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NATURAL MAKE UP LOOK WITH NO BRUSHES






This make up look is perfect if your make up brushes are still damp from cleaning the night before (like mine were) because it uses absolutely NO brushes whatsoever (apart from the ones that are attached to the product).

It's very natural and it won't be for everyone but I like to keep my make up very natural for daytime.  I'm not a big fan of the over powdered look and prefer a dewy base so skipping a pressed powder is no biggie for me however if you have oily skin your probably gonna want some kind of powder (sorry you might need to use a brush).

Products used:

Foundation - Rimmel wake me up - 103 True Ivory
Concealer - MAC prep and prime highlighter - Light Boost
Cream blush - Topshop - Neon Rose
Eye colour - Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr - 35 on and on bronze
Eye liner - Loreal Superliner
Mascara - Maxfaxtor Masterpiece Max
Eyebrow wax stick - MAC - Wheat (no longer available in this shade but they do have others)
Lipliner - Prestige - L.206 Silk
Lipstick - MAC - Cremecup

My earrings are from Accessorize (years ago) and my top is from Boden.

Keep Smiling
xxx




I DID SOMETHING GREAT TODAY

I just want to document this day as the day that Fletcher took his first wee in a potty. He expressed his joy by pointing at the wee and saying "look there's bubbles in my wee" He wasn't kidding, there really were bubbles!! I expressed my joy by making really high pitched noises that only dogs could probably hear. So proud. 

Keep Smiling
xxx

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




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


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