How I found my love for exercise again

2020 was a year of lounging on the sofa with chocolate, and I have zero regrets about it. However I knew it was time to get back ‘on it’ and this is how I did it…

I don’t think I’m the only one that found 2020 hard in terms of exercising enough. Not having access to a gym and also being constrained to my London flat for the majority of the year didn’t do me much good and I found myself getting lazier and lazier by the day. I really don’t give myself a hard time about it, it was a tough, very different year and I was out of my normal routine, but I did start to notice by the end of the year my mental health started to take a hit and my energy levels were really low. I knew a lot of this was down to my days consisting of rolling out of my bed, heading to my desk then heading back to my bed or the sofa, so it was time to get moving again!

I’ve always been fairly active – in fact pre-lockdown I had started with a personal trainer and was starting to feeling really fit and strong! A big problem I have had with exercise is the fact that I get bored – very easily. I also find it hard to put a workout together or to figure out how to do a good workout that would benefit me. However, recently I have taken up two different types of exercise I never thought I would – dancing and pilates.

I used to dance when I was little, but to be honest, I wasn’t very good. I have always been very lanky with no coordination and get self conscious in front of people, but a couple of years ago I started going to a Zumba class and really enjoyed it – I also found myself not caring about what people thought about me. I loooove following a routine – it almost takes my mind of working out and by the time I’ve finished I’ve had a great workout and moved every part of my body! When lockdown hit, I took to following YouTube dance workouts and loved it equally as much. After a couple years, I know that I still look like a drunk giraffe when dancing, but do I care? Absolutely not.

Secondly, pilates came into my life only recently, but I just love it. It’s slow and controlled which means I am again focusing on the movement and not on the pain – ha! I also really enjoy feeling the burn and knowing my body is getting stronger. Pilates also involves a lot of focusing on breathing and stretching, which I find helps with my mind too.

Overall, I’d say the biggest thing I’ve learned is to try everything and see what you enjoy. I always used to think running and doing weights was the only way to exercise – never did I imagine myself dancing and doing pilates, but there we go! It’s also really important to start slow. Originally I started working out twice a week and am building back up slowly. If I’m tired, I rest or if I’m feeling low and don’t feel like it, I just stretch and do some breathing. I never push myself too far so that I resent working out – I always want to enjoy it!

Here are some of my favourite videos and platforms to use:

I love Pamela Reif’s dance workouts (actually all of her workouts are great). Quick, effective and easy to follow!

MadFit’s dance workouts are so fab – her music choice is spot on.

Melissa Wood Health App is a perfect place to start with pilates – £7.46 a month.

My favourite celebrity trainer to follow, Megan Roup, has an app called The Sculpt Society, which I think might be my favourite app right now. It has both dance and pilates workouts as well as breathing exercises, stretching and sculpting. Really it’s a dream – £14.87 a month.

If you are looking for free pilates workouts – Blogilates on YouTube is great.

Leave your favourite workouts in the comments!

How to make your skin go from dull to glowing in 4 steps

Every now and then your skin just needs that little boost…

I don’t know about you, but my skin has been going through dull spells throughout lockdown. Considering that our daily routines have drastically changed, it’s no surprise that our skin is also feeling the effects. Stress, disturbed sleeping patterns and not getting as much fresh air can all contribute to lacklustre looking skin.

Furthermore, because we’re sitting at home, doesn’t mean our skin isn’t experiencing a build up of dirt, oil, environmental aggressors and pollutants. Impurities like these can block pores, making a flawless, smooth complexion difficult to achieve.

In addition, we shed 1000’s of skin cells every hour to make room for new ones. Not all dead skin cells readily leave your body, they often stay on top of your skin building up like dust on the face, causing a gloomy layer of skin that doesn’t reflect light. 

If you feel like you can relate and are noticing a more dull complexion, I have four simple steps to get your glow back….

1. Exfoliate

As I said above, your skin will most likely be looking dull due to dead skin cells settling on top of you skin. The best way to slough them away is by exfoliating. I would aim to exfoliate 2-3 times a week to ensure your complexion stays fresh. The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate gentle exfoliating treatment is a great option. It combines papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes together with lactic acid, to counteract dullness, dryness and uneven skin tone by loosening and sloughing away dead, dulling cells to reveal the brighter skin beneath. 

2. Face Mask

Face masks should be part of everyones weekly routine – men, I’m talking to you too! There’s nothing like a gorgeous face mask to clear out the pores and rehydrate the skin for a much needed glow. I loooove the Pixi Glow Mud Mask – it’s like a facial in a bottle. The mask is enriched with purifying Kaolin and Sea Salt and balancing Ginseng and Aloe Vera, to revitalise skin for a glowing complexion. It is also designed to absorb oil, draw out impurities, fight breakouts, and provide an energising boost to your complexion.

3. Facial Massage

This is my faaaavourite thing to do. My sister actually pointed out to me how I spend so much time in the evening doing my skincare routine and it’s probably because I get carried away every evening doing my facial massage. Facial Massage has all sorts of benefits including lymphatic drainage and increasing blood flow which in turn gets rid of nasty toxins and encourages new cell renewal. I love doing my massage with my Gua Sha from The White Company and my Beauty Pie Plantastic Facial Oil but you can literally just massage your face with your own hands and moisturiser/serum/water. This a great tutorial without a Gua Sha and this one is great with Gua Sha.

4. Water!!

Without a sufficient amount of water, your skin can’t function at its best and it will it become dry, tight, flaky, dull and even more prone to ageing. 

Our body loses large quantities of water every day, so if you don’t replace it by drinking more water, your skin will suffer the consequences. Water helps your skin maintain moisture, which increases your elasticity – the more elastic in your skin, the fewer wrinkles you will see! Furthermore, water can help flush toxins from the skin and shrink your pores, making them less likely to clog and cause breakouts. So make sure you are getting in those 8 glasses each day!

How to tackle congested skin

If you have congested skin (like myself) you will know how frustrating it is to tackle it. Thankfully I have found some great ways to manage congestion…

Blackheads, large pores, bumpiness, whiteheads and a dull complexion… ring a bell? It certainly does with me. Ever since I was around thirteen years old, I have suffered with congested skin, which has normally led to acne. Congested skin isn’t just one thing; it’s the summation of a lot of things – you may notice you have comedones (blackheads), large pores, little bumps under the skin and normally just an overall dull appearance

Congested skin occurs due to overactive sebaceous glands, producing too much sebum (a substance produced to keep our skin lubricated) which often clogs up pores. The over production of sebum is mostly triggered by hormonal fluctuations, an unhealthy diet, an inconsistent skincare routine and using incorrect skincare products. It is mostly noticeable on the t-zone and blackheads which is why you will most likely find your blackheads there.

So how do you tackle it? Persistence and consistency. The best way to keep congested skin at bay is to have a thorough skincare routine in place that involves adequate cleansing, exfoliation and hydration. I have also found that finding non-comedogenic skincare products has really helped my skin. Non-comedogenic skincare is basically a skincare product or cosmetic that is formulated in such a way that they are not likely to cause pore blockages, leading to congestion.

Here are some of my favourite products for dealing with congestion…

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

The perfect cleanser if you have oily, acne-prone skin like mine! I find a lot of cleansers for oily skin really strip the skin of hydration, however this one doesn’t. It is fragrance free, does not block pores (non-comedogenic) and matches the pH value of skin, making it an ideal everyday cleanser.

Beauty Pie Super Pore-Detox Mask

I don’t think I have words to describe my love for this mask – I have used it for 2 years now and even my mum (the skincare queen) loves it!
This purifying clay mask is the best mask for clearing out those pores as it contains a mix of all the skincare superheroes – Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acids, Kaolin Clay, Bamboo and and Eucalyptus… I mean!!

I use this on my T-Zone twice a week for a good detox and clear out. It works wonders, trust me!

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I think this product has featured in nearly every blog this year? But hey, if I stand by a product, I really stand by it! This is easily the best exfoliator I have ever used. It exfoliates dead skin cells both on the surface and deep inside pores to reveal smoother, clearer and glowing skin. The product also contains BHA (salicylic acid) which anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce blackheads, blemishes and redness. If used daily, it works wonder on congested skin!

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

This is a cult product for a reason. The peeling solution combines AHAs and BHAs to offer deep exfoliation and help battle blemishes and comedones for improved skin radiance and texture. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) exfoliate the skin’s topmost layer for a more even appearance, while beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) exfoliate the skin more deeply to clear pore congestion – together, they magically improve the appearance of the skin’s texture and reduce the look of fine lines, scars and blemish marks. It also leaves skin feeling petal soft too!

Beauty Pie Fruitzyme Five Minute Facial

This is literally a facial in a bottle… or tube? It contains my all time favourite acid, salicylic acid, which helps unclog pores and prevent blemishes as well as glycolic acids to slough away any dead skin cells that may be causing blocked pores. All you do it put it on for 5 minutes and remove to reveal visibly glower skin (it actually does do this in 5 minutes).

Valentine’s Day Beauty and Grooming Gift Guide

It’s a week to go until the day of love, so I have put together a list of beauty and grooming gifts perfect for both him and her…

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette, Pillow Talk

This is by far my favourite eye palette with colours you just can’t go wrong with. I love the neutral colours and you can add a little sparkle for special occasions.

Glossier You

By far my go-to fragrance. It’s woody and warm but also floral and fresh – the perfect combination. I have had so many compliments on it and know others who have had them too, meaning it is probably a sure winner if you are looking for a fragrance gift!

Carolina Herrera Good Girl

The ultimate sexy perfume. It comes in the most INCREDIBLE bottle (as you can see from the image) and a divine scent to match. It is an oriental fragrance that merges jasmine, tuberose, Tonka beans and cacao – it is quite strong but not overpowering.  As soon as I spritzed it for the first time, it instantly gave me a feeling of confidence which is always a good thing.

NARS Audacious Lipstick, Raquel

Okay, I don’t just like this lipstick because it is named after the Spanish equivalent of my name, but that may play a slight part in it… It’s the perfect creamy lipstick which doesn’t dry out or flake (we all hate that). The colour is the perfect nude/pink hybrid and I find it is perfect for both day and night!

Men’s Society Handsome Hands Manicure Kit

This a cute little gift for those who like to keep their nails in tip top shape. Great quality, everything you need and a great price – a win!

Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled

This is the scent my boyfriend wears so naturally it is my favourite. It’s both fruity, woody, spicy and warm… basically a dream. It is also very sophisticated and not too overwhelming! 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask 

The perfect luxurious mask for a pamper. This is such a gorgeous, great quality mask that is so good for a skin pick-me-up and a burst of hydration. Everyone I know who has tried this mask loves it, so I doubt you can go wrong with it!

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 

A great product for decongesting skin and giving it a good clean out. If your love suffers from spots or blackheads and is bothered by them, this is a great gift!

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Hair Mask 

No hair salon, no problem. If you’re other half loves a good day in the salon chair, this is a fab gift! It’s a high-performance, rich and creamy deep-conditioning mask formulated to improve hair’s texture, elasticity, shine and manageability. In fact, I might gift myself with it this year!

SKINCARE ISN’T JUST FOR THE FACE

Many of us tend to follow an elaborate, multi-step facial skincare routine. The opposite, however, can be said for our bodies, which we often neglect, resulting in dryness and irritation. The skin on our bodies deserves just as much attention, however I completely understand that finding the time (or motivation) to pamper our whole bodies can be very challenging.

I thought I would round up the top 5 products I use from shoulder to toe that leave my skin feeling soft, glowing and healthy. And they don’t require a lot of time or money either!

Garnier Body Ultimate Blends Restoring Lotion 

Firstly, this lotion smells divine. It is tailor-made for very dry skin, with ‘3 incredible treasures from the beehive’; Royal Jelly, Propolis & Honey. The incredible formula leaves skin feeling gorgeously nourished and smooth.

Perfect for the winter, the gentle cream sensitively heals the skin by inputting essential oils to areas of damage and irritation.

It doesn’t leave any greasiness or stickiness and is just an all-round winner.

ESPA Restorative Body Oil

A spa in a bottle. ESPA’s Restorative Body Oil contains a comforting and soothing aromatic blend of rose geranium, sweet orange and lavender. It makes you feel like you have been transported to a luxurious spa as the oil glides on skin perfectly.

What’s most important is that it sinks into skin perfectly and doesn’t leave a horrible oily residue. I often use after exfoliating around once-twice a week.

Bamboo Body Brush

Dry brushing is a relatively new thing in my beauty routine, and I love it! Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs – thank goodness!

It is also known for assisting in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.

Health and beauty benefits… what more could you want?


Margaret Dabbs London Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion

If you have ever had a pedicure from Margaret Dabbs or used any of the products before you will understand the hype. I can’t wait to get back there when possible!

This foot lotion is so luxurious and wonderful. It contains emu oil – an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing ingredient which is perfect for tired feet in need of some TLC.

It’s super hydrating and just a gorgeous product to indulge in.

No1 Illume Silk Exfoliating Glove

This is a game-changer when it comes to exfoliating.

The glove is made of 100% silk and effortlessly exfoliates, purifies and energises the skin – no need for harsh scrubs anymore!

Silk gloves have traditionally been used in the world famous Turkish baths (Hammams) and are known to brighten dull skin, prevent ingrown hairs and improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and cellulite too!

I use it after a warm shower or bath and move the glove in sweeping motions across my skin applying pressure. Skin starts to gently peel (goodbye dead skin cells) leaving skin looking glowing!

My Self-Care Routine

If there was ever a time for self-care, it’s right now. We are in the 100th Lockdown of the past year and to be honest the main thing getting me through the day is my self-care routine.

Self-care is all about putting yourself first, both physically and mentally, and doing things you enjoy to make you feel happier and healthier. I must admit that during the first Lockdown, I completely let my self-care routine slide, so this time round I am making it a huge priority. I thought I would share some of my self-care routine for a little inspiration.

My Skincare Routine

The first one is my skincare routine. It may sound silly, but this is a huge part of my self-care as I like to make my evening skincare into a ritual. There is nothing like taking 15-20 minutes in the evening to really pamper my skin, massage oils in and just enjoy looking after myself. I make sure I do this every evening, no matter how tired or unmotivated I am feeling! I often put some music on (John Legend is my go-to right now) and take my time to double cleanse, perhaps put a face mask on and alllwaaays end with a facial massage, which leads me onto my next point….

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a relatively new concept that has really hit the UK beauty and self-care world in the last year or so, and I recently jumped on board a few months ago. Gua Sha is a treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage. The treatment is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine and has now been adopted as a way to perform a facial massage.

After carrying out my facial course last year, I really started to see the difference facial massage had on not only my skin, but my mental health. Studies show that just 10 minutes of muscle massage can reduce cortisol levels (cortisol is a stress hormone) so taking just 10 minutes a day really does make a difference. I bought my Gua Sha from The White Company, but you can get them on most beauty retail websites and they aren’t too expensive. You can find tutorials on how to use a Gua Sha for facial massage on YouTube, but I will be doing one soon so keep an eye out on my Instagram page!

Dancing

This has been a game-changer for me in the last few months. I am by no means a professional dancer, in fact I am quite the opposite, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy myself. Dancing has become my go-to workout in Lockdown. I love listening to upbeat music and following steps in a routine – I find it really takes my mind of whatever is stressing me out and makes me focus on something else. I recently discovered Apple Fitness+ which has some great dance workouts and I also love Pamela Reif’s dance workouts on YouTube.

Walking

So simple, yet so effective. Right now, pretty much all we can do is walk, but I am still loving it! Getting out in the fresh air really does wonders for the brain, even if it is freezing cold right now! I am trying to get out on walks during weekday evenings (I need to get better at it still) and then a, going on a couple of long walks on the weekend. I love listening to a podcast (Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed is great for a laugh) and just getting outside. I promise it will make you feel better if you are feeling a little low!

Meditating

And finally… breathe. Meditating is something I have enjoyed for years and it has really helped me through a lot of stressful and anxious times. Meditating for me is all about focusing on my breath and my mind. It’s crazy how much just doing some proper breaths can totally re-centre yourself and bring some peace to a stressed out brain. I love doing Roxie Nafousi’s Meditations (I have been doing them every evening) as I find listening to a voice makes me focus more and means my brain is less likely to wander.

Let me know what you do for self-care in the comments below!

AHAs vs BHAs… what’s the difference?

You will have most likely seen AHAs and BHAs pop up in the ingredients list of your favourite face masks, cleansers, moisturisers and toners, but what exactly are they and what’s the difference between them?

Both are hydroxy acids that are effective methods of deep exfoliation, however they are both considerably different.

AHAS:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) contain molecules that love water and help improve your skins surface moisture level.

  • The effects of AHAs are primarily seen on the skin’s surface, therefore are helpful if you have surface-level skin concerns like hyperpigmentation.
  • The most common AHAs are Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid.
  • AHAs work by breaking down the glue holding your skin cells together, urging along the skin’s natural shedding process, ensuring there are new, fresh skin cells on top as opposed to old, troublesome ones.
  • AHAs are great for those with dry and/or flaky skin, hyperpigmentation (age spots, melasma, and scars), fine lines and wrinkles and a dull complexion.

BHAS:

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) on the other hand contain molecules that love oil rather than water.

  • They are better suited to those with oily, acne-prone skin as they can bypass the oil that clogs pores and dissolve the mix of sebum and dead skin that leads to acne, as well as stabilise the lining of the pore.
  • The most common BHA is Salicylic Acid.
  • BHAs clear up blackheads and have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • BHAs also exfoliate the top layer but are best bought for their deep penetrative qualities.
  • They are best suited to skin that is acne-prone, blackhead-prone and combination to oily.

What BHAs and AHAs have in common:

They both:

  • Hydrate skin
  • Diminish the look of lines and wrinkles
  • Make skin feel firmer
  • Improve the look of dull, uneven skin tone
  • Smooth rough, bumpy texture

Is it safe to use both together?

It is safe to use AHAs and BHAs together. They target different actions so they have different benefits – BHAs disrupt the connections between dead cells whilst AHAs cause dead cells to detach and slough away, therefore they can indeed work well together. However you need to be careful to not overdo it. If your skin starts to react, stop immediately.

My top tips for using AHAs and BHAs

  • Start introducing acids into your skincare routine slowly. Don’t start using 3 different acids every day of the week and expect incredible results, it’s most likely your skin will react very aggressively! Perhaps introduce an acid 2-3 times a week and slowly build up to around 5-7 times a week (depending on your skin type of course).
  • SPF!! Don’t forget to wear your SPF in the morning after using a chemical exfoliant as skin will be especially sensitive to UVA rays. The skin is more vulnerable to damage and pigmentation following these types of treatments which means pigmentation can potentially get worse if SPF is not used regularly.
  • I tend to find that using AHA in the morning (to gently exfoliate my skin) and BHA at night (to get deeper into the pores and clear out build-up from the day) works well.
  • If you have very sensitive skin or peeling skin, please avoid using acids.
  • If you are under the age of 20, also avoid using acids on your skin. Your skin isn’t quite ready for them yet.

My favourite AHA and BHA products

REN Ready Steady Glow Toner

The perfect everyday toner. This lactic-based toner is so refreshing and makes skin go from dull and matte to glowing and dewy. There’s also no irritation involved!

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I bang on and on about this product, but it is seriously good for acne-prone skin like mine. It has a great balanced concentration of spot-reducing salicylic acid with soothing green tea to decongests pores and minimises breakouts. I noticed results within 4 weeks!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

This gentle yet effective toner contains glycolic acid (an AHA) to gently exfoliate the skin and improve its texture. This was the first AHA product I tried and I still use it. It’s constantly sold out so that says it all!

Skincare you NEED for 2021

New Year, New Skin!

I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions, but I am a fan of setting some goals for the year. My goal this year (and every other year) is to get my skin nice and healthy. If there is anything I have learned, it’s that it’s good to invest in some skincare staples that I know work.

Last year I discovered quite a few brands and products that I now swear by, so I thought I would share them below.

Heliocare Gelcream SPF 50

This is a product that I kept seeing everywhere, especially on Instagram. Lots of beauty influencers were raving about it so of course I had to give it a go. This is essentially a tinted gel cream with SPF 50 in it. I am sure you are all aware, but SPF is essential all year round to protect our skin from ageing, so of course a product that offers protection, hydration and coverage is an all round yes from me! I find the coverage is perfect, it goes on the skin seamlessly and it smells divine. It’s also non-comedogenic , which means it doesn’t clog pores which is great for someone like myself with easily congested skin!

Jorgobé Niacinamide Serum

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am truly obsessed with Niacinamide Serum. Niacinamide (vitamin B3) evens out skin tone, smoothes the structure of the skin, reduces pigment spots, minimises pores and adds hydration to the skin. It’s an all round winner! I recently discovered this serum from Jorgobé, a Danish skincare brand, and love it. It feels amazing on the skin and does everything it says on the tin.

The White Company Rose Quartz Gua Sha

Gua Sha is renowned to help tone, firm and stimulate the skin, and boy does it feel dreamy to use. Perfect for using with your daily skincare, this Rose Quartz facial-massage tool allows controlled pressure and hugs the curves of your face and neck to help improve the complexion. I am hoping to film a video soon on how to use a Gua Sha!

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

The perfect cleanser if you have oily, acne-prone skin like mine! I find a lot of cleansers for oily skin really strip the skin of hydration, however this one doesn’t. It doesn’t irritate my skin, and dare I say it, I think has prevented many breakouts! It’s also super affordable too.

Algenist Melting Cleanser

This is a wonderful cleanser for taking make-up off. It quite literally melts make-up off the skin without causing any irritation – it also smells amazing! I find that it doesn’t strip, leaves my skin very soft and feels wonderful on the skin. I think this will be a cleanser I use forever.

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Easily the best exfoliator I have ever used. If you have congested, acne-prone skin like myself, it is likely you will agree! This product exfoliates dead skin cells both on the surface and deep inside pores to reveal smoother, clearer and glowing skin. The product also contains BHA (salicylic acid) which anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce blackheads, blemishes and redness. I have found this product really has helped reduce my breakouts and blackheads.

SOS SPF 50

This is a fab non-sensitising, non-greasy & non-whitening suncream that provides protection from UVA/UVB and blue light. It also contains Vitamin E which helps fight free-radical skin damage and is a natural anti-inflammatory that soothes and calms the skin, so if you suffer from easily irritated skin (like I do with SPF) this is brilliant! It also helps firm the skin too and really goes on perfectly under make-up.

And that’s my recommended skincare products for 2021! I’d be interested to know if you have used any of these products or are keen to try? Comment below!

Current Skincare Favourites

Hi lovelies!

Happy Weekend!

I haven’t written a skincare favourites recently, so thought I would pop on and update you all!

With the colder weather arriving, my skin is experiencing a little dryness and also these dreaded masks are causing breakouts, so I am finding skincare to help these issues. Here are a few that I am enjoying:

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré,  www.lookfantastic.com

I looove this super hydrating Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré .This multi-tasking cream works as a five-in-onemoisturiser, primer, intensive masque, after shaving product and make-up remover. Its rich formula contains essential fatty acids and vitamins to reduce irritation and plumps skin for firmer results. It’s a miracle in a tube!


Beauty Bay Blemish Treatment and Clarifying Serum, www.beautybay.com

Goooodbye maskne! This combo is great for tackling breakouts. I find the clarifying serum really soothes my skin, especially when it is irritated from wearing a mask. The blemish treatment is great for drying out spots and contains salicylic acid (the holy grail spot ingredient) to combat any infection.

Eucerin Acute Lip Balm, www.boots.com

This is the best lip balm I have ever found! It is so hydrating and instantly moisturises. It is also super easy to apply!

Funderm NO DRAMA Mask, www.funderm.com

You can’t go wrong with a clay mask! This natural red clay mask contains Funderm’s prebiotics & probiotic which help fight bad bacteria and control inflammation. The cleansing mask is infused with Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 and Salicylic Acid to inhibit sebum production (an oily substance found in pores which often leads to acne). I use it once a week to keep spots at bay!

Let me know if any of these are favourites of yours!

Lots of love,

Rachael x

How to get the perfect brows

You will have probably noticed the picture above is (sadly) not me – its Rosie Huntington-Whitely aka my brow inspiration.

I thought I would pop in and chat quickly through my 3 favourite brow products to create the perfect shape and fullness.

First up – tweezers!!

My all time favourite tweezers are from Swiss brand, Rubis.

This tweezer brand is actually a favourite of Rosie HW’s! I find they have a great grip and are super precise. It’s so easy to shape my brows with them and I have definitely found them more efficient than any other tweezers I have used.

They can be purchased from Cult Beauty.

Next up, tinting!! Over lockdown, I really missed my regular tinting sessions so I found this great alternative from Revolution.

You simply fill your brows with the liquid product, leave it for a couple hours and then peel it off! It tints the brows for around 3 days, so that is the only downside. I often tint on a Thursday evening so my brows are ready for the weekend!!

It’s only £5 and can be bought from ASOS.

Finally, the whole grail of brow setting products – Soap Brow!

This baby is perfect for holding your brows in place all day. I use an eyebrow brush to brush the brows up and then use the soap to hold them in place. Hello feathered brows!!!

I got mine from Beauty Bay.

And there we go! 3 steps to the perfect brows!