My Skin Secret Weapon: Sudocrem.

We all hate spots…like a lot. But when you just need them to dry up so you can get on with your day it can be impossible. Whatever you use either doesn’t dry the spot up or it does and takes all the skin around it with it. Now enter Sudocrem.

I discovered this wonder product whilst watching some YouTube videos (I can’t remember who though). So, when it was claimed that it would end all my pimple problems I ran out and bought some as soon as physically possible.

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I’m still on the same tub I bought about 2 years ago, that cost me Β£2.50.

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As it quite clearly states on the tub it’s designed for acne, so I felt safe using it on my skin. I dab a small amount onto a spot and usually leave it overnight. When I wake up the blemish is all dried out and significantly reduced in size and redness. On parts of my skin that have recently had blemishes or a just a little red I usually put a tiny layer on after a few days the redness or scar has almost completely disappeared.

Over the last few years Sudocrem has saved my bacon on numerous occasions and I cannot sing it’s praises enough. Plus rocking the Sudocrem look is badass.

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Let me know your secret skin weapon or if you end up trying mine.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally πŸ™‚

Budget Skincare Gems.

As you may have remembered reading one of my new resolutions was to spend a little less on my skincare products, since they all pretty much do the same thing. Not only that but since I’ve been drinking more water and less diet coke (another one of my resolutions go me) my skin has almost completely cleared up. I still get the occasional spot but other than that it’s like freaking baby’s bum on my face. So I recently went out to do a little budget skincare shopping to find alternatives to my more expensive stuff and I have found some absolute gems, that I am here to share with you.

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I have been a worshipper of The Body Shop Vitamin E range since I used to steal my mum’s moisturiser. But who knew Superdrug  did there own version (probably everyone but me) that is just as good. I got this to replace The Body Shop intense moisturiser and it is just as good I can tell no difference and for so much less money…fab.

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Now I’ll be honest, I picked his up on a 3 for 2 sale at Boot not knowing how I would use it. But as soon as I put it on my face I realised it’s an amazing primer and leaves my skin feeling the same as if I have used the Benefit Porefessional.

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This I have used before as I saw it mentioned by Lisa Eldridge I believe years ago. As a hydrating night cream it really does the job, gives my skin a nice drink over night and doesn’t leave my purse thirsty.

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This was an absolute revelation to me. I have used The Body Shop moisture serum for a few years now and thought I’d never be able to find a cheaper alternative, but I did. The Superdrug version leaves my skin feeling beautifully hydrated, yes it smells a little of suncream but that’s the only real difference. I will be buying for this year’s to come I can already see it.

So that’s my picks of my favourite budget skincare, let me know if there’s anything else I need to trying.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally πŸ™‚

New Years Resolutions

As we all know Christmas is over, the New Year has started and work form some reason has come back into our lives again. As always with each New Year we look back on the year we`ve just finished and look forward to trying at life again.

 

Last year was quite a big year for me, I actually accomplished a lot. I managed to get myself out of a rubbish minimum wage job into starting my career, I passed my driving test, I got a car and I secured a place on a teacher training programme starting this September. Since last year was so successful for my career I want to focus on my lifestyle and mainly money.

Resolutions:

  1. Stop wasting money on high end skin care because the bog standard Boots botanics works just as well for your skin.
  2. Stop buying clothes all the time that you end up almost never wearing.
  3. Each week commit to going to the gym at least 3 times and do yoga on the other days.
  4. Keep up making lunch for work but stop eating the other rubbish.
  5. STOP DRINKING DIET COKE!!

That last one is a biggie for me. I have for many years pretty much had an addiction to Diet Coke, its been my thing. I`ve always known that its really bad for me but now that I want to get serious about my heath and fitness its time to make it just a special treat not my main source of hydration.

 

Now these may not seem like huge changes, but thats the point. Anything too big and I won`t keep to it. These 5 little changes can have an impact on my life in a positive way and I`m hoping they will.

 

I hope you all have had a fabulous Christmas and an excellent New Year.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally πŸ™‚

15 of My Favourite Feelings.

I know I`ve been a little bit all over the place, but December has been a very stressful month. I`ve been applying for teacher training courses and have had interviews and its not an easy process. So I need a slightly less high maintenance post so here you have 15 of my favourite feelings.

  1. Finding a tenner in my coat pocket.
  2. Making my nephew laugh…that smile.
  3. When you FINALLY pop a stubborn spot.
  4. Being that one person your friend can talk to.
  5. When everyone loves what you`ve cooked.
  6. When you achieve that flawless base.
  7. The first glass of Diet Coke after a long day.
  8. Driving into work knowing that I love my job.
  9. The goosebumps you get when a song really hits home.
  10. Making my mum and dad proud.
  11. Wearing pjs, in no make up and no bra feeling beautiful.
  12. The quiet of a cricket ground before the crowds enter.
  13. Being in the arms of the man (or person) you love knowing he truly loves you.
  14. Being one of the lads when you`re a girl.
  15. Knowing that I am a kick ass woman and the best me I can be.

Sorry this is a little short but I have to get back to interview preparation.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally πŸ™‚

 

No7 Event and the First Time I had my Make-Up Done.

So last Thursday Emily and I were lucky enough to be invited to a No7 event here in Plymouth. It was to try out their Match Made service, which I had heard of but never tried myself. Now, No7 is a brand that I has always been around but I’ve never really thought of for myself. I remember stealing my first ever lipstick from my mum and it was a gorgeous plum shade by No7, and I loved it. Since hitting my twenties I’ve come to realise that the brands I associate with my mum are actually really great brands (why do mums always know best even with make up) and No7 is definitely an example of that.

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Cute set up at the event with personalised gift bag πŸ™‚

They gave us a run down of the Match Made service and how it works and I made notes so I’ll pass those onto you. Well, the gist I got was they have a camera that has 200 LED lights and takes a picture of your clean skin (usually on the jawline because of less pigmentation). The camera then let’s you know your shade, one of 17 shades and then you can choose from 12 different types of coverages and finishes. From the shade you are given you can match your concealer, your powder, your lipstick and now your blusher. And so that’s how it works, it’s been running for a few years now and all products and developments are tested on over 2000 women to ensure quality.

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The products used on me.

At the event we had the Match Made service used on us and got our make-up done, something that I have never had done before and I loved it. My shade was Calico and I matched it to a lipstick called Pink Hint and a publisher called Peony Mist both muted pinks. The first thing they did on my skin was take off my original make-up using the Beautiful Skin  Cleanising Water, the I was moisturised using Beautiful Skin Day Cream and the Early Defense Eye Cream. Next was the Stay Perfect Primer which is a complete dupe for the Porefessional by Benefit but for a fraction of the price. After the primer was my foundation choice, I went for a foundation more light to medium coverage the Air Brush Away foundation in Calico and was lovely and light on the skin whilst being a decent coverage. Lastly, the Instant Radiance Concealer in 010 and the Match Made Concealer in 010 for under eyes and blemishes respectively.

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The Air Brush Away foundation used on me.

Overall, I really enjoyed the event and having my make-up done for the first time. Everyone was so friendly and chatty and it has really enamored me to No7 again. So, if you have a No7 at and near you try out their Match Made service I highly recommend it.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally πŸ™‚

My Go To Make Up.

When you wake up at 6am 5 nights a week you tend to go into a make up auto pilot, what with the lack of being properly awake. So this is what I wear 99% of the time I`m wearing make up.

 

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I start with my favourite base the Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB in Intensity 1.0. I apply it with fingers and apply it very thinly and it evens my skin tone out nicely whilst letting my skin breathe a little, aka you can still see my freckles through it.

 

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Next I apply the Rimmel 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter in 010 Ivory on any blemishes and then use this Eco Tool tiny buffer brush to blend out the concealer. I also use this under my eyes but I only apply a little as I don`t have particularly bad eye bags…thank the lord.

 

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Next I set all of my blemish concealing and pay special attention to my forehead with the Maybelline Matte Maker in 10 Classic Ivory and it`s a great skin control product.

 

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Next I use the Collection Cover Stick in 01 Light to go over any particularly stubborn blemishes to try and just get rid of the red.

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Lastly, I use The body Shop All in One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum and it`s a great everyday flush of pink blusher that is just a no brainer when my brain isn`t awake yet.

 

On a day to day basis I don`t do any eye make up or do my eyebrows. This is mainly because I`m lazy and it takes far too long but also as a glasses wearer I find that you can never really see if my eyes and eyebrows are done so I just skip them.

So this is what I wear on the regular. It`s fast, it`s simple and it`s effective.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally πŸ™‚

For a similar post, try Emily’s Auto-Pilot Makeup

Mini Body Shop Haul

If you haven’t already noticed I am a massive fan of The Body Shop. Not only is the company great, with great ideals and practices, but their products live up to their ideals. Ever since I can remember my mum has always used The Body Shop products. Now my mum is not overly into skin care and make up but she did always have a Vitamin E moisturiser, a raspberry body butter and as soon as they started making it a ‘your lips but better’ lipstick. So as soon as I started to get into taking care of my skin and playing around with make up, The Body Shop was one of the first places I went to, (oh the power of brand recognition) and I still swear by them.

So now that I’ve gushed a little about the love of my life, I should really get on with this haul. I was starting to run low on my staples and since I had a 40% off code I took advantage. Though being me I completely forgot one of the main things I needed (the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil) so I will be waiting for another coupon code and ration what I have. SO let the haul begin.

Mango Classic Picks Gift Box
Mango Classic Picks Gift Box

This one isn’t for me. It’s a Christmas present (yes I am that organised) for a friend. Though I have had their Mango Body Butter and Shower Gel and they smell delicious so I’m more than happy to pass on the deliciousness.

Vitamin E Moisture Serum
Vitamin E Moisture Serum

This is one of my favourite products that I have EVER come across. It gives the skin such a great moisture surge and sets up your skin perfectly for your moisturiser, hence why I repurchase it so so often.

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet
Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

Another repurchase, it’s by far the best moisturiser I’ve used for under make up. Not the most moisture replenishing cream in the world but is light enough and sinks in so fast that it is perfect for before make up.

Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub
Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub

This is a new purchase for me, I’ve tried many of the body scrubs and I’ve loved every single one I’ve tried. This is the first thing I’ve sampled from the Wild Argan Oil range and from my first little whiff it smells gorgeous, so I’m very excited to try it.

Just a little disclaimer this was all bought with my own money and out my own absolute devotion and adoration for The Body Shop. Who knows there may be another Body Shop haul coming your way soon, I need to re-buy the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and I’ve just seen there’s a new sale on. Wish me luck that I don’t buy the whole shop.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally πŸ™‚