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La Roche-Posay | Effaclar Anti-Blemish System


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System is a three-step skincare system that's specifically aimed at combating problematic skin issues such as adult acne, hormonal blemishes and irregular skin textures. 

I've always had combination skin which had a tendency to break out mid-cycle that worsened as a teen and cleared up as a late teen - now that I'm an adult I've found I'm trying to gain control over cystic acne. This adult acne causes big boils to overtake my face and believe me, they're painful, they don't cause whiteheads but due to the increased sebum my blackheads have also become more pronounced which affect the look of my skin and it's texture. I hate it. It's so bloody frustrating too.

I think I've tried everything possible in my fight again the dreaded 'spot' and some things have helped temporarily and others have simply made things worse. The main products that improved my situation were Skin Shops Silver Serum and prescription antibiotics but as soon as I stop using them the acne comes back with a vengeance.  


So I originally purchased this set because it's been majorly hyped over the last year and it's had excellent reviews from consumers and bloggers. I figured ah, what the hell let's give it a shot because I've tried everything else in this skin fight. 

Included in this set: 

Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser // Step one is for cleansing. The gel cleanser is supposed to purify and remove excess sebum while also getting rid of impurities. The end results should be clean, clear and soft skin. I actually found this to be a good cleanser but only at certain points in the mouth, for the rest of the time, it felt as though it almost made things worse as though my skin felt clogged and coated? This may have been because I was extra hormonal at that point and my skin does get oilier but my thinking was it should have been good enough to still have combated that. 

Effaclar Clarifying Toner // Step two tones and refines the skin while reducing the appearance of pores and improving the look of dull skin. This was a winner, it's fantastic at cleaning even the toughest mascara's and is sensitive enough to use twice a day. It's cooling, unscented and is just fab. 

Effaclar Duo [+] // Step three treats the issues that get us down - excess oiliness, blocked pores, whiteheads, pimples, boils and uneven skin textures. The duo is so easy to apply and has a gel to a cream texture which exfoliates while repairing. I applied this religiously but.... it didn't make a difference. 

This set is supposed to target oily and blemish prone skin and in many other cases it really has but in my opinion, it fell flat. I didn't notice a difference at all from the Duo and the cleanser was problematic - the toner, however, was amazing and so worth buying this set for. I'm not going to say this was a dud only because my skin is so up and down and hormonal - if you're someone who has a regular cycle or has mild skin issues then maybe it will work for you but I'm not done with this though, I will try it again just to be sure once my skin gets to a somewhat regular regime.  

If you want to give this a try I purchased my set from Escentual


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Apothederm | Stretch Mark Cream



Apothederm launched themselves into the skincare market in 2011 and haven't looked back. Their breakout star within the Apothederm collection has been the stretch mark cream pictured above as it combines both great skincare ingredients with science. Promising to reduce the signs of stretch marks, uneven, discoloured and generally imperfect skin in as little as two weeks I knew I had to jump on this bandwagon. 

As a mummy to three 'large' babies I know exactly how it feels to see your skin go from youthful, even and taut to flubby, uneven and marked with your pregnancy war scars. For most of us, there is little we can do to stop stretch marks especially if our mum suffered from them (damn genes and hereditary flaws) but Apothederm gives all of us who joined the stretch mark brigade some possible hope. 

At £63.99 for 160g, I was hoping, wishing and praying that it would be this wonder cream that would see me regain some of my youth. It definitely carries a hefty price tag but, stats such as 90% of people getting visible results within twelve weeks it sure gives me more hope that it will work. 

The cream contains a variety of ingredients such as moisturising Shea butter, cocoa butter and olive oil which are found in the best nourishing products on the market but combines these with more powerful scientific ones such as; heptapeptide-7 which is a tough cookie of an ingredient which promotes skin renewal as well as resveratrol which protects the skin against damage makes this cream a tough hitter.  

I plan to use this twice a day as stated on the bottle on my stomach, arms, and legs and will update you when the twelve weeks are up. Currently, I find the creams soothing, it feels cooling like Aloe gel does but of course it's a cream. Once applied it feels as though it's nourishing my skin but doesn't feel oily like many other 'nourishing' products do. 

So far so good, I can't say I have seen any difference yet but it is still only 1 week in. I really have my fingers crossed for this product and hope it doesn't end up as one of those over-hyped ones that end up being a huge letdown. 

Have you tried this brand or this product in particular? or are there any other stretch mark products you've tried that you loved? 

You can purchase this from the Dermacare Direct website or Amazon.   

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Here's How I Put A Great Outfit Together


I love fashion, and I know you do too. But there are times when I wish I felt a little more inspired by the items in my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong. I have some great fashion lurking in there somewhere. The challenge is to put it all together into a really great outfit. So what’s my secret? I think the secret is in the shopping. After all, we can’t afford to buy enough fashion to have a completely different outfit every day. But we can make it look different by mixing and matching each item well.

When I’m out shopping, I’m always drawn to those fashion items that will look good with several different colours. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with just blacks or whites. On the contrary, the more colours within the fabric, the more chance you have of matching it with something else you already own. And yes, black really does work with just about everything. But a splash of colour makes any outfit really pop, so don’t shy away from it. After all, fashion is supposed to be fun.

I also look for items that can be worn in different ways. Skirts are pretty good in that way. You can get at least two different lengths out of every skirt by wearing the waistband higher or lower. Wide belts are great for hiding the extra length if you need it. You can always give the illusion of a different length with a long shirt, top, or even pop socks. Trousers don’t quite give you the same freedom, but a belt can give you a completely different look.

I always say that accessories are the key to recreating an old outfit into something new. It might be monogrammed jewellery or a really great hat that gives your outfit a fabby new look. I love wearing plenty of accessories. Necklaces and bangles can give you just the edge you need to feel fresh and stylish even if you’re wearing something from last year’s wardrobe. Hats are always a great choice, but belts are the key to reviving something old into a brand new look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colours, widths and styles.

When I’m putting something together, I’m thinking about shape and texture as much as colour. If I’m looking for something long and sleek, then I know I can get away with more colour and detail. If I want something chunky and full of texture on top, then the skirt or leggings need to be less busy. Sometime's I like to downplay my outfit with more comfortable pieces but can still keep it unique by customising my own, I find that Custom OTG shirts are a great option, especially if you want to feel unique. A really detailed skirt can look incredible with a plain vest top dressed up with plenty of accessories. The skirt often determines the shoes you can get away with too. I don’t have a lot of colourful shoes, but if you’ve got them, try to match at least one colour in your outfit.

I love it when an outfit comes together! You can lay out items on the bed to check they work together. Sometimes the fun of it is trying it all on, though. How do you put your outfits together?

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Getting Your Home In The Best Possible Condition



Nobody likes having little inconvenient flaws and errors getting in the way, right? Whether they’re on the way to the supermarket on whether they’re at work, we could certainly do without them. We’d all like to live in a perfectly smooth world where the ride is nothing short of bliss – but, alas, we have to settle with the real world.

Annoying little niggles happen in every aspect of our lives, and none more so than in the comfort of our own homes, ironically. As a homeowner, you know that your work in that little abode is never finished – there’s always something that needs fixing or seeing to. Our job, therefore, is to solve the problems and make sure they don’t happen again – and if they do, then limit them. It’s not the most exciting part of life, but these things need to be done if you want a wonderful and functioning home – you can’t just sit around and expect everything to be hunky-dory.

Some domestic chores can be quite a tedious exercise, so it’s understandable if you get a little stressed. If you want a little push in the right direction, let’s get through some steps you can take to solve whatever home issues are plaguing you.

Declutter

The first step would be to make sure you have a clear area to work with. When there’s a mess surrounding the area you want to go to work on, it’ll just make things ten times more annoying. Everyone has clutter around their house at one time or another, so it’s no big deal, just make sure the mess is eradicated. Once it’s cleared, you’ll have a better idea of how to proceed without things getting in the way.

Examine The Issue(s)

Now you can get into the nitty-gritty of it all without anything obstructing you. Have a little look around and try to find the source of the problem(s). It’s no big deal if you can’t figure out what’s going on, but it would be handy to get some brief knowledge. Maybe take some notes and then hop online to see if anything matches your description.

Hire A Professional

Whatever the issue is with your home, there will be someone out there that knows how to solve it. You might need a Bed Bug Exterminator to come around and go to work for a little while on those pesky little guys, or you may be in need of an electrician to come in and completely shake up your wires. Whatever the problem is, don’t hesitate to contact someone who’ll be happy to help you.

Upgrade

After you’ve identified and nullified any issues to an extent, you might need to think about how limiting any further problems or putting a complete halt to them. Unfortunately, there are some things that will rear their ugly faces even when you have a stern defence. But there are other aspects of a home that can be upgraded if you invest enough. If you don’t want to go through any of the annoyance that you have already, it’s wise to think about buying higher quality stuff.   



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