December 29, 2015

HOW TO MANAGE CLOGGED PORES


How to Manage Clogged Pores

Many of us have experienced skin troubles and are often left feeling frustrated when trying to rid ourselves of pesky clogged pores. We're used to standard cloggs, which can be recified with a simple exfoliation, but there are stubborn clogged pores that appear to sit under the skin that drive me insane.
 
 First and foremost, look at your skincare regime. If you don't have one, you need one. How can you expect your skin to have your back if you don't look after it properly, right?
 
Clogged pores are often caused and relieved by something topical so read up on the products you're using. Topical products could include cleanser, toner, moisturiser, foundation (especially liquid), or even the washing detergent you use - anything that touches your skin.
 
Here is a list of skincare ingredients that may lead to clogged pores. It's unlikely you'll remember these so a good rule of thumb is to avoid anything with 'cone' at the end e.g. silicone along with the following.

 Mica  
Zinc Oxide
Titanium Dioxide
Shea Butter
Corn StarchFacial Oils - varies dramatically from one invididual to another

It's important to remember that not all of these ingredients are likely to be the culprit. Those used in larger doses (the ones at the beginning of the ingredient list) are more likely to cause clogged pores than those used in smaller doses (the ones at the end of the list) so it's a case of trial and error.

The next step is to ensure you remove all make-up before bed. I know its easy to forget to remove make-up or you're so tired you can't be bothered, but your skin needs that break to breathe.

Using oil-based cleansers can aid in the removal of clogged pores by ensuring waterproof make-up is removed properly. Some find using a facial oil instead of moisturisers eliminates clogged pores, whilst others find this causes clogs. Everyone is different so it's important to test these methods to find the right solution for you.

If all else fails, it might be worth trying retinoids. When spread on the skin, retinoids can unclog pores, allowing other medicated creams and gels to work better. They also reduce acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores and aid in making your skin look fuller and younger. Below are some of my recommended retinoid products.

Indeed Labs retinol reface - retinol skin resurfacer
£19.99

£38.50

£17.01

£44.00

£23.00

Please note that the use of retinoids increases your skin's sentitivity to UV light, so make sure you use SPF protection. It's also worthwhile asking your pharmacist for any recommendations and consulting with your GP if you take any medication that might be affecting your skin.

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December 15, 2015

UO Gift Guide for Her

Here are some of my top picks  from Urban Outfitters for the 'her' in your life this holiday season. Wether it’s your girlfriend, mum, sister, best friend, secret santa (or you just want a cheeky treat yo'self day), there's bound to be something they'll love. If you want to get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop - you're welcome.

9 Urban Outfitters Festive Picks for Her
1. Huggable Unicorn with lavender scented magic beans... okay basically it's a microwavable unicorn. £15

2. The Twentysomething Guide to Getting It Together: A Step-by-Step Plan for Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis £12.99 - I've asked for this for Christmas as I feel I need some guidance to surviving the mood swings and general feelings of helplessness one experiences whilst in their twenties.

3. Delicate Lariat Necklace £12 - I love long dainty necklaces, especially in gold, so this one is a winner and the perfect inexpensive gift.

4. Ceramic Bunny Table Lamp £30 - OMG. Bunnies.

5. Puff and Pass Ashtray. Was £12, now £5 - I love this design for ornament's sake - The Audrey Hepburn of today would most definitely buy this. FACT.

6. Patchouli and Amber Incense. Was £8, now £5 - I've actually bought this for one of the ladies in my life this Christmas because I just adore the scent. So much so that I was continuously sneaking a sniff whilst walking around the shop.

7. Ceramic Girl Boss Mug. Was £9, now £6- For all of those ladies in control of their lives. Bossin' it.

8. Goodnight Floral Eye Mask. Was £8, now £4 - I really do find sleeping with an eye mask aids in preventing broken sleep, especially if your curtains/blinds aren't 100% effective at keeping the light out in the morning.

9. Vita Coco Coconut Oil £9 - Use it to cook for a healthier alternative to oil, as a body moisturiser or conditioner for super softness!
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June 04, 2015

Cute new phone case





Wonder Forest design grumpy cat phone case

I bought a new case for my iPhone 6 Plus from Casetify and my oh my. I was reading Wonder Forest's Dana's blog and saw an ad for cases she'd designed. I adore grumpy cat, he's so cute! I love Dana's illustration and you can actually feel the print so it doesn't seem cheap and plastic. I got the classic snap case and it arrived within a week and a half. 

I spent an obscene amount of money on a leather case from Apple early in the year and it's so dirty. I was really disappointed that it scuffed really easily and looked so grimey. Here's hoping for the next one! 

Have any of you found other cute phone case shops you'd like to share? Sharing is caring after all.

OFFER: Get 10% off your first order with casetify. Use code: 4J78IU 


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January 12, 2015

NEW YEAR LOVE

I've been reunited with my laptop *jumps for joy* so I've found some time to peruse the internet for beautiful things I need want in my life. Not always a great thing mid-month but we do it nevertheless.

Here are my top nine beauties from January. 

January wish list


Misfit Flash Fitness and Sleep Monitor - £50
This monitor looks fab - I like to use MyFitnessPal to track what I eat and its amazing we can use a small device to track our fitness and sleep patterns. 

I woke up like this iphone case - £10
Is it me, or is this really cheap for a phone case? Love this 'yonce vibe.

Seletti Neon Handle Mug - £25
I love vintage teacups so this modern version with colourful handle is just perfect!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera - £90
I've been dying for an Intsax for about three years now and this is so adorable. Pastel pink - enough said.

Etsy A Darling Editorial Planner - £20.20
I've ordered this planner and I literally can't wait for it to arrive. Its for bloggers and is such a help to organising your blogging life. Love love love!

The Anti-social Network Journal - £9.95
I love the idea of this. As a blogger social media is my life so its great to have one set place to write all the thoughts I have, just for me. 

Etsy French Bulldog Pillow Cover - £47.42
This is far too expensive but it's ideal. Self diagnosed Frenchie enthusiast over here.

Michael Kors Casey Large Leather Satchel - ££1,195
A girl can dream. This is the perfect business bag. Take it to interviews 

Molton Brown Liljiang Fragrance - £65
I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift this Christmas. I absolutely adore this fragrance. It's floral yet woody with pink berries, osmanthus flower and white tea. 

What do you guys think? Let me know below!

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January 03, 2015

Hello January

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I don't know about you but I'm not overly keen on making resolutions for the new year. It seems they are made to be broken and there's absolutely no sense or fun in that imo.

Why does the start of a new year mean more than any other time of the year? It concerns me that so many of us seem to need the kick of a brand new year to make positive changes in ours lives. 

I have grown a lot over the last 12 months and feel now more than ever that there is no time like the present. Situations change, things happen you didn't expect, but that's what makes us such amazing creatures - we adapt and we learn.

So why not make resolutions more often? Make positive change a part of your every day life. Is that so crazy? 

My advice to you - if you'd like to hear it ofc - is to be brave.

Make decisions to better yourself every day, take risks - get to the gym, get healthy and happy, go travelling- whatever you want to do, just do it, because honestly, no one else will.

I have taken that advice this past year and although I've faced some challenges along the way, I've had a blast.

In a nutshell: 'Care a little less, smile a little more and be kinder to yourself'.
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December 21, 2014

Christmas Skincare

I hope you're all doing well and are looking forward to the Christmas festivities!

 I've been away researching some of the latest products to rock your Christmas socks of late and have some treats in store for you this winter. So keep those eyes peeled as all will be revealed soon.

First up, is the Christmas Skincare post of the year. Below are my skincare essentials during these colder months for those with combination skin. My skin tends to be quite dry with my face displaying the standard teen attitude of an oily t-section which can be difficult to manage - but these products sure do make life a lot easier! Let me know your thoughts. 

christmas skincare


Eve Lom Cleanser £55/100ml
This is the holy grail of cleansers, the bomb digity. Simply rub into your skin in circular motions and watch the balm dissolve all make-up including waterproof! It smells gorgeous with chamomile and cocoa butter, giving that deep clean feel.

If you are looking for something a little more 'hardcore', The Clean Dirt by May Lindstrom is the one for you. This clay cleanser is pore-purifying and radiance-boosting with healing salts to eliminate impurities and... check this... water-activated vitamin C to optimise cells' processes of regeneration, rejuvenation and repair. If you're looking for something to make you feel like a princess, this is definitely it! £46/200ml

Su-Man Rehydrating Toning Essence £37/100ml
If you're not fussed with moisturiser, this toning product is the perfect compromise. The product is a gel which hydrates the skin and instantly refreshes with hyalauronic acid, replenishing moisture lost through the cleansing process. Perfect to pop in your hand luggage if you are planning a winter break.

Ren V- Cense Youth Vitality Day Cream £28/50g
 Mid-20's and I'm buying youth vitality face cream... I really do think its important to use anti-aging products early on in life, the sooner you start looking after your skin, the better. This cream feels lightweight and is renowned for not upsetting skin.  

Grown Alchemist Regenerating Night Cream £66/60ml
This is the king of night creams right here. It soothes, it plumps, it refines and contains magic ingredients to encourage tissue regeneration. If you have scaring from problem skin like me, this night cream works to reduce visibility of these scars and accelerate healing...all whilst you sleep.

Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads £25/250ml
These beads remove dead cell build up without making you feel as though you've shed a layer of skin, allowing moisturisers to be easily absorbed.

Clarins Eau Ressourcante Silk Body Cream £29.00/200ml
Body cream is the one thing I am not prepared to skimp on. Clarins is one of my favourite brands when it comes to body cream and this one contains Hibiscus and essential oils which makes it feel simply luxurious - give it a go.

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spray £4.99/150ml
This spray is for your back - yes odd I know - but if like me you tend to get oily patches/spots on your back from time to time, this spray is perfect! Can't recommend it enough.

Botanics Instant Body Moist Mist £4.29/150ml
24 hour moist mist is perfect for those mad rush mornings when you need to moisturise in seconds - smells divine too.
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October 01, 2014

5 Changes to a Healthier You

Summer is officially over, and we've said hello to Autumn, which means colder mornings and rain. The good news is we can layer up and hide any post summer pounds. The bad news? We know they're there.

I don't like the word 'diet' - it sounds depressing and signals the end of all fun, ever. That's the fad diets' doing - don't listen to them.

My weight fluctuates, mainly because I like to snack at work and let's face, it a packet of pom bears is so much more appealing than a stick of celery.  There are, however, changes you can make to your daily routine to help shed a few pounds (as part of a healthy/balanced diet of course - no starving yourselves). Have a read and maybe try it. I'd love to hear how you get on, even if you just feel slightly more comfortable in yourself or more energetic - it's all positive. 

5 tips to a healthier you image
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1. Start the day with a cup of hot water and a slice of fresh lemon. Lemon water works to gently wake your digestive system and makes for one less milky coffee in the AM. I enjoy the taste, but if you struggle try adding a teaspoon of raw honey.

2. Swap your mid-morning tea or coffee with semi-skimmed milk, to skimmed. A 250ml glass of semi-skimmed milk (which let's face it you probably get through with a day's worth of hot beverages) contains 115cals, whereas the same of skimmed contains 83cals. A small change, but it adds up to a saving of 224cals over a seven- day week.

3. Don't let the 11 am (and 3 pm) hunger monster rule your mind. Be prepared. Bring some chopped veggies to work/school in a lock seal box with some low-fat hummus. Hummus contains chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic - providing a great source of dietary fiber and protein.

4. Drink plenty of water. I know, change the record, but much of the time you think you're hungry, you're actually thirsty. Try adding either a squeeze of lemon (if you like lemon) or orange segments for flavour.

5. Get 40- winks. The Sleep Foundation claim that not getting enough sleep increases your appetite and can lead to increased rates of obesity. Not only this but a lack of concentration, drowsiness and even feeling unhappy in yourself. When you sleep your brain 'recharges', your body releases important hormones and cells repair themselves. All good if you ask me.

*I am not a dietician, all suggestions are my own and have not been discussed with a medical expert. 
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September 23, 2014

ByLaurenJane Guest Post

I wrote a guest post for the lovely Lauren over at bylaurenjane.co.uk. Go check it out and be sure to follow her for lots of beauty, baking and lifestyle posts. 


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September 18, 2014

Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite

I bought Topshop's Skin Glow in 'Ignite' the other day and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

 I was feeling pale... and my foundation wasn't doing me any favours. I wanted some lift and life in my complexion, so I browsed my local Topshop's make-up counter and found this beauty.

I mixed a pea sized amount of this shiny- goo in with my foundation and applied as normal. I was pleasantly surprised to find it didn't make my skin greasy at all - just added a slight shimmer to my skin, adding a 'tanned' glow. Lovely lightweight consistency and real staying power. It was £10...which compared to the more up-market brands is pretty darn good for a big tube of highlighter - wouldn't you say?

I suppose the message from this review is 'it's fab, buy it, try it, tell me how you find it'!




*Also available in a pearlescent shade 'spectrum' if you just want a slight glow without the tanned effect.

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September 11, 2014

Thank You Skinny Boo


Skinny Boo

Skinny Boo is a UK based natural health and well-being brand, with the overreaching goal to promote a natural, active, healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

I received a sample of Skinny Boo's Daytime Detox Tea last week to review and was initially skeptical about sacrificing my milky tea treat, in favour of a teatox. Packaged in a handy resealable pouch for freshness, it's recommended to drink two cups each day for 15 days, to cleanse the digestive system and aid weight loss*.

The tea is designed to help you feel energised and motivated to reach your goals. Here's how.

The pyramid bags contain oolong tea, which increases your metabolism and promotes the burning of fats for energy, cinnamon, which has a calming effect on indigestion and improves energy levels, lemon myrtle, high in antioxidants and thus successfully boosts the immune system, mate green, also rich in antioxidants, and ginger, which is used to aid gastrointestinal distress.

I've been drinking my detox tea twice a day for six days now, and I must say I feel great. My stomach feels calm, and I'm determined to make wise choices throughout the day. I add a squeeze of lemon to my tea in the morning, as lemon juice is renowned for gently awakening your digestive system, and it tastes delish. There's definitely an element of comfort in drinking something warm first thing in the morning and knowing that it's doing nothing but good for your body and mind, does make you feel on top of your game. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that my skin appeared clearer after the 4th day of the teatox - which makes this product a holy grail if you ask me!

I love the cutesy packaging and am proud to have it sit on my desk at work.

Want to try some for yourself? You can order a 15- day detox pouch for £29.99 on the website - give it a go.

*As part of a calorie-controlled diet, of course. We aren't working miracles here ladies.

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