Wednesday, 29 February 2012

ReGen Cream | My cheap skincare miracle

If you've followed my blog for a while, or ever had the pleasure of listening to me moan about my skin, you'll know it's quite temperamental. My skin type is combination. I have oily areas, dry areas and plenty of blemishes. My main problem, is that when hormonal outbreaks strike (around a certain time of the month...ladies, you know what I mean) I get spotty on my chin, between my eyes, and sometimes on my cheeks. Unlike those of you who are lucky with your skin, after a spotty outburst, I'm usually left with red blemishes that take months (sometimes up to half a year) to disappear, or fade. I've had this problem since around the age of 17, so perfectly clear skin, for me, is a long time gone.

More recently, I looked into ways I could diminish the red scarring left behind after a spot has broken out. Mainly put off by expensive products that I wasn't too sure would work miracles and the hugely vast array that all promised a clear complexion, I never took the plunge. I guess you could say I was slightly overwhelmed, and just wanted someone to say "Use this, it works 110%". Anything for an easy life eh? ;) That was until I was strolling through "Home Bargains", and spotted this cream. Costing me no more than £4 and with the promise of reducing blemishes and scarring, it was worth a shot.

This is actually my second pot, as I used the first one up, I love it that much. I use the cream mornings and nights when my skin is particularly blemished, but only at night when it's slightly more under control and this reduces the fade time by dramatic amounts. The consistency is very creamy, although not thick. I think the reason this moisturiser is so amazing, is that it contains similar ingredients to an oil like Bio Oil, but rather than slathering an oil over your face morning and night, it's much more convenient to apply it as a moisturising cream. It works best when really massaged into the skin, so I take around 2 minutes just to make sure it's really worked in. It takes around 5 minutes to completely sink in, and then i'm ready to go with my makeup.

Although it doesn't prevent any blemishes from occurring, it definitely improves the appearance of my skin after they've left their mark and reduces fading time. The best bit though, is that it's under £4. I know the packaging isn't all that feminine and it definitely isn't one to sit pretty on my dressing table, but it does the job, and that's all i'm bothered about.

I bought mine from Home Bargains but you can also find it on Ebay

Do you have a similar problem to me? Are there any other blemish-alleviating products you can recommend?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Topshop Make up | Lipsticks

As most of you may be aware, Topshop released their own makeup range in 2010. Although it didn't really interest me at the time, over the past year I have grown quite the collection. There may not be a vast array to choose from, but what they do have, is of excellent value for money, and spot on in my book. I grew very bored of high street makeup, and Topshop came along just at the right time, and injected a bit of excitement back into my makeup bag, without me having to break open the piggy bank.

I'm going to do a series of blog posts on the different items that I own from the Topshop Makeup range, but first up, is my absolute favourite, the lipsticks.

Nevada, Desert, Pillow Talk, Brighton Rock, Ohh La La, Infared, Rio Rio, Beguiled

When Mac bumped up the price of their lipsticks to £13.50, I knew it was probably time to find a good substitute, as I am a huge sucker for lipsticks but couldn't possibly carry on buying them at £13.50 a pop (except on special occasions, or very rare, expensive, rainy days). There is not one thing I can fault with Topshop lipsticks, they tick every box in my opinion. Cute yet sturdy packaging made of metal, rounded with flat top and bottom, making it easy to store standing upright. They have names. Yes, slightly strange that this is even taken into consideration when reviewing a lipstick, but don't you hate lipsticks with numbers instead of names, they almost lack in personality...poor numbered lipsticks. Not to mention how difficult it would be to remember when out looting them. They have great pigmentation (nothing worse than no colour pay off) They aren't drying, and don't leave your lips chapped beyond repair, but also have great staying power. They're only £8-£9 & although this may seem pricey for a high street lipstick, there are plenty in Boots or Superdrug in the £7-£8 mark (Revlon for example) so it's all relative. I also think the quality is comparable to Mac's, so at £8, it's a great replacement.

Infared, Desert, Nevada

Brighton Rock, Rio Rio, Beguiled

Ohh La La, Pillow Talk (Part of a collection)

It's obvious to many of you which is my favourite of all the shades I own, as it is mostly all I wore through the summer, and that's Infared. I'm tempted to do a whole blog post about that in a little more detail.

If you're a lipstick sucker like me, and feel a little bored with what's available on the high street and in the pharmacies, but can't quite stretch to a Mac or Chanel lipstick but want something with a little bit of class, then check out the Topshop lipsticks. They are my new obsession & they are slowly breeding in my lipstick tin.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Back on the blogging scene

Yes, that's right. I am officially BACK. For those of you who may not have noticed, I haven't really managed to do any proper blogging in a while, or videos for that matter. This was because my ever so broken and ropey (but trusty and long lived - to some extent) Dell laptop, finally decided enough was enough. Once I started introducing it to DSLR images and HD video, it refused to co-operate, but tried it's damned hardest to soldier on through, until the day it turned off, and never turned back on again. Poor Dell (note to self - never buy another Dell, fell to absolute pieces towards the end).

I knew for a while, that once my laptop was dead and buried, I would convert to a Mac. I always hear so many good things about them, and know an awful lot of people who use them and absolutely love them. As a fair few people have said to me "Once you go Mac, you never go back". So today, after trying to rally up the last of the "new laptop" funds, I popped my MacBook cherry. I'm still getting to grips with it all, but I'm absolutely loving it so far. Expect to be reading and seeing a lot more of me here on my blog and on my YouTube from now on :)

Friday, 17 February 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Zoella

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So three years ago today, I sat down at my laptop (which has now given up on me & I've stolen my boyfriends laptop in order to do some blogging today - R.I.P Laptop) and "Zoella" was born. It's honestly flown by, I can't believe I was 18 when I started, and I'm now nearly 22. I have been given some seriously amazing opportunities through this little internet space, and met some truly special people. When I began, I didn't think it would end up where it has. I know it's not the top dog blog of the blogging world, but i'm incredibly amazed at how many of you follow and comment and support me. I appreciate every single one of you, and my blog certainly wouldn't be where it was today if it weren't for you all logging in and interacting with me! Now let's all have a boogy & a singsong to celebrate!

I'd love to know who has been reading from the start & which is your favourite blog post that i've written?

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Just a "Sprinkle of Glitter" helps the medicine go down


"I know what will help you, CALPOL!"
"Louise, isn't Calpol for babies and small children?"
"Calpol helps EVERYTHING! Would you like the plastic baby spoon or a normal metal spoon?"

My friend Louise everybody. Most of you will know her by now, as I'm sure she's made quite the appearance in my videos and blog posts throughout the years. I must admit, I get A LOT of questions asking how we met, how we know each other & a huge amount of people that express their love for us both when we unite. :) It's a pretty simple beginning & started back in 2009 when Louise emailed me telling me she read my blog & enjoyed it. In turn, I started watching the YouTube videos she made & became addicted to her positive attitude to absolutely EVERYTHING. She is one of those people, that make you smile, even on the worst of days. We emailed back and forth for a while, then I had a little break away from the internet for a few months. On my return, I noticed that she uploaded a video saying she was expecting a baby, and so I emailed her to say congratulations and I don't think a day has gone by since then, that we haven't spoken to one another (I'm not saying this for cheese-effect, that's literally a fact!).

Snapshot - 13

I don't think I know ANYBODY that is as positive and uplifting as Louise is. She has every quality that you could ever want in a friend, and I'm so pleased she has a firm place in my life. We can sit and laugh for hours, so much so, that I tend to leave her house with pulled stomach muscles (not even joking). She's also always there in times of need & is one of the only people who truly understands my anxiety & how it affects my life, and it's so reassuring to have her on my side. I'm so pleased she emailed me in 2009, as I cannot imagine my life now without her in it. It would a lot less glittery that's for sure! I'll never be able to express how amazing Louise is in one blog post, but you can watch her on YouTube HERE & read her blog HERE and you will see for yourself. It's so important to appreciate the people in your life that make such a huge difference, and Louise is one of these people, probably more than she will ever take credit for.

Snapshot - 7

Recently, Louise won "Highly Commended Beauty Blog" at the Marie Claire awards, and I am SO proud of her. She works so hard on her blog, and there have been plenty of times she's felt it wasn't satisfactory enough or she's been fed up with certain aspects of it (like we all do at times), and I'm so pleased I can finally say "SEE, I TOLD YOU SO!".


Now let's all celebrate amazing friends in our lives & Louise's blogging milestone! Hip Hip Hooray!

Thank you Chummy, for everything you are and everything you do.