A Playlist For When You Want Time To Yourself

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday is getting up early (I know, shocker) and pampering myself a little bit. I do this on a Sunday morning as it’s generally the only time  I have to myself.

The one thing that, in my opinion, is crucial to having time to yourself is a nice, chill playlist. Today I am going to share with you some of my favourite songs right now that are on my chill playlist.

Cocoon – Milky Chance | Warm – SG Lewis | Different Skies – Shoffy | Charlemagne – Blossoms | Getaway – Blossoms | Malibu – Miley Cyrus | Ooh La – The Kooks | Feel Good – Aslove, Daniela Andrade | All At Once – Charlie Simpson | Mess is Mine – Vance Joy | Livewire – Oh Wonder |


Whats on your chill playlist?


Current Skincare Favourites

I’ve wanted to post this for a while but I just wanted to check that the products I chose really worked well for my skin before I did. I tend to have combination skin, sometimes I get dry patches on my cheeks and an oily T-zone with slightly enlarged pores and the odd breakout depending on how stressed I am or hormonal. But I do feel like keeping to a regular skincare routine keeps my face happy at all times.

Of course it’s not just skincare that depicts your skin, it’s also a lot to do with both mental and physical health – if I’m stressed I will have breakouts on my forehead, if I’m not eating the right foods for my body I’ll have breakouts on my cheeks and before the time of the months I’ll get breakouts around my lips. As well as this, I’ve noticed that through trial and error some products also break me out.

With all of this taken into consideration, I can confidently say that I have a solid skincare routine that I can use all year round which helps my skin whatever condition its in.

For the first step in my routine, I wanted to find a good cleanser that could work both morning and evening. I couldn’t narrow it down to one cleanser but if I could it would, without a doubt, be the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. This product always seems to leave my skin feeling cleansed but not tight. I apply it to dry skin with dry hands and it transforms into the most amazing smelling oil that quickly dissolves any impurities from my skin. On days when I wear a fuller face of makeup I will also use a cleansing oil in the evening before the Oskia cleanser as a double cleanse just to make sure all the makeup is removed from my face. I really like The Body Shop Cleansing Oil for this.

The toner I have chosen is one I recently added to my collection as, honestly, I have never found anything that really works for me. This product works as a chemical exfoliant but it has also helped reduce the size of my pores and always keeps my skin feeling smooth. I use the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant after I cleanse both morning and evening and have done so for about a month now and I can see a difference.

Moisturiser is a funny one for me. I change moisturisers more often then I should but I always seem to go back to the Clinique Moisture Surge more than any other one. That is why this Clinique moisturiser is a favourite – it’s not heavy on the skin as heavy moisturisers seem to be really congesting for me however it still manages to hydrate my skin and keep my oily t-zone at bay.

Having a good face spf is also needed when at uni on the sunny coast of cornwall, considering I’ve spend most days there on the beach. My favourite one is the clinique city block as it doesn’t feel greasy and doesn’t clog my pores either which is win win for me!

What have been your recent skincare favourites?

Jess x

Things that make me smile

I’ve been in bit of a rut recently, since finishing first year I’ve felt overwhelmed by the summer and what it has to hold for me as well as starting second year in only 3 months. If those 3 months go as quick as first year did then I haven’t got long to go so today I thought I’d focus on the positives. Especially the things that have been making me smile.

Exploring somewhere new My flatmate Clem knew I had been feeling down recently and so one evening we decided to take a drive to one of my favourite places in Falmouth – Pendennis Head. But when walking down towards the shore we decided to take a different route down and found the most amazing secluded bit of beach where we just sat and talked. This is one of the things I love about falmouth – it has so many beautifully hidden places that just want to be found. Also, Clem’s dancing was a pretty spectacular sight too (Check out my youtube video to see that).

Finding new music One of the best things about having flatmates with a similar music taste to you is that they always find new songs that they know you’ll like. And who doesn’t like listening to music to make them smile when they’re down?

Sunny days I definitely consider myself to be one of those people who’s mood is weather dependent so as all you English readers will probably know my mood has been up and down just like the weather in this temperamental country. But sunny days are definitely something to smile about and it’s great living on the coast where you can drive 10 minutes to the beach and spend hours there without a care in the world. The odd rainy day also seems to make me smile as well, there’s just something about being stuck inside with a good old chick flick watching the rain pour down outside your window.

Coffee shops I have one particular coffee shop in my mind as I write this. In fact, I’m writing this blog post in that coffee shop right now.

What are some things that make you smile?

Jess x

Finishing Uni and Summer Plans

If you follow me on instagram, you would know that I have finished Uni for the year. In fact I finished all my assignments at the beginning of April but didn’t know my results until 17th May, which were later official on 22nd May. So as you could imagine that month and a half of waiting was a bit of a stressful time for me.

Since then I have also felt slightly overwhelmed; realising my first year is over and having to move out of the flat I’ve called home since September and going home for a 3 month summer. I have also felt somewhat uninspired on the blogging front. I’ve written about 15 drafts of different posts that I could’ve uploaded easily but they just didn’t feel right.

So I thought I’d start with a little update post and fill you all in with my summer plans.

I am currently at home for a little bit working and in 4 days I am off to Dubai with my sister (perks of having family working as cabin crew). It’s only a little trip but I can’t wait to get away and relax for a bit, then when I’m back I will be back down to Falmouth for a week to move my things into storage for the summer before coming back home on the 20th June.

After that I am going to be working full time in the Summer and hoping to be posting on both this blog and my writing blog once a week. If that gets a bit too much for me I’ll alternate blogs each week.

Thank you for being so patient with me whilst I sort everything out, it’ll get better from now on.

Jess x


7 Days in Paradise

Skiing is considered a family thing in my house. Every year, for as long as I can remember, we have been away during the easter holidays skiing and, as my birthday normally falls during this time, I have probably spent more birthday’s skiing than I have at home. I’m not complaining!

This year was no different and so, as soon as I had finished all my assignments I hopped on a flight and headed over to the snowy alps for a week in paradise.

Beach Daze

One of the best things about studying in Falmouth is that you’re only 10 minutes away from the beach.

The beach is one of my favourite places to be and going with good friends always makes it better.

Check out the video that goes along with this blog post here.

Acting again

During my year out I was so grateful for all the opportunities I had to act – from the Edinburgh Fringe festival, to Thorpe Park Fright nights and then to London this time a year ago. Being in uni now has made me realise how much I miss acting and I’ve wanted to find more opportunities to act for a while now.

I was recently asked by my friend Ash Hunt to act in a short film he wrote with his friend Jack Summerell and I jumped at the chance to say yes.

We have had a read through with the small cast of 5 and start filming this week. I love the script but am slightly nervous as I’ve never acted on camera so I’m interested to see how this goes.

I also wanted to apologise for not posting very much recently, deadlines are coming at me hard and fast and I just needed to take a break to keep my head above the water. Once I finish my assignments on the 7th of April I will start posting more regularly so bare with me.


University: Results and Starting my Second Semester

So I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things here at Falmouth. For a while I was missing home but I’m very happy to be back with my lovely flatmates and have remembered how much I love this place.

I’ve started a new blog focussed on studying Creative Writing at University and what it’s like. Much like on here I’m going to try and post once a week, each time varying the content but relating to the modules I am currently studying. If you’d like to get updates from this blog be sure to check it out here.

About a week into getting back I got last semesters results and, for the most part, I was very happy with how I did; if not a little surprised.

I also uploaded a video onto YouTube from my first semester which you can have a look at here.

Starting uni again is a big change, I didn’t really know what I was going to expect from this term – I had a vague idea about that modules but wasn’t sure what they were going to include. Now on my third week I have more of an idea. It was difficult getting into them at first because they all seemed very journalism based and thats not the kind of writing I like to do (that’s the main reason I chose creative writing over journalism – because I don’t like writing editorials) but now they all seem to be moving into different areas of the writing spectrum and I’m really enjoying it.

For this semester I also decided to bring my car down here, something I didn’t do at the beginning as I wasn’t sure what Falmouth would be like. I’ve definitely taken advantage of having a car now though as I have been to the beach a lot more than before (even though it’s only the start of February) and am finding it a lot easier to get around.

In just over a week I’m off to Dubai for a little break with Shelley (my best friend) and I can’t wait to see my family who currently live out there. If you’re a long time reader of jessiecrescent you’ll remember them from many blog posts.

Anyway, that’s enough from me. How are you doing today?