Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Theraspecs Review!



"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. "

Theraspecs Over-RX Specs; Migraine Relief Flurescent Light Glasses.


Migraines, are the actual bane of my life. Seriously. Back in 2015, I asked my opticians to include a tint, so that in light I wouldn't be so sensitive to light. And while it's great that I dont need an extra pair of sunglasses, they don't help at all, in fact they're rather annoying walking into college and people staring at me, or the bus drivers stopping for me because my glasses make me look blind rather than sunglasses. I wasn't getting any relief, my medication isn't working, I'm waiting for my neurologist to see me and the glasses I thought would help, just didn't!



Just to re-clarify for any new readers, I suffer myself with Chronic Migraine-Vertigo. This means I am going to suffer with Migraine and Vertigo for the rest of my life. My onset of migraines are atleast 3 a week, up to 15-18 a month, which means it's in a quite severe place. My medication includes co-codamol and Amitriptyline. The doctors have found although the frequency of my migraines has lessensed, the severity of them is worse, including my vertigo. And I am always on the look out for something that can help improve my pain capacity, as most days I can't lift my head off the pillow. And how ironic I be writing this during Chronic Migraine Awareness Month?

Then an opportunity came about, TheraSpecs Migraine Relief Glasses. As a blogger for Chronic Illness Bloggers, the opportunity to actually receive a pair and try them out was a god send! I had already heard a lot about them via other spoonie bloggers, and so many good things on facebook, I always wished to try them out.

You're probably wondering if I did my research first, before accepting this opportunity, and of course I did! Migraines are a big part of my life, along with the vertigo associated with it.  A clinical study of TheraSpecs' tint showed that participants experienced on average 74% fewer migraine attacks per month! That was impressive to me at first glance. And when I tried them on, it really helped too.

My verdict? They're perfect. Literally. Although there are some things that could be improved on, I never realised how good they would actually be! I got the Over-RX Specs (ones which go over my actual prescription glasses), as I need my glasses 24/7.


How do they look on me? Well you can easily see it above! Of course they're a bit bigger than my usual glasses, but they so easily glide over my glasses. And with big glasses being in style, they really don't look silly! And the relief from Migraines, makes it easy for me, to not care what others think, compared to my actual glasses' tint which makes me really self-conscious.

Although the glasses are quite heavy, especially going over my own glasses, what really matters is the lenses. And they really work. For example, I tried them out the day I got them, as I had a terrible migraine, and it was to the point I didn't want to lift my head up off my pillow. However, I had to, due to plans, and decided to test them out straight away. Surrounded by family (which is noisy for anyone), I went out in my glasses, and the minute I put them on, I had a sense of relief. Although the pain didn't go away I felt like I could relax, the pain from the lights were gone, my eyes weren't spasming and it felt good to be able to leave my bedroom. Theraspecs also make this clear in their FAQ. It cannot prevent migraines, although soothe them, and don't forget to take your meds too! They're there to help you with daily life, not cure migraines.
See how easily they slide over my glasses?

Now let's talk price. The price for the theraspecs you can see me wearing,  would of been $99 (£73). This is how much my actual glasses cost all together with the tint! Although I wouldn't usually pay that much out for non-prescription glasses, of course my actual prescriptions come to over £100 a week, to reduce pain I certaintly would buy a pair myself. Of course it isn't the right price for everyone, I personally love the bargain, but they have a whole range of glasses suited to everyone, and if you think of the benefits, it surely outweighs the price.

Overall, TheraSpecs are amazing. Compared to actual opticians glasses, TheraSpecs actually help. And trust me, I'm not letting go of these ever!

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Eve Queen of May!

As a lot of you know, I'm an ambassador for the amazing app Eve! Well, May is my month; as I was named the A-May-Zing Queen of May!๐Ÿ˜ฎ

How did I get this? 
Well I referred A LOT of people to the app! But I done it honestly, because without this app, I'd be lost!


You can read the post here.

What is Eve?
Eve is a period tracker/log alongside a "magazine" type style, with a forum for girls/couples to come together and discuss taboo things; without the judgement! You can log how you feel, check out discussions from Sex to Endometriosis to Birth control. It's a great platform any girl from age 13-50!

Summary of Information on Eve:

• Period Tracker
• Fertility Tracker/Predictor
• Community with Forum
• Sex Tips/Gems
• Discounts on 'Feminine' Products
• Info on Pelvic Disorders, with Medical Experts available

So what are you waiting for? You can download Eve here!






Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Chronically Shops

Grand Opening!


My Etsy Shop is now open!


Organiser (Left); Home n Bargains. Bullet Journal (Right): Moleskin;Amazon.

So a few of you will see I've been really getting into my bullet journal lately, and I also bought an organiser, which has a great weekly spread already in it. But I've been lacking inspiration. I love planner stickers, and printables but I've found that none of them really suited me, or what I wanted to put in. So I decided to create my own!


So I am now spreading the love with everyone!

You can purchase my special planner printables here.
You can purchase notebooks/stickers here.
And get free resources here.

And don't forget to use the code "grandopening10" (Expires the 24th May) for some money off! (Etsy only)



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Sunday, 30 April 2017

What Educational Establishments need to learn about Chronic Illness

Disclaimer: What is in this article has been researched, I have not just included my own opinion but asked on various social media platforms for input.




Primary school and High school were never really an issue for me. 

Well, apart from the odd infection or needle outside of the classroom but, I never felt as though they were putting a restraint on my well being. I enjoyed it back then, Primary school was all about enjoying the work, and when I got Swine Flu in 2009, what mattered was getting myself back to 100% health. And in High School when I got sick before my GCSEs, I was sent work and told not to worry which really helped. Now, I'm not saying that's the same for everyone. Someone in high school may be going through what I've been through with college. 

College is never easy for anyone! The massive shift from GCSE to College would scare anyone who sees it, the difference is uncanny. But, what I've experienced, and I'm sure some of you out there would of gone through the same, I personally don't believe is right. We're brought up to know education is important; don't get me wrong it is, but some educational establishments seem to believe it's even more important than health, or everything in your life all together. And here's what I believe they need to learn about chronic illness and education.




Attendance
Someone having bad attendance, overall in life isn't good. But when I think of bad attendance, I think of someone who rather skip education, laziness, lack of ability to care and no motivation. Would you class these as signs of poor health? Maybe, but it seems teachers put the all of that plus chronic illness together, which is so wrong. As I stated earlier, back in 2009 when I got Swine Flu, it was after my SATs and I wasn't that stressed about missing the last 2 weeks of primary school but that's because I wasn't expected to be stressed. But for some, teachers would of made that the most anxious part of a person's life, whether that be in year 6, year 9 or year 12. If I miss one day in college, because I have a severe migraine, I'm personally made to feel I'm lazy, or not trying, when personally I actually rather be in college than at home crying my eyes out over a migraine. But when I'm explaining the reason why I'm off (which I dont believe is right either) I'm made to believe my health isn't a priority, but attendance is. Surely not... right? I've even been told after an asthma attack, by a teacher I truly trusted that my attendance was more important. Yes, me not being able to breathe is not a priority. What I'm trying to say is, would you rather a child come into the establishment, completly unmotivated, distracted and unable to participate when they should be in a safe stress-free environment of their own due to a migraine, vomiting and/or their depression is at their worst and feeling like their own health is not of importance or getting themselves back together to achieve what goals they wish they could? Just a thought.

"Sometimes it didn't seem like I was trying but they couldn't see me punching myself under the desk to stay awake." - Hailey Renee; Life Rejuvenated.

I know my body
As an advocate, I know what it's like to want to help someone. You don't want them to feel sick, alone or you just want them to know you understand. But the feeling or frustration a person with chronic illness receives when someone who (for a fact of course, because you should always ensure that while frustrated, you also know their own health background) doesn't know what it's like to suffer with your condition/illness, takes their own interpretation of it and tells you how you're feeling at that very moment. Take a person with depression for example. Being told it's just a phase or that if you think happy thoughts it'll go away. Depression doesn't work like that! It's the same for most illnesses. Of course, thinking happy thoughts whether that be thinking of a puppy or a memory that makes you smile, can help but it's only a short term "phase" (ironic?) and then it's back to whatever depression the person may have, because it's an illness. It's a part of you, and people can go into a position of not letting their illness such as depression take over, and that's great but it's not something that a person can just get over that easily or use wonderful advice such as "it's only a phase" as a form of feeling better. It's like being "normal ill" which is what us chronic illness people call it, such as a cold, or tonsilitis. When you have a cold, it does feel like the end of the world. Ever been told to get over it? Or "it's just a cold?". It doesn't really make you feel better, and it doesnt help get rid of the cold. That's what it's like being told how you're meant to feel with a chronic illness. And all though my rambling can be applied to any person that doesn't understand what it's like, teachers take it one step further, and seem to think, worrying you about your education takes your illnesses away.

It's a known fact if you have an organ infection, you will end up in hospital, whether that be for 24 hours or 2 weeks. But many establishments, can't seem to understand that, and maybe that's because some teachers have never gone through it, it's invisible and/or there's not a lot of education about weak immune systems and invisible illnesses. A person knows their body better than anyone, even doctors because only you can feel that pain. And for a teacher to say "Well I'm sure you can handle a little bit of pain while doing this essay" or "Are you sure it's ____? Because it sounds like a cold to me" does not help anything atall. If a child you teach is sick, take them for that word that they are sick. It's so easy to pretend to be sick but if it's on that child record that they suffer from an immunodeficiency or constant illnesses, take their word. Please.

Isolation
Of course, it's not nice seeing someone sitting alone. No one should ever feel lonely. But sometimes it's genuinely nice to be alone, peace and quiet at last! When you're ill, it's really hard to keep friends, and it's really sad, trust me I know, but in school it's likely we want to be alone. I'm not speaking on behalf of all people with chronic illness. Being with friends is great, it can really help boost someone's mood, but when it comes to work,working in groups, a sense of anxiety hovers over majority of us. Telling us we need to try harder to make friends, take part in group activities doesn't always help children learn. Everyone has a different style of learning and while it may be on the curriculum, does it really help a child who has general anxiety? As a teacher, you should be able to know a child's learning style. Yes it is hard to manage so many children, and teachers should be awarded for the work they do, as it is a hard job. But telling Billy, he has to move tables to work with others, when he's probably told you in private that his CFS is high and may not be able to concentrate, or you notice something different about him today, is all well and truly nice but sometimes may not be the best idea. I believe children should always be asked where they feel comfortable, and there should be a way to leave the comfort zone, risks are what people live on, but when it comes to learning, maybe just ask? It'd be nice to be treated as an equal, than in a hierarchy.



Privacy
A bad student, reflects badly on you. If a child receives a bad grade, it's always pushed onto the teacher's teaching ability. Which in all fairness, can be wrong. A child doesn't always want to learn or revise. Attendance to your lessons is bad too of course. But one thing, which I feel really strongly about, as I've gone through this myself is privacy. I've been there when a teacher has told a whole class why one person has been off for a week. Seriously? How is that anyone's business? This created some anxiety in me, because I've been off for months before, and the fact that a teacher could openly tell people, that I may not know why I was off, which could be humiliating for me or something I just rather keep private terrifies me. It takes away all trust, and creates a sense of paranoia when unable to come into school. One of my own teachers, even did that. A friend of mine told me that a teacher I chose to be with, as my mentor, said infront of the whole class "Oh Amy off again. Typical". Now that's not really sharing any information, but it did make me feel humiliated. Why say that out loud? Did you know why I was off? Maybe, it was probably on the screen you were reading the register out on. But no sympathy was given and frustration was shown. Fair enough, but is that really fair?

My first year of college I never told any teachers, any of my illnesses or what sort of things I'd need in place to help me feel comfortable. Because I didn't feel comfortable. I never wanted anyone to know what was going on in my life. And it didn't help. Privacy did not help in that instance. My second year I decided to be more open, and get help. Which didn't help either. Lose lose I suppose. But that was the establishment. I was openly asked infront of my friends, who barely knew anything because I didn't believe it was anyone's business, "Hi Amy, how was the hospital the other day?". In the open and proud. I never agreed on this sort of interaction. I was always enforcing, to leave me to get on with it. Which I believe should be enforced in every educational environment. If a student's file has all their information, why let it out? Leave it alone.



It is not just mental health.

Mental Health needs A LOT more awareness. The amount of ignorance around us is amazingly stupid. So stupid. But the thing is, it's got more awareness than most things. And while it's a tiny percentage, what about other invisible or chronic illnesses. I've seen a teacher parden CFS as depression, and while low moods are a factor of course, CFS is not just depression. Every week or every few weeks I've seen in my college, bulletins (our school email service) feature something on mental health. Perfect! Like they are actually doing something right. But what about featuring something about May Awareness Month? Or understanding the student with chronic migraines can't be around when you shout? Do not just pawn someone off with a mental health issue when they may need physical things put in place aswell.

Chronic Illness can develop at any time.
When you think of chronic illness, surprisingly (not) people think of illnesses from birth. And while many are, that's not the case for a few people. I myself, "developed" my first illness at 3, and although many of my illnesses could be linked to my genetics, suggesting from birth, the realisation is much later. In High School, I was the perfect student. Stress was a big factor, and yes I still had my off days, but my attendance was so far so great, my grades were high and I was a promising student. Then in college, more diagnosis' came about, surgery, meds, more doctors. This affected me a lot. For some, they'll have teachers from the age of 11 till 18. And it can seem kind of random how one day a student can be perfectly fine; and then they're coming to you, to tell you they got a diagnosis of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. How can this be? Are they a hypochondriac? They were perfectly fine last week! Don't ever let yourself think that way. As I'm sure many teachers know. this can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy (self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true). If you as a teacher, choose not to believe this person has this illness due to timing, and start to believe they want an excuse, that can really affect the student, making them believe in themselves less and or become more self conscious. Please realise that there is no "time stamp" such as birth, that mean you cant be chronically ill.




I am not lazy.
Me not being able to stay awake, finish that homework or listen in the lessons although I may say sometimes lessons are boring, is not the consequence of laziness. Majority of your students wish they could listen to you straight or understand what you're saying. This paragraph is going to be quite quick, as I think it may be easy to understand this. People with chronic illnesses are not lazy. Being sick, does not mean laziness. The child with her head on the table, staring out the window, it is a possibility that they are not interested, and are too "lazy" to learn. But why jump to the conclusion? Did you know people with chronic migraines suffer with lack of concentration? Even without a migraine? And that student may really want to learn. So before judging, maybe we should sit back and think about it.


"I wish that school understood that falling asleep in lessons wasn't me being rude or inconsiderate, it was me being ill" - Amy Saunders; Living with ME"
In conclusion, I'm not saying all schools/colleges/establishments are like this. There are good ones who may have things in place for those with chronic illnesses. But these are what I believe (with the help from some lovely other bloggers) some places need to work on or understand. So if you believe I've missed anything out, leave it below in the comments! Or send in your thoughts! 








Monday, 17 April 2017

Wherever you go, go with all your heart!


"For better or worse, zoos are how most people come to know big or exotic animals. Few will ever see wild penguins sledding downhill to sea on their bellies, giant pandas holding bamboo lollipops in China or tree porcupines in the Canadian Rockies, balled up like giant pine cones." - Diane Ackman
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Chester 2017


So, as a last minute sort of thing, my boyfriend decided to take me on a "Zoo and Hotel" break on Friday! I was so excited! As majority of you will know, I get bad anxiety being away from my security. It's just how I've always been, I think it's more of a financial worry as I depend on my parent's still. However, back to the exciting part!

So we went straight to the zoo. Chester Zoo of course! Chester Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the UK, and it's actually known for it's research into extinct animals, and named one of the safest rescue zoos here! I personally won't go to a zoo without doing a little bit of research first, as you can be so weary nowadays, but Chester Zoo feels quite safe and enjoyable at the same time!

We started off at an elephant talk, and gosh the elephants were so cute! Did you know an elephant has over 40,000 muscles in it's tusk alone!? How amazing is that! We then moved on, wandering round the Zoo, and it's a massive place so we never got to finish it, which is sad! We visited the ice cream shop, the gift shop and I was even treated to a souvenir book (thankyou Daniel!). All I can say is, with my illnesses I was kind of glad we didn't see the whole thing! I was exhausted (Yes I had a nap once I got in, sue me!)

So anyway, after my little nap, we ventured into the bar of our hotel. It was lovely, situated on the outskirts of Chester which was perfect as I love quiet hotels. The staff were some what lovely, but you can read my review on facebook! On the Saturday, we decided to do some shopping! And who doesn't love shopping! We visited The Works, although we have one in Liverpool, the Cheshire one is much bigger and offered a lot more stuff! I also went into The Beauty Outlet, but that felt so overcrowded and I just felt so overwhelmed being in there, although amazing bargains!

So, that was our quiet little get away together, and I wanted to do a blog post on it, as I have barely written in a while due to being pre-occupied with infections and what nots. And who doesn't love seeing animals? 

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Killin' It Cosmetics - Epic Nights Palette Review & Swatches!

Everyone loves a new eye shadow palette, but get disappointed so easily. We expect a lot from a palette. We expect excellent pigmentation, beautiful colours, affordable prices and ethical ingredients and production of the product. Lately, I've been trying to test out smaller/Instagram brands, I am more of a drugstore user anyway, but I prefer "indie" brands, ones that I hope one day will be up there with Mac, Makeup Revolution and others, and ones I like to keep track of in my bullet journal.





Be sure to follow them on instagram at @killinitcosmetics
A recent brand I tried out, is Killin' It Cosmetics. Ran by a lovely girl, who started with eyelashes and created her first palette "Epic Nights". You can see from the picture below, that the name surely represents the colours and are beautifully arranged also. The product is cruelty free and pretty to look at for sure!



Ingredients: Stearate, Magnesium, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Oil, Mica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, MAY CONTAIN : Maca, Iron, Oxides, Manganesc violet, Ultramarine Blue, Chrome Oxide Greens, Hydrated Chrome Oxide Green, FD&C Yellow NO.5 Al Lake, FD&C Blue NO.1 Al Lake.


Swatches:
Top and Second Row.
Bottom Row

I would like to apologise for the way my swatches are, with having sensitive skin and eczema on my arms, I didn't want to put too much product on, incase it aggravated my eczema just by being on my arms. However, after a patch test, concluded it is perfectly fine for my skin and even with the lightest of touchs, the pigmentation is perfect!

Verdict:
The palette is an excellent price for what it offers at £12. The product not only includes ingredients suitable for those with sensitive skin like myself, but offers a cruelty free alternative and the business is looking at developing vegan products too, highlighting the business offers excellent ethical values. The eye shadows themselves are amazing colours, beautifully arranged, and as you'll see in my next picture, work well together and don't need a lot of product on the eyes. Once ordering the palette, I recieved it within 3 days, and the charge of £3.50 was also quite good for such a good palette, and quick shipping. The colours blended excellently together and the black was my ultimate favourite shadow as I could use it for eyeshadow, giving me an extra addition to a smokey eye. All in all, I'd give the palette 10/10!

Thinking about purchasing the palette? Well if you buy now, you can get 20% off using the code "Pre20"! And if you do buy, be sure to let me know what you think too!


- Amylou


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Monday, 6 February 2017

Making the best of life, one spoon at a time...

*For anyone that doesn't understand the spoon reference, give "Spoon Theory" a google.
*I can be quite open, so please do not be alarmed.



I thought it was time for a little update on my life. Don't you agree? I thought you would.
Now you know my main priority when writing, is about my health, so please don't be alarmed that there will be a focus on this in this post, but of course I'll include other things.

Heath
We last spoke when I had my sigmoidoscopy in June/July 2016. A lot has changed since then. Firstly, my periods stopped. I never mentioned this in my last health blog post, but yeah. It was so strange, yet I was kind of expecting something wrong? My gynae put it off as symptom of the Depo Provera "Satan's Needle", and completely wrote me off. But my GP did not believe that. Instead referred me back telling them to sort themselves out, and notice that the symptoms would not last past 5 months.

Thankfully my gynae was seeing someone else, so I saw another member of his team. He stated that everything points to Endometriosis (result) however would never talk about my surgery, which should of shown Endo? How strange? Every time I mentioned it, he would start with "Yeah..." and then move onto something else. Anyway, the end result was that I would be started on Prostap DCS. If it worked, I would be fitted in for excision, if not I just have Chronic Pelvic Pain. Seemed fine to me? And yes a lot of you Endo sisters, will probably be worrying, I know about Lupron. However this may be my only chance to get everything done properly with excision surgery, and I'm afraid if I don't, they'll leave me in the dark for more years, like they have for nearly 3.

So leaving pelvic issues aside, since then I've been diagnosed with Chronic Migraine-Vertigo, alongside B12 deficiency, borderline anaemia, folate deficiency and going onto food allergy diagnosis'. It sounds silly but it keeps my life exciting at least!

Lifestyle
So new year, new me and all that shizz! I've now returned back to my home calling, Slimming World! I've had a nice 9-10 months off, but now I'm back to the point where I feel I can get back to my roots. I haven't set a weight loss target and taking it at my own pace. As long as I'm my dream size by my 21st next year, then I'm all happy!

Bullet Journal - Stabilo Pastel Highlighters - The Works Pretty Washi Tape - Kawaii Stickers


Another thing I've started this year, is bullet journalling and bullet studying. I've always loved the look of it, but only just realised it's something I can pursue. It also helps me stress-relief, writing down my moods, periods and symptoms! Much easier than writing in a plain dairy, when I can make it look pretty too!

Bullet studying is a bit harder, but makes my revision look pretty! It also makes me stress less on what I need to know. As many of you will know, I dropped out of my A-levels due to being mainly bed-bound or unmotivated most of last year after my surgery. But I made a comeback into Year 14! I'm also given leeway with attendance (although I've had many issues with prejudice over this), and people seem to be a lot more understanding compared to when I was in year 13. So thing's are looking good.

Philosophy Revision - Life after Death.

I think that's pretty much all the updates? Unless you want to know more, just ask!



- Amy-Lou๐Ÿ’›


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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

2017, give me light.

2016, what a mess. Am I right?  

This time last year, everything was crumbling around me. My health, grades, the social ladder. I wasn't Amy-Lou anymore, I was just that bundle of bones laying in a burrito position in my duvet. But I'm not going to let 2017 be the same and have composed my own checklist for 2017. And even if I just complete half of the list, even one, I'll be so proud of myself for at least doing something.



What I wish to achieve in 2017:
- Get back to my dream weight.
- Gain my A-Levels above a C.
- Become more social and meet friends.
- Get a weekend job/job to go into when I leave college.
- Start mine and Danny's future properly (i.e move out, save money)
- Start treatment, get my second surgery sorted.
- Read more.
- Finish my first bullet journal.
- Perfect my 8 hours sleeping pattern.
- Blog more.
- Forget 2016.
- Be Happy
- Go see The Impractical Jokers live (maybe this is a life goal...)
- Go to a concert/play.


So these are it so far. But I might update them generally, or just add them into my bullet journal to edit. But is there something you wish you could of done in 2016 but couldn't? 2016 was a dreadful year, and I've found it was for the majority. But don't let 2017 be one. It is my final year as a teenager and I won't let it be ruined.



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Monday, 5 December 2016

How I keep my babyface...

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The classic 3-step from Clinique.



As a teen, it can be extremely annoying getting spots. Why are we subjected to deal with these vile things just because we're at the peak of our life? I rather not suffer with spots when I have so many important things that involve drinking coming up. However, that's the thing; I've never suffered with spots. Of course, I've suffered with eczema, but it has always been on my arms and legs, and within my scalp. But my face has remained quite baby like. I'm 19 so of course I dont expect my face to be completely covered with wrinkles and age lines but all my friends seemed to go through a phase of acne, creams, not wanting to leave the house because of a spot they got on their forehead.



 I've had my fare share of cold sores due to my immune system lacking, but I'm always given compliments for my skin. "Aren't you 14" "You have such a smooth skin". Now the last one doesn't count for my endless dry skin issues, my massive pores and panda eyes after a night out. But there are some products I can really count on, that have helped me since I was 12. And majority - or should I say all, are from Clinique. My mum has used clinique since she was 16 due to skin issues, so I was forced, or recommended to use it too. And I am not sorry that I am able to use clinique.



1. Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask.


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A great starter before a bath, or just in general before starting the next parts of the skin care routine. You simply slather a thin layer onto your pore areas (such as the nose, T section, chin and upper cheek bones). Wait 5 minutes and rinse! Of course, you'd have to continuely use this for it to have an effect, but I find it really refreshing once you've took your makeup off, and about to get a bath and can have it on, while you wash up!

2. Liquid Facial Soap (Mild)
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Now this soap is extremely refreshing after the mask, and the next in my routine. It helps remove any makeup you've missed and runs a similiar routine as the mask does. Rub it all over your face, leave it for about 2 minutes and rinse! It can come in various forms, depending on your skin. As my skin is quite sensitive I started with 1 (mild) and in a bottle form, whereas my mum uses the soap form. Once rinsed, your skin feels ready for some moisturiser.

3. Moisture Surge

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Now this is a most needed product! Especially if you have dried out skin, flakey skin. This is moisture surge. It's the third step of your skincare routine which is a must before normal moisturiser! It has a nice watery texture, which allows for your skin to be hydrated. It's also a really nice to put on a few minutes before your makeup, as your skin doesn't feel as "cakey".

4. Super-Defense Triple Action Moisturiser 

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You could leave out this, but it's better to have a flat moisturiser after such a watery one. And what better than a super defense one! This moisturiser is easy to apply, you only need a little bit to cover certain parts of your face and helps rejuvenate any aggressors!

5. All About Eyes

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Now this isn't really that necessary at this age, but you've got to be sure to keep the eyes well. Our eyes are the most likely to be covered in third party things such as makeup, eyelashes, dust etc, and age faster than anything. As a teen who conquers stress, my eyes are aging faster than anything! All about eyes, allows for that to slow down, and you can't see any stress bags/puffy eyes. It really helps as a primer for eye makeup also, and perfect to put on before bed!





I hope this was helpful for some! And don't be afraid to leave questions in the commments section!