Products I Reach For When My Skin Is Freaking Out

I have a few days around when my time of the month where my skin is just horrible, its dry, sensitive and has the odd breakout around the jaw. Its on these days that my body also wants to drink gallons of coke and all the food it can see. When this time of the month does happen, these are the products that I instantly reach for because I just know they will do their job and help me out in someway. PSA: breakouts are normal, they're human, don't worry about them or be afraid of showing them.                 
hormonal skin products


> Mask

Whenever my skin starts to freak out, I slather on the NO DRAMA mask from Funderm*, its a red clay mask that helps to treat breakouts, balance out my skin and add hydrate it all at the same time. Unlike other clay masks, this doesn't dry the skin out. I love using this a few times a week as it really helps with pesky breakouts and skin texture. 

>Spot Treatment

Over the years, I have tried out numerous spot treatments. Before, they used to be something I used all over my face. Now, I use WAS BAD from Funderm* only when I get those under the skin, painful bumps. They never come to the surface but haunt me forever! The main ingredient in this is salicylic acid along with other pre and probiotics that just work wonders for painful things on the face. 

> Retinol

Pixi do ranges really well, they give you the choice of a range of products with one hero ingredient. Their newest range is perfect for breakout prone skin - I need to get my hands on it. In the meantime, their retinol overnight oil* works wonders for the skin. I use this when my skin is really really bad, red and sore. This oil soothes, calms and controls all the craziness that is going on. I do find its very heavily scented though which is a shame :( 

> Hydration

Its taken me yonks to realise that my skin is not oily but super dehydrated. I tend to use these last two products all the time, not just during the time of the month. The Rose Ceramides cream* hydrates the skin to the max! I don't what magic in is in this but it gives my skin such elasticity and suppleness. This Monday Child's Oil is something I bought after seeing it on the gram, its still pretty new to me but when I have used it, I've loved the results. It smells incredible and is filled with a variety of oils that gives the skin a glow and boost in hydration. I've loved wearing this under makeup and mixing the tiniest bit with EL Double Wear to make me all dewy yet matte - such a beautiful finish! 

I hate the hormonal skin freaks out and all I want to eat is pure sugar stage but these products do really help keep my skin in check. What are your go to products when your skin freaks out?

*pr products

Top 5 Nude Lipsticks for Medium Skintones

My lipstick collection is filled with 90% nudes and the rest are the odd red or pink shade. What can I say? I love a good nude lipstick and I feel like I have to add, they're all different! They are either different formulas or different tones. I thought I would round up my top 5 today and talk you through them...I have titled this post for medium skin but I think there is something for everyone in this post.

Huda Beauty Throwback
This is the lightest nude of them all, very much more of a peachy pink. I love the formula of these HB bullet lipsticks, creamy, pigmented and wear well throughout the day. I can only wear with shade with a darker lip liner underneath otherwise it looks horrific, but many liners that I have tried including Huda Beauty ones look amazing and the lipstick pairs so well with them all.

MAC Velvet Teddy
A classic nude lipstick that I know so many people love. I found it hard to choose between this Honey Love and Mehr - they are all incredible nude lipsticks. MAC is great when it comes to finding the perfect lipstick shade as they have a variety of undertones, shades and finishes. I love Velvet Teddy paired with a lip gloss or on its own, its perfect for everyday. 

Fenty Uncuffed
Liquid lipsticks are great to wear when the formula is long lasting and pigmented, Fenty Beauty does this and more! They have the most gorgeous shades and this lightweight, super pigmented lipstick is probably my most worn day and night shade. I know that if I apply this in the morning it will still be there in the evening, no cracking or flaking. I'm getting towards the end of this now and it breaks my heart because it is so beautiful! 

Wet N Wild Mocha-licious
The cheapest of the bunch (only £3) and the darkest. I keep Mocha-licious in my car, so its there for when I forget to apply anything when at home or if I need a top up. Its great to apply really quickly and it super matte - which I love in a lipstick. It has a very cool undertone and would suit medium skin tones amazingly well.  

NYX Sandstorm
I bought this NYX liquid lipstick on a random shop when in Boots, the shade reminds me of a Kat Von D lipstick I used to own a few years back. The formula of these aren't the best, they tend to crack away during the day/ when you have food ect but it reapplies really well and looks gorgeous.

They're all pretty similar but different in their own way.... right?! 

                                                 What's your favourite nude shade?                                             

Summer Skin At Home

 With summer in full swing, its time to get my skin ready for the days out in the sunshine and evening strolls. I have been working a lot on my skin recently, its oily but dehydrated with lots of pigmentation issues and large pores. Everyday I do a simple yet effective skincare routine but, on a weekend, I like to have a full pamper and a facial. Its nothing fancy or elaborate, but a nice way to make my skin feel and look good.
boots skincare

The Lockdown Tag

When I first started blogging, TAG posts were my favourite to do. Its been so long since I've done one and when I saw Hannah from LuxuryBlush create her own lock-down tag, I just had to take part! Her blog is amazing and her instagram is beautiful - definitely check her out! There are 11 questions in total, and if you fancy doing it please do - its so much fun!