6 months on oxytetracycline..


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



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


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


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


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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Review: #6 Skincare range


“Poundland have pulled another bargain out of the bag and launched their own range of skincare products to rival Boots No7” The Sun

All over social media lately I’ve seen so many posts about people searching high and low for the new #6 skincare range that Poundland have recently launched, with it being near enough impossible to get hold of as stores up and down the country have either sold out already or simply haven’t had it come in yet. So recently when I was shopping in my local Poundland, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the entire range on the shelf. It wasn’t hugely sign posted and there wasn’t any special offers on the products, but the packaging did catch my eye. The simple, stylish, packaging really is a very similar yet possibly more on trend branding of the No7 range by Boots. To me, each item looked way more than the £1 price tag they came with, so of course, I put everything bar the anti-ageing collegian filler, which I must say, did look appealing but I thought I’d give that one a miss, into my basket.


The Micellar Cleansing Water

With pro-vitamin B5, Aloe Vera (my bestie), chamomile and Vitamin E.

Claims to:

Remove make up whilst helping to cleanse, smooth and purify the skin.

Suitable for:

All skin types, it’s fragrance free & alcohol free.

My thoughts

So, firstly I’m going to say I don’t use Micellar water as my main source of cleansing, simply because ever since I had my wedding make up done by a professional, she told me that Micellar water is simply just that, water to remove make up and doesn’t cleanse or treat the skin, so I will say i use Micellar water as part of my skincare routine but not the main source of cleansing, because it isn’t enough. Anyway, that aside, as far as Micellar waters go, and I’ve used a few, ranging from the famous Garnier, Simple and No7, this #6 brand is absolutely no different in my opinion. You could blind fold me and I wouldn’t be able to tell it was a £1 product being used on my skin. I love that its fragrance free, I love that it leaves the skin feeling free of make up and hydrated. It does what it says on the bottle, and for £1, hun I’m all over that shit, I’ll be stocking up!

Anti-ageing Derma Serum:

With Jojoba oil, Vitamins A, C & E, white water lily extract and and Rice milk.

Claims to:

Fight visible signs of ageing

Suitable for:

All skin types, it’s fragrance free!

My thoughts:

Right I’ll be honest, I’ve never used any anti-ageing products before, but let’s face it I’m approaching 30 and too much of a pussy for Botox just yet, so why not give it a go, that wrinkle on my left eye ain’t going anywhere in a hurry so somethings gotta be done. I am a huge fan of serums though, ever since discovering hydrating serum about a year ago, it’s a huge part of my skincare routine anyway! I’ve used this #6 serum two days in a row now, and honestly, it makes my face feel amazing, super glowing, fresh and almost like my skin feels a little tighter? I don’t even know if that’s what it’s supposed to do, but whatever it’s doing, I like it, and again, for £1 how can you knock something so bloody cheap. This is my favourite product from all the #6 range I’ve tried so far. It’s light in texture, absorbs straight into the skin, and feels luxurious once applied. I’m buying 5 of these next time I’m in town!

Anti-Ageing Night Cream & Day Cream

With most cheap, basic range facial creams, I almost expect them to be thick and heavy and take forever to absorb into the skin, I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Lidl’s basic range Cien but if you’ve tried their night and day cream you’ll agree that the #6 version is a lot lighter in texture and feels a lot less heavy once applied. I wouldn’t really agree that it’s fragrance free though, it smells like cucumber but still quite a nice fresh scent, and despite having the most sensitive on skin types, this does feel nice and light on my face. I’m not entirely sure I’d stick to using this night cream though, for the simple reason my skin can go through really dry patches and I’m looking to invest in something a little more expensive that gives me that real moisturising and hydrating element, so if you have any suggestions do let me know!

Hopefully this little review has been insightful, let me know what you’ve tried lately, what you think I should try and whether you can recommend a really good moisturiser for me!

Ciao for now,

Review: Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser


“The £3.99 sell-out Aldi hot cloth cleanser that rivals Liz Earle’s” womanandhome.com



What you get:

1x 200ml bottle of cleanser

1x muslin cloth

Claims to:

Remove make up and gently exfoliate skin leaving it smoother and clearer.


• 2 step cleansing routine

• Creamy cleanser to remove make up

• Muslin cloth to exfoliate

• Made with rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter, white tea and eucalyptus oil

• Gently cleanses and exfoliates skin

Suitable for:

All skin types

My thoughts:

Okay, so packaging wise, I love it. I think the box it comes is stylish and simple, it stands out and was easy to spot in store. The quality of the muslin inside the box is good, it doesn’t feel or look cheap, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this £3.99 muslin or a more expensive branded one. The cleanser itself, again packaged nicely in a simple and stylish bottle. Appearance wise the cleanser is white and creamy, absorbs into the skin extremely well, something I’m always weary of when trying cheaper products as they tend to take a little longer to absorb into the skin, but this one absorbed straight away, and I probably used a little more on my face than what the box recommends which is a small amount. I’d say my favourite thing about this cleanser though is the smell, if you’re familiar with salon brands and facial treatments then you will agree that the minty scent that this cleanser has is a lot like something you’d find in a high end salon. As soon as you apply it to the face you feel a clean, cooling, relaxing sensation that smells minty and fresh. The muslin exfoliated the product well onto my skin when rinsed in hot water, and my skin was left feeling extremely fresh and hydrated. I would absolutely recommend this cleanser to everyone and anyone, and I definitely think hot cloth cleansers are the way forward. Will I buy this product again? Yes, absolutely.

Have you tried the Lacura hot cloth cleanser? What are your thoughts? Let me know 🌸