Friday 30 December 2016

Roaccutane - 3 Month Update and Foundation Routine

Now that my third month on Roaccutane is finished, I should be half way through my treatment hopefully. The dermatologist has predicted 5/6 months in total.

My side effects have stayed the same, extremely dry lips, dry eyes and itchy, dry skin. The eczema on my back and hands is manageable with the creams I have been prescribed as well.

The only annoying part of this month has been my dermatologist appointments. One of the team has retired, leave the rest of the team struggling with work. My appointments haven’t been with my usual dermatologist and have been moved about a few times. This makes it difficult to get time off work to attend them. I’m hoping I’ll only have 2 more check-ups and then my treatment will end.

Roaccutane - 3 Month Update and Foundation Routine

I thought as I don’t have much to report on side effects, I thought I’d chat through my foundation routine. All of my beauty products were centred around oily skin before the treatment started, so it’s been a case of trial and error to find things that work on extremely dry skin.

I’m still using my Cetaphil Rich Lotion after cleansing, this stops the itching and keeps my skin moisturised. I have also been reaching for Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre, which is a lighter option that still delivers a moisture hit. Following on from these, I use the Too Faced Hangover X Primer, which is a recent discovery for me.

I’ve swapped heavy, matte foundations for this Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturising Photo Edition one. As the name suggests it has a light, moisturising finish. You do look shiny when you apply this but I dust over some of the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to create a satin finished.

I’ve noticed that the tablets have really dehydrated my under eye area, creating fine lines, so I use my Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream religiously. I’ve had to switch out my beloved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer for the Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer. It’s much more forgiving on the area but with this comes a lighter coverage, so not one for those who suffer from purple toned eye bags.

These products last all day on the skin, with only minimal creasing or wear which is very impressive considering the condition of my skin.

I’d love to know what makeup favourites you have for dry skin!


Sunday 18 December 2016

Festive Red and Gold Makeup Edit

When I imagine of Christmas makeup, I instantly think gold and red shades. I've created an edit of my favourite makeup pieces to create a sparkly gold eyeshadow and matte red lip combo, finished with either a gold or red nail.

Starting with the eyes, I would reach for my Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Memorise in Jean and pat this all over the lid, it's a one wash wonder. The cream eyeshadow gives a lovely sheen but also creates a base for glitter to stick to. I have a pot of loose glitter from Topshop, which I pat over the top using a flat brush. A less messier option is the Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner in Funk. It's a liquid that you can pack onto the lid and it creates a wonderful sparkle.

When you need the perfect red matte pout you have to turn to MAC, this lipstick is in the shade, Russian Red. I do also love Ruby Woo and Lady Danger from MAC, so pick a shade to suit your style. I perfected the edges with my Essence Lip Liner in Femme Fatale, you can neaten the cupids bow and fix any little mistakes.

Not forgetting the nails, I picked three of my festive favourites. For a bit of sparkle, I would either opt for Model's Own Disco Inferno, which can be layered or worn on it's own, or Barry M's Texture Nail Polish in Dutchess. Be warned these are a b*tch to remove but well worth the hassle. If gold nails aren't for you, I adore this Marc Jacobs red polish in the shade Jezebel.

These pieces should leave you feeling festive and glamourous ready for Christmas Day!
What are your festive makeup picks?


Saturday 10 December 2016

Warming Up Winter Skin - Bronzers for Pale Skin

Winter skin can often look dull and tired, especially when you have pale skin. I look ghostly over the winter months, without any colour to my face I look ill. A bit of bronzer can work wonders and will bring your face back to life. Here are my tried and tested bronzers for pale skin.

Warming Up Winter Skin - Bronzers for Pale Skin

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
The Holy Grail of bronzers for pale skin. This buttery soft, matte powder is so blendable that it's impossible to go wrong with it. Plus it smells like chocolate.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I always thought this bronzer would be too dark as Benefit only sell one shade, I picked up the mini to give it a go and fell in love. Like the Too Faced option it blends effortlessly, it is however a little darker than the Soleil Bronzer. 

Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder in 03 Ambre Saisons
I'd purchased this after seeing Susie from Hello October mention it in the summer. This lightweight powder has a slight sheen, which helps provide the glow. It works wonderfully in summer but it also helps to brighten and bronze tired winter skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow 
This cult CT product is a mix of the Soleil Bronzer and the Givenchy Healthy Glow, the base of the bronzer is matte but it has a tiny bit of shimmer running through it. Don't worry, it doesn't leave you looking like a disco ball, it's more of a subtle sheen, which you can amp up with the highlighter from the palette.

Which bronzer do you reach for in the winter?


Tuesday 6 December 2016

High End Christmas Wishlist

We all have a little dream about finding high-end fashion and beauty items under the Christmas tree. I wouldn't expect anyone to buy me anything from this list, (to be honest, I'm happy with a box of chocolates and a bottle of fizz) but in case someone wins the lottery and feels generous...
What's on your wishlist?

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?

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