My Evening Routine

Although it is still mid-August, I have noticed how it seems to definitely be turning to Autumn already.  I love a relaxing evening any time of year however, they definitely feel cosier as the weather cools down and the nights draw in.

I have therefore, decided to post what I usually do after work in the evening. Weekends are similar but a little different as I often have Mike with me then. My evenings during the week are ‘me’ time. I live alone in a small flat and therefore, I am free to do what I please without being interrupted.  This makes a big change from shared houses at University and when I first moved to London.

I normally arrive home at 6:30pm (I leave at 5:30pm and the time of arrival varies between 6:10pm and 7.00pm depending on the traffic.) I then like to put my dinner on as soon as possible.  I hate eating late as I don’t digest as well so I decide to crack on with dinner as soon as I am home.  Often I have it prepared in advance and while this is looking I quickly change into my comfies more often than not pajamas and take my makeup off.  I eat my dinner often have a quick desert normally, ice cream or fruit then I shower.

I then try to do some housework, I believe that if you do one job each day then the tasks become smaller.  I often put a load of washing in or do the hoovering at this time.

I always shower in the evenings rather than the mornings and I wash my hair every other day.   The shampoo I am currently using is L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Air however, I do swap between shampoos regularly to avoid build up. Once I am out of the shower, I dry my hair as soon as I can and put my pajamas back on.  I have started drying my hair before brushing it as I read online that it is better for your hair.  I always use my Pantene Pro V dry oil repair & protect hair oil too.  This seems to be working for me and my hair feels great.

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Although I take my make up off before I shower with Micellar Water, I do the majority of my skin care once my hair is dry and I am in my pajamas.  I also brush my teeth at this time and at the moment I am also cleaning my rook piercing.

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I then like to relax whether this is on the sofa with the soaps and other TV dramas or in bed with Netflix. I light some candles and just unwind from the day until I am feeling sleepy. This doesn’t take long after a day at work, especially as my alarm is always set for 05:45am.

When I feel sleepy, I head to bed if I am chilled on the sofa or if I am already in bed I turn off Netflix and snuggled down.  I am lucky as I received a Lumie Alarm Clock for my birthday last year and I set this for the sunset mode and flick through social media or possibly watch YouTube Videos as the light dims.  It takes half an hour for the light to dim and I am usual almost asleep by the time that this happens.

What are your perfect evenings?

Love, Minnie x

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Boots & Asos Haul – August 2017

It was pay-day last week so I decided to treat myself to both stuff from ASOS & Boots. I spent way too much on clothes last month I have decided that I will buy no more clothes and limit my unnecessary spending this month.

Boots 

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks

I saw this on Soph Does Nails and it looked incredible so I rushed to buy the Moca shade, her skin tone is completely different to mine so I have no idea whether this will suit me but I will probably do a review in due course.  It was buy one get one half price in Boots when I ordered so I managed to get a second one for half the price and I picked up the shade Pink Bliss, which seems to be more of my usual lipstick shade.  These are £5.99 per lipstick when the deal is not on.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I have only ever heard good things about this concealer so when I was ordering from Boots I decided to pick it up.  I picked it up in the shade fair shade 1.  I hope that this is not too fair for my skin, if so, then I am sure it will be fine in the winter months.  This was £4.19 and I have high hopes for it.

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Collection Primed & Ready Powdered by Witch Invisible Setting Powder

You may remember from my Maybelline foundation first impressions post that I wanted to try a setting powder with the foundation that I was trying out, so this invisible one jumped out at me when I was browsing the Boots website and it found its way into my basket.  The powder was £3.99 which is part of the reason it jumped out at me and it claims to tackle blemishes. I am looking forward to giving it ago before a right my full review on the foundation.

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Piz Buin Allergy Sun Sensitive Face Cream SPF30

This is my favourite SPF and I wear it every day. My current one, which I first bought for Mexico is now running low so I decided that I needed a backup for when it does actually run out.  I also need to check whether they do sell these in the winter months otherwise I will be placing another order and very sharp-ish.  It is £6.00 at Boots and I think possible cheaper at Superdrug with their deals however, I was ordering for Boots so just paying a little more seemed reasonable.

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ASOS 

I love ASOS at the minute and have placed a few orders in the last few weeks so this haul isn’t exactly big. I love the fact that you can put in your height and weight for certain products and it tells you the best size to purchase.  I have not had any trouble with this so far, which is great because I hate returning stuff.

A selection of earings

I had to take my piercings all out for the MRI, which was a pain but it also reflected that I don’t actually wear earings in my lobes enough. I wear them at Christmas time and when I think that the holes are actually closing up but it made me decide that I want to start wearing them more.  I decided to order some from ASOS as I was ordering anyway and I can’t wait to actually put these in. The set of 8 studs was £8.00 where as the heart set £5.00 and the star stud which I am hoping will look good in my forward helix was £6.00.

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Barbie Pajamas

I actually wanted the other set of Barbie Pajamas that ASOS sell for the holiday to Mexico back in May.  They have long trousers so I decided that they would stop the bug bites however, I never got around to ordering.  I noticed that they now sell short PJ’s too and they looked so good so I had to order.  These were £22.00 so slightly more than what I would normally spend on Primark but these will probably be the only short Pj’s that I buy for a while. I also hope that they last longer than the Primark ones I usually purchase.  I bought these in an XS (UK size 4-6) and as you can see these are true to size and not too tight for PJ’s.  (Sorry for the bad photo, it’s the only kind of full size mirror I have in the flat.)

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Love, Minnie x

[Review] Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water & Cleansing Gel

I have been taking my makeup off for ages now with the Garnier Skin Active Micellar water and I absolutely LOVE IT.  It takes up all traces of my makeup with limited amount of product and leaves my skin feeling great.  I have sensitive skin/ eyes and have never had a problem with the water.  I have already been through several of the massive bottles and loads of the travel size ones. I have started buying the travel size due to the amount of time I spend between my flat, Mike’s and my family home.

More recently, I have also purchased the Skin Active Cleansing Gel Wash was has proved to be a good addition to my skin care routine.   This also takes off makeup effectively but I use it as a face wash after the Milliar Water has taken off my makeup and as a cleanse in the morning.  I have never had any trouble with my skin when using this wash however, it does sting the eyes if you get it too close.  This can be a pain as you expect it to be good for sensitive eyes.

Pros 

  • Affordable – £3.33 for the water & £2.66 for the gel
  • Accessible – Can be found in the drug store and major supermarkets in the UK
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Doesn’t cause any breakouts
  • Leaves skin clean and soft
  • It also comes in a range of sizes so is good for travelling

Cons

  • The cleansing gel can hurt your eyes

Overall

The pros completely outweigh the cons for me. There is nothing better than ensuring that your skin is clean before going to bed and for me these two products alone and together do the job.  However,  the sore eyes are uncomfortable so it would be good if Garnier could change the formula to make this better or simple not to advise the gel as being good for sensitive eyes.

What do you use to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin?

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] La Roche-Posay- REDERMIC [R] ANTI-WRINKLE TREATMENT

Happy Friday!

Today I will be reviewing La Roche-Posay Remermic [R] Anti-Wrinkle Treatment.  I actually purchased this at the beginning of June after receiving a free sample size of the same product but the one containing SPF.  I did wish to purchase the SPF version but for some reason I must have clicked on the wrong one.  At first, I was disappointed by soon I think I had made the right choice.


What it claims – specifically formulated for women who have sensitive skin or who have experienced feelings of discomfort on the skin when using retinol based skin care in the past. 

  1. Even skin tone and dark spots 
  2. No Parabens 
  3. The La Roche-Posay formulation charter for optimal safety and efficacy
  4. Specifically formulated for sensitive skin 
  5. Hypoallergenic

So, I purchased this for about £29.00 on Feel Unique.  The delivery was quick and after my initial disappointment, I started reading the difference between the two products. The first thing that I realised and kind of already knew was that Retinol has to be applied with SPF.  I therefore, quickly picked up my face SPF30 from my recent trip to Mexico and used this with the product.  I only use the product every other day unless I forget when I have applied however, I have started using the SPF everyday which has been great for my skin.  I am normally terrible and don’t repurchase SPF after a holiday but this is already on my shopping list for my next trip to Boots and after a very warm Sports Day my boyfriend has already requested that I purchase him some.

Anyway, back to the product that I am reviewing

Pros

  • Easily available
  • I have really felt a difference using this – my skin tone is more even and my skin feels great
  • It doesn’t block up pores
  • It is an amazing base for makeup especially with the SPF
  • It is generally kind to my sensitive skin
  • A little goes along way so it seems to last for ages

Cons 

  • It is more expensive than general high street products
  • occasionally, it has made my skin sore when being applied I do have super sensitive skin!

 

Overall I LOVE this product!! My skin has never felt so good even on a day when I haven’t applied it.  It has completely evened out my skin tone & made my skin so soft. I am so glad that the sample came with my boots order as I feel that I will be repurchasing over and over agin.  It is a now staple in my skin care routine and has been since the beginning of June.

What are your favourite anti-ageing products?

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] Tea tree & peppermint deep moisturising foot pack

Friday again and another review!


I first received the tea tree & peppermint deep moisturising foot pack for Christmas 2015. I recieved a couple and so did my boyfriend.  It must have been late January/ early February 2016 before we had a night where we tried these.  We both had nice Christmassy pajama’s on, lit some candles and used the foot masks.  We then received more each Christmas 2016 and it took until we were at the airport hotel in April 2017 before we used them again.  It seems to be a Christmas tradition now and as it takes us so long to use them we have them almost all year.

What they claim “Tea tree & peppermint intensive treatment boots are enriched with tea tree, peppermint, shea butter, almond and Vitamin E to help penetrate deep into the skin to reduce callus build up and help repair and soften cracked split heels.”

The Method:  they are very simple. You put on the boots after washing and drying your feet and remove 15-20 minutes later.  I have kept the boot on for 20 minutes but this is difficult for a number of reasons 1) once the boot is on I really don’t feel like walking around (this is probably why it takes so long to use them, I need a relaxing evening with no jobs to be doing), 2) they sting my feet and kind of burn, which just makes me want to rip them off and 3) they look a bit odd.  They are white and look like they are made out of the material of the outfits that you would paint in.

The results:  the slight pain is worth it, my feet feel amazing once these have been taken off.  My feet do feel so soft after 20 minutes of wearing the boots.  I use to have really bad callus build up but this cleared itself on holiday a few years ago and I do not have cracked split heels so I really cannot comment on those claims.  It does however, feellike the product goes into deep into the skin and would help callus build up.  I often use the product just before bed and when I wake up my feet are still super soft.  I would start using these more to see the potential long-term benefits however, I cannot deal with the burning sensative that they cause on a regular basis.

Pros:

  1. They are cheap and easy to find; mine have always been presents but I have looked online and they are about £1.99 from eBay or Amazon.
  2. They do make your feet feel amazing for a short time.
  3. It gives you an excuse to relax for 20 minutes and pamper yourself.
  4. 20 minutes really isn’t that long
  5. A nice treat on a weekend

Cons: 

  1. You have to leave them on for 20 minutes which means that you cannot do much else in this time.
  2. They are unattractive
  3. They do have a burning sensation while they are on the feet making them uncomfortable

 

Overall, perfect for if you are having some relaxing time at the weekend where you have no plans or jobs to be done.  They are starting to become a Christmas tradition for me and I have no complaints about that.

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] Primark Cleansing Cloths

Happy Friday! 

Today I thought that I would do a review of the Primark Cleansing Cloths.  My Primark of choice is the worst place to go at the weekend.  I time my visits to first thing on a Sunday if at all possible.  You can barely move in the door by 10am on Saturday and it just stresses me out so I had almost given up on the idea of buying the Cleansing Cloths from Primark when I realised that I had all day last Friday off for Newmarket Nights and could pop into town.  Primark is definitely much nicer during the working day. 

Primark Cleansing Cloths are white mitts which claim to be able to take your makeup off with just water.  Although I tested this claim I wasn’t expecting to stop using my Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash or my Garnier Micellar Water and I have been using the cloths with the cleansing gel for the most part of the week.

As I have already stated, I did test their claim and actually did find that the mitts took off more of the makeup than I was expecting with just water, which was a bonus!  I don’t wear that much makeup on a daily basis and it didn’t completely remove it all.  I then added one pump of the cleansing gel to the mitt and lathered it up slightly under the warm water and applied to my face.  This does remove make up very efficiently and my face does feel clean once this has been done.  Now I am using these every day, I use between one and two pumps at night to remove my makeup and a further one pump in the morning just to clean my face.  I then try to clean the mitt as much as possible before leaving in the bathroom to dry.  You do need to change and wash these every couple of days as it is a bit gross.  They are only £2.00 for a pack of 2 so very affordable and I may even pick up some more on my next trip to Primark.

Pros 

  1. Takes makeup off effectively, especially with a cleansing gel
  2. Affordable – in fact, very cheap at £1.00 per cloth
  3. Leaves your face feeling clean
  4. Reusable and therefore, better for the environment
  5. Can be used with water especially if you have very little make up on
  6. Easy to find – Primark is in most towns

Cons 

  1. Hard to time going into Primark when it is less stressful
  2. Gets a bit gross with use so need to be washed regularly
  3. Need to keep them out in order to dry so not the best if travelling
  4. Although some makeup is removed with just water, it is best if a cleansing gel is used

Overall,  a good alternative to throw away cotton wool pads so I will be using these for a bit longer to see how I get on.