Beauty

My current skincare routine

 

Hello everyone!

So for my first beauty post, I thought I’d go back to basics and talk you through my preferred skincare routine.

Over the last few years, I’ve come to realise that make up will look so much better if you look after your skin, what do you think? I used to think that the secret to great make up was a good primer, I’m not sure how true it was.

I believe it all begins with looking after your skin, am I correct in saying this or is it just a theory? However in the meantime what I decided to do was to visit my local beauty counter to establish what my skin was like and decided with the recommendations I got to see what would work for my skin. A few years later and whilst I’m not using the same skincare, I still know what makes my skin happy and at it’s best. Previously under the recommendation I used the Clinique 3 step programme. I decided to change because I felt it was harsh on my skin. So I now use the Garnier micellar gel wash to cleanse my skin. I find this really works into my skin and gets rid of any grime. I then want to add a bit of moisture back into my skin as its sensitive, so I apply the Clinique “all about the eyes” all around the eye area. For the rest of my face, I use The Ordinary “natural moisturising factors & HA cream” I use this because I feel it soaks better into my skin and makes it look plumper, has anyone else used this product and thought the same? I prefer this to soak into my skin for about 30 minutes before I start to apply my make up. By doing this I’ve found that my make up sits on my skin much better and also lasts longer.

In the evening, if I know I’m in for the night I take my make up off to allow my skin to breathe, also just in case I become too tired and fall asleep without removing.  I use the same branded gel wash that I use in the mornings to take off all of my make up and any dirt from the day and as mentioned I find this best for my sensitive skin. The next step I alternate between two products. The first being Alphah “liquid gold with glycolic acid” which I use every other day because it can be quite harsh to the skin, because for me I find it helps close up my pores and makes my fine lines appear reduced, (saves getting any wrinkles ladies) lol. The other product I use is Olay “7 in one night cream”  for extra moisture, as wearing make up daily dries out my skin rapidly. Every day without fail! I’ll use my Carmex lip balm because I nearly always wear a lipstick and if I don’t use a lip balm I feel it dries my lips.

I try to apply body lotion at least three times a week to make sure my skin doesn’t end up too try. One of my favourite body lotions is the Vaseline spray because it is just so quick and easy to use and soaks into the skin almost instantly.

This is currently my skincare routine. I’ve previously tried to add in so many steps and use various different products to try out on a daily basis, I just don’t have time for or I don’t find useful. This routine fits into my schedule and my skin loves it at the moment, unless a better product becomes available or you, my audience, might give me some further advise and/or tips to try!

Now I’ve given you some ideas of my routine and out of my post above I find that I can’t live without the Clinique “all about the eyes” cream.

So my question is, what is one skincare product that you couldn’t live without?

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Fashion

Outfit of the day

Hello everyone, I just thought I’d pop on to show you what my outfit of the day is. I wanted to wear an outfit that makes me feel comfortable and cosy but also makes me look smart. One thing I have noticed about wearing dungarees is how warm they keep my back which is perfect for cold days like today. Whilst I was indoors, I wore the pink fluffy slippers Andy bought me for Christmas.

Do you like my outfit? Do you like wearing dungarees?

You can see my other outfit of the day post HERE

Lifestyle

My hopes, goals & plans for 2019

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I wasn’t going to write one of these posts but I’ve read so many great ideas that I thought I could refer back to them over the coming months to keep me on track to achieving my goals.

2018 taught me a lot about not only myself, but those around me, I opened my eyes to those who were really there for me and cared about my well being. And then there were those that were just there for me for what they could gain.

A lot of the hopes and goals I’ve thought about have had this in mind.

My goals for 2019:

  • Stop saying yes to everything – politely say no if I don’t want to do something
  • Stop spending so much money and save a bit more than I have done previously
  • Learn to cook more of a varity
  • Try and read more books when I have a quiet five minutes
  • If the weather improves, I’d like to take Trixie for more walks
  • I’d like to learn to drive and would like to set myself the goal of passing my test by the end of the year if I can
  • Play a few pranks on Andy to get my own back on what prank he played on me – You can read all about it HERE
  • Sort my clothes out to see if there is anything I’d like to donate to charity

Hopes for 2019:

  • Myself and Andy to continue to travel around the UK and find new places to explore
  • Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll be even more enthusiastic about aviation
  • As Andy is a train driver and instructor, I’ve been learning lots about trains and railways, that I knew nothing previously about. I hope that no one reading this thinks its strange, but I’m actually quite liking trains almost as much as aviation.
  • Good health and lots of happiness for myself, Andy, family, friends and Trixie
  • To continue writing blog posts from this site and hopefully you will read lots of interesting things over the coming months and also seeing pictures that will progressively be added to the site. I’m also thinking of asking Andy if he’s prepared to take photos accordingly, as I’m contemplating doing outfits of the day style posts. As I now also enjoy wearing jumpsuits and dungarees and more colourful clothing that I have previously worn and hopefully my readers will give me positive feedback. I’m also the author to the following site A Wartime Life , and joint author to Kelly & Andys Travel Journals

So hopefully 2019 will be full of travelling, airshows, shopping and walks in the countryside. What I do know is the plans that i decide to make will hopefully bring health and happiness to those close to me, which will make me very happy.

Aviation

A brief look at airshows 2018

Hello everyone,

As some of you may be able to tell, I am a huge aviation fan. Each year, I try to attend as many airshows as possible and so I thought I’d list the ones I managed to attend during 2018 and then I can link any relevant posts as and when I do them.

Abingdon Air and Country show

Duxford May Show

Cosford airshow

Weston super mare airshow

Yeovilton air day

The royal international air tattoo

Duxford September show

Lifestyle

A circus surprise for Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all I’d a great Christmas!

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and was told by Andy to be ready within the hour because we were going out. Once ready, we went and picked up my mum, dad and nan for this surprise.

After being in the car for a bit, we arrived at Sanders garden centre and I just knew why we were there. Every Christmas, they are host to the circus and I could just tell I would be going. Funnily enough, I had said to Andy a couple of weeks ago that I had never been to a circus before. He obviously took note of this and has gained my of brownie points from me.

We arrived nice and early so that I could look around the garden centre too. I love all their decorations each year and made sure to buy Andy some chocolate to say thank you for my surprise.

We then joined the queue for the circus and chose our seats. Andy then treated us to popcorn which tasted amazing. Having never been to a circus before, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It started off with two men moving inside and outside what I can only describe as two hamster wheels, before watching a trapeze act. The inbetween act, although funny, just reminded me so much of Billy from DIY SOS. My favourite acts were the lady with the hoop and the laser man act – I was completely mesmerized.

Overall, it blew me away and I can’t wait to go back. A huge thank you goes to my boyfriend Andy for surprising and treating me – I felt well and truly spoilt!

For more about Andy, check out these posts!

I was conned

The boyfriend tag

Books

My festive books

Hello everyone! I just wanted to quickly write a post to share with you which books I will be reading over the festive season. This year, I’ve narrowed it down to just three so that I actually get out the house and do things, so I thought I’d write a little bit about each of them down below.

Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest

Even though there was a war on, the Woolworths girls brought Christmas cheer to their customers. Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away busy fighting the enemy, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths, and a rock for the girls, having given up on love… Until a mysterious stranger turns up one day – could he reignite a spark in Betty? As the year draws to a close, and Christmas approaches, the girls must rely on each other to navigate the dark days that lie ahead… With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?

Winter on the Mersey by Annie Groves

For the residents of Empire Street, on Merseyside’s docks, the war against Hitler has been a long one but they all hope that the end is now in sight. Kitty Callaghan is finally coming home and she isn’t the same girl they will remember. Like many others, Kitty has seen her fair share of tradegy and instead of thinking about romance, is determined to do her bit for King and country. When Kitty finds herself stationed alongside Frank Feeny, the brave young officer who has always held a special place in her heart, feelings she thinks are long-buried rise to the surface. Britain is on the verge of victory, but will Kitty embrace the future and learn to love again?

Christmas with the Bomb Girls by Daisy Styles

Christmas is approaching at the Phoenix Munitions Factory, and its going to be one to remember. A factory floor might not be their first choice of a place to spend Christmas, but pulling together and making do is exactly what the Bomb Girls are best at. Gladys, however, back from the singing for the troops in Europe, is quiet as she takes up her place on the cordite line. Her old friends are determined to bring back her spark while they work hard to help their country, as the threat of danger grows ever-closer. What dark secret lies in Gladys’s heart? Will the girls see out another year in a country at war? And, if everyone does their bit, despite the worry, pain and toil, will the Bomb Girls be able to provide a wonderful Christmas for all?

I’m excited to read all three of these, not only because they are my favourite genre but because they have a festive element without them being too in your face. I’m currently about a third of the way through Christmas at Woolworths and am liking it so far but I will let you know what I think of all three of the books in the new year.

Lifestyle

I was conned

Do you ever feel like something is about to happen before it does? I feel this every time I come down the stairs and I just know that my partner is planning on jumping out at me for a laugh. I know it’s bound to happen and yet when it does, I’m not prepared and end up jumping and screaming like a wally. This usually happens a few times a week as well as Andy saying something for a joke and me falling for it hook, line and sinker.

I have to admit that as I’m writing this, I’m only just recovering from his latest joke. To set the scene, I was downstairs tidying up after tea whilst Andy was up in the office. I suddenly heard a loud thump before Andy was yelping in pain and so being the loving, caring girlfriend that I am, I didn’t hesitate in running up the stairs as fast as I could. I couldn’t believe what I was faced with – Andy on the floor, with blood dripping down his face, after he had hit his head on the corner of the desk. Running into the bathroom, I grabbed some tissue and returned to try and wipe up some of the blood. When I took the tissue away, it was pinker than blood usually is and I could see no wound on his head – it was then that I realised I had been had yet again.

After about 20 minutes of Andy laughing at my expense, he finally told me what he had done. Rather than falling and hitting his head, he had snuck into the bathroom to apply some fake blood left over from Halloween. He then returned to office where he thumped down on his knees and hit the desk hard with his hand. The only thing that really took place was the yelp, although that wasn’t in pain like I previously thought. Andy had obviously planned it well and I completely fell for it yet again. I will leave a photo at the bottom of this post so you can see how realistic it looked.

Morale of the story, I need to watch him like a hawk in future. I do have one question for anyone reading this though, how can I get him back? I’ve been trying to think of a way of getting revenge but am struggling for ideas, so any suggestions would be greatly received.

If you want to find out more about Andy, check out this blog post.