8 Oct 2018

The last time I updated you on what I've been using daily for skincare, I think, was back nearly 2 years ago. If you want to see that, click here to read "CRUELTY FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES". While I've shared with you some skincare products, I think a full evening routine on products is well over due and so I thought I'd share with you my recommendations today.


This is probably the one product that regularly changes but, at the moment, I've been reaching for The Good Things Acai Berry Micellar Water. Good Things was a brand I used to love back when my teenage skin would break out unbelievable amounts. Sadly, after stopping to be stocked in Boots, I had to try other things but after seeing this in my local Home Sense, I've fallen back in love with the range. It is quite a strong scented product but I love how fruity it is. Also, of course, it does the job of removing my make up. I usually use two cotton pads to remove the day's make up. 


In the same trip to Home Sense, I saw this Good Things Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Cleanser. While it wasn't the one I originally loved back in the day, it works just as well at removing any left over make up and other impurities. Since using this product daily, my skin has rarely broken out. It's a really good all round cleaner that's great for everyday use. 


Toner is always a step I tend to forget but after discovering The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution I haven't missed a day of toning. As per the instructions, I use this once per day usually at night before I apply any other serums or moisturiser. While it is effective, it does cause my skin to redden while it sinks in and can have a little stinging sensation. I have really noticed a change in the texture of my skin since introducing this into my evening skin care. It's also helping in reducing scarring on my face that I think is still there from when I was a teen. 

If I remember and if I feel I need it I also like to add a serum. My fail-safe is always The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalene. This just adds a little more hydration to my skin which my skin always could do with. 


Lastly, it's moisturiser and I usually just use my forever favourite Superdrug Naturally Radiant Day Cream which I've banged on about enough in the past. Instead, I thought I'd include a well-loved favourite that I spoke about a little in my "CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY: SKIN CARE SAVIOURS" a while ago. That is The Body Skip Sink-In Moisture Sleeping Mask. This is the most hydrating product I own and I know if I use this I will be waking up with perfectly hydrated skin in the morning. 

For me, this has been the best evening skincare routine that works for my skin. If you too have fairly combination skin with fairly dry skin, these products would be great for you. 
Do you have any skincare recommendations you'd like to share? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x 

*Some products linked in this post may be affiliate links. However, as always, all my opinions remain my own*


1 Oct 2018

So you may have seen me mention that I've decided to stop posting my "RECENTLY READ" posts. After a few years of constantly reviewing every book I read I've kind of become unmotivated to post about books that I haven't enjoyed. Paired with the want to share more of the films and videos I've watched; articles and blogs I've read; podcasts and music I've been loving,  I thought I'd bring it all together. Every so often, I want to share with you all of these things and here is the first instalment in hopefully a line a posts that you can gain some fabulous recommendations from. 


This is one of the funniest books I've probably ever read. Hearing the stories that Kay experienced as a Junior Doctor has me in stitches. But, what I loved most about this book is you could be laughing one minute and ten seconds later almost crying at this doctor's experiences and the patients he encounters. This book is obviously intended to be funny but it has such an important message about how doctors in the UK are treated; worked to the bone and get little to no recognition to the good they do. It talks about the emotional and mental toll being a doctor takes on their health and how the support available to them is basically zero. From this book, I have an increased respect for the doctors who work within the NHS. It's a book I'd recommend anyone (who isn't too bothered about some slightly gross medical situations) to give this a read; you won't be disappointed. 

If you want to keep more up to date with the books I've been reading recently, head over to my good reads.


If you haven't been watching this six part series on the BBC, get yourself on iPlayer and give it a watch. It follows a man who is ex-army and has now been assigned as the Home Security's personal body guard. From the first 15 minutes of the first episode I was gripped and each episode brought more action and thrill that made a great storyline. With the finale just last week, I still can't stop expressing my love for this show to anyone I talk to. 

I've been following this YouTube channel for a while now and I thought it's time I try and encourage any of you to go and give it a watch. It's a channel dedicated to,  may be not surprisingly, Korea but is run by an English man who lived in Korea and wants to share his love with everyone. He's definitely done just that as I'm constantly wanting to try the Korean foods he shows in his videos and wanting to visit the places he suggests. Korea was a a country that I didn't really know too much about but this channel has really sparked an interest for me. 


I recently had a tidy up of my Spotify playlists and have decided to split them up by genre and give them a colour. My Orange playlist is dedicated to songs I'm currently loving, just released and ones I can't get out of my head. If you want to listen to that playlist or check out my others, see the link above!

Sam Fender is a singer I saw supporting "VANT" last year and since then I saw him at Community Festival over summer and have tickets to see him again in York at the end of October. I absolutely love his sound and his songs were always my option for when I would be walking home from work. His recent release "Dead Boys" is another good song which has received a lot of plays on Radio 1. It's a song about male suicide around where he lives and so it's a great song with great meaning. He recently did a small live set on Radio 1 so I'd recommend giving that a listen here if you're interested in hearing a bit about his music as well as his fabulous live vocals. 

I've been trying to get back into podcasts recently and this was one I stumbled across which is right up my street. It speaks about the cult that was Heaven's Gate who were a UFO religious group in the US. In 1997, police discovered the bodies of its members after they participated in the biggest mass suicide in US History. The podcast talks about the beliefs of the group and how they went from a small, harmless group to the change in belief that led to their mass suicide. I'm a few episodes in and I'm finding it so interesting especially learning about sects and cults similar to this in college a few years a go. What makes this podcast even more interesting is that the host was once in a cult himself and so he uses his experience to explain some of what happened as well as sharing how and why people get attractive to groups such as Heaven's Gate. 
If you're a fan of documentaries like Louis Theroux's scientology documentary I think this podcast may be one you like. I listen to it on Spotify but it can also be found on Stitcher and other platforms. 

Hope you liked these recommendations! Let me know if you've read, watched or listened to any of these, I'd love to know your thoughts on them. 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x


20 Sep 2018

Some days more than others you have a list as long as your arm but feel like you haven't got enough time to get it all done. Here's how I find I can tick off all on my to-do list and have a productive day.


I've said it before in my "HOW I RESET" but having a clean workspace works wonders for your motivation to get stuff done. Before I go to sleep, I make sure all my work from the day before is tidied away and my floor is clean of clothes that have somehow ended up there. Before I go to sleep I use the app MinimaList which I mentioned in my "GREAT APPS FOR STUDENTS" to write down any jobs, little or small, I need to get done the next day. I check against my planner to make sure I remember any appointments etc.. This means I can go to bed not worrying that I'll forget to do something tomorrow. It allows me to give myself an idea of what I need to get done the next day already. 

Make sure you get an early(ish) night. Of course if there's something you want to watch on TV don't not watch it but try not to stay up until 3am aimlessly scrolling down the Instagram Explore page watching videos of how to magically get out stains with toothpaste. 


While some people like to wait up at the crack of dawn, I'm one of the late risers who would rather savour the warmth of a bed than wake up early. But by doing this I just write the morning off and start in the afternoon which I know isn't making the most of the day. Now, when I know I need to have a productive day, finding a happy medium works best. 8am is a good time for me to be awake, have a few minutes on my phone and get ready for the day. This means you still have four hours to dedicate to your to-do list that morning. I usually start with the one-minute jobs; get the bitty stuff out the way so you're not thinking about them later. I find the more I get done in the morning, the more I feel motivated to get everything continue after lunch and have everything done by the end of the day. 


I find planning my meals into my day helps add a little more structure. Knowing when I'll be having breakfast, lunch and tea helps me plan around those times and can make sure I keep those times free for well deserved breaks. I am a serial snacker and so there's no chance that I won't be forgetting to eat but, for some, I know that stress and a heavy workload can cause people to feel they don't have time to eat. By using meal times to act as a break can help with making sure you're not hungry through the day. Also making sure you've eaten can help you feel more full and focussed on getting your work done and you're not distracted by your rumbling stomache 


Don't panic. Yes you may have a lot to do but trying to juggle three things at once never ends well and, whenever I try this, I end up in a worse state than when I started. Focus on one task at a time and once it's finished tick it off and move on. Before you know it you'll be half way through your list and you'll be on the home stretch. 


We're all human and so no one is expected to complete 20 tasks in a day. Be realistic with your goals and know your limits; trying to do too much will burn you out and you'll dread the next time you have a lot of work you need to catch up on. If you don't complete all the tasks you wanted to, don't worry; prioritise them as the first thing you do tomorrow. 

Don't feel bad for having time off; you've had a full day and you deserve to treat yourself. For me, I try to get everything complete before tea and then will sit with my housemates and relax for the evening or may be meet up with some other friends during a break in the day. What I've learnt is that you don't have to sacrifice your social life for the sake of a few things. You should be happy with all you've done and give yourself a well deserved break.

I hope this little insight into how I have a productive day come in handy for you. How do you stay motivated to be productive?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x 


17 Sep 2018

At the start of summer I shared with you my "BUDGET FRIENDLY SUMMER MAKE-UP". Since then, some bits have changed as to what I tend to include in my make up routine on days that I decide I need to look a little more presentable. So,  I thought I'd give you an updated make up routine today. 

As a primer I've been opting for the Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer. While I wouldn't say I see much of a difference in terms of its brightening properties it really does create a nice base for my foundation. Paired with a good hydrating moisturiser, this works as a great base for those with drier skin.   

Revolution seem to be doing everything right recently and the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation (F1) is no different. While it took me a few tries to get used to the idea of having a stick foundation over the usual pump foundation, I've been really enjoying using it. It does cling a little to drier patches but I find, with a good moisturiser and primer, it can look flawless with a lovely subtle glow. It gives great coverage while still feeling light weight. I wasn't sure whether this would be easy to apply but I've found it's not too bad with my beauty sponge and can be quick to blend. 

There's no point changing a good thing and so I've carried on using my trusty Revolution Conceal & Define concealer (C1). I go through this quicker than any other make up product I own so I'm glad they've brought out the supersize version which I'll be sure to pick up next. 

I've also kept to my Natural Collection Bronzer in Copper. It gives such a nice bronze without being too orange and over powering and, for the price point, you can't argue that it's worth the money. 

I was also on the hunt for a new powder and so after the success of the bronzer I thought I'd try the Natural Collection Matte Pressed Powder in Golden. I was worried about the shade as I'd usually opt for translucent but with that option not available I went for this one and after buying it I've realised it's the darkest shade they offer. I wouldn't say it's the best powder I've used but with a light hand it can keep my make up matte and set for a few hours. It's also not the best at brightening under the eyes for paler people but for an all over powder it works. I think I will definitely be trying their paler shade in the future. 

With Freedom being discontinued and, I think, merging with Revolution, my usual eyebrow duo wasn't available so I instead decided to try the Make Up Obsession Brow Powder in Soft Brown. I found this was the more cool toned than the taupe option they offered however it is a little more on the red side than usual brow products I use. With my hair colour it still works but is something to bear in mind if you're interested in this product. For just £2 this was a steal; it has a fairly buttery texture which is lovely and so I'll definitely be back to try and find a better shade for me.

I'm not usually one for eyeshadow on a day-to-day basis; the most I'll do is run a little bronzer through my crease. However, I've been loving the ELF No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold. This adds a small pink pop of colour to the lid and, being a cream eyeshadow consistency, it looks really natural, is easy to apply and is done and blended within a few seconds. If you wanted, this is also can act as a base for other eyeshadows if something more colourful is up your street.

Mascara is a step that I used to skip quite a lot for the simple reason it always transfers under my eyes but I've come to realise that's just the fact that mascara's I've chosen haven't been very good. One, however, that I've found to do the job is the Barry M That's How I Roll Waterproof Mascara. The key thing that I think works for me here is the fact it's waterproof.  If you like something a bit more voluminous for the day, this might not be your thing but it gives a natural curl while not transferring like I've found with many others.

For lips, I like something that's light and doesn't need much maintenance. I've been recently grabbing for the GOSH Lip Oil in Flower Essence. This is a really nice change from a lip balm or lip gloss. While it can have a slightly sticky texture if too much is applied, it leaves my lips feeling glossy and moisturised for a long time. This is does come in different shades but the colour is very subtle; the shade I have gives a small pink/purple sheen which I really like. It's a great new addition to my routine that works for every day.

So there's the make up I've been wearing recently and I hope you've took some suggestions for some fabulous products to try out. What are some of your beauty everyday essentials at the moment? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

*While some links included in this post are affiliate links, all opinions remain my own*


13 Sep 2018

Today I wanted to share a little post of some online creators who are just fabulous and I want you to know about. 


Becky's Youtube channel has been one of my favourite discoveries of the year. When first deciding to go cruelty-free I have felt slightly restricted by what I could buy but after finding Becky's youtube channel my outlook changed. Every video I find super helpful for finding new products that I probably wouldn't have found myself. She also seems so lovely in her videos and they are so easy just sit and watch. 


Jemma was one of the first blogs I followed years ago as she was, at the time, one of the only bloggers I found that was doing more than just beauty on their blog and I found her posts really inspiring; it really encouraged me to stop following usual beauty trends and write about more than just that. Now I follow her mainly on her Instagram where I love her super bright and fun theme. It's also nice to see her business grow and how much of a real girl boss she is as she is both 6 months pregnant while running her own Etsy shop among other things. 
I saw on her Instagram that she's close to 3000 sales on Etsy so why not go and check out her fab stuff over there. 


Lucy moon is everything I want to be. Without sounding too 'blogger' her aesthetic is on point. The way she shoots her weekly vlogs entitled "168 Hours" I love and adds something different to the usual vlog. I always enjoy seeing the different styles she's wearing and she's also anther good one to go to for cruelty-free recommendations. She's another creator that really motivates me to create and share online. 


Lavendaire aka Ailene has been one of my latest blogging and youtube finds and she's already inspiring me to get creative and motivated in planning and taking control of my life. I find her videos really calming to watch and something refreshing to see in my subscription box recently. She has a pretty big following on youtube which she definitely deserves if not more. 

Youtube // Website // Twitter

So if you're looking for some creators to follow I definitely recommend four. Whose content have you been loving recently? Let me know in the comments!
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x
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