my morning routine

A few weeks' ago, I posted about routines being important to me (especially beauty ones - they make me feel like I'm adding some luxurious to my life!) and I said I'd speak more about my morning routine in detail so here it is!

From left to right: Avene Cicalfate, Garnier Micellar water, La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI, La Roche-Posay Effaclar K.
This is the routine that seems to work for me so I'll stick to it.

In the mornings, I wake up at 6:03am - that's the time my alarm is set for. Don't ask me why - I just didn't want to wake up at 6am on the dot as that felt too early and knowing how long it takes me to actually vacate my bed, I knew that I couldn't set it any later either. 

In the mornings, I'll brush my teeth and cleanse my face with a warm face flannel. And then this is what I'll do:

Garnier Micellar Water - I put a little bit of this onto a cotton wool pad and then wipe all over my face and neck. It is easy on the eyes and seems to lift the majority of the overnight dirt.

Avene Cicalfate - This is used on any open wounds or sores. It allowed a cut on my face to heal super quickly - a few weeks' ago, I had a cut that healed from an open wound to a small pink dot in just two days!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI - I use this directly on any blemishes that have arisen overnight. If it needs more treatment, I'll use a dab of Clinique's Anti-Blemish Gel instead. I don't usually use Effaclar AI often anymore and for that, I am grateful to the skincare Gods for introducing me to products that are working!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K - I use this as an all-over treatment. I used to use Effaclar Duo [+] but I find this does the job better at preventing blemishes and controlling oil production.

I then massage in a bit of day moisturiser (I try and use one for oily/combination skin) and I'm good to go! After all of this, I then head downstairs for a spot of breakfast (two slices of toast, either with marmalade or Nutella), get changed and check that everything is packed for that day at uni. And then I'm out of the house at 7:20am to catch the bus - to begin with, this routine was exceptionally painful but once I started going to bed at a more reasonable hour (10pm instead of midnight), the extra sleep did me world of good!

Do you have any routines you stick to?

a peek at my revision notebook #1: Leuchtturm 1917

Earlier this year, I purchased a few Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks and decided that they would be used for compiling revision notes in preparation for my end of year exams. In this blog post, I will show off the first of the four that is currently in use. 

How I structure the notebook depends entirely on how my year's learning objectives are laid out - so in the case of my medschool, it is laid out condition by condition. This just makes it easier for me to create 'sections' in my notebook so that things are easier to find when that occasion arises. 

I've chosen the turquoise one to be my first one but, trust me when I say this, choosing which one to break open first was a hard decision. 


I try and keep things as neat as possible as these will be revision notes. A lot of abbreviations are used and I try to write in note-form with an excessive use of bullet points. As this notebook is purely for my own personal use, I don't see a problem with this as it's not necessary to make it 'readable' to anyone else.


The quality of the paper is pretty impressive - I used Pentel Energels, Muji gels and Pilot Juice gel pens and there was no bleeding and hardly any show through! The only show through I could find is in the example below and this was with the old Muji gels - I found that the newer Muji gels didn't show through at all (the pink ink in a number of images above is the newer Muji gel ink). In time, I will sift through the notes and use my Zebra Mildliners to highlight things that I'm finding it harder to retain.


Overall, Leuchtturm has got it right with pretty much everything in this notebook. The paper is thin, yet can hold ink pretty well - so much so that show through isn't an issue; and there is no bleeding with gel inks. The narrow rule is a personal favourite of mine, the hard, but not rock solid, cover is another plus point and I love how thick the notebook is. Honestly, I think Leuchtturm 1917 may be my new favourite notebook brand!

my week #132

This was my first week on placement and I absolutely loved it. It allowed me to re-confirm what I knew already: that this was definitely the career I want for the rest of my life. Talking to patients and hearing their stories has been incredibly interesting and although it has been a very steep learning curve, it has been extremely enjoyable.

It has been a very busy week though: on the first day, I started at 8am (so left the house at just before 7am!) and didn't finish until 7:30pm due to a lecture. The second day wasn't much better: another 8am start but a 5pm finish which was a bit nicer. I think these long hours are something I need to get used to and I find myself buzzing after speaking to patients so hopefully in the future, staying behind to gain more experience won't be too hard if this week is anything to go by.

Due to this hectic week and with my friends all over South London for placement, I have had to postpone my birthday celebrations too. The worst thing about placement so far is that my closest friends aren't in the same hospital so I've only seen them once this week!


How has your week been?