When Harriet asked if would like to review the Clearasil new blemish ad marks range I leaped at the chance as I knew that spots can be a serious issue for people around my age.
I started using this range about a month ago and have been trying them in different ways with different things to find how I get the best results.
As this a big review I thought I could break it down into parts so you only need to read what is relevant to you!
'With dermatologist-inspired science, these products are designed to work on your skin from the start of the blemish. They contain a unique ingredient complex with vitamin B3 known to fight the appearance of marks and enhance the skin renewal process.' - From back of packaging.
Until about a year ago acne, blemishes and marks were not a problem I faced then all of a sudden I began to get spots. Not many but enough to realise I had to do something about it. Since then I have tried various different brands such as Simple, Sudocrem, Origins and Dermalogica but although some of them did help dramatically, I still am prone to the odd breakout and VERY prone to redness on my cheeks. I also get a few under skin spots along my jaw and cheeks. My skin is also oily down my T-zone and dry-normal everywhere else.
The scrub for me is a little too rough compared to what I normally use and makes my redness ever so slightly worse. That said it does exfoliate your skin and leaves it feeling nice and fresh. It has a light fruity smell (I quite like this) and is greeny blue metallic in colour. I have been using it twice a week.
The Wash and Mask
On a more positive note I love the wash and mask. This too has the almost fruity smell and is a creamy blue green colour. I have been using this morning and night without fail for a month and absolutely love it! It leaves your skin feeling bright and clean after use as a wash and after using as a mask your face feels very deeply cleansed. The first time I used as a mask I did what the packaging said and put a thin layer on for a minute, this did nothing and I thought it was a complete waste of time. I then gave it another go at the weekend, putting on a much thicker layer and leaving for 15minutes and it gave the effect I was looking for.
I also really enjoy using the Treatment cream! Although it says it is a cream I would say it has more of a gel texture. It sinks in quickly, isn't greasy and isn't too drying. I put a light layer of this on about half of my face where spots can appear. When I got two spots I applied it directly to them with origins super spot remover and they were gone by the next day! I also like that you can use this on places where you are prone to spots and not just when you get them - a great multitasker!
In a nutshell the range has improved my skin, considerably. I have had just two breakouts in a month, my under skin spots have reduced and marks from previous blemishes have gone down. I cannot sing their praises enough.
Tip: I didn't used to like Simple's light moisturiser but when testing out product combinations this came out top as it works well in conjunction with the treatment gel and left my skin feeling soft.
Top to bottom: Treatment Cream, Scrub, Wash and Mask
What skincare have you been loving right now?
Disclaimer: Any items that are gifted to me by a PR company or brand I will always give a 100% honest review on. I also only accept items that I would buy myself or feel is relevant to my blog.
Admittedly I do have the most impractical way of storing my makeup but I love it none the less. Until recently my makeup was stored in various makeup bags thrown around my room but last week I realised that in my bathroom I have a massive shelf I don't use. I immediately sorted through my bits and arranged it using a variety of makeup bags and beauty boxes. I am really happy with the result so I thought you might like a little nose as I know I love these kinds of posts! So my makeup is organised into bags/boxes/mugs like this:
Brushes, liners, mascara
Other nail bits
Small eyeshadow palettes (big ones in cupboard!)
Single eyeshadows, pigments, gel liners
Being a tad difficult to get things out in a rush I do have a bag with all the things I use on a regular basis.
How do you store your makeup? (would love if you could leave a link!)
Just to let you guys all know that the first ever Miss Vogue comes with this month's normal Vogue issue! I don't tend to buy Vogue on a monthly basis as I am subscribed to Company (my all time favourite magazine) but I think this month is a little special. I haven't read the whole of the Miss Vogue UK yet but it does look amazing and is full to the brim of photo shoots, fashion and beauty features. Cara Delevigne is the perfect cover girl as she is just the perfect epitome of a fun, fashionable, beauty loving girl!
I would definitely recommend you buy this if you are in the 13-21 age bracket, it is available in newsagents and supermarkets for £3.99 (also including Vogue UK)
On a completely different note, would you guys like to see a post on my IMATS plans/IMATS tag, if so leave a comment or tweet me!
For a fifteen year old my makeup collection is somewhat vast yet when going through everything I found 3 powder blushers, a small amount for someone with a beauty blog! When I went to Superdrug last week and saw this and thought it would be a great option as I was already a fan of Sleek's 'Pixie Pink' Blush. I would't say I was immediately drawn to this colour as my natural instinct was to go with the 'Lace' palette seeing as it is far more subtle but I did want to be bolder in my blusher and at under £10 for three blushes I decided you couldn't really go wrong.
The colours are all in the earthy red/orange spectrum and have varying degrees of shimmer. They are super pigmented, easy to work with and have good lasting power with an amazing finish. As for the packaging, it is very sleek (excuse the pun) and could easily slip into a high end makeup bag without being noticed!
Overall I really like this product but I would say the red can be a little scary if you are new to blusher.
In October I'm going to New York for a whole eight days to visit my uncle with my family, to say I am excited is an huge understatement.
I went on family holiday to Boston, Cape Cod and NYC when I was 12 but obviously it was a few years ago now and I hadn't long discovered the wonders of makeup, clothes and shoes! Last time we did mainly touristy things like going up the rock, visiting times square and seeing the statue of liberty.
This time I'm going to plan out five days precisely to make sure we do everything and don't waste money or time travelling, the other three days we'll just see what we enjoy and go with the flow. On the list at the moment is The Met, MOMA, Sephora, American Apparel, Central Park and a Broadway Musical.
If you have any recommendations of where to go or what to do I would really appreciate it so please leave a comment, If you have been and written a blog post do leave a link!
I know its a long time away but this trip is so exciting and I want to get it perfect x
Mmmmm, yankee candles. I've smelt them over and over in various different shops pondering whether candles are an absolute necessity, after my deliberation last week I decided the answer is yes. I really couldn't chose between these three so ended up getting them all in sampler size. These just smell divine and are lovely to light whilst in the bath, relaxing with a face mask or reading a magazine. Mini Yankee Candles are available in 68 varieties for £1.80 each. Whats your favourite yankee candle? x