23 October 2015

How I cleared up my skin in under two weeks

Ever since starting university my skin has been terrible! A lot of that was due to the extremely unhealthy eating, drinking and lack of sleep. But I have always been lazy with my skin which doesn't help either. I've been getting into make up again lately as for a while I literally didn't care about any of it! But once I cleared out my old make up and played around with what I've got left, I remembered how much fun it is! But in order to have achieve the flawless base of foundation I so desperately want, my skin needs to be clear. I've made a pledge to myself that I would start doing a proper skin care routine to try and clear up my skin. I have always had relatively good skin and only suffered from the occasional spot or blemish. But my skin a few weeks ago was covered in redness, spots and little pimples that aren't even spots, just bumps, it was horrible. I wanted something that was going to be quick and easy so even when I'm super tired it was not going to be such a chore to do every night and morning. I came across the La Roche Posay Effaclar 3 step system and it seemed perfect for what I was wanting. Just three products that were quick and easy to use everyday.




The first step in the system is a facial cleanser, it is a gel consistency which foams up as you work it into your skin. It leaves your skin so clean and soft! It is very mattifying which is probably due to it being a cleanser for oily skin. I didn't realise it was for oily skin when I bought the set and my skin type is just normal. I feel like after consistent use it could dehydrate my skin so I dont want to use it after my skin is back to normal. Once my skin is completely clear I will stop using it and only use it when I need it. If they sell the same cleanser for normal skin I probably will purchase that separately as it is a good cleanser I am just scared about using a cleanser that is wrong for my skin which could cause more problems in the long run.

The next product in the system is the exfoliating toner. This product claims to tighten pores and I definitely can agree that it does! I have always had visible pores and by using this I can totally see a difference! It contains lactic and salicylic acid which are apparently great for unclogging pores and getting rid of bacteria that cause breakouts! My skin colour is a lot more even now and seems to be less irritated and I believe that this toner has helped with that.

The last step in the system is probably their most famous product, Effaclar duo. This is a treatment that targets blemishes and uneven skin tone. It is such a lightweight moisturiser which can be worn during the day and is not at all shiny. I think this product is such a good idea as it is a moisturiser and a blemish treatment all in one, its especially great for people who are lazy when it comes to their skin, like me! On a night time I've been adding an extra moisturiser on top as a precaution incase the cleanser is too harsh for my skin type and it all seems to be working well.

I have been using this system for two weeks consistently and I have seen amazing results! My skin is almost completely clear from blemishes now and the overall redness that was on my cheeks is visibly reduced. I also think that because I haven't worn foundation for the majority of the two weeks, it has helped clear up my skin quicker, it feels good to give your skin a break and just let it heal. I really like skin care systems like this as I have found that when I use a variety of products from different brands, with lots of different ingredients in them they can cause irritation. So to have products that work together and compliment each other its a great thing!
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20 October 2015

Anthem of the Seas


In the summer my family and I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise and it was literally the best time of my life! We were on board for two weeks but it didn't even feel like 2 minutes. We stopped off at 8 different ports and sailed all around the Mediterranean sea.

We drove 7 hours down to Southampton and embarked on the most amazing ship I've ever seen. It was huge and beautiful, I don't think I even saw the whole ship in the two weeks we were on board!


We were sailing for the first few days until we reached Gibraltar. Sailing into Gibraltar was one of the most magical experiences I've ever had. Approximately 100+ striped dolphins were swimming along side the ship I can't even believe I managed to witness such a spectacle. I captured so many incredible photos on my camera and was ecstatic for the whole day. That day we were going on a shore excursion where we went with a company called Dolphin Adventure to watch dolphins! We went on a small boat and sailed out to sea to find some dolphins. Dolphin Adventure is a great company to go with if you're ever in the Gibraltar area. They are incredibly considerate and take the welfare of the animals seriously on each trip. They let the dolphins come to them rather than sailing through their pod which can be stressful and cause injury. Please always consider the welfare of animals if you're going on a trip like this and if the company seems dodgy do not support them! Dolphin Adventure work with marine biologists and conservationists to protect the marine life in the area and gave the most unforgettable boat trip ever! At times killer whales come into the area and as it happens they saw some the day after I was there! I was gutted because its my dream to see orcas in the wild, I will have to go back there one day!


Our next stop was at Cartagena in Spain, we went on a trip to learn about the civil war that happened in the 1930's. I do like learning about history but the weather was unbearable and I just couldn't wait to get back to the ships air conditioning! I didn't see much of Cartagena because it was just too hot to walk around, but of what I did see it is a beautiful place with gorgeous buildings.


After another day of cruising we arrived in the port of Chivitavecchia in Italy. There is not much to do in the port of Chivitavecchia as it is very industrial so we went on a trip to Rome. An hour and a half of driving through the beautiful Italian countryside made me want to never leave! We arrived in Rome and it was only about 9am, it was already boiling! I knew it was going to be a struggle as the tour involved a lot of walking around the city but it was well worth it! In the 40 degree heat we walked around Rome and saw a lot of its most famous landmarks. It was incredible and I'd love to go back when it is not the hight of summer to be able to see more.


Back on board we sailed through the night to the port of La Spezia and off we went again for another 9 hour day trip. This time we went to Florence and the weather was cloudy! An absolute dream for walking around another busy city. I think Florence was a close second to my favourite place we visited, its gorgeous. During the day it rained, I've never welcomed rain more than that day! We were able to shop comfortably and just take it easy after the tour to explore on our own with the cooler weather.


Our next stop was in Provence in France which was my favourite place we visited. We went to some absolutely gorgeous villages and I even met an actual French Frenchie!


Next we stopped off at Lisbon in Portugal. I've never really fancied visiting Portugal, I'm not sure why but I am so glad I got the chance to, it is so picturesque! We went on an open top bus tour which took hours and the heat was going up and getting a bit unbearable but we got to see so much of the city and it was beautiful.


Our last port was at Vigo in Spain, this port was so small and didn't have much around at all. There was a tiny shopping centre we had a little look around but then got straight back on the ship so I don't have any photos from there.

That was my cruise, probably the most amazing holiday I've ever been on! I absolutely love sailing and everything to do with the ocean. I'd love to live on a boat and just sail around the Mediterranean all of the time, that would be an absolute dream! I really hope you have enjoyed this post, I have loved looking back at my photos!
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19 October 2015

A New Look

I truly can't believe that the last time I posted on my blog was almost one year ago! For months I would go through phases of wanting to blog again and then not wanting to, it just seems like such a big task when I'm studying. I'm at university now and this probably isn't the best time to begin again but I have a real urge to get back into it now more than I ever have.


You hopefully have noticed that I have a new blog design. I have been wanting to buy a pre-made layout from a professional web designer ever since I started blogging, but my poor 15 year old self just couldn't afford it so I always made my own. But the ones I made myself always looked very DIY and I hated the way my blog looked. I am so happy with the design I have now, it is simple but looks so good. My design is from Pipdig. I made my blog header to use as a temporary measure until I know how I want it. I will probably get a one made for me from a designer much better than myself, but for the mean time it is a photo of my bunny Salt's fur and over is my fave font ever. How do you feel about the size of the header? I quite like it being so large but I'm not 100% sure.

My life over the past year has been busy! I finished my diploma in Animal Management with a Distinction in June, my major hard work really payed off! That literally is one of my biggest achievements. In high school I always just got C's and the occasional B's but to get top marks in that felt amazing! My college experience has lead me onto such amazing things! I now have two animal related jobs, one is just occasional work but I have gained so much experience with everything to do with the course and it feels so good to finally know what I want to do in life! As part of the course you had to have a work placement and I was so lucky to do mine at a wildlife sanctuary, Mondays for me where the best! I still keep in touch with the lovely owners and help them out when ever they need it or if they go away (this is my occasional job). I am going back next week to feed and look after their animals while they're away, so if I remember I will bring my camera and take some photos of the animals, I would love to do a blog post on them!


I am currently studying a BSc (Hons) Animal Management and Science degree which is really going to challenge me because I was never that good at science, I really don't know why I have took the science part but I will get through it! I am only in lessons three days a week and I don't have as much work to do as I did in my diploma, obviously it is going to be a lot harder work but I feel like I will be able to balance blogging and uni work well. (Fingers crossed)



I still have four crazily cute bunnies to look after, they also take up a good portion of my time. Roughly last June Poppy was diagnosed with E. Cuniculi, which is a parasite that lives in a lot of rabbits brains, but only affects about 6% of bunnies and unfortunately Pops is one of them. She has partially lost the use of her back legs and can't really get around very easily, you may be able to see in the photo above (she is the largest bunny) that her back end is very low to the ground. She is doing well at the moment and we're just taking one day at a time and monitoring her movement. At the end of August Salt my baby boy (white bunny) was really unwell and had a huge bladder stone! He had an operation to get it removed and is right as rain now but it was such a scary time! They honestly make me worry so much!

I hope you're as excited as I am to get blogging again! I feel so bad for neglecting this hobby as so many people said they used to love my blog, I do hope you still continue to like it in this restart.
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