The End of Adult Acne- BOTANYCL Review

As you all know, I am a total chatterbox and love sharing details of my life with my readers but this blog post has actually had me a little stumped. I don’t know if it is because I am nervous about showing just how bad my skin was, discussing something that I know is so important to many or that I am terrified to jinx the fantastic results that I have been having… maybe it is a combination of all. I need to begin by saying that I have been purchasing the product that I am going to be telling you about, for three months prior to being offered a complimentary months supply in exchange for sharing my experience with my readers. I state this in the most honest and open way possible because I myself, have spent many hours reading reviews and buying in to products that maybe didn’t have such honest reviews. I have suffered with adult acne for many years and it is something that has really affected many aspects of my life, especially my mental health and overall confidence.

I will begin by telling you more about my skin issues. I was incredibly lucky to have pretty clear skin in my teenage years, despite the constant abuse of taking my thick layers of foundation off with cheap make up wipes like we all did back then! The trouble actually began when I came off of the contraceptive pill to start trying for our third child, I developed painful cystic acne what felt like, overnight. I took my horrified self to the GP who was lovely and agreed that I had a pretty nasty case of Adult Cystic Acne and sent me on my way with three months of tablets and anti bacterial creams with a review appointment scheduled. Fast forward three months and I returned to the GP in a much the same, if not worsening state due to scarring beginning, I sat and sobbed my way through the appointment. This is when she advised that I needed to go on Accutane but unfortunately because I was trying to fall pregnant this would not be suitable due to risks to a pregnancy. I left feeling deflated. During the six months trying to fall pregnant I had been more aware of my cycles…. obsessive in fact and this had made me realise that my cystic acne flared up during ovulation, I did lots of research online but never really found why this would be the case. I then fell pregnant with Harbor and in the same abrupt fashion that Acne took over my life, it left again. I spent my pregnancy glowing, my skin was glorious and the days of cystic hell were behind me for the full nine moths of pregnancy until nine months post baby. It is at that point that I noticed my acne making a return and made a B line for the contraceptive pill, this kept my acne at bay until fairly recently.

My Skin at it’s worst earlier this year.

Just less than year ago my acne made a return with a vengeance. In the six months following I tried every cream, lotion and potion on the market. I have tried some well known women’s supplements, evening primrose, cutting dairy but nothing had worked. I knew in myself that my acne was 100% hormonal but I had no idea what to do about it and why I was constantly being given topical creams for something that was an internal issue. It was when I started focusing my research on hormonal acne treatments that I found Botanycl. Botanycl was founded by Caroline, whose story sounded oh so familiar to me. She had noticed incredible results from supplementing her diet with a few plant based, natural ingredients and it was from this that Botanycl SkinClear Elixir was born. SkinClear Elixir is a 100% plant-based supplement containing active botanicals shown in research and testimonials to support a clear and blemish-free complexion from within. In short these little capsules work miracles for the unbalanced hormones that lay within. SkinClear Elixir is made using only the best natural and plant-based ingredients and it is this approach that supports skin gently and effectively without the side effects associated with many harsh chemical treatments and prescriptions. Botanycl SkinClear Elixir is free from synthetic vitamins, gluten, dairy, added sugar, wheat, yeast, animal products, colourings, flavourings & preservatives. This vegan product is non-irradiated and non-GMO.                                   

I was hesitant to try the supplements in fear of spending yet more money on another disappointing result but the reviews kept speaking to me in a way that lotion and potion reviews never had, all of the cases sounded similar to mine so I took the gamble and I am so thrilled that I did. Two weeks in to taking the supplements I noticed acne calming and the other less acne affected areas just looked…different, more glowing maybe? Week four rolled around and I had experienced a full month of no new breakouts, something unheard of for me. If I am totally honest I still, at this point didn’t believe that it was the supplements clearing my skin and that it was just one month of wizardry. I am now on my fourth monthly supply of Botanycl and I can truly say my skin just keeps getting better and better every month. I haven’t experienced the agonising jawline and cheek cysts that I had been suffering with just months before. I have a lot of scaring from past acne but as you can see from photos I rarely get a single active spot at all now. Even if I do get one now and again it is absolutely nothing like the breakouts I was experiencing. I have always worn very heavy coverage foundations and found this to be so uncomfortable during summer but now I have been wearing no make up most days and only a small amount of tinted SPF now and again, something I never thought I would experience. Botanycl SkinClear Elixir has truly changed my life. I still feel cautious to say that out loud but I changed absolutely nothing of my regime except these supplements and I think the results speak for themselves. Yes I have been left with scaring, but this is something I hope to work on in the future, for now the relief of not having to fight a losing battle with horrendous acne has left me feeling so much more comfortable and confident in my own skin.

My bare skin three months later.

So my message to anyone reading this, who feels stuck in the cycle of buying expensive acne treatments, who is fighting a losing battle with acne or just wants to take a more natural approach to their acne treatment, I cannot recommend Botanycl SkinClear Elixir enough. I am excited to see what my skin will look like another three months from now. This product has truly changed my life and given me my confidence back You can find out more and see other incredible results over on the Botanycl Instagram page or website, the results really do speak for themselves. As always if anyone wants to chat skin or ask questions then please feel free to get in touch and leave a comment.

Chynna x

Teeth Whitening With Smileo

We all dream of the perfect Hollywood smile don’t we?….. but many of us also love our daily coffee and a glass of red! This is the never ending battle that I have always faced. I have always been very fortunate to have naturally straight teeth and have used many home whitening products in my time, but I have always been conscious of the damage that peroxide based whitening products can cause, especially since I experienced a burnt gum incident a few years ago. This is why when Smileo told me about their safe, natural and easy to use products, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

I was kindly sent the Smileo teeth whitening kit and the 3D Whitening strips to try. Having whitened my teeth at home for years, I was no stranger to either type of product, but what made Smileo products stand out for me is that Smileo’s tooth whitening products are vegan friendly, cruelty free as well as painless, 100% natural and peroxide free. Sounds pretty impressive right? Here’s how I got on.

Smileo Teeth Whitening Kit

This nifty little box of goodies promises to make teeth up to 8 shades whiter in only 7 days. The box contains 3 gel syringes, a mouth tray, UV light including battery (nice touch Smileo) and a colour card so that you can track your progress. I found the kit simple to use and loved that such great results can be achieved with only ten minutes use per day. I found the mouth tray pretty comfortable and it held against my teeth well and best of all I experienced NO sensitivity at all. The UV light is great quality and much stronger in brightness than others I have used in the past. I think this kit would be perfect for the time conscious, it’s compact and speedy with fantastic results. Smileo also offer a refill kit of syringes so that you can keep your white smile looking perfect without having to re purchase the accompanying products.

3D Whitening Strips

From the moment I used these strips I loved them. I have slightly wonky bottom teeth and have struggled to get whitening strips to stick to my lower teeth in the past. The shape of the lower strip is cleverly thought out and shaped for the perfect fit. The soft, thin strips are almost invisible on your teeth and are made from coconut shell! The strips are worn for around 30 minutes, although I did sometimes forget I had them on and left them for longer. I found the strips really comfortable, they have no nasty tastes and loved that I could still talk with them on my teeth. I saw instant results after using them and again experienced absolutely no sensitivity.


Since the using Smileo products, I feel so much more confident with my smile in photos and real life. I have already had compliments about my white teeth which is always a great confidence booster. I recommend Smileo to those who are looking to reverse years of stains on their teeth, without spending a fortune on doing it professionally. It’s a quick, and effective method at a fraction of the price it would be at the dentist. I love that Smileo products contain no nasties and I can truly see and feel the difference between using chemical based products in the past and natural products from Smileo now. My teeth feel strong, look great and have left me with a Hollywood white smile with ZERO sensitivity. As you can see my before and after results took my shade from around a 4-5 right up to a 1 in just 7 days! If you want to try it for youself just enter the code CHYNNA10 at the checkout for 10% off. click here to order yours.

This post features gifted products however all words, images and opinions are my own.

February Favourites

Hello Lovely Readers! As part of my 2020 plans, to share more about me and the things I love with you all, I am excited to share with you a line up of things I am loving at the moment. This will range from my beloved Interior’s through to things I tend to blog less about like clothes, make up and family days out. I hope you enjoy!


Hulu Soy Wax ~

This month I was kindly sent some candles and wax melts from Hulu Soy Wax to try and I am really impressed so wanted to share them with you all. Hulu pride themselves on being a natural, healthy and more sustainable way to fragrance your home. Every product is handmade using the best quality, 100% soy wax. For the sweet scented lovers, the Rhubarb and vanilla gives a beautifully sweet scent, without being sickly and artificial smelling. The burn on the candles is great, really even and long lasting, a single candle easily fills a room with beautiful scent. I received the Amber Noir scented wax melts, I absolutely love the re-sealable packaging, I found this so handy when it came to storing the melts and again love that all packaging is recyclable and environmentally friendly. The Amber Noir is a stunning fragrance, with a luxurious depth and notes of dark balsamic fruits and sensual exotic forests. The melts are long lasting and the cute heart shape reflects that all of the Hulu products are made with love. Lastly I sampled the Pink Grapefruit and Basil candle, the smell is a deliciously fresh and vibrant scent, I found this candle was very fast to fill the room with scent and I love an uplifting scent like this. From sleek design to a great range of gorgeous scents, Hulu soy wax have made it to my February Favourites list. Check out Hulu website to view the huge range available and keep your eye on their social media here.

George At ASDA Homeware~

If you follow my Instagram you will know that I have a serious obsession with Art Deco interiors, especially fan/shell print. I have recently ordered a couple of bits from Asda Home for our master bedroom and I love them, I ordered a runner and some new bedding and not only were these a total bargain at around £15 each but they are so on trend. My lust list for Asda home is still getting longer and I have asked for some deco fan print mugs for my birthday. Keep it coming ASDA!


Print Dresses~

I will keep this section short for now as I am in NO way any kind of fashion expert. I am however and always have loved fashion and have a bit of a clothes obsession. We are trying to get on top of our finances this year after almost completing phase one of the house so I have been on a bit of a spending ban, but I went shopping in town the other day and could not resist this bargain dress from Zara, reduced from £30 down to £10. Anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that I love a bit of leopard print and I love a floaty midi dress. I love buying pieces that I can dress up or down and that I can wear through the seasons. I dressed this up for an event the other day with tights and boots but am looking forward to wearing it in the spring with trainers for a more casual look.


Pixi Glow Tonic~

Really bloody late to this party aren’t I? On the same little shopping trip as the bargain dress, I stumbled into the dregs of the Boots post Christmas sale and found a little Pixi miniature set that included glow tonic. I have wanted to try this for a long time but as someone with temperamental skin, I am always cautious to add new things into my skincare routine especially when they are quite expensive products. I am about a week into trying this out and WOW, I can see where the hype has come from. My skin feels plumper and softer since using it and after my miniature has finished I will be buying the larger bottle and continuing to keep this in my routine. I am surprised how far the product goes, I am only about a quarter of the way through the miniature after a week so although a larger bottle is a bit more pricy at £18, I think it will be value for money.

Primark Double Wear Dupe~

I am an Estee Lauder Double Wear girl through and through, I have tried just about every foundation on the market but I always come back to Double Wear. I have heard lots of good things about the Primark dupe so was eager to try it for myself. I have been using it for around two weeks now and for the money I am really impressed. Is it exactly the same as Double Wear?….. No. The selection of shades in comparison to DW was minimal, I was fortunate to find a pretty good match in the Nude to my usual 2W2 Rattan shade, although I would say the Primark is slightly lacking in yellow pigment, it still works well for me. Consistency wise the Primark is slightly thicker than Double Wear but gives great and perfecting coverage… maybe even more so that DW upon initial application. My only qualm is that it does not stay flawless all day like DW does, by around 4pm I look slightly cakey and need to have a bit of a blot, but all in all I am impressed. Despite it not quite having the same longevity as my favourite foundation I am going to continue to use the Primark dupe during the week and save the Double Wear for special occasions, it offers a huge cost saving at just £5 per bottle I could buy 6 bottles for the price of my usual foundation, so yes for cost saving purposes this is a good dupe and that is why it has made my February favourites…… but please do not expect miracles.

I hope you have enjoyed my first ever favourites list and look forward to sharing more next month.

Chynna x

*This post features products gifted by Hulu however all words, images and opinions are my own.