Monday, 20 October 2014

Sweater Weather Tag :)

I'm going to do another tag today... (why not I like them) and it's the Sweater Weather tag!! Here we go...

1. Favorite candle scent?
I love a bit of Red Velvet Cake by Yankee Candle. Not sure it's specific to sweater weather but it makes me feel all warm so it's number 1 for me :)

2. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
 I do love a marshmallowy hot chocolate but it has to be tea for me. Nothing better than putting your feet up with a huge sugary mug of tea when you come in from the cold!

3. Do you switch up your makeup routine for the season?
 I tend to use darker browns on my eyes and go for a bolder lip, without the bright light of summer I think there's a lot more room to experiment.

4. Favorite Thanksgiving food?
 I don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK but I did spend one in LA with friends and I thought the pumpkin pie was delicious!!

 5. Hats or scarves?
 Scarves! I love a cute hat but you can wear a stylish scarf everyday. Hats can give you 'hat hair' - not a good look.

 6. Most worn sweater?
I have a pink and white striped one that I've worn so much it all stretched out of shape! I wear it in this video here.... (It was also my first ever video!)

 7. Must have Fall nail polish? 
OPI Visions of love....

 8. Football games or jumping in a pile of leaves?
Football????? Really??????? Anything wins over that :)

 9. Skinny jeans or leggings? 
Skinny jeans. Leggings aren't quite thick enough for me and I prefer tights with a nice skirt or dress if I'm going to go for anything other than jeans.

10. Boots or Uggs? 
Boots. Uggs make me feel too slouchy, I just want to laze around. I love winter/autumn boots, comy yet stylish...

11. What is your #1 favorite thing about Fall? 
Am I allowed to say my birthday? It's in October... :)

12. Do you have a song that gets you in the Fall mood or just a song you're loving at the moment?
There isn't any one song... and as we're nearing Christmas I'm going to pick my most Christmassy song that I always turn up on the radio.... Have yourself a merry little Christmas - the Judy Garland version if you're wondering.

 13. What is the Fall weather like where you currently live?
Well it's been VERY cold, but it's only going to get colder over Christmas. Yesterday we had super fast winds in the UK which meant lots of falling leaves and even some flooding. But today it has all calmed down and we even had a little sunshine. It made all the leaves from yesterday look very pretty.

And that's it! I tag you! and let me know if you have anymore requests....

See you soon...

ACNE: What worked for me... Products & Habits...

First of all, I know your pain. I've been you, searching the internet day and night, pleading with the doctor to help, feeling an idiot for being so embarrassed and down over something as shallow as your skin being spotty....

Yes, there are people in the world with much bigger problems, much worse off than you are and yes we are very lucky to have access to medicines that help but unless you have suffered from acne you cannot understand the effect it has on every area of your life. Relationships, work/school, your self esteem takes a beating.

I can tell you this because I was the confident girl, the teenager without a blemish, who thought "It's only a few spots, they'll clear up!" when I looked at my peers with teenage, acne prone skin. I didn't understand why people would become so painfully shy and I had a general 'get over yourself attitude'.

But all of that came back to haunt me the minute I turned 18. It started as just a few blemishes, not even zits but just a tender spot on my face that was slightly pink. Over the course of the next few months I developed painful red and purple lumps all over the right side of my face, much worse than I had seen on any of my friends. I was so embarrassed, I didn't want to leave the house. I'd always been quite a 'get on with it' type of person so I hid my unhappiness from friends and family, but as soon as I was alone I'd just stare in the mirror and cry. (That's the sad bit out of the way!)

A trip to the GP told me I had 'moderate' acne and she gave me a topical anti-biotic for a few months, this did not work. Maybe it will for you but I was later told by another Doctor that had I been offered a hormonal treatment (e.g.contraceptive pill Dianette) at that stage I would not be left with the facial scarring I have now! And so the moral of that story is push to see a dermatologist as early as possible! I cannot stress enough the importance of getting medical help early on, waiting to see if you can get rid of it yourself could leave you with permanent damage to your skin.

Long story short, it took me a year's worth of time wasting face washes and waiting to get to see my dermatologist. He suggested that my acne looked like it may be hormonal and prescribed me, as you may have guessed, Dianette (disclaimer).

The change certainly wasn't immediate but with my skin as bad as it was, I noticed each tiny, slow improvement. I don't have a 'before' picture, as I hid from every camera when it was bad, so I chose an image from Google that looked similar to mine. In 6months I went from:

slightly lower on the jaw and redder than this..

To this (6 months after Dianette)

Not completely clear skin but absolutely a life changing improvement, make up could cover this! I was absolutely over the moon but of course.... we're never satisfied are we?

Along with my clearer skin came dryness and dehydration. I started drinking a lot more water which definitely helped plump out the look of my scarring (which you can mainly see when I'm dehydrated) but 'oil free' products were making my skin feel tight and uncomfortable and moisturising products were making me break out.

While watching an ad one night I heard of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. A creamy rich cleanser that can be used on ANY SKIN. Any skin?? Really?? So a product that moisturises dry skin can also reduce the oil in mine? Whatever! I did like the look of it though and the ingredients it used. The idea of exfoliating gently while cleansing was appealing and the whole ad was very persuasive, but I decided I didn't have the money to waste on another false promise. What a mistake that was! 

A few months later, (lucky for me), my mum's friend bought her a full Liz Earle set for her birthday. Of course, I immediately stole some of the cleanse and polish :) . The result was immediate and (to me) miraculous!! My skin felt so soft and it was actually glowing! I'd forgotten what it was like to have good feeling skin. It felt squeaky clean yet soft and moisturised. A few weeks later and my skin looked great too! Those last few niggling spots cleared up and I was getting compliments all the time.
After Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

I may do a full review and explanation of the Cleanse and Polish as I just love it and want to spread the word but there isn't time here.

Of course, these treatments are great and I am so thankful to have found them, a great way to manage the problem... but they don't solve the problem. Every now and then, like anyone else, I get lazy. I don't drink as much water as I should, I stop taking Dianette for a while (I was told I should take a break from it every so often as it can cause problems) or I run out of my cleanse and polish. It's only a day or two until the breakout creeps back on to my face!

So... I have decided to try to get to the root cause of acne and I'm enlisting you! They say everyone's skin reacts differently, which is absolutely true... with topical treatments, but I believe that the root cause has to be something similar for all of us? Do we just manage it? Wait it out? It could be so many things, maybe diet? Many Doctors have said that diet is not linked to acne but online you can find lots of video diary etc where people have something out and had success. So is it a symptom of allergies? I don't know but I would like to get closer to finding out...

Starting on the 11th August 2013, I am going to follow a theory every two weeks, starting with dairy. If after 2 weeks I feel it is helping, I will extend it to 30 days and then review. If I feel it has no effect I'll try the next thing... You can help by sending me your stories, photos and suggestions/theories that you think may help in permanently getting rid of acne.

In summary

  • See your dermatologist as soon as possible after you first notice the signs of acne, you could prevent scarring.
  • The things that worked for me were Dianette (disclaimer) and Liz Earle cleanse and polish.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Make a conscious effort to stay calm and try and keep stress levels down
  • Distract yourself with fun activites, laugh whenever you can.
  • Try not to focus on your acne. The more you think about it the more stressed you'll become and just exacerbate the problem.

I hope you find some of this helpful and if you want to join on #TarasClearSkinQuest please tweet me @frostedplanet , comment below or post on my facebook page (frosted planet beauty) your Day 1 photo's and ideas for things we can all try whether that be great vitamins, foods or whatever you've heard of.

See you all soon,

The boring bit:
I am NOT a medical professional. All opinions in this post are my own. If you are under 18 please seek permission from your parent/guardian before following any of my advice. Please see my DISCLAIMER . Dianette has side effects and possible negative reactions laid out in the manufacturers instructions they should only be prescribed by a MEDICAL DOCTOR.
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Plastic surgery with makeup! Contouring for your perfect face shape.....

                    ROUND                                    PEAR/TRIANGLE

                 OVAL                             DIAMOND                    OBLONG                       SQUARE                              HEART

Almost every good make up and beauty guru these days, has covered the topic of contouring! The thing is... they all follow roughly the same routine. They all shape your face the same way regardless of the shape you already have. What I would like to show you is a more personal approach  with specific shaping techniques customised to suit your face shape!

If you haven't heard of this great make up method before, contouring uses highlights and shadowing to change the appearance of your face and facial feautres. This is includes sagging necks, uneven jawline, eyes, lips and noses! But today I want to concentrate on face shapes.. if you would like more blogs on other features then let me know in the comments below!

The main products used in this technique are highlighter, shader and blusher.....


I prefer to use a matt highlighter for the initial shaping, adding in shimmer later where needed.

I like to use a concealer that is at least 2 shades lighter than my foundation, this works really well for a natural look.

Highlighter is used to draw attention to the parts of your face that you want to emphasise or bring width and fullness to. e.g. cheekbones

 Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 (pictured)

Again, unless you're creating a high fashion or photographic look I would steer clear of the shimmer products. My favourite product to contour with is a nice matt bronzer that you can build and blend easily but you can also use foundation a few shades darfer than your own, or a matt brown eye shadow.
Shader is used to disguise any features you wish to minimize. e.g. double chin
THis will enhance cheekbones and help to blend contouring for a more natural look. You want to choose a colour to help give warmth to your face.
There are 7 basic face shapes - oval, diamond, oblong, square, heart, round and pear/triangle. Oval is seen as the ideal and so I will show you with each face shape how to achieve it!
But first you need to find your face shape. Compare your face with the pictures above to see which category you best fit. If you are finding it hard, use some thin paper to trace the outline of your face on the mirror (make sure you hair is tied back), then compare it with the outlines above. Then just follow the guideline for your face below.....


Congrats!! You're the envy of women everywhere with the most highly desired face shape. All you need to do now is accentuate your beautiful bone structure :) ! Apply blusher to the cheekbones and blend towards the temples. Add a little highlighter above and shader in the hollows of your cheeks as shown.


You have a slightly slimmer forehead and pointed chin with wider cheekbones and temple area. To round the face off into a more oval shape, shade the points of the chin and forehead, and highlight the 4 corners of the face to draw them out (high temples and jawline). Finish by adding blusher to the apples of the cheeks as shown.


With a long, narrow face shape, you want to try and create width, reducing the length of the face. Use shader on the chin and top of your forehead. Highlight the temples and sides of your lower jaw. Blend you blusher out along the cheekbones towards your ears as shown.


With an angular bone structure the face appears to be of similar width from the forehead to the jaw line. The aim is to soften the angles and reduce width at the top and bottom of the face. So we're not going to use highlighter for this one, just shader to the 4 corners of the face and blusher under the cheekbones, blending out towards the temples as shown.


You have a wider forehead and a slim jaw and chin, usually forming a slight point. Add shader to the 2 corners of your forehead to slim it down and highlight the sides of the jaw, adding width. Apple blusher to the apples of the cheeks as shown.


You have fuller cheeks and rounded corners of the forehead. Your face may also be slightly shorter in length giving you a round shape. First apply shader to the 4 corner of your face, then apply a thin strip of highlighter down the centre (forehead, nose, tip of chin). Apply your blusher high on your cheekbones and blend out as shown.


Last but not least, pear face shapes tend to have a narrow forehead and a wide lower jaw, aka a triangle. Add width to the forehead by highlighting the sides. Shade the sides of the lower jaw to slim it down and apply blusher along the centre of your cheekbones to the temples as shown.

And there you have it!! 7 ways to contour for 7 diferent face shapes... you'll be amazed at the difference it makes and my clients have often told me their friends ask if they've 'had something done?'

If you have any questions or would like to see more contouring of noses, eyes, jawline etc. let me know in the comments section.

I'm also going to pick a few of my most popular blogs and turn them into Youtube videos and tutorials. If you would like to nominate this blog, please do so in the comments.

See you soon!!!
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