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21 Things I Have Learned From One Year of Blogging

Saturday, May 31, 2014

1. Remember why you started
2. Focus on what matters
3. Write for yourself
4. But bear your readers in mind
5. Do not make presumptions about what people will find interesting
6. It can become a chore (if you let it)
7. So remember it is OK to take a break
8. Your blog is your space
9. Be proud of it
10. and only write content to be proud of
11. Do not follow the crowd
12. It is better to be different and stand out
13. Monetize your talent, not your blog
14. Develop your own style
15. Be good at one thing
16. and then grow
17. Share the love unreservedly
18. Ignore the numbers (yours and everyone else's)
19. Do not be tempted to pass opinions off as advice
20. Do not be tempted to judge yourself against others
21. You will meet amazing people and some of those people will become your best friends

Daily Routine: Hair Care

Friday, May 30, 2014

{ Mark Hill Wide Tooth Comb | Klorane Mango Butter Shampoo | Klorane Mango Butter Conditioner | Infusium 23 Miracle Therapy Serum* }

I realise now I was doing a whole heap of things wrong with my hair; I used heat styling, I over brushed, and whatever products I used just weren't working. I suddenly became incredibly disloyal to pretty much every product I tried and hopped from one brand to the next. I don't think I'm that much different now to be honest, at least not when it comes to brand loyalty but I have definitely made some improvements. I no longer blow dry or straighten my hair and I am hard pushed to even brush it, I much prefer the lazy convenience of rolling out of bed, shaking my head, and letting my hair do its own thing in between washes. If you can get me to brush it, I always do it with a gigantic wide toothed comb to limit damage and I twist my hair up to air dry instead of blow drying for those messy waves I have grown to love.

I have tried a whole heap of products from traditional shampoos and conditioners to SLS-free products and even "natural" vegan friendly formulas. Out of all of them Klorane and Infusium 23 have the most dreamy hair products, they are definitely the best I have tried all year and they happen to contain SLS. I guess my hair loves that stuff - go figure.

{ daily routine 2013 }

Daily Routine: Skin Care

Thursday, May 29, 2014

{ Jāsön Family Sunscreen SPF 45 | Cattier Pink Clay Mask | Natio Daily Protection Moisturiser SPF 15 | Natio Intensive Moisturising Night Cream | Natio Ageless Gentle Cleansing Milk | Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil | Unbranded Pure Coconut Oil }

I have learned a lot about skin care over the past year, most importantly that listening to your own body, using products catered to your personal skin type and condition, and not listening to anyone else's amateur advice is the most important aspect of caring for your skin. Researching ingredients, reading product reviews, and being selective about what you use means you avoid hyped products, hearsay, and misinformed opinions.

Learning to read ingredients is the most important thing you can learn to do. I am not an advocate for or against natural ingredients, each product and ingredient needs to be taken into consideration on its own merit. The presumption that "natural = better" is dangerous; poison ivy is natural but I wouldn't want to wash my face with it.

Personally my skin care routine has gravitated towards products containing natural ingredients. I use pure coconut oil to cleanse alongside a facial oil and cleansing milk; I use gentle face masks, moisturisers with essential oils, and a separate broad spectrum sunscreen that doesn't contain petrolatum, sodium lauryl, sulfates, parabens or phthalates. This is a combination of products that works well for my skin type but I still think people should stop freaking out about mineral oil and stop perpetuating the myth of dangerous chemicals in beauty products (especially since the most dangerous ingredients are of natural origin).

{ daily routine 2013 }

Daily Routine: Make-Up

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

{ Klairs BB Cream* | Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Palette | Lily Lolo Foundation | Hourglass "Ethereal Glow" Ambient Lighting Blush | Bobbi Brown Gel Liner | B. Loud Mascara | Eyeko Skinny Liner | MAC "Painterly" Paint Pot | Korres Lip Butter | Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight | MAC Russian Red | Oriflame Eyebrow Kit | Christian Dior Lip Glow }

Not much has changed when it comes to make-up; I still stick to neutral colours and a natural, matte finish. I avoid vibrant, unnatural colours and generally stick to earthy browns, nude shades, and occasionally introduce soft metallics or burgundy hues. With lipstick I swing from either total coverage with strong, bold reds or easy-going lip butters with a hint of buildable colour.

The huge change has come with the confidence to ditch make-up altogether whenever I feel like it. If I am working in the studio or not leaving the house, I often forgo make-up completely, and if it's a quick trip to run errands I dab on a little concealer to hide those sleepy eyes instead of a full face of make-up.

I also streamlined my collection with the premise "less is more." I now have a minimal selection of products with each piece working effectively and in exactly the way I want it to. I've realised what is worth spending money on and what isn't quite so important. I am much more cautious with my money, buying less and placing a huge importance on not wasting anything.

{ daily routine 2013 }

In One Year

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December | January | February | March | April

The Private Life of a Girl is one year old today - pretty exciting, huh? I took a tour back through 52 weeks worth of posts and picked my favourite from each month. It was nice to see how my make-up habits have changed, my knowledge of skin care has grown, and my love for ridiculous nail art has spiralled out of control. But it was also exciting to see how the blog is growing with fashion posts becoming more prominent and who knew you all love books as much as I do?

Here's to another wicked year!
p.s. have you entered the giveaway yet?

The Book List #13

Monday, May 26, 2014

I thought May had been a terrible month for reading but seven books is pretty good going, especially since I have now reached the halfway point of my modest target for the year seven books ahead of schedule.

I was hoping Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn was going to read like a modern day In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and I should have known better. Walter Kirn recounts his friendship with "Clark Rockefeller" (Christian Gerhartsreiter), a serial impostor and murderer who is now currently serving a prison sentence of 27 years to life in the United States. The book itself was a tedious affair with very little content and only a few anecdotal events, it felt more like a distasteful humblebrag than a credible account of Christian Gerhartsreiter's crimes. I would be interested in reading The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal to see how the two books compare.

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter was the equivalent of reading a giant advertisement for a fad diet. I wanted to read a book about the health effects of grain not a one-side rant about how eating grains will rot your brains. This is a sensationalist diet book, which spews an onslaught of studies to overwhelm instead of inform the reader. Grain Brain reads like an infomercial, making it hard to listen to what potentially could be rather insightful information about how wheat, carbohydrates, and sugar effect our health. I stopped reading out of disgust, which pretty much says it all.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a fantastically twisted read about a missing wife, a guilty husband, and the devious media. Stories converge to explore the psychology and dynamics of long-term relationships, love affairs, and dangerous character traits. A well-paced story with exceptional plot twists, which had me reading the fastest I have ever read to get to the (albeit slightly disappointing) grand finale. Incredibly enjoyable and the perfect book for a quick read over a spring break.

Rarely do I find advice on blogging helpful and unfortunately Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho was no exception. The advice and personal accounts of "successful bloggers" is geared more to those unfamiliar with blogging and social media with a heavy lean towards arts and crafts. There is little here for those who have worked in the industry or anyone already familiar with the growth of blogging.

I found myself dipping in and out of a couple of books this month; Daily Rituals by Mason Currey and It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden are great books for little spurts of reading while you're waiting for dinner to cook or when you want a burst of inspiration before work. I skipped to the pages of familiar faces in Daily Rituals (Mark Twain, Charles Darwin, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franz Kafka, Sylvia Plath, David Lynch) to garner a little insight into how other creators work. While It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be felt more wildly inspirational with its bold quotes, graphic style, and intense layout.

I returned to Gillian Flynn for the final book this month; Dark Places turns its attention to the Satanic cult hysteria that swept the United States in the 1980s, telling the story of a family massacre, the youngest child who survived, and the brother who was found guilty and sentenced to 24 years in prison. Gillian Flynn's writing style seems to pull me in and keep me reading at a fast pace; she weaves suspenseful stories that rocket you through the pages in a frenzied whirlwind of curiosity and expectation.

{ the book list #1-12 }

Week Notes #6

Sunday, May 25, 2014

{ new couch decorations c/o nowhere creek* }

{ disgusting colours make me happy }

{ inspired to blog after meeting Jenny & Rebecca }

other things:
| somebody loves your body even if you don't
| success is a continuous journey
| the myth of multitasking
| I love my Kanken

The Benefits of Keeping a Wishlist

Friday, May 23, 2014

As clichéd as they may be, wishlists are responsible for keeping my purchases in check. I dump everything I need or want into one huge list that reminds me about all the nice things I could possibly spend my money on. I regularly compile a "most wanted" list and these six easy to remember notes to self make impulse buying redundant.

Wishlists keep things in perspective; that new item doesn't always look quite so appealing when sat alongside five dozen others. It suddenly becomes obvious how easy it is to spend on a whim and how that money could be better spent when properly considered. By keeping track of all the "I wants" in list form, the impulse to buy now is suddenly not so strong. It becomes obvious how many purchases could have been made on impulse and based on compulsion rather than need. You find yourself not wanting so much; that new beauty product doesn't look quite so hot next to one that you've been dying to purchase for months and that cheap dress isn't quite so lovely when you consider how wonderful it will be when you can finally afford that designer bag.

Wishlists could knock all the fun out of shopping, mentally running through the pros and cons to every purchase is not exactly a riot. But ultimately you end up being thrilled with each and every single purchase because you know it's definitely the one that you wanted to make. I think that is a lot more satisfying than impulse buying ever was.

The best places to keep a wishlist:
- Amazon
- Pinterest
- Fashiolista

Natio Moisturisers

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

{ Natio Daily Protection Face Moisturiser SPF 15 & Natio Intensive Moisturising Night Cream }

You know when you find a brand that you fall in love with and every product just works perfectly? Natio is that brand for me. Since discovering this Australian company a few weeks back I have slowly been introducing more and more products from their plant based and mostly vegan skin care range into my routine.

The Natio Daily Protection Face Moisturiser SPF 15 combines Lavender, which softens and repairs the skin, with Ylang Ylang and Orange to calm and refresh, along with an SPF for daily protection.

The Natio Intensive Moisturising Night Cream contains Palma Rosa and Evening Primrose, which softens the skin and maintains its suppleness, Sesame helps nourish and balance the complexion, while Rosewood improves radiance, and Orange aids the repair of sun damage.

Both moisturisers are creamy with a thick consistency that melts into the skin quickly, both smell luxuriously fragrant due to the natural plant oils but in a subtle and not at all overpowering way. The Daily Protection Face Moisturiser is stiff in texture yet absorbs quickly allowing make-up to be blended easily. Despite the SPF it doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy nor does it leave a white cast. The Intensive Moisturising Night Cream is a lot heavier as it absorbs into the skin while you sleep. The consistency is rich and creamy, which may not suit all skin types (particular more oilier ones), yet works effectively at restoring and hydrating the complexion overnight.

Second Hand Shopping For A Minimal Wardrobe

Monday, May 19, 2014

Despite being an utter convert to the 5 piece wardrobe concept, my wardrobe is allowed to bloom (unrestricted) with the help of second hand shopping. It's my only exception to the rules and one I feel 100% justified about.

The benefits of second hand shopping:

1. Low cost | Entire outfits for under £10, enough said.
2. Local support | The local community and its charities benefit greatly from second hand shoppers.
3. Eco-friendly | Second hand shopping is pretty much the only environmentally friendly way to shop for clothing.
4. High quality | Vintage clothing is constructed to a higher standard and made from higher quality materials.
5. Unique options | Highstreet clothing all looks the same, which can't be said for second hand shops.

But there are some rules and handy tips for second hand shopping that are worth sticking to.

- Know what you want. Having a general idea of what you want to add to your wardrobe is advisable.
- Give things a chance. Be willing to try things on and experiment to see if you can make something work.
- Know what you will and won't find. After a while you get to know what you will and won't find.
- Patience. If you're looking for something super specific be prepared to wait it out.
- Be willing to modify. If you're willing to modify clothes you unlock a whole 'nother level of shopping.
- Ignore sizing. Vintage clothing runs smaller; don't ignore larger sizes because you think they won't fit.
- Shop unisex. There are gems to be found in the rails of the opposite sex.
- Check labels. Material matters; check labels and make note of the materials used and how to care for them.
- Feel everything. After a while you will start to identify high quality clothing simply by touching them.
- Take your time, don't rush but don't dawdled either. Learn to be quick and efficient.
- Don't overpay. The money may be going to charity but it's still second hand clothing.
- Avoid "vintage clothing" and antique stores. They are always exorbitantly expensive.
- Visit regularly and change up the days you visit.
- Be prepared to leave empty handed. Some days you won't find anything at all.. in fact, most days you probably won't.
- Don't buy highstreet clothing. Vintage clothing is made with better quality materials to a higher standard.
- Ask. If you're looking for something specific, ask since staff are usually friendly and accommodating.

{ the minimal wardrobe series }
Second Hand Shopping For A Minimal Wardrobe

Week Notes #5

Sunday, May 18, 2014

{ this combination }

{ eating avocados }

{ these books }

other things:
| the importance of simplifying your life
| how to monetise your blog
| just keep your promises
| ultimate travel packing list
| 7 tips for upgrading your lingerie wardrobe

written by me (in other places):
| why pay more

{ more weekly objects }

What To Wear #7

Saturday, May 17, 2014

necklace | dress | shoes | perfume | bag | highlighter

A few spring/summer appropriate items to wear alongside the Muriel necklace from the Geological collection.

{ more things to wear }

Developing Personal Style

Friday, May 16, 2014

Once you have figured out what constitutes your basic wardrobe and the five steps you need to take in order to achieve a more minimal wardrobe, it's time to define personal style and develop a signature look. Developing personal style and building a wardrobe from it makes well put together outfits as easy as plucking them off the hanger. Every item ultimately works together in a mix and match style to create numerous well defined, effortlessly achieved looks.

1 | Define your style - Learn which cuts suit your shape and what you feel most comfortable wearing.
2 | Develop a signature look - Identify the functional and aesthetic essential items that perfectly represent your style.
3 | Choose your colour palette - Boundaries help control and define, creating a more powerful look.
4 | Structure your wardrobe - Make sure every item can be mixed and matched in some way.
5 | Create outfits - Identify what works (and what doesn't) and make note of what is lacking.
6 | Organise your wardrobe - Make certain every item is easy to identify and accessible.
7 | Streamline your routine - Make life easier for yourself; fewer, more stylish outfits within easy reach.
Developing Personal Style

How to Create a Capsule Make-Up Collection

Thursday, May 15, 2014

After threatening to use it or lose it I finally decided it was time to ditch all that make-up I never use. There is something to be said for a pared down collection of beauty essentials; it is really refreshing to be able to reach for any item in my beauty supply and know they all work well together.

In the same way I have been minimising my wardrobe by utilising the 5 piece wardrobe technique, I have been working on creating a minimal beauty collection with a similar ethos.

1. Consider your needs. Work out what you need and what you want.
2. Check ingredients. Learn which ingredients work for you and which to avoid.
3. Allow a little room for frivolity. You might not need something but it's OK to splurge occasionally.
4. Create a 'bare essentials' routine. Keep it simple and effective.
5. Keep a budget. Give yourself guidelines and stick to them.
6. Create a signature look. Buy within boundaries to limit wasteful purchases.
7. Stay organised. Organise products by how often you use them (daily, weekly, monthly) & make them accessible.

- Assess your natural skin and hair and buy accordingly
- Write down what you need on a daily basis (it will probably be surprisingly short)
- Compare the ingredients between a product you love and a product you dislike
- Prevent overspending by limiting spontaneous purchases to only one highly coveted product type
- Create wishlists as visual reminders of potential purchases
- Decide on a set of rules about which products are worth spending more money on (and which are not)
- Multipurpose products are your friends

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Monday, May 12, 2014

{ Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion Elizabeth L. Cline }

'Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion' is the result of a three-year investigation by Elizabeth Cline into "fast fashion." The book explores typical consumers of cheap fashion and how the fast fashion industry of producing high volumes of low quality clothing has fundamentally changed the way we shop and dress. This quantity over quality system where profit for retailers is driven up and value for money is marginalised, has turned clothing into disposable goods that damage not only our environment and our economy but also our society.

Chasing trends has become a mass activity, a hobby accessible to anyone with a few pounds to spare as a result of low prices. Quality is no longer a concern when we are encouraged to regularly discard clothing when the next trend in fashion comes around. Consumers are encouraged to renew their wardrobes every few weeks by chasing trends, buying cheap, and rejecting the traditional values of the fashion and clothing industries.

Cline offers a solution to the consumers who want to break the "buy-and-toss" cycle, she encourages us to "make, alter, and mend" our clothing, alongside shopping secondhand and supporting independent designers.

What I felt 'Overdressed' lacked was a more indepth analysis of why consumers have become hooked on fast fashion, whether this is symptomatic of a larger issue and whether social media including blogging and YouTube (which Cline does explore briefly) has encouraged and altered our shopping decisions. I also felt the middle ground was ignored; where are the fairly priced, good quality clothing options? I feel Cline would have us believe there are only three choices: fast fashion (extremely cheap), high end fashion (extremely expensive), and recycled second hand clothing.

'Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion' is a good starting point for anyone wanting an introduction to fast fashion and its consequences. It makes for light reading due to Cline's relaxed, informal writing style and raises some interesting points.

Week Notes #4

Sunday, May 11, 2014

{ playing with pretty things }

{ the mother load of scented candles* arrived }

{ Eurovision fun }

other things
| 7 ways the beauty industry convinced women that they weren't good enough

written by me (in other places):
| food rules

{ more weekly objects }

The Precleanse with Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil

Saturday, May 10, 2014

{ Superfacialist by Úna Brennan Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil }

I always double cleanse as standard; I wear sunscreen most days so double cleansing is essential in making sure SPF is thoroughly removed or else the skin can suffer. Heavier oil-based moisturizers, water-resistant makeup and sunscreens are not adequately removed with water-based cleansers meaning product remnants linger on the skin, leaving the skin dirty and more prone to breakouts. Since I always double cleansed using oils, I thought there was no room in my routine for a precleanse.. but I was wrong.

Despite meaning I now triple cleanse, Superfacialist by Úna Brennan Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil has actually sped my nightly routine up rather than slowed it down and made it more effective. The rose facial oil quickly lifts and breaks down make-up, making it easier for follow-up cleansers to do their jobs more effectively. The rose oil smells heavenly, feels light on the skin, cleanses beautifully, and leaves the complexion feeling nourished.

Word to the Wise

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Skin Care
- Eat well
- Drink water
- Do not rely on supplements
- Cleanse, Protect, Exfoliate, and Moisturise
- Learn about your skin type and what that means
- Bear it in mind when purchasing new products
- Sensitive skin is a condition not a skin type
- Always protect your skin against the sun
- Apply an SPF every day
- Apply it to exposed areas, not just your face
- Along with a separate moisturiser
- Apply moisturiser in circular upward movements
- Buy good washcloths
- Don't forget to wash them
- Wash your hands before cleansing
- Cleanse properly
- Cleanse twice (if you wear SPF, which you should)
- Stop touching your face so much
- Leave spots alone, they will sort themselves out
- Don't forget your feet

- Less is more
- Look for make-up with added SPF (but never rely on it)
- Apply make-up in circular downward movements
- Wear make-up only for as long as necessary
- Give your skin a day off from make-up
- Never ever ever go to sleep without removing make-up
- Thoroughly wash your brushes weekly
- Spot clean your brushes daily
- Change your pillow case regularly
- Use a clean brush to apply concealer to blemishes
- Regularly clean your make-up products and storage

- Quality not quantity
- Price tags can lie
- Learn to read the ingredients list
- Natural doesn't automatically mean better
- Or that you won't react
- Opinions are different from facts
- Be wary of hype

A Surprising Discovery: Tarte Buff Blush

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

{ Tarte Amazonian Clay "Buff" Blush }

I have been trying (and failing) to apply Tarte Buff as a contouring shade ever since I received this product. My complexion is too pale for most bronzers so I presumed, wrongly, Buff would be a suitable compromise. I had never thought to use it as an actual blush, which sounds silly now but look at it, the shade is brown and glittery (!)

Well, I have been missing out big time. Tarte Buff produces the most beautiful deep peach colour on the skin, very little of the glitter transfers and instead acts as a highlight providing a gorgeous glow to the cheekbones. The shade gives a subtle warmth to the face, adding something extra to "no make-up" looks and is the perfect blush to wear during warmer weather. Wear time is exceptional and, if anything, improves throughout the day looking increasingly more natural as the hours pass.

I am certain Tarte Buff will be making frequent appearances in my spring/summer beauty line-up and I doubt I will be quite as quick to dismiss products in the future.

50 Books Everyone Should Read

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

For World Book Day I decided to pick 50 books I think everyone should read at least once.
They are not in any particular order other than how they came to mind.

1. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
2. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
3. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
4. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
5. House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
6. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
7. Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
8. The Stand, Stephen King
9. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
10. The Perks of being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
11. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
12. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
13. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
14. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
15. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
16. No Logo, Naomi Klein
17. Good Morning Midnight, Jean Rhys
18. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
19. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
20. The Easter Parade, Richard Yates
21. The Third Policeman, Flann O'Brien
22. Affluenza, Oliver James
23. Not on the Label, Felicity Lawrence
24. Requiem for a Dream, Hubert Selby Jr.
25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
26. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
27. Watchmen, Alan Moore
28. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
29. Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre
30. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
31. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
32. James and the Giant Peach, Roahl Dahl
33. Watership Down, Richard Adams
34. The Sandman, Neil Gaiman
35. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
36. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
37. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
38. Matilda, Roald Dahl
39. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote
40. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
41. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
42. Aesop's Fables
43. Filth, Irvine Welsh
44. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
45. Necronomicon, H.P.Lovecraft
46. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
47. The Greek Myths, Robert Graves
48. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
49. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
50. The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin

Week Notes #3

Sunday, May 04, 2014

{ the perfect trio }

{ micro greens }

{ this new plant }

other things:
| why do we blog?
| coconut oil coffee
| AW2014/15: global runway key colors
| how to assess the quality of garments

written by me (in other places):
| 5 ways we're wasting our money
| skin care staples

{ more weekly objects }

On The Nightstand

Saturday, May 03, 2014

{ Kobo eReader | Natio Intensive Moisturising Night Cream | Boiron Homeoplasmine | Pai & Pear Mini Notebook }

I like to keep the bedroom as clutter-free as possible, keeping only the bare minimum on the nightstand. In addition to these sparse few items there are occasionally an assortment of candles planted there alongside a cup of chamomile tea, the alarm clock, and even the phone that is technically banned from the bedroom. But these are the most important:

1. Bedtime reading. The precious hour or so before sleep is reserved for a good book.
2. Overnight treatments. An intense moisturiser for boosting hydration and the best lip treatment ever.
3. Writing materials. For those ideas that inevitably turn up unannounced, right before drifting off to sleep.