Friday, 31 July 2020

My First Impressions: Typology Skincare

Typology SkincareTypology Skincare
Who'd have thought the lack of makeup or fresh air during lockdown would change my skin for the better? Not me that's for sure!

Whilst quarantining, I have really taken the time to concentrate on my skin and try out some new products which have benefitted my skin massively. Over the past couple of months, I have been playing around with some new skincare bits from a Parisian brand called: Typology. Therefore I thought it's been a minute, why not share my first initial impressions of the brand.

Background Story:

Created by the founder of, Typology is a clean, simple, stripped back skincare brand that has recently just launched online in the UK.

They are specifically focused on providing vegan, cruelty-free, no harsh chemical products, using a high concentration of active ingredients for the best results. And the same goes for their sleek, clean packaging, using recyclable plastics and aluminum (Which helps keep your products fresher for longer!).

On their website, you can read their ingredient blacklist which contains 15 ingredients that you will never find in any of their products, with a little explanation why - which is fascinating and quite important to learn about if you're a skincare fanatic like me and loves learning about the science behind beauty.

The Base Products:

Kicking off with the first product I had tried out, the 7 Ingredient Micellar Water* is a great makeup remover for all skin types. As previously mentioned, I haven't been wearing much makeup over the past few months, but on the off day that I have been, I have used this to remove my makeup. It leaves my skin feeling soft, which I think is down to simply only containing 7 ingredients. My only critic on this product is it can be quite hard to remove stubborn mascara, so I sometimes have to reach for a different product, but other than that this is a great all-round makeup remover!

I have never tried a cleansing balm before so the skincare junkie within me was excited to try this out! The Nettle Purifying Cleanser* contains eucalyptus and spearmint essential oil as well as nettle powder, which all help to regulate sebum production, repair, and promote damaged skin and rebalance oiliness. I am still getting the hang of using a cleansing bar, but so far I am enjoying it! What I love most about using this is the ability to use it on your body as well, I find this leaves my skin so soft and smelling amazing. - Pro tip use this in the morning to wake you up!

Moving onto a type of product that I've never really heard of before, the Organic Peppermint Hydrolate* is a water-based product that you apply after you have cleansed your skin, so a bit like a toner but only more beneficial. This product is suitable for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin and is aimed to purify the skin and relieve any inflammation, which it definitely does! It has helped reduce the appearance of any stubborn scars and has overall helped dramatically with my complexion. I wish I had taken a before/after photo to show the difference it has made. This is also supposedly helpful for sunburn, hives and even has properties to help with blood circulation in the legs! You can also use this to create DIY mouthwashes and homemade toothpaste, so overall an all-rounder product!

The Treatments:

I am a big fanatic of Hyaluronic acids, so I was excited to try out the Hydrating Hyaluronic acid + 2% B5*. Hyaluronic acid is such an important ingredient to have in your skincare routine as it helps with keeping those wrinkles at bay with hydration! I found this a little more hydrating than The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid, so I like to only use this once or twice a week and switch between the two. My skin definitely looks more hydrated and radiant, I also find makeup goes onto my skin much smoother once I've used this.

The Bakuchiol Blemish Serum* was the treatment I was most excited about because this is specifically targetted towards imperfections and spots. At first, I wasn't sure about the consistency, it felt greasy and didn't settle into my skin, so definitely an overnight treatment. However, the next morning my skin looked and felt so fresh and healthy! This is definitely a product that takes a while before you see any results in terms of imperfections, but I do think it is a great overnight serum that helps balance your skin out, you just have to be patient with it.

The 9 Ingredient Lip Balm* is a great overnight lip product that helps nourish the lips and reduce any tightness/dryness. As the UK has gone through multiple hormonal changes, my lips have suffered, so this product came at a good time has definitely helped with improving the soreness and dryness.

Yayy a skincare routine set designed for hormones and imbalances within the skin, the Periodic Serums* is the perfect skincare set for any woman who struggles with those imbalances within the skin around the dreading TOM. I've been testing this system out over the past couple of months and have really been able to notice a difference. The first week you start with the Hydrating and Soothing Serum, the second week is the Glow and Bounce Serum, week three is the Hydrating and Astringent Serum and week four is the Mattifying and Anti-Blemish Serum. All of which has made a dramatic difference to my overall skin. I personally love the concept of this as I, unfortunately, suffer from redness and imperfections mostly around the time of the month, so having this system has really helped with keeping my skin balanced.

Overall I am excited by this brand, I love what Typology represents and how informative the products are. I feel like I've managed to fill my brain up with even more information on ingredients and the benefits.

*PR Sample/gift.

Have you tried Typology skincare yet??

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Series Worth Binge Watching This Week

Series Worth Binge Watching This Week
Netflix: “Are you still watching Tiger King?"
I'd be lying if I said I haven't spent an unhealthy amount of hours watching series and movies over the past few months. It's been quite satisfying cleansing my watch list and finally getting round to watching series and movies I've had sat on my list for months.

I decided to share what I've been watching during lockdown recently that I would recommend if you need something new to watch!

01. The Stranger (Netflix)
Adam is a happily married father of two whose life is turned upside-down after a stranger tells him a secret about his wife. The revelation catapults him into a world of danger.

I enjoyed this series, each episode was easy to pick up and it constantly kept you in suspense with secrets and twists! Nothing was predictable, which is always my concern with these types of mysteries. I think I binged this over a few days! My only critic is the ending wasn't as great as I had hoped for, but the whole storyline and twists make it worth the watch!

02 Safe (Netflix)
After his teenage daughter goes missing, a widowed surgeon begins uncovering dark secrets of the people closest to him.

I loved this series! Probably more than The Stranger, both of which are written by the same person and acquire the same genre. Safe for me was a bit more dramatic and had more plot twists that kept you in suspense. I also really liked the ending and didn't see it coming, I would 100% recommend this series if you enjoy mystery and suspense.

03. Tiger King (Netflix)
A rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot.

I feel like everyone will have watched this by now, but if you haven't I highly recommend you do. The trailer doesn't explain what actually happens in the series, it's not so much about the tigers, it's more about the drama and rivalry between animal park bosses, including bloody Carole Baskin who is the most infuriating person to watch.

04. Never Have I ever (Netflix)
Never Have I Ever is an American coming of age comedy-drama series. It is about an Indian American high school student dealing with the death of her father and the complicated life of school.

The synopsis doesn't make it sound as interesting as it actually is, but trust me it is worth adding to your Netflix list. With only half an hour episodes I think I binged this within a few days! This is such a lighthearted and funny series to watch if you are wanting something that has that teen-style element but also deals with a lot of issues like acceptance of identity and social pressure. Trust me this is worth watching!

05. The Devil Next Door (Netflix)
A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.

A very interesting documentary if you are keen to learn more about the history and complex case of an alleged Nazi prison camp guard. This was well put together and very gripping to watch. I would recommend watching it if you aren't aware of who this man was or just want something different to watch.

06. Into the Night (Netflix)
When the sun starts to kill everything in its path, a plane full of passengers must travel at night in an attempt to survive and escape its destructive power.

This series is honestly so good! I could not stop recommending it to friends and family. Although it is dubbed, which can bother some people it didn't bother me that much. A lot of drama and on edge moments keeping you on your toes. If you like watching survival sort of series, definitely give this a watch.

07. Normal People (BBC Iplayer)
The series follows Marianne and Connell through their time at secondary school and college in Ireland. The focus is mainly on their weaving in and out of each other's romantic lives. Marianne is regarded as an oddball, though she rejects having any care for social standing. Connell is a high-achieving athletic student, popular in the school community, though he is diminished by his remaining silent during the bullying of Marianne. This creates complexity as their relationship develops.

This series is amazing! I loved the character's development and I loved Marianne and Connell's hot and cold relationship. It's an easy watch with only 30-40 minute long episodes, though I wish there were more of them to watch as I binged this so fast! I'd quite like to read the book version of this if anyone has, was it worth the read? but overall definitely would recommend!

What series are you watching??

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Friday, 15 May 2020

The Skincare I'm Loving Recently

Anyone else been using this lockdown situation to really just take the time to look after ourselves more? Self-care is so important and is definitely something I have learned more of throughout this self-isolation.

Over the last month or so my skin has really changed for the better - which is surprising considering the number of homemade scones and cakes I've been gobbling away. 

Perhaps the lack of makeup really does make a difference!

I thought I'd share what current skincare products I am religiously using at the moment that has really helped my skin during this lockdown.

Pixi Rose Tonic Toner
Rose waters have been a lifesaver for my skin recently, one thing I seem to get is constant lingering redness after a spot has been and gone. This toner just really helps minimise redness and calm my skin down without aggravating it. I like to use this every other morning once I've cleansed my skin as it's quite refreshing and helps wake my skin up!

Origins Out of Trouble Face Mask
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will know how much I love Origins skincare, especially as a teenager, it really helped with my breakouts. The Out of Trouble Mask is definitely one of my favourite face masks for when my skin breaks out. This contains both, Glycerin and Salicylic Acid, both of which are amazing for restoring skin balance and reducing redness/swelling from spots. I like to use this when I have any angry spots that just need to calm the freak down and it helps do that.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1%
I love this stuff! It is so inexpensive, £5.00 - my bus fare costs more than that! I have gone through so many bottles of this stuff over the years and it has remained in my skincare routine throughout. I find this really good for reducing breakouts, redness, and scarring so I like to apply this all over my skin as an overnight treatment. My skin looks a lot less irritated the next day and much smoother. I highly recommend this, it has completely changed the appearance of my skin over the years.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Anytime you Google gentle skin exfoliators this never fails to pop up, for years I put off buying this because of how extortionate it is. However, the beloved ASOS had this on offer in a set so I decided to finally give it a go and my goodness it is worth the bestseller label. This is so gentle on the skin that you could use it every day if you wanted to, I like to use this twice a week. It helps brighten my skin and balances out any uneven skin tone, whilst keeping my skin smooth. It is honestly an amazing product and a little goes a long way!

Ole Henriksen Walnut Scrub
I have also been enjoying the Ole Henriksen exfoliating scrub, I probably only use this once a week, but when I do use it my skin feels super soft and looks like I've drunk 2 litres of water - so good! I am always hesitant with bead scrubs just encase my skin has a bad reaction, but with this it never does. It's so refreshing and gentle on my skin I love how it makes my skin look and feel.

What skincare products are you loving during lockdown??

Sunday, 29 March 2020

51 Things To Declutter

51 things to declutter
Decluttering your house is such a good way to not only give your mind clarity and balance but, also a great way to use your time wisely during the current situation we are all facing.

Tidy house, tidy mind, right?

Here is a list of 51 things worth tossing out now!

1. Out of date makeup
There is usually a little tub on the back of products with a '12m' sign.

2. Out of date skin products

3. Products only used once or dried up
Bye St Moritz Mousse

4. Makeup that isn't your shade
I said goodbye to so many Barbie pink lipsticks that don't suit me!

5. Old, dirty muslin cloths

6. Perfume bottles that have a drop left

7. Nail polish that has gone a funny colour

8. Clothes that have stains or holes in them
Soooo many pairs of socks and tights

9. Clothes that have been worn once and never again in more than 6 months

10. Clothes that don't fit anymore
More excuse to buy new ones right?

11. Clothes that make you go: what the f**k??
Yeah, I am talking about you T-shirt with a smiley pizza face

12. Bras that have wiring sticking out

13. Bras that have passed their sell by date
I'm talking ones that have lost their colour, shape etc.

14. Old bedding

15. Towels with holes in them

16. Books you've never read before

17. Books you won't read again
Bye my teenage favourite Twilight Saga books

18. Old magazines

19. Old letters, appointments

20. Letters with important details on that you can find elsewhere

21. Old Christmas, birthday cards

22. Old receipts

23. Out of date food
You'd think I was preparing for an apocalypse with the number of tinned soups I had

24. Out of date tea or coffee

25. Cracked, chipped mugs

26. Dead house plants

27. Notebooks that have been used once and replaced

28. Pens that don't work

29. Notebooks that have/will never get used
So many marble notebooks

30. Earrings without a partner

31. Jewellery that has lost its colour

32. Watches that don't work anymore

33. Chargers for old phones

34. Old phones
I managed to sell my old Samsung Galaxy online and made a bit of money from it!

35. DVDs that haven't been watched

36. DVDs you can watch on Netflix

37. Games that never get touched

38. Boxes from electronics

39. Excess coat hangers

40. Wrapping paper scraps

41. Candles that have burnt out

42. Worn out hair bobbles
I am still working on this one.

43. Social media that you never use

44. Unsubscribe to emails you don't ever read

45. Spam/junk folder
So many emails offering me Viagra...

46. Blurred photos

47. Reward/store cards you never use
A library card? Really, Katie?

48. Old apps from your phone, you never open

49. Delete old contacts or texts

50. People who make you feel unhappy, anxious or doubtful

51. Negativity

What things on this list are you going to declutter??

Sunday, 2 February 2020

My Top Beauty Amazon Finds

Beauty Amazon finds
At one point, Amazon was the website you’d go on to order the latest Kindle books, affordable phone cases, or dozens of Yankee Candles for half their price tag. Never would I imagine it would be one of the places I rummage through to find the best beauty bargains.

I am a long time fan of Amazon (especially Prime, oh thank goodness for Prime) and have been since 2011, where I would purchase second-hand copies of the classic, Wuthering Heights and The Bell Jar for school.

Have you ever thought to browse Amazon for beauty products? Because of their beauty selection, I have discovered new products that I swear by and religiously repurchase for a less price.

Here are a few of my favourite beauty finds from Amazon that I would recommend:

Etude House Beauty Face Blur (link)
I originally saw this product recommended under the Korean skincare section, it is highly rated for giving you that 'blurred' makeup finish whilst minimizing your pores, which I am here for. I was a bit apprehensive at first, with this being a more of a creamy texture and a brand I am unfamiliar with, but I’d go as far as to say this is one of the best, inexpensive primers I have ever tried. Whenever I use this primer, my makeup will last much longer without the need of touching up. I also find it doesn't break my skin out or bank account, which is why I have repurchased this and kept it in my makeup routine.

Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm

Sticking with the Korean skincare, Tony Moly is one of my favourite skincare brands to buy on Amazon. This product is a self-heating, blackhead removal treatment, designed to mimic the cleansing action of steam. This unique mask is perfect for giving your skin that extra moisture as well as help surface any pesky blackheads. I love using this mask; it almost feels like you are in a spa having a facial with the self-heating effect as it's so relaxing.

Moroccan Oil (link)
When Moroccan Oil was first hyped about on social media it was so hard to get a hold of, however, luckily Amazon was on the ball. I have loved/used this hair oil for years, I think it's fair to say, as I have mentioned numerous times about it on my blog. I always reach for this hair oil in the summer, especially if I want to achieve healthy-looking beach waves. This oil helps keep my hair in good condition, which I think you need especially in the summer. It also gives my hair a gorgeous shine which looks amazing with beach waves on a sunny holiday. Definitely my favourite oil for keeping my hair in amazing condition and something I'd recommend to anyone with damaged hair.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (link)
This cream is amazing and can be used for everything: chapped lips, dry knees, elbows, hands and even brows. I pop this on just before bed all over my lips and let the 8-hour magic happen. I also like carrying this in my bag with me to use before the gym to keep my lips hydrated throughout. I highly recommend this multi-use product and I am yet to come across a better balm for dry lips.

Ren Clearcalm Replenishing Gel (link)
This stuff is great if you suffer with blemishes or imperfections. I use this quite regularly as a moisturiser, before I apply my makeup if I know I'm going to be on my feet all day. This really helps with calming down the appearance of blemishes, as well as reducing the redness. I have purchased numerous bottles of this stuff since I first bought it off Amazon and can honestly say it has worked wonders on my skin.

Rose Quartz Face Roller (link)
Face rollers are amazing for helping with reducing puffiness, increasing blood flow and flushing out bad toxins in your skin. I purchased mine off Amazon for a much less of a price and although I can't compare it to an expensive one, it does exactly what it said it does. I keep mine in the fridge and use it whenever my skin is in need of some extra TLC. I can honestly say these are amazing and something I will continue to use to keep my skin in the best condition as possible.

What is your No1 beauty find off Amazon??

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