Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Apparently it's almost summer, although the inconsistent sun and constant rain might contradict that somewhat... And it's always this time of the year that I feel guilty for neglecting my body and make a feeble attempt to eat less pizza and paint my toe nails for a few months - is that just me or am I normal and actually everyone does this?! This year, however I'm really concentrating on my skin as Roaccutane has made my already dry skin a bit lizard-like and no-one wants to see that, lets be honest.
So it was quite timely that I was sent the Nip+Fab Bust Fix* and the newly launched extra potent Nip+Fab Bust Fix Night* formulations to try out, and as summer is around the corner (hopefully), I've been putting these babies to the test. Nip+Fab Bust Fix is a gel formula designed to improve the look of your cleavage by plumping and refining the skin and improving tone. The key ingredient is Chronodyn which is a cell energiser that aims to tone and firm the skin by basically kick-starting cell metabolism. All very interesting stuff.
I have been rather religiously using Bust Fix in the morning and Bust Fix Night in the evening and I've certainly seen an improvement. Now, we know that creams that claim to change the size and tone of our body can't work miracles, in reality they give a little helping hand and if combined with exercise you'll see more changes. For me, I haven't noticed a change of size or shape of my bust, but what I have seen is that my skin is much more nourished, refined and less bumpy than it was, as my decollete does have a bit of an uneven texture. I also noticed is that the little creasy lines that I tend to wake up with (hi old age) are less apparent so I'm hoping that continued use improves them even more.
Nip+Fab Bust Fix and Bust Fix Night are super easy to apply as they're both moisturising gels which sink straight into the skin, meaning theres no hopping about waiting to dry before getting dressed. As Bust Fix Night designed to be more potent, its ever so slightly thicker as you'd expect a night cream to be. It still sinks in super quickly, meaning I can cuddle up and catch up on my beauty sleep faster. The scent is also super dreamy and makes me feel quite relaxed, so perfect for bedtime! What I will say is that I don't think there's any point buying them both personally. As Bust Fix Night is supposed to be more potent and as it sinks in really quickly its a winner for both morning and evening for me.
Will you be trying this?
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Since having skin drier than the Sahara, I've been getting majorly into highlighting and strobing. I've always used highlighter, but lately I've been upping my game by about 200% and have been told my skin looks radiant and glowy as a result. I find highlighter adds so much life to my skin so its now a step I now can't forego. One of my key highlighter picks is the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam.
The palette houses four pretty generously sized highlighters which complement fair skin perfectly. Going from the lightest shade of Crushed Pearl to the more golden Mimosa, the shades in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit can either be worn alone or layered. I tend to use Crushed Pearl in the corner of my eyes, brow bone and cupids bow, and go all out with mixing Starburst with either Hard Candy or Mimosa for my cheekbones, temples, nose and chin. Or sometimes I use all of them if I'm really feeling it. I also like using Hard Candy as a blusher as it has such a flattering pink tone to it, and Mimosa is awesome when applied lightly as a subtle bronzer. I think it would also look gorgeous on collar bones on top of a tan. I'll have to work on a tan to test that one out though! There's certainly no shade that's a dud, that's for sure.
If you're used to using Becca highlighters you'll probably think that the shades in the Gleam Glow Kit aren't quite as pigmented, but I find that they build up really nicely and you can achieve great coverage with them. They're actually designed to give more of a lit-from-within-glow rather than to ensure your cheekbones are visible from Mars, so depending on your goal you will either love the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit or find it needs a little more layering. Personally, the colour payoff is perfect for me, and I think they show up really well on my skin.
Have you tried this or are you tempted? I've pretty much convinced myself that I need the warmer toned version of the Glow kit now too when it comes back in stock!
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
I have such a weakness for beauty books. Whether we're talking about makeup how-to manuals, coffee table worthy editorial style reads or beauty bibles, my inner bookworm can't get enough. A recent edition to my library is Perfectly Clear - The Perfect Guide To Clear Skin by Dr Nick Lowe and Dr Phillippa Lowe*. The father and daughter author duo are highly sought after and respected dermatologists in their own rights, so its only fitting that they would put together ac acne bible such as this.
Perfectly Clear - The Perfect Guide To Clear Skin is an incredibly informative yet easy to digest read on everything acne related - from the different grades of acne (with photos), to all the different triggers and how to treat and overcome them. As someone with acne, this is a great find as the book really covers everything you would want to know all in once place. It's come a little late in my acne journey (well I'm hoping so anyway!), but if you suffer from acne and are looking for information and advice, this book is an excellent resource. In fact, I haven't seen any other books like this before, so it's great that it comes from such experienced dermatologists like Dr Nick Lowe and Dr Phillippa Lowe.
It's easy to read and packed full of tips to increase the overall well being of your skin and to treat your skin both from the inside out with diet, and also covers plenty of information on the different types of beauty products and medical treatments that are effective in reducing and preventing the different types of acne. I was really interested to read that women who use oral contraceptives for many years often get adult onset acne due to the build up of hormones. This struck a chord with me as perhaps this is why I now have acne. Who knows?
One of the chapters goes into detail about other skin conditions which imitate and are quite often perceived as acne when in fact they're not. This is really interesting as the treatment is quite different, and incorrectly treating another skin condition as if it were acne could potentially make it a lot worse. There's also a really helpful section on factors that can make acne worse, and also how stress can be a major trigger and how to limit it.
If you have acne or even a slight interest in looking after your skin and protecting it from breakouts, Perfectly Clear - The Perfect Guide To Clear Skin by Dr Nick Lowe and Dr Phillippa Lowe should be on your reading list.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Although I do tend to wear boots most of the time, in the spring and summer I like to mix things up with some comfy flats. My style is pretty safe with jeans and oversized shirts, so a pair of flats is a simple yet chic addition to my outfits. I've added a couple of pairs to my wardrobe in recent weeks so I thought I'd share them with you guys.
I lusted over these Mango faux croc loafers for months before missing out on them in store. So it was then off to eBay and Depop for mass stalking before I grabbed these cuties from Helen's blog sale. I tend to reserve these for work, but they look so good teamed with black jeans and a smart blazer. They're pretty comfy for pointy shoes (which usually kill my toes!), so I'm looking forward to cracking these out more in the coming months.
Now onto the first of my newest purchases, and something that I've lusted over for many, many years now. It really was a matter of time before I caved and bought the Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats, but my word, they were worth every penny! The velvet on the outside is so soft and dreamy and I love the gold heel detail. They're so lovely to wear and I get so many compliments on them. I'm so scared of ruining them though so I'm saving them more for the weekend. They literally go with everything -I'm obsessed!
Lastly, I've not worn these yet but I picked up the Faith Atomic Black Ghillie Flat Shoes from ASOS. I'm pretty obsessed with ASOS at the moment, which is odd as I hardly ever shop from there (all change now!). I always find things look great on the models and when I try them on they're unrecognisable. That wasn't the case for these gorgeous flats and I'm going to get so much wear out of these, I can tell already. I'd love to get a pair of the Aquazurra Christy flats that these are clearly based on, but after buying the Kitty Flats and another pair of Isabel Marant boots in the same month (I have problems), I thought I'd try out a similar style first. I think there will definitely be a purchase made at some point before the summer....
What are your favourite spring / summer shoe picks?
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Sunday, 24 April 2016
This post has been a rather long time coming but I really wanted to share my experience on Roaccutane with you guys. I've had acne for around ten years now, which seems quite crazy to me. I've done a few course of antibiotics over the years, with various degrees of success, but once the course was finished the blemishes always came back. When you're in your thirties and beyond, that's a little tough to deal with (if ageing wasn't enough!).
My breakouts tend to build up over the course of a few weeks, consisting of painful under the skin nasties plus your usual whiteheads (what a treat!), which then heal up and give me a month or so off until it starts all over again. My last major breakout was a few months ago, and after a few nights of being woken up in pain as I slept on the side of my face, I went to my GP and asked to be referred to a dermatologist.
I knew that I wanted to go on Roaccutane rather than try more treatments as my skin is pretty sensitive. After reading both Kate and Helen's accounts of their experiences on the drug, I knew this was the way forward. I didn't actually have any active breakouts when I had my first appointment, but the marks left behind certainly told my skin story. My derm agreed that Roaccutane was a viable route for me to take, considering the length of time that acne has plagued my skin.
Roaccutane, or Isotretinoin to give it it's proper name, is not something to go into likely. Mainly what you hear about it is the long list of harsh side effects, but what outweighs that for me is the success it brings to a lot of acne sufferers. Roaccutane will most certainly cause birth defects if you conceive when under treatment, so for that reason I had to take a pregnancy test before my dermatologist would give me a prescription, and even then it's only a month's worth. Every month I have to go back with a negative test in order to receive my next prescription. My GP took a blood test when I had my appointment with her so this speeded up the process.
I started off on 40mg of Roaccutane a day, which is calculated on your weight. I had my first dose on 8th March, so I'm almost at the 7th week mark. I didn't see any side effects until probably the fifth of sixth day, and even then it was some slight dryness on my bottom lip and itchy arms and legs. My arms and legs cleared up in a few days, but by then my skin had transformed to seriously sahara-like dryness. If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know that I have dry dehydrated skin anyway, so this was always going to be the worst side effect for me. I've also had some dull headaches here and there which are probably due to the dehydration that the drug causes. Literally every morning the first thing I do is chug a pint of water before whacking on the lip balm! That's then followed by lip balm probably every half an hour or so. I've since become a connoisseur of the lip balm aisle in Boots!
In my second month I'll be honest and say I found the side effects a bit much at times. On their own dry lips or a sore nose (it's mega dry folks!) is pretty do-able and not too bad at all, but when you've got split, bleeding lips, nose bleeds, rashy red hands and flakey skin that you can't moisturise enough all at the same time, it gets a bit crap. But, that said; not once have I thought I can't go on with my treatment. I've wanted clear skin for so long that I'm sticking with it. Things have calmed down for the last week so I'm much happier!
Onto the skin! So the first thing I probably noticed about my skin after a week was that it was a bit more red and irritated than usual, so exfoliating has been a no-no for sure. I'll talk in more detail about my current skin care routine in another post I think, but I've just made sure that I load up the layers and moisturising balms. Up until week six I didn't have a single spot which was amazing, but then I've had a few around my mouth for the last few days. Most people on Roaccutane seem to have breakouts early on before their skin heals, but I've not really had that. As a result my dermatologist has kept my dose as it is for the second month rather than increasing it. He was really happy with my progress so far but hasn't given me a timescale for my treatment. The minimum is four months, but some people can stay on it for six to twelve months. I'm hopeful my treatment won't be as long as that though.
I'm going for my next appointment in a couple of weeks so I'll keep you posted on how I get on. I've been sent a few messages on Twitter about my treatment and I'm really happy to help others if I can, so if you've got any acne or Roaccutane related questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments or Tweet/email me.
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