Face Mask Friday: A New Series? + Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask

Lately I've been feeling the need to make some changes in my life, and this also includes my blog. I boxed myself into a corner by sticking to beauty and books, I want to try new things. One of them is discussing real life problems, from petty to petrifying, and trying to put some of myself into my writing. I thought the best way to do this, for me, would be to post a monthly catch up; talking about challenges I've set for myself, whether I've achieved them, how I've been working towards my 2018 goals and how I feel about things. 

I want to be more honest. On the internet we tend to show our best faces, I'm definitely guilty of that. We pretend that nothing bad ever happens to us and that we never feel down, or experience mental health issues. That's simply not the case.

I also thought that I might enjoy this more if I included a quick pamper sesh while I write. So, for the next few months, I'll be posting this life update type of post on the last Friday of the month, and testing out face masks at the same time. If I enjoy doing it, I'll see it through to the end of the year.

Face Mask Friday

The mask I'm using tonight was part of a Vichy Mineral Mini Mask Trio that I picked up from Boots. The one I chose was the Quenching Mineral Mask as my skin has been feeling a bit dehydrated lately.

Face Mask Friday: A New Series? + Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask

Face Mask Friday: A New Series? + Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask

This is a clear mask that you only need a small amount of. It smells light and clean, like fresh washing. I massaged two finger tips of product into the skin, this was enough for the entire face, and left it on for five minutes as the box suggests. It didn't set but dried down to a tacky finish. On rinsing with warm water, it removed like a gel and left my skin feeling tight but not dry. I followed up with some Vichy Anti-Blemish Moisturiser and noticed that my face felt replenished of moisture and looked brighter. It's not a mask that I would use all over the face again as my t-zone is hydrated enough, but I would use it on my cheeks when multi-masking.

*Update: This mask seriously broke me out and I'm so gutted! I've not had so many spots in years 😩

Moving on...

At the beginning of the month I wrote myself a To-Do List. There was nothing spectacular on there, just some small tasks that I wanted to accomplish. Mainly these fit in with my goal of reducing my stress levels. I felt like if I could get things in order, then I would be able to chill out. I was right.

Empty the washing basket
You might be thinking, is this girl for real? And unfortunately yes. I had a huge mountain of clothes that had long passed overflowing from the washing basket and had taken up residence on top of it and the floor around it. It was stressing me out just looking at it. My washing machine is old and slow, so actually doing a load took over 2 hours and then it had to be dried. It seemed no easy task to resolve the mess. So this month it had to go. I generally do my washing on my days off. I'll do a load of uniforms, a load of towels, some bedding and then some everyday clothes. I started by adding in another load - of anything. Then, on the next day off I'd add in another etc.

I did it! The only things in my washing basket are clothes that I've worn throughout the week and then on my days off I wash them all. It only takes a few hours and requires minimal effort. Now that the basket is empty, I can keep on top of it easily.

Cooking at least 4 nights a week
Another basic life task that I've been struggling to do is cook. I work 40 hours a week, my job is physically demanding and has long hours. The fiance cannot cook anything edible unless I stand over him and show him how to do it (which by that point, it would've been quicker to do myself anyway). The last thing I want to do when I get home is slave over the hob. But I need to stop spending money on takeaways and eat more healthily.

Umm...this was kind of a fail. I mean, I definitely cooked more but not enough to average out as 4 nights a week. For next month I'm going to do a meal plan and shop accordingly so that I have no excuses.

Keeping on top of chores
Along with having no energy to cook or do the washing, I've also been neglecting the house. I tend to leave all the mess until my day off and then spend hours scrubbing the house from top to bottom. Not only am I wasting precious sleeping time on my rare free days, I'm also living in a mess for the rest of the week as neither of us pick up after ourselves. I was going to make myself a cleaning rota and spent the first two weeks of the month umming and ahhing about it, but there was no way I would stick to it, so after that I just to keep on top of things and tidy up as I went. Whether I was in work or not.

This was a bit hit and miss. Some days - particularly delivery days in work - I'd be so exhausted I just ignored my responsibilities and went to sleep, but more often than not I stepped up. I'm hoping that if I can stick to this routine, then it won't seem so much of a pain to do after a while.

At the end of the month, I feel much more relaxed than I have in a while. Also, incredibly motivated. I decided at the end of December that I would be making a lot of changes in the coming months and this mindset has not left me yet - hopefully it never does as I feel productive and so much has gotten done!

How did your January go?


  1. Start doing meal preps! Cook on a day off, portion into appropriate containers and freeze them. Then you take em out in the morning before you leave for work (or the night before and leave it in the fridge) and they will be defrosted and ready to heat when you come home. It's super convenient!

    1. I did it for a few months a couple of years ago and i hated it. It definitely made life easier but I found it boring and I never looked forward to my meals. I'm one of those people who have to really want the food in front of me, otherwise I'll keep eating and eating.


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