Monday, 29 August 2016

Do I Finally Have a Skincare Regime?

I got asked to put together a post all about my skincare regime by the Dollar Shave Club, which made me want to tell a little 'skincare story' if you will ahah!

Yes, you heard correctly - 'finally'. In my whole 18 years of life I have never been able to find a skincare routine that I have loved and worked fully to my advantage. Allow me to give a little bit of backstory...

I was diagnosed with a minor skin problem called seborrheic dermatitis, which is  'a red, itchy, flaky (inflamed) skin complaint; 'seborrhoeic' means that the rash affects greasy (sebaceous) skin zones such as theface, scalp and centre of the chest' at the age of around 5 or 6. I had unbearably itchy and dry patches, which were often scab like on my scalp, and flaky areas in the oiliest areas of my face, and when I was took to the doctors, they only provided a prescription for my scalp and not for the problem areas on my face. Over the years I have tried many different moisturisers such as E45 and Simple to try and get rid of the flakiness, but in effect made the oily patches even worse. This resulted in a lot of breakouts and in the end, I started using a bog standard, Superdrug's own make face wash for 'normal' skin, and it really wasn't working to my advantage at all. I decided to try some of Neutrogenas face products to bring my skin back to health, and I am so happy I did.

I first remove the bulk of my makeup with Simple makeup wipes, and rinse my face with warm water. I use the Neutrogena 'Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Facial Wash' in a good lather all over my face to remove any spot causing bacteria, and to help minimise the oils on my skin. I rinse off with warm water, and splash my face with cold water before patting my face dry. Before I apply my makeup, I use the Neutrogena 'Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser' all over my face as a base instead of primer so my pores aren't as clogged.

There you have it! I like to keep it super simple and fuss-free because of my skins tendency to break out like crazy if I use harsh products. I also know that if I started using various serums, I'd never stick to it and my skin would hate me even more for that!

More information on Seborrheic Dermatitis here

Do you have a skincare routine?

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A Week in the Peak District

Last week, me and my family travelled from Newcastle to Matlock Bath for a few nights in a B&B! We went to a few different places each day, and this is my lil travel journal-esque post for me to look back on in the future!

Day 1

We left at about 9am on Monday morning, which meant an early start (idk how I did it if I'm used to getting up at 11am recently). Of course, we had to stop off for a McDonalds breakfast on the way - pretty sure that's just a rule now for us whenever we go away? Anyway, after a 2 hour drive, we decided to stop off in Buxton on the way, which is a spa town with a lovely park and a few shops which of course I had to look around!

After looking around Buxton, we decided to go to the Carsington Water reservoir before going to the B&B. We got ice creams and sat by the lake in the sun before having a a wander around the surrounding area. We then went to a pub that we've been to on previous holidays around the area called The Knockerdown for some food. After the meal, we went to the B&B and basically just got straight in bed! We were so tired after walking around and all that food!

Day 2

We decided to meet up with my uncle and his fiancé in Bakewell. We arrived a little earlier so we had a wander round and a coffee. Once we met up with them, we walked along the old train tracks and had a little picnic, before heading for a walk over some of the countryside. It was a boiling hot day, so needless to say we were all absolutely sweating by the time we finished it!

We then had another wander around the shops before heading back to the B&B at about 7 and heading out for some tea. We then headed back to the B&B at about 8!

Day 3

We decided to go into Derby for the day to do some shopping in their big shopping centre they have in the city, which of course I loved since I am the designated shopaholic of the family. I didn't actually buy much which is a complete change for me! We had a light lunch before heading over to Nottingham to see my uncle and his fiancé again!

We headed to the National Water Sports centre for a little look around, and of course, an ice cream whilst sitting in and soaking up the sun, before heading over to my uncles house for tea which was lovely! We didn't arrive back to the B&B until about half 9, so I watched my episode of Pretty Little Liars I had been looking forward to all day before heading to bed!

Day 4

Ok, so I lied... I wasn't there for a week, I was only there for 4 days, but hey - what does it matter for the sake of a semi-decent post title eh? We headed back home on Thursday and stopped off in Harrogate on the way. We had a little look around the shops and a walk in the park, until we decided we were just too tired to continue really, and headed back to the car to finish the rest of the journey home! I did completely drool over this rose gold telephone though and haven't stopped thinking about it since!

Once we got back to my home town, I went and collected my A-Level results which my bestie Sarah vvvv kindly picked up for me, and found out I had gotten a B in my Media which I was soooo happy with! I thought I had messed up the exam ngl!

I really enjoyed my little holiday and I'm so glad the weather was nice! Where have you been on your holidays this year?


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Dr Paw Paw Lip Balm

So, with products such as lip balms, I really fail to give into the 'hype'. I thought 'well what makes this one any different to that one?' or 'why would I waste my money on that slightly more expensive one when theres a £1 chapstick there that'll do the same thing?'. Well recently, my mind has been changed...

This feels so different to other lip balms I've tried before - a lot more greasy. I suppose that must be a good thing since it worked incredibly fast! It's so unlike any other one I've tried before and definitely worth the few extra pound instead of a tub of vasoline or a chapstick!

I bought this because of its multipurpose uses as well. It can be used on your lips, face, hair, and even on minor abrasions and insect bites. I haven't tried it in my hair yet - mostly because I'm scared it makes it look greasy, or on my face just because of my dermatitis. (I don't like using products that are too oily because it sets the dermatitis off really badly). I have tested it, however, on a scratch on the end of my nose. As soon as I put it on, the stinging disappeared instantly. It also seemed to take some of the redness away as well!

Overall, I think this product is amazing. Not only is it good for its lip balm purpose - but also helps heal minor wounds?! Definitely worth a trip to your local Superdrug to pick one of these up!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Revolution Golden Sugar Palette

So you've probably heard all about this palette already - as have I, but I could never find it! It was out of stock, literally in every Superdrug, for months! Until about a week ago when I wandered into my local Superdrug intending to look, and not buy - and of course it was in stock. Before I knew it I couldn't control myself and this went in my basket, along with a load of other items I probably didn't need... but I needed them. Like, I had to have them... I felt like every time I picked up a lipstick to swatch they were crying at me to not put them down. Why must I have no self control?

The shades are so amazing, first off. There's quite a variety of blush, highlight and bronzer shades, which means I have been able to basically swap my usual MAC stuff for just this palette - which honestly, I'm quite happy about. I'm aiming to go cruelty free, and really want to find alternatives for the makeup that falls under that category. This is a cheap alternative that works just as well as the expensive stuff!

It's also multipurpose! The second shade along on the bottom row has been used in many a eyeshadow look recently, as it just looks amazing with a neutral eye for day to day wear. It adds just the right amount of shimmer, without any chunky glitter pieces if you're going for a lighter day to day look.

My favourite shades for highlight are the two end shades - the white and gold and the champagne shade. I layer these up and they look amazing together. Especially the champagne one when I have a tan! It gives an amazing healthy glow without being to intense. But if I do want to be particularly glowing one day, I use the white and gold shade over the top to add more shimmer. It looks so nice and natural as well!

One complaint I do have about this is the packaging. I know that for £6, you can't really complain when the product itself is so amazing - however, there are a few things that irks me about it. First off, the gold lettering on the front scratched pretty much clean off within the first week of use which is pretty annoying. Another thing about the packaging is that it generally feels a little bit flimsy overall. The mirror in mine isn't completely secure - which may be the case in everyones, or just a factory error in mine.

 Even though I do have these slight complaints, the quality of the packaging doesn't affect the quality of the product inside, and for £6, you can't really complain!

Have you tried this product before? What did you think of it?
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