Face Masks and Acne

Thursday, 23 July 2020 Birmingham, UK

Face Masks and Acne

Face Masks and Acne

Face Masks and Acne

With lockdown easing, face masks are fast becoming our go to accessory. Wether it’s a mandatory requirement while you’re shopping, or an an optional one while walking with friends, the face mask has become our new best friends. And while we can all be thankful to each each other for preventing the spread, I dunno about you, but my skin most definitely isn’t sharing the same excitement. It hates the mask. Skin and mask, not friends. 

And thus begins our new joyous conundrum of staying inside alone, with glowing, clear skin, or venturing back out into the wild, with a small population brewing under your mask. What a time to be alive! 

I’ve been searching desperately for some advice and tips on how to help ease this fabulous new skin condition, so I thought I’d share a few titbits that might help you too! 

Let’s start at the beginning; as I’m sure everyone knows, pimples are caused by pores getting clogged by excess sebum, makeup, sweat, dirt and bacteria. (Which is just grim to even write let alone think of going on on your face, but there we are.) Throughout the day, our skin cells usually shed, stopping the buildup getting clogged in our pores. So far, so good. Enter the mask. This is were it all starts to go wrong. The wearing of a face mask, hinders this process, and traps cells and grime. What. A. Treat. To add to this, some of us have been experiencing some beautiful weather lately. While this would usually help our blemishes, unfortunately now it’s causing us to sweat more under our masks, which is making the peeerfect moist (sorry) environment for the bacteria to go wild in. 


Do not fear, treating face mask acne, or facne as I’ve decided to call it, is not as hard as you think. For anyone else who has experienced acne at its life consuming full, you’ll know how much working out it takes to track down your triggers. Food groups, dietary, water intake, chemical ingredients, the list is endless. However in this situation, we know what the trigger of our new friends on our cheeks and chin is. The mask. 

Something I do every night when wearing makeup, is double cleanse. But now weather I’ve dolled myself up or not, I double cleans to make sure my make residue has gone. I like to use an oil based cleaner first, such as this No.7 one, to lift and break away and makeup and grime from the day, following with more of a treatment cleanser, such as this on Bybi. I like to wipe all this off with a warm muslin cloth to ensure every last speck has gone, especially any SPF which has a cute habit of sticking around. My skin feels extra clean, but doesn’t feel stripped of any oils drying it out.

Next I like to use a gentle Retinol Toner. I’ve been using the Pixi Retinol Tonic for a while now, and I’ve never had a problem with it. It’s strong enough to encourage those pesky little spots to do one, but also not too aggressive causing my skin to purge. 
Follow with some calming and balancing products- When my skins are it’s worst, I use the Bybi CBD Oil,  which, with soothing benefits, helps calm breakouts and spots, while the hemp seed oil helps to regulate the skins sebum, keeping the skin niiice and soft. 

Now to moisturisers. Since the beginning of time, the idea of putting moisturisers on my broken out skin is not something I find natural. In my head, putting extra moisture into some of these angry spots doesn’t seem the best idea, and instead I should just leave them, but it’s still important to keep your skin moisturised. The creams I have be using have been a rotation of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, and a basic Nivea one. But recently I’ve actually been raiding my moms beauty draw and issuing some good old Astral Cream. Sometimes when my skins really bad, I try to use products which are safe for people who have suffered with skin cancer. My skin is actually that sensitive sometimes, so I know that will be gentle enough on my skin, and for a quick fix, Astral has really been the gold for me! 

So it seems the trusty face mask is here to say, so I’d advise stocking up on a few resealable ones you can wash after every use and keep fresh. Try to find some nice cotton or silk ones which are good quality, breathable, and soft.  It also goes without saying, that a reusable mask is much more sustainable, a much better option for the planet. Win! 

I hope this has helped you a bit, and I your face mask induced acne calms down asap!
If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below, or DM me on insta

Thanks so much for reading, 
Sending clear skin vibes your way,
Rosie xxx

FOMU - The Fear of Meeting Up

Sunday, 12 July 2020 Birmingham, UK

Its crazy times we're living in now, and who'd of ever though FOMU- The Fear of Meeting Up, would ever be a thing?! Last week, many of our fave past times resumed and we could all go and get a fresh bouncy blow and show off our new locks with the girls over a gin in the pub. But is it really just that simple? Gone are the days of doing things due to FOMO, now a simple choice of 'do I go and get a coffee with the girls?' seems literally like a life and death question.

While many people seemed to have embraced this new way of life with open arms, I know there's definitely a few of us that still don't really have a clue what's going on. Personally I'm constantly stuck between "right lets embrace it. I'm gonna go shopping, I've got my mask, life is fine" and "I never want to leave the house again', and social anxiety seems to have reared its delightful little head just to add to the whole FOMU effect.

I thought I'd put together a little list of a few things if you, or anyone you know is going through FOMU...

1. Everyone has had a completely different experience of lockdown, some of us have been the key work heroes, who've kept us going, some of us have taken working from home as a whole new challenge and smashed it, and some of us have simply had to take one day at at a time. For these people, remember that social interaction might have been very much limited, so when inviting people out, don't take offence If they're unsure, or simply say no. Allow them to be honest with how they're feeling about the situation, other plans could be suggested that make you all feel more at ease.

2. Some people may feel more intimidated by big numbers, so maybe suggesting meeting just the two of you, or finding a number you both feel comfortable with. Plan your outing together, chose a location that will suit both of you, and create a plan together. This might alleviate any anxieties anyone has, having something set might reduce stress :)

3. When it comes to hand sanitiser, I dunno about you, but I can't get enough of the stuff. And I think most people have a similar mind set, but masks are a slightly different situation. Some people prefer not to wear one when they're out in an open space alone, some people like to wear theirs all the time, and some people like to wear theirs at only certain times. Whatever you group choose to do, you must do what makes you feel the most comfortable. Yes masks can look at bit intimidating and kind of goes against everything we've learnt about the social norms of covering our faces, but don't push your own comfort levels for anyone else.

These new just a few little musings I've been thinking about recently while I work myself up for 'The Big Outing'... whenever that is, and it seems to calm me a little so I hope it does you too.

If you have any tips or advice of FOMU- The Fear of Meeting Up,  please do leave them in the comments below, or pop over to my insta and leave me a message :)

Thank you, as always, for reading,
Stay Safe,
Love Rosie xxx

The Best Series on Netflix (According To Me)

Thursday, 9 July 2020 Birmingham, UK

The Best Series on Netflix According to Me

We've all tried to better ourselves and perfect a skill in lockdown, my skill has been navigating Netflix. Lemme tell you, I am an absolute pro! I mean, its not hard but don't take this away from me!

I know I've defiantly searched 'The Best Series on Netflix' way more than once, so I thought I'd compile my own little list for anyone who's bored of 2008 Eastenders episodes or The News, because I know I've watched more news than ever before, and its all just repeats of its self and just makes me angry...phaha!

The Best Series on Netflix (According To Me)

Gossip Girl

Now I'm sure most people will have watched this, and I have too. Three times intact. But I had to put it as number 1 on my list for these reasons: packed with drama, amazing fashion, Chuck Bass. Its 6 seasons long, which does mean its somewhat of a commitment, but it also means you have a trusty series to binge watch without having to find anything else for a good while! So much happens in each episode, and the storylines aren't dragged out, and are so far away from most of our realities, that its the perfect form of escapism. So if rich teenagers, strutting around NY causing havoc, and having all their dirty laundry hung out to dry, sounds a bit on you, this is well worth a watch.

The Crown

Okay, I'll give you that im late to the party with this one, if im honest I tried to watch it when it first came to Netflix, but I just don't like Matt Smith. Soz Matt :/ But I'm a huuuuge lover of The Royal Family and history, so I knew if stuck to it, I would love it. So I came back to it and I've been hooked ever since. Its definitely one you have to concentrate on as its quite political, and my boyfriend definilty knows the rule when I'm watching it... 'its a no talking show'. What I love about this, is because it based on true events, its like you're living in that era, experiencing history. You completely believe that Claire Foy is the Queen and is really walking around Buckingham Palace (Or at least I do anyway...) and that you're being let into a world that you couldn't only dreamed of. I've honestly learnt so much about our Royal family since I started watching this programme, I honestly couldn't believe there was so much I didn't know, which is why its in my list of the best series on Netflix.

When They See Us

When this came onto Netflix, back in May 2019, we jumped straight on to watch it and I was absolutely blown away by it. The story is heart breaking, shocking, maddening and incredible all at the same time. The cinimatography and performances are absolutely stunning, particularly Jharrel Jerome, who played Korey Wise. With the huge amount of attention that's on the BLM movement at the moment, and everyone trying to widen their knowledge and educate themselves further, this is a perfect series to watch. It really highlights the discrimination some people are facing every day due to the colour of their skin. Its unapologetic and shines a perfect light on the injustices of this case. It really moved me and and still plays on my mind today, I think its a must watch for everyone.


1950's Hollywood. The age of glamour. And that's exactly what this series oozes. It's a glimpse into the 50's Hollywood film scene with a twist. Though the plot and many of the characters are fictional, its based on a young ex-marine called Scott Bowers who owned a Gas Station, and she's a light on the unfair discriminations and systems on gender, race and sexuality that still exist today. It explores the idea of what would happen if a lady of colour was cast as an Oscar nominated lead, or the person with the power, who calls all the shots, was a woman, or a screenwriter was gay. It's a wonderful twist on the traditional telling of The Golden Age, and has you gripped from the start.
*I would just add, this is definitely an adult program!

The Sinner

There has been two pervious seasons of this, but I say that lightly. Every season is a different story, a crime that needs to be solved by Detective Harry Ambrose. The first season/story stars Jessica Biel, who gives an amazing performance, with a storyline to match. The second season for me, was slightly weaker, still fab, but the first was just so good. The crimes basically have to be solved backwards, which means whenever you think you've cracked it, another curveball is thrown your way, so you're constantly left guessing. A third season has just come out, and due to the fact the stories are unrelated, you'd deffo be able to start on the third season and not be confused as to what's going on.

So there you have it, The Best Series on Netflix (According To Me).  I hope this has helped give you some ideas of what to watch next, and I'd love to hear what you're currently loving on Netflix! Feel free to share it in the comments below or message me on Insta.

Thanks for reading,
Love Rosie xxx