Friday, 1 July 2016


Just a little disclaimer that I'm no skin care expert and I've found (through a lot of blood, sweat and tears, quite literally) that these products mentioned work well for my skin. Firstly I would like to tell you that I've struggled with severe acne in the past and tried SO many products its unbelievable. I'm still not 100% confident with my skin but it is a heck of a lot better than it was three years ago.

During my early teens, especially when I started High School, the pressure to have flawless skin was always at the forefront of my mind. I would cake on matt mouse foundation and cover it with powder so I wasn't 'shiny' and I looked like a walking piece of sandpaper. From caking this makeup on I began to get a few spots here and there, nothing out of the ordinary, just your average teen pimple.

At about 14 I began to notice a difference in my skin, instead of it being the normal oily, greasy teen skin, it was extremely dry and the pimples turned into clusters all over my face, back and chest area. Basically I had acne. Coming to terms with the fact that I was literally covered made me ridiculously conscious so I obviously carried on caking really bad drug store foundation on top of the acne.

Numerous drug store remedies and electric face scrubbers later ,I decided that the only choice was to take a trip to my local GP. Acne crippled me in a way. I would ever dream of wearing my hair up, constantly would be hunched over so nobody would notice my face, I could always see people staring and it was just all round horrendous. Of course, at first the doctor just dismissed it as a hormone teen problem and prescribed with some weird looking deodorant cream stuff that did absolutely nothing. Trip after trip after trip over a two year period to the doctors did me no favours, nothing worked and I became more and more conscious and it affected me mentally. My mum demanded that I should see a dermatologist but the wait was about nine months and I was really at a point where I didn't enjoy socialising because of it.

Luckily I was fortunate enough to be able to see a private dermatologist who was literally my guardian angel. He suggested that I should take a course of Roaccutane. Although these tablets are a kind of taboo they work absolute wonders. (If you are thinking of accepting the prescription of these and are hesitant about the side effects, definitely seek medical advice before you do so.) I had the god awful side effects that came with them, cracked lips beyond what you could imagine, a legitimate sweaty upper lip for about three months, dry skin and some of the mental side effects too (this is what I mean by blood sweat and tears). But in four months I had clear skin, it was such a relief and it was crazy how much confidence was regained.

After treatment I was so happy that I didn't have to cover my face in make up of with my hair and obviously people noticed a difference. This was the best part for me, having people give you compliments on your 'glowing skin' after having  acne is the best feeling.

To keep up  results I completely changed up my skin care routine. I researched products for my skin type and trialled a few. I've found that these products work best, Bio Derma micellar water, Lush Ocean Salt scrub, Lush Skin Drink moisturiser, Lush toning water and La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo cream. I will be writing a more in depth post about these products within the next week!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Life Recently

^^^ photo creds to this lavley lady aka manon dowse ^^^

So i've given up on this space, not given up given up but my aspirations for it have changed. Time isn't my friend and i thought naively that i'd be able to study a full time art course and run a blog but hey that isn't the case. I've had the best 3 months of my life. Finally i feel completely content.

So for me, here are some special memories from my favourite times.

Sunday, 20 September 2015


Since starting Art School it's become clear that after the first few days of 'dressing to impress' a jumper/ plaid shirt, a pair of skinnys, converse and docs are going to be the uniform, but I'm not complaining about that. To make up a few outfits I took a trip to find some nice Autumnal jumpers. Of course Topshop had about 20 that I would have bought if I could. This year they've nailed the turtle necks and I'm in love (also the VM in the store was beautiful). I picked up this mock neck jumper in rust as it really suits my complexion.

I nipped next door into Zara looking for a mustard lightweight knit but no luck! Cannot find one anywhere! But naturally I spotted a black and white stripe knit. Its cropped so I'll pair it with mom jeans or a denim skirt and a belt. And at the till point these sunglasses caught my eye. Cateye, sparkly and rust, sassy and fitting for the season.

I also got an amazing deal on Depop (@tylajohnson), I purchased an American Apparel denim skirt for £25!

Happy Autumn,  Tyla x

Saturday, 5 September 2015


1. Completely deeply in love with the new Maccabees album.
2. This film.
3. Obsessing over underwear, especially this longline bralette.
4. Favourite lipstick this month, Mocha by Mac
5. Chanel Noir is a scent that I'm currently lusting over.
6. Absolutely loving Circa Waves wishing it was still summer.
7. I've discovered the Waldorf salad and this recipe is amazing.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015


The past six months have probably been the most eventful ones of my not so long life. Literally, there have been ups of the greatest moments and downs of complete and utter swamps of shit. But looking back I probably wouldn't change it (cringe worthy) for anything.

Within the second half of this year I'll be starting my new course in art and design, which is a relief as I've been attempting to persuade the universe for an eternity that it is the right path for me. I'm actually going abroad to a hot country (South of Spain to be precise) for the first time in 12 years with my best friend which I'm completely ecstatic about. It should include swimming pools, wine, sun, wine, cheese, wine, wine, the sea, sand, wine, a tan and wine. Sounds like a dream. The birth giver has persuaded me to go to a festival with her and her friends, but it includes Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy Rose, Rae Morris, Crystal Fighters (grl pwr) and free cider so it wasn't a hard decision.

But at the grand old age of 19 and with my immense amount of wisdom, heres to the next six months. Chin Chin.

Sunday, 10 May 2015


Leaving Plymouth was bitter sweet but ma and I decided to take one last trip to the Barbican for a spot of lunch. Spotted from afar we spotted The Stable, a pizza, cider and pie restaurant and we couldn't resist especially after having one of their amazing deserts at Fistral Beach.  The ambience is warm but fresh which creates a delightful place to socialise with friends and family. Obviously a pizza was chosen from the menu - staying true to our Italian roots - and being a classic thin and crispy, it didn't disappoint. Having popped over to their website I've discovered that there's a restaurant closer to home, so a lot more trips will have be taken!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


After scouring instagram and coming across all these healthy people i've decided its time to maybe, possibly start the gym? Me and the gym have a rocky past, meaning that I joined I vowed to go everyday and went twice. But hey who needs the gym when you have a tv, cheese and wine? Anyways the gym means I needed some running shoes so I purchased these lovely Nike Pegasus 83s from Schuh. They feel like you're walking on air, it's great!