Saturday, 17 February 2018

WHY IT'S OK NOT TO STICK TO YOUR LIFE'S PLAN


When I was younger I had my whole life planned out. I knew when I wanted to get married, have kids, move out and what job I wanted but life actually happens and sometimes plans never work out as planned..

I always wanted to move out by the age of 20, be engaged by 22 and married at 24. Then kids at 25, then for my job I don't think I have ever mentioned what I wanted to do but I wanted to work for a magazine, I wanted to be either a beauty editor or have a little column talking about beauty. I think when we grow up we all grow up seeing our parents and grandparents achieving things at such an early age that we then think it's meant to happen to us like its expected of us.

In the last 8 years of having this expectation I have ended one toxic relationship and began a new one with someone who I actually wanted to spend my life with, but could never shake the idea of wanting to be engaged, married and have kids by 25. In the last 6 months, I decided to actually forget that mentality and enjoy my life and actually live it because everything changes when you have to settle down and really I'm no way mentally prepared for the big things like marriage and babies. I love living a life that is carefree (almost damn you mortgage haha) can go out when you want and I like being a Miss haha not ready to be a Mrs yet hehe. Oh, and for the job I have been in the same job for almost a decade! I start a blog and youtube channel where I do talk/write about beauty so I'm kinda almost there with the beauty type thing I wanted to do but instead of a magazine I have a blog.





I have seen so many tweets over the last few weeks that I wanted to share my own thoughts and feelings on this topic and of course,  everyone's different and things happen at different times for us all and that at totally ok but I feel like we need drop the expectations and remember that thing have changed. We are the youth that puts carrees before everything, and wanting to live before we settle down. Besides with us putting ourselves first and doing things we have always wanted to do we always have something to tell the grandkids hehe.


More of a life topic today from me but I kinda like to mix it up and give you guys a bit more from me than just style and beauty topics.. I will see you guys in a few days with a new post xoxo





Outfit deets
Coat: Primark similar
Jumper: H&M
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Zara
Shoes: Primark





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Thursday, 1 February 2018

HOW MUCH DID PROACTIV CHANGE MY SKIN? | THE BEFORE AND THE AFTER


Today’s piece is the final instalment of my Proactiv+ better skin journey. I have been using Proactiv+ for 6 months now and my skin is probably the best it has looked in a very, very long time.
If you have been keeping up to date with my Proactiv+ series then you may have noticed that In my first post I shared my concerns and feelings towards trying this skincare brands products. For me, a key question was ‘because I’ve seen their adverts on TV, is it really that good?!’ This gave me another reason to try Proactv+, I love testing things to see if the hype is justified!!

My main skin problems in the last few years have been blackheads and blemishes on and around my cheeks and of course, my chin which happens due to a little something that us ladies get...
When Proactiv+ reached out to me, my skin was probably the worst it had been in a very, very long time, so I was super pumped to try something that could help my skin.

The picture below was a few weeks before starting Proactiv+ (Apologies for the awful light!!)


Below is the first meeting I had with Proactiv. This is my skin on Day 1 testing out the 3 step system.  



At the beginning of my journey with the Proactiv+ 3-Step System, I had been using a cleansing oil to remove the bulk of my makeup, followed by the Proactv+ 3 step system. I also started using the face mask once to twice a week. The mask is something I have used before and is actually one of my favourite face masks ever! After 3 weeks I noticed that my skin got super clear. But the next day (typically this always happens when I say out loud “my skin is good”), my skin purged like crazy and I had breakouts to deal with again. I’m told this is normal because it's a new skincare and your skin is clearing out pre-existing dirt and debris that have been trapped underneath the skin's surface. So basically, all of the nasty stuff is coming out of the skin. Remember this when trying a new skincare routine!



Fast forward to months two and four my skin got really good. I had the occasional blemish but for me, I would still say my skin was perfect, I can cope with one or two and besides, they would clear up in a few days anyway.Then my skin had a little mini freak out. I'm not sure if it was due to a new foundation or adding a few new things to my skincare routine, I started to use the Deep Cleansing Brush - which is so good for gentle exfoliation and a deep clean. My use of the Mark Fading Pads gave my skin a new lease of life and I still use these every other week to give my skin that glow.



My skin at the start of Jan.  I had a massive breakout due to using protein shakes which my skin massively disagreed with.


My skin a week and a half after continually using Proactiv+. I still have a few blemishes but overall my skin is so much better. This is why I love this skincare so much. There are a few leftover red patches which you can see, but I just wanted you to see how dramatically the skin can change in a week. Ah-ma-zing!!!!!!!!


It's now been 6 months since I started using Proactiv+ and I can honestly say wow! It honestly is amazing. I have never found a skincare product to work so amazingly well with my skin.
Am I blemish-free all the time? 8 times out of 10 I am, but do you know what?! I'm happy with that, no, in fact, I'm over the moon about that because my skin has cleared up so much to the point where it looks good even with little blemishes on my face. Speaking of blemishes I only get tiny little ones now in the same places where I used to get really angry under the skin ones that would hurt (of course I get them on period week but that's totally ok and even then they are two times smaller and less painful than normal).

I will sadly always get blackheads, due to having an oily skin type but they have become a lot smaller than before and aren’t even noticeable on my nose. but they have cleared up completely on my chin, so I have high hopes that maybe in a few more months of using Proactiv+ my nose blackheads may vanish forever.

Honestly, hand on my heart my skin is the best its been in years. I feel so much more comfortable in my skin now. I can easily pop to the shops, go out in public and even go to work with no makeup on and I am 100% happy with my skin. I sit there and kick myself thinking ‘why didn't I use Proactiv+ sooner?’ So there you have it my final post with Proactiv+ chatting about all things skincare.

If you're interested I will do another update on my 1 year annivaersary, to let you know how my skin is a year on. If my skin is this good six month on what will it look like in a year?!



A massive thank you to Proactiv+ for working with me on the past few month and making my skin the best its ever been!! xoxo






If you're interested in trying Proactiv+ yourself, I have promo code that gives you 20% off. It's valid until 1st February.
The code can be used up to two times, so if you want to try then go go gooo..! Use the code SIMPLYB118 
Shop all things Proactiv+ here

*This post is sponsored by Proactiv and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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