My skincare saviours during lockdown

Cleansers

Lockdown gave me the perfect opportunity to play around with my skincare and find what works for me and what I need to cut out.

I used to use too many different products which I think did more bad than good; I used to compulse buy so many skincare products just because they sounded good and would spend more money than what was necessary. By no means am I an expert or a specialist and of course all our skins differ to each others. My skin type is oily to combination and is acne prone.

I’m currently changing my products to the ordinary and the body shop as they’re working the best for my skin.

Here are the products I use in my AM skincare routine:

  • Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser
  • Simple soothing facial toner
  • The Body Shop tea tree oil (if I have spots)
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
  • La Roche-Posay 50+ SPF

And here are the products I use in my PM skincare routine:

  • The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
  • Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot cloth cleanser (for a double cleanse) – I use this twice a week
  • Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (for a double cleanse when not using the liz Earle cleanser)
  • Simple soothing facial toner
  • The Ordinary Retinol
  • The Body Shop Drops of light eye cream
  • Revolution Green Tea and Collagen serum with crystal roller
  • Clinique super defence night moisturiser
  • The Body Shop Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil (I use this once/twice a week)

I do like the change some of the serums around once they finish but these are the ones I’m loving at the moment!

Q: What is your skincare must have?

Love, Jess x

‘The Horse Dancer’ by Jojo Moyes Review

It’s been a while since I’ve written a book review and to be honest it’s taken me a while to finish this book, for many reasons. Overall, I have enjoyed the book but at times I got bored and a little distracted which made me lose interest.

The Horse Dancer

The story is based on two stories at first that gradually become one, one being about a 14 year old girl living in London with her grandad who loves horses and spends all her free time training and riding her horse Boo. The other story is focused on Natasha a soon to be divorced lawyer who’s life gets turned upside down.

What I liked most about this book was the storyline, it had an interesting plot which some interesting turns of events. It’s hard to describe the genre of book as it has a mixture of different themes throughout the book such as:

  • Romance
  • family
  • sadness/grief
  • animals

It doesn’t focus solely on one theme so is quite interesting. I also liked the fact it was about horses as I like horses and gained quite a bit of knowledge on them from reading the book such as a form of horse performance called dressage. I also enjoyed the fact it was quite an emotionally gripping story and as I got more and more into it the less I wanted to put it down, however it did take me longer than usual to get hooked onto the story line

However, the change of view of each paragraph did become a bit confusing and the change of tense also added to that as the paragraphs didn’t quite flow together smoothly; which I find easier to read. Some chapters also felt unnecessary and not essential for the story line which made parts a little boring.

Overall, I would rate the book a 3.5 out of 5, and probably won’t re-read it.

Q: What book are you reading at the moment?

Love,

Jess