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The Skincare Tag

29 Aug

Super chuffed to have been tagged for this! A massive thank you to Katie Flint for tagging me! She’s a super awesome gal who blogs about bits and bobs over on The Minted Beauty. Check her out and give her a hug as she’s embarking on a 100 Day Spending Ban – Good luck to you girl! 

The Skin Care Tag

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My skin care gang and the products i’m currently using and abusing on the quest for the crystal clear complexion are:

Sudocrem Used in hospitals and dubbed the magic healing cream, Differin Cream Prescription acne cream for the days they just won’t shift!,  L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Love this stuff reviewed hereAnatomicals Facial Spritz Great pick me up spray, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask Love slapping this on when my skin is a little lack lustre a mini review hereSt Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub staple daily facial scrub, Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser my deep cleanse saviour, Simple Daily Light Moisturiser Light and soaks in beautifully. 

Describe your skincare routine in five words..

Fighting Against The Evil Acne.

What’s your skin type?

Oily / Combination with some lovely hormonal acne that can be seen around the jawline and on the chin area, some large pores and scarring from the evil arch enemy.

What’s your favourite skincare product?

Currently I would say my Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser. It smells beautiful and is a pleasure to work into the skin, then seeing all the ickyness and makeup grossness come off with the muslin cloth is rather satisfying. Love a good deep cleanse.

Top blemish zapper? 

I would have to say the Sudocrem is severely underrated as a zit zapper. It doesn’t make them disappear instantly without a trace but it does soothe my skin considerably, reduces the redness and swelling of the surrounding area and shrink the spot with a few applications.

Face wipes, yay or nay? 

I used to be a religious face wipe user but let’s face it, I was being darn lazy! Despite my face feeling clean and all visible traces of make-up being removed there was always residue and muck left. I was actually advised that face wipes do the opposite job and grind the make-up and dirt into your skin. Since then, definitely a NAY!!!

Toner, yay or nay? 

I don’t use toner in my routine currently, not to say that I don’t have some tucked away in my drawer somewhere. I used to use the Simple Toner and found it very drying and stripped a lot of my natural oils and moisture. I think that if you cleanse properly then you shouldn’t need to use a toner, but it’s personal preference.

High end skincare or high end makeup?

I would have to hands down say High End Skincare, purely down to the fact that make-up is good at masking imperfections but you have to live with the face underneath. Taking care of my skin doesn’t make me recoil in horror when I see myself in the mirror on a morning!

What’s the most unusual skincare product you’ve tried?

I think the most unusual skin care product has been a home made pore strip which worked a treat but hurt like hell to get off!

You’re in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item – what is it?

I would have to say Bioderma of course. I think that’s a given!

Tell us your top skincare tip.

My top skin care tip would be, don’t squeeze if you can resist! I thought that if I wasn’t too vigorous when I squeezed that spot it wouldn’t scar. WRONG I am left with large pores and scarring that won’t fade or heal. It’s one of my biggest regrets that I didn’t have someone telling me to take better care of my skin when I was in my teen years. Look after what you have!

Much Love x

The magic of micellar water

8 Jul

I have accepted that I am very much behind the times. I live my life in a happy little daze, but when I discover something so monumental and I had no idea it even existed I really wonder where on earth my head is…

There is a science geek hiding on the skincare shelves mixed in with the beauty creams, but shhhhh don’t tell. I have heard the excited calls of fellow beauty bloggers raving madly about their Micellar water, I was curious I had to find out what it was.

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I was very excited to use this as I heard it was just like water on your face but a really good makeup remover too. It was true to it’s word and removed my makeup with ease without any irritation but it gets better….

Micellar has a special molecule in the water that attracts oil, so when you’re using it on your cotton pad it’s acting like a magnet and taking all your oil and gunky yukky stuff with it. Clever huh?

Here is my cheesy Mr Miceller molecule sketches!

Picture 550Picture 551Picture 552 As you can see…he’ll attract all the oil and dirt, wash him off with water or a swipe of your cotton pad (this might look cheesy, but he’s kinda cute!)…

Since using this and as you can see it’s only been a tiny bit! I have noticed my blackheads which have been an absolute nightmare to get rid of are coming to the surface of my skin, which although sounds disgusting is actually great because all it is going to take it a couple of hot cloth cleansings to send them packing!

I find it does a grand job at removing my makeup including my mascara, what I love is I don’t have to rub or pull at my eyes to help get it off! It leaves my skin soft and feeling really clean.

I really can’t believe I lived without this before! This will be my staple makeup remover from here on out, I cannot recommend this enough!.

If you’ve tried this, let me know what you thought! Also give me a thumbs up for the cinema glasses and white shirt labcoat scientist look – oh yeah! x

My skin’s story

1 Jul

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with myself. Trapped in a melancholy relationship with my acne, one I do not wish to live with.

I have suffered with spots as long as I can remember, even when I was really young i’d have a whopper zit on my chin, back then it didn’t bother me. At around the age of 14 I started to break out like i’d got the plague but they weren’t normal pimples, no, they were angry red whelks that were swollen and painful. It wasn’t just my face that suffered, my upper back and shoulders bore the same burden.

Several pointless doctor visits left me with antibiotics and cream which seemed as useful as a chocolate teapot. Nothing seemed to work and I was so self conscious of my face that my confidence evaporated. At 16 I went to get put on the pill. I’d read about Dianette which helped fellow acne suffers, I wasn’t sure how it worked but to me it performed a miracle.

My back scarred but finally the red lumps had gone, my face cleared up and I was so pleased. I was on this pill for a long time, longer then they like you to be. Six years later when they changed my pill my spots started to return. I was crestfallen, I knew that there had to be something more to them then just the average teenage acne.

Again my doctor didn’t listen. I really started to sink back into the depression pit of pimples.

A chance appointment which led to an internal ultrasound discovered I have PCOS and the connection to my acne was instantly made. Finally I knew it had a name and there was a reason why my skin suffered. Acne is the main symptom of PCOS that I have and in some ways I guess I am lucky in this respect but it’s incredibly hard to view things this way.

Acne has left a lot of physical and mental scares which are apparent even today by the self conscious grip it still has. I hate showing off my back as it’s started to flair up again, my face has been left with large pores, blackheads and purple scars under the skin where the spots used to be.

I desperately search for products I can afford that will help slowly repair some of the physical damage to my skin. These days I have good skin days but the vast majority of them are bad skin days, it’s a fine tightrope line I walk where I struggle to keep my head held high and not look down into that depression pit that’s always beneath my feet.

I will never claim to know everything about skin care because in this field I feel like I am lost.

I am always trying new things to help, believe me if I ever find the holy grail of products that zaps my zits you’ll be the first I will tell. If you have anything you can share (constructive and kind..) then please do.

My product picks for summer

22 Jun

I do not proclaim myself to be a ‘fashionista beauty guru’ but I do love trying new things and finding little gems among the overwhelming range of products on my local highstreet. What girl doesn’t honestly love feeling like she looks her best? Because when you’re looking good, it makes you feel great! (Well it does for me anyway!)..

Lately I have really pushed the boat out and tried to move away from my safe harbour what I know and branch out into the unknown territory of beauty. I thought it would be really nice to share a few of my new discoveries!

Skin

With the seasonal change the weather has turned rather muggy in my little corner of the UK. My skin has unfortunately not welcomed this change and has become super oily. This of course as the story goes has led to several breakouts and me being exceptionally fed up over it all. Instead of admitting defeat, this time I took action!

Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream

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This has become my new mattifying mate! This moisturiser is a match made in heaven for my oily/combination skin. It’s all made with natural organic ingredients (sounds rather posh doesn’t it!). The main star of this show is the Willowbark which is supposed to help clarify your skin and provide all day shine control along with hydration and protection. Sounds a lot for this little tub of cream!

In my opinion it’s doing wonders for my skin, I have been applying it on a cleansed face in the morning before make up to give myself a good base to work on. So far without any primer my foundation has been lasting all day and at 17.00 it’s just starting to break down around my nose. Bear in mind, i’ve used no primer and not set with any ‘powder so I am sure this will be a well used product as the summer months continue and whilst we might not get any sunshine, my skin will be shine free! Hurray!!! Despite the thick texture appearance it does blend and absorb into my skin easily and the anti-shine effect is instantly noticeable!

I would definitely recommend this to my fellow oily skinned friends, go try it!! If you needed another reason it’s cheap as chips too so there is NO excuse!!

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask

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Still sending offerings of thanks to the skies for the angel that sent this to me as a substitute in my online shopping! My skin has needed a bit of pepping up lately, it’s been a sorry old state! So, I was hunting for a face mask that would do just that. If you’ve not guessed from the product above i’m an oily kinda gal so a clay mask was definitely on the cards.

I am totally in love with this product! It first of all smells amazing, a very light and delicate scent. Once I have smoothed it on my skin it’s instantly cooling and feels very refreshing, although it’s menthol in the ingredients that makes it cool it has NO giveaway smell (thankfully!! – I HATE mint and menthol blergh!).

I normally kick back and relax with this on my mush for 15 to 20 minutes, I know i’m ready to rinse when I can’t move my facial muscles (which cracks my other half up!). It’s easy to remove with warm water and doesn’t leave a residue on your skin. After using this I find my skin is extremely soft, I look refreshed and perkier. I find it helps calm my redness patches and reduces swelling on any nasty spots. I have been using this twice a week now for 3 weeks and I am over the moon with the results, I have even noticed my blackheads disappearing. Palmers – I salute you!

If you’re looking for a clay mask, look no further. I promise you will have no regrets!

Makeup

I am very particular with my makeup as I have extremely fair skin, I find I struggle to find shades that suit me especially when it comes to blusher. I tend to shy away from corals and orangey shades as I am paranoid they clash with my hair colour which is a natural dark strawberry blonde/auburn.

However, I have been converted!

MeMeMe Boho Balm Cheek & Lip Tint

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I have been using the colour combination Coral Taupe and I adore it! It has a creamy texture that is easily blendable with your finger tips and creates a peachy glow for your cheeks or a sheer tint to the lips. I found the taupe shade slightly intimidating at first, but, I quickly took the plunge and tried it as a bronzer/contour and it works wonderfully. Either apply with a brush or your fingers for effortless beauty. The only thing I find at a downside of this little gem is it can be quite hard to open.

This is another highstreet steal so go grab yours today!

Lips by Topshop

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How…how on earth have I only just discovered the Topshop Range?! I know beauty bloggers have raved for what seems an age but this range has always been on my “To Do” list. I love dirty pink nudes for my lips, my last favourite being the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. I picked up the Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik.

First of all the packaging on the entire Topshop range is so cute and although I think the range is a little pricey for some pieces I was eager to see if they lived up to the hype. I have been living in this colour, I think it’s truly versatile and suits my complexion perfectly. I have worn this with an understated summer makeup, a more rock chick grunge look and even to the office. It has a slight shimmer to it and I find it lasts well on my lips.

If you are new to the Topshop range like myself, check this colour out.

Nails

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know i’ve gone a wee bit potty over nail polishes lately. I have bought loads but the one colour i’m coming back to time and time again is…(drum roll……)..

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint

Barry-M-Gelly-Hi-Shine-Nail-Paint-Prickly-Pear-187727I own two of these beauties this lovely colour (pictured) Prickly Pear and Blueberry. I love the shiny gloss effect they give and the fact I can be lazy and only do one coat and still get a good colour pay off! I have been rocking this colour most of the time since I bought it and I am almost in need of a second!!! I have to say when I repurchase this I will be buying more colours and I have my eye on Lychee, Green berry, Guava & Pomegranate…

barry-m-gelly-hi-shine-nail-paint-prickly-pear.jpgI am sure that these are well and truly on your radar for the summer, if not..where have you been!

 

I hope you enjoyed my post on product picks for summer, please do feel free to share with me what you’re loving this time of year and if you’ve discovered anything new.

Much Love x