My Skincare Routine

I have mentioned before on this blog that I used to be terrible at looking after my skin. When I was teenager, because I never had a problem with acne, skincare was never something I really got into because I thought I did not need it. This lack of care has caused my skin to become dehydrated and that is now the priority in my skincare routine. I also do not drink as much water as I should so that doesn't help either. Another priority for myself when it comes to having a routine is speed. When I started doing some temporary work last year, I ended up abandoning my skincare routine because it was taking too long and I was getting lazy. Now I have not only found a routine that works for me in terms of time, but it includes products that will always stay. 

Morning Skincare
Morning Skincare
My evening skincare routine tends to remove all my makeup so my morning routine tends to be very simple. At the moment I tend to use a few different cleansers to wash my face: The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. All three cleansers are good but I don't really love all of them. Sometimes after cleansing I will use some of the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.0 on a cotton pad. I always wait after a few minutes between cleansing and the rest of my routine and this is often when I'll brush my teeth!

After that I follow up with two pumps of the Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum which I have raved about on the blog a few times now. I then use whatever moisturiser I am using. At the moment I am finishing up the Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser. Again, I don't love or hate this product so I am mainly using it just to get through it. However, recently I have been using it in conjunction with the Douae Me Pure Spring Water Spray which I received in one of my Birchboxes and I am finding that I like it much more. I first lightly spray my face with the water and then apply the moisturiser straight over. Now I don't know this is actually getting more hydration into the skin but it feels like it! 

Evening Skincare
Evening Skincare
If I am wearing makeup, I will start off removing my eye makeup with the Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover which I mentioned in my five favourites from March post. It tends to remove all my makeup including mascara. It does leave an oily residue on the skin so I always make sure to do a full cleanse of my face after. If I am being good, I remove the rest of my face makeup and clean my dace with the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. I much prefer to use this at night to take off makeup than in the morning. If I am being lazy however, I will use the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad. 

I have never been a fan of moisturisers specifically for use at night as I find they can be really heavy and take a long time to sink into the skin. I have always disliked the feeling of heavy moisturisers on the skin when I go to bed, or on my skin when I am getting dressed after using a body moisturiser. Due to this, I tend to just use another pump of the Superdrug serum as it sinks it very quickly, but it sill feels my skin is getting some good moisture. 

So this is my current skin care routine! As I mentioned, I don't really have a cleanser or moisturiser that I really love and any recommendations for hydrating cleansers and moisturisers please comment below! I would love to know! Do you use any of these products and have they worked for you?


Ellyn xx


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Red Lipstick: My Thoughts

In this month's edition of British Vogue, current editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman wrote a very interesting article on finding her perfect shade of red lipstick. She mentioned how she had never found a red lipstick that suited her and that she often ends up going with a more natural lip when she is having her makeup done. In the beauty world, I have noticed that the one shade that I hear, watch or read about people fearing when it comes to lipstick is red. For myself, it never really has been. I am still fighting on in my battle to wear purple lipstick (and I desperately want the royal blue lipstick from M.A.C) but red has never really been a problem. After reading this article, I scoured through my lipstick collection and pulled out all the reds that I own and decided to see whether I have found my perfect shade of red.

Red Lipsticks
Clockwise from top: L'Oreal Color Riche in Julianne's Pure Red, Rimmel Moisture Renew in Rose Passion, Topshop Lipstick in Hazard, M.A.C Ruby Woo, Clinique Pop Lip Colour in Poppy Pop, Rimmel Moisture Renew in In Love With Ginger and L'Oreal Color Riche in Scarlett Creme
Out of all my red lipsticks, the one that I am wearing the most often is M.A.C Ruby Woo. I love the colour and the fact that I know that it is not going to budge. According to the M.A.C website, this is a blue-toned red. When I sat down and swatched all of these lipsticks, I noticed that three of the other lipsticks were almost identical in shade to Ruby Woo. These shades are the Topshop Lipstick in Hazard, Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Rose Passion which is discontinued (I also mentioned this in the Beauty Products I Am Terrible At Repurchasing post) and the L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Scarlett Creme (this was part of a gift set so I am not sure if it was ever available individually). My first thoughts were whilst I love Ruby Woo and am glad I have it, why do I have three other lipsticks in the exact same colour!

It also got me thinking that maybe this is why I was so attracted to Ruby Woo in the first place - is my perfect red lipstick shade blue-toned reds? On many red lipstick posts in magazines, they often recommend blue-toned reds to people with very pale skin-tones, I would say my skin-tone is somewhere between light and medium white skin when I am not on holiday (I go orange, but in the good way). Despite this, I think these shades do suit me when I wear them so do not necessarily abide by these 'rules' when looking for a red lipstick. It also echoes something that Justine Jenkins who is the makeup artist Alexandra mentions in her piece, "You have to be prepared to try many". With the exception of Scarlett Creme, these are definitely the most-worn out of all the red lipsticks.

The other three lipsticks are lipsticks that I purchased because I love the colour of them but have not worn them as much as I should. In Love With Ginger from the revamped Moisture Renew when they changed their packaging was a YouTube enabled purchase and I don't think I've worn it that much. It is a orange-red and in some lights it is more orange, and sometimes it looks more red. I think these shades look better on tanned or darker skin tones so maybe in the summer I'll try this again. I did wear Poppy Pop from Clinique when I first got it and it is a great lipstick and the perfect handbag size. It is a mixture between Ruby Woo and In Love With Ginger. I don't remember why I bought Julianne's Pure Red lipstick, I think I just saw it one day and bought it straight away. It is the brightest of all the reds and I should really wear it more.

However, when I started thinking about writing this post, I realised that I don't really wear red lipsticks that much anymore in comparison to other shades. Recently I have been in a phase of more darker nudes and before that I was into darker lip colours. I still wear red lipsticks occasionally but not as much as I used to. I don't think that I am over red lipsticks and I still like to wear them on occasion, but I think the red lipstick might not be the star of the show that I feel like it used to be. Now, this might just be me and I know that a red lip will never leave the beauty world as a iconic makeup look and who knows, in a few months it might be all I wear!

How do you feel about red lipsticks? Do you have a shade of red that you will always go for or do you like to wear a variety of shades? Also are you like me and find yourself not as drawn to red lipstick anymore?

Ellyn xx


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For The Love Of Dainty Necklaces

Jewellery and I have always had an on-off relationship. I will wear the same pair of earrings for months, take them out and forget to put any in for months. I hate wearing bracelets, watches - in fact, just anything on my wrists. I never really wear rings either. The only jewellery which I like to wear, and regularly change up is necklaces. The style necklaces which I wear the most and have the most of, are dainty necklaces or necklaces with only one simple charm/piece. I do own a few statement necklaces which I like to wear on occasion when I feel an outfit needs it but on a more day-to-day basis, I prefer more subtle necklaces. In today's post, I am featuring my favourite dainty necklaces that I wear most. I have had them all for a while now so I am not sure if any of them will be available anymore.

Dainty Necklaces
The Giraffe
My favourite part about this necklace is that it has the giraffe - I have never really seen it on many necklaces or other jewellery before which makes this really stand out. I used to wear this necklace during exam season when I doing my A-Levels and the start of my degree - I think at some point I decided it was my good luck charm? I have done exams since without the necklace that have gone well so I don't think it ever stood a chance! This necklace does have the most noticeable knots in the chain as well, if anyone knows any tips on how to untangle really tight knots in necklace chains, I would be grateful!

The Bee
I love bumblebees, I think they are very cute looking insects - if an insect can be considered cute. I like to wear this necklace with outfits that are more preppy in style. The chain is also attached to the bee's wing so I don't have to worry about the bee coming off and being lost - I recently found a charm that had fallen off a chain in my rug a few days ago that had been missing for ages, my rug literally swallows things.

The Heart
This is the only necklace I ever really wear that has some colour. I use to wear this necklace a lot more when I didn't have the others, but I still like to wear this when I feel an outfit needs a bit more colour - either when I've gone all monochrome or to tie in another coloured item.

The Pyramid
This is the most recent dainty necklace that I have purchased. I got it of ASOS and at the time I think I bought it just because I needed to bump up the cost of my order so I could get free delivery and I am very glad that I did. It is significantly longer than the other necklaces so I don't wear this necklaces with all outfits. I feel like ASOS jewellery is very underrated on social media but they really do have a great selection within their own brand but also a wide selection of jewellery from other brands at all different price points.

My favourite places to get dainty necklaces are Accesorize, Oliver Bonas and ASOS. I think all three brands provide a variety of designs for a variety of price points! What are your favourite styles of necklaces to wear? Are there bits of jewellery that you hate wearing?

Ellyn xx


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A Bridge Over Casual Waters

Although I am much more of a 'beauty' than 'fashion' person, I love reading and scrolling through fashion spreads both in magazines and on blogs. I have done a few fashion posts on this blog but I have never done a proper fashion shoot.. until now! My wonderful best friend Hannah agreed to take some outfit pictures for me so we went town to one of the bridges that go over train tracks near where I live. I thought the background of the bridge really fitted with the more casual vibe of this outfit. I hope you like these pictures and I would love to hear any tips and tricks to improve my fashion posts!




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Coat: H&M (old)
Jumper: Topshop (old)
Jeans: Topshop (Mine were in the sale but they still sell them here)
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smiths (old)
Bag: Zatchels (similar here)

For the last few months, I have really into non-skinny fit jeans. My current favourite fit is straight leg. I really love this straight leg jeans from Topshop, I also nabbed them in the post-Christmas sale for only £15! They are a washed black and have a raw hem which I think really help further the casual-ness of this look.

I love wearing these Adidas Stan Smiths - they belonged to my sister when she was in high school and she stopped wearing them, I found out about a year ago that they fitted me and I have been wearing them ever since! Although some people can be very protective about keeping white shoes white, I really love how beaten up they look. 

The white jumper was so comfortable when I first got it - it was so nice and had that almost fluffy feeling that new jumpers have. Unfortunately after washing it, it lost all that and I don't wear it as much anymore. However, I felt that the over-sized fit worked against the jeans and tied in with the white trainers. 

I love this coat and I wear it so much. I have had it so long that there is a hole in one of the pockets that my NYX Lip Lingerie was traveled all away around the inside of the coat to the other side. I bought this coat in a size up so it would fit over all types and thicknesses of clothing. It is a great alternative to a black coat that can be worn for both casual and more formal occasions. I don't think H&M make this coat anymore so I will be wearing it until there are no pockets at all - and even then I might not throw it out!

The satchel I received as a present from my parents after either my GCSEs or A-Levels.. I can't remember which one! I love using my satchels when I am leaving the house as it carries all the essentials and doesn't get in my way. Also I can only carry a certain amount of things so it is quite useful for when I am going out, knowing I cannot take everything with me. I would recommend getting a satchel from a brand like Zatchels or the Cambridge Satchel Company because whilst they are a little more pricey than other high street stores, you will have a piece that will last so it is definitely worth it.

I hope you liked my first outfit shoot! I would like to thank Hannah again for her help and as I said, I would love to hear any tips and advice for any future fashion posts!

Also I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

Ellyn xx


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