Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Skin Care Routine Feat The Body Shop


It's been a while since I shared my skincare routine with you, and with it being summer my skin is usually at it's worst so here are the products saving my skin right now!

I have been obsessing with The Body Shop products for a while and I've fallen in love with their varied range. The difference in my skin is incredible and I couldn't be happier, I have accepted that I will never be blessed with flawless, clear skin, but this is certainly the closest I've got. I have added my weekly alternates in as well because a few of the products I like to switch up in the week just to add different ingredients!

Before I start my routine I usually have a Bath/Shower just to open up my pores so the products can really sink in and I get the best results!

I begin with using Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser from TBS, I had never used a foam based cleanser before and honestly I don't think I will ever change now, it's so light on the skin, a little really does go far and my make-up is off in seconds.


Next I use either TBS Vitamin C Glow Boosting Microdermabrasion or TBS Vitamin C Glow-Revealing Liquid Peel - I'm obsessed with both. When I need a heavy scrub I will use the exfoliator and then in between I will use the Liquid Peel. They are both incredible products especially the Liquid Peel which is in high demand at the moment, it leaves your skin feeling fresh, brand new and glowing.


I then go ahead and use a face mask (only twice weekly) at the moment I am using TBS Skin Clearing Clay Mask and Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. These products have really improved my break outs but also haven't been too harsh on my skin in the process. For anyone who suffers with acne/breakouts they really are game changers. I leave my face masks on between 10-20 minutes depending on the severity of my acne.

Now to tone my skin, I alternate between two of TBS toners, the first is Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner and the other is Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Milky Toner, I tend to use the Tea Tree toner more regularly when I'm having break outs and the Milky toner when my skin is clear. I love them both equally as they are very light on the skin and super refreshing.


Second to last is my moisturiser, my favourite at the moment is Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream, which comes in a day and night version. The day cream is light, and leaves you with a beautiful glow, whereas the night cream is a little heavier on the skin, however it's incredibly hydrating and perfect for the treatment your skin needs overnight.

Finally, to finish off my routine I use either TBS Vitamin C Skin Reviver/Instant Smoother or TBS Wonderblur, they are both perfect to use if you want a matte finish, and work as perfect primers as well as being additional vitamin boosters for your skin. They are by far my favourite skincare products and give my make-up a flawless base to work with!

And there we have it, this lengthy routine isn't for everyone, however for my skin to be clear and glowing this is the extent I have to go through and it's worth taking 30 minutes out of my day to do it. My skin has improved majorly and I couldn't be happier with the results!



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Exfoliate My Skin - Face Mask Review



My obsession with face masks continues and I have found the perfect product for myself and those who have oily skin, acne and blackheads. This is the time of year when my acne is at it's worst due to my skin overproducing oils, finding a product that will reduce my acne but also not be harsh on my skin can be a little difficult and that's exactly why I love this face mask, it has everything I need.


Exfoliate My Skin are a brand who use 100% high quality natural products and are completely animal cruelty free. Their products have a shelf life expectancy of 1-2 years and they also ship internationally!

So which ingredients are used and what are their benefits?

Pink Clay is known to restore/replenish skin, draw out impurities such as blackheads and help towards minimising pores. The clay will lightly exfoliate the skin and add moisture leaving the skin smooth and soft.

Rose Hip Powder is rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry/itchy skin all whilst reducing scars and fine lines. 

Cucumber Powder is packed with Vitamin C and Caffeic Acid, they both fight to reduce inflamed and irritated skin. Cucumber Powder is also incredibly hydrating due to it's high water content.

Oatmeal helps undo the damage done to your skin due to pollution, UV rays and chemicals, it is also high in Anti-Oxidants. Oatmeal is great for removing excess oil and dirt on the skin and will reduce inflammation and help to calm eczema and psoriasis.

How has this product had an impact on my skin?

I have been using this product twice a week for a month and the results have been so much better than I ever expected. Over the years I have used many face masks and this one has now made it into my top 5 due to the improvement of my acne in such a short space of time.

You can find this face mask at Exfoliate My Skin RRP £19.99






Friday, 2 March 2018

Eating Disorder Awareness Week - MY STORY

Eating Disorder, the name is so much bigger than it looks. When people hear those words you typically think Anorexia or Bulimia but there is so much more to it than that, and it certainly isn't always 'skinny' people who suffer with them, all types of people who are all different shapes and sizes can be affected.


This week between February 26th - 4th March is Eating Disorder Awareness week, it is something I have been through personally and that I am passionate about sharing.

BEAT are an incredible charity in the UK who help thousands of people to finally defeat the hold that an eating disorder has over them, they are the most understanding, non-judgement team that will get you the best help and support available.
They also have the 'Sock It To Eating Disorders' Campaign. be sure to check it out, take a picture of yourself where you favourite socks and post on social media to help spread awareness.

WHY WAIT? Talk to someone now, don't go through it alone.
https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

MY STORY

It's very hard to know where to start when writing a post like this, as it's so personal, and you need to know in yourself that you're ready to share it with the world.

When I was 12, my parents split up on boxing day a few weeks later I suffered a traumatic event in my life which is how my eating disorder was born. I felt like it was the only thing I had full control over in my life and it became an obsession, I would stuff my face and then I would be sick.


I started to isolate myself from people so that they didn't figure out what I was doing, my whole life became a huge secret and I was also dealing with the events of something traumatic that had happened to me, alone. After around 6 months, I confided in my best friend at the time, and told her what I had being doing, I wasn't aware that what i was doing had a name, it was just something that became normal to me until she told me I had Bulimia. She was incredibly supportive and convinced me to tell my family, so with her help I confided in my brother who told my mum.

My mum was amazing through the process, but was unaware of the trigger so I said it was down to school pressures and being bullied, which wasn't totally untrue, I had been bullied all my life through-out school but I used that to sugarcoat the main reason.
On the year anniversary, I told her what happened and she began to make sense of everything.
Mum started monitoring me when I would have food and when I went to the bathroom to make sure I wasn't throwing up, I hated it because I felt like my control was sliding so I stopped being sick and Anorexia took over. It was very easy to pretend like I was eating when in reality I wasn't, calorie counting also became another type of control. I would research which food had the lowest amount of calories and ask to eat that for my meals, then I would eat the minimal amount. At my lowest point I was eating a cracker a day and was weighing under 6 stone. I left school because I couldn't deal with the anxiety of being around people, I would have panic attacks daily and hated leaving the house.


When I hit 16 I started going out a bit more, but that's when I turned to drink and drugs, it's not something that I want to go into deeply but it was another way of coping with what had happened to me, I was also in a really toxic relationship which didn't help this continued until I was 19 and then I finally realised what I was doing to myself and it just wasn't worth it, my relationship ended and I moved back home. 
Within a few months I had met someone special who gave me a different outlook on life and I became much more positive, but it took a lot to truly say I had defeated my daemons. I still ended up hit rock bottom, overdosing twice and literally screaming for help because I didn't know how to fight the battles in my head anymore.

Never in my life had I been over 7 1/2 stone, I hated my body and I had zero confidence, but then I became pregnant with my son and something switched. I HAD to eat, I HAD to keep my little one healthy and I HAD to eat in order for him to grow. I reached 10 1/2 by the end of my pregnancy and it was the first time ever that I looked in the mirror and cried because I felt so comfortable in my own body,  for me that was when I knew it was over, the daemons had gone, I had finally won the battle I had been fighting for 10 years.



When you've been through an eating disorder, it's always with you but you learn how to deal with it and shut it down before it takes over again. I have now grown a fear of losing weight, if I go below 7 1/2 I panic and it brings back a lot of bad memories, so I use a calorie counting app DON'T WORRY not to have control, but to make sure I'm keeping above my daily average so that I can keep gaining weight and reach my goal of 8 1/2 stone. However, the one thing I have learn't over the years is you should love your body no matter what, curvy, big, thin, small there are so many types of beautiful in the world. I now try to keep fit doing yoga and I control all negative thoughts with meditation. You should never use an eating disorder to control how you're feeling or to change your appearance, it's so unhealthy and can be life threatening, if you're having negative thoughts, speak up.


I currently read a lot of self motivation books and I can truthfully say 'The Secret' changed my life, I apply it to my life every day now and the difference it has made is incredible. 

I'm thankful to say food is such a huge part of my life now, I love it and I've even made a hobby out of learning to cook and bake which looking back 10 years I never thought I would say, I'm thankful that I had amazing support through-out the years, Including long stretches of therapy because without it I don't think I would be here.

YOU CAN FIGHT THESE DAEMONS
YOU CAN WIN THIS BATTLE
BUT YOU NEED TO TELL SPEAK UP

The best thing I did was talk about it, whether it was to family, friends or a complete stranger, don't go through it alone.

Don't compare your appearance to those around you, or to what a stereotypical 'perfect body' is, there is no perfect and we are all unique in our own ways.
Believe in yourself, even in your darkest hours, and find another distraction. Music was a saviour for me because it was an easier way to channel all my negative energy out of my body, and to this day it's still a massive coping mechanism for me. I also write, blogging got me through some dark times and venting it through a diary whether it's paper or on your computer can really help.
Wreck This Journal is an amazing book that really helps to tests your barriers and bring you out of your comfort zone, I really enjoyed creating mine and I have just started a bullet journal which I'm super excited to share with you all!

There are endless amounts of different ways to keep you feeling positive and distracted, you've just got to ask for the help when you can feel yourself sinking. 

I'm not ashamed of my body anymore, I'm proud of it and I want you to be too.
https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/


Monday, 19 February 2018

QPC - Quest Personal Care Review



Hey Beauties!

Today I'm going to be reviewing a few products from QPC. QPC are one of the industry’s largest manufacturers of disposable personal care products and distribute worldwide to places including Russia and The Caribbean.
With over 25 years of experience they are forever keeping up to date with the market, researching and creating new products.

When working alongside skincare companies I'm always a little sceptical about what I'm going to be receiving, whether it's going to be good quality, if my skin is going to flare up because it's sensitive or if they are actually going to work.

I reached out to QPC because firstly the packaging caught my eye, which led me to go onto their website and do some research into what products are available and whether or not they would benefit me. QPC kindly sent me out a few of their products to try which included;
Collagen Sheet Masks
Moisturising Foot Socks
Deep Cleansing Charcoal Nose Pore Strips
So here is my break down of each product and the effects they had on me.



I'll start with the Collagen Sheet Masks, the packaging is very eye-catching but at the same time simple, it shows clearly what the product is, and has instructions on how to use the mask.
The targeted ingredient in these masks is Collagen.

Collagen;
Increases the skins elasticity
Hydrates the skin
Reduces the appearance of ageing

You apply the mask and leave it on between 20-30 minutes and then simply take it off and massage the rest of the product into your skin.
I was really impressed with these masks, my skin appeared brighter, tighter and hydrated!

Moisturising Foot Socks
Now I have to say I'm obsessed with these, I HATE feet but I still like to look after my own.
Each packet contains one treatment (a pair of socks) and the treatment is enriched with Rose Flower Oil and Pomegranate Seed Oil.

Rose Flower Oil;
Packed with an array of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants 
Antiseptic
Anti-Inflammatory
Reduces redness 
Highly moisturising

Pomegranate Seed Oil;
Anti-Inflammatory
Keeps ageing at bay
Provides protection from sun damage


You put the socks on and leave for 15-20 minutes and simply take them off and massage the rest of the product in. My feet felt brand new, the were super soft and felt incredible!

Deep Cleansing Charcoal Nose Pore Strips
I had never used nose strips before as I'd seen very hit and miss reviews about them, however, I was glad I had the chance to try them out myself and I was rather impressed.
I'm a huge fan of charcoal, it works perfectly with my skin type and love it's properties, so the fact that was the key ingredient in these strips made me even more excited to try them!
Each packs contains 6 strips which should be used 1-2 times per week.

Charcoal;
Helps to pull dirt out of the pores
Removes excess oil on the skin
Reduces visibility of pores

First of all, I cleansed my face and then washed off any excess product with warm water before apply the nose strips, once they've been applied you leave them on for 10-15 minutes before peeling them off,  the results were great! My nose was left unclogged and feeling smooth. After using the strips I applied a cold flannel over the area as it helps to minimise the pores and reduce the risk of the pores getting clogged again.



Overall I am really impressed with the products I was sent out and would love to try more from their range as in my opinion they do work and have an amazingeffect!

To see the full range go to https://qpcglobal.com/


Thursday, 18 January 2018

An Interview With 'It'sLittleLauren'



So my new series is finally here and I'm so excited to present to you angels my interview with Lauren. @ItsLittleLauren is her Instagram and if you haven't already - CHECK HER OUT or you'll be missing out!

Her photo's are honestly so beautiful, she inspires me and cheers me up on the daily.

She also has a blog where you can get to know her on a more personal level and see what she gets up to (she would be the queen of The Great British Bake-Off so watch with caution if you have a sweet tooth!) http://www.itslittlelauren.co.uk/


At this point we're both pretending that we are sat in a cafe doing this interview over tea and cake!

How old are you and where are you based?
I live in Leicestershire and I'm 20 (Although 21 in a couple of weeks)When did you start your Blog?
I started my blog in June 2014, I can't believe it's been that long!

Is that the same as your Instagram?
I've had Instagram for longer but before I started my blog it was literally just family photos with friends etc. So far from 'Instagram'.

What got you started on social media and do you have any goals or targets you would like to hit in regards to your following? 
When I first started blogging I was really unwell and didn't get to leave the house much, so really, it was just something there to break the boredom/make new friends as I was pretty isolated.
As for following, goals and targets, I've learn't that not focusing on numbers too much works wonders when it comes to how much you actually enjoy Blogging/Instagram! The damn algorithm apparently hates me so I'm kinda going with the flow now! 

Where does the inspiration from your pictures come from?
Hmm that's a tough one, I tend to just take photo's of the things I love (erm food) so not too much inspiration behind them! I do like having a good Pinterest stalk though.

Do you have any goals/plans for your future?
I'd absolutely LOVE to start up a cake business from home one day, and it's always been a dream of mine to write a feature/column in a magazine. Hopefully one day that'll happen! 
*It will happen, Lauren is so damn talented that she could make a cake for the royals!*

Take me through an average day in the life of lauren..
An average day in the life of me? Well... three words: really rather dull. I feel my life looks A LOT more interesting on Instagram! A working day i'll take loads of photos, boring admin tasks, emails ETC! Or more often than not I'll feel too unwell to do a single thing and ill have to spend the entire day trying not to faint. (Thanks M.E)
*For those who don't know Lauren has an illness called Myalgic Encephalomyalitis, you can read her person blog post on it here. It's incredibly inspiring and really shows how much of an amazing individual she is.

That actually brings me onto my next question;
Dealing with ME on a daily basis is something I couldn't even imagine going through and even though social media can be a huge cover up, you spread so much positivity to others. Do you have any advice for others suffering with an illness that affects their daily lives?
Oh i SO wish that I did have a piece of really useful advice, truthfully? I've been really struggling to cope with it at the moment! But the one thing I've learn't from that is: never EVER bottle things up, it's okay not to be okay!

I then threw some quick fire questions at Lauren;

Sweet Or Savoury?
Ahhhh how can I choose?!? I go through phases but at the moment i'd have to go for savoury!
Cookies Or Cupcakes?
Don't hate me everyone, but cookies (Yes, there is such a thing as making too many cupcakes!)
Summer or Winter?
Summer without a doubt, my all time favourite season! Such a sun worshipper.

Where are your favourite places to shop? Clothing/Home-ware?
For clothes I'd have to say River Island, Miss Pap & Primark (Primark have really upped their game and I LOVE it)
As for home-ware I could go on all day 'cause home-ware shopping over clothes shopping anydayyy! SO I'll keep it short; The Range, Dunelm & Next Home!
*We would honestly be dangerous together, too many similarities and favourites = partners in crime and damage to the bank accounts*

What movie could you NEVER get bored of?
Such a typical girl response buttt, DIRTY DANCING! I must have watched it at least 20 times, and I know all of the words, but it's still my favourite!

*Both Fussing over Patrick Swayze*

Not gonna lie, I cry now when he does the lift with baby because he's dead and it makes me sad!
(Don't we all!)

Something you couldn't live without?
I couldn't live without my mum, shes my absolute best friend and we do everything together! I'd be completely lost without her!

Who else do you recommend for me to interview that inspires you?
Oh you've got to interview Meg (@MegSays_) she's the biggest babe EVER with the best personality, and the reason I started my blog in the first place!

I honestly had so much fun interviewing Lauren, she's so down to earth, honest and inspiring. Please take the time to head over to her social media pages and show some love because she really does deserve it. She might even give you free cupcakes and wine!






Thursday, 14 December 2017

Huuuge Apologies And Health Update


Hello angels!

I have a huge apology to make to you all, I was super excited to do my Christmas gift guide series this year but due to so many personal events getting in the way I haven't been able to post every week.


I had an operation last month which was followed by my son and I getting really sick and now my laptop is broken. I've had a lot of hurdles to get over and now it's just 2 weeks until Christmas so I don't feel there's any point in continuing this series. HOWEVER, I have a brand new series coming in January and I'm so excited to share it with you all, my announcement will be on New Year's Eve so keep posted.



Health Update

To those of you new to my blog, since having my son I've had a lot of issues with my stomach, constant pain and infections so I was sent to see a specialist who put me forward for a Laparoscopy. They started to believe I had endometriosis but my scans weren't showing any signs, so the operation was the only way to seek a diagnosis.
When having my op no endometriosis was found, however, they found an adhesion from a previous op which had to be cut and washed out. I'm really hoping this was the cause of my pain and I'm on the road to recovering, but time will tell. Fingers crossed!

I'm soooo delayed on Christmas shopping, and I can;t even begin to explain how stressed out I am. The week I was due for my op I had actually planned to go shopping but since they had a cancellation I didn't want to be waiting months so had to take it.. so now I'm rushing around trying to get everything done.

That's a wrap from me, I have a new post coming on Sunday and then I'll be back to posting regularly in the week.

Lots of love,

Stacie xx 



Thursday, 16 November 2017

Little Butterfly London Product Review



Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, wherever you are in the world! I have a product review for you today focusing on Mother & Baby. As Mother's we always want the best for our little ones, I don't like to be too obsessive, however when looking for skincare products I like to look for the most natural ingredients that I can find, and same goes for Luka, we both have sensitive skin so having products that are natural and organic really help.



Little Butterfly London sent me some of their beautiful organic products for mothers and babies to try out and I can honestly say I'm so impressed. Luka has recently been suffering with eczema on his skin so to begin with I was a little worried about how, not just this product, but any product would react on his skin and I'm so happy with the results.

The first product I'm going to talk about is the Top To Toe Wash, it is a blend of Meadow-Sweet, Cucumber Fruit, Oat Kernel Extract & Buttermilk. It lathers really well and leaves skin feeling so soft, not to mention the smell is incredible.

Meadow-Sweet; Astringent, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory & Analgesic.

Cucumber Fruit; Rich in Vitamins & Minerals, benefits all skin types, great for oily skin types, hydrating & Anti-Inflammatory.

Oat Kernel Extract; Anti-Inflammatory, moisturising & soothing. May ease Eczema, Psoriasis, dry or itchy skin.

Buttermilk; Astringent, helps to treat freckles and age spots, tightens skin, soothes, softens and brightens due to being rich in Lactic Acid.

The packaging for this product is 5* I love it so much, it's simple, calming and the lids are wooden which gives it that little unique touch as well as the name 'bubbles in the breeze' it's 100% made to suit both Mum and Baby with all the different elements added together.
The price for this product is £19.50 for 200ml

Up next is the Mother & Baby Massage Oil, after reading the ingredients that have gone into this product it was a no brainier that I was going to love it. Packed with Vitamins and some highly beneficial Oils you will love it too, not only has his helped to calm my sons eczema and general mindset before bedtime, I have been using it on my stretch marks and the results have been amazing. I highly recommend this to anyone with little ones but also to try out on yourself, you won't be disappointed. 


Peach Kernal Oil; Nourishing, Anti-Oxidant & contains Vitamins A + E.

Rosehip Oil; Protective, Rich in Vitamins, Anti-Oxidant, Hydrates dry, itchy skin. Helps to reduce scars and fine lines.

Calendula Oil; Speeds up the healing process of wounds & minor cuts, Skin Conditions such as; Eczema, Psoriasis & Dermatitis can be soothed when applied topically.

Argan Oil; Rich source of Vitamin E and an Emollient making it deeply hydrating whilst leaving a protective barrier on the skin.

Apricot; High in Vitamin A, softening & helps with dry/irritated skin.

Jojoba; Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Contains Vitamins A + E & very hydrating.

Grapeseed Oil; Helps to treat Acne, restores collagen and tightens skin, Anti-Oxidant & hydrating.

All these ingredients are infused with Mandarin & Orange Pure Essential Oils creating a calm, soothing, subtle sweet fragrance, and that it has, it smells beautiful.

You can see clearly why this Massage Oil is so good and the name itself 'fall into dreams' couldn't be more on point, this product really is a dream.
This price of this product is £29.00 for 100ml


Last but not least we have the Illuminating Day Cream for all you Mumma's. The first thing I will honestly say is I'm not a fan on the smell, but I'm very particular with scent so putting that aside i will preach that this product is A M A Z I N G and I'm completely in love with how it has made my skin look and feel. I don't even know where to begin with my excitement and love for it. I've been using this for a little over a month now and my skin looks so much brighter and fresh, it's really helped to clear up my break outs and improve the texture and feel of my skin and it's leaves the most perfect matte finish ready to apply make-up straight on the skin (the way to my heart) I LOVE IT. 


I'll start of by saying this is suitable for all skin types, but ideal for sensitive, oily or normal skin, however, since the transition of going into Winter, my skin becomes a combined mess with half of my skin being dry and flaky and the other half being excessively oily creating break-outs and mild acne. So in my eyes I think this will be perfect for literally any skin types as it is perfecting my combined skin.
It is very light on the skin, but your skin is left feeling hydrated which is exactly what I look for in a day cream, so I highly recommend giving it a trial, because you will instantly fall in love. 'Blossoms in Spring' is the name on this day cream and it really does make you feel as good as you do on a sunny Spring morning.

I'm not going to do an ingredients breakdown for the sheer fact Little Butterfly London have done it for me and it's already on their website. 
The price for this product is £12.00 for 12.5ml.


I'm so impressed with the range of products I was sent and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the rest of their products because they are well up there with my favourite all time skin products.

Other products in their range include; 
Body Lotion
Bedtime Milk
Nappy Change Cream
Stretch Mark Butter
Toning Body Serum
Illuminting Night Cream
You can also get various gift sets, perfect for anyone expecting/who has a little one, I can't wait to share these products with all my friends who are mums to be!

I really hope all my mum followers and friends head over the the Little Butterfly London website and check out their range, you won't be disappointed, I promise!

Stacie Marie xo