Switching To The Mini Pill... When I Didn't Really Want To

Friday, 21 June 2019

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If you read this post back in March then you'll know that I decided to go on the pill to see if it'd help with my chronic pelvic pain/suspected endometriosis. Unfortunately during my last doctors appointment back in April my doctor kicked off about my weight (instead of actually discussing how my pain has been since being on the pill) and she took me off the combined pill immediately. She switched me to the mini pill instead which is commonly known as the POP pill. It contains progesterone only and you take it daily as opposed to the combined pill which you take for 21 days and then have a 7 day break. When she told me she was putting me on Cerazette I literally muttered "Oh shit" under my breath because I've read and heard so many horror stories about that pill in particular from irregular bleeding, cystic acne, continuous bleeding, weight gain, mood swings and so on. But I know that going on the combined pill helped relieve my chronic pelvic pain a little and I personally felt that the side effects I had from going on the pill were worth it in exchanged for less intense pain every single day. 

As I write this I've just started my third month of Cerazette and once again it's been a wild journey. I definitely feel like I've experienced more side effects on Cerazette but I also feel like it's been helping my pain a little bit more than Microgynon did so I'm still kind of weighing up the pros and cons if I'm being totally honest. 

So let's talk about what side effects I've been dealing with over the past couple of months... 

First of all I've got to talk about my skin and what's been going on with it. When I was on the combined pill I went about 2 months with pretty much pristine spot-free skin, which was amazing! Especially as I'm quite prone to spots normally and I have oily skin. Literally within about 3 days after going on Cerazette my skin started breaking out like crazy and it also got super oily. I was so pissed off and I almost stopped taking it there and then. Then about a week of being on it I noticed I was getting these weird bumps on my cheeks (mainly on the left side) and since then they've got bigger and have spread out more across my cheeks. You may have seen this tweet when I was asking if anyone had any ideas on how to help get rid of them (p.s I look rough AF in the photo but please ignore that lol). So it's probably something I'm going to have to talk about with my doctor when I go and see her again because they're really affecting my confidence which isn't great anyway as they're really visible through my high coverage foundations and concealers. I'm currently trying various different skincare acids from Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic to see if any of them will help but so far I haven't seen much improvement.

I also had really bad pain in my boobs for a week straight during my first month of being on the mini pill. If I accidentally knocked them or lay on them without a cushion supporting me I would literally yelp out in pain. I couldn't wear any sort of bra for that whole week either. But I'm guessing that my body was adjusting to the mini pill as I didn't experience it during my second month. Thank god. 

Another symptom which I think is pill related is that I feel bloated more often and you can literally see my belly bloating up and down. I also gained another 8lbs like I did when I first went on the combined pill. So I'm guessing an 8lb gain is the norm for my body and if/when I switch pills now. How fun... Not. Especially when I already have the doctors banging on about my weight instead of actually trying to figure out what's causing my chronic pain. I've also been experiencing nightmares quite often but I don't know if that's immediate side effects of the pill or if it's just because I've been dealing with a lot of stressful things over the past couple of months. But it sucks either way. Ugh.

So let's talk about the positives... I haven't had a period in two months. Absolutely nothing. Which I suppose is a good thing but I feel like if I was in a relationship right now then I'd probably be in full on meltdown most of the time thinking I'm pregnant. I still get period-like cramps around the time of the month I'd be getting a period but it's nowhere near as bad as it normally is. I just stick a BeYou patch on and hug my hot water bottle for a few hours (lol) and they both help to settle the pain. I've also not been having the bad mood swings that Microgynon gave me when I'd either feel super angry at nothing or I'd be crying over something silly so I don't feel as if I'm going completely crazy on Cerazette. Another big positive is something I've already mentioned which is that I *think* it's helping my daily pain more than Microgynon did. I still have pain daily and it still affects my quality of life but I know for a fact if I come off the pill I'm going to go straight back to the way I was before I was on the pill and I was not in a good state of mind back then, to the point that the way how I was feeling mentally was scaring the shit out of me. I still have bad mental health days but I don't feel like I'm in a constant depressive mood. It's either that or I'm just getting used to chronic pain life.

So overall even though I've been dealing with a lot of side effects I feel like I'm just going to stick it out a little longer and see how I go. I'm hoping my skin will clear up or settle down or that I'll find something which helps get rid of the weird bumps/spots and I'm also hoping that I don't gain any more weight. I also hope that the boob pain stays the hell away because that was brutal. I don't need any extra pain thank you very much lol.

Have you been on the mini pill before? 
If so, did you have any of the same side effects as me?

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What Is HydraFacial And Why Do You Need It? *

Wednesday, 19 June 2019


-*This post is in collaboration with Elite Aesthetics-
HydraFacial is the new facial skincare solution that is sweeping the nation. With dedicated followers all over the world, and a HydraFacial being performed every 15 seconds, it’s one of the most popular aesthetic and beauty treatments on the market. Suitable for all skin types and tones, and able to treat a huge variety of skin problems and conditions, it’s one of the most popular and effective facial treatments available. 

What Does HydraFacial Do? 
HydraFacial can be used to treat the appearance of a variety of skin complaints, as well as to promote long term skin health, and give you smooth, healthy, glowing skin with instant results, and in the long term too. 

HydraFacial can be used to: 

● Reduce the appearance and severity of fine lines and wrinkles. 
● Make skin look plumper, younger and bouncier. 
● Even out the skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation and uneven pigmentation. 
● Reduce redness in the skin, including redness often seen by sufferers of rosacea
● Make the skin appear brighter, glowing and more vibrant. 
● Smooth skin texture, including acne, congestion and blackheads on the skin’s surface. 
● Reduce the appearance of brown age spots. 
● Reduce the severity and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin. 
● Combat oily and congested skin, reducing the appearance of acne. 
● Reduce the appearance of active acne by cleansing and extracting impurities from the skin. 
● Reduce the appearance of clogged or enlarged pores. 
A treatment that can be used to improve almost any skin complaint by using its revolutionary cleansing and extraction technology. 

How Does HydraFacial Work? 
HydraFacial uses its own patented, revolutionary vortex technology to effectively apply a variety of cleansing, exfoliating and nourishing serums to the skin. 

HydraFacial is so popular as it can be tailored and customised to your skin specifically, making sure your treatment is highly effective for your skin complaints. By using different tips of the HydraFacial device at each stage of the treatment, HydraFacial can effectively cleanse, tone, exfoliate and nourish the skin. HydraFacial can also be combined with treatments like facial massage or LED Facials to further improve the effects of the treatment. 

During the basic HydraFacial treatment, the treatment begins with Vortex Exfoliation, which uses gentle hydradermabrasion techniques and vortex technology to exfoliate debris from the skin’s surface and cleanse the skin entirely. 

The tip of the device is then changed, and a serum of rejuvenating skincare acids is applied to the skin. This helps to loosen impurities like blackheads, dirt and other substances in the pores, cleansing the deep layers of the skin and encouraging faster cell turnover to brighten and boost the skin. 
After this, gentle suction is used to remove all the dirt and debris from the pores, cleansing out congested areas of skin and clogged pores. 

Then, serums are applied to add hydrating ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, effective antioxidants and concentrated peptides into the skin to refresh and rejuvenate the skin, and leave it looking and feeling clear, soft and smooth. 

After treatment you can get back to your day straight away, and it can take as little as 30 minutes! 

Why Is HydraFacial Right For Me? 
HydraFacial is such a popular treatment as it can be tailored to any skin type or concern, with the same beautiful, glowing results every time. Loved by customers and practitioners alike for its consistent, beautiful results, there’s no reason not to try a HydraFacial today. 

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An Exciting New Release! Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleansing Gel

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

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-This post contains a PR sample/gifted item, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I've tried the original Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm quite a few times and it just doesn't seem to agree with my oily skin as it just seems to a bit too rich. It's so annoying because the products itself is lovely and Moringa is one of my fave scents too and I can understand why it's such a cult skincare product. So when I found out that Emma Hardie were releasing the Moringa Light Cleansing Gel* I was so excited because it's aimed at more oily/combination skin types with it being a lighter consistency (but it is suitable for all skin types). 

They describe the Moringa Light Cleansing Gel* as a lightweight gel-to-oil daily cleanser which is suitable for all skin types. It also purifies and balances the skin and it hydrates and moisturises too - all of which sound perfect for my skin! It's priced at £34 for 100ml bottle so it is what I would call high-end in terms of a cleanser. It contains Moringa, Grape Seed and Sweet Almond Oil which all help to nourish the skin as well as Omega 6, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids which all help to smooth, soften and moisturise. Sea Fennel extract improves the barrier function of the skin which restores the water balances and the Moringa Seed peptides protect the skin from pollution and also purify. Sounds pretty great, right?

 With it being a more pricier cleanser with beneficial properties I've been using it as my second cleanse in the evenings to get the best results. I tend to use two pumps and that seems to be enough. I use it on damp skin and then I apply some water to help emulsify the product and then I work it into my skin and to remove it I use a warm flannel. I'm literally obsessed with this right now! It seems like the perfect mix for my skin as it definitely makes it feel well cleansed but it doesn't make my skin feel as if it's been stripped and it's been leaving it feeling super soft and well nourished. It also smells gorgeous like the original balm cleanser too. I just find Moringa a very calming scent.

If you found that the original Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm wasn't for you then I'd still say to consider trying this as the consistency is a lot lighter as expected and it just feels like a very luxurious and beneficial cleanser to use. You can buy it from the Emma Hardie website, Feel Unique and Marks & Spencer.

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A Summer Clothing Wishlist *

Monday, 17 June 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Knix, all opinions are my own-
I thought I'd share a Summer Clothing Wishlist with you because I haven't done a clothing wishlist for a while and there's plenty of things I've got my eyes on right now. This year I'm trying to step out of my comfort zone by buying and trying clothing items I wouldn't normally wear for various reasons. I'm doing this because I want to gain some confidence wearing dresses, bodysuits and also just getting my chubby arms and legs out more often and stop worrying about what other people think. So in this I'm talking about colours which I wouldn't normally go for, a bodysuit with built in bra, wide leg shorts and why I want to try a smock dress again after my last disastrous smock dress purchase.

New Look Floral Spot Tea Dress £25.99 /  Knix "The Every Bodysuit" $88 / Joanie Watercolour Plant Design Tee £22 / New Look Blue Ripped Acid Wash Denim Skirt £9

I tend to go for more darker colours when it comes to dresses because sometimes I find that lighter colours make me look wider but I really want to stop thinking like that and buy dresses that I like the look of and not worry about if the colour is going to make me look bigger. I really like the New Look Floral Spot Tea Dress and I think it's a nice shape and I love the floral and spot design together. I also think it would go with my red-brown hair.

 I used to shy away from bodysuits as they show off all your curves but I picked up my first one recently to see what the hype is about and it's so comfortable and I find that they are handy if you're wearing a skirt or shorts as you don't have to worry about the top half of your clothes ruffling up underneath because you don't have to tuck it in. Which is why I really like the look and sound of Knix's body suit with built in bra particularly in the Violet Dusk colour option. I like that it's kind of killing two birds with one stone and working as a bodysuit and also a bra at the same time and it looks so comfortable which is what I'm all about! The bra is wire-free and has removable padding so it gets a thumbs up from me. You can also pick the bodysuit up in various different colours from Lava, Beige, Black and Passion and they go up to a XXL. 

Joanie are one of my favourites places to shop so I knew this post would contain a few pieces from them. I would've bought the Watercolour Plant Design Tee featured above already but they don't seem to have it in stock in a XL which is a bit annoying. But I think it'd look nice with pretty everything from skirts, shorts and even leggings for a more casual look. Talking of skirts I like the look of the Ripped Acid Wash skirt from New Look which is only £9 right now. Unfortunately it's not in stock in my size as I write this but if it does come back in stock I'm definitely going to pick it up and try it out!

Joanie Zou Bisou Tee £12 / ASOS Curve Button Front Midi Skirt £30 / Pink Clove Dalmatian Spot Wrap Dress £24  / New Look Floral Red Wide Leg Shorts £9.99

Another Joanie top which I have to talk about which is currently in their Summer sale is the Zou Bisou tee which again I think would look nice tucked in a skirt or even under a pinafore dress. I really like the look of floaty midi skirts which everyone seems to be wearing right now. I don't know what type of style/pattern or colour to go for but I am planning on buying a few soon to try out and see if they suit me but I think they may look a little long on me as I'm only 5"3 (on a good day) but then if I am having a day when I feel self conscious at least the skirt will cover the majority of my legs. I've come to realise this year that wrap dresses seem to really suit my body shape and I've currently got my eyes on the Dalmatian Spot Wrap Dress from Pink Clove. I like that it's got a frilly hem rather than a straight across hem and I think you could easily dress it up and down too. I rarely wear shorts but when I do I have to make sure they are wide legs as I do have chunky legs and I need all the space I can get. So I was happy to see that New Look have started catering for wide legs and I also really like the pretty floral pattern too. I'm hoping to see more patterns and colours in the upcoming weeks!

Joanie Lobster Print Dress £45 / ASOS "Bye" Motif T-shirt £20 / 
Joanie Belt Button Skirt in Pink £38 / ASOS Curve Mini V Neck Smock Dress in Stripe £22

How cute is the Lobster Print Dress from Joanie? I saw it on their instagram and I was like *heart eye emoji*. I don't really go for sun dresses as they are sleeveless and I'm quite self conscious of my arms as because I have Keratosis Pilaris (aka Chicken Skin) but I'm currently trying some different ways to reduce it and it's definitely helping. I may do a blog post about it soon! I also have a few thin knitted cardigans which I like to wear in the summer which I think would look lovely with the dress along with some tan coloured sandals. I had to put a typical slogan tee in this post because I'm such a big fan of slogan tees. However I don't know why ASOS have slapped £20 on a mostly grey t-shirt with a tiny slogan motif saying "bye" but I do think it's cute and I think it would look nice with the Joanie Belt Button Skirt which is on the right.

And lastly we have the ASOS Curve Mini V Neck Smock Dress. I thought I'd given up with smock dresses as for some reason they tend to look like I'm wearing a bin bag most of the time because they are so big and floaty. However I thought I got lucky with the last one I bought which was also from ASOS. However they made the shoulders that small I got stuck in it and I literally had to get my mum to help me out of it and she was close to getting the scissors on it lol! So I obviously returned it. So do I dare buying another one from ASOS? I don't know. But I do think the Mini V Neck Smock Dress looks comfortable and kind of effortless too.

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A Travel-Friendly Customisable Palette? Yes Please! Tropic Colour Palette Review

Friday, 14 June 2019

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-This post contains a gifted/PR sample, no paid content. All opinions are my own-

Tropic are definitely a brand who have been piquing my interest a lot lately. I love that their products are natural and cruelty-free and most of their products are within my price range too. I've tried various different products from them already and I've enjoyed using the vast majority of them and for someone who has temperamental skin, that is a big deal! I was recently emailed by Tropic's PR and was asked if I was interested in trying out their new Tropic Colour Palette which I had already seen popping up on my insta feed and I liked the idea of it being customisable and travel friendly. So here are my overall thoughts on the ease of use of the palette, the shades and products I chose for my own palette and also my thoughts on the two surprise brushes which also in my parcel when it arrived.

Making your own Tropic Colour Palette is super simple to do. There's four different case configurations to choose from and I chose the C option so I have 1 large, 2 Medium and 2 Small in my palette's layout. I did this so that I had a nice selection of products to try out. You can choose from eyeliner, eyebrow pomade or powder or eyeshadow in the smallest sections and then cream concealer, pressed blush, pressed bronzer, pressed highlighter, cream blush, cream highlighter, cream contour or powder contour for both your Medium and Large sections.   

In my palette I chose two of the Pressed Eye Shadows - Cashew* and Copper* (RRP £8 each), Blush Crush Pressed Colour in Golden Apricot* (RRP £16), Way To Glow Pressed Highlighter in Afterglow* (RRP £16) and the Undercover Cream Concealer in Macadamia* (RRP £20). Altogether my palette came to £68. It would of been £84 but Tropic are offering the Colour Palette case for free (worth £16).

Idk why my arm looks blue-ish in this photo btw lol 
I decided to opt for a more neutral, everyday kind of palette as that's usually my jam anyway. The eye shadows are nice and are definitely on the pigmented side, however I wish the Cashew shade was more similar to how it looks in the pan (a little more warmer). It's a lot paler when in use and I wanted a shade which was wearable on it's own but it just doesn't look right on it's own on me personally, so I've just been using it as a base shade. The Copper shade is what I would call a muted copper and it's really pretty and nice to wear alone and I think it helps to make my blue eyes pop!

The Golden Apricot looks like it's going to be super full-on but it blends out into a nice warm shade which definitely adds some colour to my pale complexion. It's also got a very slight golden sheen to it which is why I think it'll be a blusher I'll be using often in the summer months to give me a slight sun-kissed glow. I'm a big fan of the Way To Glow Highlighter in Afterglow. I did think it would be a scary blinding highlighter when I saw it in the pan but it's actually a subtle sheen with a golden undertone. It looks really nice when you're opting for a more natural, minimal day-to-day makeup look. I'm already a bit obsessed!

The Undercover Cream Concealer in Macadamia did have me worried when it first arrived as it looks quite warm but then once I took away the "top layer" it revealed a shade which is a lot more suitable for my skin. I do think they could expand the concealer shade range more though as of right now there's only three shades and Macadamia is the palest shade. I can build it up quite easily to a medium coverage and it stays in place well once it's powdered down a little. But if you do have some serious dark circles under your eyes you may need to go in with something else to give it a boost but it's good on redness and blemishes.  

So overall I think it's a great little palette which has a large mirror and you could easily pop it in your suitcase or overnight bag with a couple of brushes and be sorted (depending on what products you choose). 

The surprise brushes which came with the parcel have been so nice to use over the past couple of weeks. Particularly the FB2 Precision Face Brush priced at £18* which kind of reminds me of the It Cosmetics Hevenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7 which is a whopping £35! So the Tropic version is a lot nicer on your bank balance if you're looking for a precision complexion kind of brush. The brushes I received are both made from wood and soft vegan fibres and the FB2 brush can be used with creams, liquids and powder and I've found that it works really well with the concealer in the palette and it also works well with my CC Creams or Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint which I've been using a lot over the past few weeks.   

The 3IN1 Eye Brush priced at £16* is a super handy multitasking brush as it contains an eyeshadow brush, an eyebrow brush and a spoolie brush. I haven't used the eyeshadow brush much as I tend to use the double-ended Lottie London Arch Rival (Similar to the ABH Brow Wiz) which you don't need a brush for and it also has a spoolie on the other side. But the 3IN1 brush is handy for products in which you need a spoolie before or after using the product. The eyeshadow brush is a great one to use for buffing, blending or packing on a colour as it's quite a flat brush which you always in your makeup bag. You can also use it with Tropic's Eyebrow Stencils too. 

What kind of palette would you make with the Tropic Colour Palette?

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Top Tips To Protect The Foundations of Your Home *

Thursday, 13 June 2019

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-*This post is in collaboration with Screwfast-
It’s easy to ignore things you can’t see. However, if you don’t protect the foundations of your home, you could end up with some serious structural issues including leaks, cracks and subsidence. These are costly and inconvenient to repair. Below are some tips from a foundation solutions company to help you understand how to protect the foundations of your home from any future damage. 

Firstly, be sure to assess the boundaries of your home regularly and check that the ground slopes away from the property. This will ensure that any water on the ground will flow away from your home as opposed to pooling around it. Too much or too little water can change the consistency of the soil beneath, which can cause the foundations of a building to shift. 

With that in mind, sufficient drainage is important. Every now and again it’s worth clearing away any dirt and debris that has gathered in your drains or gutters to prevent blockages. After all, it’s important that water is properly flowing through them and therefore routed away from your building. When clearing your drains, check them for damage so that they can be repaired as soon as possible. 

In the summer months when the weather becomes hotter, you should try to keep the land around your home moist. This will prevent the soil from drying up and shrinking which, as mentioned above, will lead to movement in your foundations. If this happens, you will likely see some cracks in the walls of your home, as well as your paving. Use a hose or sprinkler system to maintain the moisture in the ground and avoid planting trees too close to the building. 

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Stained Glass Window Ideas for Modern Homes *

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

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Stained glass windows date back thousands of years and are typically only associated with churches and other religious buildings. However, many contemporary artists have beautifully demonstrated how they can also be used in homes, both traditional and modern. In fact, the juxtaposition of historical stained glass and more avant-garde design elements is a fantastic way to add something unique to your home.

Even if your house is fairly small, stained glass windows will still look great. You could have one incorporated into panels in your front door so that the light shines through the brightly coloured glass and gives the illusion of a spacious entrance area. As long as you’re a little creative with the design, you’re sure to add a modern feature to you property. In other words, a geometric pattern might be trendier and more unique than traditional flowers and leaves. 

Stained glass doesn’t have to be limited to your hallway; there are lots of places you can have it that are equally as stunning, and often quite quirky. For example, you could replace the frosted glass in your window for something a little more colourful. As well as adding an undeniably beautiful element to your home, stained glass windows are often used for practical reasons. Perhaps you have an ugly view that you’d like to conceal, or maybe you want to increase privacy. Either way, a stained glass window will do the trick.

If you’re feeling inspired to give your home a little revamp and unsure where to start, a stained glass window might be just what you need. The best thing about it is that you can make some design suggestions and infuse your personality into it. The finished result is sure to add spectacular quality to your home that might otherwise feel quite featureless.

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Attempting To Tackle Crazy, Hormonal Skin With Dermalogica's Clear Start Starter Kit

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

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 As I mentioned a few weeks ago in this post Dermalogica are one of my go-to brands when it comes to skincare. I'll admit that a lot of their products are a little more pricier than I would like to spend ideally but when I find a good product that works for me, I tend to stick to it. So when I got the opportunity to try out their Breakout Clearing Skin Kit RRP £26.50* which contains three products from their popular Clear Start range, I was obviously excited to try them out as I've not tried anything from their Clear Start range before but I have heard great things about it. The products in the kit are also gluten-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free, vegan and contain no artificial fragrances or colours.

The kit comes in a cute little travel case that you could reuse if you wanted to. Inside the kit is their Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash 75ml*, Breakout Clearing Booster 10ml* and the Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion 30ml* which you should apply in that order. All of the products are travel-sized and are available to buy in full-size if you so wish to. I feel like the kit is a good way to try out some of the Clear Start range because investing in the full size versions.

Since switching to the mini pill (which I am doing a blog post about really soon) my skin has been going a little crazy. It was really clear during my three months on Microgynon and then literally within days of starting Cerazette my skin broke out bad, it also went blotchy and oilier than ever, which was not ideal but I did kind of expect it because my hormones were going crazy as I adjusted to the new pill. So I thought this was a golden opportunity to start using the Breakout Clearing Skin Kit from Dermalogica and see how it worked for me during this time.

So the first product I tried from the kit is the Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash* which I was feeling a little anxious about trying as my skin seems to have mixed feelings about foaming face washes. It contains Salicylic Acid, Tea Tea Oil, Lavender, Camellia Sinensis and Orange Peel Extract and you can use it on your face, neck or back or wherever you find you need to use it (within reason obviously!). I find that foaming face washes are nice as a quick cleanse in the morning but if I use them for longer than 3-4 days in a row, I get dry and flaky skin around my nose and in between my eyebrows which isn't great. But in terms of clearing up my skin, I definitely started to see a difference within a few days of using the Foaming Wash which I think is really good! Whilst my skin has been going through a bad spell, I've been using the Foaming Wash as my morning face wash for 3 days and then I take a break for 2 days and use an alternative basic face wash like Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser in the morning and then something more nourishing in the evenings. It does say you should use it A.M and P.M for best results but I guess it depends on how your skin reacts to foaming washes. I'm also a fan of the smell of the Foaming Wash but it's strange because I think it smells like Ginger but it doesn't say anything about ginger in the ingredients. I will be buying the full size once I've used up my other foaming face washes as it's definitely my fave out of the few I currently have in my skincare stash. I don't think it's too pricey at £17.50 for the full size version either.

Next up is the Breakout Clearing Booster* which is formulated with Salicylic Acid which is known to attack and kill bacteria and also calms angry spots. The instructions say to apply to blemish or breakout area or alternatively apply a thin layer all over for breakout prevention. I feel like the small 10ml bottle wouldn't last long at all if I was to apply all over every day (especially with my moon face lol) so I've just been applying it to either blemishes which are already there or on my chin and/or forehead where I tend to breakout the most as a preventative measure. I found it to be okay and it did help to take down any angry whitehead spots but it didn't seem to do much to one of those throbbing under the skin spots that seemed to pop up recently. So I'd say it's a good one to try if you get a lot of whiteheads because it did soothe and take down the swelling and redness a little overnight but it didn't work that well on the under the skin papule spot (aka the devil spot). I'm still kind of on the fence about this one if I'm being honest. I think if I started to breakout a lot and nothing was helping I would pick up the full size version at £19.50 but I feel like the Foaming Wash works well on it's own in terms of fighting any bacteria and breakouts too, so the Breakout Clearing Booster is definitely a booster as it's described.

Lastly is the Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion* which contains plant-based Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid and is formulated with gentle botanicals such as Ginger, Orange and Grapefruit which are known to soothe and protect the skin. After reading that it contains Ginger, Orange and Grapefruit I was hoping for the moisturiser to smell lovely and fruity but it doesn't. But it smells vaguely like the Foaming Wash which I do like anyway. It's a very lightweight, sheer moisturiser and sinks in the skin quickly. I've been using this more at night as I tend to use my Glossier Priming Moisturiser in the morning as it preps my skin for any makeup I may apply and smooths out my skin a little. Overall I do like the moisturiser, I don't know if it's something I'd immediately buy again once I run out but it's good that I know I like it and that it agrees with my skin because as I've mentioned before I do struggle with finding moisturisers that hydrate my skin enough but don't break me out. The price of the full size Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion is £19.50 for 60ml so it's around the same price of my usual Glossier moisturiser.

Overall I've enjoyed trying out some of the Clear Start products and I've now also got my sights set on the Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask which loads of people rave about and also the new Clearing Defense spf30 Mattifying Moisturiser which I'm sure I'll pick up and try soon. 

Have you tried any products from Dermalogica's Clear Start range?

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3 Beauty Treatments I Want To Try *

Monday, 10 June 2019

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I know I'm always talking about beauty products and tools on here so I thought in today's blog post I'd talk about something a little different which is beauty treatments. In this post I'm going to be talking about three beauty treatments that I'm very tempted to try for the first time at some point this year and why I want to try them.

The first treatment I want to try is Semi Permanent Make Up which seems to be all the rage right now, particularly for brides-to-be and their bridesmaids. This is because it means if you cry on your wedding day (which I'm sure most people will do) or if you're heading abroad and to a hot country for your wedding or honeymoon then you don't have to worry about your mascara or foundation running or melting away. The idea is for the semi permanent makeup to enhance your natural beauty whilst giving you a flawless finish. You can also opt for a more glamorous and bolder look if preferred too. Semi permanent makeup aims to help to define eyes, lips and also enhance your eyes by using very fine and natural strokes with hypo-allergenic pigments. Another few pros about this is that you don't have to worry about touching up your makeup throughout the day or have to deal with the big bridal rush on the morning of your wedding either. 

However the reason why I personally would like try out semi permanent makeup is because I'm going to be attending a wedding myself in a few months time and yes, I'm one of those people who cries at every wedding I go to. I also want to try out semi permanent makeup because it would make my life a little easier. As most of you probably already know, I have chronic back and pelvic pain and on days when my pain is really flaring I sometimes get the shakes in my hands because the pain has got that bad, which as you can imagine is tricky when I'm trying to do things such as applying makeup. So I just feel like it's one less thing to worry about and then if I do feel unwell on the actual day of the wedding then I can focus on making myself feel better and ready for the day ahead and also know that my mascara isn't going to be running down my face 20 minutes in either. So it's kind of a win-win.

If you do happen to want to try Semi Permanent Makeup then it's best if you get it done at a professional and trust-worthy clinic like GgBrows which is based in Surrey/Kent border with a direct line from London Bridge and Victoria and is the UK's leading Ombre Artist and SPMU (Semi Permanent Makeup) Training Academy. GgBrows specialise in Ombre Eyebrows and the Ombre Brow is where there is a soft diluted colour at the front of the brows at around 20% gradient which goes through to an 80% gradient in the arch and tail which then gives a soft, fluffy finish behind the natural hairs and it can last for up to three years as it is a cosmetic tattoo (if aftercare is carried out correctly). It is applied using a needle to place pigmented granules beneath the upper layers of the skin and this gives you the pigment or the "makeup" effect you want. 

If you're already in the beauty industry then you could apply to GgBrows Beginner Semi Permanent Makeup Course which includes a generous sized kit and the most innovative machine on the market right now. Did you know that a Semi Permanent Makeup Artist who is trained to the highest standard can earn up to £100k+ in their first year? So if you're thinking about learning another treatment then the training course is definitely worth the investment. GgBrows students are always taught in small classes of no more than two students at one time and they are 100% focused on their students success. The training is spread over a two month period on average and you also learn about marketing too as Georgie (Director of GgBrows) creates a marketing plan with each student so then after the course is complete each student knows how to brand themselves, manage their social media accounts and have at least a six month promotional strategy plan on how they are going to get business and fill up their appointment book. They also offer ongoing support too!

You can also visit GgCosmetics for non-surgical procedures where they specialise in Dermal Fillers. This includes lips, smile and marionette lines, nasolabial folds, deep frown/forehead lines and acne scars. On average the results should last between 6-9 months. They have two injectors who have both been through years of advanced training. Georgie is a cosmetic injector with over 8 years experience in the aesthetic industry and Nurse Rachel has been specialising in the aesthetic industry for several years and has done several advanced training courses to perfect her knowledge and also her techniques. So you're definitely in safe hands with them! Both work with a wide range of products and are able to tailor procedures to each individual client's needs. If you are already in the advanced beauty industry or planning to start training then you find SPMU machines and other products you will need at Cosmedics-Supplies where they also offer free UK delivery on orders.

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Something which I've been debating on having for a while now is a LVL Lash Lift because as I've said before on my blog I have such rubbish eyelashes. They are short, straight and even if I've curled them or use a special curling mascara they just flop within about 20 minutes. I have been using growth serum mascaras a lot lately which has definitely improved both the length and the strength of my lashes but I keep forgetting to apply it at night before I go to sleep. Whenever I see someone who has recently had had a LVL Lash Lift I'm immediately envious of how lovely their lashes look. The procedure is pretty quick (around 40 minuntes) and is supposed to be painless as it just involves the use of a serum to straighten your natural lash which makes them look curled up and then your lashes are tinted which creates the appearance of mascara. It lasts between 6-8 weeks so it lasts a good amount of time and can cost between £25-£45 depending where you go.

The third treatment I wouldn't mind trying is microdermabrasion which is effectively a facial in which fine crystals and a vacuum are used to remove dead skin cells on the face which should leave your face looking refreshed and glowy. It can help to reduce minor skin blemishes and fine lines too. I have used the PMD Microderm before which is basically an at-home microdermabrasion system which works well and I still use it here and there but I wouldn't mind having it done at a salon to see and feel the difference of having it done professionally.

What beauty treatments do you want to try?
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The Most Famous Fictional Streets In The UK *

Sunday, 9 June 2019

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We all sit down and delve into the fictional world of our favourite characters whether that's by watching soap operas, tv shows or movies. There's many worlds, houses and streets we're familiar with and we know exactly who lives where and so on. In this post we're talking about which fictional streets are most famous in the UK.
Privet Drive
We were first introduced to this fictional street in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling way back in 1997 when it was first published. Located in Surrey, this street was home to the not-so-nice Dursley family, which included Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon, Auntie Petunia, and their spoilt son Dudley, who all lived at Number 4, Privet Drive. 
In 1981 the normal looking street became a little more interesting when Vernon and Petunia's young nephew Harry James Potter was left on their doorstep by Albus Dumbledore after his parents were tragically killed by Lord Voldemort.

The suburban street has pretty normal looking English houses which have a garden at the front and back. The name of the street actually came from a privet bush, which is a hedge that isolates houses as Rowling herself thought this linked quite well as the Dursley’s had a desire to segregate themselves from the Wizarding World — despite having strong family ties.
If you wish to see Privet Drive in person then you can visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to see the film set in real life. It's definitely something on my bucket list to do within the next year or two. You can even go inside and see what it's like but most importantly don't forget to get a photo standing next to the well-known personalised street sign. The actual home that was used in the first film recently made headlines after being put on the market for almost £500,000!
Coronation Street
I've basically been brought up watching Coronation Street since I was born so it's definitely a street which instantly springs to my mind when I think of the most famous fictional streets in the UK. To be honest I probably knew what the Corrie theme tune was when I was still in the womb. It's based in the fictional town of Weatherfield in Salford, which I'm sure most of you already know. I know I may sound like an old woman but it's definitely my favourite soap to watch in the evening. It first came to our screens in 1960 on ITV. The street is thought to have been built in 1902 and it had a row of seven terraced houses with the iconic Rovers Return and the corner shop at each end. Obviously now we're in 2019 it's been expanded with more houses and shops to cater for all of the people who live and work on the street.
The show itself has been home to many dramas and is the longest-running soap opera in the world. Because of its popularity, writers had to introduce new characters and locations over the years to create a more representative environment for viewers at home to relate with. Today, you’ll still find the iconic Rovers Return Inn and D&S Alahan’s corner shop, but there's now also The Kabin Newsagents, Roy’s Rolls Café, and lingerie-making business Underworld as well as other communal areas.
There are quite a few storylines you’ll remember from this show, from the ‘Free the Weatherfield One’ campaign where Deirdre Rachid was given an 18-month sentence for a crimes she didn’t commit to Hayley Cropper née Harold Patterson becoming the first transgender character on the show. There’re a lot of storylines that made a significant impact on the British public that still live on almost 60 years later. I think it's great that they always touch on such important topics.
You can walk down the famous cobbles yourself with an outdoor street tour, that take place on the weekends. Located at MediaCityUK in Manchester, the 80-minute tour also includes the set of Rosamund Street and the never-before-seen Victoria Street.
Cherry Tree Lane You’ll be more than familiar with Cherry Tree Lane, especially if you recently visited the cinema to see Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns which I still haven't got around to watching! We were first introduced to the fictional street in 1934, when author P.L. Travers released the first book of her Mary Poppins series. The street is most notably home to the Banks family, who lived at number 17 and has been passed down to each generation.
There has been a number of remarkable and magical events that have occurred on this street, and of course Mary Poppins initial landing is one of them. What else makes this location supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is that it’s also home to Admiral Boom and Mr. Binnacle, who were once members of England’s navy and keep their house in ‘shipshape’ — with an actual ship on the roof which fires a cannon twice a day! As well as this, there is countless chimney sweepers and path illustrators! 
Although there is no specific location for where Cherry Tree Lane could be, it’s thought that Travers based her vision off townhouses in Kensington or her own home on Smith Street in Chelsea — which now has an English Heritage plaque outside.
Baker Street
Home to everyone’s favourite detective, 221b Baker Street is where Sherlock Holmes lived and worked. Although you may need to wear your deerstalker cap to find it, as the building is strangely located between 237 and 241. Penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock has become one of the most influential literary characters associated with British culture. 
Now it's a Museum which is open every day from 9:30am to 18:00pm and costs adults £15 and children under 16's £10. You’ll be able to explore the home Sherlock shared with his main companion, Dr Watson — including the sitting room, the laboratory, the iconic study and more.
There’s a lot of fictional streets here in the UK. 
Which ones are your favourite?

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K-Beauty Fan? Then You Need To Check Out Too Cool For School

Saturday, 8 June 2019

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I'm a big fan of Korean Skincare in general as I find that K-Beauty products always offer something different and unique. Whether it's the ingredients or the packaging Korean Beauty, particularly the skincare is just great in my eyes and tends to work well with my skin. So when some Too Cool For School products dropped through my letterbox I was excited to give them a try as I've never tried them before. Too Cool For School sell a wide range of products for all of your body care needs and I was kindly sent two skincare products and a body care product too.  

The Egg Mousse Soap Facial Cleanser* which is priced at £18 is basically what it says on the tin. Now, I do use some foaming cleansers but I don't like to use them for longer than 2-3 days in a row just because I find that they dry out my skin on and around my nose and also between my brows and it's really annoying when I have makeup on because it just clings to those areas. It doesn't matter if it's a budget or high-end brand, foaming cleansers don't work that great for my skin. But I feel like they are nice for a light cleanse in the morning. However I have been using it here and there and it definitely does a nice job at cleansing my skin without feeling like it's been completely stripped and leaves me with a radiant glow. It's also got a nice floral-like scent too which I do really like. However I don't think I'll be replacing it just because I prefer a gel cleanser just because I find that they work the best for my skin.

The Egg Cream Firming Sheet Mask* priced at £6 definitely intrigued me but I do think it's probably for someone with an older skin type just because the mask says that it will help to combat the loss of elasticity and sagging skin. It's enriched with a blend of egg yolk, egg white and collagen. I popped it on for 20 minutes as it instructs and I did feel like it tightened my skin a little but is that the egg white in the ingredients making it do that? I don't know. All I know is 15 year old Kirsty was very much into making home-made masks and I've definitely used egg white on my face before and it did make your skin feel like it's tightened. I think I will pick up the pore tightening sheet mask from Too Cool For School though as I think I'd maybe see and feel better results with it being more appropriate for my oily/combination skin type and I'll probably share my thoughts on my insta stories or something. I think if you have a drier and/or older skin type then you'd probably like this mask as it did leave my skin feeling hydrated after using it.

The Egg Mousse Body Oil* priced at £24 is definitely the winner out of the three products I've tried so far. I'm not going to lie, I've been a bit obsessed with it as you may have seen on my insta. Containing a cocktail of ingredients with a blend of five botanical oils to restore moisture without clogging pores. It's so unusual and it smells gorgeous and perfect for this time of the year with it's floral with a slightly fresh touch scent. I love how easy it is to apply and the fact that it's not messy at all. It also dries fast and gives your skin a subtle glow. I'm definitely going to be buying this again as soon as I run out because it's a fab product, especially for the summer. 

Now that I've tried some products from Too Cool For School it's just made me want try more from them. I've already got my eyes on quite a few other products including their Egg-Zyme Whipped Cleanser, Pumpkin Purifying 24K Mask, Coconut Sugar Facial Scrub and the Egg Mousse Pack.

Have you tried anything from Too Cool For School yet? If so, what have you tried?

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Trying Enhanced Biotics 10% CBD Oil Drops For My Chronic Pain & Anxiety

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

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I use CBD oil daily for my chronic pain and anxiety and I personally find that it works well for me, which you probably already know as I'm always going on about it. But it's literally the best thing I've discovered in terms of natural pain and anxiety relief. I tend to use a 5% 500mg strength oil on a day-to-day basis as I find that it works for me and I buy my 5% oils from various different places depending on how much I want to spend and what flavour (if any) I fancy buying. However when I'm in a lot of pain and I'm having a really bad flare up then I will opt for a stronger strength like a 600mg or 1000mg. I recently got the opportunity to try out Enhanced Biotics 10% 1000mg CBD Oil Drops* and in this post I'm going to be talking about their company and also how I've gotten on with their oil drops. 

Tom who is the founder of Enhanced Biotics was suffering with prolonged stress during his time at university. He rejected some of the prescription medication he was offered he began to search for some different ways of improving his well-being. He then came across CBD and after hearing about how popular it was in the USA he decided to give it a try. He quickly discovered that it was difficult to find a high quality CBD from a reputable supplier that had appropriately lab tested the product. After showing signs of stress relief from using CBD, he noticed numerous other mental health benefits and also found that the CBD was helping with his performance at the gym. He then envisioned Enhanced Biotics with the goal of helping others whilst providing high quality, safe and thoroughly lab tested products. 

Enhanced Biotics currently sell CBD Oil Drops starting from £29.99, CBD Capsules (300mg) which are priced at £21 and Vapes available in various flavours from Cool Mint Berry, Blackcurrant & Menthol, Mangoes & Cream and more.

I was kindly sent their strongest 10% 1000mg CBD Oil Drops priced at £59.99* (for a 10ml bottle) which is about the going rate for a CBD oil of that strength and size. They also offer free delivery with all domestic orders too which is a big plus. I've been using these drops on my really bad pain days and with it being a stronger strength and I can definitely feel some relief shortly after using it when I'm having a bad pelvic pain flare up. I tend to use 5-6 drops per day which usually does the trick. I'll sometimes have a couple more drops before I attempt to go to sleep just to tide me over during the night and also help me to settle my mind if I've had a bad day with my pain and I'm just feeling low. Even if you don't have a chronic illness or pain I've found that CBD oil is definitely the best thing I've tried for my anxiety and I've suffered with bad anxiety since I was about 12. I'm not going to lie, it does have a taste like most CBD oil drops (unless flavoured) but it's not the worst tasting CBD oil I've ever tried and believe me, I've tried some horrible tasting ones before. If you aren't a fan of the taste or texture of CBD taste in general then you could pop some in your cup of tea or coffee to help disguise the taste. That's what I do with CBD oils which taste really gross so that they don't go to waste. However I've found that I don't need to do that with Enhanced Biotics CBD which shows that it isn't that bad in terms of it's taste and texture.

Overall I'm impressed with the Enhanced Biotics 10% CBD Oil Drops* and I shall be picking up another bottle when I run out. I do find that my 10% oil drops last a little longer than the 5% bottles I use daily because I only use them when none of my other CBD products are touching the pain, so in my eyes it's worth the £59.99. I know it's what's inside what counts but I really like the bottle design too and you know what I'm like with cute or pretty packaging so I just thought I'd give it a mention. I'm also interested in trying out their CBD Capsules which contain 30x 10mg capsules at some point as I'm very intrigued to see how they work as I've never tried capsules before.

Have you tried any sort of CBD products before? If so, what did you think?

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