Skin Care Routine

Happy Sunday! As Sunday for me is traditionally a wind down from the week resulting in lots of pampering and self-care, I thought what better way to honour it than with a skin care routine. Me and my skin have a complicated relationship; throughout my teens I’ve struggled with my spot-prone skin and my skincare is based around that, which means it wont be for everyone.

So lets get started…

After a long day (or week), my skincare always starts with removing my makeup. To do this I use “take the day off” cleansing balm by Clinique. Often after removing most of the makeup with a makeup wipe, I like to use simple wipes as I find they irritate my skin less that other brands. When using the cleansing balm I usually get a shock about how much makeup/dirt is still on my face even after using wipes! This isn’t where the cleansing stops though; I then wash my face using another product by Clinique, a cleaning bar which is part of the “anti-blemish solutions range”. This range helped me a lot back in 2014 when I struggled with acne and I’ve sworn by it ever since.

Now for the fun bit…face masks! Now I only do this step once of twice every week or my face dries out very quickly. I don’t have a particular face mask that I religiously use some of my favourites are the peel off range by 7th Heaven.

When the face mask has dried and been peeled I like to use the aloe vera toner by body shop. This help close and minimise pores until you wouldn’t even know they exist!

Finally, I use a blemish balm by Clinique on any blemishes I have right before I go to sleep along with hopes they will disappear over night.

 

Love Meg x

 

Spring Is Finally Here

Now I think anyone living in the UK has long awaited the return of spring and summer. After one of the longest winters of my life, which included not only the storm named ‘the beast from the east’ but another miniature version of that just a few days ago, I can finally (touch wood) say bye to the snow. Yesterday we saw the return of spring and our first little bit of sunshine of 2018. So to celebrate we decided to spent the day at the beach. Now obviously our beaches here in Britain can be a little neglected compared to that of the beaches in many other parts of the world but I wouldn’t say the puppers minded.

After spending our morning in bed, me and the boyf planned to take the restless pups to the beach. Obviously my boyfriend couldn’t allow me the privilege of being able to get ready in peace, he mentioned the words ‘beach’ and ‘walk’ in the same sentence which then made one of our pups very upset that we weren’t walking out of the door in that exact moment. Of course I then had to do my makeup (I went for a bold red lip, to compliment our change of season) sat next to a crying puppy. It took us around an hour to drive to the beach, two excited pups in the back seat, often hanging out the window. Let’s just say on the way back they were more exhausted than excited and slept the whole way home. Must of been a successful walk then…

Love Meg x

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My Everyday Makeup Routine

so when I say everyday I mean the days when I have a little bit more energy to actually put makeup on but not enough energy to go full-on-glam, this is how it goes…

So I start off often with my base. To my boyfriends despise I like to steal his ‘Nivea for Men’ moisturiser, to moisturise and prime my face. I find this is such a good base for my makeup as it smoothens my face and reduces the visibility of any pores.

Now for makeup, I start with my foundation. I like to use the Revlon colour stay for normal to dry skin, I use the shade 150 ‘buff’ which is such a beautiful colour but only matches me when I wear fake tan (ginger problems). To apply this I like to use a beauty blender, any will do. To set my foundation I use the Rimmel stay matte pressed powder in 001 transparent to ensure my foundation stays on during long days. I find my ‘duo-fiber face brush’ by real techniques works best for this as the brush is fluffy which means that little product is added and you don’t end up cakey.

Next I like to contour, I use a real techniques brush again to do this but this time the ‘duo-fiber contour brush’ this is another fluffy brush meaning the bronzer is easily blended out. I use a Barry M bronzer to do this, I am unsure of the name of this product though. I highlight using a mac highlighter with a brush that my mum got me from France, I don’t know the same of this either.

My favourite part is my eyebrows. I comb them through with an eyebrow brush and then begin to fill them in with a dupe of the Anastasia dip brow from a brand name freedom in the shade chocolate and an angled brush by real techniques.

To finish off this very basic look I add some black mascara to my top and bottom lashes, the mascara I have been loving lately is the L’oreal miss baby roll. Then I use the all nighter setting spray by urban decay.

Love Meg x

An Average Sunday

Sunday is my favourite day of the week. Being a student nurse on placement Monday to Friday and then working on a Saturday, Sunday is the only day I can have as my own. Thus I want to bring you along with me…

9:00 am 

I woke up, this is a huge lie in for me with the normal rising time of 7am. Today is both mine and my boyfriends day off so we spend the first part of the morning off with cuddles. We stayed in bed for a while and then decided we were going to go out for breakfast. I got changed, did my hair and makeup, and did a little tidying up before leaving for breakfast.

11:00am

We arrived and the restaurant, we both weren’t very good and got two large English breakfasts (of course I couldn’t eat all of mine, my eyes are bigger than my stomach) accompanied by a cup of orange juice and a cup of tea each. We had a chat and caught up from the busy week beforehand, thanks to the no phones at the table rule.

12:00pm

Shortly after finishing the remainders of our drinks, we decided to do a little shop in a few of the stores next to the breakfast restaurant. We bought a few random things including sweets, candles and car screen wash aha.

1:00pm 

After our shop we arrived home, we were met by some very excited puppies. Time for housework. I also cleaned out our dressing table, it was well needed to say the least.

2:00pm

At around 2pm the puppies were getting restless so we went on a last minute walk around the park. We took a football and tennis ball as they both have different preferences (spoilt). But as per usual our little staffie didn’t want her tennis ball today, she decided she wanted a 3 foot long branch which had fallen from one of the trees. She proceeded to carry this around the park for the rest of this walk, brought it home and attempted to dig up the garden in hopes of hiding it from her bulldog brother.

3:00pm 

We got home from the walk and in hopes that the fact that our bulldog jumped in every muddy puddle wouldn’t be a problem, we sat in the front garden for a while. The puppers enjoyed some fresh cold water (as its actually quiet warm here today, surprising seeing as it snowed all day the day before). It was then quiet obvious our problems had not disappeared and we had to wash the bulldog. We bathed him, dried him and put on his doggy aftershave while our staff thanked god she wasn’t like her brother.

4:00pm

Knackered after our walk; me, my boyfriend and our staffie all decided to have a little rest in bed. I went on the laptop to update the blog, check messages and watch some youtube while my boyfriend checked his phone and our puppy slept. Meanwhile, the bulldog was causing havoc downstairs rearranging all the shoes in the household (thanks frank).

6:00pm

At around 6 we had our sunday roast dinner, which every brit must partake in on a sunday. We had; roast lamb, carrots, peas, cabbage, roast potatoes, mash potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and gravy! as well as a little bit of mint sauce.

7:00pm

Despite filling up on a roast dinner, the boyfriend decided he wanted something sweet so we went to a takeout dessert restaurant near to our home called ‘cube’. My boyfriend got a Ferrero rocher waffle and I had a jolly rancher milkshake as I wasn’t in the mood for something big.

8:00pm

By now I was beginning to become tired, I decided to have a pamper night. I had a bubble bath with muscle relief by radox and had my loreal charcoal face mask. I also painted my nails for the first time in 10 weeks as my placement has finished.

9:00pm

I got in bed after my bath and watched tv until falling asleep around 10pm.

 

Love Meg x

End of Placement- Day in the Life of a Student Nurse

So in January of this year I started my very first placement as a student nurse, I was placed in community with the health visitors. I remember getting the placement and being so disappointed, I wanted to work in a hospital so bad.

However, the 9 week placement has been amazing and I couldn’t fault a single thing. The relationship I have with my mentor meant that I was never made to feel like a spare part and felt very comfortable asking questions or speaking to her about any previous worries I had. The whole team was fantastic and ensured I had the best experience that I could, with many learning opportunities.

With being in community, it’s very hard to get the basic clinical skills you would get in a ward setting but I learned so much! I was able to assist with weighing babies, plotting the weights on the charts and speak with parents to grow my communication skills. I also sadly got to see many children in neglectful homes where I followed there cases and worked with parents to ensure the best life for the children. Unfortunately many parents didn’t assist us and didn’t follow the care plan resulting in the children being removed. It was very emotional to see.

Yesterday was my last day with the team and I now have 3 weeks off which will be spent doing assignments and revision and then back to uni. Seeing as I was disappointed with the placement 9 weeks ago, I really don’t want to leave and will miss everyone at the team greatly. They bought me cake and various other sweet treats to celebrate the time I spent with them, I even embarrassingly got emotional. I can’t believe how fast it has gone.

Thank you to the team for making my first placement such a good one…

Love Meg x

Passing Placement- Day in the Life of a Student Nurse

Yesterday my mentor had me doing my assessment for my placement (known as a DONA). I’m in community so there isn’t many practical things I could be assessed on so for the assessment I helped her conduct a visit with a patient.

We entered the house and I visited this family when the baby was born so introductions were already done a few weeks beforehand. We spoke to mum and asked her if she would like the baby to be weighed, she did. She got him undressed and placed him on the scaled. I recorded his weight, converted it and worked out how old this little boy was in weeks. After this I plotted his weight on the graph to see if he was following his centile, which he was. So I informed mum that he baby was gaining weight how we would expect him to and he was following his centile perfectly. She was an anxious mum so this reassurance calmed her down a lot.

After this my mentor began to talk to the patients mum about how she was and she assisted her in areas in which she was concerned. When we got back to the office my mentor helped me fill out my paperwork and informed me I had passed, which is so relieving in your first placement. I hope the next DONA I do this year will have the same outcome.

 

Love Meg x

Nursing School…Year 1

In September of 2017, I began a three year journey on the road to becoming a registered paediatric nurse. One of those three years will be coming to an end before I know it, so here’s a recap of the most emotional year of my life so far…

I decided to live at home during my studies so Fresher’s week for me wasn’t the typical turning up for lectures still drunk on the night before’s vodka. Even though I respect my decision to not live in student accommodation 7 months on, the week was a struggle. Commuting to and from university was tiring and seemed pointless for the fresher’s week lectures on what was expected of us as future nurses. Many students became friends with flat mates, where I was alone. Overall, I didn’t enjoy the course and was disappointed due to my high expectations.

However

The travel became easier and I got to know a lot of the girls in the course. The lectures were more engaging and I was beginning to feel a bit more relieved about my previous hatred of university life.

Then

Placement began in January. It began to all make sense again of why I chose to do nursing in the first place. Even though I was placed in the community and I have not been exposed to much clinical practice, I could not fault the experience I have had! My mentor is amazing and made me feel comfortable from the get go, not once have I felt like a spare part. It 100% has made me excited and proud to be doing this course.

That brings us to now, March 2018. I’m 2 weeks of completing my first placement and I honestly can not wait for my second placement to begin in May! Wish me luck…

Love Meg x