Saturday, 19 October 2013

Cyder/Cider Vinegar: A Blemish fix?

As much of a cliche as this may sound, I've always had problem skin. Without going into too much detail, I wouldn't describe it as severe acne, but I mostly get spots on my chin and on my cheeks, with an oily T-Zone. (Attractive ay?)

I've been to the doctor about it a few times and tried various medications, but the last time I went they were quite rude to me, and made me feel as if I was a time waster.

After some tears (I know this sounds pathetic to some) and a little bit of research, I discovered Cyder or Cider Vinegar. I know a family friend who uses it, and it works a treat, but I'm aware that there are mixed reviews. Some say that it really helped with reducing oily skin, and clearing up blemishes. Others however, seemed to get no improvement at all.

It's quite acidic, so I think what I'm going to do is make my own cleanser with it. When you first use it, it is advised that you mix it up with water, and apply it using a cotton pad.

I'm not sure it'll work for me, and I'm not expecting overnight miracles but I picked up this bottle from Holland & Barrett for just £1.99. So I've not lost a huge amount if it doesn't.

What I really want to know is if any of you have used it? I'd love to know how, or even if it worked for you? And how you used it?


Monday, 14 October 2013

Embracing Autumn!

Hello! So, continuing from my previous post, I thought I would show you the items I bought at the weekend. I only got three things, but I'm fully embracing Autumn fashion. I adore all of the rich tones and textures that you can get during this time of year.

My first item was this floral top from Primark, it is a pretty basic item but I just loved the pattern on the fabric. The contrast of the smaller red flowers against the black really stood out to me. In all the top is quite plain, there is some simple, black button detail on the back and the fabric is lovely and soft.

I then stumbled across the same top, but in this fabric. (I think I am a little obsessed with florals) I fell in love with all the rich autumnal tones. I know it might not be to everyones taste, but it really reminded me of a William Morris vintage wallpaper pattern. For just £10 each I think these tops are great, with some statement jewellery they can be glammed up, or add a chunky knit scarf for some winter comfort!

My final purchase was this Tartan scarf. I've been wanting one for a while now and snapped this one up for just £5, also from Primark. Tartan is big this Autumn/Winter, and as much as I want to embrace my Scottish roots, I'm not sure I can pull off the look, so a scarf seemed like a safe bet. So not only is it super soft, it is also not going to break the bank if you want to try a trend, without going all out!

My weekend in pictures...

Hi guys!
Well I think it is safe to say that Summer has left us, and Autumn has arrived. Personally I embrace Autumn, yes there are some post-sunshine blues, but I just love crisp, cold mornings, warm drinks in my favourite mug and winter food!
This weekend was a quiet one, the weather was pretty blustery and damp so it called for comfort food. Homemade Beef stew and dumplings is something I just love, so mum made two pots of it on Saturday. It really is the definition of winter comfort food! For pudding I made a huge bowl of fruit salad for the family, which was delicious, even if I do say so myself!
No weekend is complete without a trip to the shops, I wasn't looking for anything particular, and left with a couple of tops and a tartan scarf. I much prefer winter fashion, all the lovely colours and textures that you can layer up!
On Sunday I went with my mum to visit my grandma, taking her some chocolates and a bunch of flowers. Sitting and chatting to her was a lovely way to end the weekend.
This morning I was once again up at 6:30am and couldn't resist taking a picture of the sky, how beautiful Autumn can be!

Well that was my weekend, I hope you all had a lovely weekend too!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

OOTD: Graduation.

So the last few weeks have been pretty busy, and the time has flown by! I apologise for my lack of posts recently, but I have just simply not had the time! But here is a quick update:

Last week was a special one for my sister, as she finally graduated from university! I know how hard she worked, so I felt a mixture of pride and admiration seeing her all dressed up in her robes! So, me and my family all got suited and booted and headed off to the celebrations.

I wore this gorgeous, straight-cut dress from Primark. Now, I don't know about you, but I feel that this could easily pass off as something you might see in Zara, or Oasis. Its shape is simple, yet elegant, meaning that it can be dressed up or down. As far as I'm aware you can get it in a few colours, I've seen it in this berry colour, and a lovely deep shade of Turquoise.
It comes to just below the knee, and I paired it with black tights, a statement necklace and a simple black trench coat. I can't remember the price but I believe it was between £10-£13, which is a total bargain!

In the evening we went out for a relaxed dinner with some family friends. The temperature really dropped so I changed out of my dress into my favourite knitted jumper. It's a real vibrant blue, so I paired it with my leather jacket and this gold necklace from TopShop, to add some contrast!

As Autumn approaches, I've returned to an old favourite nail polish. 'Red Black' or '115' from Barry M is a lovely rich red. Perfect for this cold weather!

In all, it was a lovely day! I hope you're all well! xx