Levelling Up My Skin-care Routine

Since creating this post I’ve upped my skin-care routine and wanted to share some of the bits that have been working for me. Now I am no expert and nor do I claim to be. At the grand old age of 33 I still get bad spotty skin. Especially around the time-of-the-month, shout out to those hormonal spots.

These are a few thing that are working for me and I enjoy my little pamper session. I’m looking to add a vitamin C serum and maybe some sort of night cream into this mix. If you have any recommendations of what I should add into my routine or any recommendations to help bad skin, I would absolutely love to know!!

Morning Routine:

I kick start my mornings by washing my face with Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser to wake me up and wash away of my dribble from the night before (real sexy, i know 😉 ) and then i go in with the good stuff that is Cera Ve and their Foaming Cleaner. This has been a godsend for my skin and has really helped clear it up in recent months.

Next step i put two pumps of Paula’s Choice BHA Exfoliant all over my face but mainly focusing on my jaw line. This is one of my can’t live without products! It helps with those pesky small bumpy spots under the skin that seem to appear on my jaw line. Anyone know what causes those and what i can do to prevent them? Is it diet related or hormonal? I also use a tea tree oil stick on spots throughout the day if needed or i can feel a new spot appearing.

While I’m waiting for my skin to absorb that I drink a glass of water. Once thats dried in I go in with a small amount of Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer and if needed i can alway add more. While my skin is soaking up all the moisturizer I make myself a cup of Earl Grey tea.

If I’m having a no make up day I leave it there but if I fancy make up I go in with Glossier’s Futuredew. I’m craving that dewy glow and this delivers just that. I need to invest in a better SPF now we live in permanent sunshine as mine leaves my pores clogged and makes me spotty. Thankfully my IT Cosmetics CC cream has SPF+ 50! The CC cream and Futuredrew are the dream combination and give you that sun-kissed holiday glow without actually having to be in the sun.

Night Routine:

Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser to clean my skin and remove any make up. Then as I don’t like getting my eyes wet when washing my face (weird phobia i have) I use Garnier’s Micellar Water to remove my eye make up if I’m wearing it.

I then use two pumps of Paula’s Choice BHA Exfoliant all over my face. If I have bad break out of spots I use the Glossier Solution on a cotton pad and press over the effected areas. This is too strong for me to use all over my face daily. I use it once a week all over my face and restrict it to specific break out areas. Once every two weeks I use a Purifying Mud Mask from  Sephora and when i have a spot coming through i often just use a small amount of this on the spot. It really helps dry out the spot.

A couple times a week I’ve started using this jade roller. I’m not sure I can see any results just yet, I mean I see quick difference on eye bags but I’m not 100% sure i know what results I should be seeing? I do enjoy rolling it in up-ward motions over my face, it soothes it and helps my skin absorb everything.

Priming Moisturizer – Glossier
Futuredew – Glossier
Milky Jelly Cleanser – Glossier
Solution – Glossier
Foaming Cleaner – Cera Ve
BHA Gel Exfoliant – Paula’s Choice
Purifying Mud Mask – Sephora
Jade Roller – Amazon
Purifying Mud Mask – Sephora
Lip Balm – Glossier

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Photos by Dave Cox

Vasquez Rocks

On Saturday we headed out for a drive to Vasquez Rocks, we also visited the Antelope Valley Poppy reserve but sadly no poppies just shit loads of locusts! I may have screamed the whole time while we did a little hike. It was very hot and extremely windy, which totally ruined my hair. Oh I know totally first world problem!

After our disappointing poppy reserve trip we headed to Vasquez rocks and they did not disappoint one bit. In-fact we all wished we had just visited here for the day. Some of you may recognise these rocks from a whole bunch of films and television shows. It really did feel like walking around something out of this world and could totally see why they use it for filming as the rock formations are so unreal and beautiful!

I was wearing sandals but felt my trainers were the better option for a hike and little bit of rock climbing so apologies they don’t quite go with my dress. As you can see from my face I am a hot sweaty (maybe even little sunburnt looking) mess. Even wearing factor 50 on my face didn’t save me from the hot as hell sun. Thankfully I didn’t actually burn my face and think it was just the heat. Dave and I would love the come back to Vasquez Rocks either early in the morning or in the Spring time when the sun isn’t as harsh.

Incase any LA based followers are thinking of heading up to Vasquez Rocks, trails are open but the Nature centre remains temporarily closed and park opening hours are slightly shorter due to Covid-19. I believe opening hours are operating as winter timings 8-5pm. Face masks/coverings are needed and keep 6 feet apart from others but thankfully the park is huge and you’re able to do so quite easily. They also have portaloos which is handy as it’s a fair old drive to get there.

Dress – Made by me
Bag – Warehouse (Sample Sale)
Trainers – Vans
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Photos by Dave Cox

Bake With Me: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

We’ve been trying really hard to cut back on the treats at home and up our exercise but sometimes you just need that sugar hit and this afternoon we had a craving for cookies. After a little look online I found an easy cookie recipe. I didn’t quite have all the ingredients so I modified it a little but they turned out well so thought I’d share it with y’all.

Although I didn’t have quite enough butter the recipe calls for but a dash of milk fixed that. I would recommend flattening the scoops but I only had two baking trays at hand so didn’t do this but they still turned out like those Pret cookies. I do miss Pret, I wish they would open up here in LA!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes 
Total Time 30 minutes


Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (i used 2 cups gluten free all-purpose & 1 cup coconut gluten free all-purpose for flavour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (or chunks, or chopped chocolate) you can never have too many chocolate chips in my opinion!
  • 1 cup almond flakes



Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a bowl mix the flour, salt, baking powder together and set aside for now
  • Cream together butter and sugars until combined (I don’t have a whisker so I used our mini blender)
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy
  • Mix wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients until combined
  • Add chocolate chips and almond slices and mix well
  • Scoop out dough using an ice-cream scoop or a spoon and roll them in to balls and place them evenly spaced on your prepared baking tray
  • Bake in preheated oven for approximately 10-15 minutes. Take them out when they are just starting to turn brown as this will give them that gooey centre
  • Let them sit on the baking pan for at least 2 minutes before moving to cooling rack

And finally enjoy with a good cup of tea! If you make these cookies I’d love to see how they turn out tag me on Instagram so i can see your yummy cookies.

Making An Appearance

I finally got around to finishing this dress. It’s only taken me a couple of months! I think i changed the sleeves about 10 times before finally landing on this style. I cut the pattern a little different as i originally wanted elastic straps but after failing to get them to sit right and unpicking my failed attempts multiple times I cut a small shoulder strap and attached that to the bodice and sleeves to that making the top half finally complete. For the bottom half i knew what i was hoping for and pretty pleased with how it turned out. I even had enough fabric for a hair scrunchie! This colour isn’t normally one I’d go for but Dave picked out the fabric and i”m really pleased with it.

Also, yes I’m trying to grow out my fringe. I’ve never not had a fringe, even as a child i had a full fringe. I thought lockdown was the perfect time to experiment and try growing it out. I’m hoping to end up with Bridget Bardot bangs by the end of it. If you’ve ever grown out a fringe you will feel my pain, this is infuriating and now i know why I’ve never attempted it before! I loved my full fringe but it’s far too warm for a fringe out in LA and living by the coast means a lovely sea breeze, which isn’t so lovely if you have a fringe and have to forever hold it down or readjust it. Let’s see how far i get before i cut it back in aye. Also I don’t fancy heading to the hair dressers right now, even if they are reopening now, plus I haven’t found a hair dresser to replace my babe of a hair dresser back home!

Dress & Scrunchie – Made by me
Espadrilles – Zara
Bag – Topshop
Sunglasses – RayBan

Photos by Dave Cox