Skincare basics you should know

Taking care of your skin is important. I started paying more attention to my skin in my 20s, and I wish I started earlier. When it comes to having a great skincare routine, the earlier you start, the better. There is only so much makeup can hide. If the foundation isn’t right, the paint would look off! So ensure your skin is in top shape before spending money on makeup to plaster on it. Here are some skincare basics you should know.


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Know your skin

The first step in having a good skincare routine is to know your skin. Is it oily, dry, normal or combination? Oily skin is greasy and shiny. Many of us had our own share of oily skin in our teenage years. Dry skin is dull and flaky with rough patches, especially across the cheeks. Combination skin is a perfectly even toned skin, with maybe an oily T-zone. Knowing your skin type will help care for your skin properly, and with the right skincare products.


Use gentle skincare products

Once you know your skin type, you need to get the most gentle skincare products for it. Avoid anything too harsh for your skin, Essential oil-based products are generally good. The simpler the product, the better. Don’t experiment to much when shopping for skincare products. Stick to products you have tried and tested and only use new products you have researched properly. Always read the instructions at the back to ensure there are no harsh ingredients.


Don’t pick your face

I know how tempting it is to squeeze spots and blackheads. I also know how horrible it looks when the squeezing goes wrong. Squeezing spreads the bacteria, damages the skin and can scar. My advice is to leave the blackheads and spots alone when they spring up. Alternatively, you can have they removed professionally if they bother you that much. The skincare pros steam the face to loosen the blackheads and extract without any scars or infection. You can also have your acne treated professionally as well.


Cleanse, tone and mositurise

These steps are the holy grail of skincare. You really should not skip any of them. Your skin will thank you for it. Cleansing is the first and most important step. You need to always remove your makeup before going to bed. Toner is the second most important step. It is designed to tighten the skin all up again after cleansing. Moisturising is the third and final step. A light moisturiser is great for nights and a heavier moisturiser for the day. A good night cream can also perform wonders on your skin.


Healthy lifestyle

Having a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and good sleep would do your skin wonders. Drinking the recommended amount of water everyday helps your skin too! So if all else fails, ensure you have a healthy lifestyle to keep your skin glowing.


Do you have any tried and tested skincare product you can swear by? Please share them in the comments section.






Product Review – Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Parfum

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I have started thinking of great gifts to give. If you are like me, you would have started planning your gifts as well. The January sale is still on, so this is the best time to grab as many bargains as possible, including gifts for Valentine’s Day. This Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Perfume would make a lovely gift for a special woman in your life. It is a fragrance that is loved by many people around the world, and I only had to take 1 look at it to see why.


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This perfume was launched in 2016, so it is a fairly new fragrance. It is a feminine, sensual fragrance and it smells amazing. I am a huge fan of this fragrance. The fragrance is very floral, very fruity.



Bulgarian Rose

White Jasmine



Powdery Musk




Black Cedar



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  1. The bottle is so beautiful. I love the pink interior set off by thick glass.
  2. It has a lovely fragrance.
  3. This perfume is very long-lasting. It stays on all day.
  4. The fragrance is not too strong or overpowering.
  5. A little of this perfume goes a long way.
  6. It is a multi-tasking fragrance. It can take you from work to the bar, from day to night.




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I really can’t fault  Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Parfum. It is one of my favourite scents. You can grab a 30ml bottle for £41 and 50ml bottle for £60 (prices vary slightly with different retailers). Many may find this perfume pricey, but I believe it is worth every penny. You have to smell it, to believe it.


What are your thoughts on this Narciso Rodriguez perfume? Have you tried it before? Which fragrance are you loving at the moment?

You can read my last perfume review here


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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Area for Your Pet

As much as they love snuggling up inside the home on those long, cold nights or dull, rainy days, there’s nothing our pets love more than getting out and about in the great outdoors. Which is why your outdoor area has to be in a good shape. While dogs will quite happily go for a run in the park, most cats prefer to stay closer to home and therefore, it’s imperative that your garden or outdoor space is pet-friendly and suitable for your furry friend to explore, play or nap in!


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Safety is key and it is important that your pet is secure and knows that they are safe when they are out in the garden. However, it can be easy to overlook some of the common issues and dangers that your outdoor area may present to an inquisitive nose!

Here are some top tips to help you get your garden space in tip-top condition ready for your pets to enjoy!



Pets are notorious escape artists, and you never know when something might spook your cat or intrigue your dog. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that your outdoor space is secure – this means keeping any gates firmly closed, ensuring there are no gaps in or under fences or hedges, and if necessary, making sure that your cat can’t easily jump over the boundary! While this may feel a little claustrophobic at first, it’s important to remember that your pet’s safety should always come first.



Both dogs and cats love nothing more than a snooze in the sun or reclining in their favourite shady spot, so make sure that you are capitalising on the comfort factor by incorporating this into the design of your garden. You could even try investing in artificial grass for the ultimate pet-friendly, low-maintenance lawn. Learn more about the benefits of artificial grass for your pet here and take the next step towards the ultimate lawn for your garden!


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If you’re a bit of a green-fingered gardener, the last thing you want is your pet to trample all over your prized plants. Therefore, it’s important to carefully consider the design and layout of your garden and settle on a plan that will keep everyone happy! Remember that pets will need some space to play in and let off some steam, similar to any children in your family. With this in mind, it may be a good idea to incorporate features like raised flower beds and hardier plants into your garden to help ward off unruly pets and keep your gardening dreams alive.



While you might think that a particular plant looks lovely, that newly-installed flower might just spell disaster for your pet. As with their safety and security, it’s essential to always keep your pet’s health in mind and make sure that their outdoor area is free from potential harm. Although it is always worth double checking before you buy, some of the most common plants that are toxic to pets include the crocus, lily, tulip, foxtail and azalea.



Although not every garden will have an influx of animal visitors, the chances are that most residential gardens will have wildlife of some sort visiting on a fairly regular basis. From birds and bugs to hedgehogs, foxes, and mice, you may be surprised by the variety of animals passing through your garden! While many animals will naturally avoid gardens where they can see or smell your pet, some may be a bit bolder and venture into their territory. If this happens, make sure to closely monitor the situation, and if necessary, be prepared to prevent your pet fromentering the garden while the wild animal is there. When it comes to bugs, watch out for bees and wasps in the warmer months – some pets may try to snap at them, which could lead to stings.

No matter whether you have a dog, a cat or a small animal, with just a little preparation, it won’t be long before you and your pet areout there soaking up the sunshine in your own little slice of paradise.


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