Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Roaccutane Diary Months 4 & 5


I decided to combine my month 4 & 5 diaries as the experience was very similar in both and I didn't want to be repeating myself.
For any of you that are just tuning into these diaries now, I have been documenting my experience on the medication - Roaccutane which is an acne drug.
I was prescribed 40mg a day for 6 months and decided to share my experience with my followers. The information on the internet would lead you to believe that if you take roaccutane... you die. Well maybe not so dramatic but there are hundreds and hundreds of pages online stating this side effect and that side effect... some were so bad that I put off taking them for over a year after being prescribed but I eventually got to the point where I was so fed up trying every skin treatment under the sun that I gave in. I can honestly say that for me, it was the best decision that I ever made.
As in every diary post, I have to say that I am NOT promoting medication or suggesting that this is right for you, but what I do recommend is speaking with your Doctor to see if it is a possibility.
It doesn't agree with every one and just because my experience has been so good, does not mean that yours will be but all that I can do is tell you about my own personal encounter with the medication and the effects that it had on me.

Months 4 & 5 passed relatively without any drama. Unfortunately the dry skin and lips persevered but I knew that they would... it is one of the most probable side effects and is almost a guarantee with every patient, so if you do start it then stock up on Carmex.
I can still thankfully say that I had no negative effects on my mood. I was worried as they can make you feel down or depressed but thankfully, if anything I was feeling better in myself. Seeing such an improvement in my skin really improved my moods. Whilst you could say that that sounds extremely vain, you really have to experience the insecurity of having bad skin in order to feel the relief when you finally find a cure for it. My confidence has drastically improved and I am so thankful for that.
One side effect that really bugged me, starting around the middle of month 3 was migraines/headaches. At first I  just thought it was normal as I would be quite prone to headaches anyway but as they became more regular I started to realise that it was probably connected to the tablets. I was getting them at least once a week, if not more, which is extremely debilitating but I am hoping that they will go when my 6 month course is up.
Apart from that, I really don't have anything new to report. My skin looks and feels amazing, literally the best that it has ever been. I haven't had one breakout in months and I can truthfully say that taking roaccutane was one of the best decisions that I ever made.
As the end looms, I have to say that I am a little nervous about coming off them incase it returns but most people have told me that you very rarely get a reoccurrence and I am very hopeful that this is correct.
I really wish that I had taken a proper 'before' pic to share with you guys at the end of the journey but I was so insecure in myself that I couldn't even bring myself to take one without filtering it or wearing makeup, but I will most definitely show you the end result in my last diary post so stay tuned and if you want to check out Months 1, 2 & 3 then I will link them below

Month 1 - Click Here
Month 2 - Click Here
Month 3 - Click Here

If you guys have any questions then please contact me on Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat and I would be more than happy to help! I hope the diaries have been useful for you guys and maybe help you with making the decision on whether to take roaccutane or not.

Nicola x

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Galgorm Resort & Spa


Recently my boyfriend and I spent two luxurious days at the Galgorm Resort & Spa to celebrate his birthday and it was absolute heaven from start to finish.
We stayed in one of the deluxe suites and whilst that wouldn't be something we would do every time we visit, it was definitely worth it for the few days we were there.
From the moment we opened the door of our room, we were in the lap of luxury with the spacious lounge area, cocktail bar, dining room and balcony and that was before we even got as far as the bedroom and bathroom.
I honestly cannot express how much I love this place and I would definitely recommend that you visit at some stage if you can, even if its just for a spa day with your girlies.

My top recommendations for the trip are:

Dinner in Fratellis
If you are a fan of Italian food you will be in heaven in Fratellis. The risotto is a personal fave but literally everything is to die for. The only downside is that, if you plan to go for a few drinks afterwards then it won't happen because you will be in a food coma! So get ice-cream 'to go' and collapse into bed!

Gin Tasting at the Gin Library 
This was such a lovely treat and a nice way to start your evening. It took place in the gin library and was hosted by their gin consoisseur who prepared three different drinks for us based with Hendricks gin. The first was a gin and elderflower tonic with rose petal and cucumber, the second was gin neat and the third was a gin and elderflower cocktail.

Breakfast in Gillies
We stayed in a deluxe suite which meant we had breakfast in the River Room, which is beautiful but definitely for a more refined palette. If you love nothing more than a good old ulster fry then definitely go to Gillies.

The Signature Massage
Im not really a fan of spa treatments such as facials etc but one thing I am a total sucker for is a back massage. As I am permanently stressed out, I build up a lot of tension in my shoulders so I love nothing more than chilling out with a nice massage. Highly recommend the 55min treatment.

The Thermal Village
The thermal Village is like nothing I have seen before in any other hotel. Set along the banks of the river, there is everything from glass front saunas to outdoor hot tubs and it is a wonderful place to spend your day. It also includes some fab indoor facilities such as a snow room, two large swimming pools, steam rooms etc. It is a little piece of heaven and you will never want to leave.

A Cocktail in the Orangery
Sometimes the facilities in the Thermal Village can become a little crowded so whilst you wait for the hot tub to free up or the sauna to empty, then go into the orangery, order a strawberry daiquiri and chill out in the stunning peaceful surroundings. It is so relaxing on the swing chairs that I even fell asleep.

Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory
The conservatory is one of the most beautiful places in the entire hotel and I highly recommend that you have afternoon tea or at least a coffee in here. With views of the river and its stunning decor, it is the perfect place to just totally chill out and relax.

Private Hot tub on the River
This is a pretty special experience. You can book a private hot tub which comes with a bottle of champagne and some chocolates. They are based right on the river bed and it is so magical to sit and relax for an hour with the sound of the river beside you. It is a little pricey but absolutely worth it for a special treat!
Hopefully those will give you a little insight into the resort but trust me, I could write a book on the place! It is a must see! Make sure you sign up to their website as they regularly post special offers which you can avail of for a fraction of the usual price.
The vlog above shows highlights from our entire trip including some of my outfit details (which you would swear were sponsored by Zara as my whole weekends looks were from there lol) 
I have also posted some of my looks below as so many of you were asking about them - I have searched online to try and find some links to these pieces but they obviously flew out in the sale - keep an eye out if you are in any of the stores though as they may have a few pieces left!
Let me know if you guys have any plans to visit the Galgorm or if you have any questions just message me on:
Facebook - Sequin Cinderella Boutique & Blog 
Instagram - thesequincinderella
Snapchat - sequincinders

and you can check out their website here: 
www.galgorm.com

Nicola x
My favourite look of the trip! Relaxing in my robe!
Dress - Zara, Heels - River Island, Earrings - Sequin Cinderella Boutique, Sunglasses - Moschino
Playsuit - Zara, Heels - River Island
Dress - Zara, Heels - River Island, Sunglasses - Moschino



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Street Style


This weekend look received a lot of questions from you guys on snapchat (sequincinders) and Instagram (thesequincinderella) and I have to say it was the comfiest outfit that I have worn in a long time. I love sports wear on other people but somehow I never feel like I can carry it off, but this dress was just so cool, comfy and still quite dressy so I had to have it! 
I am obsessed with nude colours so I definitely had to get the trainers too when I saw them! There is something about the colour that really lengthens your leg and is quite flattering for any shape. 
I absolutely loved this look and I know you guys did too so I have shared the links below!

Wearing: Adidas Dress from Topshop - buy it here
Adidas Originals from JD Sports - Shop Here 
















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