ITEMS TO MAKE YOURSELF INSTANTLY MORE FASHIONABLE

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Sometimes in life we just want to feel more fashionable, be more on trend, or just be a little more stylish in general. There's some items which fashion bloggers have literally made 'cool' and a must-have for every fashion lover - so I've picked out a few items that will make yourself instantly seem more fashionable.


1. The lace up flat

So simple, but these dupes of Aquazzura have become insanely popular not just in shops, but on Instagram, Twitter and in peoples wardrobes. How many fashion bloggers do you see posting a pictures with their lace up flats on, or a photo of them beneath their fur white rug? Basically all of them (including myself).
*Primark are currently doing a faux suede dupe for about £8*



2. Pom pom keyring

It seems ridiculous, but this accessory is genius and a complete transformer for your handbags. A pom pom is unique, eye-catching and obviously not to everyone's cup of tea. It will show a sense of confidence if you use one and that you don't give an F what anyone thinks - this is a great part of personal style and fashion.



3. A 'cool' phone case

It's so sad (but true) that the subtlest details such as what phone case you use can make a fashion statement and can instantly make you seem more fashionable. It's all down to social media and pretty pictures. Prints such as marble, snakeskin to slogans are deemed as pretty and fashionable because they make a statement. Fashion bloggers love a good phone case!



4. Sunnies
Photo by Galantgirl.com

I remember when I was younger and having a pair of sunglasses was cool, even if it was those long rectangular skiing ones which made you look like you were about to compete in the olympics (long gone). Today it's normal to have a draw full of sunglasses - there's so many types! You always see people like Ana Wintour with a giant pair of sunglasses and they're no doubt an easy option to make an outfit instantly more stylish.



5. On-point trainers

Since when did we all care about our trainers so much girls?! Since they're not just for hitting the gym anymore and have become a huge fashion statement (thanks Kim, Kanye & Kylie). I think I only bought my first pair of colourful trainers last year and that's because I still haven't become 100% confident that I don't look like I'm about to do a P.E. class. Personally, I'm finding the transition from flats to trainers hard, but they're extremely fashionable and practical.

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MY SPOT PRONE SKINCARE ROUTINE

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Skincare routine for spot prone skin

Stepping away from fashion today, I wanted to chat about another area I love to explore, which is skincare. I've never been blessed with gorgeous model-like-baby skin and do occassionally breakout really badly, so I thought I'd talk through my spot prone skincare routine and the two main products I've been using which have helped improve my spotty skin. I want to note that I am not a skin expert in anyway shape or form, I'm just someone who loves to discover new skin products that work for me.

Warning: I'm sorry for the gross pictures and bad quality, but when it comes to skin cases, it's always best to be honest and upfront.



MY SKIN BEFORE
This was my skin condition about 3 years ago (really bad)

These pictures are from my breakouts I had a week agoMy spot prone skin before pictures

As you can see my chin is lovely and spotty with a bad breakout on my left cheek.

SKIN AFTER
My spot prone skin after pictures
My spot prone skin after pictures

My spot prone skin after pictures

I'm completely make up free in these photos and there has been no airbrushing. As you can obviously see there are still a few blemishes, however, overall I was so pleased as I started noticing results literally after two days and even though there are still a few blemishes I feel that my skin has a lot more of glow to it.


THE PRODUCTS & MY SKIN TYPE
Skincare for spot prone skin

These are the products I have been using since my latest spot explosion. For me personally they have worked, so I wanted to share them with you as they aren't expensive products. I have an oily T-Zone and quite dry cheeks and chin. This is why I find it hard looking for products to rid of my spots as spot treatments  dry out the skin, which then lead to my skin getting way too dried out; these products have tackled that.

1. Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Skin Perfecting Wash £2.99 - This cleanser is great for my skin because it's a cream wash whereas foam washes tend to dry out my skin even more. The wash is great because it has little grains in the wash, so as well as getting a really deep clean you also have it combined with gentle exfoliation. After use your skin doesn't feel dry or tight at all, which is amazing and this Clearasil product has really helped clear up my skin. Buy at Boots here

2. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads £12.99 - It's the Clearasil combined with this product where the magic happens. There has been a huge hype about acid based exfoliators and I must admit I'm on team acid rather than team grainy. Some grain based exfoliators can be too harsh and rough on skin, which is what I found with my old exfoliators. Glycolic acid helps to  brighten and re-texture the skins surface, helping to give an overall smoother appearance. I'd defiantly say these pads are the best exfoliator I've ever bought. Read SofieMinine's blog post to find out more about the benefits of acid exfoliators here. On offer at boots for £8.66 here

3. Boots Essentials Cucumber Moisturing Cream £1.50 - I use this moisturiser to make sure the glycolic pads don't ever dry my skin out. It has a lovely light consistency and the cumber extract helps to soothe my skin. Buy at Boots here



Overall I really do feel these three products work wonders together. However, I am a huge believer in beauty sleep too and I feel these combined with an early night gives your skin the deep clean it needs to be fresh and clear.

I hope you've enjoyed my spot prone skincare routine post, as I said before I'm no skin expert, but you can see from the before and after photos that I am someone who does/has suffered with spots and have found two great products fairly priced which have really helped me. It's important we all share skin secrets as I know how much bad skin can get you down and destroy your confidence. If you have blogged about skincare I'd love to read it so leave a link below!



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