Ways to stay productive & positive during the current isolation period

Hello bee’s, so the time is apon us. It was bound to happen eventually and we have now been ordered in the UK by the government to isolate and stay home. It’s a very stressful and anxious time for everyone but I really believe that even in the toughest times it is what you make it. I truly feel that the universe has given us the much needed opportunity to relax, reflect and reset, you can come out of this experience improved and a time for rest and reflection is good for the soul and body. That being said it’s also equally important for your mental health to still be productive, set and reach goals. So I’ve put together a list of things to keep you from the depths of boredom.

Create a morning routine and stick to it

It’s common knowledge that what you do when you wake up sets the whole mood for the rest of the day and its important to start the day positively. Start with making the bed, eating a healthy breakfast (I recommend having a peppermint tea its so calming and great for digestion) getting changed out of your Pj’s and doing your morning skincare routine. This will help set the mood for a productive day and also help keep some kind of normality when going back to work and school in the future.

Write a plan for the day

I always find it easier to be productive when I have a list of everything I want to achieve goal wise in a day. The key to doing this without feeling guilty if you don’t manage to complete everything on it is to start small. This could be hoovering, changing the sheets, replying to emails or simply a dedicated slot to relax and have some me time. This will keep you focussed, have a sense of achievement and keep you from feeling hopeless and eventually getting lazy.

Declutter and tidy your living/ work space

Have you ever heard of the saying tidy space, tidy mind and its so true. Keeping your space tidy, organised and clean can help you find what you need easier, feel more relaxed, reduces stress and also is less distracting. It is also the perfect time to declutter that makeup draw with things that have expired or never used. Same goes for sorting out your wardrobe, its a great opportunity to sort clothes to sell on depop and give to charity when the isolation is lifted.

Make use of your movie/tv subscriptions

Most of us are subscribed to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney + etc but the only time we ever get to really use it is on our days off and were about to have alot of them. I have noticed that all of the above have been adding lots of new movies and series lately so get to browsing, grab a snack, and have a movie night!

Fresh air and exercise is still allowed

I’m not sure on all the isolation rules around the world but the new rules just passed in the UK is that you’re allowed to go for one walk/run outside a day as long as you’re smart and do not meet or have any contact with others. Use this opportunity to exercise and to keep you sane, also if you have a garden make use out of it. The sunshine is coming so its the perfect opportunity to do your work, studying or working outside and this will elevate your mood.

Stay in touch with loved ones

This has been the hardest part of the isolation period for me, I don’t live with my family and my partner lives in a different city to me. This time can feel really lonely but we’re lucky enough to live in a time where we can call, video call or text our love ones. I also recommend using snapchat for sending silly videos to make those you love laugh.

Staying away from negative social media

This is important to follow all of the time but especially now, there are so many outlets that are putting out false and negative information with the aim of causing fear and panic. Only believe and follow advice and information from the government and health service.

Self care

Were going to have a lot of time on our hands and its important to allow some of that time for self care, run yourself a nice long bath, put on a face mask, listen to some calming music, have a cup of tea or wine and relax. I also recommend meditating, this not only calms the body but really helps rid any anxiety over these unsure times.

Getting creative

I love my creative makeup, creating fun looks for me helps with my creativity and ive been loving having the extra time to get working. This is the perfect time to get crafting, painting, start a blog or YouTube channel, create music, gardening, finish decorating or learn a new skill.

I hope you have found something on this list that will help ease the worry of the current times were facing and if you have any other positive ideas or pointers to share please do so in the comments so that othesr can see. Please stay safe, practise social distancing, wash your hands and most importantly be patient and kind to others.

Saoirse Ronan Inspired Makeup: Glass Skin & Vampy Lip

Hello Bees, so I have a bit (well a lot) of a girl crush on Saoirse Ronan, she’s such a great actress but it’s her quirky yet romantic style and her always gorgeous fresh skin and makeup that has me crushing! I recently saw some old event pictures of her wearing the dewy glass skin trend, naked eyes and bold vampy power lips and had to recreate this look on myself.

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards

I’m in love with how clean and bare this skin looks, this creates the perfect canvas for a purple/berry lip to really stand out. And I love the addition of the sharp brow tail too!

How I created this look-

The most important step when creating glass skin is skincare, the whole aim is for the skin to look flawless, glossy, barely there and almost see through. Prepping your skin correctly provides the best canvas to start putting your makeup on. I start by using the Pixi Glow Tonic as this is a liquid exfoliant and provides a smooth bright base, I then go in with the Dermalogica Prisma Protect moisturiser to hydrate the skin and for the gorgeous healthy glow it leaves.

When creating a glass skin base it is better to stick to cream products as these provide a more skin like finish and also blend out easier and look more sheer/natural. To prime the skin I used the MUA Pro Base Softening Oil Stick on my dryer areas of my face, this limits the amount of texture that shows up after using my foundation.

Next I used a pump of my favourite drugstore foundation Essence Fresh & Fit which has the perfect formula, medium coverage which can be built to full and has a dewy finish. This also looks so pretty on my skin. To add some depth back into my face I added a small amount of the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, this blends into the skin like a dream and is the perfect shade for my pale tone without making me look muddy. To add some flush to my cheeks I used my current favourite blush Cloud Paint from Glossier in shade ‘puff.

To add extra glow to the skin I used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in shade ‘champagne pop’ and added this silky cream highlight to the points of my face where the light naturally hits, the brow bone, cheek bone and end of the nose. To add some boldness to the eyes I added a coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. For the brows I didn’t do much other than lightly groom them with a new brow product I’m trying out the Glossier Boy Brow, This gives a gorgeous full and fluffy brow effect. Lastly the vampy lip, for this I used the Sugar Pill Liquid Poison lipstick shade ‘dark sided. This is the perfect deep plum, spot on for a vampy winter look.

What do you think of this look and the glass skin trend? Let me know in the comments below and stay safe and smart in this current situation with the Corona Virus.

My ‘Less is more’ Skincare Regime.

Hello bee’s, welcome to my first blog post. I’m so excited to kick start my new website and get writing again. I used to run a blog some time ago but life got in the way as it often does and I ended up taking a break! Before we get into what this blog post is actually about please check out my About Me page if you want to know more about the author so I don’t have to ramble on about me here!.

Disclaimer: A few products featured in this post were sent to me for free as PR, that being said all reviews and opinions are honest and my own. All gifted products will be marked with a *

For my first post I wanted to talk about skincare, with the beauty industry being valued at $532 billion its no surprise that beauty influencers, brands and businesses are convincing you to buy many different products with a view point that the more products you have in your routine the better your skin will become. I recently read in Glamour magazine that a new ‘stripped back’ approach is the skincare trend for 2020.

Moving on to my personal experience with skincare, I have combinatiom skin which means parts of my skin get oily and others suffer with dry patches. I suffered with acne as a teen which has cleared for me with lots of trial and error of products and mostly getting older. I still do get breakouts and sometimes bad ones if im stressed, eat poorly, get lazy with my skincare routine or if its the time of the month. I would often be prompted by top beauty gurus on youtube that had modelesque skin that i had to have a ten step skincare routine to get clearer skin. It wasnt until I went through a mental health slump where I stopped using every most of my products that I noticed how much clearer my skin had become. So i started the fun process of elimination and no longer have lots of serums, creams, acids and have found the perfect skincare routine which I thought id share the products i use and the benefits they have for me!

Morning

I start my morning routine off by washing my face, I recently discovered the brand DHC when searching for a cheaper alternative to my beloved favourite Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica, I ended up finding something much better for a fraction of the price. The DHC Face Wash Powder comes out like a finely milled (you guessed it) powder that you apply to a damp face to create a foamy mixture. This is so gentle on my skin and provides a deep clean. I love to use this day and night with the *Stella & Grace 3 in 1 exfoliating spin brush for deep pore cleaning. This makes my skin feel so fresh and smooth and I’m obsessed with it.

Once my face is clean I go in with the Pixi Glow Tonic, this is a liquid exfoliant that contains Glycolic acid which I find is a wonder ingredient for my skin. This shrinks my pores and gives my skin a gorgeous fresh glow and I find that I break out more when I stop using this. It super gentle considering its an acid and has even faded some of my old acne scarring over time. Don’t forget to buy reusable pads that you just pop in the wash to help the environment I picked up mine here.

Next I add moisture back into my skin and this is the only part of my skincare routine where I have separate products for day and night. For the day I use the Dermalogica Prisma Protect as this has SPF30 included. This is my favourite moisturiser to wear under my makeup and leaves a healthy dewy glow to the skin that peaks through my foundation. It is light on the skin and also has the added bonus of protecting the skin from pollution and light damage.

Lastly I like to use a brightening serum under my eyes as I have hereditary dark circles. This * Dermalogica Biolumin- C eye serum contains Vitamin C in which my skin only tolerates under my eyes and actually breaks me out if I use it on other parts of my skin. This doesn’t tighten the eye area for me as I don’t suffer with puffy eyes but does brighten it right up which is exactly what I’m looking for in an under eye product.

Evening

After a long day of wearing makeup I like to use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to melt off the makeup as the first step of a double cleanse. I apply the oil directly to my full face of makeup, then wet my facial puff with warm water and remove the day off my skin. The facial puff is also reusable and is a much environmental friendlier option then makeup wipes. these can be found here.

For my second cleanse I use the DHC Face Powder Wash with my Stella & Grace spin brush the same as I do in the morning. This ensures every trace of makeup is off of my skin.

I then follow the same steps with the Pixi Glow Tonic and Dermalogica Biolumic-C Eye Serum as the morning routine before moving onto my night moisturiser. I’ve been obsessed with the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance for two years now and it does exactly as the name suggests. This really locks in moisture as you sleep and my skin looks so plump and nourished in the morning. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue and provides just the right amount of hydration to my dry areas.

So there you have it, my six day to night products that have made more of a differnce to my skin than when i had a 11 step skincare regime and has saved me a lot of money. What is your skincare routine and will you be trying out the Less is more approach in 2020?

Thanks for reading!