6 months on oxytetracycline..

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This isn’t really a subject I ever thought I’d be talking about. Adult acne. I didn’t even know it was a thing, until it happened to me. My skin has never been amazing, it’s never been super clear and flawless, I’ve always struggled with breakouts etc, but they would always go and I always put it down to the time of the month.

About a year ago now I started to really struggle with my skin, the breakouts were becoming more permanent, the flare ups would seem long lasting, I’d have red blotches and red raised lumps and bumps all over. I’d also find the skin to be really irritated too and extremely sensitive to pretty much any product I’d use as part of my skin routine. Eventually I plucked up the courage to go to the doctors, and I was horrified when I was diagnosed with adult acne. I was shown a chart containing 5 images of different types of acne. 1 being the most mildest form and 5 being the most severe. When the doctor announced I was at a number 3, I felt like bursting into tears right there and then. I was prepared to take whatever treatment was offered to me.

I started on a course of anti biotics, called Oxytetracycline and so far we are about 6 months into the journey. I’ll be honest, I think I was expecting miracles overnight and when I didn’t see ANY improvement over the first few weeks, months even, I became extremely disheartened and I’d go as far to say depressed. I was just so self conscious, and I felt everything I was using myself, wasn’t working, if anything it made my breakouts worse. I should also say, I am on the waiting list to see a dermatologist, who I hope can give me some further long term advice and treatment, but for now.. I can finally begin to notice some improvements.

I cannot even believe I am sharing an image of my skin online without make up but this blog is all about honesty, and it doesn’t get much more real than my mug. When I did these side by sides tonight, I was hoping to see a huge difference in my skin, but what I’m seeing is also an incredible difference in my face shape. I actually have a shape!! Almost 3 stone gone forever, and i truly believe, as well as the anti biotics I am on, the weight loss and change to my diet has helped me massively with my skin.

I’m a long way off having skin that I am comfortable enough to be without make up when popping to the shops or even into town.. but for the first time in forever, I think I’m starting to see some changes which ultimately contributes to my self esteem.

I think I’ll keep you posted on what happens as far as the dermatologist appointments go & what the outcome will be. Hopefully I’ll be confident enough to share more make up free selfies, who knows.

All the love,

Mrs, Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Review: e.l.f Lip Scrub Exfoliator in Brown Sugar.

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Hey guys! So I’ve been wanting a lip scrub since forever, and had been searching high and low for a scrub that doesn’t involve me having to scoop it out of a little container and pretty much just something mess free but that also works and is easy to take around with me whenever I need it! I had previously used a scrub from Lush that I just didn’t get on with at all and couldn’t justify the price tag either.

So I recently discovered the e.l.f lip exfoliator in store at my local Superdrug and decided to give it a go. Priced at £4.50 I feel that it’s super affordable! I went for the “Brown Sugar” flavour and began to use it straight away!

Okay so features:

A sweet sugar and smoothing sensation, infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape & Jojoba oils to nourish and protect.

My Review:

I was so excited to try this lip scrub out, and as soon as I opened the lid I fell in love with the smell of the brown sugar flavour, it smelt good enough to eat!

I applied the scrub to my lips in the evening as part of my skincare regime, I made sure my lips were a little moist before applying as instructed on the directions and left on for a couple of minutes. When I wiped the scrub away with a warm wet cotton pool pad, my lips were instantly so soft and exfoliated! I conditioned my lips afterwards with a lip balm (I use Nivea) to nourish them further.

I actually apply my lip scrub to my lips every other day at the moment and would absolutely purchase this scrub again in the future. At £4.50 it’s a real bargain, it’s mess and stress free and does what it says on the tin! Perfect.

Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I hope you guys enjoyed this review! Do you use a lip scrub? If so what do you recommend?

Lots of love,

Sinéad x

Review: Garnier Micellar Milky Cleansing Water.

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I swear by Garnier Micellar water. I don’t use it as my main source of cleansing but to remove make up, it’s brilliant! So when I saw they had brought out this new milky cleansing water, I had to give it a try and review it here on the blog.

Where can I get it from?

So I got mine from Boots. It’s usually priced at £5.99 but currently on offer at £3.99.

Suitable for:

Dry & sensitive skin types.

Claims to:

Remove make up, cleanse and hydrate without rinsing.

My review:

Okay so I was super excited to try this out as I’ve been a fan of regular Micellar water by Garnier for the longest time. Texture wise, this is definitely more of a cream like texture opposed to the water based Micellar water. Once applied to my cotton wool pad, I gently rubbed onto my face to remove away make up. It did successfully take away all of my make up really well, but I’ll be honest, I did feel like I was applying more of a cream to my face rather than a cleanser. Once my face was free of make up, my skin did feel soft and hydrated, however it didn’t feel as clean as it would had I used regular Micellar water so the hydrating part, I definitely found for me personally, but how squeaky clean my face felt as a result? I’m not so sure.

Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I like it, I like the texture, I’d buy it again, but probably wouldn’t use it as the sole source of cleansing my face as it’s too “cream like” for me.

Have you used this product? If so, what did you think of it? I’d love to know 💗

Love,

Sinéad x

Review: Soap & Glory’s “The Ultimelt” Hot Cloth Cleanser.

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I’ve seriously been slacking with blogging lately, life’s kinda got in the way and there’s truly just not enough hours in the day sometimes.

I’m a sucker for a hot cloth cleanser, so I decided to review The Ultimelt by Soap & Glory. My sister has sworn by this cleanser for years now and it’s definitely her favourite, so I was really excited to give it a go myself.

Available from Boots, this cleanser usually retails for £10, however at the moment is half price at just £5 which is an absolute bargain! Packaging wise, I personally love. All the soap and glory products generally come in really nice packaging so this hot cloth cleanser is no exception and definitely caught my eye on the shelf.

Inside the box, you get the white tube of cleanser, along with a muslin type face cloth, which is a really good quality cloth as well.

The Ultimelt cleanser, is suitable for all skin types and claims to act as a deep purifying hot cloth cleanser with provitamin B5, sweet almond, orange & lavender oils.

My review:

So I’m generally a fan of the Soap & Glory range anyway, so I was really excited to try this hot cloth cleanser. I like hot cloth cleansers because the cream based cleanser really leaves my skin feeling super squeaky clean and refreshed opposed to micellar waters or the dreaded face wipes. We’re all guilty of using both aren’t we?

I absolutely loved the scent from this Ultimelt cleanser, it was strong and resembled something you’d find in a high end beauty salon.

I massaged the cream based cleanser into my face and neck and it felt light weight and non oily which is a huge bonus, as so many of these cream type cleansers can be so incredibly greasy in texture, and if you happen to have an oily skin type, you’ll want to avoid this where you can. I left the cleaner on my face to really absorb for a couple of minutes, before washing it off with the muslin cloth and warm water.

I really loved the feeling of my skin once I had washed this off, it felt clean, soft and super hydrated! I’ll definitely be re-purchasing this again I think and would highly recommend.

Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I hope you enjoyed this review type post. I believe in maintaining a really good skincare routine and I absolutely love trying new things out. My skin is super sensitive so a lot of the time it’s very much a case of trial and error with what will work for my skin type.

Have you tried this cleanser? Are you a Soap & Glory fan too?

Sending love,

Sinéad x

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The skincare game changer

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For the past 5/6 months I’ve suffered really bad with my skin, like never before. I’m almost 29 years of age, so I kinda thought I was past the breakout stage and heading towards clearer skin, but no, that just wasn’t in the plan for me. It got to the point where I had to go to the doctors and got prescribed multiple different things to try. None of which really made much difference (I may do a separate post on that!) – I’m actually in the process of being referred to a dermatologist to get prescribed something a little stronger to really tackle the underlying issues with my skin, so I’m looking forward to that & might document that here, we’ll see.

In the mean time though, I’ve been using various things on my face. It’s been a bit trial and error, my skin type is super sensitive but also quite dry! I tend to react really badly to a lot of cheap products as well so it’s cost me a small fortune in different moisturisers and masks etc!

I’m quite a fan of the body shop, as I’ve spoke about a few times here on the blog. I love the tea tree 3 in 1 facial scrub. Although tea tree can be quite strong, my skin reacts quite well to it and it leaves my face feeling really refreshed and clean.. so I make sure I always have one of those handy for when I want to do a scrub type mask.

Superdrug are pretty good, I’m loving their vitamin e range! Really affordable and perfect for every day use. Vitamin e is again something that is quite gentle on my skin type and works well for me. Every brand has a vitamin e range pretty much, but I’ve found that Superdrug is so cheap and affordable, it does the job, so I haven’t needed to purchase anything in a higher end range. My favourite product from the Superdrug range though, is this leave on moisture mask! It’s my absolute favourite go to. I have one beside my bed and one in my make up bag. I use it as a leave on moisturiser throughout the night and it really hydrates my face and just feels amazing when applied. If you have dry skin like me, this is an instant rescue and a real treat for the skin! It’s only £2.99 and my must have!

Most recently though, for the past 3 days I have been using the Eve Lom cleanser after it was gifted to me at Christmas. It’s super pricy at £55 per 100ml so quite high end in terms of affordability, however, it’s dreamy. I’ve been using it twice a day. Morning and night. I use it as part of a hot cloth cleanse and it honestly leaves my skin feeling super soft, super clean, and just really really nourished as well.

I would absolutely recommend this if you feel like treating yourself. It’s amazing and truly is the game changer. I’ve used lots of other cream based cleansers and nothing really comes close.

As well as cleansing my face twice daily, I’ve cut out fizzy drink (there of course is always the odd exception!) I have gone sugar free as much as I can & I aim to drink around 2 litres of water daily too. I feel like this massively helps in trying to keep your skin healthy. Of course my skin is nowhere near close to how I want it to be, but I feel like I’m taking the right steps to ensure I’m doing all I can do until I meet with a dermatologist! I hear dairy plays a huge part in skin breakouts too, so I’m curious to know whether this has been the case for any of my readers. Have you eliminated dairy and noticed any differences? Let me know.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What skincare products do you swear by? 💗

As always, love

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Nia Skincare Review | Ad

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Recently I was kindly sent some goodies from Nia, the worldwide known skincare brand, to review on my blog. I’m so excited about this collab and can’t wait to share with you all my thoughts.

NIA – Not Into Ageing.

“A radically different collection of lifestyle infused skincare that counters the situational stressors that steal your natural glow” – Nia

Available from:

In store at Harvey Nichols or online.

If you’re in the UK – you can purchase Nia skincare products here.

So the first item I tried out was the Sunday Detox whipped clay peel-off mask. This is priced at £30 and comes in a light weight bottles with instructions of how to use on the back.

Tazmyn and myself both tried this out, Tazmyn is majorly into clay masks, so she’s the expert more so than me. We quite liked the texture of this particular mask, as it does have that whipped feel to it and it’s very light as well. Most clay masks we have used previously have been a lot thicker in consistency so this was a lot thinner and possibly needed that bit more of it for full coverage when applied to the face. The one thing we didn’t like about the applying stage of this mask, was the smell. It was not a pleasant smell at all unfortunately, and as you can see from the ingredients above, it does contain lentil seed extract and clay as well as bamboo charcoal powder which was kind strong in smell. That aside though, it felt amazing once applied to the skin, really fresh, light and hydrating.

We left it on our face for the recommended time of 10-15 minutes, and then gently peeled off the excess mask once it had set.

Instantly both of our skin felt really soft and energised.

We decided to both rate this clay mask out of 5 stars with 5 being the best. We based our views on texture, quality, results, packaging etc.

Tazmyn: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Me: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We both felt the only thing that could make this better would be the smell, I don’t think any of us particularly want to have something that doesn’t smell nice on our skin, however we would use this product again.

I then went ahead and tried the Glow on Demand energising Illuminator, this is priced at £29 but currently on sale at £19.90. To be honest, I hadn’t really used any illuminating serums before so this was kind of new to me.

On the packaging, it does say to use at any time of day or night, whenever your skin feels like it needs a boost, promising to rev up dull, lifeless skin. However, once I had applied it to my hand, I realised it’s probably not something I’d apply at night, and more so maybe before doing my make up as it’s quite dark in texture.

I applied this to my face and instantly fell in love with it, I love the texture of it, how alive it made my skin feel and that it is slightly tinted which made my skin look really radiant.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’d absolutely give this product 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to use it again as a base before applying my make up.

I hope you enjoyed this review, as much as I enjoyed testing these products out.

A huge thank you to Nia for working with me on this collaboration, I really appreciate being able to review these items on my blog.

Have you used these products before? If so let me know what you thought below

Thursday

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  • We spent the full day cleaning, what’s new? I think when you’re house proud and organised (which I am these days thanks to Tazmyn) you automatically just want to clean and it becomes part of your daily routine. We did laundry, put laundry away, I hoovered downstairs, Tazmyn hoovered upstairs. That’s the rule. I never hoover upstairs. Sprayed the shit out of all the carpets with my 1001 spray, blitzed the kitchen, done the toilets, Tazmyn cleaned the bedroom, refreshed the sofas and made them look alive again, put fresh water in the flowers, wiped down the sides, took the rubbish out, fed the kitty cats, filled out some paperwork that I had been putting off for weeks, had a bath, washed my hair, done a hair mask AND I EVEN COOKED DINNER 😮😳 I know right, you’ve probably died in shock, but it’s true. I even cooked dinner. I cook as little as possible if I’m honest with you, not because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered, I’m not very good at it but I’ll at least give it a go.. but because I have a wife who I reckon could quite easily get a job working in a Michelin star restaurant so why in the name of lord suffering Jesus Christ would I even waste my time cooking when she always does it better?! That’s my excuse anyway.
  • BATH TIME
  • Ive been using some new products as part of my bath routine so thought I’d list them here.
  • Radix shower mousse
  • I saw this when I was in Sainsbury’s recently, it was down from £2.50 to £1.50 absolute bargain! So I picked up the mango and mandarin scent, they had a few others to choose from as well. It’s like a shaving cream but works as a body wash too, and it smells insane. I used it in the bath and it felt amazing on my skin so I’d definitely use it again and maybe try the other scents next time too. Have you used this? If so, what scent did you go for?
  • Umberto Giannini hair mask
  • I am a huuuuuuge fan of hair masks. I use them at least once a week, usually twice. Lately I’ve been using this over indulge mask mainly because the smell is just absolutely unreal, it’s minty and leaves my hair feeling super hydrated and moisturised. I put it on my hair after shampoo and conditioning it, I rinse off the conditioner, comb my hair through and then apply this hair mask and literally leave on overnight. The following time I wash my hair and then blow dry it and straighten it, it always go super sleek and glossy because of using this prior. I love this mask and I’ve used hundreds!
  • The body shop almond milk yoghurt
  • How is this only £6 that’s what I wanna know, I’d pay double for it. Firstly it smells unreal but it also comes in so many different scents so if almond milk isn’t your thing then don’t worry, you will find a scent you prefer. Tazmyn has the banana one and I HATEEEEE the smell of banana, it literally makes me want to throw up. I smother myself in this after a bath, it absorbs into the skin immediately and just feels amazing. This will be on my Christmas wish list! Maybe 10 of them.
  • Endless Love VS
  • Am I the only person who puts perfume/body mist on after a bath and before bed? I’ve done it all my life and it makes me feel fresh and clean and smelling good. This is my absolute favourite Victoria Secret spray. It used to be available in Superdrug for like £12 I think, then it discontinued 😩😩😩😩 so Tazmyn tracked it down for my birthday online and probably paid 10 times the original price, but it’s my fave and it smells sooooooo good! 🍎🌸🌿💓
  • I came out of my bath to the cutest little note, she has a habit of doing this for me from time to time.. it really is the little things that mean the most!
  • She da best! 💌☺️
  • & yeah, I made dinner. I wouldn’t exactly say it was anything worth writing home about but I’m Italian and I know how to throw together a pasta dish or two. This was super super quick and easy.
  • Decided to be all fancy and buy a posh packet of pasta. Huuuuuuge shells. We hadn’t had this pasta shape before so thought we’d try it. Quorn meatballs, not because they’re healthier then regular meatballs, but because we love them, they’re super quick to cook and full of flavour!
  • So I fried the meatballs in fry light, chilli flakes and garlic pepper. They honestly don’t take long to cook at all, maybe a few minutes but I cooked them for extra long so they turned a bit crisper and that’s how we like them. For the sauce, I literally got a bottle of tomato and garlic passata. Simple but tasty. When the meatballs were brown and crispy, I went ahead and added the passata. Added a few more chilli flakes and some black pepper. Had this on a really low heat while I boiled the pasta.
  • This particular pasta shape took 17-19 minutes to cook, felt like a million years but because the shells are so big I guess that’s why it took longer.
  • Not to blow my own trumpet but it tasted pretty good. Of course there was loads of left overs, there always is. Tazmyn said it’s the best pasta she’s ever had (she says that every bloody time I cook pasta!)
  • Who’s been watching big brother? Beside myself that it’s the last ever series but it’s sooooo good!! We want Lewis F to win now. I think he will. Who’s ya fave?