TRIED + TESTED | Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum*

The very lovely lot over at Skinkissed got into contact with me a couple of weeks ago, to see if I wanted to try their Vitamin C serum and of course I jumped at the opportunity. The serum is designed to hydrate with hyaluronic acid, reduce signs of aging with collagen and to brighten and reduce the appearence of acne scarring using Vitamin C. All of these things are what I look for in skincare products and I couldn't wait to see if this lived up to the buzz I had been seeing online.

Firstly, the packaging is simple yet practical - the pipet is very satisfying. The product itself has no nasty perfumes or fragrances so it wont irritate sensitive skins (although I'd always advice patch testing) although it does mean the product has a 'natural' scent which disappears once the product is massaged in. 

I apply three-four drops over my skin after cleansing before my make up and massage in using my finger tips. It absorbs super quick meaning you don't have to wait around before applying foundation.

After using this for a couple of weeks I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin. It's plump and hydrated and I'm having fewer breakouts. Although I haven't noticed much in the way of fading acne scarring however I'm sure that's something that would be more visible with prolonged usage. 
I will continue to use it and check back in in a couple of months on my Insta Stories to see if it makes a difference. 

You can purchase the Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum on Amazon

I now have a discount code for you lovely lot! If you want 20% off your entire order at by using the code 'lv_blackwell-20' !!

*this product was sent to me however all opinions are my own.

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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | Pinterest Made Me Do It

I could spend hours and hours scrolling, pinning and getting an enormous amount of inspiration from Pinterest. Initially, I couldn't understand it so I left it for ages but I've come back to it this year and it's slowly become an obsession. 

I pin a lot of 'style' images for outfit ideas, I honestly thing it's entirely to blame for my addiction to buying clothes. Instead of lobbing everything onto the ever-growing board, I've started a seasonal style board - Autumnal Style

Without realising I've been pinning essentially the same image over and over, perhaps with different camis and different cardigans but it's the same combination. 

I always gravitate towards cardigans during autumn, they're great to throw on over the top of a summery outfit to give it a transitional feel. Plus they're cosy, comfy and all round fab. This god awful weather we've had this summer has made my craving for autumnal clothes come slightly early and so I picked up this £13 cardigan from Primark this week, in a size large for extra cosy-ness.

Camis are standard in most peoples wardrobe, I wanted something a little more summery/feminine with the lace to contrast the chunky knit. This was £3 in Primark - sorry everything in my wardrobe is suddenly primark, it appears my on and off love affair with it is well and truly on at the mo.

In a lot of the images the girls are wearing lots of jewellery but I've tried it with layered necklaces but the tangling of them all stresses me out, so I kept things simple with this delicate wishbone necklace from H&M.

My skinny jeans are Topshop Jamie Jeans, they're my all time favourite jeans. Super comfortable, high waisted and finish just above the ankle. I've had these for years! I definitely want to repurchase some without the rips in the knees though.

Pair this look with your favourite heeled boots and you've got a cute autumnal, every-day look. I think this would look perfect for uni/sixth form. 

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I may have mentioned, in my June Favourites, that I had found my holy grail mascara, nothing else compared, I was never going to buy a different one again etc. etc. Well I was all about that until L'Oreal Launched a mascara in rose gold packaging and like the cliche blogger that I am, I needed to buy it. 

The Paradise Extatic mascara promises to give you voluminous lashes with a feather-soft feel. I love a thick spidery lash and always have done. I will never be one of these one-swipe-and-I'm-done sorts, I'm all about layering and layering. I love any mascara that can layer without being overly clumpy or go flakey throughout the day. Paradise Extatic ticks all the boxes with regards to layering and achieving a full lash look.

The brush is thicker, with soft bristles that coat the lashes well. I must say, the shape does make it slightly more difficult to coat the shorter lashes in the inner corner.

It's been compared to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, however in my opinion, it's waaaay better. I loved the finish and formula of the BTS but it melted down my face and smudged every where. The L'oreal offering gives a very similar finish without the smudgy mess! It does still transfer to my upper lid, but in my 21 years of make up loving, oily skin, hooded eye life I'm still yet to find a mascara that doesn't. 

I can't wait for them to release a waterproof formula for this range, so I can have all the benefits of this full lash look but with a curl too!

Just as a heads up, I'd get this mascara whilst it's on an introductory price of £9.99 instead of £11.99 full price - which is very pricey for a drugstore mascara I must say.
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My Go-to Primers

Up until a couple of months ago, primers were not a regular feature in my make up routine. Now, I can't imagine doing my make up without them. I've been alternating between three depending on how my skin is feeling/looking and what I'm doing that day.

For days where I'm not doing anything exciting, so probably just staying in all day - I'll opt for the Primark Primer Water. It's alcohol free, oil free and silicone free so doesn't upset the skin, instead it just gives the complexion some extra hydration to make foundation glide on over the top. It's an absolute steal for £2 and has really impressed me. 

If my skin is looking a little sallow, dehydrated and in need of a drink asap then I reach for the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Infused with coconut water, this quenches thirsty skin and gives a light luminosity back into the complexion, leaving the skin plump and hydrated. This definitely extends the longevity of my foundation too, ideal for long days after too many late nights. 

I have recently posted about The Ordinary High-spreadability fluid primer and how much it has changed my mind about silicone based primers. I hate the texture still, that probably wont change, but  the finish is smooth, pore-less and flawless and I find it makes my foundation go further as theres a barrier between the skin and foundation, my skin doesn't just drink it up. What it does in term of priming can help me look past the slimy feel. 

I'm keen to try more, send your recommendations this way!

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If you'd have told me three years ago that I'd be wearing something other than super tight skinny jeans, I would have laughed in your face. They were my staple, my go-to and the only thing that didn't make me feel like a beached whale.

Flash forward three years, and to a time of better mental health, and I'm buying straight leg and even boyfriend fit jeans. Not only that, I'm actually liking them and opting to wear them over my beloved skinnies. 

This style are from primark and were an absolute steel at £13! I love that they're fitted at the top but maintain that width all the way down so they don't cling to my calf and ankles. However they're very flattering around the bum and waist whilst still being comfortable enough to wear for every day. 

I'm not usually a fan of Primark jeans, I used to be between sizes and they'd never quite look right but my recent weight loss has meant these size 8 ones fit like a dream. It's made both me and my purse v happy. 

I've styled them for more of a casual look in todays post, opting for a deep purple cami from New Look tucked in and my beautiful lilac vans - which I'm sure people are getting very sick of seeing on my Instagram. It's a look very much inspired by Lizzy Hadfield (ShotFromTheStreet) - I'm obsessed with her blog and youtube and her styling is just a dream.

 Did you catch last weeks #FashionFridays? - The Midi Dress

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MY HAIR ROUTINE | My Signature Curls

I have two go-to hair looks - straight & curled. Then from there it's either having a good hair day and staying down or it's not co-operating and it's going straight up into a bun/ponytail. 

Here's a little background to my hair type - it's thick, curly, frizzy and dry, so all in all a complete pleasure to style.. not. Oh and I have a seriously sensitive scalp that cannot handle product build up.

I start by washing it, using Herbal Essences Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner, I have been using this combination for years! I love the smell and my hair always feels super soft afterwards.

Before I dry it I spritz on the OGX Coconut Water, this adds hydration and smells bloody beautiful! I then blow dry my hair as straight as possible, which of course is impossible but hey I try. Then if it's the night before I want to style, I run the straighteners over it to take away the frizz and fluffiness. If it's the morning I roughly do that then go straight in with my Tresemme curlers (these aren't my exact ones but they're similar) on the hottest setting, it's the only way my curls will hold.

When curling I have two different routes. For a more messy look I alternate the way I curl each section so one towards the face and one away. For a more sleek defined look I do it all one way - away from the face. 

To stop it from looking so polished I spray the 
Charles Worthington Volume&Bounce Texturising Spray, honestly this stuff smells amazing and does such an incredible shop of adding that lived in look without weighing the hair down.

To refresh the look the next day I run the curlers over any sections that have obviously dropped and then spritz in some of the COLAB Dry Shampoo - I love the Paradise fragrance, it smells like summer in a bottle.

For a treatment I sometimes coat my hair in coconut oil over night if I can be bothered, I definitely should do this more often but I'm seriously lazy when it comes to my hair. If there's also a lot of product build up or I have a bit of time to spare before I shower then I use the Lush Superbalm

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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | The Jersey Midi Dress

A brand spanking new shopping complex has opened up in my town. It's both a blessing and a curse - I mean, there's H&M, New look, Primark & more right on my door step, however the horrendous traffic means I can't drive out of my town without queueing for hours so yeah, not fun.  

So I decided to stroll up on a Sunday morning to see what the fuss was about, it's only half finished and there's still more shops to open but I picked up some bits from Primark including this bargain £6 jersey midi dress. 

I love a good midi dress, they can be dressed up for evening but also toned down for the day time. This one is in a navy shade and the jersey material makes it super comfortable to wear and is incredibly flattering without being too clingy. I love that it's also got a slit up the back to make it easier to move in. 

Hopefully we do get another batch of sunshine in August before summer is officially over so I can wear this out to shop and to get coffee or drinks. Although it can transition into the cooler months by throwing a t-shirt underneath or a cropped knit jumper over the top. 

I also keep featuring these shoes in a lot of my #fashionfridays posts, they're honestly the best heels I've ever purchased. They're from Matalan but I did buy them a good 4 years ago!

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Trying The Ordinary

You can spot the simplistic packaging from The
Ordinary a mile off - probably because you've seen it all over Instagram and your favourite blogs. Their part of the Deciem umbrella and focus on giving good quality skincare without the expensive price tag. You can read the
full ethos on their website, where they explain it a little better than I can.

It's stocked on both and, along with many more, but if you want student discount (10% off) then I'd say purchase from ASOS. Although, neither have the full range available due to it's popularity it's regularly going out of stock but keep checking!

I decided to try two products to start with. The first being the High Fluidity Spreadability Primer, which is a silicone based primer aimed to smooth the surface of the skin ensuring foundation glides over and blends well. I clearly didn't read the description very well because I've mentioned before my not-so-loving attitude towards silicone based primers, the feeling makes my skin crawl. But I spent money on it so I was determined to give it a proper test. 

It definitely smooths the skin out and my foundation glides over the top for a pore-less finish. I even find my foundation goes further, my skin doesn't soak it up and as a result I'm using less. It definitely makes my foundation last longer, usually my skin eats away at it around my mouth and jaw but it still looked intact after a sweaty five hours at work. Despite the initial gross, slimy feeling, I have been thoroughly impressed by the primer and will continue to use it.

Next up is the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution aimed at blemish-prone skin. You apply it directly onto a blemish both AM and PM and let me tell you this - it works wonders. I was apprehensive with my history of allergic reactions to spot gels but this didn't sting or have any adverse effects. It has helped to clear up some seriously painful under the skin spots that were brewing in a matter of days. It's now a staple in my skincare routine.

All in all, I am super impressed with these two products and I definitely want to try more from the range - especially for how much they cost! 

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Sometimes, even if you really really want to love a product, you just can't. 

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser since it's launch and honestly the idea alone got me all excited. The price, however, did not. I'm stingy with body care, especially anything fake tan related, for example the only tan I use is St.Moritz and I get it from Bodycare where it only costs £2.99 - it's cheap & it does the job well. So for me to spend £14.99 to remove it I was like hell noooo, I was also shocked to see there was no introductory price which is odd for a new hyped up product on the market. 

So I patiently waited till it was on offer for £9.99 - less than a tenner I can cope with especially when I'd read so many rave reviews. Unfortunately, it didn't not live up to said reviews and turned out to be a waste of money - thank god I didn't spend fifteen quid on it!

It says to apply before shower, liberally, all over the body and wait 5 mins. Which I did. It's also noted that it's not to be used on tan any earlier than three days old, mine was six. Then, step 3 is to hop into a warm shower and use a wet face cloth to buff away the product and the tan. It literally did nothing. didily squat. zilch. nada. It states 'for more stubborn areas use an exfoliating mitt' - my whole body was apparently a stubborn area. I moisturise every day so there was no areas of skin aside from my ankles (my tan bloody loves my ankles, they're married) that tan was going to cling onto for dear life and if I'm going to spend money on a product that claims to remove product I don't want to then have to go in with another product to actually remove it.

Ok, rant over. But if you thought this product was too good to be true, it's because it kinda is. I guess that's why there's not already a product like it on the market. 

If you're having a tan disaster or need to get it off the old bits to apply a new coat, you're better off sticking to a good old fashioned exfoliating glove - you can get a pack of two from Primark for about £2. 

In the words of Simon Cowell - 'It's a no from me.'

However, I'm still keen to try their actual fake tan, I haven't written Bondi Sands off completely. 

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