Friday, 2 September 2016

TK Maxx Finds

Friday, 26 August 2016

Current Masks

Ever since I first discovered skincare in my teen years I have been a big fan of masks! I enjoy the ritual of applying products that make a visible difference to how my skin looks and feels. Unlike my teen years, I now tend to do a bit more research before purchases, and not just pick up the cheapest sachet for a sleepover! These are the two masks I am currently using.

Once, or twice if my skin is more congested, I like to use the Aroma Actives Deep Cleansing and Purifying Clay Mask. It works much like any other clay mask, but what I like in particular about this one is how easy it is to remove! The mask takes about five minutes to dry, and then I use a warm, damp muslin cloth to gently swipe away the product. Afterwards my skin always looks and feels a lot brighter and smoother.

To exfoliate I use the Ren Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask. It's a sticky, gel consistency which you apply and leave on the skin for ten minutes. I wouldn't recommend exceeding this as this is definitely a mask you can feel working, and it could cause irritation. Again, it's easy and quick to remove with a muslin. My skin feels incredibly soft afterwards and I find makeup always applies better too.

Do you use either of these?
What are your favourite masks?

Friday, 19 August 2016

Current Morning Skincare Routine

I'm really happy with my skincare routine at the moment, it works well for my skin and I find the whole process wakes me up and gets me ready for the day. These are the products I am currently using and why I like them.

To cleanse I use three pumps of the much loved Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (which I also wrote about in this post here). The gel formula transforms into an oil on the skin and I like to give my face a good massage. I remove it with a muslin cloth and my skin is left feeling clean and nourished. 

Depending how my skin is feeling, next I will either use the Botanics All Bright 3 in 1 Micellar Water on a cotton pad, or the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion (I find it best applied with hands) from The Body Shop. The micellar water is mildly exfoliating and gentle enough to use regularly. When my skin is feeling dry or irritated, the essence soothes and adds moisture.

I find eye cream one of the hardest products to choose. Most claim to target specific concerns, but I just want a cream that will hydrate the delicate area around my eyes. After much researching, I bought the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream. It's quite thick in consistency, but being housed in a jar means I am able to apply a small amount as needed. 

Much like eye creams, I find choosing a serum that will suit my skin to be rather confusing too! This is why I like the L'Oreal Skin Perfection range, which is aimed at those in their 20s and 30s to generally improve the look of the skin. I use one or two pumps all over my face and neck. 

My current moisturiser is the La Roche Posay Effaclar K which I wrote about in this post here. Specifically for oily skin, this moisturiser absorbs quickly and mattifies my skin. It is also a good base for makeup.

When I'm going out for the day I make sure to use SPF before any makeup. I reviewed the TBS Multi Protection Essence in this post here. I've tried a lot of SPFs over the years, but this is the only one that feels lightweight on my skin and sinks in quickly.

What are your favourite AM essentials?

Friday, 12 August 2016

New Launches Wishlist

Friday, 5 August 2016

Moisturisers For Those Who Hate Moisturising

We all know it's important to moisturise your skin to keep it looking and feeling its best, however, not everyone enjoys slathering themselves in body butter. If like me you hate the sticky residue feeling then these are the products for you!

As the last step before SPF in my morning skincare routine I have been using the La Roche Posay Effaclar K Daily Moisturiser. Intended for those with oily skin, it mattifies and is a good base for makeup. I also find it good for 'sealing in' more hydrating products like oils. My favourite non greasy lip balm is the Burt's Bees Natural Honey Lip Balm. Although a little more expensive that the average, I do find it lasts longer than cheaper alternatives. I keep one in most of my bags for on the go and a couple of swipes is usually enough. There are also tinted versions too which are good throw on shades for work. 

When my hands feel dry during the day I use the Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Rich Hydrator. I like the refreshing scent, and a small amount is enough to take the edge off any irritating dryness. Within a couple of minutes it has fully absorbed and left no residue. I tend to follow up with something richer before bed when I'm less bothered about greasiness. Body lotions is the category that I'm most picky about. I'm a morning shower/bath person, so I like to be able to moisturise and dress quickly afterwards. Two products that have been working well for me are the Nip + Fab Hyaluronic Fix Body Gel and the Nivea Express Hydration Body Lotion. The both absorb quickly and don't leave any residue. The Nip + Fab gel feels more refreshing, so works well for the summer months, however it is less widely available (and also more expensive) than the Nivea cream formula.

Do you have any favourites or recommendations?

Friday, 29 July 2016

Topshop Sale Picks

Friday, 22 July 2016

Original Source Blood Orange Daily Scrub

When I used up the last of a previous scrub I decided to make a conscious effort to look for a replacement that didn't contain microbeads. In short, these tiny plastic beads are harmful to ocean wildlife, and late pose a threat to humans who consume fish! If you want to read more about this you can do so here. Microbeads are currently in lots of products including toothpaste, scrubs, shower gels and more and personally I find it difficult to tell just from the ingredients whether a product contains plastic beads. This is where the Beat The Mircobead app (I am in no way affiliated with this, I have just found it really useful!) comes in handy. It allows you to scan a product's barcode and find out whether it contains mircobeads. You can also search for products by type or brand.

The Original Source Blood Orange Daily Scrub gets a mircobead free thumbs up and costs under £3. As with most products from the brand, it's the scent that particularly draws you in! The zesty, uplifting orange scent is pleasant both morning and evening. Texture wise it's not the scrubbiest of scrubs, but is gritty enough to buff away any regular roughness. It's gentle enough to use as your everyday shower product, as the name suggests. I like to use this on my legs before shaving to get a smoother finish.

Have you found any good microbead free replacements for old favourites?
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