The pill & your skin

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The pill. A tiny little addition to your daily life, with a large impact if you, like me, have problematic skin. Introduced back in 1961, it was heralded as the breakthrough for womens freedom, and today is known to be one of the most significant medical advances of the 20th Century. However, those reasons lie with its ability to act as a contraceptive, and less for its effects in other areas.

Problematic skin is most usually an attribute of hormones, ofcouse there are many other external factors, but there seems to be a pattern of hitting your early teens and then becoming inundated with lumps and bumps on the skin. Whether it be acne, backne (acne on your back!) or just a breakout, most teens are familiar with the struggle. For us girls, there is a simple alternative: The Pill.

Ofcourse, its advisable to try a wide variety of alternatives first, such as changing your skincare routine, your diet or trying external lotions on potions to eradicate those menacing blemishes.  However, sometimes there is little option when presented with a throbbing, angry mob of spots and this is where the pill is an option that you could explore.

Its simple, a tiny little pill that is to be consumed on a daily occurrence. It is simply another thing to add to your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth or having your breakfast. However, it is important that you get the right one for you. Every body is different, and with 30 different types of pill, its vital that you get the right one to benefit your skin. Not all pills are contraceptives, there are those pills thats sole purpose is to balance you internally, hence improving certain elements, such as your skin.

I began taking Yasmin in 2011, when I was sixteen as I was struggling with my skin. I had tried all alternatives, and washed my face religiously. I was disappointed that all my hard work in caring for my skin (and all the money that I was spending on products!) was going to waste.  I had been prescribed many skin serums by doctors to no avail. Several of my friends were already taking the pill for their skin woes, and easily influenced and desperate for the answer, I began to take Yasmin. Doctors advise that you take the pill for approximately six months, before deciding that 'this ones not for me', as you won't begin to see a change until roughly around the six month mark. Its easy to be disheartened at first, when you don't see instant results, but sadly these things don't happen over night and require some time and patience.

After roughly nine months of taking Yasmin and combining it with my everyday skincare rigmarole, it was clear that it wasn't the one for me. I was then changed to Microgynon, which is the most commonly used pill by many. I took it for approximately three years, and noticed a tiny difference, and because I was so happy to see a tiny change, I stuck with it. It wasn't until around eight months ago, that I started to realise that my skin was changing, I was getting large lumps under my skin, that never came to a head, and stayed rock solid and sometimes painful. I put it down to my diet at first and also changed up the skincare I was using, all to no avail. I then decided that my body must have changed, and therefore Microynon wasn't being as effective as it once was. This is something that I believe is key, as you grow and change, your pill will need some updating, as what once worked may loose its effect.

I went to the Doctors again, and was then changed to Cilest (pictured), which I was very negative about to begin with due to its notoriety for having many side-effects. This is another thing to take note of, certain pills will have varying side effects, such as weight gain, migraines, change in your temperament, (read here to view side effects of the pill). Cilest is commonly slated online for having a negative impact on those who start taking it. Regardless, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, and it appears (so far so good!) that Cilest is my current soul mate. Within two months of taking Cilest I could see a noticeable difference in my skin, and this was further improved by my strict skincare routine.

Its vital with the pill, to change it if it isn't working for you, but do be patient with it and hold on for atleast six months before you decide its not working for you. Above is simply my experience will the pill, I have been lucky never to experience any side effects and I am fortunate that I have now found the one that works for me. I recommend the pill as someone who tried all the alternatives available beforehand, and as someone who wishes to pass on the message to others who are maybe a little self-conscious of their blemishes. 

The pill is free, and you'll need to visit your doctor regularly, to begin with I visited my doctor every three months (thats how long one box will last), and each time my doctor would weigh me and take my blood pressure, just to check that everything is as it should be, which is reassuring. I now have my pill on a repeat prescription, and visit every nine months. 

For more details on the pills available/side effects/other peoples experiences, you may find these links beneficial:
Which Pill is Best For Me? 
The official NHS page dedicated to 'The Pill'
Birth control for acne
A Forum with discusses the pill and acne
Another forum discussing acne and the pill

OOTD: Cause You're a Good Girl & You Know It

Saturday, 1 August 2015

I am still 100% awkward about photographing myself for blog posts, but yesterday I drafted my mother in for some assistance. Considering I was expecting some fuzzy, slightly curious looking shots, I was quite impressed with her skills. The only think curious looking in these photos is myself. 

I have a slight guilty (actually, not guilty at all) penchant for pretty patterns. So, when I saw this top, I put it straight in my basket. It like the way that it is longer at the rear, meaning that it covers said, rear. I wore it to work on Friday, and with it being dress down Friday, I chose to wear it with my trusty (and rather mucky) Converse's. Practicality and comfort are always the key to my outfit choices. I usually live in Deck Shoes.

OOTD: Feeling like an animal with these cameras all in my grill

Thursday, 30 July 2015

There is something quite nostalgic by taking photos of myself in a mirror, and posing. I won't lie, I am certainly not a natural, I am at best, awkward. I am twenty now, and the days of posing are long behind me, however, on re-establishing the blog, I am re-establishing my selfie arm. I am also shamefully using my iPhone to take my blog photos. Its surely a sin in the blogging community and something unheard of since 2012 for sure.

This jacket was so sought after by myself that I did nothing but refresh to Mango website continually for several months awaiting for it to hit the sale rail. My patience paid off and I managed to grab myself a bargain. The skirt was bought on my lunch break routine trip to the shops. I have a little soft spot for animal print currently, which may be accountable to my recent trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park. My shoes are also animal themed, faux snake skin, and they're ridiculously comfortable and trendy (trendy?!),  but sadly not on sale anymore, however I did find a picture of them up close here. 

Tomorrow is Friday (YAY!) which means it is dress down friday, so no doubt I shall be back with my awkward phone mirror shots tomorrow with my outfit of the day.

OOTD: He Could Be the Silence in This Mayhem

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


If all else fails, revert to on outfit of the day, right? A few quick, poor quality iPhone snaps later and I have something mildly appropriate. 
If you followed my back in 2013 before my blogging break, you may notice that I have grown up and matured slightly (who am I kidding?!) and this has resulted in some changes:
  • A mini disaster at the hair dressers, where I lost a large majority of my long locks. Rest in peace all you split ends.
  • I have acquired glasses. Infact, I have owned these glasses for years and until this week I have been to embarrassed to wear them in public. Then I cam to the realisation that I'm twenty and ain't nobody got time for that. So, now, I embrace sporadically wearing my spectacles.
  • My body shape has changed. I was a teenager in 2013 and now I'm twenty....Im a woman now, a young lady (pfft) and therefore have the body to accompany that.
  • I have gained a large scar on my left knee, which isn't visible in these grainy iPhone shots, but trust me, its there. This is the result of an operation in January this year, and I have actually learnt to love it.
Its one thing having Facebook to remind you of how cringey you were in your younger years, but owning a blog is on another level. Reading posts from the early days in 2011, and I weep tears of pity for myself. 

I am slightly out of the loop, so please leave blog links in the comments and I'd love to have a browse! In the meantime, I am going to get myself prepared for Great British Bake Off!

Recipe: Fudgey Triple Chocolate Brownies

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

In the future, I picture my house being made purely of chocolate brownie slabs. Its a dream, that as a major chocoholic, I take very seriously. So, when the weather decided to put a stop to all play at the weekend, my boyfriend and I decided that we would get in practice for the return of The Great British Bake Off. 
Cut 185g of unsalted butter into small pieces and place into a glass bowl, add 180g of milk chocolate and 100g of dark chocolate and melt all together in the bowl suspended above boiling water. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Once all melted together, leave to cool.

Prepare your baking tin, and pre-heat the oven. I have a fan oven, and cooked these at 160C. Break three large eggs in a bowl and add 200g of caster sugar and 75g of light brown sugar. Use a hand whisk and beat together until they mixture looks thick and creamy (kind of like a milkshake), which takes about 5 minutes of whisking.

Then add the chocolate mixture from step one to the egg mixture from step two. Mix them slowly together and then stir with a wooden spoon gently.

Then sift in 85g of plain flour and 30g of cocoa powder. Mix the whole mixture well, without beating the hell out of it. Then add white chocolate chips and they're ready for the oven. Bake for around 20 minutes before checking on them, depending on your oven you may need to bake them for longer (I baked mine for around 30 minutes). However, be careful not to overtake, thats a sure way to ruin all your hard-work. 

Don't forget GBBO starts next week...!

Back in Business

Thursday, 23 July 2015

This, I guess, is the comeback. If I had a bigger budget, there would be a dramatic video to accompany this, with the soundtrack being Eminem's Without Me, GUESS WHOS BACK, back again. I picture it being as gripping as the latest Bond trailer, or like a Taylor Swifts video for Bad Blood. However, due to lack of said budget, I shall have to disappoint, which isn't really the ideal start, but bear with me.
Good question, one I struggle to answer sometimes. My name is Olivia. I am twenty-years-old, emphasis on the 'old'. I am ginger, which is actually, dare I say it, cool nowadays (no need to pretend to be 'strawberry blonde' anymore). Working girl, nine til five and all that, meaning that I am basically a qualified grown-up and now firmly in adulthood, and there doesn't seem to be an escape (trust me, I've looked).

I blame the poor English weather for forcing me to spend a rainy day in 2011 getting deeper and deeper into the internet and there stumbling across the world of blogging, along with other things, which I would rather forget about. Feeling the need to have my own personal space to write, I created this blog and began to post mundane daily updates (which I have removed from the internet out of pure embarrassment). I was then hugely influenced by the beauty blogging community and aged sixteen started to develop my interests and document them here. Then in December 2013, I had a blogging break-up. Its not you, its me. Can we just be friends? You're too demanding! I think in all honesty, I needed to grow up. I was eighteen and had other interests, and I doubt I need to explain what those interests where.

In a daydream world, hence the blog name. A world where ice cream sundaes have no calories. Where Topshop always has a sale on. Where my hair doesn't go frizzy when damp. Where real caterpillars taste as good as M&S Colin the Caterpillar's. The list is endless. 

Constantly. I am always writing lists, short stories, dodgy poetry and essays. Usually in the form of texts to my friends. 'So, last Saturday, I was on the dance floor in Smack and...'

How is possibly the most important element. How will I now use this blog? I am obviously a different version of myself, and quite different to my 2013 self. So, I expect that this will have a large effect on my content. How long will my blogging career last this time? Ideally, for the foreseeable future as staying in to write blog posts keeps me out of mischief. How am I so awesome?

I hope that you can stay with me on the second attempt at my blogging journey. Dolly Daydream will be a different area now that I have grown as a person and become a more elegant, mature and sophisticated young lady.

...or, maybe not so much. Above photos are courtesy of alcoholic beverages, which I do not think is big and clever, although, maybe I did at the time.

NARS Eyeshadow in Ondine

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

In recent months I have become a big fan or NARS cosmetics. Perhaps its because NARS was the first high-end brand that I indulged in, then again it may be the amazing quality and the fact that its worth every penny. I convinced myself that I needed to invest in more NARS eyeshadows, due to my love for my duo that I received for Christmas. The quality is far above that of any other eyeshadows I own from drugstore brands, and now that I have branched out into the higher end eyeshadows, such as NARS, I will not be going back!

Ondine immediately caught my eye when I was last at the NARS counter in Space NK. Its a beautiful light dusty rose shade, with a shimmery undertone, which is hardly noticeable. When worn I find it to be only a few shades darker than my natural eyelids, and its therefore an incredibly subtle colour to wear, perfect for natural makeup looks. As custom with NARS eyeshadow, the shadow is highly pigmented and it is long lasting. 

If you're thinking of branching out into the more expensive makeup brands, then NARS really is the place to begin. The prices are justifiable when you realise hoe superior the quality is. 

Lush 'Butterball' Bath Bomb Review

Monday, 16 December 2013

The winter months have arrived, and it is customary that when the winter rolls in, the bath products roll out. I go slightly overboard on bathbombs when the weather gets colder, I find that there is something comforting about a warm bath and colourful bubbles!

I recently decided to try 'Butterball', a low fuss bathbomb. Its not the most exciting, there are no colours too it, no confetti that pops out, no masses of bubbles, no glitter, no loud fizzing, all in all its quite the boring bathbomb. However, it has other qualities that make it equally worth it. Firstly, its not called 'Butterball' for nothing, it leaves your skin feeling as if you've soaked in butter, and there is certainly no need to use body butter after popping this in your bath. It leaves your skin feeling thoroughly moisturised, and baby soft. It almost feels that there is a layer of the bath bomb still clinging to your skin for days afterwards.

It doesn't have a scent, that I could determine. Just a slight hint of cocoa butter. It fizzes marginally, (in the photos, I added the bath bomb into an already bubble filled bath), but it generally goes quite undetected after the bathbomb has completely disintegrated. 

Its one of Lush's cheaper bath bombs, at only £2.50. But it certainly is packed with all the goodness, and not worth missing out on!
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