Operation: Scar

A slightly odd title, you may think, but this weeks post is the beginning of a little experiment I’m going to do.

I had major surgery on Monday this week, involving a nodule and half of my thyroid being removed. Prior to a month ago, I didn’t know the nodule existed or that I’d have to have any surgery any time soon. So in the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of blood tests done, ultrasound examinations, a biopsy of the nodule – twice – and surgery to remove said nodule.

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Christmas Book Wishlist | The Beauty Spot

It’s past the time of year when people start asking what you’d like for Christmas. Unless Chanel Handbags and Christian Louboutin shoes are acceptable gifts, I had nothin’!

Then, I had a lightbulb moment… Coffee table books! 💡

I’ve quite often noticed books in the background of blog pictures and YouTube videos and they always look great piled together, but they’re nice to flick through now and again for inspiration.

I’ve put together 5 books I liked the look of and created a Wish List which will be winging its way to my nearest and dearest! 😉

Pretty Honest: The Straight Talking Beauty Companion – Sali Hughes I love the cover image, eye catching and clearly one for the girls! I haven’t actually read a lot of Sali Hughes stuff, but everyone loves her, so I should totes get on her bandwagon!
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Vogue: The Covers – Hamish Bowles Certainly not a ‘reading’ book. I just wanna look at the pictures, plain and simple.
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Chanel: Collections & Creations – Daniel Bott I’m a real Chanel lover and I’m hoping this book will live up to my expectations.
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Lauren Conrad Beauty – Lauren Conrad Probably the first beauty book from a ‘new school’ reality star. I love LC’s style and can’t wait to try out some of her hair looks that I’ve heard are in here.
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New York Snapshots – Carter Berg Manhattan is a fascinating city and I love seeing little gems that you would generally miss if you don’t know the city well enough, so this one will be great to see those little secret haunts of a local!
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What do you think of my choices? Any other recommendations you think I’ll like? Please comment and let me know this list certainly is not exhausted!

xxx

My Acne Journey: Update

Now I’m getting back into blogging a bit more regularly, I thought it was about time I did an Acne Update. If you haven’t seen my other posts related to this check them out here.

The last time I posted about my skin was in April, since then I changed my contraceptive pill, and my skin went haywire! So I came off that and wanted to go back to my original Yasmin pill, which I did. Whilst at the doctors, I asked to be referred to a Dermatologist. Well, can I say it was the best thing I’ve ever done! I have been to a Dermatologist before but she was awful, just giving a me a cream to try, no explanations of why she had chosen that treatment, what it would do or what results to expect.

The new Dermatologist was the opposite. He explained that I could go onto a slightly stronger combination of treatments to try and combat the few causes and symptoms of the acne. I was put on to a Lymecycline antibiotic and a benzoyl peroxide gel alongside my Yasmin pill.

By using the gel, I totally stripped back any other products. I knew that with it being a peroxide, it would naturally encourage my skin to shed/exfoliate itself. So I now haven’t exfoliated properly for around 5 months. My routine is still Clarins Cottonseed Gentle Foaming Cleanser (purely to remove my makeup), followed by Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm, (It’s not my favourite, but I have used it up. I’ll go back to a Jennifer Young one next.) I then follow with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair before the Benzoyl Peroxide Gel. At first I also used Clarins UV+ High Protection SPF 40, because the peroxide and antibiotic both make the skin sun sensitive, but it irritated my skin on top of the gel, so I now just go straight in with my foundation, which also has an SPF so my skin is protected.

The first couple of weeks using the gel were quite uncomfortable, my skin would sting and itch when I applied it. But within days I saw improvements and after around 3 to 4 weeks I had seen a marked difference in the condition of my skin.  It was smoother, far less red, and I wasn’t getting daily breakouts. At week three I got some quite uncomfortable spots just under my jawline, one of which was very painful, and I have to confess, I tried to squeeze it! VERY BAD!!! I did manage to get some ‘stuff’ out of it, but it is not a good idea to pick spots like that!!

Here I’ve inserted a few pictures to show you how far I’ve come in just a few months.  The last images were taken last week, and when I scrolled through my Camera Roll, I actually thought I was wearing foundation! That’s the biggest result for me and I’m so happy.

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I’m sure anyone who has had acne can appreciate how good it feels when your skin is finally playing ball!! I’m heading back to the dermatologist in December and at that point I will have been on the treatment for six months.  It will be interesting to see what advice I’m given for coming off the treatment, and how my skin will be once I am off it.  I will update as I feel is necessary, but if you’d like me to talk about anything else to do with my acne, please comment below.  I love to hear what other people are doing to help their skin and how their journey has been in comparison to mine.

This post has been pretty wordy and quite long, so well done for getting this far!

Much love xx

 

Other posts about My Acne Journey:
My Acne Journey
My Acne Journey: The Routine
My Acne Journey: How I cover scarring & redness

I’m Back!!! | The Beauty Spot

After a massive blog hiatus (6 months!!), for no apparent reason, I’m getting back into it again.  I will be trying out a schedule and sticking to that.  I work full time and had found it hard to regularly update and keep posts coming, and thinking of new posts up to 3 times a week was getting a bit much.  I will most likely try to stick to one post a week focussing on anything from beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and everyday musings from my mind!  I was also finding I was spending a lot more money than I ever had done on products ‘for the blog’. I didn’t start blogging to feed a habit or to make myself feel better about spending money on products but I started to reassess a little.  I do want to review products and help people make decisions on whether to part with their hard earned cash on a product, but I don’t want to review something for the sake of it.

Now I’ve made the decision to get back to it, I am now sitting in my kitchen, tea and toast in hand racking my brains on what to post next!  I’m also having a little mini celebration for getting Take That tour tickets next May! Anyone else going?

How do you keep to a schedule? Do you like to keep to one or do you prefer to do things ad hoc?