5 Ways I'm Banishing the Winter Blues

Sunday, 20 January 2019

I don't know about you, but the January blues have been very real for me this year. After a lovely, relaxed Christmas period, a bit of time of work and quality time with my favourite people, the 2nd of January came, I went back to work and came down to Earth with a bit of a bump.

Winter blues are so common at this time of year, once the festive period is over and all of the excitement of Christmas has dissolved. The dark nights just seem that little bit darker (probably because of having to take down all the fairy lights), it's (probably) no longer acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast and spring seems like a million years away.

At this time of year, it's so important to have ways to cheer yourself up when the winter blues hit. So for anyone struggling, here are the little things I'm doing to keep myself smiling when I'm feeling a little bit glum. (Disclaimer: I am not in any way referring to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in this post. This is not something I have ever experienced or have any knowledge on, and I am aware that this mental health issue is something else entirely.)

1. Put the fairy lights back up!
Some people like putting their living room back together after Christmas and putting the decorations firmly back in their box. I personally get a little bit sad, but I've found that putting fairy lights up around the house just makes it look that little bit more cosy and more inviting when the nights are dark. Plus they look so pretty!

2. Get stuck into a good book
I've set myself a challenge to read 50 books this year. Maybe I am being a little ambitious what with everything else I need to squeeze into my day! But recently I've been loving getting all snuggly under a blanket in an evening and getting lost in a book. There's nothing like escaping to someone else's world when you're not feeling yourself!

3. Go for a walk!
One I've only really tried recently, but I've found that there's nothing quite like a long wintery walk to blow away the January cobwebs. After such a lazy December filled with sausage rolls and chocolate, it feels amazing to be getting some fresh air in my lungs and getting moving again. Once you get to a bit of a pace, you don't even feel the cold anymore!

4. A hot bath
It sounds obvious, and it's probably one of the first things someone mentions when discussing self-care or cheer up tactics, but for me, it really works. When I'm feeling low, stressed or tense, shutting myself away for an hour to have a bath just gives me a little bit of breathing space and does so much for my mindset. I always come out feeling so much more relaxed and positive.

5. Being around people who make you laugh
When you're feeling blue, it's difficult to lift your thoughts yourself. But being around people who make you smile is one of the best tactics around!

What do you do to banish the winter blues?

Love,
Sian xo

How Dermalogica Has Revolutionised My Skincare*

Sunday, 13 January 2019

It's been no secret that, even as a beauty blogger, I've really struggled with my skincare routine. Whether that's been finding a routine that I can stick to, finding products that don't make my sensitive skin flare up, or getting into a routine and then all of a sudden the products I'm using just stop working.

But then, Dermalogica came into my life.

I was approached a few months ago to join the Dermalogica Skinfluencer programme. I'd never tried any of their products before, and by this point I was so fed up of my skin, I figured it was definitely worth a go.

I started with using just one or two products from the new Clear Start range, including the Fizzing Mask which is amazing at clearing breakouts in just a few minutes (although it sounds like Rice Crispies popping on your face, very strange at first!) but the more products I've incorporated into my routine, the more I've fallen in love with the brand.

I've spoken about two of my holy-grail products, the Precleanse oil and the Daily Microfoliant, on the blog previously, I can't get enough of them. I've also been loving the Special Cleansing Gel, which has been a recent discovery, the lather it creates is just heavenly and leaves my skin feeling ridiculously soft.

I've found that on the whole, Dermalogica products are of a really high quality, and gave me almost instant results. I've struggled with dry, acne-prone skin for such a long time but I've seen a huge difference since using Dermalogica, and I've finally fallen into a routine that I can stick to!

Have you ever tried Dermalogica?

Love,
Sian xo

*these products were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own.


Driving Lessons You Learn AFTER Passing Your Test

Sunday, 6 January 2019

One of my biggest achievements of 2018 was passing my driving test. In all honesty, after two failed tests, I didn't think it was ever going to happen for me! I've now been a fully-fledged, pink-license driver for nearly eight months now, and I can tell you I haven't stopped learning even since trading in my L-plates. So, what driving lessons have I learned since passing my test?

1. Your scariest drive ever will be the first one you do by yourself.
My first ever solo drive was 3 miles between where I picked my car up from and home. And I had to sing to myself REALLY loudly the whole way to keep my nerves under control!

2. You'll stall the car just as much in the first few months of driving as you did when you were a learner.
Doesn't get any less embarrassing, though.

3. You'll forget the Highway Code approximately six minutes after passing your test.
And don't even get me started on street signs. No idea.

4. It's all fun and games being able to drive until you're the designated driver and can't drink.
Although the urge to ditch the car and get a taxi so that I can have wine still tempts me every time.

5. No matter how much you deny it, you'll definitely pick up bad driving habits. 
And cringe every time you think of what your driving instructor would say if they saw you.

6. You'll swear SO much more behind the wheel.
Well, it's not your fault that no one else can drive properly!

7. You'll lose all ability to parallel park once you pass your test.
And you'll actively avoid any situation where you may have to try.

8. There's no better feeling than getting in your car, putting your music on and singing at the top of your lungs.

Love,
Sian xo

2018 Round Up

Sunday, 30 December 2018


I'll be honest, I don't even know where to start with this one.

As quickly as 2018 has come, it's gone again. And as I'm sitting on the sofa, cup of tea in hand, trying to piece together a sentence which could potentially sum the year up, I'm pretty much drawing a blank.

Truth be told, it's been a bloody tough one this year.

I've mentioned quite a few times on my blog and social media channels that my family has been through something absolutely horrendous this year. Our world was tipped upside down and in honesty, we're only just recovering. I've had moments where I've cried, and screamed, and lashed out because I've felt hurt, angry, upset and confused all at the same time.

But after all we went through, we're closer than ever. And we know if we can get through that, we can get through anything.

I don't want to focus on the negatives in this post though. Because I have achieved so much in 2018.

I've passed my driving test (third time lucky!) and bought a car. I left a job I didn't enjoy and have finally found something which I could see becoming a career. I was brave enough to sit opposite my dad for the first time in four years and got the closure I needed. My blog went from strength to strength at the beginning of the year especially, and I've been so lucky to have been able to work with some incredible brands this year. Dan and I have moved into our own place.

Yep, this year has been a challenge. But it's also beginning to feel like my life is finally starting to come together.

Here's to 2019.

Love,
Sian xo

Winter Beauty Essentials

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

And just like that, leaves are falling, my snuggly jumpers are back out, Starbucks festive drinks have returned and it's absolutely bloody freezing outside... That's right, Winter is well and truly on the way. And with that, so is my Winter beauty routine.

I love switching up my beauty regimes for the seasons, and there's just something about Winter that makes me want to pamper myself more than usual. Plus, the cold plays absolute havoc with my skin, hair, nails, you name it... So it's the perfect opportunity to switch to a routine which gives a little more TLC.

So, without further ado, here are my essential Winter products which will be seeing me through the colder months,

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
I was gifted this product recently as part of Dermalogica's Skinfluencer programme, and it couldn't have come at a better time. My skin's already prone to dryness, but it absolutely hates the change in weather which just makes it even worse. But this has become my holy grail moisturiser already, as it's that little bit thicker but still absorbs quickly and makes my skin so so soft and banishes the dry patches all through the day.

Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner
This one is also a fairly recent discovery, I've heard so many good things about Noughty products so decided to give them a try for myself. I always find that my hair needs an extra bit of love when it's cold because (as well as all the heat damage) it gets absolutely battered by the cold and wind and rain so this is absolutely perfect as it leaves my hair looking visibly healthier and super smooth!


Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
I couldn't write this post without mentioning my current favourite palette. I picked this up a couple of months ago when I heard it was being discontinued (sob) as I just knew that if I didn't get it I'd regret it forever. I'm currently obsessed as the shades mean you can create a million different looks and the shimmery golds and browns are just perfect for this time of year!

Maybelline ColourSensational Matte Lipstick in Burgundy Blush
Autumn/Winter is allllll about the dark lipsticks for me. I love experimenting with plum and berry shades, and this beaut shade from Maybelline is fast becoming a favourite. It has some serious staying power and lasts all day, and is perfect for this time of year!


Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
I genuinely don't know what I would do without these masks these days. I've become obsessed with tissue masks just because they're so easy and waaaay less messy than a normal face mask! And these ones from Garnier are my all-time favourite, because they leave my skin absolutely glowing, and are absolutely perfect for my poor dehydrated face. I use them twice a week, and Superdrug have them online for £1.99 right now, so I've stocked up!

What are your must-have beauty items for Winter?

Love,
Sian xo

7 Ways I'm Really Not A Successful Adult

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Being in my mid-twenties and living away from home, you'd think I had a pretty good grip on this whole adulting thing right now, wouldn't you?

You'd be sorely mistaken on that one, I'm afraid!

At this point in life, I feel like I'm pretty much winging it. It's the butt of a lot of my friends jokes how I've managed to get to 24 without either setting myself of fire, forgetting to eat for a week and remembering that clothes do in fact need washing on a regular basis.

Surely I can't be the only one though, right?

In celebration of those who are winging it through adulthood, here are 7 ways that I'm really really really not a successful grown-up.

1. My cooking repertoire consists of about three or four dishes. Most of those dishes are those which only need one-pan, because I'll be damned if I'm washing more than one pan up. Also, never ever ask me to try a new recipe, because that will almost certainly result in mild panic, undue stress and downing a bottle of wine before dinner is even served.

2. I can't remember the last time I ironed a piece of clothing. In fact, I don't even know if I own an ironing board any more??

3. After looking after my three year-old niece for one afternoon, I'm always EXHAUSTED, and realise that I won't be ready to be a parent for several years yet! (she just never. stops. running.)

4. I have no idea what any of the lights on the dashboard of my car mean. Just take it a garage and hope it doesn't die on the way??

5. I still don't like red wine. My family always tell me I'll grow into it. I definitely haven't yet.

6. Organising utility bills are just beyond me. How on Earth is that phone conversation supposed to go? 'Uhm hello yes, I would like to purchase some of your water, please?' And since when was water not free anyway?!

7. I know I really should care about politics... But they all sound exactly the same! Blah blah blah... let's put Netflix on instead.

Love,
Sian xo

My Current Skincare Routine*

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

I feel like a terrible beauty blogger for saying it, but I've always found it so difficult to get into a proper skincare routine. It's probably because I'm a lazy so-and-so, but the idea of going through a several-step process before finally being able to get into bed at night, or as soon as my alarm goes off in the morning just hasn't appealed to me and I've always just done the bare minimum.

That is, until recently. Since having the opportunity to use some amazing products, I've found that I've almost fallen into a routine by accident, and I actually enjoy going through my skincare routine, especially in an evening when I can get into bed all squeaky-clean and feeling fresh.

So I thought I'd share my current skincare routine with you all, containing products that I absolutely love and have finally turned my lazy habits around!

Dermalogica Precleanse
I was gifted this product as part of the Dermalogica #skinfluencer programme, but it's very quickly become a skincare staple for me. Double-cleansing has made such a difference to my skin, and although this precleanse is like an oil, it feels really lightweight and just melts away make up and other grime that your skin has picked up through the day.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I will never use another cleanser again. Cleanse & Polish is my absolute holy grail, not only does it smell divine, it leaves my skin feeling so so soft and nourished.

Dermalogica Daily Microexfoliant
Another one from Dermalogica, I've always been cautious of exfoliators as I hear about some products being too harsh on the skin. This one is made of rice powder, and is perfect for everyday use as the particles are really fine. I only tend to use this in the evening, but it feels so lovely after having make up on all day. I always find my skin looks a little brighter after using it which I love

Freshly Cosmetics Purifying Facial Toner
Freshly are fast becoming one of my favourite brands, and the Facial Toner is just incredible. The lime scent is amazing, it and it feels so refreshing on the face, especially first thing in the morning. I never really saw the point of toning until using this, but I can see after I use it that my skin looks just that little bit more glowing.

Skinkissed Serum
You may have seen my previous blog post talking about this product which I was gifted a few months ago. I love using it in the evening as a little bit of a luxurious treat, as it feels so lovely and nourishing on the skin. It makes my face look so much brighter which I love about it and it's really helped clear up my pesky spots.

Soap & Glory For Daily Youth Moisturiser
My favourite moisturiser EVER! I've been using this product from Soap & Glory on and off for a good couple of years now and I don't think I've ever not replenish it. It smells amazing and feels so lightweight on the skin, but gives amazing results, especially for my super dry skin.

What are your skincare must-haves?

Love,
Sian xo