2017 Favourites

It’s been A WHOLE YEAR since my last favourites post, partly because I was uninspired to write anything, and partly because I just didn’t have many new faves to report. That’s right folks! Gone are the days of spending all my $$ and ££ on beauty products – sort of. 2017 seemed to be a year of reigning it in and spending money on old faves and things I genuinely felt would add to my makeup collection. I did a lot of clearing out, like, A LOT, so my collection is probably the smallest it’s been in four years, but I’m really happy with everything I’ve kept (and the sooner I finish a few things, the sooner I can place an order on Glossier).


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Meeting Daniel Radcliffe at the Old Vic


HELLO last night I met Daniel Radcliffe after queuing for an hour and wow there are no words (jk, this post is 1300 words long, but you get the point). I wanted to write this post for two reasons: 1. To always remember the moment and 2. For anyone who has the opportunity to meet Daniel to SEIZE IT because it’s super easy and also he’s the greatest person alive to take time out of his life for his fans.

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Guide to London | Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

Before you get the wrong idea about me and think I’m a fancy lady, this was a gift from my mother for my 25th birthday, which is like, a pretty big deal because now I can rent a car in America at affordable prices, rather than the astronomical prices for under-25s. Anyway, mom was visiting for a week and because afternoon tea is truly one of my favourite quintessentially British activities, I gave her a list of options to choose from. I did note that Thomas’s Cafe at Burberry has been my favourite overall for atmosphere, service, price AND taste (seriously, the desserts are the best around), but I did also really want to try the Ritz and how could I resist mom’s offer to pay?? I wasn’t expecting to love the Ritz afternoon tea, especially because other options in the £50 range had left me tipping over with tea, but ultimately unimpressed (Sketch, Brown’s Hotel, the Savoy and Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Sanderson were great for the photos, and just okay on the food). As crazy as it sounds that I would ever utter this sentence, it is true: Burberry is my standard, so the Ritz had a lot to live up to.

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The Post-Accutane skincare routine

It’s been about five months since I ended my Accutane treatment (I stopped with a few months to go because I moved to the UK for school) and despite the rude friends that popped up this week, my skin has remained surprisingly clear! I’ve changed a few things in my skincare routine since my last post because back then, I was dealing with dry, peeling skin that really needed careful attention and buckets of moisture. Now, I’m working with SUPER oily skin that I’m worried could break out at any moment (old fears die hard). Despite the addition and subtraction of certain products, the biggest change I’ve made is in how I perceive my skin and its imperfections. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true; I no longer freak out at the sight of a pimple, nor do I attack it with every blemish-fighting product in my arsenal. I want to preserve my clear and youthful skin because I really appreciate it and how far we’ve come (Accutane wasn’t super intense for me, but it definitely was a journey). That being said, I have realised that the more you mess with acne, the longer it lingers in the form of a scar, a red mark, a crater or even just staying on your face longer, which is why I have a streamlined and effective skincare routine in place these days.

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