Day 33 of my 40 day new skincare routine and 2 weeks of being dairy free

7 Days to go.

Here’s an interesting thing that’s been happening to me…

Those who know me personally, could probably attest that I’m a complete sweet tooth. But almost immediately (24-48hours) after becoming dairy free, I’ve stopped craving sweets. I have had dark chocolate here (ever since Mothers Day) but I’ve only eaten one square of it so far (and gave one to my husband), but other than that I haven’t had anything sweet. Before I started this dairy free diet, I would’ve destroyed that bar of chocolate.

I’m 2 weeks dairy free tomorrow and I won’t go back to eating ‘normal’…Why? I tell you.. Continue reading “Day 33 of my 40 day new skincare routine and 2 weeks of being dairy free”

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Day 21 of my 40 day new skincare routine

Right, I don’t know how to say this, but I sort of ditched all the products (except for the Clarisonic Mia 2) I’ve been using for the last 3 weeks.

Maybe it was impatience, maybe it was the fact that I wasn’t able to follow the same routine when I visited my parents or maybe it was the fact that the Liz Earle and Philosophy products didn’t really do anything for me besides smelling nice. 

I don’t want to bash Liz Earle,  Continue reading “Day 21 of my 40 day new skincare routine”

Day 12 of my 40 day new skincare routine

Day 12

Today I have a few photos for you guys.

I don’t know how you cleanse your face, but I ALWAYS double cleanse and so should YOU. I don’t care Continue reading “Day 12 of my 40 day new skincare routine”

Day 8 of my 40 day new skincare routine

Hello everybody,

So, I’ve been using my new skincare products for a little over a week now and my skin is starting to look much better. I’ve expected this, as shark week has ended a few days ago, and naturally my skin always starts to clear up afterwards.

The reason I’m doing this 40 day new skincare routine is to avoid the hormonal acne breakouts completely. I guess, I would be okay with getting one or two small spots, but the amount I’ve been getting in the past is really annoying for someone who’s 30+.

I’ve included a photo of Day 1 and Day 8 (today)  Continue reading “Day 8 of my 40 day new skincare routine”

Day 5 of my 40 day new skincare routine

I didn’t mean to update so frequently ( I was aiming for weekly updates), BUT I really wanted to update you on my progress.

So, for those who didn’t read my previous posts..

I’ve been using the following products in the morning:

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System (on the low speed setting with the sensitive brush head)

Philosophy purity made simple 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes (reformulated version without parabens)

LIZ EARLE INSTANT BOOST SKIN TONIC

Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser Combination/Oily

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream

And the evening:

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanse

LIZ EARLE INSTANT BOOST SKIN TONIC

Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser Combination/Oily

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream

I also increased my water intake. I drink 7 glasses of water (300ml each) so, a little over 2 litres. 

Here is a photo of how my skin looked on Day 1 and how it looks today on Day 5 Continue reading “Day 5 of my 40 day new skincare routine”

Day 2 of my 40 day new skincare routine

A short update from me. I don’t plan on posting updates daily (as I won’t have the time), but I just had to do a small post about my new morning routine.

I’ve just used my Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System
for the second time and I can’t describe how well it works with the Philosophy Purity 3 in 1 Cleanser.

It’s too early to say, if my skin will purge or not ( I’m actually hoping for it ), but for now I’m really happy with all the new products I’m using.

They smell nice, they feel nice and they work nice. I hope to see an overall

improvement of my acne scars, discolouration, pores and hormonal acne. Also, in case
Continue reading “Day 2 of my 40 day new skincare routine”

March/April Challenge: Day 1 of my 40 day new skincare routine with before photos

As you know by now, I LOVE challenges and I love being a minimalist, hence why I’m doing a no spend year.

My new, additional challenge is about skincare. I want to try a new, more minimal skincare routine for 40 days and see if my skin improves.

Why am I doing this?

First of all, my current products are not doing it for me and I refuse to let my appearance get me down.

Second, I feel like skincare nowadays is over complicated and I’ve always looked for ways to improve my skin. I’ve been living minimalistic for over a year now and I really want to minimise my skincare routine and free my bathroom cabinet and bags from products.

Thirdly, I’m aware that you can’t physically shrink pores, unless you use laser treatment, but if I can make them appear smaller, because they’re clean and unclogged then that’s already a good result in my eyes. As for my oily areas, I’m not sure how these areas will change, but I’ll report on it either way.

I’m also aware, that it’s probably a bit extreme to try out all new products in one go instead of introducing them one by one.

About my skin:

My skin has always bothered me since the age of 14 and I’m now close to 33. I’ve been to the dermatologist and endocrinologist numerous times. I’ve tried numerous prescription only products, except for the pill. My mum had a stroke because of the pill, so that’s the only road I won’t go down.The only time my skin has been near perfect, was when I was pregnant, but obviously I can’t be pregnant for the rest of my life only to have nicer skin. I have too much testosterone and genetics also play a role. I have medium to large pores and a dry (cheeks and forehead) to oily combination skin (depending on weather). I have sebaceous clogged pores and I get spots (mostly) around nose and chin. Ugh!

Continue reading “March/April Challenge: Day 1 of my 40 day new skincare routine with before photos”

10 Easy Ways To Save Money

The new year is in full force and I know a lot of my readers would like to save some money this year. You may want to pay off debt, save up for a holiday or for retirement.

I know it’s not easy to go from December, which was full of celebrations, to a no spend month like January.

So, to make it easier for you I’ve compiled a list of 10 ways to save you money. You can use these throughout the year without any extra hassle. Continue reading “10 Easy Ways To Save Money”

Shopping for happiness…

Reasons why I needed to go shopping:

  • It’s a sunny day
  • It’s a rainy day
  • I had a great hair day
  • It’s date night
  • There’s a sale on
  • There’s a sale with further reductions on
  • I was bored
  • I was stressed
  • I needed something (that I didn’t really need)
  • I needed to treat myself
  • I had a 10% off voucher
  • I haven’t been shopping in a few days
  • I got paid
  • It’s the weekend
  • I was invited to a party, wedding, etc.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

That was me then (over a month ago now)
I’ve had that many reasons and more to go into town to buy something.

Looking back on it now makes me a bit sad.
Not only, did I spent lots of money on things I didn’t really need, but I also wasted Continue reading “Shopping for happiness…”

It’s playtime…

I mentioned my “List of things to sort through” on yesterday’s blog entry and would like to use it as an example today.

Alot of people have kids, who happen to have toys…LOTS OF TOYS.

Let’s face it, going through your child’s mountain of toys can be daunting.

So, how do you decide which or how many toys should stay or go?

As a good rule of thumb, Continue reading “It’s playtime…”