My Perfume Collection

Anyone who knows me will know there's only one perfume I ever wear. Now take another look at the picture and then guess which one it is? Yup, YSL Black Opium. It's my all day, every day scent but now I'm getting older, I've started to dabble in more fragrances.

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Drops

I'm not going to lie, I'm really regretting buying this perfume. I bought it with my Boots points which I've saved up over the last five or six years and now I'm seriously wishing I had got something else. The smell is a little too overwhelming to me, the kind that gives you an instant headache as soon as you inhale the super floral scent. Maybe I'm being too harsh, it is a lovely fresh smell and perfect to wear around this time of year but unfortunately it's just way too floral for me!

Stella McCartney Pop

I picked this up in a rush at Amsterdam Airport and it's an absolute dream. This is definitely a more youthful fragrance than Stella McCartney's previous releases and I love it. It's floral and woody notes aren't too overpowering and make it the best summer perfume ever. If you're after something light and not too 'in your face' then this is the one for you but do bear in mind that the scent wears off quite easily so you'll have to top up!

YSL Black Opium

Obviously I'm slightly biased towards this but it really is such a recognisable and popular scent. Unlike everything else in my perfume collection, this isn't massively floral! It's so long-lasting and there's never a need to top up as the sweet, musky smell will last all day. I don't know what more I can really say apart from the fact I will never ever not repurchase this despite the cost!

Elie Saab L'Eau Couture

Unfortunately even though I love this perfume, there's not a lot left and right now I'm poor af so it'll be a while until I repurchase. It's a really light and fresh yet floral fragrance (once again it's perfect for spring/summer time). It's not the longest lasting perfume but it's great for the day time and people always ask me what perfume I'm wearing when I have it on so that's a solid 9/10 for Elie Saab!

Holy shit I'm literally high in the smell of perfume in my room right now. I am 100% going to have a florally headache for the rest of the day! I'm still on the hunt to find more musky, woody scents so if you know any then please let me know!


How To Get Back Into Blogging

It's pretty easy to notice that me and The Rawrdrobe have fallen out a bit. We're not seeing eye to eye at the moment and the commitment just isn't really there anymore. But like most other relationships, it's one worth saving and I'm going to do everything I can to do so.

It's so easy to say that I'm going to blog once a week or whatever but when it comes to doing it, it's a completely different story. Often my 'photographing days' are not aligned with my 'writing days' and then it all gets a tad complicated when I realise what I've actually got - a 'becoming an adult' post with a series of photos of beauty products I need to review. Not very useful at all! However, today my pictures and thoughts are both aligned and I'm going to talk about how I'm going to get back into blogging and a few questions I've had to ask myself.

What direction do you want to take?
I feel that my blog needs to catch up with my maturity and stage of my life which means more 'becoming an adult' posts even though the title of it sounds ridiculous now! I want my posts to be relevant to the kind of person I currently am and what I'm up to. With a few beauty and fashion posts mixed in of course!

What blogs do you enjoy reading and what about?
Over the last year or so I have turned my attention to lifestyle and advice blogs rather than beauty and fashion blogs, with the exception of a few. Since I would never write something I wouldn't read if it was on someone else's blog, I figured that the content I should be aiming for is exactly that. Unfortunately I can't create the sort of content that my favourite bloggers write about as we can't all afford two trips to Greece in one month but hey ho!

What do you enjoy writing about?
I touched on this is the previous question but lifestyle and advice posts are my favourite to write. I feel like I can knock them out in one session because I enjoy writing them so it never feels like a chore.

Are your blogging goals achievable?
Posting three times a week is a thing of the past for me and even though I'd love to sit here and say I'm going to smash out a post every other day, realistically it's not going to happen. I need to bear in mind that I now have a full time job and other commitments and my blogging objectives need to reflect that.

Are you actually ready to start blogging again?
I am sure as hell that the last time I 'came back' to blogging I wasn't ready. I felt almost obliged to start blogging again just because I had been MIA for so long. Slap on the wrist for me. Don't come back until your ready otherwise you'll just end up going around and around in circles!

If you're thinking about getting back into blogging just run yourself through these questions and then you'll know exactly what route you want to go down!


Currently Loving: ARK Cleansers

You'll have a good memory if you remember me (well, my Mum) raving about ARK's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream almost a year ago. She's still totally in love with it and even asking for a new one for Mother's Day. So the point I'm making is that ARK Skincare is a working miracle.

What ultimately sucks me into their brand is the fact they have a really positive approach to ageing and each product is specially designed for a number of different ages for anyone from their teens to over fifty. So whatever age you are, there is a product there dedicated to the needs of your skin. I find this so refreshing as I think so many brands these days just recommend anything to anyone but oh no, not ARK!

Both of these products work together to form a two-step cleansing regime and for those days where I have a bit more time to myself , it's perfect. It feels like I'm having a mini pamper session!

First things first, I'll start with the Skin Essential Pre Cleanse and Makeup Remover by gentle rubbing it into my face then rinsing my hands and using that water to delicately wash my face. The idea of the pre cleanser is to prepare your skin for the second cleanse so it removes makeup, excessive sebum and grime and you're skin will instantly feel better for it. Not going to lie, it does a smashing job of removing any traces of makeup, even my stubborn Maybelline mascara! Normally after removing my makeup my skin feels a bit sore but surprisingly I don't get that at all with this which makes a change so there's the thumbs up for anyone with sensitive skin. My only problem with this is it does feel a bit oily/greasy on my skin and after removing my makeup I can feel it on my skin for quite a while.

Now it's time for the Skin Clear Cleanser designed for anyone in their teens or twenties. I generally have combination skin and my cheeks can get really dry which would normally be a pain for most cleansers but this one worked really well! This really helps to balance the oil in my skin and for the time being has done a pretty good job at keeping blemishes at bay. I use this in the same way as a hot cloth cleanser which takes no time at all and also gently exfoliates my face a little bit making it silky smooth once I'm finished! PS. it smells amazing but does sting your eyes a little if you put too much on that area.

I honestly can't recommend this combo enough and even though I haven't tried any other ranges of the cleanser, if they're as good as this one then you need to get your mitts on it pronto! And just remember in this overwhelming world of skincare, that you need to use products suited to your skin, whether that's for age or type. It's so easy to pick up any cleanser which you've heard rave reviews about and slap it on your face but next time, try and tailor your skincare to your skin. The clue is in the name!

Repurchase? Yes.

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