My Skin Care Routine


I am probably the worst when it comes to washing my face each night, but I try to make it a habit each day although sometimes I'm just a bit to tired. A great tip which I have been doing recently and have seen great results from is drink a lot of water! Trust me on this drinking around 2 to 3 bottles of water each day, you skin will be a lot more clearer and pimples will gradually get smaller. I have a very oily tee zone so these products I have found they work for me so they may work for you as well.
First off, I clean my face with pro active, for years I have wanted to try this out but never got a chance. I finally got it and I must say it really helps with rehydrating and smoothing your skin.
I personally think that the Nivea face brushes don't really make a difference if I am using my hands to clean my face, I always wash my hands before I clean my face so it's not all that different. 
 I love this brand when it comes to face masks or scrubs. I would highly recommend the pure active 3 in 1 as I use that the most because I am definitely a face mask like of girl and this is definitely one of my favs as it caters for oily and combined skin types so it is perfect for me. 
 I mainly use both the rapid action daily cream wash and rapid action gel wash in the shower right before I go to bed, it makes me feel so fresh and is just great.
My number one product which I 100% go for each night is the acne treatment cream I promise you this works wonders, if I could only have one skin product it would definitely be this, I see amazing results and have bought more than one tube of these. I would highly recommend this as I put this on only at night right before I go to bed and I think it gives the fastest results out of any of the products so far, only if you are consistent each night, within a week or two I noticed a difference.
One hydrating product which I have used so much that the label is coming off is this hydrating and brightening dark under eye circles, it really works and makes you feel really awake and just so hydrated, great product, will be buying another one of these in the future.
 I absolutely love these products I normally put the charcoal mask on right before I get into the shower and wash it off in there. The super spot remover I feel takes a bit longer to work and for you to see results, compared to the Clearasil acne treatment cream. The super spot remover is only for specific pimples which you want to get rid of whereas the acne treatment cream is for all of your face. I usually put the super spot remover on after the acne treatment cream right before bed.
I have used this so often and I basically take this everywhere I got or at least spray it once each day, if you ever ask me whats a good product to hydrate your skin, I would say the model co replenishing rose mist. I never usually like the scent rose but it is quite refreshing and I sometimes put this on before I go to bed or when I have finished my makeup or even before I do my makeup, I find that it is just so hydrating and I hope it doesn't run out anytime soon.

I hope this gave you some idea as to what products you should invest in if you have a similar skin combination as me or what products you think might not be worth while. I usually mix and match what product I will use each night especially with masks, although I don't use masks or exfoliators each night. Let me know in the comments where you are from and if you have any of these products.
Victoria xx

My All-time Favourite Books

I have recently gotten really into reading books again, I feel as though I have off and on times within a year where I will pick up a book and I have to say, with me reading four books right now I think it's safe to say that this is a time in the year where I've got my nose stuck in a book, obviously not literally! I have gone though my book shelf and chosen my all time favourite books as well as one book which I borrowed so I don't have a picture of it but I have discussed it briefly right at the end of the post so don't forget to check that out! I have chosen a variety of genres and books for kids and teens, so if you were thinking about giving a book as a present to your younger cousin or to your teenager sister, these are the books you should consider getting.
I never usually like reading love and romance kind of novels, but last year I started to watch Zoe's videos and reading her blog and she seemed like such a nice person and I loved her writing style. I decided that I would invest in her book called Girl Online, I must say I was hesitant to read it as I love more fantasy and horror books and usually get bored when reading romance books. But I must say I absolutely love the book, once I picked this book up I could not put it down until I was finished, it is so gripping and relatable and just an amazing read. I have recommended this book to all of my friends because I love it so much and is definitely my number one favourite book.
Zoe's second book, Girl Online On Tour was just as amazing as her first book. It was just so interesting as to how the book ended and how the plot unfolded, I personally did not see it coming! Both of these books are so gripping and tense at times, I can't stop reading them! I would highly recommend giving these books a read, it is easy to follow along with and is such a great read.
Zoe recently said that their will be a third book of Girl Online I cannot wait! I had hoped that she would create a third book as I felt that Girl Online On Tour ended at a bit of an unfinished ending. I am so excited for the next Girl Online to come out and am sure that Zoe will not disappoint. 
 I recently read this book, Saving Francesca, it is quite similar to Girl Online although this book is more around family, school life and being at a new school and trying to find herself again as well as her mother. Honestly, when I started to read this I did not want to stop and got it finished within 2 days. It is such a relatable story as most of us have been new at school, wanted to fit in but not sure where you fit in and it just is an amazing story, it shows us that you don't need a whole group of fake friends, you just need a small group of friends who will support you no matter what and will stay with you through thick and thin. I felt as though the romantic side of the book either needed to continue and showed what happened a year later or needed to have another book to do with that next year of Francesca's life. Overall I loved the book it resolved the problem in the end and was a bit of a challenging read as the scenes sometimes jumped from one thing to another without the story even informing the reader about it. Besides that I still understood the story and I would have to say this is my second favourite book, I am sure when I am older I will understand the book more and will definitely be one of my all time favourites.
The Treehouse books are so creative and are an easy read, every new book of the series amazes me of the creative stories. These books are mainly aimed at a younger audience, yet I still love a light read and these books are definitely my go to books for light reading. The adventures in which the characters get up to is incredibly creative and I love how the series breaks the barrier of not showing the authors life. Regularly thought the books it shows Andy and Terry having to write their new book which their publisher, Mr Big-Nose requests them to hand up, which of course they have not started to even write! They normally get distracted and end up not writing the book but go on an adventure or try and solve a problem which as risen in the treehouse, near the end of the book Terry and Andy realise that they don't have much time to write a book and end up writing about their adventure which the reader had just read. I love this idea of showing the reader how supposedly a book is written and published. It just brings a whole new sector and adventure into books. 
It has always been a mission of mine to read all of the harry potter books but just have never gotten around to doing it. This year, a couple months ago I decided to start reading all of them (Im only up to the first one still). This year and last year I have found a love for the harry potter series, but had only seem the movies so I decided to invest in my own Harry Potter and the philosophers stone. It is one of those books where you read it at night in bed to end your day. I think a lot of people know what Harry Potter is so I am not going to say much. If you are looking for a fantasy, adventure book with a bit of searching for an identity, this is your book. I can't say much more than the descriptions are amazing as J.K Rowling can really capture the what the characters look like and how they act, I am still reading this now and then but I am sure once I am done with the book that I will pick up the next book in this series.
These books are my childhood favourite books, I think I got given the first book as a present called My haunted house, although I had never really read any spooky books before by reading it, it found a hidden love for spooky and adventure books. I loved the adventure and the supernatural combination that I read the first book in a couple of hours! So I then decided to read the other books of the series. I  would have to say that vampire brat, my haunted house and the sword in the grotto are my favourites of the series. I felt as though the book frog-napped was to all over the place and I couldn't really follow along with the story as I felt like it was one of the more challenging books of the series as I had read these when I was so young. The book Ghost-sitters was an interesting book although I felt as though there was not enough adventure, the story mainly stayed inside their house and I just felt that it needed a big ending for the final book of the series. Overall if your thinking of getting a easy to read book for someone young you know around 6 or 8,  these are definitely a great gift, and have quite similar stories to Harry Potter but for a younger audience.
I hope this gave you an insight into what I like reading and I must say Girl Online and Saving Francesca are my top favourite books at the moment, and also I have read a book called Escape from Mr Lemoncello's library and I loved that book as well and could not stop reading it until it was finished, it is an adventure book which along the way the characters in the book had to find their way out of Mr Lemoncello's library by solving puzzles and I found myself trying to find a way out and trying to solve the puzzles before the other characters did but the book still surprised me as to how they got out. It is a very engaging book and a great read, I also highly recommend it.

Ok so they were my main all time favourite books that I own, although I never owned Escape from Mr Lemoncello's library I borrowed it and absolutely loved it and will be reading the second book in the future! I hope this gave you an idea as to which book you should pick up and start reading.
Let me know which book you would want to read the most out of my favourite books!
Victoria xx

Rainbow Layer Cake

 I've always wanted to make a rainbow layer cake but have never thought it would turn out this well, I am not a master baker so I promise everyone can make this. Once it is out of the oven they smell very eggy but trust me they do not taste eggy and are so nice, moist and just delicious, you have to make this because the outcome looks amazing, even I was surprised so give it a shot, try it out yourself!
What you will need:
- 500g of butter (room temperature)
- 500ml of caster sugar
- 500ml of self-raising flour
- 10 eggs
- Food colouring, red, orange, yellow, green and blue
Cream icing
- 600ml of whipping cream
- 70ml of caster sugar
Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, grease the sides of your cake tin and cut baking paper into a circle so it will fit perfectly on to the bottom of the cake tin. You will need to use the tin 5 times in total but the tin can be reused each time so don't worry about having to do it again and again.

Place the butter, caster sugar, self-raising flour and the 10 eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk it together with an electric mixer, until creamy and smooth.
Once combined, divide the mixture equally into 5 bowls.
Then add a small amount of food colouring to each bowl with one red, one orange, one yellow, one green and one blue. To get the red a nice colour I had to add a few more drops. I also had to use red and yellow to get orange.
Spread the mixture evenly throughout the tin, and put in the oven for 5 to 10 minuets, then take out and cool for 5 minuets before taking it out of the tin.
Pour the cream and 70ml of caster sugar in with the cream to make the icing, mix with electric mixer until creamy and fluffy, then put it on top of the cake, you can also put the cream in between each layer of cake.
I hope you liked this cake and had fun baking, I absolutely love how this turned out I was a bit hesitant but when you cut into a cake like that, all the time pays off and is just so delicious. If you recreate this be sure to tweet, instagram or even post a blog with the hashtag #rainboriacake .
Can't wait to see your creations!
Victoria xx
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