Summer Skincare Routine.

I have never, ever, had the best skin. Terrible skin literally runs in the family. For some reason, however, I never had a set skincare routine. Sure, I’ll make sure to always take my make-up off, put moisturizer on if my skin’s feeling a bit dry.

That was until the start of this summer when all I wanted to do was celebrate that I’d finished my first year of Uni, and I ended up with an allergic reaction on my face that resembled something more like 2nd-degree burns. I’d bought Loreal’s new red clay face scrub, which from what I heard, works brilliantly for everyone else, just not me, but who was I to know I was allergic to red clay?

It was not a Fun Experience, but on the bright side, I used so much moisturizer, exfoliator, and stolen eczema cream from my younger sister I was left with really nice skin and the motivation to actually keep up a routine.

This isn’t exactly daily, how many of the products I use depends on if I’m wearing make-up that day, but it’s close enough.

Shower/Shaving

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When it comes to shower cream/gel, I just pick up the first thing I see in the cupboard because we have an entire shelf dedicated to them, even though recently I’ve re-discovered my love for Lush’s shower jelly’s (I use Sweetie Pie but I don’t think they sell it anymore, you can find their range here)

Shaving, I use Johnson’s Baby Lotion, because when you have sensitive skin, you can’t really go wrong using products that were made for babies, I prefer this over the oil because I just don’t really like oily products, plus it smells really nice.

When it comes to post-shaving and moisturizing in general, I use Vaseline’s Aloe Vera moisturizer because 1) you can pick it up super cheap 2) it works, you can’t really go wrong with aloe vera. I also use this DoubleBase gel/cream that my Mum gave to me during the whole allergic reaction debacle, it’s basically a medicated, eczema cream. It helps keep any kind of reaction from shaving at bay and just makes my skin look approximately 10x better in general.  This particular tub was prescribed and I’m not sure if you can get the same size over the counter or in the shops, you can get smaller tubes but there’s a similar product called Oilatum which is available to buy in stores and online.

Daily Routine

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These are my daily products. I did realize when planning this post I don’t actually have a facial cleanser, I usually use micellar water even if I’m not wearing make-up but I’ve previously used Soap and Glory’s Face Soap and Clarity which I really enjoyed, it’s just you know…expensive. Worth it, but expensive.

I do use cheaper products, partly because I’m not one for buying luxury items, mainly because I don’t have the money and I’d rather be able to stick to products I can buy regularly than grow attached to a product I might not be able to afford once I need more. I use two exfoliators because I read apricot seeds are supposedly really good for your skin and after using the scrub it checks out, and because I was curious about the whole charcoal thing but too nervous to use the masks. It doesn’t get rid of everything, however using it regularly has made my skin look a lot cleaner.

It’s pretty common knowledge to use a toner after cleaning your face, it gets rid of the remaining dirt and evens out your skin tone, which I definitely need. It also closes the pores you opened whilst cleaning your face. I use the Clarin’s one currently since I received it as a Christmas present, but at any other point, I am likely to use Simple’s Facial Toner.

As for moisturizer, I use Simple’s Hydrating Facial Moisturizer because it doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated or oily and it does indeed hydrate, which is what you need after toning and if you have dry skin, a.k.a me, especially in the summer. My favorite, however, is the Scosmetics Aloe Vera Face Cream. I’m not sure if this is available anywhere else other than TESCO because I’m not sure if this is TESCO’s own brand or not. I bought this alongside the red clay scrub, and when I had the reaction this helped so much. The aloe vera in it cools the skin down after you’ve just scrubbed at it for five minutes and leaves it feeling soft and healthy, whilst also making it feel tighter and not oily.

Pre/Post Make-Up 

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So, after moisturizing, if I’m wearing make-up, comes primer. Now, everybody who has watched or read beauty bloggers has probably heard about the Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm being an exceptional primer. I didn’t believe it at first, till I stole some of my Dad’s and was proven wrong. I don’t like the texture of a lot of primers to start with, and frankly, I’d like to state that the price to size ratio of most primer tubes/bottles etc. is absolutely ridiculous. So why would I spend £9 on a small tube of primer, when I can either steal my Dad’s balm or buy it for £2/£3? (It usually retails for around £5, which is still better value if you’re on a budget, but it’s always on offer somewhere).

After make-up, I always start by wiping my face. My choice in facial wipes differs to where I’m shopping when I need some, however, I try to stick to more hydrating ones. I always stay away from anything that includes Tea Tree oil unless my skin is bad with spots because it really dries the skin out. I used the Olay Facial Wipes at Leeds Festival last year and my skin felt really good afterward, and Primark always has a huge range of different facial wipes, usually in double packs.

Then, like everybody and their great, great, great Aunt, I use Micellar water to get off my remaining make-up. It works, and I don’t tend to like many other Make-Up Removers because they’re usually really oily, and as I mentioned earlier I am really not about that life. Along with the water, I use Body Shop’s Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover, particularly if I’ve been wearing a lot of eye-make, and especially in the summer since I get really bad hayfever so my eyes are constantly a lot more irritated than at any other point of the year.

If you read this, I hope you take something away from this. If not, I hope you still had fun listening to me pretending to know what I’m talking about.

Clo.

XOXO

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YouTube’s Young Proteges – A Feature

You might have seen me mention it in a few of my earlier posts, but one of my assessments this term at Uni has been to pitch, interview for, and write a feature on anything of our choice (fashion related, of course, I am a Fashion Journalism student). It didn’t take me long to figure out what and who I wanted to write about. After starting Uni I’d gotten into the habit of turning to watching beauty tutorials, hauls, vlogs etc, whenever I was stressed (procrastinating), free (procrastinating) or bored (procrastinating) and found a number of channels belonging to talented young girls under 17.

I am not one to judge, I’m one to encourage people to do what they want to do – if anything, there was just jealousy that these girls were better at doing their makeup than I am now, nevermind when I was 14. I could see the controversial side though, seeing how people would wonder if it was affecting their education, if it’s a safety risk and how they were affording the products.

Anyway, what better way to find out than to ask them directly? And this assessment was the perfect opportunity. I had to pleasure of interviewing Aylish, Elouise, Nicole and Sophia for this project, and I’d like to thank them yet again for agreeing to help. It was a pleasure.

The feature can be found below the cut.

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A Course In Review – Reflective Post 5

It’s April, meaning my Multiplatform Journalism course is coming to a close, I learnt a lot over the few months I had to study this subject and completely different skills in both assessments I had to work on.

Starting this blog has not only taught me the ‘ins and outs’ of setting up a blog, including how to edit a theme, create different pages and use the text editor to its full potential but it’s also taught me not to be scared of giving or receiving criticism and how to deal with it in the correct ways. I’ve learned a lot about the ‘science’ behind blogging, how to tag posts and when to post them in order to gain more views and subscribers and finally, starting this blog has made me more comfortable in my writing style.

As well as starting this blog, I’ve had to write and produce an entire feature. Focusing on beauty YouTuber’s under the age of 17 I’ve not only learned about how differently society views and is viewed by young girls in regards to beauty and self-confidence but I’ve also learned about the correct ways to conduct interviews and research your subjects.

All in all, I think it’s been pretty successful.

Clo xoxo.

All Time Low – Young Renegades Tour

5 and a bit years ago, at age 14, I saw my favourite band live for the very first time. It was the first time I did a ‘wait’ for a gig. 11 hours, in January, in Manchester (the north of England, basically, it was cold). I have vivid memories of spending half an hour wandering around to find the closest McDonald’s which was only 5 minutes up the road and only realising I could cover my cold hands with my hoodie approximately 7 hours in.

Long story short, we still ended up at the back, I very almost ended up in a pit of angry 13 year olds and my best friend ended up in the first aid tent. We’ve seen them once a year since then, in smaller venues, in arenas, and 5 years later…back at the venue we saw them the first time around.

Manchester Apollo. Admittedly, not my favourite venue in the world. Mainly it’s because I associate it with almost freezing to death, partly because though the sloped floor gives you a pretty decent view it’s terrible for people with bad knees (aka…me). However, it has been the place I’ve seen a lot of my favourite bands live for the first time.

This year I was actually lucky enough to see them twice, due to the whole ‘moving to the edge of the country for University thing’ . So on the 10th of March I saw them at Southampton’s 02 Guildhall and on the 23rd I saw them at Manchester 02 Apollo.

I never get tired of seeing this band live, and part of the reason is because they know how to choose support acts. There’s never been an All Time Low gig where I’ve not enjoyed the support (The co-headline tour with You Me At Six and WalkTheMoon as support in 2015 anyone?!) and this year was no different.

Waterparks are one of those bands you can’t really put in a genre…maybe Emo Bubblegum Pop? I got to see them live at Slam Dunk Midlands last year (I also met front man Awsten Knight, I complemented his jumper and we discussed if it was possible to swim from England to France) and Leeds Festival. I did wonder why they were the first band on, till I realised this is a band that can make anybody dance.

SWMRS are a band you can’t listen too without picturing yourself driving down a palm tree lined California road in a beat up convertible. Described by some as Green Day’s protege’s with drummer Joey Armstrong being the son of Billie Joe Armstrong and going through multiple name changes, SWMRS, despite still being in the process of learning how to put a setlist together (WHERE WAS HARRY DEAN?) are a good soundtrack for Summer 2017, and an equally good live band.

All Time Low, however, are in a completely different region. I do complain regularly about their setlists never being the best (one song from Dirty Work…o n e s o n g), and then remember that there’s only so many songs you can play in an hour and a half slot with 6 albums out and a 7th on the way.

Between the odd spontaneous cover and onstage banter, Alex’s voice always leaves me as amazed as the first time I heard him sing Damned If I Do You on their first live CD. One second you’re dancing, then crying, then singing like you and the rest of the venue are marching into battle. Their shows are a bigger rollercoaster than anything you’ll find at Thorpe Park, and there’s no better sense of unity anywhere else.

The 23rd was a nostalgia trip. Being in a venue full of other fans who had probably grown with this band the same way I had, girls who had stopped throwing their bras on stage because they were old enough now to know that shit is expensive, younger fans who were seeing them for the first time (and I promise you it won’t be the last, because I doubt this band is going anywhere anytime soon) made it the best show yet.

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All Time Low @ Manchester Apollo 2016

Plus, I got closer this time.

BONUS CONTENT – 2nd time I saw All Time Low (I met Jack, this was the time the Ravens won the Superbowl and he didn’t take the hoodie off for weeks) and the 7th time I saw them. 

 

Clo xoxo

Pre-order All Time Low’s new album on ITunes here.

Buy Waterparks’ debut ‘Double Dare’ on ITunes here.

Buy SWMRS’ debut ‘Drive North’ on ITunes here.

It’s not all about being a brilliant writer – (Reflective Post 4)

“How I Got 6.2 Million Pageviews and 144,920 Followers” Is a catchier title than many, I think as much as most bloggers hate to admit it, we do post for views, and we most definitely post for followers.

The article itself wasn’t much interest to me, this guy was a businessman, he writes to pitch ideas. I write partly because well…it’s required of me, and partly because I enjoy it. I mean, you never know, one day I could be writing from a business angle and that’s not to say that this guy doesn’t have some good tips.

Two points that stood out were ‘no more than 25 words in a sentence’ and ‘no more than 3 sentences in a paragraph’. A blog post is completely different to a book, or a breaking news article. One of the greatest difficulties of writing a blog post is keeping people interested whilst reading, overly long sentences and paragraphs are definitely not the way to do that.

Another point that applied universally was to split the post up with images, hyperlinks and other forms of multimedia. This simultaneously gives the reader a break and intrigues them. You can find the full post here

See what I did there?

Clo.

Review and Rewind – Reflective Post 3

Half way through the course, and despite it going so quickly, I’m surprised by just how much I’ve learnt. Multiplatform Journalism is very much a writing based module and I feel as if writing isn’t something you learn from reading a textbook and looking through powerpoint slides.

That’s not to say that if you’re a bad writer you can’t become better, it means I believe it’s something you learn through practice, not research. And with practice, you can only develop yourself through criticism and feedback. The last blog post I wrote was about my struggle to give feedback and how I overcame it, this blog post is a reflection on the changes I’ve made and how I’ve learnt to accept feedback.

The changes to my posts were simple and mainly just grammar and spelling mistakes and the odd suggestion to rearrange some of my sentences. (I like to type how I talk, which in combination with a very Northern accent, can sometimes be a recipe for disaster), it made me happy knowing that my peers have been able to see the development in my writing through the weeks, as I have in theirs.

In regards to my ‘about’ page, I enjoyed the shortness of it and do find that when it comes to talking about myself, I either say too much, or not enough at all – which is why I wrote an introductory blog post that you can find here.

Clo

xoxo

A Different Insight (Giving Criticism) – Reflective Post 2

For part of this course, we’ve been asked to read each other’s work and give feedback.

I’ve always had a fear of giving criticism, I never want to hurt someone’s feelings or demotivate someone from just trying to do what they love. I’m not a brilliant writer by far. I don’t have perfect grammar, or equally perfect spelling, so commenting on that kind of stuff always made me feel a bit hypocritical.

However, in class I was provided with a different insight into giving criticism without hurting the reader.

  • Nice Comment.
  • Feedback
  • Nice Comment.

Looking back now, it seemed almost obvious. As long as the feedback isn’t being purposely spiteful, or patronizing and ‘Nice Comment #2’ isn’t being used merely to cushion the blow, it works out for both parties. The reader is left feeling good about what they’ve already written but ready to improve, the writer is left feeling confident they haven’t just shattered somebody’s hopes and dreams.