Wednesday, 14 March 2018

My Favourite Products For Spot Prone Skin

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you will know about my struggles with adult hormonal acne - you can read my blog post on my struggle with acne here. Acne and spots can be such a personal struggle and it can really knock your self confidence. Although there are plenty of treatments that you can receive prescriptions for, you might want to start by tackling your skin care first. If you find a few products that work for you, it may mean you don't have to start on any medication, which means no nasty side effects!
Over the years I have collected a handful of products that I use to treat my acne. I mainly get acne on my jawline and chin and I've found that these products help to get rid of scarring, as well as the spots themselves. So let's dive in!

Acnecide

I'll start off with one of the more medicinal products, as this is the most effective but can also wreck havoc if you have sensitive skin like me. Acnecide is a over the counter cream that you apply twice a day to the affected area. Acnecide contains Benzoyl Peroxide, which is used to treat mild to moderate acne. Benzoyl Peroxide penetrates into your skin and gets rid of any acne bacteria thats lurking underneath. If used consistently over a period of time, you are guaranteed to see results. Acnecide won't cure your acne completely, but it is a great product to use if you only suffer from a few hormonal breakouts. As Acnecide contains chemicals such as Benzoyl Peroxide, it can cause a few nasty side effects. If you use too much it can cause peeling and burning of the skin, so I would recommend using just a small amount!
Find Acnecide Here

Saturday, 10 March 2018

How To Save More Money


Anyone that knows me well will laugh out loud when they see the title of this post! I am notoriously bad at saving money, and if you asked my parents they'd say 'if we gave her £20 she'd spend £19.99'. I love to shop, and I love to splurge on luxury items. The problem when it comes to me, is that the phrase 'treat yourself', comes into mind far too often. Bad day at work? TREAT YOURSELF. Raining outside? TREAT YOURSELF. It's a Tuesday afternoon? TREAT YOURSELF. It really is a true flaw of mine. However, recent events have shed a light on how much money I waste on irrelevant things, so I decided to get a grip and start saving some pennies. If you don't want to read my mindless ramblings, I have highlighted my money saving tips in pink so you can skip the waffle!

Saving money doesn't have to mean that you literally do not buy anything, EVER. But it does mean that you become a little bit more aware of what is coming out of your bank account, and where the majority of your money goes. For me, most of my money was spent on unnecessary clothing items and makeup. I am a true shopaholic, and even though I have a wardrobe full of lovely clothes, every social occasion required a new outfit. Ridiculous I know. The solution to this is simple: STOP BUYING SO MANY CLOTHES! I started by having a huge wardrobe clear out, and ended up finding items that I had completely forgotten about, that I could re-wear and no one would know whether it was old or new. As for makeup, I am normally a huge snob and really love to wear high end products. For no reason other than the branding. I started to purchase drug store dupes for my much loved luxury items, and saw absolutely no difference in the quality. As I don't wear makeup too often, it tends to last me a long time, so the amount of money I was spending on makeup rapidly decreased. Don't get me wrong, I still love my high end products, but I now only keep them for special occasions, so that they last longer and I don't have to repurchase them as often. 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

5 Reasons Why You Should Start A Gratitude Journal Now

Ok, so this post won't be for everyone! For some, the idea of gratitude journaling is a bit 'wishy-washy' and overly positive to the point of being a bit sickly. BUT, for me, gratitude journaling has really helped changed my perception of life and made me an overall more positive person.
If you don't know what gratitude journaling is, it's the idea that every night you write down a few positive things that have happened that day. It has the aim of making you focus more on the positive things in that day, rather than dwell on the negative things, just before you go to bed.
I begun gratitude journaling at the beginning of this year, and it's not something you can do half heartedly. If you really want to notice a change, it's something that you must keep up consistently and put in enough effort. You really have to be determined to change your behaviour, otherwise this method isn't going to work.
If you are reading this thinking - this definitely isn't for me, then that's fine! But if gratitude journaling is something you are interested in, keep reading and I'll tell you 5 reasons why you should give it a go.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Hair and Body Care with Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Recently, the lovely people over at Fresh Handmade Cosmetics sent me some of their products to try and review for you guys. My main focus for this year was to use more natural products on my body and hair, as I am aware of the detrimental effects that products full of chemicals can have.
Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is a company that work to produce natural, non-toxic, cruelty free products that are sustainable for our environment.

 They offer a range of hair and body care products, for every type of skin and hair type. The company have the innovative idea of using 'shampoo bars' as an alternative to regular shampoo and conditioner. There is a different shampoo bar for every hair type, and the website gives in depth detail into which shampoo bar you should choose for your own requirements. Each shampoo bar has different benefits, whether that's for taming frizzy hair, faster growth, reduced dandruff or more volume. The website allows you to read up on each individual shampoo bar and select the one that has the benefits that you require. The website is extremely helpful in aiding you in your choice of product.


Sunday, 18 February 2018

My Beauty Empties

So, I've seen this concept floating around on other people's blogs and I thought it was an excellent idea! In this post I'm going to write about all of the products that I continue to purchase again and again, and why I love them as much as I do. This list has a few skincare bits, some haircare and also makeup products! 
The Body Shop Aloe Vera Foaming Face Wash

Find this product here. £8 for 150ml.
This was the first proper face wash I ever purchased. I was 13 and struggling with hormonal breakouts and this was recommended to me by the lady at body shop. It's such a gentle cleanser that foams right up into a lovely lather. I've used this face wash continuously for the past 8 years and I will always re-purchase it. I use this alongside my Lush Cleanser (mentioned in my previous skincare post here)
and it really does wonders for my skin.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Find product here. Prices vary depending on supplier.
This is my all time favourite foundation, which I've re-purchased for the past 3 years. It was the first liquid foundation I ever tried, after I transitioned from my powder foundations that I used when I was younger. It is such high coverage that it's excellent for those bad skin days, when you just want to cover every imperfection. I wouldn't recommend it for every day use as it is very heavy, but it's great for covering blemishes. It really helped with my confidence when I had acne, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a high coverage foundation. I tend to mix it with my L'oreal True Match Foundation, to give it a more dewy finish, as the Estée Lauder Foundation is very matte and can be drying. Mine is looking worse for wear, but it's only because it's so loved! This foundation starts at £29 from different makeup retailers, but it is definitely worth the price.

Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner 
These products are more of a recent discovery, but I have already repurchased them several times. These products give my dry and dull hair a new lease of life and makes it SO SOFT! They also smell amazing, which is a bonus. There's not too much you can say about shampoo and conditioner, but I definitely recommend this product. You can get this product from any retailer that sells hair products.
Find product here. Prices start at £3 from different retailers.

Friday, 16 February 2018

My Fitness Journey

My fitness journey is a never ending one, with plenty of twists and turns. I have had a constant battle with my weight over the past 4 years, ranging from underweight, to overweight, to 'normal'.

When I was 17, I was going to the gym twice a day (yes, TWICE) and was 9 stone, despite being 5ft 8. I was borderline obsessive over what I ate, counting calories and only happy if I was the slimmest I could be. Despite being classified as underweight for my age range, I was never happy with my weight, always pointing out my flaws and feeling 'fat'. Only looking back at images now can I see how much of a struggle I had with my body image. Being diagnosed with coeliac disease also shed light on why I was losing so much weight. My body was malnourished from being unable to absorb nutrients due to the damage in my gut, meaning I was rapidly losing weight.
17 years old, 9 stone.
When my gluten free diet started, I did start to see a significant change in my health. I was less bloated, healthier and felt better about myself. However, when I looked in the mirror I still focused on those parts of me that I felt were too chubby, or untoned.

Monday, 5 February 2018

21 And Living With My Boyfriend

Having my own house was something I always used to dream about as a child. Thinking about how I would decorate it, what furniture I'd have and what the colour scheme would be. Having a home is something I didn't picture having until I was much, much older, but in fact I already live in my own home, with my boyfriend, at the age of 21.
I moved in with Aidan when I was only 18. We'd been going out for 6 months and it happened very much by accident. He was staying in his own place and over the course of the first few months of our relationship, my stuff started to slowly move from my flat, to his house. When we had been living together for a year, we were given an opportunity through a family member to move into our first home together, so we did. Having your own home, and living with someone is such a challenge when you're as young as we are, and I can't say it's been smooth sailing for the four years that we have now been together. 
I am a perfectionist and a control freak, whereas my boyfriend is the most laid back person you could possibly meet. Although this did make things hard at first, we have learnt to live together and be happy with the routine that we share.  
A home comes with a ton of responsibilities, which at my age seems daunting, but it didn't take long for me to adjust to the ton of commitments that comes with owning a home. Living with someone at such a young age comes with it's own barrel of responsibilities, and it does sometimes take a while to get used to sharing your space. It didn't help that we decided to get a very energetic border collie to add to the mix of our mountain of responsibilities! 

If you are a young homeowner or living with your partner, I have come up with a few tips to make your life a little easier. These tips certainly helped me!