My Skincare Routine!

Hello! Thank you to those that wished me well in my recovery, I am definitely on my way back to a normal self :D. I thought I would post some skincare recommendations based on my routine, and what has worked for me.

To begin, I have normal-dry skin. It is hard to put anyone's skin into any one category, because our skin varies throughout the seasons and throughout the month, but this is a rough idea. I used to have very oily skin, but took Accutane to cure my acne about 3 years ago, and ever since then my skin has been on the dry side. So this is what I use to keep my skin healthy and glowy, even throughout the winter! You will notice a lot of LUSH products. I don't think enough people look into and try out LUSH skincare products, but they truly are amazing value for money.

Angels on Bare Skin (LUSH) £5.95:

I would describe the consistency as a scrubby putty, with lavender and rose chunks in it - ha! In case you're not familiar with LUSH, every product has a sticker posted on the packaging with an expiry date on it. The length for this cleanser is roughly 3 months - the exact length of time it takes me to use a pot up. I use this at night to exfoliate. It is very gentle, and recommended especially if you have sensitive skin. 

Daily Care Face Wash (Organic Surge) £4.99:
Organic Surge is a great line! Pure skincare, great price. The full range used to be sold in Boots, though I can never seem to find them these days and have to order direct off their website. I use this in the morning to rid my skin of any oils that may have set in overnight, and it leaves my skin clean but not tight. 

Breath of Fresh Air (LUSH) £3.75/100g:
Amazing toner! I spray a couple spritzes onto my face after I cleanse either morning or night and gently pat into the skin. You can also use on a cotton pad to remove excess make-up if you like. It instantly refreshes and reduces redness, and smells DIVINE - like you are at the beach :). Lasts just over a year before expiry.

Natural Repair Face Cream (Oilatum) £7.65:
Now, I change up my moisturisers depending on if I need SPF, what my mood is etc, but this one is always a staple. It gives me long-lasting moisture that I desperately need when my skin is dehydrated and lacking juice! Natural ingredients, great price, very uninvasive and great for dry and sensitive skin types. 

Celestial (LUSH) £11.50: 

This is also advertised for sensitive skin, with soothing vanilla and almond milk it smells incredible and provides beautiful moisture for the skin, helping to rid any irritation. It isn't very thick, so would work for any skin type I think, as long as you aren't either extremely oily or dry. Expiry is 12-15 months after purchase.

Vita-Zing (Origins) £25:
Now, this little beastie is rather on the pricey side as far as moisturisers go, like all Origins products, BUT I heard an unbelievable amount of hype about this product so gave in around February and got one. Boy am I not disappointed! The product comes out a greyish-white colour, and once in contact with the skin changes to your skintone to even out the skin and provide a light coverage. I would say it is similar to a tinted moisturiser, but perhaps with a little less coverage? I don't know.. its a unique product, and really makes my skin look dewy and healthy. I am lucky in that my skin is pretty clear and even, so I don't really need foundation, but when I just want a little evening and sun protection then this is a great option. 

To remove make-up at night, I usually use Simple Face Wipes. When I want a treat, I usually go for a LUSH face mask or one from Montagne-Jeunesse. DID YOU KNOW: If you save 5 black pots when you have used up the LUSH product inside, you can take them into store and get a free face mask!
Let me know what you use! And if you have any recommendations :D.

Mega Love xx 

My poor little ovary!

Ugh! I haven't been able to post since last week as I have been recovering from SURGERY. I had a cyst removed from my ovary last Friday, and have spent the past few days just trying to will my body back to its normal state of being!

The surgery went exactly according to plan, and I'm extremely grateful. The incisions were small and the stitches very neat, so scarring will be absolutely minimal - yay! I had a laparoscopy done, and as well as removing the known cyst, my lovely surgeon did a good old inspection of my other ovary and tubes etc. to just check everything was looking good and healthy. So I have a total of 3 incisions: one in the belly button, one over my uterus and one over my left ovary (yeah, they reach the right ovary from the other side, weird!)

I guess, because I had never had surgery like this before, I didn't really know what to expect. My dearest Mama has had C-sections and a hysterectomy, so she was fully aware of the kinds of pains you get post-op, and bless her little cotton socks..she has been so incredibly wonderful in making my recovery as speedy as possible!

The first 48 hours are the worst. The first 24 hours you are in agony..but not because of the incisions, rather the CO2 which is trying to work its way up and out of your abdomen. When a laparoscopy is performed, the abdomen is pumped full of CO2 so that none of the organs inside stick together - gives the surgeon a clearer view of everything. It festers in your shoulderblades and collarbones, and comes in waves of stabbing pains. Yeah.. not so nice :/, BUT you can move around until you find a position that helps you. I tried gently rolling my shoulders around. Getting in and out of bed is a bitch, and you have to sleep upright for the first couple nights, but as long as you've got a great support team of friends or family to help you, you'll be juuuuust fine! Promise!

It's amazing how quick you are to forget how far you've come. But I was talking to sweet Mama on Monday, and she said, "There'll be a day that you wake up and think: hey, my body feels OK!" For me that was the fourth day of recovery. Not bad! Obviously you still have swelling across your belly, and little twinges of pains here and there, but if you have to have this done, just KNOW that it does get better...and sooner than you think actually!

I am so grateful that everything has gone so smoothly. Let me know if you've had a similar experience; I'd love to hear how things have gone for you! And I'd be happy to answer any questions :)

Mega Love xx

Cowpats in the rain

Nothing beats a little English countryside, with a helping of rain and dodgy cows. I went for a wee 15 mile hike today, and it was so nice to breathe...I mean really breathe. And walk to my full potential. There was a very well-deserved pot of tea and slice of carrot cake waiting for me at the end =]! When  I do eventually move away from England again, I will definitely miss this:

Mega Love xx


With these shoes:

I picked them up from ASOS for a sweet £12 in the sale (original price £40). BARGAIN MUCH?! I was actually searching for a pair of nude peep-toe platform heels, and stumbled across these. I ended up with a great pair of nudes and these babies for a grand total of £30. Less than the original £70-something I would have paid for the two pairs!

They are amazing! I've tried styling them with dresses, cigarette pants, leggings, many lengths and styles of skirts, and the combinations are endless. They're very high, I'd say a good 4-5inches on the heel, but the platform makes them pretty comfortable. They're satin, with a zip up the back, and deliciously enticing ;-).

A little part of my boyfriend's soul was crushed into oblivion when he saw me put these on... I am a sizeable bit taller than him (being a pretty tall gal already), but I don't really care haha! I say wear what you want. Wear what makes you feel happy, and expresses what you're feeling, and the kind of message you want to shout out to the world about you. Let your little fashionable heart roam free!

Mega Love xx


Urban goes into the wild with today's outfit:

Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Boyfriend Cardigan - Zara
Boots - Stead & Simpson
Bag - Camden Market

I love non-traditional animal prints. And even better - mixing and matching!!

Mega Love xx

The BEST lipsticks EVER!

I'm a huge lipstick lover and wearer, and I really love playing up my lips with statement reds, hot pinks and plum/berry tones. Autumn is on its way, and I've been searching for a new red lipstick. My go to for a traditional vampy red was MAC brick lipliner and/or No7 Cherry lipstick. But, I got SO SICK of that line that would appear on the inner lip after a few hours of wear, where product seemed to build up (very unflattering indeed =/). So on my little scavenge around Topshop a couple days ago, I thought I'd stop by the make-up stand and check out their range. There has been a lot of hype and recommendation of Topshop lipsticks in the beauty community on Youtube, so I figured I'd just jump in with both feet and try them.

I opted for Hazard, the perfect vampy red, and Show Off, a great everyday natural pink.

OK guys, I am not kidding when I say that the formulation of these is amazing. They are rich and creamy and moisturising. Show Off is a slightly different formulation to Hazard, described as a 'Velvet Finish Moisturising Lipstick' and is a bit more glossy and less long-lasting. But it feels like you're wearing lip balm, and is such an easy colour to wear. Hazard is incredible. I put it on at 9am this morning, by 2pm I had eaten and been talking a lot and going about my usual day at work, and it looked almost as good as when I had put in on 5 hours before!! It is long-wearing but NOT drying, and doesn't build up on the inner part of the lip and form that gross looking line that many lipsticks leave (at least on me!)

At £8 each they are a great deal. I would say that Show Off is an amazing colour for blondes, and Hazard is a great vampy, classic red for anyone! Topshop, you have indeed made mama proud. Go! Run! Grab one now! =D

Mega Love xx

Shades of blue

I absolutely love mixing different shades of green and blue together in my outfits and accessories. This is my little casual summer get-up for today:

I decided to do a contrasting orange eye, using Woodwinked eyeshadow on the lid and smudged underneath the eye, with Rule eyeshadow blended in the crease (both from MAC).

Top - Top Shop
Skirt - Top Shop
Sandals - New Look

Mega Love xx

Modern Pocahontas

Here's what I'm wearing today:

Top - Hurley
Shorts - Miss Selfridge
Boots - Bought plain from New Look a couple years ago; I sewed some embroidery and beads onto them

I am loving these boots with shorts. I've had them for forever and worn them a bunch, but usually it is in the winter time with tights or skinny jeans. It's not too hot to contain my feet today, so this is the pairing :). I get a tribal vibe from the outfit...

Mega Love xx