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Monday, July 9, 2018

Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe

Okay, I know everyone is on a health kick since summer is finally here however, every now and then we need to treat ourselves. On Friday it was my brother and sister's 18th birthday and having not baked anything for quite a while I was feeling the baking buzz and made them a birthday cake. I asked them to pick whatever they felt like and said I'd bake it. They decided to choose a simple chocolate cake with buttercream icing (My personal favourite) and so I got to work.

The cake turned out beautifully and was so delicious so I thought I would share the recipe with you guys! I took the recipe from Ann Nicol's book 'Cakes' which you can purchase here. 


CHOCOLATE SANDWICH CAKE



Serves 10-12
INGREDIENTS
130g/4 1/2oz/ generous 1/2 cup butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g/9oz/ 1 1/4 cups caster (superfine) sugar
3 eggs, beaten 
225g/8oz/ 2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
5ml/1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) 
50g/2oz/ 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
250ml/ 8fl oz/ 1 cup buttermilk 



FOR THE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM
50g/ 2oz dark (bittersweet) chocolate
175g/6oz/ 1 1/2 cups icing (confectioners) sugar, sifted
115g/4oz/ 1/2cup unsalted butter, softened 
Few drops of vanilla extract



RECIPE

Line two 20cm pans with greaseproof paper and set the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas 4 



In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until it is creamy, light and fluffy. 

*TOP TIP*
Butter and sugar are super hard to cream together if the butter is straight out of the fridge. Before you begin, leave the butter out of the fridge for a little while just so it can soften and then cut it up into cubes. This will save a lot of time and work on your part and is more time efficient. 




















Next, add the eggs and sift in the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture.

*TOP TIP*
When carrying out this step of the recipe, make sure to sift in the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture in batches. Flour and powder products have a tendency of flying everywhere when your mixing them in. By doing this in batches there is less chance of half the mixture flying all over you and the surface. 


Finally, pour the buttermilk into the mixture and mix until you get a lovely, creamy, chocolaty batter and pour half of the mixture into each tin that you prepared earlier. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until firm to the touch. 




Leave the cakes to cool for a few minute before removing them from their tins and leave to cool on a wire rack. 

While the cakes are cooling, this is the perfect time to begin making your buttercream. 

In a bowl, melt the chocolate and in a separate mixing bowl cream the butter and icing sugar together. 

*TOP TIP*
Like I said earlier, mixing flours and powders together can be messy business ESPECIALLY with icing sugar. Make sure you work the icing sugar slowly as otherwise you will create a massive dusty icing sugar cloud around you which isn't particularly nice and leaves a lot of mess.






















Leave the chocolate to cool slightly and mix into the sugar and butter mixture to make a delicious chocolate buttercream. Use half of the buttercream to use between the two layers and the rest for the top as decoration. 




















*TOP TIP*
If you want to make this chocolate cake even more devilish, add chocolate or sprinkles to the top for more decoration. 

And there you have it! A cheeky chocolate cake for your cheat day this summer! 

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Leave your favourite treat for cheat day in the comments below and any recipes that you'd like me to attempt! As always make sure you follow me on all my social media to get updates about posts (You can find the icons on the top right corner of this blog!)

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely, Rhi x 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

GETING TO KNOW ME, SINCERELY,RHI X

I've been doing a lot of brainstorming lately about the type of content that I want to produce and put out on my blog and in doing that I've been taking a lot of inspiration from other bloggers and their content. I personally believe that if you like someones posts and would like to take some inspiration from them that that is not a bad thing as long as you credit them so that is what I will be doing in this post.

After reading a couple of blog posts I saw a lot of 'Getting to Know Me' and 'Facts About Me' posts and I realised that although I have been blogging for just over a month now, my readers don't really know too much about me and who I am.

So, today I'm going to be doing the 'Fifty Random Questions Tag'. I found this tag on Rachel's blog 'Little World of Rachel' whose blog you can find here. So thank you Rachel for providing the inspiration for this post.

I would also just quickly like to say a huge thank you to all of my readers lately. Blogging is something I've always wanted to do and I can't thank you enough for the support you have shown for Sincerely, Rhi x so far. I know that I'm still very new to this but, I'm learning and I appreciate your support through comments here or likes and retweets on Instagram and Twitter and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for welcoming me into the blogging community.



Time for the questions!

1. Were you names after anyone? 
Not that I know of actually! My name is native of where I come from which is Wales but that is all I really know about my name haha

2. When was the last time that you cried?
About two days ago. I'm in a long distance relationship and I was just really missing my boyfriend so I had a bit of a weep to myself.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
Umm, it really kind of depends. My handwriting changes A LOT from day to day so sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it. It kind of some depends how I feel.

4. What is your favourite lunch meat?
CHICKEN! I pretty much eat chicken with everything haha

5. Do you have kids?
I do not! I'm only 21 and I feel like I want to experience much more of my life before kids enter the picture.

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
I think so? I quite enjoy my own company and I make myself laugh quite a bit which I think other people find annoying sometimes but I like to think I'm a good person and I like who I am so why not?

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Daily haha

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
I do! I've never really had an issue with my tonsils so they are still in tact.

9. Would you bungee jump?
I think deep down I am an adrenaline junkie. I get really scared and anxious about going on rides but once I've done it once there's no going back so I think I would do it.

10. What is your favourite cereal?
I'm not a huge fan of cereal but if I had to pick it would probably be Coco Pops

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? 
Absolutely not. It's such a waste of time haha

12. Do you think you are strong?
Definitely not! I am so weak

13. What is your favourite ice cream?
Probably chocolate, mint chocolate or cookies and cream!

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Probably their personality and general vibe. When I meet people I like to see that they have something about them, something that makes them interesting and sure of themselves and that they are good people.

15. Red or Pink?
Pink!

16. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?
I have a few insecurities like everyone but it would probably how anxious and worried I get in situations unnecessarily

17. Who do you miss the most?
My boyfriend

18. What is the spark feature that has helped you the most?
I don't know what this question is asking me haha

19. What colour shoes are you wearing?
None, I'm lying on my bed haha

20. What was the last thing you ate?
A piece of my brother and sisters  birthday cake which I made and will have a little baking guide on within the next few weeks!

21. What are you listening to right now?
Taste - Tyga (feat Offset) - It's such a good summer jam!

22. If you were a crayon what colour would you be?
Umm, this is really random haha um I guess blue or purple?

23. Favourite smells?
The ocean, freshly baked cookies and the pages of books

24. Who was the last person you spoke to on your phone?
My boyfriend

25. Mountain hideaway or beach house?
Beach House

26. Favourite sports to watch?
Gymnastics

27. Hair colour?
Brown/Blonde

28. Eye colour?
Blue

29. Do you wear contacts?
No, but I wear glasses

30. Favourite food?
It changes all the time but at the moment I would probably say paella

31. Scary Movies or happy endings?
Happy endings all the way! I hate scary movies I'm so weak and I scare so easily haha

32. Last movie you watched?
Sicario 2

33. What t-shirt are you wearing?
I'm wearing a playsuit that is black with lots of yellow, blue and white flowers. I love it!

34. Summer or winter?
Summer! I hate being cold so much! I'm someone that is naturally quite cold anyway so I hate the winter where it is ten times worse. However, I do love all the things that happen in winter/autumn such as my birthday and Christmas so I'm torn haha

35. Hugs or kisses?
Hugs all day everyday haha

36. Favourite dessert?
I'm a dessert kinda gal so you could please me with pretty much anything!

37. Strength training or cardio?
UMMMMMMMMM, I'm not a very active person but if I ever feel the inspiration I guess cardio? Haha

38. Computer or television?
Computer. I can blog, watch movies, listen to music and interact with you guys all at the same time and it's great haha

39. What book are you reading right now? 
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

40. What is on your mouse pad?
I don't have one

41. Any tattoos?
Nope! I'm not really too interested in getting any but who knows that may change in the future

42. Favourite sound?
Horses hooves on the ground

43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Tough one! But I would probably go with The Rolling Stones

44. What is the farthest you've been from home?
When I went to Washington and New York a few years ago

45. Do you have a special talent?
I literally have zero talent it's ridiculous haha

46. Where were you born?
Wales

47. Where are you living now?
I've just moved back from university where I have been living in Bath for the past three years but, currently I am back home in Wales trying to figure my life out! Haha Hoping to move back to Bath or Bristol next year!

48. What is the colour of your house?
Umm brick coloured? I don't know haha

49. What colour is your car?
I don't have a car even though I have a license so that's a bit gutting haha

50. Any pets?
Unfortunately not!

Hopefully now you have learnt a few things about me that you didn't know before. I love answering random questions because I feel like you get to know a person so much more than if you just answer the bog standard questions everybody asks. If you have any other questions you'd like me to answer leave them in the comments below and I'll get back to you and of course thank you to Rachel from 'Little World of Rachel' for giving me the inspiration for this post!

Sincerely, Rhi x


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June Favourites 2018

June was quite the month! It was super warm here in the UK which us Brits are not too used to,  it was my last month living in my university house and I moved back home. The month was full of laughter and happiness but it was also tinged with sadness. I tried to just enjoy my last month at university with my friends and boyfriend while also being super busy packing so I don't have too many interesting favourites to feature this month rather things that just helped me out throughout the month. I really hope you enjoy this post and if you could leave a comment, like and share on Twitter and Instagram I would really appreciate it!

Beauty/ Skincare

The  first product that I really enjoyed using this month was the Mario Badescu Facial Spray in the scent Aloe Herbs and Rosewater. This is a super hydrating and refreshing facial spray which can be used to set makeup or for a hydration boost throughout the day. You can use this spray on both your face and body which means it has been perfect for the really hot summer days we had last month! My boyfriend bought my bottle of this for me for Christmas last year and it has lasted me right up until now and is still going! I've been using this all year mainly to set my makeup because I think it does a really good job however. it has been my saviour in this heat. 

You can purchase the Mario Badescu Facial spray online from Beauty Bay here or Urban Outfitters here



As I've mentioned this past month in the UK has seen temperatures soar and for us big thighed ladies this means we often get a visit from our old friend 'Chub Rub'. I'm really glad that we've started to become more open about talking about bodies and what they look like and accepting them more recently, especially among women. I've always experienced chub rub from when I was a size 8 to a size 16, I just have thighs that touch. In this weather that means that my legs rub together  when I sweat and cause my inner thighs to become really sore and uncomfortable which often makes me dread wearing dresses in the summer. There are many ways to solve this and you can find many solutions to it online but this past month I have been using talc or baby powder. It helps by basically drying your legs and therefore causing less of a rub when you sweat however, it only really works for a maximum of half and hour. While talc has been my saviour this month while my cash has been low I'm hoping to invest in some thin cycle shorts to wear under dresses and skirts in the hot weather. You can purchase talc from pretty much any superstore, drugstore or beauty store and it's super cheap . I just use this Johnsons one.



Books and Literature

In the month of June I started reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt which follows a group of eccentric misfits and their classics teacher who discover a new way of thinking and living that is beyond the mundane existence of their contemporaries. But going beyond the bounds of morality their lives are changed forever. 

I haven't finished this book yet however, I can safely say that it is brilliant and I'm absolutely loving it! When I have finished I will be sure to upload a review for you guys so you can get your teeth into it. 



Miscellaneous

In the past month I have enjoyed a few things that don't necessarily fall into any other categories so I thought I would just put them under the title Miscellaneous.  

I've talked about this next product in one of my other posts called 'My Acne Experience' and it is one of the HydrateM8 water bottles. This water bottle has been my saviour in the last month. The bottle has times of the day on it so you know if you're behind on your water intake or ahead and it really helps keep track of how much water you are drinking during the day. It is so important to be drinking water to keep your skin clear and to keep you hydrated especially in the heat we have been having recently. If you don't like drinking just plain water, try adding a drop of squash or a piece of lemon to your water to make it a bit more tasty. I don't do this all the time but it definitely helps on those days where I'm struggling to drink my water. You can find these water bottles on Amazon or on the HydrateM8 official website here.  



While I've been loving the weather recently it has meant that it is getting super bright outside really early in the morning and sometimes I just don't feel like getting up at 5am. With the hot weather making it difficult to get to sleep, being woken up early is just not what I need so I have been loving wearing an eye mask to bed at night. I've never really been the kind of person to wear and eye mask however, the light has really been affecting my sleeping pattern so I though I'd invest in one. I got this one from Typo for £6.00.


Finally, I have been going on about this throughout this entire post, my final favourite from the month of June was something so simplistic - the weather. It had been so lovely just to have some sunny, hot days recently and it has been a lovely welcome break after the stresses of University. 



I hope you've really enjoyed reading this post. Let me know what some of your favourites from the month of June were. I'd love to hear about them. 

Make sure to follow me on all of my social media and I'll give you a cheeky follow back and I'll speak to you soon.

Sincerely, Rhi x

Instagram - @disneyxrhi

Twitter - @sincerelyrhian

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Day Out at Bristol Zoo



In many of my posts lately I have mentioned that I have recently finished university and am moving back home. This means that my boyfriend and I will be in a long distance relationship and these past couple of weeks we have tried to have fun little days out to enjoy while we still have a bit of time together in the same place!

We decided that we really wanted to visit Bristol Zoo as it was pretty close to where we're currently living so we thought we'd make a day out of it. Both of us had visited the zoo when we were much younger and I couldn't really even remember going so I was really excited about our little trip.

We currently live in Bath so Bristol Temple Meads train station is around a 10-15 minute journey by train. When you get to Bristol you then have to get the number 8 bus to the zoo. It runs really often (I think about 10-15 minutes) so it's really easy to jump off a train and straight on to a bus that picks up right outside the train station. The bus is a circular route so it can take up to half an hour to get to the actual zoo and the zoo stop is near the end of the route so make sure you leave early enough to make a full day out of it.

The zoo is open from 9:00am until 5:30pm every day and adult tickets cost £15.00, children £9.00 and concession tickets (for students etc.) are £15.00 online however, ticket prices may vary at the gates. In addition, Bristol Zoo is a conservation project so ticket prices may also vary depending on whether you decide to donate 10% of your ticket price to the zoo to help save wildlife around the world.

When entering the park each person is given a map showing what animals they have and where in the parks you can find them, areas for refreshments and first aid and also talks that will be held in different enclosures around the park throughout the day. We decided not to go to any talks in particular as we wanted to take the park at our own pace and really enjoy the day rather than running from spot to spot however, we did run into the talk at the seal pool which was really interesting. It was great to see the seals having fun and getting fed so I can safely say that the talks are worth it if that is something that you are interested in!


There are also plenty of zookeepers scattered around the park so if you have any questions they are always happy to have a chat with you. We had a particularly interesting conversation with a lady about the importance of using palm oil as it is much more sustainable and is better for the environments and the habitats of many animals. I haven't done much research into the use of palm oil so I'm excited to learn about what the benefits of using it are for animals around the world.

The park has many open spaces that you can sit and rest and a splash zone for children to use on hot days to cool down. Most of the park is in the open so if you are going on a hot day I recommend taking a hat and getting yourself covered in suncream.  We went on the hottest day of the year so far so I was so glad that we brought water and suncream with us to keep us safe in the heat.

Also, if you're like me and are terrified of snakes you'll be happy to know that they are in a section of their own in the park and you have the choice whether to go into the building or not. I was worried that I would bump into snakes and not really be able to avoid them but as they are in a separate building by themselves you do not have to see them. My boyfriend went in but I stayed with the tortoises outside who were much kinder to me haha!

At the end of the park there is also a gift shop where you can buy soft toy animals and other miscellaneous animal decorated things! My boyfriend surprised me with this lovely soft penguin!


So that is my quick guide to Bristol Zoo! I will leave any helpful links at the bottom of this post and I hope you enjoy some of the photos that I took on the day! They aren't the most amazing quality due to animals being behind glass and it being a really hot, bright day so the light was reflecting off the windows but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless!














Sincerely, Rhi xx 

*All Images are my own*

Bristol Zoo Gardens - https://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/













































Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: MUA Pro Eyeshadow Palette Fire Vixen



Where can you purchase this product?

I bought this palette from Superdrug

How much is this product? 

I picked it up for £5.00 in Superdrug who I believe are the only high street retailers who sell MUA cosmetics. (Correct me if i'm wrong in the comments!)

How heavy is this product?

This palette weighs 12g.

What ingredients are in this product?

This palette has three different type of shadow in it. According the the packaging the product has matte, high pearl and standard shadows.


Matte Eyeshadows - 1,3,5,6,7,9,13,15
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Paraffinum Liquidum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol. (Source: Product Packaging)

High Pearl Eyeshadow- 2,4,8,10,14
Ingredients: Mica, Polyisobutene, Paraffinum Liquidum, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol. (Source: Product Packaging)

Eyeshadow - 11, 12
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum, Polyisobutene, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol. (Source: Product Packaging)


Product Description/ Information

15 complimentary eyeshadows curated in stunning hues with a soft and silky finish. Create a multitude of looks with the highly pigmented formulas in both matte and pearl that blend easily. For show-stopping results blend and layer the shades for multi-tonal finishes, or wear alone for a softer look.  (Source: Product Packaging)

How is the overall application of the product? 

The overall application of this product is fantastic! The shadows are soft, smooth and creamy so they apply really well on the lid. The product picks up really well on the brush and there is little fallout. However, personally I feel that the pearl shadows apply a lot easier than the other shadows and take much less work to pick up on the brush and layer on the lid. With the pearl eyeshadows you can expect to maybe dip your brush in only once or twice however the other shadows tend to take much more work to transfer from the palette to your lid. In saying that though, once the product is on the matte shadows are just as pigmented and beautiful and the pearl shadows.

What is the pigmentation of the product like?
As I said previously, I found all of the shadows to be very pigmented however, some shadows took slightly longer to actually show up on the lid due to their fair colouring. For example shades 1 and 7 I found were the most difficult to transfer from palette to lid. Overall, the palette is extremely pigmented especially shades 12, 15 and 10.





What is the staying power of these eyeshadows like?

I think that this palette is the perfect summertime/ holiday palette. You can achieve both subtle and bold looks but keeping it summery, fiery and romantic at the same time so I've been using this palette A LOT this summer. As my go to day to day summer palette I have found the staying power of these shadows to be really impressive. Even on a hot sweaty day these shadows always get me to the end of the day and look great! Considering this palette is only £5.00, I think that this palette should be every girls go to this summer.

Final Thoughts

If you're looking for a cheap, all in one summer palette for your next holiday I would definitely recommend this MUA Fire Vixen palette. You could just take this one palette on holiday with you and you would never be short of a new summery look. Though the matte shades are more difficult to get from palette to lid, the colour payoff is worth it.

Summer is the time to try out those bold looks. The tangy orange and the bright reds in this palette give you the perfect opportunity to experiment with new looks as well as being beginner friendly with more subtle, understated colours. In any case, if you decide to purchase and create a look out of this palette I can guarantee you're going to look super summery and beautiful this summer.

Sincerely, Rhi xx












Sunday, June 17, 2018

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes in Under 15 Minutes

Cleaning my makeup brushes is always a struggle. Getting the motivation to go through every product soaked brush is difficult especially when there is so many of them. You look at them and keep putting the task off until one day your doing your makeup and nothing is happening beside streaky foundation and concealer that is is more squished into your pores than beautifully blended.

This is when you tell yourself enough is enough and finally find the energy to get out of bed, stop watching Netflix and clean your brushes. 

But what do you do when you get to that point? I've seen so many tutorials on how to clean my brushes and what products you should be using but honestly, I just want something that is quick and simple and will get the job done within 15-20 minutes. I know everyone has their own way of doing things but this is how I clean my makeup brushes in under 15 minutes.

What you need
* A brush cleaning mat - I got this one from Primark for £4.00 but you can find them really cheap on Amazon 
* A good shampoo- I like this Tresemm√© Moisture Rich Shampoo. I go by the motto that if it's good enough for the hair on your head, it's good enough for the hair on your makeup brushes. 
* Your dirty makeup brushes - To clean them! 




I wash my brushes in a sink just because I find it much easier and fuss free.  I place my cleaning mat in the sink and start by running the water until it is tepid. Then I dampen my brush. 



*TOP TIP*
When you wash your brushes make sure to hold your brush at an angle so the water doesn't run back into the brush and weaken the glue that is holding the hairs into the handle of the brush. 

I then put a small drop of the shampoo onto the cleaning mat and give it a good scrub. The cleaning mat will do a lot of the work for you so a few seconds of scrubbing will get much of the product out for you pretty quickly. Larger brushes may take slightly longer as well as brushes that have a lot of product in them.


*TOP TIP*
Try not to put too much on the mat as it can take a long time to get all of the soapiness out of the brush especially if it is a thick face brush. This will save you time. 

I then just give my brush a quick squeeze, making sure that all of the product and the shampoo is out of the brush and place it on a towel or a piece of kitchen roll or toilet paper to let it dry. 



*TOP TIP*
If you can keep your brushes at an angle that is the best thing for them as the water that is left in the brush can run backwards into the glue and loosen the hairs. However, if you can't do that, lying them flat is perfectly fine. 

So there you have it! That is how I clean my makeup brushes in under 15 minutes. If you can get yourself a brush cleaning mat they save so much time and it means your hands don't get all wrinkly from spending so much time in water. 

Below I will leave a photo of my before and after pictures so you can see for yourself how well this technique works! 
BEFORE

AFTER


Let me know in the comments how you clean your makeup brushes and if you have any tips for helping the rest of us get our makeup brushes cleaned quicker!

Thanks for reading! 

Sincerely, Rhi x 







Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My Acne Experience

Today I thought I would write a post talking about my experience with acne. Acne is something that has been in my life for quite a few years now and even at the ripe age of 21 I still get flare ups. I'm going to try and split this blog post up a little bit to make sure I'm covering every aspect because I understand that this is something that people are going through and I know how badly it can affect your confidence. So hopefully through this post I will be able to let you know how I've managed my acne and what I've found works for me.

Also, just a quick disclaimer before I start. I am NOT a doctor and have NO medical training. Anything that I mention in this blog post is from my own experiences and research so please do not rely on me for medical information as it is different for everybody. I will leave links to anything I have mentioned at the bottom of this post.


When did I realise I had acne and not just teenage spots?

I probably realised I had acne for the first time when I was around 15 years old. I was starting my final exams and the spots on my face were completely out of control. They were spread across my forehead, me cheeks and my chin. They weren't like a standard spot though they were large and painful and often had no heads so you couldn't really pop them (not that you should do that it causes scarring).  My face was absolutely covered in them and my face was red all over. It was extremely uncomfortable and it affected my confidence majorly.  At that age, I wasn't someone that regularly wore makeup. I'd maybe have some concealer for my under eyes and if a spot popped up I'd use if for that too but before I had acne I had pretty much flawless skin which was probably why it was such as shock when I started getting bright red, sore spots everywhere on my face and I started wearing a lot more makeup to cover it up.

What did I do?

I used every face wash you can probably think of in order to try and get these spots to budge but, they either brought me out in a massive rash, made my acne worse or completely dried out my skin to the point where it was peeling. It was the worst. Nothing was working for me and my confidence was getting worse and worse by the day. I had to seek a professional opinion. So, I booked an appointment and went to the doctors.

What was I prescribed?

When I went to see the doctor and he looked at my face (even with foundation and concealer on) and he agreed with me straight away that this wasn't just teenage spots but that it was acne. It wasn't the worst case ever and so he told me that it was very treatable and that we could do something about it. I thought it was great that I finally had a solution.

I was prescribed a few different types of tablet over time which were progressively stronger than the last batch of medication that I took. When I went to the doctor the first time I was prescribed Doxycycline which is an antibiotic to treat infections including skin conditions and rocasea. I was an oral medication that came in small capsules. Alongside this I was prescribed a cream that had Salicylic acid in it which is also an antibiotic used to treat acne. I followed the course for the tablets and used the cream everyday before bed. Over a few weeks I saw some changes and my acne appeared to be getting much better and a lot easier to handle but, after a while I realised that it wasn't really working anymore. It sort of seemed like my body had become used to the medication and it was no longer strong enough to work. Over time I was prescribed a few other types of tablet (there are many that can be used to treat acne) and finally my doctor told me that there was only one option left and that was to take something called Roaccutane.

What is Roaccutane?

Roaccutane, also known as Isotretinoin, has a lot of controversy surrounding whether it should be used so widely. As this tablet was extremely strong the doctor referred me to my hospital where they would give me a run down of what it was, the side effects and what to expect from taking this drug. This drug can only be 'prescribed by a consultant led team at a hospital- based pharmacy' (GOV.UK). This was so that 'specialists with the most experience can advise patients about the important safety issues associated with Isotretinoin.' (GOV. UK).

As you can imagine this in itself was pretty terrifying. I had to go to hospital to get this medicine. When I finally had my appointment with the consultant they told me about the side effects of taking this drug. There were the standard sort of side effects you could get with many drugs including headaches, dry throat and feeling sick etc however, there were some also pretty terrifying serious side effects that could occur including increased risk of anxiety, depression and though this is extremely rare Isotretinoin capsules have been known to make 'to make people feel suicidal.' (NHS).

For me personally, the answer was simple. I was not going to subject myself to a treatment that could potentially ruin me as a person just for my appearance no matter what the chances or the odds were that this wouldn't happen and that my acne would get better.

So what did I do next?

By this time I was around 17-18 years old so this had been going on from a few years since I first saw my doctor. I had almost become accustomed to having acne. Obviously I was still conscious that it was there and my confidence wasn't perfect but nobody ever mentioned anything about it or made fun of me for it and I guess it didn't really bother me as much. Don't get me wrong, it was still painful but it wasn't as bad as it had been in previous years. However, I knew that I still didn't want to go through this and I needed to find some solutions.

What helped?

As I mentioned previously I had tried so many facial washes and creams that were supposed to help acne but really didn't work for me. However, these may work for you as every skin type is different so definitely try them out before anything else.

However, I've only found that four things work for me. The first and second are make sure that you're drinking plenty of water and that you have a relatively healthy diet.  This is pretty obvious but you'd be surprised by how what you eat and drink can affect your skin majorly! I try and drink at least two 750ml bottles of water a day. I've found that the HydrateM8 water bottles are great for keeping me on track. You can find them on Amazon for around £14.00.

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I have also found that the Soap and Glory face and skincare range is fantastic. Although many of their products are scented I've not had an issue with any of them and they work brilliantly with my skin. They are not harsh and don't leave me with a rash nor do they dry out my skin so I would highly recommend any of their products. 

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Finally, I love using Lush face masks. They use a lot of really good ingredients that are kind to your skin and help it get better rather than making it worse like many other face care products have a tendency to do. So I would highly recommend going into Lush and asking an employee what they think would work best for your skin and get your go to skincare saviour! Mine is Mask of Magnaminty if you're interested. 


So there you have it. My acne experience and what worked for me. I still struggle with flare ups at 21 and I think I will for most of my life. My acne is often brought on by stress and anxiety and these are often things we can't ignore in our lives. If you have acne or struggle with spots I want to show you that there are different things that work for different people because we're all different and our skin is therefore different and that's not a bad thing it just means we have to learn about our skin and what works for us. What works for me may not work for you so thorough this post I hope that I have encouraged you to get to know your skin and what works for it. It's going to take time and it might feel at times that you're never going to find a solution but, you absolutely will. 

I know that it is frustrating when people say 'well why don't you just wash your face' and you've used five facial washes that morning and are constantly applying creams to your face but try to forget about that. Whether you have acne or spots or any skin condition I want you to know that you're still beautiful and just because you have a few spots it doesn't make you any less beautiful. We all suffer with something that makes us self conscious but over time you learn to accept it and love yourself. You only have one body and one face so love it and embrace it and don't be shy about it. If you don't feel like wearing makeup one day, don't wear it. Nobody else matters. Your confidence and self love is more important than anything else.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post today and I hope I've maybe helped someone that is going through this right now. I'll see you in the next one