Thursday, 15 September 2016


Excited today to be showing you some of my current favourite makeup bag must haves from the wonderfully luxurious By Terry.  A brand I've adored for years (you can actually read my first post about them on the blog here!) and one that never fails to make me feel sophisticated and glam.

I literally can not get over how gorgeous these products are!  

I'll start with the lippies - 3 new Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge lip sticks that have not left my makeup bag all summer.  The hyaluronic acid works to moisturise, plump, protect and smooth the lips leaving them with a beautiful wash of colour.  I'm not normally a fan of sheer lipsticks but since being on Roaccutane and suffering from dry lips, these are the only things I can use!  Instead of feeling self conscious about bare, flaky lips, I now feel confident with them looking soft with a sheer colour pop.

Next up are 4 beautiful liquid eyeliners aptly named the Line Designers.  I've never been one to experiment with bright liquid liners but these have had me craving more adventurous makeup looks.  The purple has to be my favourite (I mean seriously, look at those swatches above)!  These are also all waterproof and the applicator tip is perfect for creating a sharp, defined look.

Finally are my favourites - the Sun Designer Palettes!  I just CAN'T get enough of these beauties.  They are real statement pieces - the packaging is luxurious with a velvet pouch for each palette.  Each palette contains 6 shades which can be used together or separately.  The Tan & Flash palette contains brighter, pink shades along with three neutrals to help create a variety of looks but my favourite is the Light & Tan composed of 6 neutrals.  The left hand side contains 3 shimmer/highlight shades which I adore.  I tend to use the darker shade to contour, the lightest shimmer shade to highlight and mix all shades to create a custom neutral blush.  

These products are available from Space NK and online at Feel Unique, Cult Beauty, Harrods etc.  I'm not going to lie - these products are pricey but completely worth it for the high quality of cosmetics and gorgeous packaging.  I'm really looking forward to adding more By Terry products to my collection soon!

Have you got a favourite By Terry product?



Tuesday, 13 September 2016

ROACCUTANE MONTH 3 - Side Effects + My Skin Now

As I'm writing this, I'm officially on my 113th day of taking Roaccutane, the (sometimes controversial) medicine for treating acne!  You can see my first blog post on this here, or alternatively check out all of my monthly YouTube updates on my journey here.

If you've ever been on this medicine, or read up about it you'll know there are a silly amount of side effects that go alongside it!  I was petrified of these side effects when I first started and posts like this were really helpful for me to know what to expect so I hope this helps some of you!

Every month I've encountered countless different side effects (from mood swings, back ache, headaches, eczema etc) so I want to start documenting each month on my blog as well.  Here is my update on month 3 of taking this medicine.  

Month 3 Side effects:

- I really suffered with a dull ache/back pain in my neck for the last few weeks of month 2 and thankfully it only lasted a week into month 3.  It was pretty unbearable, especially in the evenings as I just couldn't get comfortable meaning I couldn't sleep at night!  Joint and muscle pain is a common accutane side effect (I guess because it dries the oil between your joints so friction is more intense).  Really glad this hasn't made a reappearance! 

- A new side effect in month three was extremely sensitive and itchy skin.  If I had the tiniest nip or scratch my skin would really mark and break a lot easier.  I headbutted a stack of paper magazines one day and it took a layer of skin off my forehead!  My body has been covered in scratch marks because my skin is so itchy and a lot more sensitive than usual.  I've also developed eczema patches on my arms and legs.

- The worst side effect (that I can partly blame on the medicine) was an eye infection.  I knew that accutane can make you more septable to eye infections and unluckily I got conjunctivitus in both eyes whilst on holiday (I should note I've only had it once before when I was a child - 20 years ago).  I think it was a combination of my eyes being super dry from the medicine, as well as the dry weather in Croatia and that I held a kitten a few days before and I might be a little allergic.  It was horrendous, I had swollen, itchy, gunky wet eyes and couldn't wear makeup for almost 2 weeks!

-  I've also been feeling a little emotional over the past month.  Depression is yet another common side effect which I think I've been experiencing slightly.  I'm very sensitive (much more than normal), feel very low some days and find it hard to contain anger or upset.  This is getting better (month 3 was super stressful as I'd just moved house) and I'm hoping this will lessen now that life isn't so stressful!

Before and Afters:

 Here are the before and afters - the first day I started taking the medicine and the first day of month 4.  These pictures and seeing the improvements in my skin make the side effects so worth it.  Every day I'm feeling more confident and comfortable in my skin and the amount of compliments I'm getting is just incredible!

I hope this has helped some of you also in your third month!  I'll update you again at the end of month 4!

Katie xxx

Tuesday, 23 August 2016


Being able to work closely with some of my favourite makeup brands is one of my absolute favourite things about my job, and last week I definitely had one of those pinch me moments!

I was asked by SEVENTEEN (by far one of the best makeup brands on the highstreet in my opinion, for their incredible quality yet affordable beauty products that won’t break the bank) if I would like to hold an event with them for the first ever Blogger Network meet up.  I of course said yes.

The event was set out to be super inspiring and something I would have loved to have attended when I first started out blogging.  There was a YouTube/Google expert there giving a talk on his ‘10 Tips Every Beauty Vlogger Should Know” (seriously fantastic advice and guidance) and I also gave a talk about my blogging journey to becoming a full time content creator.  I added in my top tips for growing your blog (which I might actually make a video about soon as the feedback from beauty bloggers was really positive) and overall there was just such a inspiring feel for the evening. 

Not only that, but celeb makeup artist Vanesa Guallar was there doing makeup demonstrations on this year’s hottest makeup trends.  I’ve actually known Vanesa for years now and she’s someone I always go to for beauty advice (anyone remember this post) so to see these makeup looks come to life with SEVENTEEN products was mesmerising!

My favourite trend of the evening was definitely ‘Sci-fi Skin’ – a beautifully natural makeup look of which it’s main focus is a metallic, dewy sheen, so skin is left looking glowing.  I’m also a massive fan of SEVENTEEN’s new Mega Matte Lipsticks to create the Bold Lips trend.  These lippies retail at £4.49 each and come in 12 beautiful shades to create stunning statement lips.

If you’re an emerging beauty blogger who wants to meet new bloggers, get inspiration and share posts then I really recommend joining the SEVENTEEN Blogger Network – it’s a fantastic platform and hopefully I’ll get to meet you at future events! 

What’s your favourite SEVENTEEN makeup product?


Monday, 15 August 2016


It has admittedly taken me far too long to write this but it's because it's such an important subject to me that I want to do my story justice!

I guess I'll start by saying that I have had acne for 10 years.  The years I should have been my most confident were ruined by the fact I had horrendous cystic acne.  I've always been outgoing in social situations but inside, would always be deeply embarrassed about my face and paranoid that people were staring.

I tried countless long term courses of antibiotics (some of which made me really ill) as well as daily topical creams which burned and dried my skin out).  I also experimented with cutting things out in my diet, excerising, drinking more water, switching up my skincare regimes and none of these helped lessen the blemishes on my face.  After 10 years of this my doctor finally referred me to a dermatologist for a medicine called Roaccutane.  

Because of it's intense side effects and the fact that you must not get pregnant whilst on the medication, it means monthly visits to the dermatologist for check ups, blood tests and pregnancy tests.  I'm not going to lie, it's an intense drug!

I decided from the start that I wanted to document my journey on this medicine for a number of reasons:

1) So I could document and compare how my skin was changing on a daily basis, to either give myself or other acne sufferers some hope!
2) To get rid of some of the bad stigma surrounding this medicine and to show the reality of it.
3) To emphasise that it's okay to show your imperfections - no one is perfect and hopefully this will help some people going through the same thing.

I am now currently three months into my Roaccutane journey but I still have 5 more months to go so still lots of content to come.

Each month there will be 2 Roaccutane based videos on my YouTube channel.  The first will be a recap of the side effects over the previous month with before and after pictures so you can see how my skin is improving.  The 2nd video will be a 'daily skin vlog' where I have filmed my bare skin every day to show how it's changing daily.  

You can watch month 1 & 2 here:

If you have watched, shared, commented or supported any of these videos, thank you so much.  I really appreciate everyone's support and positivity.  The feedback has been so overwhelming and I couldn't be more grateful to have such beautiful humans watching my journey.

I wanted to ask here if you guys would like written update posts from each month as well as the videos?  I'm unsure of wether to write updates from the first two months as they've already been and gone but happy to write up monthly going forward - just let me know!

Lots of love,

Katie xx

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