MY CURRENT SIX FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRACTISES

If you've been following my blog this month whilst I've been posting daily as part of my "Project September", you'll have already read my post highlighting my love of the beauty world.  

Now, there are some beauty practises that may make more dramatic differences, or some that offer increased health benefits as an extra... however, so far, these six practises definitely rank as my personal faves.

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Using a thick balm cleanser

...and then using a really HOT, clean flannel to wipe it off, slowly, multiple times.

Good body scrub and moisturise

I have been, and always will be, a consistent body moisturiser. I don't feel *right* in my skin if I just shower and dry. However, whilst a more thorough in-shower body scrubbing, followed by heavy duty moisturising is more time consuming, I try to follow this practise once a week. 

Acid exfoliating

Give me Alpha-H Liquid Gold, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution, Pixi Glow Tonic, or simple Nip+Fab Extreme Pads (always on offer and easy to find at Superdrug or Boots!) I love using an acid exfoliant/treatment on my skin. 

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Using a face mask (or two, or three!)

Face masks used to feel gimmicky, however I now love applying a mask once a week; time permitting I try to apply one after showering after my final shift of the week, before easing into weekend mode. I like to use simple clay ones, rich creamy ones, and acid based ones, depending on how my skin is feeling. I thoroughly cleanse my face first, then mask up. Recently I've been enjoying doubling them up to take a simple at home face mask moment into spa facial vibe.

Trimming my nails

Clean, trimmed nails - is there nothing simpler and nicer to do for yourself. Admittedly I have naughty phases of having bitten nails sometimes, but that is something that is overcome buy keeping up with this simple, but very effective, beauty practise!

Cleaning my teeth

This may sound super simple, and boring to boot, but I soooo enjoy cleaning my teeth, and cannot function in the morning until I've spent two minutes with my brush in my mouth.


Any super simple, effective, or fun beauty practises you love? I'm thinking of trying oil pulling - anyone else had a go??

ONE STRIPED TOP, TWO OUTFITS

This weekend just gone the temperatures felt a little more autumnal, and the on-off rain only aided the sensation that summer was/has departed!

With cooler temps, and a very relaxed weekend at home on the cards, it gave me the first opportunity to wear a little top I randomly picked up in the M & S sale of all places - I'm writing this with surprise expressed as I loyally by underwear from M & S, and have purchased a great pair of jeans there once, but have rarely looked into there other clothing ranges.

The top in question... a lovely thick cotton, midi-fluted sleeve, black and white striped top. Warmer material for a simple top, but not so far as wearing a jumper.

I wore it twice but in a different outfit set up; admittedly though the shoes and necklace are also still the same, but the shoe choice is due to sticking solely with one option in that awkward not sandals/not boots section of my wardrobe, and black ballet flats are my absolute go-to.

OUTFIT ONE: STRIPES AND A MIDI SKIRT

Stripes and pleats, on me, what a surprise! I posted about this style combo being a fave of mine before!

This monochrome top didn't actually look quite right with a black midi, so I added some colour with a lovely orange-red midi. The longer length skirt kept me tights free, and it was a very simple outfit, but great for my breakfast out on Sunday morning.

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OUTFIT TWO: STRIPES AND A LITTLE BLACK DRESS

This top has very jazzy sleeves that are never going to sit in a layered up outfit much... however, this very old little black dress of mine, has no sleeves and combined perfectly when layered with this bell sleeve top!

I added tights here, because gone are my no-tight-above-knee-skirt wearing days, but you know, I don't mind wearing tights actually, I love the cosiness of them come this time of year!

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Do you enjoy wearing different items in multiple ways?

I REALLY do! I like knowing I can mix and max my clothes fairly fluidly, and it's something I'm definitely trying to do more of!

HOME : DRESSING ROOM : FROM CARPETS TO FLOORBOARDS, BEFORE AND AFTER

This post isn't a proper DIY guide "HOW TO" of the right way to paint floorboards, it's more of a  pep talk style "don't be afraid to have a go" type thing, with the very basic outline of how I changed up the flooring in our dressing room! 

Oh, and when I say "dressing room", I'm not being mega grand, I in fact mean our spare room - our second bedroom, which we call our dressing room as we do all our getting ready/dressing in there!


Earlier this year we decided to finally get round to getting new carpets through our home, following a tonne of building work we did back in late 2014 which basically wore down the bit of life that was left in the previous carpets. We don't live in a big house, and it's only the living room, stairs, landing and dressing room that are carpeted. 

We got a well reputed local carpet business in to quote, and whilst the fitter was here measuring I asked if he thought we may have floorboards in our upstairs dressing room, as our bedroom, at the front of the house has beautiful old floorboards. He didn't know, and said the only way to find out was to take some up... now as we were planning on fitting new carpets anyway it seemed a good plan and I didn't mind pulling up some of the carpet as it was.

And, amazingly, the joy of living in an old characterful house paid off in a positive way for once, and it turned out that our dressing room, also has original old floorboards!

The carpet fitter took measurements and we said we'd be in touch re carpets, but we inevitably decided against recarpeting the dressing room and instead just bought new carpet for the stairs and living room.

Now, we don't really have a particular home style. We have some lovely old bits of sturdy furniture around the house and we have some rustic modern bits. But, our dressing room, is IKEA through and through. I am an Ikea fan, but not obsessively, though it just happened that all the furniture we wanted/needed in our dressing was taken care of brilliantly by Ikea's effortless Swedish designs. 

The room is a deep blue, with white furntiure, and after much deliberation we decided to paint the floor white rather than in natural tones. I am so so pleased with the results!

So, without further discussion, let me share with you some photos of the before stages! 

"BEFORE" WITH CARPET

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"BEFORE" THE FLOORBOARDS WE UNCOVERED

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You can see from the photos the state of the boards we uncovered. They were patchy with old varnish, and had old paint splashes all over. There were also some gappy sections and some nails sticking out a bit too far. 

Now, I am no DIY-er. AT ALL. I think I used to like the idea of it, but frankly, now, I'd rather ask someone else to get involved as it really does not float my boat. With that said, I knew we were capable of dealing with this floor, and after reading a few online tutorials, and reading up about best ways to have a go, I figured me and Gem would have a go at getting  it done.

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HOW WE TACKLED PAINTING OUR FLOORBOARDS

1. Clear the room; which was close to the hardest part of the whole task. Anyone else ever tried to move the Ikea Hemnes day bed will get what I mean!

2. Remove all the old carpet and grippers. Be very careful with those spiky little bastard strips!

3. Scrape back any big adhesive patches left from previous carpet.

4. Fix any problem areas. We nailed down a few loose boards, removed some awkward nails, and, though we did think about filling some of the bigger gaps, we actually decided against it in the end and just left them.

4. Prep the floor. We did not go to town with prepping the floor, and so far the floor is holding up! We manually sanded back the floor, without so much as an electric sander, and probably because it was all pure elbow grease, we did not go so far as uncovering bare wood, but more just likely removed the first layer of grime.

5. Hoover and mop. Let it dry.

6. Hoover and mop. Let it dry... I did this process twice, but probably could have kept going for days.

7. Apply floor paint primer. I wasn't sure if this was going to be a pointless step, but after reading the instructions on the primer, I felt my lack of heavy prep/sanding back, would be remedied by a layer of primer. The tenner spent on primer, and the relatively easy, big brush application, equated to a few less hours of dust inhalation/sore wrists so it was a good decision for me.

8. Paint the floor - coat one! The actual painting was by far the easiest part of the process for me. It might have been because we splashed out on buying the floor paint that came with a very useful sponge applicator on a stick thing though! We used the Ronseal Perfect Finish Diamond Hard Floor Paint in white, and we bought the rectangle tub that came with the Perfect Finish Floor Pad applicator. Spend the fiver extra and you willl be rewarded with easy, fast, neat application! 

8. Once the first coat has dried, give it another coat, then leave to fully dry hard  for a couple of days. We only moved the furniture back in after a few days as we didn't want to put scuffs on it. 

"AFTER" OUR PAINTED WHITE FLOORBOARDS

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I am still so so pleased with the results! The white is so bright and clean, and so far there are no scuffs or damage to the paintwork we carried out. 

We have added a big rug to the room since which makes it a little warmer too, but still keeps lots of the lovely white boards exposed.

The only one thing that is a little frustrating is they obviously show up hair easily, and this is the room both of us dry our hair and we are both brunettes... yep, so it sometimes shows more than I wish, but that's what hoovers/brushes are for!

You can be assured of my honesty in this task not being too heavy duty or onerous, as we also uncovered floorboards laid on our upstairs long thin landing and painted those too in the end, right after we'd finished up in our dressing room!


Have you ever done any DIY projects you thought would be much harder than they were? Are you a DIY fan, or like me, do you call in someone else whenever possible?