The Acne Diaries | Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask

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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask
If you watch my YouTube videos or you've read any of my other skincare blog posts, you'll know I definitely struggle with my skin. Ever since I've been an adult I've had the worst skin and so much acne and scarring. I've tried soooo many different brands of skincare from high street to high end and if I'm being completely and truly honest, nothing has helped. I honestly don't know why my skin is so horrendous, my diet isn't that bad - it's not perfect, but it's not as if I sit around eating pizza all day long. I always use nice skincare, I drink tons of water, I NEVER go to sleep with my makeup on and I wash my make up brushes regularly. I've honestly lost hope in ever having nice clear skin which is so sad, as I'm probably going to be worrying about my skin on my wedding day. I would love to actually go to a dermatologist, but I just can't afford that whilst planning a wedding and saving for a house! So all I can do is try out different skincare at home. My skin is probably the thing I'm most conscious about, so it's taken a lot to actually post up close and personal photos of my skin. I just think I need to actually track my skin and if any of the products I try actually work! So I think I'm going to start a new little series on my blog of before and after photo's after using new skincare products.

I've always used different skincare regimes like Proactive, Liz Earle, Clinique, Origins, La Roche Posay and so many others, but honestly I've never really seen a difference. I decided to try something different and saw the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask. The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask uses LED light therapy used by dermatologist to treat acne. Now I don't know about the science of how this works, but I was willing to try something that dermatologists have been using for years, at home for a fraction of the price! You're supposed to wear this daily for just ten minutes and you should start seeing results after a week, but are recommended to use this for about 12 weeks to really notice a difference. The mask comes with a little activator that allows 30 uses. So once you've used all 30 uses, you have to then go and buy a new activator. Which seems a bit cheeky to me as essentially, this is just a remote to turn the lights on - but we'll get on to that later!
When I first used this I was expecting to feel something, but as it is just LED lights you really don't feel a thing on your skin at all. I love that it's chemical free as you know you're not putting anything on your skin that may irritate it. I actually really enjoyed wearing this for ten minutes out of my day. I found it easy to use and easy to wear (Simon found it very amusing as it does make you look like a storm trooper!). I usually just wear this as I'm watching YouTube. You can even use this multiple times a day but I decided I would wear this once a day as suggested.
Although I found the mask easy to wear and fit into my routine, I did notice the lights irritated my eyes whilst using it in the dark sometimes. I feel like they could have made more of an effort protecting your eyes, but this hasn't stopped me using this at all. I didn't notice a drastic improvement in my skin, until I actually looked at the before and after photo's!
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask Before & After
Obviously the lighting is different in these photos, but I can really tell a difference in my skin. It's not a miracle worker after 30 days for me, but it really has reduced my acne and the redness! Before this post, I was going to chuck this in the pile with my tried and tested but no results products, but I'm so impressed! This mask has gave me so much hope that with continual use, I may be able to improve my skin. As much as I'm really impressed with the mask, love using it and actually kind of enjoy wearing it - I was not impressed with the thought of having to buy a £14.99 applicator every 30 days just to turn the LED lights on, on the £40 mask I already own. Since I decided actually I am going to continue to use this mask, I decided to see if there was a way to make this more affordable. I managed to find a few hacks on YouTube so you can use the original applicator whenever you want! Now I'm not a DIY kind of person, so I did get Simon to do this for me. It only took him 10-15 minutes and now my mask turns on anytime I plug the applicator in. So I highly recommended researching this if you don't feel like wasting £15 a month when you don't need to. Now I can use the mask whenever I want, I've been using this twice a day and I can't wait to see if it will improve my skin even further!

Of course my skin is nowhere near clear, so I'm always open to try new products for my acne. I would love to know if you have any tips for me!

Have you tried the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask Beauties?


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Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit

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Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit
One thing I can never have too many of are makeup brushes. They get used so much and I don't have time to clean them every single day, it's important to have back ups of your favourite brushes. Some of my favourites I use every day are from Real Techniques, so when I saw the new Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit I had to pick it up! I was after some new brushes anyway and I hadn't tried the Miracle Complexion Sponge yet, I couldn't afford not to pick up the Everyday Essentials Kit for only £19.99!

I'm always after new foundation brushes, I use these everyday to try and hide my less than average acne troubled skin! It's so important to use clean brushes, sometimes it's easier just to buy new ones as I can't be dealing with washing brushes every couple of days! I was on the hunt for a new foundation and powder brush when I saw the Everyday Essentials Kit had everything and more. I love my original Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and the Expert Face Brush 200 in this set seems to be the bigger, cuter version of it! It's slightly bigger than the original and I love it. The bristles are super soft and firm making it so easy to blend in without leaving streaks. I love the tapered shape, it's the perfect size for all over as well as under the eyes and around the nose etc.
The next brush in this set is one that I've loved for so many years, the Real Techniques Blush Brush 400. This was the first 'proper' blusher brush I bought back in the day and I loved it so much. The shape is perfect for the apples of your cheeks. The brush itself is so soft and fluffy, it makes applying blusher so enjoyable. You can really create a lovely natural even look with this brush. I'm glad to have it back in my collection, in it's new prettier package.
I've been after a new highlight brush for so long. I've ben using the same Real Techniques Setting Brush 403 everyday for the past four years - that's not normal! Finally I got my hands on a new one thanks to this set. This little brush is the perfect size and shape for illuminating your look and applying powder highlight to the cheekbones, under brow, cupids bow and all the little delicate spaces on your face. It's soft and fluffy which makes dusting on powder a dream.
The last brush is the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease 300 brush. Again this is one of my most loved eyeshadow brushes and I'm so glad I have a third one to add to my collection! I love the brush for blending eyeshadow in the crease. It's the perfect size to get in to the crease and fluffy enough to blend shades together with minimal effort.
The last tool in the kit is the Miracle Complexion Sponge. I've always been a brush kind of girl and have been very skeptical about trying sponges. As it came in the kit and was amazing value, I thought this would be the perfect time to try this out. I tried it dry and honestly, I didn't love it. I found it to be hard work to use, it feels like much more effort than a brush and I feel like I had to apply more foundation than usual. I think it's because I do have a lot of blemishes and a lot to cover up. I don't think I would like any sponge to be honest, because of the way my skin is at the moment. I just don't really understand how you could get full coverage with a sponge! I might try using it wet and see if it makes a difference.

Although I wasn't into the Miracle Complexion Sponge, I'm obsessed with these brushes. They have always been my go to everyday brushes anyway, so I'm all over having a new pretty little set of them. I think this set is amazing value at £19.99, that's the same price as just two of these brushes put together. Although I personally don't really like using sponges, I'm really glad I finally got round to trying the Miracle Complexion Sponge. Maybe when my skin is a bit more clear, I may feel differently about the sponge.

The Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Kit would be the perfect Christmas gift for any makeup lover in your life this year.

Are you a sponge or brush kinda beauty?


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It's beginning to look a lot like Autumn.

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Homesense Autumn Candle Haul Including DW Home Autumn Orchard, DW Home Apple Cider and The Market Gingered Citron.
I'm embarrassed to say it has been a fair few weeks (possibly months!) since I sat down and wrote a blog post, I've kind of forgotten where to start! This seems to happen to me every year, I almost go into some kind of hibernation in the Summer time then I come out all ready to blog again at the start of Autumn. I hope you can all forgive me if anyone is still here to read my posts! I thought I would start my kind of 'comeback' into blogging with one of my favourite posts to write, an Autumn candle haul!
As soon as my Birthday in July is over, I can't help but think about Autumn! I love the start of a new season and Autumn has always felt so magical and cosy to me. I love to welcome in the Autumn season by stocking up on some new Autumn candles. A year or two ago I spent a small fortune importing some Bath & Body Works Autumn goodies in, I bought soooo many I still have untouched candles to this day. Although I do think they were totally worth the money (but I am a bit mad when it comes to unnecessary spending!) I just can't justify the costs this year with a wedding to pay for. I got myself down to Homesense to pick up a few treats.

I can't believe I have only just got round to trying Homesense candles, with all the hype over the last few years I couldn't help but feel a little giddy on my first Homesense candle spree. The first candle I was drawn to was the DW Home Three Wick Autumn Orchard £7.99. It looks so cosy I was really hoping I would love it and I did! This smells like Christmas in a jar to me, it's very similar to Bath & Body Works Leaves - my all time favourite Autumn/Christmas candle, that I have just ran out of! Autumn Orchard smells spicy and sweet, it reminds me of walking into Hamley's in London at Christmas time. To me it's a mix of sweet cinnamon, spicy clove and vanilla Christmas cookies - Autumn in a jar for only £7.99!
The next candle I loved was the DW Home Two Wick Apple Cider £7.99 I love the Autumn red/burnt orange jar it's so gorgeous. I'm normally a fruity candle kind of person so I love finding a fruity but spicy Autumn scent. I love that this isn't super intense and over powering. When you have a million and one spicy Autumn candles in front of you to try, they can be very overwhelming and maybe a bit over powering. Apple Cider has a subtle warm spicy scent with a hint of fruity apple. I can't wait to try this one.
The last candle I picked up isn't a typical Autumn candle. As I mentioned, it can be a little overwhelming heading into the Autumn candle section, everything started to smell way to strong and spicy to me. I picked up The Market Gingered Citron £6.99 - admittedly I thought it said Gingerbread! This scent is right up my street, I'm obsessed with zesty citrus scents! This smells exactly like the citrus Shake N Vac and I'm kind of obsessed with that smell. This isn't the typical Autumn candle I would normally go for, but I still think this is going to be lovely this time of year. It has a slight ginger hint to it which makes it feel warmer than most fruity citrus candles, making it gorgeous for when the weather gets colder.

I'm so pleased with my little Autumn treats from Homesense and can't wait to pick a few more nearer Christmas time. My home is starting to feel so cosy and festive - I love it!

Have you picked up any Autumn candles this year beauties?

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Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading

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Summer Holiday Reads | What I've Been Reading
One of my favourite things to do, especially on a Summer holiday is relax by the pool or on the beach and get stuck into a good book. I find it really hard to find the time to read at home - work and everyday life just really gets in the way! Whilst I'm on holiday I can easily get through three or four books. Although I'm not actually going on an abroad Summer holiday this year (Got a wedding to plan!) I still want to find the time to get into some new books. Simon and I have just got back from Brighton, we went for a few days to celebrate my 25th Birthday. We took the week off work and I've really been enjoying having the time to relax in the garden with a book, whilst he works on his motorbike. I want to share with you some of the books I've loved this year and also a couple I want to get through this Summer.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | Sophie Kinsella has been my favourite author since being an adult. I was introduced to her books by my cousin when she lent me the first Shopaholic book. I absolutely fell in love with this series and it was the first 'mature' book I read whilst in my early teens. I've finally made an effort and got myself in to reading again and I couldn't wait to start reading 'My Not So Perfect Life'. These days everyone looks like they have their shit together and are total 'goals' on Insta. Well sometimes it's not all what it seems. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. It's full of funny and relatable moments and now I'm so eager to buy all of Sophie Kinsella's books!

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland | When Louise first mentioned she was writing her first book, I admit I felt disappointed she fell in to the whole YouTuber book deal craze. I didn't really pay attention for a while when she talked about writing her book until she really explained the story of a single Mum bringing up her little girl. I had never read a book that involved parenthood or 'single- mum-dom' but realised I absolutely loved watching Louise's vlogs and found her so witty and charming, I preordered the book. I really enjoyed Louise's first novel and found it so funny. Wilde Like Me is a great little read and I've preordered the sequel, Wilde About The Girl.

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling | You may know that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I adore the films and watch them multiply times yearly. One thing you may not know, is that I never read the books when I was younger. Not because I didn't want to, but because for some insane reason, my Mum didn't allow me to. My Mum worried that they were 'witchcraft' and had it in her head the if I read the books I would turn into some crazy devil worshipper! Although she didn't let me read the books when I was younger, a few years back I did persuade her to buy my the DVD box set - although she wasn't best please about it, bless her! So I've took it upon myself to read the books. Although I already know the stories and the ending, the books are still as magical as the films and I'm really enjoying reading them. The one thing I love about the films is how detailed they are, so when I read an extra little nugget of magic in the book that isn't included in the film, it's very exciting! I'm trying to read them all before I read the Cursed Child. I've just started The Half Blood Prince and I'm really enjoying it, there's nothing better than the beginning of a Harry Potter book as you know your in for a gripping magical adventure.

New York Actually by Sarah Morgan | I've always loved Sophie Kinsella, I'm always drawn to her humorous, romantic and a little bit naughty light hearted books. So I was on the hunt for something similar and I discovered Sarah Morgan. Sarah Morgan has a ton of 'chick lit' romance books and I was drawn to 'New York Actually' as I'm obsessed with the film Love Actually. I always love films and books set in New York (and of course Sex & The City!) plus there was a cute little Dalmatian on the cover! I've just started this book and I'm really enjoying it so far. We meet Molly, an agony aunt/author/match maker/blogger (my dream career!) who spends her time helping the public with their relationships, but is afraid to have one of her own. Then Daniel a successful New York City divorce lawyer, who's addicted to his career and has intimacy issues himself. I've only read a few chapters but I'm enjoying it so far. This would be a good little read whilst on holiday sitting by the pool!

Sleepless In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan | This is another book in Sarah's 'From Manhattan With Love Series' just like New York Actually is. I haven't started this yet, but I already know I'm going to love this and I'm sure I'll be picking up the rest of the series. Sleepless In Manhattan follows the story of Paige, who has the perfect New York apartment, the perfect career and amazing friends. She's the girl who has it all, until she find herself packing up her desk. We see her trying to rebuild her life and she realises she was missing one thing from her perfect world, the perfect love story.

I'm so excited to be getting back into reading and I've really enjoyed the books I've read recently. What better time to get into a good book than on your Summer Holiday!? (maybe snuggled up in Autumn time - eeek I can't wait!)

I'd love to know what you've been reading and if you have any recommendations for me?



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High Street Skincare Haul

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High Street Skincare Haul
I've recently been watching Jade Billington on Youtube and I can't get over how gorgeous her skin is. She has such beautiful clear skin, I needed to find out what she uses! I watched a few of her videos and she mentioned some skincare favourites of hers and immediately I was on the Boots website ordering some goodies. You may know that I've been struggling with my skin for a while now. Since I've got older my skin has got worse. I have moderate acne, scaring and oiliness. I've tried so many different brands of skincare but nothing has really made a difference in my acne. I've tried Origins, Liz Earle, ProActive and many more. I thought I would just give a few high street brands a go.

Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

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I've been craving chocolate orange muffins for about a week or so now and couldn't seem to find them anywhere in Tesco, so I thought why don't I bake some! I remember at school they used to have the most delicious chocolate muffins and I was trying to find a recipe similar. I used a recipe from Netmums but tweaked it a little. The recipe is so quick and easy and you get these delicious chocolate orange muffins at the end.

You'll need:
280G of Plain Flour
140G of Caster Sugar
2tsb of Baking Powder
240ml of Milk
2 Eggs
4tsbs of Butter Melted
1/2 a Table Spoon of Vanilla Essence
75 Grams of Chocolate Orange Chunks
1 Orange

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200'C or Gasmark 6. I have a fan oven and preheated it to around 180'c.
2. Whisk all the wet ingredient together. Mix the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla essence. I tweaked this a little by adding in a some juice from one orange, to give the sponge a bit more of a orange flavour! I was a bit worried when I mixed in the butter as I did it whilst it was still hot, I'd suggest waiting until it's cooled down a bit. 
3. Mix in the dry ingredients. The flour, sugar and baking powder. I also added in a zest of an orange to give the muffins more flavour. Don't over work the mixture or make it too smooth.
4. Mix in the orange chocolate chunks!
5. Pour into 12 muffin cases. Or 6 large cases. 
6. Then bake for around 20 minutes.

I found this recipe so easy to follow and the muffins were done before I could even finish the washing up. I really love the orange/vanilla sponge with the orange chocolate it makes them taste so sweet but refreshing at the same time and not too sickly. I did tweak the recipe by adding orange juice and zest and I did find my chocolate sunk a little bit too the bottom on some of the muffins. I'm not sure if this was because I tweaked the recipe or because my chunks were too big. Overall for a first time baking chocolate muffins I found this recipe so simple and the end result delicious!

Have you been baking recently beauties?


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May Beauty Favourites 2018

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May Beauty Favourites 2018 including Clinique, Colourpop & Maybelline
It's been a fair few months since my last favourites post, but this past month I've been using some new products non stop that I absolutely adore. I'm not the kind of person who will just keep churning out favourites post every single month, because honestly I don't switch up my products that often and  I don't want to just give you a rubbish fake favourites post just for the hell of it. I quite like just posting a favourites every few months and show you the beauty products I really have been obsessed with recently.

12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game

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12 Blog Prop Ideas To Up Your Blogging Game
I for sure have not got my blog photography down (especially the editing side), but one thing I really do enjoy about blog photography is the props! I love adding new little trinkets and additions to photos, they can make all the difference. I want to share with you some of my favourite blog props that can bring your blogging photography game up a level!

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