Footner – Not for the Faint Hearted

  
I’ve heard a lot about footner and decided my tootsies needed a bit of tlc this winter (I’m generally just hiding my unpainted toes in my UGGs).

What’s in the box:

  
Two plastic socks that you cut the tops off and slip your feet in. Careful, don’t tip them or the footner gel stuff dribbles out. 

Beware, this is a photo diary so if you don’t like feet or gross peely skin don’t read on.

Day 1 

60 minutes with little plastic socks on sounds pretty easy! They are quite hard to walk about in and it stunk like nail varnish remover but still pretty easy to do.

  
Days 2-3

My feet felt really tight and dry and wrinkly! But I was worried it wasn’t working as no peeling was happening!

Day 4

Did a little google, apparently soaking your feet assists the peeling! Lo and behold – peeling began! Well a little bit! 

 
Day 5

Well the peeling has really begun now.. And it’s actually disgusting!!! I am just leaving my socks on and trying not to look!

  
Day 6

  

This is actually vile. I have zombie toes.

Day 7 

Omg! I lost my entire heel of skin! It just flapped around in my sock until I got back from shopping and saw the damage. Words cannot describe how disturbing this is, perhaps this picture will explain it better!

  
Days 8-9

How do my feet have any skin left?! Even the tops of my feet are shedding skin! It did slow down though and by the end of day 9/10 I’d say the peeling had pretty much stopped!

My feet do feel very smooth! There’s still a bit of hard skin on one of my heels but it’s a lot better than before! 

I would recommend it (subject to the health warnings/recommendations on the packet) but it’s not for the faint hearted! 

Happy peeling

ASW 

Cover it up! Acne concealing routine 

Obviously I suffer from acne (hence A Spotty Woman) and my skin isn’t the biggest fan of makeup, think oil slick after about 5 minutes, but a girl does sometime have to wear make up! 

I have hunted high and low for the last ten years to find products that don’t make me produce masses of excess oil and that will cover a multitude of different spot types (I think I’ve had pretty much all of them).  

So these are my go to products when I have blemishes:

  
1. Clinique Anti-Blemish Foundation – I always start with a bit of this all over my face whatever spots I do or don’t have. This is the only foundation I’ve found that I can wear for more than 30 minutes without causing an oily mess. Plus it gives great coverage! If my spots aren’t too bad I’ll stop here, but if they aren’t.. Then I’ll continue!

2. MAC Foundation Brush – they seem pricy but I’ve had this one for about 10 years and I just keep washing it regularly with baby shampoo to make sure no spot germs live in it. I use this to get really even coverage with the Clinique foundation above.

3. Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation – this stuff is amazing! It’s quite heavy though so I don’t tend to wear it as an actually foundation as it literally blanks you out all over and I feel a bit doll like. I do use it to cover spots though and there’s nothing like it. It’s great for spots that are a bit dry as it doesn’t go cakey. 

4. MAC Conealer Pot – I’ve been using this concealer for about 10 years (probably bought it the first time when I got my foundation brush!) but obviously I’ve repurchased this many times. It’s quite heavy so it’s best for really red angry spots or dark marks left by spots. I don’t like it on dry spots though.

5. Bare Minerals Original Foundation – I use this for everything depending on what coverage I need. I sometimes use it as a foundation if my skin is quite good but I always use it as a powder to set the liquid/pot concealed areas. I then tap some into the lid and using my finger or a flat brush I dab it on to spots that haven’t covered using any of the above methods. It’s particularly good for weepy spots that are a bit open wound like.. (Although obviously not open wounds but those ones that just won’t stop weeping!) 

6. Bare Minerals Foundation Brush – this is my go to powder brush, it blends so well! 

Before/After 

   
 
 I love this Lisa Eldridge tutorial for good acne coverage too – 

http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/12764/acneblemish-covering-make-up/#.VnvzBVXfXCQ​

Happy Concealing!

ASW

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Skincare Sample Hunting!

Every now and then I go on a bit of a sample rampage on the Internet.

I love free samples, such a great way to try now products before committing to buying the full size and also great for adding to your sample collection! 

I’m also trying to spent less on cosmetics for the next month with it being the season of giving! Project empties will continue.. Unless I can get my hands on some freebies!

A few of my finds are:-

  1. Free sample of Estée Lauder foundation – https://m.esteelauder.co.uk/double-confidence#double-confidence-sample   
  2. Apply to join the Charles Worthington testing panel. If successful you get to test free hair care products – https://p5trc.emv2.com/LP/ER1y06xbPCI
  3. Avène Free Samples – sign up for a skin diagnosis and tick the box saying yes to free samples and you will get some freebies within a few days! http://www.avene.co.uk/skin-diagnosis     

I also just received an email giving me 30% off Avène products after completing my skin diagnosis! Bargain! 

I love freebies! Anyone heard of any other good ones? 

Happy freebie hunting 

ASW

Project Empties – Waste Not Want Not

I literally never finish anything, not a meal, not a drink and definitely not a product!

I seem to have a pathological dislike for completing or ending or finishing anything! Yet when I don’t finish dinner I’ll happily have pudding.

It’s much the same when it comes to beauty products, I’m always moving onto the next new thing before giving my existing products a fair chance! 

  
For the products I really like, when they near the end I stop using them. I always think hmm maybe I should save a bit, just in case… 

I’ve recently been reading about #missionempties on Instagram and Hidden Harmony World (http://hiddenharmonyworld.com/2015/12/03/mission-empties-strategy/) and it seems like a really good idea. 

I plan on not buying and more products and trying to revive some old favourites, use that last drop in the bottle and cut open some tubes over the next 15 days (well I can’t be expected not to purchase new products in the January sales!).

Anyone want to join me? 

ASW

Milk – Acne Friend or Foe? 

I am a big fan of dairy products and I’ve always loved a big glass of milk, or a yoghurt, or some cheese.. You get my drift, I’m a massive diary eater.

I have been doing some research and speaking to some others with similar skin concerns (not professionals, just other likeminded people) and for some it seems that there is a connection between acne and dairy. 

   
Amodelrecommends (http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2013/02/02/can-milk-cause-acne-skincare-question/) posted about this potential link a while ago and her post is definitely worth a read.

There is also some scientific research suggesting a link between dairy and acne in that if you have an intolerance to it, it can cause inflammation, I’ve also heard that milk can be difficult for humans to digest and that it contains hormones (I am NOT a scientist but this is my interpretation of the research I’ve read online).

There are quite a few articles online of people finding some relief from their acne when they stopped drinking milk – http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/beauty-hair/advice/a36659/adult-acne-treatment-dairy/

Like the lady above, I have a bit of a latte obsession.. 

So, I think it’s worth try giving up dairy for a week or so to see if there’s any sign of improvement. I know a week isn’t long but if there’s any signs of improvements I’ll extend how long I  give it up for and I can begin testing if a large dose of milk causes me to breakout. 

I have also identified a couple of other things in my diet that I need to limit or try giving up after milk which could be feeding my acne.. Sugar and Diet Coke (I LOVE Diet Coke so this will be hard!).

Has anyone else found any relief from giving up dairy? 

ASW

New For November! 

I think I’m a bit late to the game (well very late to the game), but I’ve just discovered acid toning and spritz toning! 

I love Caroline Hirons’ blog and after doing some research I’ve made my first foray into the toning world (or should I say liquid exfoliating world).

My beauty budget is pretty low especially with it being Christmas soon so my research was around the £5-£10 product ranges.

Caroline Hirons recommended some Clearasil Superfruit Toning Pads for the acid tone but I can’t seem to find these in the uk! With the main ingredient being salicylic acid, I chose another Clearasil pad – the Rapid Action Pad.

 
These cost about £3.50 and I’m really impressed! They were a little scratchy but my skin does look a little better since using them for the last few days. I think they would be a little harsh for am and pm everyday but I do really like them! 

I finished up with the La Roche Posay Serozinc Spritz Toner (£8.50 at Boots) which calmed my skin after exfoliating it with the Clearasil pads. 

  
I realllyyyyyyy like this product! It was soothing but acne fighting (my favourite combination). 

I think I’m a bit addicted to toners now and can’t stop looking at other ones. Got my eye on Pixi Glow Tonic, Boots Vitamin E Spritz and Clinique Moisture Surge Spritz…. Please Santa!

Happy toning!

ASW

Birchbox December 2015

My Birchbox arrived!!!!! Made my day, think I have a bit of a mini product obsession, they are just too cute!

I’m a massive fan of Birchbox, not only do you get good quality, good sized products but you also get Birchbox points for every box and review which you can spend in the store. I have done so on two occasions and my products arrived within 2 days! Love it. The customer service is great too.

The December box is actually a bag, a clutch for Christmas with 6 products (1 full sized).

  
1. Roloxin Lift Instant Skin Smoothing Mask – RRP £79(!) for 10 sachets. This is said to star:

a matrix of hydrophilic and hydrophobic (water-loving and –loathing) silica particles, which are deposited on skin during the 7-minute treatment.

I once had a boyfriend that did a masters on these particles, so this product is off to a bad start for me! But people seem to be raving about it. The price is just a bit prohibitive for me, so I’ll probably end up saving it for a special occasion and never using it!

2. Model Co Ultra Long Lasting Lipstick in Kitty – £15.50 

3. Ciate Paint Pot – £9 (for full size). I had the mini mani manor advent last year and I was a bit disappointed with the lighter coloured Ciate polishes as they were really streaky… 

4. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – £80 (for full size) I do love Elemis! So I’m hoping its claim to boost skin radiance in 15 days will be true!

5. Skin & Co Sicilian Body Gel – £15 (for full size) smells amazing! 

6. Benefit Puff Off! And They’re Real Push Up Duo – I love the eyeliner for its ultra long lasting line but it is a bit fiddly to get used to. And with all my hours in the office lately I think I’m going to need Puff Off!

So basically, I LOVE BIRCHBOX! 

Happy cleansing

ASW 

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Dupe 

I love a good hot cloth cleanser, really feels like you are getting the dirt out of those pores.

  
When I think hot cloth cleanser, I immediately think of Liz Earle’s  Cleanse & Polish with its cute green packaging and muslin cloths. 

However, when I was first looking into double cleansing many moons ago (on the advice of the blog of Caroline Hirons) I did not want to pay £15.50 for it especially when I didn’t know if it would work and plus I don’t live near anywhere that stocks it!

I did my research and found that boots had a version that had really good customer reviews – the Sanctuary Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser (approximately £10 from Boots). I know it’s not a massive saving but it brought it into budget for me and I also got boots points for it (win win).

I thought this product was revolutionary! I’d never used a hot cloth cleanser before and my face just felt so clean. It got rid of the pesky dry flaky bits from spots and my face felt like it was glowing. 

Being ever inquisitive I still wanted to try the ‘original’ so when I had accumulated enough Birchbox points I purchased the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for a mere £5! 

I also loved this product. It smoothed my skin and exfoliated gently. 

There’s so little between them in my eyes I best get down to the nitty gritty.

Price

£10 vs £15.50

Muslin Cloths Included? 

1 cloth vs 2 cloths

Ingredients

Sanctuary  

 

Vs 

 Liz Earle 

 
Verdict 

Both are great cleansers. The sanctuary spa one is a screw top which isn’t always great in the bathroom whereas the Liz Earle is a pump top (good for measuring how much you need). The Liz Earle starter kit I got also came with a little makeup type bag that the product and cloths fit into. It’s such a close call! 

Happy cleansing 

ASW

Sanctuary Spa Hot Cloth Cleanser – http://m.boots.com/h5/cat_hub?path=%2Fen%2FSanctuary-Spa-Polishing-Hot-Cloth-Cleanser_1711755%2F&unCountry=uk

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish – http://m.lizearle.com/h5/hub?dl=true&id=/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html

Beauty Hack – Beauty Product Organiser £4.49!

I really am starting to build up a bit of a hoard of beauty products.. So much so that I have been known to forget about products for months before rediscovering them.

I’ve been looking for something to help me organise my beauty products for a while but most options seem very pricy for essentially some plastic boxes. 

On my most recent look round discount store Boyes a set of craft boxes caught my eye!

  
There are lots of different sizes and combinations but I just wanted a place for my most prized products so I just bought two, totalling a massive…. £4.49!

The lids come off so you can use the divider section and the lid as storage compartments. 

  

I popped mine on top of my IKEA Malm chest of drawers (http://m.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/art/60218015/).

  
I think I enjoy organising my products a bit too much!

I hope you do too.

ASW

Dry me up! Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 

A friend of mine (with beautiful skin) recommended this product to me as well as a couple of other items from the range.

I only purchased one as I didn’t want to break the bank on a new range of skincare when I have loads of unused products. 

The lady in Harvey Nichols took one look at my skin and recommended the drying lotion above all else. She looked like she was going to have a fit when I started shaking the bottle (apparently you aren’t supposed to shake it…)

  
This is definitely not a product to wear under your makeup, I put it on my spots over night to let the astringent properties soak in and hopefully dry everything up. 

I dipped my cotton bud into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottled and dotted away. I liked covering them up as it stopped me from picking them!

I literally can’t stop picking! I almost enjoy it (anyone feel like that?!) so I applied this over a big spot I couldn’t resist popping on my chin and after 1 night it really made a difference and after 2 it’s almost like it wasn’t there. Well, the massive swelling and redness went down loads.

  
I think this lotion is better on certain types of spots, more active ones perhaps because it doesn’t seem to have done much for my cystic acne type spots on my jaw line. Although it does help whiteheads.

   
 
It does give some great results but I think the effectiveness depends on the type of spot. I will be adding this product to my nightly regime!

Anyone got any tips on how to use this most effectively?

Happy spot fighting!

ASW