I’m so done with lugging around loads of unnecessary things in my bag so I’ve had a huge clear out. Apart from the obvious essentials such as my purse and phone I’ve narrowed it down to these six items.
My Lips have been extremely chapped lately and nothing seems to soothe them other than good old Carmex! A definite must have.
I always carry around a hand cream as my hands get so dry this time of year, I’m currently using The Body Shop’s mango one which smells good enough to eat.
When travelling on public transport hand sanitiser is a life saver. This Merci Handy cherry one is my favourite.
I’d be lost without my headphones and this Skullcandy pair come with a little faux leather pouch meaning they don’t get tangled up in your handbag.
I take my tangle teezer everywhere to keep my hair in check.
A roll on perfume is perfect for touch ups throughout the day and this Zara one in the scent ‘cashmere rose’ smells divine.
What are your handbag essentials?
I’ve been going through a horrible phase with my skin over the last few months, suffering from a dry scaly texture and painful acne all along my jaw line. Nothing I tried would make any difference, even products which have helped in the past. I decided to try out the Avene skincare range as it had some really positive reviews online and was on 3 for 2 in Boots at the time.
For the first few weeks of use my skin seemed to get drier and drier until all of my spots had cleared up but it still had a horrible bumpy texture. I decided to try the serum from the range underneath the light hydrating cream and this definitely made a difference, all of the products seem to work together to keep my skin balanced and healthy yet help to combat any spots I get.
Firstly I cleanse my face using the cleanance cleansing gel (£11) to remove any dirt and left over makeup.
Then I tone using the cleanance mattifying lotion(£11) on a cotton pad to tighten my pores and remove any left over grime.
Next I massage in the hydrance optimal serum (£17) and the soothing eye contour cream (£9.50) which keep my skin hydrated and glowing.
If i’m doing my morning skincare routine I apply the hydrance optimale light with SPF 20 (£14.50) on top of the serum which helps to protect my face from sun damage.
I also exfoliate twice a week using the gentle exfoliating gel (£13) to remove any dry skin and leave my skin looking bright and healthy.
Have any of you tried Avene skincare?
I recently had a horrible reaction to a Fake Bake false tan which left my arms, neck and legs covered in scaly, dry skin. I had just about tried everything from exfoliating to sudocrem in an attempt to get rid of it but nothing seemed to make a difference, until a friend recommended the cica repair balm from French pharmacy brand Mixa.
I applied it twice a day for a week, by the second day all of the redness was gone from the rash and by the seventh my skin was completely back to normal. I have been using it regularly since on any dry areas such as my hands, elbows and knees and am so impressed with the difference it makes.
The balm is definitely a holy grail for people sensitive skin and is an absolute bargain too at £5.99 from Superdrug.
Have any of you tried it?
Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.
The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.
Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.
I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)
After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.
The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.
Whats your at home facial routine?
I’m a huge fan of Soap and Glory shower and bath products but had never delved into their skincare selection until recently. I’m so impressed with all of the products I’ve tested and thought I’d share with you some of my favourites.
Bright + Beautiful Radiance-Boosting Mask
This sheet mask is extremely refreshing and leaves my skin both looking and feeling fantastic! It’s a little bit pricey at £3.50 but is definitely worth it as a treat.
Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches
These patches are so soothing and help to banish puffy under eyes in half an hour; perfect for before a night out or event. They cost £3.50 for one pair.
DRAMA CLEAN 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water
After running out of my favourite Garnier micellar water I decided to try this one out and wasn’t dissapointed, it removes makeup easily and smells lovely. It’s also only £6 for a 350ml bottle.
The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser
I tried out this cleanser when it was on offer and am so glad I did, It keeps spots at bay without being overly drying and is much cheaper than my usual Murad cleanser at £8 for 200ml. I will definitely be repurchasing it when I run out.
What are your favourite Soap&Glory skincare products?
The first product I saw was this detoxifying activated charcoal body scrub from scrub love with cucumber and bamboo. It is said to be 100% natural and to exfoliate, tighten pores and leave your skin looking and feeling nourished. My skin has been so dry lately so I can’t wait to give it a go!
This sample size of the Caudalie vinosource moisturising sorbet for sensitive skin has a gel-cream to water consistency which is supposed to help soothe and moisturise sensitive skin without irritating it. I’m looking forward to trying it out as it seems quite lightweight for the summer months when my skin is at its oiliest.
The coral shade of this gorgeous Ruby super silky blush suits my complexion perfectly and is definitely a new favourite.
A tube of Dr Paw Paw’s original balm was also included in the box, it is an extremely versatile product. The natural, gentle formula can be used on cuticles, hands, elbows, fly away hair, lips and even as a nappy cream! It’s definitely going straight in my handbag.
The last product was this volumising effect lip gloss from Nutrakiss which is a perfect travel size and leaves me with plumped up lips for hours.
Have you tried any of these products?
I’ve written quite a few skincare routine posts over the past couple of years however I tend to change what I use from one season to the next. My skin has been particularly problematic lately as it’s somehow managing to be dry as well as oily which is definitely not something that I’m used to.
I’ve been trying a lot of new products, most of which are extremely affordable, so I thought that I’d share my favourites with you in case your skin is suffering in the cold weather too.
To cleanse my skin i’ve been loving the Neutrogena visibly clear pink grapefruit face scrub, it leaves my skin feeling clear and healthy and smells delicious. It lightly exfoliates too which helps to banish any blackheads and dry patches.
It retails at around £4 however Boots have a 2 for £5 offer on at the moment.
For toner I’m using Pixi’s glow tonic which helps to smooth my skin and reduce blemishes. It also has 5% glycolic acid which exfoliates and banishes blackheads.
It retails at £18 for 250ml which is quite pricey but totally worth it for the results it gives.
Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free pink grapefruit has been the moisturiser I’ve been using over the past month or so, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated without looking greasy and is the perfect base for makeup.
It retails at around £5 but again there is a 2 for £5 offer on at boots.
For eye cream I use the Boots essentials cucumber eye gel which is lovely as it cools the eye area and reduces any puffiness.
It retails at £1.50 which is an absolute bargain!
Whats are your favourite skincare products?
After years of trying out different products of all price ranges in a desperate attempt to clear up my oily, acne prone skin i’ve definitely learnt a lot. Two ingredients which really work for me are charcoal and tea tree, which can conveniently be found in extremely affordable brands, meaning having great skin doesn’t have to break the bank.
I’ve raved about the Biore deep pore charcoal cleanser in the past and i’m still loving it and using it twice a day.
It retails at £4.99
For toner I’ve been using the Boot’s tea tree and witch hazel cleansing and toning lotion to help remove any excess makeup and grime left over after washing my face. It leaves my skin feeling balanced and looking clear and matte and is a total bargain at £3.59 for a 150ml bottle.
The Boot’s tea tree and witch hazel jelly moisturiser is my favourite at the moment, its light and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and healthy. The only problem is that it doesn’t contain any SPF so I tend to wear a separate sun cream throughout the day to protect my skin. It retails at £4.59 for a 50ml bottle.
I can’t stress how important it is to protect your skin with a cream containing SPF every day, not only does it protect you from the suns harmful rays it also keeps your skin looking younger for longer – a no brainer really! I haven’t found a facial sunscreen up to now that i love as much as the Neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch one so if anyone has any suggestions for a cheaper alternative that isn’t too heavy let me know! I got my current bottle for £10 from Amazon as it isn’t sold in the UK.
Lately i’ve been really enjoying using the Superdrug vitamin e hydrating cream as it’s thick but not too heavy for day use and my concealer applies perfectly on top of it. It retails at only £2.99 which is amazing as one little 15ml tube lasts me a good 6 months.
I bought this Jason ‘apricot scrubble’ from feel unique around February time as it was on sale but wasn’t really expecting much from it. Since then i’ve used it twice a week religiously to keep my skin soft and banish any pesky dry patches, it’s gentle enough for my sensitive skin whilst still being extremely effective. It retails at £5.49.
The Garnier pure cleansing micellar water removes all traces of makeup and doesn’t require any rinsing afterwards – perfect for when you can’t be bothered to carry out your whole skincare routine. It retails at around £5 but is on sale quite often.
What’s your skincare routine? Have any of you tried these products?
I’ve been having a lot of problems with my skin over the past couple of months and decided that my trusty Kiehls deep pore daily cleanser just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I decided to try out something new and found that this Biore cleanser was on offer in Boots. It claimed to ‘draw out dirt & impurities, purifying pores to leave your face deeply cleansed and your skin tingly-smooth’, which sounded perfect for my oily, spot prone complexion. After using it for two weeks my skin is noticeably clearer, smoother and looks a lot healthier overall. It only retails at £4.99 too which is an absolute bargain for such an amazing product. I will definitely be repurchasing it.
Have any of you tried it?