Simple Skincare: How to get your perfect skin

I've been spending the past few weeks getting to know myself and the "skin I'm in". Quite literally.

I remember being fourteen and pimply and thinking that good skin was a complete myth, but since getting older and wiser (ha!) I've realised that skin comes in MILLIONS of different types and it's all about knowing what's good for your type.

Basically, because Elizabeth Arden cream works on 8972364 celebrities, it doesn't necessarily mean it'll work on you.

Because finding out what works for you can be quite a long and gruelling process, I seriously begrudge "just trying out" expensive products. Honestly, I can't really afford to spend £40 on a face cream that claims to work miracles when actually, a pot of Sudocrem is just as effective.

That's why, when I was approached by Simple Skincare, I was more than happy to write up a review. Not just because they sent me freebies, but because actually, even if they hadn't, these are all products that I (and you!) can afford to test out. And, if they're not for you, then you didn't break the bank.

Here are the products I tried:

1. Kind to Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser
This is what I use as my everyday moisturiser. It makes my skin feel so silky and healthy, and works absolute wonders on my dry areas (around my nose, especially). I just know this is going to be a lifesaver in Winter when the cold weather is drying up my face.

2. Kind to Skin Moisture Boost Hydro Mist
This was PERFECT on those really painfully hot Summer days. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a wedding and it was pretty much the hottest day this year. Being in a pencil skirt wasn't must fun - neither was my sweaty face. BUT with a spritz of this bad boy, I felt instantly cool and refreshed and bonus - you can even wear it over make-up! It's the perfect travelling essential - mine is always in my handbag!

3. Kind to Skin+ Sunkissed Moisture Cream
The 'Kind to Skin+' range is "more than everyday skincare". With the same goodness as the original Kind to Skin range, but with some added bonuses that help protect, illuminate and perfect your skin. This moisturiser is also a gradual tanner. I've been looking for something like this for a while - as an avid user of Dove's gradual tanning body lotion, I felt that my face was a little bit lacking in the bronzed Goddess department. This moisturiser has tanning agents that enhance the skin's colour, and give it that gorgeous, "have you just been on holiday" look that we all secretly long for.

4. Kind to Skin+ Brightening Eye Make Up Remover Pads
I don't wear a lot of eye make-up: just liner and a tad of mascara, but it's still an absolute PAIN to remove. I can't be bothered to faff around with potions and lotions - I just want something that does the trick with one slick movement. Oh wait, that's EXACTLY what these amazing pads of goodness do! Now, removing my eye make-up isn't a mammoth task, it's just a 5 second job. Perfect for lazy girls like me!

After trying these, I'm desperate to try the BB Balm - if anyone has it this please let me know what it's like!


My Life in Pandora

I'm never usually one to bow down to the hype. I remember dismissing Pandora with a flick of my hand when they first became a success - I just don't think I fully understood their story and the meaning behind their jewellery.

Then I did some research.

It turned out that Pandora weren't just the coloured, flower-power charms I saw on my friends' bracelets. They were so much more. They were watches, they were rings... they were something special, and I had to have one.

On my 21st Birthday, I was presented with the Pandora Moments Charm bangle from my parents which I instantly fell in love with. I was also given a "21" charm to celebrate the milestone.

(My charmsa plane to celebrate my first holiday with Rob, a '21' charm for my birthday, a gondola after a trip to Venice, a mortarboard the day before my graduation, an Eiffel Tower after my trip to Paris, and a duck as a 'congratulations' for buying our boat.)

Since then, I have been collecting charms to mark special occasions in my life. They're always such a lovely gift to receive from someone, and there's always a great meaning behind each little charm.

When I look down at my bracelet, it reminds me of so many amazing memories, and I think it's fab that a bracelet can spark up so much nostalgia all in one go.

As a lot of you are aware, Rob and I have just had a puppy, and seeing as this little guy is going to be a member of the family for many years to come, it seemed only necessary that I have a charm to mark the arrival of Sid... Before I had chance to get my paws on one, the lovely team at Gift and Wrap sent me one in the post as a little present. It was wrapped so beautifully and made me grin from ear to ear. He's a lovely addition to my bracelet, don't you think?

Next up in my Pandora lust-list is some of the beautiful items in their ring collection, also available at Gift and Wrap. The heart band and April birthstone rings are two of my favourites!

Do you have a Pandora bracelet? Let me know what charms you have in the comments!


The Ultimate Bloody Mary

If there's one cocktail I can drink at any time of the day, it's a Bloody Mary.

If you're unfamiliar with it, it's a delicious tomato drink that is perhaps the only alcoholic beverage that's acceptable to drink before lunch time. And I like mine as spicy as they come.

The great thing about this drink is that you can add all kinds of ingredients to suit your taste; it's kind of like a soup cocktail.

Seeing as this is one of my specialities, and is always at the top of Rob's Dad's requests, I thought I'd share my recipe with you.

What you'll need:
  • Tomato Juice. I use 'Big Tom' if it's available, but normal tomato juice will do.
  • A single measure of vodka: optional. To be honest, you can't really taste it, but if you're at a party then just a single shot adds a tipsy kick.
  • A couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce.
  • 2 or 3 drips of Tabasco.
  • Ice
  • A grind of fresh pepper.
  • A gherkin and lemon, or a stick of celery to garnish and nibble on as you drink.
Pop all of these into a glass and give it a big stir, adding another grind of pepper over the top to make it look fancy.

The world really is your oyster when it comes to making this delicious drink. I've made mine with olives, sticks of asparagus and even a dash of horseradish for that up-your-nose mustard kick.

Knock one up at your next party and let me know how it goes!