Acne be gone!

100% Tea Tree Oil

So I think I may have just discovered the best thing for preventing and getting rid of spots (well for me at least). I can’t say that I’ve had full blown acne ever but in my teenage years I did have clusters of spots taking up residency across my face (and I have the scars to prove it). Back then I knew absolutely nothing about skincare and or how to look after my skin properly and for one having a real cleansing routine has definitely sorted (at least) 70% of my spotty issue.

Secondly, I figured out that excessive sugar consumption breaks me out so I try my best to avoid foods that would trigger a reaction.

But for all other random spots appearing on my face from time to time for whatever reason, I use 100% tea tree oil to zap them away.

For a while I have been using one that I purchased from a local chemist but to my absolute delight I found that Poundworld sold them too. So far there has been no difference in terms of results, they both did the exact same thing though the products smell different to each other, not too dissimilar but noticeably.

I tend to apply this at night after I have cleansed my skin and moisturised, with clean hands (very important) I dab just a tiny bit directly on the spot, you don’t really need to use very much of this product at all. In fact, with continued use, it can be harsh on your skin and it can dry it out but usually the next day you should see the redness disappear and the spot diminished in size (if not completely gone!) or have it blossom into a whitehead ready to pop (gross but necessary).

It’s important to note that you should only use this when you have a spot or when you can see one developing, do not by any means slather this over your face as a preventative measure because it will dehydrate your skin. You have been warned!

Btw, this this great for those ‘under the skin’ spots, you know the ones that you can’t pop but you can feel it’s there?

If you have sensitive skin I would dilute the oil with some water before applying because it is quite strong stuff and the last thing you need is more irritation!

So I hope I have saved you a fortune on spending on blemish treatments, let me know if you tried this out and your results!

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Empties Galore!

empties Hey guys, so I thought I would round up all my empties and kinda do a quick fire post to get the ole blogging cogs turning again. If you haven’t noticed I have been away for a long while and I really haven’t been in the mood for writing. I know, shock horror. But it’s looking good today and I’m feeling a little it more inspired than usual, so park your ass and enjoy the ride. Continue reading “Empties Galore!”

Peeling, Toning and Preening

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So I bought two skincare products that one, I needed and the other I was really curious about and they are the Botanics All Bright Toner from Boots and B. Revealed Glycolic Peel from Superdrug as well as a cheeky treat, the Eyebrow Stylist by Sleek cos why the hell not. I’ve been using the skincare products for a good three weeks now so Imma give you my review on them.

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How Effective is the SPF in your Make Up?

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Recently, I popped into Kiehl’s to have a general look round but what I was really after was the dark spot corrector (you can read my glowing review here) they have and the store assistant launches this pitch at me, saying that the serum was practically useless if I didn’t wear the sunscreen she recommended with it. She did provide good reasoning behind it because scars and dark spots do become darker when exposed to the sun or more specifically UV rays as the tissue is less resistant than normal skin, so if I didn’t protect my skin from sun damage I wouldn’t be giving the serum a chance to work at it’s optimum. Whether for beauty reasons or health reasons we all know how beneficial sunscreen is.

She then disclosed to me that the SPF (sun protection factor) in my foundation and moisturiser is not effective unless I apply 7 to 10 layers of it. Which nobody does, ever. Up until that very moment I never questioned the effectiveness of SPF in my make up or skincare and when I’m looking for a foundation I always prefer to get one with sun protection because that’s a bonus right? But what she said has completely shattered the way I look at those products now and I’m disappointed that none of these products I bought declared how much I need to use to get the SPF stated. It just seems that SPF is only an added extra to boost it’s value and appeal of a product, I feel quite deceived, I mean they’re technically not breaking the rules but they aren’t exactly being honest either. I’m ever skeptical about beauty products’ claims anyway but I thought sun protection wouldn’t be something brands would be sly about.

After that bombshell she really pushed the factor 50 ‘Ultra Light Daily UV Defence’ sunscreen and she was really passionate about that specific product enough to give me a few samples to try as I felt she could sense my hesitance about the sunscreen, as I did question her whether factor 50 was too much and she went on to explain that even though it’s winter and the sun isn’t out they’re still UV rays being emitted and even indoors the sunlight (on the rare occasion there is) can go through windows and can damage your skin that way too. She even went as far to say that dermatologists always recommend a factor 50 sunscreen, which I took with a grain of salt to be honest.

So as soon as I got home I did the nerdy thing and googled fervently to finally get to the bottom of this sun protection dilemma, is it really necessary for me to wear a factor 50 sun screen daily? The short answer would be no, and here’s why. The Met Office has forecasted what the UV index is like for the next 5 days and it’s a great fat 0 (for where I live and I’m sure it’s more of less the same up and down the country) and a score of 0 means no exposure and according to their guide you can ‘safely stay outside’. So I have no worries about my dark spots getting darker, brill and let’s be real why should we waste using up products when they are not going to be actively protecting us?

Of course when the summer does roll around, it means we will have to wear an actual sunscreen underneath our make up for the full factor protection but until then I think I’m good with what I’m using now.

Let me know in the comments if you knew the truth about SPF in our make up and skincare products because it was definitely new news to me and what your thoughts are about that!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Beauty Goals for 2015

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I’ve seen a couple of bloggers post their beauty related resolutions so I thought I’d share mine too. It’d be interesting to refer back to this post this time next year to see if I’ve stuck to any of these. Maybe a leopards spots can change, while we’re all hazy on new years motivation with the fire in our bellies at full blast to prove ourselves and others wrong.

The wind outside is most definitely angry and unrelenting jeez.

Anyway so here are my goals and aims for this year and beyond,

— To not purchase new products that aren’t finished or close to even running out – except lipsticks and eyeshadows because they’re probably gonna outlive me, let’s be real. I think I’ve only ever used up one lipstick in my entire life. It was a YSL one, fyi. I think this one is gonna be a toughy but I’m hoping this will build my willpower, curb my impulse buying and force myself to get creative with what I have already.

— I’m going to save up my Boots points and then treat myself to something nice at the end of the year. It’s something I’ve seen other people do and I thought I’m gonna give it a try and see what the balance will total up to, instead of using it as back up credit for a ‘free’ lunch though it has come in handy plenty a times whilst I was at uni.

— I say this one to myself all the time, especially when it gets really bad but I should seriously stop picking my spots, I have a medium skin tone and whenever I pick a spot this horrid brown scar develops and it stays put indefinitely. I have no idea why but lately my skin has been flaring up like crazy and most of my right cheek and chin has been taken over and now my forehead seems to be getting in on the action too, not a good look. Resisting popping a spot, especially when it’s just ripe is self control I just don’t have (yet.) GIVE ME STRENGTH BEAUTY GODS.

— Moisturise more than just my face, suddenly as I’ve gotten older slathering lotion on my whole body has become an absolute chore and one I use to be able to do without fail after a wash. I’ve gotten so lazy with this, that when my skin starts to get rough I just whip out the body scrub and be done with that business. It’s a great toofer (2 for 1), clean and soft, baby. But in all seriousness I need to use my moisturisers and keep that bod smoother than sandpaper for more than a day.

I would love to hear what your beauty ambishes are for this year so if you have written a post please link it in the comments!

P.s Is any one else really excited for the final season of Parks and Rec?! I CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF. I’M SCREAMING.

Fab & Drab Products of 2014! (Part II)

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The GOODS

1. L’oreal Infallible 24hr Foundation 30ml, £9.99

This is my absolute go to foundation when I’m on a tight budget, I’ve been a fan of this since it’s original release around four years ago (I’m totally guessing here) and since then it’s had a bit of a nip and tuck and it’s previous curvy formation which I believe their new(er) foundation the ‘true match’ line is currently bottled in, I’m not complaining I do like the sleeker bottle as it takes up less space in my bag and lets face it there’s some prime real estate in there, every cm squared is precious.

It’s also one I have picked up a few times as I’ve stupidly forgotten to pack foundation, but no worries it’s under a tenner! (which I swear is a new lower price than previous, again not complaining.) So onto the important deets, it’s a full coverage liquid foundation which is something I personally always look for, I have some pretty dark acne scars and patchy pigmentation which need covering and smoothing over ASAP and this does the job pretty damn well for ten squids. The formula is quite creamy for a liquid foundation and it’s unfortch one of the foundations that make you feel like you’re wearing foundation, it’s quite thick and feels slightly heavy on the face. This is as far from a BB cream/tinted moisturiser experience as possible but that is no biggie.

As for the 24hr staying power claim which I think is frankly over zealous cos who needs their foundation fixed to their face for that long? Nobody, that’s who. I haven’t specifically timed it’s staying power but I would say it probably looks good for the first 4/5 hours after application before fading away revealing my true skin (crying).

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Fab & Drab products of 2014! (Part I)

So it’s heading towards the end of the year and I thought I’d do a round up of my favourite products and naming and shaming the ones that disappointed or didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I think I’ll start with the ‘worst’ products first and end on a high note.

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The DUDS

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