Wedding Skin Prep

It’s your wedding day, the biggest day of your life, you want to be FLAWLESS. Ironically, that’ll make you worry, (and coupled with the stress you’ll already have), your skin may not be as radiant as you’d like. UNLESS you take good care of it.

So many wedding articles suggest getting regular facials in the months leading up to your big day, but honestly, I didn’t have the money or the time for that. So I did some research, coupled some products I already used with some new ones, and did it myself! I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skin (I still get the occasional stress spot, but I don’t think I’ll ever avoid them), and because I organised it myself, I can easily continue my wedding skin prep in general life!

I know skin can be a big deal (whether you’ve got a big event coming up or not), and I’ve been at a loss with my skin, and had no confidence in it, for years. So I’m writing this post in the hope it reaches and helps someone else. It’s worth mentioning that of course, we all have different skin types, and different things will work for different people – but after such positive experiences, I couldn’t not write this post.

Pink Clay Mask

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We’ve seen big brands advertise these…but I couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on a face mask. I had a little look on Amazon and found this one for £15. Still a bit pricey I think, but I wanted to give it a go. And OMG it’s one of THE BEST purchases I’ve ever made, I would recommend this to anyone! Use it a couple of times a week, and very soon you’ll notice a change in your skin. My skin was softer, brighter, pores tightened, and redness cleared up. It’s an absolute DREAM.

Clear Start Toner

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I’ve used this for a couple of years, but still stand by it. It reduced the amount of spots I got from the first time I used it, and it will always be in my bathroom cupboard.

Clear Start Emergency Spot Fix

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Good for when you feel a pesky spot brewing. It’ll only work if it’s the start of a spot, not if it’s already there. And in my experience, it hasn’t stopped the spot coming, but when it HAS come through it’s been much smaller and disappeared quicker than usual. 

TCM Scar and Acne Gel

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My miracle purchase! I saw this advertised on Facebook, and with spot scars on my face, thought it was worth a try. YES YES YES! It works! I mentioned bio oil for the same job in a previous post, but this stuff is so much better! Noticeable results in only a few days, I’ll never be without this now!

Garnier Anti-Blemish Moisturiser

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Recommended by a fellow blogger (I’m so sorry I can’t remember who it was!). It smells amazing, makes me skin feel super smooth, and when ‘spot reducing’ moisturisers in the past have actually caused more problems than they’ve helped, I’ve been pleasantly surprised that this seems to have worked.

Biore Charcoal Cleanser

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I’ve used this for a while, and still love it. It’s really helped my blackheads and the menthol leaves my skin feeling tingly fresh.

St Ives Apricot Scrub

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This is what I use when I’ve got dry skin (so was perfect for the couple of colder months in the run up to the wedding)! It’s the only scrub I’ve found to work properly, and scrub away all that dry skin – it’s like sand mixed with moisturiser. I’ve used it since I was at school, so I think that’s proof of how much I like it!

Loreal Milk Cleanser

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I started using this last summer to remove makeup when I realised my skin care routine could be better. Unlike wipes, they get ALL the rubbish off your face. I even use them on none makeup days, coz they get rid of dirt that’s made it’s way to your face, dirt you didn’t even know was there! I’ve seen a noticable change in my skin since using this to cleanse my face.

I’ve been a bit of a cheerleader for a few products there, but I’m just being honest following my experiences with them. As I’ve said, skin is a big thing, and I know so many of us struggle with it for so many reasons. Even if this helps just one person out there, my job is done 😊

Lynette x

Skinny Tan Coconut Mist: Review

I think I’m right in saying that anyone who tans at home, will always be on the look out for that perfect product. Over the years I’ve tried manyyyyyy different brands and types, and I feel like with every product I’ve tried, there’s been pros and cons. Nothing for me has worked perfectly. After hearing good things about the Skinny Tan brand and seeing an ad for a deal including the Coconut Body Mist, I thought I’d give it a go.

I’ve used it 3 times now so have some pros and cons to talk through.

The ad and instructions say to spray the mist on, rub it in, dress and go, and your tan will develop over the next few hours. That was one of the main selling points for me. No one likes getting orange sheets from sleeping in their tan, or the alternative; tanning on your day off, walking around like it’s two days after leg day, trying not to bend your arms too much or cross your legs, and trying not to splash yourself with the washing up water. So I like it for that.

And the tan it gives me is probably the most natural looking I’ve achieved from a DIY product, and I really love it. The website is really informative, with FAQ’s, helpful hints and tips for making the most of your tan, and we all know Coconuts have so many positives for our skin (if you don’t know, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! Grab yourself a jar of Coconut Oil, get on Google to see what you can use it for, and start including it in your life!)

One of the biggest problems for me was the fake tan hands. The Oompa Loompa palms ARE REAL.

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The instructions say to massage the mist in with hands, not a mitt. Having spent years as a fake tan user, alarm bells started to ring when I read that, but I thought I’d follow the instructions. The bottle DOES tell you to wash your hands thoroughly after use. Maybe the first time I wasn’t thorough enough, because the palms very VERY orange and I spent the rest of the week scrubbing with the exfoliating mitt every time I washed my hands (they were that bad).

Second time, I used latex gloves. No problems with my hands, but it was really hard to tell where I had and hadn’t spread tan – at least using your hands you can feel where you’ve covered and where you haven’t.

Third time, I went back to glove-less, and WASHED VERY THOROUGHLY after every section… leg, leg, body, arms, face – and though they weren’t as bad as the first time, they were still too orange. So I don’t know what Skinny Tan’s definition of ‘thoroughly’ is – maybe you need to soak yourself in bleach? That’s the only way I can see them getting away with the ‘use your hands’ instruction.

I also made the mistake the first time of not waiting long enough before sweating. As the instructions and video ad suggest, you do all the spritzing, dress, and go. This is exactly what I did. 4 hours later I was at work, sweating a bit (obviously, it’s the nature of the job). When I got home there were definite white patches. So I’d like to amend their original suggestion – apply, dress, go…as long as you’re only going to go and sit somewhere and do nothing – especially with this heatwave we’re having!

So, to summarise:

Pros:

– Good even tan (no streaks)
– Smells nice
– Lasts about a week
– It’s vegan and uses natural ingredients
– Tans face nicely

– No messy sheets
– You can get on with every day life easier than when you’re waiting for any other tan to dry

Cons:

– Fake tan hands unless you use gloves
– You can’t see it going on – some problem areas (like feet) are hard to get right
– ‘Dress and Go’ is a bit mis-advertised
– It’s not a totally smooth process…because you’re spraying directly onto your body, and it’s a mist, if the bottle is upside down or at an angle, you have to put it back the right way up and pump the top a few times to get the flow going again
– It works out at about £2.50 a time

In conclusion.

Regardless of a couple of downfalls, I really am happy with the tan and will continue to use it to the end of the bottle. I would, however, be interested in trying other Skinny Tan products to see if we can rectify some of the mist’s cons.

If you’ve had any good/bad experiences with this product, feel free to share below!

Lynette x

Jesus Christ Superstar…


I know I’ve spoken in previous blog posts about how when I’m watching a show, I find it very hard not to find fault. This weekend I watched Encore Theatre Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar, and whilst I don’t retract my original statement, I’m going to amend it. Having spent so many years on the stage myself, I know it’s very rare to have NOTHING go wrong in a show. Whether it’s you yourself that messes up, a cast member, a bit of costume that falls off, a forgotten prop, problematic set changes that take too long, a bum note from the band…there are many. So I get it, things aren’t always perfect, I think I’ve only come off stage at the end of a show ONCE in my life and gone ‘Yes. That was it. It couldn’t have gone any better.’ But sometimes, a production is SO good, you’re able to overlook those couple of weaker points in a show. JCS was one of those rare times. 18921925_760864400758836_5051103262799856063_n

Even though it’s an amateur company, it really was airing on the side of professional, and I’m not the only one to think it; I heard many comments from other audience members as we left, about how professional it was. From the overall show down to the ushers. The set and lights alone got you talking when you entered the theatre. D3AAC68D-1565-47CA-89FE-6FA8EEB77657

JCS is a one of those shows that’s completely open to interpretation, and the few versions I’ve seen have been completely different. This take had a bohemian rock kinda thing going on and personally, I loved it. It totally suited the performers and the choices they made (vocally and physically) and it was a really refreshing way of seeing it done.

The lighting was done beautifully (I’ve always been a sucker for good tech), in a way that completely suited the style of the show. It was obvious that there’d been lots of discussions between all members of the creative team to ensure all understood the director’s vision, and that understanding really just finished it off nicely. JCS

A shoutout HAS to go to my 3 favourite performances. To Ed Leigh as Jesus, Dale Vaughan as Judas, and Paul Forsberg as Pontius Pilate. There were some stand out performances from the entire cast, Sarah Clarkson was giving LIFE as Mary Magdalene and the beautiful tenor tones of Michael Frith created the strongest Annas I’ve seen live. But for me, those 3 were stand out performances. All 3 committed 110%, made the character their own, and portrayed them in a new and beautifully accurate way. Although I may be biased, there’s no denying Ed Leigh stole the show with a powerful and heartbreaking performance of Jesus. I wasn’t the only one sobbing. 18839123_760864317425511_4893897716775083855_n

Sending my congratulations to the entire Encore team, that was a knock out show.

Lynette x

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