When I started my blog (on Tumblr, about 7 years ago!) I focused on nails, partly because I loved a good manicure but more importantly because a blog filled with nails meant that I never had to show my face. I have rosacea, a skin condition that currently has no cure, and it makes me so self-conscious that even now it’s a struggle to take and publish photos. This is my rosacea story, in collaboration with Eau Thermale Avène.

My rosacea story: Avène Anti-Rougeurs cleanser and face mask - skincare for rosacea and sensitive skin.

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A warning… this Skincare Shake Up is pretty long (even for me!) BUT I promise it’s worth it. There are some old favourites, some new staples, some expensive treats and some cheap must-haves… strap in for a mammoth Skincare Shake Up: October 2017 edition!

Skincare Shake Up October 2017 - full skincare routine for sensitive/rosacea skin

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Every couple of months, those of us who love skincare get very excited… yep, it’s time for the Escentual French pharmacy sale! Amazing products with up to 1/3 off – what’s not to love? I’ve picked my favourite products below, to save you wading through pages and giving up in frustration. Don’t say I never give you anything!

Escentual French Pharmacy Sale

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A few weeks ago I posted about my finding skincare favourites challenge with Boots UK (read it HERE). In that post I gave a little introduction to my skin and its issues – primarily rosacea and therefore ridiculously sensitive skin – and also showed you the products I would be trying out. I’ve been doing this challenge for about three weeks now, but many of these products are trusted skincare favourites of mine, ones that crop up in so many of my recommendations and ‘favourites’ posts, so you could say this is a bit of a skincare ‘dream team’!

*This is a sponsored post in association with Boots UK.

Moisturisers for rosacea and sensitive skin: I've been finding skincare favourites with Boots

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Some people love wandering around the shoe section in Selfridges. Some are happiest in Paperchase (which I *totally* get, that place is dreamy). For me, I could waste hours in Boots. Whether it’s in person – swatching make up all the way up my arm – or online where I repeatedly fill my online basket full of my skincare wishlist after doing hours of research on all the new releases. The return of the 3 for 2 deal means you can find your skincare favourite with Boots UK – come and see what I’m trying out this month!

This is a sponsored post in association with Boots UK.

Find Your Skincare Favourite With Boots UK - Vichy Water Mask, great for soothing sensitive skin.
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I’m really enjoying putting together these ‘5 Best…’ blog posts. I love trying new skincare and finding things that my skin not only tolerates, but truly loves. And if you find something that’s a total bargain as well, that’s just the icing on the cake! I’d love to hear your recommendations, so once you’ve read about my picks of the 5 best budget face masks for sensitive skin, please leave a comment with your faves below! I love trying your recommendations and I hope you all find new favourites in the posts and comments.

5 best budget face masks for sensitive- and rosacea-prone skin

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So far in my ‘5 Best…’ series we’ve covered cleansers and moisturisers, so next up is one of the most exciting posts in the series: 5 best budget exfoliators. I can hear you laughing at the back, and yes I’m aware that exfoliators don’t *sound* that exciting but hear me out! If you don’t currently use one, or use it sporadically, then I can guarantee that when used regularly it can transform the skin. A good exfoliator makes you look healthier, less tired, helps with blemishes and, as a result, make up sits better on the skin. I have a lot to say about this topic so grab a cuppa and a biscuit!

5 Best Budget Exfoliators for Sensitive Skin/Rosacea

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This year has felt about 6 years long. So much has happened, both close to home and all over the world and I’ll be honest, I’ll be happy to see the back of 2016. But for every awful thing that happened this year, there are lots of happy things to commemorate and celebrate. So here is my 2016 in review!

2016 In Review - Talonted Lex

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