Accepting Acne

Acne. A condition that has plagued me for more than two years.

I am not alone in my battle with this disease as over 80% of people aged between 11 and 30 suffer from acne at some point.

And yes acne really is a chronic skin disease which involves inflammation of the sebaceous glands.

You may be expecting a 10 step skin care routine that will magically make your acne disappear. But I want to come at acne from a different angle, acceptance.

A bit of background.

I have been terrified of getting spots since my early teens but it turned out that I was actually pretty lucky and had clear skin. In fact I had clear skin right up until I came off the contraceptive pill a couple of years ago due to migraines. This is when it got bad. I got to the point where I despised my acne, my face. Acne made me believe that I was ugly, disgusting and dirty. I had severe anxiety because I thought people would be looking at my skin and thinking negatively about me! At it’s peak I didn’t even want to leave the house.

I’ve tried lots of skin care regimes, treatments from the Dr and home remedies but nothing seemed to help. Having a diagnoses of PCOS means I do understand what causes my acne. However, that also means I know that not much can actually ‘get rid’ of it other than medication. One option is the combined contraceptive pill, which I am no longer allowed to take thanks to the aforementioned migraines, or strong medicines like Roaccutane which come with a pretty long list of side effects.

Naturally, I wanted to cover the spots but the more makeup I slapped on the angrier the spots got. I finally reached breaking point, I looked in the mirror and said ‘screw this!’ and started to force myself to go bare faced and allow my skin time to heal.

Moving forward.

I’m not going to lie, my skin has cleared up an a lot. I put that down to not worrying about it so much and my hormones naturally levelling out after 2+ years. That doesn’t mean that I don’t get breakouts or have a lot of scarring, because I do. I have just taken the decision to reclaim my life from this disease.

Acne does not define me or my worth. The fact I have whiteheads, blackheads and scarring on my skin does not mean that I am not deserving of love and respect. I am no longer scared of people seeing me without makeup, or to bare my ‘imperfections’. I am more than my physical being and I deserve to treat myself with love, care and respect.

Skin is the body’s largest organ and in trying to rid my skin of this disease I have mistreated it.. I mean, you wouldn’t put acid on your kidneys or scrub your lungs until they were raw would you?

So I am reclaiming my skin, my face and my life from Acne!

If you are currently suffering from acne or the battle scars it has left behind please try to look at it from a different perspective. I know it is difficult and I know it takes time but please just give it a go. You have so much more to see, do and offer this world than your skin!


Inspired Bridal Photoshoot at The Great Barn, Aynho

Back in August I had the absolute pleasure of working with an amazing team of suppliers who all helped me with bringing my vision to life. I really wanted to create images that were inspiring and a little bit different from what I have seen online and in mainstream magazines recently. I definitely think we achieved that with this beautiful bridal photoshoot at The Great Barn, Aynho, Oxfordshire.

The brief I gave was “bright, colourful, 50’s & rockabilly inspired”…not much to go on I know! Despite my lack of detail it turned out perfectly and I could not have asked for more.

Scroll through the images in the slider below see my most favourite images from the set along with links to everyone’s websites so you can go check them all out for yourselves.

Also, do let me know what you think of the set and keep your eyes peeled on social media for more images.


Venue, Tractor & Bentley The Great Barn, Aynho
Photography by Kevin Potter at Potters Instinct Photography
Makeup by Tanya Westley at Tanya Westley Makeup Artist 
Dress supplied by Lee at Bridal Reloved Wallingford 
Hair Styling by Suzy Race at Makeup By Suzy Oxford
Flowers by Matthew at Fabulous Flowers Oxford
Styling Natasha Clarke at The Event Designer 
Cake by Clare Dovey at Dovey Cake Design
Model @Salomee
Cadillac @Terry



5 Top Tips for Choosing A Makeup Artist

A quick Google search for Makeup Artists in your area can bring up hundreds of results and it can be difficult to know where to start in choosing the one for you. Below I have put together my top 5 tips for finding a makeup artist!


In your search for a makeup artist make sure you check out reviews and portfolios to determine the quality of their work. If you have any specific requirements or allergies, contact them to make sure they are willing to accommodate you and can offer alternatives to meet your needs. Also, ask yourself whether the artist have a particular style, if they do, do you like and does it fit with the vision you have for your wedding day.


Like any other aspect of your wedding you will need to set a budget for your bridal makeup. The saying that you get what you pay for still rings true with beauty services and price should not be the only factor that you base your choice upon. You want to make sure that you are getting a quality service while still being within your budget, this is where your research will come in and  also any recommendations that you receive.

Trial Run

A consultation is the perfect opportunity to meet your makeup artist and share your vision for your big day. It is also a prime time to be completely honest and share any concerns you may have. If you never wear makeup, now is the time to say. If you have any allergies that you haven’t mentioned already, make sure to tell your artist before application starts. A trial also provides you with the opportunity to see how the makeup looks in different lighting, how it photographs and also how it wears throughout the day.

Positive Vibes

Whether you are choosing a makeup artist for your wedding or special occasion it is important that you feel comfortable and happy in their presence. You need to be able to trust your artist, click with them on a personal level and also feel they offer you a service you are happy with. If you don’t get positive vibes and a good feeling from them then they may not be the artist for you.


Makeup artists get booked up months in advance and if you think you have found the one you’d like to work with then book your date in ASAP to avoid disappointment. Don’t be alarmed if your artist asks you to sign a contract and / or pay a deposit, this is completely normal.

5 Reasons to Hire a Makeup Artist for Your Wedding

 I understand that a lot of brides make the decision to forego hiring a makeup artist for their wedding and go it alone but here are a 5 reasons why booking a pro is a good idea.

Product & Application 

You may not be used to wearing makeup and the world of products is a vast one so if this is a brand new adventure for you then it’s a great idea to get a professional involved. They know their stuff; like which products to use and how best to apply them.

Attention to detail

Your chosen makeup artist will create a look that is tailored to you and your style. They will know how to emphasise your beautiful features while obscuring any imperfections to ensure that you look flawless from every angle. Your artist will also take in to account your colour scheme, personality and style of dress to create your perfect bridal makeup.


As tears are likely to flow as you say ‘I do’ to the love of your life your makeup artist will choose products that will stay locked in place all day making sure you look picture perfect. No running mascara or shiny T-Zone for the blushing bride and her bridal party!

Camera ready

On your wedding day you will be creating memories that will last a lifetime. A makeup artist has the skills to make sure you look great in person and in photographs for years to come. No one wants to look at their wedding photos and regret their makeup choices!

Stress less

It’s a big day and you are likely to be nervous without having to worry about getting your makeup perfect too! A professional makeup artist will have one mission on the day of your wedding and that is to make you and your bridal party look incredible. You will have had a trial beforehand so both you and your artist will know exactly what they are doing and when they are doing it, so just sit back and relax with a glass of bubbly.

In my next post find out my top 5 tips for finding your perfect makeup artist.