Tuesday, 15 April 2014

live in the moment

A mash up of family fun out over the last month or so - Perranporth Beach/Durgan Beach/Baking/Tregothnan Gardens
Do you remember the days when Facebook didn't exist? Well I can go one better than you, I can remember the days when the World Wide Web didn't exist.  If you wanted to research something you had to go to the library or search for it in your Encyclopedia and whilst its great that your computer spell checks everything for you I think it makes us lazy spellers.  Back then I would spend my spare time playing the piano, riding my bike, reading a book, playing with my friends outside and just LIVING. 

I gave up Facebook for lent because I was wasting so much time on that darn website, time that I could be using more productively.  It's actually been a really welcomed break, I have spent so much more time just noticing and enjoying the smaller things, living in the moment rather than rushing straight to my phone to update my status. LIVING my life rather than worrying about what everyone else is doing.  It's actually come to the point where I don't actually know if I will return to Facebook.

And why do we go on Facebook in the first place anyway? to brag, to pity, to judge,to moan, to stalk the list is endless. I actually removed myself from Facebook when I went into labour with Fletcher because I didn't want someone to break the news that I had given birth before I had informed my family and closest friends. And whilst I know I'm totally contradicting myself by blogging and Instagraming I find writing therapeutic,  It's like a little diary of my thoughts and I get so much inspiration from other blogs, much more than I would from spending an hour on Facebook.

I don't really know where I'm going with this post....... all I do know is that i've really been enjoying spending time as a family, watching Fletcher grow in front of my eyes, having conversations with my husband, laughing a lot, making the most of what I've got, and going on family day trips and not worrying about "checking in" on Facebook.

Keep Smiling and live in the moment and make wonderful memories 
xxx




Saturday, 5 April 2014

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

I mentioned a while ago that I had started a new skincare regime and a few of  you asked whether I would share this.  All credit goes to Caroline Hiron's blog.  I started reading this in January and picked up so many tips and tricks and felt it was time I stepped up my game.

Please bear in mind that everyone's skin is different and what works for me may not necessarily work for you.  My skin is predominantly normal with a touch of dryness and can sometimes border on the sensitive side.  I have freckles and very rarely suffer from spots but do get the occasional one.  I'm 30 years old so my skin isn't quite as youthful as it used to be and I do suffer from dark circles under my eyes.  I prefer to use unscented products on my face because I just think they are kinder to your skin.
Morning Routine
1. Cleanse - After my shower each morning I start off by applying Avene extremely gentle cleanser to my dry face, massage it in and rinse off with a clean flannel which has been drenched in warm running water from the tap (Do not fill your sink with water as your only putting all that dirt that you've just washed off back on your face)
2.  Apply toner - I use The Body Shop hydrating vitamin E toner which I decanted into a spray bottle as so much is wasted when you pour it straight onto a cotton pad.  I spray this all over my face and the blot it off slightly with a cotton pad.
3.  Apply eye cream - For years I had been applying my eye cream after my moisturiser (Caroline explains this as being like putting your pants on over your trousers haha) it makes so much more sense to apply it before, it sinks straight into the skin instead of sitting on top of a layer of moisturiser.  .  I apply Botanics hydrating eye cream with my ring finger, gently tapping and smoothing it around my under eye area.
4.  Hydraluron -  I then apply this little treasure all over my face.  The only way I can describe this is like silk on your face.  Its a clear serum and it makes my skin feel divine, like I want to stroke it all day!
5.  Day moisturiser - I finish off by gently massaging in Eucerin replenishing face cream - I'm a big fan of Eucerin, I have been using their moisturisers (of different varieties) for well over a year now with no complaints whatsoever, they are gentle and kind to skin and extremely moisturising.

 Evening Routine
1.  Cleanse 1 - Two pumps of Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil.  This stuff is fab, I don't think anything has ever taken my make up off as good as this.  The oil breaks up mascara and eyeliner with ease.  I rub this straight onto my eyes to remove all my eye make up and then spread it all over the rest of my face.  Rinse off with flannel (same flannel from the morning)
2.  Cleanse 2 - Avene cleanser, same as morning (double cleansing to get rid of every last trace)
3.  Apply toner - Body Shop Vit E as morning
4.  Apply eye cream - No 7 Beautiful Skin overnight revitalising eye balm
5.  Hydraluron - same as morning
6.  Night moisturiser - Eucerin replenishing face cream: night
7.  Lip balm - Body Shop Vitamin E lip care

Extras
Once a week I do an at home facial which basically involves cleansing, The Body Shop Microdermabrasion followed by Avene Soothing Moisture Mask and then the usual cleanse, tone, hydraluron, moisturise.  I also started taking supplements nearly 2 months ago in the form of Omega 3 fish oil, Vitamin D + Calcium and Magnesium (which I take before bed as it relaxes your muscles and I'm sure it helps me sleep.  Also Magnesium is supposed to help if you suffer from Migraines, which I do btw)

So there you have it.  It seems like an awful lot of hassle but in the words of Caroline Hirons "you only get one face" so you might as well look after it.  I hope you enjoyed this post.

Keep Smiling
xxx


Sunday, 30 March 2014

HOW TO: TONE ORANGE/YELLOW BRASSY HAIR

Hey you beautiful lot.  So you may remember I had my hair ombre'd again recently.  This is the third time I have gone for the ombre look (I tend to favour it as soon as it hits Spring/Summer).  The previous 2 times I actually did it at home with success but as my hair was much darker this time around I was worried about doing it myself so went to the salon to get it done - which was a wise move as it took 4 hours to bleach and then colour/tone and it turned out great!  That was 5 weeks ago and the blonde had started to go a bit orangey looking (which I knew would happen as the bleach didn't completely lift my hair as it was so dark to begin with)  So I took matters into my own hands and cracked out the bleach!! Eek

I used Goldwell Oxycur Platin bleach with Goldwell Topchic Developer 9% 30 vol.  I backcombed each section of hair before applying the bleach, wrapped it in foil and then left it to develop for about 40 minutes, rinsed it out, washed and conditioned and then dried it.  This was how it looked after this step.
It lifted really well but was rather yellow/orange and needed some major toning.  So this is the step which sorts all that nasty canary yellow.

1 cup of white conditioner (it's important that it's white)
2 teaspoons of Manic Panic Ultraviolet semi permanent hair dye (or any other purple hair dye)

Mix it all together until you get a very scary bright purple shade and coat your hair.  I used a colouring brush and also massaged it in with my hands.  I left it for about 10 minutes (at which point I started to freak out that my hair had turned purple) and then washed it out and conditioned, dried and styled and this was the result.
I hope this helps any of you that are sporting the orange ombre look  The Manic Panic is a really effective way to tone brassy yellow hair and because it's mixed with conditioner its actually not all that damaging to your hair and as your only using 2 teaspoons worth it will last forever.

Keep Smiling
xxx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring Love

Spring Love

We've been having some crazy nice weather this week, honestly no coats required..... it's pretty much unheard of in March in the UK but its been getting me really excited for Spring/Summer.  So here are just a few things i'm lusting over for Spring. If only I had enough money to buy ALL of this! But if I had to only pick 5 things from this selection it would be the denim shirt, the distressed skinnies, the New Balance sneaks, the yellow satchel and the stripe navy mustard sweater.

What would your 5 picks be?

Keep Smiling
xxx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

new things

It was my sisters birthday a couple of weeks ago and we surprised her with a little pamper day at Fistral Spa in Newquay - it is THE best spa ever and according to Tripadvisor it is the top hotel in Newquay. Whilst we were swimming chatting in the pool I clocked a girl in the most gorgeous swimsuit and immediately needed it in my life so when I got home I had a look for it online and managed to track it down on the Topshop website.  I ordered it along with a couple other bits {just to make it up to £50 for free delivery really but lets face it, its not hard to spend £50 in Topshop!} 
Isn't it gorgeous, I love the scalloped detail.  I also picked up a couple of crop tops in pink and black which I can't wait to wear when it gets a bit warmer.  I also got a tiny little triangle necklace and they threw in a free bag too - winner!
And then whilst buying eggs in Tesco I spotted the cutest little bunny slippers ever.  I couldn't leave them there, I love how all the bunny themes come out around spring/Easter time.
I hope you all have a lovely week - I will leave you with some pictures of the sweetie cake I made for my sister, oh yeah, that's right, it's made out entirely of sweets, every dentists nightmare {or jackpot depending on which way you look at it}
Oh and we lied - she's not really 30! Shhhhhhh
Keep Smiling
xxx

Friday, 28 February 2014

ME TIME

Jeans/Topshop>>Coat/Zara>>Scarf/H&M>>Shoes/Converse

Tonight I am dedicating the whole evening to myself.  Dylan is going out with his work mates for a leaving party and so it's just me and Fletch.  Its kinda funny because for the first 10 years of mine and Dylan's relationship we always spent half of the week apart as he his work base was in Oxford and mine was here in Cornwall so I was never short of me time. Fast forward 10 years and Dylan is finally based in Cornwall so me time doesn't really happen so often, not than i'm complaining because boy is it nice to see your husband every day, especially when you have a child, it's super nice to have that extra pair of hands.......but I am very much looking forward to doing my own thing this evening.  I'll probably just have a nice long shower, stick a hair mask on, slather on a big old dose of body butter, possibly a mani/pedi,  watch The Hills boxset have a cup of horlicks and then go to bed with my book.  Perfect.

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday
Keep Smiling
xxx   

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

L.O.V.E


NEW HERRR!








Oh February, the month of love, I kind of love you.  Your like a little light at the end of that tunnel that I like to call January, I just wish I didn't find you so difficult to pronounce.  Its all because of that silent R which I am incapable of keeping silent!  I do love Feb-roo-ary though.  It's the month that Dylan and I first started dating back in 2002, its also the month of Valentines Day and usually Shrove Tuesday, however this year pancake day is in March {we have the late Easter to thank for that}.  The mornings and evenings start to get noticeably lighter in February too which is always good in my books and your not quite as skint as you were in January due to overspending at Christmas. I also made more of an effort to love myself this month, I started a new skincare regime after my sister introduced me to Caroline Hirons blog {i'm hooked guys, this women is like the Messiah of skincare}, I also had my hair lightened for spring, started taking vitamins and set myself time to relax. So cheers February you've been good and I feel good.

Keep Smiling 
xxx