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Pre-loved has become a buzz word, especially within the fashion industry, over the past few years and is fast becoming the favourite method of the fashionistas for adding new pieces to their wardrobes whilst standing up to fast fashion and its detrimental impact on the world. Previously buying second hand was seen as something only the cash strapped did, with charity shops being uncool, but with the help of people such as Mary Portas, giving pieces a second lease of life has become normal and expanded on the vintage culture with more and more people wanting to be individual. Before we discuss my foray into the pre-loved world lets clarify what the term means......

Preloved is an informal word that describes an item that was previously owned. Preloved is a euphemism, which is a milder way to say something to make it less harsh or blunt. Preloved is typically used to describe something for sale to avoid calling it used or second handDictionary.com

I love the term pre-loved, it sounds so much better & more refined than calling it second hand, especially when the item is designer. Up until this point, I have only ever dipped my toe in the pre-loved market finding the occasional piece in charity shops or Ebay, but my latest transaction is so much more than that. There are now many sites specifically for selling/buying beautiful pieces - sites like Vestiaire Collective, that showcase amazing fashion in need of a new home. A much more pleasant experience than your run of the mill transaction on Ebay, where you run the risk of receiving a faulty, damaged or god forbid fake item. Sites such as Vestiaire pride themselves in being a third party platform for genuine sellers to sell on their loved designer items, authenticating pieces before they arrive with their new owners. These sites are also ideal as they can sometimes be the only way to track down older/rarer items, especially limited edition colourways or prints. I became aware of the site after watching a video from Victoria @inthefrow, one of many bloggers/influences who work with these sites and showcase the best of the best available pre-loved.

I actually found my pre-loved piece on Instagram, after a friend of mine sent me a link to the Closet Detox UK, who just so happened to be selling my dream bag! Closet Detox UK is a London based detox service - "helping to reduce textile trash. Detox, Organise, Removal, Donate, Resell" @closetdetoxuk. They have so many amazing pieces, I just spotted a pair of Chloe Susannah boots that look amazing!!!

So onto my purchase.... I have been on the look out for this particular Mulberry bag for years....the black leather, medium Tillie satchel.

The Tillie was part of the SS11 Mulberry collection and has been the IT piece for me for years. I do already own one of these bags, an oversized version in cream tweed (bought in the sale), but sadly she isn't the most practical bag (especially with a toddler) so doesn't get used much, but I love everything about the style and detailing on this bag. I was in two minds at one point, about sending my cream bag to the Bag-Spa and getting her dyed black but I had a deep fear of it getting ruined! So finding this has made me so happy 

A classic satchel shape, with top handle and gorgeous gold hardware, the perfect size to be worn on the shoulder, cross body as well as on the crook of the arm. It is also a great everyday size, ideal for all my essentials plus the odd car, dinosaur or tub of playdoh and because it is preloved I am a little less precious with her, because she has already been "broken in". The bag was exactly as described, no faults, a little wear on the hardware but far less than I expected considering she is nine years old.

So this bag originally retailed for around £900 and although I have been on the look out for a couple of years now, the cheapest I have ever found one, was about £300 but that was on Ebay, and I am not very trusting of sellers on there, especially when it comes to designer items...... going through a verified pre-loved retailer means that it has been authenticated and best of all this beauty was only £120. I know for some people that even this is still a lot to spend on a handbag, but this piece has such a place in my heart and it is a real treat to be able to purchase it, especially as this style of Mulberry is no longer in production. The transaction was conducted via Instagram direct message then once agreed, through Paypal (hello buyer protection), and although the item was sent Royal Mail 2nd class it arrived the next day! and was beautiful wrapped in tissue paper.

Overall I found this pre-loved process, to be a really positive experience and will definitely be doing it again, as I do believe that items should be loved for years, not worn once and thrown away. I also really love the idea of a piece having its own little story, its own history.

Have you ever bought a designer piece pre-loved? Any recommendations?

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Falling for Pre-Loved


Pre-loved has become a buzz word, especially within the fashion industry, over the past few years and is fast becoming the favourite method of the fashionistas for adding new pieces to their wardrobes whilst standing up to fast fashion and its detrimental impact on the world. Previously buying second hand was seen as something only the cash strapped did, with charity shops being uncool, but with the help of people such as Mary Portas, giving pieces a second lease of life has become normal and expanded on the vintage culture with more and more people wanting to be individual. Before we discuss my foray into the pre-loved world lets clarify what the term means......

Preloved is an informal word that describes an item that was previously owned. Preloved is a euphemism, which is a milder way to say something to make it less harsh or blunt. Preloved is typically used to describe something for sale to avoid calling it used or second handDictionary.com

I love the term pre-loved, it sounds so much better & more refined than calling it second hand, especially when the item is designer. Up until this point, I have only ever dipped my toe in the pre-loved market finding the occasional piece in charity shops or Ebay, but my latest transaction is so much more than that. There are now many sites specifically for selling/buying beautiful pieces - sites like Vestiaire Collective, that showcase amazing fashion in need of a new home. A much more pleasant experience than your run of the mill transaction on Ebay, where you run the risk of receiving a faulty, damaged or god forbid fake item. Sites such as Vestiaire pride themselves in being a third party platform for genuine sellers to sell on their loved designer items, authenticating pieces before they arrive with their new owners. These sites are also ideal as they can sometimes be the only way to track down older/rarer items, especially limited edition colourways or prints. I became aware of the site after watching a video from Victoria @inthefrow, one of many bloggers/influences who work with these sites and showcase the best of the best available pre-loved.

I actually found my pre-loved piece on Instagram, after a friend of mine sent me a link to the Closet Detox UK, who just so happened to be selling my dream bag! Closet Detox UK is a London based detox service - "helping to reduce textile trash. Detox, Organise, Removal, Donate, Resell" @closetdetoxuk. They have so many amazing pieces, I just spotted a pair of Chloe Susannah boots that look amazing!!!

So onto my purchase.... I have been on the look out for this particular Mulberry bag for years....the black leather, medium Tillie satchel.

The Tillie was part of the SS11 Mulberry collection and has been the IT piece for me for years. I do already own one of these bags, an oversized version in cream tweed (bought in the sale), but sadly she isn't the most practical bag (especially with a toddler) so doesn't get used much, but I love everything about the style and detailing on this bag. I was in two minds at one point, about sending my cream bag to the Bag-Spa and getting her dyed black but I had a deep fear of it getting ruined! So finding this has made me so happy 

A classic satchel shape, with top handle and gorgeous gold hardware, the perfect size to be worn on the shoulder, cross body as well as on the crook of the arm. It is also a great everyday size, ideal for all my essentials plus the odd car, dinosaur or tub of playdoh and because it is preloved I am a little less precious with her, because she has already been "broken in". The bag was exactly as described, no faults, a little wear on the hardware but far less than I expected considering she is nine years old.

So this bag originally retailed for around £900 and although I have been on the look out for a couple of years now, the cheapest I have ever found one, was about £300 but that was on Ebay, and I am not very trusting of sellers on there, especially when it comes to designer items...... going through a verified pre-loved retailer means that it has been authenticated and best of all this beauty was only £120. I know for some people that even this is still a lot to spend on a handbag, but this piece has such a place in my heart and it is a real treat to be able to purchase it, especially as this style of Mulberry is no longer in production. The transaction was conducted via Instagram direct message then once agreed, through Paypal (hello buyer protection), and although the item was sent Royal Mail 2nd class it arrived the next day! and was beautiful wrapped in tissue paper.

Overall I found this pre-loved process, to be a really positive experience and will definitely be doing it again, as I do believe that items should be loved for years, not worn once and thrown away. I also really love the idea of a piece having its own little story, its own history.

Have you ever bought a designer piece pre-loved? Any recommendations?

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




 Welcome back to the second instalment of my 1 item, 4 ways series, where I am showing you how to make a single piece of clothing work harder within your wardrobe, to create multiple looks so you get the best cost per wear. Again I am using Mint Velvet as my shop of choice - I am a senior style advisor for the brand, and the best part of my job is being able to use my love of fashion to help my customers feel great, look amazing and know that they can easily pull together a number of outfits with just a couple of key pieces.

This time round I am focusing on a gorgeous piece of knitwear - the beige metallic knit. This is my 2020 Christmas jumper! subtle metallic sparkle woven into the knit, perfect for a cosy Christmas and a very versatile silhouette - slightly cropped with a chunky polo neck, gunmetal zip detailing to one shoulder & the cuffs and in the most beautiful warm beige that works with so many other colours. I have included a couple of items I actually own from this season, in my selection as these are outfits I will be wearing over the winter months with this knit....head to my Instagram to see them styled up @theglitterfashionista.

All items featured in this post are available now online at Mint Velvet.



Outfit One 

Knitwear used in all looks - Beige Metallic Knit Jumper

Kelly Print Jersey Midi Dress, Black Eyelet Leather Belt & Aston Lace Up Peep Toe Boot

First up is an outfit making the most out of the crop of the knit, layering it up with this gorgeous butterfly print dress, which I have had now for a few months. Teamed with the eyelet belt so as to front tuck the knit in for extra emphasis on the nipped in waist. This combination transforms a beautiful dress into a skirt (two looks for the price of one). I felt this outfit worked as the dress has the most amazing Autumnal colours in it and the beige knit compliments this so well. I also teamed this look with a pair of peep toe boots, in a warm shade of brown, ideal to balance out the skin on show as the knit has a very high neck and very flattering with the hanky hem of the dress.


Outfit Two

Faux Leather Joggers, Tori Metallic BagPalmer White Velcro Trainers

This look was inspired by my gorgeous boss Jodie, teaming the jumper with a statement pair of faux leather joggers, tucked in at the front to show off the waistband and my favourite pair of simple Velcro trainers (very Veja and so classic). Adding the metallic bag ties in the gunmetal zips and is a great way to add subtle sparkle to an everyday outfit - perfect for a cheeky Starbucks date.


Outfit Three

White Oversized shirt, Denver Black Coated JeansDebbie Biker Boots

This outfit, is how I've been wearing this knit during lockdown, layered over a simple white shirt (preferably oversized, as it creates a beautiful drape under the knit) teamed with a pair of black skinnies - these Denver coated jeans are ideal as they add some texture to the look but it would work with any skinny jean. Finished off with the boot of the season....the biker boot, adding a touch of grunge to a classic outfit. The perfect everyday look for me and ideal for mum days, add a bag and your good to go.


Outfit Four

Lottie Animal Print Mini Dress, Rose Gold Plated Star BangleBlack Leather Cowboy Boots

Last up is the Lottie dress, a piece I bought a few months ago and I have been wearing it non stop over a jersey polo neck but it also looks amazing under the beige knit on a colder day. The hem of the jumper hits at just the right point so the flippy hem of the dress has freedom to swish, again creating a skirt look. This outfit wouldn't be complete without a pair of classic black tights - needed to keep the legs warm and the perfect partner to a pair of buckle boots. These cowboys boots are the ideal height for a mini dress, elongating the leg and are so comfy too. I have also included on this outfit, this gorgeous rose gold star bangle, perfect to have poking out of your sleeve (and a great little gift for Christmas).

Worth noting, this jumper is also available in a gorgeous deep teal green shade ♡ Teal Green Jumper

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

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1 Jumper - 4 Ways


 Welcome back to the second instalment of my 1 item, 4 ways series, where I am showing you how to make a single piece of clothing work harder within your wardrobe, to create multiple looks so you get the best cost per wear. Again I am using Mint Velvet as my shop of choice - I am a senior style advisor for the brand, and the best part of my job is being able to use my love of fashion to help my customers feel great, look amazing and know that they can easily pull together a number of outfits with just a couple of key pieces.

This time round I am focusing on a gorgeous piece of knitwear - the beige metallic knit. This is my 2020 Christmas jumper! subtle metallic sparkle woven into the knit, perfect for a cosy Christmas and a very versatile silhouette - slightly cropped with a chunky polo neck, gunmetal zip detailing to one shoulder & the cuffs and in the most beautiful warm beige that works with so many other colours. I have included a couple of items I actually own from this season, in my selection as these are outfits I will be wearing over the winter months with this knit....head to my Instagram to see them styled up @theglitterfashionista.

All items featured in this post are available now online at Mint Velvet.



Outfit One 

Knitwear used in all looks - Beige Metallic Knit Jumper

Kelly Print Jersey Midi Dress, Black Eyelet Leather Belt & Aston Lace Up Peep Toe Boot

First up is an outfit making the most out of the crop of the knit, layering it up with this gorgeous butterfly print dress, which I have had now for a few months. Teamed with the eyelet belt so as to front tuck the knit in for extra emphasis on the nipped in waist. This combination transforms a beautiful dress into a skirt (two looks for the price of one). I felt this outfit worked as the dress has the most amazing Autumnal colours in it and the beige knit compliments this so well. I also teamed this look with a pair of peep toe boots, in a warm shade of brown, ideal to balance out the skin on show as the knit has a very high neck and very flattering with the hanky hem of the dress.


Outfit Two

Faux Leather Joggers, Tori Metallic BagPalmer White Velcro Trainers

This look was inspired by my gorgeous boss Jodie, teaming the jumper with a statement pair of faux leather joggers, tucked in at the front to show off the waistband and my favourite pair of simple Velcro trainers (very Veja and so classic). Adding the metallic bag ties in the gunmetal zips and is a great way to add subtle sparkle to an everyday outfit - perfect for a cheeky Starbucks date.


Outfit Three

White Oversized shirt, Denver Black Coated JeansDebbie Biker Boots

This outfit, is how I've been wearing this knit during lockdown, layered over a simple white shirt (preferably oversized, as it creates a beautiful drape under the knit) teamed with a pair of black skinnies - these Denver coated jeans are ideal as they add some texture to the look but it would work with any skinny jean. Finished off with the boot of the season....the biker boot, adding a touch of grunge to a classic outfit. The perfect everyday look for me and ideal for mum days, add a bag and your good to go.


Outfit Four

Lottie Animal Print Mini Dress, Rose Gold Plated Star BangleBlack Leather Cowboy Boots

Last up is the Lottie dress, a piece I bought a few months ago and I have been wearing it non stop over a jersey polo neck but it also looks amazing under the beige knit on a colder day. The hem of the jumper hits at just the right point so the flippy hem of the dress has freedom to swish, again creating a skirt look. This outfit wouldn't be complete without a pair of classic black tights - needed to keep the legs warm and the perfect partner to a pair of buckle boots. These cowboys boots are the ideal height for a mini dress, elongating the leg and are so comfy too. I have also included on this outfit, this gorgeous rose gold star bangle, perfect to have poking out of your sleeve (and a great little gift for Christmas).

Worth noting, this jumper is also available in a gorgeous deep teal green shade ♡ Teal Green Jumper

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




With most people taking the time to consider fashion a little more these days - either for sustainable reasons or the after effects of lockdown, making pieces in our wardrobes work hard is the easiest way to keep things fresh and not spend a fortune. Investing in key pieces that can be styled up in multiple ways for lots of different occasions is the goal. With that in mind, I have taken one of my favourite pieces from Mint Velvet and styled it up four different ways. *I am a style advisor for Mint Velvet, and I love to help my customers feel great, look amazing and enjoy the feeling of knowing they can pull together a look with little to no effort.

This shirt is a classic white shirt, with an oversized fit, longer in length with rolled up sleeves - perfect to wear alone or layered. I always recommend this shirt to customers in store as it really is so versitile.....as you will see from the below looks - giving you a casual daytime style as well as something a little more dressier for those elusive post-lockdown date nights.

All items featured in this post are available now instore or online at Mint Velvet.


1 shirt - 4 Ways - styling ideas

Outfit One 

Shirt used in all looks - White Oversized shirt

Faux Leather leggings, Black Fedora Sparkle Trim Hat, Black Leather Cowboy Boots & Gold Charm Necklace

Utilising the longer length of the shirt, teaming it with leather look leggings - a staple for any Autumn/Winter season, gives it a modern take on rock chick chic. Adding a statement buckle boot (these are an amazing pair, perfect heel height for everyday and they look great with dresses as well as jeans), a classic fedora hat and a long charm necklace. Think 2020 boho styling. If the leggings are a little out of your comfort zone, this outfit would work just as well with a pair of skinny jeans.


Outfit Two

Khaki Cargo Trousers, Denim Jacket & Hailey Stone Trainers

Styled with these cargo trousers gives the shirt a much more casual feel, wear it tucked into the trousers to define your waist. Layering the denim jacket adds a little structure to the shoulders and the two tone trainers, with a splash of sparkle make it a great everyday look. I would wear this for a day out with my little boy - easy but still so stylish.


Outfit Three

Maryland Black Skinny Jeans, Cropped Leather Jacket, Debbie Biker Boots & Leopard Print Headband

A classic monochrome look, mixing the white shirt with black skinny jeans and a leather jacket - cropped to show off more of the shirt and highlight the waist. Teamed with the IT boot of the season a chunky biker boot, perfect for keeping your feet cosy whilst looking chic. The leopard print headband is just a nice pop of print to a very simple outfit. This outfit could also be layered up with a winter coat as the finishing touch when the temperature drops.


Outfit Four

Joliet Grey Skinny Jeans, Dusty Pink Cities Sweatshirt & Palmer White Velcro Trainers

My favourite look - Easy casual styling with the shirt layered under this gorgeous blush pink sweatshirt, with the sleeves rolled up. Teamed with a classic skinny jean (I have gone with grey but any colour would work) and my favourite new season trainers - Velcro is not just for kids anymore. This is the perfect everyday outfit....throw on a classic tote and your ready for the day.

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

Also worth noting that this shirt comes in other colours too.....check out the Mint Velvet website for the alternatives.

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



1 Shirt - 4 Ways


With most people taking the time to consider fashion a little more these days - either for sustainable reasons or the after effects of lockdown, making pieces in our wardrobes work hard is the easiest way to keep things fresh and not spend a fortune. Investing in key pieces that can be styled up in multiple ways for lots of different occasions is the goal. With that in mind, I have taken one of my favourite pieces from Mint Velvet and styled it up four different ways. *I am a style advisor for Mint Velvet, and I love to help my customers feel great, look amazing and enjoy the feeling of knowing they can pull together a look with little to no effort.

This shirt is a classic white shirt, with an oversized fit, longer in length with rolled up sleeves - perfect to wear alone or layered. I always recommend this shirt to customers in store as it really is so versitile.....as you will see from the below looks - giving you a casual daytime style as well as something a little more dressier for those elusive post-lockdown date nights.

All items featured in this post are available now instore or online at Mint Velvet.


1 shirt - 4 Ways - styling ideas

Outfit One 

Shirt used in all looks - White Oversized shirt

Faux Leather leggings, Black Fedora Sparkle Trim Hat, Black Leather Cowboy Boots & Gold Charm Necklace

Utilising the longer length of the shirt, teaming it with leather look leggings - a staple for any Autumn/Winter season, gives it a modern take on rock chick chic. Adding a statement buckle boot (these are an amazing pair, perfect heel height for everyday and they look great with dresses as well as jeans), a classic fedora hat and a long charm necklace. Think 2020 boho styling. If the leggings are a little out of your comfort zone, this outfit would work just as well with a pair of skinny jeans.


Outfit Two

Khaki Cargo Trousers, Denim Jacket & Hailey Stone Trainers

Styled with these cargo trousers gives the shirt a much more casual feel, wear it tucked into the trousers to define your waist. Layering the denim jacket adds a little structure to the shoulders and the two tone trainers, with a splash of sparkle make it a great everyday look. I would wear this for a day out with my little boy - easy but still so stylish.


Outfit Three

Maryland Black Skinny Jeans, Cropped Leather Jacket, Debbie Biker Boots & Leopard Print Headband

A classic monochrome look, mixing the white shirt with black skinny jeans and a leather jacket - cropped to show off more of the shirt and highlight the waist. Teamed with the IT boot of the season a chunky biker boot, perfect for keeping your feet cosy whilst looking chic. The leopard print headband is just a nice pop of print to a very simple outfit. This outfit could also be layered up with a winter coat as the finishing touch when the temperature drops.


Outfit Four

Joliet Grey Skinny Jeans, Dusty Pink Cities Sweatshirt & Palmer White Velcro Trainers

My favourite look - Easy casual styling with the shirt layered under this gorgeous blush pink sweatshirt, with the sleeves rolled up. Teamed with a classic skinny jean (I have gone with grey but any colour would work) and my favourite new season trainers - Velcro is not just for kids anymore. This is the perfect everyday outfit....throw on a classic tote and your ready for the day.

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

Also worth noting that this shirt comes in other colours too.....check out the Mint Velvet website for the alternatives.

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



My 2020 Skincare

So I decided to take control of my skincare this year and lockdown has proven to be a great time to strip things back and embrace lots of no make up days. My skin has been ok this year, but my cheeks have been a little bit blotchy since the end of February after I reacted to a cheap face mask. I decide to strip my skincare back to basics and use some old favourites as well as trying out a couple of new products, which I know can be risky with problem skin, but I did my research and chose products specifically targeted to my skin type/issues and from trusted brands. Overall the combination of products I have been using has worked wonders for my skin.....I have really found that tailoring the products I use based on what I've done that day and how my skin is feeling, rather than a strict regimen has been key. 

So my skincare is split into three sections - cleansers, masks/peels & moisturisers. The only thing I don't use currently is a toner....but I am gonna look to add one in now I have found a combination that works. Most of these products are night time only, I tend to keep it very simple in the morning with just a sweep of micellar water followed by a good moisturiser and face specific SPF.

So here are the products I have been using.....
- Cleansers -
My 2020 Skincare - Cleansing

First up cleansing products...this is the main area that varies dependant on the day. If I am wearing a full face of make up (usually a work day) I will double cleanse - Garnier Micellar Water with a reusable bamboo cotton pad (this is also my morning product of choice) followed by Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm.....the best combination to remove all the make up especially black mascara - but I do find it too intense for everyday. For all other days, where I am usually wearing little to no makeup, I will use a hot cloth cleanser, normally this would be the cult classic Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but I ran out of it during lockdown so thought I would give the Aldi Lacura vitamin C version a try & I am really impressed, it has left my skin soft and glowing (especially as its £3.99 a tube with muslin cloth vs £15 for Liz Earle). Each of these cleaners leave my skin clean, soft and helps to limit blemishes.

- Masks & Peels -
My 2020 Skincare - Masks & Peels

I have always used a face mask, but I introduced a liquid peel to help resurface my skin particularly my cheeks where I have the texture. I aim to use my The Body Shop Drops of Light Resurfacing Liquid Peel twice a week to help remove dead skin - this frequency has helped to maintain smoothness, I was doing it three times but have dropped it down to twice as my pores are visibly reduced and much smoother. I then use a face mask once a week - usually as a Sunday evening treat. For the masks I alternate between The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and Primark's Pore Balance Clay Mask (read a full review of this product here). Both masks are intense enough to really penetrate the skin, but don't leave it dry afterwards, I especially like the charcoal/clay elements as I really feel the deep cleansing. I will occasionally use a lighter fruity mask or I do like a sheet mask to refresh the skin but usually as a treat. I am super careful though with the brands/types I choose as it was a cheap gel formula mask that left me with horrible red blotchy cheeks earlier in the year.

- Moisturisers -
My 2020 Skincare - Moisturisers

Last up is moisturisers, this is the part that is most important as my skin is naturally very dry. I will use The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting moisturiser first thing in the morning. I then use the Epaderm cream at night, as this is an intensive moisturiser, that really gives my skin plenty of TLC while I sleep. Not a normal choice but it was recommended to me by the doctor to help replace the moisture in my skin that it was severely lacking, and it has really helped (although I do look a bit like a Moomin whilst it sinks into the skin!). I will sometimes also use the Primark Sleep Spa Sleeping Mask if my skin is looking like it needs a little extra - this leaves my skin soft and plump when I wake up in the morning and works well in combination with the Epaderm.

So that's it - not too many products and as I said this combination is really working for my skin, although I will have to keep working on it, as this wearing a mask addition to everyday life (even a breathable cotton one) has left me spottier than I have been in years! my poor little nose is starting to look like a dot to dot!!

Do you have any skincare recommendations particularly toners, as I need to find one to slot into my routine?

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



My 2020 Skincare

My 2020 Skincare

So I decided to take control of my skincare this year and lockdown has proven to be a great time to strip things back and embrace lots of no make up days. My skin has been ok this year, but my cheeks have been a little bit blotchy since the end of February after I reacted to a cheap face mask. I decide to strip my skincare back to basics and use some old favourites as well as trying out a couple of new products, which I know can be risky with problem skin, but I did my research and chose products specifically targeted to my skin type/issues and from trusted brands. Overall the combination of products I have been using has worked wonders for my skin.....I have really found that tailoring the products I use based on what I've done that day and how my skin is feeling, rather than a strict regimen has been key. 

So my skincare is split into three sections - cleansers, masks/peels & moisturisers. The only thing I don't use currently is a toner....but I am gonna look to add one in now I have found a combination that works. Most of these products are night time only, I tend to keep it very simple in the morning with just a sweep of micellar water followed by a good moisturiser and face specific SPF.

So here are the products I have been using.....
- Cleansers -
My 2020 Skincare - Cleansing

First up cleansing products...this is the main area that varies dependant on the day. If I am wearing a full face of make up (usually a work day) I will double cleanse - Garnier Micellar Water with a reusable bamboo cotton pad (this is also my morning product of choice) followed by Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm.....the best combination to remove all the make up especially black mascara - but I do find it too intense for everyday. For all other days, where I am usually wearing little to no makeup, I will use a hot cloth cleanser, normally this would be the cult classic Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but I ran out of it during lockdown so thought I would give the Aldi Lacura vitamin C version a try & I am really impressed, it has left my skin soft and glowing (especially as its £3.99 a tube with muslin cloth vs £15 for Liz Earle). Each of these cleaners leave my skin clean, soft and helps to limit blemishes.

- Masks & Peels -
My 2020 Skincare - Masks & Peels

I have always used a face mask, but I introduced a liquid peel to help resurface my skin particularly my cheeks where I have the texture. I aim to use my The Body Shop Drops of Light Resurfacing Liquid Peel twice a week to help remove dead skin - this frequency has helped to maintain smoothness, I was doing it three times but have dropped it down to twice as my pores are visibly reduced and much smoother. I then use a face mask once a week - usually as a Sunday evening treat. For the masks I alternate between The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and Primark's Pore Balance Clay Mask (read a full review of this product here). Both masks are intense enough to really penetrate the skin, but don't leave it dry afterwards, I especially like the charcoal/clay elements as I really feel the deep cleansing. I will occasionally use a lighter fruity mask or I do like a sheet mask to refresh the skin but usually as a treat. I am super careful though with the brands/types I choose as it was a cheap gel formula mask that left me with horrible red blotchy cheeks earlier in the year.

- Moisturisers -
My 2020 Skincare - Moisturisers

Last up is moisturisers, this is the part that is most important as my skin is naturally very dry. I will use The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting moisturiser first thing in the morning. I then use the Epaderm cream at night, as this is an intensive moisturiser, that really gives my skin plenty of TLC while I sleep. Not a normal choice but it was recommended to me by the doctor to help replace the moisture in my skin that it was severely lacking, and it has really helped (although I do look a bit like a Moomin whilst it sinks into the skin!). I will sometimes also use the Primark Sleep Spa Sleeping Mask if my skin is looking like it needs a little extra - this leaves my skin soft and plump when I wake up in the morning and works well in combination with the Epaderm.

So that's it - not too many products and as I said this combination is really working for my skin, although I will have to keep working on it, as this wearing a mask addition to everyday life (even a breathable cotton one) has left me spottier than I have been in years! my poor little nose is starting to look like a dot to dot!!

Do you have any skincare recommendations particularly toners, as I need to find one to slot into my routine?

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Sunday Saves #2

Second instalment of my Instagram #tgfsundaysaves, where I share my favourite post from the week.

I really do get so much inspiration from Instagram on style & homeware. I also find it very interesting seeing the images I have saved, and the themes that start to appear - helps me to define my taste & style especially when it comes to colour & print. As you will see from this months saves I love dresses!! in all shapes and lengths, especially as they are my summer staple. Also I am obsessed with floral prints, especially the feminine ditsy kind. I also over the last few months been really drawn to close up images focusing on accessories - I think because I am trying not to shop as much, accessories revamp existing outfits at fraction of the cost of something new.

I also love finding new accounts and these are the ones that keep popping up in my saves....give them a follow!
1. Natasha @inmystyle
3. Katie @katiepenny
4. Lisa @cityrunmum
5. Manon @manon_calleja
6. Anais @lora_luneee
7. Cat @ohhidiy
8. Charlotte Olivia @iamcharlotteolivia

Sunday Saves #2 - all the details
What is your favourite image?
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Sunday Saves #2

Sunday Saves #2

Second instalment of my Instagram #tgfsundaysaves, where I share my favourite post from the week.

I really do get so much inspiration from Instagram on style & homeware. I also find it very interesting seeing the images I have saved, and the themes that start to appear - helps me to define my taste & style especially when it comes to colour & print. As you will see from this months saves I love dresses!! in all shapes and lengths, especially as they are my summer staple. Also I am obsessed with floral prints, especially the feminine ditsy kind. I also over the last few months been really drawn to close up images focusing on accessories - I think because I am trying not to shop as much, accessories revamp existing outfits at fraction of the cost of something new.

I also love finding new accounts and these are the ones that keep popping up in my saves....give them a follow!
1. Natasha @inmystyle
3. Katie @katiepenny
4. Lisa @cityrunmum
5. Manon @manon_calleja
6. Anais @lora_luneee
7. Cat @ohhidiy
8. Charlotte Olivia @iamcharlotteolivia

Sunday Saves #2 - all the details
What is your favourite image?
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