Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

Top Skincare Tips: Expert Roundup – Acne, Scarring, Getting Glowy & More!

Hey guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re doing better than me!  My husband and I are both full of a rather nasty cold.  On top of that, my poor cat is on antibiotics and painkillers as she’s been bitten by a mean neighbouring cat!  You wait until I see that cat…!!  Joking.  Maybe.  I just wanted to share a post with you, which is a round-up of 200+ experts’ top skincare tips!


Experts’ Top Skincare Tips

Fix Your Skin recently asked for my top three skincare tips, to include in their expert round up post.  You can read the post here and get some amazing skincare tips!  I’m number 77 if you want to find me 🙂

Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

Firstly, I’m definitely no expert but am very flattered to be included with others who are!  I have a big interest in skincare, as I’ve struggled with hormonal acne and acne scarring for many years.  When you’ve suffered with bad skin, you naturally start doing a lot of research, and trying anything you can to improve your skin!  I’m sure you know what I mean, if you’ve been in a similar position.

At the moment, my skin is at the best it has been in years.  This is thanks, in no small part, to a careful skincare routine and regular facials/LED treatments.  


Treating Acne Scarring

I don’t have many active spots at the moment, which is pretty rare for me!  I do however have some areas of quite bad acne scarring, from having a break from the pill last year.  My hormones were unbalanced and my skin went to all hell!!  Damn hormones.

Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

My skincare routine is focused around trying to fade the acne scarring at the moment.  I use a lot of acid/glycolic exfoliating toners, moisturising oils and LED treatments.  The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols in Leeds gave me a series of four LED facials, which were really helpful.  You can read all about it and my review here.  

I was also kindly sent a TrulyClear home LED facial device (review here) which I’ve just started using on the acne/scarring setting so fingers crossed!  There is no quick fix to better skin, but staying consistent is the key.  I should hopefully see some decent results in a few months time if I stick to my routine.  Most of all, I want to prevent any more acne (hence stopping any more future acne scarring!)


What are your top skincare tips?  Do you have any star products that really help with your acne, or even just keep your clear skin looking good?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!  I need all the help I can get haha 😀

Some Exciting News Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador Cruelty Free Vegan Skincare UK

Some Exciting News!

Hi guys! I’ve been wanting to write this post for a week now but as ever, Mistress M.E and her pal Sir Fibromyalgia had other plans… I have some exciting news to share!  If you’re a regular reader then a) you’re amazing, thanks 😀 and b) you might remember this post about Dr Botanicals.  They are a UK company making high quality, cruelty free skincare.  I tried a couple of their products and loved them! 

“What does this have to do with anything?”, I hear you ask!  (OK, I don’t hear you, but I have an active imagination so I’m picturing it)!  Well Dr Botanicals have asked me to be a brand ambassador for them for 2017, which I’ve very happily accepted! 

Some Exciting News Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador Cruelty Free Vegan Skincare UK

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TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy LED Facial Device Reviews LED at Home

LED Facials At Home: TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy Review

Hey guys!  How is everyone doing in the run up to Christmas?  Are you ready?  I’m feeling very festive already!  You might remember when I went to the launch of The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols Leeds, to try out LED light therapy?  Well I’ve been back several times since and really rate it.  And now I’m trying out the same LED light therapy… at home!  I was very kindly sent the TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy device from True Company to test out.  As ever, although I was kindly gifted this device, all opinions are honest and my own.

TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy LED Facial Device Reviews LED at Home

TrulyClear Ultrasonic Light Therapy

It is only recently that LED light therapy devices have been available to use at home, so it’s pretty exciting to get to test it out for myself!  TrulyClear market this device as giving you ‘real gain with no pain’, which I definitely find to be true.  By using your bodies’ own healing powers, skin can be massively improved without any intrusive treatments.

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Beauty Box Review: You Beauty – April 2015 (Unboxing!)

Hi everyone – welcome to my second review of the You Beauty monthly subscription box.  I won’t repeat what I said in my March post too much, but for anyone who hasn’t read it, You Beauty Discovery Box is a monthly subscription beauty box.  You select two products yourself, from a shortlist.  They then add in a few more surprise products.  This may be accessories, hair/makeup/beauty products and a “healthy treat”.  The box is just £6.95 including postage, which I think is fantastic value for money.  It’s the cheapest box I’ve seen on the market.

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So without further ado, here is what I got in my April box!

My two pre-chosen products:

I pre-selected two products for my box, from a list of around 10 products, which changes each month.  I chose according to what I wanted or needed, but as I mentioned last time, you could easily just select the highest value products, if you wanted the best value for money.

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I chose the two pictured products above – a Tisserand “sweet dreams” bath oil, and a Spa To You natural konjac sponge.

The bath oil was a bit of a no-brainer really, as I have a lot of baths and love having something nice to put in them.  It was also described as helping with sleep, which attracted me as when I’m in pain, I have a lot of problems getting to sleep.

The oil contains lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang.  I’m not keen on the smell of lavender, but luckily it is quite mild – it just smells relaxing and a bit “spa-like”.  You know that lovely smell spas have?  Ahhhh….  I haven’t used it yet but I let my husband try it in his bath last night and he enjoyed it!  I believe the oil retails at around £7 for 210ml, although we only received 20ml.  It seems quite concentrated though, so should last for a few baths.

I would probably not purchase this again, but only because I like to try lots of different bath products.


My second choice was the natural konjac sponge.  This intrigued me as I had never heard of them before.  It is made from 100% pure “konjac dietary fibre” – I had to google this as it wasn’t really explained, but apparently it is some sort of Asian plant!  It is described as extremely gentle, even suitable for use on new-born babies (of which I have none…!)  It is meant to be good for deep cleansing and exfoliating, whilst also claiming to hydrate and moisturise the skin.

The only downside to the sponge is that when researching it, I found it you should replace it every 2-3 weeks!  At a full price of £7.99, I personally think this is quite expensive.  I will reserve judgment for when I have tried it and let you know if it’s worth the money!  There is a slightly cheaper one on Amazon with free delivery, if I do love it.  I must say though, as the sponge is worth more than I paid for the entire beauty box, again I think this box is excellent value for money.


My additional surprise products:

April’s extra treats were a 5ml sachet of Yours Truly Organics “Fix me! Repairing Serum”, and a 15g sachet of Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseed Cocoa & Berries.

I already have a couple of the Linwoods flaxseed blends and enjoy them, so I was pleased to receive one I hadn’t tried.  It looks like it would be lovely on porridge.  The blurb suggests you can also add it to yogurt, cereal or use it in baking!

I hadn’t heard of Yours Truly Organics before, so I was glad to be exposed to a new organic beauty brand.  I am trialling a new serum at the moment (review coming soon!) so I have yet to try this but will definitely use it in the future, as I use serum twice daily as part of my skincare routine.  At £28 for 30ml, we received around £4.60 worth of serum in our sample, so again, I commend the value for money of this beauty box!  Strangely I have found it cheaper on Amazon than on the Yours Truly site itself… This is probably something I am unlikely to purchase in full as it is a little too expensive for me, but I will let you know how it is.

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For the second month running, well done to You Beauty for another fab box.  Now just to wait another month for the next one…!

If this has peaked your interest, you can check out You Beauty Discovery box here.

Mini Superdrug and Boots Haul/Review

Hey guys

I hope you’re enjoying these hauls, as there probably won’t be so many in the future… I’ve had a lot of things to buy and replace lately but will need to be more careful with money this coming month as I’m on sick pay!  Although if I get any birthday money for my 30th in May, you just know I’ll be sharing my purchases with you 🙂

I may have mentioned before that I get a lot of my toiletries from Superdrug, as their own brand items are all guaranteed to be cruelty free.  I also find their prices better than Boots most of the time.  Another plus is that they deliver.  As I have ME and fibro, I generally can’t get to the shops (although as you saw last weekend, I occasionally get the odd good day), so having my stuff delivered makes it a hell of a lot easier.

Superdrug

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I ordered this Original Source Blood Orange Daily Scrub before I made my own body scrub (see my post on how to make it!)  And I’m glad I did, as this turns out not to be much of a scrub… Now it smells delicious (a bit like orange jelly sweets) but the amount of exfoliating bits in there is really low.  They are very widely spread and you don’t get that “exfoliating feeling” on your skin in the shower.  But that’s probably why they called it Daily Scrub – it’s so gentle you can use daily.  I really don’t feel that even using it daily would keep you properly exfoliated though.  As I struggle to shower as often as I’d like (yep, sorry but that’s the spoonie reality), I want products that are really effective.

So to summarise, it smells fab and hubby and I will be using it as a normal shower gel, but I’ll stick to my homemade body scrub for exfoliating!

I also ordered this Superdrug Vitamin E “Moisture Boost Facial Serum”.  I recently discovered the serum I’ve been using twice daily is actually a night serum… oops.  It probably doesn’t matter but using a day serum will hopefully help my makeup sit better and I would guess it is more matte.  I’ve had things from the Vit E range before and I adore it.  It’s so simple and effective and I personally like the smell.  Some think it smells like suncream, but I like that holiday scent so I don’t mind!

I haven’t used this yet, but will review it when I do.

I also purchased a Superdrug B.Replenished “Antioxidant Boost Facial Oil”.  I recently received a mini facial oil in a SoukSouk box (this box has now sadly stopped).  I have been adding a few drops to my serum at night and it feels so nourishing.  A bit like a nice spa treatment!  So as soon as that runs out, I’ll be moving onto this Superdrug brand one.  I’ll let you know how it is.

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I also grabbed another bottle of Zoella’s “Blissful Mistful fragranced body mist”.  I’m sure you’ve heard of Zoella AKA Zoe Sugg, but if not, she’s an extremely popular blogger and YouTube vlogger and regularly discussed makeup and skincare etc.  I absolutely love her and tend to binge-watch her vids when I’m stuck in bed unwell.  ANYWAY, she has a small body range which includes bath products, body lotion and this gorgeous mist.  It smells amazing.  It’s only a mist not an actual perfume, so you have to reapply frequently, but at only £8, you can afford to use it often.

I also got a Superdrug B. Even Oil Control Foundation in the lightest shade, Linen.  I won’t be opening it until my current No7 Beautifully Matte foundation runs out, so I will review it then.

Most excitingly… I now own some Real Techniques brushes!!  If you’re into beauty blogs and vlogs, you will have definitely heard this brand mentioned.  They were on offer for £14.99 so I picked them up whilst I could.  I’m going to have a good play with them and then review them properly for you but I’m very excited!

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Boots

When I managed to get out of the house last weekend, I decided to spend my Boots Advantage card points on some pretties!  I hadn’t used them for a while so had a decent amount saved up.

I grabbed the Natural Collection Lash Length mascara in Black.  Now.  I would never have picked this as it looks so dull and I am always drawn in by flashy mascaras with exciting names like “super duper false lash massive volume amazing eyes OMG WOW” lol!  But I had seen this mentioned by Miss Budget Beauty and did some research.  Beauty bloggers seemed to agree that this £1.99 mascara is actually great.  I have two open at the moment so I’m not going to open it yet, but when I do, I will let you know if it holds up to the hype.

I also chose this Collection “Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner” in 4. Teal.  I hand swatched that and the purple one in the shop and man, they are not lying.  This stuff would probably last more than 24 hours.  I scrubbed at home with makeup remover, a flannel, and I could still see it on my hand!  I’m a bit concerned if I will be able to get it off my eyes when I actually use it.  Wish me luck!

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Finally, I chose the much raved about Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr by EyeStudio in 65 Pink Gold.  I swatched a few but they looked quite garish.  This swatched nicely, with decent colour payoff but not too “in your face”.  I tried it at home by putting a layer on my lid with my finger and then buffing/blending it in with a brush.  I repeated this 3 times and still looked like I had nothing on my lids… hmmm.  I’m going to have to keep playing with this one and see if I can make it work for me.

Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think?  Do you love Zoella as much as me?  Have a great evening guys.