A step in the right direction

Hello,

I took break from blogging last week. Truth is I’ve just been so busy! But have no fear I’ve got some really fun things happening next week! Look out for that post! Today’s post is more of a serious one. 
To some this may seem simple – just deleting an app but to me this was a really hard decision. I have a secret and today I decided I needed to let go to the last of it. For years now I have been calorie obsessed I have counted every little thing I have put into my body and ripped myself apart with it. I would eat so few calories and still it was too much. I would wonder why I felt so lifeless all the time. I ruined my body and my health. It took until I got diagnosed ulcerative colitis to realise that my body actually needed calories and nutrients. It scared me more than what doctors had told me in the past. I weighed so little when i left hospital despite the fact I had gained weight whilst in there. Since then I’ve stuck to my vegetarianism as before but no longer fuss about what I eat. I ensure that I eat a healthy calorie count and no longer beat myself up about it. I no longer live with numbers constantly in my head. I don’t freak out over a slice of bread or the calories in a banana,  I now enjoy filling my body with nutritious food and love breakfast time! Loosing this devastating app was my final step to progress. I’m proud. I feel stronger, fitter and more with it. I’m happier now despite the odd setback. I still need to remind myself it’s ok sometimes and I need to eat to stay healthy but I’m a new person to who I once was. 

Sometimes something not great needs to happen to change your perspective on life. It needs to happen to make you realise what needs to be done. 

Terri 

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Sunday Riley’s Luna

In the skincare industry there are certain names and brands that stand out. The ones that are talked about as skin saviours, the ones in every fashion magazine. Sunday Riley is one of them. 
I’m a huge skincare fan, and ummed and arred about purchasing two products from hers for a long time and decided to take the plunge around 3 months ago now. I chose Luna Sleeping Oil £85 and daily oil Juno hydroactive cellular facial oil £70.

Though the latter is a nice oil and helps keep my skin hydrated and glowy throughout the day Luna is the one that changed my skin not better, but the best it’s ever been since my early teens thus the one I’m going to talk about. 

Now this product seems to be a miracle worker or a acne nightmare for some. My skincare being product plenty and working wonders for a long time now I thought that I would be able to monitor its effects and deduce that if I broke out, it would be because of the newly added product. I can safely say that this had negative effect on my skin at all.  

I use 4-6 drops of around 4 times a week. After cleansing and toning allowing my face to fully dry before applying. I tend to keep my skincare a little simpler on these days to get the full effect. A little goes a long way and it will last a fair while. Now on to the product. 

The product description says: 

“A next-generation retinoid oil to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin and help fight wrinkles. 

With an advance retinol complex, Luna helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while simultaneously correcting damage caused by the sun, time, and pollution. Use this oil before bed to notice firmer, clearer skin by morning. Trans-retinol ester fights the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of skin elasticity while an essential oil complex calms and soothes skin. Cold pressed avocado, chia, and Concord grape seed oils sink into skin for quick absorption of actives while boosting radiance.”


This royal blue Oil minimised my pores from night one. My pores now months down the line are so much smaller, my skin texture the smoothest it’s ever been and improving by the day. Little scars from previous acne are fading and filling back out. 3 months down the line my skin looks plumper and no longer wakes up with pillow lines. Though I have no real wrinkles yet being young, my natural expression lines are less prominent. Any breakouts I have heal in half the time.

Retinoids can cause dryness and peeling in skin, this is part of their natural process, after a short while the peeling stops. Just continue with you AHA or BHA exfoliators, depending on skin type and moisturise well. I personally very little peeling, this may be due to my skin not being as sensitive to the product as others. I am glad for this. If you experience minor peeling, keep going don’t stop. It’s very much like a purging process, removing dry and damaged skin. 

Though I adore this product there are a few minor things I dislike about the product. The first and most important being the use of blue dye in the product. Though it doesn’t stain the skin, I feel its unnessasary and could be the reason some peoples skin break out. It’s purely to make it look pretty reinforce the blue tansy in the product? I also hate the smell, its quite a strong smell, very much a spa scent, I can live with it but I’m not keen haha! The same with Juno, in fact I probably dislike Juno’s scent even more. 

If you can afford the fairly pricey price tag, from my experience I couldn’t recommend it enough. I really do think that this product has changed my skin for the absolute better. I’ve had products that I’ve had effects on scaring and pores before, but nothing like this. A must try! A definite repurchase. 
Terri

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October Favorites

It’s that monthly favourites time again… October! Can you believe we’re only 2 months away from Christmas! 
I’ve really been loving these items this month. So let’s get onto it. 

1. Moroccan Oil £13.45 – Since being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, my hair has really took a beating. Because my body doesn’t absorb nutrient like it should my hair and skin have became weaker. My hair is more brittle and thinner. I really find that this helps nourish my hair. I use it after washing my hair and apply whilst wet, from root to tip. It smells amazing and leaves my hair super soft and shiny. A little early to tell if it’s making a huge difference to my hair but I’m enjoying it.

2. Sunday Riley’s Luna £85 – I’ve been using this now for around 2 months now and I can honestly say that it has made a significant difference to my skin. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but I really do feel I’ve found my holy grail! I’m going to do a more in depth post on this but my gosh is it wonderful. Pores are barely visible, scarring is fading, spots heal in a third of the time. My skin has never been better. From my experience I couldn’t recommend this enough! 
3. Tisserand Aromatherapy Roller Ball in Sweet Dreams £5.95  – This has been in my favorites multiple times. This essential oil roller ball is lavender scented and really helps destress and help you drift off to sleep. I just put this on my pressure points before bed, I love the smell and do think it helps me get to sleep. 

4. Rosie For Autograph Eyeshadow Stick in Feline Fox £12.50 – I  used this in my Winter Makeup Look, and have been using this since almost daily. Super creamy and long lasting in the most gorgeous copper brown colour I adore it. It’s so quick and easy to use and fantastic quality like all of the products in her line. Well worth a look.

5. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Ivory £29.50This again is a wonderful quick and easy product. I love the way it looks on my skin and it lasts a day at work perfectly. It’s a cult product and you can see why. The shade range is something every brand should aspire to, you can almost guarantee that there’s a shade for you. It’s a natural finish and extremely buildable. Beautiful! 

6. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask £16.99 – I have the driest lips in history. Nothing works on them 100% but this is the closest to perfection I’ve found. Meant to be used at night ( I use it both day and night) this super thick lip mask really helps lock in moisture. It also smells amazing, like berries. One of the most used Korean brands worldwide. I’ve not found a product of theirs I don’t like. If you suffer with dry lips and nothing works, just try this.

7. Sali Hughes Pretty Iconic £12.49 – looking through this book brought back so many memories and at times made me laugh out loud. This book visits the iconic beauty products of new and old, the super expensive to the super cheap. Sali has a great way of writing, she is concise and to the point but also incredibly funny. A great coffee table book and gift for all those beauty lovers in the world. Everyone would love it.

8. Pixiwoo Face £10.00 – I picked this book up the other day whilst shopping. You can’t have watched beauty videos on YouTube without seeing these guys. This book is visually stunning the makeup in it gorgeous and the facts and advice perfect for beginners and young teens. You can hear there voices in the writing which is lovely. You know who’s talking through the writing which is strange but great. I’m not gonna lie though, I brought it mainly because of the photographs. Beautiful! 

What was your holy grail find of last month?

See you soon

Terri

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