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How Much Does My Skincare Routine Cost?

It’s probably not the right time in the year to talk about money but everyone knows that I’m a self-proclaimer in not following trends. 😛 Besides, I am not making you buy a product; we are just having a discussion because who hasn’t thought about the accumulated cost of a particular category? I had thought about joining the gym this year but when doing the math, I didn’t think that me spending £300 a year was going to be efficiently used because I actually wouldn’t go (I don’t enjoy it enough to go).

Skincare on the other hand…I wouldn’t say I would spend profusely on it but certainly there have been times where I’ve spent money on the whim without looking at descriptions or reviews of the product(s) in question. I have never calculated how much my skincare routine is worth so this could turn out to be very interesting.

For those who follow me on Instagram, I already shared one of my skincare routines. That’s right, I am currently running two skincare routines so the weekdays are quite different to the weekends.

Let’s get started shall we?

My Weekday Skincare Routine comprises of:

Garnier Micellar Water (500ml) – £6
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Make-up Cleansing Balm – £30
Garnier Pure Active 3in1 Clay Mask Scrub – £3.69
SANA Soy Cleanser – £8*
Pixi Glow Tonic – £18
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence – £22
Revolution Skincare Stabilised Active Collagen – £8
Revolution Skincare 5% ATP – £8
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream – £27.99
Sukin Facial Moisturiser – £7.95
Sukin Skincare Calming Night Cream – £14.95
Innisfree UV Protection Cream No Sebum SPF 35 – £10 **

*I bought mine in Hong Kong. I don’t remember how much I paid for it exactly but it’s definitely a bit cheaper than what you get it for online.

**I bought this at the airport in Hong Kong. It was around this much, maybe cheaper.

Note: 2 products are not pictured by accident – my bad! It was too late by the time I had noticed this.

Total = £164.58 (average £13.71/product)

My Weekend Skincare Routine comprises of:

Garnier Micellar Water (500ml) – £6
Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm – £40
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser – £19.50
Son & Park Beauty Water – £20
Hada Labo Premium Lotion – £12
Revolution Skincare Salicylic Acid – £7.99
Revolution Skincare Niacinamide – £6
IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream – £30
Tonymoly Green Tea Chok Chok Cream – £12***
Eucerin Face Sun Fluid SPF 30 – £15

***Realistically, I bought mine for a bit cheaper at TK Maxx for about £8.

Total = £168.49 (average £16.85/product)

Thoughts & Verdict

I am pleasantly surprised overall! I actually think the total is quite healthy and not outrageously bad.

Firstly, I thought that both my routines would cost very different but they turned out to cost very similar. It’ll be interesting to see if this will be the case in a future How Much Does My Skincare Routine Cost? post.

My skincare routines do tend to be well-balanced. That being, I don’t spend luxuriously on every item nor do I spend cheaply on everything. There are certainly items that I will never spend lots on such as micellar water, whilst there are items such as cleansers where I feel I can go either way (luxurious or mid-range drugstore). I wouldn’t say I’m too precious about any category although I tend to splurge on cleansing balms and eye creams.

Overall, my skincare routine(s) is in a good place where my skin is at its best (or close to its best). I would however, like to conduct an experiment in the future where I maybe go full drugstore skincare routine and see a) how much this costs instead and b) what effects this reaps for my skin. Obviously, the experiment is subject to the products themselves rather than the cost or market they belong to, but it would be interesting nevertheless don’t you think?

Have you ever calculated how much your full skincare routine costs? Feel free to do it spontaneously and let me know in the comments section down below how much yours costs! Do you have any particular habits where you spend more on something over another?

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#Selfcare Sunday Series | How to Make your New Years Resolutions/Goals Count This Year

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone has had a re-charged weekend!

I have been sleeping terrible overall…I just can’t seem to get comfortable but most of all, I have been finding it hard to shut my mind down. Even though on the surface and in general, my personality is very chilled, my mind is in fact going 100mph. Does anyone have any tips for sleeping better? I’m going to try some different teas to see if that would help but at the moment, I’ve been feeling like a zombie.

Anyways – back to topic: I wanted to tap into more advice-giving posts this year so to start 2020 off, I’m going to be rounding off my best tips to getting your New Years resolutions in-check this year! If you don’t believe in them, that’s totally fine – just replace them with any goals throughout the year that you may have!

Create a Rough Timeline

Note that I mentioned ‘rough’. It’s important to have clear goals but nothing is set in stone unless you have a deadline that is the be all or end all. Even then, depending on the type of person you are, you may find that you like to work flexibly or step-by-step so re-adjust this timeline to what suits you best.

I’m personally very adaptable and flexible so I don’t like to ground myself too much however having said that, I like to write down a rough timeline so I know what to achieve within a period of time in order to not go off-track and/or off on a tangent.

Big Goals, Small Goals

In every big goal that you have, there are small goals that you should look to achieve under that. In the wider scheme of things, goals should be seen as a node for self-progress – the end result is…there is no ‘end-result’ – it just keeps going and re-adjusting! It’s very easy to get caught up in the big picture without looking at the details but look too much at the details and you might miss the big picture so try to have some balance.

The best and perhaps most cliché example to use is weight-loss.

When you achieve your ‘dream-body/dream-weight’ or however you may call it, maybe the goal you want to re-set it to is maintenance in the long-run followed by a reevaluated fitness goal such as ‘I want to get 11 abs!’ or ‘I want to be able to do 20 push-ups!’.

Assess It

Some people like to bullet-journal whilst others may just like to jot down notes on a weekly basis to check-in with themselves. You may have also seen those self-care/mindfulness journals floating about in recent years where pages are already pre-planned.

I have tried bullet-journalling in the past but ultimately, it took up a lot of time which is why I don’t do it anymore. What I do instead is create a spreadsheet on Numbers (or Excel) as a daily tracker for the goal that I want to achieve. It is so much easier for me this way when it comes to seeing an overview of a long-term goal!

For daily tasks (that are part of long-term goals – keep this in mind), I often use post-it notes to list what I need to do on the day. It doesn’t mean I won’t procrastinate but at least that way, I have outlined what I need to do mindfully.

See: Bullet Journal Planning & Flatlays

Remember Why You Want to Achieve your Goal

If there is just one tip that I want you to take away from this post, it would 100% be this one! You’re going to have moments where you lose motivation, momentum…and that’s okay. What is not okay is losing the reason for why you wanted to achieve your goal in the first place. If your mind isn’t going somewhere, take it back to a memory on why you’re doing what you’re doing and it should re-charge you. 🙂

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Ever wanted to achieve something so much that you end up burning yourself out? Yeah. I’ve been in that position many times and it is neither pretty for the mind or body. Patience is really a virtue when it comes to achieving goals. You may have read successful business stories in the past which involved the person waking up everyday at 5am to grind and work on their dream product and brand. It starts from a passion. It can start from a bedroom or a warehouse. A small apartment. Anywhere because the power of the internet is the strongest it has ever been. Point is, no matter how long it takes to achieve whatever big goal you may have, keep going and remember to check-in with your smaller goals on a regular basis. I strongly believe that timing is key to everything.

P.S. To be successful, waking up at 5am everyday is NOT the only way but it’s definitely good to have a good routine set in place.

Do Today, Not Tomorrow

I’m going to tell you something and I’m going to be very blunt about it. If you are telling yourself that you will do it tomorrow instead, chances are you won’t and chances are, you’re setting yourself up for a subpar result because you haven’t made it a priority. (Note I didn’t mention the F-word…not the profanity kind either.)

Don’t get me wrong – there are seemingly people who get the job done even when it’s achieved last minute. But there is no safety-net for real success and if your best effort is being half-arsed about it, I’d rather you just drop the whole goal and go home to re-assess all the above.

Join me next Sunday for another #Selfcare post. 🙂 I will be talking about overcoming anxiety. For once, I actually have the whole month planned and can’t wait to share some of these topics bit by bit!

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My First Project Pan

For someone who loves compiling Empties posts, I can’t believe that I’ve never planned a Project Pan and documented it! In my mind, there were a few items that I had wanted to empty out last year or at least use more of however this never got achieved so again, some of the items remain collecting dust.

Nevermind being a beauty blogger – I mean I am not really invested in that title, but as someone who has spent money on lots of items, I ought to be more responsible in using up the products unless it is really bad. So here’s my attempt at being more responsible this year and less of a hoarder!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

60% left to be used

I don’t know what it is but I just don’t naturally reach for this. It took me a long time to open this and when I finally did, I didn’t find myself being excited enough to use it. It’s not actually a bad product per se but is it comparable to Pixi Glow Tonic? No – in my opinion, it isn’t. But then again, I’ve yet to use it consistently so I’ll let you know how it fares in the next couple of months.

Superdrug Calm Skin Moisturising Serum

20% left to be used

I originally bought this because I remember reading someone’s blog and they had said some good things about this particular range by Superdrug. I rather like their Vitamin E range so it was in my interest to try this other range too. I do actually like this product but I find it a bit difficult to fit into a routine unless it is very simple because it can pill up post-serum stage. It is versatile though in the sense that it can be used as a moisturising primer – I wouldn’t say it’s tacky but it adds that nice slip to the skin. I’m confident that I’ll be able to use this up!

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

Can we hit pan this year?

A palette! Well, this one is going to be a challenge and if there is any shade that will hit pan this year, it’ll be the contour shade since it’s the only one I own/use other than my Sleek palette. This product is probably one of the biggest investments I’ve made within beauty but it has been SO worth it. It just helps bring my face to life without overdoing it and it is so travel-friendly. I have to say that I don’t use the brown ‘blush’ much since I have to use a very light-hand but perhaps I should find a day where I use the entire palette for one whole look?

Bobbi Brown Concealer

90% left to be used

I bought this randomly in Hong Kong. It is one of my only concealers that I use for concealing spots and imperfections but to be honest, I hardly deal with this step. I would find this a bit thick to apply under the eyes so in a lot of ways, it’s going to be difficult to pan this one. We’ll just have to see!

NYX Liquid Lingerie Lipsticks

50% left to be used (this is an approximation considering how much I use these…I would be happy to use up any one of the colours this year!)

I own three different shades: Push-up, Ruffle Trim and Exotic. I find these beautiful on the lip albeit I apply them over lip balm to achieve the best results. The applicator on these are quite weird however I’ve gotten used to this now…how should I put it? It’s not fluffy but more of a long and flat doe foot applicator. The reason I love these is its lasting power. Yes, quite a bit comes off after I drink coffee but I’ll still have some amount of colour on my lip which I can’t say is the case for practically all my other lip products that I own. (Bare in mind that I don’t own any other liquid lipsticks to date.)

Laura Mercier Oil-free Tinted Moisturiser

80% left to be used

The thing is, I do actually really like this product but the unfortunate thing is the shade is wrong for me! The shade range is rather weird – I got colour tested in-store and the lightest shade was too light for me so I thought to get the next shade up. For a shade that’s the second lightest, it is actually very dark – probably verging on orange on my fair-light skin. I’m going to have to use this to contour my face it seems if I’m to touch this at all this year. I’ve yet to figure it out but I think with a lot of patience and blending, this method could work. Any tips are welcome, of course.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

50% left to be used

Anyone who’s been following me long enough knows that this is one of my go-to foundations! I actually haven’t touched this since last summer and as it stands, have one back-up of this which was gifted by one of my best friends on my birthday. I gained a few new makeup base favourites in the past year so it would be interesting to see if I still feel the same way about this foundation? I will look to pick it for use end of February since I’m in the middle of testing/reviewing another drugstore foundation.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

30% left to be used

If there is one product that I’d be very happy to finish, it would actually be this one because it’s so old (I’m sure it’s still in good condition but I’ll check again). I originally got this as part of a gift set one Christmas. It smells really nice and is great if your skin needs hydration but not the type that feels like you’re just rubbing liquids on your face. Having said that, I do prefer the overnight masks that are of thinner consistency than this one so it’s quite unlikely that I will repurchase this again. I find this slightly tacky on the skin (although it gives it a nice slip) BUT during the winter months, this can be quite the lifesaver. Ask for a sample if you can.

There are probably a few others that I could add to this Project Pan but I thought that it would be wise to start small (and realistic). I hope you’re all enjoying your Saturday so far? I’ve just finished making some banana pancakes this morning! 🙂 Join me tomorrow for another post.

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Products & Brands I Want to Try in 2020

I don’t think I have written this type of post before which is probably why there are still so many products and brands that I haven’t tried. (Baring in mind, a good half of them are also unavailable to me although Boots have recently expanded their range – more below.)

The brand I tried out the most last year has to be Revolution – both their makeup and skincare. I am looking to write about their skincare line once I have gotten through the entire haul but for now, let’s tap into other new products and brands that I want to try out at some point this year!

Fenty Beauty – the Gloss Bomb in particular

Fenty Beauty Gloss Goalz Universal Lip Luminizer 3-pc set

I used to get a Christmas gift set for myself every year without fail. I didn’t bother with that in 2018 however in 2019, I saw that Fenty Beauty had the gloss trio which I so badly wanted to get. I did actually see it in-store one day in late-October/early-November and should have gotten the hint to get it then, because the next time I went in to try and nab it, it was sold out! I was actually very gutted about this! However, I’m confident that this will be released again during the holiday season. I am tempted to get an individual lipgloss but this is very much dependent on if I finish some lip products this year. (Project Pan post to come soon.)

Physicians Formula – the Butter Bronzer in particular

Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

This brand has been available in my local Boots since early Autumn but each and every time that I have tried to see if the Murumuru Butter Bronzer is there, it is ALWAYS sold-out. I’m actually getting a little dubious – is it sold-out or have they not re-stocked? I have gone on so many trips after work to try and get my hands on this but…no luck.

I never used to bronze at all but now it’s one of my favourite steps next to applying blush. I would love to be able try this out soon for sure so wish me luck in seeing its existence next time I’m in Boots!

More NYX lip products!

NYX Powder Puff Lippie in Teacher’s Pet

It took me a while to get into NYX but once I tapped into their Liquid Lingerie Lipsticks since Spring time, there was no going back – I had found my perfect lip colour! I don’t think there are any more shades that I want to get from said line but I would be interested in trying their other lip lines. For example, the Lip Powder Puff Lippie looks interesting and actually, I have never tried such a product so I would be curious to know what the formula is like!

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

I have also wanted to try the Butter Glosses for a while now too! Creme Brulee, Madeleine and Tiramisu are my colour-picks but this could change once I swatch them in-store.

Is there anything that you would recommend for me to try from NYX?

More Makeup Revolution makeup

Makeup Revolution Loose Baking Powder in Lace

I mainly own makeup palettes from Makeup Revolution so it would be nice to finally try some of their other individual products. Actually I have a green concealer from them which I haven’t opened yet but what I’m really thinking about is perhaps a new powder? I’d be interested to pick up their loose powders and see if they’re a hot contender or not.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

I want to say that this product was very popular especially with beauty youtubers around 2015/2016? If I am correct, I am incredibly late on this so-called bandwagon. But like almost everything else, I don’t really follow trends. I tend to buy things after it has passed its ‘trend’. Ever since I discovered the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, I have seldom used my foundations which could be both a good and bad thing. This year, I would like to tap into more of these types of easy-to-use base products. If you have tried this product before, what are your thoughts overall?

Mario Badescu Skincare

Mario Badescu Essentials Kit

I keep saying to myself that I will buy their skincare set but it never materialises into any purchase because I have to get myself into Urban Outfitters first which I don’t actively shop in. For those who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know through my stories that I have two different skincare routines. I could probably do without a new cleanser and moisturiser this year because I have a queue for both product categories however I’d be happy to try anything else in-between from Mario Badescu! Perhaps you could recommend something? Let me know.

That’s it for the products and brands I want to try this year! There is probably more but I think it’s a healthy list to start on.

Catch up with me on Friday for my first ever Project Pan post! Enjoy the rest of the week. 🙂

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Some changes.

Hi everyone.

This is just a quick announcement post to let you know of the (positive) changes that I’m putting forward on this blog!

I’ve been blogging (kinda) consistently for a good 3-4 years now and I feel that it’s finally time for it to move into a new chapter. I lost momentum with blogging/writing in the latter-half of last year and there’s really no excuse for this except to say that I didn’t keep up with it. I was even surprised to see I had as many views as I did in a couple of those months! But the truth is, I didn’t have a writing plan. A lot of posts I’ve written up until this New Year have been written days before upload. Sometimes even hours before upload. What does keep me going with this blog though is the fact that I do enjoy writing.

I’ve set some new goals for this year and one of them does concern the blog. I honestly feel that it’s time for a re-birth and re-growth where I discuss topics that I’ve always wanted to discuss and perhaps move the blog into a slightly different direction. Of course, I will continue to write about skincare and beauty however this will steer a slightly different direction too.

I have decided to forfeit my Favourites post-series entirely. Writing them just doesn’t excite me anymore and sort of feels unrealistic. I don’t even profess to use new products on a monthly basis and honestly? All my beauty routines have been the same for the past few months because I know what I like and what my style is. Ultimately, I think forfeiting this series will give me more freedom to write about other things that concern routine for example which would be more realistic and probably serve more useful to you. Plus, I’m in the state-of-mind of not buying as much as I used to because my collection is more than enough for me. This seriously does not need to expand and I’m sure I’m not the only beauty blogger who is thinking like this.

So far, I have the entire month of January planned out and I can’t believe how much easier this has made blogging! (As in, I know what posts I’ll be putting forward on my post-days. They are not all scheduled yet.) This is my newly revised schedule at this moment:

Tuesdays: Lifestyle and Fashion

Fridays: Beauty and Make-up/Review

Sundays: Self-care, Mental Health, Advice-giving/Tips, Discussions

Note: The exception will be this week and next week since I’m in the middle of doing a big re-schedule. After that, the schedule should fully take place! 🙂

That’s really it for today but just thought you should all know.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

J x

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