I was recently invited to the La Roche Posay skin event at Noho Studio’s in London. Read on to find out about the event and to learn more about acne prone skin.


The event was to introduce their new spot scanner, which is available for you to check out HERE.

There was an in depth panel discussion about adult acne, the causes, triggers and treatments with dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth, Ex model and online influencer Ruth Crilly from A model recommends and IT cosmetics brand ambassador Rose Gallagher.


We also got to discover the amazing Effaclar range and bring home a fabulous goody bag.


What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become blocked.

Tiny glands in the skin called sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum to lubricate your skin and hair and stop it from drying out.

In acne prone skin the glands begin to produce too much sebum and mixed with dead skin cells the hair follicles become blocked causing whiteheads and blackheads.

What triggers acne?

Acne can be hereditary, so if your parent’s suffered with it there is a greater chance that you might too.

One of the well known triggers of acne is hormones. This can trigger acne to form in teenagers as they go through puberty, just before or during a period, during pregnancy and can also be found in those suffering from homone related conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome.

Other triggers can be cosmetics, this is not as common now as many are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Some medications such as steroids and medication to help treat depression and epilepsy can also be a trigger.

How do you treat acne?

Treatment for acne can take some time to really get the oil production under control. For mild to moderate acne you can try to treat with over the counter skin treatments. Try not to use anything too drying a lot of the more popular brands (not naming names) often strip the skin, which in turn makes the skin produce more oil.

That is why I really do rate the La Roche Posay Effaclar range, it’s formulated by dermatologists and contains some really great ingredients for helping control the oil production, reduce the appearance of spots and unblock pores whilst still being kind to the skin, keeping it hydrated and not causing any irritation.

If your acne is more severe you may need to visit your GP for a prescription grade cream, oral contraceptive or antibiotic. If you still seem to be suffering asked to be referred to a dermatologist.

Does diet affect acne?

There hasn’t been any conclusive proof that certain foods affect acne overall. However many people notice a link with dairy, especially semi skimmed milk, processed carbohydrates and excess sugar consumption.

Whether you have acne or not it is very important to try and have a healthy diet, so once you have tried over counter skin treatments maybe look at where you could reduce processed foods and excess sugar in your diet first before eliminating dairy. Eating a diet containing lots of wholesome fish, meat, fresh fruit and veg will ensure your body and skin gets the correct nutrients.

My experience with the Effaclar range

So as a teen my skin was lovely and clear, I went on to have my children, I then hit 30+ and boom the spots appeared. I’d never really experienced spots before apart from the odd one or two around the time of the month.

The spots were getting worse and were mainly along my jawline, chin and around my mouth. That is when I discovered La Roche Posay Effaclar range.

I used Effaclar H cleansing cream to cleanse my skin once my makeup was removed at night and again in the morning.

Then I spritzed on Serozinc and followed with Effaclar duo.

Effaclar duo is a gel moisturiser that contains Niacinamide, Lipo Hydroxy Acid and Salicylic Acid and Zinc which help reduce the appearance of spots, unclogs pores and mattifies the skin.

It also contains Procerad to help reduce pigmentation marks and Glycerin to keep the skin hydrated. The minimalist formula contains no parabens, perservatives, soap, colourants or lanolin. It is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block pores.

I used this as my mosturiser every morning and night until my skin cleared up. I did also go on a contraceptive to regulate my hormones as I was also suffering with miagraines and the two together cleared up my skin.

My clients that suffer from acne prone skin

This is what really sparked me to attend the event. I have a lot of brides that either suffer with acne and have since their teen years or sometimes with the stress of wedding plans etc a clients skin can flare up.

If you have seen some of my before and after pictures I think you will agree that I do a pretty good job of covering it up for the day. However like anything skin related my passion is to educate others how to treat their skin concerns rather than just cover them with makeup.

When I have a client who has acne prone skin or is suffering with some breakouts I am always super grateful when they let me take a before picture as I know it can help others who also suffer with their skin realise that it can be covered for a special occasion.

Seeing a perfected complexion on an after photo can make someone who is really struggling with their skin think that that person’s skin was clear to start off with and it’s not always the case.

Whilst makeup can disguise the redness, pigmentation marks and scarring obviously it can’t cover lumps and bumps under the skin, however keeping the skin more matte will help the skin look more smooth in general.


Skincare for acne prone skin

This doesn’t need to be a complicated process you just need to choose products that are effective with key oil controlling and spot reducing ingredients, yet gentle on the skin.

Have you tried La Roche Posay? If not then give it a try and let me know how you get on!



So I might be a bit late, ok extremley late to the party with this one and whilst I don’t watch The Apprentice I was well aware of the brand Tropic that emerged from the show and arrived with a bang as a cruelty free, no parabens, all natural, freshly made skincare line.

I didn’t have a great first experience with Tropic skincare when I initially tried it months ago, however, I am giving the range another try.


I ordered my first product online, months ago, having never before used, sampled, held or even smelt one of the products from the Tropic range.

The product that stood out to me was the Fruit Peel Resurfacing Serum

“Created for those with lacklustre, rough and uneven skin texture, this restorative overnight serum resurfaces the top layer of your skin and refines pores to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion by morning. Achieve the transformative results of a chemical peel using only naturally derived ingredients! brightening … smoothing … anti-ageing”

I mean, come on, who doesn’t want a bit of that?

So my product arrived and I eagerly applied it to my freshly cleansed skin however when it was on my skin I noticed the most strangest smell, it wasn’t instantly unpleasant, it was like an instant sweet smell that then seemed to turn quite unpleasant.

I continued to use it and thought if I could see results I would stick with it but after a couple of days I couldn’t bear to put it on my face due to the smell…and ended up binning it!

Fast forward a few months and a friend was hosting a Tropic Party, so I went along.

As Tropic is a natural, freshly made brand their products don’t contain the added chemicals used to preserve and fragrance the products, so yes whilst on paper they are “better for you” than other leading cosmetic companies, the experience, wasn’t for me quite as enjoyable, more due to the scent of quite a few of the products.

However this is very much a personal preference and these are only my views, I really did want to test the effects of the Tropic range and the party was a great place to quite literally sniff out what products I would choose.

As a makeup wearer especially, cleansing is a vital part in my skincare routine and should be in everyone’s and I am extremley thorough with this step, so I decided to try out the award winning Smoothing Cleanser Complexion Purifier with Bamboo face cloth and the award winning Vitamin Toner Pore-Refining Mist.



What Tropic say: ” Created for all skin types, even the most sensitive, this luxurious cream cleanser effortlessly melts away makeup and impurities while providing a nourishing daily cleanse. The accompanying fluffy Bamboo Cloth helps this award-winning cleanser provide an unbelievably soft, smooth and clear complexion.”

My Thoughts: This cleanser is comparible to the Liz Earle cleanse and polish, which I have used in the past. The consistancy is slightly thinner, which I like and has a lemon scent with the same familiar eucalyptus undertone. It feels like a spa experience and leaves the skin cleansed, nourished and silky soft without any oily or greasy residue.

The bamboo cloth is super soft and more flannel like, the consultant advised that they only need to be rinsed through between uses but mine will be going in the washing machine!

It is gentle, yet effective at removing makeup, I always do at least a double cleanse with all cleansers.

Price: £16



What Tropic say: “Expertly refine pores with this pH-balancing toner for a brighter, smoother complexion. Offering instant hydration with a subtly refreshing scent, this light and breezy mist is a must-have addition to your daily skincare routine.”

My Thoughts: This rose scented facial toner is so refreshing, I tend to use other products after cleansing on cotton pads such as my REN daily aha tonic, so I prefer to use this Vitamin toner by spritzing it all over my face for a refreshing, hydrating, light mist.

Price: £14


So am I enjoying the products I ordered this time around? Yes, I’ve continued to use them and they are a nice addition to my skincare collection. Would I repurchase or look at getting anything else from the range? I’m not too sure…watch this space!

Have you used any products from the Tropic range? What are your thoughts? Comment below



Whilst I was studying at beauty college many (many) years ago I got a job at Debenhams in the cosmetics department, over Christmas. They postioned me right across from the Clarins counter, at that time Clarins had a little beauty room within Debenhams where they would carry out relaxing facials and spa treatments and the Clarin’s girl’s sauntered about in their stunning white and red spa uniforms, it was my dream to wear one of those one day.

Clarin’s was my weakness as I stood across gazing at their counter I was first to spot their GWP, they seemed to be constantly advertising great deals and offering a cosmetic bag or even a beach bag full of goodies when you purchaed a couple of items…if you know me AT ALL I am a sucker for a Gift With Purchase especially if there’s any kind of bag too, I just can’t resist!

Fast forward to completing college and getting my first job inside the spa of a Marriott hotel, which just so happened to be a Clarins salon and I was whisked away to become a Clarins trained therapist and handed my very own white and red spa uniform, my dream had come true!

My beauty career then lead me to various different salons training with various different companies and with NEW companies and NEW realeases all the time, many other things seem to fill my beauty bag.

Anyway last year I was on the hunt for a new foundation, I’ve tried sooooo many and not been wowed and if you read my blog post you will see I purchased the Clarins skin illusion foundation. I got a few shades for my kit and loved it and even a sample of my own shade.

Last week whilst out shopping I decided to purchase the full size foundation in my shade as I’ve been loving it… in true Clarin’s style if I bought another product I could have a goody bag…SOLD, the lid had smashed off my Dior blush, so a new blusher it was and BOOM, the bag was mine!


Inside the bag were trial sizes of Nourishing balm mask, SOS primer, Hydra essential and Multi active nuit

As I started using all my new goodies I fell straight back in love and SOMEHOW I ended up on the Clarin’s website….no idea how that happened!

Which leads on to the delivery I have just received….

I love trying new products whether as free samples or as small travel size, it gives you a good feel for the product ensuring it’s right for you and your skin type before commmiting to the full size.

Clarin’s are an absolute dream for their trial sized products and I think it’s a great move, their products are amazing and once you have tried, you most definitely want to buy.

As soon as I smell Eau Dynaminsante I am whisked back 20 years to my Clarins days and it makes me smile. Whilst I was purchasing my foundation I had a sniff at the other versions and fell in love with the Eau des Jardins, on the website there was an offer meaning for no extra cost you also received a complimentary handbag size fragrance all in a beautiful Clarins tin!


I love to cleanse I think it is such an important step and something I do religiously so into my basket went the cleansing milk and toning lotion which came as a set which came with a free eye makeup remover and…..yep you guessed it another beautiful cosmetics bag!


The next product in my basket was the Water comfort One-step cleanser, this is a product I have tried in the past. It is beautifully fragranced and refreshing and I use it in the morning to wipe over my skin.


So that’s what I actually puchased and even got a few free goodies, but wait for it…. as I had spent £70 I received a FREE bonus pack which contained 6 travel sized products, Instant eye makeup remover, moisture rich body lotion, exfoliating body scrub, Tonic body treatment oil, beauty flash balm and Nourishing balm face mask.


Feeling very excited at this point I headed to the checkout only to be asked to choose not 1, not 2 but 9 free samples!! So I chose Eye contour gel, Super restorative night cream, super restorative eye concentrate, Super restorative day cream, Refreshing hydration mask, blue orchid face treatment oil, Eau Dynamisante (I just had to!), Beauty flash balm and Double Serum.


So if I go off the radar for a while I’ll be in my bathroom, smothering myself head to toe in my new treats!

If you are looking to try new skincare, travel lots or just love a bargain like I do, check out the Clarin’s website *WARNING* self control IS needed!

I will be back to do an updated post on how I get on with the products, any I love, and I don’t love and also if I would go on to purchase the full size/ repurchase.

Are you a Clarin’s fan? What are your fave’s? What would you like to try

*As with all the products I blog about they have all been bought with my own money and I receive no commission or reward for anything you go onto purchase.*



Many things influence our decision to purchase a particular cosmetic product from the array of selection we are faced with, however how many of those items do you actually use up and would you repurchase?

Entering shops such as Boots, Selfridges, Debenhams and even more so online, we are greeted with a very wide selection of choice when it comes to cosmetics.

I’m sure I’m not alone in the amount of bags, boxes and even cupboards stuffed with cosmetics that I seem to have accumulated over time.

What makes you choose a product? For me it can be a whole host of reasons from recommendation, special offers (I’m a sucker for a GWP), what it claims to acheive and….dare I say it packaging! The amount of items I have bought because of the logo or the fact that it’s pink or gold or that it’s just insta worthy, it’s ridiculous (bet I’m not alone though).

I am actually a nightmare for buying something new that isn’t really required and starting to use it before finishing my current product, which quickly escalates to bags and boxes of half used products.

As I entered 2019 I tried to consciously finish a product and discard the packaging before buying something similar, or at least before opening something new.


My professional kit is a different matter I have selected items, probably about half my kit that I use on almost every job and all those items I would and do replace before they run out, that still leaves half of my kit that is purely there just so I can be prepared for lots of skin types/colours and offer a range of looks.

By clinging on to half empty cosmetics we are just being wasteful and potentially allowing a breeding ground for bacteria, as once opened some products should really be used within months.

So when we wade through the mountain of products how many of them have we used and loved so much that we would repurchase?

For this post though I want to focus on my personal beauty items that I use on myself, if you would like me to do a post on my kit favourites please comment below.

When I decided to write about this topic and actually gave it some thought I was really surprised how few items there actually are.

I love skincare and love trying out new products however I have wasted a lot of money trying things that don’t agree with my skin or I just don’t like so now I try to keep my staple things that I know work for me.


Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover – A definite multiple repuchase for me. This product I love, it is super affordable and does the job. I wear waterproof mascara so need something super effective to remove all traces without endless rubbing. I also use this all over my face as a first step cleanse to breakdown my foundation, as its more affordable than the cleansers I use it means I am using less of my more expensive cleansers to remove my makeup.


Garnier Micellar water – Another multiple repurchase, I use this both personally and professionally. I have tried other micellar waters and always seem to go back to this one. I don’t use it to remove my makeup but I always use it in a morning to wipe over my skin before I apply my morning skincare.


La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intensive – This is another product I love and again I’ve tried other products that claim to be similar but this is my personal preference. Read more about this product in my post Hydration Helpers


Paula’s Choice Retinol – I have only ever used over the counter Retinol and have tried a few brands and in my opinion this is by far the best. It’s not cheap, but it works and I have and will continue to repurchase this


These are the skincare items I have repurchased so far, I am currently using a few more items that I’m sure I will repurchase once they are finished, so I will keep you posted in a Part 2.

On to Make-up:


Estee Lauder Doublewear – I’m sure I mention this product in every post…I should have shares in it I buy that much! I have tried soooooooo many foundations and ALWAYS come back to this one. It’s purely the longevity of this product for me, I don’t need to powder, it doesn’t transfer and it last’s all day.


Nars Creamy Concealer – There was a Dior concealer that I loved however they annoyingly discontinued it. I’m not sure it’s a Holy Grail product on myself but I have tried a LOT of concealers and for me this one is always my preferred choice.


L’Oreal False Lash Architect waterproof mascara – I have tried a LOT of mascaras and there are a few I have repurchased in the past. I was using both the Diorshow waterproof mascara and Charlotte Tilbury Legendary lashes volume 2 and I do love them both, however once I tried this I was hooked, the performance is amazing and it’s just more affordable.

Mascara is definitely something you don’t want to be hanging on to unnecessarily, it is advised you only keep a mascara for 3 months once opened.


Those are the only repurchase items that I won’t deviate from, I tend to swap about with my other items and try something new once the item I’m using has run out.

How many items would you repurchase? Please feel free to share some of your favourites below



All this cold weather and central heating can really play havoc with our skin and leave it feeling quite dry and dehydrated. Sometimes our everyday skincare is just not enough, lets look at some Hydration helpers that we can add into our skincare routine.


Dry and dehydrated skin is quite different, they can both look ‘dry’, dull and appear more lined, however dry skin is a skin type where as dehydration is a skin condition caused by external factors. The difference between how we treat dry and dehydrated skin is that – dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water.

So your skin could be Normal or even Combination, yet due to external factors and lifestyle could still appear quite parched.

This is the case for my skin, I have combination skin, I have some open pores and can get an oily T-zone, however my skin is definitely showing signs of dehydration.

When it comes to treating my dehydrated skin I can’t use rich, thick creams as they are too heavy for my oilier areas and it can cause me to break out, my skin is mainly lacking water.

So as well as obviously trying to drink plenty of water, eating water rich foods and also trying to keep caffiene and fizzy drinks to a minimum I find that my skin needs an extra boost and by adding these items into my skincare routine, as well as a moisturiser, not instead of, helps my skin to look more hydrated and less parched.


Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion – This product I came across when I was in London with Bobbi Brown and loved the sound of it, when I first tried it I was slightly unsure, it looks like a water however it doesn’t ‘drip’ out of the bottle you need to shake the bottle to dispense it and I was worried it was going to feel sticky on my skin, as a lot of other products from other companies have. However this has turned into a must have in my skincare routine, I use it every morning and night after cleansing and before my other serums and moisturisers. It smells like a heavenly spa treatment and I love applying it to my skin, it is lightweight, not sticky and absorbs beautifully into the skin.

Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum – Another favourite of mine, this product is slightly more lotion like out of the 3 as it’s white in colour and opaque. It seems a simple product yet extremly effective, it is lightly fragranced and sinks beautifully into the skin.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum – I just love this product and I am actually on my 4th bottle, I’ve tried many other products that claim to do the same thing and found them really sticky and just not enjoyable to use. It’s unscented and just a dream to apply, very soothing and cooling, I do really feel like this is a drink for my skin.

All of the above are lightweight oil free boosters that will help to hydrate and smooth any parched skin.

Another couple of items I love when my skin is feeling more on the dry side or if I have used a lot of ‘active’ products on my skin and it just needs some soothing, hydration and just general TLC are:


Kiehls Ultra Face Cream – This fragrance free, no frills yet effective moisturiser is a perfect base under makeup. It seems rich yet feels lightweight and leaves skin feeling nourished.

Bobbi Brown Extra Face oil – A new addition to my skincare collection, this beautiful lightweight oil seems to nourish yet rebalance the skin. I apply a tiny amount of this when my skin needs it, as part of my evening or Sunday pamper rountine. Just like the treatment lotion it’s delicate spa like scent makes applying this an absolute dream, I like to inhale the essential oil fragrance from my hands as I apply it to make me feel relaxed before bed.

I hope this post has been helpful, if you have any hydrating favourites I would love to hear about them, let me know in the comments below