REVIEW: La Roche-Possay Effaclar Duo

The terrible teenage years are a time when spots are a big issue. Nowadays, spots make a person feel insecure and ugly and to get rid of these negative feelings I have tried a large number of strategies to clear my face. A lot of factors effect bad skin: sleep pattern, a balanced diet, how active you are, genetics, environment, hygiene, mental well being and many more. In a desperate search for a good skin solution these past few years, I think I may have tried every range of cream, paste, scrub, wash and gel possible. Until I found the reviews for La-Roche Possay online and picked up my own little tube.



La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is my new hero. It's a product that actually works like the reviews say. The product is like gel/cream and dries clear without drying out my skin. Blackheads appear reduced, my skin looks brighter. It also helps reduce the pain of angry spots which is an added bonus. The Effaclar Duo doesn't sting at all which I didn't expect for such a powerful product. It helps sooth my skin and softens any inflammation. In comparison with other skin clearing products this is just easier. It works faster than most, I noticed a difference after a few days. It can also be worn under makeup because for me it does not flake or peel off when it's dried halfway through the day. The packaging is easy to use and is practical however, I feel like I can never fully empty the tube because a little is always stuck in the bottom. 

La Roche Possay Effaclar Duo is amazing. It prevents spots, reduces blackheads and controls sebum (the stuff that makes your skin and hair overly oily and disgusting). Whilst the Effaclar Duo is a goddess from perfect face land, there's also Effaclar Plus +. As well as the usual effects of La Roche Possay, it claims to help heal scaring and marks after a breakout. This one is on my shopping list right now because of how impressed I was with the original product. According to statistics, "One tube of Effaclar Duo is sold every 3 minutes" and I think it speaks for itself. Even though it's £15.50 and not the cheapest product for a broke teenage girl like me, it's definitely worth it. It’s available online at Boots.com and in-store so go get it because it is a french beauty miracle worker.

What's In My Makeup Bag?

My makeup bag is my greatest lifeline, a necessary kit of essentials to throw in my handbag knowing that I'm sorted. But recently, it's become cluttered. I'm a makeup bag hoarder and if it just about fits I keep it in. It's not my fault! There's your all time favourites of course, the new products that you're testing, the almost empties and the this-one-will-do-for-now products. I guess I just like too much pretty stuff.




Once upon a time, I kept all my makeup in my large desk drawer. It was always neatly organised and made it easy to see everything but, I really underestimated carrying a makeup bag. Not only does it stop my products rolling around in the bottom of my handbag, it saves time when you're rushing off to town or school. After I finally found the correct size, shape, colour and style of cosmetic bag, my morning makeup routine became swifter and simpler. My bag is not very designer at all, it's actually from Primark but it is sweet and roomy and all I could ever really want. The size is absolutely perfect. I can fit in all my every day face stuff (without having to cram it all in) and last minute bits and bobs I might need on a random occasion. 



So, at last, here is a short list of what I have been keeping in this TARDIS I call my makeup bag:
1. Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder 16 Hour Wear in 'Medium'
2. Ted Baker Putting On the Glitz Bronzer
3. Maybelline Baby Lips Balm in 'Peach Kiss'
4. Carmex Classic Moisturising Lip Balm
5. Sleek Blush in 'Rose Gold'
6. Rimmel Lasting Perfection Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in '101'
7. Collection Little Mix Lipstick 'Jade'
8. Plain (Very Makeup Stained) Mirror
9. Avon Super Extend Eye Accents Mascara
10. Benefit they're real! Mascara
11. Collection Big Fake Ultimate Mascara
12. Maybelline Pure Cover Mineral Anti-Cernes Concealer
13. Primark Hand Sanitiser Gel
14. Marks & Spencer Beauty Care Makeup Sponge Powder Pad
15. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'Ivory'
16. No7 Stay Perfect Shadow in '10 Wheatsheaf'
17. Fearne Cotton Eye Collection Felt Eyeliner
18. Natural Collection Eye Lines in 'Black'
19. Model Co. Lip Pencil in 'Illusion Nude'
20. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 'True Ivory'
21. Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream
22. Boots Eyelash Curlers 
23. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
24. Various Makeup Brushes (Blusher, Powder, Bronzer, Concealer, Eyeshadow etc.)
25. Boots Pink Tweezers
26. Makeup Bag From Primark

I hope that delving in to the depths of my makeup bag was interesting for you and an insight to the kind of person I am. I know it looks like a lot of products but this is the general build up of my essentials and new favourites over the last few months.

REVIEW: Wonderstruck Enchanted

As my first official post, I wanted to do fragrance review. I'm a very difficult person when it comes to perfumes and sprays because I won't bother if they fade too quickly or aren't original enough. Wonderstruck Enchanted ticks all the boxes and is my current favourite in the fragrance isle. I already had Taylor's first similarly named perfume Wonderstruck but, I wasn't that impressed honestly. It lacked something. 




However, the something it lacked was definitely in this follow up, Wonderstruck Enchanted. When I saw this going cheaply at £20 a bottle for 50ml I was very happy. (A quick note, if you are going to buy either of Taylor's fragrances get the bigger size as the bottle is better with little charms and it'll last a lot longer.) It looks fantastic doesn't it? I'm always attracted to perfumes by the bottle first which is probably why I love Marc Jacobs's collections as the bottles are exciting. It's a great travel size.

Now I'm getting to the point, the whole reason for buying a fragrance. The scent. I looked up the actual 'ingredients' of Wonderstruck Enchanted on theperfumeshop.com. They say that it includes; peonies, sugar-glazed champaca petals, white freesias, wild berries, passion fruit, pink poppies, white musk, vanilla and blond woods. And even though that all sounds just very complicated I can tell you it smells great. You can definitely smell the vanilla which is my all time favourite scent. The berries and a floral kind of scent also are dominant and I really do love it. 

It's flirty, feminine and speaks confidence. The perfume makes me feel 'enchanted'. It's quite magical to be honest and reminds me of something out of a fairytale. It's not too over-powering but definitely lasts. I think it's suitable for the whole day however, I think it'd be best worn in the evening. I can assure you that this is coming on holiday with me this year, it's that kind of product. I was impressed with this despite her last perfume and I highly recommend you should choose this one if you are debating between the two. Also, Taylor's 3rd fragrance 'Taylor' is very nice too because it's of a different design and more of a light, floral, day time perfume. I hope this helped in anyway or was just interesting.

Hello, I'm Entering The Blogging World!

After years of contemplation, I have finally decided to set up my own beautifully messy and interesting blog. A wonderful world of thoughts, beauty and creativity. I've always wanted to start blogging. It's always seemed an amazing way to reach out to people through the internet. When my life got stressful and difficult, I needed a break, something to distract me from all the negatives. 

And that's why I've jumped straight in to the world of blogging. To be honest, I use my tumblr quite a lot and that's mostly full of pictures but I think writing is therapeutic and (if you're good at it) rewarding. I see my blog as an escape. The people I've met through the internet are some of the best I know, they won't judge you because they don't know you, they will just listen and help in any way they can. I hope you can be that for me, as I promise to be for you if you need anything. After all, making other people happy, makes me happy. I always kept diaries as a younger girl, tried hard for a while, stopped, then the annoying cycle would repeat itself. However, I hope that I will stick to this, who knows what will happen if I do? I hope that any of you reading this are ready for my journey as I grow as a blogger. Even though I may go down a random path every now and then, I aim to post regularly and to make some amazing memories whilst meeting some amazing people along the way.

Please subscribe to me by e-mail and feel free to add or follow me with any of the links on the right hand side. I'd love to hear from you and will definitely reply to you all if you message me in any way. Right, that sums it up really. Thank you if you're still reading, it really does mean a lot. I'm so excited for this fantastic new part of my life.