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Hello Me...

You know it's true what they say, you do learn something new everyday. Whether it be a fun fact about something completely random, that the earth is round or if something about yourself, learning never gets old.

It was only yesterday whilst I sat watching The Chase (I am 25, I promise) that it feeling hit me... I am finally comfortable with who I am, I finally know what I want in my life and in my blogging life and where I wanted to take this blog, why did I start this blog in the first place and what it means to me. 
If you followed my Youtube and this blog, you will know that I work away from home and I have no time to breath let alone think of blog post ideas and I'd be lying to you guys as well as myself if I said I didn't miss my little corner of the internet. With me spending more time reading blogs rather than writing these days I have to admit I was feeling the pressure to be perfect when I did decide to start posting again.
I'm holding my hands up here and saying I'm completely guilty of comparing myself to other blogs and bloggers style which made me feel small. There were times that I wanted to delete my blog. Then as I said the penny finally dropped! Don't get me wrong I love a blurry background like the next person but I didn't want that to define me or the content I chose to put out.

So back to my thought of yesterday, I've decided I want to keep blogging, I can't post frequently but I will post when I can and when it feels right to me. I'm not going to worry if I've not got the blurry background or the sharpest image or if my writing style isn't always great because trust me my grammar is shocking at times. I want my blog to focus on the fun times I have with friends and family, the travel diaries of any holidays I take or even the delicious pancakes I just have to share with you. 

I'm learning to say hello me... to the real me and I hope you will continue to join me on this journey.

It's The Little Things #2

So it's most definitely been a while. I didn't mean to be gone as long as I was but it's life and work has being keeping me so busy that blogging had to take a backseat. I thought it would be nice to update you on what's been happening and what to expect on here:

001... Speaking of work, we finally moved from our first location and are on to our second. I was so ready for a change in city as we'd been in our first location for so long plus I'm so much closer to home where we are now.

002... Only two weeks left before I get my week off and I'm back at home and can drive my car again! I have so much planned for my week at home - I'm going to York, it's my friends birthday, I'm going to see a show and just relax and be with family. I honestly can't wait!

003... I'm coming back to Youtube - well while I'm on my week break anyway. You may have noticed but I privated all my old videos, I'm changed my banner and I'm planning on filming a couple hauls and maybe a vlog for you so keep your eyes on my channel for that.

004... In terms of my blog, I now know that trying to post three times a week was far too much for me especially in the job I'm in now. It's just not possible - well it is but I'd be one very tired and grumpy lady from all the late nights. I haven't worked out a schedule as yet but definitely expect to see at least one new post from me a week, maybe two if I have extra time.

So that's what has been going on with me, what about you?

The AM and PM Routine TAG

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Happy Friday! I'm still on the get to me vibe and  saw this tag on Forever September and really liked the questions so I thought I'd give it a go - don't worry "It's the Little Things will be up on Sunday this week.

01. Whats your morning beauty routine?
So when I was at home I never really had a set routine for the mornings, I just used what was on the bathroom counter but now I'm away, I only brought a few products to get me through but it's really worked in my favour as I've finally got a morning routine. In fact I shared it with you here. I don't always apply makeup on a daily basis but if I done I'll tend to go with concealer (my Nars concealer stick) and powder (MAC mineralize skin finish) with a lot of mascara (Makeup Forever Smoky Lash)

02. Whats for breakfast?
This will vary but at the moment I am loving granola with strawberry yoghurt, if I don't fancy that then a cooked breakfast of a hash brown, one sausage, mushrooms and baked beans.

03. Coffee or tea?
I'm not a hot drinks kinda girl. I will have them but every once in a blue moon and I really have to fancy it but I'm more likely to choose coffee over tea. I'm more of a juice/water girl.

04. How long does it take you to get out the door?
At the moment because I live in with my job, my days vary. During the week I have to be up for 7.30am and the weekends we normally get up at 8.30am. I can usually be up and out of the door in 15 minutes.

05. What is your go to makeup on a fuss free morning?
I start with The Body Tree Tea Pore Minimiser as my primer, I'll then reach for my Dolce & Gabbana matte foundation in soft tan. Depending on if I feel I need it `i'll conceal then add some definition back with Sleek Contour Kit. If I fancy eyeliner I'm using the Collection Fast Stroke and add a lot of mascara (Makeup Forever Smoky Lash) and I'm good to go.

06. What is your evening beauty routine?
If I've worn makeup I'll take it all off with my Garnier Simply Essential 2 in 1 Makeup Remover. I'll then clean my teeth, then go in with another cleanser which is Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip. I then spritz the Liz Earle Boost Tonic Toner to calm my skin and add some moisture. I'll follow that up with a pea size pump of Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum Intense and finish with my Garnier Night cream. 

07. Snack time! Whats in the bowl?
Most likely Haribo or sweet and salty popcorn

08. How do you wind down and prep before bed?
I have to fall asleep to noise, so I'll either watch some Youtube but most likely I'll Family Guy or American Dad.

09. Cozy up! What are you wearing to sleep?
I'm very much into cuffed pyjamas and I h=currently have 4 pairs on rotation. All from Primark. I'm currently wearing my All You Need Is Coffee set.

10. What are some things you must do before hitting the hay?
I always have a sip of water and apply my lip balm and apply my hand cream. Just so I feel all prepped and moisturised before I hop into bed.

Do you have a morning or evening routine?

Morning Skincare Routine

Me and skincare never really got along, for me growing up it I saw it more as something I have to do everyday rather than a routine so when it's come to picking products I never really knew what I was looking for. 

Let's fast forward a few years, I'm still trying out different products but I'm I finally understand my routine so I thought I'd show you what I've being loving on my face for the past couple of months that seem to be making a big difference.

So let's start from the beginning and tell you my skin type - I have oily but dehydrated skin so I try to use serums and oils as much as I can as well as drinking a lot of water on a daily basis. The products I use don't change too much from day to night but I thought I'd kick off with my morning routine.

After trialling many a cleanser I've finally found one that works for me, Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel where do I start with this cleanser! I love it so much for morning and evening but I'm using a different cleanser in the evening which I'll talk about in my evening routine post. The Oskia is so gentle on the skin, it's non foaming so my skin isn't irritated in anyway. I apply it on my dry skin and massage it in for a couple of minutes. It leaves my complexion bright and radiant which is due to the pumpkin enzymes which melt away the dull skin cells, I add a little water to emulsify the product that wipe it off with a warm flannel. This is a very popular product in the blogging world and once you've tried it you can see why. It's so amazing I always need to have a back up bottle just in case.  

My face freshly washed and cleansed, I've reintroduced toner back into my life - toner is one of those "do I really need it" products which vary in most routines. For me I felt like it was missing so I added the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic back in. It's just an extra step of moisture which I need and it smells really good too.

Serums play a big part in my routine, I can't go without it. I honestly think it's the main reason why my skin has done a complete 360 and is now plump and hydrated. I only started getting into serums properly last summer when I was on holiday in Aruba when I picked up the Dior Hydra Lift serum to test out. It made a huge difference. My skin is now hydrated and soft, my skin is nowhere near as oily as it used to be which tells me something is working. I recently finished the Dior and picked up the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Intense to compare and so far so good. One of the main differences I've noticed so far is the smell, the Chanel is more fragrant than the Dior but I'm still testing it out. So watch this space.

Finding the perfect moisturiser? Is there such a thing? I feel like you could bounce around the difference brands and just come out with something meh. Personally I find moisturiser really difficult to put my finger on but I've found one that works for me at the moment so I'm gonna stick with it. Garnier Hydrating Day Cream is my current go to. It's a gel based moisturiser which I feel works better on my skin. I dab it on my face and massage it in and my skin is instantly moisturised plus it's easy on the purse strings too so won't break the bank. 

I used to get really dry under eyes and thought about trying out an eye cream for a while but never got round to it. It wasn't until I was packed for my job and picking up some last minute bits I popped into Kiehls and came out with the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado  which has made such a difference. My under eyes are moisturised and plump, no more dry eyes for me.

Once a week, when I feel like my skin needs it, I will use a scrub to wake my skin up. The one I've been using lately is the Clarins Gentle Refiner it's nice and you can feel the beads which I like but I think I may continue my search for a good exfoliater when I've finished the sample.

So that's my morning routine, it's pretty simple and doesn't involve too many products. If you do know of a really good exfoliater, please let me know - it could become a new favourite. I'll be sharing my evening routine soon, so keep an eye out for that.

It's The Little Things #1

I'm definitely not the only one who loves Kate's blog her content is amazing and her photography... let's all just take a minute. One of my favourite posts of hers is 5 Good Things where she rounds up her week and chats about the 5 good things that happened.

As you guys may know, I left home about a month again now for work. As I'm going to be away for quite a while I wanted to document my experience and bought a journal. Let's just say I've written in it once because my work schedule over the past month has been so hectic and I haven't had the time to sit down and write. So welcome to my first instalment of It's The Little Things where I'll be rounding up the best bits of my week whether it be just one thing or ten (okay maybe not ten but you get the point).

001... With this job I get one day off a week to spend how I choose and this week all I wanted to do was have a McDonalds breakfast and stay in my pyjamas all day! You know, it was the best day off I've had so far! It was so good to just relax and catch up on the Youtube videos I've been saving plus I ordered room service - steak and chunky chips was definitely the one!

002... This week I finally got to Facetime with my mum since I left home and it was the funniest thing ever. I spend half the time talking to her boob or looking up her nostril (my mum and technology are not the best of friends).

003... I found the best jumper ever in Topshop the other day and it's pretty definitely to get me out of it since. I'm going to do a post on it soon, don't worry. I loved it so much I got in black too.

004... After my impromptu week off from blogging, I am so happy to get back to it! I've come back with a few post ideas to get me started again plus I'm always on the look out for some content so hopefully I should be able to stick to posting 3 times a week for you guys.

I hope you like this new little segment to my blog, I'm hoping to post these every Friday so let me know if you enjoy them.

How has your week been?

Style Favourite: Topshop Brushed Sweatshirt

I'm all about comfort, comfort, comfort at the moment. If it was socially acceptable for me to live in lounge wear or pyjamas I would. So when it comes to picking clothing lately that is my main focus. In my job, it's very important to dress quite causal and to be ready for anything so I've being gravitating towards jumpers as my outfit of choice. 

About two weeks ago I was out having a browse in the local shopping centre, I didn't really have any intention to buy anything nor did I have any particular shops I wanted to look in so on my wander, I thought I'd pop into Topshop just to see what they had. On my browse through the rails I came across this beauty and it was love at first touch! - seriously if you have not felt this jumper, you need to! You will thank me later... I've nicked named this my inside out jumper as the fleece is on the outside, which means I'm walking around constantly giving myself a mini hug and for £22, it's the best jumper you will ever buy! 

Since I purchased this, I don't think I've actually taken it off and if I have it's literally to wash it then it goes straight back on again! It keeps me so warm and comfortable. In fact I love it so much, I picked up the black version the other day - you can see it in my haul post here.

I just can't express my love for this jumper enough, well I could but you'd get bored so I'm gonna stop but in all seriousness, definitely check out this jumper before it sells out. Is it wrong that I'm thinking about buying a back up grey one?

I Went Shopping...

If you've followed me for a while on my Youtube, you will know I love shopping! Pretty much without fail, every weekend you would see me in the city centre, rummaging through the rails and coming home with bags of stuff to add to my wardrobe. 

Nowadays though, my relationship with the high street has done a complete 360 and shopping is the last thing on my mind. I've become a lot more selective with my clothing so I find when I do pop to the shops, I come back empty handed or with very little. 

This haul isn't very big but I want to share the few items I did pick up. I have the biggest love/hate relationship with Topshop. One season I can be loving everything they have to offer and there are other times like now where I find pretty much everything to be a bit meh... However I went in on a mission and that was to pick the black version to the super soft jumper I bought the other week which I'm in love with! It is such a cosy jumper and it's pretty affordable too.

I've been loving skincare at the moment, so I picked up two items I thought I was missing from my routine - a night cream and a toner. I've used the Liz Earle Skin Tonic in the past and loved it but for some reason never repurchased it so I thought I'd give it a go again but this I got the spray version. It's easier to use, mainly because I'm lazy and the spray cuts out the use of cotton pads. In terms of a night cream, I know I didn't want to spend tons and as I'm liking my Garnier Daily gel cream, I thought I'd try the Moisture Restore on an evening as I found I was waking up with tight skin on a morning.

The last stop of the day was Lush and after the long long long week I've had, I wanted to pick up some bath treats to pick myself up. I really pushed the boat out and picked up my first ever bath melt which was amazing, my bath smelt like mangoes! Always a plus in my book. I also picked up the Butterball bath bomb, it's not the most exciting but boy does it leave your skin really soft! In my opinion it was the perfect combo to feel super pampered.

What have you been hauling? I'd love to know.

Being Single On Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, it's either a day you look forward too and one you rather stay under the covers for. As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I wanted to write about being single on the one of most loved up days of the year.

I can safety say Valentine's Day isn't one of my favourite days of the year and that's not because I'm being a bitter single girl - I've never really being into it, call me old fashioned but I'm much more of a show love everyday rather than celebrating a commercial date for gifts and fancy dinners.

I wanted to share a few ideas that you could do if you're single this Valentine's Day:

Have a Girly Day | For me, spending time with my friends is one of my favourite things to do. Whether it's a text to see how they're doing or a full on girly shopping day, I always feel better when I see my friends.

Pamper Yourself | Why not have some me time, throw on a face mask, run yourself a Lush bath and catch up on some Youtube. Having time for yourself is really important so enjoy it.

Netflix & Takeaways | One of my favourite past times if I do say so myself. There is nothing better that putting on my favourite Netflix series and ordering a Dominos. If Dominos isn't you're thing, then chinese is a another good alternative.

What do you think? What will you be doing this Valentine's Day?

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