Beauty | Skincare Routine

At the beginning of the year, when thinking of all the things I wanted to achieve for 2018, one of my goals was to put together a skin routine and stick to it.

I have a combination skin type, which means my T-zone area is quite oily in comparison to the other areas of my face, which are normal to dry. My skin is also affected massively by my diet, hormones and certain ingredients within products and so I am prone to the occasional spot.

One evening last November, I was watching TV in my bed and my face began to itch. It was very red, quite hot and super inflamed. The next day I woke up and my whole face was one big rash, I had endless amounts of little acne spots and I was so unhappy. Over the following weeks my skin got worse, I lost a lot of confidence and couldn’t find anything to soothe my skin at all. In the end I decided to go to the doctors, we discovered this was the result of a hormonal change, and was given antibiotics to help with my face. Although the acne cleared up, my skin was left very damaged with a lot of dark scarring.

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(Photographs from the first two days after my face was inflamed)

I am very lucky to have the mum and sister I have, who support me and help me with everything. So they read up on different products, and I watched a lot of reviews on YouTube and skincare regimes and together we came up with a list of top products and a new diet plan. I bought and tried a few products from nip+fab, The Ordinary, Bobbi brown and Nars, and began my 2 litres a day water challenge. And after discovering what worked and what didn’t work for my skin, I was able to put together a routine for myself.

Monday morning

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my garnier ultra lift Pro X intensive night cream.

Monday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream by The Body Shop

Tuesday morning

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my garnier ultra lift Pro X intensive night cream.

Tuesday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream by The Body Shop.

Wednesday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Scrub using St Ives Blemish fighting facial scrub.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my garnier ultra lift Pro X intensive night cream.

Wednesday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream by The Body Shop.

Thursday morning

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my garnier ultra lift Pro X intensive night cream.

Thursday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream by The Body Shop.

Friday morning

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my garnier ultra lift Pro X intensive night cream.

Friday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Scrub using St Ives Blemish fighting facial scrub.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream by The Body Shop.

Saturday morning

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my garnier ultra lift Pro X intensive night cream.

Saturday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream by The Body Shop.

Sunday morning

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my garnier ultra lift Pro X intensive night cream.

Sunday evening

  • Cleanse using Garnier Micellar water.
  • Exfoliate using The Ordinary Peeling Solution.
  • Freshen up using my Vitamin C skincare gel and Collagen skincare gel by the Simply Beautiful Company into my face.
  • Moisturise using a mix of my Nip+fab Glycolic fix radiance shot, with my Oils of Life intensely revitalising cream by The Body Shop.

After sticking to this routine religiously for the last 3 months these are the results.

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I have noticed such a difference in not only the appearance of my skin, but the texture also. It has become such an important part of my day, and so skincare has become something I’ve grown to really love and appreciate. It’s amazing what a set routine, an improved diet and 2 litres of water a day can do for your skin.  Having a sister who is an incredible beautician and a mum with the most incredible skin, from taking such good care of it, has also really helped me. Especially when I’m feeling lazy or when I’m tired after a long day, they give me the motivation to stick to it.

I love reading about other people’s skincare routines and seeing their journeys, and so I thought I would share mine with you all. And if it helps anyone in any way that will be a bonus.

I hope you all have a great week, thanks again for reading.

Love always

AHVB X

Travel | Birthday Celebrations In Rome

I can honestly say I don’t know where to start with this trip, from landing to leaving the whole experience was amazing. My boyfriend and I decided in January that we wanted to go somewhere to celebrate his 21st birthday, our options had included Paris, Rome and Greece. Rome was somewhere we’d both really wanted to go, close friends of mine had already been before and said how amazing and romantic it was and so we began doing our research and looking at hotels and flights. We flew with Easyjet and booked the Vatican Style hotel though Booking.com.

We landed in Rome Fiumicino, which was a 50 minute coach ride from our hotel in Vatican city. Luckily we had done our research and discovered that coach was the cheapest and easiest way to travel from the airport. The coach to Vatican city was 6 euros each, compared to the 45 euros that taxi’s were charging, and the coach stop was very easy to find. The coach dropped us in the centre of Vatican city, which was only a 7min walk from our hotel, and the whole experience was hassle free.

Arriving at our hotel was so exciting, I couldn’t wait to put the bags away, freshen up and start exploring Rome. The hotel from the outside looked nothing like I expected, this wasn’t bad at all but was a surprise, however the room was everything I imagined and more. The hotel went all out for my boyfriend’s birthday in decorating it, the room was the perfect size, was very clean and was identical to the photos on Booking.com, which is always a bonus. The staff were so friendly and helpful, they really couldn’t do more for us. And with the bags dropped off, the adventures began.

Once in the centre of Rome, taxi’s aren’t as expensive and so we mostly got around either walking or by taxi’s. Our first stop was the Colosseum, but before conquering our inner Gladiator, we made a stop for food. We stopped at Angelino ai Fori dal 1947 for lunch,  we couldn’t wait to get a taste of Italy. The restaurant was down the road from the Colosseum with beautiful surrounding views, the dining was outside which the weather was perfect for, and there was so much on the menu I wanted to order. On top of this the service was incredible, the staff was so friendly and the food was unbelievable. I ordered the Fettuccine pasta in clam sauce, and my boyfriend ordered the mushroom and butter risotto both with a glass of prosecco. Both of these I would highly recommend.

Next was the Colosseum, we ended up paying for skip the line tickets with a guided tour as I hadn’t done my tourist attraction research very well. The tour was incredible, our guide was very informative and she kept it very fun. However, at some points we did end up sneaking off to get a few pictures, as the tour didn’t stop at all for pictures and we both love our photos. It was so incredible to stand somewhere with so much history and so many stories to tell, and by the end of the tour I couldn’t wait to watch Gladiator. The tour did take up a lot of time and so by the time we had got out of the Colosseum it was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for the birthday dinner.

After having a mini photo shoot in the hotel, and having a few pre-drinks whilst we got ready, we headed to Momo republic to start the birthday celebrations. Everything at Momo’s from the beautiful garden and the delicious food, to the incredible service made the evening so perfect. There really isn’t a place I’ve ever experienced like Momo Republic, I would definitely return when I next visit Rome.

For our second, and sadly last full day in Rome we went all out. We visited 5 beautiful chapels as well as the Pantheon and the Altar of the Fatherland, we made a wish at the Fontana di Trevi, ate our bodies weight in gelato and went back to Angelino ai Fori dal 1947 restaurant for more. The chapels were so beautiful, and really moved us, it was an experience I cannot really put into words but it was so special. We also went to St Peter’s Basilica, and attempted to get into the Sistine Chapel however once again my tourist attraction research and planning failed me (something to learn from for our next trip), and the ticket office was closed.

Overall I can say this was a really special trip, and was one I thoroughly enjoyed beginning to end. I think the length of time we was there was absolutely perfect, as we managed to do everything on our bucket list and more. And I cannot wait for our next adventure.

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And here are some of my Rome top tips

  1. Walking will save you a lot of money, google map where you want to go and just enjoy the scenery and the weather and take a romantic stroll around the city.
  2. Don’t go all that way to eat your normal food, Italian food is incredible and I promise you will love it all.
  3. You must at least visit the Colosseum, at least one chapel, the Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi

Thanks for reading

Love always

AHVB X

 

 

General | My Very Own Blog

Firstly I want to say a big thank-you for getting this far and clicking onto my blog for a little read, and also welcome.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but not really had the confidence to do. I’m not one to start something that I know I won’t finish or be 100% dedicated to, but now I feel ready. I know how passionate I am about travel, beauty and all things fashion, and I am forever on social media, so I thought why not give it a go and see what happens. And now I’m really excited to share it all with you guys.

I get a lot of DM’s about places I visit, recommendations for lovely places to eat and the best hotels to stay at, and so I thought if I could have my own platform where I could put all this information I could help out a few people. As well as posts on my outfits, current fashion trends, my monthly wishlist’s and all my beauty tips and reviews that you all love.

It will probably take me a while to get into the flow of things and build my blog up to how I want it to look, so I apologise in advance. However I have lots of exciting things to share with you all, so I hope you all are excited to read.

Love always

AHVB X