My Oily Skin Life Savers

Having oily skin can be an absolute nightmare and Im always on the look out for products that will help reduce oil and keep the dreaded shine at bay. I've tried lots of different products, most of which do nothing or very little for my oily skin, but I've also discovered a few little gems that I had to share to help out any other oily girls out there! 

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub
Botanics Mattifying Day Cream 
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser 

First up is this Neutrogena face scrub that claims to mattify the skin and tighten pores. I'm always a bit skeptical when it comes to face washes, and I can never tell how good they are at keeping oil at bay, but after using the scrub I always feel very clean and oil free but without my skin feeling tight or dry. It's helped keep my spots away and has a lovely sent of tangerine and lime which really wakes me up in the morning. At the moment Im really loving this product but I'm open to any suggestions of a great face wash/exfoliator for oily skin. I wouldn't recommend this for people with normal or dry skin as it is an exfoliator and might be a bit too harsh. 

The second product has become my holy grail moisturiser! After reading a review on Hanna's blog I decided to give the Botanics Mattifying Day Cream a go and it really didn't disappoint. It's a very light cream that sinks into the skin quickly ready for you to apply make up. It contains clarifying willowbark which helps to keep your skin clear, it also has an SPF of 15. I found that using this cream made a huge difference in keeping my make up looking matt and my skin oil free, it's definitely a product I'd recommend to anyone with oily skin. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser is a product I'm really loving at the moment. I've been on the hunt for a primer that works well with oily skin and after trying a lot but never feeling truly happy I stumbled upon this. This product won't be for everyone as it does have a strong tea tree smell, however as someone who suffers from spots the added tea tree really helps to reduce breakouts and add a layer between spots and my make up. I find it works well to mattify my T-zone but doesn't feel heavy or thick. 

Boots Skin Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets
Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder
Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

One of the most talked about products for oily skin is the Revlon Colourstay foundation. It's designed specifically for combination or oily skin and gives a matt finish, and although it probably wouldn't last 24hrs it would definitely get you through the day. I'd say it gives a full coverage, which is something I don't go for everyday, but I love it for nights out or when I want my make up to last and I need a fuller coverage. 

On a normal day I tend to stay away from foundation and either use a BB cream or just concealer and powder. This is where the Soap & Glory powder comes into it's own. After deciding I was bored of my Rimmel Stay Matte powder I went on the hunt for something new and after hearing great things about this I decided to ignore the slightly high price tag and treat myself and that was a brilliant decision! This powder is amazing for keeping shine away, it's translucent and quite fine so never looks cakey even if you reapply. It doesn't cling or look to heavy and It works amazingly at keeping shine away! I'd definitely recommend this product for anyone looking for a great powder! 

The final product to help battle my oily skin is these Boots Oil-Absorbing Sheets. These are a really great product to have in your bag for a quick de-shine. They are a thin sheet of what feels like tissue paper that you blot across your face to remove any excess oil without smudging or removing your make up. They also contain salicylic acid to help prevent spots and mean you can de-shine without having to apply more make up. I love having these in my bag to use when Im out and looking a bit oily as they remove oil immediately and leave you looking matt and shine free. 

If you're a fellow oily skin girl I'd love to hear your product recommendations or let me know if you've tried out any of these and what you think. 

Let's Get Personal: Nightclub Sexual Harassment

Trigger Warning: This post contains reference to sexual harassment and violence, and rape. 

A few weeks ago I was out at a nightclub with some friends. The club was one of our favourites as it's known for being a place where you can dress casual and people are known for being friendly and chatty. In fact the smoking area is one of the biggest I've seen and is always filled with people having a chat with anyone and everyone. 

One of the reasons I love this club is because the people there are usually very respectful and friendly. I rarely experience any harassment unlike in other clubs where I'd expect it. However on this night the bouncers had obviously let in some pretty crappy people because I had two incidents occur that night. 

The first one was similar to what Im used to on nights out. I was standing in the smoking area talking to my friends and I felt someone touch my bum, as this is something Im used to but do not appreciate, I immediately turned around and told the group of guys behind me, who had smug little smiles on their faces, "Don't f***king touch me", they then tried to deny they had done it, and I just told them to leave me alone and not to touch me again. I turned back around to my friends to carry on my conversation, when I once again felt someone pinch my bum. I turned around to find the same group of guys all laughing. At this point I was fuming, and the bouncer came over to check everything was alright as It was obvious I was not happy, I just told him to keep them away from me. 

The second incident happened a bit later on. I was standing in the smoking area and two guys called me over to say hi. Starting conversations with strangers is very normal in this club, so I went over to say hello. The conversation was innocent enough and they seemed like alright guys, talking about the Scottish Independence vote (as they were Scottish) and things like that. 

Then the conversation changed and one of the guys started to insult me, telling me I was uglier than the bottom of his shoe, that I was fat and some other mean things. I didn't really care what he thought of me so I just said okay Im going to leave now. At this point the other guy grabbed my hand and pulled me in and asked me why I didn't 'want' his friend. I obviously said he's said all this crap about me why would I want him? He then replied with...

"Well Scottish men like us are going to rape English girls like you"

Obviously I was immediately shocked and disgusted and attempted to pull away but he wouldn't let me go. I told him to leave me alone, but to get him to let go of my hand I had to dig in my nails. Once they had let me go I found my friends and told them I was leaving. I was shaken up and felt vulnerable and scared. I knew I was in a safe environment and that they couldn't do anything to me, but I just wanted to leave. 

I've become used to having my bum touched and having sexually inappropriate things said to me by men on nights out, and although it is something that makes me angry and I hate that people feel they have a right to touch me without my consent, it isn't something that makes me feel vulnerable. However having someone basically threaten to rape me was something that really effected me and has now made me even more cautious and in all honesty, scared of being in an environment with drunk men. 

I am a very independent women however for my own safety I have to rely on male friends to be able to feel safe when Im out at night, or around drunk men. I can't wear what I want without fear of men seeing it as me 'asking' for sexual attention. I can't walk places by myself, be in a nightclub without being touched inappropriately, or start a conversation with a male out of friendliness. I have to always be alert to what is going on and my surroundings. I have to always think the worst of people so as to protect myself. 

I'm not saying all men are out to assault women, Im just saying that as women we sometimes have to assume they all are just to protect ourselves from the worst. It upsets me so much that I live in a world that isn't equal for women and men, that I don't have the same freedoms as men because I have to constantly fear men and what they may be capable of doing. 

This post was something I felt like I needed to write, and I will probably touch on this subject again in a less personal way, however I wanted to write this to talk about my experience as it was something that really shook me up.  This post is even just to show my male friends what women can experience and why we have to be so scared of men, especially if alcohol is involved. 

If you need advice or to talk to someone about sexual violence, harassment or abuse I have included some links below. Also feel free to add a comment about your views or experiences or email me.

This Is Abuse - Government list of helplines

Sunday Catch Up #12

Happy Sunday Everyone! 

I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend. I can't believe it's already October, where did September go?! My last Catch Up post was almost a month ago, so I guess there is a lot of catching up to do! 

I'm back at Uni in Preston. I guess that's the biggest change in my life. I'm in a new house, with some new housemates which I'm really loving. We've already had some washing up issues but that's nothing new for me, we've also had lots of laughs, a few tears, a decent amount of sugar filled brews and a lot of alcohol. It's looking like it's going to be an enjoyable year. 

You might have noticed there has been a bit less activity on this blog than there normally would be, and if you follow me on twitter you might have seen a few weeks ago that I was going through a pretty rubbish time. In early September my boyfriend broke up with me, I hadn't seen it coming and I was pretty devastated. However we couldn't stop talking and he was almost more upset than me, and after some very long afternoons sitting in his car talking about everything that could possibly be said we decided to basically try again. 

I've always been the person who said relationships never work if you break up and get back together, and maybe I'm right and they don't work but maybe they do. Obviously I'm not going to go into the details of our relationship, but neither of us had done anything wrong, it was purely a total lack of honest communication and he basically got scared of his feelings and ran. Now we're both on the same page and things are already a lot better. It's Emma & Josh 2.0. I know people might judge, I would if I was looking from the outside, but we both want to be together and we've talked more than we've ever talked and we feel like it's right for us to try again. 

Anyway, I just felt like I needed to keep you guys updated on my life, maybe I shouldn't be so open on here, but it feels right for me. So now my blogging absence has been explained, I'm ready to get back into blogging. It's a very busy and stressful year for me, my dissertation is already making me want to cry, and I'm struggling with anxiety at the moment, but I'm determined not to quit blogging as It really is something I love to do. 

Now I've got to dedicate a lot of time to catching up on reading blogs! So leave me some links of your recent posts and I'll have a good reading session. 

The Beginning of The End

It seems like 5 minutes ago I was moving into my flat in student halls and heading off to my first lecture nervous and excited about starting my university life. Now I'm a few weeks into my third and final year of my degree. 

The past 2 years I've had some of the best experiences and met some of the most awesome people. I've learnt a lot, I've made mistakes and I've drunk a lot of alcohol, but now it's time to crack on and finish my degree. I want to make the most of my last year of student life so I've set myself some goals I hope to achieve during my next 9 months of being a student. 

Get Good Grades
Through first and second year my grades have gradually improved to a standard that I am really happy and proud of. This year I'm determined to get the grades I want and graduate with a degree I'm proud of and know I've worked hard to get. I don't want to be disappointed with my final grade and I know I need to work hard in all my modules to keep up my good grades. 

Study Hard & Procrastinate Less
This is an obvious one. To get good grades I need to study hard and stop with the procrastination, something which I am very talented at! 

Be Healthier & Loose Weight
As a student I have a fair amount of free time. Time which I should be spending at the gym, and this year Im determined to make the most of my free membership. I want to be healthier, and also loose weight, something I've been trying to do for a long time! I want to graduate and be happy with my size. 

Take Advantage of Opportunities 
Being at university means a whole host of opportunities to be had, some are obvious and some aren't, but this year I want to take advantage of all the great opportunities there are as you never know where they might lead you. 

Make The Most Of It
This is a broad one but I really want to make the most of my last year. So it's a mix of working my butt of to get the grades I want, physically working my butt of in the gym, taking advantage of opportunities and also having a great time with my friends and embracing the student life of partying, sleeping and having an awesome time! I've just to find the perfect balance. 

Have you got any goals for this academic year? If you're a third year are you experiencing a mix of sadness, fear and excitement like me? I might have to do another degree, Im not ready for the real world!