Blemishes are something that I've continually struggled with throughout my teenage years, and no matter how hard I try to treat them, they always seem to return. However, I've recently found that my skin is looking clearer than ever and I think I've finally discovered the secret to targeting my spots once and for all. This is definitely down to the use of a new spot cream, as well as a few other changes in my skincare routine, and so I definitely thought it was worth sharing these products with you to help anyone out there suffering from blemishes.

The Saviour - Acnecide Spot Cream

I've only been using the Acnecide Spot Cream for a couple of weeks so far yet I've instantly seen drastic improvements in my skin, with my complexion being almost entirely spot-free. This is no exaggeration - my spots have literally cleared up in a matter of days! The Acnecide cream contains 5% benzoyl peroxide, making it very strong and thus effective at treating spots.

I used to use a similar cream to this one a few years ago, which instead contained 10% benzoyl peroxide. Although it helped my spots tremendously, I always found that it was quite harsh and stung considerably when applying it, as well as drying out my skin. The benefit of using this spot cream by Acnecide is it's not as harsh or stripping on my skin, yet it still treats my spots to the same extent.

I've definitely been loving using this spot cream recently and I'll be continuing to use it as it's extremely helped my spots clear up. I've been using it in conjunction with various other skincare products, which I thought it'd be worth mentioning.

Other Helpful Products and Tips

The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is definitely my go-to product for washing my face, and I've actually just finished my tube as I've been using it so often. This is the perfect product for achieving a deep and thorough cleanse without being harsh or irritating on the skin. I found that when I started using this, my skin initially felt cleaner and free from any dirt or excess oils, meaning my spots were minimised. I've also loved using the Skin Repair Light Moisturiser, which was created with teenage skin in mind, meaning it's lightweight and non-greasy formula hydrates my skin without causing blemishes.

I've recently been using some of the T-Zone skincare products, which I was kindly sent to try. These are targeted towards teenage skin, particularly in removing blemishes, and so I knew that they'd be ideal for clearing my complexion. I've particularly loved using the Blackhead Fighting Facial Scrub, which I've found to reduce the appearance of spots and blackheads quite a bit. I've been using this a couple of times a week and I'll definitely continue to do so. I've also been testing out the Charcoal Black Cleansing Wipes, which claim to draw out impurities from the skin. Although it's still early days with these, I've definitely been loving them so far and will have to report back in the future with my final verdict on whether they're worth it.

In order to fully ensure that my skin is clear, I've also made a habit to drink a lot more water than usual. On a daily basis, I definitely don't drink enough water and I started to feel dehydrated throughout the day, particularly in the warmer weather. As soon as I implemented this change, not only did I feel more refreshed but my skin definitely looked revitalised and renewed. I've also made a habit of tying my hair back when I sleep to ensure that any oils aren't being transferred onto my skin and causing me to gain spots during the night.

These are all of the steps I've gone through to clear up my skin, and I have to say that it's definitely been working. I'll definitely be continuing with this routine, but I'd love to know any more tips that you may have for clearing up blemishes, so make sure you let me know any useful advice down in the comments! Thanks for reading and I'll see you again next Sunday with another new blog post.

Love from Daisy x

I'll be honest - the past few months I've been incredibly busy and not had as much time to read as I'd like. Although I don't have any exams this year, college has still been incredibly hectic and I've had plenty of homework assignments and mock exams to prepare for, as well as my extended project which is now completed. Carrying out all of this and managing my blog as well means that I've really struggled to find time in my day to chill out and read. Whenever I've had a few spare minutes for reading, it's often been for one of my English literature set texts, and so novels that I actually want to read have been neglected. However, over the past couple of weeks, I've felt as though my passion for reading has been renewed and I can't wait to jump back into my ever growing TBR list, which I thought I'd share with you today.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favourite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen. At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship. Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
I've heard nothing but praise about this book from many different bloggers, and so I was over the moon when a proof copy landed on my doorstep a while ago. I couldn't wait to jump straight into it, but then I became extremely busy and wasn't able to find the time to dedicate myself fully to this novel. Now that my reading slump is over, this will definitely be one of the first books that I read and I'll even post a review of it if that's what you'd like to see some time in the future.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’ This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
This novel has been highly recommended to me numerous times, and so I've been dying to read it for quite some time. This will be my first proper foray into adult fiction, as I normally stick to YA literature when reading as a hobby but had to make an exception for this novel. The fantasy aspects really appeal to me and I find the entire concept genuinely interesting, so hopefully this novel will live up to my expectations!

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service. When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
The Great Library of Alexandria is something that I've read about quite a bit and is a subject that definitely intrigues me, so when I discovered this novel based in a dystopian society where it wasn't destroyed, I was instantly hooked. I'm a sucker for dystopian novels and this one sounds incredibly gripping, so when I found it in my local library I picked it up without hesitation. I managed to start this book before the onset of my reading slump and so far I have to say that I really like it, and I'm eager to return to this world and see what happens next.

To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix
Far to the north of the magical Old Kingdom, the Greenwash Bridge Company has been building a bridge for almost a hundred years. It is not an easy task, for many dangers threaten the bridge builders, from nomad raiders to Free Magic sorcerers. Despite the danger, Morghan wants nothing more than to join the Bridge Company as a cadet. But the company takes only the best, the most skillful Charter mages, and trains them hard, for the night might come when only a single young cadet must hold the bridge against many foes. Will Morghan be that cadet?
I only just realised that all of my TBR consists of fantasy novels - it's clear that I've been eager to delve into some beautifully crafted fantasy worlds and escape reality. This book is no exception, as it's a high fantasy story that I've heard quite a bit about. This book also contains eighteen short stories, which I thought were ideal for breaking me out of my reading slump, as I can just read a couple without having to commit to an incredibly long novel. I'm definitely looking forward to reading this and I can't wait to see what variety it contains.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what my current TBR list is, and hopefully I'll make my way through all of these books relatively soon as by reading slump begins to fade. I'm always open to any more recommendations, so why not let me know your favourite novels down in the comments, as I'd love to give them a go. Thanks for reading and I'll see you again next Sunday!

Love from Daisy x

There's been lots of changes in my makeup bag lately, as well as my skincare routine being modified over the past couple of months to specifically target my blemishes. I was in the habit of using the same products on a daily basis and realised that I had plenty of makeup that I hardly used, and so I wanted to mix it up a bit. I've been enjoying using a variety of different products lately, some of which are new discoveries and others are old favourites that I've rekindled my love for. I thought that you might want to hear about all of these additions to my everyday skincare and makeup routine, so if you're interested then keep reading this post!

Tanya Burr Beautifully Defined Palette
Although I've been in love with the entirety of this palette, it's the bronzer and highlighter that I've been reaching for on a daily basis. A bronzer is essential for me, as I much prefer my complexion with a radiant glow and bronzed look then when I'm pale and ill-looking. This one is ideal, as it produces a luminous sheen and warms the face up nicely. Both powders are incredibly blendable and easy to wear, adding a nice amount of colour to the face whilst still being suitable for daily usage. If you'd like to hear my additional thoughts on this palette, then you can check out my recent review of it here.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Usually, I never wear foundation on a day-to-day basis and instead just opt for a concealer, as this is much easier and saves me time in the morning. However, since purchasing this foundation, I've absolutely fallen in love with it and have proceeded to wear it every day. It has a very radiant and dewy finish, making my skin look fresh and glowy when it's applied - a look that is perfect for the spring. It has a lightweight formula, with the sheer coverage meaning it helps to even out my complexion without being too heavy on the skin. I could keep raving about this foundation all day, so if you'd like an in-depth review in the future then make sure you let me know!

Makeup Revolution Palette in Golden Sugar
I really wanted to venture into my makeup collection in terms of cheek products, as I have loads of blushers that I hardly ever wear. I rediscovered the baked blushers in this Makeup Revolution palette and I want to start by saying that they're honestly beautiful powders, being very aesthetically pleasing and Instagram worthy. I've been mixing the two central blushers on the top row to create a gorgeous baby pink shade, which is perfect for Spring and looks lovely with a tan, meaning I've been reaching for this palette regularly over the past few weeks.

PS Beauty Ultra Shine Lipgloss
I wore this lipgloss loads over summer and when I started college, and over the past few weeks I've started to remember how much I loved it. I rediscovered this product at the bottom of my makeup bag and now I can't help but reach for it on a regular basis. It's a very wearable, neutral shade that makes it complimentary for virtually any outfit and thus easy to wear. The glossy, high-shine finish gives a flattering effect, and the buttercream scent is the icing on top of the cake (pun not intended), making this an all-around amazing product.

T-Zone Skincare Exfoliating Daily Wash
I was sent a few products by T-Zone a couple of weeks ago and I've been eagerly testing them out since, especially since my spots have been particularly bad recently. A full, detailed review will be coming in a few weeks, but in the meantime, I really wanted to talk about this facial wash, which is possibly my favourite product out of the bundle. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly refreshed and clean, as well as removing any makeup. I'm also pleased to say that I've seen a considerable improvement in my blemishes since I started using this product, and they've definitely started to decrease in severity.

Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask
I mentioned this product in my review of the Origins Radiance Ready Skincare Collection and I felt that it was necessary to update you on how much I've been enjoying using this facial mask. I've been using it once a week and I've started to notice improvements in my skin, as it looks much fresher with a restored glow. My complexion definitely feels cleansed, and the mask is also gentle so my skin doesn't feel stripped or irritated after using it. I've found this to be a very beneficial product for my skin, and I'll continue to use it on a regular basis.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my current favourite makeup and skincare products, and I'd highly recommend trying out any of the items mentioned in this post. What are your favourite makeup products at the moment? Why not let me know as I'd love to discover some new items. Thanks for reading and I'll see you again next Sunday!

Love from Daisy x