Sunday, 5 July 2015

#youlookdisgusting and Why I Started Discovering Beauty

Four months before starting my blog someone told me that I was so ugly that if they punched me in the face you wouldn't be able to tell. Watching the #youlookdisgusting video reminded me of that.

Throughout my teens I had acne, not particular bad acne, I never saw a doctor about it, I just assumed that it would go away once I hit adulthood. The worst bit was the scarring; naturally my skin scars easily, but I didn't help myself by just picking at and irritating my skin. My acne was hormonal so I had this constant cycle of spots appearing then scarring, and then the process repeating again the next month. I hit my twenties and the acne didn't go away, which meant I carried that awkwardness and insecurity of my teens into my adult life.  I later discovered I had been treating my skin all wrong, with the wrong products.

But this post isn't about that. It's about my face to face moment with a troll. I don't want to go into the how's and why's of that situation but, the fact is, I believed that person because they were only telling me what I felt deep down anyway. After that day I resolved to never feel like that again, and step one in making me feel beautiful was to sort out the external, my skin, and I wanted to document that so Discovering Beauty was born.

Discovering Beauty has always been about exactly what Emma (My Pale Skin) wrote on her blog: believing in myself and never letting anyone tell me that I am not beautiful, even if that person is me. It was never just about the beauty products, it was always about my journey to feeling beautiful inside and out.

It has been over four years since I started my blog and over 10 years since I was a teenager and I would be lying if I said I was completely confident about my appearance -- I will always have some permanent scarring as a reminder -- but I'm getting there.


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Riemann P20 Once A Day Protection

I do care about my skin, I really do, and I want to protect it from the sun, but, I hate applying sunscreen. I'm not sure why because I am happy to take care of the skin on my face, but I just don't have the same urgency with the rest of my body. Let me know if you can relate.

So once-a-day solutions should be ideal for those lazy like me. Reimann offers a few strengths of SPF I have the SPF20 and SPF30.  The SPF 20 is a thicker pour solution, and SPF30 is spray. I'm not sure why there is a difference, but I prefer the pour application for making sure I apply plenty. That said, this may have changed by now, because I have using my back-up supplies from February last year! 

I'll start with the good, I like the gel/liquid like application since this makes it is easy to spread, and it doesn't start streaking or going white when you sweat or go in the pool. It also doesn't apply badly when the skin is wet.

On the cons side, it doesn't smell good, it is alcohol based from what I can tell, and despite that it takes a while to soak into the skin.

If you are on a holiday where you are walking around all day, then this is ideal. Or if you are just the sort of person who forgets to reapply. That said, I have burnt using this when swimming. It is extremely hot here (40+) and swimming all day just increases the risk of burning. I really needed to reapply frequently, and I probably should use factor 50. So that's just a cautionary note if you are hoping to rely on this totally, you shouldn't, especially if you are in visiting somewhere extremely hot.

You can buy Riemann P20 Once A Day Protection from Look Fantastic, here, starting from £9.70.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Links I love #3

1. 30 Ways to use Coconut Oil
I had no idea there were so many ways to use coconut oil. I think I will give oil pulling a miss though.

2. True Crime Podcasts
I eventually jumped on the Serial bandwagon and loved it! Now I miss it, but this lists gives me a crime fix while I wait for the series to return.

3. 10 Breathtaking Places You Have Never Heard Of
I warn you that you will get a serious case of itchy feet after reading this post. I'm pleased to say I have visited one of them.
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