Friday, 16 August 2013

New blog layout ♥

I've been making some tweaks and changes to my blog for the past couple of hours (I am such a perfectionist, it is taking forever).  It is quite different, mainly because of my new header, but I am sort of pleased with the new design.  It's not quite perfect in my eyes but I'm not sure what it is that I'm not happy with.  If you notice anything wrong or think of something to improve on then please do let me know!  Don't worry about offending me by saying, "Oh no I don't like that font," or anything like that, I want to take all your comments in because it is you who reads it after all!  I want to change my pages bit at the top of my blog but I'm not sure what to do with it, or really what I can do with it.  I do like my new header though, what do you think? 

This is what my blog looked like before to remind you.  I definitely think it looks more professional now with the pink polka dots gone!  Do you not agree? 

Quite a bit different, isn't it?!  Please please please let me know what you think of the new look.  If you preferred the old one, go ahead and tell me!  You don't have to say you like it just because you feel you have to.  Don't like it, tell me. 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Morning Skincare Routine ♥

Since I have now been on Roaccutane for just over 3 weeks now, I have really been making sure to keep my skincare routine simple and moisturising.  Roaccutane has a common side effect where it gives you very dry and sensitive skin.  Since the skin on your face is already the most sensitive on your body, it is increased in sensitivity when you take this medication.  So far, I haven't had any dryness on my face or body (I have, however, had incredibly dry lips) but I'm not sure if that is down to the fact I am on a low dose for just now, my night-time moisturiser is very good or if I am just plain lucky.  I am leaning towards the low dose thing for just now.  My dosage doubles next week though so I am prepared to turn into a scaly reptile.  As I said, I have therefore altered my routine slightly recently to keep it as simple as possible, ever since I was almost due to start Roaccutane so that my skin would get used to it.  I use minimal products on it and a good moisturiser at night so hopefully that will help to keep the dryness at bay as it seems to have done so far.  Therefore, I guess you can consider this to be a skincare routine for dry, sensitive skin as well as one for people on Roaccutane!

Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity - Despite the name of this product including the word 'soap' in it, it is technically not a soap.  It is a 'high-tech, non-drying foaming facial wash , formulated with complexion-friendly non-drying easy-rinse surfacants.'  Yes, it really does say all that on the front of it.  They really want to drum it into your head that it is non-drying, don't they!  It is the soap part of face washes that dry your skin out, and all the nasty chemicals, so without them, it makes it perfect for sensitive skin!  It leaves your skin looking lovely and bright once you have used it, and it really helps me to look more alive when I have just woken up.  The gentle exfoliating beads are great too, you can barely feel them when you are lathering so you know it isn't irritating sensitive skin at all.  In fact, this may be the best face wash I have ever tried.

Clinique All About Eyes - I really don't want around my eyes to get dry because that could be quite painful and uncomfortable, especially since I am a contact lens wearer.  This eye cream is just heaven, it makes the eye area feel so soothed and cool.  It also happens to help makeup, particularly undereye concealer, sit beautifully on your skin with no creases in sight.  This is just a mini pot that I got in a Clinique set but I think I will probably buy the full size once I have used it up.  Plus, it can't hurt to start with the creams that prevent wrinkles this early, can it?!

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer - So far in my Roaccutane treatment, this has been enough to hydrate my skin for the whole day but I'm thinking that when my dosage is upped next week I will have to switch to a proper moisturiser in the morning to prevent excessive dryness.  This is lovely, and cheap too.  It works well to keep my makeup on for the whole day with minimal touch ups and it smells just so...clean.  I don't know how a primer can smell clean but this somehow does.

Vaseline Rosy Lips - Since it is the daytime and I don't have to worry about getting pink all over my pillowcases, I can afford to add a little bit of colour to my lips.  My lips have been so dry so I can't really wear lipstick without it looking awful but this gives a lovely hint of colour as well as being so moisturising.  I like that it isn't just the plain, colourless Vaseline.  Makes life a little more exciting.

My night time skincare routine will be coming soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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Monday, 12 August 2013

A teeny tiny Boots haul

After an optician's appointment that was far too early for my liking and choosing some nice new Karen Millen glasses (which I will show you all when my prescription lenses have been fitted), I managed to squeeze in a little bit of retail therapy time today to pick up a few bits and pieces.  I'm only showing the stuff I got in Boots but just so you know I also bought a black shirt in H&M for school starting next Monday (boooo) and a sweatshirt thing to wear on my Silver Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition which also happens to be next week (jumper from H&M too) but they aren't that exciting.  I'll stick in the links to them on the H&M website later on in the post if you fancy a wee nosy but clothes are that difficult to photograph well that there wasn't much point in going to the bother.  And anyway, the beauty buys are far more exciting, are they not?!

Apologies for the rubbishy quality of the photographs today, I was too lazy to get a proper camera out.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion (Fragrance Free) 300ml - £5.10 (reduced from £7.65)
I already have a smaller tube of this which my sister gave me whilst I was visiting her in America and I love it but I thought I wasn't going to be able to find it easily once I got back to Scotland...until I saw it today!  I use it as a face moisturiser because I'm on Roaccutane and 3 weeks in, I still have no dry skin!  I think it is meant for your body but oh well.  Once I have finished my treatment I will probably use it on my body because it is truly lovely.  Sinks in so quickly, non greasy, doesn't break me out and quite cheap too!

Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover - £1.30
I run out of nail polish remover the other day and since I work in a restaurant, I'm not allowed to have any nail polish on my fingers.  I'm working tomorrow so it was necessary to get this. 

Tresemme Freeze Hold Hairspray - £2.79
This isn't my usual hairspray, there is another one from Tresemme that I like but it was over £5 in Boots whereas I bought it in Asda for £1 something so this will do for the time being!  After I have used this I will probably go back to my usual.  I would have stuck with the Boots own brand one that was only £1 but the smell made me gag, it was rotten.  No thank you, I would not like my hair to smell like that.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint - £3.99 each (current offer for buy 1, get 1 half price on all Barry M nail polishes!)
I have wanted to try these out for so long and this is me finally getting around to buying it.  I got the colours 'Pomegranate' and 'Plum', two absolutely gorgeous shades.  The picture really does not do it justice.  I love my gel manicures but they are so expensive so maybe this will be a good alternative for me!  No way are they going to last as long as proper gel manicures (at least two weeks) but for that price, I'm sure I can suffer it!

H&M Black Stretch Shirt - £12.99 (very slim fit so you may need to go up a size, I had to)

Couldn't find the sweatshirt online but it was just a magenta plain, oversized one that cost £5.99. Very cosy indeed. 

Let me know if you have tried the Barry M Gelly nail polishes, I won't be able to try them for a couple of days until I get a day off work so I wanna know what I'm looking forward to!  

Thursday, 8 August 2013


I haven't been all that into blogging recently for some reason, in fact it has been just over a month since my last post.  I don't know what was up with me because I usually love it but it's the summer holidays and I've been really busy and just not in the mood.  I'm back though and ready to get back into the swing of things.

Two weeks ago I started an acne treatment called Roaccutane which, if you have been fighting acne for years and have tried several different lotions and potions and tablets, you may have heard of.  In Scotland, it can only be prescribed by dermatologists and the tablets can only be picked up there or at a hospital rather than your local pharmacy but I'm not sure what it's like for other countries.  Also, as we don't pay for prescriptions in Scotland, it is free of charge but I do know you pay for it in America (just don't ask how much because I have no idea).  If you want to read all about the treatment, how it works and the side effects you may receive then please read a previous post of mine where I explained it all. 

I have seen some changes in my skin but rather than talk about them today, I would like to first let you all know what my skin was like before as I feel this could be quite beneficial when describing progress.  I have had bad skin for several years now, probably ever since I was about eleven years old.  It started off only on my forehead where I had a mass of little lumps that looked awful but it didn't bother me too much because it was mostly covered by my full fringe and I wasn't entirely self conscious at that young age.  Eventually it escalated into something much worse and I began to get them all over the rest of my face.  The main areas ever since have been my forehead, cheeks, chin and back.  I know a lot of acne sufferers get spots on their chest but surprisingly, that has never been a problem for me.  My acne is something that I am incredibly self conscious about and I would never ever go out without makeup on.  I even brought makeup with me on my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze camping trip last year because I wouldn't dream of going out without it.  It does make me feel bad that I think my acne is awful but I see pictures of people all the time with it so much worse than me but that doesn't stop me from hating it.  I have tried out all sorts of tablets and creams from my GP but to no avail, so he referred me to a dermatologist. Long story short, the dermatologist agreed Roaccutane might be good for me and it was all fabby doo until I went for my second appointment and halfway in they discovered the contraception my GP had prescribed for me to take alongside it (you have to take it to prevent deformities of your unborn child should you get pregnant) and I had to wait another couple of months.  Now I have the proper one (I take Microgynon) and so I got the tablets.  They are incredibly strict about how they give out these tablets because they are so powerful.  But, like I said, read about that in my other post. 

So, today I would just like to show you a few pictures of what my skin looked like before starting the roaccutane treatment.  My skin has good and bad weeks and it turned out that the week I was due to start treatment was a very good week indeed.  It is so typical.  Anyhoo, this will give you a rough idea.  Keep in mind this is a BIG deal for me to post these pictures on the internet for all to see, considering I wouldn't go out the house. 

 - super oily skin
 - spots on face and back quite bad
 - soft (ish) lips
 - no dry skin on body
 - hair needs washed every second day, sometimes more often

This post turned out a lot longer than I planned.  Whoops.  Just so you know, I won't only be posting Roaccutane updates on my blog.  I know that this will not interest everyone so I will carry on posting about beauty stuff and whatnot to please the rest of ya.  So chill, it's not all gone to pot.