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My Top 5 Positive Things About January & Blog Post Links

Finally it's the end of January.  It has felt like the longest month ever hasn't it?

I've decided to list some of the positive parts of January because it seems all around us are negatives and fear and worry and it would be very easy to list all of those but we all know that list would go on for pages and pages ... and so I do feel that it's probably better for my mental health to focus on some of the things that have actually been good about (dreary, cold, wet) January.




1.  Foxes in the Garden

Now, depending on how you feel about foxes you could see this as a positive or a negative I guess, however we (the kids and I) have been thrilled when Fantastic Mr Fox has strutted his way across our garden several times this month, bold as brass and very beautiful.  Our dog obviously wasn't amused and glared at him through the glass but Mr Fox decided to ignore him.  He really was very beautiful, I've attached a little video to show you.



2.  The Vaccine

Controversial perhaps, but whether you're pro or anti the Covid-19 vaccine I think it's pretty much the general consensus that the 4 million plus people who have been vaccinated so far in the UK are in a much better position than they were 8 weeks ago.  So I feel this is a positive and it does give me hope that at some point (who knows when) things will start to get better.  


3.  January Blog Posts

I've been quite prolific with the whole blog posting thing this month, I think because I have a lot more time to actually do it whilst overseeing the dreaded homeschooling.  I'm pleased because I wrote four posts, when you consider I wrote nine in the whole of 2020 I'm doing pretty well ;-).  So, here are this months posts

Lisa Armstrong Collection for Avon

Beautypie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm

My Top 5 Blogging Tips

First 2021 Post and Lockdown 3.0


4.  Lots of Exercise and Fresh Air

One thing about lockdown is that it forces me to concentrate on my level of activity and I have been making myself go for a walk with the dog at least once a day - even in the bad weather.  This is for two reasons, one - my eating has gone to pot and I'm snacking more than I should on unhealthy things and two - exercise, in any form, has always improved my mental health and like everyone, I do feel very down at the moment.  So for me I'm probably doing this more for my mental health than physical I think but of course, any physical benefit is a bonus, isn't it?  I've been doing my weekly Zoom pilates class, I would normally be in the studio of course, and I've also been doing two back to back sessions from Own Your Goals Davina three times a week.  I signed up to OYG about a year ago and it was brilliant for me during the first long lockdown, I discovered Yoga which I loved and have been doing ever since.  


5.  We Have Managed To Do Normal Things Regardless 

What I mean is, regardless of lockdown.  For example, my youngest son sat his 11plus exam a week ago albeit socially distanced and online rather than the written papers they usually do.  He has a Zoom interview tomorrow.  And my eldest son turned 16 so we have had a birthday which we managed to do with presents and balloons and cake and Zooms to relatives.  We would normally have gone out for a meal as a family but we couldn't of course, so the meal came to us in the form of a fancy takeaway which was expensive but very, very yummy!

It's important (but not easy) to try to think of positives during this time but I do try.  I don't always manage it, for example today I'm in a bad mood, I've had a meltdown at the kids for something minor and I'm really tired because I keep waking up at 3am unable to get back to sleep.  So today positives aren't really working, but tomorrow they might.  Take it one day at a time as my Dad always says!


Beauty Pie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm (with video)

 As cleansing beauty balms go, this is one of the best I've tried.  I've only had a Beauty Pie subscription for a few months but I've been super pleased with everything I've bought so far.  This product retails at £50 but for Beauty Pie members (who subscribe monthly) it costs just £13.93.  

If you want some information on Beauty Pie click the link and go to their website, it's all there and easy to read.

I like cleansing my face with a balm because it feels really clean afterwards and it gets all the make up off with one product rather than having to use a facewash, then a micellar water then a toner or whatever goes next.  So for me, it's quick and that's what I like because at the end of the day I just want to go to bed so I don't want too much fuss!

Ingredients include

  • Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Apricot Butter
All this will help to cleanse, nourish and purify your skin.

My tips on how to use - and a video!

I use cleansing cloth or a soft flannel (one per day) and rinse it in warm water and gently remove the balm and the make up from my face.  Sometimes, depending on whether I've got a lot of make up on it takes a bit longer to get it all off.  I also get my eye make up off with it, even mascara.  The key is not to 'scrub' as this pulls your skin but to dab firmly to get rid of the balm and make up residue.  If your mascara is very stubborn it might be an idea to get a cotton pad and some eye make up removed and just do a couple of wipe with that before you put the balm all over your face, it'll loosen the mascara and make it easier to wipe off.

Here's a video I made of me taking off make up with the balm, it was the first time I'd tried it so I wasn't sure how it was going to go.  




Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Winter skin sucks.  Well, mine does.  It's dry, patchy, tired, pale, dehydrated, I could go on ... but I won't.  Thing is, that I think most people struggle with their skin in the Winter so it's not like I'm alone in this but I just find it a bit depressing at an already quite depressing time of the year.  

Anyway, I'm working my way through some skincare saviours that I've been using for a while.  They aren't completely getting rid of the dry skin problem but they are alleviating it a bit.  One of these products is Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

Take your make up off!

I love taking my make up off at the end of the day.  I would never go to bed with make up on no matter how tired I am, I can't sleep if I don't feel like my skin can breathe.  While I'm usually a face wash kind of girl (with a swipe of micellar water to get the last little bits of make up off) I do use a balm a couple of times a week because I find that it really softens the skin and gets rid of the all the grime.

Moringa Cleansing Balm - what to do

I've no idea why it's called this but it smells really nice.  You don't need much, there should be a little spatula thingy in the box.  So, this is what you do.

💙 Rub the balm into your face (massage it rather than scrub!). It should dissolve the make up, I also use it round the eye area, I'm not sure if I should but it's great for getting mascara off and I haven't had any ill effects (though best not do this if you've got sensitive eyes or whatever, obviously).

💙 Then, leave it a couple of minutes to sink in.  It'll feel a bit greasy but that's when it does its best work!  While it's sinking in get a face cloth and dampen it in warm water.  Then place the cloth on your face and gently wipe the balm off, the make up should come with it.  I have to rinse the cloth, squeeze it out and repeat a couple of times before its completely clean and then I take a separate cloth and wipe my eyes.

💙 Take another face cloth and dab the face dry.  No rubbing as it drags the skin.

Ta-da.  Skin is left feeling clean and soft.  Here's a YouTube video from Emma Hardie so you can see what she does.  Emma Hardie video

Price and where to buy

Now, there's no doubt that this is a glorious product, high end and very useable, does what it says on the tin etc.  However, the price is high, I would say really, for most people because it's £47.00 for 100ml which is quite a small pot and about £67.00 for 200ml.  So it's not something you can bung in your basket without a thought, you know?  But then, I think there are these really nice treat products that you can save up for, or request for birthday presents or ask for a gift voucher so you can put it towards it.  So I think overall, whilst pricey I it is worth it but it's on the list of things I ask for and save for rather than an everyday staple.

You can get it online, in Marks and Spencer beauty department and now on Amazon too.





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