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

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}

Travel

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

Everyday makeup routine

Beauty

I feel like I am pretty set in my ways when it comes to my everyday makeup routine, I tend to use the same set of products and do it all in a certain order and never really switch it up. So here is is my daily make up for work, it generally takes me about 20-25 minutes to slowly apply it all and be ready.

The first thing I do is prime my face, I have been using the Makeup Revolution Pore Blur recently, this has a very silicone feel to it and it makes my skin feel really smooth and soft afterwards.

Once my base is done, I then go and apply my mascara, I have to do this before I do any more of my face make up because I make such a mess no matter what. I have been using the Natural Collection waterproof mascara as I picked it up on a whim, decided to try it out, and low and behold it’s actually really good.

After I have cleaned up all the mascara which is on my face, I apply my foundation. I have just ran out of my favourite one, so I am going to give the Revlon Colourstay* a go for a while and see how I get on with it. To conceal under my eyes I have been using the Thin Lizzy concealer* as this is pretty full coverage. 

To set my make up in place I use the MUA Cosmetics loose translucent powder. I then bronze my face using a bronzer from MUA Cosmetics which was only £1, such a bargain. Followed by the Zoella x Colourpop blush which is super pretty.

To add some highlight to my face I have been using a highlighter stick from Natural Collection which is very similar to Glossier Haloscope Quartz, so I am super happy to have found a dupe for it!

Finally for my brows I use the HD brow pencil from Sainsburys to define my brows and Loreal Brow Plumper to set them in place.

*gifted

What’s in my travel makeup bag | ft The Flat Lay Co {gifted}

Beauty

Todays post is all about the make up I am taking with me to Genoa, featuring the beautiful Flat Lay Co makeup bag*. This was sent to me a little while ago and I have been waiting patiently to be able to use it, and I figured this short trip would be perfect. I was a bit sceptical about whether all my make up would fit, but it actually did. This is my second Flat Lay Co bag, they are so handy when it comes to travelling as it’s so easy to lay all your make up out and not worry about getting it on the white hotel bed sheets. 

You can check out their website here or on Asos.

I decided for this trip that I would try and pack light and only take what I am going to use, so I think I have in the main part done so. 

I have picked the Dermalogica Primer* as this is my favourite primer that own right now, it is very similar to Benefit Porefessional, but contains SPF making it perfect for holidays. 

As for foundation I decided to stick with Mac Studio Fix as I know this lasts a long time and also contains SPF making it ideal for sunny weather. A newer concealer I am taking is from Thin Lizzy*, this was sent to me a while back and I was obsessed with thier foudnation, so I’m hoping I will feel the same about the concealer. This concealer is also good for under the eyes and on areas which need more coverage. 

The cream bronzer I am packing is from Primark, it was only £2.50 and I needed a new one as I had run out of my favourite one. Although this one is a little bit too dark for me on a daily basis, I’m hoping that once I’ve tanned it will match my body pretty well. 

To set my face I will be using the MUA Cosmetics loose powder in translucent, I use this on a daily basis and keeps my face looking pretty matte all day long. To bronze I will be using Hoola Bronzer from Benefit as this is my go to holiday bronzer as it’s on the more intense darker side. 

To add some colour to my cheeks I have packed the Zoella x Colourpop brush as this is a really pretty pink shade. And then to finish off my face make up I have chosen Glossier Haloscope in Quartz as my highlighter as this gives a lovely dewy finish. 

For mascara I have chosen to take the Natural Collection waterproof mascara, I chose to go with a waterproof one just so it will last longer in the heat and not sweat off. For my eye shadow I have opted for the Urban Decay Aphrodisiac palette and a Zoella x Colourpop liquid shadow in OG.

To define my brows I have packed my new eye brow hd pencil from Sainsbury’s which I am pretty obsessed with, and Loreal Brow Plumper to set them in place.

Finally, for my lips I have packed YSL 201, MAC Viva Glam 2 and MAC Fashion Legacy as I like to go for a very bold bright lip on holiday.

Zoella x Colourpop Makeup Collection

Beauty

When I saw the launch of this collaboration, I was going to buy anything, but as the day went on I decided I NEEDED just a few things from it, so I went ahead and ordered it as it was free shipping to the UK.

I really only picked up things I knew I would use, I really loved the look of the palette, but it was nothing different to other palettes I already owned, so I refrained, along with the red lipstick (which I massively regret not buying).

I chose the blush, as I don’t own a lot of blushes, a liquid eyeshadow as I don’y own any! and finally a liquid matte lipstick as I wanted to try the formula out. My total came to $25 which I don’t think is a bad price for three really good quality products. 

I have had the liquid matte lipsticks a few years ago, and I wasn’t that impressed with them, I found them to be really drying and they peeled off my lips. But as Zoe always raves about them, and she has created her own shade I figured they had changed the formula, and they have. I chose the shade @me, this is a pinky nude, pretty much my perfect everyday lip. 

The blush is absolutely beautiful, the packaging is really cute and its such a nice big size. The shade is also a really good match for me for my everyday makeup.   

Trying out Natural Collection Makeup

Beauty

I think we can all fall into the hype of only using certain brands, or brands which we see all over the internet, but recently I’ve started lowering the price point of my makeup, and seeing if the cheaper versions are as good as the more expensive. So today I will be sharing my opinions on Natural Collection which can be bought at Boots, everything in their line is super affordable and everything is under £3. I decided to try out a waterproof mascara, and two highlighters.

I picked up this mascara as it was waterproof and I needed a new waterproof one for work, I think the packaging is super cute and I love the design. I wasn’t expecting a lot from it as it’s really cheap and I initially was not very impressed with the brush, I like a more rounder fluffy brush. But I am happy to say that this brush applied the mascara so well, it was really easy to build up and create volume and length without it going clumpy! 

Next up, I saw these highlighter sticks, I LOVE the Glossier Haloscope, so I was hoping I would be able to find a cheap dupe and be happy. This is in the shade Coral Glow, the colour instantly reminds me of Nars Orgasm which is great! I feel like this is much more of a blush shade, rather than a highlighter, but I will experiment more with it as a highlighter in the summer once I have more of a tan. 
The product blends really easy and it’s really easy to build up to create a more vibrant shade. As a highlighter, not really my thing, but as a blush, it’s perfect. 

The second highlighter I picked up was in the shade Rose Glow, this is much more a icy cooler tone, which does remind me of Haloscope! It is much more like a highlighter than the pinky shade, it blends really well and has an amazing sheen to it!

I would say Natural Collection Makeup is worth the money, it’s worth trying to see what products you can switch out and how to save a little bit of money!