Living with Adult Acne

Hi Lovelies,

As some of you may know my blog was selected to feature  in last weeks New Magazine in an article about adult acne. This was not only really exciting for me but also an oppurtunity to share my experience and show people that they do not have to put up with Adult Acne and that there is something can be done. For those of you that didn’t get to read it I have copied the link below, I have to say massive a huge thank you to the Pharmacy2u team who have not only prescribed me with medication to finally control my acne but also allowing me to get my story out there and hopefully show people they are not alone.

 

http://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/news/online-doctor-helps-zoe-acne-battle/

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Special Occasion Makeup

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This Saturday marked my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend which firstly is a pretty big achievement and secondly was the perfect excuse for me to get dressed up and dip into that huge makeup collection of mine. The party season is upon us and this look would be perfect whether your going for a meal with friends or getting glammed up for your christmas party!

I started off with my usual base of Smashbox Photofinish Light which is an absolute must for oily girls and then applied MAC Studio Fix Fluid in the shade NC37 with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Studio Fix is long wearing and photographs brilliantly meaning it is my go to foundation for a night out.

For my under eye area I used Bobbi Browns Porcelain Peach Corrector with Rimmel Wake Me up concealer in Soft Beige to highlight my cheek bones.  I then started on my eyes using MAC Satin Taupe  eye shadow all over the lid,blending up to the crease and slighltly winging out. Using the same shadow I then dragged the colour onto my lower lash line to create a smoky effect,I have mentioned before my love of a good smokey eye and as saturday was a special occasion I added a pop of blue to mine using Maxfactors Saphire Rage shadow onto the lower lashline over the Satin Taupe.

For lashes I kept it natural, I have really gone off strip lashes recently and am embracing my natural lashes. I used my lash curler from MAC and then applied N07 Extreme Length Extend Mascara. This mascara added length but didn’t add much volume so I added some Model Co lash fibres to add some additional thickness.

Now that my eyes were complete I moved on to contouring using MAC’s scuplting powder in the shade dark,  this is one of MAC’s newest products which I have mixed reviews about- I will post a full review for you soon! I blended my contour with Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium and on my cheek applied Benefits Coralista Blush topped off with MAC Global Glow highlighter on the cheek bones.

As I was going for a meal I kept my lips natural using MAC Myth lipstick and Lipglass in Prrr.This look would work equally as well with a brighter shade, my choice would be Sleek lipstick in Mystic or MAC Girl About Town.

 

 

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The finished look

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Everyday Essentials

I don’t know about you but I am massively struggling to get up in the mornings at the moment due to the fact that it’s so dark it still feels like the middle of the night. My alarm gets snoozed a minimum of 3 times which means I am left with very little time to get ready for work! It’s a well known fact that I love makeup however on days like this I reach for my daily essentials that I know will see me through my working day.

Quick every day makeup…What you will need!

 

  1. Long wearing foundation

Every girl should own a long wearing foundation! Being oily skinned means that a long wearing matte foundation will always be my first choice when it comes to a long day in the office. For a quick application and flawless finish I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Best High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Best Budget- Revlon Colour Stay for oily skin

 

  1. Matte Bronzer

Contouring doesn’t have to be technical or take hours; I use a matte bronzer to define my cheek bones and lightly dust over my forehead to give a bronzed finish.

Best High End: MAC Give Me Sun Mineralise Skin Finish

Best Budget: W7 Honolulu Bronzer

 

  1. A Shimmer Blush

A shimmer blush will brighten up any look especially when you’re keeping your makeup simple, a natural peachy tone would be my go to for every day makeup which will compliment your contour perfectly.

Best High End: MAC Style Sheer tone Blush

Best Budget: Sleek Rose Gold Blush

 

  1. Mascara

I like to keep my eyes natural for work meaning no eye shadow just a quick curl of my lashes and a good few layers of mascara.

Best High End: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Best Budget: Maybelline The Falsies

 

  1. Lipstick

A berry coloured shade is my first choice for everyday, just enough colour to accentuate my natural lip colour.

Best High End-MAC Lovelorn

Maybelline-Moisture Renew in Vintage Pink

 

  1. Setting powder

To finish off the look I use a powder, my first choice is MAC Studio Fix Powder which is actually a powder foundation but I find this suits my oily skin perfectly. I haven’t yet found a worthy budget alternative so any suggestions are welcome!

 

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I’m back…

Summer

A snapshot of my summer!

 

Autumn has officially arrived and with that the return of my blog! Its been a little while since my last post, I took a little ‘Me’ time over the summer to do grown up things like buying my own apartment and I also squeezed in a holiday!

Taking a break means I have so much to talk about so for my first post it only seems right to talk about some of the products I’ve been loving over the summer and into Autumn.

The first thing I have to mention is my skin,Its been a very long emotional journey but finally I can say have clear skin. It’s not perfect but what girl my age can say they never get a spot!  It’s hard to believe how bad my skin was when I look back at my previous blog posts. If there is anyone reading this that suffers with oily acne prone skin then I would highly recommend using MD Formulations skin care it has literally changed my life. I started off with the Anti-Blemish kit but now just use the products individually as my skin has improved so much.  I use the Facial Cleansing Gel every morning and night while showering, followed by the Glycare Lotion and use the Vit- a-Plus clearing complex if I have a spot emergency. I wasnt keen on the moisturiser that came in the pack,I found it way too drying even for my oily skin but the cleanser, lotion and clearing complex are a total winner and I urge anyone who is suffering with acne fed up with antibiotics to give these amazing products a try.

With summer behind us it only means one thing… Fake tan Thursdays are back! Strangely enough the tan I’m loving right now is one that last year I couldn’t stand! The tan in question is the Vita Liberta Extra Rich Tinted Self Tan lotion, its my go to tan every Thursday at the moment. The tan has a gel like texture and when applied feels virtually undetectable which is where I was going wrong last year- I was applying way too much. You really don’t need to use much to get a flawless,even natural looking tan. The tan claims to give optimum skin conditioning and a perfect fade which I am in total agreement with.This tan really is long-lasting and fades naturally like no other tan I have come across, I don’t feel the need to scrub it all off and start again after 5 days!

One thing I give up when the summer ends is my lash extensions, I think its important to give my lashes a break so am always on the hunt for a great mascara. My current favourite is the Lancome Hypnose Drama and I have to say this mascara is so good I am really enjoying having my lashes natural. The shape of the brush really allows me to coat every single lash and the deep black  shade  gives me really  the really dramatic thick lashes that I love!

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Wearing Lancome Hypnose Drama

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All Day Festival Makeup

So I am totally guilty of neglecting my blog recently- Excuses I know but I have been ridiculously busy!

Anyhow last week I went to Wireless Festival in Birmingham and with Festival season in full swing what better to post about than a festival makeup look.

I have only ever been to two festivals and whist I totally dig festival chic I am by no means a pro at this! Porter loo’s are just not my thing.

The first thing I look for in festival makeup is a long wearing foundation after all it needs to withstand sweat, rain or whatever else the English weather decides to throw at you. MacStudio Fix Fluid is perfect for this! Teamed with primer and powder this will last all day without looking to heavy or false.

I am wearing the shade NC37 applied with a damp beauty blender along with my go to primer Smashbox Photo Finish Light and Studio Fix Powder in NC42. Another festival essential for me is my MAC Blot powder which I keep with me to top up throughout the day and mop up any oiliness!

Festivals can be pretty hectic so I like to  combine a corrector with a highlighting pen to look wide awake no matter what time it is. I am using Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach an Mac Prep+Prime pen in Bright Forecast applied underneath the eyes and to the tops of the cheeks.

On my eyes I am wearing MAC Scene Eyeshadow all over the lid and used a black gel liner to create a winged effect. To add a bit of sparkle I used a Mac Pigment in a shimmery lilac shade applied with a damp eye shadow brush to my crease. Apologies I don’t know the colour I bought it in Thailand a few years back.

To brighten up the look and give it that festival vibe I used Mac Parfait Amour eye shadow on the lower lash line paired with a waterproof black liner from Urban Decay in the waterline. One thing I do need to invest in is a good eye primer so any recommendations would be appreciated!

For cheeks I went for a naturally flushed look using MAC Pink Swoon blush and soft and gentle highlighter on the cheek bones for an extra glow.

Lips for me have to be natural- All that drinking makes it all too easy to get lipstick on my teeth or round my face. I went for an old favourite MAC Creme D’Nude lipstick topped up with C-Thru Lipglass.

I hope you like this look and enjoyed reading.

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bareMinerals READY Foundation Review

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Another day means another foundation review! Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks I’ve been super busy and it seems by blog has been neglected in the process.

I’ll be honest I’ve never really been interested in powder foundation before but heard such good things about Bare Minerals I thought its only fair I give it a go. I’ve never really understood the concept of powder foundation or believed it could provide the coverage of a liquid foundation. This however has potentially changed my mind!

I’ve been wanting to review this for a while but unfortunately I needed a week in the sun before I could even contemplate wearing the shade I had been matched up to. Either Boots had really bad lighting or the assistant mistook me for an oompa loompa! That said the shade R350 is the perfect shade for when I’m on holiday which you can see from my picture is more like the colour of bronzer.

Bare Minerals have a brush specially designed to use with this foundation however it’s pretty pricey and as long as you have a flat topped brush it will do the trick. I like to use either a Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Real Techniques Kabuki Brush to buff into my skin and build coverage.

The coverage can be anything from natural to full coverage and you can build up gradually, in fact I was surprised how full coverage this could be. I personally really like this foundation for holidays what I love is that it’s like your skin but with a smoother more even finish. Like your skin but better!

Now for cons! If you have blemishes or spot prone skin this foundation isn’t going to look as great or provide the same finish as liquid foundation. I love this foundation for good skin days but it’s just not in the same category as a liquid foundation for covering blemishes and it can get a little cakey if you keep trying to cover them.

As for staying power this holds up pretty well when teamed with primer. A few blots are needed throughout the day but what oily girl doesn’t! After a busy day in the office I still look presentable so this passes the test.

So my final thoughts on Bare Minerals Ready Foundation…If you have relatively good skin this is a really nice foundation that will provide a flawless finish, buildable coverage and its quick and easy to apply. If your super oily and spot prone I would stick to liquid foundation I really like this foundation but I’m not a powder foundation convert by any means!

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My Skin Story Continued…

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For those of you that follow my blog regularly you will be aware my skin struggles. It’s been about 5 weeks since my previous post and I promised I would keep you all updated on my progress so here I am.

Firstly I would just like to say thank you for all the kind messages and comments it was quite hard for me to open up about such a sensitive issue but I had such a fantastic response. If you didn’t catch the first part of my story you can read it here:

https://bdellbeautyblog.com/2014/04/19/my-skin-struggle/

I can’t believe I am actually saying this but I believe finally I am starting to make progress! It’s been a very long road but I’m finally starting to see results. Cue smiley face! 😊

To recap in my last post I had just started to use Skinoren Azelaic Acid along with Erythromycin oral antibiotics. Since then I have been put on repeat prescription for the Erythromycin and am taking 1 tablet twice a day and I apply the Skinoren cream morning and night.

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At first I didn’t think much to this and it’s very very slow progress however I would say that this has helped with inflamed acne. I don’t get as many big spots as I used to but my main concern was the congestion underneath my skin and I really don’t think it’s works for that.It also gives me ridiculous hunger pangs all the time which is really annoying!

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So this stuff works but it’s not a quick fix! Again it’s a very slow process but you can see from my photo it did reduce the congestion under my skin. Not completely but I think over time the effectiveness will increase. Which is really not what you want to hear when you have bad skin you just want it gone!

MD Formulations Anti Blemish Solutions Kit

This stuff trumps both of the above! I’ve been using this set for about a week and I literally feel like my spots are melting away. My pores are tighter, my skin is less oily and the texture of my skin has improved massively.

The kit consists of a facial gel wash,a toning lotion, clearing gel, moisturiser, eye cream and sun protector and it works wonders. I was highly recommended these products by a friend and was able to purchase online from Feelunique.com. I am so impressed with the results even after a weeks use and will be posting a full review of the set in the coming weeks.

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Right to left- Before Treatment, Using Erythromycin, Erythromycin & Skinoren, above combined with MD Formulations Anti Blemish Kit

It seems like things may be looking up for my skin and I’m hoping it stays that way! I will keep you updated with my progress and hope that this post helps anyone else that may suffer with problem skin.

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