Sunday, 19 January 2014

Me time

As sad as it sounds, I have a routine that I stick to pretty much every Sunday night. It's my way of making sure that I am prepared for the week ahead, both in body and mind.

 I usually spend Sunday afternoons at home with my family, so I use this as time to give my skin a breather from makeup. My routine starts with a quick cleanse using the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm, just to give me a nice fresh face ready for the next steps. For everyday, I keep my skincare quite simple but this is different, I like to pile on the products. 

 The first product in this extensive list is the Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating treatment lotion, which I use with a cotton pad as a toner. It removes any scraps of makeup or oils that I might have missed with my cleanser. Then comes the ever famous Hydraluron, could this have been spoken about any more? I do notice a difference in my skin when I use this, but I don't like to use it everyday because although my skin gets dehydrated, it is mainly combination. Next I use the Ren Active 7 Radiant eye gel, just to keep that area hydrated and prevent any dark circles or puffiness. I will treat my blemishes with the Skin Anti Blemish Intensive Spot Lotion. The next step is my new discovery, thank to Amelia Liana. I put a few drops of the Clarins Lotus face Treatment Oil in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, then pat the product onto my face. It is incredible! If I had to pick one product out of my skincare routine that I had to recommend, it would be this one. I then finish up with a slick of the Nuxe Reve de Miel, which is a bit thick to use during the day, but is perfect to add some intense moisture to the lips overnight. I then let everything sink in for about half an hour, before adding a thin layer of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask. Holy grail product? Hell yes! 

My name is Aimee and I am obsessed with candles. I like my room to look and feel really cosy. So I light all of my candles and put on my Moroccan style fairy lights. My favourite at the moment is the Yankee Candle Black Cherry. I have bought some Laura Mercier candles from the Space NK sales and have vowed not to use them until I have used up my others, but do I have the willpower? I highly doubt it. 

What would I do without Bloglovin? It's probably my most used app on my iPad. I like to catch up on my favourite blogs whilst all cosy in bed with a blanket and a cup of Earl Grey. My favourite bloggers are Anna from Vivianna does makeup, Gh0st Parties, Essie Button, Lily Pebbles, Amelia Liana and Beauty Crush. I have recently discovered Simply Steadman and Student-stylexo, which I am also loving!

Over the last couple of years, blogs have replaced books for me. So I have decided this year to read more books. I am currently reading the new Bridget Jones book, I won't talk about it too much just in case anyone is yet to read it.

So that was my current Sunday night routine. Extensive I know, but it think it's crucial to have some 'me time' to keep you at your best. If you have any book recommendations please leave them in a comment below. 

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