Acne Update!

I feel that I’ve started to notice an improvement in my skin over the last month especially! 

The things that I have changed the most are:

  1. Doing Veganuary – I gave up meat and all dairy for January and I’ve still not gone back to milk. No more lattes for me. I really feel that this is the major one. Can’t recommend it highly enough. See my previous post – Milk – acne friend or foe? And this post from a model recommends Milk and spots update
  2. Acid toning – I got the Pixi glow tonic for Christmas and I love it! It really does make me glow and it gets rid of all the dead skin cells that can clog pores. 
  3. Taking a fish oil supplement – not vegan but really helps! I’ve been using the Holland and Barrett Omega 3 Fish Oil 1500mg.
  4. Stopping stripping my skin by using harsh cleansers and things for ‘acne prone’ skin. It’s taken me a long time to realise that the softly softly approach is perhaps best. An angry spot is a big red spot! Treat them calmly and they chill out a bit!

Has anyone got any other tips? 

Happy spot taming




Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review 

So now my skin has improved somewhat, I feel like I can wear makeup again! And also concentrate on different skin concerns, mainly trying to protect my skin and try to delay aging.. (I am hurtling towards 30, eye cream time!)

I wanted a really good foundation so I did a bit of research and stumbled upon the Charlotte Tilbury website. I loved her tutorials and how the product seemed to work. 
But as ever, I don’t like to waste money on things I won’t end up using so I sent a quick email to my local Charlotte Tilbury counter asking if I could try the foundation.
They emailed me back within an hour and I went in that lunchtime. The makeup artist was amazing, she gave me a complete cleanse, application of Charlotte’s highly expensive Magic Cream, and then she started with the makeup.
She used the Magic Foundation on me in shade 3, but explained it can oxidise a bit so I may need the shade down. After powder and contouring etc I was sent away advised to monitor the colour!
I didn’t really have chance to look at the colour until I got home, but I got rained on, ran for the train and walked the dogs in the wind and my face still looked flawless at 9pm! 
I did think the shade was slightly too dark so I went back and purchased shade 2 and I couldn’t be happier with it.
My skin actually looks better for using it! And it stays on all day.
I am also massively oily and this one doesn’t start to get shiny until lunchtime. I just re-powder a bit or blot and I’m good to go again.
One of my pet peves about foundation is when you can feel it on your skin like a mask all day! This one passes the test with flying colours. I think I’m in love!
Happy foundation choosing!


Birchbox February 2016

I love it when my Birchbox arrived, it’s like a present to myself! 

This months’ box one was of the best for a while (I was a tiny bit disappointed with January’s….)
1. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – this smells fantastic! Like oranges and citrus fruits. I’ve only used it once but my skin does feel lovely! 
2. Spectrum Blusher Brush – love this. Full stop. Buy one now.
3. LOC Eyeshadow Pen – this is from Birchbox’s first in house product range. The colour is vivid and I think it will be good for a last minute change up from day to night makeup.
4. Frat Boy Blusher – I got the bronzer from this set a while back and I wasn’t impressed.. Let’s see how the blush fares..
5. Derm Eyes Makeup Wipe – given beauty guru Caroline Hirons abhorrence for the face wipe I’m hesitant but I’m going to pop it in my gym bag for emergencies. 
6. Cochine Hand and Body Lotion – said to smell like hyacinth but I’m not sure. Great sample size though!
Thanks Birchbox, in excited for next month already.
Happy Cleansing