Skincare Routine

I’m always a little bit sceptical about trying out new skincare products as my skin is extremely sensitive, but after using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish for a long time i decided to give some more of her products a try. Since doing this I have noticed a HUGE difference in both the texture and appearance of my skin, so i’m going to share with you my skincare routine and explain the products I’ve been using so you can try them out and see the results for yourself!

Step 1: Cleanse

To cleanse my skin I’ve been using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser. I massage the product into dry skin and then wipe it away with a muslin cloth soaked in hand hot water. This removes all of my makeup (including most of my eye makeup) whilst still being extremely gentle my skin.

Step 2: Tone

I’ve been using the Liz Earle instant boost skin tonic as a toner, i put a small amount on a cotton pad and gently sweep it across my face and neck. This instantly refreshes my skin and leaves it feeling soft and extremely clean yet not at all dry, it also removes dirt that you wouldn’t even imagine was still on your skin after cleansing.

Step 3: Moisturise

I then use the Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser in Light for combination/oily skin to keep my skin feeling soft and hydrated; I apply a pea sized amount of this to my face and neck and allow it to sink in before applying any makeup. It is extremely light and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy at all which can be a problem for people with oily skin, however it also comes in slightly different formulas to suit different skin types.

Step 4: Eye Cream

Lastly I use the Liz Earle eyebright soothing eye lotion. I apply it to a cotton pad and sweep it over my eyelashes to remove any excess makeup (if there is any) and then soak my under eyes with it. This lotion is also fantastic at soothing dry, tired and puffy eyes and brightening the entire eye area.

I bought all of these products myself on the Liz Earle website (http://uk.lizearle.com/skin-essentials-regime) and am extremely impressed with how well they work both with my skin and with each other to give me fantastic results.

What are your skincare routines?

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

This weeks favourite is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I absolutely adore this cleanser, it wipes of every trace of my makeup (including the most stubborn mascara) with minimal effort. All you do is massage it into dry skin, then wipe away grime and stubborn mascara using the muslin cloth supplied.

It is a bit on the pricey side at £24 for 200ml however only a small amount is required and honestly, it’s worth paying for a product that really works.

Do any of you have a favourite cleanser? Or have you tried the Cleanse & Polish before?

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

My favourite this week is my Yankee Candle in ‘Red Velvet Cake’.

Red velvet scented housewarmer range

Even when it isn’t lit this candle fills my room with a gorgeous sweet scent without being too overpowering. It also burns for a long time! I’ve lit it every night this week for a few hours at a time and it still looks almost brand new.

What are your favourite Yankee Candle scents?

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Makeup Routine For Oily Skin

It’s awful attempting to find a makeup routine to work on oily skin, but after years of searching I’ve finally found one that works for me.

Step 1: Primer

Firstly, after moisturizing my skin i apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in ‘Light’ (£25) as it is oil-free and helps keep my makeup in place.

Step 2: BB Cream

Then i apply my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream (£9.99) all over my face to  even out my skin tone yet still keep me looking natural.

Step 3: Concealer

Then i apply my Collection 2000 ‘Lasting Perfection’ concealer (£4.19) under my eyes and to any other imperfections on my face.

Step 4: Powder

I then apply a small amount of Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation (£25) all over my face with a big fluffy brush to keep my concealer and BB cream in place and prevent my skin from getting oily throughout the day.

Step 5: Blusher

My Body Shop blusher in ’01 Petal’ (£12) is then applied to the apples of my cheeks in downward strokes for a natural looking glow.

Step 6: Eye Shadow

I then apply my Clinique Colour Surge Stay Matte eye shadow in ‘French Vanilla’ all over my eyelids to make me look brighter and more awake. It also stops my eyelids from becoming greasy so my mascara won’t smudge everywhere.

Step 7: Mascara

I prefer to use mascaras with quite a dry formula so they last longer, my favourite at the moment is 17 Blow Out Mascara (£6.29). I apply a few coats of this after I’ve curled my eyelashes and it stays perfect all day.

Step 8: Eyeliner

I like to apply a creamy white eyeliner to my water line to make my eyes look wider. My favourite is Barry M Kohl Eye Pencil as it glides on easily and stays put.

Do you have any tips for making your makeup last?

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Batiste Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is an absolute necessity to me as i’m quite lazy when it comes to my hair and try to wash it the least amount i possibly can without being completely disgusting. Although this is essentially quite a good habit to get into as it improves hair health, it can be an absolute disaster if i don’t use a good dry shampoo to banish any oil from my roots.

After trying out dozens of dry shampoos from various brands, i can honestly say that Batiste dry shampoo in ‘Blush’ works the most effectively. It removes all of the excess oil from my hair without leaving any sort of residue (and i’m a brunette) whilst giving a fresh, subtle, floral scent. It also doesn’t dry out my hair and washes out extremely easily.

The price ranges from around £2-4 depending on where you get it.

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La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm

A few weeks ago I had an allergic reaction to a product I was using and was left with a huge rash over my neck and cheek. I tried every moisturizer i own and changed everything from my shampoo to washing powder but it still wouldn’t budge.

After a week i went to Boots and asked a member of staff if they knew a cream that would help to heal it, and was told to use La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm. The cream cost around £15 which i thought was a little steep but at this point i was willing to try anything.

After one use the rash shrunk and looked less inflamed and a few days later it was completely gone; this cream also works wonders on any dry areas of skin such as elbows and knees.

I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough, if your looking for a great moisturizer or can’t get a dry patch or rash to budge then give it a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

My favourite this week is military boots.

I absolutely love these boots, they’re extremely comfortable and practical yet still look stylish. They also go with absolutely everything and look just as amazing with dresses as they do with jeans. A lot of different styles are available too, from studded to fur trimmed so there should be a pair to suit you individual style.

I purchased this pair at TKmaxx for £30, however various shops are selling them at the moment.

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Top 3 Face Masks

Having oily, sensitive skin makes finding face masks that work an impossible challenge, they always seem to be too harsh and leave my skin feeling irritated and raw. Finally, after a lot of awful experiences, I’ve found three masks that do wonderful things to my skin.

I’m going to tell you about each of them, in no particular order.

The Body Shop’s Honey & Oat 3 In 1 Scrub Mask

This mask is absolutely brilliant, I use it once a week to soften and gently exfoliate my skin. I would recommend it for all skin types as it is gentle but gives great results as it is so moisturising. It also smells lovely and is easy to apply.

Retails at £9

The Body Shop’s Warming Mineral Mask

I’ve been using this mask for years now, and could honestly never replace it. I use it once a week to give my skin a deep cleanse. It gently warms up when  applied to the skin so it can unclog pores and prevent spots. When rinsed off after the five minutes, it leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean, yet not dry and tight.

Retails at £9

Sanctuary Moisture Boosting Mask

I use this mask whenever my skin is looking dull as it gives the skin a gorgeous healthy glow.  It also seems to calm redness and improves my skin tone and texture.

Retails at £2.03 per sachet

I hope I’ve helped anyone who is struggling to find a good mask.
Do any of you have a favourite face mask?

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