Skincare Routine.

I thought that since I have mentioned my favourite skincare quite a lot in recent posts that I would do a post on how I use them and all that jazz. My skincare routine is fairly simple since I am too lazy to have a full on routine, even though my skin  would probably benefit from it! I also have Birchbox to thank for sending me some awesome skincare products which have now become possible staples in my skincare routine.

All of these products have been mentioned in my Birchbox and Collective Haul Over April posts alongside some other products so if you haven’t already and would like to then please click the links to have a read!

DSC_0077AThe first thing I’ll do is remove all of my make-up using the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. This stuff removes my make-up like no other. I’ll apply this all over my face using circular motions and I leave my eyes until last so I don’t rub my eye make-up over my entire face. Then I’ll take the Muslin cloth and get it damp using hot water, ring the water out and then wipe it over my face. I literally have to use two swipes and my make-up has been removed! Sometimes, if I have been wearing heavy eye make-up I will use a little extra cleanser just to make sure everything is gone. This is also great to use in the morning, the tea tree makes you feel fresh and awake.

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Once my make-up has been removed I like to exfoliate. I love the Dr Jart+ Clear Away Gel. I’ll apply a small amount to my fingertips, rub together and then apply this to my face. I’ll rub it in using circular motions for about a minute and then rinse this off with cold water. I love this because you can actually see and feel it working. Afterwards your face feels super soft and clear.

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When my face has been cleansed and exfoliated, I like to take a little bit of bio oil and pat this onto my face. This helps with all sorts of stuff but I like using it because I typically have dry/normal skin type. This makes it feel moisturised and healthy and I have zero visible dry patches. Since using this I find that make-up sits a lot easier and it doesn’t sit it any creases. I don’t use this every evening because you only need a small amount and it will keep your skin hydrated for several days. A little goes a long way. My sister also uses this regularly so I haven’t been getting through this bottle alone. It also helps with dark spots and scarring, so its great to use after having a breakout. DSC_0076A

Next step is serum! Serums are so important in skincare because they add extra hydration. This one is lovely because it sinks into the skin really quickly, even after using oil, my skin drinks this stuff up! Again, I don’t use this every evening and if I’m using oil I might skip this step, or I alternate between the two. This product is so expensive so it’s only in my routine until it runs out and then I doubt I will be purchasing it, but I’ve loved using it whilst I have it and I’m trying to make the most of it!

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As I mentioned in my Haul, I have used the Simple Moisturiser for a really long time. It’s pretty lightweight and doesn’t take a long time to set. I’ll apply this all over my face and down my neck.

The Eyebalm I only use in the evenings. After a long day when my eyes are hurting from staring at a computer screen all day or if I’ve been outside and squinting from the sunshine, I love using this. It soothes my eyes and makes me feel a lot more relaxed. I tend to suffer from insomnia so this really helps when my eyes are hurting but I can’t sleep!

I’m usually super lazy when it comes to skincare so it has to be quick and effortless! What are your go to skincare products when you’re feeling lazy or if you’re in a rush?

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Fitness Update.

So if you’ve been following me for the last few months you’ll have seen my post on Working Out, if you want to go back and read that you’ll find it here, when I had been doing it for a couple of weeks. Well now it’s an entire month later and I thought I would update you all.

I just wanted to have an update to be able to look back on for the future. Also to be a source of motivation to keep going, in my post Wing Girl I spoke a little about how to hold yourself accountable when starting new goals. Have a read if you would like to know why I think I haven’t lost motivation for working out yet.

We did have a little dip in progress and motivation over the Easter holidays a few weeks ago but as soon as they were over we got straight back into it. Our exercise routine has changed a little since we started because we are progressing so we are starting to include more difficult and varied exercises.

We recently purchased some kettlebells to workout with which I never thought I would use and we watched some YouTube videos to give us an idea of how to use them. We also use Xhits YouTube channel to do some extra ab workouts after some cardio. Then we will try to fit in a walk or a hike, whatever you want to call it.

It seems like a lot but overall it takes up to an hour when we don’t go for an extra long walk, including both a warm up and a cool down. Which is about how much you’re recommended to do daily. On Lisa’s days off we will do this in the morning because that means we have the rest of the day to get stuff done but on days when she is working (5 days a week) we will do this in the afternoon. Still no running though!

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This weekend I will be in the Isle of Wight for a cycling thing for my dad and brother, since they’re both taking part in a 100Km ride. We’re going to attempt to make a video like the ORICA GreenEDGE videos  and there will no doubt be a blog post with some photographs from the trip, so keep an eye out for those.

In the comments below let me know what keeps you motivated and what do you use to keep yourself accountable when you are trying to achieve a new goal?

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Working Out.

At the start of this year I had decided that I would up my health. On the inside and out. I made the decision to start working out more often, not that I was working out at all. But I decided to blog about it so that it makes it harder for me to give up because it’s written down on the internet!

I’ve been working out consistently now for about 6 weeks. To start off with I was doing the Charlotte Crosby 3 minute belly blitz DVD and then I started running. Unfortunately, on the 3rd or 4th outing of running I twisted my ankle, I didn’t think anything of it and continued to run on it for another day. Bad move Amber. Bad move. Since then, I haven’t been able to do any exercise which involved using my ankle so it was goodbye to the DVD and running for a little while. (about 2/3 weeks)

I didn’t want to just give up and I didn’t want to stop working out because it was making me feel so good, healthy and happy! But I also didn’t want to damage my ankle further and not be able to go running or do the DVD at all! So instead we decided to focus on our stomachs, using YouTube workout routines which didn’t have any exercises that involved my ankle being used heavily in any way.

Now after about 2 weeks of purely stomach focusing I’m actually beginning to notice a difference in my stomach! It’s surprisingly rewarding and I never thought I’d be someone who loves to workout!

I can’t wait to get back into running and do some cardio again but it’s not going to be easy and I’m a little be scared it will be really difficult.

I’ve always had an athletic body type so I don’t work out to lose weight but rather to be a healthier me. Here are some before and after shots.wpid-instasize_2015_3-_-111114.jpg.jpegLeft: August 2014         Right: March 2015

I didn’t actually take a before shot when I started working out but this picture is from last summer and I was pretty much the same!

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Sunday Shortlist

This week wasn’t so great at the start and to be honest I wondered if I would actually have anything to write today. But there was something good in most of my days so luckily it’s not all grey.

Babysitting my youngest niece one morning before work. This was so lovely, she can make a day so much brighter for anyone and getting to spend time with her is great. I love being an auntie, its literally one of my favourite things about my life.

I treated my older nieces out for lunch. It’s nice getting to hang out with them on their own. Now they’re getting older they prefer to be with their friends so I treated them and it was fun.

I went shopping. Good for any girl, right?  I didn’t even buy much but getting to go out with my sister and have a giggle is always good. We could stay in boots all day.

A night in with films and takeaway. At the end of a not so great week it was nice to just relax, with the house to myself so there was not fighting over what to watch and peace and quiet. When you have 5 siblings and 5 nieces the house can be kind of hectic. It’s great but sometimes you just need to be alone. Generally speaking, I am someone who much prefers to stay home on a Saturday night than go out. Boring I know.

There is the round up of my week.

“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.”