Use A Toner In Your Skincare Regime, Here’s why:

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It's so important to use a toner part of your skin care regime.

When I first started getting breakouts my mum was the first person to say to me "why don't you use a Toner?" And I used to look at her as if she was an alien thinking "well what the hell is that going to do?" Without actually looking into it or at least trying it!

Using a Toner has been an important step in my regime and I now can see the difference in my skin when I haven't been using it.

It improves the texture, it prevents breakouts and my skin is less oily when I tone my skin. I do this every time I cleanse and then I apply moisturiser (currently using Fadeout to help acne marks which also contains SPF 25)

Using a toner revives your skins pH balance which often gets disturbed when we use soap and cleansing products. It also adds an extra layer of protection because toners close your pores which means impurities can't penetrate deeper.

Three months ago I saw a offer at Asda 2 for 1 and I decided to buy the Garnier Soothing Botanical Rose Water cleansing milk, Toner and moisturiser. Read all about it in my review here.

I started using this for a month, along with my Shea butter soap and using the moisturiser that is part of the cleansing milk and Toner Botanical Rose water collection.

Seeing the dirt that came off my skin on the cotton pad, even though I had exfoliated and washed my skin was insane.

I use the Toner on my face and my body, it makes my skin so soft and I love it.

I can also feel it close up my pores too.

You can check out other toners which will benefit your skin type, here's an article I've found which has great information and suggestions on toners.

Or check out the rest of the Garnier 96% Natural origin skincare range. I'm yet to try the Green tea gel wash and toner because it says it's for Oily/Combination skin which is what I have.

I picked up the rose water collection because it was the only set I saw in the deal at Asda, and it's worked wonders for my skin so I'm intrigued to know what the others do.

People also swear by apple cider vinegar as this also restores the skins natural PH levels. Read an apple cider vinegar DIY toner here.

I hope you liked my post and I'm hoping it's made you consider to try out toning your skin! Let me know if it's made a difference like how it has to my skin!

Love,

Louise oxoxo

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Easy DIY Green Tea Scrub/Mask For Acne Prone Skin 

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This mask has helped me in the past to keep my skin under control, and it makes your skin so soft. I'd recommend to do this twice a week so it's not so harsh on your skin. 

Try and keep this up as it helps with pigmentation caused by acne and it helps unclog pores which leads to break outs.

You will need:

• Brewed Green tea – has antibacterial properties which helps eliminate bacteria that can cause breakouts

• Honey – full of antioxidants which slows down aging and has also got antibacterial properties.

• Sugar – is a natural skin exfoliant. This will help get rid of dead skin and unclog pores.


Add 4 tablespoons of green tea to the bowl then add 8 table spoons of sugar to the mixture. 

Mix together until a thick consistency forms.

If the mixture is too watery, add another table spoon of sugar, or if it's too thick add a tea spoon of green tea

You want the consistency to be thick but not too thick so the mixture should fall off the spoon. 


After you get the consistency add the honey to the mix and stir together then your good to go.

If you want a bigger batch slowly keep adding one teaspoon of green tea and then two table spoons of sugar to make the batch bigger. 

You can also keep the scrub in your fridge for up to 3 days.


Apply the mixture to the areas you wish to treat.

You can use this scrub for the whole of your body, it's also good to use this scrub on your legs a day before you shave so you're not at risk of getting ingrowing hairs.

When you apply the scrub it will feel sticky. 

In soft circular motions, begin to rub into the skin. 

Do this for a minute so you're uncloggingyour pores, and getting rid of dead skin.

You also have the option to leave the scrub on your skin until the mixture goes a little hard. It can act as a mask and will allow the skin loving ingredients to penetrate.

I definitely do this on my face and my shoulders. 

I normally leave the mixture on for 10 minutes that's enough time for the sugar to harden (that's when you know it's done). 

When the mixture thickens some product may fall off your skin because as I said the sugar hardens so be mindful that this can be a bit messy!

When it's time to wash off, just make sure that you've got all the product off your skin. Normally areas where the sugar will stay is your hairline and by your ears.

Feel how soft your skin is afterwards.

By Exfoliating, you're removing the dead skin, allowing your products to penetrate into the skin more making it a lot healthier.

After doing this twice a week for a while you will notice that your skin is more radiant, glowy and your breakouts should improve. 

It also helps with pigmentation in the long run. Like I said you must use this twice a week, if you're finding that this is too harsh on your skin then maybe try this once a week.

I hope this mask works well for you! My skin always feels lovely and soft afterwards.

Love,

Louise oxoxo

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Stretch Marks – Gaining Confidence

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Stretch marks can be annoying especially when you didn't have them before but can now notice them.

You can get stretch marks for a number of reasons such as gaining or losing a significant amount of weight, having a baby and when your body is changing such as going to the gym and muscles are growing.

If you've had a baby and you're self conscious of my stretch marks, I promise the first year they will look worse than what they will turn out to be. 

With time they eventually fade and they're not as pigmented.

I feel like this is the case for all stretch marks, although stretch marks come in all different sizes, it's a natural thing that occurs.

My stretch marks were a a deep purple colour, now they're a silver colour, and this is the case for majority of people.

Stretch marks are common on your arms, chest area, legs, stomach, hips and back. 

You can get stretch marks in any area, it's something that naturally happens.

There are creams that can fade stretch marks such as Bio Oil but you need patience to finally see results.

I've became comfortable with my stretch marks because I know it was because I had a bun in the oven. Some women are lucky and don't have stretch marks, but mine are for a blessed reason and I shouldn't be ashamed.

It's the same for my chest area, hips and I even got stretch marks on my thighs while I was pregnant because I did gain weight as well as being pregnant!

Like I said, at first stretch marks can be a darker colour until they fade into a silvery colour.

Don't be ashamed of your stretch marks. They're a part of you and you shouldn't feel the need to hide them.

Some people even find this attractive!

Embrace your tiger stripes! Just because you have stretch marks doesn't mean your body isn't as beautiful as ever. The problem with our society is everyone is aiming to be perfect. 

People aim to hide their flaws, and I get if it's a deep insecurity, but this is natural and almost impossible to not get. 

Majority of people have stretch marks, even before I had my child I had stretch marks on my hips because of gaining weight and then loosing it over the years, also on my thighs a little bit because I used to go to the gym. It's not necessarily a bad thing.

Remember, you're your own biggest critic. People don't even notice the flaws on you until you point them out and make it into a major deal.

Love yourself and always be kind to yourself,

Louise oxoxo

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Vanity Planet – Spin For Perfect Skin First Impressions

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I was so excited to have this delivered!

The spin for perfect skin came fairly quick. 

I ordered it on the Monday and it came by Thursday, which was so quick considering it was from the US.

The spin device came with 4 brushes

Cleansing Brush – for light exfoliation and to rid your skin of impurities 

• Exfoliating Brush – for deep cleaning your skin, purifying your pores and getting rid of left over makeup and impurities from the day (slightly a darker colour to the cleansing brush and bristles are more harder)

• Body Brush – to cleanse and exfoliate your body (good for body acne and to help lighten pigmentation) 

• Pumice Stone – for hard skin on feet, elbows and knees.

It also comes with a little booklet for more information on how to use the device and more information about what the brushes should be used for.

It advises that you use a gel cleanser which makes sense because it lathers up amazing on the brush. 

Instead, when I first used the device I used my African Black soap because I'm finally seeing slight changes in my skin, so I didn't want to switch up the product when I'm finally seeing results. 

So I lathered it up, applied it on my skin and then used the spin brush.

I had to lather up the soap a lot for it to foam up whilst using the spin brush. Like I said it advises to use a gel cleanser so I would try to find a gel cleanser suitable for your skin type. It also suggests not to use an exfoliation scrub along with the spin brush because that can be harsh on your skin.

Personally I thought the brush was going to be faster than what it is, but I suppose it's a good thing because if it was too fast I think it would damage your skin as too much exfoliation can make acne worse.

All the brushes are soft. They're firm, but when you run your fingers through them they are quality bristles specially designed for your skin.

The exfoliation brush is a little tougher than the cleansing brush because it's to lift the dead skin and impurities. The cleansing brush does lift impurities and takes off makeup but the exfoliation is a deeper clean for your skin.

My skin type is oily/combination, I wouldn't say it's sensitive although sometimes depending on the weather and time of the month, my skin will feel sensitive. 

Using the spin brush didn't hurt and it made my skin look radiant after the first use. I'm really impressed. Of course there's no change so far but my skin did look healthier after using it and when I looked in natural lighting it looked glowing.

My routine with the spin brush is to use the cleansing brush daily, and then the exfoliating brush twice a week. 

The body brush I'll be using every other day so it's not too harsh for my skin. 

One thing I will say is do not put the whole device under water. I did this and the device kept stopping and starting. The next day it was fine, but this isn't completely water proof. You can take this in the shower with you or bath but make sure it isn't dunked under the water. 

I'll be making an update on the vanity spin brush in a couple months time so I can follow up on my first impression. 

The original price was £77.38 and right now it's cut down to £23.21.

I didn't have to pay any taxes when it came, which I was surprised about I just had to pay for delivery which was something like £6. 

Reading up on reviews people have had good results from using this brush, on their pigmentation and for their acne. So I'm really excited to see changes.

I like the brush so far let's hope I see changes in my skin!

Love,

Louise oxoxo

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Akoma Black Soap, Raw Shea Butter and Detox Shea Butter Soap – First Impressions

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Well Hello Lovelies,

I hope everything is going well for you!

I’m excited to write about these products and I just pray that these products actually work to improve the scars on my skin and to keep my acne at bay.

I ordered:


The African Black Soap made in Ghana. I read a lot about the benefits of using African Black soap, and it has a lot of ingredients which are great for the skin. So I thought to give it a try.


This lathers up lovely, and smells earthy. The scent isn’t strong at all. I was shocked with how well it lathers if I’m honest. I used this along with my African sponge that I ordered on eBay, and it really helped me exfoliate my shoulders where I also have scarring. 

Afterwards, I didn’t feel like it dried up my skin – like it did with others when I’ve read on reviews on black soap – my skin was literally squeaky clean, as in if I rubbed my skin it was completely fresh.
I even liked the feel of it on my skin better than my tea tree soap that I get from Holland and Barrets because the tea tree soap is extremely drying. 


I will say though, I have severe dermatitis on my hand, and the soap did sting my hand.. So maybe any cuts just be mindful of if you do try this soap.


The Detox Shea Butter Soap with Green Clay. It says on the website ___ but I got this because of the benefits of the Shea butter, it’s supposed to brighten your skin and improve the appearance of scars.


I haven’t used his yet because im going to give at least a month using the African black soap, or I might use this twice a week. It smells delicious though it actually reminds me of limes.


I love how it says it removes impurities from the skin, and how it boosts lifeless skin. I’m definitely going to try this soap after using the black soap for at least a month.

Raw Shea Butter – again for the pure reason it’s supposed to help the appearance of scars and improves the appearance of your skin.



Ignore the dents, I was just so eager to try it haha!

I used this after I used the black soap, and it was hard to get out of the container I’m not going to lie, and I wasn’t sure about how much to use because it’s really thick. 

I used about a sploge of it on my face and another on my body and it really does go a long way.

Like I said because it’s raw Shea butter the consistency is thick and it is hard to get out the container, but once you spread it a lot goes a long way. 

My skin feels so smooth after using the Shea butter, and even though it has an earthy smell it still smells lovely.


The reviews online do say it feels heavy to wear during the day, and I would agree. It did feel a little heavy, but if im indoors all day or if I’m not going anywhere major the feeling doesn’t bother me as long as it’s improving my skin.

I’ve read into the use of Shea butter and acne & acne scars, but I sort of put it off. I once ordered raw Shea butter on eBay, but the Shea butter on eBay burned my skin (however I was using an acne treatment at the time, prescribed by the doctor) so it really put me off.

Because I’ve been using the Garnier Cleansing Milk and Toner (read my review here), my acne has actually improved and I’m seeing the texture of my skin and improving too. It’s just the scars that are left which are annoying.

I’ll be writing an up to date review in a months time on these products and I’ll include pictures.

Read my acne scar post here (pictures are included) 

Also here’s the website to have a look at the products they sell. 

If you’ve tried any of these products, please let me know in the comments!

Love,

Louise oxoxo

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Garnier Soothing Botanical Cleansing Milk, Toner and Daily Moisturiser with Rose Water Review 

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Hey lovelies,

I hope you are well.

I decided to do a review on these products I got from the Asda event: 3 for the price of 2.

I got the whole set of Garnier Soothing Botanical Rose Water collection and I have been trying this out for a month.

I loved the fact that the ingredients are 96% of their natural origin and only the remaining 4% are preservatives to help the product last longer.

Every morning after my shower I use the cleansing milk, then the toner and then the daily moisturiser and I repeat this process on the night.

The cleansing milk ‘removes makeup and impurities’. 


It has a creamy thick consistency, and It smells amazing. It also makes my skin feel so soft.

However, when I do wear makeup I have tried to solely use this to remove my makeup but I feel as though it doesn’t remove every single bit of makeup and I didn’t feel clean enough. 

It also wasted so much product trying to remove my full covered face, and it wasted so much time. 

So what I do now is I wash my face with a Tea tree soap from Hollands and Barrets which is also a natural based product.

This works better as it doesn’t waste a lot of product and there’s less makeup to remove. 

Your skin will feel soft after using the cleansing milk, and even using this alone will make you feel pampered.

Next, after allowing the cleansing milk to sink into my skin, I use the refreshing toner. 

The toner also says it ‘removes makeup residue and impurities’. 

The consistency is watery, it’s smells delicious and it’s ever so refreshing on your skin. It really brightens you up.

I could honestly see the impurities on my cotton pad, even when I had showered and removed my makeup which makes me feel like I’m really deep cleaning my skin by using the toner to pick up whatever is left on my skin.

I know I’ve used refreshing so many times to describe the toner, but honestly I have never known a toner to be so delicate, smell so lovely and be so kind on your skin. 

I really feel refreshed when I use this toner.

The final step to my regime is to use the botanical day cream which is to ‘Hydrate and soothe’.


Although it states ‘day cream’ I do use this on the night too.
The consistency is creamy but very light weight. Again it smells delicious, it also rubs in easily and my skin feels extremely smooth.

Although the day cream is light weight it does feel like it takes forever to actually absorb into my skin. 

However I do have an oily skin type so this could be the reason why.

I love the cleansing milk and the toner, and even though I love how soft and refreshing my skin feels with the day cream, maybe I need to find a cream that is going to mattify my oily skin and maybe absorb a little better.

In saying this the cream is to ‘hydrate’ the skin and personally I think this would be someone with dry, sensitive skin’s new favourite moisturiser. 

My skin does feel more cleansed and clean by doing this regime every day and every night.

I get a few spots here and there, and I won’t say this has had a significant role in decreasing my acne breakouts, but I think the regime has made my skin smoother and properly cleansed, removing all impurities and excess oil from my skin.

I think with time the products will continue to reduce breakouts effectively which will allow my skin to repair itself.

I’m still going to try the whole collection for another month and I will update this post with my progress with the regime.

They say to try skin care products a try for at least a month to see if it’s agreeing with your skin.

I am actually impressed with the collection.

Let me know what you think of the Botanical Rose Water collection, and how it’s helping your skin.

I hope you love it as much as I do.

Love,

Louise oxoxo

My Acne and Acne Scars/Pigmentation – What are YOUR solutions?

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Hi guys,

It’s taken me a long time to make this post I’ve wanted to do this for ages.

I’ve decided to do it anyway because I’m convinced that it doesn’t even matter that my skin is disgusting at the moment because in the future it will have improved a lot, so.. 

I wanted to post some pictures of my face right now, and talk about what I’ve tried, what worked and which didn’t work, and just the story behind my dreadful skin.

I’d love to hear your suggestions because my skin really gets me unbelievably down. 

I feel disgusting and self-conscious about it and nobody that I know has it this bad, although I’ve seen acne (online) worse.

Here are some pictures (how embarrassing..)


My biggest problem is the dark marks and the pigmentation

The pigmentation marks are so bad it looks like I have active acne when I don’t. 

I’ve noticed a pattern though, a week before and a week after my menstrual cycle my skin will be at its worst so I’m more likely to break out. 

Even if I leave a spot alone, the mark will still appear where it has been which is so annoying.

I’ve I’m honest I have the same on my shoulders. It’s just pigmentation but it’s so bad that I’m too self conscious to wear certain tops.

What really worked was birth control. I was on Co-Cyprindol for over a year and my skin was flawless. Then I decided to have a complete break from it and all my acne came back in a month, more severely. 

Id rather find something topical or natural based than taking a tablet because I don’t want my body dependent on it and then for me to miss a tablet or come off them, my acne to flare severely again.

For my pigmentation I do a sugar scrub every three days, sometimes if I am breaking out and it’s really severe I won’t do this because before it really made my skin bad.

I use tea tree soap from Holland and Barrets daily, which has helped slightly and the Garnier soothing botanical milk and toner with rose water along with the daily moisturising cream (but this is still new in my regime, I will give this a try for at least a month).

So I’m writing this post for suggestions on what has helped for you. It’s taken me a lot of courage to posts pictures of myself! 

Comment below or simply email me at louekai@hotmail.com with your suggestions.

I know my skin will be better in the future even if I have to go through chemical peels when I’m more financially stable haha. I’m willing to do anything for normal skin.

Thanks,

Louise oxoxo