HOW TO ENJOY SUMMER ON A BUDGET

26 Jun 2017

Unlike the last few summers, I'm staying grounded in the UK this time around. Not only did I just not fancy the hassle of planning a trip abroad but also I wanted to save money this summer. I finished  my first year of university just last week and I now have 3 months to kill before I'm back there. So, while wanting to save as much money as possible, I want to enjoy these next 3 months of freedom. Here are some of the ways I'm going to enjoy this summer while on a budget that may inspire you. 

GREAT WEATHER IS FREE SO ENJOY IT

Yes, I know, it's a British summer. Yet, while it does come with its rainy days, there are always a great few shower-free, beautifully sunny days. So, when the sun's out, I try to make sure I'm making the most of it. Whether that's just sat in the garden with a book on the grass or meeting friends. You might as well enjoy the sun while it lasts. 

CUT DOWN THE EATING OUT

If planning an outing for the day or just sat in the park sun bathing, you may be tempted to pop to the shops for something to eat which could lead to a few cheeky impulse buys. I try to take my lunch with me and, paired with a sunny day, a picnic is a great way to enjoy the sun while minimising costs of eating out. But, I mean, treat yourself to an ice cream of course!



DAY TRIPS > LONG STAYS

I've come to love day trips; I can get enough of a new place in a day to not be bored and, many times, leaving me wanting more and returning in later months. For me, this is a better way of getting more in to your summer and this doesn't have to mean it costs more. With trains and coaches able to take you to many places there and back for a reasonable price, it saves on costs of hotel rooms overnight. 

NOT ALL FUN COSTS

This could include a whole load of things. For example, you don't have to even leave the comfort of your own home to have a fun summer. Catching up on episodes of your favourite TV shows or, like me, trying to read the 30 books you promised yourself you'll make time for this year. These are easy alternatives rainy days spent paying for days out. 

For the drier days, I'd recommend checking your local council's and city council's upcoming events if you're looking for something to do; a lot of these tend to be free and is another way to fill your time. Something like a food festival, while maybe paying for a snack or two, is a fun way to spend a few hours.  

If you like to take in a bit of culture at museums or art galleries, while certain exhibition may require a paid ticket, many local museums and galleries are free entry and may just ask for a small donation if you so wish. This is something I'm definitely going to make more time to do this summer.




This is only a few ways to save money this summer but please don't feel there is nothing to do if you're staying at home trying to save your pennies. Let me know if you're interested in hearing some more ideas for ways to save money this summer. 

Do you have any plans for this summer? I'd love to know!
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

5-MINUTE MAKE UP LOOK

27 May 2017

Here is my "I rolled out of bed five minutes before my lecture but my bags are too big not to hide" look. 

If minimal effort, minimal blending and minimal make up is what you strive for on a day to day basis I may just have a solution. Over the past year or so day make up has become something I don't have the time for sadly; I'm forever looking for something that will make the time it takes to do my make up that little bit shorter. So I thought I'd share with you so far the products that have made my dreams come true where I am able to do my make-up in five minutes. 

A lot of these products probably aren't new to you including my base; The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream. Super sheer, really light weight and even offers a slight summery bronze to my milk bottle skin. Blending takes less that 20 seconds with the help of my Elf Blending Brush; perfect!

While I want this too be fast, I have to make time to conceal the craters that appear on my face after a stressful week or a greasy takeout with Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer. I apply this under my eyes and then basically over the rest of my face focusing mostly on my chin and forehead. Eye brows are the most time consuming but The Soap & Glory Brow Archery isn't a bad shout- it shaves seconds off by not having to root around for my eyebrow brush and an eyeshadow of the right colour. 

Contour and highlight is the same as always with the Sleek Contour Palette.  These days, I tend to forget about powder but if I do Soap & Glory's One Heck Of A Blot is what I grab for. 

An extra step but, if I'm feeling cocky about having enough time, I'll add is a recent favourite; Superdrug's Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist. It's so nice in this humid whether and gives a little bit of a dewey look to the skin. I also feels it's stop me fearing scratching my face in worry my make up will slide off with it as it helps set it in place as well. 

Mascara is a no go with me. I'll end up sneezing before it's set and adding an extra two minutes to my time as I try to find a cotton bud and attempting to remove the black bags that have now formed under my eyes without making it any worse. 

And, if I have even more time to spare, I'll choose a lipstick; another current favourite is the NYX Lip Lingerie which is easy to apply and last a decent amount of time.

And then I'm done and heading out the house with time to grab a slice of toast on the way. 
Any tips to make my morning make up even faster?
Hope you're doing great and sorry I haven't posted in a while, 

Sarah  x 

WHY NOT GIVE THESE A WATCH?

14 Apr 2017

If you want to procrastinate anymore than you usually do, here are some of my recommendations of series you should watch. 

BROADCHURCH
After finally finding the first two seasons on NowTV and managing to binge-watch those before catching up to season 3 which airs now on ITV, I was hooked with the storylines. At points, it screams middle-aged serial drama but I still loved series to series and showing how nothing is always perfect even in a small coastal town. I'm really enjoying the current season which is focussed on a lot of issues relevant today such as rape, victim blaming as well as issues that have been affecting young girls. 

RIVERDALE

This has pretty little liar vibes written all over it. With a great cast and great storylines, it makes for a great teen drama which I can't wait for a new episode every week to appear on Netflix. There's not much to really say on this one other than give it a go if you're a PLL fan and need something to fill that void while PLL isn't on. 

13 REASONS WHY

This one I feel I need to give no introduction to as everyone seems to be watching this. For me, a friend told me to watch it a week after release date and, by that time, I had already watched it. Having read the book years ago, of course, I was going to give this a watch and I think it really did the book justice as well as adding more drama to the storyline.
In the book, I sadly found myself unable to sympathise and empathise with Hannah Baker which is rare for me. However, the show gave me a whole different feeling. As with the book, I wasn't keen on the overall ending and, yes there were parts I disagreed with happening, but I completely understood the reasons behind the choices in order to let this be a completely real depiction of high school suicide. 
*Warning* The Show contains extremely triggering scenes as well as plot points. This, I feel, is a really important series that if you can, I would watch. If you are wary about what parts you feel may affect you, this link here is a tweet that you should definitely check out. 

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR 

This is the type of show I live for; crime-fighting, government-centred drama. When, in a terror attack, most of the congress is killed, the role of President is passed to an unlikely man. He has to juggle bringing America together as well as uncovering what caused and who was behind the terror attack. This is another Netflix watch that I can't wait to watch every week. 

11.22.63

This has to be one of my favourite series I've watched in a long time. Based on the Stephen King book, a modern English teacher is set the task of travelling back in time and stopping the assassination of JFK from happening. He was to work through it to solve who was really behind the assassination as well as dealing with threats to stop the plan from working. It has such a talented cast I couldn't not watch it and I was so happy I did. While, like any show, there were plot points I thought were weak or weren't carried out in such a great way, I really loved this series. Some people have asked for a second series to be made but I don't think it needs it. With such a bittersweet ending, I think it rounded off the series perfectly.

So there are some of my picks for you to give a go and give a watch, what have you been loving to watch recently? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

MARCH FAVOURITES

1 Apr 2017



NYX LIP LINGERIE

I'm definitely late to the matte lip/liquid lipstick trend but, when I saw these in Boots, I had to give it a go. I chose the shade "Push-Up" which is a different twist on my usual dark nude choice. I was a bit wary about how this would pair with my always chapped lips but with a bit of lip balm before applying, it works! I have had a fair few compliments on this shade so that's a plus. Also, while not lasting all day long, it does leave a nice tint to my lips. It's also very easy to re-apply and layer without looking too much.  

LEWIS WATSON // MIDNIGHT

Yes, Ed Sheeran's album was an absolutely fab release this month but I've got to hand it to my fave, Lewis Watson, for releasing his second album this month which I've been loving. He has a great voice for those more chilled days which I've definitely needed in March. If you want to hear more about this or maybe want some other music recommendations, check out my articles here at Mytacism Music. 


VITAMIN E SPRAY ON MOISTURISER

After sharing my love for Superdrug's Vitamin E refreshing toning mist as a great, cheap cruelty-free spray for the summer, I discovered this spray on moisturiser. Last summer, I really enjoyed using the Vaseline spray on moisturiser but, as a cruelty-free alternative, this will be one I'll be loving these coming months. It's more hydrating and leaves my skin super smooth just as my thicker moisturisers do expect this is a little more hassle-free. 


LUSH ARGAN SHAMPOO BAR

I included this in my "CRUELTY-FREE HAIR CARE FAVOURITES' where I raved about my Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar and how I'd recently received this shampoo bar that I couldn't wait to give a go. I'm happy to report back great things; it leaves my hair super soft, smooth and tamed. It really feels like a luxurious product. 


SLEEK CONTOUR KIT

An old favourite was my Sleek Face Form Kit. If you've been around for a while, you're probably sick of me featuring it in posts but also sick of the fact the packaging had broken; I know it annoyed me. I finally thought it was time to grab a new one and, as I used the blush a minimal amount, I thought I'd opt for the contour kit which includes the same contour bronzer and highlight that I love. So, if you were sick of the face form kit, you should be prepared to get annoyed at this contour kit's presence in future posts.

What have you been loving this month? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

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RECENTLY READ #19

27 Mar 2017

Is there really anyway this counts as a series if the last time I managed to read enough books to tell you what I've read was back in September. I'd say I've just not been reading I have- just books that dull even me as I read them for my course. I've found it hard to find time for reading what I love. Here are the only three books I've managed to read in the last 6 months (wow, that pains me to see how little I've read).

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HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE // JENNIFER NIVEN 

I had this on preorder and it was released within the first month of me starting to uni. I'd tried to read other books before this but this one seemed like an easy read. After loving All The Bright Places I really couldn't wait for Jennifer Niven's last book. Ironically, as I tried to escape from psychology reading, this focused on a problem I cover in one of my topics. Jack has a condition where he is unabe to recognise faces even his own mother but no one knows; not knowing who everyone is doesn't seemed to be something Jack thinks will gain him popularity. Then there's Libby; a girl who everyone sees her as nothing more than the big girl. Both of them have secrets but they become unlikely friends. This was such a typical teen romance that was pretty predictable but that didn't stop me enjoying it. There were parts that I could relate to and parts that I laughed at which gave me the perfect release from my work. If you've not already, this would make a perfect easy read as we head into spring/summer. 

MILK & HONEY // RUPI KAUR

This is a book so raved about across social media. When I received it for my birthday, I thought it would be a great one to dip in and out of. It is split up into sections; I read the first two in one night and the next the following day. It was so easy to read. It explored topics of mental health, relationships, sexuality and feminism. I would like to add a trigger warning to this book as some topics may hit a little too close to home with some readers. Overall, I did enjoy the poems however some came across a little too angry for the message they were trying to make or a little too self-obsessed. While I did like this book and would recommend it for those first starting out reading poetry, I don't think it deserves the massive hype it has behind it. 

BOOK OF LONGING // LEONARD COHEN

 

I saw this book in a discounted bookstore just the other week and seeing as poetry has become the best and only thing I have time to read recently as well as hearing a lot about Leornard Cohen's work, I decided to pick it up. It followed him as he travelled around countries focusing a lot on sexuality in the poems which I didn't realise was on the main topics but oh well. I loved the contrast of thought-provoking poems mixed with the light hearted ones with some poking fun at the seriousness poetry readers take to finding out the underlying meanings. I had to giggle at that because that's exactly what I was doing. While I'll admit, I didn't read it from start to finish, it's defnitely one I'll be dipping in and out of again. It's one I'd definitely recommend if you stumble across it. This has really made me want to continue picking up poetry to read over the next year. 

What have you been reading recently? I'd love to know some easy read recommendations!

Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES

26 Feb 2017


I don't think I'm cut out for this monthly favourites malarky because a lot of the things I love from one month are the same for the next. Either way, there are a few bits I've been loving this month especially that I want to share with you. 

The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray has been a god send for night's out at uni and it's sad that this has finally come to the end of its life. For the £8 present I got for my birthday it has lasted exactly a year running out on my birthday. I've mentioned it numerous times before but I thought I'd mention it one last time. I'd say I'd be buying it again but I'm not 100% sure I need to as I now have my next favourite. 

Superdrug's Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist has a similar feel to the Urban Decay setting spray as well as a cheaper, cruelty-free alternative to my Mac fix+ that I feel has now had its day. It gives my make up an extra dewy look to finish my face off as well as giving it a refreshing tone before bed, as well as pre and post-make-up application. Such an affordable extra to add to my everyday routine. 

Last on the make-up front is a rediscovery with the Elf Cream Blush; I've never been a blusher lover but this gives my cheeks that extra flushed glow for every day. It is quick and easy to apply so great for on the go. 

My 5-year-old purse had been looking a little worse for wear but I couldn't find one I loved. I was ready to splash the cash on a DKNY purse I saw when I saw a less expensive alternative in Accessorize. While on the smaller side for what I'm used to, I'm so glad I finally have a purse that doesn't spew change all over the bottom of my bag and I think I'll be using this one for the next 5 years. 

I've been getting bored of jeans and when I saw these trousers in these dark navy pinstriped trousers from H&M, I thought it was a great chance to step out of my jean comfort zone and try something different. I think I've now been converted; they are super comfy! It's like wearing your pyjamas out in public but in a more socially accepted fashion. With a plain black top and trainers, I think it's a great look and one I'll be wearing for a while. 

Above all, my favourite item of February has to be my Dark Grey Adidas Gazelles. Super comfy and, with the blessing of small feet and student discount, a decent price which tempts me to pick up another pair. Since I accidentally dyed my white vans pink, I have not taken these trainers off; they are a perfect everyday pair of shoes and a colour that goes with most. 

So there are a few things I've been loving this month. What have been some of your favourites of February?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

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CRUELTY-FREE HAIR CARE FAVOURITES

16 Feb 2017

Last month I shared with you my current skincare routine in my "CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES". Moving away from skincare, I thought I'd next share with you my hair care favorites and the products I love to use. 

SHAMPOO

For a while, I have been loving using my Lush Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar. While an exclusive to the Lush Oxford Street store, you can still pick this up online here. I find I have quite oily hair and this really has helped rein the oil in and giving my squeaky clean hair. It's also great for helping any dryness on my scalp as well as help sooth. The shampoo bars are definitely worth the money as I've found them to last a long period of time. I've also picked up the Jason and The Argan Shampoo Bar for my birthday. If you're looking for a shampoo bar to soften hair and restore shine maybe check this one out. I'm yet to give it ago but will report back when I do. 
If you're looking for cheap cruelty-free products, Superdrug is the go to and when looking for an alternative shampoo I found Superdrug's Extracts Aloe Vera and Mango Shampoo for oily/normal hair. This reminds me of my childhood shampoo Alberto Balsam and I love it. Similar to the shampoo bar, it leaves my hair perfectly clean and helps control oil. 

CONDITION

I don't think I'll ever need another conditioner again other than the Kind Natured Nourishing Ylang Ylang & Sage Conditioner. I stumbled across this in boots and it's been a gem. I mentioned this is my JANUARY FAVOURITES but it's been great at restoring hydration to my ends due to the change in water. While the smell to some is a little funky, I think it adds the natural nature of the conditioner. It works really well and, while seem to be sold out every time I go to repurchase, I think I'll be sticking with this one for a while. 

EXTRAS

Batiste is still a staple. From my research, I've found this to be cruelty-free to my happy surprise. I've not found a dry shampoo that lifts and restores my worn hair better than this. If I come back from a day of lectures and don't have the time to re-wash my hair before going out with friends, this gives it back the life that the lectures have drawn out from it. 

My hair care is as simple as always but it works for me. What are your current haircare staples?
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

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JANUARY FAVOURITES

5 Feb 2017


As if it's already February. January was filled with exam stress and settling back into uni life. It was also my 19th birthday on the 24th and I received some great presents from friends and family. February I hope will be a little more organised than January and I'll hopefully get everything I want to accomplished. I've never been one for monthly favourites but maybe this year will be different. 

OHH DEER // URBAN OUTFITTERS DAILY JOURNAL


Thanks to one of my housemates, I finally had a diary to get me organised with uni and general life. Unlike usual diaries, you don't have to use this every day; you add the date in yourself and so for days I'm just watching Louis Theroux documentaries, I don't have to feel like I've wasted a page. I also get bored with diaries quite easily but I think the layout of these pages makes it more fun and easy to organise. Each page has a timeline of the day, a to-do list section, objective boxes which I've actually been using to plan my meals and then a notes and doodle section. I think this is a fab alternative for a diary and there are so many different patterns and covers to choose from. 

MISS SELFRIDGE SCARF

While here it makes as a good background prop, since receiving it for Christmas, it has been a staple in my wardrobe. It so soft and cosy and great for the windy weather. Not only that but I love the more beige/pink tartan that it has and it adds something a bit different to other tartan scarves I've had. I'll be continuing to wear this for the rest of winter and spring and then again when Autumn comes around.

TED BAKER BODY SOUFFLÉ

Another Christmas present is this body butter that has the sweetest, nicest smell I can't stop using it. I'm also happy to find that the Ted Baker Website confirms they're cruelty-free! This is something I didn't know but am glad to find out. Every time I step out the shower and dry myself, this has been what I've been applying for the past month. It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. This Body Butter is one to rival my favourites from the Body Shop and Soap & Glory. Speaking of Soap and Glory...

SOAP AND GLORY SEXY MOTHER PUCKER LIP GLOSS / ROSE AND SHINE

If you know me, you know I'm not a massive lip gloss fan but I think I may be converted. This lipgloss gives me such an hydrated look and paired with a pale lipstick, it's a winning combo. With a quite overwhelming tingling feeling to the lips, they are plump and full with just a coat of this. While lip gloss is something you have to reapply quite often, I've found it leaves my lips hydrated and plump even after it's worn off. This small version came inside the suitcase bundle they brought out at christmas; if I ever run out I would highly consider repurchasing the full size. 

SOAP AND GLORY "FACE SOAP & CLARITY" VITAMIN C FACIAL WASH

Another from the suitcase was this face wash which I've been dying to give a go for ages. It smells so nice and leaves me with soft skin and the perfect base for makeup. I've talked about this further over on my "CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES". It's been a month since I've started using this and I've still got a lot left in the bottle; it was definitely worth the money. 

KIND NATURED "NOURISHING" CONDITIONER

Since moving to York for Uni, my hair has struggled to adjust the slightly harder water. However, since finding this conditioner in Boots, the hair problems have been limited. It does what it says on the tin and really nourishes my hair. It's a product with a real organic feel, whether that's the natural smell of Ylang Ylang & Sage. While the scent isn't for everyone, I've really grown to love it and the formula doesn't need any chemicals to help it work wonders. My Haircare routine is now completely cruelty-free; look forward to seeing that soon!

What have you been loving this month? How was your January?!
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

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A BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM CHLOBO

3 Feb 2017



*This contains products kindly gifted to me by ChloBo but all opinions remain my own*

I've been on the hunt for a new staple jewelry piece for a while now and when ChloBo kindly offered to send me on of their bracelets I jumped at the chance. Coinciding with my birthday, it's made a great birthday present.
First off the packaging; it's to die for. If you're looking for a gift for someone this is perfectly packaged for just that. I adore the draw-style box that the bracelet comes it- you can see that ChloBo take extra care in making sure they offer a luxurious experience when buying their jewelry. 

You can feel the quality as soon as you touch it. Compared to similar but cheaper bracelets I have had in the past, this is one I can tell will last a long time and one I won't want to take off. The bracelet and the rose gold plated beads are super sturdy; it would take a lot to pull this bracelet apart. ChloBo kindly let me pick out my gift. I finally decided on the Rose Gold Plated on 925 Sterling Silver Charm Decorate Hamsa Hand Bracelet ; I already own some earrings with this symbol on and the bracelet goes with them really well. The bracelet came with a booklet which explained the meaning behind each of the symbols that are available on a bracelet on their website (You can see more here). Let's hope the hamsa hand brings me that good fortune and good health that the symbol is said to represent!

What I love is that this bracelet goes with just about any outfit I through on. Because it's quite dainty, it adds just that little extra to an outfit whether it's my usual black jean, shirt, scarf and trainers or something more dressy for a night out or even going to the gym. It's a perfect piece for any occasion. Also, it's Rose Gold- need I say anymore!! The trend is taking over more and more and I'm perfectly happy with that- I hope rose gold never goes out of fashion and the sad day it does I think I'll still wear this bracelet as it's such a timeless piece that I think I will be wearing non-stop for the next year or so.

It is on the pricey side (£90). However, I haven't taken it off since I received it and it's definitely a staple jewelry piece that will get its wear. You can also know that you're paying for a quality piece     made well. Instead, of heading to pandora for Valentine's day for your partner, ChloBo offer some great unique pieces that give you a great alternative. You can really see the thought the company puts into delivering a well-rounded product- both in quality but also packaging.

This has to be one of my favorite Birthday presents from my 19th so thank you ChloBo!


WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

11 Jan 2017

The day where all I did was revision...

So I thought I'd switch it up a little today and share with you what I eat on a day. I might do more of these If this one goes ok but for now here we go. I thought I'd give it a bit of a subheading to tell you what kind of day it was because I know that always influences my food choices. This particular day, I hardly moved (apart to make food, grab water or go to the toilet) from my desk. It's now exam week and revision is in full swing. So here's what I ate on this particular day.

 BREAKFAST

I didn't want to waste time with anything too over the top (which I never do when it comes to breakfast- I can never be bothered). So, today I made sure to stay hydrated so started the morning with a glass of water and once that was gone had some apple juice. I had some sultana bran which I think, while probably as full in sugar as most cereals, is a lot better than many cereals out there. I usually also add some extra raisins on top to mix in. I also thought I'd add an apple to bulk things up a little more which I grabbed later on when I got peckish before lunch. 

LUNCH

On some granary bread, I put a small bit of flora on before adding a handful of spinach as well as some of my favourite Tesco Spicy Chicken Pieces. This is already cooked which is super handy however, it's not the most cost effective and doesn't have the longest sell by date so, in the past, I have made my own which is definitely something to try out instead of buying the ready made pack if you have more time. I also thought I'd have some cucumber and carrot sticks to munch on throughout the afternoon. 

TEA

I already had a batch of my Quorn chilli made up in the freezer so I just defrosted that, boiled some brown rice and enjoyed one of my favourite comfort foods. If you're interested, the chilli includes Quorn, tinned chopped tomatoes, tinned kidney beans, a red bell pepper, a fresh chilli and my dad's (not so) secret ingredients: Old El Paso Chilli Spice Mix. It's such a quick and easy chilli to make even if it is slightly cheating. Plus, making a big batch is so easy and beneficial for days like this when I don't want to faff around with preparing a full meal. 

As 'healthy' as this day may seem, I definitely had a cheeky scoop of ice cream thrown in there for desert...

So there's more first what I eat in a day; let me know if you'd like me to do more of these in the future. 

Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

CRUELTY FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES

4 Jan 2017

As you may be aware, I've been transitioning into cruelty-free beauty. While I'm still using a few beauty products that do test on animals (because I'm using them up or haven't found alternatives yet), one aspect that I have managed to perfect is my skincare. So, today I thought I'd share with you, my current skincare routine and favourites.

MAKE UP REMOVAL

The quickest and most skin-friendly way I've found to remove my makeup is with my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter; this has been a favourite for a while and a favourite before even deciding to be CF. It's such a buttery consistency that helps my makeup slide off my face. It's really soothing and sometimes is gives me enough of a cleanse on its own without another cleanser as well. This is less harsh than a makeup remover such as a micellar water and one pot lasts me quite a long time so it's definitely worth it. 

CLEANSING

One that I shared with you in my "Going Cruelty Free + Haul" post was the Lush Fresh Farmacy Cleansing Soap. If I want a quick, simple face wash, this is the one I grab. It's great for sensitive skin and great for that second cleanse.

A new discovery is the Soap and Glory Clarity Face Soap & Clarity Face Wash. This is one of the most soothing cleansers I've ever used, leaving me with super soft skin. My skin is forever needing exfoliating but I don't always want to use a more abrasive exfoliator so this is the perfect in-between, daily solution. With the jojoba beads that gently exfoliate areas I need it most, my skin feelings amazing after.

Another favourite cleanser worth mentioning is the Good Things Cleanser. This was one of the first products I ever mentioned on my blog and it's the perfect CF staple cleanser that just does the job it's supposed, smells amazing and is the one I always grab when unsure what to try next. 

EXFOLIATION

When I'm in the need for a more intense exfoliate, The Body Shop 3-in-1 Tea Tree Cleanser. It claims to be a wash, exfoliator and a mask. I feel it's a perfect, weekly exfoliator and also doubles up as a great mask treatment for major breakouts. I wouldn't recommend if you have sensitive skin but, for me, every so often, this is just what my face needs. 

HYDRATION

This was the area I was struggling to find CF replacements. My Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream was so fab, I couldn't see myself finding a moisturiser as good. Without a good moisturiser, my makeup always goes wrong with foundation and powder clinging to all the dry patches. While I still don't feel it's as good, the Superdrug's Dry Skin Cream has helped my makeup look that little bit better than other moisturisers I've tried and is, so far, the closest alternative to the Nivea moisturiser.   It's light weight, not oily in texture at all and really is great for day and night. Superdrug's own beauty and skincare lines are not ones to be overlooked; they offer some quality, CF products at a great price.

If I want to go that extra hydration mile, the Nip + Fab Hydrate Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum has really helped over the last months. It almost acts, with the moisturiser, as a primer for my makeup. It smooths the skin and gives a little shit of hydration back into the skin.


I'm really happy to finally have a CF skincare routine and I hope maybe you find it helpful. 
What's a current skincare staple to you?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

A DO OVER

1 Jan 2017

This past six months I've lost my way. I've prioritised the wrong things and forgotten to enjoy things that I usually love. 2016 started off as a fantastic year; sitting my exams, leaving college, getting great results, having one of the best summers and then going to uni. But as I started uni, I lost what I wanted to do and while I grew and some changes were better than I could have hoped for, others were the opposite. 2016  became a right off especially the latter half of the year. The past six months for me have been hectic, strange, sad, weird. 

2016 was tainted by sadness not only in my life but in the world and I think that has overshadowed the good moments I've shared with friends, family and you. 

The last few months I cut you out and I'm sorry. I was just too bogged down in work, too bogged down with life to even think about blogging. I haven't even had the time to read a book for leisure in months! 

I'm not usually a fan of the "new year new me!!!1" mantra that people decided to hold and I still carry that belief. However this year my resolutions are going to be a key part of 2017 starting with this blog... 

My 2017 blog resolution is to post at least 70 blog posts across the year which is average to around 6 blog posts month; 1 to 2 a week. While this is what I used to try to aim to post, I want to make the effort to create some fab content for you all to read consistently. 

This blog post is Chapter one of a new blogging year that I aim to be the best on my blog that I have ever had and I hope you're ready to join me in all the posts I create. 

Do you have any blogging/life resolutions this year? 
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x
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