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The Importance Of Toners | My Top 3 Picks

  • Friday, 30 September 2016


Recently I have been trying to put a little more effort into my daily skincare routine. I wrote a post not too long ago about The Importance Of Cleansers and my top three picks. As much as I love using a good cleanser to take off my make up at the end of the day, I always follow by using a toner to ensure that all of the cleansing product and remaining make up is taken off too. I think that it is such an important step when it comes to skin care, and a great way to fully prep my skin before applying any sort of moisturiser. Like my cleansers, I have a couple of different toners that I like to use, depending on when I use them.


I got this toner as part of a Nars skin care set a while ago. This toner feels really light and refreshing on the skin. I like to use this product if I have used a more luxurious cleanser, such as the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. The combination of these two skincare picks is very spa like and makes me feel as though I have had a bit of a facial. I like to use these two products to take off my make up in preparation for a pamper night when I have the time to enjoy my skin care, followed by a little Multi-Masking


I bought this Clarins Exfoliating Toner a few weeks ago at a Boots Beauty Event along with a Cleansing Milk of theirs. This is a brilliant toner if you need a little exfoliation on your skin but don't have the time to have a long, drawn out, skincare session. It combines two steps into one, toning your skin and getting rid of any remains of make up, as well as exfoliation the face. The fruit acids within the product gently breakdown impurities an get rid of dullness which leaves the skin feeling smooth and bright. I like to use this toner a couple of times a week to keep my skin feeling bright and fresh. 


This toner from No7 is my daily, go-to toner. This is such an easy product to use that gently, yet effectively, lifts any remaining cleanser and make up from the skin. I love that it is soft on the skin and I feel so clean after using it. Sometimes I like to use it on a morning, once I've gotten out of the shower, to ensure that my skin is completely clean before applying my daily moisturiser.



Do you use toners in your daily routine?
Which are your favourite toners?

Madolyn
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Photo Diary | A Birthday Trip That Took Me Back To My Childhood

  • Thursday, 29 September 2016


Last week I was away in the Lake District for an Autumnal get away with the boy. It was made all the more lovely as it was also my 25th birthday whilst we were there, an even though I have a few reservations about turning twenty five, I had a lovely time none the less. My birthday was last Monday and so I was allowed to pick what we did that day. After waking up and opening my presents and cards that we had brought up from York, sat in bed with a lovely cup of coffee, we got dressed and ready to drive over to Hill Top







We were so lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful day. I had such a lovely time exploring the gardens and the little village at Hill Top, looking at everything that Beatrix Potter drew her inspiration for her books from. Although I am now a grown woman, it was so much fun to dive back into my childhood and see where Peter Rabbit hid from Mr McGregor, how Tom Kitten got stuck in the attic and where Samuel Whiskers stole the rolling pin and rolled it along the hallway. 






It was so lovely to visit Beatrix Potter's home and get more of an understanding of the woman behind the books. All of her stories were so lovely to read as a child, but I never fully appreciated the time and effort it took for her to create each one. There were some beautiful original drawings of hers placed around the house. Looking through the windows it is easy to see how someone could be so inspired to be so creative. 











 After the exploration of Hill Top, we wondered to a local pub for Fish and Chips and then drove over to Hawkshead to visit the old building that Beatrix's husband worked in. To celebrate one hundred and fifty years of Beatrix Potter, the National Trust have put on an exhibition of Beatrix's original art work and some of her letters to friends and family. It was the perfect way to spend my birthday and a big thank you to James for letting me drag him around everywhere all day!



Have you ever visited Hill Top?
Where do you like to go in The Lake District?

Madolyn
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The Art Of Multi-Masking With 7th Heaven

  • Tuesday, 27 September 2016


I am a huge lover of pampering and having some down-time to relax. Using a face mask is one of the best ways to achieve instant relaxation and I aways feel as though I have had a mini Spa session when I use one. When it comes to picking which face mask to use however, I often just opt for whichever one I fancy, whether its a clay mask, an exfoliating one or a moisturising one. I have heard about multi-masking before but I have never actually given it a try. 


When I was introduced to 7th Heaven however and shown their We Love Multi-Masking Kit* I couldn't wait to try it out and see what I thought. The idea behind multi-masking is that the skin on our faces isn't exactly the same in each part. For example, I have a combination skin type whereby my t-zone can become quite oily, my cheeks fairly dry and my forehead and chin a little more prone to spots. 


Within the 7th Heaven Multi-Masking Kit* there are six different types of Face Mask, each designed to target a different skin problem. When I was away in the Lake District last week (Photo Diaries and day trip posts coming soon) I decided to run my self a nice, hot bubble bath and got stuck into the art of multi-masking whilst reading my book. I chose the Strawberry Souffle, a beautifully rich moisture mask to re-hydrate my cheek area. I applied the Exfoliator Masque with Orange and Black Lava on to my forehead and chin. This mask smelt amazing and was really nice for spot and blemish prone areas of the skin. I finally applied the Dead Sea Peel Off mask onto my t-zone area. This is specifically designed towards oily skin. When it comes to removing the mask you simply find the end and slowly peel it off and it left my skin feeling nourished and soft. 


I really enjoyed exploring with the art of multi-masking and would recommend it to anyone who, like me, has a combination skin type, as it allows you to target specific areas and issues with your skin. 

 Have you ever tried the Art of Multi-Masking?

Madolyn
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A New Autumnal Staple | Bargain Jacket From Zara

  • Wednesday, 21 September 2016




















I love shopping for seasonal staples. I think that there is something really lovely about buying a new bag or pair of shoes at the start of the season that you know will go with everything and carry you through, at least until the start of the next season. 

For me, 1st September was a signal that Summer was drawing to a close and it was time to start getting ready for Autumn. Although the weather currently may disagree - I can't get over these odd boiling hot days! So when I have been perusing the shops on my lunch breaks I have been avoiding the summer garments and have been looking ahead towards items that will be perfect for Autumn.

I instantly fell in love with this beautiful, floral rain jacket from Zara. This piece was actually in the sale for the bargain price of £12.99, down from £29.99, which is still a steal in my eyes. Due to it being in the sale I think that this must have been designed as a summer jacket, however, the colour scheme to me suggests otherwise. The green and brown tones of the jacket shout Autumn to me and I think that it will be a perfect companion for the majority of my Autumnal wardrobe. 

This jacket is perfectly light-weight and thin which is amazing for Autumn as I will be able to layer up really easily for those unpredictable chilling mornings. With Autumn also comes wind and showers so this little rain-proof jacket will be perfect for when I need to nip into town or go out on my lunch break as I can pop this on knowing that I am prepared for whatever the Autumn weather wishes to throw at me. 


I think that it is a beautiful fit as it cuts off just below my hips so I feel covered but it doesn't drown me. Being on the shorter side can sometimes mean that coats and jackets don't fit very well and I often feel like a little kid wearing a coat that I 'will grow into'. I love this little number however and find it very flattering for my height. I am sure that I will be wearing this continuously over the next few months before we head into winter and I can start to wear a big warm coat.


What Autumn staples have you bought?
Did you pick anything up in the Zara Sale?

Madolyn
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Hair Removal & Aftercare | Introducing Aloe Clear & Friction FreeShaving

  • Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Hair removal is one of those subjects that we all seem to avoid talking about, yet we all do it on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, depending on your chosen method and how much hair you have. Personally, I have very dark, thick hair and so I perhaps need to focus on hair removal a little more than others, none-the-less, I still feel as though it is a topic that is heavily neglected. 

I wrote a post not too long ago about using the SmoothSkin IPL device*. It is a twelve week, at home program in which you use the Intense Pulsed Light device once a week on freshly shaved areas which targets the hair at it's root, preventing it from growing. It is a completely harmless process and after twelve weeks I should be able to use it just once a month to keep my hair at bay. So far, I am on week eight and the results are amazing. I still need to shave in between uses but the hair is a lot more sparse and grows much slower.



Before I begin my SmoothSkin IPL weekly treatments however, I need to shave, which is where Friction Free Shaving comes in. I think that we are all guilty of buying a razor and using the head for way longer than we should. It's hard because razors are so bloomin' expensive to buy in shops, I know I always want to feel as though I've got my money's worth. However, using razor heads longer than you should can result it bacteria growth, using blunt blades and not actually getting as close a shave as we should. 



Friction Free Shaving* is the Uk's top razor subscription service. They believe that women should be able to have an affordable option to shave with as little fuss as possible. They have three razors on offer which start from just £3 a month with free p&p on all products. With each monthly delivery you will receive a razor handle and four razor heads, a fresh head for each week in the month ahead. It is a brilliant way of keeping you on track, ensuring that you are having fresh razors ever month and will ultimately be friction free.



Not only is it important to look after ourselves when using hair removal options, I think it is equally important to use high quality aftercare products too. I have recently been introduced to AloeClear, a brilliant soothing and cooling formula that decreases the irritation caused by shaving, and limits imperfections and issues caused by in-grown hairs. They offer a range of products for both women and men, all with the idea of preventing in-grown hairs and leaving the skin feeling fresh and moisturised. 

I love the roll-on application as it makes the product so easy to apply on any part of the body. I have loved using the Aloeclear 60ml* as it is so easy to take anywhere and is the perfect size to fit in my wash bag. I have also been using the Aloeclear Bikini Saver 10ml* which looks in size, very similar to a lip balm. This is great for the bikini area as the head is perfectly small and evenly applies the product on the desired area. It can also be used if you thread or wax your eyebrows as a cooling method to reduce redness. It is such an affordable range and I would recommend it to anyone as a hair removal aftercare treatment.


What are your hair removal methods?
Do you use any hair removal aftercare?

Madolyn
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*This post was written using items gifted to me from Aloeclear and Friction Free Shaving

Thinking Out Loud | My Thoughts On Turning Twenty Five

  • Monday, 19 September 2016


It has gotten to that point when I have hit the mile stone that is a quarter of a century. Twenty Five. Such a statement of a number. I am now in my second half of my twenties, heading down hill towards thirty. I am an official adult now and boy do I suddenly feel old. 

When I was younger I used to think that so much would have happened by now. I was certain that I would be married, have a kid and be well on my way with my career. Well, as it happens, none of that has happened. Don't get me wrong, I'm really not ready for marriage and children, and I do enjoy the job I have. I guess, just reaching this mile stone has made me reflect on things a little more, and re-evaluate what is going on in my life. 

I am currently sat by a log fire with a hot cup of coffee, watching the drizzle outside pour over the valley that is my current view here in the Lake District. James and I decided to have a week away in September and thought it ideal that my birthday fell right in the middle. It has been lovely so far, relaxing, reading, listening to music and having the time to spend together without either one of us rushing off to work or something. 

Although this week is a perfect opportunity to clear my head, I do feel as though it has given me  a chance to think about things and mull over what I want from life. Without getting too heavy, I am happy to admit that the current job I am doing, isn't exactly what I set out to do. I am not saying that I am going to leave or anything, but just that, I think it is so easy to get bogged down with daily routines and sometimes, before I know it, another week has begun and I have no idea where the last one went. 

I guess, what I'm getting at is that, I want to start looking at things in a different way. Although I love my life, living with James, having our little home together and working where I do, I just want there to be something more. I feel as though twenty five marks the end of being able to faff around, being laidback and thinking that there is plenty of time to do anything. For me at least, I feel as though I need to kick-start getting things into gear and I guess become a little more mature. I'm not saying that I will no longer have fun, but I want to have a little more focus on a daily basis and start to bring the bigger picture a little closer and start to tackle aims and goals that have been in the back of my mind for a while. 

I wasn't really sure what was going to come out when I sat down to write this post, and I don't mean for it to sound negative, I guess it's just me sharing my thoughts on this milestone that I have reached. I know that I am still respectively young and I don't mean to sound so down about growing up. I think that I have now just got to the point that I want to do more for myself and do more things that I want to do. I feel excited at the prospect of getting organised, taking a little more time for myself and having a good think about what it is I want from life.


Do you ever feel a little lost and that you need to take some time to bring things back into focus?

Madolyn
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Autumnal Make Up Picks

  • Sunday, 18 September 2016





Autumn is by far my favourite season. I love everything about it from the fashion, to the weather and I find that I am most happy when it is this time of year. I actually wrote a whole post about why I love this time of year so much which you can read here. When it comes to the beginning of a new season I like to change things around a little. This goes for my wardrobe, my bedroom, which you can read more about here, and of course, my make up collection. 

Base

When it come to Autumn, I tend to put aside my tinted moisturisers and lighter bases, and opt for a more heavy duty foundation. I love using the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation at this time of year because it offers a higher level of coverage but doesn't feel as thick and claggy on the skin. When I wear this foundation I often team it up with the Nars Creamy Concealer to ensure a completely flawless base. I find that the two combined work really well together and blend amazingly well to cover imperfections. Although I use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer throughout the summer months, it is a definite Autumn staple as it provides definition and that sun-kissed feel that gives off a natural glow to my complexion.


Eyes

During the summer months I tend to keep my make up pretty simple on a day-to-day basis. When it gets to Autumn however, I like to define my eyes a little more and apply more eyeshadow. I love the Too Faced Eye Shadow Primer which really preps the eyelids ensuring that my eyeshadow stays put, without creasing or wearing off. The Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Eye Shadow Palette remains a solid favourite of mine and I will most definitely be carrying it over from the summer months into Autumn. It is such a versatile palette that you can create so many looks from. To define my eyes a little more during Autumn I love to use the No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eye Liner above and below my lash lines. I think that this is a really nice way to add definition yet it remains soft and natural around the eyes. 

Brows

I am quite fortunate in that I don't tend to have to do too much when it comes to my eye brows. I have quite dark and full looking brows and so I often look for products that will fill in the gaps yet keep them looking pretty natural. I love the new Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil as you can literally draw onto your brows using small strokes to create a natural, but fuller looking brow. I then like to finish them off using the new Benefit Ready, Set Brow which is a clear gel designed to hold the hairs in place for the rest of the day.



Finishing Touches 

When it comes to Autumn, I still like to remain fairly fresh faced and natural, but with a little more definition. The NYX Liquid Illuminator in Born To Glow is perfect at adding a little glow to my complexion, so that I can cling to the sun-kissed glow of summer a little more. It is great to either mix into my foundation for some all over warmth, or to tap it on to the top of my make up on my cheek bones and brow bones to add a soft glow to my features. I am in love with this Tarte Blusher, especially for this time of year as it is adds a natural flush of colour to my cheeks yet it has a slight golden shimmer in the finish that catches the Autumn light perfectly. To finish off I love to wear a bolder lip and this Kat Von De Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bachelorette is perfect. It has amazing staying power and I love the shocking pink against an otherwise natural make up look.


What are your Autumnal make up picks?

Madolyn
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