Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment | Product Review

malin + goetz acne treatment in its box
When my 'problem skin' was at its worst, spot reduction treatments did nothing to help; having what feels like more imperfections than actual clear skin means that applying treatments to specific areas is just time-consuming and, more often than not, expensive.
Now, though, with my skin being in what might be its best condition ever (more on that in an upcoming post...!), treatments aimed at reducing nasty imperfections as they appear are vital, and I found myself on the hunt for something that could quickly and painlessly reduce nasty hormonal problems as quickly as possible.

malin + goetz acne treatment sitting on a wooden dressing table; the formula has separated, so a white powder sits on the bottom, and a clear liquid sits on top.
After reading through what felt like a thousand reviews for spot reduction treatments with no real luck, I stumbled across a rave review of Malin + Goetz's acne treatment, and was instantly intrigued by the unusual application process; unlike most treatments, you don't shake the bottle before use, but instead use a cotton bud to bypass the clear alcohol solution at the top of the bottle, and apply the white, sulfur-based mixture that's settled at the bottom of the bottle to the offending imperfection. It leaves a fairly hideous white residue on the areas it's applied to, overnight, which then has to be rinsed off in the morning, so it's not always ideal if you're sharing a bathroom, but it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry or stinging after treatment, either.
malin + goetz acne treatment sitting on a wooden dressing table, with several Clinique lotions sitting behind it; the formula has separated, so a white powder sits on the bottom, and a clear liquid sits on top.
Overall, I have to say I am hugely impressed with this offering from Malin + Goetz; although the price does initially seem a little steep, for such a small product, it's lasted me well over 8 months (although I only really use it for 'emergencies'), and it's a complete miracle-worker for getting those angry, red, or painful problem areas to reduce in size overnight - and without the dry, flaky, skin most spot treatments leave behind. Plus, if the solution ever dries out, just pouring a small amount of alcohol into the bottle soon refreshes it!

Would I recommend it? Definitely; for anyone who has uncommon, or hormonal spots, or has a habit of getting one or two huge imperfections once in a while. Not, however, if you suffer from more general 'bad skin' - although I do have a post coming up for those of you that applies to, in the next couple of weeks.
Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment retails for £16.50, and is available from Space NK stores, or on their website.
What's your favourite fast-acting treatment for pesky imperfections?
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Botanics 'Ultra Calm' Skin Calming Night Cream | Product Review

botanics 'ultra calm' skin calming night cream pot open with the box sitting behind it on a floral bed cover
There's been quite a lot of buzz around the Botanics range on the Blogosphere lately, and for good reason - with ranges that span bath, hair and men's products, and a skincare ranges for brightening, mattifying and soothing skin, amongst other things, there's something for everyone and every kind of skin problem. I'm a huge fan of their products, having fallen in love with their 'All Bright' brightening night cream earlier this year (review here), so when I was on the hunt for something to soothe away my post-winter dry, sensitive skin a few weeks ago, the 'Ultra Calm' range seemed the best choice.
botanics 'ultra calm' skin calming night cream in its pot with the box next to it on a floral duvet
The first thing I noticed about 'Ultra Calm' was the texture; I'm used to rich, thick night creams, but on first application, it came across as more of a serum, or lotion, which did mean it wasn't as heavy on the skin - no greasy residue, the morning after - but also meant it wasn't quite as rich as I'd have liked. Whilst my skin was well-nourished, by morning, it wasn't quite as soft and dewy as I'd been hoping, leaving me with the impression that it would have been better used as a day cream, in which case this would be a rave review. Instead, I'm slightly underwhelmed with the moisture offered by 'Ultra Calm' - although, having switched it to my day time beauty routine for a few weeks, I have noticed my skin tone being much more even. 

Would I recommend it? Yes, for anyone with sensitive, dry, or uneven skin, as a day time moisturiser, but not really as a night cream. 
Botanics 'Ultra Calm' Skin Calming Night Cream retails for £6.99 from Boots stores, or online.
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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas | Low Calorie Snacking Recipe

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas in a tupperware bowl, on an IKEA duvet
Whilst I've been loving the benefits of sticking to cleaner, healthier eating habits this year, it's not always easy to stick to a healthy lifestyle when you're a student; between running to campus and back, late-night cram sessions and trying to maintain a social life, meal preparation isn't always easy - and having healthy, nutritious snacks to grab on the go is vital.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas in a tupperware bowl, on an IKEA duvet
These chickpeas are spicy, salty, and crunchy - the perfect alternative to crisps or high-calorie, sugary trail or cracker mixes, and the great thing is, they're easy - and cheap! - to make; you can whip up a pretty sizeable batch in about 40 minutes, and keep them stored in airtight containers for about two weeks.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas:
Makes 2 servings.Ingredients:
  • 400g tin of chickpeas.
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning.
  • 1 tsp salt.
Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°, then drain your chickpeas using a colander or sieve; the kind I use come in water, but if yours come in another solution (oil etc), you might want to give them a good rinse before continuing. Shake out as much of the excess water as possible, before transferring the chickpeas onto some kitchen towel to absorb any leftover water.
  2. Whilst the chickpeas are drying slightly, work on your spice mix, by combining spices into a large bowl; I find cajun seasoning and salt to be just perfect for my tastes, but you could also try using some vinegar to make a salt and vinegar snack alternative to crisps! 
  3. Add the chickpeas to whichever seasoning you're using, stirring thoroughly, until the chickpeas are as evenly coated as possible, before moving them onto a large baking tray. You want them to be as spread out as possible, so they'll cook evenly.
  4. Place the baking tray into the oven for about 15 minutes; at this point, take the chickpeas out and mix them up a little on the tray, just to make sure they're evenly cooked. Then place back in the oven for a further 15-20 minutes. If they seem to be getting a little too brown, at any point, just move them around again.
  5. Separate into two airtight containers and enjoy!
Calories: 290 | Carbs: 39g | Fat: 7g | Protein: 17g*
* Calorie and nutritional information calculated using the MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator, and using the specific brands mentioned above.
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