Wednesday 29 August 2018

Colourpop Lip Haul

Top to bottom - here's 2 u, new rules, renman, london fog and tight fit.

So the story goes a little bit like this.. there was a Colourpop sale on, I couldn't resist and then five lip products magically appeared at my front door a week later.

I hadn't actually bought any new lip products in ages, so I was really excited when I placed this order. As usual the service was really easy. A few years ago when I placed my first order I wrote a post about how the shipping works and the best way to avoid pay taxes and extra costs.

This was the first time I have bought any type of glosses from Colourpop but I was instantly drawn in by here's 2 u.  It is a stunning prismatic pink shade which has a high shine finish. This is a great girly lipgloss which reminds me of the glittery shade I would always pick as a child. This is not too sticky and makes your lips look much fuller and juicy. Tight fit is also an ultra glossy lip gloss but this has peachy metallic finish which has a pink shimmer running through it. This is a much more full-coverage gloss which is very shiny. I wore this the night it arrived, and I can tell you that I already know I am going to loveeeee this. I wore it with a nude lipstick and the combination was beautiful. I was totally feeling the duo together and I already know it is going to be a go-to product.

I didn't own many red lip products prior to this order, maybe 2 or 3 max. I thought it was time to broaden my lip collection and introduce two at once. The first is london fog which is a classic true red. I think I prefer a red which is a little brighter and mid toned due to my fair colours. I also picked up renman which is a true blue red, which I can imagine wearing on a sunny day with a cocktail in my hand. I am really excited to try both of these, they are both ultra satin finishes which is my favourite finish that they offer. They dry down to a comfortable matte which still has some shine to it. The pigmentation is always incredible and I have never been disappointed with any lip products which I have ever bought from this line.

I first ordered a lippie stix on the whim as a last minute addition to an order. I was intrigued as to what they were, and how they worked. I think these may be my favourite lip product which Colourpop sell. They are described as a matte finish, but I do not enjoy a truly matte finish on my lips at all. I find them way too dry and uncomfortable, but these are super creamy and have a velvety feel to them. It is a very unique but also such an incredible formula, unlike anything else out there on the beauty market. They contain shea butter and vitamin e to create the silky feel when applied to the lips. New rules is a dark dusty mauve which made my eyes light up when I swatched it. I really love dark pink shades and this is going to be a great addition to my others.



Wednesday 22 August 2018

Roaccutane Months 4 - 6

I cannot believe I am approaching the end of month 6 of my roaccutane regime. Time has absolutely flown by, and thankfully my side effects haven't really changed or worsened as time has gone on. My lips are still as dry as the desert, but some vaseline aloe vera has saved my life on a daily basis. I think I currently have five of these on the go at the moment, dotted around my bedroom and in every handbag that I use.

I have had some some eczema-type patches appear especially when the weather has been boiling. I think it simply because my skin is so dry and sensitive. It turns into a dry rash but I have been using my Child's Farm baby moisturiser (post) and it has been helping to rehydrate the skin.

I mentioned in my last update that my dermatologist had put me on the bigger 50mg dose and that I had been getting horrific headaches. I decided to go back down to the 40mg, and when I had my 4 month appointment my dermatologist said I had made the decisions and I will continue on 40mg for the rest of my treatment. I have found that the headaches have definitely way laid and I have been much happier.

I went for my six month appointment a week early last week due me to going on holiday. I saw the consultant dermatologist who was the doctor who finally listened and gave me the option of starting roaccutane back in February. As he hadn't seen me since I had started the treatment he asked me how I felt I was getting on. I said I was happy and I felt as though the spots were now coming at a much slower rate than previously. He was very open and said I want you to come back to me in two months and say I haven't had a new spot in one month. He said until I get to that point the spots will continue to come back post treatment. I liked how honest he was with me, he said the spots will still come back post treatment but hopefully at a much more slower rate and not the way they were before. I want to finish this treatment spot - free. He said at month eight's appointment in October he is hoping I will have just one more month, and my treatment will be completed at nine months.

I am honestly so happy to have made it to month six, and I am hoping the next three months do not bring any complications. I am delighted with how my skin is progressing, and seeing the change is definitely what is pursuing me to carrying on. The end is definitely in sight



Wednesday 8 August 2018

La Roche Posay Suncream

Trust me to start an intense skincare regime programme, which requires the least contact with sunlight as possible when it is Britain's hottest summer in 50 years. There is no denying that the sun most days has been a pleasant surprise, but some days it has been very overwhelming.

A few weekends ago, I went to a festival in London and it was over 30 degrees and I was sweltering. Thankfully, I had packed my trusty La Roche-Posay Anthelios fresh mist sun spray. Firstly, this has an spf 50 which is what my dermatologist has told me to wear. This has a very light mist spray which is super easy and convenient to apply. I thought this would have a much thicker consistency which is what I hate about sun cream. I hate the feeling of having heavy sun cream sat on top of my skin, and that is why I love this so much. It is a simple spray which has a thin consistency due to the added ingredient of thermal spring water. It feels like it is just simply air adding coolness to the skin, which is also refreshing and adds some hydration which is great for a very hot and sweltering day.

I was initially worried that as I was needing an spf 50 on my face it was going to cause breakouts. So far with this spray it has not caused any particular problems to my skin. It is suitable for fair, sun-sensitive skin. I was happy to see that it contains a broad spectrum of skin protection and protects again both UVA and UVB. I was intrigued to read that due to its fast drying properties it can be worn on top of makeup which is great as usually sun cream would come as my first layer before any makeup application.



Wednesday 1 August 2018

Child's Farm Baby Moisturiser

My skin has become the driest it has ever been whilst being on roaccutane for the past 7 months. I have never particularly struggled with dry skin before, and at the start of my treatment I was throwing any moisturiser on which I could find. For my face I have been using a combination of Kiehl's oil free ultra facial cream and La Roche Posay's effcalar H, and they have been working really well together. I found that my makeup has not been sitting on top of my skin after these product have given my skin a boost of hydration.

I first noticed changes to the skin on my body about a month into treatment, and it looked little eczema patches. I was also just having generally dry skin across my entire body and was in instant need of something to help. My dad has eczema but his creams made me really itchy and I couldn't keep them on as they really stung my skin. This was around the time I started to see the hype all about this Childs Farm baby moisturiser. As with everything, I was trying to get it everywhere but it was sold out for weeks, I finally got my hands on it and was super impressed with its £3.99 price tag. The creators of this line have made it with the target audience of babies with sensitive or eczema prone skin. 

It is a very simple white emollient cream, and I love the pump feature on the top of the bottle. The cream has a medium consistency and can be applied to any part of the body including the face. They have built this product around using natural ingredients and not using anything which could react with the skin such as parabens. It does have a mild fragrance of shea and cocoa butter which it always an added bonus, and these ingredients also add hydrating properties. 

I haven't found that this has instantly cured my skin, but I have been using it regularly and I have seen a difference. A couple of weekends ago I headed to a festival and the night before I was due to go, the inside of my knees came out in a really dry harsh looking rash which was full of little spots. It was really itchy and uncomfortable and it was also very sunny weather outside. I applied this and I felt it soothe the area of skin over the next few hours after it had soaked in. It took a good 5-6 days for it to go completely go away but I think this definitely helped to hydrate the area of skin. One of the moisturisers main features is to stop irritation and has a no sting formula. The only negative aspect I would say is after application I find my skin to be a little bit tacky. I usually apply this cream in the morning and night depending on how dry or rashy my skin is looking.   


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