My current morning skincare routine

Beauty

Since being in lockdown I have been able to take the time to do my morning skincare routine, on a normal work day I do not leave myself time to be able to do that and my make up. So it has been really nice for the past 8 weeks to be able to clean my skin ever morning.

However it is morning, I still don’t want to get my face completely wet so I use the Hydrating Milky Cleanser from Pixi (gifted) which gets rid of any dirt and product build up from during the night.

I then go in with the Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic (gifted) to tone and brighten. I follow this with the Boots Glow Essence which contains niacinamide which helps fight spots so it is great for me on a daily basis.

I use the Dermalogica biolumin-c eye serum (gifted) which brightens and forms the under eye area. And lastly I finish up by moisture from using the Boots Glow moisturising cream which soothes and hydrated.

My current evening skincare routine

Beauty

One of the many things I have enjoyed whilst being off is being able to take my time when doing my skincare routine, there is no rush, no where to be, no time constraints so I find it really relaxing and look forward to the end of the day when I can look after my skin.

To cleanse I have been using the Be Glow face brush (previously gifted) with the Calm Skin cleanser from Superdrug, I find these two work great together and give my skin a really good clean.

I have a bit of a mask obsession, so I don’t tend to stick to just one mask, which mask I choose depends on what my skin is doing that day. But one I have been loving and can notice great results with is the Acne Out Mask from Arkana (gifted). This is a clay mask which drys and draws all the impurities out of your skin and contains salicylic acid to fight spots.

To time I have been using the Pixi Glow Tonic with is my absolute favourite, this leaves my skin glowing as it exfoliates.

I tend to flirt between serums too, but I really love the AHA BHA PHA Miracle Serum from Some By Mi (gifted). This also works as an exfoliator to leave your skin cleaner and more radiant. When I have applied this I like to go in with my jade roller and massage my face for a few minutes.

I follow up with the Boots Glow Eye Cream and the Jane Scrivner over oil cream (gifted) which smells amazing and is bright orange to look in all the moisture.

And then it’s time to relax even more and get into bed and watch Netflix.

Boots Glow Skincare

Beauty

Did I need more skincare, no, but because it was pink and looked pretty did I have to buy it, yes! I couldn’t help myself when I saw these products on the Boots website. They are so aesthetically pleasing and if I was a skincare product I would be one of these.

One of the very amazing things about these new products from Boots is the price, looking at them you’d think they would cost a lot more than what they did. But no, they were all £4 each! What a bargain, everything was £4!

One of the main ingredients in all of these products is Niacinamide, which is great for fighting blemishes. I tend to use these products when I am having a bit of a skin outbreak and I know I can trust them to help it out.

The two staples from this range I have been using near enough daily are the Glow Essence and the Glow Eye Cream. I find them both really hydrating and they also smell really great too!

I think this is a really lovely range for Boots to come out with and I love how affordable yet nice the products all are and I think I will definitely be repurchasing these when they run out.

You can check out the range here

The newest Pixi launch | gifted

Beauty

Pixi Beauty always kill it with their PR packages, when I see the email to say something is on the way from them I know it is going to be a good day.

The latest launch in their Retinol & Jasmine range which features 6 products ranging from a cleanser to oils. This launch contains everything you need to complete your skincare routine from start to finish.

As always the packaging is so aesthetically pleasing, the lilac and the green go so well together and make them such feature pieces to have on show.

The cleanser contains retinol to smooth, jasmine oil to fight inflammation and ceramide to lock in moisture.

The toner contains ingredients to calm and minimise redness, soften and brighten and the retinol is realised over time to smooth and refine.

One of my favourite skincare items are oils, and this range features two very lovely oils, one for the AM and one for PM.

There is also a moisturiser and eye cream which contain peptides to firm and revitalise and the eye cream contains caffeine to de puff your under eye area.

Thank you to Pixi Beauty for sending me this beautiful package which came in a lovely toiletry bag perfect for travel (when we can go out again).

Lockdown loves

Beauty

I thought for my first blogpost in a while I would share some of the things I have been loving whilst we have been in lockdown.

To be honest, I kind of feel like I’m thriving being in lockdown, my mental health is actually a lot better and my over mood is so much better than when I am at work, guess that means I need to retire pretty soon haha.

The first thing I have been loving in lockdown is photography, I feel like over the past 8 weeks I have gotten a lot more creative with my Instagram photos and there is so much inspiration out there for creative photo ideas.

Secondly I have been loving some new fashion/trends, the first being the basic Nike crew socks which everyone seems to have. I never used to like bulky sock like this because I have small feet and muscular legs so I didn’t think they would look good, but I actually love them! Another trend I have been loving is the over sized graphic tee and cycling shorts, something which I never imagined myself wearing, but once again I really like the look!

Thirdly, I have semi regained my passion for walking, some days I have no energy and no interest in going for our daily walk, other days I thrive by going. I guess it really depends on the weather and my mood.

My morning skincare routine is something which has taken a front seat, I really look forward to waking up and using all my products and having fresh skin for the day.

I’ve also been loving not having to do my make up everyday, planning just a few times a week to do a full face makes it so much more enjoyable as I can take my time and mostly do this on FaceTime talking to my best friend whilst she does hers at the same time.

The last thing I want to mention is that I have been loving my eye brows, I think I will do a separate blog post on eye brow lamination because I am beyond obsessed with them and how they look!

Thanks for reading, stay safe xx

Styling the wooden watch | gifted

Beauty

I was very kindly gifted this beautiful wooden watch from JORD watches, it is so different to anything else I’ve every owned and very unique.

JORD pronounced Yode, make and sell hand crafted watches for men and women made from natural materials. The one I am styling is the Frankie series and can be found below.

https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie-II/women?gO=m

The watch is really comfy to wear and looks great layer over the top of a jumper as it’s still way to cold to not wear sleeves. I was a bit worried it would look a bit too bulky and masculine but I don’t think that’s the case at all, I think it fits in well with my style and compliments the light colours I wear.

If you would like to purchase your own watch you can follow the link below for 20% off your order.

https://www.woodwatches.com/ga/toriiitoriii

Hydrating Milky Range from Pixi | gifted

Beauty

Pixi always kill it with their PR packages, there is no argument needed because everytime I receive one it out does the previous one. This one came as the cutest little milk cartoons which is so creative and absolutely adorable!

In the Hydrating Milky range there are 6 products, this is your complete skincare routine from start to finish. There is everything need to be fully pampered for bedtime or fresh faced to start your day.

There is a make up remover, cleanser, peel and polish (which is my fave), toner, serum and a moisturiser. What is great about this collection if that the moisturiser is a big’en as it can also be used on your body.

I cannot wait to start using these am trying them out properly, head over to my Instagram if you want to see what my first impressions are when I use them!

And of course a huge thank you to Pixi for sending me this ❣️

Anti Dandruff shampoo from Percy & Reed | gifted

Beauty

The latest launch from Percy & Reed is the I’m No Flake Shampoo. This is anti dandruff shampoo to add to your collection. I’ve never suffered with dandruff but that will not stop me from using this, as with all Percy & Reed haircare it truly is my favourite.

The shampoo contains Aloe Vera and Chamomile to help soothe the scalp and relieve irritation and dryness. It contains Pro Vitamin B5 to strengthen and restore the hair.

The thing I love most about Percy & Reed products is the smell, every product smells divine, I’ve noticed when I use their shampoo and conditioners by hair is also so much more manageable and brush-able after washing making it a much more enjoyable experience.

Check it out below

https://www.percyandreed.com/products/anti-dandruff-im-no-flake-shampoo?variant=30384549855328

Percy & Reed is also vegan friendly & gluten free.

*This product was gifted*

October favourites

Beauty

My first proper blogpost in months, so I’m back with some of my current favourites.

First up, I have been loving the Freshly Cosmetics Red Velvet Oil Serum, this is a serum which you put on over your moisturiser just before you go to bed. It helps clear up your skin, get rid of blackheads and hydrate you over night. As you can see I only have enough left for one night as I have really been living for this stuff! You can check it out here. *

For my primer I have been using the Erborian Matte Cream, this is such a great primer which I am also nearly out off. It creates a flawless base for your foundation by blurring your pores. *

Another skincare product which I use nightly is the Pixi Beauty Rose Glow mist, this is an oil spray which I spritz on my face as I’m about to get into bed. Not only does it give an extra boost of hydration, it smells great. *

Another thing I have been doing before going to sleep is applying the Forchic lash serum which has actually helped my lashes grow. When wearing mascara I notice the growth a lot more, it also makes applying mascara so much easier as I don’t have to build the length up as much. *

On my lips my favourite lip product is one of the latest Pixi Beauty launches in the shade Coral Bang. Its such a nice transitional shade as its not a dark red. The formulation is also really good too as it lasts a while and its easy to wipe off. *

The mascara which has been my go to for a couple of months now is from Primark, I saw online that it was a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex, and I can confirm it is. For only £3, the packaging is gorgeous, it applies great and lasts.

And lastly, the fixing powder from MUA Cosmetics which is the only powder I own, it leaves your skin look matte but your can still see a bit of a glow coming through, it lasts all day and doesn’t look cakey.

*contains gifted products*

Skylar Scent Club | gifted

Beauty

Over the past few months I have been receiving an amazing little subscription of perfume! Perfume is something which I wear every day and I especially like to take it when I go on holiday. Skylar Scent Club is an amazing little club which send out a travel sized roller ball each month. Each month is such a unique scent and perfect for the month, I have been loving the summer scents especially!

What I also love about the scents is the packaging, every bottle just looks so cute and perfect making it a wonderful accessory to keep in your handbag. As you can see I took all three of my bottles on holiday with me because, why not?

I also find that because they are roller balls and not sprays they last so much longer which is great.

You can use my discount code VICTORIAS10 for 10% off your order!

You can check out their website here for yourself https://skylar.com/pages/scent-club-20?utm_source=VICTORIAS

A Spa Break with Bannatynes {gifted}

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At the beginning of the week I had pleasure of venturing down to Hastings, East Sussex for an overnight spa break which was very kindly gifted by Bannatynes.
I decided to take one of my best friends as we had not been on holiday together in a really long time.

When we arrived at the hotel, it was pretty much everything I was expecting. A big country style house set in the middle huge green grounds, it truly felt like we were on holiday.

The spa is located a short 2 minute walk down the driveway, which we headed to straight away after we had checked in and seen our room. The room was extremely spacious and clean and had really quirky features. The highlight for me was the big bath room and bath tub!

In the spa we were given a little tour of the facilities and were made to feel really welcome. We headed straight to the Jacuzzi as it was empty as I wanted to get some photos in there before it got busy, so we timed it perfectly.

After being outside for a while we decided to try out the steam room and the indoor Jacuzzi before heading back to the room to get ready for dinner that evening.

Before dinner we headed back down to the gardens out the back of the hotel to take some photos, and ordered a cocktail from the bar for some more photos.

The gifted experience included a two course meal, as a really fussy eater I was a little bit concerned about not liking enough of the food, but I can safely say I liked it all. For started I had the watercress soup, followed by chicken in gravy with potatoes and cabbage.

On the second day we woke up nice and early to the sun streaming into our room making it feel like a sauna. We headed down to breakfast, it was buffet style with everything you could of wanted along with made to order specials.

Before driving to Hastings beach we had our treatments in the spa, we both chose to have facials. This was my first facial so I was a little bit anxious about having it as I was just thinking of all the horrible things the person would say about my skin. However, this was not the case. The lady who did the facial was really nice, and I just laid back and relaxed.

Thank you to Bannatynes for giving us this amazing opportunity and allowing us to come and stay!

If you want to get 20% off your own spa break over £200 then you can use my code VICTORIASMART20

Xx

My hair care routine

Beauty

Hair care is not something which I take too seriously, I would much rather spend my money on skincare, than my hair. Luckily for me brands like Percy & Reed and ESalon keep my hair looking good. I am very lucky to be able to say all these products are gifted and sent for me to try out.

I use the Percy & Reed shampoo and conditioner , the packaging is just so luxurious and they smell amazing so it’s always lovely being able to use them. I have very long thick hair, so washing my hair is the least favourite part of my beauty routine, I tend to only wash it about two times a week which is more than enough for me. Having great products make washing my hair so much nicer.

After I have washed and conditioned my hair I bung it up in a towel and leave it dry as much as it can do before attempting to brush it. Before I brush I apply some of the ESalon Leave in Conditioner which helps add some more moisture to my hair and makes it easier to tackle.
The brushing is the worst part, no matter, my hair gets extremely knotty! I use either my Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer to battle the millions of knots.
After I have brushed it out, I like to apply a couple of pumps of the ESalon oil, just to help smooth out the ends and prevent any breakages.

Unless I am going out and need my hair to be styled a certain way I just let my hair dry naturally, although recently I have been loving curling it!

Once my hair is dry, the morning after the wash, I like to add in some of the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm, this acts as another leave in conditioner and helps tame it through the day. If my hair is looking a bit on the dull side, then I LOVE adding the shine & fragrance spray from Percy & Reed, this adds shine and makes it smell amazing, which is also great for when you havn’t washed your hair.