Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Mish | Music to our Ears

Christmas has gone and passed but we are still in the festive period as we head towards Hogmanay and New Years Day. Sadly I will be working January 1st so it won't be a late night for me but for many others the party still rages on.

I have loved this song for as long as I can remember and Tori and I christened her new home by singing this at the top of our voices in the living room, scaring the neighbours in the process. I can't think of a more perfect song for the start of the new year!
 
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ~ December 1963 (Oh what a night)


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Mish | Christmas Advent Day 17




My word is it the 17th of December already? Time is flying so fast and I haven't even finished my shopping, eekk! To get me in the festive mood the CD player has been taking a bashing and one song has stuck in my head all day. Sadly this doesn't get as much air play on the radio as other songs but shall always remain a classic with me.



Solomon Burke ~ Presents for Christmas




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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Jute, Jam and Joy Christmas Advent Day 10




As Christmas rolls into town so do the Christmas television adverts. Advertising is a difficult thing to do any time of the year even more so at Christmas, but this year has been a serious mixed bag. Some adverts have stuck with the traditional Christmas theme of family, snow and joy. Some companies look like they have filmed a bog standard advert and whacked some festive tunes over the top i.e. disappointing.

However there is one advert which has done the rounds now for a number of years and always produces a smile/sing-along whenever it appears on our screen. Not many people would take on the might of the Snowman "Walking in the Air" song, but Irn-Bru have always laughed in the face of danger and produced possible one of the most Scottish Christmas Adverts ever. Enjoy.

IRN-BRU ~ Snowman Advert






And the original for reference.

The Snowman ~ Walking in the Air





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Monday, 8 December 2014

Advent Day 8: Mish's Sainsbury's Ready to Cook Soup Review

As the winter nights draw in all you want is to have something warm to eat. A big bowl of soup is normally the answer. I love making soup, but not always eating it. Strange I know, but most soups for some reasons never fill me up, however the bread and butter provided always hits the spot, ahem...

Moving on, my favourite soup to make is butternut squash. Relatively easy to create but it can be time consuming peeling the squash. When my mother came home last month with a bag of Sainsbury's Ready to Cook Butternut Soup Mix with red onion and chilli; curiosity got the better of me.



Instructions are as follows: add the contents from the bag into a pot and fry for 5-10 mins in 2 teaspoons of oil. I fried the mixture for 15 mins as the vegetables were still a little hard after 10. Once fried add 700ml of boiled water to which I added a vegetable stock cube for flavour. (This is one of the tips on the back for "extra flavour" but I thought it was common knowledge to add a stock cube, clearly not according to Sainsbury's)

Before frying commences
After 20 mins of simmering

Now I am going to tell you a little secret, when I make my normal butternut soup I always add Dates. It gives a slight sweetness and also gives the soup a creamy texture once it has been blended. Chop up about 6 dates into smaller pieces and pop those in before you start boiling up.



After 20 mins or so your veges should have softened and cooked through. I let the soup cool a little before I plunged my hand held blender in and blended until the mixture was smooth.

The soup once blended, if you can see it through all the steam ;)

Truthfully the first taste was disappointing, the flavour didn't make a huge impact and the chilli was non-existent. I always add S&P after I make a soup as you don't know how strong the stock cube will be, so in went seasoning. I added ground ginger which vastly improved things and a dash of Piri Piri sauce for extra kick. Adding dates to this mixture didn't give the creaminess I was expecting so in went a dash of cream. Once I added my own little bits the soup did come alive but still tasted watery/bland for me, I'm thinking the vegetables were probably bland to begin with. All in all it was a nice soup but the bread and butter was calling me soon after.

Sainsbury's Ready to Cook Butternut Squash Soup Mix Review
  1. 6.5 Stars out of a possible 10
  2. Great if you are rushed for time, but be prepared to add a lot of extra seasoning. Makes me wonder if I'm saving that much time in the end.
  3. Great concept from Sainsbury's but idea and ingredients needs tweaking in order to compete with the readymade soup market.
I was planning on creating glorious photos of a pristine kitchen, gleaming plates filled with wonderful soup but sadly I don't live like that. My kitchen is a jumble of different utensils, not enough space and no matter how much you clean the induction hob the ruddy thing loves finger marks. Also bonus points to you if you spotted the rouge Ketchup bottle in one of the pics haha.

So there we have it, I can't think if this is our first food review on the blog; but if it is?
How did you like it? Leave us a comment below we love hearing from you all.




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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Jute, Jam and Joy's Christmas Advent Days 1 ~ 3

Hello Everyone!

As promised here is the first three days of Jute, Jam and Joys Christmas Advent

December 1st

The 1st of December means only one thing; Christmas music can be officially played for everyone to hear. Let's ease ourselves in with the one and only...

Mariah Carey ~ All I want for Christmas Is You




December 2nd


Black Friday hit the U.K last week, our local Tesco actually closed due to people fighting over plasma TV's. Frankly we both think the idea is absurd, are people really that obsessed over getting a cheaper kettle? (Although Mish did have a chuckle trying to find an appropriate picture to go with this post.)

Moving on, Dundee doesn't have the shopping options as bigger cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh does, so we both do a lot of internet shopping come Christmas time. So we thought it would be fun to create a little list of some of our first port of calls.
  1. Not on the High Street  ~ Need something personalised? Then this should be your first stop. A wonderful selection of unique gifts. Top Tip: Always check the actual product designers own website, sometimes the gift you want is actually cheaper there.
  2. FeelUnique ~ FeelUnique has some of the best cosmetic/toiletry selections on-line. Free postage is always a bonus too!
  3. Firebox ~ Need a totally random gift? We are saving up in order to purchase two of these for our office.
  4. The Outnet ~ Net-a-Porter's little sister but with some massive savings. Designers are even creating clothing especially for this high end discount site which speaks volumes in our books.
  5. Food websites: Nothing says Christmas like a good Hamper and here is a selection of some of our favourites  Scottish Hampers Selfridge  Fortnum & Mason


December 3rd

Decorating the family Christmas tree is always a joyous occasion. Sadly Tori is allergic to real Christmas trees and Mish hates the smell of them (we're a right pair) so it's fake all the way for us. However you can still have a piece of nature in your home with the right decorations.

This wicker wreath from Matalan is a perfect festive edition to any front door. Who doesn't love bit of glitter.



And these pine cone candles from John Lewis are just adorable.


Another one from John Lewis  Can you imagine 8 of these just dotted around your house! HOHOHO!


So are you excited for Christmas? Have you bought all your presents? 
Is anyone else allergic to real Christmas Trees? 
Leave us a comment down below, we love hearing from you all!





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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tori: MTTM Yankee candle edit!




Hello lovelies. It's been a while since I did a Money's Too Tight to Mention post and I've really missed them. So to ease myself back into regular blogging, here's my November favourites (Yankee Candle edition). I buy all of these candles in sampler/ votive size and they retail for around £1.80 on Yankee's website. The perfect price for a little treat!
  1. Fireside Treats- this has featured in one of posts already but it's still a firm favourite and I've repurchased it. I described it as smelling like toasted marshmallows on speed. Pretty much sums it up!
  2. Pineapple Cilantro- sweet yet not at all sickly. This is a very green, fresh smelling pineapple scent. Absolutely beautiful and very uplifting. Highly recommend!
  3. Christmas Cookie has an incredibly intense, sweet scent. Buttery and rich, it can scent the whole room unlit.
  4. Snowflake Cookie- this is a little more mellow than big sister scent Christmas Cookie. Beautiful girlie pink colour and not too sickly, I loved falling asleep with this scent filling the room. Pink, subtly spiced, vanilla heaven.
  5. Strawberry Buttercream is a staple in my bathroom. It doesn't just smell like strawberries and cream, oh no, this has an incredibly rich and heavy fruity buttercream scent that sooths my soul. This would be perfect all year round but I've found ultra sweet scents to be incredibly comforting as Autumn has slipped into Winter.
What are your favourite sweet scents? Happy December everyone... and so the countdown begins....


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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Mish | Music To Our Ears ~ Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars

Driving back from a late night of volunteering and feeling exhausted after running around all day. The DJ introduced this new song from two of my favourite artists and I actually drove the long way home to hear the song in full. Gotta love a bit of funk!


Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars

Tori & Mish ~ Taking care of Business

Hello Everyone!



It feels like only yesterday we said we were back however life isn't always so simple, especially when Mish's laptop screen decided to turn blue. Fearing the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death her pride and joy was rushed to the I.T specialists and thankfully it was only a loose wire connection. Phew!
Our cameras are also not playing ball either and when both bloggers writing styles is get the photos first then write, this can cause problems.

However let us not dwell on such horror stories. December is nearly upon us and we have lots of exciting new posts for everyone. Expect some fantastic new beauty reviews, more Jute, Jam and Joy adventures, and a massive sprinkling of Christmas cheer! We also hope to show you some Christmas themed food and drink recipes so keep your eyes peeled for that.

So what has everyone been up to recently? Are we all excited for Christmas, or is it still to early for people? Let us know we love reading your comments.

And now to bring a little class to the whole laptop debacle. Enjoy.

Rainer Hersch - Microsoft Windows™ Waltz








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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Mish | Bonfire Night 2014


"Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason 
Should ever be forgot..."
On a cold and crisp 5th November my mother and I trudged up to our local park to go and see the annual Bonfire Night Fireworks display. Hosted by Dundee City Council there are two events held in Dundee covering both side of the city and this was my first time at the event in my local area.

Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes Night is a truly peculiar and British tradition. It celebrates the failed attempt by Guido Fawkes (amongst others) an English Catholic who attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 in order to kill King James I and replace him with a Catholic King. The religious aspect has completely vanished from today's celebrations and has now turned into a fun filled family event. Next year marks the 500 anniversary of the gunpowder plot so hopefully the councils across the nation will bring there A game to the proceedings.

After making some insane parking skills (the streets were mobbed) we soon joined the mass of people walking to the park and found ourselves a nice spot on a little hill. Radio Tay started the countdown and we were off! I couldn't get a good photo of the bonfire as we were too far away and by the time we got down to the front it was being put out :(

Bonfire night has always been a family occasion. We were standing beside twin boys who screamed with utter joy every time a firework went off which just reminded me how wonderful events like these are, seeing groups of family writing their names with sparklers, bonfire night really is something for the masses.

Just to let you in a little secret, it's blimmin hard to take photos of fireworks! Kudos to anybody who does it professionally (Professional firework photographer...is that such a thing??)





















Hope you had a lovely Bonfire Night if you celebrate it. 
Does anybody else celebrate an event only known in their country? Leave us a comment below we love hearing from you all! 




Monday, 17 November 2014

Tori & Mish | MUSIC TO OUR EARS

Hello Everyone! 
It's been a while so we thought we ease ourselves back in with a new Music to our Ears post


Last Friday we both attended the Dundee Christmas Lights switch on and decided to drive and get a cheeky wee MacDonald's after the festivities. Sitting in the car eating our "meals" this song floated through the car speakers. As we have said before some songs just make your world a better place as soon as you hear them and frankly anything Elton John sings is always a winner with us.


Elton John ~ Are You Ready for Love








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Friday, 31 October 2014

Tori & Mish | Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween everyone!



Most of you will be heading off to a Halloween party tonight, dressed in your most ghoulish outfits. So we thought we would create a little Halloween playlist for you all to get ready with. Or if like us, you have a pesky thing called work tomorrow and not going out; a little something to set a spooky mood in your house. Hope you have a door creakingly good time!!

Jute, Jam and Joys Halloween playlist 2014!


1: Meatloaf ~ Bat out of hell (the full 8 minute edition, just because)



2: Bobby "Boris" Pickett ~ Monster Mash

 


3: Elvis ~ (You're the) Devil in Disguise (Any excuse for Elvis)

           
                                       

4: The Bangles ~ Walk like an Egyptian




 5: The Specials ~ Ghost Town (utter classic any time of year)



6: Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five ~ Heebie Jeebies

                                  
                                         

7: Stevie Wonder ~ Superstition (this song is made to be sung live, even better on Sesame Street)



8: The Nightmare Before Christmas ~ This is Halloween



9:  Michael Jackson ~ Thriller (is it really Halloween with out this?)

                                   

10: Ray Parker Jr ~ Ghostbusters 
                                 

11: The Rocky Horror Picture Show ~ The Time Warp

                                 

12: The Addams Family ~ Theme Song
  
                                    
                   

13: Duran Duran ~ Hungry Like The Wolf 



14: Bonnie Tyler ~ Total Eclipse of the Heart

                                       



And Finally...
15: Meatloaf ~ You took the Words Right Out of my Mouth 



Do you have any favourite Halloween tracks? 
Are you going out Guising (Scots for Trick or Treating) tonight? If so have fun! 
Leave us a comment below about your plans or favourite track we love hearing from you!

Thanks for reading. xx


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Mish | Nails on Friday ~ Revlon No:731 Knockout

Hello everyone!

Revlon #731 Knockout

Let me tell you a secret. I really love a glossy black nail polish. To me it looks very classy and adds just a certain amount of edginess. Possibly my inner dark side is trying to come out, but I am still trying to find that perfect black polish.(Anybody else?) When I picked up Revlon's Knockout I had high hopes and honestly was left a little deflated.

Not that Knockout is a disaster far from it; it's just not what I expected. Revlon has always been a favourite brand of mine and one of the few brands where I actually have used all of their different products; from foundations to lip liners I've had it. Also the name Knockout? I always associate the word with red not black, but hey who am I to judge, I gave every goldfish I ever had as a child a double barrelled name. (Possibly due to the fact they lived in a castle??)



First nail = One Coat
Second Nail = 2 Coats

The polish itself applies smoothly as you would expect from Revlon, it dries very quickly, non streaky and if you were rushed you could get away with one coat. The brush hangs onto a lot of product so be sure to swipe the side of the bottle before application. I do love the handles of Revlon polishes they are one of the more comfortable to hold onto, but I feel the actual brush could be more tapered to make application easier.

During the first application I couldn't help but noticed a slight blue tinge to the polish. After the second coat the finish article is definitely black but I can't help think Knockout is a very very dark navy blue? Maybe this is why I am not entirely satisfied with it? Truthfully Knockout is your everyday black polish, but does look lovely when applied and does its job like a trooper. I found the polish did chip rather quickly (one day) but I'm giving it the benefit of doubt, my nails have been in a sorry state recently with peeling so I think this is the problem not the polish.


I do like Knockout as a everyday black polish however it doesn't fill my hunger for a very deep and glossy black polish (yes the hunger is real, mad I know). Halloween is today and if you are in need of a black nail polish then I urge you to hop on your Nimbus 2000 and purchase Knockout (your nails will thank me when you try removing the horrible cheap stuff supermarkets produce for Halloween) and it will easily see you through the winter months. If I needed a black polish for nail art I would most likely reach for Knockout so it has that bonus as well.


Revlon #731 Knockout rating 7/10
A good everyday black, but nothing out of the ordinary.


So after a wee break Nails on Friday is back! 
Do you have a favourite Black nail polish? 
Can you help me find the glossy black nail polish of my dreams? 
Leave us a comment below we love hearing from you! 
Thanks for reading! xx



Happy Halloween!


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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Mish | MUSIC TO OUR EARS

There are some songs which just stick in your head; this newish one from Enrique Iglesias does just that. I have been humming along to this all week. As with most of his songs there is a Spanish and English version although I must say I do prefer the Spanish version. Enjoy

Enrique Iglesias  ~ Bailando

  











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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Tori | October Sunday No. 3

 


As the nights draw in one of my favourite ways to pass the time is to curl up with a hot mug of tea and listen to audiobooks. In the words of Mason Cooley- “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” 
 
I think it's so important that everyone have access to the amazing resources of a well-stocked local library, so I'll support mine in any way I can. I've loved audiobooks since I was tiny and I continue to indulge myself with 'stories on tape' whenever I have the time. The best part is, you can borrow them absolutely free!
 
 To set the scene I usually light a candle. This sweet scent from Yankee Candles is like toasted marshmallow on speed. I'm usually fonder of floral or spicy scents but something about this candle really does bring crackling firewood and dark nights to mind. 




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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Mish | Agraria Lemon Verbena Crystal Cane Candle


Hope you are all enjoying candle month at Jute, Jam and Joy, here is a little something I picked up on my summer travels.

Agraria Lemon Verbena Crystal Cane Candle

I'm a sucker for all things lemon scented, especially candles. I find the scent comforting whilst also vibrant at the same time. It was actually the boxes not the scent which drew me to these candles first, and what a lovely box we have here. The orange wicker effect box and green label do nothing to prepare you for the wonder that is inside; where you are greeted by a beautiful glass holder and the most glorious scent of lemon.

The crystal glass holder is to quote the website.


"a modern interpretation of the woven palm leaf cases that were an Agraria trademark in the 1980s. The intricate glass pattern accentuates the movement of the flame to create a luminous and mesmerizing glow. Featuring hand-twisted lead-free wicks, each hand-poured candle is clean-burning and beautifully fragrant."



TA-DAH !

Once the initial candle has burnt away, the holder can be used for tea lights, (just imagine how they will twinkle in the glass, stunning) truthfully I would have happily purchased the holder on its own as they are so pretty. The silver plated lid sealed with the Agraria crest is a classy touch and can easily turn the glass into a cute place to store all your trinkets.

The candle itself is a pale lemon coloured wax, which when the glass catches the light gives the candle a lovely sunny glow even when not lit. The scent is without a doubt lemon but not in your face. A light fresh scent reminiscent of bruised lemon and a perfect match to the Aloysia citrodora plant commonly known as Lemon Verbena, more than likely the lemon flavouring used in the lemon tea you enjoy.


Before lighting candles I like to test how much it can scent a room before being lit. Agraria Lemon Verbena does extremely well, even with the lid on I can still smell the lemon and the smell lingers pleasantly in the air when I walk past. Once lit the candle is clean burning and emits a warm glow, the scent never becomes over powering (something I've noticed with other lemon scented candles) Created using Vegetable wax this candle has a burning time of roughly 25 hours.


Nothing nicer than a lit candle

Agraria is an American company originating in San Francisco. I bought my candle in Bloomingdales whilst in Chicago (the home store is a beautiful building, well worth a visit) sadly we don't have Bloomingdales in Britain however do not fear as they now post to the U.K! Hurrah! One thing I will say I have noticed whilst browsing the internet some photos show the wax to have a pink colour to it. This is the scent Bitter Orange candle (also divine) they are showing and not Lemon Verbena.

To summarise I adore this candle and I know this will be a repeat purchase, I can just imagine how stunning a row of these glass holders will look once filled with tea lights, and the best bit is before you gain a holder the original candle is a delight to burn.

You can find the Agraria page on the Bloomingdales website here ~ Link
Or for more selection here is the official Agraria website ~ Link
U.K stockist: Harrods ~ Link




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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Tori | October Sunday No. 2


 
It's been a while since I did a Money's Too Tight To Mention post but I've been craving home comforts and little luxuries. Here's my round up of Sunday indulgences which won't break the bank...
 
 
  • Arrange some budget friendly flowers with the help of your pets. I picked up these alstroemeria from Morrisons for only £2 a bunch.


 
  • Jot down your thoughts in a 'line a day' journal, £10.99 from Waterstones. It helps if you write with gorgeous pencils like these however, if Kate Spade's offering is way out of your budget, try Paperchase for less expensive yet indulgent writing tools such as these. Good news, the lovely pencil case pictured below was only £2 from ASDA.
  • Head out and forage for free catalogues from your favourite shops. Pick up some paint swatches while you're at it and indulge yourself in an afternoon of browsing, circling and tearing out. This is the ultimate window shopping experience, it's pure fantasy, so browse away guilt free!


So there you have it, how do you spend your Sunday when you're on a budget?


All images copyright Tori at Jute, Jam and Joy, 2014.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tori | Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids!

Don't sunflowers look spooky?!

If you have kids or work with them, like Mish, then these ideas might come in handy this month! I'm not suggesting you take sugary treats completely off the table (where's the fun in that) but you can certainly encourage your little ones to go for the wholesome treats first by stacking them up on funky platters and then scattering sweeties over the table, interspersed with plastic spiders and silly string, bottles of party bubbles, streamers... you get the gist!
 
I'm no expert on kids but generally the fuller the table, be it with spookily decorated fruit, ghost shaped sandwiches (see Meg's video for What's Up Moms below), or more traditional naughty treats; and the more brightly coloured the decorations, the more exciting everything seems! Whatever you do, don't mention that any of the treats are 'healthy'!
 
Here's my roundup of the best 'healthy Halloween treats' videos on YouTube.

 
 
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Sunflowers photo copyright Tori at Jute, Jam and Joy, 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

Mish | Malala Yousafzai

"We realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced."

On 10th October 2014, Malala Yousafzi at 17 years old became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she is the co-recipient alongside Kailash Satyarthi an Indian children's rights campaigner. This news filled me with utter joy.

Myself like countless others around the world was horrified by the attack she suffered at the hands of the Taliban. Her easiest option was to shy away from the world and start to live her life again. She chooses not to.

My grandmother taught me nobody has the right to make you do or say anything you don't want to do. She survived the horrors of being displaced from her homeland and placed in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII and as a result of her experiences; she became one of the strongest people I have ever had the honour of knowing. Not everyone has someone in their family they can look to for life guidance. That is why we look to others, and Malala even if she never expected to, fills this role.

In a world where children are still not receiving a proper education alongside life's most basic needs, we must all take a stand and realise the importance of our voice. Although we may shy away from speaking, we must all speak for what we believe in and what we hope to achieve in this world.

Many people say their voice won't be heard, how can one voice change anything? I say Rome wasn't built in a day, by continuing to speak out against what is wrong we will slowly begin to turn the tide of darkness, one voice at a time.

Malala Yousafzi on "The Daily Show"










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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Tori | October Sunday No. 1
























I was an autumn baby and for me, October Sundays are full of nostalgia. They roll around with clockwork predictability and punctuate each week during this wondrous, transitional month. These special Sundays serve as days of reflection. Long baths, crisp walks, the dew on the long grasses in the fields behind my home, the sight of migrating birds- breathe new life into me. I layer scarf upon scarf unselfconsciously. I blossom in the midst of decay, losing myself in these misty days. Autumn is the time to begin again; yet again.

Forget past transgressions: breathe in October's cool, forgiving air.

What does autumn mean to you?


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Friday, 10 October 2014

Mish | Skinetica Acne Treatment Review




Skinetica

Skinetica arrived in my life after a Glossybox dropped on my doorstep last year. Truthfully the little bottle sat in a drawer: forgotten about, as I generally have clear skin. Now and then little bumps appear underneath my skin but I'm lucky to not have any blemishes to speak of.

This all changed 6 months ago when I noticed angry, painful red spots on my shoulders and chest. Hard lumps with no obvious puss inside them and very deep rooted. I was distraught, more so with the pain rather than the aesthetics but none the less, I was not happy. I remembered my bottle of Skinetica and thought I would try it out. A few months before the spots had appeared; Tori had tried some on her face and saw instant results, so I was intrigued to see if I would have the same luck.

I applied a little product to a cotton pad and wiped it over my spots, holding it in place for 5 seconds then moving onto the next spot. Within 5 minutes the angry redness had started to fade and more importantly the pain was subsiding. I was amazed. Within three days of applying twice a day to the affected areas the difference was clear to see, although I did have some scarring not as much as previously and more importantly; no longer in pain.

The spots have stopped appearing so frequently on my shoulders, which I put down to using this, When I notice a little blighter erupting I apply this ASAP to it stops it in its track.





I use Skintetca mainly for my shoulders but if you suffer badly with blemishes or acne on your face, I urge you to try this product. Skinetica is suitable sensitive skin and I have suffered no adverse reaction. Just place some product on your cotton pad and swipe over the blemish, leave to air dry for a minute and it's as simple as that. Skinetica can be used under face creams/ foundations and does not affect the application of said products.


The packaging appears to have changed since I last bought a bottle, to be truthful I prefer the old packaging as it stood out, the new blue bottle just looks a little generic in my eyes. Although it's what's on the inside that matters I guess, (Getting deep here :))

Skinetica promises to soothe, calm and clear up your blemishes. It is fast acting, kind to skin, non-greasy and contains no harsh chemicals, I can truthfully say it does everything it says on the tin.


So what products do you turn to when you get blemishes? 
Leave us a comment, we love hearing from you!

P.S. My camera is still broken so photos were all taken on my phone. I think this is crystal clear judging by the ahem "quality" of the pics.







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