Clinique || take the day off cleansing balm

Thursday, 19 March 2015

My evening cleanse is probably up there on my things I enjoy daily list. Being a full face of foundation kinda girl means that I need something that easily removes my make up that isn't too harsh on my skin. Up until recently I've been using Una Brennans Superfacialist cleansing oil, which is good but I wanted to try something thicker and more make up meltier - is that even a word?! The oil is lovely but a total faff to get out the bottle, ends up all down your arm and over the floor. Not ideal! So in came Clinique's take off the day cleaning balm, prettily packaged in purple. I've been dying to try this for sometime and it didn't disappoint.

Firstly the jar is a lot bigger than I had imagined it to be. I've been using this now for a month and theres still over half left. The balm is opaque white in colour and goes clear when warmed on skin. I only need to use a small 10p sized amount to cleanse my face including mascara. A little more if I'm wearing eyeshadow. After massaging my face for about 2 minutes with the balm, I remove it using a warm wet flannel. Rinsing and repeating twice to ensure I've removed all the balm. After this I use the Una Brennans's oil to make sure I've got all my make up off. I find using the flannel also gently exfoliates my skin leaving it soft and smooth. I can't use anything heavier on my skin at present as the Roaccutane is making it very fragile.

The one thing about this balm is it really doesn't have a scent. It just sort of smells clean. This might put some people off, including me about a year ago but now I just want products that work and this does.

Link - Boots

Chroma personalised notebooks

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

I love a notebook. Specially a new one. The possibilities of all the thoughts and ideas you can fill it with. Most of all I love a personalised notebook. When these beauties from Chroma started appearing on my IG feed I knew I had to get involved. After browsing the website I settled on my quotes and colours.

Roaccutane || Week 3 update

Friday, 13 March 2015

So it's been an interesting week. One I'd rather not repeat! I'll get straight to explaining what's been going on as the whole point of this blog is to document my Roaccutane experience.

So far my only side effects have been dry skin and lips which I can deal with but this week something strange happened. On Monday evening I went to the gym. Had a gentle workout involving walking, stepping and few squats. Nothing major as you're supposed to cut down on this drug. On Tuesday as it was such a nice evening I decided to go for a run. Again I took it easy with a steady 6 miles. Came home feeling refreshed and energised. When I woke up on Wednesday morning I ached, not your normal overdone it ache, more my joints ached, it hurt to get out of bed and even unscrewing a milk carton hurt my fingers. I popped some painkillers and went to work thinking it would wear off. By midday I felt awful. I ached, my head was banging and my temperature was high yet I was shivering. It was like a had flu. I decided to book a doctors appointment to check it was nothing to do with the Roaccutane. After seeing the doctor she lowered my dosage and took bloods. She said not to worry, go home and rest. I put myself to bed early that thinking a good nights sleep would do me good. 

I woke up around 4 am drenched in sweat and sick from my headache. As this point I decided that this wasn't normal and phoned the NHS helpline for advice. Can't fault them, they were great. The outcome of this call was I should seek medical help immediately. After rushing to the hospital, more blood been taken. They had concerns about my body temperature I was allowed to go home later that day. They suspect my white blood cell count is low. Now on Friday evening I am feeling much more human. I'm still waiting for some test results back as they don't know if it's linked to Roaccutane. I'm off the pills at the moment and am in two minds if I should go back on them if allowed. It's been a pretty scary week.