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The Two Products That Cleared My Acne

For as long as I remember I have always had bad skin. Not so much as spotty, more so red, blotchy and uneven. Foundation has been a mask for many, many years and I'm ever so grateful that high-coverage foundation and concealers exist. My skin has always been red but I was very fortunate as a teenager not to get too many spots. I would get the occasional one but I never had acne, nor did it ever get me down. Until recently.

I would say the over the last couple of years my skin has become progressively worse. It was becoming even redder and blotchier than before and it was becoming harder and harder to hide with make-up. My skintone was getting more uneven and my once fairly oily complexion was becoming quite dry. I would say the beginning of last year was when it started to get worse and I put this down to stress. Whilst my skin bothered me, no-one had ever commented on it before last March, when I had my Cabin Crew training. We had to do our wet drills in the water (obviously) and we couldn't wear make-up for it. I was quite self-conscious of my skin anyway but not being able to then hide it with a few layers of Doublewear made it even harder. I wouldn't had said my skin was particularly 'bad' on this day but someone on my course did take it upon themselves to comment on how bad my skin was and that has always stuck with me.

I then flew all summer and my skin just got worse. Everyone tells you that flying makes your skin bad and whilst I do agree, I wouldn't say it was as horrendous if you were a passenger as it is compared to if you are crew on board. Being Cabin Crew you work 12+ hours a day, the majority of the time a lot more than that and for that whole time you are wearing heavy make-up. It often gets re-applied during the day so you are having layer upon layer applied and this happens 3-5 times a week. I would always try and make sure I wouldn't wear make-up on my days off but when you try and make plans and see friends on those days, it's not always possible to be make-up free. You also get that catch 22 situation where your skin is bad so you wear more make-up to cover it, but it's the make-up itself that it making your skin bad so you can't ever break free!

My skin was the worst it has ever been in January. I only fly seasonally so I haven't flown since November and I had another job from November until January and I told myself that in January I would get my skin sorted out. Why in January, do I hear you wonder? Let me paint you the scene. I had had an allergic reaction to my eyelash extensions so my left eye was incredibly swollen. I had had lip filler injected so my lips were swollen, and I walk into my house and look at my Mum and all she can say is "wow Louise, your skin is bad" - no mention of my fat eye or massive lips!! So I booked a doctors appointment the next day and was surprised when I was diagnosed with adult acne. 

We all know what acne looks like, which is why I was so surprised when the doctor took one look at my face and said "oh yes, you have acne" as to me, this doesn't really look like acne. I don't have big, deep pores or scarring. I don't have a lot of actual, sore spots typically associated with acne but the doctor explained that there are many different types of acne out there. That said, every time I get a spot now I have noticed that it lingers for a very long time under the skin even though it's not noticeable on the surface. When I explained this to the doctor he said "acne!" and signed off a prescription for me. He said that I also had rosacea which I did think I had and he said that there are tablets I can take to help control that but for now let's just sort out the acne and boy, has that prescription worked wonders!

The prescription I was given was for the tropical cream Duac. This is obviously a prescription which I now have as a repeat and I will probably continue to use it until either my doctor decides I don't need it anymore or they stop producing it! My pharmacist recommended I keep it in the fridge so when I apply it it's nice and cool on the skin. I apply a pea-sized amount to my problem areas (ie, everywhere) after I cleanse my face in the evening and between Duac Cream and the cleanser I use which I will mention in a second, my skin is pretty much cleared!! In the before and after photos above, the photos were taken less than two weeks in between them, so it basically took just under two weeks to clear a problem that I have struggled with for many, many years. Obviously my skin has reacted well to this magical cream and I know that some people aren't as lucky and have to go on Roaccutane etc, which was what my doctor said I might have had to try if this cream didn't clear my skin up but I'm so, so glad it has reacted well to it as I know the side affects to Roaccutane etc are really unpleasant. 

Along with the Duac cream, I only use one other product on my skin. These two products are literally the only thing that touches my face from now on. I even have a different towel now for my face just to make sure that nothing else touches my skin as I don't want anything to trigger it. The doctor suggested I didn't use any fancy, expensive cleansers or anything that was over-perfumed or heavily scented. He suggested Simple products but during a personal training session with my trainer Hebe who is on Roaccutane for her acne, she told me about a charcoal cleanser she had heard about which had really good reviews online. I looked it up and the reviews were amazing and as it was only £6 in Boots, I thought it was worth a try! It is called the Carbon Theory Charcoal and Tea Tree Facial Cleansing Bar and it is essentially like a black bar of soap. I use it morning and night (after I have used it at night time I then apply my cream) every single day without fail. Using a wet muslin cloth, I rub the cleansing bar onto the cloth until it has a black foam, then rub it into my face gently and leave it for about 30 seconds before washing off with warm water. It doesn't make the skin feel tight, it makes it feel lovely and fresh and considering it has tea tree within it, the scent isn't overpowering at all.

It is worth mentioning that I've tried (and pretty much failed) to drink more water since January but also and probably more worth mentioning, I haven't really worn make-up since January. I think I have worn make-up twice since the beginning of January and it's now the middle of March. I have really let my skin breathe throughout that time and it's probably a mixture between the cream, the cleanser and no make-up which has cleared my skin up. This isn't possible for everyone and I go back to work in April so I will have to start wearing make-up again but because my skin is now soooo much better than before, I don't need to wear all of the heavy foundations or concealers anymore. I will probably just buy a really lightweight tinted moisturiser and wear that to work, along with a some bronzer to give my pale skin a bit of life! 

I honestly can't believe how improved my skin is. When I show people my before photos, no-one ever believes it is me. They always say "but your skin is so clear now?" which goes to show how well those two products have helped my skin. My skin is still slightly red and I think I will have to go back to the doctors regarding that at some point but I'm so glad the acne itself is under control. I do still get days where my skin is a little spotty and if I do get spots they tend to linger for longer than usual. But even so, I can't believe how different I now feel about my skin and I don't mind being seen without make-up now which is incredible considering this time last year I wouldn't have been seen dead without it. I always used to think "oh I just have bad skin, I will have to live with it" but no, you shouldn't have to just live with it. I only wish I went to the doctors sooner!

Duac Cream - Prescribed by a Doctor
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How To Choose The Best Jeweller

Working in a jewellery shop for 4 years was a real eye-opener for me. Whilst my job title was just 'sales-assistant', it was so much more than that. I learnt so much within my time in the job and whilst I don't do it anymore, it's something that still interests me and even now I still find myself giving people jewellery advice. I was once even on a flight and a passenger was struggling to set his watch so I did it for him as I used to sell the watch he owned!

Choosing the best jeweller is no simple challenge. When you have a special piece of jewellery and a substantial amount of money in the company’s hands, you recognise how important it is to choose with care. This post is here to provide you with all of the information you need to know in order to make the best decision.

First and foremost, it is important to establish what a jeweller actually does. By doing this you will see how crucial their role actually is. A jeweller takes on a wealth of different tasks. They make, clean, repair and even restore jewellery. However, the most creative part of their job is undoubtedly jewellery design. This is where their artistic flair and imagination come into play. Therefore, jewellers must be competent both practically and creatively.

What should you look for when selecting a jeweller?
Reputation – One of the best ways to determine the worth of a jeweller is to read reviews that have been left by previous customers. What do they have to say about the jewellery they purchased and the service they received? This is the only way to get an honest assessment regarding the company. If they have a bad reputation this is something you should surely be able to pick up on.

Bespoke service – The best jewellers offer a bespoke service. This relates to the earlier part regarding a jeweller’s job involving jewellery design. By offering a bespoke service, customers know they can have a piece of jewellery designed and created that fits in with their wishes and their budget.

GIA certified diamonds – In the world of jewellery there are two main adornments, diamonds, and pearls. Unfortunately, there is no official grading system for pearls. However, many companies do use the A, AA, AAA method. When it comes to diamonds, GIA certification is recognised all over the world. This grades a diamond based on its colour, clarity, carat weight, and cut. You should always look for a jeweller selling GIA certified diamonds, as this is the best way to be certain they are of a high quality.

Price –  This certainly does not mean going for the cheapest jeweller you find. If you do this you are almost certainly going to suffer from a lack of quality. Instead, look around online and get an idea of the average price regarding the piece of jewellery you wish to purchase. You can then compare this against the jeweller you are considering. A lot of people wonder how much they should spend on engagement rings. Some jewellers provide payment plans. If not, you could look into bad credit secured loans online. The truth is, there is no right or wrong. You don’t have to spend three month’s wages on a ring. Purchase what you can afford and don't get yourself into debt because of it.

Communication – Your first conversation with the jeweller will be telling. It is not always about what they know, but their ability to communicate with their customers. You need a jeweller who can easily explain all of the ins and outs regarding diamonds, metal choices and alike. This is especially the case when going for a bespoke service, as you want to be fully aware of the process.

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How To Recreate The Hotel Feeling At Home

Being a member of Cabin Crew, I am no stranger to hotels. I love hotels. Being alone in a hotel on your own in a foreign country might not be as fun as being in a hotel with a loved one but I still love hotels. Although travelling can be an incredibly tiring experience, one of the best things about going from hotel to hotel is that you get to experience that incredible night sleep a hotel normally brings. There's something about staying in a hotel that not only helps you feel more relaxed, but it instantly puts you in a better mood - whether it's the joy of travelling or the excitement of being somewhere new. 

Although you can't recreate the excitement of travelling, there are lots of small changes you can do to help create that ultimate hotel feel. To help you get started, here are 6 small changes you can make to your own bedroom!

Consider Your Comfort
One of the best things you can do when trying to recreate that hotel feel is to consider what aspects of the hotel make you feel comfortable. Is it the cosy sofa, the TV on the wall or the giant bed with incredibly comfortable bedding? Once you have pinpointed exactly what it is you love about staying in a hotel, you can start to make the changes needed to your bedroom. For more information on cosy hotel bedding and where you can buy your own, you can visit this site here

Keep Things Minimal
When you arrive at a hotel, one of the things most places will have in common is that they're simple, minimalistic designs. Whilst you can stay in some boutique hotels with incredible design features, the majority of places have a modern feel that is easy to replicate. For amazing bedroom renovation inspiration, you can visit Pinterest here

Remember, It's All About The Mattress 
One of the best things about staying in a good hotel is that you know you're going to be sleeping on a really comfortable mattress. Although budget hotels don't often have this feature, those people that stay in 4 or 5-star hotels will know exactly how comfy a hotel mattress can be. This is what makes all the difference to your sleep and really sums up a hotel stay! Visit your local furniture store to test out the mattresses until you find one similar. If you're really struggling, reach out to some of your favourite hotels to see if you can find out the specific brand they use. 

Set Up Black Out Blinds For Light Mornings
Being cabin crew you have an unnatural sleeping pattern so being able to sleep at any time of the day is something I now consider a skill. Because of this, I need my room to be as dark as possible which is where blackout blinds come in! A lot of hotels now feature blackout blinds that help keep that unwanted sunlight out during light mornings. To do this at home, you will need to purchase your own blackout blinds for your bedroom. 

Think About The Accessories And Details
Another way in which a hotel makes you feel comfortable is the fact that it has absolutely everything you need. From the little set up of tea and coffee to enough towels for your stay, everything you need is laid out ready and waiting for you. Not only do I enjoy going to hotel and getting into a luxurious bed, I love seeing what the bathrooms are like. A big waterfall walk-in-shower gets a massive thumbs up from me and trust me when I say there is nothing better than getting off a flight, having a nice hot relaxing shower then wrapping yourself up in a big fluffy hotel quality bath towel!

Keep Things Clean At All Times
Finally, a hotel is always relaxing because you don't have to sit there and think about everything that needs cleaning because it is done for you! Whilst you probably don't want to hire a maid service to do this for you every single day, ensuring you keep on top of cleaning will really help you feel relaxed at home. Luckily I have a Mum that does that for me!

Do you love the feeling of staying in a hotel, and want to recreate that at home? What changes can you make? Let me know in the comments section below. 

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What To Do With All Of That Clutter!

Thanks to the new Marie Kondo show on Netflix, decluttering has become cool. It’s trendy to spend time working from room to room, clearing through all of your stuff and getting rid of anything that you don’t need or want. Whether you go the whole hog and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy, or you hold on to a little more, decluttering has benefits outside of giving you something to share on social media and an excuse to binge watch one of the trending shows of the year so far. 

Decluttering your home can reduce the risks of mould, dust and dirt taking hold, as well as removing tripping hazards. It can make your home tidier and calmer, helping you to relax and get a good night's sleep. Even the act of decluttering itself can soothe your soul. 

But, then what? You clear clutter, you are surrounded by piles marked “to keep” and “not to keep?” But you don’t want to throw it all away. What should you do with all of your clutter, once the decluttering is complete?

Bin it
Some of your clutter won’t be good for anything other than the dustbin. Old receipts and files might need shredding to protect your security, but anything else that will serve no further purpose can be thrown away. Just remember to sort it into paper, plastic and other recyclables to be recycled correctly! 

If you’ve got any old clothes that are stained or falling apart and can’t be given away, these can be recycled too at a clothing bank. 

Store it
There’s bound to be a third pile of things that you aren’t quite sure about yet. You don’t think that you still want them, but you’re not confident enough to give them away. When this happens, simple storage solutions can give you options. Hire a storage room to keep furniture and anything else that you haven’t quite decided on. Give yourself a chance to live without it before you commit to getting rid forever.

Donate it
There are millions and billions of people all over the world that don’t have enough. They don’t have enough clothes or shoes, they don’t have the money to buy food, or they can’t afford to buy their children Christmas presents. To these people, your old clutter could mean the world. 

Charity shops are the perfect place to start when it comes to donating. But, be aware that not all shops accept everything, and some have special drop off points. Check online before making the trip. 

Sell it
Have you ever heard the saying “one man's junk is another man's treasure”? Well, this is undoubtedly true. Just because you don’t want something anymore, doesn’t mean that no one else well. Furniture, clothes, jewellery and electricals that are still in good condition could be sold for a profit. You might even be able to sell things that don’t work for parts. 

Check out online sales sites and apps, and try selling on social media. You never know, you could be sitting on a gold mine!

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EYN Bright 16 Colour Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

Inspired by Brookelle McKenzie on Instagram who creates the most amazing make-up creations, I saw one of her latest looks and I fell in love! With rainbow eyeshadow and a golden cut crease, I fell in love with the look she created with the EYN Bright 18 Colour Eyeshadow Palette, so much so that I needed to buy it straight away. 

Now, I haven't deluded myself into believing that I will be able to create anything as magnificent as she has created but the colours within the palette are just so beautiful and vibrant. I need all of the shades on the top row on my eyes immediately and I can't wait to be able to play around with it and see what I can create myself!

When I bought my palette I accidentally purchased two. Rather than send it back I thought I would do a little giveaway on here to say sorry for my rather large absence that has happened over the last couple of years! I do still enjoy blogging and I promise to try harder!

The giveaway is really straight forward and you are welcome to enter below! It ends on the 14th of April and I will contact the winner on the 15th! 


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Introducing Femmeluxe Clothing

I was recently emailed asking if I wanted to try a few pieces of Femmeluxe clothing to share on my blog and on Instagram and I jumped at the chance!* I have a friend who always wears their clothing, although it wasn't a brand I would have thought to buy clothes from myself as I hadn't really heard a lot about them. Having a little browse through their website, I found it really hard to decide which pieces I want to choose. I wanted some really wearable pieces that I could wear often and I can't wait to share with you what I chose!

The first item I chose was a lounge set called the Lexi Dusky Pink with White Stripe Lounge Wear Set - £18.99. It comes in 8 different shades and it is so comfy and easy to wear. The jumper is slightly cropped which makes it more fashionable and a bit cooler than just a regular jumper and the leggings are high waisted which make them more flattering to wear. I currently have a lot of revision to do so as soon as I get home I throw this lounge set on and I don't tend to move again for the rest of the day!

The second item I chose was a pair of black leather-look leggings called the Mimi Black High Waisted PU Leggings - £15.99. I have a lot of oversized shirts and tops that would look amazing with a pair of black leather-look leggings which I don't have so I thought they would be a great addition to my wardrobe. Easy to style and easy to wear, they are super shiny and super high waisted. They won't be to everyone's taste but they are such a great alternative to a normal pair of plain black leggings.

The third item I chose was a leather-look corset crop top called the Amy Black PU Crop Top - £16.99. Perfect for a night out, I would style this how I have in the above photo with a bold, statement skirt with a black belt or with a pair of high waisted light blue mom jeans. The corset style crop top itself comes in 4 different colours and has the hook detailing at the back which I found quite comfortable to wear. Definitely more suited to a night out, this is will definitely make a statement!

The final item I chose was a lace bodysuit called the Amelia Black Floral Lace Bodysuit - £12.99. I love these bodysuits. They come in 7 different colours and they are so comfortable and easy to wear, day or night. I would wear this bodysuit tucked into high waisted mom jeans with a pair of high heels and a belt, or just on its own to bed! I could get one in each colour if I could! They won't be to everyone's taste to wear out in public so even if you want to wear them to bed then you will still look great. Plus they make your bum look amazing so that alone is enough to get me to buy more!

Bearing in mind I haven't really been familiar with Femmeluxe clothing before, I have been really impressed by their extensive range of clothing and it's all reasonably priced too. They often have 50% off or generous discount codes so it's always worth a look! I often find that I always look at the same three websites for clothes so it's nice to branch out and have another clothing website to add to my list!

*Items sent for free in exchange for blog and Instagram coverage

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