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Sunday, 24 July 2016

A Little Chat...

I haven't written a chatty post in quite sometime and with the excitement of getting engaged and planning our engagement party I thought it was about time to sit down and write something because in some ways my little old blog will change a bit over the next few years. As with everything and everyone, people grow up, things change and you enter into new chapters of life and I feel like it's only right I reflect that on Annie Writes Beauty.

I share a fair bit of my life online, you get to take a peak into what I'm doing thanks to Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter and I love that because I also enjoy seeing what my favourite bloggers are up to so I'm going to incorporate how my life is changing into  my blog more. I feel like I'm rambling a little now but I think from the photo you can probably guess what I'm trying to say. 

Over the next couple of years I'm going to be planning my wedding to the love of my life and as much as many aspects of the day will stay private for ourselves and our families, I also want to share things we're doing with you guys like days at wedding exhibitions or what I'm making myself, wishlists and little snippets in the no doubt stressful time we're about to embark on. That doesn't for a minute mean Annie Writes Beauty is all of a sudden going to be a wedding blog, no nu-huh. There will still be as much beauty as you can all muster with some of my poorly posed fashion posts chucked in for good measure. 

I did ask this question on Twitter about sharing wedding posts and was quickly met with, "Do whatever you want, it's your blog & as long as you're happy that is all that matters" and they were right but it's also you guys that make it possible for me to keep doing this so I hope you stick around because I'd hate to see you go, you never know, you may even get to see a photo of me at some point in a ridiculous meringue just for the lols.

For anyone that wants to see any wedding posts, I've added a handy little tab into the menu bar where you'll find everything if you want a good nose. 


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Crystal Clear Cleansing Brush

I started using cleansing brushes a few years ago when I first began Annie Writes Beauty, I was so impressed with the results from my skin that I always have one to hand. I've always kept to traditional cleansing brushes but after discovering Ionic Sonic Cleanse by Crystal Clear, I'm swaying away. Ionic Sonic Cleanse is a cleansing brush with a difference, unlike most on the market, Crystal Clears offering is designed with silicone bristles for a deeper cleanse and exfoliation leaving your complexion smooth, bright and radiant. It's small, compact and works for the face or body. 

The Ionic Sonic Cleansing brush works by combining negative ions and ultra sonic action. Scientific reports confirm that we feel refreshed after being around negative ions found in places such as waterfalls or forests so just think of the benefits that could make to your skin regime? The brush is suitable for everyday use and for all skin types, I use it morning and evening alongside the Crystal Clear Soothing Cleansing Gel which leaves my skin feeling really clean and fresh.

Thanks to the silicone bristles the brush feels less abrasive to skin but still delivers a thorough cleanse, almost like a microdermabrasion effect so don't let the soft bristles fool you, they really do work. The brush has three levels, one for body exfoliation and firming, two for normal skin and three for sensitive skin and as you press the button the brush will beep to alert you as to which level you are on.

 I've been using my brush daily for the last eight weeks alongside the products I received in the Ionic Sonic Cleanse pack. My complexion is clearer, my skin softer and more radiant and my brush is still looking as good as new. Inside the pack you'll also find a booklet on all you need to know about the brush, the at home treatments you can do and how to get the most out of the brush for your body. Before using this I would say to anyone to invest in a cleansing brush but even more so after trying this one, especially as you can pick the pack I have up for £69.99 which includes some of their products. My skin has never looked so good. 

Have you tried cleansing brushes before? What do you use?

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Why I'm Learning to Drive

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Throwing out another chatty post today and this time it's not a rant or moan, just a little chat about something I've been meaning to do for a very long time, learn to drive. Back when I was a mere pup my plan was always to learn to drive when I hit seventeen but that all changed when I moved to Spain. In Spain, you have to be eighteen to drive and as everything was quite easily accessible I never started it. My Spanish was also not that good enough to take the whole test in another language and learning in English was pricey so I just put it off. Fast forward ten years and I'm coming up twenty seven and I still don't drive and I'm really starting to regret it. 

Since getting engaged my views on driving have completely changed before I was always like meh it doesn't really matter but now if I have to go and collect something or travel further for any bits we want for the wedding, I kinda need to be driving. Especially when it comes to the day before and need to drop decorations off ready for the big day. So with that in mind, I've got two years to get my act together, order my provisional which I don't have either and finally get looking into it properly. 

I've been looking to Book Learn Pass for advice because I do not have the foggiest idea about where to go and with them having an office in Southampton it was a no brainer. I've also found their website really handy to navigate for information too. With being much older now I've also looked for booking in for an Intensive Driving Course as I just feel it would be better suited for me. First stop is the provisional after all and after one of the most daunting experiences of my life I'll hopefully be driving along with the wind in my hair and funky house playing in the back ground. 

How old were you when you passed? What are your most memorable driving experiences?

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