10 things you really didn't need to know about me..

29 January 2015

1. I've started re-watching The Walking Dead and watched the whole first season yesterday. Yup that's right, all in one day. I'll blame my head cold and hormones for that one, but once again I've become obsessed by zombies. Time to read World War Z again? I think to, need all the help I can get considering I think I would be one of the first to be 'got' by Zombies. 

2. I'm currently unemployed and looking for a new job (one which lights. me. up.) which might explain why I was able to watch season one all in one day, on a Wednesday. Know of any exciting PA jobs? Send them my way! 

3. I am OBSESSED with the moon, with the clouds in the sky, with the beauty of this world. The grandness of the Universe used to make me feel small but now it makes me feel privileged, supported and full of possibility. 

4. This video blew my mind. See number 3.

5. Ben and I will have been together FIVE years this August. Geesh!

6. I've lost hope that we will ever be able to own a home in London. Simply out of the question. Unless we win a substantial amount of money. Which you know, is unlikely. 

7. I, like Alissa, have one foot that is slightly bigger than the other which makes shoe shopping rather frustrating sometimes! 

8. I have recently discovered that I have a 3 day limit of being by myself - thanks unemployment! I like my own company and am fine spending a day or two alone but I totally LOVE being around people on the whole. Working from home by myself? Unless I have another two cats and a dog for company, it's not going to happen. 

9. This afternoon I'm going to go explore a few of my favourite museums. Having a gander at my own pace, in my own time? Bring it on. 

10. I've never shot a gun but it's on my bucket list alongside seeing the Northern Lights, staying in a beach hut on a beautiful beach for my honeymoon and living by the sea. The sea, the sea, the sea... most of my bucket list involves the sea! 

*idea for this blog post shamelessly stolen from Alissa

My skin-care routine

28 January 2015

Over the past few months I've simplified my skincare routine and what you see above is pretty much it in its entirety.
As you can see, i'm a huge LUSH fan and it's the only brand that I am using at the moment. The thing I love most about LUSH? The fact that their products feel good when you use them. Full of goodness, no yucky chemicals and completely cruelty free.
Exactly what I want from my skin-care.

Let me run you through the products that I use...

First up? Cleanser.

Angels on Bare Skin (link here)
I'd used this a few years ago and knew that when I was switching to LUSH it would be the first thing that I'd pick up. It's ever so slightly exfoliating due to the ground almonds in there but it's incredibly soothing and calming, perfect for morning and night. After I've taken off the bulk of my make-up (i'm using this at the moment - I got a tester to try!) I smoosh the paste between my hands with a drop of water and then massage it over my whole face, paying special attention to my t-zone (works wonders in minimising blackheads). Once I've rinsed it all off my skin is sparkling clean with none of that stripped feeling normal face washes can give you!

Eau Roma Water (link here)
I haven't always used toner, never really knowing if it was actually doing anything any or not but this one has pleasantly surprised me. Suitable for even the most sensitive skins, this formula reduces redness, hydrates and refreshes the skin. I usually spray some onto a cotton pad and smooth over my face to remove any last traces of cleanser and prep the skin for serum and moisturiser. I've also used a few spritzes of this if my skin needs a bit of a perking up throughout the day - works really well!

Full of Grace - not pictured (link here)
This gem is a solid serum bar which gets warmed up between my fingers and then slathered on my face every night before my moisturiser. It's deeply moisturising and really gives an extra bit of oomph and nourishment in these dreary winter months!

Imperialis (link here)
I was recommended this moisturiser by the lovely advisor in the store as it's a brilliant all rounder for skins that are pretty normal and so far i've been loving it. It acts as a nice base for make-up; not too heavy, not too light and really balances out my skin throughout the day and even through those monthly hormone fluctuations. No more horrible breakouts for me.

Dream Cream (link here)
Simply the best body cream that I've ever used. Hands down. And in my time working at Clarins I tried A LOT of them - high end brands, drugstore brands and everything in between. This one takes the top prize though. Hands down! Cooling, nourishing, sinks in like a dream, brilliant for eczema and soothing if you ever get any skin niggles... I couldn't recommend this any higher.

No Drought (link here)
This stuff is the best dry shampoo out there and believe me when I say that i've tried loads of them! Simply massage the powder into the scalp and your hair and then brush it out. Voila. Clean hair that smells of grapefruit and lime and general yummyness. It's not sticky like a lot of other spray aerosol ones on the market and actually keeps the hair clean for the whole day (I always found my hair would be extra greasy a few hours after using spray ones, more so than usual).

I'm also a regular user of all LUSH's bath bombs, shower gels and soaps but there's no way that I could pick favourites so for now lets assume I love them all.

What are your skincare favourites at the moment?

Anyway, that's enough from me this evening.. hope you are having a lovely one!

3 things I've loved lately

25 January 2015


I'm gotta start with this:

Serial. The podcast. It's SO GOOD. Like...I've listened to 7 episodes already and I started this morning kinda good. 

If you haven't heard of it already, Serial is a podcast investigation into the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18 year old student in Maryland (US) and the man convicted of murdering her, an ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. The host of the show, Sarah Koenig speaks with officials, friends, investigators and relatives to figure out whether Adnan actually committed the crime. 

It's exciting, brilliantly told and unlike anything I have ever listened to before so get involved! 


Moving onto Ben Howard. 
I've got pretty much all of the music that he's ever made on my 'Joe's Favourites' Spotify playlist and i've played it most mornings for weeks now, much to Ben's frustration. It's smooth, easy to listen to and perfect for bath time! 

// A BOOK 

I was gifted this book for Christmas and it totally really blew me away. I was hooked within the first few pages and finished it within a few days, not being able to put it down! I was thinking about what I liked most about this book earlier but I love pretty much everything; the characters, the plot, the twists etc.. all of it. If you are a lover of crime thrillers then this book is definitely worth a read. 

Any podcasts, music or books you've read lately that I should know about?

My world lately - a picture catch-up!

24 January 2015

1. Christmas day walk in Gunnersbury Park 
2. Date night screamy faces with Biscuit 
3. London looking sparkly and bright 

1. Christmas Day selfies
2. The next big boy band - One Direction better watch out
3. My two favourite boys!
4. Hyde Park at sunset 

1. Frowny Parsons boys
2. Christmas market wanderings 
3. The Thames looking beautiful 
4. Selfie selfie selfie

1. Elf, snuggled up with treats - how Christmas should be played out!
2. Always looking up at the sky
3. The Parsons girlfriends club...sponsored by wine

1. Winkie and H-bum
2. If you want the rainbow you've got to put up with the rain 
3. Reindeer Joe