Sunday, 24 June 2018

Beauty | Skincare for oily and blemish prone skin

I have spent a small fortune on skincare as I am prone to spots and I try anything and everything to keep my skin calm and happy and I actually think I have now found some lovely products which are helping, so it's about time I updated you on what I've been using!

Face Wash

I love this Clearasil Rapid Action Scrub  which is tough enough to clean your pores and rid of any dead skin but also soft enough to be able to use twice everyday. I use Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser in the evening and I normally just use this on my chin and forehead.


I tried so many cleansers without noticing any difference so I made the decision to start using Apple Cyder Vinegar, I soak a cotton wool pad with water and then tip a small amount of this onto the pad. Apple Cyder Vinegar containing the mother is a natural antibacterial and has massively helped to clear up my chin acne because it keeps the area clean and infection clear! It does however stink and I don't know how anyone drinks it!

Face Mask

As most of my skincare is based around stripping my skin from oil and controlling my blemishes I do like to and have to give my skin an intense burst of hydration which I do with the Fresh Rose Face Mask, this is made with real rose petals which softens, smoothes and hydrates your skin. The rose petals also help to calm irritated skin. If I still am trying to control my spots then I use the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask which tightens and cleanses your pores.


This is a step that I definitely don't have the time or interest to do everyday but if I'm having a full out pamper evening then I'll use this Bubblegum lip scrub from Lush. My lip balm of choice at the moment is the Glossier Rose Balm dotcom which is so moisturising and has a subtle light pink tint.


Last but not least I use Mario Badescu Drying Cream which is a God send! It has a bit of a medical scent but it's not offensive! You pop on the tiniest amount on your spots and over night they just dry up and go so quickly! Then for the rest of my face I apply a thin layer of Boots own traditional skin care cream which is a good old fashioned moisturiser!

There we are, let me know if you use any of these products and what you recommend!


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Beauty | Glossier Boy Brow vs Benefit Gimme Brow

Two cult products, in the right corner we have Glossier Boy Brow and in the left corner we have Benefit Gimme Brow. Both products promise to enhance your brows making them fuller and more defined with a quick swipe and as someone who isn't blessed like Cara Delevingne in the brow department I am all for a product which will quickly create the illusion of thick and luscious brows. I've used Gimme Brow on and off for a good few years and I've used Boy Brow for around a month and here are my thinky thoughts!

Benefit Gimme Brow (1)
 LINK £20.50 3 shades

Gimme brow+ tinted eyebrow gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition. The custom tiny, tapered brush provides easy, mess-proof application. Poof...fuller-looking brows magically appear!

Glossier Boy Brow (blonde)

LINK £14 4 shades 

All brow needs have been considered to create THE brow product: one to thicken, fill in, and groom brows into place. The creamy wax formula is inspired by traditional hair pomade for soft, flexible hold that doesn’t stiffen or flake. 

So before we get into the actual product it would be rude to not chat about the packaging! They seem to be the same size although looking at the measurements Boy Brow has 0.12 net wt (whatever that means) more. Both of the packaging is quite minimalist and I neither love nor hate one or the other, although I probably prefer the Gimme Brow. This product is obviously very similar to a mascara so I think it would be great if it could come in the same size as a mascara! Boy Brow is a very reasonable £14, whilst Gimme Brow is a little pricier at £20.50. The wands are basically the same size too and the tiny brushes are perfect for swiping through your brows.

I use the Gimme Brow in 1 and Boy Brow in Blonde which are the two lightest shades available. The Gimme Brow has tiny fibres in which is really handy if like me you don't have a lot of brow hairs to start with. The fibres cling to my brows and make my brows look a lot thicker and bushier and it also keeps my brows in place. Gimme Brow's consistency is a lot thinner and runnier and although it does give a good colour to my brows it doesn't make them look fuller and it doesn't shape the hairs as well. When I use either of them I have to go in after with a powder or pencil to make the shape a bit sharper and add a few more 'hairs' near the outer edge of my brows.

So overall my favourite is the Benefit Gimme Brow as it makes my brows look so much thicker and is a fantastic colour, I highly recommend using this if you have sparse brows. So even though this is more expensive I'd rather repurchase this. Boy Brow seems to be a winner for the gal who already has perfect brows and just wants to quickly groom them!

Let me know which one is your favourite or if you use another brand altogether!


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Lifestyle | FATHER'S DAY - 20 things my dad's taught me so far

I thought I'd stick with the post I did for Mother's Day which you can read HERE and do one all about the things my dad's taught me so far!

Love your work as you'll have to do it everyday for the rest of your life

Work hard in any job you're given and act for the role you want to be in

Network, network, network

Save your money and live within your income

When you're about to make a purchase calculate it by how many hours of work it took to be able to afford it, do you still want it after?

Don't buy nice drinks and puddings, save up and buy holidays instead!

There's always enough room when it comes to packing

Be factual and don't let your emotions take over when dealing with issues

Be practical when it comes to problem solving

Always lock your windows and turn your straighteners off!

Always make sure the light switch is off before changing a light bulb

Always write subject lines on your emails so they don't get forgotten and so others can file them

Don't buy the snacks in the cinema, they've been there for ages and are overpriced

Don't use blue tack to stick things on walls

Don't paint things leaning on the carpet!

Be kind but firm

Take pride in myself and my work and don't do anything half-hearted

Don't chuck away craft bits, they're always needed later down the line.

When you own a car clean it regularly and don't let people eat inside it.

Always carry an emergency ibuprofen - your future headache will thank you for it!

Those are just 20 life lessons my dad's taught me so far! I hope some of them will inspire you too!