Autumn, Lifestyle

31 Preteen Halloween Movies

This Halloween season myself and Little Legs decided we would countdown to the 31st October by watching a different film every evening. Now we usually always watch a ton of ‘spooky’ movies during the October period in any way but this idea, along with LLs getting older challenged us to find new films to watch for 2018.

However! How difficult is it to find horror film ideas for 11 years olds! I scoured the internet looking for films we could watch and the film lists I kept finding are either for teeny tiny kids, or full-blown horror buffs! Nightmare! So here is our list of 31 films we are watching throughout October that will hopefully inspire your Halloween film viewings or will help you with ideas for introducing your little ones into a slightly darker version of childhood classics.

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Also please let me know if I have missed any pre-teen friendly horror gems off the list! Here we go:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Frankenweenie
  4. Edward Scissorhands
  5. Corpse Bride
  6. Coraline
  7. Nightmare before Christmas
  8. The Addams Family
  9. Ghostbusters
  10. Death becomes her
  11. The Witches
  12. The Black Caldron
  13. The Goonies
  14. Gremlins
  15. Box Trolls
  16. Rocky Horror picture show
  17. Underworld 1 – 2 & 3
  18. The league of extraordinary gentlemen
  19. Van Helsing
  20. The Lost Boys
  21. House on Haunted Hill (Vincent price)
  22. Hell Boy
  23. Sleepy Hollow
  24. Tremors
  25. Zombieland
  26. Sweeney Todd
  27. The Birds
  28. Psycho
  29. Frankenstein
  30. The Mummy
  31. Little shop of horrors

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Autumn, Beauty

Spellbound

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to the first day of my 2018 bath bomb series! You may recall I did something similar this time last year, and if truth be told I really enjoyed that little mini series! So I thought why not try it again? I’ve mixed it up this year and instead of using Lush products I opted for some indie sellers on Etsy instead, and where I say some I actually mean two as I ended up obsessed with pretty much all of The Rage Company’s products.

So based on that I decided to kick-start this weeks series off with the first bath bomb I used from The Rage Company that is called Spellbound. This beautiful spiced plum scented bath bomb was amazing and the bath bomb itself was actually bigger than my hand and was grey in colour with a gold metallic pentagon on top.

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I mean just look at that!

Now, after slowly lowering Spellbound into the bath it seemed to sink straight away before re-emerging seconds later fizzing away quickly creating a beautiful rich plum coloured water and releasing a very festive and warm cinnamon fragrance which also had subtle sweet undertones to it which lingered on my skin and in the air for a very long time afterwards.

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Now at first this just seemed like your regular bath bomb doing its usual thing, however after Spellbound was around halfway through its spectacular show it started to speed up fizzing away and give off the illusion of a witches caldron bubbling away, after it finished doing this I noticed that their was a spectacular amount of gold lustre floating through my bath water. This lustre was so beautiful I actually think it rivals and beats that of its main stream rivals.

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I later realised that this bath bomb contains both olive oil and coconut oil which would explain why my skin felt beautifully soft after I left the bath. I even seemed to be glowing slightly which I imagine has something to do with the oils found within this bath bomb and the spectacular shimmer that I was mesmerized by. It was a wonderful start to my week full of baths and will definitely be a bath bomb that I will be purchasing again as soon as it is back in stock!

Autumn, Lifestyle

Scent Circus: Scary Movie Wax Melts

After my Disney wax melt haul I decided I didn’t need any more wax melts for quite a while or at least that is what I told myself until Scent Circus announced they would be releasing a limited edition box for the Halloween season with the theme based around ‘Scary Movies’.

This limited edition box is one of Scent Circus’s ‘big top boxes’ that are a monthly themed box that is released on the first of every month with six unique wax melts inside. These boxes cost £7.50 and you buy them ‘blind’ so you have no idea what the scents of the melts will be nor do you know how they will look until they arrive, so you can imagine how excited I was when I got home from work and seen the box sitting on the bench waiting for me to open.

Upon opening the package I found the contents had been wrapped up in emerald-green tissue paper and there was a note saying ‘Open if you dare…’ So what did I find inside?

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Happy!? Halloween is pumpkin crunch pie scented and I think this is the perfect fragrance for the Autumn months as it gives off a warm but sweet aroma when used. This melt also screams Autumn as it is the classic pumpkin orange Halloween colour and has the words Happy Halloween written across it as well as featuring two skeleton hands on the front of the melt.

It is another sweet-smelling wax and is based on everyone’s favourite killer clown. The scent of this melt is buttered popcorn so it gives off a wonderful vanilla fragrance. The look of the wax melt is also based on the image of It himself and is crimson red in colour.

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Everybody… Scream! melt is based on the movie, you guessed it scream. This wax melt is my favourite from this Halloween collection as it is cherry scented and who doesn’t love rich berry scents especially in the Autumn months.

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Twilight is also a really nice smelling melt and features a pair of fangs and the word ‘fang-tastic’. However, due to being so used to the Lush lavender-scented twilight body wash I ended up being quite taken aback that this was in fact a light floral fragrance, but in a pleasantly surprised way. This wax melt smells very clean and slightly like freshly washed bedding to me which means it will be a nice wax melt to use during the day time as well as on the evening.

Friday 13th on the other hand is quite a heavy autumnal fragrance and smells of cranberries and pomegranate. This wax melt is also a rich purple colour and has the design of Jason’s iconic mask from the movie it is based on.

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What is Halloween without a zombie reference thrown in for good measure? The last wax melt in this box is just that and is named Rotten to the Core. This dawn of the dead inspired melt features a zombie on the front of the wax melt and has a baked apple pie fragrance which again is another wonderful melt to carry you through the Autumn months! I mean who doesn’t love the smell of warm apple pie?

And that is that, another wonderful box from Scent Circus. I honestly can’t wait to see what themes both the November and December big top boxes will be.

Autumn, Food

Quick Slow Cooker Meals

On Friday last week we seen the first cold, windy and dull day of Autumn here in the North East. It was also the day my slow cook officially came out of storage full-time rather than being used here and there over the past month or two. I honestly think a slow cook is an invaluable piece of equipment to have in your kitchen, especially during the Autumn and Winter months as sometimes after a long hard day at work the last thing you want to do is cook yourself a meal from scratch. With a slow cooker though you literally just throw everything into the pot in the morning, pop it on a low setting and leave it until you return home later that evening and wallah! A piping hot meal is ready and waiting to greet you with possible left overs for you dinner the next day.

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BBQ Pulled Pork 

  • 1.5-2kg pork shoulder, fat removed.
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 500g / 600g passata
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to season

Measure the passata, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar, two crushed garlic cloves and sugar into a pan and stir. Pop it on the hob and let it simmer for 10/15 minutes until it thickens slightly.

Remove all of the visible fat from the pork shoulder, pop it into a hot frying pan and sear all sides of the meat to lock in the flavour. Once this is done, transfer the pork shoulder into your slow cooker, pop the sauce from the pan on top and cook on the lowest setting for 8-12 hours.

After 8-12 hours, remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred into bite size pieces using two forks. It should practically fall to pieces as you are doing so, I then drizzle a little bit of sauce over the top of the pulled pork.

I usually pair this with tacos, microwavable mexican rice, salsa, refried beans and guacamole for a quick but filling tea!

Chickpea Curry

  • 500g / 1 can of chickpeas
  • 500g / 1 can tinned tomatoes
  • 500g / 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 onion
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 3 tsp gram masala
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • fresh coriander

Pop all of the ingredients into the slow cooker in any order you like and top up with 1 pint of either vegetable or chicken stock.

Cook on the lowest for 8 – 10 hours. If the sauce is thin then remove the lid from your slow cook and leave for another 30 minutes. Serve with rice and poppadoms.
You can freeze any leftovers.

Note: You could replace the chickpeas for beef, just make sure you coat the stew and steak in plain flour and fry it off in a frying pan to brown the meat before adding it to the slow cooker. 

Butternut and Coconut Curry

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • 150g red lentils
  • 500g / 1 can coconut milk
  • 100g ginger (grated)
  • 200g spinach
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 500g butternut squash
  • coriander

Fry the onions until they are starting to brown and then add the chillies, ginger, garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes before adding the curry powder and cooking for a further minute.

Transfer this to your slow cooker and stir in the red lentils, butternut squash, coconut milk and 350ml of water. Pop the lid on and leave  to cook for 8-10 hours on low. This can be served with rice or with just a naan bread. You can also freeze any leftovers.

Mushroom and Barley Stew

  • 8 mushrooms
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small onion
  • handful of spinach
  • 500g / 1 can tinned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 pint veg stock

Sweat your onions over a medium heat until soft before adding the mushrooms, carrot, celery and garlic to the pan and leaving for a few minutes*. Transfer the contents of the frying pan into the slow cook and add the tinned tomatoes, pearl barley, spinach and vegetable stock. Pop the lid on and leave to cook for 4-6 hours on a low setting, I recommend checking after 4 hours and topping up with water if needs be. You can freeze any leftovers.

** you can skip this step and pop all of the ingredients straight into the slow cooker to save time, but I recommend this step just to add extra flavour.  

Leek and Potato Soup

  • 4 potatoes
  • 4 slices of smoked bacon
  • 3 medium leeks
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 750ml water

Fry / sweat the onion and bacon in a frying pan until the bacon is cooked and the onions are golden. Add the leeks and potatoes for a few minutes and crumble the stock cubes over the vegetables and stir.

Transfer to your slow cooker and add 500ml water. Place the remaining 250ml of water in the frying pan and stir, making sure nothing is sticking to the pan, add the water to the slow cook. Cook on a medium heat for 4-5 hours and then transfer the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. If you prefer your soup to be creamy then stir in some Crème fraîche.

And there we go! Let me know if you liked this post or if you would like to see more posts like this in the future, and don’t forget to tag me in any photos if you make the above recipes! Sorry for the lack of photos in this post too, I usually devour my food before realizing I should have taken a photo but I am sure that just shows how tasty these quick meals are!

Autumn, Lifestyle

Scent Circus: Disney Wax Melts

Last month when shopping in my local wilkos I came across the most adorable little ceramic oil burner in the shape of an owl. I instantly knew he had to be mine, but seeing as I had never used a wax burner before I wasn’t really sure where to get any nice wax melts from. Thankfully my prayers were answered one day when I was scrolling down Instagram and I stumbled upon Scent Circus who just happen to be vegan friendly and cruelty free as well as all their items being handmade from Eco Soy wax which make’s these little wax melts environmentally friendly. If that wasn’t cool enough they also carry an Alice in Wonderland and a Disney themed range! I opted for the latter as Disney practically runs through my veins.

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I decided to buy five wax melts all based on my favourite films as well as the fragrances that sounded like they would be the nicest from the range, however if truth be told I could have went wild and purchased a lot more!

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Up and Away was the first to hit my basket seeing as it is UP inspired and is Grape Soda scented. The colours are a lot more vivid in real life compared to how they are shown on the website, and this fruity scent makes the entire house smell amazing whilst it is burning. It also isn’t a typical ‘night time’ scent meaning that even know it smells wonderful and relaxes you on an evening, you can also pop this during the day just to make your home smell nice.

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Colours of the Wind was also added to my basket without a second thought. This wax melt has a light floral and woody fragrance to it with hints of patchouli and if truth be told it was the mention of patchouli that drew me in. Not only does it smell amazing and incredibly relaxing it also looks visually stunning, again the colours in real life are way more stunning than those shown on scent circus website, and it gives off a total Autumnal theme.

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Fit for a Princess is quite possibly my favourite wax melt that I ordered! This little beauty is scented with lavender and chamomile and literally knocks me out to sleep! I honestly burn it for around 20 minutes per night before bed, blow the candle out and then I know very little until the next morning. It is fantastic!

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A Touch of Magic is probably the only wax melt I wasn’t sure on whilst adding it to my basket. It looked visually beautiful with its ivory colouring and silver luster but I wasn’t at all that sure if I would like the white amber, fresh strawberries, jasmine and sandalwood scent combo however I needn’t have worried. This wax melt has a ‘clean’ fragrance about it, like that of freshly washed bed sheets and again is another one that is not just limited to evening use. I also assume that this is Cinderella themed as it is given me total fairy godmother vibes with the magic wand and stars imagery.

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Lastly we have Kiss the Girl which I kind of messed up with. All the other wax melts listed cost £1.60 and to be honest you get a canny sized bar for your money. However, in my excitement of being swept away with all the amazing sounding products I ended up splurging £4.50 on this little mermaid themed bar without even realising. Oops. To be fair though this bar is about 4 times the size as all the other melts, however I don’t think it looks as appealing in real life as it did online but that’s just my first world problems and if truth be told it smells amazing! It has a very ‘clean’ fragrance about it but not in the same way that A Touch of Magic does. No, this bar smells more like the seaside and sea salt filled air clean rather than clean bed sheets and it has subtle notes of citrus, jasmine and lavender as well as having woody notes making this bar quite unique and wonderful smelling.

On top of all of these amazing products, the packaging of the box was adorable. It was quite thin meaning it was easy to post through the letter box, and inside the package contents were wrapped in branded tissue paper that give off an old circus style vibe. Inside all of the wax melts were safely wrapped and was surrounded by colourful confetti as well as a Scent Circus admission style ticket that stated if you collect 10 tickets you get a free melt box. It is safe to say I will keep that safe as I will be ordering from scent circus again in the near future.

Autumn, Fashion, Lifestyle

Favourites From My Pin Collection

Today’s post is quite an easy one as I thought it would be nice to talk about my current favourite pins and where I have purchased them from. I am not entirely sure which is my overall favourite because they are all pretty awesome (I am sure you will agree). Since I am forever on the hunt for new accessories please link me to any little gems you may have found online.

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First up is my adorable little Petit Four pin which I got from Pink Peach Pins on Etsy. This pin is about the same size as a 50 pence piece and is a beautiful pastel pink colour. I tend to wear it on Tuesday’s seeing as that is currently the official day of cake until the GBBO is over and done with for another year.

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Little sloth! I love this pin with all my heart! Just look how cute he is! This little sloth pin was purchased from Shop Zoki on Etsy on a week where I shouldn’t have been spending money on pins. However, Pepper as I have named him won me over with his cute little dinosaur pool float but I will end up buying more sloth pins from this store over time just you watch!

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Pastel Crayons is another pin I picked up from Pink Peach Pins at the same time as the Petit Four. I grabbed these as LL’s is forever drawing and as soon as I seen them I instantly thought of him and his passion for art. I wear them with pride and they look pretty bloody cool as well!

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This Loki & Thor chained pin set is the bloody bomb! Look at it! I love them both so much as they are totally adorable. I picked these up from Etsy again but this time from Teano Sugar who’s shop is fantastic. As a fan of all things marvel I knew I had to have them as soon as I seen them advertised on Instagram.

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Lastly but most definitely not least is my baby Spyro! I purchased him from Ohayou! clothing who have the most adorable pins ever, and this Spyro pin is the biggest of all of my pins by far. I can’t wait to pick up more pins from Ohayou! and I am currently eyeing up toothless the dragon to add to my collection.

Autumn, Beauty, Uncategorized

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Subculture Palette

T.K.Max has never been a place where I can find hidden gems. I know many people who can venture in and leave with lots of little treasures and find wonderful items and then there is me, whenever I pay a visit I always seem to leave empty-handed. However! The other week my luck changed when I wondered in for a quick look and I stumbled upon the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette!

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The packaging of the palette had no information about what shades or colours could be found inside its contents so I had a sneaky little look and instantly fell in love with the most perfect autumnal palette I have ever stumbled across.

Colours such as Edge, New Wave, All Star and Adorn scream Autumn and I feel the shades such as Axis, Rowdy, Untamed and Electric will carry you into the Festive season beautifully!

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Another selling point for this palette to me personally was how many matte shades are found inside, with 11 of the 14 shades being just that. I find that recently a lot of brands seem to go big on the amount of shimmer contained in a pallet and nobody thinks about the more wearable matte colours anymore which is needed to create a good base.

So far I have used all three shimmer shades of Cube, Adorn and Electric all which are beautiful (especially the latter) alongside Dawn, Mercury and Untamed. All of these colours are incredibly pigmented and seem to blend well which I was a little worried about if truth be told. The only downside is there seems to be a lot of fallout when I swirl my brush around in the pan but I can live with that in all honesty.

I am mega excited to use the colours Edge which is a perfect mustard colour and highly pigmented when I swatched it on to my arm, Roxy which again was highly pigmented and a beautiful warm peach colour, New wave which is another yellow shade but this one is more orangey in tone and All Star which is a beautiful berry red and I think it will pair beautifully with Mercury which is a warm tone gray colour.

I can not wait to see what wonderful grunge like looks I can create with this palette over the upcoming months and in the lead up to spring / summer next year. Let me know if you have this palette and what your favourite shade combinations are.

 

Autumn, Beauty

Lush: Rudolph Jelly Face Mask

There is no denying that I don’t love a good face mask, and Lush do some of the best face masks on the market. I have previously reviewed both their Bunny Moon and The Birth of Venus masks and I found them both to be fantastic so I was quite excited when I discovered Lush had added a new jelly face mask to their festive range.

This new face mask is named Rudolph and contains orange and cocoa powder to both help tone and brighten your complexion. Also the combination of these ingredients mean that this mask smells exactly like a Terry’s chocolate orange but not in a overpowering sickly way.

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I found the texture of this mask is similar to the Bunny Moon mask as it has a very creamy consistency once it is worked into a paste. Due to its smooth texture I found that it glides onto my skin quickly and with minimum effort meaning you can apply this mask within seconds with no fuss whatsoever.  I have been leaving the Rudolph facemask on for around 20 minutes and I have been pleasantly surprised on both occasions with how the mask / my skin doesn’t have that horrible tight feeling that many masks cause after they have dried out. Nope, I am still able to move my facial features when wearing this facemask without feeling like my face is turning to stone.

Once I come to remove the Rudolph facemask I have noticed it tends to dry a little bit like liquid latex and I am able to peel parts of the facemask off my face. It is an oddly satisfying feeling and I don’t feel as if I am damaging my skin in doing so. However, if the idea of peeling a mask off your face is not appealing then don’t worry, I have also found that you can remove this mask with some warm water and a face cloth.

After removing Rudolph my skin does look brighter and feels both firmer and smoother. Also, I have noticed that the following day when applying my makeup my foundation glides on and stays in place better throughout the day.

Crunch time though, will I buy this face mask again? Yes, yes and another yes! I am actually slightly devastated that this face mask is going to be an exclusive product and not part of the main line as I feel this is the best Lush face mask I have used to date, and you know I have tried out quite a few! Fingers crossed it will freeze well as I feel come the end of 2018 I will have stockpiled enough tubs of this face mask to last a fair few years!

 

 

Autumn, Food, Lavender & Black Bakes

Traybakes and FlapJacks: Date and Walnut Traybake

Here we have the first recipe from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible that I have been avoiding making. Why you may wonder, and I do not know is my answer. I suppose I wrongly associate dates and walnuts with the older generation, and both are foods I actively avoid eating, so the idea of making a cake that would be getting popped straight in the bin didn’t really inspire me when it came to baking it.

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After voicing my concerns with a few friends I realized that a lot of people around me of my age group actually like date and walnuts and actively seek them out to purchase, so at least I knew I could palm this cake off on them once it was made (sorry guys!).

I decided to make this recipe after a busy Sunday of writing up this weeks blogs posts for blogtober, so it ended up being quite a late bake. It seemed an easy enough recipe to make; soak your dates, whisk the eggs and sugar together and then add all the dried ingredients and soaked dates to the egg / sugar batter and whisk again before popping it into a tin and baking for an hour or so. Once cooled I spread over a sugar and lemon glaze and topped with some more walnuts. This sounds  like an easy task but I have never seen a date and walnut cake so I wasn’t entirely sure if this looked correct or not, I still don’t.

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The next day (I didn’t stop baking until 11.30pm on Sunday evening!) I give the tiniest piece a try as I have a total phobia of eating nuts (no idea why) and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this tray bake tasted. I did feel it was a little bit dry around the edges but once I got into the middle of the slice the cake was slightly moist and stodgy which I have been told is normal for this kind of cake.

So there we have it. No Mary Berry Bake next week as I am going to start my Halloween bakes now we are getting further into the spooky season, but I will post about whatever I end up baking next week at the usual time! Let me know if you have any Halloween recommendations or recipes for me to try!

Autumn, Beauty

Current Skincare Routine

Settle down with your favourite beverage and slice of cake because today post is a bit of a long one, but first up I feel I need to write a disclaimer. I haven’t really got the foggiest when it comes to skin care products, I don’t get this whole serum thing nor do I own thousands of products. I have owned a fair few products over the years that don’t agree with my dehydrated combination skin at all and cause acne breakouts that would rival any teenager. In fact I feel my skin often forgets I am now 28 and not 14 years old and it constantly throws acne my way on the daily, so much so that I was once told by a Clinique employee that my skin was in such a mess their products would never work and I should probably go see a doctor. I went home and cried.

However, recently my skin has been playing ball and has cleared up dramatically which I think is partly due to the skin care products I am currently using as well as cutting out dairy from my diet. So what am I using? Here we go.

Morning Routine

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On a morning I have been using The Body Shops Vitamin E gentle face wash followed up with both the Hydrating Toner and the moisturizer Cream from the same range. Since I have been using these three products from the Vitamin E range I have noticed the redness in my face has dramatically improved! Also the moisturizer is both lightweight and fast absorbing which is wonderful and also leaves a non greasy / shiny base meaning that it is the perfect thing to apply to my face before I apply my makeup in the morning.

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Furthermore, before I apply my Kat Von D Lock it foundation I give my face a quick spray with the PIXI makeup Fixing Mist which contains both rose-water and green tea. This is quite a pricey product at £16 however I do find that it helps to hydrate my skin and stops the foundation from being sucked into any areas of dry skin that I may have. Also I am barely through 1/3 of the bottle after 4 months so it does seem worth the money in the long run.

Tada! Morning routine is done!

Night Time Routine

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My night-time routine has a few more products thrown in for good measure, as you would expect. I swear by Lush’s Ultrabland cleanser and I use this every night as a makeup remover as soon as I get home. I just gently massage a small amount of this all over my face (I end up looking slightly like coco the clown as all my foundation, eyeshadow and lipstick mix together) and then use a warm damp cloth to remove all traces of makeup from my face. The best part of this product is that due to the almond oil, rose-water, beeswax and honey that is found in the ingredients list, this cleanser won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and defences but will remove all traces of make up! Fantastic!

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After removing my makeup I switch up my toner and use PIXIs Glow Tonic which removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin looking healthier. It also contains no alcohol so this toner doesn’t dry my skin out or aggravate it like other toners have done in the past and I have also noticed a visible reduction in the size of my pores since using this product.

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This is where my routine changes on a night depending on how my skin is looking and feeling. 9 time out of 10 I tend to just go straight for my No7 Protect and Intense Advanced night cream which is quite a thick moisturizing cream and it feels incredibly hydrating on my skin.

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If however my skin is feeling really parched and is looking very dull I will pop on another No7 product. This one is the Heavenly Hydration Moisture mask which is a combination of a gel / cream that is meant to hydrate, lift and brighten your skin. I very rarely use this product as a mask though and instead I just apply a thin layer to my face before I go to bed and I always wake up the next day with healthier, plumper happier skin. What more do you need?

(I did get this mask in a christmas gift set a while back and I think it has now been discontinued and replaced with No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask). 

And that is that! Somehow this little routine I have had for the past two months has dramatically changed the appearance in my skin, leaving it softer, more toned and healthy looking and a lot less angry red with crazy acne. I am not sure if this post will help anyone find new products or help with your skin needs but here it is in any way! Please let me know what your holy grail skin care product is to see if I can find some more gems to add to my collection.