My Skincare Routine May 2018

Now I would certainly be lying if I said that I had the perfect skin routine. I’m usually really rubbish at actually sticking to a routine, especially if I’m in a rush in the morning or really tired at night. However, for the last week or two, I have been ensuring that I care for my skin properly, and I aim to continue, so I thought I would share my favourite products to use and my basic routine. My skin already looks clearer and I feel much more confident not wearing foundation than I did.

My go to products:

I use various products from The Bodyshop Vitamin E range, Tea tree range and Seaweed range. Absolutely love The Bodyshop and their skincare is brilliant! My favourite products from here is the tea tree cleanser because not only do I love the smell, it make my skin feel so clean and clear and fresh instantly

Vita Coco Coconut Oil. I love this product. It’s 100% pure so no added chemicals or anything, and instantly dissolves all make up including waterproof mascara. It’s obviously extremely hydrating and of course, the smell of coconut is heavenly especially with summery weather!
A firm favourite- Garnier Micellar Water. Hypoallergenic so doesn’t irritate my skin, and takes any excess oil/ make up/ dirt off of my skin like a dream!

Morning:

I start by cleansing my skin with either the tea tree or seaweed cleanser. I usually use the tea tree of I have any spots or blemishes and the seaweed if I’ve woken up really oily. I always work it into quite a lather with warm water and ensure I rinse it off well. I then use the seaweed scrub to exfoliate my skin, followed by a generous dab of the seaweed toner. I tend to use a mix of the tea tree and seaweed moisturisers – both help to mattify my skin but the tea tree is perfect for concealing redness and blemishes and the seaweed has an added SPF 15.

Evening:

So to take off my makeup I use the coconut oil. I warm some up in my hand first and then rub is over my face, and it literally dissolves the makeup. Using a clean damp face cloth, I wipe my face which takes the make up off. I often apply some of the micellar water onto a cotton pad and wipe my face with it afterwards just to ensure that all of the make up is off and to remove excess oil and dirt.

I tend to use the hydrating Vitamin E range for the evening- cleanser followed by the toner and then the 48hr moisturing cream. I’m starting to make sure that twice a week I also use the seaweed clay mask which I mainly just use on my T-Zone because as I said above, it’s quite drying. I do however absolutely love all of these products and I am determined to ensure I keep this skin routine up!

My next goal is to ensure I drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, to help not only my skin but my overall health too.

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Sophdoesnails Makeup Revolution Palette Review

So I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t have the best make up skills, but I love to give it a go. I find applying my make up and creating different looks so much fun, and in a way, rather therapeutic. My favourite eye shadow palette at the moment is the Makeup Revolution palette by the beautiful Youtuber @Sophdoesnails. I’ll post a link to her YouTube channel here.

Anyway, it’s quite obvious from that statement that this will be a very positive review so I’ll keep it nice and short and simple.

Here is the beauty in all of it’s glory:

So I will start off with the packaging. The outer box is this beautiful packaging with pinks and creams and hold sploges all over it. I really think that if youre walking through a shop this product would really stand out and catch your eye. The actual casing of the palette itself is this nice simple creamy colour. It’s nice, sleek, elegant yet is a nice change from jist a standard black which I personally think makes it look quite prestigious.

Onto the inside!! I think this pallete has a really good range of colours and that the looks you can create with it are endless. I absolutely love the creative names that Soph has chosen. My favourite transition colours are Peaches and Pug. Fairy Lights is a gorgeous shade for the inner corner. My favourite shade in the whole palette has to be the hot pink Strawberry Sweets, closely followed by Copper Coin. The shadows are incredible pigmented nd blendable and I have found that they don’t fade throughout the day like many eyeshadows do.

Here are some of my favourite looks that I have created with this palette. Like I said above, I’m not the best at makeup so although these might not look the best I can honestly say that it’s nothing to do with product but instead me!

Shades used: Peaches, Wildberry, Sparks Fly, Fairy Lights
Shades used: Wildberry, Pink Champagne, Cuppa Tea, Fairy Lights
Shades used: Tiramisu, Mug Cake, Grow Old, Peaches
Shades used: Cloudberry, Pumpkin, Pancake

So overall I absolutely love this palette. I think you can create really good looks for each season – the pinks and creams for spring, the green and red for Christmas/ blue for winter, the black and browns for Autumn, orange and pink for Summer.. so many combinations! I’m a huge fan!

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Michelle x

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Tales of a travelling amateur – Yellowstone National Park – USA.

For someone who had never been out of the UK until I turned 18, I do not think I’ve done badly when it comes to travel. Now 22, I’ve been lucky enough to have been to Egypt, Italy, France, Germany, India, and the USA. As I write this, I am 38 days away from my 4th USA trip and I am beyond excited. I feel so lucky and grateful to have had the experiences I’ve had. Of course, it took a great deal of saving, sacrifices and shopping around to get the best deals to be able to do that.

I wanted to ensure that I incorporated posts about my travel experiences into my blog and so I am going to try and write a kind of series on places I’ve visited, as well as my top tips that I’ve learnt and the wonderful places that are on my bucket list.

One place that has a very special place in my heart in Yellowstone National Park, as it is the place where my fiance and I got engaged. It is therefore an obvious choice for the first chapter of my travel stories on my blog. I visited Yellowstone in September 2015 and May 2017. Both times the visits were the highlights of our USA road trips and absolutely phenomenal. The park is predominately set in the state of Wyoming, with small areas in Montana and Idaho.

Yellowstone is one of those places that should be high on any travel lover’s bucket list as it is an absolute marvel of nature. The USA’s, possibly the world’s, first official national park, Yellowstone was founded in 1872 and boasts an abundance of ecosystems.

The terrain of Yellowstone consists of mountains, forest, lakes and plains, therefore with varying levels of elevation. As a result, the weather can change extremely quickly in Yellowstone, with snow cover for much of the year.

Entering Yellowstone via the South Entrance in May 2017

Of course, Yellowstone hosts a wonderful amount of wildlife. I’ve seen a black bear, a wolf, a beaver, elk, numerous bison, and more, which I think is amazing.

A black bear, taken from the roadside near Yellowstone Canyon.

Bison grazing near the Yellowstone Plateau
A beaver, photo taken in woodland near to Old Faithful.

Having the opportunity to see so much wildlife roaming around is just wonderful. You are very likely to see wildlife in the park, especially bison. It’s absolutely surreal.

However, the key aspect for me is the geothermal features. Geysers, pools and lakes, fuelled and heated from the magma of the volcano. I cannot express how beautiful these are, so here are some of my photographs:

A very steamy Sunset Lake

Mystic Spring
Aerial photograph of Artists Paintpots
Grand Prismatic Spring
A dormant Black Pearl Geyser
Old Faithful Geyser

Yellowstone really is a place like no other. Here are my top tips for visiting:

1) Safety. You’ll be handed a leaflet at the entrance with information about the park, which includes information on how to enjoy the park safely. Obviously, you’re hardly going to want to get up close and personal with an enormous grizzly, but it is easy to forget that you are in the wild, and you’re in mother nature’s territory. Always follow the guidance given, do not approach any wildlife. Do not ever hike alone. Always pay attention to areas closed due to bear sightings. I always carry bear spray and read how to use it. I have never had to use it but I would never risk it. Attacks are rare, but they happen. Surprisingly, I was told by a guy in a saloon in Dubois, Wyoming the day before we went into the park that more people are killed by being gored by bison than attacked by bears. Don’t go near them, don’t taunt them, and stay a safe distance away. However, there happens to be another aspect of the park that is responsible for more injuries and deaths than animal attacks – the geothermal features. Always stay on the designated trails, and always an vigilant. At the risk of making this post sound like a leaflet, never underestimate the power of nature. What looks like the ground to you may be just a fragile crust which if you step on could break, and you will fall into a boiling sulfuric pool which will probably be the last thing you ever do.

2) Stay overnight in West Yellowstone. If you’re not camping, I’d recommend staying in West Yellowstone overnight, with is in Montana and just outside the east entrance to the park. It’s a wonderful little town, and looks like it’s just right out of a wild west movie. There are plenty of gift shops and gorgeous restaurants to unwind and buy souvenirs while you’re in Yellowstone. I’ve always found it to be cheaper than staying outside any of the other entrances.

3) Back up your photographs! Every photo on this post is from my May 2017 trip, not my September 2015 trip. That’s because when I went to upload my photos, the SD card in my camera got corrupted. It’s absolutely gutting to go to to somewhere so beautiful and lose your photos. As much as they’ll never beat your physical memories, and sometimes it’s nice to take everything in rather than having your camera or phone out all the time, photographs are so sentimental.

4) Drive carefully. This goes without saying, but unfortunately it’s common to see people not doing this. The speed limits are low for a reason. There is a very strong possibility that there will be wildlife in the road, and many of the roads are windy and difficult.

5) Enjoy! It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Make every second count. If you’re only there for say two days, do the north and south loop. This is where the majority of the scenery and geothermal features are, so this is your best bet to see as much as you can. If you have a few more days, then head to the north and south routes – the south route leads on to Grand Teton National Park which is absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for reading!

Michelle x

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Let’s Get Writing!

Hi there.

I’m Michelle.

Welcome to my blog. I must admit that this is not the first first blog post that I have written. I attempted to start writing a blog a little over a year ago, however this proved rather difficult as I was in my final year of university (I now have a BA degree in History) and i was working nearly full time around that, so finding the time to write my blog around all of this proved difficult. I decided to wait until after graduation, but myself and my fiance then moved into our first house together. This was of course absolutely wonderful, but our house required a great deal of work doing to it and we did it all ourselves around working full time, so as much as i wished to just sit down and write, I had to prioritise our home.

Now, almost a year after graduating and securing our mortgage, I’m ready. I’m ready to write to my heart’s content. I have always loved writing, and I want to ensure I make it an integral part of my life. I am aiming to keep this blog varied, with general lifestyle posts and everything else that interests me, such as travel, beauty, books, fashion, history, cooking, my influences, etc etc. I could go on for quite a while.

I thought carefully about what to call my blog, and I decided to go with GarnetsandGlitter; garnet as its my my birthstone, as well as my mother’s and my late grandmother’s, and glitter because I am obsessed with anything sparkly!

I aim to keep my blog interesting and fun, and I hope that whoever is reading this enjoys my future posts.

Thank you 🙂

Michelle

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