I posted a brief introduction to rosacea HERE, including my diagnosis story and a list of common triggers. But I wanted to write about my lifestyle and diet tips for coping with rosacea.

As I have had rosacea for 10 years, I have learned my triggers very well and have now made certain changes to my lifestyle and diet that have made a huge difference. I truly believe that there is a causal link between intestinal health and rosacea flare ups, and therefore it’s one of the main ways in which I control my rosacea. Depending on your triggers, I would really recommend trying these if you feel you can. But do them one at a time to determine how much of an effect they have (and to save your sanity!):

What is rosacea: lifestyle and diet tips for coping with rosacea

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I’ve spoken about rosacea on my blog and social media quite a lot over the past few years. I get a lot of questions from people about caring for sensitive skin with the most common question being ‘What is rosacea?’ There are many who think they might have rosacea and would like more information so let’s start with the basics… For those who don’t know, rosacea is a skin condition that looks like regular facial flushing, but over time becomes more severe and lasts longer due to enlarged and broken capillaries. The flushing is accompanied by raised pimples, an itching and burning sensation and (in serious cases) thickening of the skin.

What is rosacea? My diagnosis and common symptoms

Not just harmless blushing!

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Today I want to introduce you to my current favourite skin care product: the Pure Daily Skin Care Super Active Overnight Oil from Marks and Spencer. This is such a favourite of mine that when I saw my bottle was running out I had to repurchase as I was scared what would happen to my skin if I didn’t!

And weirdly I have no idea where the original bottle came from. It arrived in an unmarked jiffy bag with no note! It could be a competition prize, a free sample, a PR sample… I have no idea. And it’s super frustrating as I bloody LOVE this stuff!

Pure Daily Skin Care from Marks and Spencer

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The Japan Beauty and Skincare Haul

The Japan Beauty and Skincare Haul

My long-suffering fiancé went to Japan recently and obviously I could not pass up the chance to give him a huge list of things I wanted him to get me! He did an amazing job and got most of the things on the list (and some extras). I’m going to be doing reviews of the individual items once I’ve had chance to try them all out but here is a list of everything he got.

  1. Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner
  2. K-Palette eyebrow pen (I actually asked for eyeliner but I am SO PLEASED he got this wrong as I am IN LOVE with this eyebrow pen!)
  3. Fiberwig LX mascara by DJV Beautenizer
  4. Visee lash upswing long mascara
  5. Heroine Make mascara long & curl
  6. Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser
  7. Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV spf50
  8. DHC cleansing oil
  9. Hada Labo Goku-jyun Light Lotion
  10. Kanebo kracie moisturising extra rich face mask
  11. Dariya Black soy milk face mask
  12. Mandom beauty barrier repair hyaluronic acid face mask
  13. Kose cosmeport clear turn white Q10 face mask box
  14. Kanebo kracie lotion face mask box
  15. Kose cosmeport clear turn hyaluronic essence face mask box
  16. Hello Kitty socks (yes)
  17. Harry Potter wand chopsticks (YES)
  18. KitKat green tea flavour (OH MY GOD)

He did so well! Especially considering I gave him a list and he speaks no Japanese! I am desperate to go to Japan and have a feeling I would go even more crazy on beauty items. (EDIT: I went to Japan in Feb 2015 and you can see my hauls here Part 1 and here Part 2)

Everything I’ve tried so far has been wonderful. I’m a bit scared to use some of it because I don’t want it to run out! (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?)

Do you have any recommendations? I want to have a list prepared for my Japan trip!

Lex

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French Pharmacy Beauty Haul

French Pharmacy Beauty Haul

Those who’ve followed me for a while will know that my parents live in France which means I take every opportunity to stock up on French beauty products. I posted my last big haul HERE if you want to see what I already have.

I didn’t have a chance to go over to France before Christmas because of work, but my dad kindly said he would pick some things up for me. He ended up traipsing round 8 pharmacies on his day off and roping countless shop assistants to help him. He’s so cute. I am so glad I stocked up on the essentials (Bioderma and LRP stuff) and also asked him to get some additional things for a small giveaway when I reach my first Bloglovin milestone…!)

The pictures above show what he picked up for me:

  • La Roche Posay Serozinc – I bought this in my last haul, and this time I asked my dad to get me 3 (including one for my friend Jen). You can find my review of Serozinc HERE. They were about €5 each.
  • Bioderma Micellar water – this is a given when you’re anywhere near a pharmacy in France. There’s a review HERE. I got three 500ml bottles for about €8 each.
  • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – This anti-blemish cream has been on my wish list for ages as it is raved about by so many people. This was about €9.
  • Caudalie Huile Divine – A dry oil spray that smells incredible. It was roughly €20.
  • Darphin Intral Redness Relief Recovery Balm – I need to do a proper review of this product as I LOVE it. It is wonderful and smells amazing. This was the only item that wasn’t that much cheaper in France, at about €40, but I love it so much that I don’t mind.
  • Embroyolisse Hydra-Masque – the Embroyolisse moisturiser I got in my last haul is so good that I needed the mask as well, I haven’t tried this yet so I might give it a go tonight. This was €10.
  • La Roche Posay Redermic R Eye cream – I have tried so many eye creams and this one is my current favourite. This was €20.

I am so happy with my haul. My dad did an excellent job and I’m so grateful that he wasted his day off to wander round pharmacies in Toulouse!

What French products do you swear by? Any you would recommend for my next haul?

Lex

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MUA Matte Palette Review

MUA Matte Palette Review

I was so excited when I saw this MUA palette in my local Superdrug as I had been searching all over for it. When I first looked I thought that it was sold out but I sneaked a peek in the secret drawers under the displays (SA’s do NOT like you doing this by the way, so you have to be quick!) and there was 1 left – hooray!

As soon as I saw pictures of this online I knew I needed it. I love their Undressed palettes (dupes of the Naked Urban Decay ones) so I know their quality is really good for the price. I’m definitely a matte eyeshadow girl, I just think they’re so much more flattering than shimmery ones. And this one has some seriously lovely colours.

I’ve been wearing combinations of the top line neutrals to work and they are perfect: subtle but still pretty. At the weekend I decided to do a smokey eye for no reason other than testing this palette out! I used Truffle, Smoke and Taffeta. They are really easy to blend and last very well even without an eyelid primer.

Oh and the last photo was me getting bored of my face after taking so many photos to try to capture the smokey eye. I decided to keep it in as it made me laugh. Does anyone else get bloopers like this? I get really bored of capturing serious photos… I always feel a bit silly. More bloopers I say!

You should hunt this palette down if you can, it’s selling out all over and I can see why! And the best part of this? It is FOUR. POUNDS. Yep. You heard me. Four English pounds. You can get it HERE.

Have you tried any of MUA’s palettes?

Lex

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Garnier Perfect Blur Primer

I ran out of my usual primer (Revlon Photoready) and fancied trying a new one as I wasn’t very impressed with my old one.

This is the new primer by Garnier – 5 Sec Perfect Blur. It is designed to smooth and perfect your skin by targeting wrinkles, discoloration, imperfections, shrinking pores and blocking shine. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it does all of that but I did notice a difference. The cream works by reflecting light and I think it does make lines and pores look less obvious.

I have read some bloggers raving about the ‘silky’ way it applies but I hate it, it’s so silcon-y. It feels like spreading grease on my face.

The main thing I look for in a primer is how well it helps to combat shine throughout the day. Buying this coincided with the crazy heatwave we are having in the UK so I don’t want to be too hasty with my assessment of it. I do find that my forehead and nose are a bit shiny by the time I get home, which means my primer hunt still continues. Is it too much to ask that a primer keeps my foundation in place all day? Am I *reaching* for the stars here? (name the film!)

You an purchase this primer HERE – if you have drier skin then you may find this is a lot more up your street!

Lex

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