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I feel like I do nothing but complain about my skin at the moment; I sound like a broken record, but I really have been making a conscious effort to discover good skincare products that help during my hormonal acne breakouts. I have been using the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser (£8.99)* for over a month now and it's been great at cleansing my skin without being too harsh or abrasive on my spots. What I love about Yes to is that its products use a high percentage of natural ingredients without parabens, SLS or silicones - which is always a bonus for the skin. Be kind to your body and all that.

an image of Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser
The Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser harnesses - as the name suggests - charcoal, which has been a very popular ingredient in skincare lately. Designed for combination skin, the charcoal cleanser works to draw out impurities, while tomato extract imparts the skin with its daily dose of antioxidants. I really like how moisturising this feels on my skin and - although still noticeable - my blemishes have become a lot calmer and haven't been multiplying at the same rate. The formula offers a gel consistency with tiny black natural jojoba spheres for gentle exfoliation (this can look kinda scary but is quite fun to use). The Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is also formulated with salicylic acid to deep clean pores and prevent any future breakouts, however the redness in my skin has also been reduced. I thought this would smell awful, but the scent is really subtle and not potent at all. What I will say though is that you only need to use a small amount as the product can come out of the bottle quite fast and you definitely don't need to use that much. When emulsified with water the cleanser is really workable and gets rid of all remaining traces of dirt and make-up. If you were wondering, I tend to use this as a second cleanse after taking the bulk of my make-up off with an oil cleanser.

an image of Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

About once a week, I have been using the complimenting Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask (£12)*. I've always been really wary with mud masks, simply because I have found in the past that some have dried out my skin, or just induced so many more breakouts. The Yes To mask however really balances my skin and leaves it feeling suitably supple post wash off. The mask is really creamy and thick and is easily applied on the face - it doesn't dry down or set too quickly which is also a bonus. The mask is particularly cooling and calms redness and irritation to leave my skin feeling more radiant, despite my blemishes. I am definitely going to carry on with this natural skincare duo and if you too suffer from acne breakouts, it’s worth giving these ago as they're super affordable too.

Skincare // Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser & Mask

I feel like I do nothing but complain about my skin at the moment; I sound like a broken record, but I really have been making a conscious effort to discover good skincare products that help during my hormonal acne breakouts. I have been using the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser (£8.99)* for over a month now and it's been great at cleansing my skin without being too harsh or abrasive on my spots. What I love about Yes to is that its products use a high percentage of natural ingredients without parabens, SLS or silicones - which is always a bonus for the skin. Be kind to your body and all that.

an image of Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser
The Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser harnesses - as the name suggests - charcoal, which has been a very popular ingredient in skincare lately. Designed for combination skin, the charcoal cleanser works to draw out impurities, while tomato extract imparts the skin with its daily dose of antioxidants. I really like how moisturising this feels on my skin and - although still noticeable - my blemishes have become a lot calmer and haven't been multiplying at the same rate. The formula offers a gel consistency with tiny black natural jojoba spheres for gentle exfoliation (this can look kinda scary but is quite fun to use). The Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is also formulated with salicylic acid to deep clean pores and prevent any future breakouts, however the redness in my skin has also been reduced. I thought this would smell awful, but the scent is really subtle and not potent at all. What I will say though is that you only need to use a small amount as the product can come out of the bottle quite fast and you definitely don't need to use that much. When emulsified with water the cleanser is really workable and gets rid of all remaining traces of dirt and make-up. If you were wondering, I tend to use this as a second cleanse after taking the bulk of my make-up off with an oil cleanser.

an image of Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

About once a week, I have been using the complimenting Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask (£12)*. I've always been really wary with mud masks, simply because I have found in the past that some have dried out my skin, or just induced so many more breakouts. The Yes To mask however really balances my skin and leaves it feeling suitably supple post wash off. The mask is really creamy and thick and is easily applied on the face - it doesn't dry down or set too quickly which is also a bonus. The mask is particularly cooling and calms redness and irritation to leave my skin feeling more radiant, despite my blemishes. I am definitely going to carry on with this natural skincare duo and if you too suffer from acne breakouts, it’s worth giving these ago as they're super affordable too.
In life, sometimes there are times when bigger is certainly better… of course I am talking about make-up here, but it could also be applied to pizza too *food on the brain always*. We totes all love a travel friendly, cutesy looking make-up product from time-to-time, but with some products, you just need to make the statement and go big! NARS have done just that with its new Orgasm Limited Edition XXL Blush (£28)*, which has been launched alongside the rather great hash-tag, #whatmakesyoublush. I love how this phrase has also been etched onto the mirror of the compact inside - it just adds a super sweet touch.

An image of NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush

What makes you blush? // NARS Limited Edition XXL Orgasm Blusher

In life, sometimes there are times when bigger is certainly better… of course I am talking about make-up here, but it could also be applied to pizza too *food on the brain always*. We totes all love a travel friendly, cutesy looking make-up product from time-to-time, but with some products, you just need to make the statement and go big! NARS have done just that with its new Orgasm Limited Edition XXL Blush (£28)*, which has been launched alongside the rather great hash-tag, #whatmakesyoublush. I love how this phrase has also been etched onto the mirror of the compact inside - it just adds a super sweet touch.

An image of NARS Limited Edition Orgasm Blush
My acne on my chin has made me feel really low recently, as I have always had pretty good skin, especially in my teens. After finding out I have a hormonal imbalance and, most likely, PCOS, I've really had to strip down my skincare to not aggravate my skin woes, while also trying to help with the redness and discolourations that acne can heighten. I've been turning to more restorative ingredients that nourish and hydrate my skin without increasing the chance of breakouts and the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil (£24)* has been one of those products that I have been able to use without any negative repercussions. What also really drew me to this oil was the visible infusion of rose petals, isn't it the prettiest?

an image of KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil

Skincare love // KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil

My acne on my chin has made me feel really low recently, as I have always had pretty good skin, especially in my teens. After finding out I have a hormonal imbalance and, most likely, PCOS, I've really had to strip down my skincare to not aggravate my skin woes, while also trying to help with the redness and discolourations that acne can heighten. I've been turning to more restorative ingredients that nourish and hydrate my skin without increasing the chance of breakouts and the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil (£24)* has been one of those products that I have been able to use without any negative repercussions. What also really drew me to this oil was the visible infusion of rose petals, isn't it the prettiest?

an image of KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening & Nourishing Face Oil
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you would have heard all about the new Brow Collection by Benefit! It’s such an exciting launch, and probably the biggest for Benefit in a long time, if not ever. I mean, Benefit is the brow expert after all and this collection couldn't have been launched by a more suited brand. Benefit has been solving the brow dilemmas of individuals everywhere since its first boutique opened in 1976 in San Francisco. The brand now has 1800 BrowBar beauty lounges across 49 countries. If you’re the anomaly and haven’t yet seen or heard about the new Benefit Brow Collection (launching this FRIDAY, 24 June!), then read on. The brow collection from Benefit is a comprehensive one let me tell you; it has everything one could possibly need to conquer ‘fleeky’ brows. Yes that is a thing, and also a key search term on goggle in regards to brows (I got told that when I so lavishly spent an evening on board the good ship benefit last month). Speaking of which, if you've not yet been to the Benefit ship on the embankment, it's an experience you can't pass by - it's not here long so be quick!

Image of the Brow Collection by Benefit

NEW IN // The Brow Collection by Benefit

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you would have heard all about the new Brow Collection by Benefit! It’s such an exciting launch, and probably the biggest for Benefit in a long time, if not ever. I mean, Benefit is the brow expert after all and this collection couldn't have been launched by a more suited brand. Benefit has been solving the brow dilemmas of individuals everywhere since its first boutique opened in 1976 in San Francisco. The brand now has 1800 BrowBar beauty lounges across 49 countries. If you’re the anomaly and haven’t yet seen or heard about the new Benefit Brow Collection (launching this FRIDAY, 24 June!), then read on. The brow collection from Benefit is a comprehensive one let me tell you; it has everything one could possibly need to conquer ‘fleeky’ brows. Yes that is a thing, and also a key search term on goggle in regards to brows (I got told that when I so lavishly spent an evening on board the good ship benefit last month). Speaking of which, if you've not yet been to the Benefit ship on the embankment, it's an experience you can't pass by - it's not here long so be quick!

Image of the Brow Collection by Benefit
If you haven't already gathered, I am kind of (most definitely) obsessed with colourful make-up lately so when my pal Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch sent me some of the new products from the Sleek MakeUP Whimsical Wonderland Collection*, I was overjoyed. The range features a selection of pastel and bright hues that are more than perfect for summer - even if we don't get much sun. I decided to create my own sunshine with a summery pastel look using some of the standouts in the range. Let me just say, any collection with a purple lipstick within it, I am sold…

Sleek Whimsical Wonderland Collection

Make-up Look // Sleek MakeUP Whimsical Wonderland Collection

If you haven't already gathered, I am kind of (most definitely) obsessed with colourful make-up lately so when my pal Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch sent me some of the new products from the Sleek MakeUP Whimsical Wonderland Collection*, I was overjoyed. The range features a selection of pastel and bright hues that are more than perfect for summer - even if we don't get much sun. I decided to create my own sunshine with a summery pastel look using some of the standouts in the range. Let me just say, any collection with a purple lipstick within it, I am sold…

Sleek Whimsical Wonderland Collection
Last week I was very fortunate enough to attend the Primark AW16 press day, which y'know, is definitely a highlight of the fashion calendar. I LOVE Primark, but I mean, who doesn't these days? They are always on-point for fast, trend-led fashion and even more so when it comes to their homeware collection (SPOILER ALERT: there will be cactus candles soon, and who doesn't want a collection of candles that resemble their favourite succulents?)

Primark AW16 Pink Fur Coat

Primark AW16 Press Day // The Highlights

Last week I was very fortunate enough to attend the Primark AW16 press day, which y'know, is definitely a highlight of the fashion calendar. I LOVE Primark, but I mean, who doesn't these days? They are always on-point for fast, trend-led fashion and even more so when it comes to their homeware collection (SPOILER ALERT: there will be cactus candles soon, and who doesn't want a collection of candles that resemble their favourite succulents?)

Primark AW16 Pink Fur Coat
So in the spirit of one of the best films everrrrr (Mean Girls, obvs!), on Wednesday's we wear pink! I've wanted to create a bright pink make-up look ever since I laid eyes on the Illamasqua Hypnotica Collection, of which this post focuses on two of my favourite products from the new line-up. This make-up collection is ideal for the upcoming summer season (if we ever get more than a week's worth of sun) or for any festival festivities. I'm not going to any festivals, but I'd happily rock a hot pink eye day-to-day. I also think this look totes goes with my new hair do, despite it being three weeks since the dye job which has now slightly faded…

An image of Illamasqua Hypnotica Collection Lava Lips and Sketch Stick

On Wednesday's We Wear Pink // Illamasqua Hypnotica

So in the spirit of one of the best films everrrrr (Mean Girls, obvs!), on Wednesday's we wear pink! I've wanted to create a bright pink make-up look ever since I laid eyes on the Illamasqua Hypnotica Collection, of which this post focuses on two of my favourite products from the new line-up. This make-up collection is ideal for the upcoming summer season (if we ever get more than a week's worth of sun) or for any festival festivities. I'm not going to any festivals, but I'd happily rock a hot pink eye day-to-day. I also think this look totes goes with my new hair do, despite it being three weeks since the dye job which has now slightly faded…

An image of Illamasqua Hypnotica Collection Lava Lips and Sketch Stick
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Ok so I am back this Sunday with the second post in the Instagram loving series. I know I missed last week's *slaps wrist* but I'm back on track now, I promise. This week I have showcased some firm favourites, ones of which I'm sure you would have heard of, but also some other accounts that I think deserve more attention. I've been so busy this week that I haven't had a lot of time to catch up on all of my favourite Instagram accounts - and I must say - I am hating this new algorithm. Seriously, Instagram? we all hate it!! I know my account (I'm here if you want to see ma feeeed) for one has been struggling and I have definitely noticed a decline in pretty much everything, so I hope these posts help you discover some new people that Instagram may be hiding you from. Anyway, I'll be back with the third in the series next Sunday! For now, I have spag bol to make - because let's be honest - weekends are for home cooked, indulgent meals! ALL THE CHEESE.

Share The Love Sunday// Instagram Accounts To Follow

@jemlouisee instagram photos
Ok so I am back this Sunday with the second post in the Instagram loving series. I know I missed last week's *slaps wrist* but I'm back on track now, I promise. This week I have showcased some firm favourites, ones of which I'm sure you would have heard of, but also some other accounts that I think deserve more attention. I've been so busy this week that I haven't had a lot of time to catch up on all of my favourite Instagram accounts - and I must say - I am hating this new algorithm. Seriously, Instagram? we all hate it!! I know my account (I'm here if you want to see ma feeeed) for one has been struggling and I have definitely noticed a decline in pretty much everything, so I hope these posts help you discover some new people that Instagram may be hiding you from. Anyway, I'll be back with the third in the series next Sunday! For now, I have spag bol to make - because let's be honest - weekends are for home cooked, indulgent meals! ALL THE CHEESE.

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