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Revuele Charcoal range

Acne and spots get most of us at some point (if they haven't got you then you don't know how lucky you are!). If you do happen to suffer from spots. whiteheads or blackheads, this range is a must try for you.

 As you may be aware if you have seen any of my previous skincare posts such as this one on achieving clear, glowing skin, this recent review of a healthy hair hero product I stumbled across or my Top 5 Summer Beauty Essentials – there's a strong theme, and it's all focused on achieving a healthy glow, for both the skin and hair. Unfortunately, I suffer from breakouts too, so I'm always balancing products that give that 'glow' with those that clear my skin. This can be difficult, because most products that are aimed at acne are drying, while most products that give you that beautiful glow are pore clogging. Getting the balance right is basically an art form.

To add to the difficulty, my skin is massively sensitive, and can easily react with burns/rashes. Despite this, I really wanted to give this charcoal range a go because I'd heard great things about black masks and the detoxing effects of charcoal. In fact, I'd already tried the much talked about L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox mask with charcoal which personally I'm not 100% convinced on. I didn't see amazing results, and 50% of the time it left my skin a bit red and blotchy (probably mainly due to the other products I was using). So how was this peel off charcoal mask going to fair against my difficult needs and high standards? I'll kick straight off with a review of the mask before chatting through the other two products in the range...

Revuele black charcoal peel off mask

Revuele No Problem Black Mask

Okay so the things I like about this mask include:

  • It's peel off. Not only is this fun (hello PVA glue throwback), it feels like it really is pulling the s*** out of your pores and, like with facial cleansing strips, you can actually see the stuff that has been yanked out of your pores if you look closely enough. Gross, but great. 
  • It removes dead skin too. What a multitasker.
  • The list of ingredients includes zinc and silver ions which have antibacterial properties, thus help prevent acne and blackheads.
  • If you're going through an oily skin phase, it's great as it does a fantastic job of magnifying your skin.

What's in it?

Some of the important, cleansing and spot reducing/preventing ingredients include:

-  Zinc Oxide – something you should look for in acne products. In a previous skincare post, I recommended taking a zinc supplement to help fight acne, but, as well as consuming zinc, applying zinc oxide topically works wonders too, it decreases inflammation (making your spots less visible and red - yey!) and helps reduce oil.

- Charcoal Powder – as mentioned, charcoal is a detoxifier. People even drink it when hungover to pull the toxins out of their bodies. Whether or not it's strong enough to stop you throwing up and inject some life into your aching bones, who knows, but in my experience, it certainly seems to work in terms of encouraging dirt, oil and whatever else is blocking pores to get out.

- Silver Citrate – while I've researched the other ingredients quite a bit over the years, and heard a lot about them, I'm not as much of an expert on the benefits of silver, but Revuele claim it has antibacterial properties, and from a quick Google I've found many others agree.

If I was comparing this mask to the L'Oreal Charcoal Clay Mask, I'd definitely give this one a much higher score. Not only are the results more visible, it irritates my skin less too. Plus, it's cheaper.

Overall scoring:

Sensitivity: 8/10
Acne-clearing: 8/10 (obviously it isn't a cure, but for an over the counter product, it's bloody good)
Overall ease-of use: 7/10 (can be a bit painful to remove, but I am a wimp)


Revuele 3 in 1 Gel Scrub Mask

Revuele 3 in 1 Gel Scrub Mask

Next up, we've got this '3 in 1' product which claims to be a gel, a scrub and a mask. A miraculous, money-saving, time-saving, space-saving product if true.

So with three different application methods which are summarised as:

mask method: put it on your face as a mask, leave for 5-7 mins and rinse
scrub method: massage into skin in circular motions then rinse
As a cleanser: apply onto wet skin and rinse

This product contains very similar ingredients to that of the above mask, it includes charcoal and silver but no zinc oxide. The bottle claims that, thanks to the 'most effective natural exflolient' the activated carbon microparticles (which I think are basically tiny lumps of activated charcoal), it exfoliates and removes blackheads, while the clay renders skin matte and evens out your complexion.

I tried using this product all three ways but to be honest, I ended up leaving it in my shower and using it as a face scrub, replacing how I would normally use my St Ives Apricot Scrub ( 3-4 times a week, mid-shower). It worked well all three ways but for me and my sensitive skin, using it dry felt a bit harsh and I prefer the peel off mask when it comes to using a mask.

Overall scoring: 

Sensitivity: 7/10
Acne-clearing: 7/10 (more beneficial to blackheads than other forms of acne, which it could irritate if used too much I think)
Overall ease-of use: 9/10 (loses 1 point due to the fact the 3 in 1 sitch is a bit confusing, and it is basically a creamy scrub in my opinion)

Revuele matting facial tonic toner

Revuele No Problem Matting Facial Tonic

This alcohol-free toner contains salicylic acid, zinc oxide and silver among the acne and shine-fighting ingredients. It removes any oil and dirt from your skin and leaves it feeling clean and matte without drying it out. For me, this is a great alternative to products such as Clinique's anti-blemish toner which does contain alcohol and can be too drying. 

I really like this toner, it's great for situations in which you might want to quickly and easily cleanse your face and ensure it has no bacteria residing on it, for example before heading home from the gym if you have been super sweaty or if you have picked at spots or touched your face and you know you shouldn't have (lol so me) and are now panicking about making said breakout worse.

It also ensures you have a good, clean and small-pored base before applying makeup.

Overall scoring:

Sensitivity: 8/10
Acne-clearing: 8/10
Overall ease-of use: 10/10


Click here to get your hands on the 3 in 1 Gel Scrub Mask, Black Peel Off Mask and Matting Facial Tonic

Let me know your thoughts if you have tried this range too!

*Revuele gifted me the products but the post was not paid for and opinions are 100% my own

Review: Revuele charcoal range

Neanderthal's Deli Norton buddha bowl

Having recently moved to Teesside from Newcastle, I was very excited to hear about a health deli having opened in Norton. As mentioned in this review of Clean & Press in Jesmond, I am a huge fan of healthy food and healthy eateries, so I was very excited to see what Neanderthals had to offer.

From a bit of research (primarily Instagram) I discovered they serve buddha bowls, salads, healthy sweet treats, loose leaf teas, coffees and smoothies etc and it was opened by the same people who own the fitness studio above (Marss Fitness). I got in touch to see if they would like a review and they were very happy for me to do one so here's how I found it...


I popped along one lunchtime, mid-week and it was surprisingly busy – a great sign, so my hopes were high!

Drinks-wise, I opted for the Mint Chocolate Tea (because chocolate), while my mum went for her go-to cappuccino (the day she goes for another beverage I will hand her a medal for bravery). As you can see in the above photo, my tea was loose leaf and in a cute AF teapot – 10/10 for quality and aesthetics. It tasted much more minty and chocolatey than I had imagined to be honest, it's definitely one to try if you're a chocoholic trynna be healthy!

Neanderthal's Deli Norton buddha bowl

The Buddha Bowl – I feel like the pic pretty much says it all. It was so delicious, so filling and SO HEALTHY. You choose your meat, base and carb, so obviously I went for salmon, seasonal vegetables and sweet potato and butternut squash mash. The salmon was crispy on the outside and super soft in the middle (plus the fillet was quite large!), the veg was al dente and the mash was so smooth and sweet. Oh and it also came with homemade pesto (I think) hummus, which was quite honestly the best hummus I have ever tried and I could have gotten through way more! Especially since my mother stole some... It just left me wondering why I have never put pesto in hummus before.

Neanderthal's Deli Norton buddha bowl

Finally, can you guess what my mum ordered? A BLT – the same thing she opted for at the previous healthy eatery review I took her along to. So luckily for you BLT lovers, we're basically doing for BLT's what Parmo Hunters are doing for parmos. The BLT Chronicles will be coming soon. 

This BLT was an all around winner apparently – top points for the bread (I have never heard anyone express so much admiration for a bun), homemade slaw, salad and filling. Unfortunately we totally forgot to get a snap of the inside of the bun but I trust my mum's 100% thrilled reaction to the sandwich and its sides. It was a good'un.

Neanderthal's Deli Norton blt

The cafe itself is lovely – all wooden tables, cute candles and rustic decor, and the staff were lovely too, we had a little chat to the co-owner, Emma, who explained why they opened Neanderthals (to provide healthy, back to basics food to us Teessiders). They're definitely succeeding! Head to www.neanderthalsdeli.co.uk for more info and to see the full menu. The deli is just on Norton High Street and is weeelll worth a visit!




Food Review: Neanderthals Deli

UK fashion blogger floral wrap skirt slogan tee
Despite many people believing fashion is a completely superficial industry all about aesthetics. In my opinion it's a direct reflection of – and reaction to – society. It's an outlet by which to express not only our personalities and beliefs but our frustrations with the world. In doing so, we might even be able to encourage change. 

Fashion is art, and while I cannot profess to taking it too seriously or choosing my clothes based on the socio-political problems or stances they appear to address, you've got to admit that a lot of current trends, such as slogan tees (most of which feature feminist phrases) and gender-neutral clothing for example, are a result of those atop the fashion pyramid recognising that we're all bloody frustrated with issues such as gender divides and discrimination.

Not only is this slogan tee just a bit of a joke, but I see it as also being an indicator in this turbulent time that we are all human, and as humans we should respect each other, be kind to each other and do our best to make each other's lives easier and more enjoyable. 

Fashion can have negative or positive consequences, but I fully support trends like the slogan tee, and encourage everyone to splash out on one!

Anyway, scroll down for some less heavy notes on styling and product links...

UK fashion blogger floral wrap skirt slogan tee
UK fashion blogger floral wrap skirt slogan tee
UK fashion blogger floral wrap skirt slogan tee

Styling a floral skirt for me almost always involves grunging it up a bit. I like to add leather, studs, chunky boots and in this case, fishnets. I just love adding a bit of a tough edge. I think it's important too to think outside the box, and not always pair your items with the first piece or colour that comes to mind – this will also help your cost per wear for items, because you can rewear them in different ways. When I'm struggling to do this, I find Pinterest is a great place to go for a bit of inspiration, or to some of my favourite bloggers who I know will have similar items.

UK fashion blogger floral wrap skirt slogan tee
UK fashion blogger floral wrap skirt
Top: Illustrated People via Topshop (sale)
Skirt: Topshop
Jacket: All Saints

Let me know what you think of this outfit :)


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OOTD: THE SLOGAN TEE

Dazzy coffee scrub review

You may have seen them in stores, on Insta and on beauty blogs but what exactly is coffee scrub, what does it do, and what are the benefits?

Well, it's a 100% natural scrub for your face and body that claims to help clear impurities such as spots and acne, as well as other skin issues such as cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema and small veins. All while making your skin 'softer' and more hydrated.

This particular coffee scrub is made up of coffee (obvs), virgin coconut oil, almond oil, brown sugar, vitamin E and other 'miracle ingredients'.

As mentioned in this blog post, my skin has all of the problems. As well as trying to achieve clear, glowing skin, I want to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles forming as I don't think it's ever too early to do this! So bearing this in mind, scroll down for my review of the Dazzy coffee scrub...

Dazzy coffee scrub review
Dazzy coffee scrub review
Dazzy coffee scrub review

So, does it do what it says on the, er, packet – or is it all hype?

Well, as far as I can tell, it does what it claims. I don't have cellulite (that I'm aware of, probs do), stretch marks or small veins, so I can't profess to know whether or not it helps with those problems, but I do have VERY sensitive skin and I'm prone to breakouts and clogged pores. I'm very picky about what I use on my skin, but this scrub is 100% natural, so I decided to give it a shot. It's not too harsh at all. In fact, despite leaving it on for a little longer than I should've the first time, (I was getting the above snap etc), it didn't sting or redden my skin like a lot of masks and scrubs do. It smelt delicious (very strongly of coffee, which was left me wanting a cup even though I'm a herbal tea only person!) and left my skin feeling beautifully hydrated, soft and glowing. 

You can really feel the oils getting to work hydrating your skin (hydration is vital whether you have dry or oily, spot-tone skin because it will both solve dryness and reduce irritation which leads to breakouts!), meanwhile the coffee and brown sugar work to remove dead skin and impurities, bringing a fresh, clean glow to your skin.

What I love most about this coffee scrub, however, is that you can use it on your body too and it has the same glowing, hydrating and refreshing effect.

Would I recommend the Dazzy Coffee Scrub?

I would definitely recommend the Dazzy scrub to anyone who wants to try something new to give their skin a healthy glow, soft texture and fresh appearance. It's ideal for a pampering evening in, and I'd definitely recommend using it in the bath because one thing to note about this scrub is that it can get messy! Just make sure no one's gonna walk in on you when you're covered head to toe in coffee because it freaks them out, trust me. 

I tried the Coffee & Citrus scrub, but they do a variety, check them out via their website here and head here to purchase.

Sensitive skin rating: 4/5
Ingredients rating: 5/5
Spot/acne rating: 4/5
Glow rating: 5/5
Practicality rating: 2/5


* I happily received this scrub free of charge from Dazzy as I have been excited to try a coffee scrub for a while, but this was not a paid for post and is 100% my honest opinion!




Review: Dazzy Coffee Scrub

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Top: ASOS
Rings: Dixi & Rock 'N Rose

The rest of the items are out of stock or unavailable in the UK but similar can be found in the Get the Look widget below!

Jeans: ASOS 
Bag: ASOS 
Necklaces: Primark 
Boots: ASOS
Sunglasses: Random brand from holiday


I am LOVING the colour yellow at the moment. It's very on trend for this year and I just think it's so eye-catching. Admittedly, it's taken me basically eight months of the year to warm to it having never previously worn any yellow at all but hey, it's a grower. 

I think, in fact, that I got put off the colour after my childhood bedrooms from age 0 to 10 were bright yellow, despite the colour, which was I assume chosen originally as a gender-neutral option pre-birth, was definitely not necessary for that whole time as I clearly am female. I hope.



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OOTD: MELLOW YELLOW

Clean & Press Jesmond Marinated chicken salad

A couple of weeks ago I visited Clean & Press in Jesmond, Newcastle for a clean and healthy lunch. Healthy eateries and juiceries are popping up here there and everywhere across the North East these days. I've tried Nosh in Middlesbrough, Neanderthal's in Norton and Ugöt in Newcastle's Central Station, which has now been taken over by the AMAZING Filmore & Union. I also believe I have a good knowledge of clean eating and nutrition, so how would Clean & Press fare? 

As Clean & Press has a strong focus on juicing (they offer cold pressed and freshly made juices along with smoothies), my first, and potentially most difficult decision was to choose a beverage. I had been before for a cup of tea (soz lol) which was divine, but this time I wanted to try their famous juices for review and health purposes (FYI it was the 'Sleeping Beauty' blend which is a China Sencha (green) tea, ft raspberry and blackberry flavour with rose buds and heather pieces, so good).

If you witnessed me trying to make a food or drink decision, you would probably find it reminiscent of when contestants on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? had to decide whether or not to gamble or use a lifeline. Or for a more relevant example, when the Love Island contestants had to decide who to dump from the villa. Despite this, I only changed my mind once and after picking up a cold pressed juice from the fridge, I decided to go for one of their freshly made options – the pineapple, lemon, ginger and celery juice, which was created to help with digestive issues such as bloating and IBS, which I occasionally suffer from. 

As you can see from the photo, you get a decent amount with Clean & Press's juices, but what you can't see is how delicious it was – not too thick or thin but so sweet.


I took my mother along, she opted for her standard cappuccino and it passed her very strict tests (even Starbucks has failed).

The next choice was which lunch option to go for – as I'm always in a healthy mood (until dessert) and love a salad, I opted (after much deliberation despite having checked the menu out in advance) for the marinated chicken salad without a dressing. 

I was very, very haps with the amount of chicken that came with the salad – and fresh, lovely chicken too! They definitely weren't stingy with the portion size. I was also happy to see that it came with chia seeds and pumpkin seeds (totes guessing at these seed varieties but I think that's what they were!). The salad itself was made up of red onion, sweetcorn, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and (I think the leaves were) spinach.

My mum, on the other hand, stuck to her not-so-health-focussed ways and went for a BLT. I don't usually like BLT's because they're far too salty/greasy but this one had a good chunk of avocado in and bacon that was thick and tasty rather than crispy and salty, so while the avocado sitch confused my mum a bit, I was well impressed. The healthiest BLT around.

Clean & Press Jesmond review
Clean & Press Jesmond BLT
Clean & Press Jesmond raw vegan snickers bar

Of course, while rifling through the fridge trying to decide on a juice, I couldn't help but see this dessert.

Resistance was futile. The 'raw vegan Snickers bar' being dairy free and, well raw basically, was great for me because I try to avoid dairy and processed foods as much as possible to limit breakouts and help my skin look decent. Filled with nuts, it had an amazing gooey texture under the hard chocolate topping. 

I would love the recipe for this, it tasted like (and guessing from something similar I've made before) it was made up of dates, possibly bananas and cacao, but one can't be sure. Also the chocolate was SO SIMILAR to genuine dairy-filled chocolate. I ate the whole thing but highly recommend sharing or taking half away because it's a lot heavier than it looks!


Clean & Press is located in Jesmond and has a lovely little outdoor seating area. I'd highly recommend visiting for a healthy breakfast, lunch, snack or even just a juice to give you a bit of a boost or for a detox. Head to the Clean & Press website for more info

* Clean & Press did not pay me for this post, they simply offered a complimentary lunch and drink :) thanks guys!


Clean & Press Review



So this is the third festival fashion look I decided on as, obviously, this skirt had to be incorporated somewhere seeing as I bloody love it. It's so flattering and cute with the bows and the frills and the floral and the polka dots – and mixes multiple trends in one, so what's not to love fashion addicts? I bought mine in a petite size 4 and I'm usually a size 6, sometimes 8 so, if I have convinced you that this is a must-buy, beware that the sizing is big! 

I styled it with a band tee because I absolutely love that mix of girly and grunge at the moment. As mentioned in this post, where I styled a floral dress over the same Slayer tee. And when it came to footwear I opted for Docs with this to amp up the grunge factor even more (and because they're super comfy and festival appropriate). I'd definitely recommend them as an alternative to wellies. As long as it isn't as muddy as last year's UK festivals i.e. this

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Finally, I chucked on a utility jacket because it's both lightweight and works as a camouflage – perfect for chilling on the grass and avoiding those festival pals you didn't really want. Also can I give a shout out to the trusty tote bag which fits everything in and is minimal effort to transport. It's excellent if you wanna be a girly loser with a camera, lipstick, purse, bottle of *perhaps* water etc. 10/10 to the tote.

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Looking like I've just spotted James Bay entering the campsite
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Top: Topshop
Skirt: Topshop
Sunglasses: Topshop
Jacket: Pull & Bear via ASOS
Boots: Dr. Martens

I hope you enjoyed my festival looks! Let me know which was your fave. See the other two here and here.

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FESTIVAL FASHION #3: THE BAND TEE



As mentioned in the first post of this festival fashion series, I'm heading to Reading Festival this month, and having a rethink about my usual festival ensembles. I'm sick of the standard denim shorts look, but of course can't go full on Coachella in a maxi dress and glitter because we are in England and the weather is not as predictable as it is in the Californian desert sadly.

After the first festival fashion post featuring a dress, I decided to style a denim skirt for this one. Admittedly this is basically a very, very subtle twist on the whole denim shorts thing. However, I love the Penny Lane, 70s vibes so it passes in my eyes.

My previous look included trainers, but of course, they aren't always weather appropriate at UK festivals. Wellies are ALWAYS a necessity and these Hunter's have served me well over the last 7 years (omg how old am I). I got mine from TK Maxx at quite a hefty discount so I'd highly recommend heading there! I'd also recommend going for a generic colour like black or navy blue because they go with everything. My friend has red and yes they are beautiful but if you want to wear something pink you're screwed.





Top: ASOS (similar below)
Skirt: Topshop 
Bag: ASOS (similar below)
Rings: Dixi & Rock N Rose
Necklaces: Primark (similar below)
Wellies: Hunter

Let me know what you think about this look!

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FESTIVAL FASHION #2: PENNY LANE