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29 June 2014

The Sunday Post

This weekend has been full of celebrations, I have been to two 21st birthdays, an engagement party and tonight I'm off to a house warming party! I'm telling you it has been all go, and my liver currently hates me after playing drinking games..woops! The celebrations kicked off as they meant to go on with some delicious cocktails and some good company.

I thought I would share a snippet of my weekend, most pictures were horrendous, these select few made the cut!

I'm trying to be a better blogger however with a full time job, social life, birthday and upcoming trip I have found it really difficult to take the time to blog. This actually really upsets me as I love blogging but unfortunately other things in my life require a tad more attention. I do however have a few planned posts in the works surrounding my trip around Europe and I can't wait to share them with you.

Sorry for such a short post, my week was boring in comparison to my hectic weekend! Hopefully the pictures make up for it.

Hope you've all had a good weekend

28 June 2014

Quinoderm Acne Treatment | A Review

Today I wanted to talk about the subject of Acne. Now by no means do I suffer from extreme acne, however, I do receive a monthly dose of hormonal acne. It affects my face, chest and back. I try not to let it get me down as it is just one of those things, however in summer it does make me feel a little blue as I get very self conscious about wearing vest tops.

A friend of mine works in a pharmacy and she recommended I try Quinoderm as it had worked well for her. I thought that I may as well give it a try and so I picked it up from my local Pharmacy for a mere £2.45. I didn't really hold any expectations about it as I have never tried any form of spot or acne treatment, I usually just let it take its course knowing that it will improve eventually.

The tube is 25g and contains the ingredients, benzyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate. Benzyl Peroxide is known to have 3 main actions; it kills bacteria, reduces inflammation and helps to unblock pores. This means it is an effective spot/acne treatment. Potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate is another antifungal and antibacterial agent, giving Quinoderm a double acne fighting action.

Now due to the strength of the treatment it does dry out the skin a lot so if you already suffer from dry skin I would look into getting a good moisturiser if you are thinking about giving this product a try. From personal experience the cream has worked really well and after just one week of use I have already noticed a massive difference in the appearance of my skin, even the small under the skin blemishes have almost vanished! When it is first applied it does give a burning sensation, which is very unusual, however, it has not marked or burnt my skin so it must just be the benzyl peroxide getting to work. I applied it to the affected areas in the evening, showered in the morning and applied a huge helping of moisturiser. This has been an effective way of using the cream as my skin doesn't feel dry at all and the blemishes are definitely improving.

If you are considering using Quinoderm as an acne or spot treatment I would advise speaking to your GP first or the Pharmacist, especially if you have very sensitive skin. It is always best to seek the opinion of an expert as you don't want to cause your skin any damage. The bottle also recommends doing a patch test prior to full use as this will enable you to establish whether the cream is going to suit your particular skin type or not.

Overall, this product has really impressed me and is now going to be part of my regular skin care regime. Not for everyday use but definitely when the hormonal outbreak dawns on me!

Have you tried any acne/spot treatments?


22 June 2014

The Sunday Post

So some of you may have noticed I have been a bit MIA on my blog this week, I normally aim to post at least 3 times a week. I try to aim for 1 beauty, 1 fashion and 1 lifestyle post, which in fairness can be quite hard! However this week it has been especially difficult as I have been unwell with a mystery pain, and even after a doctors appointment at 11.20pm on Saturday night I am still none the wiser to what the cause can be. Despite this I was not going to let my weekend go to waste, a few paracetemol later and I was ready to face the day.

I will warn you now, this is a picture heavy post, a picture tells 1000 words, this could be a trilogy!

Saturday evening we went out for my Fiancé's mum's Birthday to a little country pub. We tucked in to a delicious meal and had a few drinks.

Then despite my little night time adventure to the out of hours doctor, I was still up and at them Sunday morning for a 6 mile walk around Lady Bower Dam, which is an hour and a half drive from me. The views are stunning! Definitely a photographers dream. I got a little snap happy so here is the view from my eyes/lens.

After walking our legs off for 3 hours in the sun we stopped for a picnic and a cheeky ice cream. The perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday. I'm now sat catching up on reading blog posts and watching youtube videos. Once again sorry for the lateness of this post!

Hope you've had a good week!

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