#SkinCareAware Week With Destination Skin

I have to be totally honest with you, I have never been one for much of a skin care routine and I have never been very #skincareaware. It has only been in the last year or so that I have started to dabble in a routine and try out new products. I have definitely realised that since I am now pushing 30 I need to start looking after my skin, particularly more so now that the summer is creeping up on us.

When Destination Skin got in touch to inform me that next week is #SkinCareAware week, and to see if I would like to pop along to one of their branches to see what would be the best skin care routine for me, I thought I could do with some professional advice and booked my appointment. Although, I must have been lucky, as my skin isn’t that bad, but I do suffer with a redness to my cheeks and have some pigmentation from sun damage. I also have some crows feet creeping in and not to mention the bags under my eyes.

I’m not the best person for relaying scientific information but in simple terms, your skin has three layers and over time the top layer can break down and be damaged by our daily activities and become thin. I’m sure we all are aware of this. What I didn’t know, is that the bottom layer of skin is there to hold it in place (so were not all walking around like some kind of year 8 science class skeleton model!) and as we age, if we don’t take care of our skin, that layer actually comes away from our structure and that’s what gives us wrinkles and saggy skin. You read up on the science bit on Destination Skin’s blog which has lots of helpful information if you are also looking to start a skincare regime.

I have been prescribed a concoction of products to aid my new skin care routine. I have been using them for about two weeks now and I my skin is already looking healthier. Today I went in to the Destination Skin branch in Bristol again, to try out the light therapy treatment which helps boost collagen in the skin and target the pigmentation. Although it takes 1-3 months to really see a proper difference, I could see my skin was definitely less red when I came out.

It has been really great to be educated on my skin, I used to think it was all a load of jargon, but it’s great to hear the science behind it all and actually understand why I should be looking after my skin.

WHAT DOES #SKINCAREAWARE MEAN?

The #skincareaware campaign is brought to you by DestinationSkin to help protect, prevent and correct past and future skin damage. To prove their commitment to improving skin health, DestinationSkin are offering free skin scanning throughout the campaign. A skin scan is a quick and easy way to take a deeper look at the health of your skin under a UV lamp to identify areas of sun damage (pigmentation), dehydration and oiliness.

You can also enter their competition to be in with a chance to win £1000 worth of skincare products

*this post has been made possible with the help of Destination Skin and the #SkinCareAware campaign

Emily

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Colour Popping Ponies

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I had a meeting this morning about taking on some extra work to boost my income, so naturally, I went in colour popping ponies! It was chucking it down with rain first thing this morning and I was feeling in quite a grey mood to match the weather. Whilst I was getting ready to go out, the sun came out, and so did my mood for adding some colour to my outfit.

I wore my grey velour skirt from Topshop, a studded denim shirt under my my little pony jumper (both Primark) which substituted a boring grey jumper and I am really glad I decided to add some colour after all. I have been pretty colourless all winter so it’s nice to start adding some pops of colour for the new year. I went to have my nails done yesterday with Kaycie, and on arrival she presented me with this Paul’s Boutique bag and told me she was donating it to me as she didn’t get much use from it and had remembered I had said I liked it. Liked it? I LOVE it!! I have always wanted a Paul’s Boutique bag and this one is too perfect for me.

Although the sun was shining, it’s still bitterly cold out (and my roots are in drastic need of a bleach) so I stuck my grey Primark hat on, which I have most definitely got my cost per wear down to minus figures! Since I let my hair dry naturally after I washed it yesterday, it was in no fit state to be left as it was, so I plated it, and dressed it up with my regal rose hair rings, which I don’t wear enough but it is nice to add a bit more bling to my hair. I also wore one earring (that looks like a plug) from Gauge Queen. For me, more is MORE when it comes to jewellery, I have always been that way. My rings on my fingers feature some Cheap Frills and some vintage and car boot treasures. Finally, of course, I had my Dr Martens on.

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Sequins & Leather for Afternoon Tea

You may have seen a snippet of my outfit if you saw my post over the weekend, but on Saturday, Megan and I headed to the Celtic Manor Resort to kick off Christmas. And because it was a Christmas afternoon tea, I wanted to dress the part and get my sparkle on. It was time to get that skirt out again! This River Island skirt was the purchase of all purchases last year, and I just know it is going to be my staple item for the (and every) festive period. I love everything about it, the colour, the sequins, the fit, and the memories of Brad and I’s shopping trip to London when I bought it.

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In true autumn Emily style, the outfit wouldn’t have been complete with out some burgundy in there. My sequin, Coca Cola tee is from Primark, along with my Pleather jacket. I really like all these shades of rose pink together, from when end of the spectrum, to the other. I teamed the leather jacket with my black leather Duo biker boots and realised just before I left the house that the bag I picked up from the Claire’s outlet store was the perfect pink metallic to go with the skirt and bring everything together. Naturaly, I wore my Crown & Glory roccoco headband too.

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I had an amazing day, you can see the video I made here, and I can’t wait to embrace the sparkle throughout the lead up to Christmas.

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Mermaid Tales // Getting the Festive Season Started

It has been such a lovely weekend and I am feeling well and truly in the festive spirit. You may have read my weekend post after enjoying an extremely festive day at the Celtic Manor Resort on Saturday with Christmas Afternoon Tea, I had a lovely day. It was then topped of with an evening of Big Bang Xfactor, I love a bit of Big Bang and it always feel particularly festive, Frank Sinatra has to be one of my favs around the christmas season! Then I waited up until nearly midnight for David and Lauren (my bro and his gf) to arrive late after they had finished work and travelled down to Bristol from Wellingborough.

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After a late night catching up, we had a lazy morning with bacon and eggs and a slow start to the day, getting ready to head out with the dogs. We went up to Leigh woods again this weekend, it is one of my fav walks in Bristol. We walked for miles and wandered around most of the estate, chatting and giggling away. It makes me so happy to be visited by the family, when we were younger we didn’t always get on, but the older we get the more I really appreciate when I get to see them. I guess it is because we only get to see each other, maybe four or five times a year, we make the most of our time together.

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I made a little video of our time out in the woods, and our cheeky stop at The Cottage on the way home, for a real ale and an afternoon snack in the form of the best onion rings in the world! Then we headed home to cook a roast dinner and chill out with Xfactor results. The weekend isn’t over yet either, David and Lauren are staying until later today so were going to head out to Snuff Mills this morning for another long autumn walk.

Did you have a good weekend? Have you been making the most of the autumnal weather?

Emily

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Mermaid Tales // My First Halloween Party

That’s right, since being an ‘adult’ I have never been to a Halloween party and dressed up. So this year I thought it was about time, so we had the first party in our house since moving in two years ago (where does time go? honestly!) I made a half hearted effort at decorating, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it, knowing it would all be wasted after a few drinks! In hindsight I’d have love to have gone all out and much bigger with it all, but I have kept all the decorations to build on it next year.

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I was pretty impressed with the turn out of all the costumes, most people really made an effort, and some (not mentioning any names) didn’t! But I made them wear the tabard of shame from the emergency costume kit (it was basically a plastic bag) but all in all it was a great turn out and we had a great evening.

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I spent all of Saturday on the sofa tainted with a hangover and a house to myself. Brad went to work like a trooper, so I spent all day watching Made In Chelsea and back to back youtube videos. At around 4pm I peeled myself off the sofa, nursed the hangover with one final berocca, and got showered and ready to head over to Wiltshire for Steph and Sam’s wedding party with the photo booth for the evening.

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To my surprise it was 10.30am(!!!) before I woke from my slumber on Sunday morning, I haven’t slept in like that for ages! Sunday is the one day of the week I get to wake up with Brad next to me (because it’s lie in day for both of us!) and we get to enjoy some snuggles before we devoured a mammoth breakfast and embarked on cleaning the remnants of Friday night’s party.

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I love Sundays, they are my fav day of the week. I get to spend all day with my boys doing something or nothing, but at least we are all together!

I hope you have a wonderful week beauty’s!

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