Since I got back from the US, I’ve been trying to sort my skin out. I’m not sure whether it was the air on the plane that messed it up or whether it was the humidity and heat once I was out there, but my skin has really suffered. As soon as I got to Florida, my skin was really dry so I made sure I exfoliated and used a sleep mask whilst I was out there which seemed to sort it out. Since then, I’ve been suffering with quite a few blemishes and have decided to introduce a few different products into my routine to try to combat these.

When cleansing, I’ve been going for micellar waters rather than using my usual hot cloth cleansers as they’re not as heavy. I’ve just discovered this one from Embryolisse which is very gentle and hasn’t broken me out further. To double cleanse and make sure I get all of the makeup and dirt off my face before bed, I’ve been trying out the Prevage anti-aging cleanser. Although I don’t have any wrinkles yet, I turned 27 whilst I was on holiday and I think it’s about time I start taking precautions! I’ve also been using the Prevage anti-aging eye cream along with my usual moisturiser to try to keep my under eyes hydrated as I noticed that they were one of the main places to get dry when I was away.

To tackle any spots that appear, I’ve bought out my La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. which is a really good spot treatment, it usually helps to clear them up overnight or reduce them significantly. I always forget about this product until I have a really bad breakout then I bring it out again so it can rescue my skin. Another product I always forget about is the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm which I bought in Paris three years ago. It probably should be in the bin by now, but it still works just fine and it has been really helping my lips get back to their normal softness after the air on the plane dried them out.

The Prevage products and the Elizabeth Arden makeup bag featured in this post are part of a Gift With Purchase promotion that is on this month. 

Many people are not aware that for the most part, having no credit score is just as bad as having a poor credit score when it comes to borrowing money. If you have no credit score, it can be just as difficult for you to get a credit card, loan, or other line of credit than it would if you had a poor credit history, meaning that although avoiding getting into debt can definitely be a safer option, it can cause havoc for you down the line when it comes to things such as getting a mortgage for a home. But, if you use social media, there are many ways in which you can actually use sites such as Facebook and Twitter to improve your credit.

Social Data

When it comes to credit scoring, traditional data can often be very inaccurate. For example, somebody who’s never borrowed money before could be automatically put into a pile of people with ‘bad credit’ when this is not strictly true. On the other hand, traditional data means that past debts, even ones which have long been paid, can affect your credit score years later. The use of social data is becoming more and more common in credit scoring, with many companies checking social media profiles as part of their credit check process.

Money Tips

Social media can be a great place to get hold of all the information that you need, and it’s no different when it comes to managing your finances and improving or building your credit rating. Many different companies, such as ukhomeandpersonalloans.co.uk, will have a presence on social media in the form of an account or page which you can follow in order to get the latest updates on financial products which you might like, or tips on better money management and credit building. By following these pages on social media, you can learn more about good financial management and improve your credit score as a result.

Get the Best Products

By following your bank, other banks and lenders on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram, you can ensure that you get up to date information as soon as possible on new financial products and deals that you may want to take advantage of. Many banks and lenders will design financial products which are meant for people with a bad credit rating in order to help them rebuild it, and staying up to date on social media will ensure that you’re the first to hear about any of these products and how you can apply for them. Social media can also provide you with a great way of getting in touch with various banks and lenders in order to enquire about any products, such as credit building cards, that they offer which may be of use to you.

When it comes to building your credit score, social media can be more useful than you think. Whether you’re following banks to get good deals or it’s used by a company as part of a credit check, your social media accounts could help your finances.

we-hopethat-yourerecoveringI’ve been to our capital city hundreds of times and I have done a lot of touristy things, however there’s still so much that I want to do. It’s been a while since I’ve had a whole weekend in London, so I’d like to arrange a little break and head down there to cross a few things off my list. Of course, I will probably spend a few hours in the British Museum and head over to Covent Garden too.

Visit Madame Tussauds
I feel like I’m one of the only people to have visited London and not been to Madame Tussauds to get my photo taken with some wax celebrities. I’ve always thought it’s been too expensive when I’ve been down there but there are plenty of places to get discount attraction tickets from. Where else can you go and get your photo taken with the Queen, Vincent Van Gogh and One Direction all in one day?

Go up the Shard
Although I probably can’t afford a drink in the bar at the top of London’s tallest building, it would be nice to go up to the 72nd floor and have a look at the view over the city.

Visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour
You may be surprised to hear that as a massive Harry Potter fan, I actually haven’t visited the studio tour! I’m dying to go and I want to finally book tickets for this winter when it’s all Christmassy. It’s situated just outside of London, in Watford but it’s easy enough to get to from Euston and it’s on the train line that I get into London too.

Visit London Zoo
Surprisingly, I have never visited London Zoo either. The winter may not be the best time to go, however when it starts to get a little warmer next spring, I’m going to make sure I go! I’ve heard that it’s great for a day out and I love seeing animals, so it would be a perfect activity.

Have a look around the Wellcome Collection
I have actually been to this museum, however I turned up half an hour before it was due to close so I didn’t get a chance to have a proper look around. I would love to spend a few hours having a look at all of the different exhibitions, including the new one on mental health and asylums called Bedlam: the asylum and beyond.

What are your favourite things to do in London?


Tomorrow, I’ll be leaving Florida and heading back to the UK. Now I don’t have a holiday to plan, I feel like I need something to fill my spare time, I need a hobby. It’s not going to be a scorching 30 degrees back in Birmingham so ideally, I would like something to do that I can do indoors and there’s a few things that I would like to try.

I’ve said this so many times and I’ve even bought a couple of scrapbooks and loads of materials for them but haven’t got around to starting them. Now I have two weeks of Disney fun to share, I will definitely be getting started. The first step is to sort through the thousands of photographs that I’ve taken and decide which ones I want to get printed out. I’ve been looking to Pinterest for some inspiration and I can’t wait to get stuck in when I get home!

I’ve tried crocheting before and I struggled with that but I’ve never tried to learn how to knit. I’m going to get myself some needles and yarn and watch a few YouTube videos and teach myself how to do it. I know I won’t be able to make anything fancy but it would be nice to be able to make a scarf! There’s plenty of knitting patterns available online.

Subversive cross stitch
I’ve seen a lot of people doing cross stitch projects and they look so fun! I like the look of the embroidered quotes (especially if they’re sweaty) that I’ve seen on Etsy and I would love to try them out for myself. I used to be quite good at cross stitch so maybe I will be able to pick this up quickly?