Acne treatment: Lumie Clear

I have not updated this blog in ages, despite the fact I’ve discovered loads of new products I want to review- I’ve just been so busy! However, this week I made a big purchase….

My acne has been flaring up slightly in the last two months, and although it’s still nowhere near as bad as it once was, any breakouts tend to terrify me in case I’m on the road to severe acne again. Anyway, I’m pretty sure this outbreak is down to stress and a low immune system as I’ve been really busy lately and had a pesky sinus infection.

If you’ve read my other blog posts about acne you might already know that I have PCOS so my acne issues are generally all due to hormone imbalance linked to that.

So anyway, I have tried everything in the past to clear up my skin (everything but accutane) and it has now reached the point where I have plucked up the courage to resort to trying a home use blue/red light device. I say “courage” as it was the cost of buying a device that was putting me off.

After reading a lot of reviews I settled on getting the Lumie Clear. You can read full details of how this product works via the link to their website.

I managed to get it discounted from Boots for £119 from £149, so that was a bonus!

I’ve been using this device for 4 days now and as Lumie recommend using it daily for 4-12 weeks to see the best results, I plan to update this blog with the results at 4, 8 and 12 weeks (with before and after pictures). So if you’re interested in seeing how this works out, refer back to here for more info!

I’m already seeing signs of improvement so I’m feeling quietly optimistic about this product!

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1 Week Update

Already seeing an improvement using nothing but the Lumie Clear (and last night some Argan oil and Vitamin E oil mixed together and smeared on my face). Due to the obvious improvement I thought I’d update with a photo already:

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Since using Lumie Clear this week I’ve still had a couple of new little spots appearing but they seem to clear up so much faster. One thing I notice is that inflamed areas are greatly improved by the next morning after using Lumie.

4 week update

I have had one month of using Lumie religiously now, but, last week I took a break from it as I noticed my skin becoming redder, and staying red.

I emailed Lumie customer device for advice and they quickly replied to me after consulting their dermatologist. They recommended using sunscreen whilst using Lumie in case my skin is prone to pigmentation. I don’t usually suffer with pigmentation though but I do have sensitive skin, so personally I think it could be due to the heat from the device.

Anyway, I will continue using it, either with a sunscreen or at a distance rather than directly on my skin.

So here are the one month before and afters….

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As you can see, my skin does look better!

I actually have no active spots at the moment, just lots of red marks and general redness. I’m really pleased with the progress so far though and I’m hoping things will continue to improve. Since using the Lumie Clear I have still had breakouts but one thing I noticed from the start is that they clear up so much faster and there seem to be less appearing. Particularly the big cystic type spots.

Anyway, I hope this has been helpful to anyone think of buying the Lumie Clear. I’ll update again in another month!


Makeup Mix Up

When I was working professionally as a makeup artist, I often created looks by using items from my kit for alternative purposes.

So based on that, I thought I’d post a few photos to show you what you can do just by mixing things up a bit or using alternative products!

Lipstick for Eyeshadow

A common trick I like to use to create a vibrant eye.

Lipstick can be blended seamlessly just with the use of your fingers and for that reason, I find it really quick and easy to work with.

Glossy lipsticks can create that “wet” look, but be careful not to get it in your eyes!

I created the below with two shades of matte lipstick, from the range by Sleek.

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Facepaints are amazing for creating strong and unique makeup looks.

I love my Grimas 24 colour palette, and used it for everything from kids parties to fashion shoots.

All of these looks were created with the aid of facepaints:

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Glitter is a sure winner for a crazy, eye-catching look.

Glittery lips have been a trend of the moment with makeup artists and they are so easy to create. Simply slap some sticky lip gloss on the lips and pat on the glitter with a brush. This is great for photo opportunities but if you want a longer lasting effect, use eyelash glue or liquid latex on your lips instead as an adhesive for the glitter.

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For the more conventional glittery look, glitter on the eyes is always a winner

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Eyeshadow lips

Lastly, I sometimes like to apply a shimmery eyeshadow over a lipstick. It gives a more textured, pigmented effect and depending on what colours you use, you can even create a two tone/ ombré lip.

Here’s a simple coral lip that I created using an orange lipstick and a MAC pigment in a shimmery orange shade:

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Now, I appreciate most of these looks aren’t exactly wearable, but hopefully it just demonstrates how easy it is to get creative with your makeup!

Snoxin Anti-Wrinkle Review

I’ve been intrigued to try Snoxin for a while now. Especially since turning 26 and feeling more aware of wrinkes!

Snoxin is made by Indeed Labs, who also make Nanoblur. It’s had a lot of amazing reviews, and equally a lot of bad reviews.

Snoxin description:

The highest allowable concentration of the most effective anti-ageing peptides come together in this advanced serum to combat all aspects of skin ageing appearance, including the look of dynamic wrinkles, deeper folds, fine lines, crow’s feet, textural irregularities and sagginess.

At £29.99 and with mixed reviews, I was wary of wasting my money, but when I had the opportunity to get hold of some at a discounted price, my curiosity got the better of me and I bought it.

So, before starting use, I took some before photos of my eye. One with my eye relaxed and one with it slightly scrunched, so that the lines can be seen more obviously.

Snoxin claims to produce results within seven days. I have been using it for 2 weeks now.

If I’m honest, I didn’t think there were any signs of improvement and I was ready to write it off as a fail, but as I was about to write this blog post I took my ‘after’ photos and made a pleasant discovery!

There has actually been an improvement in my lines! It’s very faint, but I’m sure it’s there…, here is the photographic proof:


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And the photos of my relaxed eyes:


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The improvement is less obvious in the latter photos, but it’s definitely there.

Is this product worth £29.99? I don’t think the subtle improvements at this stage warrant the price, but maybe I’ll check back in another couple of weeks and see how wrinkle free I am!

Overall, I’d say it’s not a bad product, but hopefully after some more use, I’ll find out whether its really as miraculous as it claims to be.

Watch this space….

DivaDerme Lash Extender

This is possibly the best cosmetic product I have discovered in years!! Which is a big statement, but I’m seriously sold on DivaDerme’s Lash Extender.

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I am always on the hunt for lash lengthening products, and I’ve tried pretty much everything out there.

Last week I saw a groupon offer for DivaDerme Lash Extender, and for the bargain price of £8.00, I thought I’d give it a go.

DivaDerme sell the product on their website for $24, which is about £15 sterling, but besides on Groupon, I have seen it for less than £8 in the UK on Amazon.

Anyway, to get to the important part- this product is basically a tube of tiny hairs with a mascara wand, which you apply to the ends of your lashes after mascara. Then you apply mascara again afterwards to seal them in place.

I love big lashes so I applied quite a few coats. It was very easy to apply, and the only thing to be wary of is the fact that some of the surplus hairs do drop onto your skin as you’re applying it- so it’s best to hold a tissue under your eye whilst applying.

The below photos show you the results….the first pic is without mascara, second with a standard mascara and third with the Lash Extender:

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As you can see, the product has made quite a big difference to the thickness and length of my lashes. I could have gone even bigger if I’d continued to apply more.

I’ve been wearing it all day with no loss of lashes or smudging, so overall, I have to say that I am massively impressed with the DivaDerme Lash Extender and will definitely buy it again. It’s just such an easy way to get great lashes.

If you want to know more, the instructions for use from DivaDerme’s website are as follows:

Please read instructions carefully before using.
1) Place your mirror (or magnification mirror) so you can look down into it. It is important to complete one eye at a time. (You may use a folded sheet of thin tissue under one eye at time, to catch stray hairs).
2) Open your mascara. (It is very important to us fresh almost runny mascara, not an old or waxy one). Now open your divaderme lash extender and “shimmy” off a bit of the excess fibers as you take out the wand.
3) Apply your mascara making sure lashes are well coated with wet mascara. While the mascara is still wet, apply the divaderme to the tips of your lashes with a rolling motion until you achieve the length and thickness you want.
4) Fibers must now be sealed into place. Apply 1 or 2 coats of your regular mascara right over the set fibers and extend lashes ad seal product. This sets the tiny fibers and prevents then from falling into or under your eyes. This product is not meant to be used alone or on dry lashes. You may reapply to make lashes super glamorous. You may use the any makeup brush to brush off any strays on face. Remove with any makeup remover.

Natural French Green Clay Face Mask

I am a huge fan of natural, homemade beauty and skincare products, but it’s not often I come across many which are reasonably priced and live up to their promises.

However, I recently discovered a brilliant new product in the form of a natural green clay face mask, sold on eBay by Lytham St Anne’s Soap Workshop.

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If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have seen that I have problem skin, so I love to use face masks as regularly as possible. I’ve tried a fair few in my time, especially of the clay variety, but this particular one has to be a new favourite for me.

At £3.99 for 50ml, plus postage, this product was a steal, and price aside, the description is what convinced me to try it:

Natural French Green Clay Face Mask, Mud Mask, Oily Skin, Spot & Acne Treatment

Oily skin and acne pretty much sums up my main problems!

What also convinced me to give this clay mask a try was the detailed product information listed by the Lytham St Anne’s Soap Workshop. They really tell you a lot about all the benefits of the ingredients (of which there are loads!), and it’s nice to know you’re buying something from a company/ seller who knows their stuff, rather than a faceless corporate giant of the beauty world.

So, to summarise my findings after using this product:

• It left my skin feeling really clean and smooth
• Acne/ problem areas felt drier and as though blocked pores had been drawn out
• It has a slightly rough texture when applying, which acted as gentle exfoliation
• It has a very natural and organic smell, which might not be for everyone, but I really liked
• Gentle and did not cause irritation, (despite a tingly feeling whilst the product dried which is normal with clay masks)
• Large pores looked smaller

For a link to the eBay shop where I bought this product, click here

I will definitely be purchasing this mask again when I run out, and if you’d like to know more about the ingredients and benefits, please read on to see the description as quoted by the seller on eBay.

” Detoxing Natural Face Mask illite French Green Clay, Fullers Earth, Mud Mask 50 Ml Jar

Lytham St Annes Soap Workshop Detoxing Face Masks
Using only the finest ingredients we create these masks from scratch in our independent family run store Lytham St Annes Soap Workshop based in Lancashire, England

We make this face mask with 100% genuine Green French Clay, Fullers Earth and carrot seed extract,

The combination of these ingredients makes an amazing detox for your skin, all 3 ingredients have different benefits so combined they are the perfect treatment for oily skin, acne aswell as detoxing the skin aiding with blackheads, cleansing the skins pores and helping to firm and tone

The absorbent properties of French green clay work in beauty treatments by drawing out impurities and toxins from the skin, toning and firming while stimulating circulation. Estheticians use it to tighten pores, exfoliate dead skin, and reveal a smoother, fresher complexion.

It is known to clear problem skin and heal blemishes

Green Clay has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial for muscular pain, swelling, and arthritic or rheumatic conditions. After using French Green clay, skin feels fresh, smooth, radiant, and soft. French Green Clay is also marvelous for helping to clear problem skin areas,

It is gentle enough to use weekly, or even daily on problem spots.

Fuller’s Earth clay is a naturally occurring sedimentary clay composed mainly of alumina, silica, iron oxides, lime, and magnesia. It has been widely used as a skin-lightening agent, and it produces a lightening effect on the outer epidermal layer of the skin. Because of its enormous drawing capabilities, Fuller’s Earth clay literally draws and absorbs oil from the skin.

it is the number one choice for those with oily skin or those who are prone to acne. This clay is highly recommended to those with acne problems, blemishes, and people prone to oily skin.

Carrot seed oil may be the most underrated essential oil in aromatherapy, but there’s nothing but wellness surrounding this powerful detoxfier and skin rejuvenator. It has a strong smell but that is far out weighed by its healing properties to the skin, and when the oil is applied to the skin epidermal cells are stimulated, which keeps wrinkles in check.

The oil is known for its ability to alleviate skin problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, weeping sores, and boils.

The therapeutic properties of this essential oil are antiseptic, diuretic, carminative, depurative, hepatic, stimulant, vermifuge, and tonic. The oil has a detoxifying effect on the liver so it fights jaundice while cleaning the digestive system as well as all other essential systems in the body.

Carrot seed oil strengthens the mucous membranes, and can help alleviate arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and edema symptoms. This essential oil is well known for revitalizing the skin. Rashes, eczema, and dermatitis are treated with carrot seed oil and the results are well documented.

As we run our own independent store we have full certification on all of our skin products unlike some ebay sellers. We batch test every item we sell and make sure the quality is perfect, all skin products we sell come with a batch number and every ingredient can be traced in the unlikely event it is needed (hasnt been yet as we test it all on our own skin and always will test every batch.”

Perfecting Primers: Garnier Perfect Blur

I have been “umming” and “ahhing”about trying out Nanoblur for months now, but the price has put me off, and as a rule, I usually buy products which treat problems rather than cover them up.

Anyhow, I went into Boots today and noticed a new product on the shelf- Garnier’s “Perfect Blur”.

This was only £12.99 (about half the price of Nanoblur) so my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a go.

Like Nanoblur it claims to reduce the appearance of ageing, fine lines and skin imperfections through the clever use of light diffusion.

The instructions advise to apply after moisturiser and wear either alone, or as a base for makeup.

So, I’ve tried out both….

I’ve decided to post a couple of photos of the effect of this product on my eyes, since they are my most wrinkly area where you are likely to see the most obvious results.

The following photo shows my eye as it usually is, in the top photo, and my eye with the Perfect Blur in the second:

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As you can see, it’s toned down the redness quite well, evened out the texture and just generally caused a smoother effect.

I wouldn’t say it has a huge, ten years younger style effect- if it had, I’d be looking like a teenager again. However, it does definitely have a correcting effect on imperfections and it also leaves a silky smooth texture on your skin.

Garnier describe this product as a “perfecting primer” so I decided to apply some foundation over the top to see how it looked.

The before and after results with Perfect Blur and foundation:

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I wouldn’t say this product has any mind-blowing effect on the way my foundation looks, but it definitely makes a much smoother, more even finish.

I found Perfect Blur has a really similar feel to Revlon’s Photo Ready Perfecting Primer, so I decided to do a quick before and after with that too:

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There’s no huge difference in appearance and texture between the two, but i would say that Perfect Blur does have a more subtle effect, whereas the Photo Ready looks a bit pale when on, and also, I find it does make foundation hard to blend when applied on top.

So for me, Perfect Blur is a winner here, and I’d happily buy it again, but it’s not an every day product for me. I think I’ll just put up with my minor wrinkles for now and just use this when I’m feeling like I need a pick-me-up!

If you’ve used any of these products I’d love to know what you thought- especially Nanoblur!

Thanks for reading!


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Benefit World Famous Neutrals Kit

Just a quick review of the Benefit World Famous Neutrals kit.

It comes in a really pretty little box, as does most of the Benefit makeup, and contains two creme eyeshadows and four powder eyeshadows.

A friend bought me this kit, and I have to admit I wouldn’t have picked it out myself. However, now that I’ve used it, I love it!

I especially love “It’s Complicated” which is a pinky looking powder eyeshadow, but comes out a beautiful golden shade with very subtle coral undertones.

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I’ve now worn all shades and applied them in a variety of ways, but today I used the creme eyeshadow “My Two Scents” as a base, then applied “It’s Complicated” over the top, with “Gilt-y Pleasure” in the socket line and “Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy” in the corner for more definition.

I also lined my top lash line with a brown kohl liner.

This, I did on the train to work, so it’s not as neat and precise as it could be, but then that’s the advantage of neutral shades. You can get away with applying them without precision because they are subtle!

In my opinion, a perfect, easy look for work, which with these eyeshadows, stays put all day.

Definitely worth buying and even better if someone buys it for you as a present 🙂

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Thanks for reading!