Blemish Free Skin

Favourite Blemish Products

We all get blemishes / spots and I thought I would share with you 6 of my favourite products for preventing & treating my breakouts. Let me know what you like to use and if you have any product recommendations, or if we share any of the same favourite products for keeping those blemishes at bay!

Origins Super Spot Remover £15.00

This spot treatment gel is instantly cooling on the skin and you can feel it working right away. It can sting a little but I find that only lasts a few seconds. As this is a targeted treatment you only need to put it on the area where you feel a blemish coming or if you have a blemish thats already erupted. I don’t suffer too badly with breakouts but when I do I pop this on anytime of day and it instantly helps calm and treat the area. It stops blemishes from becoming too sore & angry and helps them clear up much faster too.  This bottle might be small but the contents are pretty mighty & I don’t know how I’ve lived without it.

Murad Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel

This Murad Gel is quite like the Origins Super Spot Remover in that it is a targeted blemish treatment. This has really calmed my breakouts and it helps reduce the redness and size of blemishes. I use it morning and night when I have a breakout. You just massage this in to the area where you have blemishes or are prone to blemishes. Its quite thin in consistency & isn’t sticky at all on the skin. I find this Murad Blemish Treatment better for treating larger areas and I keep the Origins Spot Treatment to put on single blemishes.

ESPA Essential Cleansing Mask £28.00

This is a lovely soothing Mask, when I use this I put a few drops of my ESPA Pro Serum underneath just so my skin doesn’t dry out & to add a little boost of something extra. This dries like a standard clay mask and leaves my skin feeling very clean, but not stripped at all. I use this at night so when I wake in the morning my skin is looking calm & radiant. This mask is very good at helping with decongested skin too & I find that my skin gets quite decongested in the summer with all the facial SPF so its nice to use a cleansing face mask. The packaging of ESPA products is as luxurious as the skincare inside, this is a lovely glass jar & the lid is so pretty it looks like marble

Favourite blemish products

La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray* £8.50

There is a lot of hype that surrounds this product & I was so excited to get my hands on a bottle a few weeks ago. I have never been so excited to try a product. So this is a new release in to the UK from La Roche Posay (its been a cult product in France for many years) & now available on Escentual.com. This is a toner that’s great for calming irritated skin, soothing blemishes and preventing breakouts. You can spray the fine mist either directly on to your face after cleansing or you can spray it on to a cotton pad and sweep over the face. Either technique works well.

This product contains only 3 ingredients – zinc sulphate, astringent sodium chloride and thermal water. Together these three ingredients target blemishes, marks and excess oiliness, ensuring your complexion feels fresh and comfortable at any time of day. I like that this has so few ingredients and that they all have a purpose. This face mist is antibacterial, blemish busting, sebum reducing and I have been spraying this morning & night. I find it cooling and the mist is just perfect for lightly covering your skin & not soaking it. It does help control my oil as well as keep blemishes as bay. If you haven’t already then you need to add this to your skincare regime. Its been a welcome addition to my routine.

Nip & Fab Deep Cleansing Fix £7.95

This is quite a thick cream but it’s easy to massage in to the skin as a cleanser or smooth over the skin as a mask. It contains sweet almond oil which nourishes and smoothes whilst the tea tree oil cleanses pores. So your skin will feel clean and look bright. For the price this is a cleanser you should have in your arsenal for those days when you’re skin feels decongested, dull or you need some thing that packs a punch to help those blemishes heal quicker. Did I mention how huge this tub is?! 300ml is bigger than most body products so this tub will be with you for a very long time. Which is good news for the bank balance.

Anatomicals World Pore 3* £7.00

Anatomicals is a beauty brand with a fun attitude, their products have the best tongue in cheek packaging but don’t let that fool you into thinking their products are gimmicky because they’re not. I don’t often get blackheads but I do use pore strips on my nose & chin just to keep the few I get in check. These ones from Anatomicals do the job well, they are super sticky so if you have any peace fuzz expect it to take that with it too! I tend to use these once every couple of weeks, not too regularly as they do pull at your skin, I like to cleanse first as I find that helps remove more blackheads. Let me know if you have any Anatomicals product recommendations. Oh & you get 10 strips in a box.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Blistex Happy Lips

I’m very much looking forward to Spring and everything that comes with this season. The lighter days & nights, warmer weather & all the new spring makeup, skincare & clothing.

So as I was day dreaming about Spring I was so excited to receive these Happy Lips* in the post last week. These are the new Spring Lip Balms from Blistex and now my lips think its Spring already, the weather just needs to catch up.

Blistex Happy Lips

Blistex New Spring Happy Lips

So as I type, I am eating a few cheeky bon bons (which were in my package) & thinking about how fruity & fun these Happy Lips are. Perfect for Spring & popping in your handbag or if you’re going on a cheeky Spring break maybe your beach / pool bag. These new lip balms come in two scents

Mouth Watering Mango £2.49 – This is my favourite of the two it smells like freshly ripe mango & makes me think of exotic holidays. Oh & this one just might happen to have my name on the packaging (easily pleased).

Simply Sensational Strawberry £2.49 – This scent smells a lot sweeter than the Mango, its still fruity but I just think Strawberry is a really hard scent to achieve without it smelling a little too sweet. I think this one will appeal more to teens.

Blistex Spring Releases Blistex Happy Lips Spring

Both Happy Lips are intensively moisturising & contain Vitamin E to keep your lips looking smooth & feeling soft and hydrated. The formula isn’t greasy & they feel nice on the lips. The packaging is bright, fun & travel friendly. These are the perfect affordable lip product to help beat the Winter Blues.

Just note that these lip balms do not contain SPF so be sun aware. But if you’re looking for a cute fruity hydrating lip balm this Spring make sure you check these out. The Mango one is already in my handbag & I will be using it a lot!

These new Spring Happy Lips are the latest addition to the Blistex range & the Mango & Strawberry are available as of January 26th in larger Boots Stores & online at www.boots.com 

Mango is also available from larger Tesco Stores.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

An Introduction To Lightstim

LightStim Review

LightStim* has recently been introduced to the UK & is now being sold in SpaceNK stores. LightStim is a US brand which has built up quite a celebrity following (including Kate Beckinsale). It is a handheld beauty device that uses LED light therapy to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and helps you achieve a more radiant healthy complexion.

In a nutshell – LED treatments work by exposing the skin to tiny light bulbs that emit non-thermal specific wavelengths of light from the visible spectrum. LED therapy uses these specific wavelengths to penetrate the skin which stimulates the cells to produce collagen, and stimulates blood and oxygen flow to the skin. This improves skin tone and clarity, and wrinkles and fine lines are softened by the increased production of collagen.

The device itself is very lightweight and easy to use, you just plug it in and you’re good to go. I would say its very travel friendly & in this kit you get a very handy travel bag and a serum.

LightStim Anti Wrinkle Device

LightStim For Wrinkles

This device can be used on a number of areas, I’ve been using it on my face, neck, chest and the backs of my hands, all the areas where I’d like the skin to look more radiant and even in tone. I’m hoping using this daily will help reduce the fine lines around my eyes too. I took a number of before photos which I will be sharing with you in a couple of weeks when I post my first results update.

I like to use this at night after I have cleansed my face, I spend 3 minutes using the LightStim on particular area before moving on. Its not evasive at all, you don’t need to press the device on the skin, just hold in place so its lightly touching your skin. I like to start on my face & move down on to my neck & chest. The device gets slightly warm (it feels quite soothing) but not at all hot or uncomfortable. Its very safe and doesn’t irritate or leave the skin flushed or hot.

To say I was skeptical of the results LightStim promises is an understatement. Often companies release gadgets which are used for a short space of time & then left in a drawer forgotten about because they’re complicated to use and you see very little in the way of improvement but the LightStim seems to be different. I am seeing improvement in my skin tone & I have been using it regularly and found it easy to take away with me on a recent trip.

LightStim LED Device Review

There is a lot of technical jargon & info surrounding the LightStim & I will spare you the pain of me trying to explain it. I would say if you want to learn more about the science behind the technology then their website explains everything much better than I ever could.

Just make sure you keep an eye out for my update in a couple of weeks – there will be some before & after photos. 

LightStim for wrinkles retails at £249 & is available in SpaceNK stores.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Sweetease Waxing Kits

Sweetease Wax Kits

I do go to a professional to thread my brows (as I have had a few brow nightmares in the past) but when it comes to the rest of my body I like to take care of keeping that hair / fuzz free at home. It saves a little money & it means I can take care of it as & when it needs doing. I’ve tried quite a few at home waxing kits in the past & none have really wowed me in terms of results.

I have been putting the Sweetease at home waxing kits* to the test over the past couple of months & I have been quite impressed. They come in cute handy packaging & these kits contain everything you need to wax at home. Their range contains 3 specific kits – Face Kit, Bikini Kit & Legs Kit. So they have you covered.

Sweetease at home waxing kits

Each kit contains 16 wax strips that come in 8 packets (the leg kit has 20 strips 10 packs) you also get 2 after waxing wipes to gently wipe away any excess wax. I always think they should include more wipes, 2 is not enough. The strips in each kit are a great size for their specific area & I like to cut the strips in half for areas that need a little more precision.

They smell like vanilla which is a bonus, if you follow the handy visual step by step card that comes in each kit you will get smooth results. Although waxing can be slightly painful (beauty is pain) you do get smoother long lasting results, more so than shaving. I found these at home waxing kits so easy to use, you just heat the strip up in between your hands, pull the strip apart & smooth it on the targeted area. Make sure the skin is pulled taught otherwise the wax strip won’t pick up the hairs & you will have to go over the area again which can cause irritation.

I have been using the Face kit for my peach fuzz & to tame my mono brow & I highly recommend them. They are easy to use, fuss free & do a great job at getting rid of any unwanted hair.

I think these sets are so handy for travel too. The packaging is bright, fun & as I said each kit contains everything you need.

Sweetease wax kits at £3.99 each and available exclusively at Superdrug stores. For more information visit sweeteasegirls.com

Let me know if you have heard of this brand or if you have any other waxing recommendations.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.