Thursday, 22 June 2017

Becoming Comfortable; The Skin Edit.

I think for me, being comfortable in my own skin is a work in progress. Like most of us, I have found that as I reach the age of 30 I am noting clear changes to my skin, especially my face which are neither good nor bad, just different. For the last 3 years I have been using the same products on my skin and I think I have made a bit of a breakthrough more recently. 
First off, my skin type is pretty ordinary. not particularly uber greasy, not hugely dry, but I am sure that intake of more water would solve a lot of my drier days. I have quite a few blackheads but not many spots and they usually come within the monthly cycle that so many of us would get. I am very lucky really, even as a teen, compared to a lot of friends I had minimal blemishes, but enough to still make me always want to wear makeup. And that's where it begins really, the covering starts young then actually it becomes quite impossible to not wear makeup and it has become very much part of me. Now I am no beauty blogger and I pretty much stick to the same make up style, never really drifting from the more simple look, I can't even do winged eyeliner and in this day and age that is a shocker!
Something I have noticed though is with using the same products for a prolonged period, something I never used to do, my skin is balanced and clearer than ever and hitting 30 I am actually realising that I need to bare my face a little bit more than I do.

I have been using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range for some time now and although to a lot of people it seems expensive for face soap, I can honestly say I don't find it so. If you read a lot of the guidance on how to use their products you will often find that they actually push the less is more philosophy and recommend that you don't need to use a lot to get the best out of a product. The Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel is by far my favourite product which gets daily use and keeps my skin clean. This would easily last me about 6 months if I use a small amount each day and use it well. I also have the Purifying Micellar Water which works perfectly alongside the gel.

 Now, my newest product from them has fast become my best friend in my skin and make up life; their Effaclar Duo+ was always one of my three and it was a perfect base for make up as well as a daily moisturiser. But now they have brought out Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant which is a moisturiser with a tint. I have the light and am finding that not only is it an amazing base for make up but I have started to use that alone with just bronzer, highlighter and mascara for a really simple day look. Not only do I feel it does my skin good but it is such a nice coverage that it makes me look glowing and healthy. Heading into the summer it is perfect also as it is so light in texture and the light tint is actually perfect for that glowing look. 

It doesn't cover up my freckles which I really love and as you can see from the pictures, I think for me, who becomes really self conscious with no make up on, this is a great way to feel comfortable, confident and happy in my own skin!


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

2017 Lincolnshire Show

I seem to be spending lots of my time writing, highlighting the wonderful things this city has to offer. I think with all this gorgeous weather and the start of summer, there has been lots to do so we have been getting out and doing them. This city is full of so much history steeped in its amazing buildings but another thing that we are more commonly most famous for is our agriculture. The whole of Lincolnshire is well known for being a popular farming spot and with that comes the vast landscape of flat land cover as far as the eye can see in fields. 
Every year the Lincolnshire Show is a showcase of all things wonderful about Lincolnshire. It is a very agricultural show with acres of land covered in everything from tractors to clothes stores all offering something to the public. Now we have never been in the market for buying a tractor or needing land surveys, but the show offers so much more than just that. It is a true display of everything that we have to offer. Not only does it showcase some of the best schools in the county, it also has a huge educational section encouraging schools to bring kids for the day to experience all sorts of things. They then also have the farmyard where you can watch traditional horseshoes be made and put on giant shire horses' feet. You can see local services, fire, police, ambulance and RAF {Big in Lincolnshire} display their skills in the arenas. With lots of shopping on offer too for all types of things, you then also have all your local societies having stalls and displaying what they are all about. 
The main arena is one of my favourite places as there are so many things to see and with shows running constantly through the day, you often find that you go off for a wander and work your way back there
The food court is one of the busiest areas and for obvious reasons. Not only is there a wonderful amount of local produce here but you have all your street food style vendors and that always brings the locals in. One of my absolute favourite places to get some grub from is Hot Rocks Pizza {always good and so fresh} and The Rolling Scone {Macaron heaven}.

With that all said this trip was especially special for Rob and I. Since Raph started school he hasn't come and last year I went by myself and left Etta with her grandparents. But this year we headed there as a three. Something we have never done before; just had time with us and our little girl. She goes to school in September and I very much felt that it would be really nice to just have the opportunity to hang out with just her. It was always going to be a tricky day with the heat, but to be honest, we took the pushchair and just strolled round all day doing what we wanted.

It was such a nice midweek break for Rob also who took the day off work to come, what a wonderful bonus day outside in the sun!

As a family, this is a perfect day out, no matter what the age as there is so much to entertain them with. It is on tomorrow also but if you miss that you will have to wait until next year to attend!

* Thank you to the Showground team for giving us tickets to this event!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Castle Adventures!

Recently it seems that we have been able to attend a bounty of great events in Lincoln that has made us love our little city more and more. Having spent an evening at LINCOLNSHIRE SHOWGROUND a few weeks ago watching Razorlight play and having spent 2 occasions at the Castle; one watching a performance of Pride & Prejudice and one last week at the COMEDY FEAST it was nice actually going back to the Cathedral Quarter again this weekend to spend a sunny Saturday in the CASTLE celebrating the return of King William 1st. King William not only commissioned the building of the castle but also collated the information for the DOMESDAY BOOK which is at Lincoln Castle over the summer. With this all happening as well as the Castle already being the permanent home to the Magna Cater there are a lot of events in the city celebrating this. This past weekend's celebrations had a brilliant reenactment weekend of the king paying a visit and looking at the divide between Saxons and Normans. Anyway, there were lots dressed up, battle displays, plays and activities for families to be a part of. Also, after paying to get in, you got access to the Castle walls walk which is just amazing and something I haven't done in years and years and I really enjoyed it. 

It's really nice spending time in your home city anyway, but when the sun is shining, and local landmarks are a hive of activity, there is really nowhere better to be than right in the heart of it all!
I think every one who was working at the castle loved their job and embraced their roles on the day as they were all so happy and eager to talk to you, especially the children, to try to impart their knowledge on them. The kids loved it and watching the displays was fantastic. 
It was the castle walls that won it for me though. I had forgotten just how amazing the view was from the top of the castle. You can walk the entire thing and it is an amazing space to view everything from. You can see the entire city all the way to where it turns into the large flat fields. I found it so inspiring, and just standing opposite the glorious Cathedral gave a beautiful perspective of its fantastic architecture and design.

Once again, this city has entertained us with its beauty and events and I can't wait for the next one we attend!

Plan your visit to the Castle HERE.

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