Friday, November 25, 2016

3 Natural Skincare Superheroes for Acne Prone and Problem Skin


Unfortunately lumps and bumps are no strangers to me, but here are my top 3 skincare superheroes to combat the superbaddies that is cystic and hormonal acne. These are my secret products, but since the holiday season is approaching, what better way to share the joy?


STEP 1: SOOTHE 


The worst thing you can do when you're suffering from stressed out, inflamed skin is to put a load of cream on it and expect it to heal itself. My first go-to saviour is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask and it's great for calming down distressed skin, especially during a freakout! The best thing about this is that it's a 10-min job - put it on while your kettle boils and wash it off to enjoy your tea afterwards. It's not harsh at all, and has a very pleasant and clean smell. The rich plant butters also help revive the skin when you're not feeling great!

Available from FeelUnique with 15% off with the code MAKEITMAGIC before Monday! 

STEP TWO: HEAL


Now, I've raved about this little gem already before in my top 5 favourite and affordable green beauty brands so it needs little introduction. In all, the Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion is a brilliant concoction of all that is soothing and treating the skin when it's at its worst. It works well with cystic acne outbreaks too without spreading it to your entire face (nightmare!).

Weleda is a brand that I've come to loved over the past year and again, one that doesn't break the bank account. Go forth and enjoy!

You can also get this from FeelUnique for 15% off before Monday midnight.

STEP 3: PROTECT


Finally, the star of the show: the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, despite the mouthful, is the best lactic acid masks out there to give you dat Christmas holiday glow y'all love. It's a quick and easy way to renew skin cells, which is awesome in getting rid of hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Jam packed of glycolic, lactic and citric acids, it refreshes your skin to give your ~fresh~ looking and smoother complexion.

If you have sensitive, leave it on for 10 mins (as opposed to 15-20 mins) with warm water so your skin can calm down. But often, I find that even my skin (which reacts to *anything*) loves this product that it definitely is one of those products where it does what it says. You'll rarely hear me say that, that's for sure.

Get it from REN this weekend with 35% off! I give you all the treats eh?



As I write this, my skin is definitely going through a bad bout of allergies and I've just put on the FAB Instant Oatmeal Mask and it's already feeling much calmer! They aren't my top skincare superheroes for nothing! Let me know if you've tried any of these – whether you liked it or not, or other products I need to have that you consider your superhero ;-) 

P/S: I wished this was sponsored, but it's not.  Sharing this gives me comfort to know that I'm not suffering with problem skin alone, ha!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Lazy Person's Guide to Lake District: Part one



DO NOT MISS YOUR TRAIN AT 6.05AM (which we did) 

Take the train to Kendal and hop off, grab a car to drive yourself to Windermere's beautiful town – check into the prettiest B&B with a flowering garden (the North sure loves its gardens), greeting you with late summer blooms and fortunate rays of sunshine.

Elim House 
Biskey Howe Road 
Windermere LA23 2JP





Have lunch at The Flying Pig, a local gastropub with airy natural light from big windows. Walk down the Lake Windermere (!) and get an ice cream in the sun. Spend the afternoon walking around the shops, and get into the car again to explore the rest of Lake District in the evening.

The Flying Pig
Rayrigg Road
LA23 3BZ


Try not to get car sick.


DRIVE THROUGH THE SCENIC ROUTE 

All the way down to Ulverston, discover it is a dead town on weekends. But stop and take photographs as the sun sets along the way.

On the way back, avoid touristy Ambleside and instead find solace in Thai food back in Windermere. It's much better than a 40-minute wait.

THE NEXT DAY



WANDER UP ORREST HEAD

Opposite from Windermere rail station, find the opening and trek through the narrow and lush paths. Don't stop atop a mound which could be Orrest Head. It's not. Make it to the peak to have a cup of tea from your thermos and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake.

Wonder if the mists rolling in are clouds' breaths. Jump for pictures.




HAVE TEA IN TOWN 

Find amusement in more beautiful plants and flowers gracing pubs, cafés and shop-fronts. Settle for a wonderful indie (cum hipster) café called Homeground - wooden panelling and plants indoor. Get busy eating without taking any non-shakey photos.

White blondie was great.

Homeground
56 Main Road
LA23 1DX



DRIVE TO KESWICK 

Do shopping at the New Balance outlet and forget the reason you went there. Remembered, and slowly walk towards Derwent Water. Think about how autumn is coming, and how you hate the cold. Shiver at the thought of it. 


MINIGOLF AT HOPE PARK 

Forget about how you hate winter and get excited at playing minigolf for £4.50 for 18 holes. Think about why you live in London. Win mini golf through a blend of skill and clever manipulation.

Celebrate.



END THE NIGHT AT MERIENDA

Dinner at a cosy and homely restaurant. Meatballs and pork ribs with sweet potato fries on the side. Write love letters in your head. Never post them. Think about them on the drive back to Windermere in the absence of streetlamps.

10 Main St
CA12 5JD



This was our trip back in early September, a weekend in Lake District which was relaxing and beautiful! I can do a part two if there is demand ;-) 

(Btw, hi Dieu/Martin/Claudia if you're reading, ha!) 
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