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Kathryn Williams
Trained writer, who finds sanctuary in the beauty aisles.
Based in the North West.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

13 Reasons Why I Love Christmas

  1. It’s acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast.
  2. Christmas PJ’s – the louder and cheesier the pattern the better. Primark do the best ones.
  3. I can belt out Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ – favourite Christmas song by the way.
  4. Spending more time with the family, Christmas is the best excuse to get together.
  5. Demolishing Christmas buffets – pigs in blankets and cheese and crackers are my favourites.
  6. Christmas lights on the houses – we used to take a tour of the village in the car with my parents looking at all of the decorations.
  7. Childhood handmade ornaments that your mum refuses to throw out – you wouldn’t believe I went on to study art by looking at my DIY Santa and angel for the top of the tree.
  8. When you find a gift for someone and you know they will LOVE it!
  9. Christmas drinks at coffee shops accompanied by slabs of cake.
  10. Themed displays in shop windows – Selfridges always have the best!
  11. Ugly Christmas jumpers.
  12. Festive red makeup – nails and lips.
  13. Buying presents from yourself – from me, to me!
 What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Roaccutane - 2 Month Update

So month 2 of my Roaccutane treatment is over! My first month was on a dose of 30mg and last month I was bumped up to the full dose of 60mg. With this change, I have noticed an increase in my symptoms.

Roaccutane - 2 Month Update

In the first month it was mainly my face and hands that suffered with dry, itchy skin but in this last month the skin on my body has dried up too. I have patches of eczema on my back and arms. It’s manageable, I just have to apply cream every day to the affected area.

My lips have dried further and I have a terrible habit of biting my lips making them sore. I apply lip balm like it’s going out of fashion. I have one in my car, at my desk, in my room and one in my handbag.

I mentioned having terrible headaches in the first month of treatment but this symptom has stopped. However, in replacement, I have blurred vision. I went for an eye test believing my eye sight had become worse but the practitioner assured me that my eyes were very dry, which was the cause of the blurriness. I had already started using eye drops at the end of month 1 but now I use them a few times a day as I look at a computer screen for work.

Like the first month, I have only had 2 or 3 small spots and no cystic breakouts, which is amazing. I’m still using Cetaphil as my main moisturiser for my face, along with prescribed creams from the dermatologist. I have a thick cream for my lips which I apply overtime, plus a cream for the areas affected by eczema. 

I've found a few people on Twitter who are also on Roaccutane, so it's been nice to chat to others through the treatment. If you are thinking about going on the medication or have any questions, just tweet me @cherriesbeauty . You can see my other blog posts on Roaccutane here.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Skincare You NEED To Add To Your Christmas List

A good skincare routine is an investment worth making, so why not put these luxurious products on your list to Santa.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
This is a favourite of Lily Pebbles and Anna from The Anna Edit, anything they recommend immediately have to purchase. This cleanser is both simple but also luxurious at the same time. The packaging makes for easy application and the consistency is a wonderful mix between a balm and a gel.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
I've mentioned my love for this product a few times, it's my all time favourite cleanser. It melts away makeup in seconds and leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
In a sea of moisturisers available in department stores, it's hard to find a product that wows you, but this one certainly does wow me. It feels incredibly sumptuous but light in texture at the same time. If I want to create an at home facial, I will always reach for this.

Pixi Glow Tonic
A bestseller from Pixi, mainly thanks to Caroline Hiron's rave reviews. This is a quick pick me up for tired and dull winter skin. Add it to your routine twice a week to notice the difference in your skin's texture and appearance.

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist
Central heating zaps my skin of any moisture in the colder months, a few spritzes of this mist can bring your skin back to life. It's also amazing for reviving cakey makeup, leaving it looking fresher with a slight glow.

Origins Clear Improvement Face Mask
There hundred of clay masks on the market but this Origins option trumps them all. I apply this once a week and my skin looks instantly better, smaller pores and any spots have reduced in size.

Sunday Riley Luna Night Oil
For those who suffer from acne scarring and textural issues, this has to go on your Christmas list. The blue oil works it's magic overnight and your skin looks noticeably clearer in the morning.

Clarins Lotus Oil
Oily skin can often still be dehydrated, this oil solves the problem without overloading your skin or making it more greasy.

Skin Chemists Advanced Caviar Facial Serum and Night Moisturiser Review and Discount

If you want to amp up your skincare routine and make your moisturiser effective, opt for a serum like this one from Skin Chemists. It has a light gel texture which sinks into the skin quickly, ready for the next step in your routine.

How stunning is the silver sphere packaging? You could display this moisturiser on your bedside table with pride. This night option feels beautifully rich and nourishing on the skin.

I have an amazing discount for my readers on Skin Chemists products, which means you can get a whopping 70% off! Just enter the code CAVBLOG1 at the checkout, ends 1st Jan 2017.

What skincare have you added to your Christmas list?
*This post contains PR samples

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Warming Winter Fragrances

When winter rolls around, I opt for warming and slightly sexier fragrances. I stash away my floral fragrances like Viktor an Rolf Flowerbomb and Chloe's signature scent and replace them with these winter warmers.

Warming Winter Fragrances - Jo Malone, YSL, Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Lady Million and Olympea
I can recognise Lady Million on someone else within seconds, it's a classic heady perfume and Olympea is it's sweeter sister version. Both contain notes of jasmine, but Lady Million has deeper notes of patchouli and neroli, where as Olympea has sweeter notes of vanilla.

YSL Black Opium
This fragrance seems to be having a moment and I can see why, it's sweet but warming. Coffee, patchouli and cedarwood create a dark base, with pops of vanilla and orange blossom bringing in the sweetness.

Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamon 
I haven't smelt anything like this Jo Malone perfume before, which is why I was drawn to it. The cardamon is very comforting and the mimosa brings an element of sexiness.

What fragrances do you like to wear in the winter?