Instagram Love

I do believe in the world of social media that sharing is caring. So with that in mind here are a few of the Instagram accounts I never tire of seeing. 

Gracie Charteris MUA

This girl is a personal friend of mine, and I just love her to bits! I’ve only known her a short time – really – but her Positive Mental Attitude to makeup and the beauty industry is truly infectious, and inspiring! Her help and advice (in many ways) was essential to me whilst we worked together in Selfridges, and if you ever need a glam partner in crime, look no further! #glamlifeforever ❀️

Eva Telejko

The skills of this woman are IN-SANE! Another amazing artist I met while working in Selfridges Birmingham, she describes herself as a ‘makeup architect’, and I couldn’t agree more, Eva is certainly not average in any way! And what stunning blue eyes! πŸ’™

Girl With No Job

Just for laughs, I always giggle when I see the meme’s on this page. Too much truth coming from one person! ✌🏼️

NY On Air

Put simply, the most beautiful images and videos taken from the NY On Air helicopter. They offer trips for tourists and having done one, this is just tearing me until I get to go back!  They can sometimes be found in Vegas and Miami and other stunning cities, but it’s all about the Manhatten skyline for me. πŸ’œ

Mixed Gems Beauty

For those who don’t know, Rose is a blogger and the Beauty Personal Shopper in Selfridges Birmingham. When it was first announced to us that she was going to have that job, I was star struck! I had been reading her blog for a couple of years and couldn’t think of anyone better to do that job, and was just so excited to meet her! In my opinion she has done an amazing job with putting the Birmingham beauty hall on the map and long may it continue! πŸ’›

Hachi Gori

Gotta get a cute one in here as well! Like, seriously, I can’t even!! I think the picture says it all! πŸ’š

An Update: Hello… Again!

So, it seems I have a habit of falling in and out of love with my blog. I’m annoyed at myself that after starting it two years ago (almost) I haven’t stuck with it more than I have. I’ve had a lot going on the last few months, namely buying a house and the location of my job changing twice since March!

I’m at a stage again now where I actually really want to get back into posting again, and I’d like you all to join me for the ride! This will be the first post that I will have shared on my private Facebook page and that scares me because I was fairly sure no-one knew I had even started a blog, so this may seem a little random to them! I think everyone is always worried about being judged regardless of what you’re doing, but hey, feel the fear and do it anyway!

I have also been thinking about incorporating more lifestyle stuff into the blog, mainly because that will give me more license to write about any subject. Β Having said that, my problem before was a bit of writers block, and not being able to plan far enough ahead with what I wanted to write about, so if you’ve made it this far, please write in the comments below any subjects you’d like me to post about and I’ll see what I can do! 😊

Anyway, I hope everyone is well, until next time…!

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! πŸ’‘

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! πŸ˜‰

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 EstΓ©e 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. Β 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!!!Β 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. Β 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. Β 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. Β 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. Β 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

Gluttons for Nourishment, Tettenhall: A little gem!

I’m well known for having a bit of a sweet tooth in my family. Whether it’s having a brew to specifically dunk a chocolate digestive, gorging on a whole bag of Mini Eggs, or having a childhood moment of pick n mix sweets, I’m never too far away from something sweet.

Recently my mom had told me about a cute little tea room near Wolverhampton called Gluttons for Nourishment, not far from where we live. And as we shared a day off together earlier in the week, we decided to head over and get some lunch!

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Down a little arcade in Tettenhall sits this gorgeous tea shop. Decorated with odds and ends and mis-matched furniture it makes a really inviting little place.

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We enjoyed lunch, and then I enjoyed cake (my mom was very restrained and only watched me eat it!!). My mom chose the chicken salad, and I had eggs benedict. I’ve never actually tried it, but wanted something a little different to my usual tuna melt panini that I order wherever I go! I forgot to take a picture of my food but look at the amount of chicken on this salad…!

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The menu is quite extensive considering it’s a ‘small’ tea room. Everything from pasta, to breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, nachos and even Terry’s Chocolate Orange flavoured milkshake! It’s sounds like a weird mix, but everything just seems to fit! Every plate I saw looked lovingly prepared, and considering it was a Monday afternoon the place was full and had a lovely atmosphere. We even booked our table to be sure there was a spot for us!

The cherry on the cake for me was the lemon drizzle cake. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this picture, but OMG this was divine!

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Just as a final thing, I have to say the service in there was great too. All too often we go to shops and restaurants and service is very much under par, but here the ladies and girls that work there are polite attentive and just blooming lovely!

If you live in the Wolverhampton/Telford area and struggle to find a little spot for a nice lunch, look no further, Gluttons for Nourishment, Tettenhall have it covered!

*This is not a sponsored post.