Today I thought I'd talk about something a little different - self-care. Because self-care plays a huge role in my life and has been one of the main ways I've overcome most of my anxiety problems. 

But with brighter weather and longer feeling days I've realised it's easy to push self-care aside, living life that bit faster and with a little less thought to what makes for good mental health. 

For the past year I've felt a bit overwhelmed by the amount of choice there now is when it comes to beauty products. So much so that I gravitate towards new releases for ease instead of exploring brands I already know I love.

This does mean I'm discovering more new beauty products that I could potential love but also that stable brands I know can always rely on get forgotten about both in my makeup collection and when beauty shopping. 

Realising this has made me aware that I need to appreciate the beauty brands I've loved in the past and make a conscious effort to explore more of in the future! Below are five brands I plan to embrace and try more from in the coming months.

If you suffer from acne, blemishes or have a generally oily skin type then you will know the struggle of finding a non-clogging light SPF that can be used daily on the skin. 

Or should that be should have known the struggle because thankfully the beauty industry saw a gap in the market and started to come out with specifically targeted facial sunscreens for different skin types i.e ones for oily gals! Since then blemishes from SPF wear have become a thing of the past for me and I've now tried many light facial sunscreens to varying results! So as we are in the midst of summer it was a perfect time to share my favourites with you!

By now I think it's been established that I'm a total eBay addict! I'm obsessed with creating my weekly eBay bargain posts, buying everything and anything for my home from there (even my bed!) and having more eBay makeup brushes than I know what to do with!

So I thought it was finally time to sit down and share with you the makeup brush sets and individual brushes worth buying from eBay. For the most part, eBay makeup brushes are amazing quality, especially for the price, but there are ones to be avoided so hopefully this post will steer you in the right direction!

I've come to realise that I like to 'faff' when it comes to painting my nails. It could actually be compared to the pretty iconic scene in Love Actually where the character played by Rowen Atkinson takes gift wrapping to a whole new level.

In all, I've counted 8 or 9 steps in my nail painting routine, which I like to spread over an evening and turn it into a sort of pampering. I guess because I enjoy painting my nails it's sort of self-care at the end of the day or week. It's also a good excuse to not watch TV (because I can't seem to do two things at once!) or check my phone every 5 minutes. I simply sit and enjoy the process and enjoying having perfectly painted nails at the end of it.

So I thought I'd share my self-care/pampering manicure routine as it keeps my nails in check and is quite therapeutic.

From makeup-setting sprays to hydrating toner mists and even simple water sprays I like to keep in the fridge, facial mists are a huge part of my skincare regime.

NIOD has to be one of my favourite skincare brands. I own a lot from them and there hasn't been a product I haven't loved, so far! The reason for this I feel is because their products have so much science behind them to ensure they work and deliver noticeable results. 
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