel better, the two, at least for me are inextricably linked. Whether it's a lifestyle or fitness goal, new job or any other aim, breaking it down into achievable steps that you know are manageable will help you look on the brighter side of life and make reaching those goals much more likely.

Goals. 

Tied into the point above is the notion of goals. The phenomenon of #goals is a great thing, don't get me wrong, but sometimes we have to step back and see the bigger picture. A snapshot of someone else's life doesn't show you every thing and you're never going to be exactly the same. Instead, try setting yourself small goals that are personal and within your reach. And don't forget to be proud when you achieve them. At the same time, know where your boundaries lie and don't push yourself too hard. There's no point ruining your progress by triggering or injuring yourself. 

Natural beauty. 

Makeup is wonderful and has its time and place, but it's important to be at peace with who you are underneath as well. Wear it because it makes you happy and because it's fun, but also remember that you can be beautiful without it too. And for those days where you feel like you need a bit of a boost, there's absolutely no shame in relying on makeup to give you a bit of a crutch. Aside from that, try focusing on aspects of yourself that you like, I guarantee you have something someone else is envious of. By challenging your thoughts, you really can help build confidence up over time. 

Do unto yourself as you would to others. 

Looking after yourself does wonders for your self esteem. One way I try to look at it is how would I feel if I told the same things I said to myself to one of my younger sisters, or even worse, if someone else said it to them. Guaranteed I'd put an end to it pretty soon. So why do we think it's okay to treat ourselves this way? It's not, and it needs to stop. Exercise is one thing that really helps me, less for the aesthetics that come, but the pride that comes from achieving more and pushing to the limits. Taking care of your body and celebrating its beauty when you can is one of the best feelings. Try and focus on the attributes of yourself that you love and build on those rather than the destructive thoughts.

I often find writing these advice type posts more like a letter to myself than anything else, because by no stretch of the imagination am I anywhere near here myself. It's all too easy to sit here and write it out, but believing is a different matter. But I'm trying, and that's the main thing, practice what you preach and all that! What are your tips for being more confident within yourself? 

10 Ways to Get Yourself out of a Mood.


I have to be honest, I'm probably the queen of the bad mood. It's one of my worst qualities and I find it so hard to dig myself out of them once I'm stuck, but there are some things that never fail to make me feel a little better. Here are 10 of my favourite ways to do it: 

1. Exercise
2. Bake
3. Try to be rational about your bad mood
4. Treat yourself to some beautiful new lingerie - boohoo have an amazing and pretty inexpensive range at the moment (pictured
5. Have a cup of tea 
6. Watch cute animal videos on youtube 
7. Going out with friends 
8. Pamper yourself with some of your favourite products 
9. Listen to some of your favourite music and dance around 
10. Binge on netflix

What about you, how do you like to cheer yourself up?


Interior Inspiration.


My room is a constant work in progress and lately I've been leaning towards the more boho yet minimalist end of the style spectrum. I figured a few new updates could be in order over the course of the new year and so have rounded up some inspirational images compiled from many a late night browse on Pinterest. 

I'm thinking of moving bed to rest on wooden pallets, adding lots of nice textured materials, possibly a tapestry and maybe even a new patterned duvet cover. Then I also think I might try and find a rug at home to cosy up the wooden floorboards and fill my frames with some more artistic pieces. Of course, fairy lights and candles are always a must too. I hope you like the images and find them somewhat inspiring! Don't forget that you can follow me on Pinterest here.


What kind of style do you like best?

Buddha Bowl.


Recipes with a little room for customisation are always the best, and the Buddha Bowl fits the bill perfectly. It doesn't appear that there is a universal agreement on what exactly a 'Buddha Bowl' has to be, but from 'research' (aka a quick google search) they seem to be any bowl that include a variety of vegetables, healthy fats, a dressing and vegetarian protein. The rest is up to you.

Here's how to put together your own version of the Buddha Bowl: 


These bowls are satisfying, nutritious and so easy to customise to what you're loving in the current moment. It's a great way to fit all your carbs, proteins, healthy fats, fibre and minerals into your day and use up/ mix and match your leftovers. I used rocket, avocado, carrot, roasted paprika chickpeas, beetroot, sweet potato, quinoa and hoummous in mine, but the list is endless. Here are some other ideas if you are stuck:

MORE IDEAS FOR BUDDHA BOWLS: 

Greens: kale, spinach, arugala
Veggies: squash, broccoli, carrots, peppers, roasted eggplant, brussels sprouts, beets
Grains: quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries, farro
Protein: tofu, tempeh, chickpeas, beans, edamame, black beans
Healthy Fats: avocado, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, tahini, sesame oil

What do you think? Will you be making yourself one of these anytime soon?