WHY FACIALS AREN'T WORTH IT IF YOU HAVE ACNE. @SONIAXFYZA (accutane)

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Hello lovely people reading this, hope you are well.  This post is all about ACNE! If you have been a long time follower you will know about my acne journey, if not read on! 



I have suffered from adult acne since I was 21 years old but it got worse as I got older. I got it on my back and chest and it would make me so uncomfortable to wear certain clothes. I was later told that I have cystic acne across my jaw, you couldn't see it but I could feel it and see it under certain lighting.

This made me very insecure as someone in the beauty industry, I had tried a lot of things to clear my acne. nobody bothered to prescribe me to accutane. I kept getting offered facials. Now this is why I decided to do this post. I want to educate all you guys about why I think facials are a waste of money and time if you have acne.

I would get a facial every two weeks, the first week my skin was phenomenal but later I noticed it would go back to square one. I decided to see another dermatologist and she was shocked at how long i had suffered without this medication. She got me to do a blood test and immediately after, she prescribed be to 40mg actuate for a total of 8 months.

It wasn't easy at all! I had to change my diet, I had to drink more water...I didn't like drinking water but working out helped me drink 3 litres a day. My lips swelled up a lot, my whole body was dry so I had to lotion twice a day, my nose looked smaller after 5 months (yesss!). I kept taking breaks because of how easily I would get burnt and I couldn't even wax or continue my laser hair removal.

I decided to stop taking it after six months and instead got into a regular skin care routine. I advise all acne sufferers to avoid facials, they pick and prod your skin making it worse later, there's no way the oil in your skin is even controlled. Facials are great if you want a glow complexion for an occasion, or a hydrating one anything other than that I am totally against and wished i didn't bother in the first place.


Tips on how to clear your skin:

1) Drink plenty of water!

2) Hydrate your skin by using sheet masks every few days! (This is something a lot of women in the Far East do which is why they have amazing skin) remember even oily skin needs hydrating.

3) Use an oil controlling facial wash 

4) Exfoliate your skin every week with natural products (it's gentle).

5) Use blemish and pore tightening serums

6) Use an oil-free moisturiser

7) Use a clay mask every two weeks to take all the oil out of your skin.

8) Change your pillow case regularly.



All these steps helped me clear my skin without carrying on the use of accutane. There's so many side effects to this medication and I even had to sign a risk form (yep!) 
Please remember this medication is prescription only, consult your doctor before trying any medication and do not try this if you are pregnant or trying.



I never let anyone tell me that having bad skin is okay because everyone should have good skin, there's so many remedies for this! I hope this helps some of you beauties out there, Good skin is healthy so please try and clear your skin because it will make such a difference to your confidence.

Love always, 
Fyza xo
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HUDA BEAUTY VS FENTY BEAUTY - SONIAXFYZA REVIEW

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It's been a while beauties! My blog writing days are back, so many of you told me how much you missed us blogging so I thought why not come back with the ultimate review?!

Foundation is one of the biggest makeup struggle for us all! Being a apart of the beauty industry my sister and I are constantly trying brands. Some have broken us out, made our skin dry patchy - that's the life of a beauty blogger!



Last year beauty guru Huda released 30 foundation shades! Catering to all skin & undertones. Rihanna also released foundations that have a wide shade range. Both these brands have constantly been compared. I tried both myself for a few months an decided to give my review as a professional make-up artist and a consumer.

I have sensitive combination skin so Fenty was my first option below is my experience with Fenty Beauty foundation



First time blending the pro filtr foundation i was amazed at how smooth it was and how well it matched me, it felt like velvet and I didn't even have to set it! As my skin started to get used to this product I noticed it wasn't working the same when I traveled. It oxidizes (changes color), sticks to dry patches, becomes flakey and makes fine lines more prominent. It came to realisation that this foundation is catered for oily skin only. when people would tell me they were wearing Fenty I noticed it didn't have that "radiant from within" look, after a few hours it makes me look dry and tired. Blending cream contour always felt like a race because I have to blend it so quick otherwise it doesn't blend.

Packaging: pretty and slender, not travel friendly, because it's long it tends to knock over. glass could break on a hard floor.



Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation experience below

Sonia loves full coverage and encouraged me to try this, knowing I loved a natural finish I was surprised that she advised me to try it. Her skin looked amazing so I was sold on trying it. First pump scared me a little because of how thick it was! I used a gel based primer and one pump only of the HB foundation, the strong scent hit me but I ignored it and applied it with a flat brush and went to blend it with a damp beauty blender. My skin looked radiant, fresh almost doll like! I loved how it didn't dry so quick, it gave me time to blend in my cream contour and concealer with it. I had control over how much coverage I wanted & how I wanted the finish to be. The loose powder stuck to the foundation nicely and after I sprayed setting spray, I loved the finish look! I had it on for the whole day and at night so many people were complimenting my skin, it stayed looking fresh!

The primer broke me out into a cheek rash so I was scared to use it again.

Packaging: bulky, travel friendly, not keen on pumps.





Both foundations are great in their own way but Huda Beauty wins for us both! created by a woman with knowledge and experience in the beauty industry.


- Fyza
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Most Requested makeup class EVER

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Hey loves! I get messages DAILY about makeup classes and the most requested has been LONDON! So i've decided to hold a one day intense make-up class. If you know anything about my style of teaching makeup you would not want to miss this opportunity.

On November 11th 2017 we will be hosting a live makeup class in London. Just a quick break down of the class so if you want to come you know what to expect.

Two looks demo
Talking skin care and prep
Foundation - The right way of matching, what you're doing wrong, learning about under tones and mixing.
talking about concealing in detail - how to correct under eyes, what products work best and why we choose to use them.
Color correcting and the real reason behind it.
Discussing Noses and contour in detail - how to create the illusion of symmetry on crooked noses and how to set nose contour.
FYZA SIGNATURE BUFFING TECHNIQUE AND SKIN GLOW!
Achieving a base that lasts 16 hrs+
day to night makeup

Enhancing eyes - how to make eyes appear longer, cat eye, smokey signature brown look
Eye brow technique
WHERE to apply blush correctly and knowing how to choose the right colors for your makeup look and skin tone.

Setting under eyes without cakey or dry feeling.

Detailed Question & Answer. (I answer each person)

1pm - 5pm
Location - London (Venue will be given to all attendees 3 weeks before)
To book your spot please email makeupclasslondon@gmail.com
Any other questions will be answered on email.
Emails will be answered within 24hrs

See you soon
Fyza x
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Concealer's that will give you photoshop skin!

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If you have been following us for a while you'll know how much we are into skin. Anything that makes the skin glow and look flawless we want! The advice I have been giving to women over the years hasn't changed till this day and that is - Less is more. 

Saying "less is more" usually scares women. They think I mean they should wear less when in fact I mean make it look less, like 'no makeup, makeup'. we are creating an illusion. The trick is to use LESS foundation and more concealer.

The purpose of foundation is to even your skin, not mask it. That's where we are all going wrong, adding too much. This usually ends awfully. We get clogged pores, cakey skin, oxidise and it isn't easy on the eyes.

Concealer is what's your best friend, concealer is what is meant to hide your imperfections. Foundation + Concealer are your best friend when used correctly. 

These are the best picks for us at the moment!

1. Bare Minerals bare concealer is a must have. If you haven't tried this already what are you waiting for? this multi purpose concealer has a serum and is great for under eyes and the whole face, correcting discoloration leaving you with a smooth base.


2.  Rodial Airbrush concealer - the name just says it. This creamy formula is a dream to work with, best applied with fingers and blended with a damp sponge. This is best used on areas of the face where you want to conceal and correct.



3. Maybelline Fit Me concealer won't break the bank, this product is a must have. Don't let the affordable price fool you, it works better than some high end concealers (yes I said it!) smooth, easy to blend and has great coverage.




4. We think everyone loves Nars radiant creamy concealer the moment they tried it. The shade range is AMAZING. You can use this all over the face and blend out with a blender - GUARANTEED PHOTOSHOP FINISH!



No need for filters if you master how to get the perfect base ;)

Fyza xx

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MY DIOR BEAUTY ALLERGIC REACTION!!!! (my experience)

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Hi everyone! Hope you're all well. Firstly I'd like to apologise for the lack of social media interaction from Fyza and I both. It wasn't on purpose we can assure you.

As beauty influencers/bloggers we are always involved with brands and get to try their products pre release which is great because we can tell you what we think. We have always been very honest regardless of if we buy a product or get it for free.

A few months back we were given Dior color correctors, the new range included 4 colors- Orange, Green, Purple & Yellow.
We spoke about them on snapchat and Fyza even used them a couple of times during tutorials.

After Fyza tried it she told me to try my corrector too, she was raving about the formula. So I tried the orange corrector under my foundation. A few hours later Fyza started saying how her eyes feel very itchy and she had no idea why. Later that day I told her mine feel weird too but we thought we had eaten something that we reacted to.

That wasn't the case... days go by and Fyza even snaps how her whole face swelled up from something. Fyza then said "sonia something is not right, have we used something new in our makeup routine?" that's when she thought about the corrector.

I told her no way, It can't be! She then said she will no longer use it and told me to stop.
I stopped using it from then. When i met with the Dior team i had told them about this and they assured me it can't be it and went on to say i should test it out alone. I went and used it again.

This time when I used the corrector I didn't only use it under my eyes but also blended it onto my eyelid area for the pigmentation to be covered. I really wish i hadn't! My eyes reacted SO badly I had to cancel all events, and missed out on many work opportunities. It came to a point where in the mornings my eyes were too swollen to open. They itched very bad my lashes fell out from rubbing. This is when i stopped wearing my contact lenses to see, my glasses would make my eyes worse, i was given allergy medication because eye drops weren't working.

I had to take photos of my eyes to send to the company just to ask for the ingredients in the product because I no longer had the outer packaging. My sister spoke to them directly and told them about the whole thing. We were both just told to take an allergy test on them when "we are next in London"
We never went to social media straight away as we wanted to tell them about our reaction so something could be done but nothing has.

This experience has traumatised me, my lashes are slowly growing back but being a beauty blogger that's obsessed with eye makeup, not having lashes makes me feel my worst. I'm just grateful at this point that I can see. This just goes to show bloggers and influencers don't always have it easy, anything like this could happen. I can't use any of my old eye products or even get lash extensions again because whatever it was has triggered my eyes to swell every time I use a lash serum or extensions. Eyelids became dry, flaky, skin was peeling off my lids by it self, I was shedding like a snake!

PHOTOS ATTACHED BELOW (these photos were taken 4 days after i could just about open my eyes)






Please be careful! Even now my eyes aren't the same and react to almost anything i use since. My lids are constantly dry and flakey.

Sonia
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