Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions Review

For the past 16 years or so, my skin has caused me a lot of problems.

I have had acne since I was about 11. When I was about 3 years old, I was sat on the bus with my Mum when we lived in London and a teenager with bad skin got on the bus. Apparently I proceeded to shout "look Mum! That ones got spots!" for the duration of the journey. Oops! I think I was dealt a big dose of karma.

Anyway, my skin has got progressively worse again and I sent out a plea on twitter to see if anyone could recommend anything for adult acne. It seems that brands focus a lot on teen products, which are really quite harsh (and in my experience, can make the problem worse!)

I had some great feedback and tips on what to try. The lovely Laura contacted me to see if I'd like to try out Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions range, which I jumped at the chance!
I loved the Burt's Bees bag that they came in. I'll be using this as my washbag for travelling!
The collection!


Burts' Bees' Anti-Blemish Purifying Daily Cleanser is scientifically proven to help wash away blemish causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities without over-drying or irritating skin. Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Evening Primrose and Beet Root Extracts help care for troubled skin resulting in clear and healthy-looking skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.

Burt's Bees' Anti-Blemish Pore Refining Scrub is scientifically proven to exfoliate dead skin cells while refining the appearance of pores without over-drying or irritating skin. Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates deep into pores to help reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Formulated with Jojoba Beads and a natural Fruit Acid Complex, to provide gentle exfoliation resulting in refined, clear and smooth skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.

Burt's Bees' Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Toner removes lingering traces of cleanser and residual dirt, oil and make-up. Salicylic Acid, sourced naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce acne, and Witch Hazel and Lemongrass Extracts to clarify and calm troubled skin, naturally.

Burt's Bees' Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturising Lotion is scientifically proven to protect against blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Lemongrass, Witch Hazel, Golden Seal and Hops to help reduce redness, resulting in smooth and healthy-looking skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.

This natural spot treatment is scientifically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley Extracts to help care for troubled skin and reduce redness and Borage Extract to promote healthy skin resulting in clean and smooth skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.

Review

I have been using the products for around 6 weeks now as I wanted to give a fair review and a chance for the products to work.

The first thing that I was impressed by was that all of the products are between 99.4% and 100% natural.

I switched my shampoos last year to a Lush one and my hair is in much better condition, is thicker and grows faster. I think this has a lot to do with what I'm putting on it not being full of chemicals.

I hoped that the same would benefit my skin!

The first time I used all the products together I found that my skin actually felt "clean". It wasn't dried out and tight and it looked brighter.

I had read elsewhere that people had experience more spots in the first week of using the products and I will agree that this was the case for me also, but I stuck with it and they cleared up pretty quickly!

I liked getting into a proper routine with my skin. I have to admit that I am very lazy when it comes to skincare (which is possibly why my skin isn't that great too!) I use a face wash in the shower but when it comes to bedtime, I usually just use a face wipe.

The cleanser felt quite delicate and non-harsh on my skin. I quite like the smell of it.

I use the scrub once or twice a week and it's quite creamy on your skin and doesn't feel too abrasive, which is always nice! My skin felt quite nourished after using the scrub because of the creaminess.

I have never really used toners before, so using the toner was quite a surprise (a nice one!) because of the way it made my skin feel after cleansing. I like how it almost clarifies your skin and makes it feel "normal" after washing. I usually have scorching hot showers so it's a nice treat to put on afterwards.

The moisturiser was lovely and light and easily absorbed. I use about a pump and a half of the moisturiser. It didn't feel sticky or greasy on my skin and my skin doesn't get too oily after using it.

Finally, the spot treatment is brilliant. I use cotton ear buds to apply it to my skin. It has quite a strong smell to it, but it isn't unpleasant (I quite like it!). You only need a tiny amount to apply to blemishes and it works it's magic. It helped my spots, without drying them out or making them redder.

I would whole heartily recommend the Burt's Bees products for anyone suffering from adult acne. The products didn't dry out my skin and didn't feel harsh, unlike some products on the market.

I found that you didn't need to use a huge amount of the product, so they would last a long time. I've hardly made a dent in mine and I have used them everyday for the past 6 weeks.

 I found the products to help improve my skin and get into a proper skincare routine.

More information is available from the Burt's Bees Website.

Thank you to Laura for sending me the products!


 





Merrydown Cider

I love cider. There. I said it.

There's nothing better in this kind of weather, than sitting in a beer garden, in the sun, with a pint!

I thought I'd let you know about a promotion that Merrydown Cider are offering!

To commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and its 65th birthday, the deliciously refreshing Merrydown Cider is running a patriotic on-pack promotion across the nation, offering lucky winners the opportunity to win a whole host of prizes to celebrate our Great Village Traditions. From street party kits and county show tickets to gardening equipment and cooler bags, this selection of prizes from Merrydown premium cider will ensure your summer celebrations are memorable ones.
With so many prizes to be won and a one in ten chance of winning, make sure you pick up a bottle of Merrydown Cider on your next shopping trip to try your luck!

The Merrydown Cider website has a range of recipes, I thought I'd share this one with you as it contains two of my favourite things, cider AND rum! Perfect combination for the Summer! :)

Spicy Merrydown cider cocktail

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 20ml dark rum
  • 115ml Merrydown Vintage Medium Cider
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Lemon or lime juice

Method

Mix the sugar and cinnamon. Wet the rim of a highball or chimney glass with lemon or lime juice and dip into the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Fill the glass with ice. Add spiced rum, dark rum and top with cider.

I'll definitely be trying this out!

Cheers! :)


 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Food Porn - May 2012 Edition

Pieminister Heidi Pie

I picked up one of these to have for my Sunday lunch. It's was so yummy and filling. I think I should have only had half of it really as it was massive!
The Food Doctor Wholesome Pot

I've picked a few of these up now. They're really quick to make (a bit like Pot Noodle but a little healthier...) and filling too. And they taste a whole lot nicer than a Pot Noodle!
Cadburys Mini Eggs
I think our household has been prolonging Easter for as long as possible... 
Pizza Express Pizza

I bought a couple of these to cook at home and the first one was really disappointing! When I made the second one I added a load of veg and herbs and it tasted so much nicer!
Ben & Jerry's Core
This is so sickly! Even for me!
Rekorderlig Mango and Raspberry Cider

I picked this up in Morrisons as I love cider and it didn't disappoint! It's quite unusual but super refreshing!
Tiny Bananas!
I thought I'd include these so it doesn't look like I live off pizza, sweets and cider... Oh, wait...
Thorntons Chocolate
This was left over from my birthday in January so thought it better get eaten. I had a mouthful, left it in the fridge and it disappeared!
The Food Doctor Wholesome Pot

As I said before, these are rather nice!
Mum went to Denmark and brought us back rude named sweets and Daim goodies...
She also brought me back some crazy flavoured ciders!
Mum got Mr Pinklittlebean a giant can of beer!
Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter
I FINALLY managed to get my hands on one of these and boy was it worth the wait!
Elderflower Cider from Sainsburys

I bought this as I like cider and I like elderflower. It smelt lovely but tasted really disappointing (a bit like white lightening!)
I tried this as it had a rediculous name. I didn't really like the taste though.
This was delicious...
Caprese Pizza from Vodka Revolution

I had a text asking if I wanted to try out Vodka Revolutions new menu. I did. It was very tasty! The mozzarella was so light and the base was just right too.
Laduree Macarons

Mum and I went for a trip to London last weekend and we picked up some macarons. I am slightly Hello Kitty obsessed so it satisfied my sweet tooth and Hello Kitty craving!
Jungle Curry Wrap from Boots

I sat in the sunshine with my brother and his girlfriend and we had a mini picnic. I picked up this for something different to try with the Boots meal deal and it was really quite tasty! :)

Friday, 25 May 2012

Trip To London May 2012

On Sunday night, my Mum and I travelled down to London for a brief visit.

I really wanted to see the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Tate and we also wanted to catch the Body Worlds exhibit at the Natural History Museum too.

The Damien Hirst exhibition was pretty awesome. I was really looking forward to catching a glimpse of the "For The Love Of God" exhibit (THAT skull!) and it didn't disappoint.

I was literally in awe. It's really quite spectacular to see. If you're in London you should definitely check it out (it's free to see the skull too!)

The rest of the exhibition was pretty special too. I'm glad we managed to get along to see it.

We also saw the Boetti exhibition which is on there too. It's also really interesting.

We managed to fit in seeing the Body Worlds Animals exhibition at the Natural History Museum, which is absolutely fascinating. I went to the Body Worlds one at the O2 a few years ago and my mind was truly blown by it. I wish I'd seen something like it when I was at school as I think I would have been a lot more interested in science!

As well as going to see all of the exhibitions we were hoping to, we also drank a few cocktails...
When we arrived, we went straight to Adventure Bar in Covent Garden. We'd been before and really enjoyed it and loved the atmosphere. Mum had bought a Living Social deal for cocktails in there.

If you go in, I recommend the "Fallen Angel" cocktail. It is probably one of the nicest ones I have EVER tried! :) 

We also tried to find the new Sailor Jerry Bar but it was shut :(
I had a London Mule (RUM!)
Mum had a fruity crushed ice style daquiri and it was really refreshing.
I satisfied my sweet tooth and Hello Kitty obsession in one hit!!
I love the bright colours :)
Mum had got another group buying style voucher for Vertigo 42...
Check out the view!
I had a lychee belini (I lurrve lychees!)
We also had some very posh nibbles!
Couldn't resist a Krispy Kreme donut for the bus journey home :)


 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

OOTD 15/05/2012 - Meal at The Wig & Pen

Mr Pinklittlebean and I went for a meal at the Wig & Pen in Sheffield the other night (pictures and review to follow!) and this is what I wore!
Dress: Yumi
Boots: Red Or Dead
Close up detail of the dress. I love the little deer :)
I had a bit of a splurge and bought these Red or Dead boots. They are so comfortable and are just the right heel height for me! I have been looking for a pair of cowboy style boots for absolutely ages and these fit the bill perfectly for me! I love them :)
Detailing on the boots :)


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

OOTD & FOTD 12/05/12 - Night Out at The Leadmill

Last weekend I went out in Sheffield for my friends birthday. We started off in the Porter Cottage and ended up in the Leadmill. It was good fun as I'd not been out in ages!

Here is what I wore...
Leopard Print Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Black Skinny Jeans: Primark
Red or Dead Boots: Schuh
Close up detail of the shirt. I really like the collar. I'd spotted this in Urban Outfitters when it was full price but couldn't really justify spending that much. It got reduced to a tenner so I was happy :)
I love my new boots :)
I used my Illamasqua skin base as my skin was a bit worse for wear last weekend. It's so easy to use and it's not to heavy coverage wise.

I wore Topshops "All About Me" lipstick. It's a nice pop of bright colour :)


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