Jack Wills Wool & Whiskey Night

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the Jack Wills Wool & Whiskey Night to celebrate the launch of their AW17 collection at their Soho store. As someone who never turns down the opportunity to preview the latest fashion trends, I was super excited to go. The night started with a brief overview of some of the whiskies on offer and whilst I'm not a huge whiskey drinker, I had a little sample of one to get me into the spirit (pun intended!) of the evening. As I was sipping away, I started chatting to some fellow bloggers and it was so lovely to meet them. It's not very often that I get the opportunity to meet with others in the blogging community, so we spent ages chatting and enjoying the whiskey and prosecco on offer!

We then took a walk around the store, which is so beautifully decorated. Upstairs, they have neon lights which are a lovely contrast to the rustic feel of the rest of the shop. In their womenswear section, there was an old punch bag and boxing gloves, then downstairs they have 'The Den' and fitting rooms, which is full of up-cycled chairs and tables, with chesterfield sofas and an old record player. The room was lit by copper lamps - a bloggers dream! I love stores that take an interest in the look and feel of their shop, rather than just focus on the clothing. I think it adds real character to a brand.

With their latest range, Jack Wills are celebrating British wool and their AW17 collection only contains wool from Britain. The UK has over 60 different breeds of sheep, which is more than any other country. One sheep creates enough wool for 3 suits and so it was lovely to browse their latest pieces and see the use of natural wool. Also, they had decorated the store with lots of little sheep, which were super cute and I definitely fell in love with them!

I was really impressed with a lot of the pieces in the Jack Wills AW17 collection - I could definitely have spent a lot of money in there that night. In particular, I had my eye on some of their jackets and I think they would be perfect for Autumn time. It was so nice to be able to share the evening with fellow bloggers and to get their views on the new pieces. We then finished off the night with a trip to Wagamama - an old favourite.

I had such a lovely evening at the Wool & Whiskey Night as part of Wool Week and The Campaign for Wool. A huge thank you to Jack Wills for inviting me, I'll definitely be going back into store soon to pick up some items from the range.

Glossier | Review

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

I was recently in New York and knew I had to make a trip to the Glossier Showroom as they'd yet to come to the UK by this point. Initially, this post was going to be a review of the products I'd bought from Glossier, but a brand is so much more than their products. Customer service is also super important and can really make or break a brand. 

The Glossier Showroom in New York is amazing, there's so much room to play and I spent ages trying to decide which products to buy. Eventually I settled on 3 Balm Dotcoms as they were 3 for $30. I was so excited by the bag and packaging I was given, I didn't want to open it until I got back to the UK, to ensure it was all in tact. What a mistake that was! Once I got home, I realised that I'd been given one wrong Balm Dotcom, I'd wanted Rose, Coconut and Birthday, but instead of Birthday (which was my favourite) I had been given Mint. I was so disappointed and as I was back in the UK, I assumed it was a lost cause. However, I thought I'd try my luck and took to Twitter to contact Glossier. The lady I spoke to was super lovely and instantly said she'd send me the Birthday Balm Dotcom. I was super excited when my parcel arrived and my excitement grew, when I realised they'd also sent me the Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser - one of their most popular products. I'd actually picked this up in store, but hadn't bought it, so I was so pleased when they sent it. Their customer service was amazing, they dealt with my request and issue so quickly and in such a swift manner, updating me on when the product had been shipped and when to expect it etc and on top of that, they sent me a complimentary Milk Jelly Cleanser!

What do I think of the products? 

Balm Dotcom
If you're a follower of my blog, you'll know how much I love and rave about the Nuxe Reve de Miel, so it would take a lot for me to rate another lip balm so highly, but I think I might have found it. The Balm Dotcoms are so nourishing on the lips and they actually last a long time. They all smell incredible, but the Birthday Lip Balm is my favourite. Also, it has hints of glitter in it, which I absolutely love! Once applied, the Balm Dotcoms don't feel at all tacky on the lips and help prevent them from drying, which is so important at the time of year. They're one of the cheaper Glossier products, so if you're looking for an entry point into the brand, I really recommend them. They're such a fun lip balm!

Milk Jelly Cleanser 
As I mentioned, the Milk Jelly Cleanser is such a bonus product for me and I'd heard such good reviews of it so I was super excited to see what it was like for myself. It didn't disappoint. I was a little sceptical at first as I thought the consistency might be a bit thick for a cleanser, but it's actually perfect. I apply it after having removed my make up and it makes my skin feel so clean and healthy. You can apply it to wet or dry skin, but I much prefer applying it to wet skin. It leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and soft and I've been reaching for this more than any of my other cleansers. I can really see why so many people are raving about the Milk Jelly Cleanser, it really is as good as the reviews say it is. 

Now that Glossier has come to the UK, I'm seeing more and more people mentioning them and buying their products. My experience of not only their products, but their customer service has been amazing. They really know how to look after their customers and I can't wait to get my hands on more of their products! 

Have you tried any Glossier products? What do you think of them? 

Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Care | Review

Sunday, 8 October 2017

I always love trying new hair care products and discovering brands I've never used before. Therefore, when I was offered the chance to try the new Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Care range, I jumped at the chance. I've tried a few of Palmer's body care range and loved them, so I was keen to see what their hair care offered. Over the past few weeks, I've been washing my hair with the Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo and then I've been using the Palmer's Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner. Once I've washed my hair, I've then been applying the Palmer's Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray to the roots of my hair before styling it for the day ahead.

The Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Care range includes Tiaré Petal Infused Tahitian Monoï which nourishes hair. Drying my hair with a hairdryer on a regular basis as well as frequently curling my hair means that it can soon become damaged. Therefore, I love how nourishing this range is as it really helps my hair to feel so hydrated. After I've washed my hair with the Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Care products, my hair feels so healthy, really soft and it smells incredible! I love the coconut scent and I love that my hair smells so nice and fresh after I've washed it. Also, I've found that my hair doesn't get as greasy as quickly with these products compared to other brands of shampoo and conditioner I've used. Also, I love how creamy the Conditioning Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner are, I really feel like they're nourishing my hair. 

The Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Care is ethically and reliably sourced and contains high levels of fatty acids which in turn further help lock in moisture, hydrating the hair. Not only that, but the range of products are free from Sulphates, Parabens, Mineral Oils, Phthalates, Gluten, GMOs, Dyes and Harsh Chemicals. Increasingly, I am becoming more conscious of the products I am using on my hair and skin, so knowing that the ingredients in the Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Care are ethical and not damaging is exactly the kind of products I want to incorporate into my hair care regime. 

I am definitely going to be using the Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Care range in my everyday hair care routine because I love how healthy they make my hair feel and look. If you suffer from dry or damaged hair, I really recommend these products, plus they're really reasonably priced, what's not to love?

BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette | Review

Friday, 6 October 2017

As  a beauty lover, I’m always on the lookout for new products and when I saw that BECCA had released a new face palette with Chrissy Teigen, I was keen to get my hands on it. I’ve been a fan of  BECCA products for ages and have the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Champagne Pop which I reviewed here. I’ve wanted a face palette from BECCA for a while and so I thought the BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Palette would be amazing. When I was in America last month, I spotted this in Sephora and as it’s limited edition, I knew I had to get my hands on it quickly. I had the sudden panic that they were out of stick because the shelf was empty, however a very lovely assistant found one in the stock room, which I was super pleased about and I knew it was a sign that I just had to buy it!

What do I think about the BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette?

I love it! As I mentioned, I’ve wanted a palette like this for some time. I think they all look so beautiful and it's so practical having a bronzer, highlighter and blusher all in one place. I seem to spend a lot of my weekends away and so if I have to pack fewer make up products that's always useful!

All of these powders are super pigmented! When I first used it, I accidentally applied too much bronzer as I hadn't expected it to be quite so pigmented! The bronzer is really lovely as it's shimmery and all the previous bronzers I've used have been matte, so it's great to use a bronzer that provides a glowing look. With the two gorgeous highlighters, I only need to apply a small amount to a fan brush and then sweep it over my cheekbones to provide a glow to my skin. Finally, I only apply a small amount of the blusher across the apples of my cheeks, completing my glowy, healthy skin look.

As these products are so pigmented, they last all day on my skin. I always apply a primer, foundation, concealer and powder before and they create the perfect base for the Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette. I've found that I only need to apply the products in the morning and then I don't need to re apply throughout the day - which is perfect!

I must admit, I think the packaging is one of my favourite things about the Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette. It feels so premium and is so sturdy. The powders are set into a metal palette and the rose gold colour is so gorgeous and like most other bloggers, I'm a sucker for all things rose gold, so I knew I needed to have it! As I mentioned earlier, I plan on using this palette for when I'm travelling and the sturdy packaging gives me the reassurance that the packaging will protect the powders.

At £46, it's not the cheapest glow palette in the world, but for me the quality outweighs the cost. I know that the products last on my skin for the whole day and it's super practical to take away with me. Plus the fact, I know that BECCA products are always so worth the money and I'd be lying if I didn't say the limited edition element also had me hooked!

I love the Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette and it's as beautiful as you'd expect it to be. Whilst a little pricey, I definitely think it's worth it and have been enjoying trying different looks with it. Have you tried the Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette? I'd love to know your thoughts.

September Favourites

Sunday, 1 October 2017

I'm back! I took a bit of a break from blogging as my life was getting crazy busy. I always promise myself that if I'm not enjoying blogging, I must take a break, otherwise it won't continue to be a hobby, but instead it'll be a chore. However, having been away for a while, it was hard to think of what my first post back should be. I finally settled on my September favourites, as I love sharing these monthly posts and letting you all know what I've been enjoying. September was a very busy month, but I had two weeks off work, so it gave me plenty of opportunities to experiment with and fall in love with new beauty products.

I bought this a month or so ago after someone had recommended The Body Shop serums to me. I had originally gone in for one from their Vitamin E range, but was told they were discontinuing it. Instead, I was shown the Vitamin C Skin Reviver and thought it was worth a try. I have absolutely been loving it. It feels so nice to apply and really helps to make my skin look more healthy and radiant as well as helping my make up to stay in place all day. I can't get enough of it, I'll definitely be going back and buying another one once I finish this one.

I couldn't not feature this in my monthly favourites. My last post was actually a full review of it, so make sure you check that out. I've been reaching for this palette more than any other this month. I love how many different looks I can create with it and I absolutely love the shade range, it's definitely my new favourite palette. I've been really enjoying looking up different make-up looks using this palette on Pinterest and trying them out on myself.

O2 priority had an offer that if you spent over £30 on the Benefit website, you received a free Hoola minis set. The Hoola Quickie Contour Stick came as part of the set and originally I wasn't sure if I'd use it. However, I gave it a try and have been really impressed. I can really see how it adds definition to my cheek bones and it's so easy to use I'm definitely going to purchase the full size once this one runs out.

I featured this product in my Beauty Wishlist post and my friend Sarah saw and mentioned that's she had the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Ombre Mercure, but had found it too sticky on her eyelids so didn't like using it. Therefore, she very kindly gave it to me to see if I would like it. Whilst I do see what she means about the stickiness, for me it only lasts for the initial few minutes of wearing it and then I never notice it on my skin. I love using it, it's super easy to pop onto my eyelids if I'm in a rush and can't be bothered with a full eye make up look.

I don't want to go on too much about this here because I want to write up a full review of this product, but I couldn't not feature this in my September favourites. I bought it whilst I was away as I'd wanted a BECCA highlight palette for a while and never been able to get my hands on it. Everything about it is beautiful and I've been wearing it non stop since I bought it. As I mentioned, I'll do a full review soon, so keep your eyes peeled on that. 

So that's everything I've been loving throughout September, what have you been loving this month? 

Urban Decay Naked Heat | Review

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

It’s been pretty hard to miss the release of Urban Decay’s latest palette – Naked Heat. As a beauty lover and also an Urban Decay Naked fan, I was really excited to hear of its release a few months ago. Urban Decay originally released the Naked Heat palette on their website and I had one in my basket, but couldn’t go through with the purchase because I was really worried that the shades wouldn’t suit me – biggest mistake of my life! Eventually, they came out in stores and I was able to swatch them. As the shades have orange / red undertones, I wondered how this would look on my skin. However, after swatching them, I was more in love than ever and went ahead and bought a palette.

For those who don’t know, the Naked Heat palette has 12 eyeshadows with 8 matte colours and 4 shimmer shades. I like to use a mix of shimmer and matte shades so this palette works well for me. There are a range of colours and from left to right the shades are:

  1. Ounce
  2. Chaser
  3. Sauced
  4. Low Blow
  5. Lumbre
  6. He Devil
  7.  Dirty Talk
  8. Scorched
  9. Cayenne
  10. En Fuego
  11. Ashes
  12. Ember
The shades are all very warm colours and are definitely a little out of my comfort zone, but it’s really encouraged me to experiment with different looks and I’ve been loving doing so.

What do I think of the Urban Decay Naked Palette?

As with all Urban Decay Naked eyeshadows, the pigmentation of these eyeshadows is amazing – definitely some of the best I’ve tried. I really don’t find I have to apply much product to achieve a really pigmented look. I have found that these shades are a little harder to blend than some of the other Naked palettes, but I’m not sure if this is because it’s been a while since I tried a brand new Urban Decay palette. I don’t find that there’s much fall out from these eyeshadows, though I do find some of the matte shades a little chalky.

I always apply Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer potion and with this, I find that the eyeshadows last all day, without smudging or disappearing off my eyelid. Even without a primer, these eyeshadows are super long lasting.  

Urban Decay have definitely upped their game with their packaging. With each Naked palette they've brought out, the packaging has got better. This is the most premium of them all, made of strong plastic and with a huge mirror - the mirrors have definitely got bigger too! This packaging is definitely more sturdy and looks as though it's also really protective - I'm still super careful when handling it though as I don't want to damage it.The brush that this comes with is also really good. I'm not normally a fan of brushes that come with eyeshadow palettes as I don't find that they're that good. However, the Urban Decay ones are always really good and I love using them. This one is slightly different to the other two I already have (Naked and Naked 3), but it's still just as good!

At £39.50 it's not the cheapest palette in the world, but it's in line with the other Naked pallets and for the quality, I really don't think you can go far wrong. Yes, it's a bit on the pricier side, but it's so worth it as the shades are absolutely gorgeous, the pigmentation is so good, so you don't need to use a lot of product which means you'll definitely end up having this palette for a while. Since getting it, I can't stop using it, it's definitely good value for money. 

Overall, I've been loving this palette and can't recommend it enough. As I mentioned, initially it was really out of my comfort zone as the shades aren't the sort of colours I typically use. However, I'm really glad I took the plunge and bought it as it really is stunning and it's good to go out of your comfort zone every so often right?

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked palette? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Trying AVON Products

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

As a beauty lover, I'm quite ashamed to admit that I've never tried any AVON products. They're just a brand that I've never considered before, although I've heard good things about their products, I've never been desperate enough to try a product. However, recently I was given a few products to try and I was really keen to see what they were like. 

I love black eyeliners and have so many from different brands, so they've got to be really good for me to continuing using them. I like how easy this eyeliner from AVON is to apply, it glides onto my waterline really easily and is really comfy to wear. Whilst, I like eyeliners that you don't have to sharpen as it lessens the hassle, I do prefer the feel of an eye pencil, I find them easier to apply and find that they last longer. The True Colour Glimmerstick doesn't last as long as some of the other eyeliners I've tried, but at £6.99, it's a really good eyeliner, definitely one of the best value eyeliners I've tried.

I'm always on the look out for new hair products and so when I saw I'd been given a hair serum, I was super excited to try it. I've never used a hair serum before, but have always been keen to try one. I apply this to towel dried hair and have really noticed a difference in my hair. It looks more healthy and prevents fly aways. Also, it smells really good and is super easy to apply, I'm definitely going to carry on using this as I love it so much.

You're probably looking at the above picture and thinking something along the lines of 'that's a mascara?!' Yup! That was my exact reaction when I first saw it as I thought it looked like a paint brush! I must admit, I was very sceptical as I wasn't sure how easy it would be to apply and what results it would give me. However, after having tried it, I really like it. It's a lot easier to apply than it looks (though I do struggle a bit on my bottom lashes), but it leaves my lashes looking really volumised and lengthened. I have been really impressed. I wouldn't say it replaces any of my old faves, but it's definitely worth a try if you're looking for a cheaper mascara, that's really portable.

I love nail polishes and have an eclectic range, so I was interested to see what a nail polish from AVON  would offer. I really liked the brush as I found it applies the polish really neatly. Also, it's really long lasting, I applied a bottom and top coat and it was still going strong after a week (and that included me cleaning the flat which I always find chips nail polish). I love the shade, it comes out slightly differently to how it looks in the bottle, but the gel finish looks really good and actually looks quite professional. 

Having never tried AVON products before, I now can't believe what I've been missing out on! They're really good quality and such good value for money, I'm definitely going to check out more AVON products as I've been so impressed!

Have you tried any AVON products? I'd love to know your thoughts! 

My Top 3 Concealers

Sunday, 6 August 2017

There are so many concealers available and often it can be overwhelming as to which ones to try. Having tried a few, I’ve finally found 3 that I absolutely love and use on a regular basis, so thought I’d share with you.

I thought I’d get this one out of the way with first because it’s the obvious one. Everyone has at least heard of this concealer, if not tried it. At £4.19 it’s the best value concealer available, not only is it so cheap, it offers the most coverage I’ve ever come across from a drug store concealer. I prefer to use the Light (1) shade for most of the year and then I move onto Medium (2) when I have a bit of colour in the summer. I use it to brighten under my eyes and also cover any blemishes which it’s amazing at doing! The only thing that’s annoying about this concealer is the shade range as it’s so limited. I believe they’ve now extended it to include a cool and warm medium, but I still think they could do with more shades.

This is my most recent concealer purchase. Having seen so many other bloggers / YouTubers raving about it I decided it was worth trying. However, at £8.99 it is a little pricier than Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I really like how creamy this concealer is, if a little freaked out by the spongey applicator! That’s one thing that put me off buying it as I wasn’t sure how hygienic the sponge was, however, I’m glad I got over this as it’s amazing at brightening my eyes. I apply it using the sponge attached and then blend with a beauty blender. I find I only use the Eraser Eye Concealer under my eyes (surprise, surprise!), rather than on any blemishes. I’m not sure if other’s use it elsewhere on their face, but for me I don’t find the coverage as great on spots. Again, the shade range isn’t great I use Light, and there are only 3 other shades so it’s very limited.

This is my favourite high end concealer I’ve ever tried. Again, this is another really creamy concealer and has amazing coverage, it’s great for brightening the dark circles under my eye, but also for covering blemishes. At £19, it’s much pricier than the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer so I tend to only use it at the weekends / nights out, rather than as an everyday concealer. The shade range for the Urban Decay Naked Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is much more comprehensive compared to the other two, so they definitely cater to more skin tones. As with all my concealers I have the lightest one they do which is Fair Neutral and it’s a perfect match. Also, I love the smell of this concealer!

So they’re my top 3 concealers, I know they’re a pretty popular three, but I can’t recommend them enough. What are your favourite concealers? 

Hand Luggage Essentials

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

It's that time of year where everyone is jetting off for some warmer weather elsewhere and panicking over what to pack and what not to bother taking away. There are a few essentials that I always take in my hand luggage, no matter how long the flight is, you always need those few necessities to help get you through it.

1./Lip Balm
I often suffer with dry lips and particularly when flying as the atmosphere is so drying. This is a must for me because I literally couldn't last the flight without it, I'm constantly applying lip balm, just to nurse my lips through the flight! My favourite is my trustee Nuxe Reve de Miel, it goes everywhere with me!

Following on from the lip balm, I always like to take a moisturiser for my face as I can find that sometimes my skin suffers when I'm flying. I typically just take a small moisturiser from The Body Shop as they're travel friendly and I know they'll help hydrate my skin.

3./Hand cream
I always carry handream with me and so flying is no different, I hate having dry hands so it goes everywhere with me. Again, I typically use one from The Body Shop as I love the scents and they leave my hands feeling so silky soft.

This is less of a necessity for me and I tend to only take wipes on long haul flights to help refresh my skin. When I have a long flight, I don't like to wear a lot of make up, so often I will take wipes to remove any make up I'm wearing during the flight and to help hydrate my skin.

5./Eye gel 
Similarly, I only take an eye gel for long haul flights as this is when I feel I need it the most. I like to apply an eye gel just before I land to help refresh my eyes and to make me feel more awake! Often I can feel really groggy after a long haul flight and this always shows on my eyes, so an eye gel is vital for making me look more human!

I barely take any journey without my headphones, I love listening to music / podcasts and so flying is no different. Whilst I tend to use earphones on a day to day basis, I find headphones, such as my ones from Sony, so much more comfortable for flying as they don't hurt my ears as much.

I love reading and flying is the perfect time for me to catch up on my book. I find it so relaxing and it's such a good way to pass the time, especially if there's no on board entertainment!

8./Eye mask
I often fall asleep with an eye mask on. I find it really hard to sleep if there's light and this is particularly problematic when I'm flying. Therefore, I often choose to wear an eye mask, to help block out any light and then I'm much more likely to be able to sleep.

9./Hand gel
Anyone that knows me, knows much I love my antibacterial hand gel, it never leaves my side! There are often so many germs on planes, so I always like to have this on me to ensure my hands are clean and to refresh them if they feel a bit grubby from flying.

As I mentioned earlier, I find the atmosphere so drying on planes and it makes me so thirsty as well. I know airplanes can give you water and sell other drinks, but I much prefer just buying my own large water bottle and then I can have a drink whenever I want.

So these are my essentials for why I'm flying. What do you always have on you when you're flying? I'd love to know!

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil | Review

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I've recently fallen in love with the skincare brand Dr Botanicals and have already reviewed their Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil and their Cleanse and Tone Cleanser. I always love trying different products from Dr Botanicals and the latest one I've tried is the Moroccan Rose Superfood  Facial Oil. If you've seen my review of the Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil, you'll know that I was a bit sceptical about using an oil on my face as it feels quite unnatural when I do everything to ensure my skin isn't oily! However, after having had such a positive experience with the Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil, I was keen to see what the Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil from Dr Botanicals offered me.

I'm not the biggest fan of synthetic smelling rose products, but as Dr Botanicals only use natural ingredients and are cruelty free and vegan, I knew that the rose would be totally natural and was sure I'd like it. I love the Dr Botanicals packaging, it just screams natural. There's nothing fake about it and that's the same for the box that the Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil came in.

The Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil contains lots of vitamins and minerals (including Vitamins A, C and Almond Oil) that all work together to renew, rejuvenate and protect the skin. It contains moisturising properties that help to nourish and hydrate the skin. As with the Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil, the Moroccan Rose Facial Oil is really hydrating on the skin and I apply it in the evening after I've cleansed my skin. As it's so nourishing on the skin, I've found that I don't need to apply a moisturiser. The Moroccan Rose Facial Oil leaves my skin looking so clean and glowing, whilst also leaving it hydrated. I'm in love with the scent too, it's so natural and smells just like rose should, rather than synthetic rose scented products that I've previously tried.

If you haven't tried Dr Botanicals products, you really should, I can't recommend them enough. With an ever growing trend towards natural, cruelty free brands Dr Botanicals ticks all the boxes! Have you tried any products from Dr Botanicals? I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Milia Removal | My Experience

Monday, 17 July 2017

Milia is probably something that most people aren't aware of, but for me, they led to a huge insecurity about my skin. For those who don't know milia are a group of millium cysts which are small white bumps that typically appear on the cheek or nose. They're caused when keratin (a strong protein) becomes trapped under the skin. I've suffered with them for as long as I can remember and whilst they do go naturally, I found that they never all disappeared and I always had a small group of milia somewhere on my face. One of the easiest and safest ways to remove them is through electrolysis. However, this sounded beyond painful to me and so I put it off for years. Eventually, they were getting me down so much that I opted to go ahead and have electrolysis to remove them.

Once I told people what I was doing, no one could actually see them on my skin, but I knew they were there and continually getting me down as I never had smooth, clear skin. For this procedure, electrolysis involved a hot needle being inserted into the affected area (now you know why I put it off for so long!) and removing the cyst. 

This above photo was taken just before I had the electrolysis and from this picture, you can see that most of my milia were grouped under my eye and on my cheeks. Although I could cover them with make up, I was always aware of them still as my skin was never totally smooth.

The electrolysis was quite painful, I won't lie, it did bring tears to my eyes, but it only lasted about 10-15 minutes. The more milia you have, the longer the procedure lasts (obviously).

Afterwards, my skin was very red and swollen and looked like I'd been stung by a bee! The above photo was taken immediately after so you can see my skin at its worst. I applied Aloe Vera gel which really helped to calm it down. For 48 hours after the procedure you can't wear make up, which for me, is really hard! Luckily, I'd booked a few days off work and so that's why I decided to do it when I did. That way, I could stay hidden for a couple of days without being seen. Even with the milia removed, I still have a fairly uneven skintone, so like to wear make up to help smooth it out. 

In the following days, scabs started to form where the milia were (sounds super gross) as the skin starts to heal, but essentially I looked like a spotty teenager! Once I was able to wear make up again, it wasn't so bad as it was easy to cover them up.

I applied Bio-Oil twice daily to the scabs to help prevent scaring and to help them heal quickly. The photo above was taken a week later and you can see most of the scabs have cleared up (except that giant one above my lip)! They took just over a week to completely go, though I still have a scar from the one above my lip so am still applying Bio-Oil twice daily to that. 

Now my skin is so much smoother and for the first time in ages, I feel so much more secure about my skin as it looks so much clearer! The above photo was taken last night (exactly a month since the electrolysis). I would recommend electrolysis to anyone who was wanting to get rid of their milia. It's the safest way and whilst it does hurt and leaves your skin looking a little unsightly for a few weeks, it's so worth it in the long run. I would definitely recommend you research beauty therapists before doing so as they should be fully trained to carry out electrolysis. Fortunately, my mum's friend is a beauty therapist and does all of mum's treatments so I knew she'd be amazing, but it's so important you go to a reputable place, because it could easily go wrong!

Apologies for the quality of these photos, I'd started taken them on my phone, so they're not the clearest, but hopefully it gives you an insight into what my skin looked like at each stage. Do you suffer from milia and are you considering treating them? Or have you had electrolysis? I'd love to know!

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