Autumn is possibly my favourite season guys!
As much as I love warm summer evenings, I find there’s nothing better when the morning air is crisp and the leaves begin to change.
As I am about to jump back in to studying full time, I wanted to share my cosy morning routine that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
This routine is my typical Monday-Friday routine as a uni student. My weekend routine differs slightly as I like to wake up a little later enjoy some much needed time off to snuggle up and have a duvet day binge watching Netflix or going out to a National Trust for a walk in the fresh air.
6:30am Wake Up
Even without an alarm, I wake up around 6:30am everyday. (Dang you internal alarm clock!)
Before getting out of bed, I like to give myself time to adjust to being awake whilst it’s still dark. I drink a glass of water to hydrate then make my bed – a freshly made bed leaves you with a fresh mindset for the day.
7:00am Get Ready
This is my favourite part of the day as it’s half an hour to an hour where I dedicate time to myself.
I usually wash my hair on an evening so I don’t have that to worry about it in the mornings, giving me a bit more time!
After showering, I like to brush my teeth then begin my skincare routine. I like to keep a simple but effective skincare routine.
I have recently discovered the My Clarins skincare range by Clarins. My Clarins is a vegan friendly, plant-based skincare with anti-pollution complex designed for 18-25 year olds.
My first step of my skincare routine is to wash my face with Garnier Micellar Water Face Wash (£3.99 at Superdrug) as it removes any make-up residue and leaves my face feeling clean.
I still like to cleanse after washing my face. My go-to cleanser is the My Clarins RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel.
I then spray my face with the My Clarins RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist. I like to use this spray in the mornings as it soothes and softens my skin that’s in need of a little TLC.
Finally, I moisturise my face using the My Clarins RE-BOOST Refreshing Hydrating Cream. This moisturiser is a great everyday morning moisturiser as it’s light and really refreshes your skin, providing a perfect layer before putting on your make-up
My Clarins RE-BOOST Refreshing Hydrating Cream £22, My Clarins RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist £17 and My Clarins RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel £17 all available at https://www.clarins.co.uk/my-clarins/
When it comes to make-up and I’m at home studying I like to go for a simple make-up look.
For foundation, I use Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in the shade ivory (£24.65 at Debenhams) . I then conceal under my eyes using the Ubran Decay All Nighter Concealer (£20) in the shade Fair warm. My favourite contour product for years now is the NYX Wonder Stick – Contour Stick (£11) in the shade light to contour. It’s so easy to use and I love the way it looks!
When I’m doing a simple face of makeup, I do like to make sure that my brows are looking on point! I use both Benefit Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil (£21.50) and Benefit Gimme brow+ volumizing eyebrow gel (£21.50). These products combined give you the subtle yet defined brows! And finally to complete the look, I use Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£22), and yeah, it lives up to its name!
When it comes to hair, I’m not the most creative – it’s a messy bun (but I mean literally messy, not the cute messy bun if you know what I mean…) When I’m working, I like to have my hair out of my face so it doesn’t annoy me and it means getting ready is easy! I quickly spray my roots with Batiste Instant Hair Refresh Dry Shampoo and apply a small amount of ELVIVE Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream on the ends of my hair to keep it looking and feeling healthy.
My go-to outfit is usually something comfy, but something that can be dressed up if I need to run an errand! My perfect autumn outfit is typically a jumper dress with either tights or leggings and some brown boots. I will usually dress this up with a denim jacket if I’m going out of the house.
8:00AM Make A Coffee And Prioritise My Day
Once I have made my morning latte, I like to sit down and start to plan my day of studying. I’m usually a tea kind of girl but I love a coffee in the morning, especially a pumpkin spiced latte this time of year! There’s something great about the smell of a pumpkin spiced latte which leaves me with all the cosy, autumnal feels!
When it comes to planning and prioritising my day, I am lucky that I have a study planner already planned out for me by The Open University, so each morning I look over my study planner and then make a note of what I need to do.
I did a 5 Things I Learned In My First Year With The Open University blog back along explaining what it’s like to be an OU student and sharing my top tips for future studying!
8:30am Begin Studying
I have always been under the impression that you should have a dedicated work space where I feel creative and peaceful and also it means that when you have finished your work, you can leave that space behind and enjoy relaxing without having to look at a pile of books staring you straight in the face! This is why I never work in bed!
Currently, I am doing up my spare room into a relaxing space where I can work where I’ll have lots of pillows, blankets, fairy lights and candles – trying to create a nice chilled environment when really I’m stressed out to the max!
If you want to keep up to date with this room transformation and future house updates, then check out my home Instagram and give me a follow! @at.home.with_hannah
When I’m studying, I like to have some music on in the background as I find it helps me concentrate.
Some of my favourite playlists on Spotify to listen to whilst studying include: Reading Adventure, Perfect Concentration and Study Zone.
I like to generally listen to music without lyrics so that I’m not distracted and start to sing along!
12:00pm Reading Break
Instead of zoning out on my break and going on social media, I like to keep my mind focused but also take me some place else. Which is why I like to read.
In the summer, on my break I would head outside and enjoy the sun, but in the autumn when it can be rainy the majority of the time, so I like to read as it not only does it helps me relax it keeps my brain active.
I am current reading Still Me by Jojo Moyes which is the third book in the Me Before You Trilogy Series – a must read feel good book!
I’ll usually read for about an hour whilst having some lunch then head back to studying.
What does your autumn morning routine look like?
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