30 June 2019

2019: June Favourites & Highlights

June has flown by & I cannot believe tomorrow marks the second half of 2019. June has been full on with two major events happening. One being that my baby sister turned 18! I couldn't be any prouder of the woman she's becoming. And two, our family trip to Auckland. It was incredible to spend some quality time with family that we haven't seen in just over a year. It was a pretty relaxing time away but I was glad to be back in my own bed at the end of it all. 

June Favourites 

Hope you've all had a fantastic month & I'll see you all back here next month for a recap of July. 

B x 

27 June 2019

Book Review: You Are A Badass; Jen Sincero

“You are a badass is the self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author & world-travelling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises & the occasional swear word, helping you to, identify & change the self-sabotaging beliefs & behaviours that stop you from getting what you want, creating a life you totally love & create it now, make some damn money already, the kind you’ve never made before. By the end of You Are A Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love & how to use The Force to kick some serious butt.” 

'You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero is hands down one of my favourite books I've read so far this year. It's full of incredible advice, inspiring stories & has pockets of laughter. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a self-help pick me up & is looking for some new motivation in life. 

B x 

25 June 2019

Overcoming Fear & Embracing Change

We all know what it's like to experience fear & change. For some of us, it's not always the greatest experience & that's why I wanted to share a post with you today that goes into depth about how we can overcome fear & embrace change in our lives.

I stumbled across this post a few months ago by Paula of at Thirteen Thoughts & I thought about writing something similar but I couldn't seem to gather my thoughts & put them into words as well as I believe Paula did in her post. I really resonated with the post at the time I first read it & I think it's something should have a little read of.

"We allow fear to stop us, to control us, all the time. We see challenges as obstacles & we run away from them. Seems like a logical thing to do, doesn't it? You can, however, see it all as an opportunity. You can't give up on something just because it's scary, challenging or difficult. If you ask me, waking up one day to a heart full of nothing but regret & a mind full of 'what ifs' is even more frightening."

B x

23 June 2019

Rise & Shine | Morning Routine: Winter Edition

You know ya girl is all about routines & I haven't posted a winter edition in regards to my morning routine since 2017 so it's time for an update. I’ve kept it simple as always with some of the more basic parts still in my routine. I’ve spoken before about how important routines are in my life & how having a routine making life so much easier for myself personally & helps create a calm & inviting start to the day. 

I’ll start by day by waking up any time before 9AM. As someone with CFS it’s important that I rest my body to the best of my ability everyday & listen to what my body is asking for. That being said, my wake up times can vary depending on how I’m feeling but my overall goal is to be up by 9AM which then allows me to make the most of my day. Once I’m up & about, I’ll make my bed. It’s the first thing I do once I’m up & it has been for the longest time. I’ll also have a bit of a tidy up in my bedroom & this is not only because I prefer a tidy space but my bedroom is also my work environment. So to have what I feel like is a productive & efficient day, I must have a tidy space which also helps with a tidy mind. It’s then time to hydrate & take my medication & supplements. I’ll then flick on the jug to make a hot drink & while the jug is boiling is usually when I get dressed for the day.

It’s breakfast time! I don’t normally eat a hell of a lot in the mornings, it’s just always been that way. I will try to have a couple of bits of fruit & if I’m feeling particularly hungry I’ll usually make myself some kind of smoothie which always does a fantastic job of fulling me up. I then move into the bathroom to brush my teeth, complete my skincare routine & do my hair. After all of that comes the fun part, makeup! 

Now that I’m physically ready for my day, I must get mentally ready for my day. This is the time that I sit down & do a bit of journaling. I’ll also pull out my planner & do some daily planning. If I have time I will also try & fit in about 15-20 minutes of reading. I don’t tend to stress to much if I don’t get a chance to read in the mornings because I designate time in the evening to do so. However sometimes it good to have sometime to yourself before a busy day to just sit & read. 

After all that, I feel I can start my day in the right way. I’ve given myself the best chance to be productive & efficient throughout my day & the opportunity to get shit done. If you have any specific tips or tricks that you think help you with getting your day off to the right start definitely drop them below in the comments! We’d love to hear any of your ideas! 

B x 

20 June 2019

Travel Skincare & Makeup | A Weekend Away

Most recently I upload my simple packing list for a weekend away which include clothes & any miscellaneous items I was planning to take away with me. Today, I’m going to expand that list a little & talk about all things skincare & makeup that will be coming away with me. 

Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Body Moisturiser & Body Wash
Hair Brush & Comb 

Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara 
Brushes & Sponge 

What is your favourite travel skincare & makeup? 

B x 

18 June 2019

A Simple Packing List | A Weekend Away

Over this next weekend I’m going on a little weekend adventure to Auckland & in this post I thought I would combine what I will be taking with me for my weekend away in regards to clothing & other small miscellaneous items. I won’t be including beauty & skincare products in this post because that’s all going to be included in a seperate post so stay tuned for that if you’re interested. The idea of this post is not only so I can come back to it in the future but so you can use my list as a guide for what you might want to take away with you & of course you can mix up products & items as you feel you need them. 

Long Sleeves 
Comfy Shoes

Hand Sanitiser 
Hand Cream 
Important Documents 

What are some of the items you'd take away with you on a weekend away? 

B x 

16 June 2019

Sunday Catch-Up & Current Lifestyle Favourites

I thought I’d take this Sunday to have a bit of a general chit-chat about what I’ve been up to recently & share some of my more recent lifestyle favourites including books, jewellery & a few other bits & pieces. 

I mentioned in my ‘May Favourite & Highlights’ post that May was a super busy month & June is proving to be a bit the same. If you live in New Zealand, I’m sure you’ll be aware of the Teacher Strike we had at the end of May & as someone who works with children & plans on becoming a teacher myself, all teachers have my full support. You may have also seen my Instagram post in support of this which I think in itself shows how passionate I am about teachers needing more support in the classroom. Hopefully we see the results we so desperately need very, very soon. 

The past three Saturday’s I’ve been down at the rugby fields all day supporting my cousins who play for their school. Although it can be incredibly cold, wet & windy, supporting my cousins on the field is one of my favourite winter things to do. Over the next couple of weekends I will miss a few games due to prior engagements but you can bet I’ll be down there before the season’s over, cheering them on. 

I have a trip to Auckland coming up & you have no idea how excited I am to not only see family & friends up there but also to just have a break from everything else. Over this period of time I’ll still have posts going up & have the odd post going up on social media but I’m really just looking forward to not doing a great lot at all. Stay tuned over the next week or so for some travel related post’s including what I’ll be taking in my travel makeup bag. 

In the way of my study at the moment, I’m finished all the course work & I’m working on my final assessment. While I’m super excited to be drawing close to the end of this part of my studying chapter, there is still a lot of work to do. If you don’t here from me in a couple of days, don’t panic, I’m probably nose down in my assessment & textbook notes! Wish me luck! 

Lifestyle Favourites 
I felt like a wee change so rather than having these lifestyle favourites combined in with my monthly favourite, I thought I’d share them here with you today. I’ll have everything linked where possible so you can easily find each product & get your hands on it if it’s something you think you’d enjoy. 

I did briefly mention these in my ‘May Favourites & Highlights’ but my love for these polishes continues to grow. They apply & dry down beautifully & last a decent time on my nails for just a regular polish. Essie polishes are slightly in the more expensive price range but I know Farmers, my local department store usually have a good offer going with the brand which is generally when I’ll pick up a few new shades. I’ve also used a couple of their treatment polishes as well & they also get the big tick from me. 

Again, these products we’re mentioned in my ‘May Favourites & Highlights’ but I’ve been so impressed I couldn’t not mention them again. So I received a Ecoya Candle & Defuser in the scent Guava & Lychee & my bedroom has not smelt better. They don’t give out an over-powering scent but it’s just enough to leave the room smelling beautifully. Ecoya offer a variety of beautiful scents, in multiple size & products. Whether you’re looking for a new candle, defuser, hand cream or even a body wash, I’m sure they’ll have something you love regardless of your preferences. 

I love a good ole simple & minimal ring. Pandora have some of the most beautiful rings & I could spend heaps in the store but this one is one of my current favourites. It’s elegant & simple, I just love it. I wear it daily & it’s one of those accessories that you can rock with any outfit! 

I’m not going to say to much about this book because a review is coming soon on it but I’ve just finished & did really enjoy it. I would highly recommend it for anyone who needs a good ole kick in the butt to just realise how bloody awesome they really are. Keep an eye out for the review, coming in a few weeks. 

I’m a planning freak, let’s be honest. I’m one of the most organised people you’ll know, well I try to be anyway. My planner of choice for 2019 has been the Hobonichi A5 Cousin. It offers everything I was looking for in one planner. A monthly view, a weekly view & daily pages. There are plenty of reviews out there online already but definitely look into the planner if you’re looking for an amazing all in one planner. Hobonichi also offer a variety of other planners so if the A5 Cousin does’t sound like something for you, there may always be something else on their website that appeals to you more. I do highly recommend all of their products however I do understand they may not be for everyone. 

This was a gift I received from Mum for my birthday & she had it monogramed with my name & I love it! It perfectly holds my Hobonichi A5 Cousin in it & is great for protecting my planner especially when I need to take it on the go with me. Kikki-K offer the A5 Leather Notebook Covers in a few pastel colours along with a black I believe which is super awesome. I highly recommend these leather notebook covers from Kikki-K.

B x 

13 June 2019

Small Ways To Challenge Yourself Everyday

I’ve been told the secret to success, any success, lies in your habits, routines & the things you do every single day. It doesn’t matter what you’re after in life or what your definition of success is, it never happens over night. 

Every changes always begins with that first step. You don’t always have ti now what that second or third step should be either. The first step is the one that will get you started. 

Challenging yourself is one of the most important aspects of self-growth. Without challenge & change, there can be no progress or improvement. We often talk about things that we want out of life, things we dream about & that’s where it ends - with us just talking about it. We’re not always willing to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones to actually make things happen. Change & challenge, doing things that scare us might seem difficult but it doesn’t have to be. This list of small things you can do every single day to help you grow, overcome fear & step out of your comfort zone. 

You can write as little as just one line a day. It’s a simple & easy way to start. As you get use to writing about your day, feelings & emotions, try to explore journaling a bit deeper by using journaling prompts. 

Read Books From Authors/Genres You Normally Wouldn’t
Most of us tend to reach for the same kinds of books, watch the same types of movies. Switching things up can help keep things fresh & interesting. 

Go Out For Dinner or Coffee By Yourself
For most of us, this is something that’s a little bit out of our comfort zone but as we make an effort to constantly face those tiny fears we become braver each time. 

Stop Complaining
Try going without complaining for as long as you can. Remember that your life is an echo. 

Detox From All Things Digital, For At Least One Hour A Day
Put away your phone, tablet & laptop for at least an hour each day & practice some quality self-care or focus on doing something productive. 

Reach Out To A Friends You Haven’t Spoken To In A While
This is a small challenge because we often put this off time & time again & the next thing we know it’s been months or years since we caught up with that one friend. 

Set Small Daily Goals For Yourself
Small goals equals progress. You’re more likely to accomplish your ‘big’ goals if you split them into smaller, less intimidating ones. If your goal is to get healthy for example, start by swapping your soda or juice for water, going for a 20 minute walk or having at least one very health meal a day, to start. 

Prep & Cook All Of Your Meals
No vending machines, no packaged foods, no frozen or microwavable meals. 

Learn A New Word Every Day
Writing it down & keeping track of each word will help you remember it. 

Find One Thing/Clothing Item You No Longer Need Or Use & Get Rid Of It
Donate or recycle. If you find yourself or your home surrounded by a lot of clutter, find just one thing to get rid of at a time with be less overwhelming than having a huge big clean out. 

Be More Mindful
Practice mindfulness every day & try to release your ‘bad’ thoughts without judgement. 

Print Out Those Photos
How many photos do you have stored on your phone & computer that you have meant to print out & put in an album but just never got round to it? To make this easier, try to split it into small bunches & work on the smaller bunches rather than a huge bunch at a time. 

Mediate For At Least 10 Minutes A Day
It’s worth trying apps like Calm or Headspace. 

Never Stop Learning
Remember that you can grow & learn new things until the day you die. 

Be Kinder To Yourself & Others
Be kind even when sometimes you don’t feel like it. Don’t allow your negative thoughts & emotions control you. 

Practice A Little Self-Care
Remember that self-care is not just about bubble baths & face masks. 

Stay Inspired Everyday
Motivation is something that has to come from within but surrounding yourself with inspiring things, books, affirmation cards & people can help you stay inspired. 

Do Something Creative
You might not think of yourself as a creative person but the truth is that we’ll all creative beings & can incorporate creativity into our lives in many different ways.

Face Your Small Fears
Do something that you often find intimidating. 

Edit Your Life, Frequently
Stop doing thins that make you unhappy, don’t hangout with people who bring you down or drain your engird. 

Work On Building Good Habits, One At A Time
The best way to stop a ‘bad’ habit is to replace it with a good/positive one. Don’t try to change everything at once - you’ll feel overwhelmed. Focus on one habit at a time. 

Practice More Self-Compassion
For most of us, this habit is hard to learn as we tend to be hard on ourselves. You have to learn to celebrate your small victories & accomplishments so that you can stay inspired. At the same time, you have to remember that taking a break, being unproductive or having a little cry sometimes is okay too. 

Judge Less
Constant judgement is unhealthy & can easily make you feel miserable. 

Build Your Confidence
Learning new things, stepping out of your comfort zone on a regular basis, finding a passion in your life - these are all things that will help you build up your confidence. 

Say ‘No' More Often
Don’t commit to doing things you don’t feel like doing just because you want to be ‘nice’ to someone else. 

Master Your Emotions By ‘Brain Dumping’
No need to worry about tradition writing standards when doing this. Just grab a piece of paper or a notebook & dump every single thing that is on your mind at the present moment. Doing this on a regular basis will help you properly recognise & label your emotions. 

Being Patient
Nothing is a waste of time when you allow yourself to be mindful & present. 

Learn To Let Go
Let go of the things that are beyond your control, things that do not serve you or those small, often truly insignificant things that sometimes make you upset. 

Embrace Change
When life forces you to change, don’t resist it. 

Be Resilient
No matter how many time you fail, keep trying & remember that as long as you’re fighting, you can consider yourself a winner. 

Do you make an effort to continue your self-growth by challenging yourself on a regular basis? What are some of your favourite ways of stepping out of your comfort zone? 

B x 

11 June 2019

Product Review: Wet & Wild PhotoFocus Foundation

“Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #noflitter perfection.” 

The 20 shades are as follows, Porcelain, Shell Ivory, Soft Ivory, Nude Ivory, Rose Ivory, Soft Beige, Buff Bisque, Peach Natural, Golden Beige, Cream Beige, Bronze Beige, Classic Beige, Desert Beige, Amber Beige, Caramel, Toffee, Cocoa, Mocha, Espresso & Mahogany. 

Now while I appreciate that this isn’t that biggest shade range I’ve ever seen, I do think that they’ve done a fantastic job considering they’re a ‘drugstore’ brand & that product itself retails for $12.99 NZD. 

I find the foundation to sit beautifully on the skin & for someone who does experience extreme dehydration during the Winter months, I’ve found it doesn’t get particularly clingy or patching over those dry areas which I’ve found other foundations to do. It’s a light to medium, buildable coverage & of course depending how much you build it up will depend on your overall coverage. It says on the website that the foundation has been specially created with matte, light-defusing complex to help with perfecting the skin but I actually think the foundation leaves a beautiful glow to the skin without giving you that sweaty look. Maybe that’s just me. The Wet & Wild Photo Focus Foundation is definitely a favourite from the ‘drugstore’ at the moment! If you’ve tired it out, let me know your thoughts! Did it work for you? How did you find it for your specific skin type?

B x 

9 June 2019

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Weekends Feel Longer

Have you ever got to a Monday morning & wondered where your weekend as gone? There’s a few secrets to making them feel longer, you know? It requires a plan & filling up your hours. I only learnt these a few months ago but they’ve made such a huge difference I wanted to share them with you today. 

Contrary to popular belief, actually doing nothing isn’t really good for you. It doesn’t encourage rest, it doesn’t allow you to regroup & make a better plan for the week, all it does is make your weekend go faster. 

Don’t Do Nothing
Yes I know, the weekend is meant to be for rest but doing nothing but chilling in front of the TV is not good for you. Your weekend will pass by in a flash & eventually all your weekends will become a blur. You need a plan, even just a loose one. You don’t want to take the fun out of your weekend by over planning but you do want a loose idea of what you would like to spend your time on. Decide what important tasks you’d like to tick off, do you want to get ahead with any particular hobbies? Or do you have self care & wellness goals for the weekend? Do you have time for a facial or a massage? Do you have time to spend with your family & friends? If you can schedule it in, you’ll feel like you’ve had a really productive weekend which lasted a thousand years opposed to just a few days. 

Stop Over Planning
If you’re anything like me, over planning is easy. Your friends decide they’d love to come over on Saturday afternoon & all of sudden it’s a party the requires a theme & a shopping list. It may not be how you planned to spend your weekend but when you spend so much time stressing about something, it’s going to fly by even quicker. The best thing to do would be to let it go. Plan well by planning a little. 

Try Something That Scares You
The more things you do that you don’t feel like doing, the more the world will open up to you. Take adventurous road trips, go rock climbing, enrol in a class you’ve always wanted to take. Do something that terrifies you just to prove to yourself that you can do it. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone as often as possible & the results will surprise you. 

Stop The Sunday Blues
Even if you love your job, the Sunday blues are a real thing. When you start to think about what’s looming on Monday, whether is’s a performance review, an important meeting or just your commute, you can feel a bit weary. Don’t give in to that feeling. Give yourself something to look forward to. It might be a family dinner or even a self care & wellness evening. It’s important that you acknowledge your feelings & remind yourself that every Monday so far you’ve survived & thrived - & every Monday that’s coming, no matter what, you’ll smash it! 

Give Yourself Some Rituals
Create rituals that you swear by. Every weekend you might have a bath, do yoga or walk the dog for an hour. These are your rituals, they’re things that help you gather some perspective, give your brain a rest from the week & get your head in the game. These are things that will help encourage productivity & help you perform to the best of your abilities. They will also help in increase that feeling of having more hours in the day & giving you a sense of perspective about your weekend. You’ll look back on it with that feeling of achievement & amazement of how you managed to get so much done in just two days. 

B x 

4 June 2019

Looking After You | 10 Day Self Care Challenge

Today is a bit of a different post from me. You all know how much I am into & promote self care & self love so I wanted to share this wee challenge originally created by Tami Walker from @wonderforest. It’s 10 prompts over 10 days to help improve confidence & self-esteem, mental health & stress levels, your physical health & to help to get to know yourself better. Tami’s hopes for this challenge was to help us realise ways in which we need to care for ourselves better & to help us make that more of a habit. I think Tami has done a fantastic jobs with the 10 prompts & they’re the perfect way to think about why & how we can start taking better care of ourselves on a more regular basis. 

I’ll leave Tami’s post linked along with the prompts directly from her post. 

Day One: Drink 8 Glasses Of Water
It’s recommends that you drink 8 glasses of water a day but so many of us struggle with actually doing this. Some people don’t like water, some just prefer other drinks. There are ways to make drinking water easier for you though. We all know how important it is for both our physical & mental health & it’s one of the most basic forms of self-care. You can keep tracker of this in your planner or bullet journal to make sure you get it done! 

Day Two: Listen To A Positive Podcast
There are tones of podcasts out there on pretty much every topic under the sun. Self-improvement is a wonderful form of self-care, so listen to a podcast that will help you make positive changes in yourself or in your life. Here’s a great list of great podcasts for personal growth that you can choose from. 

Day Three: Spend Time In Nature
Nature is a calming place for most people. The fresh air, the beauty & the solitude of nature can help clear your mind, increase your creativity, lower your stress levels & become more mindful among many other benefits. Plus, Vitamin D from the sun has many benefits. Take some time to go outside & take a walk or just sit in nature & take note of your surrounding. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, this can also help keep your symptoms at bay. 

Day Four: Pamper Yourself
Pampering yourself is probably the most popular form of self-care & for good reason. Pampering not only helps you relax & take a break, but it can also help you feel good about yourself. When you take the time to use a face mask, make yourself a hair mask, paint your nails or take a nice bath, you’re telling yourself you’re worth the effort. You’re putting time & energy into yourself & letting yourself know that you’re worthy. 

Day Five: Write In Your Journal Or Start One 
Journaling is my favourite form of self-care, probably because of the massive amounts of benefits that it can bring into your life. It can help you process your emotions, feel calmer, be more mindful, achieve your goals, stay organised & way more. So, start a journal or make it a point to write in one that you have. You can use a traditional journal, a bullet journal, a computer document or even a journaling app. 

Day Six: Go To Bed Early
It’s recommended that an adult gets 6-8 hours sleep a night but this is yet another thing most people struggle with. Getting too little of sleep can leave you feeling groggy, low on energy, grumpy & it can even cause a cold or illness. If this is something that you struggle with, go to bed early & try to sleep for 6-8 hours. If you’re someone who over-sleeps, you could set your alarm for a bit earlier to make sure you’re only getting 6-8 hours. Either way, you’ll feel better in thew morning. 

Day Seven: Do A Random Act Of Kindness
Few things make us feel as good as doing something kind or generous for someone else plus is spreads positivity around - which the world sorely needs. So, pay for the personal behind you in a drive-thru line, donate items or money to a charity, give someone a genuine compliment, purchase someone a gift or do something else that you can think of. 

Day Eight: Find Something To Laugh About 
Laugher is really the best medicine & it can do so much for our health. So, do something that makes you laugh today & preferably everyday. You could watching funny movies/videos/shows, read a funny book, talk to someone who makes you laugh, play with a silly pet or look at funny memes online. 

Day Nine: Write A Letter To Yourself
Or make a list of things you love about yourself. I know it may seem silly or pointless but this can so so much for your subconscious & it can help you in more ways that one. Write a genuine letter about how much you love yourself. Be descriptive & detailed. Or write out a list of things that you love for yourself - as many things as you can think of. You can put this not or list away to read whenever you’re feeling low about yourself. 

Day Ten: Declutter
When my house is a mess, my brain feels like a mess plus my mood & motivation will go downhill. Decluttering whatever room you spend the most time in doesn’t take much time but it can give you a load of benefits. Your brain will feel more organised & you will feel more calm & focused. 

B x 

2 June 2019

5 Beauty Tips For Winter

Winter always proves to be a difficult time for my skin. Although we’ve had it pretty good lately, weather wise, I know the great weather isn’t going to last long & for me, this means dry, itchy skin which is never any fun. 

I’ve tried to include tips in this post that aren’t just adding a richer moisturiser to your routine. It’s about not only finding products that work for you but also taking your routines & lifestyle into consideration. These are just some of thing that help me get through the winter while feeling a lot more comfortable. 

Hydrate From The Inside Out
Keeping your body hydrated is important all year long but we must pay special attention to how much water we’re consuming during the colder months, usually it’s not enough. In the winter, I’m constantly reminding myself to stay hydrated compared to the summer when I can easily go through jugs of water & am eating plenty of fresh fruits & vegetables. Stay hydrated does so many amazing things for out bodies & just one of those things is that helps improve blood circulation, which helps give you plump & hydrated skin. Sometimes drinking warm water with lemon is a bit easier than reaching for plain, cold water in the winter especially when you’re already cold. There are plenty of ways to help keep yourself hydrated over the winter, it’s just about finding what works best for you. 

Get Rid Of Flakey Skin
Cold weather also means dry skin. Not only is the air dry but we’re also buried under layers of clothing & our skin doesn’t get the chance to breathe. Moisturising is great but unless you remove all the dead, flakey layers first, it won’t do much good. A few times a week, use a body scrub in the shower & then follow up with your favourite moisturiser or body oil. 

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
Moisturising your skin in the winter is important for obvious reasons but it’s important we don’t forget about everything else. I like to use pure almond oil to help keep my nails & cuticles continuously moisturised. For my hands, act the moment I’m using an Ecoya Hand Cream which has the most beautiful scent of Sweetpea & Jasmine but of course any super hydrating hand cream of your choice is just as great. To help lock in mositure when it comes to my hair I’ve been really enjoying the Garnier Fructis Hair Food Multi Masks. The range has four different ‘masks’ for either nourishing, protecting, repairing & smoothing. They’re affordable & well worth it. Keeping my lips hydrated in the winter always is a challenge in itself. At the moment I’m using Nivea’s Original Care Lip Balm but their Hydrocare Lip Balm is also another great one. If I’m looking for something a little more heavy duty then it’s definitely Carmex or Savex that I reach for. 

Even on those dark & gloomy days, you need to remember to use sunscreen. I usually use SPF50+ & Neutrogena have a fantastic range of SPF for face & body. My favourite from them is them is their Ultra Sheer range which goes on easily, absorbs quickly & feels light-weight on the skin. 

Healthy Diet
I always feel like it’s easier to eat healthier in the warmer months. Endless amounts of fresh fruits & vegetables makes it so much easier to eat better but it the winter, there is none of that & I feel like we have to get a bit more creative with our food choices & meals. In the winter I make sure that my diet is rich in healthy fats such as avocado, nuts, coconut oil & seeds - these will also help keep your skin nourished & looking healthy. Omega 3 & Vitamin C supplements are also something you could consider as well. 

B x