Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July Favourites

It's that time of the month again, the time when I write about the things I have been loving in July. I feel like my monthly favourites don't really change, but I do tend to rediscover some bits and bobs or buy a few things and fall in love with them, so here goes:

My Daniel Wellington watch has been talked about in my Italy posts and it has now made my monthly favourites. I love this watch. It looks simply elegant on this wrist and as I have quite small wrists that face does not over power my arm. I am probably going to write a review on this watch in a couple of weeks to give more details about this beautiful watch that I have been wearing every single day.


'Daisy Eau so Fresh' has been coming out a few times this month. It is such a perfect summery scent that lasts the whole day. Sometimes at work I will occasionally get a whiff of the beautiful scent throughout the day. Plus, on a rainy day (yep we have had a few of them) it can really help to make it feel like you are smelling like summer although the weather does not show it.* 

Victorias Secret sprays have been a favourite of mine now for well over a year. I LOVE them, and recently for my birthday I got brought four of these lovely sprays. I have to admit my favourite has to be 'Passion Struck'. It smells divine and I have been spraying it on all the time, especially as a refresh throughout the day.*

Okay I have a little obsession with this one. It's a game and its 'Hill Climb' for iPhone. I have been addicted to this game for around 2 months now and its the only game on my phone. I am not one for games but this one is addictive, yet very simple and its free!

I have always really liked Rimmel nail polishes and before my holiday I wanted to get a summery colour that wasn't to expensive (hi Essie varnishes) that I could take away with me. I decided to pick up the colour 'Wild-er-ness' (558) in the Rita Ora Collection. This is like the perfect lilic and it is quite long lasting, so I only re done them once when I was away. I have also found myself go back to the colour again throughout the month. It does chip a bit but that is probably because of work.



Love Alicia x

*I am sorry for the lack of photos, but I updated my computer and I can no longer access iPhoto so I can't download photos on to my computer. I will update my computer again so I can try and download photos for future posts. 

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

THE VENETO

Hi Guys!

This blog post is a follow up from 'Italy Haul' and 'Holiday Outfit Diary'. This time I have moved away from the beauty and fashion side and just decided to focus on the beauty of Italy itself. This post is going to mainly a reminder for me or my holiday. Also, if you have ever wanted to visit or have Venice or Italy on you to go to list this will give you an insight into how beautiful and fascinating the country really is. Please remember I only went to one part of Italy and Italy is a big counter. For me I still want to go to Rome, Florence etc etc etc.

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

MY 18TH BIRTHDAY!

Hi Guys!

I mentioned in my 'What I Got for My Birthday' Post that I would be writing about what I did for my 18th. I wanted to try and create something similar to a Vlog but I don't have a Youtube and I don't have that type of confidence to do something like that. So instead this is like a photo vlog, okay so it's basically just a few photos. 

Saturday 4th July 2015:

My parents had booked up to see 'Wicked' in London. This had been a musical on my wish list for a while now. I had heard people saying how good it was and I can honestly see why people say that. For me it wasn't my favourite but I still think it was incredible. From the staging, to the costumes and to the singing. West End shows always have the class and do make you come out smiling from just watching them. 

Sunday 5th July 2015:

The day of my birthday, wooooooooooo!!! I actually stayed over night in a Premier Inn near Holborn, so quite close to Covent Garden and the main part of the West End. I LOVE Premier Inn breakfast, I don't know what it is about it but I just loved it and as it was my birthday I thought I would just have a cooked breakfast. Normally if I stay in a hotel I will just have baked beans and scrambled eggs and a croissant as I love croissants. The croissants in the hotel in Italy were like the best I had ever tasted, but the ones in the Premier Inn were nearly up there.



After opening my presents and having breakfast, we made our way to Oxford Street. I wanted to go to Selfridges as I hadn't been in their in a few years and I wanted to pick up another charlotte Tilbury lipstick. I picked up 'Amazing Grace' which is like a pinky coral colour, so I was thinking summery. 

We then headed to Regant Street where there was some sort of Garden Party thing going on, with singers and stalls etc, so they close the road off to traffic. The reason why we headed to Regant Street is because I wanted to go to the Jack Wills and Brandy Melville in Carnaby Street area. The Jack Wills down there is possible my favourite one. If I am in London I will also go to that one over the Covent Garden one. I was going to buy some boyfriend jeans in the sale but they didn't have my size, so I brought a pair of joggers in pink instead. I love their joggers, although I wish they were slightly longer. 

In Brandy Melville I picked up three tops that were not black. This is a first for me. I went for some colour by getting a all red one, a red and white one and a plain red top. 

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up before going for a meal at Planet Hollywood. I had been their before and had the exact same meal as what I had before, which is the sizzling chicken wraps. They are very good. I also had my first legal drink which was some sort of cocktail.




After the meal, we went to Covent Garden and I walked past the Calvin Klein which had a massive photo of Justin Bieber outside and inside, they also had a sale on, so I went instead and brought a bra. It was in the sale and I wouldn't have brought it at full price and it was my birthday. 

That is mainly it, except for the train journey home which was just a mess. There was a problem on a line some where so there was only one train going back in which had people on that were going to a range of different locations, so it was packed. When the train went off it then kept stopping from quite a long time at different stations. Then when we did get off we had to change. Normally it is a direct train. So it took about an hour longer than it should have been. We were quite luckily as we got the station like 50 minutes before our train otherwise we would have missed the earlier train which we had to catch, otherwise we would have been waiting in london for like another 3 hours.

I hope you enjoyed this type of post.

Love Alicia xx 


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Saturday, 18 July 2015

WHAT I BROUGHT IN VENICE

Hi Guys! 

A few weeks ago I went to Italy and absolutely loved every second of being there. I have been to italy before and actually the same part and its just beautiful. So for todays post i thought I would do a little italy haul. It's basically the bits and bobs that I got out in Italy and also at the airport.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

My Skin Story

'Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots to develop on the skin, usually on the face, back and chest.' - NHS Choices 

This post isn't going to be like any other post but its something that I have wanted to talk about now for ages. I have never talked about this to anyone else, not to my best friend who I have know for 16 years, my mum or anyone. Even when I have been to the doctors or when I had a hospital appointment to see what they could do to clear up my skin, I have never come across that my acne actually bothered me. It has.

Disclaimer: Swearing is used, there are descriptions about my spots and some shameless selfless that show how my son has changed over the years. 

I first started to see spots on my face, which were mainly white heads at the time, in Year 6 so I had just turned 10. At the time it didn't really bother me because it would be one or two spots and then they would go. However, one day (I think it was near the beginning of the year) I was sitting around the table with three other people. There were these two boys on the table that sat opposite me, to be honest I can't remember their names but I can remember what they looked like and that day very clearly. It was the first time anyone had ever said anything about my acne to my face. They were taking the piss out of it. You know the petty stuff of draw the spots together etc. It got to me and its horrible to think that little kids will say to other kids. The irony here is that one of the boys that were taking the piss out of my spots also had spots himself. That was the only real time that I remember kids taking the piss out of my spots in primary school, because I then moved to another table or my teacher just changed the seating plan. Although there is a school photo, which I hate with a passion. I have a huge spot sitting on the size of my nose, it was a white head but it was huge and I just remember it being there for what felt like months. In reality it probably was only there a week or two, but it was the scar afterwards that stayed. The scar has since gone, but I have had spots in the exact same spot since. 

I look back to my first ever day in High School, we had our photos taken which has been like the only time in the whole 7 years that I was there that we actually had our photos taken, except for in year 10 and in year 12. My face seemed to have cleared up, then I started my period. It was actually the first Friday I was in High School, thats when my face went down hill again. 


I can't remember if I was in year 7 or year 8, but something similar happened to me to what had happened in year 6. It was before an English lesson and everyone was lining up outside the classroom. I think this was year 8, because my english classes in year 7 were upstairs and this was downstairs but it could have just been because we had cover. However, there was this one boy who I am not going to name and another boy, who decided to comment on my skin. At this point in time my skin was bad. I had quite a lot of spots on my face, I didn't wear foundation to cover them up, nor did I use concealer to try and hide them. It was the petty thing of 'join the dots up', 'don't you wash your face', that fucking hurts to even think about it today. It was around that point when I become very insecure about my face and as a 12 year old that has still haunted me to now.

2011
This must be early 2011, so I was in Year 9 at the time and going through my Justin Bieber  obsession

2010
I had braces so I must be in year 8 or 9 at the time


Over the years I have tried EVERYTHING. You name it, I have probably brought it and tried it. I remember using Neutrogena for a couple of months, I used the blackhead version, the white head version. It sucked. I don't know if it was because my skin was sensitive to it, or it was too harsh for my skin, but it didn't work and my face just started to gain spots.

The same happened with freederm. I used the face wash and the the roll on thing that you just put on individual spots. That failed as well. The same happened when I used tree tea and even simple. In the end Soap and Glory broke me out and that was only less that a year that I stopped using that.

However, the problem wasn't just on my face. I have never got spots on my legs, arms or stomach but my back has been a problem. I don't really remember it being a problem when I first had acne on my face. I think it started when I was around 14-15. Of course no one ever saw it. At school I had a shirt or a polo on, once I reached year 10. If I wore dresses, they covered my back. No one was able to see it, so they didn't know I had it. I think it was my mum that first noticed it. I didn't really know what to do to deal with it and still to this day I don't. Today, it comes and goes. At this very moment in time my back is clear, which I haven't seen in probably nearly two years.

Going back to year 10. I went to the doctors, it wasn't for my face, I think I had a chest infection or something I don't know what it was for. However, the doctor noticed my face. I still remember the doctor, Doctor Mann. He prescribed with a roll on liquid to put on spots morning and night. Suddenly, something that actually worked after all those years of trying to find something to help to kill those bastards. My face did start to clear up and it was really effective. However, I used it for around a year and a half and it stopped working. My face was still quite clear and clear throughout my holiday to Italy in June 2013 and luckily still clear for prom, as well as my back being clear as well. Then sometime throughout the summer holiday my face started to go down hill again. Luckily you can't see it in my year 12/sixth form photo for my sixth form card.

This time the acne was worse, a lot worse than before. Luckily for my stake the people in my year had seemed to have grown up quite a lot in that time. No one said anything about my skin, but I knew they were probably thinking it.

I think it was around October time when I went to the doctors to try and get something that would just get rid of my spots. The worse part was, they were all on my forehead and the side going past my eyes on both sides of my face, I didn't normally suffer there. They were horrible spots. They hurt, they would crumble. Even trying to cover them up, you could still see them. Of course they left scars, bad scars. I also had quite a lot on my chin, but that never really bothered me because I had always had them there, I was almost used to it.

The Doctor advised me to go to the hospital. I knew they were bad and I absolutely hated my skin. I never let this on to anyone, I kinda put on a face that was laid back about it. I wasn't. I hated the fact that my face was full of acne and everyone else seemed to have perfect skin.

I went to my hospital appointment in November 2013. They told me I had to go on the pill so I could be on this tablet, which had some serious side effects. The women also gave me some antibiotics. At this point, as a 16 year old, I still couldn't swallow tablets, so I had to have that medicine that tasted like bananas. It sucked. To be honest that kinda failed as well. Anyway, I was supposed to have another appointment in January 2014, that got cancelled. I still haven't had an appointment for my skin.

December 2013
I know this photo is kinda blurry, but if you look careful there are a few bumps on my forehead 
Christmas 2013
 This was probably at one the worst stages in that period, on christmas day. 

Christmas 2013
You can probably tell that I am wearing makeup, but the spots are on my forehead, chin and cheek.



However, since being on the pill I have had a lower amount of spots show up. I still do get quite a few around that time of the month, that it's not half as bad as what it was. I don't know if it is because of the pill, or its because of the products that I now use, or if my skin has just improved by getting that bit older.

I still don't have a step by step skin care routine. I still try a different number of products, to try and figure out what is best for my skin. My skin is naturally oily, my parents they still even get some spots till this day which is just crazy, and sometimes my skin can be dry in places, especially under my eyes.
However, I have found some luck in these following products:

  • The Body Shop Tea Tress facial wash
  • Boots eye make up remover gel
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree skin clearing lotion 
  • Malin and Goetz Grapefruit face cleanser
  • Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water 
  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 
  • Nip and Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask
  • Elemis Papya Enzyme Peel 
Of course I don't use them all at the same time because that would be bad for my skin. I have done quite a lot of research around my skin and what not to use and what to use for acne prone skin.

I have stopped using face wipes. They used to be my holy grail products. Thinking about it now, since I have stopped using them my face has cleared up a lot. I am not saying they are the cause but you just never know.

After watching Em Fords video 'You Look Disgusting' it has made me think about what people have said to me about my skin in the past. The horrible little comments that do stick with you and its the fact that people judge you by your acne and your face. I wore make up, to cover up the acne, to cover up my face. I didn't want people to see that. I didn't even want to see it. 

I think it was around March or April 2014, when everyone was doing the 'no make up selfie' for Cancer, I was praying that I wasn't going to be nominated. I didn't want people to see my skin, which scars on that were left behind by the spots, or the black heads or the redness from where new spots were going to form. You see everyone else on Facebook posting these 'no make up selfies' and there skin is clear. No redness, no scars, no spots, just clear skin. I hated the fact that I told ones of my friends not to nominate me because of my face. 

Over the last couple of months my skin on face is looking much better. It probably helps that I have a bit of a tan on my face as well. So today, Tuesday 14th July 2015 I decided to post my first no make up selfie, its actually a mirror selfie so you can't see where I still have scars, but its a start. I actually went to work yesterday with no foundation on, and I'm dealing with the public working in a clothes store. I do have a bit of confidence again in my skin, the fact that I can now go out without any make up on does make me feel more confident in my own skin. I don't know if my skin will be societies version of 'perfect' or if my face will go up in spots again, but at this moment in time I kinda feel happy with it and thats the first time in a very long time. 

I have wanted to share my skin story for a long time, as it somethings that thousands of people go through and I needed to write down my story for my own self. This may help some people or it may not, but I hope this is a message that your face will clear up.

Sunday 12th July 2014
My Skin looks kinda shiny, but this is the first time I have ever taken a no make up selfie and added no filters to it. 



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Monday, 13 July 2015

ITALY IN OUTFITS

Hi Guys!!!

A quick note before I start the rest of the post, I will now be posting on Monday and Fridays from now on and there might be the occasional post on a Wednesday. 

I was originally going to do a summer haul but I couldn't be bothered to get everything out that I had brought over the last couple of months and then try them on a take photos. So instead I decided to do a holiday outfit diary instead. Okay this sort of failed as well, but I did manage to get a photo in what I wore must nights. During the day I kinda just stuck to the same pair of Topshop denim shorts or a pair of Primark grey ones with a top or crop top. So here goes with what I managed to capture. 

Friday 26th June:
Top: Topshop
Skirt: Missguided (last year)



Saturday 27th June:
Dress: Missguided (last year)
shoes: ASOS



Sunday 28th June:
Dress: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop 



Monday 29th June: Daytime
Playsuit: Missguided 
Shoes: Converse 



Monday 29th June: Nighttime 
Dress: Missguided (last year)
Shoes: Topshop 



Wednesday 1st July: Nighttime
Dress: Jack Wills (old)
Shoes: ASOS


Thursday 2nd July: Daytime 
Playsuit: Primark
Shoes: Converse 
Sunglasses: Missguided 


Love Alicia xx 


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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Birthday Haul: What I Got for My 18th!

Hi Guys!

On the 5th July I turned 18 and I got a quite a few presents that I thought I would share with you guys. This post isn't to brag or to show off, but if you are like me I love reading these posts or watching videos like these as I am very noisy person.

My main present was a Tiffany necklace. I had been asking for a Tiffany necklace for quite a few years now so my parents knew that I wanted one. I got the heart shaped charm with the letter 'A' in the middle for my name. I much prefer this style, to the one that has all the writing in the middle which everyone seems to have.



The next thing that I got was a Daniel Wellington Watch. Now there is a story to go along with this and if you have read my 'Italy Haul' post I kinda sort of suggest the story but not quite. I had been after this watch for a while and I didn't actually own a watch that worked, so every time I went to work I used to have to ask to borrow my mums watch. Anyway while walking around in Venice I saw a Jewellers that were selling there watches at $119 euros, whereas in England they cost £119 or £120 for the style I wanted. We didn't actually get in Venice because I just kinda saw it and you didn't thing about it until later. Anyway when we worked it out to the price in pounds from the euro we would actually be saving around £40. Then we tried to find it in shops everywhere. There was no places in my resort area that sold them and then when we went to Treviso, we couldn't find it again. Until we were back with the group going back to the coach so we couldn't stop and get it. So my dad actually ordered it off of the Italian Daniel Wellington website to get it at the eurozone price. This watch is so pretty and looks really elegant on my wrist. I also love the fact that it has a leather strap.



Also from my parents I got four Victorias Secret Sprays in 'Love Addict', which I am sure they spray in the shops, 'Passion Struck', 'Such a Flirt' and 'Secret Escape'. I had already picked these out a while ago as I wanted to move anyway from buying my favourite of Mango Temptation.



I also got Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and Benefit Roller Lash.





Back in the January sales my Mum did get me another Jack Wills hoddie, which she kept from me until my birthday. I loved Jack Wills hoddies, they are so comfy and yeah I just love them.

I always get a few DVD's each year as well, so this year I got 'Beauty and the Beast' and  'Maleficent'. My favourite Disney film of all time is 'Beauty and the Beast', so I was extremely happy about getting that DVD.

Every birthday I also get a perfume as well, this year I chose Viktor and Rolf 'Bonbon' as I think I smelt it back in around January time and feel in love with it.



I also went to see Wicked in London and then went shopping the following day, but I will talk about that in another blog post coming soon.


My Auntie who lives in Australia also organised for me to have Afternoon tea in London, which I will probably do sometime in August or maybe September.

I did also get a few more things from Family and Friends as well but I thought I would leave this blog post here.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Love Alicia xx

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