I had a ‘mare with the WiFi connection last night which went down. It had been weak for a couple of weeks (read: I had signed up to the cheapest Internet service with the lowest, shittest speed – but whatever.) and finally, it had finally had enough!

Unplugging the router, (& blowing on it) and plugging it back in didn’t work. This meant I spent Friday night sans Internet 😱

No Netflix, no Spotify, no social media, and even though I threw a paddy at first, it was lush. I wonder if that’s why I had such a good night’s sleep. I actually slept through the night without waking up at 3am.

I hate to be one of those people who can’t live without WiFi but it’s nice to disconnect every now and then. …I mean, I say this knowing that the WiFi is back on, of course. I KNOW fine well I wouldn’t be able to cope without WiFi, and during self-isolation, no less. But for one night only, I was happy to disconnect from the digital world.

My Internet-free evening started with dinner of chicken katsu curry (without the katsu because I didn’t have panko breadcrumbs). Obvs, pictured above.

At-home facial

Then I moved on to a facial to pass some time!

The lack of fresh air and vitamin D is obviously making my skin lack that ~radiant glow~ but that’s what lotions and potions are for, right?!

I don’t know about you but I’m really interested in people’s skincare routine. I think it’s interesting to learn what others are using to find out can and what doesn’t. Hell, I’ve spent a large chunk of my adult life blogging about beauty products. I know I’ve been away for a couple of years, but I have so many products I want to tell you about. I’ve not lost interest, I just got in the (bad) habit of using something, reviewing said products every morning in my head (!) and post it on Instagram Story instead of my blog. It’s a quick way and easy to talk about products but it’s lazy on my part and I’m sorry. I don’t even enjoy using Instagram anymore, it does my fucking tits in.

I’ve always enjoyed blogging and reading long-form content, it’s my escapism. Work and real life have got in the way of that in recent years.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I’ve probably have a year’s worth of blogposts to write with the photos I’ve taken and archived -but it has been so difficult to get back in to it. I stress about the littlest things that I’ve not been able to hurdle over, such as how my photos aren’t good enough, not having enough space for elaborate photoshoots or having the time to sit down and construct a half decent sentence. Maybe I should stop making stupid excuses for myself.

How about for now I start with what skin products I’ve been using lately? [For transparency, I was gifted these – some from months ago, some recent, but all of the below were sent to me by the brand’s teams and PR agencies].

Skincare routine

  1. Exfoliate // Samaya Vata Renewing Exfoliant (twice a week): This is an alternative to acid exfoliator and “scrubby” scrubs. The all-natural exfoliant gently and safely removes dead skin cells to transform dull-looking skin into smooth, healthy skin. It’s easy to use, quick, and leaves no mess.
  2. Mask // Pixi Glow Mud Mask (twice a week): Always use a face mask after exfoliating to minimize the outbreak of spots, which, if you haven’t exfoliated for a while, may happen. Pixi Glow Mud Mask if great if you have oily/normal skin type, as the kaolin clay absorbs oil.
  3. Cleaner // Evolve Melting Cleanser: A little goes a long way! The melting balm allows you to massage your face without irritation, which then turns in to a cleansing milk with a few drops of water to lift away impurities with gentle swipes from a soft cotton flannel.
  4. Tone // Pixi Glow Tonic: This is my all-time favourite toner and the one I go back to every time. It’s conditions your skin and refines the appearance of pores.
  5. Protect // Pixi Vitamin C Caviar Balm: I used this buttery balm is a vitamin C rich formula which hydrates, promotes collagen production, and gently exfoliates. As you can imagine, this smells fresh like lemon, orange and grapefruit!
  6. Treat // Funderm Was Bad Anti-Pimple Gel: This has been a miracle working. Last week, I had a small breakout of spots which I thought was from being too heavy handed on the cleanser, but now I think it may be hormonal (it’s the time of the month!) but I’ve got a couple more blemishes to zap away and this pimple gel treatment is working a treat.
  7. Moisturise // Jurlique Revitalising Gel Cream (day cream) and Evolve Daily Renew Facial Cream (night cream): I love Jurlique and their face creams are divine. This one works perfectly for the day time as it’s an ultra light, cooling-effect, water-gel based formula that features hyaluronic acid, rose extract and green tea. Evolve’s Daily Renew is a thicker texture featuring natural peptides and argan oil. It doesn’t instruct whether this is a day or night cream, but because of how rich it is, I use it on the evening.
  8. Eye care // Jurlique Signature Eye Cream: Phew! This is the final step! I’ve been slacking on eye creams lately because it doesn’t dry quick enough in the mornings before I put eyeshadow on, so I’ve often skipped this bit during the week. This addresses fine lines, dark circles and puffy eyes through powerful botanicals and natural-based antioxidants.

Look after your skin!

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