Having had acne for 10 years I have pretty much heard it all. I never really took it to heart but I know others who are deeply affected by what others say and think. Here are probably the 11 worst things you could say (but definitely shouldn’t) to someone with acne.

11 Things you shouldn't say to someone with acne

  1. Why do you have so many spots? – If I knew this then surely I wouldn’t be standing here having this conversation with you
  2. What happened to your face? – What happened to your manners? You don’t see me questioning your lack of tact do you??
  3. You should stop eating so much chocolate – *eye roll*

  4. You’re probably not washing your face enough – I probably own half of the skin care products sold in Superdrug, don’t test me.
  5. Omg what happened to your face? – Omg what happened to thinking before you speak??
  6. Have you tried Clearasil/Proactive/Insert any spot fighting brand or product here – refer to point 4
  7. You should drink more water – I wish you would carry on sipping yours so you stop spewing advice I didn’t ask for.
  8. Stop covering it up with makeup, it will only make it worse – Is there anything that you can use to cover your mouth to stop it saying things to upset me?
  9. TBH lot’s of celebrities have bad skin – Ok and that helps me how..?
  10. You used to be so pretty – um…thanks…I think?
  11. I swear only teenagers get acne/spots – No no and no again. Can you not?
Now that that’s out the way let me just do a quick PSA – it is not OK for you to comment on how someone’s body looks. Whether you think it’s the norm or not, don’t comment, don’t even think it. Being tactful is a personality trait that will take you a long long way in life! I’ve pretty much heard it all along the way and I urge you to PLEASE be kinder, as you never really know what someone else is going through.
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I’ve been lusting after a facial cleansing brush for a really really long time. When Magnitone & Clarisonic were all the rage with bloggers, I just HAD to have one but I didn’t feel fully comfortable with using an electric brush on my face. I have acne scarring so I always think twice about aggravating it or damaging my skin any further. The bristles always felt coarse so I decided against it. The thought of having to buy additional brush heads every month didn’t sound very fun either.

I’ve stuck with muslin clothes for a long while now and although they’re fab and I’d definitely recommend everyone has a few on hand in their bathrooms, I was still looking for a better cleanse. Especially as my skin is no longer in it’s youthful teenage years and I love me a full face of makeup, I needed something strong enough to cleanse but without damaging my skin.

Last week I was sent the SENSSE Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator to review and I was wowed as soon as I opened up the parcel. The packaging is so sleek that it looked like I was opening up an ipad! Inside the box came, the facial cleansing brush, a usb lead charger (no plug) and a sparkly pink bag to store it in. I have to say, I was really impressed and definitely excited to give it a try.

 SENSSE Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator

The brush is made of medical grade silicone which is gentle enough for all skin types with inherent antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s light pink in colour and very light weight to hold. Aesthetically I love it and it turns out that it’s pretty good practically too.

Once it’s charged, the LED light will illuminate and flash to show power and that it’s ready to go. There are three buttons on the front. The button in the centre is to turn it on and off and the two up/down buttons on either side adjust the intensity.
The brush works in 2 cycles. One press of the button will start the main deep cleansing mode, so all you need to do is add some cleanser to your face (I use Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant) and using circular movements lightly press the brush over your face to cleanse.

There’s a brief pause every 15 seconds to remind you to move on to a new area of skin which is handy because I never usually know if I’m going overboard with my scrubbing! There are also 6 speeds to the intensity of the massage for you to adjust to your liking using the up and down arrows.

Once you’re done, just rinse and clean your face with warm water. Pressing the power button a second time will activate a deep cleansing mode. For me this was a little too intense so I have just been sticking to the initial setting. Another press of the button in the centre puts the device to sleep (the light will stay on) this gives you time to clean the cleanser from your face before a third press activates the anti ageing mode.
This mode is a slower but deeper massage, and is performed using the back of the device which has harder, broader nodules. Regular use of this around problem areas of the face and neck is said to gradually improve the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin. I love that the SENSSE cleansing brush has a safety cut out of 3 minutes of inactivity because I’m that person who leaves things switched on (thanks fish brain memory!) and then when I need to use it again, the battery has run out!

SENSSE Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator Massage

When I first took the brush out of the box I had a quick try on my hand and if I’m completely honest, I was scepitical. It just felt like it was vibrating on my hand and I couldn’t see how it would be doing much deep cleaning. Still, I gave it a go and by the time I was done, my goodness my face was squeaky clean. The clogged pores on the side of my nose had gone and I loved the feel of my skin. I’ve been using the brush every day and already I can’t see myself without it!

For me, the biggest selling point of the Sensse silicon Facial Brush is that it is SO convenient. The brand has literally thought of everything that a consumer would need. I love that it is waterproof so I can even take it into the shower with me and not have to worry about chopping and changing rooms (as my shower is downstairs and bathroom upstairs!).

What about keeping it clean? Well since it’s waterproof, it’s really not hard at all to keep clean as you just need to run it under warm water when you’re done.

SENSSE Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator bristles

In just a couple of weeks, I’ve noticed such a difference in my skin. I’m finding that it actually looks cleaner (who knew that was even possible!) and the texture, particularly on my forehead has improved dramatically. I’m definitely going to be keeping the SENSSE brush as a regular skin care tool and definitely recommending it to you all.

The facial cleansing brush is priced at £90 but it’s currently on promotion on Amazon for £49.99. There’s no additional costs or any other add on’s that you need to buy as it’s all supplied. If I’ve convinced you but you’re still unsure about the price then you’re in luck, because I’m giving one away!

Enter below for your chance to win!

Win A Sensse Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator

The Giveaway ends on 20th July and the winner will be contacted directly by the brand. Good Luck!!

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Someone recently told me the difference between prayer and meditation:

“Prayer is when you speak to god and meditation is when god speaks to you.”

I forgive you

Once I had heard it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I really loved this concept and the words kept coming back to me.

Since we’re halfway through Ramadan, I’ve been thinking a lot about spirituality and what it means to me. I love feeling connected to a greater being but if I’m honest, sometimes praying and asking for things from god just seems….greedy almost.

I’m also finding that with a demanding job and the upkeep of all the different aspects of blogging & social media, my mind has become so cluttered with flitting thoughts that my attention span seems to be getting shorter by the day. I’m constantly refreshing pages to stay up to date with the current and it gets kinda overwhelming.

I decided this just wasn’t healthy and I need to find a way to filter out all these thoughts to regain mental clarity and so perhaps meditation would be the answer.

I’m halfway through writing a post on rediscovering parks in London and as I grew to appreciate them more I realised with this came the perfect opportunity and circumstance to meditate.

I work a stones throw away from Crystal Palace park so I could easily fit it into my week without too much change to my routine.

I didnt really have a picture in my head of how meditation should be carried out. Was it crossed legged in my sportswear with my eyes closed, all the while sitting perfectly upright? Are you supposed to chant something?  I wasn’t too sure so Instead I decided to be practical. I took with me my yoga mat, water (when I wasn’t fasting) and a small notebook and pen which I would keep beside me.

Initially I found it ridiculously hard. My brain started thinking of ways for me to leave and I felt a constant need to check the time but I wanted to give it a real go so I began setting an alarm for a time that I absolutely had to leave by and then putting my phone away in my bag.

Eventually I would also turn my phone on airplane mode so the urge to check my notifications wouldn’t be so strong.

Once I settled down, my next hurdle was that I found it so hard to relax. I kept thinking of how silly I looked and then started scaring myself into thinking I would be robbed if my eyes were closed. The mind really is a funny thing.

In truth, I felt weird sitting in an open space and in complete silence. I guess the word I’m looking for is vulnerable. Vulnerable to my own thoughts.

I began by focusing on positive things in my life and let my mind wonder from there. Every so often I’d open my eyes and make some notes on my thoughts so as not to forget them. I wanted to be able to record my journey and reflect on it at a later date.

More often than not, the negative thoughts or things that have been bothering me push through quicker than positive thoughts. I’m still working on getting this meditation thing right but one thing I’m really enjoying is discovering the art of forgiveness – forgiving myself and forgiving others.

Forgiveness isn’t the same as condoning negative behaviour from ourselves or anyone else. But we so easily hold ourselves infinitely responsible, often for experiences utterly out of our control or from a long time ago. Similarly we sometimes allow someone else to influence our lives long after they’ve gone. With forgiveness, we make amends when needed but let go of the extra baggage.

I feel like in just a few short weeks I’ve learnt so much about myself and if anything I’ve gained a little bit more perspective. It’s quickly becoming something I really look forward to and would definitely recommend everyone to give it a go.

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I wrote a really long post about the things I got for my birthday last month but I just couldn’t press ‘publish’ on the post. I felt a little bit like I was humble bragging. The thing is I love reading and seeing what other people get for their special days so it wouldn’t have been any different but still I just couldn’t do it. After a whole month of still wondering what to do, I decided to go ahead and do a separate review on something I have waited years and years to get my hands on – A Prada purse!

Prada Credit Card Holder SS17

I’m someone who doesn’t change their purse regularly. I don’t like buying new ones often because it’s not like they go bad and I’m happy to admit that for almost 10 years I’ve been using a small DKNY coin purse gifted to me on my 17th birthday and a separate card holder from Accessorize for my credit card/Oyster card. This does mean that I never ever have any loyalty cards on me – I dread to think how many Boots points I’ve missed out on!

I guess growing up I just wasn’t much of a designer girl. I wasn’t too keen on spending hefty price tags for a very plain bag (or a designer logo plastered all over it, how tacky). As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve learnt to appreciate real designers *cough*not you Michael Kors*cough* and throughout the years I’ve always come over heart eyed over Prada products. I feel like their designs are so classic that they’re always going to be an investment. I always told myself that one day I’d treat myself to something Prada.

This year my friends and I have decided to pool in and buy one really special present for each other and my goodness am I happy with mine. The Prada SS17 credit card holder is one of their newer products and it is beyond beautiful.

Prada Credit Card Holder

The design is so me that it was practically screaming my name when I saw it. Although the credit card holder comes in a few different colours I picked Begonia pink and Jade green because if you haven’t guessed already it’s my favourite colour combination! If you’re not so girly, this particular style also comes in three other colour combinations (there’s even one to give Gucci a run for their money!)

The wallet measures at 5.9 inches in length and 3.7 inches in height. It’s neither too big nor too small to fit into your handbag and unlike traditional purses it’s not at all bulky. The wallet is made from saffiano leather which means it’s scratch proof and dirt can very easily be wiped off.

I generally don’t keep much cash on me anymore (so I can still continue to use my coin purse! yay!) but with the Prada purse I’ll definitely have enough space for everything. The card holder has two ‘document pockets’ which I’ll probably be using for loyalty cards and important receipts that I need to keep hold of. The extractable card holder has three slots to fit my most important cards in.

Prada Credit Card Holder

My most favourite thing about the card holder is that there is a separate, smaller card holder that comes out of the purse that I can use if I’m using a small clutch for the day or if I need to carry just my oyster card/credit card for a day out.

I love that Prada’s authentication certificate is actually a little card itself and the box that the credit card holder comes in is real ‘luxe’.

The prestigious brand are currently killing it with their SS17 designs. The Prada SS17 credit card holder is priced at £295 and can be purchased here.

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My name is Rosie and I’m addicted to buying beauty products. I’ve become that person who needs all the new releases and all of the nude lipsticks, because yes they are all very different shades! Now that I’m posing as a responsible adult, I know that I need to get my finances in check and stop splashing out on things I don’t necessarily need. I also only work part time now so saving is a little bit more difficult than it once was. I’ve come up with a list of 7 ways to stop spending so much on beauty products.

damzel in this dress

Rearrange you products storage – Sometimes it’s easy to forget all the things that you do have when you can’t see them. I’ve spent the whole of last weekend rearranging all my makeup so that I can easily see and grab what I need in the morning. I’ve thrown away anything that is out of date (or I’m guessing would be out of date) and I’ve also bought out a select few items on to my dressing table that I use on a regular basis so that I can use them up first. Waste not, want not!


One in one out
– Speaking of using up products completely, chances are, you’ve got more than enough of what you need in your make up stash already. It’s either hiding at the back of your drawers or you’re just not using it up! Either way, once you’ve re-organised your makeup give yourself a good talking to and make it a number one rule that you can only buy a new product once you’ve finished one up completely.

Track your spending – Seriously, get yourself a bullet journal or a notebook and write down every time you buy anything beauty related. Keep another column for writing down anything you almost bought but didn’t and don’t forget to write down the price of the products. You might not feel so great at not having the latest lipstick but trust me you’ll feel really good at just how much you’re saving and will want to keep at it.


Swap palettes for customisable ones
– If you do decide to buy a makeup palette, consider whether you’re really interested in the whole palette or just a few colours. Do you already have some/most of the shades? I’ve recently invested in a MAC Pro Palette and will be filling it up with single shadows as and when I need them. Z Palette is an alternative to the MAC one.


Don’t fall for the hypes
– As a blogger, I’ve become pretty good at figuring out which products are just hype and which are genuinely loved. Wait until bloggers have reviewed and swatched products so you can see whether you still really like an item and have to have it.


Start a wishlist
– Pinterest is great for these! Build up a list of things that you really really want and haven’t yet bought for yourself. You’ll notice that as time goes on you’ll fall out of love with some of the products or you just won’t want them anymore. Keep your wishlist updated and get rid of the things you’re no longer lusting after.


Allow yourself a treat
– With all of the above things in place, you’ll be well on your way to saving some serious cash. However I’m not about that deprived life and don’t encourage you to stop treating yourself completely. Instead allow yourself one specific treat after a certain amount of time. It will mean so much more because you saved for it.

 

What are your top saving tips?

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