18 June 2015

Update & Semi-Hiatus

Hello, so I don't even know if anyone has noticed, but I haven't posted any content in quite a few weeks, which is pretty unusual for me, and i've actually missed blogging a lot, so I thought i'd give you a little update on what is, and what will be going on in my life.

So, i'm currently taking a gap year, and I finally managed to find and start a temporary job about a month ago, therefore by the time I return home late in the afternoon, the lighting is rubbish, rubbish lighting means rubbish photos. I actually have a ton of drafts to post up, but I can't because I haven't been able to take decent photos for them, which is extremely frustrating. After my job ends, which is this coming week, you may be thinking, finally, you can concentrate a bit more on the blog, but sadly, that isn't the case, I have an exciting trip coming up, I am off to South Africa for 2 weeks. So I will basically be on hiatus for that period of time, and then, as soon as I return to London, i'm off to Hong Kong for 6 weeks!

But for Hong Kong, the situation would be much better, I should be able to get some decent photos, and also have time to type up and post content, however, as I am there for holiday and to visit family and friends, I probably won't be posting as frequently as I was before. Also, be sure to look forward to future posts as I will definitely be hauling a lot of asian beauty products, i've got a massive wish list all ready to go, so you'll be seeing a ton of hauls and reviews.

So that's it! To be honest, I don't think anyone has really noticed that i've been gone, nevertheless, I thought i'd post this anyways, I hope that you will continue to read my future content, and thanks for understanding~!

1 June 2015

A Love-Hate Relationship

It's always such a hassle to have a love-hate relationship with a product, you like it, yet at the same time, you don't, and it's just too difficult to decide whether you want to continue using it or not, getting to the point, the product in question is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer.

The texture of the concealer is creamy and blends onto the skin really well, it feels extremely lightweight and doesn't sink into any fine lines at all. Furthermore, it leaves a lovely dewy and radiant finish, which is perfect for my under eyes as they are more often than not, in need of some brightening action. It doesn't have extremely high coverage to completely cover up dark circles, but it has a great medium coverage that looks natural, therefore it would be exceptionally good to wear for an everyday look.

Hate: I guess hate is a bit of a harsh way to put it, I would prefer to say 'dislike', anyways, I don't actually have a mountain of reasons as to why I don't really like this concealer, I just have one, which is quite a statement as this one reason pretty much outweighs all the reasons as to why I like the product. And the reason is, it contains shimmer/glitter in it, now, it's not any subtle shimmer, it's quite in your face in my opinion, it is barely noticeable in natural sunlight, however, if you go under direct sunlight or artificial lighting, it is very prominent, and trust me, it isn't a very nice look.

Although I mentioned above that it's difficult to decide whether or not to continue using the product or not, i've decided to not use it anymore, I really tried to look past the shimmer, but it really bugs me a lot. It's quite a disappointment because I really like the actual formula of the concealer, if only it didn't have the shimmer, then I would've absolutely loved this product!

Are you in a love-hate relationship with any products?

28 May 2015

Roaccutane Report #2 | Combatting Dry Skin

You may have read my introduction on roaccutane, which is the first part to this series, but if not, you can check it out here, so after taking the medication for about a week, I started to experience the side effects, which was mainly dry skin, and that's what this post is going to be all about.

As I mentioned above, the dryness started kicking in after a week, the first thing I noticed was dry lips, they became extremely flaky and would peel a lot, this is known to be one of the most common side effects that almost everyone on the medication would get. I've been using Carmex Lip Balm, and it's important to do it throughout the day, and I like to apply an extra thick layer before bed to keep my lips hydrated through the night.

Then I began to have rashes on hands, they were so dry and scaly that bumps started forming, they would get really itchy as well, and sometimes would bleed because they were so dry, which leads to scabs as well. It's best to use creams that do not have any parabens or fragrance, E45 is really good, currently, i've been using Doublebase Gel which is especially designed to be used for dry or chapped skin conditions which may be itchy or inflamed, which exactly describes my condition. Again, I apply this throughout the day, especially after when i've washed my hands, as water and soap always strips the moisture from the skin. 

Next was a dry scalp, previously, my hair would look greasy after 2 days from being washed, but now my hair would only produce oils after 4/5 days, which I guess is quite an advantage as I wouldn't have to wash and damage my hair as much, however, I realised that I would get dandruff and my hair is more frizzy, which isn't a very nice look. Therefore, i've been using The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, which has helped to reduce the dandruff a lot. I've also been using the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil, I would apply 2 pumps after towel drying my hair, mainly concentrating on the lengths of the hair, and then sparingly apply some to the top of the head, then after my hair is completely dry, I would apply 1 more pump to the ends of the hair.

Of course, the skin on my face also became quite an issue, it also got very dry and flaky, causing it to be extremely sensitive, therefore, I had to change up quite a lot of the skincare products I was previously using. The new products i'm currently using has been helping a lot, however, I will be talking about those in more detail in the next report as this post would be too long if I tried to cram it in.

I used to really dislike my extremely oily skin, but now i've experienced dry skin, I can relate to and understand the other side of the spectrum a little more now. I hope i've helped, be sure to look out for my next report for more in depth skincare tips.
Do you have any products to recommend for dry skin?