#TheStruggleIsReal: Winter Skin

Aloha! It’s been a while and as most of you know, I have moved to university. This experience has been time-consuming, stressful and mentally draining – it is the sole reason for my lack of posts.

Since moving here everything has been about reading and essays, meaning that I haven’t had as much time to myself as I would like (apart from the time that I visited home for the weekend and it was lovely) and all this moving around (plus cold weather, plus general stress) has caused my skin to self-destruct – and I mean worse than usual.

This could have been down to moving and hormones, but the weather certainly didn’t help, it caused my skin to get very pimply and dry. I couldn’t let it stay like this as it was really starting to put me down and I had to wear make-up to cover it – something I hate doing.

With this in mind, I started getting testers of various skin products to find the root of my problem. I went to Origins because I am a regular user of the “Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash”, where I picked up testers for the “Zero Oil Cleanser” and “Zero Oil Lotion”.

These products started off by clearing up my spots and after a week the effects had reversed, leaving my skin worse than it was before! The cleanser didn’t feel like it was cleaning my skin enough, but the moisturiser was good – it really was “Zero Oil” and kept my skin matte for most of the day, but in the end it just made my skin really dry.

After these products quite literally blew up in my face, I opted for something familiar and headed to BareMinerals where I decided to retry  the “Purely Nourishing Moisturiser for Combination Skin”. I used this for around 2 weeks, my skin didn’t react to it at all, but I came to the conclusion that this is a summer skincare only option for my skin type. I had already purchased it because it really is a dependable moisturiser, just not for me in the winter.

Once again, I was back to square one and decided to use something I already had for the time being and also start using night cream again. I had some of my trusty Nivea “Night Regenerating Cream” left, so I used that along with The Body Shop “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet”.

I remembered how much I loved the smell of the Vitamin E products, which led me to browse the entire Vitamin E line on the Body Shop website. After looking at countless reviews of various products, I decided that I wanted to try out a new night cream, seeing as night cream is something that’s usually a safe option for my troublesome skin.

I didn’t buy the products online, I kept browsing products for a week or so and went into the store to purchase. While in the store, a girl insisted that the toner would be a good addition to my purchase, along with an overnight treatment oil and I decided to try them out as I was already getting something new anyway and rarely used toners and treatments. In total, I purchased the “Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream”, “Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil” and the “Vitamin E Hydrating Toner”.


The difference in my skin was noticeable within a week, my skin was hydrated and my spots were reducing. I have finally discovered a skincare line that actually works with my skin, one that doesn’t make it worse and since using these products, I have gone back for more from the Vitamin E line. It turns out that the “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet” wasn’t working as well as I thought it was and it was actually too harsh on my skin, it just took products that didn’t hurt my skin to realise what was doing the damage.

I now own most of The Body Shop Vitamin E range, the “Vitamin E Moisture Cream” replaced the “Aqua Boost Sorbet”, I also got the “Vitamin E Face Mist” to see what all the fuss was about and so far I can see the appeal, it’s very refreshing.


All-in-all, I’m loving the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop and I think it will be my staple skincare range from now on. It rescued my skin from whatever winter/stress induced hell it was in.


I will most probably be separately reviewing these products to help others figure out which ones are best for their skin too. If anyone else suffers from sensitive skin that loves to react and break out – I seriously suggest trying out this range.

Until next time,




Beauty: Back to bareMinerals?

As many of you know, I try not to wear make up as much as possible, I just feel so fake and hate the way it feels on my skin.

As you also may know, my skin goes through good and bad stages and when it’s bad, it’s really bad and makes me feel absolutely crap.

When my skin is really bad and I need to go to work or out of the house, I do try to cover up a bit and for this I use the Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum (in 51) — which I love and there is nothing wrong with it, but sometimes I prefer the way bareMinerals felt on my skin. Although the Healthy Mix Serum is light (and smells delicious) it can go oily after a while as it is a liquid, this isn’t really a problem for me as I carry the Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (52) with me for when this happens, but I don’t want to have to keep applying more crap to my face and with bareMinerals it took a lot less effort.

Back when I used to use bareMinerals I didn’t have a problem with it, it was more an issue of using the wrong moisturiser. My skin did not get along with the bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturiser and this not only affected the way my skin felt, but the overall accuracy of the loose powder foundation.

Now that I know which moisturisers work for me, I feel it’s time to give the ol’ BM another go. It was super easy to apply, I didn’t need to use much and it took a lot less time in the mornings. Instead of opting for the Original Foundation (in Fairly Medium) I think i’ll give the Matte one a go as it may be better suited for my Combination and sometimes Oily skin.

I have done my research and this may be it for me, I will still use my Healthy Mix Serum and others that work for me such as the Mac Face and Body.

However, there are a few that I will steer clear of, ones that I probably shouldn’t have splashed out on right away. One that didn’t work for me were Nars Sheer Glow (in Gobi) was way too much for my skin, it was just cakey and suffocating on my delicate façade.

A foundation that I haven’t completely sworn off was the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint, it was a little too oily for my liking but did depend on the state of my skin at the time (probably down the again, the wrong moisturiser).

I also want to give the bareMinerals READY To Go Complexion Perfection Palette, but we will get to that later.

All-in-all, from my experience the only solution for my skin is less stress, less sugar and more water (if only there was a magic spell for removing all stress from one’s life).

I will do an update on my decision when I have returned to bareMinerals and have used the product for at least one month.

Love y’all,



My holiday facial essentials.

As most of you know I am on holiday, I go home very early tomorrow morning and really don’t want to!

This post is about all of the essential products that I have taken with me or used on this holiday every day.

I don’t know about others, but I am not the kind of person that walks around with a full face of make up on holiday, hell, I don’t even bother at home!

But there are a few essentials that I did need, let’s start with day time shall we.

In the day I like to wear a little mascara, it’s the only make up I would actually bother with on holiday as it isn’t actually on my face, therefore it won’t irritate me.
The mascara I have gone for this time is the Bourjois Paris 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof Mascara. I originally bought this mascara for swimming at my local gym that I just switched to, but it has been perfect for holiday, being waterproof.

Now onto lips, I hate having sore/chapped lips.. I don’t think anyone actually enjoys having them… So I have been using Carmex SPF 15 lip balm in strawberry, it’s great because it smells lovely too!

And of course sun cream, for my face I have been using La Roche Posay Anthelios AC SPF30 for oily to acne-prone skin. This has been the perfect choice for holiday and the bonus is that the sun cream is matte!


In the evenings we have been out from about 10pm-2am discovering different restaurants and bars to drink at, and I like to dress up a bit, so I have been using the same mascara, a lipstick (either my Topshop one in hazard or my Rimmel Kate Moss one in shade 107). I purchased a Nivea Creme from a shop here when I realised how much I needed moisturiser and have been wearing Bourjois Healthy Balance Matte Finish Powder over my moisturiser, it doesn’t make much of a difference really, but it smells amazing!

I packed Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and a Bourjois Happy Light Concealer, but used neither of them. I also haven’t used my 24hr eye shadow by Bourjois, but I may use it tonight as it is our last night.


And now for bedtime! After removing everything with my Bioderma and washing my face with my cheap SuperDrug face wash, I slap on some Nivea Regenerating Night Cream (sounds like something the doctor would wear…). This cream is perfect as it’s quite light and stops my skin from drying out in the hot night.


Well that’s my holiday facial essentials for anyone that actually cared!

I’m out,



Mother’s day treats and gifts!

So Mother’s Day is on it’s way, have you got a gift for your Mum yet?

No? Well don’t worry, here are a few things Mum might love!

I’ve been browsing Boots.com and have discovered some great gift ideas.

I love Boots, and shop there a lot. I always find myself shopping in Boots for last minute  Christmas and Birthday gifts because they always have a lovely selection of gift sets!

Boots have a Mother’s day section on their website. Just in case you don’t like my selections, you can have a look for yourself here.

If your Mum is obsessed with nails and wants to do her own gel/salon-style nails at home, then this is the perfect girl for her:

ImageProxyThe SensatioNail Gel Starter Kit is currently £45.00 on Boots.com (usually £69.99).

The kit includes 10 enough product for 10 perfect Gel Polish applications, it also includes the Pro 3060 LED lamp.

There are some great reviews on it.

If your Mum is all about nail care, this is the perfect gift!

You can buy the kit here.


TripleMoistureBlissIf Mum loves skincare, she will love this gift set from Sanctuary Spa.

This is the Triple Moisture Bliss set, which is usually £10, but is currently £5 for Mother’s Day.

This is a set of three body moisturisers, including the award winning Sanctuary Spa Body Butter (the orange one).

If you’re on a budget this Mother’s Day, this is a great value for money!

Buy the Sanctuary Spa set here.

If you’re still not sure what to get your Mum for Mother’s Day, there is plenty on their special Mother’s Day section (which I linked above).

Love you all.





Nivea Night creams!

So over last month I have been trying out two different night creams, I usually don’t use night creams but was having such good luck with all of the Nivea products that I thought i’d try everything!

I started off using the Nivea Night Regenerating Cream and was amazed by it. Usually when I put anything on my face at night, I end up with breakouts. When I used this cream I had no breakouts, my skin stayed relatively clear and some of my scarring faded slightly.



I was so amazed by this product that I decided to try the anti-ageing one too. The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream was thicker, I noticed small breakouts, but nothing major, as for the anti-wrinkle side of things, I don’t actually have wrinkles, but will probably use this night cream in the future.


All in all both creams are great, my skin is highly sensitive and reacts badly to products that most people are okay with. If your skin is also highly sensitive I recommend you trying the products that I have found to be effective!

Love Hannah.


Beauty: The Perfect Primer!

As you may have read previously, I have recently had to change most of my skin care range due to what can only be described as an allergic reaction.

I wasn’t that fussed about getting another primer, but as my skin was accepting the Nivea creams I decided to try it out. Everything was half price in Superdrug when I purchased them so I had no reason not to!

Usually I opt for sensitive skin products, but having tried the day cream from Nivea in a normal/combination, I thought it would be best to match the rest of my purchases to that skin type too.


So I purchased the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I didn’t want to review this until I was sure of my opinion and now I am.

The texture is similar to a gel-like moisturiser, seems oily, but really isn’t.


As I apply the primer to my face it sinks in instantly, there is no waiting around and I can apply foundation instantly.

I use this primer almost everyday, sometimes apply tinted moisturiser if my skin isn’t looking great, but usually don’t wear any foundation unless I am going on a night out or to an important event.

The fact that the pot is glass makes it feel a lot more expensive than it is and the lid doesn’t loosen in my bad, thus preventing it from leaking in my makeup bag!


I like to use either the Nivea Cremé or the Light Moisturising Day Cream underneath the primer, especially if I am wearing the primer with no foundation.

Couldn’t praise this primer enough, it is so cheap and available everywhere, I strongly recommend trying it as you may never go back!




Beauty: More Nivea reviews will be up soon

Just a quick update of what’s to come;

I tried a variety of new Nivea products over the past month and will be reviewing them very soon.

My experience with the majority of this skincare range has been brilliant and I can’t wait to share my favourites with all of you!



Beauty: New skincare, new skin?

So after facing that I cannot go back to my Origins or BareMinerals moisturisers and (as stated in my previous post) purchasing some Nivea ones. Hoping that my skin wouldn’t react to the Nivea ones as they are very simple and also very low in price which is a great bonus!

I have been using the Nivea Cremé and the Nivea Light Moisturising Day Cream and am happy to say that my skin hasn’t reacted to either of them, what’s better is that my skin may finally be getting better!


I cannot confirm that they are great just yet, but have had no problems yet.

The Nivea Creme is a little oily for my liking, but sinks in eventually and the Light Moisturising Day Cream is fine on my skin, reacts a little with my burn (that happened at Benefit Cosmetics) that is healing now. I expected that the cream may react with the burn as it is still quite delicate, that is nothing to do with the cream, just my skin’s current state.

The Nivea Cremé appears to actually be healing the burn, this isn’t the purpose of the Cremé but it is working.

As for the Light moisturising day cream, I have no reactions, it is light on my skin and causes no breakouts, still a tiny bit oily but goes away on it’s own roughly a minute after application.

So glad that Nivea seems to work with my skin as they have many decent products at very reasonable prices!

Going to become a Nivea whore…

Love Hannah


Beauty: Skin care no-nos (for me) review

Oh Moisturisers…

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I have been using the Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser. I was liking this moisturiser, it was a little oily for my liking, but seemed to be doing the job (this was when I first used the product).


After a few days of use I found that it would sting my skin when I applied it and throughout the day, the feeling didn’t go away and hasn’t every time that I have used it, it’s been a few weeks and I have decided to stop using it.

This brings me to the BareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturiser (for combination skin). I used this product prior to my Origins moisturiser and it would leave my skin red and irritated for a while and then slowly fade throughout the day.


This morning when I woke up I decided to use the BareMinerals after realising that the Ginzing solution was not for me. Today’s results are not great, it seems that my skin had reacted worse to theBareMinerals this time around. My skin went red as it usually does with this moisturiser, then went away as usual, but the pain stayed.

I feel like there may be one ingredient in both of these products that my skin does not agree with! Not only did the stinging stay this time, but I have notices a few pimples surfacing on my face, this moisturiser is a definite no-no for me now, and I will not be using it ever again after this. I now know that one of the causes of my (what used to be terrible) acne was the BareMinerals moisturiser.

So after college today I went to my local boots/superdrug stores and picked up two very gentle moisturising products by Nivea which were the original Nivea Cremé (from Boots) and the Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream (which was half price in Superdrug).

nivea products

I look forward to trying these products later and I will post reviews of them when I am confident on how I feel about them.

The reason I went for these two particular products is because the Nivea Cremé is an original, safe option and has been around for years.

The Nivea Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream was chosen because I have seen many positive reviews, it is a light moisturising cream which means a lower chance of pimples surfacing and it is very low priced which is means if it doesn’t work out, I have lost about £2 (usually £4).

What’s your favourite moisturiser?

Love Hannah.


Money, Money, Money…

Just a quick post to express my excitement for a few months time, when I can afford all the skincare products that I want and hopefully my skin will improve.

The main things I NEED;

The Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion (the toning lotion).


I know I mentioned in My January Wish List that I wanted a different toner, but I have decided to go for a lotion one rather than a watery one as I don’t want the toner to dry out my skin more.

The Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment and the Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Moisturiser, these both have great reviews from people with the same skin issues as me and I really want to try all of them!


I plan on growing a bit of an Origins collection in the near future, obviously I will have to buy them one at a time over the next few months…


Which product would you readers recommend I purchase first?

Love, Hannah.