Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Skin care | Night Routine

Hello beautiful readers!

I hope you are all ready and motivated for the start of a new week, I'm finally feeling completely well after my illness and I am so ready to tackle the upcoming days.

I haven't blogged about anything beauty related in such a long time I thought I would break myself in again by writing about my night time skin routine and what I use to cleanse my face after a full face of make up and an extremely busy day. Because I have combination skin it can be difficult for me to find something that really cleanses my face as well as leaving it soft and rejuvenated.
I have come out in all sorts of rashes, pimple breakouts and incredibly red and damaged skin, BUT I recently had a UREKA moment and I think I have finally got the perfect products for me and my silly skin.

Well lets get into it!


1) Make up wipes

 - So the first thing I do once I am ready to remove all my make up is use the Simple skincare make up wipes, any other wipes I have used have been so harsh on my skin so I am so thankful these don't sting my face! I remove what I can - There isn't much to say about make up wipes I'm afraid.

2) Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish & Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean 

 - It really varies each night which one of these products I use because I just love them both so much! The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish really is great for removing my eye make up especially stubborn liquid eyeliner! It just seems to melt away, with the Cleanse and Polish I use the Liz Earle muslin cloth to remove the messed up make up from my face. I adore these cloths because they are so soft and don't leave a harshness on my face afterwards if that makes sense. You basically pump the cream onto your fingers and gently rub it into your skin in a circular motion, including your eyelids too. Then with the muslin cloth you run it under hand hot water and start removing the make up, rinsing the cloth in between. Once this is complete simple rinse the cloth and splash your face with cold water. The same rule applies with the Peaches and Clean however I do not use the muslin cloth for this, I simply rinse my face with warm water.

3) Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic Water

  - This stuff is a product sent from heaven, it immediately re hydrates my skin and soothes the places where I had to rub a little more to remove the make up e.g. Eyes and lips. This water does exactly what it says on the bottle, with ingredients such as cucumber and aloe vera, it truly revitalises the skin and puts the brightness back into it! I simply pour some of this onto a cotton pad and gently swipe it across my face, there is a subtle smell but it still smells fantastic!

4) Nivea moisturiser 

  - This moisturiser may seem boring to some but it is truly the only one I have found that keeps my skin hydrated throughout the night, with my combination skin during the nights my T Zone can become extremely oily where as the rest of my face is horrid and dry. Nivea keeps everything in balance and I wake up feeling refreshed and my skin looks super bright and glowing. I would recommend this moisturiser every time! It may not be expensive or have a fancy name but it WORKS and that's all that matters right?

So that's my nighttime skincare routine! Leave me a comment if you have tried any of these products before I will also link where you can get these products, you can be directed to the sites just by clicking on the highlighted brand name!

Renee x


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dealing with illness - Weightloss Jourey

Hello beautiful readers!

I hope you are all having a lovely lazy Sunday and are relaxing ready for the week ahead!

For the last week or so I have been unable to continue with my journey at the level I am used to, and this obviously sucks, but I also know that listening to my body is essential for efficient recovery! My illness has involved me being unable to eat for the past five days unless it was an apple or a tangerine, this was so upsetting for me because I frigging love food! (Cries silently into pillow).

ANYWAY - This is the part where it may be TMI for some so apologies for that but basically for the last 7 days I have been struggling terribly with my stomach aka....Bowel probs. I have been unable to use the bathroom properly which caused me significant pain within my abdomen and resulted in me vomiting throughout the day and spending my time rocking back and forth willing the pain to leave.
Obviously not knowing what was going on I was told to visit the hospital because there could be a bowel obstruction and anyone knows that isn't good a good thing and can be extremely serious. Long story short I was given an x-ray and some pain meds and an obstruction was ruled out (THANK GOD).

But for the last week I have still struggled with the pain and have been unable to participate in my normal routine at the gym, Although at first I was extremely frustrated with the fact that my routine was completely messed up I know now that it's for the best until I feel myself again. It can be so difficult to have a routine that is working for you and then have it messed up by illness, but it can't be helped, and pushing myself would have only made me worse.
I am hoping that tomorrow will be the day I am able to start back at the gym first thing in the morning and just ease myself slowly into my ritual, I will be posting a day's routine here as soon as I am fully recovered but for now I thought I would talk about the specific things I did to keep me sane and help me recover from my illness nightmare!


Obviously the gym was ruled out completely because of the amount of pain I was in but getting in some sort of exercise was crucial to me to ensure I didn't feel like I had let myself down completely. Meditation and some light Yoga really helped me this past week, and I really think it helped with my mental health too, being able to breathe through the pain and cope with it was such a relief, I would recommend meditation to anyone! Yoga really helped with maintaining some sort of exercise routine without pushing myself too hard, and it definitely helped me with my boredom.

As for food there was nothing I didn't already eat that would have helped me, Considering I already eat a high fibre diet due to being a vegan there was very little food that I could think of to help my digestion. I just made sure that I ate loads of fruit, apples and tangerines especially, they weren't too heavy on my stomach and helped me stay alert throughout the day and feel less groggy!

WATER WATER WATER - I say it all the time, water helps everything! It helped my digestion ten fold and also helped keep me hydrated when I was being sick often. It helped calm my stomach through the horrible hunger pains I was feeling and really made me alert during the day.

The most obvious thing in this list I left until last - yup you probably guessed it...laxatives! Hey I have no shame, everyone needs this at some point in their life I guess! However these weren't fast working ones, they worked slow and overnight which I preferred because I didn't want to rely on taking loads just to gain some relief.

As for my pass times, I read books and magazines and blogs, mainly social media to keep me informed and up to date on other people's journeys! It's always good to support people even if you don't really know them!

That's all from me - just please remember that just because you have to stop working out and eating properly for a while it doesn't mean you have failed, I have learned this, listen to your body since it knows best, and I hope anyone who is suffering with an illness makes a quick recovery!

Renee xx


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Whoever is listening

Hello beautiful readers!

Once again I have found the task of writing blog posts frequently extremely difficult to stick to.
Not that anyone in particular reads my posts but I know deep down my posts will help me during dark times so I should be sticking with them as often as I can.

This post isn't about anything in particular, I guess I am working on getting something out every week, even if it's just for myself, I don't want my blog to die, I worked too hard on getting it up and running to let it fade away to a useless webpage.
There are many things that can lead someone who seems perfectly happy and perfectly normal into the darkest times you can imagine, for me recently there are a few reasons I have felt utterly ....Bleh.

The lack of money at university, it is incredibly difficult to find a job here, Bangor is such a small place that barley anyone is hiring and, we all know student loans really don't get you far!

The fact that I am so far from home, this has been an increasingly upsetting factor for me. I miss my friend's, I miss my old job, I miss family (The ones who actually BOTHER with me) and I miss my town. I have found uni life here very lonely, I have 2 friends in total here, no money to socialise, and extremely little communication with my own flat...basically none at all. I stay in my room all day except when I am at the gym or at lectures, other than that, it's just me. Alone.

Times were getting so difficult that I would sit and cry whenever the night came, but for now I have made sure that I take my life into my own hands and prepare to make my life better, instead of settling for what I have, This is why I have decided to set up my own YouTube Channel, this is to document my weight loss journey and to act as a sort of diary for myself to make sure I am not straying from my good progress.
Next I have decided to get the ball rolling on a university transfer closer to home, it will help with both my happiness overall and also my financial situation since I can possibly get my old job back.

I have taken more time to myself to read, study and work on my health, meditation has become a huge part of my life recently and I always do it when I wake in the morning to get me ready to face my day. This year is going so fast that I am getting more and more nervous about what my future holds, but I have a few things in my head planned but if I share them I may jinx myself...sorry.

Anyway I hope whoever is reading this takes time to themselves, your health and your happiness should always come first.

I'm not sure anyone is, but if you are reading, thank you.

Renee x