A couple weeks ago, I was asked to take part in the St Ives 7 Days to Beautiful Skin Campaign
which involved baring my naked face. Probably around 6 months ago, I could count the amount of people who have seen me without makeup with my hands, now that number is slowly but surely increasing. I’ve become a lot more at ease with my natural face, I’ve grown some resemblance of eyebrows and through stricter skincare regimes, I’ve cleared my skin up a lot. The first day I started this challenge, my face was an absolute state. I had just come out in a breakout and spots were everywhere. Thankfully, they were also mainly on one side of my face which meant with clever camera angles, I disguised them a little. But as you can see below, despite being ridiculously pale, my skin is blotchy, scarred and spotty. A couple days into the Challenge my spots were slowly fading, the tone was brighter and I felt a lot more confident with it. I stopped wearing makeup around the house to just make myself feel better. Not only did St Ives sent products, but they also sent a huge basket of goodies to aid my skin to look and feel better.
At first, I did think that scrubbing my skin twice a day for an entire week was a little obsessive and I thought it’d do more damage than good. It’s 3 weeks on now and I’m still using St Ives and my skin is better than ever. Inside the beautiful packaged basket, there was a little clutch bag with the letter ‘G’ on it. Now, despite this being huge, it is going to become my new portable makeup bag as I always carry too much makeup on me. Inside the basket there was also a little introductory to the challenge and many other gifts.
Both versions of St Ives Apricot Scrub for Oily and Dry/Sensitive Skins were in the basket. The Scrub for oily skin is very exfoliating and light but not too harsh to break the skin or hurt it. The consistency is thick but mainly with the scrub rather than the creamy liquid surrounding it, whereas, the scrub for dryer skin is absolutely luxurious. It’s thick, creamy and feels so exfoliating yet moisturising, so despite having oily skin, I actually preferred the thicker consistency but I didn’t start using it until I had fully worked my way (to the point where I almost cut it open) through the first bottle.
Inside the basket was the most adorable gifts, one of my favourites was definitely this Pillow Spray from Body Shop. It was such a lovely touch and I haven’t stopped using it. I spray it around my room an hour or so before bed to encourage me to go to sleep sooner.
Another beyond thoughtful gift was the Detox Tea. Definitely something that you need when trying to clear your skin up.
EOS Lip balm! After seeing these just about everywhere I was incredibly excited to be able to try one for myself. I love the ease of applying the balm as the dome shape means you can glide it on in literally seconds.
Food! Of course, with good food comes good skin. There was dried fruit and nuts in my basket that made fantastic snacks for the last couple days of the challenge.
This is a little book on how to de-stress which is beyond adorable.
Finally, with a good complexion, it’s only right to take care of the rest of your body. St Ives Body Scrub is heavenly, it’s thicker and creamier than the face scrubs, with much larger exfoliating pieces.
Now, you’re probably wondering what my before and after looks like? Well, the camera wasn’t the kindest to me at all, so for a true after shot, I’d head over to my Youtube Channel and check out how clear my skin is at the beginning of my Halloween Tutorials!
Having never scrubbed my skin as much, or used St Ives before, I am blown away by the results and I’m so happy with it! What do you think to this challenge? Is it something you’d try?