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Friday, 23 March 2018

We're Ditching Powder | Dry Skin Friendly, Dewy Skin

I am in my second month of using Roaccutane and my skin has never looked better, my pores have shrunk considerably, I no longer have wet looking skin because it is no longer oily and I can get away with just concealer, HURRAH! (check my Instagram-Sakinahsayss stories for picture updates)

But I do now have tight, dry skin which requires maintenance if not every day or every other day. I have a post coming soon of, 'Roaccutane Friendly Sensitive Skin Saviours', and it is because of these products as well as trial and error that I am able to wear make up and it not look dry or a hot mess!

I remember always saying, 'I wish I had dry skin', just so I could avoid having to powder my skin constantly. Not only would I "bake", my skin every morning, but I even started to SET MY PRIMER BEFORE FOUNDATION just to halt the oil process! So, to now ditch powder all together is a very different experience for me!

My skin looks so much healthier, dewy and my make up doesn't fall apart as I anticipated. What's more, up until last week I was still powdering my under eyes with my fave RCMA powder just where my creasing usually appears and I looked like a 94 year old woman! So I have ditched powder all together and don't get me wrong, I do get creasing under the eyes, but who doesn't have creasing under their eyes unless your 15 years old!?

If you are on Roaccutane and you want to wear make up but are looking like a dry crusty bitch, just ditch all powders, opt for a cream bronzer/blusher/highlighter combo and trust me you'll be looking amazing! And you don't even need to carry a powder to blot at all which is a revelation in itself!

Have you tried not powdering your foundation?

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Roaccutane Diaries| Month 1

I am currently intaking 30mg of Roaccutane once a day after a meal. Roaccutane is a drug prescribed by a dermatologist after topical creams and tablets have not aided in ones Acne. This was the case for me, I had heard bad and good reviews and was told since my Acne is regarded as 'mild' within the confines of Acne as a whole, that this drug has a high success rate and would help my skin. I am at the point where I don't want Acne to control my life and I feel it has for a while. I decided to start this drug as the Acne on my chest was getting quite bad and I want it GONE! I don't mind the odd breakout here and there but having it all the time at 25 years old is something I just don't want to experience.

Week 1- During the first week, I didn't experience any changes until the 6th day where my eyes became incredibly red and felt very dry. Luckily, my brother is an optician and recommended eye drops which would alleviate the tight feeling I was experiencing. As well as this, my lips became incredibly dry and after applying whatever lip balm was around me I went and purchased Eucerin, Aquaphor Skin Balm, this can be used anywhere but I apply this on my lips at all times. I use this eye drops around 3/4 times a day.

Week 2- I found my skin was getting dry on my forehead, my cheeks and nose. It wasn't uncomfortable but for the first time in my whole life, I wasn't having to blot my skin on lunch breaks or 'fix' my make up. As my skin was getting drier, my make up would look exactly the same as when I would leave my house in the morning, it looked perfect. However, I did have a mini break out, nothing cystic, but due to the time of the month and it was gone within the week. Also, my pores are non existant! First time in my life!

Week 3- My skin was visibly very dry and feeling tight. I also needed a new moisturiser and night cream so I went to Boots and purchased the Eucerin 10% Urea Treatment Cream, after watching a Caroline Hirons video on YouTube. My lips also became swollen and the insides of my nose and ears were very dry. My scalp is also flaky so I have to smother my scalp with coconut oil twice a week.

Week 4- My skin became very, very dry. As I work in beauty retail, I am required to wear make up and thankfully, I don't have great big spots to cover so I usually wear concealer, powder .i.e the bare minimum. But I like to look presentable with flawless 'looking' skin and I found I wasn't able to achieve this as all foundations would look so dry and matte; something I'm not used to. I prefer dewy, satin finishes, so this got me down but in the grand scheme of things it's a minor issue.

Even as I type this I have the Eucerin cream all over my face and lips. My face is constantly red and this is one of the side effects of Roaccutane. Thankfully it isn't feeling as tight as two days ago where I had to take an Antihistamine because my skin was so sensitive and felt as if my skin was very close to an open flame. I went to sleep with Aloe Vera to calm this feeling and it has gone back to 'normal'. I haven't been feeling overly emotional or depressed than normal and whenever I do feel myself feeling like this I occupy myself with something which needs doing!

I can't believe it's been a month already, it has gone quite quick except for the last few days!

Here are some images of my skin at the end of month 1(without filter, I've taken my camera off the skin smooth setting and lol I was sat casually with Fenty '$tunna' Lip Paint. All that sheen is from the cream I have on and I was stood in front of a window hence why I look washed out and not like my brown and proud self haha):


National Fragrance Day| What's your favourite?

As it is national fragrance day, I'd like to know what's your favourite fragrance?

Above are Jo Malone candles which also has the same fragrance lines in the above scents, I love mimosa and cardomom and pretty much all of their scents!

But my favourite fragrance is 'Baccarat' by Maison Francis Kurdjan and this has slowly become one of my favourite perfume houses. They smell so expensive and are so distinct!

I also love 'White Suede' from Tom Ford, 'Dia' by Amouage and 'Bronze Goddess' from Estee Lauder during the Summer! Soft musky, sexy scents are what I love to wear!


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

TOM FORD 'HoneyMoon Eyeshadow Palette', Worth It?

 Tom Ford's HoneyMoon eye shadow palette has been on my wishlist for so long that I've even forgotten how long I've wanted it for! It is every eye shadow obsessive hoarders dream and a favourite in my collection!

The cranberry and purple shades make it perfect for Autumn/Winter and the golden, bronzed shades make it deal for a Summer or Spring day. Admittedly, a friend purchased this for me as I couldn't justify the price point- £66! That's the price of two foundations! I understand we are paying towards the luxury and brand aspect of this palette but WOW!

Nonetheless, I have been wearing this non stop, especially the dark gold shade, second shade in the first row. The gold shades tend to be slightly more pigmented than the berry shades and better pay off is achieved through using your fingers to apply. As they are all shimmery shades they apply like butter and are very smooth. I have experienced smooth er eye shadows from cheaper brands i.e. KIKO and you are able to get dupes from other brands.

I also appreciate it has a very wide mirror so you could use this palette alone for your entire make up routine. Regardless, I recommend this to get this while you can if you have extra cash to burn as it is always out of stock!

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Product Empties| Mac, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown etc!

I've never actually written a 'Product Empties' post, but since I've found myself reading other similiar posts I thought I'd document what I've finished recently and whether I enjoyed the items or not.

Initially, my most beloved foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light 'Intensity 3.5', had completely finished but thankfully, I had a new bottle hidden amongst my make up stash. I've worn this for over 2 years, it's a semi matte finish, medium coverage and a small amount goes a long way.

The Ordinary's Hyalauronic Acid, which is also a re purchase and I believe I was on my second or third bottle is also amazing for a morning serum and great for oilier skin types. I would apply this to freshly washed skin and add SPF and leave. It absorbs very quickly, has a silicone texture and has a handy pippet to distribute product. 

My favourite SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF30 High Protection, also came to an end. It is by far the best SPF I have worn. It doesn't leave any sticky residue or the unattractive grey finish to the skin but leaves a supple texture and is a great base for makeup. 

What's more, and I think I've used over 5 pots of this magic is the Bobbi Brown, Hydrating Eye cream. It does what is says on the tin, hydrates, leaves the skin moist and gets rid of pesky dry patches. Ideal for those with normal to oily skins, not so great for drier skins but they do have an intense version of this eye cream if your after a much richer eye cream.

Lastly, is my ultimate ride or die, the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover. This is fantastic for removing water proof mascara, eye liner, the whole shebang. It doesn't leave your eyes sore or overly wet and removes eye makeup so quickly. I've gone through countless bottles and I always purchase this on offer otherwise it's quite expensive!

What products have you finished recently or re purchased? 



Friday, 9 March 2018

Current Faves¦ The Ordinary, Tom Ford 'Sahara Noir', Essie & Dior.

Ever since going on Roaccutane, I haven't been able to decipher which products work for me as I have never experienced such dry skin in my life. (BUT that is to be discussed in my monthly Roaccutane posts to be uploaded shortly.)

Whilst cleansing my skin the other day, I was re-acquainted with my love, The Ordinary Glycolic 7% Toner, Why did I ever stop using this? I ask myself!  It's because I thought it would further dry my skin out but it doesn't if you moisturise thoroughly. It literally softens my skin and got rid of my texture. Not only that, the glow honey, the glow after is as if you've had a facial. It did sting when I first would apply this, but since I only wear this in the evenings, my skin has become accustomed to this toner.

What's more, how cute are these Primark sunglasses! I've seen this style of shades float around Instagram and these are actually my sisters! They don't suit my big head but definitely head to Primark if your after a similiar pair.

I've also been re acquainted with the dark and sexy scent that is Sahara Noir by Tom Ford, unfortunately discontinued which is why it is usually hidden. I tend to wear this during Ramadan as it evokes a nostalgic woody, musky and sweet aroma that I associate with attending mosque when I was younger. The packaging is also divine! A classic that shouldn't have been discontinued!

Lastly, this Essie polish in Mademoiselle is a shade I've been sporting for over a week and hasn't chipped at all! I applied two coats and didn't use a top coat but I wish I did as it doesn't have that uber glossy finish that I prefer in my nail polish.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Fresh Skincare | Review

'Fresh' skincare is a brand that not only is aesthetically pleasing but is also a brand that truly delivers. I initially first heard of this brand from a Jackieaina makeup tutorial where she was applying this toner.

It includes my favourite ingredient Rose and had rose petals within the bottle. A gimmick? I don't know but I have found my skin to be hydrated after applying this and gets rid of the remnants of daily make up. Whether it is ground-breaking stuff, I don't think so but it doesn't break me out and hasn't caused any further irritation. Admittedly, I did succumb to the packaging being so pretty but it's not a product I regret purchasing because it does deliver. I pat the toner in my face or use a cotton pad all over.

What's more, when I was in Harrods, (btw it can only be purchased in store in Harrods or else online) I came across the rose mask. It is not uber hydrating but does offer a cooling effect on application. I don't think I'd repurchase as it simply isnt as hydrating as I anticipated.

However, I do like the Soya cleanser. I asked the consultant what their best seller was and she replied with this cleanser. It is as she explained, faff free and cleanses the skin.

I typically like glycolic acid cleansers as they would help with the build up of my oilier skin but since I have been on Roaccutane, I like very gentle cleansers and this one definitely works.

Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this brand, it's gentle and calming. Great for those with problematic skin.

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