Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Favourite Products of 2013

With less than 24 hours away until the end of 2013, I thought I'd wrap up my final few blog posts with an overall review of my favourite products this year!


The Loreal EverStrong haircare range has definitely been my go-to shampoo and conditioner this year. As my hair is very long, I need to work extra hard to keep it in good shape without the ends breaking off. This shampoo and conditioner helps keep it feeling silky and prevents any damage. It's also sulphate free, so it doesn't irritate my scalp or dry out my hair!


I went to a hair salon for the first time in my life this year (yes, the first time- a family friend cuts it at home usually), and the hairdresser used a Tangle Teezer to brush through my hair when it was wet. And oh my, it was something else. Normally, my hair takes a silly amount of time to brush through it all, mainly because it's so long and ratty, but the Tangle Teezer made brushing a lot easier and didn't pull my hair at all! I've been obsessed with it ever since.


A couple of days before my prom, I panicked last-minute (as you do), and realised I didn't book an appointment to get my makeup done before the big event. So I bought some new makeup and invested in my first set of makeup brushes, to do my makeup the best I could myself. The Real Techniques brushes are amazing and my set came in a handy travel sized pack with all the essential brushes for everyday use; a large face brush, a foundation brush and an eyeshadow brush. The brush bristles are extra soft and apply makeup flawlessly without clogging makeup on the brush ends.


I don't think I'll ever buy any other mascara after my Maybelline mascara obsession this year. Initially, I used the Falsies mascara 24/7 for the first 6 months of 2013, however, after discovering the Rocket mascara, they've both become a secure part of my makeup routine. I prefer the Rocket mascara for during the day as it gives a more natural finish and I think it focuses more on lengthening my lashes. I'll use the Falsies when I'm going out in the evening for dramatic, voluminous lashes.


During the summer this year, Carmex lip balm was my saviour. I was away on a few summer holidays with my family, and the UK was also pretty warm during the summer months, so the SPF in this prevented my lips from getting burnt. I find it a lot more moisturising than Vaseline, and the cherry flavour tastes amazing too!


For my 18th birthday this year, I was treated with my first Naked Palette, and let me tell you, it's a beauty. It's even more beautiful in person. I've been experimenting over the past few months with different eye shadow combinations. I've been using more neutral colours during the day, darker ones for night time looks and even the dark blue-ish tones for Halloween looks this year. I'm obsessed with this palette and in 2014 I'll be sure to do some makeup tutorials for you featuring the Naked palette.


I'm not one to switch up my skin makeup- once I find a product I love, I will continue to repurchase it until something better comes along. I discovered this in September, and I don't understand why this isn't raved about more! Max Factor's Colour Correcting Cream is great for my skin type, as it's fairly heavy coverage, has SPF and is oil free- the three main things I look for in a skin corrector. The shade 40 Fair matches my skin tone perfectly and has been a treat for the remainder of 2013.


Last, but not least, another of my favourite product of mine for 2013 has to be Roaccutane. As many of you know by reading my previous blog posts, this drug has saved my skin and my life. At the start of 2013, I was a self-conscious wreck constantly obsessing over covering many imperfections on my skin, until I was put on the acne treatment from June - November 2013. Two months post-treatment and I've never been more confident in myself, I can carry out daily activities without avoiding every mirror and shying away from people seeing me when I was having a bad skin day. I feel as though I'm finishing 2013 as a new, confident person and I couldn't thank this drug enough.

What have been your favourite products of 2013?
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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Festive French Tips

During the festive period, there are a lot of events going on, which means a mixture of different outfits. If you're like me, you'll want you nails to match you outfit exactly. So, I've come up with a solution you can wear with ALL outfits and still look like you've been to the salon.. a festive french manicure!


You will need the following things:
* A pale pink nail polish (as natural as you can to your nail colour)
* A nail tip whitener
* A glitter top coat
* Nail polish remover to fix any mistakes
* Cotton pads/buds to wipe away any polish around your finger tips
* French polish guides (optional)


Firstly, coat your nails with a pale pink colour, as close to your nail colour as possible. I'm using a pale pink I got to take home after I had a manicure at a salon. However, most nail polish brands will have a shade like this, otherwise, clear nail polish will do nicely.


Next, you'll want to give your nails white tips! It does take a bit of practise to get a reasonable straight line across your nails, but keep your cotton buds at the ready in case you make any mistakes!

Here I'm using Rimmel London's nail tip whitener. I find the easiest way to do this is if I tilt the brush horizontally and drag it across my nail, covering the natural white tips of my nails.


If you find if difficult to do this, I found some french tip guide stickers in a Pharmacy last year. It comes  with strips of stickers you put across your nail to give you a guide when painting on your white tip. I used these constantly when I was practising doing my nails myself.


After painting your nails, take off the sticker and you'll be left with a perfect white tip!


Finally, paint over your nails with a glitter polish. I find the consistency of glitter polish is a lot thicker than a clear top coat, which means it'll last on your nails a lot longer without chipping. I used Rimmel London's I love lasting finish polish in Disco Ball.


Of course, you can vary the ways you apply the glitter top coat. You can have a signature nail, cover all your nails (like I've done), or paint over only the white tips!



So there you go, festive nails to match any outfit over the Christmas and New Year period!


What are your plans for the holidays?
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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Clubbing With Danny Jones!

Last night, Danny Jones was DJing at a club in Edinburgh, so of course I had to go along and see the legend himself. Little did I know, I would actually meet him!

Danny Jones is 1/4 of British pop band McFly, who I have been OBSESSED with since I was around 9 or 10 years old. I've seen them live in concert in double figures; I think at the moment the tally is at 15. I've never met any of the band before, so it was an incredible experience to finally meet my favourite member.



My friend and I were at the doorway into the main club room when the one and only Danny Jones was ushered in and out of the room by various security guards- my legs literally turned to jelly and I was in total awe seeing my childhood hero casually stroll past! Being a fangirl, of course, I had to follow him into the VIP area and stand outside like a loony staring into his booth whilst photos were taken of him and his fiancee (who is mind-blowingly beautiful). 

Eager to get a shot myself, I asked the club staff outside the room if we could go in to see Danny; and his management had requested for no visits while he got everything sorted for his set, which was fair enough.
Then, before my eyes, he came out of the room and was accompanied by a security guard. As expected, I followed him, then realised he was going to the men's toilet, so made an awkward stroll back outside the room- eager to meet him!

He then returned, and I shouted Danny, he acknowledged me and said he'd be back in a second. I don't really know any other better way to meet your idol by him returning with his arms open and greeting us with, 'GIRLS!!' and a cheeky grin. I passed both my friend's iPhone and my camera to a guy close by and the first flash captured us. My lips were trembling so much when the photo was being taken; you can probably tell in the photo of us by my squint smile, I was pretty ecstatic. 

My friend's iPhone shot
He then went to greet other girls- at this point a substantial amount of girls had crowded round. However, a photo hadn't been taken on my camera yet, Danny realised this and came back to change his pose and take another photo! I asked him when he was DJing, which he replied in a strong old English accent "ehh... in about 10 minutes!". He then left to meet the others, which I shouted at him "thanks so much!". He turned his head around his shoulder, smiled and said "that's alright!". 

My camera shot
Which then resulted in fangirl-ish screams and hugs with my friend.

I really wish I had spoken to him more, and told him about how much I loved McFly and was excited about McBusted; but I understand there was loads of other girls there and he wanted to get round them all. I'm just delighted I've met 1/4 of McFly and hope to meet the rest of them one day, too.























Are you excited about the supergroup McBusted? Have you met anyone famous?
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Friday, 8 November 2013

Life On Roaccutane | Final Months & Overview!

I'm sorry there was no individual month four and five update post; my dermatologist appointment for month four was rescheduled another four weeks, so there were no changes to report back to you all. However...

I'M NO LONGER ON ROACCUTANE! :D

I had my last dermatologist appointment during week 22, after two months of not having an appointment, he took one look at my skin and said I could stop taking the medication. Then began the episode of me bursting into puddles of happy tears, but we won't get into that...

It's all over and I'm more than ecstatic with the results of my treatment.

My dermatologist kept me on 50mg a day for the remainder of my treatment. During my first month, I was on 30mg a day, but I was increased to 50mg and that stayed constant every month after. In total, I've taken 455 tablets over the past 5 months...how crazy is that?!


Below are photos of my skin progress in the middle of month four. Things were starting to clear up really nicely. My skin looked quite inflamed, but at this stage, my skin was smooth and there were no active breakouts (yippee!). As far as side-effects, I was still experiencing dry skin, but it was manageable as I'd keep applying loads of moisturiser when I was around the house. I did get the flu during month four and it was actually the first time I had been properly ill on Roaccutane; since I got occasional headaches on the drug, being ill brought on really bad migraines (which I had never experienced before). Some paracetamol with loads of water made sure they didn't come back when I recovered from the flu.

 Left side and right side

Below are photos of my progress at the beginning of month five. At this stage, my skin was clearing more and more every day! I woke up in the morning looking forward to seeing the progress in my skin, which is a huge transformation as before/at the beginning of Roaccutane I'd avoid mirrors at all costs. I felt like my confidence was finally coming back too; I started University last month and I found myself being more sociable, as before, I'd hide in the corner to hide my acne-ridden face from the world. I came across no new side-effects towards the end of my treatment; dry skin, dry lips, back aches and dry eyes were the side-effects that affected me most.

 Left and right side

And finally, my end of treatment photos (below)! I'm so pleased with the results, it's been a long, tearful and stressful road to clear skin, but 100% worth it. Roaccutane has made my skin so smooth and acne-sufferers will relate to me when I say this- but it feels so nice to wash my face without the fear of irritating break outs and actually washing smooth skin! I still have a few pot hole scars and lots of hyperpigmentation, but my dermatologist said as Roaccutane makes your face redder and more inflamed as usual, the marks should be less noticeable once the medication starts to leave my system.

 Right and left side

My skincare routine changed considerably towards the end of my treatment. I substituted my old Cetaphil face wash with Simple Moisturising face wash. Personally, I think the Simple face wash is as moisturising as Cetaphil's wash, but it is foaming, which I like better when washing my face (and it's a lot cheaper, too!).
I've fallen in love with Eucerin's DermoPURIFYER Adjunctive Hydrating Care cream. Eucerin have brought out a new range which is targeted towards skin types that are being treated with acne medication. I use this in the morning as a make-up base as it is so moisturising and doesn't make my make-up flake. It is quite a heavy base for make-up, but my skin really needed it on Roaccutane.
I continued to use Aveeno cream when around the house and before bedtime as well as Hypromellose eye drops every morning and night for my dry eyes.
I'm incredibly happy with my skin care routine at the moment, and I think I'll continue to use this routine although I'm not on the medication anymore.


So, that's it! 5 months. 22 weeks. 163 days. 455 tablets.

The past five months have been the hardest and the best five months of my life. At the beginning of the Summer, I left school and spent hours before my Leavers' Prom getting upset and obsessing over how awful my skin would look in photographs. I went on amazing holidays during the summer. My skin finally started to clear and I started University in September feeling more confident than I had ever been. People don't know what it's like having acne until they've experienced it themselves, and it completely destroyed my self-confidence and stopped me from being as social as I used to be. However, going on Roaccutane has been one of the best decisions I've made and I'm delighted to say I was very successful with the medication. If you're suffering from acne or anything that is destroying your self-confidence at the moment, stay strong, and tell yourself things will get better. Because they will, I promise.

If you'd like me to write a post-roaccutane blog, let me know. And feel free to comment on this post or email me at alixstaines@hotmail.co.uk and I'll do my best to answer any of your questions.


What have been your experiences with Roaccutane? Have you used it yourself? Or have any friends/family been on the medication?
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

How To: Grow Your Hair Long! & My Haircut

Hey guys! I had my hair trimmed last week and I've had a lot of comments on how long it's grown recently, so I thought I'd write a blog post on the things I do to my hair and some tips and tricks to keeping your hair healthy, allowing it to grow longer.


Tips & Tricks When Growing Your Hair:

٭ Get regular trims. It's recommended to trim your hair every 6 weeks, especially if you're growing it long. I know I was reluctant to trim my hair as I was growing it, but just think you'll have long healthy hair instead of straggly, dead ends.

٭ Don't wash your hair too often. Your hair needs oils to keep hydrated and for your hair to grow healthily. Continually washing your hair strips it of these natural oils. If you're hesitant to do this, invest in some dry shampoo or buy a hair band to conceal 2nd day hair.

٭ Wash your hair with sulphate free shampoos. Sulphate free shampoos are more hydrating and milder than shampoos containing sulphates, something to consider if you have a sensitive scalp. My favourite is the Loreal EverStrong Shampoo, or for a cheaper alternative, Timotei's Pure Shampoo is great too!

٭ Avoid dyeing your hair. I'm sure most of you know dyeing your hair is one of the worst things your can do to it! My hairdresser told me your hair will never go back to it's original condition once it's dyed, so try not to start in the first place. If you're keen to try out some colours, restrict yourself to only dyeing the ends of your hair, as you can always cut them off.

٭ Avoid tight, high ponytails. Although fashionable, tight hair styles can really break the hairs at the crown of your head and can also tug your hair, causing hair loss and broken hair strands. I lived in low braids whilst growing my hair, you can switch it up by doing fishtail braids or creating a low, fashionable bun made out of a simple braid and some hair grips.

* Use fabric hair ties. Don't ever use an elastic band to tie up your hair, it'll ruin it! Try to buy fabric hair ties without the metal to avoid breakage. I use an old fashioned scrunchie when I'm around the house to keep my hair out of my face.

٭ Sleep with your hair in a loose braid. During the night, moving around creates friction between your hair and the pillow, causing breakage. Sleep in a loose braid to avoid this, and you'll wake up with nice waves too!

٭ Avoid using heat on your hair. I can't remember the last time I used heat on my hair, probably one of the main reasons my hair has grown so quickly this year. If this is a struggle for you, leave your hair to air dry for a while then use your hair dryer to limit the duration of heat damage to your hair, and don't forget heat protectant!

٭ Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel after washing. When your hair's wet, it's at its most prone to breakage. Avoid rubbing, as you are rubbing your fragile hair strands together, causing breakage! A tip I've found is to use an old t-shirt to wrap your hair up in after a shower instead of coarse towels.

٭ Avoid brushing your hair when it's wet. Using a hair brush can snag your hair when it's at its weakest state. I love using a tangle teaser on my hair, it gets knotty at times and I find this brushes out the knots without hurting and breaking my hair.

٭ Use a deep conditioner at least once a week. I leave Tresemme's Platinum Strength Masque on my hair for 5 minutes while i'm in the shower and it leaves my hair feeling so soft and manageable. To give your hair a real treat, put deep conditioner on dry hair, pop a shower cap on and leave it for a few hours, then wash off to reveal soft and silky locks!

٭ Eat a good balanced diet, and lots of water! Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as fluids to keep yourself hydrated. What you put inside your body is shown outside. So feed your body with good food and you'll get healthy hair as a result!

My Hair Cut:

I've had a full fringe for most of my life, I cut it myself in between hair appointments, but most salons will trim fringes free of charge. As for my lengths, I don't have any layers in my hair, it's all one length. But my hairdresser does feather my hair to frame my face as my hair can get really heavy when it's very long!
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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Life On Roaccutane | Month Three Update

I'm on day 101, week 14 of Roaccutane and this is my three month update. I just can't believe summer is all over and done with already!

I had my monthly appointment this morning, and during month three I continued with 50mg a day and I'll be on this strength during month four as well. Thankfully, I didn't get my bloods taken this morning since all the results were fine last month, so it was just a quick consultation with the doctor, the pharmacist and that was it!

As far as side effects for month three; my skin was quite dry as usual, but occasionally at night, I do get quite itchy around areas of my body, which can be a little irritating sometimes but nothing unbearable.

My nose bleeds have stopped! I do put Vaseline in my nose at night to stop them drying out, and thankfully they've stopped my nose bleeds altogether.

I still get really bad back pains, unfortunately, and it's probably my worst side effect on treatment. It does bother me sometimes, for example if I'm sitting down somewhere without my back supported, it hurts a hell of a lot when I stand up again! I asked the Pharmacist about this, and she gave me Ibuleve gel (ibuprofen gel) to put on whenever my back is really hurting. I put it all over my back before bed, because at night is when it hurts most. If it's hurting during the day, I'll take some paracetamol or ibuprofen if I'm not using the gel.

My skin has improved a lot this month! Below are photos of my skin at the start and end of month three, and I can really tell a difference. My skin isn't as inflamed anymore and I don't have as many active breakouts. I still have a lot of scarring but I'm just half way through treatment, so if my skin is looking so much better at this stage, I'm excited to see what it's like in three months time!

                     Left Side: Beginning of month three                        End of month three

                   Right side: Beginning of month three                          End of month three

My skin care routine is the same this month, I use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser every morning and night, followed by Aveeno cream as often as possible if I'm not applying any make up. I'll apply Simple's Rich Moisturiser under make up, as I find the Aveeno is a bit too heavy as a make up base. I find Carmex a lot better than Vaseline at moisturising my lips, I find I don't need to apply it as often too. And as mentioned, I'll use Ibuleve Gel for any aches and pains. 


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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Battle Of The Brands | Heavy Duty Moisturisers

Moisturising should be a crucial part of your skincare routine, and I know finding the best moisturiser suited to your skin type can be a struggle sometimes. This post is focused towards people with dry/very dry and eczema prone skin, as I suffer from dry skin myself, I've battled three top branded heavy duty moisturisers to help you decide which is the best for you!


From left to right: Aveeno Moisturising Cream, Cetaphil Moisturising Cream and Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream

Packaging
Aveeno - I purchased the larger tub of Aveeno, this 300ml bottle has a pump dispenser, which is more hygienic and convenient for quick application. One pump is enough for my whole face. The smaller 100ml bottle comes in a flip-top cap lid.
Cetaphil - The bottle comes in a screw off lid and becomes a bit bothersome when running low and I often struggle getting the lid back on when my hands are covered in moisturiser!
Oilatum - The tube comes in a flip-top cap lid, and like Cetaphil, is a bit of a pain trying to get the product out when it's almost finished. I tend to cut the top of the tube off when the product is struggling to squeeze out.

WINNER - AVEENO

Price (according to boots.com)
Aveeno - The 300ml is £8.93 and the smaller 100ml, £4.66. Considering the size and amount of applications I can get out of the 300ml bottle, it is definitely worth the price in the long run.
Cetaphil - The 100g tube is £10.09, a little pricey, but a little of the product goes a long way.
Oilatum - The 50ml tube is £7.65, which could be very expensive in the long run!

WINNER - AVEENO

Consistency
Aveeno - The cream is quite thick, but expected of a heavier duty moisturiser. It does contain Colloidal Oatmeal which I find you can feel the slightly grainy texture between the product once every so often.



Cetaphil - When squeezed out the tube, the cream retains its tubular shape and has quite a greasy finish and residue, which you can see in the photo below. The cream definitely is very thick in consistency.


Oilatum - This cream is definitely the most water-based than the others, which I like better in moisturisers. It is not as thick, but does prevent the greasy feeling some moisturisers give.



WINNER: OILATUM



Absorbency

Aveeno - I found the cream absorbed quite quickly, without leaving a greasy residue. I like this property in a moisturiser as I know when to re-apply (if needed) if I feel the product has sunk into my skin.
Cetaphil - I found this took a while to absorb into my skin, it left a horrible greasy residue on my skin which did feel quite uncomfortable. I applied this before I went to sleep once, and in the morning I felt my skin was really oily and couldn't wait to wash it off!
Oilatum - This does absorb quite quickly, and leaves a dewy finish, which is a bonus if my skin if feeling quite dehydrated.

WINNER - AVEENO


Long lasting Moisture?

Aveeno - My skin always feels really hydrated after this cream is applied. It gives a matte finish and gets rid of any really dry, stubborn areas of skin. Due to quick absorption, I do apply this product more frequently, but my skin still feels and looks very moisturised.
Cetaphil - Unfortunately, the greasy residue puts me off entirely and my skin doesn't feel dewy and hydrated like I would expect a heavy duty moisturiser to do, considering the thick consistency. This does make my face feel very oily when applied, so I tend not to apply it as often as I would.
Oilatum - The cream leaves my skin feeling hydrated and eliminates all the duller, dry looking areas. Due to its dewy finish, I don't have to apply this as often as it keeps my skin moisturised for most of the day.

WINNER - AVEENO

Good under Makeup?
Aveeno - Unfortunately, makeup doesn't sit well on top of this cream. I feel as though my makeup is clinging to all the dry flaky bits of skin more than it would without this moisturiser underneath. Annoyingly, it just looked like a big, flaky mess!
Cetaphil - Again, commenting on the oily texture of this product, my skin just looked shiny with makeup applied over this moisturiser. My skin felt really greasy and wasn't comfortable at all!
Oilatum - This cream is fabulous under makeup! I know how hard it is to find a makeup base that will co-operate with makeup and help moisturise my skin, but the Oilatum is great for this. A couple of minutes to let the product absorb into the skin and then applying makeup on top was a piece of cake!

WINNER - OILATUM


OVERALL WINNER - AVEENO with 4/6 catagories.
This cream is definitely more convenient with the pump applicator and with an affordable price, it is perfect in the long run. I find it moisturises my skin best, without my face feeling greasy or with an oily residue.

What moisturiser do you use in your skincare routine?
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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Life on Roaccutane | Month Two Update

I had my first follow up appointment during week five, my dermatologist asked how I was getting on etc. and he decided to bump me up from 30mg to 50mg a day. My skin hadn't improved much in the first month, I was just bombarded with various side effects- my dermatologist said my skin looked pretty inflamed, but it was on the right route to clearing up! Whilst I was at the hospital, I had another blood test taken to make sure my body was coping alright with the drug. I was then called into the Pharmacist's room and she asked about all my side effects I experienced during the first month. I told her the main problems were dry skin, back aches and tiredness. She suggested to take the medication at dinner time to stop tiredness during the day, which has been helping a lot more this month. The appointment was quick and easy and I left with another batch of pills and another check up in 5 weeks time. 


When I got home, however, my arm had been really achy all day where i'd had my blood drawn, and I was left with this huge lump on my arm for two weeks! I didn't manage to take a photo of the bruising later on, but it was horribly dark, I guess that's one of the many downsides of Roaccutane!

Week 6:

I was in Malta during my first week taking 50mgs a day. I knew my skin would be extremely sensitive to the sun on Roaccutane, so I put on SPF 50 while I was there. Surprisingly, most of my body tanned pretty well, except little sections I missed when applying cream. My hair line got really burnt on my first day on holiday, and for the rest of the holiday it blistered and was really painful! It was the last place I thought i'd burn, and people don't exactly put sun cream in their hair! Also, I changed from high waisted shorts one day to my bikini shorts and forgot to put cream on the bottom half of my stomach... ouch!


Week 7:

I was still getting the usual side effects in week 7; dry skin and lips, back aches and tiredness. The nosebleeds are more frequent now my strength has increased. They're mild and only last a couple of minutes, so it's bearable!

Week 8:

I went to the gym for the first time since starting Roaccutane during week 8 and I was suffering for a couple of days after! All my muscles ached and my legs felt like jelly. Annoyingly, I think i'll need to cut down on gym time for the next few months. The inside of my nose was really dry during this week too; applying Vaseline to the inside of my nose at night has helped eliminate the dry parts.


I can definitely see an improvement in my skin. It seems to be clearing a lot in the middle of my face, in the photo to the right the spots next to my nose are fading but more concentrated at the sides of my cheeks. I was breaking out quite a lot around my mouth and on my chin during this week.

Week 9:

I noticed this week there's an advantage to roaccutane besides clearing skin... it has dried up my roots! I was working quite a lot and as gross as it sounds, I skipped a few washes, my hair just didn't look dirty at all. I can definitely tell a difference being on 50mg, everything seems a lot drier (skin, hair). Make-up is becoming more difficult to apply annoyingly, my skin starts to look dry mid-afternoon and at this point I can't wait to take my make-up off and put on loads of moisturiser.

Week 10:

I thought my skin was beginning to clear up quite a bit, but this week has been very strange. My nose has a really bizarre, rough texture to it. Looking at it in the mirror close-up, my pores are really visible. I'm hoping it's Roaccutane clearing out all the muck on and around my nose, I'll ask the dermatologist about it when I see him this week. I've also been breaking out where I don't normally too, on my forehead and the middle of my neck. The ones on my neck have been really sore and inflamed, but they only last a few days. My skin, overall is beginning to itch a little, almost all the time, a common side effect of the drug. 


My skin isn't as lumpy as it was when I started Roaccutane, which is a huge improvement. About 3/4's of my acne is just scars now and the only lumpy spots are the newer breakouts. I'm a third of the way through Roaccutane now, hopefully my skin will only improve more in the future.

Skin Care Routine:


My skin care routine's changed a little this month. I'm still using Cetaphil every morning and night, I find it's the best cleanser that doesn't leave my skin feeling dry and irritated. I picked up Simple's Rich Moisturiser for a base underneath make-up, it's doing the job especially as it's a lot cheaper in the long run than the Oilatum base I used last month. When I'm not wearing make-up and before bed, I put loads of Aveeno Cream on. I'm embarrassed to say I actually go through a bottle a week, but it makes the dry skin very manageable and I don't think i'll part from Aveeno during treatment. I found Vaseline wasn't moisturising my lips as much as I'd hoped, so I got some Carmex which has been working wonders! I don't need to apply it as much as Vaseline, which is a bonus. For the inside of my nose, I've been putting Vaseline there at night so my nose isn't too dry during the day.

This month, since my strength has increased, I've noticed a slow but great improvement in my skin so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for more improvements next month!
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London!

London Bridge. Top - Primark, Jeans - H&M, Shoes - Converse

Meeting the Royals at Madame Tussauds. Top - Gift, Skirt - Primark, Shoes - Converse


Meeting Lady Gaga at Madame Tussauds

Big Ben and Westminster. Top - New Look, Cardigan - Dorothy Perkins, Jeans - H&M (as before), Shoes - Converse

Buckingham Palace

The entrance to Harry Potter Studios. Dress - Primark, Shoes - Converse

The Chamber of Secrets

Privet Drive

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