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Liz Earle Skincare Essentials

I used to be one of those girls who didn't give their skin any attention and treated it really badly. I would go to bed wearing makeup, never moisturise and didn't really have a skincare routine at all. However, a year or two ago I started to realise the importance of taking care of my skin, and began trying out a range of skincare products. 

A couple of weeks ago I decided to change my skincare routine again, from the seaweed Bodyshop range, to Liz Earle. Not only had I got bored of my old routine, the products were becoming less effective and my skin was in a pretty bad condition. I had read several really good reviews on Liz Earle skincare and wanted to see whether the products worked for me. 

Liz Earle products are pretty pricey (for a student on a budget anyway), so I decided to try out a few of the smaller, travel sized products, before fully committing and buying the (more pricey) normal sized products. It has only been a couple of weeks and I have already noticed a huge improvement in both the look, and feel of my skin.  

Every morning and night I apply the Cleanse & Polish, massaging it into my skin and then removing it with the muslin clothe and hot water. Every time I do this I am amazed at how clean and revived my skin feels. I then spray the Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer onto my face, which smells amazing and makes my skin feel so fresh. After allowing the skin tonic to dry, I then apply the Skin Repair Moisturiser. I have combination skin, which often causes moisturisers to make my skin even more oily, but this one doesn't at all. This moisturiser is actually amazing, my skin feels so much smoother and moisturised since using it. I try to use the Gentle Face Exfoliator every 2-3 days and, like the other Liz Earle products, it leaves my skin feeling amazing- so smooth and extra clean. I use this at the beginning of my routine, before the cleanser. 

What is your everyday skincare routine? 

A wet weekend in Wales

Whilst browsing through the deals on Wowcher (instead of doing uni work) a couple of months ago, I spotted a weekend break in this amazingly unique Majestic bus and instantly fell in love. It looked so cosy and beautiful in all the pictures, and after watching it on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, James and I were immediately checking dates, emailing and booking. 

However on the (very long) journey to the bus I suddenly realised I stupidly hadn't even read any reviews on the bus and began to worry. There was no need because it was even more cute and perfect than we expected (as you can see in the pictures). The fire was already lit on arrival and a homemade lemon drizzle cake was waiting for us to devour it (which we did, almost immediately). It was also extremely clean and all the basics/essentials (towels, milk, wood for the fire) were provided. 

Having a couple of days in the middle of no where, in the cutest and cosiest bus (I know how weird that sounds) with no internet, no phones and no work/revision (and no makeup for me) was just what we needed. We both felt totally revived and refreshed afterwards. Even though it was rainy, foggy and generally dull most of the time, it didn't affect our experience at all, and somehow made the bus even more cosy. Our time was mostly spent walking around the stunning surroundings, having baths, sitting by the fire, playing board games, eating (too much) food and drinking (too much) wine- which is definitely our kind of perfect. 

James and I have always been outdoors kind of people. I was bought up in the middle of the Suffolk countryside and automatically feel at home and content when surrounded by fields and "greenness". So this was the perfect break for us. I realise this type of break isn't everyones cup of tea, but I 100% recommend a stay at the Majestic bus and will personally be returning very soon!

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Goodbye 2015 & Hello 2016

Happy New Years you beautiful people! I hope you had a good night full of celebrations and champagne. Thought I would do a quick post summing up some of my 2015 achievements and my hopes for 2016. 
2015 has been a bit of a mixed year, with both highs and lows, but overall I feel like it's been a good year full of experiences I will never forget. Like most people, I am hoping 2016 will be the best yet, but I know I need to be a bit realistic and realise I can't achieve everything I could possibly want within the next 365 days. I found it pretty hard to think of things I've achieved in 2015, which has made me even more determined to do more in 2016. 

Some of my 2015 achievements: 

  • Getting a first in my first year of university has to been one of my main highlights and definitely something I never thought I could achieve. I know it is only first year and doesn't count towards anything, but I am still rather proud of myself.
  • Travelling around Europe was so amazing and something I will never ever forget. Experiencing so many different cultures and exploring 7 different cities in such a short amount of time was both tiring and unforgettable. 
  • At the beginning of the year I created this blog and started writing about and sharing all the things I love, and I absolutely love it! Collaborating with companies and gaining viewers are just two of my blogging achievements and excitements. 
  • I got my hair cut short. This may sound like a weird thing to put in my 2015 achievements, but I've been contemplating getting my hair cut for so long and finally found the courage (and confidence) to have it cut. I am probably not keeping it short and have been growing it since, but it was nice to have a change and atleast I know what it looks like short now! 
  • I have started to care less what other people think of me. I still care a bit more than I should (who doesn't?), but I feel I have made progress and I definitely want to carry on with this in 2016. 

My hopes for 2016:

  • Getting a lot fitter and eat healthier. I have tried to do this so many times I have lost count, but it's something I feel passionate about and I am determined that this year will be the year I achieve this.
  • Carry on blogging and sharing things I love with all you lovely people. Also carry on improving and developing this blog so hopefully more and more people will enjoy reading my posts. 
  • Become more positive about things. I quite often find it really difficult to see the positive side of things and can end up feeling pretty rubbish about it. I know I can't completely change how I am, but I would love to be able to ignore the negatives and focus on the positives more. 
  • Travel! Whether that's a few hours down the road or a few hours on a plane. I love travelling and exploring other parts of the country/world, I know it sounds weird but it makes me feel free and I love sharing all my adventures with you.
  • Make more time for myself. This is sometimes difficult when juggling uni work, placement, blogging and spending time with James, but everyone needs a bit of "me" time away from others to focus on themselves. 
  • Do something and raise money for a charity. Two years ago I skydived for charity, it was so rewarding and it felt so good to do something for others. I'm not sure what I want to do, but I know I want to do something big to raise a fair bit for charity. 
Hope you achieve everything you want in 2016 and have a happy, healthy year!

© Katie Primrose

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