My Skincare Saviours this Summer...

14 Jul 2019

Hello everyone,

Today I thought I would share with you some new additions and some favourite skincare products I have been loving this summer. I had also noticed I had not written a beauty post for the longest time, so I thought why not start another today. 

I have tried so many different skincare products over the past couple of years, including drugstore and high end products and some of my favourites have been from up coming brands I have found through Instagram. I have recently been sent a couple of products from the lovely team at Freshly Cosmetics which I have been testing out for the past couple of months, so I have had plenty of time to see if they work and if they are right for m skin...

1. Freshly cosmetics Rose Quartz Facial Cleanser*

Now this product was one of the products that caught my eye on the Freshly Cosmetics site, one because it was pink and two, it looked like it would be so lovely for my skin. I don't know if you are able to tell from the photo, however, I have indeed nearly finished the entire bottle. I used this as both a facial wash and make up remover cleanser. I would usually use this in the morning to wash my face and in the evening if I needed to remove any make up. I would take a couple of pumps and just massage it into the skin and use a flannel or muslin cloth to remove the product. I loved the way it made my skin feel, it left it feeling so soft and clean and the scent of the product is amazing and unlike anything I have smelt before.  This would be a great product if you are after a light cleanser that is not too thick and heavy on the skin. For £16, it is a nice in between price from the drugstore and high end, and works just as well as some of the higher end products on the market.

2. Alya Skin Australian pink clay mask*

This is possibly one of the best face masks I have ever used for my skin. I have tried so many different face masks, especially those from the drugstore and I won't lie, not many of them have worked on my skin at all. I love this one because it goes onto the skin really nicely and dries so you can see where your black heads have been. I leave it on for around 15 minutes and then remove it with a wet flannel and it just makes my skin feel so refreshed. I tend to use this when my skin is really in need of a pick me up and if it is feeling a little dull. It makes my skin feel clean, soft and rejuvenated which is all I will ever ask of a face mask. You find this face mask on Beauty Bay for £30, which I do think is pretty expensive, however, I do think the quality of the mask is wonderful and works better than any cheaper product I have tried. 

3. Freshly Cosmetics Red Velvet oil Serum*

A product I never thought I would like to apply to my face would be an oil. I always felt like it would be really bad for my skin and break me out into spots and redness, However, this one is fab. I tend to put 3 small drops onto my face, one on the forehead and two on the cheeks and quickly rub it in gently to the skin. I feel like this just adds an extra layer of hydration to my skin as I love my skin to be moisturised and glowing. This is meant for use in the evening, however if I feel like my skin need some extra moister I will use this in the morning after my shower. This oil is specifically designed to help with blemishes, redness, wrinkles, lines and scars, so I guess a little like Bio Oil but for your face. For £31, again is quite pricey, however, as a concentrated product, you need a little each time, meaning it will last you well. I always like to apply a moisteriser over the top of the oil just to get rid of the oily feel on the skin...

4. Dermalogica Prisma protect SPF*

Now I actually used up this product about a month ago, so as you can tell, I liked it a lot. Again it was another great product to make your skin glowing. I absolutely love how it gives you an instant glow which is great if you want to wear foundation over the top, it will give a lovely glow underneath. It is also great if you just want your skin to look glowing on a no make up make up day. It is so moisturising and is perfect for the summer as it adds an extra layer of moister and also an extra layer of protection from the sun with an SPF 30.  It also has a lovely flex in the product, not a shimmer or a glitter but a little glow... 

I really hope this post helped you if you were after any new skincare saviours in your routine...

See you next time

Cristy N 

x x x 

6 Things to do this Summer in the Cotswolds...

30 Jun 2019

Hello everyone,

I know that it can often be difficult to find something to do in the summer without spending a fortune, so today I thought I would share with you some ideas of what to do without spending too much money. I live in quite a quiet little place in the Cotswolds, However, Over the years I have definitely found a few things to do that are enjoyable and do not need an awful lot of pennies. 

1. Go for a picnic at Pitville Park 

Now this is probably one of the best things to do on a budget, if you find a really lovely place and take along some food, you can spend the whole day sun bathing and eating, which is some of my favourite things to do. I would usually go to the local park but its always nice to find place new. I live in the cotswolds so there are so many cute little quaint places to stop by and have a picnic. Of course you do not need to go all out with the champagne and chocolate strawberries, I most often will grab a meal deal and head down to the park with a blanket, ear phones and my sunnies and spend the day just chilling and enjoying the sunshine.

2. Explore the Cotswold Villages...

As I said before, I live in the cotswolds so I often take a trip out to Bourton on the Water, Stow and Broadway. I love these sorts of little trips because you really don't need to worry about spending money as you are just wondering and exploring a new place. I feel like all you need for a day like this is to stop of for a bit of lunch, which will probably cost under £10 or even stop by for a coffee which would be less than £5. This just means your exploring a new place but probably only spending money on parking the car and a nice spot of lunch. Or even save your money and eat at home and treat yourself to ice cream.

3. Visit the Petal Confetti fields

If you are majorly into your instagram, or you just love flowers, the real flower petal confetti fields are a perfect place to visit. It costs around £5 to enter and you can spend the afternoon looking around the beautiful flower fields. This is such a fab place to go for some beautiful photos, or even if you fancy a picnic with your friends and just want beautiful surroundings. When I visited the fields last year, it was very very hot, so I would reccomened going earlier rather than later in the afternoon as it gets very hot walking around with no shade. Its a wonderful day out and the perfect spot to take some photos.

4. Find a cute cafe for brunch

Now I love going for a spot of lunch and one of my favourite things to do is find new places to eat. There are so many lovely cafes around and some of my favourites are, The Find, The Coffee Dispensary, Baker and Graze and The Curious Cafe . This means you can catch up with friends over some great food. Or if your not up for lunch, coffee and cake is always a good idea. However I would be careful as sometimes coffee and cake can sometimes be just as expensive as lunch, depending on where you go. 

5. Have an afternoon tea

I do love an afternoon tea and they are always something I love having for a special occasion, so they can often be quite expensive.   There are so many places to choose from that offer afternoon tea in the cotswolds and you are likely to find some where, everywhere you turn. Some of my favourite places have to be the Malmasison or Huffkins bakery. However, instead of spending £14 for one person, head on down to Lidl and grab some scones, clotted cream and jam. You could always have a little set up in the garden and bring the afternoon tea to your home. This is a great idea if you are having friends round and want to have something that little bit more special

6.  Go for Ice cream

I also love discovering new places for ice cream and just meeting up with friends and chatting over ice cream. This is another great affordable option where you can spend less than £5 which is great. I tend to go to Pitville park for the best ice cream as they do so many flavours and it really is not that pricey at all. Also if you ever visit the cotswold town of Broadway, I would highly recommend the ice cream from the little pink stand. 

I really hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you out if you are in need of somthing to do in the Cotswolds.

See you next time

Cristy N 

x x x 

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