Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My skin transforming skincare routine

It's been so long since I've done any kind of beauty post but I've been so focused on trying to improve my skin that I thought I'd share what I've been using and how it's all been going.

A little background. My skin is SHIT. I started wearing foundation back when I was around 15 because my skin is overly sensitive and always looks red and blotchy. Then I developed acne and I've been dealing with that on and off ever since. I recently, and stupidly, attempted to clear my broken out skin with Benzoyl peroxide. I already new that my skin would react badly to it but I did it anyway thinking "maybe this time it will be different". It wasn't. My skin became super red and super dry. The skin around my eyes puffed up and at one point somebody even mentioned it looked like I'd been punched in the eye!

My skin is MUCH better at the moment and I put it down to the products I've been using so thought I'd share them!

Trilogy cleansing balm - I am guilty of going straight in with a cleanser without first removing my makeup. This is the first cleansing balm I have ever used and it has lasted me a really long time and I love it! I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out.

Avene gentle milk cleanser - I really like this as it's just a really simple, really gentle cleanser that also has lasted me a really long time. I was a little disappointed to learn that they may in fact not be a cruelty free brand so once I run out I'll be replacing with something else.

Proactive toner - This is my all time favourite affordable toner. It has transformed and evened out my skin tone better than anything else ever has!

NIP+FAB glycolic scrub - Although I have sensitive skin I love a good exfoliator! This one is amazing. Be warned it is VERY scrubby but it works wonders. And this product has also lasted me a long time as a little bit goes a long way.

The Ordinary salicylic acid - My skin reacts much much better to salicylic acid than it does to benzoyl peroxide. I've been using this for a couple of weeks and I already love it. What I love about this brand is how no frills it is. If you know what ingredient you need for your skin issues then it's as simple as buying it. There is no flashy branding confusing you and no issues deciphering the ingredients lists!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid - Since my skin was super dehydrated & also oily after using the benzoyl peroxide I knew I needed something to fix it. This little bottle of goodness completely saved me! It only took about a week of using this before my skin was back (if not better) to its previously hydrated state! I LOVE THIS and it is definitely going to be sticking around in my skincare routine for a while.

Olay moisturising cream - This is okay. I find it so hard to choose a moisturiser & will probably switch this out once I'm done since they are not cruelty free. I do like how thick this moisturiser is though and it doesn't break me out. I would love some recommendations on just a normal moisturiser for sensitive skin. 

It seems like I use a lot of products but this is really working for my skin at the moment so I'm going with it. I still have a lot of marks and maybe even scars left over from old spots that seem to be slowly slowly fading. The best thing is my skin is no longer crazy oily like it was previously and my foundation has been staying put!

I'd love to hear about some of your favourite skin care products if you'd like to share them in the comments!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Home Stuff: I have an Office now!

I kind of have an office now! I don't know why it's taken me so long to turn this spare room into something but I've finally cleaned it out of all the random junk and moved my desk into it. At the moment it's a pretty bare and boring space but I'm hoping to make a start on a bit of a gallery wall as that one lonely cat picture just looks a little sad!

I'm so happy with being able to put this room to use! It gets the best light in the entire house so it's kind of perfect for applying makeup in and I'm kind of hoping having a designated office will motivate me to be more organised and maybe even be a better blogger.

I'd really love some ideas as to where to find some affordable art for my little gallery wall if you could leave any suggestions in the comments! And please ignore my filthy laptop screen. :)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A focus on mindfulness

I have mild anxiety (who doesn't?) which doesn't severely affect my every day life but has definitly caused me to play it safe and never really strive after anything big. Sometimes I question whether this is actually anxiety or just my personality. I decided quite easily that I wasn't going to try to fix it with medication as I didn't believe for myself that it was necessary. I did try natural remedies through a naturopath for a little while & I saw a psychologist once but it didn't really seem worth the money for me & I kind of felt that I could easily work on these things myself.

I'm not going to go into the details of it but I've made a bit of progress on my own over the years but it's still something that I deal with on a daily basis. Which is why I've decided to focus this month on bringing more mindfulness into my life.

Mindfulness is the practise of being present. Living in the now. Not worrying about the past, or being fearful of the future. Since anxiety usually stems from fear or worry about the future I think mindfulness will be a really useful tool for me.

This month I'm attempting to meditate for 10 minutes every day & eat and sleep without a television on. I know that this will be hard for me. Sometimes the best part of my day is collapsing into bed with my Netflix or tuning out at dinner time & rewatching episodes of How I met your mother. BUT that also means I'm not paying that much attention to Madeleine at dinner time and I'm fighting sleep to just watch "one more episode".

I am going to really try but I'm not going to be aiming for perfection here. I'm not going to beat myself up if after a long stressful day I decide there is nothing I want to do more than go and watch Netflix in bed. The point is to just make healthier more mindful choices and sometimes that will mean accepting I'm in a shit mood and doing what I can to deal with that. And isn't that exactly what mindfulness is? Being able to acknowledge and accept your present state.

To go along with this I'm also reading Mindfulness by Gil Hasson. I thought this would be helpful in keeping my interest in this area and give me a few ideas as well. 

I'm curious to know if anyone else makes attempts at being more mindful and how you go about doing that?