Did La Roche Posay clear my acne?

I tested La Roche Posay for one week and this is how it went…

Hey everyone, I’m back 🙋🏼‍♀️

I’m sat here absolutely freezing my ta-ta’s off because it’s like -1 degree Celsius in the UK right now. But anyways, over the last week, I’ve been testing a new skincare brand to see if it could help to clear my acne. Throughout my teens, I’ve been pretty lucky with my skin and only used to have the odd breakout or “typical teen” spots. However, I’m now 22 and I’m the spottiest I’ve probably ever been LOL.

I find it absolutely hilarious that I used to literally cake on my makeup as a teen and only remove it with a face wipe *shudders*, but now that I’m 22 and I’ve invested a lot of money in skincare, my skin is worse. Since lockdown I’ve barely worn makeup, so it’s a confusing time that my skin would do me dirty like this.

So, let’s get to the point of this blog… I recently ordered products from La Roche Posay after watching SydAndEll’s video on YouTube about Syd’s skincare journey. In the video, she talks about her skincare issues and how she actually went to a dermatologist who put her on Roaccutane.

In case you’ve never heard of Roaccutane before, it’s a very effective treatment for severe acne. Although it is very good at reducing and getting rid of acne, the side effects (especially for me) put me off. This is because the drug is known to increase anxiety and depression. For someone like me who takes Antidepressants, that’s a big no no.

However, in the video Syd mentioned that the dermatologist recommends using products from La Roche Posay. This is a skincare brand that I’d say is definitely not the cheapest, but is way less expensive than many other skincare brands on the market. So, I decided to put it to the test and ordered direct from their website as they had a 25% discount. These products are also available at Boots (UK) and LookFantastic, so definitely shop around for the best deals.

The products I bought were, the Effaclar Clarifying Lotion (£12.50), the Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel (£12.50) and the Hydraphase Intense Eyes because I barely sleep and my undereyes are soooo dark (£16). They also give away three free decent sized samples which I really appreciated.

So, what have I been doing? I found the skincare to be quite intense and as someone who has oily skin but on a lesser scale, I decided to use each product once a day in the evening. I started by washing my face with the foaming face wash and I didn’t really need to use a lot so I reckon the bottle will last me for at least a month.

Next, I’d pour some of the lotion onto a cotton pad, before applying all over my face (apart from under the eyes). Once the lotion had dried, I’d apply my moisturiser. I didn’t want to buy a moisturiser from La Roche Posay as I have a fair few moisturisers that I received for Christmas that I’d rather use up first. After this, I’d apply the eye cream under my eyes.

The only problems that I experienced when using these products were dryness under my nostrils and redness above my top lip, which meant that I just avoided applying the lotion there. Overall, I can definitely see a positive difference in my skin. The size of my spots have reduced and are beginning to fade away. My skin also feels clean and less inflamed. I think the eye cream has worked slightly, but of course to fade away completely, I’d actually have to sleep LOL.

Yes that is a Stranger Things poster LOL

So, do I think La Roche Posay has worked? I actually think it has! I’ve seen a lot of progress in my skin after just a week and expect to see a lot more progress over a longer time period. The brand is pretty inclusive too, offering products for all skin types. I will definitely continue to use the products I’ve bought and will check in to share my progress.

Have you used La Roche Posay before? How did you get on? Let me know in the comments ❤️

What I Loved in January 2020

I think we can all agree that 2021 is not off to the best start and that this lockdown is defo ten times worse than the last two. In the UK right now, it’s dark, cold and the heavens are pissing down either snow or rain. Not good.

If you still have a job like I do, I know that we should be sincerely thankful and of course, we are… but when you’re working full time with nothing to do on the weekends and nothing to look forward to in the foreseeable future, it f*cking sucks.

So anyway, I’m trying my very best not to dwell on the negatives and to try and stay positive about things like good health and online shopping. Which brings me to the point of this blog – the things that I loved this month. My mantra at the moment is 7 Rings by Ariana Grande – “I want it I got it.”

These are all things that have kept me occupied and hopefully things that you might find enjoyable too.

TV & Online Video

In the quest to keep myself occupied, admittedly I have subscribed to almost every online streaming service that there is: Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, Britbox, WWE and Discovery Plus. You can’t blame a girl for being desperate lol.

This month, my favourite thing to watch has been 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days, available on Discovery Plus. My mum and I have been binge-watching it nonstop and we’ve absolutely loved it.

The original 90 Day Fiance, which is available on Discovery Plus too, is all about Americans who fall in love with someone who lives outside of the US. However, because obtaining a visa to live in the United States is extremely difficult to get, the easiest way for a non-American to live in the States is through a spousal visa. The spousal visa means that the two people involved have 90 days to get married, which really is no time at all.

The spin-off that my mum and I have been watching, is all about what happens before the 90 days, which involves the American visiting their boyfriend/girlfriend in their home country. I really recommend that you check it out because it is f*cking hilarious. American reality TV just hits different okay.

Over on YouTube, I’ve been binging a lot of true crime videos. I’ve always found true crime to be extremely interesting, especially the ones that are unsolved and have been for a long time. The two channels that I’ve been watching this month are Stephanie Harlowe and Christina Randall. I love watching Stephanie because she honestly must spend months researching each case before she creates a video on it. Christina Randall on the other hand, is someone who actually went to prison as a youngster and has turned her life around. Her opinion on cases and her personality is just brilliant and entertaining to me.

Hotel Chocolate Velvetiser

This is something that I never thought I needed until I had one. Luckily my boyfriend bought the velvetiser for my birthday and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I have the copper one that came with Hotel Chocolat’s hot chocolate selection pack and I must say that the salted caramel flavour is my all time fave.

However, the Hotel Chocolat’s own brand of hot chocolate is pretty expensive to keep buying which is why I’ve been using just regular hot chocolate that you can buy in any supermarket. You just add the powder and the milk and let the velvetiser do its thing. I’ve even chopped up my favourite chocolate bars like Kinder and Terry’s chocolate orange instead of hot chocolate powder too. ✨10/10✨

Bibbidi Bobbidi Candles

This was an Etsy find and I’m so glad that I found it. This brand creates cruelty free, vegan candles/reed diffusers inspired by the scents at Disney World. My favourite scent is the Smell of Main Street, which literally smells like Disney World. I’ve bought this scent in the candle and reed diffuser and will defo be buying more when they run out. I love this brand so much that I’ve gifted them to my friends and family at Christmas, who loved them too!

Night Light Projector

The final thing that I’ve loved this month, is this night light projector from Amazon. I’ve seen lots of people use these on social media, so decided to try one out myself. It projects different colour waves and stars all over your bedroom which is perfect for winding down in the evening. I find it so soothing! It even doubles up as a speaker, but I haven’t used it yet as I think Alexa will get jealous lol.

New Year, New Me!

Trigger warning: I’ll be talking about body image, diet and exercise in this blog so if this is something that affects you, please don’t read it ❤️

Hello and welcome back to my blog! 🙋🏼‍♀️

I hope that you are doing well and keeping motivated in 2021 because I certainly am not lol. We’re only on day 18 of 365 and I already cannot be bothered for this year. I’m not sure why I convinced myself that a new year would mean Miss Corona would’ve pissed off, but here we are.

Anyways, today I’m talking about the extremely fun topic of body image. I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I absolutely despise the way my body looks like at the moment. Before the pandemic, my anxiety had me at my slimmest and eating whatever I wanted without gaining any weight (I should’ve known that this would be too good to be true). Fast forward to 2021 and in the UK’s third lockdown, the weight has caught up with me, leaving me feeling as unsexy as ever.

So after a fortnight of whining about it, I’m finally deciding to do something. I literally realised that I have been working from home bed for almost a whole year, meaning that whatever exercise I was getting, either commuting to work or walking down Oxford Street has completely fizzled out into ✨nothing✨. No wonder I’m piling on the lbs and feeling mentally drained, I have the lifestyle of a sloth.

However, I’m not just doing this to get skinny, I’m doing this to improve my mental wellbeing too as exercise boosts Serotonin levels. Now if you’re someone on SSRI’s like me, the more Serotonin the better right? It’s okay if you’ve spent the entire year doing f*ck all like me though, we’re living through a global pandemic! But now is the time to start getting life back on track. So if you’re looking for a sign to get up off of your arse and start feeling better, then this is it. Queue Elle Woods when Warner dumped her motivation NOW.

To help me achieve my goals, I need structure. I need someone telling me what to do, otherwise, I procrastinate like crazy. So, my drill sergeant of choice is Cassey Ho from Blogilates. She is an award-winning fitness instructor, who has been motivating people on her YouTube channel for over a decade. Her channel is full of free workout videos ranging from HIIT workouts to Pop Pilates (working out to Taylor Swift? Yes please!)

To kick start the year, Cassey has launched her 21 Day Tone challenge, challenging her viewers to 21 minutes of exercise for 21 days. Sounds easy enough? I’m going to put it to the test. As I’m writing this, I’ve just completed day 1 and I literally cannot feel my legs. I don’t know about anyone else but lunges are literally the devil’s exercise. I’ll probably have nightmares about day 2 but I know that it’ll be so worth it in the long run.

To supplement all of the exercise that I’ll be doing, I’ll also be cutting out fizzy drinks 😭💔 and trying to eat as healthily as I can (living with two foodies, this will be the worst). So if you’d like to get fit and mentally healthier with me, then tag along as I’ll be checking back in once I’ve completed the 21 days to share my results, both mental and physical.

Feeling Crap About Yourself? Don’t!

Disclaimer: I am in no way trying to bash anyone mentioned in this blog. All of these women are beautiful and these are images that I have found on the internet that show how these women still have societal “flaws.”

Hello everyone! Today I’m back with an important topic that I think a LOT of us can relate to, and this is the topic of low self-esteem and not feeling “good enough.” Be warned, it’s a long one! You may want to grab a coffee, tea or G&T (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere).

Since the pandemic began a year ago, we’ve been spending more time at home than ever before. Our social lives are non-existent and we’re no longer doing the activities that make us feel good, such as going to the gym (I can’t relate) or going out to brunch with the girls (I can relate). 

Due to this, our self-esteem is probably the lowest it’s ever been as we’ve said goodbye to makeup and hello to pyjamas all day every day, because what is the point? For some of us, the eyelashes and acrylics that used to make us feel good are gone, leaving us feeling totally vulnerable.

Vulnerability is a scary feeling and in my opinion, is worsened by social media. Since being in lockdown, I’ve become a slave to my phone, constantly scrolling through Instagram, looking at images of people who are “perfect” and hating myself for not being like that.

Why don’t they have big pores like me?

Why do I have cellulite and they don’t?

The list is endless.

No matter how many DIY “glow ups” I’ve had or products I’ve bought, I’m always left feeling unsatisfied. It was only through relentless googling, that my eyes were opened to the world of “secret” transformations. I mean, you can tell who has had the obvious boob job or butt lift, but when it came to the unobvious – let’s just say my unchiseled jaw was on the ground.

I was amazed at the minor tweaks that even some of my girl crushes have had done and what they used to look like. Which made me realise… Instagram is deceptive and it’s time to stop letting it dominate my life and my insecurities. Now I’m not saying to delete the app forever but to just look at it through a different lens. Although these women are beautiful, they are still beautifully flawed like you and me.

This is why I have decided to search the web and see what these celebrities used to look like before surgery or without filters to remind you (and mostly me) that your flaws are NORMAL and not to hate yourself for them. So without further ado…

 

Skin Texture

Blackheads, big pores, acne, redness, the list goes on. Behind the airbrushing, celebrities share the same skin demons as us all.

Cellulite & Stretch Marks

Cellulite is the term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin, also referred to as “cottage cheese” or “orange peel.” It actually affects 80-90% of women, which means it’s more common than you think! I for one have cellulite now at an “average weight” and still had it when I was underweight.

I first started to experience stretch marks at around 12 years old. My “friends” at the time would laugh at me and call me fat when actually, it was the result of rapid growth aka puberty. Stretch marks can also appear through losing/gaining weight quickly and will commonly appear after pregnancy.

It’s estimated that around 50-90% of women have stretch marks of some type, even famous people, so it really is nothing to be ashamed of.

It’s a part of life!

“Glow Ups”

There’s no better feeling than taking care of yourself. Whether it’s emotionally or physically, we all glow up in different ways and it feels great. However, when it comes to famous people, their glow ups are a LOT different and will sometimes leave us feeling unsatisfied that our glow ups haven’t turned out the same way. But why?

So, there’s a woman on YouTube called Lorry Hill and I have been binge-watching her videos all about plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. She’s really fab because she’s a plastic surgery positive channel, who simply “lifts the veil” on these procedures by showing that the beauty we desire is attainable.

Now I’m not promoting surgery and whether you do want to alter your face is up to you, but it is interesting to see the subtle and often unnoticeable procedures behind a celebrity’s glow up.

Take Kylie Jenner, for example.

By just looking at her, I’d guess that she may have altered her nose and had lip fillers. But in Lorry’s video, she highlights the fact that, although Kylie has denied having plastic surgery, these are the procedures she believes Kylie has possibly had done:

  • Lateral brow lift with cheek raising
  • Blepharoplasty & lower blepharoplasty
  • Chin shaved upwards
  • Jawline liposuction, filler & botox
  • Buccal fat removal
  • Ears pinned back
  • A potential nose job
  • Cheek & Chin filler
  • Lip filler

Another popular celebrity that Lorry has created a video on, is Bella Hadid.

If I hadn’t have seen pictures of her when she was younger, I would’ve presumed she was just naturally blessed. However, again, Bella denies rumours about having any plastic surgery done. So these are the procedures that Lorry believes she could’ve had done:

  • Nose job
  • Upper blepharoplasty
  • Lateral brow lift
  • Buccal fat removal
  • Mid-face lift
  • Jaw reduction
  • Lip filler

It’s crazy to think that the women that we admire on social media could have the same flaws as us, or at least did have before they altered their appearance. With the millions of filters available and Facetune skills that are sometimes undetectable, especially when we’re not feeling our best, it’s so easy to get caught up believing in a “perfection” that just doesn’t exist.

If there’s one thing that you can take away from this blog and I really hope that you do, it’s that you change the way that you look at social media. Yes, Kylie Jenner’s latest Instagram picture looks like she was hand-carved by the Gods; but remember that she also has textured skin, cellulite and has probably surgically enhanced her appearance.

Just because you can’t see these flaws on your screen, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist and it doesn’t mean that you’re not just as beautiful because you have these flaws. We’re all beautifully flawed and even more vulnerable during these difficult times, so please don’t let this desire to be “perfect” take over.

So, you found my blog…

Wow!

In the big fat universe that is the internet, I can’t believe that you found me.

🤪🎉 *happy dance* ✌🏻💖

Now that I’ve calmed down… Hi, my name’s Lotty and this is my thought bubble. With a passion for writing and a brain full of random memes that have me randomly howling at 1am, I thought I’d share my thought bubble to the world (or at least to the one person that is reading this).

I’m not the best at introductions so I’ll give this my best shot and I’ll make it quick. I’m twenty one years old and I work in the glorious city of London in the marketing team of an advertising firm. I ditched the usual university route and chose to do an apprenticeship instead. Luckily for me, my boss wasn’t the devil (most of the time) and she certainly didn’t wear Prada.

Spending most of my time on overpriced trains and bopping around in the Big Smoke, I’ve definitely developed a major Netflix, shopping and happy hour addiction. But hey, the first step is being honest, am I right? As much as I love the city, I’m definitely a home girl. Nothing makes me happier than binging Desperate Housewives, playing Sims for ten hours and playing with my doggos.

So, if you like chick flicks, honest opinions or laughing at the life of a random girl online – stick around, you just might enjoy yourself!

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