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Sunday, 25 January 2015

An Acne Update With Photos : From Severe To Clear Using Organic Skincare

As I've not written up an acne related post in a while, I thought I would finally write one up - considering one of the main focuses of my blog is skincare and acne! Plus, the other day I decided to take a photo of the right side of my face without any makeup, and I was so impressed with how my skin looked when I compared it to an photo I took around April 2014.

I decided to upload this image on Facebook along with this huge paragraph:

I've had acne for the past 10 years (but not this bad except when I was 19 and 17). So because I didn't want to have acne, I went to the doctors who prescribed me with different medicines and topical creams - which did work but my acne did come back after a week or two. I was using all kinds of treatment like; Witch Hazel, PanOxyl10% and also stuff you can buy from Boots like Clearasil or Clean & Clear.

But despite them working a bit, nothing really cleared up my skin. So early 2014, I decided to research into skincare and what actually is in my skincare. By the way, I've heard all kinds of things like, "Wearing too much makeup causes acne" or "eating too much sugar causes spots". Does it really? No, not for me anyway.

I started researching about ingredients like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Suphate) - which is a skin irritant and parabens - which is a preservative to keep products from rotting, but mimic estrogen. So in March 2014 I decided to ditch the harsh chemicals and use products that are a little more organic (and I mean actually organic like Organic Surge and Vegan soaps). 

Fast forward to today, 23rd January 2015 and this is what my skin looks like now. I still have scarring from my acne, but in terms of actual active acne, I no longer have it. Gone are the days of using harsh ingredients on my face - I just stick to water and Apple Cider vinegar as a toner 
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 and follow up with a bit of organic moisturiser - which is working well!

I'm still eating whatever I want, whether it's healthy or loaded with sugar - I don't see any effects on my skin. (Oh, but I don't have dairy anymore because I found that it did make my skin very oily).

So what's the point of this post?

If you're dealing with acne - or know someone else who is - try changing up your skincare. I know how easy it is to go to the doctor and ask for them to prescribe you a medicine - but it could just be something you're using in your skincare that's upsetting your skin. Not many people know what's in their skincare, but it's important we are clued up about ingredients! 
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That was the entire post and I received a lot of amazing feedback and support from my friends, readers and subscribers who have liked my Facebook page! 

I hope this post spreads a bit of positivity and inspiration to all of you reading, as acne is something that is temporary and really shouldn't affect how you see yourself. It can be hard to be positive, but just know that there is a solution for acne!

Thank you for reading :)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Experimenting With Bold Lips, ft Makeup Revolution

As my collection of Makeup Revolution lipsticks keeps growing, I decided to experiment with the lipsticks that I've got already to create some kind of (more) bold ombre lips!
I love Makeup Revolution lipsticks because they have some pretty unusual colours that are great for those who like to be creative, daring and like to experiment with their makeup. After watching an ombre lip video by Jade The Libra - who is absolutely stunning! - I decided to create my own ombre lips using eyeliner and lipstick. It's not the conventional combination, but why not?!

To see the my colourful bold lip creations, check out the video below :)

I know this is quite a short video, but I hope you guys like it!


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Covering Up Acne & Scarring Using Vichy Dermablend Stick Concealer

Dealing with acne for the past 10-ish years has constantly made me hunt for an excellent concealer that will cover up any redness, acne and deep scarring from stubborn spots. I've tried many concealers including some heavy duty concealers like; Benefit Boi-ing, Hard Candy Glamoflauge and Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. Now, those are a few of my favourite concealers, however I've found that the Benefit concealer doesn't give e as much coverage as I'd like. And the other two are a little hard to get a hold of as you can only find them in America.

However, after stumbling across these samples of the Dermablend concealer (that my sister gave em some time ago!) I was intrigued to try them out and see how effective they really are.
I've always heard of the famous Dermablend concealer; and I've seen YouTubers use it to cover up acne and scarring which has always left me thinking, "Will this really work on me?" and "Is this going to break me out?". Sometimes when you see a YouTuber using a certain product, it may look really lovely on them, but will it be the same for you. That's always my issue.

So I decided to try these samples on my acne scarring and also my dark under eyes (which I can never find anything effective enough to cover them.

One thing I've heard about with the Dermablend concealers is that the shades aren't that great. Apparently, you may find a shade that might be a bit pink tone or it's yellowish - despite being a colour that does suit you. But after a few swatches and testing the concealers on my cheek, I found that the shade 'Nude' was a great match for me! It had a nice neutral base - so I had no pink nor yellow tint on my ski, which was pretty refreshing as my skin has quite a neutral undertone.

What I thought of the concealer:
Initially, I thought this concealer would be quite thick on the skin - as it's very pigmented and covers up well. So with this in mind, I decided to take a small dense brush where I spot corrected - so basically I applied it to my problem areas (acne, scarring and dotted around my under eyes).

I then took a flat top foundation brush to buff out the concealer - which blended out very smoothly and didn't lose pigment! I've found that some concealers lose their concealing power when you blend it out, so you have to apply more concealer on top to make sure it's covered. However this concealer still made me skin look flawless even though I'd blended it out.

I did have to apply a bit more on some areas which are definitely my trouble spots and do need more product to cover up. But this didn't make my skin look or feel cakey, which I liked! Sometimes my skin feels comfortable when I have too much foundation or concealer on my face and then I'd have to wash it all off. But this concealer felt very comfortable and blended in to the skin smoothly!

To top off this review, I found that it didn't affect my sensitive skin at all. I was worried that I'd get a few bumps after wearing this concealer for the time that I did (at least 7 hours), but my skin was completely fine and didn't feel irritated or itchy. Even after I removed my makeup, my face didn't look red so that is a big thumbs up for me!

I recommend this concealer to those who are looking for a reasonably priced full coverage concealer, that will cover up every blemish and scar, without looking cakey!

To see how I used this concealer, here is the video:

I hope you guys liked this review :)
Thank you for reading!

Monday, 19 January 2015

BACK TO D A R K T U L I P | Feat. La Riche Directions X BLEACH London

Yes. You've probably read this before, and it's one of the products that my blog is very popular for. Two days ago, I decided to go back to my favourite hair colour *ever*, which is La Riche Directions in 'Dark Tulip'.

I've been using this hair dye on and off since 2012, after reading a blog post where a girl dyed her hair with green and turquoise (it looked lush!) I just knew I had to try the hair colour, and for the price £3.99, you really cannot go wrong! A few months ago, I decided to buy a small box of the Dark Tulip dyes and I'm so glad I did. I've been contemplating bleaching my hair a bit more so a lot more of it is platinum blonde… However I think that's a little project for the summer ;)

From this:

[[ In case you're wondering how I managed to keep my ombre hair looking nicely blonde without any brassy bits. I used BLEACH London's Silver Shampoo. That shampoo is the ish! I've tried a few other silver shampoos and they didn't do anything for my hair. BLEACH London's Silver Shampoo can turn your hair lilac/silver if you leave it in for 5 minutes (which I did every time I washed my hair). Also, to bleach my hair, I used their Balayage Kit and their White Toner. Do try out their products as they are definitely worth it - and are budget friendly too! ]]

To This:

In the last photo, my camera focused on my hair more and you see how intense the colour is when the light hits it! I just really love the colour and I think I'll probably stick with this colour for a very long time! :)

A few questions answered:

Do I have to bleach my hair beforehand to use La Riche Directions?
No you don't have to, but if you want the colour to really show up on your hair, then it's ideal to bleach your hair so it's at least a mousey brown shade. If you don't bleach your hair, you will get some tint to your hair but it won't be very intense.

How do I use it?
It's different to other dyes that you will find in Boots/Superdrugs, because this is a bit more healthier for the hair. You have to shampoo and condition your hair first, towel dry your hair and then apply the dye (and then rinse it out obviously). By healthy, I mean that this dye doesn't contain any bleach in it, so you can leave it in for as long as you'd like! I usually leave the dye in for an hour at least, so I know the colour will be intense and will definitely last long.

How long does it last?
It depends on how many times you wash your hair. For me, the dye has always lasted for more than 2 months or so, and that's me dying my hair twice a week! One thing I love about this dye is that it doesn't fade to red. I've tried a few different purple pink dyes in my hair, and after about 4 washes, my hair fades to a red shade. But this dye will fade to a purple/pink, which looks nice when it fades too!

Where can I buy it and how much is it?
You can find it at your local Xtras shop (if you're in the UK). If not, you can buy it on Amazon or eBay - and you can find packages where you can buy 4 but with a discounted price :) Make sure to look for a premium seller :)

If you have any more questions, leave them below and I will try my best to answer them for you! 


Smooth Skin With Calypso 4 In 1 Beauty Brush

Dealing with acne has left my skin in a bit of a state where it's too sensitive for me to use an exoliant, but I do find that I have certain odd dry patches on my skin (e.g my forehead and a little on my cheeks). 
After using a certain exfoliant back in 2011 which caused a breakout that was the most severe I've ever had, I thought: "Enough!" Since then, my skin has cleared up and had it's occasional flare ups but nothing too dramatic. But, my skin has had it's days where it looks dull and lifeless.

I've tried a variety of methods to help get rid of the stubborn dry patches on my face and slough off dead skin; including Oil cleansing - which was excellent to remove every single bit of makeup on my face. But, it didn't feel "clean"

Towards the end of 2014, I was very kindly sent this Beauty Brush by Calypso - which honestly couldn't have come at a better time as I had been contemplating buying an electric brush like this! 
I've seen the Clarisonic brush which despite being highly raved about, it's a bit much for my current budget. But for £39.99, this brush is a fraction of the price of the Clarisonic. 

According to the website, this is a "waterproof 4 in 1 multipurpose rotating brush for the face and body." It is a AA battery powered brush with for interchangeable heads which include a body brush, a face brush, a face sponge and a pumice. Each of these can tackle different areas on the body, for example the Pumice is excellent at softening hard skin.

I used both a body and face brush, as I do have the random dry patches on my face and I do like to occasionally tan (yeah I know, I'm down already but I like to apply tan sometimes!) When you use a tanning lotion, it's pretty important to exfoliate regularly so your tan doesn't come off patchy - like a certain Charlie Sims in a recent episode of TOWIE. Oh dear.

Initially, I used the face brush with my Organic Surge daily face wash as I thought this was a brush and cleanser only relationship. But I did try it with some Coconut Oil (to remove my makeup too!) and I found that it worked just as well. I do actually prefer this method as it was like a makeup removal, cleansing and exfoliating in one! 

I did have my concerns with this brush, due to my past with exfoliants, and this brush is very soft. It didn't break me out or cause any irritations to my skin, which was a huge relief! Comparing this brush to the oil cleansing method I used before - which involved a Muslin cloth - I found that the brush gave me a deeper clean and my skin felt quite refreshed afterwards.

I'd say the only disappointing thing about this brush is the fact that it takes AA batteries, which means I'm going to have to stock up them as this device takes 4 batteries at a time. However, my batteries have lasted me at least 10 uses of this brush - which is excellent!

I try to use this once a week rather than everyday, as I'm a bit too cautious with upsetting my skin, but putting it into perspective - 10 weeks with the same batteries sounds like a good deal to me!

If you would like to check out this brush or buy it, here is the website.

Thank you for reading!