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Monday, 19 February 2018

How I Got Rid Of Cystic Acne Scars FAST ¦ SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector




Acne at 25 years old is a pain in the arse that won't piss off. I've had acne since I was 11 years old. Friends play it down as mild but it gets bad when I'm stressed and I even get it on my chest #ew #pissoffplease. 

It got quite bad last October to December, it was all under my chin which is a good place out of all the places I suppose, all under my big fat chin haha but I have found a gem guys, a needle in a haystack, a diamond, the frikkin crown jewels for dark pigmentation! It's this, the 'SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector'.

 This is my 'before' pic:

It pretty much blasted my bulbous spots and the very dark brown spots after the breakouts. I wish I discovered it earlier as I always and still am very conscious about my complexion, I wish I wasn't but I am, sadly. If you have had similiar marks as I have then you need to purchase. I am on my second bottle and I think I will always purchase this if every I have stubborn acne scaring. 

This is my 'after' pic:


However, as much as this is amazing, there are a few cons, i.e. the price, £93.45, but it does work so there's that. Secondly, the packaging, you think it's all finished untill you crack it open with a hammer and there's at least 3or 4 more applications and lastly, why does it finish so quick? I literally apply two pumps every night and it's gone within a month and a half!

We need more product and at a cheaper price, please and thank you! P.s. these images were less than a month apart so results are imminent! 
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Saturday, 17 February 2018

MakeUp Revolution Concealer¦ Worth It?

I feel the 'drugstore' (funny Americanised word for Superdrug/Boots) concealers are where it's at these days. Don't get me wrong, I am still loyal to my UD Naked Concealer and my Dior Forever Concealer but more than often, I adore wearing my L'Oreal concealer and the one in question, the MakeUp Revolution. 'Conceal & Define Full Coverage Conceal and Contour Concealer' is amazing! But why such a long name though?






It has caused a bit of a social media frenzy and I believe the first person was Holly Boon on You Tube who first showcased this concealer. Pretty everyone has gone out and bought all of these because my local Superdrug is constantly sold out. I managed to pick up shades C5, which is a highlight shade and C10 which is a shade closest to my skin tone.



The pros of this concealer are:


  • Full Coverage
  • Flawless matte finish
  • Long wearing
  • Crease resistant - my creases show after 7 hours of wear
  • Price £4! Cheap as chips guys!
Cons:

  • FLASHBACK! I was actually annoyed at this because I wore it to a party in the evening and I literally had white undereyes! LOL, I've attached images below.




  • Slightly drying if you have dry under eyes or patches of dry skin and it will cling onto those parts.
  • Shade range is abysmal. We need more yellow or neutral under tones.
There are more pros than there are cons and this is my 'need more coverage' concealer as it does what it stays and stays put and looks incredibly flawless. I would highly recommend this! 

Have you tried this concealer? xx



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Friday, 9 February 2018

How I Lost 1 1/2 Stones and a size 14 to a size 10 ¦ Weightloss¦ Tips¦ Diet ¦ Exercise

"It got to the point I was sick of looking over weight, sick of spilling out of my clothes, having low self esteem and feeling ugly..."



Weight issues are synonymous with men and women alike, women probably feel an increased pressure to look a certain way due to the media constantly showcasing the perfect hour glassed females or slim women in general. Even on one of the most popular social media apps, Instagram, there are a  frenzy of surgically enhanced women looking ludicrous yet simultaneously promoting "Bootea" as a means of disguising their plastic surgery?!

Needless to say, I felt the pressure and I decided rather than grin and bear it to just get up and change my lifestyle and bad habits. I didn't necessarily follow a diet plan and in no means am I proclaiming I'm the vision of health itself or an expert, this is simply for those who have been messaging for tips.

Initially, I stopped eating bread, even after a year after maintaining my 1 and a 1/2 stone weight loss I eat bread once or twice a week. I found this to really aid in my weight reduction. After this, I reduced my portions and eliminated chocolates and crisps. I still indulge once or twice a week but nothing crazy.




As well as this, I work out at least twice a week. I found it quite difficult to do this as I despised not having anyone to go to the gym with me but I overcame the fear because I was desperate and hated my big bum and stomach. I now love being alone at the gym and working out by myself. I predominately do cardio and some weights, I'm still perfecting my workouts so it literally doesn't have to be anything intense.

I feel we over think loosing weight and so in turn are not consistent and fail to see results, I did this all on and off the whole of last year and saw the weight drop off me just before Christmas. (Xmas indulgence got the better of me, so I'm still in need of shedding what I've added as well as generally being a pig).

What's more, I'm still a stone or so, away from my goal, and I will get there with dedication. You just have to stick to it and do it silently. Oh, and I've dropped from a size 14 to a size 10! Shock of my life. haha, the last time I was a size 10 was when I was 17!



That's all guys, it's really as simple as that, eat less and work out more! xxx
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Friday, 2 February 2018

A Day In The Museum¦ #ootd





Outfit Details:
-Jumper: H&M
-Top: Asos
Trousers: Forever21 (ancient)
Shoes: Converse
Bag: Zara



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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Green With Envy¦ OOTD



Today was one of those days where if anyone would see me taking a picture, I'd literally feel so embarassed even though I tell myself, "Your never going to see these people again, stop feeling like so awkward, 'it's #2018!" But it happens to the best of us, especially when taking pictures in public!

Anyway, this week has felt so weird, I've gone back to week after two weeks off and I'm still adjusting and maintaining my blog. I am committed to producing two posts a week, one beauty/skincare related and my Sunday post consisting of fashion!

SO, since I hadn't pre photographed any outfit pictures prior to today, I met my friend quickly in town to take a few snaps! We found a quaint, secluded area where I hastily snapped a few pictures and these were the results:






Outfit Details:

Coat: Few years ago from Mango
Scarf: Inayah
Top: Asos
Jeans: Stradivarious (recent)
Shoes: Mango (recent)

What are your thoughts? xx

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

'When your asked for nudes...' ¦ Best Nude Lipsticks


Nude lipsticks and bronzed, flushed skin is always an aesthetic I love to create on oneself and others. It's my safe haven and oozes effortlessness. 

I have quite a few nude lipsticks in my stash but my favourite shade of a nude lippy is always that which tends to lean towards a much more pinkier hue. The reasoning behind this is a peachy/beige nude requires a lip liner to avoid it blending in with my skin tone and it always requires a brighter blush on the cheeks so as to not appear lifeless! 

Don't get me wrong, a colourful or a dark smokey eye is often best paired with a peachy nude and my two favourites are Rouge Dior Liquid-614 Jungle Matte and Tom Ford-Sable Smoke. The former is a liquid lipstick so does not move besides the corners of the mouth which attracts the most moisture and the latter is a creamy, shine formula which screams sophistication!


What's more, speaking of pinkier hued nude lipsticks, my most worn has to be Tom Ford- Pink Dusk, a shade I adorned during my Selfridges days. It's best worn by itself with just mascara, or even when paired with a pink/rose gold eye shadow. It is also a cream shine formula which is very comfortable on the lips and uber hydrating.

A shade I like to wear when I am rushed for time and doesn't require my religious routine of applying a lip liner first is the Tom Ford-Nubile lipstick. This lipstick belong to the 'Lip Colour Shine' category of Tom Ford lipsticks so carries a lot more moisture and has a silky finish. It also has a red/pink undertone.

Last but not least, a cult classic that belongs to all beauty mavens alike is Mac- Velvet Teddy, this is a lip shade that can be worn by itself and is a shade that suits so many complexions ranging from very pale to deep dark. It's a comfortable matte texture and is extremely long lasting, it is definitely one of my all time favourites!

Below I have swatched them all:



Top to bottom:
-Dior Liquid Lipstick
-Tom Ford Pink Dusk
-Tom Ford Nubile
-Tom Ford Sable Smoke
-Mac Velvet Teddy

What are your favourite nude lipsticks?


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Saturday, 20 January 2018

A Call for Snow¦ OOTD

 They say with dedication and perseverance comes success and that's what this year will follow through for me. 

I decided to venture out into city centre on a blustery snowy day in Birmingham to take some pictures because who doesn't want a picture in the snow?! (Me, it was too cold but I persevered for the blog). A snowy day in Birmingham is nothing short of misery and horrid weather but I somehow quite enjoyed myself, once your outside and bundled up it's not as bad as we anticipate.

















These images were taken on Colmore Row and quite a few people were also taking pictures by these telephone boxes! They also don't have a phone in to use FYI, who remembers when these telephone boxes were everywhere and were in actual use?! 

Nevertheless, every Sunday, I am going to try and upload a fashion post, just to break up my make up and skin care posts as fashion is also something I like to delve into from time to time.


Outfit Details:
Coat: Zara 
Top: Asos
Jeans: Stadivarius
Bag: Zara
Shoes: Converse
Lipstick: Fenty Beauty


Let me know your thoughts? Do you like my fashion or make up/skincare posts? 


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