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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

HOW SUPER FACIALIST HAS CHANGED MY SKINCARE ROUTINE*

*This post is sponsored by Super Facialist but ALL views and opinions are my own*

Before I start, this post is a long one so grab a cup of tea, make yourself comfortable and enjoy!

If you’ve been a reader of Life with Livie for a while now, you will know I have trouble with my skin and I am always trying out new products, gadgets and methods to fight against spots. As I am writing this, I must say, my skin is looking the clearest its been for a while and that is all thanks to Super Facialist! Super Facialist got in contact a couple of weeks ago when I was going through a rough patch so the email was a skincare blessing. I was excited to be able to experiment to find my dream routine - and Super Facialist haven't let me down!

Skincare can be pretty baffling as there is so much to get your head round, but if you are unsure then you can head over to the Super Facialist website and use the new #BeYourOwnSuperFacialist skincare diagnostic tool to figure out which products are made for you! As I have combination skin that is prone to blemishes, I have been testing out the Rose Hydrate and Salicylic Acid collections to tackle my spots but also balance my skin for a better complexion.

I have noticed, with my skin in particular, that if I use too many products then it will come back to bite me, so I made sure to only use a couple at a time to see if it led to breakouts. I must admit that I was worried that my skin wouldn’t be able to handle it but actually, it’s been the complete opposite. It helps that every Super Facialist formula is free from parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum and synthetic colours – they are also NOT tested on animals!


I started by introducing the Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream into my routine instead of using my normal moisturiser. With my previous cream, I found myself having to reapply as my skin would still feel tight afterwards but with this hydrating Radiance Cream, you only have to use a pea-sized amount to be left feeling completely hydrated (and not oily). As well as hydrating, this cream can also be used as a primer before you apply your makeup. I love a 2-in-1 product, as I then don’t have to apply layers on layers so this is perfect for me. Less is more!

My first impressions on the smell was that its quite overpowering but not in a bad way. You get hit with a smell of rose, which lingers for a couple of minutes whilst it sinks into your skin; it makes for a luxurious feel! Overall, your skin is left feeling soft, refreshed and toned – I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a quick-absorbing and super effective moisturiser.

  

Another product that leaves your skin feeling like you’ve had a facial is the Rose Miracle Makeover Oil which can be used as a pre-cleanse treatment. Pre-cleansers and oils are there to remove impurities so your main cleanser can deep clean the rest of your face. This helps you get healthier skin and fewer breakouts, which is exactly what I needed!

I decided to pop this product on before a facemask as this allowed my pores to open and the mask to draw out everyday grime. When applying the oil, warm it in your palm and pat gently onto your face until you have a light cover. Let it sink in for a couple of minutes, rinse off and cleanse. When looking for skincare products, I love noticing a difference straight away and with this treatment, I could really feel it working and drawing out dirt. It doesn’t sting or leave your skin looking blotchy afterwards but I would say to make sure you wash your face properly afterwards as I could feel a bit of residue. Having said that, I love how the product makes my skin feel and I would recommend it to anyone who maybe hasn’t tried out a pre-cleanser before; it’s incredibly easy to apply and you will instantly notice a difference!

This miracle bottle has honestly changed how I think about oil products; I’ve always had oily skin, so I tended to purchase oil-free products thinking that I could combat the grease by doing so, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was actually dehydrating and stripping my skin of natural oils which made my ducts work overtime to try and replace it; this led to even more grease and spots – good one, Liv! So the moral of the story here is don’t be afraid of using oils to cleanse your skin, you will honestly see such a difference over time. Trust me!

Speaking of clearing pores, exfoliation is a key part of a skin routine; no one likes a blackhead! I have used many exfoliating scrubs in my time but never really noticed a difference in my skin so I was excited to try out the Brighten and Refine Facial Scrub.

Unlike other scrubs that feel harsh on the skin, I find this provides a deep but gentle exfoliation without causing irritation - I am left with a nourished, hydrated and soft face. What I would say is that I wouldn’t recommend using this on a daily basis as I feel it could be too much for sensitive or problematic skin types. But, I have been using it two or three times a week and I have noticed a difference; my dry patches have cleared up and my pores have begun to look clearer. If you’re on the hunt for a deep-cleansing but subtle scrub then I would recommend testing this one out. I personally love it but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea!


As I have previously tried (and loved) the Purifying Cleansing Wash from the Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish range, I was so excited to use it again. A good trusty face wash is the perfect companion for jumping in the shower after a long sleep and freshening up, ready for the day. It also helps me prep my skin for makeup application, as a clean face makes for the perfect base!

As well as the morning, if you’re feeling like a pamper evening, the wash is perfect to use alongside the Pore Purifying Clay Mask as it opens your pores and allows for a deeper cleanse. The mask is simple to apply as you just pop on a thin layer and then washes off ten minutes later. It’s great for sensitive skin, as it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or perfume. With both these products, I have noticed that my pores look less visible and my skin feels and looks more mattified. Although I would recommend these products individually, this is a winning combination that works well.

  

The Clear and Correct Serum is new to the Super Facialist family but I feel like it was made for me - it’s everything I look for in a skincare product. The combination rebalanced, hydrated and cleared my complexion without resulting in dry patches, which is exactly what I needed.

I have tested out blemish treatments before but none of them do what they say on the bottle; my spots don’t reduce in size and I can’t see any change in my red blotches, so I was skeptical when trying this one out as I thought it would be similar to the other treatments. Before this serum, I would wake up in the morning with a bunch of new spots but after popping this cream on before bed, I notice fewer blemishes and reduced redness by the morning – this proves that the product is working overnight!

The consistency and smell of the product is also really pleasing – it’s not sticky and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. The smell is one of a kind as I haven’t known any skincare brands to use cinnamon or ginger before so I was pleasantly surprised when I used it for the first time – sweet treat heaven! If you have used a spot treatment before and have seen no changes, definitely test this one out as you can apply it all over and not just in one place so it is more effective and works wonders!

So, there we go! A MASSIVE thank you to the lovely ladies over at Super Facialist! I am super impressed with the two ranges that I was lucky enough to test out. I will definitely be carrying on with my regime as it truly works for both me and my skin. As well as being amazing, these products are all really affordable and accessible as you can pick them up in-store from your local Boots and Sainsbury’s – win win!

If you are struggling with your skin, always remember that there are many products out there that will work for you; you’ve just got to find them. I would recommend using the Super Facialist Skin Diagnostics tool as a way to begin your skin journey; it’s a good place to start! Let me know if you have tested the tool out and which products have been recommended for you and your skin type, I’d love to know how you get on. But, we have now come to an end. Thank you for reading and I hope you found this post informative in some way!

Speak soon,


L x

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*This post is sponsored by Super Facialist but ALL views and opinions are my own*
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Monday, 12 March 2018

THE PERFECT SPRING ACCESSORY | ICE WATCH



Is an outfit really complete without a watch? I don’t think so.

A watch is the perfect accessory for any outfit or occasion, whether that be heading out on a date night or having a casual day around the house - you just can’t go wrong. When the lovely people at Ice Watch got in touch, I couldn’t believe it. I was kindly gifted the most stunning accessory and I am so excited to show you – I am smitten!

Ice Watch are a stylish Belgian watch brand, specialising in colourful timepieces. They sell a range of chic yet practical watches to suit everyone! When you look on the website, there is such a variety in style, colour, look and feel that you are truly spoilt for choice! The first watch that caught my eye was from the ‘City Tanner’ collection and I instantly fell in love with the rose gold. It is just such a timeless piece, which oozes elegance. If I could describe my perfect watch then it would definitely be this!


  

When receiving my watch, I was really impressed with the packaging, as everything was kept safe and secure. Opening the box, the watch itself was sat in a foam insert and covered with a second layer of material to protect the glass face and leather band. The watch itself has a smooth but thick strap, a white dial with rose gold details and of course, you can’t forget the Ice Watch logo! If you’re not into pink, you can also pick this watch up in taupe, which looks equally stunning – it also works as a unisex product!

I can’t say I have come across a pink minimalist watch quite like this one and now the warmer months are coming, it’s the perfect accessory for a summer’s day. Dress with some of your favourite pieces of jewellery and you’re good to go! I may also have my eye on the rose gold timepiece from the ‘City Sparkling’ range; can you see a pattern emerging here? I am instantly drawn to how classic the watches look but with the colour variations and styles, they make such a great statement piece.



If you’re looking for a new watch then I recommend having a look, as there is something for everyone! A huge thank you to Ice Watch for gifting me such a stunning piece, I am over the moon. I hope you have enjoyed reading.

Speak soon,

L x

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Sunday, 25 February 2018

SELF-CARE SUNDAY: A SWEET LEMON TREAT


Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

On a Sunday, I do like to have a lazy day and recharge ready for the new week but today, I decide to be slightly productive. Instead of spending my day slumped in front of the TV, I got a little creative in the kitchen and make some lemon drizzle cupcakes! Even though I’m partial to a slab of chocolate cake, I do love a good ol’ slice of lemon - sweet but also light and refreshing! These little treats were incredibly easy to make and only took me 10 minutes so why don’t you treat yourself?

I found this recipe on the Asda Good Living website but I did change a couple of things along the way so I will let you know exactly what I did below:

What you need:
- 125g self-raising flour
- 1 level tsp baking powder
- 125g butter, softened
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 large free-range eggs
- 3 tbsp of lemon juice
- A sprinkle of icing sugar 

The method:
1.   Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and line a bun tray with 8 muffin cases.

2.  Pop the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl. Then add the butter, sugar and eggs. Make sure the butter is soft otherwise it is difficult to mix until smooth.

3.  Add the lemon juice and beat with a wooden spoon until there are no lumps. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure you haven’t missed any ingredients.

4.  Put the mixture in the paper cases, making sure they're all about the same size. Bake for 20 minutes until the tops spring back when pressed.

5.  Then dust over a light sprinkling of icing powder

HEY PRESTO, its as easy as that! If you want to make them even tastier (and a little bit naughty), you can add a light lemony icing on top once cooled. But, there you go - short but sweet. If you make these little cupcakes, let me know, as I would love to see how they turned out for you!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and have an even better week ahead. Speak to you very soon.

L x


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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

DECLUTTER WITH DESENIO + DISCOUNT CODE

I don’t know whether it’s just me but when a new year comes around, I always look forward to having a major clear out. Being able to declutter and reorganise my space allows me to feel refreshed and cleansed – as they say, out with the old and in with the new!

I spent two days last week sorting through every draw, cupboard and shelf to then end up with two bin bags full of rubbish. Once that was over, I was able to start on the d├ęcor. I have always had a passion for interior design so I was excited to get going on this. I treated myself to some cute little plants, soft fluffy cushions and of course, some scented candles. I mean, what blogger doesn’t love a couple of new candles? Can’t ever have too many! But, I still felt like something was missing, this is where Desenio swooped in and saved the day!

Use the code “LIVIE” to get 25% off posters* between the 13th and 15th of February. *Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frame.

I was over the moon when I received an email from the lovely guys at Desenio, as I was lucky enough to pick out some prints to make my room transformation complete! When I sat down to decide it was actually a lot harder than I initially thought. There are so many gorgeous minimalist and scandi-style prints that I instantly fell in love with but I knew wouldn’t fit together *sob*

So, I ended up sitting for hours with my Mum and Dad, using the gallery wall tool on the Desenio website (which is amazing, by the way) to figure out what style and layout I wanted to go for. As my room is predominantly white and light pink, I decided to keep in with this colour scheme so that helped to cut down my choices.

HYGGE PRINT (30x40cm) | RESTFUL PRINT (50x70cm)

As soon as I saw the Hygge print, I knew I needed to get it. As many of you already know, I see myself as a follower and fan of hygge (you can read about my feelings here) but I also based my final project at university around the lifestyle and I met some amazing people who helped me do it. I am still incredibly proud of my work so hygge will always hold many happy memories for me.

So, the next print I chose is of the sea to reminisce on my time in Cornwall. Since moving back to Surrey after graduating, I have really missed living five minutes away from the beach. There is something special about sitting on the sand and watching the waves roll in, it allows you to completely de-stress and feel content with life. So if I can’t be down in Cornwall, Cornwall will have to come to me!


DUSTY ROSE PRINT (50x70cm) | SEE WHAT HAPPENS PRINT (30x40cm)

To add a small pop of colour, I decided on the dusty rose poster as roses are easily my favourite flower but this close up gives a unique abstract perspective on a traditional favourite. I absolutely love the pale pink and it fits perfectly with the colour of my walls so win win! I feel it is important to have a pop of colour running throughout a feature wall otherwise everything will start to blend in and get lost. Colour can allow you to express an emotion or feeling through imagery and that is a powerful thing!

Last but not least is this simple typography, which is a nice little reminder to look at on a daily basis. This text reads: 'You don't always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens'. I mean, who doesn’t love an inspirational quote? I know I do! Having these dotted around a room inspires me to push through any problems I may have and allows me to stay positive. But as well as that, I feel these quotes are perfect for if you want to add white space into a gallery wall. Picking all large graphic prints can sometimes look busy but with a couple of minimalist posters added in there, it gives you good balance and ties everything together!

As a photographer, I believe every room should be filled with beautiful art pieces that you enjoy as prints instantly change the look and feel of a space. You can add a splash of colour, a bold pattern or go down the minimalist route, like me! If you are doing up a bedroom, buying your first house or just fancy treating yourself, head over to Desenio and have a little look - I know you will find something you love!

What do you think to my choices? I know I will be making many more orders. I'd love to know what you’d pick so don't forget to use my discount code to make a cheeky print purchase.

L x

Use the code “LIVIE” to get 25% off posters* between the 13th and 15th of February. *Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frame.


*This was a gifted collaboration with Desenio but all opinions are my own*
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