Keeping Spots A Bay During Winter


During the Winter months, the battle for clear skin continues. After having some pot luck with my skin during Summer, I want to continue keeping breakouts at bay without putting in to much effort in. I think I may have found the product -Quinoderm.

Initially, while I was having some great skin days, it was Luke who formed a relationship with this Quinoderm Fash Wash. Luke’s suffered from severe acne since I can remember, so when I noticed his skin was clearing up -while mines was getting normal breakouts- I dropped everything, grabbed the bottle and washed my face.

I have now been using this face wash for over a month, and apart from the expected breakouts that always rear their heads when you switch over skincare products, I take pleasure in reporting Quinoderm does it’s job well. Taking a 10 pence size of the blue liquid on my hand, I massage this into my face while in the shower and rinse it off. Due to the products minimal foaming effects, I find that my face doesn’t feel as tight after washing, like all the oils have been stripped.

The only compliant I have is the packaging. The paper label just rubs away in the shower, and squeezing the product out when you’re near the end is a little tricky. However, for £3.49 I’m more concerned about the product than the packaging, and the product is good.

Things To Do Now Its Finally Autumn

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Forget Winter, Autumn is the new black. For some reason, everyone (including myself) is in love with the idea of cold weather, early evenings and a pumpkin spiced latte. I’m sure its just because we live in the UK and cold is the only thing we know. However, there are a few rituals that have to be done before the short season ends.

First off, you need to get yourself down to Lush. October marks the moment when all beauty fanatics, and even occasionally bath users await the Halloween and Christmas Lush collections. I’m not sure what it is, but when I see the first Winter Lush haul on YouTube or an Instagram snap of a Christmas Penguin, I go crazy. This year we have the return of old favourites that have had a dusting, but also some new swirling bath bomb and bubble bars.

Something I find relaxing is going outside. In other seasons, I just like to pop along to the sea (it’s about a two-minute walk), sit on the sea wall, and just chill. Autumn seems to change that, and small adventures get me buzzing. Long walks around my local trail, trips to castles round London and even walking around the park- you can paint the picture- are always on my Sunday to do list.

Even if you’re not planning to enter a Conker competition, you need to pick a couple up. It was around three weeks ago I spotted my first one, and after kicking it along the length of the road, I scooped it up and it is now pride of place on my mantel piece til Winter comes along.

Go to your local firework displays. In Southend when November comes around we have a beautiful display every Saturday night along the seafront. Now, even though Fireworks make me jump out of my skin, feel uncomfortable and panic all of that is lost when you have your friends around you, a hot chocolate and you’re fixated on the colours. Bonfire night is the perfect excuse to attend or have your down display.

The last thing anyone wants to hear me say -but I need to- is that it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. I know, I know, it’s only October but before you know it, in two weeks It’s November, then December. Every year I tend to do my Christmas shopping early (It’s a habit I’ve picked up from my Nan) and getting in before the crowds may mean you miss out on some great deals, but you can enjoy December for it’s celebrations without panicking.

Psyche Clothing: I Am The Muscle Man


Before a few weeks back I and never heard of Psyche Clothing, but after kindly being sent this Cartoon Muscle Man Crop Top, I have now made one too many purchases online. Making its way as a hub for designer clothes, Psyche Clothing house over 150 designers at great prices.

The Muscle Man Top you see featured above, has been on an adventure since we first met. As a crop top, this garment can be spruced up for events when partnered with a midi skirt, or make the perfect partner in crime at the gym due to its light weight fabric.

The T-shirt itself is a cream speckled design. With folded up sleeves, you get just enough elbow coverage to deem this and all year round piece -and it makes it perfect for layering. The printed Muscle Man transfer is bold, bright, unique and durable (I’ve washed this top over 30 times and it hasn’t faded yet).

I tend to style this crop top, with high wasted jeans for and every day style. Or if I need to spruce myself up and look presentable, partner it with my Royal Blue Midi Skirt and blazer. However, if I fancy a chuckle to myself while doing weight training and the gym, I pop this Tee on over my sports bra and get to work -I’ve been known to get a few glances from others.

3 more Inches, Leave in Treatment Review

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I have always dreamt of long, flowing hair just like the girls in the movies. Even when I was younger I was always challenged with my afro, crisp dry hair. I am constantly looking for help when it comes to keeping my hair in tip top condition, and also anything to help it grow. I have tried a million and one high-end and high-street products, so when I was asked if I wanted to try another lifesaving product, I continued my quest.

Michael Van Clarke’s 3 More Inches range claim to ‘naturally rebuild every strand for longer, stronger, younger-looking hair’. That’s a lot to claim and live up to, but filled me with hope. With a rather average price tag of £19.50 compared to his hefty shampoo & conditioner prices, this is sure something I’d have to fall in love with to repurchase (hint: I did).

Applied to towel dry hair after the shower, I spray the 3 More Inches Treatment onto the ends of my hair, and comb through with my trusty Wet Brush. The spray bottle allows you to apply this product however you feel comfortable- either straight onto the hair, or into the palm of your hand.

I have been using this product for near enough a month now and although I didn’t wake up looking like Rapunzel the next morning, the condition of my hair drastically changed within hours. Seeing as I let my hair dry naturally as much as possible, it took my a few hours to see the results. My damaged, brittle hair looked like I had spent a good half a day at the salon receiving a restorative treatment. The instant glow it gives your hair fills you with confidence that this product works.

Seeing as I have medium length hair (chest length), and I have been using this product every 2 days for nearly 4 weeks, you’d assume I’d nearly be running out. Oh no! I have barely made a dent in the treatment, meaning this is great value for money. I am very tempted by a few other products in the Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches range now, and I’m sure there will be a order on it’s way soon.

This Weeks Best Dressed #14: Suki Waterhouse

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This isn’t the first time on BBE that Suki Waterhouse has been mentioned. However, I thought she deserved another mention after meeting Obama with her rather gorgeous boyfriend as an accessory. I heard through the grapevine, that Suki herself thought she didn’t look up to scratch on the day- I’m here to argue that.

On form, from a fashion point of view, Suki wore a Royal Blue floor length Satin skirt, partnered with a lace blue shirt. The contrast in blue hues keeps the outfit fresh and upbeat, making the outfit chic.

As for hair and makeup, Suki kept to her usual press style- simple but fabulous- sporting dewy skin, flushed cheeks, bronze-copper shadow and a little lip balm. To recreate this looks I would recommend you go for your usual no makeup-makeup look. But, to get that supermodel twist, make sure your skin is perfect with a high coverage foundation and concealer, just with a dewy finish like Rimmel Wake Me Up.

As the model and face of Burberry, Suki Waterhouse is sporting their latest Autumn/Winter Collection. However you can find high-street dupes from Bourjois, Rimmel and Maybelline if you’re savvy.

My Zoella Beauty Picks

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It didn’t take me long to grab some Zoella Beauty bits after the launch. The collection was well sort after in Manchester where I managed to get hold of the collection, with only 1 of each product left. After deliberating if I should buy one of everything (I didn’t have enough suitcase space in the end) I ended up picking up my two favourite pieces, the Blissful Mistful Fragrance and Fizz Bar.

Blissful Mistful is a fresh fragrance that wears a designer coat of a perfume bottle- much more sophisticated than your usual body mists. For me the fragrance develops to a spring floral scent, reminding me of freshly washed sheets and mowed lawns. Lasting around 2 hours on my skin, I have been enjoying keeping this product around and dowsing myself in it at every opportunity.

Of course I had to pick up the fizz bar! As I love a good bath this product was a no-brainer. Although it’s nothing ground breaking in the bath world, the chocolate bar design makes the product a lot more playful, and mess free than others on the market. Once thrown into the bath, the little chunks (I always use two) fuzz away into small bubbles, and the scent is released. Like all bath bombs, afterwards my skin felt really smooth and soft. I am also happy to report that the fragrance clung to my skin for the whole day!

I am very happy wight he two products I picked up, and I am sure the rest of the range is great too. For a few Pounds it is worth giving this range a go.

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