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

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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

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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 ❣️

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

Spring has sprung 🌷 Femme Luxe {gifted}

Beauty

I recieved another little parcel from Femme Luxe, this time I picked out a snake print jacket and a pink oversized knit jumper. 

I love the style of the jacket, it’s really casual and oversized and I think it is the perfect look for a spring day. I don’t own any snake print, so I thought it would be a good addition to my wardrobe. I can see myself styling this with some denim shorts in the summer.

The link to the jacket is  here

This winter I have been loving just wearing an over sized jumper and jeans, and I have been doing the same for work but with trousers so I love this jumper.

It is very oversized and I actually think I could have sized down to have it a bit more form fitting, but I still love it. It is a lot more of a heavier jumper than others I have previously got from Femme Luxe but I love the quality of it.

Positive changes to help with mental wellbeing

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Todays post is all about those little positive changes we all need to make in order to feel better about the day ahead.

Getting up earlier

From now until the Easter holidays I am challenging myself to get up earlier, to have more time to relax before starting my day, to be able to wash my face and have a good breakfast.

Fresh Flowers

I have decided that starting from February payday, I shall buy myself a bunch of flowers each week. I think this will help add a pop of colour to my room, and brighten up my day, and they also look cute in photos.

Grow some plants

Now that spring and summer are approaching, I want to start a little herb potted garden. I plan to buy some basil, mint and anything else Asda stocks and create a little garden, in my garden to grow these plants. These will also be a great addition to drinks and food so that’s an added bonus.

Find a new hobby

I struggle a lot in the winter, but as summer starts approaching I do get a more positive outlook on life, that being said I do find it very tedious finishing work at the same time everyday and then having the whole evening free. I have decided to start baking, my aim was to bake once every weekend, but I also want to bake one night a week too to keep me occupied.

Pamper time

Of course no me time is complete without a pamper session. My aim is to have a full head to toe pamper once a week, more than likely on a Sunday afternoon to get myself ready for work again. Im talking, hair mask, face mask, gel nails and fake tan, the lot.

Pixi LOVE

Beauty

You know that moment when you see everyone on Instagram receiving amazing PR packages and you just keep wishing and hoping that one day that might turn up on your doorstep… well it did! I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of Pixi Beauty, and it totally made my weekend receiving all this in one day.

Skincare is my ride or die, I live for it, and when it’s as pretty as this it’s hard not too! I received the WHOLE of the Pixi Beauty Rose range. I had only ever tried the rose toner previous to this so I was 
utterly taken back when I saw that I now owned ALL of this. Not only all of the products, but 
the beautiful travel bag it all came in! I am 100% taking this away with me on every holiday 
from now as it I love it. 
This bag contains everything, from make up wipes, toners, spritz, moisturisers and balms, it is just full of so many gems!
On the same day I also received a box of their new eye shadow palettes and three brushes! The shades are perfect and so pigmented. My favourite palette is the bottom one, containing the warmer shades. i love wearing the middle third row and the left third row down on their own, just for a pop of colour.

Thank you so much Pixi! ❤