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How To Look After Your Skin During Winter | My Top Four Products

  • Sunday, 29 November 2015


How To Look After Your Skin During Winter

Looking after your skin during winter can prove quite challenging. With the colder weather making it harder to bare all and maintain a good skincare routine, I find that these four products make things a little easier. 

As soon as I get out of the shower or the bath during winter the last thing on my mind is rubbing in various lotions and potions and wait for them to dry before getting dressed. All I want to do is dab myself dry, grab the thickest warmest clothes and get warm as quickly as possible. I have therefore made a few little tweaks to my usual routine in order to look after my skin during the winter months.

Once I have showered I want to spend the least amount of time possible between getting dry and getting dressed, which is why I like to use as many products whilst I'm in the shower or bath to look after my skin, as I can. Laura Ashley's Imperial Bloom Bath Soak is a great product to use during winter as it makes bath water very rich and creamy adding a moisturising element. This is great for looking after your skin when its difficult to motivate yourself to moisturise as this does it for you whilst you soak. Another great in-shower/bath product is the St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan. It is difficult during winter when my skin is at its palest as I want to fake tan but find it too painful to stand naked waiting for it to dry. This is why this addition to the St Tropez range is so great as you can fake tan in the warmth of your bathroom. 

For when I do manage to motivate myself to apply some moisturiser during winter I like to use Soap and Glory's The Righteous Butter. This body butter applies like a dream and soaks in almost instantly which looks after my skin ensuring that it is hydrated and moisturises but I don't have to wait ages for it to soak in and can get dressed almost instantly. I also really like to use The White Company's White Lavender Hand and Nail Cream. Not only does this smell amazing, it is also extremely hydrating and again, soaks into the skin almost instantly. Although it is designed to be used for the hands, I really like to apply this to my elbows neck and shoulders for an extra dose of hydration.

How do you look after your skin during Winter?

Madolyn
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OOTD | Primark Winter Jumper Dress

  • Wednesday, 25 November 2015

 
Winter is well and truly upon us and this means yet another wardrobe transition is in order. I tend to change from very hot to very cold quite quickly and so even in the colder months I prefer to wear thin layers that I can build up.
 
 
I picked up this black, cotton jumper dress from Primark a few weeks ago and it finally feels weather appropriate to start to wear it. They had a range of colours but I opted for black as I thought that it would make it a much more versatile outfit that would go with more elements of my wardrobe.
 
I think that it is quite a flattering fit with a soft scoop necked neckline, full sleeves with a mid-thigh length. It is such a simple straight lined design but I think that this is why it is such a wardrobe staple as it can be worn in a variety of styles. Here I have opted for a more casual everyday look as I have worn it with tights, over the knee black, cotton socks and flat, brown boots. But for a more dressed up, date night look I would perhaps opt out of the tights (weather permitting) and team the dress with some black ankle boots, a statement necklace and a leather jacket.
 
SHOP THE LOOK
 
 
 
 
What winter additions have you got for your wardrobe?
 
Madolyn
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Winter Lip Saviours

  • Tuesday, 24 November 2015


During the winter months my lips can become quite dry and chapped and I tend to give them a little extra TLC at this time. As well as ensuring that I drink plenty of fluids I always make sure that I carry a lip balm of some sort with me. I am a huge lover of Carmex and usually have my Classic Carmex balm in my handbag. It is such a nourishing balm that is easy to wear, isn't sticky and instantly makes my lips feel hydrated. It is a great product to wear under lipsticks as well with it having a translucent formula. I have also been loving the Carmex Moisture Plus which is a little easier to apply with it being in pen-like packaging, which also has a slight pink hue to it which makes it ideal to wear it's own. 
 
I have recently bought three miniatures of the Benefit Cosmetics Tinted Balms which came in a triple pack from Sephora. Benefit have developed their ever famous Cheek and Lip Tints into a beautifully hydrating tinted balm. There is the Bene Balm which is their classic red, Posie Balm which is a soft pink and Cha Cha Balm which has a soft orange tinge to it. These are perfect to keep your lips really hydrated yet still have a little colour on your lips throughout the day.
 
I also find that a little exfoliation can do my lips a world of wonder when my lips are extremely dry. To continuously apply lip balm to chapped lips will only nourish the top layer of skin. When my lips are feeling particularly dry I like to use a lip exfoliator and this one from Etre Belle is really nice and gentle on the lips. It is quite a strange sensation and the will power not to lick your lips is unbearable but it really is worth it once the product is washed off.
 
 
What are your winter lip saviours?
 
 
Madolyn
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Exercise Motivation During The Winter Months

  • Sunday, 22 November 2015


I struggle to motivate myself to work out at the best of times, never mind when it is freezing cold and starts to get dark at 5pm. I am a member of Pure Gym which is a really affordable and simple gym with lots of cardio and muscle toning machines. During the lighter and warmer months I tend to go to the gym on an evening and at the weekends. However, because my gym is a car journey away and I can't drive I have to rely on my boyfriend being able to give me a lift. He is an absolute gym nut so he is very willing but I find that it is me lacking in motivation when it gets to this time of year. So, by way of motivating myself I thought I would write a exercise motivation post, which may also provide some help and advice for you.

SIGN UP TO GYM CLASSES IN ADVANCE

Pure Gym offers a huge range of work out classes as do most gyms. A good way to motivate yourself is to put  your name down to go to one of these classes in advance. That way you are in the mind set of working out and it is a little harder to decide not to go. It is also good because you don't have to think too hard about your work out as someone is there telling you what to do so you can just focus on the work out in the moment.

JOIN A LOCAL YOGA CLASS

My mum is a Yoga teacher and I find that going to a regular class outside of the gym is a really nice way to sneak in a bit of exercise. It is nice to get into a bit of a routine so that you know that you will be doing at least an hour and a half work out at least once a week. Yoga is a really nice excise to provide a bit of a break from the cross-trainer as it is a really toning and relaxing way to work out. Working out with a group can also be quite motivating as you don't feel as though all of the pressure is just on you.

FITNESS APPS

If you are really struggling to motivate yourself to get out of the house to exercise there are also some great fitness apps that you can use to help you work out at home. One that I have just got is the 30 Day Ab Challenge app. This app provides you with a daily checklist of ab exercises which you can tick off once you have completed them. It sends you little reminders to complete the tasks each day and there is something very satisfying about ticking off a daily exercise.

FITNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS

Another way to work out from home is exploring the amazing world of YouTube. There are loads of great work out videos and channels on YouTube so you don't have to leave your home to have a quick cardio sesh. I would really recommend having a look at the lovely guys from Yoogaia. They are a Yoga and Pilates company that specialise in creating classes tailored to the customer. It is great for those that can't get to the gym or work out classes and you can also use your webcam and get feedback from instructors as though you are in a real class.


How do you motivate yourself to work out during winter?

Madolyn
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Things To Do On A Chilly Winter's Eve

  • Friday, 20 November 2015



I love being at home on an evening in winter. The build up to Christmas is one of my most favourite times of the year. I love getting excited about the big day and it makes the darker nights and colder weather a bit more fun. I thought I would share a list of the tops things I like to do on a chilly winter's eve when I am at home.

1. Light candles
2. Get changed into my lounge wear
3. Watch a Christmas film
4. Watch a Disney film
5. Have a bath
6. Put on a face mask
7. Paint my nails
8. Have a hot chocolate
9. Catch up on a Netflix series, or start one
10. Read a book
11. Do some blogging
12. Make a list 
13. Plan a weeks worth of meals or outfits
14. Re-organise my wardrobe
15. Write Christmas cards
16. Wrap Christmas presents
17. Clean my makeup brushes
18. Plan some blog posts
19. catch up with my favourite YouTubers
20. Re-organise my makeup stash
21. Do some online shopping
22. Make a really nice tea
23. Crack open a tub of Heros
24. Make a Christmas wish list
25. Create a Christmas playlist


What do you like to do on a chilly winter's eve?


Madolyn
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Top Products For A Light Shimmery Base

  • Tuesday, 17 November 2015


There are days when I just don't want to wear too much makeup yet still want to do my face and look as though I have made an effort. On these days I tend to go for a very light base that will provide a healthy glow. I have found that these four products help to achieve this look with a little bit of shimmer and a light dewy base.

GLOW

I recently picked up highlighter from Seventeen which is a really versatile product. I have actually read quite a lot of reviews of this product and have been meaning to buy it for quite a while now. It is extremely light-weight and very easy to blend into the skin. I like to apply it after my moisturiser has sunk in, just before applying my tinted moisturiser. It can be worn of the top of makeup, but I feel as though it creates a light shimmery base when applied underneath the base product.

TINTED MOISTURISER

I have been loving this tinted moisturiser by Laura Mercier of late which I bought on my recent trip to Sephora in New York. I have learnt that for  best results it is good to blend small amounts of the product at a time using my fingertips. It is so light on the skin, so much so that I feels as though I'm not wearing any makeup which is key when wanting a no-makeup makeup look. It doesn't hide imperfections too well so I tend to apply a few dabs of concealer if needed, but it provides a very natural finish which I quite like.

BRONZE BRICK

Once my base is complete I have been using this Bronze Shimmer Brick, again from Seventeen. I love that it has four different shades to it as you can almost create a slight contouring look and provide a little more definition. I don't usually tend to apply this much shimmer to my face as I tend to opt for a more matte finish. However, when I am wearing lighter makeup I feel as though a little shimmer provides a nice glow to my complexion.

BLUSHER

To finish off the natural no makeup makeup look I like to apply a little blusher to my cheeks. I have been loving this little warm pink one from Tarte, which I also bought whilst I was in New York from Sephora. Not only is the packaging beautiful and girly, the product itself is also really good. It is a lovely affordable range and the pigmentation of the blusher is very full so only a small amount of product is needed to create a lovely natural look.



What products do you like to use to create a light shimmery base?


Madolyn
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My Thoughts On Lush's No Drought Dry Shampoo

  • Sunday, 15 November 2015


It is no secret that I am a huge lover of all things Lush. When I was in Harrogate a few weeks ago I popped in to have a look at their new Christmas range and have a peek at what I might want to put onto my Christmas Wish List. I love dry shampoo and I tend to use quite a bit of it as I usually wash my hair every two or three days and so it really helps to keep hair looking fresh and oil free. I was really intrigued when I saw this little pot of powdered dry shampoo as I have only ever used aerosols before and so decided to give No Drought a go. 

I found it a little difficult to apply the product as first as it was a bit fiddly squeezing some out on to my palm and then running it though my hair. However, after a couple of goes I have perfect the application technique and I love using it on my hair. It rubs into the hair so easily and what I like is that it is a perfectly buildable product that can be precisely applied and blended. It has subtle hints of lime and grapefruit but is not so overpowering that it becomes sickly sweet. I have really enjoyed using product on my hair of late, so much so that it was featured on my October Favourites.


Have you tried Lush's No Drought dry shampoo?


Madolyn
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None Beauty Winter Essentials

  • Wednesday, 11 November 2015


The seasons seem to be changing again and with the darker nights and chillier mornings it really is starting to feel like winter.


I have  been loving this candle lately. I decided to treat myself a few weeks ago to a couple of The White Company treats. This White Lavender candle is so beautiful and a wonderful winter addition to my bedroom. Although I love Christmas smelling candles during this time of year, I still prefer this relaxing and peaceful scent for my bedroom. I love getting ready for bed, lighting my candle and reading a couple of chapters of my current read. It makes the whole room smell amazing and creates a lovely cosy atmosphere during these wintery nights.


I bought this necklace from Primark a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing it nearly everyday. It is a great chain that seems to go with every outfit. What I like about it is that it is very simple yet provides a little more structure to an everyday outfit. I usually opt for silver jewellery however I seem to be drawn more to gold tones of late. I think that this paired with a jumper dress or polo neck top is a great winter accessory. 


A Christmas Carol is probably one of my favourite Christmas stories even though I have never read the book. I love the film adaptations that have been made and there rarely goes a week in December that I don't watch A Muppet's Christmas Carol. It is for this reason that I am making Charles Dickens' Christmas tale a winter essential of mine as I am determined to read it this year. Also, how beautiful is the cover from the Waterstones' Clothbound Classics range.

TOPSHOP WOOLY HAT

Wooly hats are an absolute winter essential for me. My head always seems to be freezing and as long as my head is warm then the rest of me stays pretty warm too. I love this bobble hat from Topshop that I bought in the sale last year. I think that there is something quite cute in wearing a little bobble hat and I know that I will get just as much use out of this winter accessory as I did last year.


I was given these gloves last Christmas and they are such a winter essential. They are a perfect fit and keep my hands really cosy and warm. Not only are they really practical in that they are fitting to my hands and so I have the use of all ten fingers, but they also have these amazing technology tips. I'm not too sure what the material is but it allows me to use my Iphone without having to take off my gloves and so my hands stay lovely and warm. 



What are your None Beauty Winter Essentials?

Madolyn 
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My Favourite Lounge Wear Pieces

  • Monday, 9 November 2015


I think that lounge wear is probably my most favourite range of fashion, especially in the colder months. It is the sort of clothing that I wouldn't really wear out of the house, but still makes me feel as though I am still dressed on days or evenings when I know that I won't be leaving the house. I don't really want to get in my PJs as soon as I get home from work but I also don't want to sit on the sofa with neflixs in my jeans. I suppose for me it is a happy medium. Here is a little collection of lounge wear pieces that I have been loving at the moment. 



I fell in love with these jogging bottoms from Topshop earlier this year. I felt like I needed a nice pair of jogging bottoms that fit me well and were practical. This might sound like a silly thing to want in a piece of lounge wear clothing, but I always seemed to be wearing really baggy jogging bottoms that had a lot of extra material which weren't so practical to wear around the house. This is because in my lounge wear outfits I still tend to do jobs around the house and run up and down stairs. When I saw that these joggers came in petit sizing this was another bonus as I felt as though the cuffs at the bottom would be comfortable yet fitted and that they would fit me nicely on the waist. I also love that they have little side pockets as they can come in useful when pottering about the house.


I have been in need of some new slippers for a while now. We have a fair amount of tiled and laminate flooring which can be a little chilly on a morning when I run down for my first coffee of the day. It is surprising that when your feet get cold, the rest of your body becomes freezing. I love having my feet in some lovely fluffy slippers and these ones from Primark are just what I needed. I love the camel swede slipper with the white fluffy trim and at just four pounds I don't think you could ask for a better buy. 


I got this dressing gown a few years ago for Christmas and I absolutely love it! It is so soft and warm, but what I love most is that it is a short dressing gown. It cuts off just below my hips and so I get the benefits of being super warm in a cuddly dressing gown, without feeling swapped, claustrophobic or to hot as I sometimes do in a full length fluffy gown.


I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and fell in love with this tee-shirt when I saw it in Primark the other week. I like that it is fairly subtle and it is really comfortable to wear. It is quite a baggy fit which is ideal for a lounge wear piece of clothing. It is nice and thin which means that I can easily layer it up if I do get a little warm when doing bit and bobs around the house.


What are your favourite lounge wear pieces to wear at home?

Madolyn
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Seventeen's Makeup Brush Collection

  • Sunday, 8 November 2015


I recently took full advantage of the amazing Christmas Gift 3 for 2 offer at Boots the other week and picked up some great bargains. Although I am sure the gift sets are designed as presents, I bought most of them for myself! One of the gifts sets I picked up was this makeup brush collection from Seventeen. 

I used  to buy most of my make up from Seventeen when I was in my early teens as it was cheap and a well known brand. I felt as though I out grew it however as some of the packaging and branding seemed to be a little childish. Over the last few years however, I feel as though Seventeen as a brand has evolved and matured and the quality of the products has greatly improved. I have tried the odd product over the last few years but it is only now that I am truly realising how much of a great high-street makeup brand Seventeen has become.

As I have been pretty impressed with the makeup from late I decided to try their makeup brush range. I am so happy with the quality of these brushes as they are beautifully soft yet firm and easy to apply make up with. Within this pack I received one face brush that is great for applying highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones, the centre of my nose and along my brow bone. There was also a lip brush in the set which is slim enough to provide a precise line yet wide enough to pick up a sufficient amount of product. The three remaining are all eye brushes which I plan to use for eye shadow. It is nice to have a few different shaped eye shadow brushes to create different looks and be able to blend shades as well as having defined lines.

Although the packaging is quite girly I think the design of the brushes is very smart with a different bold colour marking which area of the face the brush is designed for. I really like the black fibres with the cream tips as well, as it is always a good indicator as to how much product should be applied. The brushes are also really affordable and a great addition to any make up lovers collection either as a treat for yourself or as a Christmas present.


Have you tried Seventeen's make up brushes?


Madolyn
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My Thoughts On Bumble and Bumble's Thickening Hair Spray

  • Saturday, 7 November 2015


Although I naturally have pretty thick hair, and due to my length quite a lot of it, I struggle to maintain volume when it comes to my roots. My hair is quite heavy and so I have to be careful if I am wearing it down as it can quite often pull and make my hair unbelievably flat at my roots which swamps my face, gets in the way and overall, just does not look good. I have tried many a product in an attempt to volumise my hair from the roots and make it stay in place all day/evening.

I was given a miniature bottle of the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray a while ago and I had never really picked it up. I had run out of my regular hair spray however and decided to give this one a try. I think that I was initially put off using it because it is such a watery liquid. I thought that it would make my hair look wet or take forever to dry and so it remained at the back of my cupboard.

However, I have really loved using this product on my hair of late as I feel as though it ticks all of the boxes when it comes to what I want from a hairspray:

It volumises my hair from the root without having to use loads of product

It doesn't leave a sticky residue 

My hair looks light and flexible 

It holds a style for a long, long time

At £22 it can seem a little expensive for hairspray, however, I find that I only need a few sprays to keep my hair in place - and I have an awful lot of hair! I just really fell in love with the product which is why I decided to buy a full sized bottle and keep the miniature for when I go away!


What are your thoughts on Bumble and Bumble products?

Madolyn 
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Four Recent Reads

  • Wednesday, 4 November 2015

 
I made a promise to myself that I would read more books this year and lately I seem to have been on a bit of a roll. I am a member of a local book club so I tend to read a least one book every four weeks but it seems I have been a bit more of a book worm of late.
 
THE MINATURIST - JESSIE BURTON: This is a wonderfully captivating story about a young girl in the mid-1800s that marries a ship merchant from Amsterdam. As a wedding present her husband buys Nell a dolls house, an exact replica of their home, which she fills using the services of a local miniaturist. I love that this historical novel has a thriller-like element as the story holds many twists and turns for all of the characters involved.
 
THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL - KATHARAIN MCMAHON: This was one of my book club historical fiction novels written about three young friends and their love for one another. This is a complex love story between a young doctor, his cousin and her childhood friend. It was a little too focused on the relationships between these three characters for my liking, as I would have preferred a bit more of a true-to-life story rather than an unrealistic love triangle.
 
WHEN RABBIT HOWLS - BY THE TROOPS FOR TRUDDI CHASE: This was such a fantastic read. Although I would suggest a strong stomach if you are to read this book, it is a brilliant insight into the world of split personalities. The volume is written by the various different personalities that make up 'The Woman' who went for therapy after experiencing blackouts and memory loss. The book follows the journey the woman and her therapist take in order to discover her past and work out why she is the way she is.
 
FIRE AND SWORD - SIMON SCARROW: I really enjoyed this book, another historical fictional novel that was a part of my book club. It was a bit different to what I am used to from a historical fiction as I would describe it as quite masculine. Usually I find that many historical fiction novels focus heavily on the relationships between the characters whereas Fire and Sword was very war based, opting for more detailing of the battles and military action. It was a fast paced interesting book nonetheless and I would highly recommend it.
 
 
What have you been reading lately?
 
Madolyn
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Current Loves | My Top Four Face Masks

  • Monday, 2 November 2015


I am a huge lover of face masks and they have become an essential part of my skincare routine. I feel as though there are lots of different types of face masks which all offer different benefits for your skin. Here is a selection of the face masks that I have currently been using and loving of late. I am in no way saying that everyone needs to apply four different face masks a week, just that I have a few favourites that I like to use at different times for different reasons.



This Balance mask from Brodie and Stone is the latest addition to my face mask collection and it is quickly becoming one of my favourites. This is a clay based mask which helps to purify your skin and get rid of impurities. What I like most about it though is that it isn't drying on the skin. I really enjoy a good clay mask but I find that sometimes they can dry out my skin a little bit. This Snake Venom mask however feels hydrating and leaves my skin feeling extremely soft as well as beautifully toned and cleansed. I like to use this mask about once a week whilst having a pamper or before a night out.


I really enjoy using this Clarins face mask on an evening, perhaps at the weekend after a night out, to give my skin a little extra dose of moisture. I feel as though after an evening of heavy make up and drinking my skin craves some extra hydration. Although I have some fantastic moisturisers, I feel that sitting and relaxing with this on my skin is exactly what it needs.



24 HR SOOTHING AND HYDRATING FRESH MASK

Whilst my Clarins Hydra Quench cream mask is great for hangover days, this little beauty from NUXE Paris is a great weekly staple. I like to apply this mask on a weekly basis regardless of what I have been doing the night before as I feel as though my skin requires a mask to provide moisture as well as one that helps to purify my skin. This is great for that as my skin is left feeling smoother and plumper and nicely hydrated.


This Exuviance masque is another new addition to my face mask collection. If you're not too familiar with the Exuviance brand they are a brilliant skincare brand that catagorise their products into skincare types and needs. This face mask is especially designed for a combination skin which is what I have. So it isn't too harsh yet helps to purify and tone my skin getting rid of nasty little impurities.


What do you like to achieve from a face mask? What are you favourites?


Madolyn
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