So, I have recently had a few questions about my Instastories so I thought I would jump on here and write a quick post. A couple of months ago when flicking through Instagram, I noticed many bloggers had gorgeous layouts and I thought they would’ve taken hours to create on Photoshop but in fact, it’s a lot easier and less time consuming than that as there is an app that does it all for you - its called Unfold and it’s a minimalists dream!

When you open the app, there is a plus sign at the top of the page, which allows you to start creating your story. You can name your piece or leave it blank, whichever you’d prefer. You are now in ‘Edit Mode’ where you can get creative and explore all the templates that are on offer. With the app, you are given the CS1 templates, which are mainly all rectangular but you can also purchase CS2 and FF1 to give you more variety. There are also a range of fonts which you can choose from depending on what type of content you are sharing. 

   
CS1 has an editorial feel where you can merge both image and text to create a narrative. These templates would be perfect for trips away, outfit shots or just showing off your favourite flatlay. CS2 is very similar but you get a wider range of shapes, sizes and layouts with the added choice of changing the background colour from black to white. Both these sets give you many unique ways to display your work but FF1 is an absolute game changer! FF1 templates are inspired by analog photography so you can transform your images into polaroids and film negatives to give your Instastories a retro feel. To begin with I didn’t want to purchase the other templates but I bit the bullet and I don’t regret it at all – they’re so worth it!

   
Once you have finished your masterpiece, you can post them straight from the app, over onto your stories without any problems. This app has definitely helped me to experiment with my stories and push my creative development so if you’re looking to put more time into your Instagram without having to use Photoshop or any other editing programmes then definitely give this app a go – you will love it!

So, that is Unfold in a nutshell! I hope you have felt somewhat inspired by this post and please let me know if you download the app, I’d love to see what you create! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to pop me a message and I will try my best to help. 

Speak soon,

L x


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Oh face masks - so many varieties, brands, skin types and solutions but I have finally found 3 that actually work, can I get an amen?! Before I jump in though, let me just tell you a bit about my nightmare of a face. I have oily to combination skin which is very prone to breakouts so when I am having a particularly bad day, I hop in the bath and smother my face in a mask and prey that I notice a difference in 20 minutes but of course, I am *usually* let down every time. With some masks I have used in the past (and trust me, I've used many), I literally never see a difference and it just feels like a waste of time and money so I decided to stick to testing my favourites over a couple of weeks and these beauties didn't let me down!


Price: £6.95 for 125g, £12.50 for 315g and £19.95 for 600g

I have been using this mask for as long as I can remember but I have fallen in love with it all over again! I don't know about you but I like products that I can feel working and this does just that. As it contains peppermint oil, it gives a light tingle but doesn't feel uncomfortable, instead its incredibly soothing and definitely calms the skin. I like to use this either in the bath or after steaming my face with the Dream Steam tabs as hot water really helps to open pores so you feel the full benefit of the mask. When you're ready to wash it off, there are little evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to give a gentle exfoliation - win win! So, if you're looking for a spot fighter that leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated and full of life then give this one a go! 

  


Price: £32

I was impressed with this product as soon as I got it out the box as applying a mask with your fingers can get a little messy but ThisWorks have answered all our skincare prayers! You apply this mask with a charcoal brush applicator, which is on the bottom of the tube; that means no more product getting stuck in your fingernails, hurray! If you live or work in London, you will know all about the air pollution but did you know it can have negative effects on your complexion? This miracle mask gives your skin a deep clean to remove all the polluting particles from your pores. When applying this, similar to the Lush mask, you can really feel it working and drawing out impurities. This mask is on the pricier side but honestly, its so worth it!


Price: £9.99

I have featured this in a couple of my most recent posts but, I just had to talk about it again! I am prone to hormonal spots which are incredibly painful so I have started to pop this on before going to bed and by the time I wake up, the blemish is noticeably smaller and doesn't hurt as much. Of course you can still apply this like a normal mask and then wash off after 10-15 minutes but I have found that it works wonders being used as a spot treatment, give it a try! 

So, there we go. I hope this has helped you in some way and introduced you to some new products, if you hadn't heard of them before. Let me know if you give them ago, I'd love to know what you think!

Speak soon, 

L x

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Before I start, this post is a long one so grab a cup of tea, make yourself comfortable and enjoy!

If you’ve been a reader of Life with Livie for a while now, you will know I have trouble with my skin and I am always trying out new products, gadgets and methods to fight against spots. As I am writing this, I must say, my skin is looking the clearest its been for a while and that is all thanks to Super Facialist! Super Facialist got in contact a couple of weeks ago when I was going through a rough patch so the email was a skincare blessing. I was excited to be able to experiment to find my dream routine - and Super Facialist haven't let me down!

Skincare can be pretty baffling as there is so much to get your head round, but if you are unsure then you can head over to the Super Facialist website and use the new #BeYourOwnSuperFacialist skincare diagnostic tool to figure out which products are made for you! As I have combination skin that is prone to blemishes, I have been testing out the Rose Hydrate and Salicylic Acid collections to tackle my spots but also balance my skin for a better complexion.

I have noticed, with my skin in particular, that if I use too many products then it will come back to bite me, so I made sure to only use a couple at a time to see if it led to breakouts. I must admit that I was worried that my skin wouldn’t be able to handle it but actually, it’s been the complete opposite. It helps that every Super Facialist formula is free from parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum and synthetic colours – they are also NOT tested on animals!


I started by introducing the Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream into my routine instead of using my normal moisturiser. With my previous cream, I found myself having to reapply as my skin would still feel tight afterwards but with this hydrating Radiance Cream, you only have to use a pea-sized amount to be left feeling completely hydrated (and not oily). As well as hydrating, this cream can also be used as a primer before you apply your makeup. I love a 2-in-1 product, as I then don’t have to apply layers on layers so this is perfect for me. Less is more!

My first impressions on the smell was that its quite overpowering but not in a bad way. You get hit with a smell of rose, which lingers for a couple of minutes whilst it sinks into your skin; it makes for a luxurious feel! Overall, your skin is left feeling soft, refreshed and toned – I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a quick-absorbing and super effective moisturiser.

  

Another product that leaves your skin feeling like you’ve had a facial is the Rose Miracle Makeover Oil which can be used as a pre-cleanse treatment. Pre-cleansers and oils are there to remove impurities so your main cleanser can deep clean the rest of your face. This helps you get healthier skin and fewer breakouts, which is exactly what I needed!

I decided to pop this product on before a facemask as this allowed my pores to open and the mask to draw out everyday grime. When applying the oil, warm it in your palm and pat gently onto your face until you have a light cover. Let it sink in for a couple of minutes, rinse off and cleanse. When looking for skincare products, I love noticing a difference straight away and with this treatment, I could really feel it working and drawing out dirt. It doesn’t sting or leave your skin looking blotchy afterwards but I would say to make sure you wash your face properly afterwards as I could feel a bit of residue. Having said that, I love how the product makes my skin feel and I would recommend it to anyone who maybe hasn’t tried out a pre-cleanser before; it’s incredibly easy to apply and you will instantly notice a difference!

This miracle bottle has honestly changed how I think about oil products; I’ve always had oily skin, so I tended to purchase oil-free products thinking that I could combat the grease by doing so, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was actually dehydrating and stripping my skin of natural oils which made my ducts work overtime to try and replace it; this led to even more grease and spots – good one, Liv! So the moral of the story here is don’t be afraid of using oils to cleanse your skin, you will honestly see such a difference over time. Trust me!

Speaking of clearing pores, exfoliation is a key part of a skin routine; no one likes a blackhead! I have used many exfoliating scrubs in my time but never really noticed a difference in my skin so I was excited to try out the Brighten and Refine Facial Scrub.

Unlike other scrubs that feel harsh on the skin, I find this provides a deep but gentle exfoliation without causing irritation - I am left with a nourished, hydrated and soft face. What I would say is that I wouldn’t recommend using this on a daily basis as I feel it could be too much for sensitive or problematic skin types. But, I have been using it two or three times a week and I have noticed a difference; my dry patches have cleared up and my pores have begun to look clearer. If you’re on the hunt for a deep-cleansing but subtle scrub then I would recommend testing this one out. I personally love it but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea!


As I have previously tried (and loved) the Purifying Cleansing Wash from the Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish range, I was so excited to use it again. A good trusty face wash is the perfect companion for jumping in the shower after a long sleep and freshening up, ready for the day. It also helps me prep my skin for makeup application, as a clean face makes for the perfect base!

As well as the morning, if you’re feeling like a pamper evening, the wash is perfect to use alongside the Pore Purifying Clay Mask as it opens your pores and allows for a deeper cleanse. The mask is simple to apply as you just pop on a thin layer and then washes off ten minutes later. It’s great for sensitive skin, as it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or perfume. With both these products, I have noticed that my pores look less visible and my skin feels and looks more mattified. Although I would recommend these products individually, this is a winning combination that works well.

  

The Clear and Correct Serum is new to the Super Facialist family but I feel like it was made for me - it’s everything I look for in a skincare product. The combination rebalanced, hydrated and cleared my complexion without resulting in dry patches, which is exactly what I needed.

I have tested out blemish treatments before but none of them do what they say on the bottle; my spots don’t reduce in size and I can’t see any change in my red blotches, so I was skeptical when trying this one out as I thought it would be similar to the other treatments. Before this serum, I would wake up in the morning with a bunch of new spots but after popping this cream on before bed, I notice fewer blemishes and reduced redness by the morning – this proves that the product is working overnight!

The consistency and smell of the product is also really pleasing – it’s not sticky and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. The smell is one of a kind as I haven’t known any skincare brands to use cinnamon or ginger before so I was pleasantly surprised when I used it for the first time – sweet treat heaven! If you have used a spot treatment before and have seen no changes, definitely test this one out as you can apply it all over and not just in one place so it is more effective and works wonders!

So, there we go! A MASSIVE thank you to the lovely ladies over at Super Facialist! I am super impressed with the two ranges that I was lucky enough to test out. I will definitely be carrying on with my regime as it truly works for both me and my skin. As well as being amazing, these products are all really affordable and accessible as you can pick them up in-store from your local Boots and Sainsbury’s – win win!

If you are struggling with your skin, always remember that there are many products out there that will work for you; you’ve just got to find them. I would recommend using the Super Facialist Skin Diagnostics tool as a way to begin your skin journey; it’s a good place to start! Let me know if you have tested the tool out and which products have been recommended for you and your skin type, I’d love to know how you get on. But, we have now come to an end. Thank you for reading and I hope you found this post informative in some way!

Speak soon,


L x

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