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?
Despite having a ridiculously oily t-zone and eyelids i’ve always struggled with my under eyes being dry and discoloured. I’ve spent a fortune on different eye creams claiming to solve these problems whilst still being light enough to be worn underneath makeup but just haven’t found one that delivers.
I recently ran out of my Liz Earle ‘eye bright’ and was looking in Asda to see if I could get a cheap alternative to tide me over until I could repurchase it, I ended up buying the NSpa youthful eye cream as it was the cheapest one I could see at only £5. I wasn’t expecting much from it really but I was suprised at how nice it actually is, it has quite a thick texture which leaves the area feeling extremely moisturised however it sinks in within a few minutes meaning its the perfect base for my concealer. After a few weeks of use i’ve also noticed quite a significant reduction in my dark circles which is a huge bonus! I’ll definitely be repurchasing.
It is described as having anti-aging collagen boosting peptide (tetrapeptide-21) to firm, fruit acids to brighten, highly moisturising hyaluronic acid, cross linked hyaluronic acid to fill wrinkles and fine lines, radiance improving grapeseed oil, nourishing avocado oil and anti-oxidant natural vitamin E.
Have any of you tried it? What’s your favourite eye cream?
I absolutely love doing face masks as a little treat to brighten up my skin and have tried out a lot over the past few years! They’re also a lovely thing to buy someone as they come in a variety of prices so you can get one to suit your budget. Here are my top five favourites in no particular order!
Montagne Jeunesse (7th Heaven) Sachets
These are the perfect masks to buy for a little pick me up as they only cost £1 and there are a variety of different types so there’s guaranteed to be one you’ll love! My personal favourite is the dead sea mud pack as I have oily, spot prone skin.
Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask
This mask is amazing for oily/combination skin types as it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and deeply cleansed. The tube costs around £10.50 however if that’s a little too expensive you can get a sachet which will last for two goes for £2.99.
Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask
Every now and then my skin looks dull, lacklustre and needs a boost! This mask is perfect for that as it sinks in within a few minutes and leaves your skin feeling soft and looking bright and healthy. It’s also a great gift idea for someone who is into skincare, however it is slightly more pricey at £16 for a 50ml starter kit including a muslin cloth.
What’s your favourite mask?
With the winter months fast approaching my skin has been desperate for some extra hydration. These three moisturisers are my absolute favourite and leave my skin feeling soft and supple all year round!
Palmers Cocoa Butter
This moisturiser not only smells amazing but leaves skin feeling irresistibly smooth. It also comes in a handy pump bottle and is perfect for everyday use as its thick without being too heavy.
Depending on the size, this retails at around £5
Soap and Glory ‘The righteous butter’
This body butter is amazing! Its so thick and creamy and is absolutely perfect if your skin needs a little boost.
Depending on the size, this retails at around £10
Aveeno ‘Daily moisturising lotion’
As it states in the title, this lotion is perfect for everyday use as it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent and sinks in within a few minutes. It also comes in a pump bottle which is extremely convenient.
Retails at around £7.50
What’s your favourite moisturiser?
My hands get extremely dry, especially in the winter months. I’ve tried dozens of different hand creams from different brands and thought I’d share with you my top three favourites so far.
1. L’occitane Almond Delicious Hands
This is definitely my favourite hand cream of the three. It sinks in immediately leaving your hands feeling silky soft, perfect for applying on the go! It also comes in a few different scents such as rose and shea butter so there should be one to suit you.
It retails at £8 for the travel size, which is great for carrying around in your handbag.
2. Soap and Glory ‘Hand Food’
This cult favourite hand cream smells fantastic and keeps hands feeling soft and healthy.
It retails at £2.50 for a travel size going up to £7 for a large size with a pump dispenser.
3. Aveeno Hand Cream
This hand cream leaves my hands feel soft even after washing and doesn’t leave any sort of sticky feeling. Great for using in the morning as it will last all day long.
It retails at around £5.50
Whats your favourite hand cream?
I absolutely love trying out new makeup and skincare products and have my eye on a few that I’m hoping to try out this spring so I thought I’d share them with you.
Benefit Roller Lash
Benefit claim that this mascara ‘grabs, separates, lifts and curls’ lashes, meaning there is no need for a eyelash curler. As a girl with thin, straight lashes this sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to give it a go!
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I’ve tried a little sample of this product before and absolutely love it! I’m definitely going to purchase a full sized bottle this spring! It leaves my skin both feeling and looking 100% better.
Benefit Gimme Brow
This ‘brow-volumising fibre gel’ is definitely on my wish list. I have quite dark eyebrows but they can go a bit crazy and there are a few sparse areas, hopefully this brow gel can help to sort these issues out whilst still leaving my brows looking natural.
Milani Baked Blush
I’ve used the same two blushers for years and am looking for a new one to try out! Milani seem to have a nice variety of shades with a nice subtle shimmer.
Costs around £9
Urban Decay ‘De slick’ Makeup Setting Spray
I’ve been wanting this setting spray for a long time and think it would be perfect for the summer months to stop my makeup sliding off (if it works that is).
What’s on your wishlist?
After testing out a multitude of skincare products over the years from Garnier to Liz Earle I’ve always struggled to find products that help to keep my extremely sensitive skin balanced whilst taking care of spots and oiliness. Around a year ago I found the perfect skin care routine to suit my skin and have never strayed from it since! My skin has never been so clear, moisturised and healthy.
Step 1: Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
This cleanser contains clay to help control oiliness and gentle exfoliants to leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. I’ve also noticed a huge reduction in blackheads and acne in general whilst using this face wash.
Step 2: Kiehls Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic
This is a brilliant toner for people who suffer from oily skin. It leaves my skin looking matte whilst still feeling moisturised and balanced.
Step 3: Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Lotion
This facial lotion has honestly changed my whole outlook on moisturising your face. All of the other ones I’ve tried have left my skin both feeling and looking greasy. This lotion sinks in within seconds and leaves my skin looking matte yet healthy all day. It’s also a great base for makeup.
Step 4: Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye cream
This is an amazing eye cream! It sinks in quickly and leaves my eye area feeling soft and soothed.
Step 5: EOS Lip Balm
I always apply a lip balm before I put my makeup on to keep my lips soft.
1. Kiehl’s rare earth deep pore daily cleanser.
This is honestly the best cleanser I have ever used. It gently exfoliates my skin without being irritating and helps to keep oiliness and blemishes at bay. It is a little pricey at around £18 a bottle, but it lasts a few months and works brilliantly – so its worth it!
2. Soap and Glory ‘girligo’ body moisturising mist.
This moisturizing mist not only smells fantastic, but it absorbs really quickly too, perfect for when you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like using a heavy moisturizer on a hot summer day.
3. Dove summer glow
This gradual tanner gives my skin a natural, glowing tan without the awful smell. It also goes on smoothly, does not go streaky and can be applied just like a normal moisturizer with your hands (as long as you give them a wash afterwards!)
I find that the shade ‘light to medium’ works best on my skin tone.
4. Aussie aussome volume dry shampoo
This is honestly one of the best dry shampoo’s that I have ever used. It doesn’t leave any sort of white cast even on dark hair and gives my hair fantastic volume which lasts all day.
It also smells fantastic, which is a bonus.
5. Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free lotion
This cream keeps my skin feeling soft whilst looking matte and doesn’t cause me to break out. It also sinks into the skin really quickly so you don’t have to wait around before putting on your makeup
These are a selection of my most used/favourite products in April!
Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Cherry Me’
I had been desperate to try out the baby lips line for months after reading fantastic reviews, I finally got round to it in April and was not dissapointed. The formula is extremely smooth and moisturising and the colour I got leaves a subtle red tint on the lips. Perfect!
Max Factor ‘Masterpiece’ Mascara
This mascara is fantastic at giving volume, length and separating lashes without clumping. It also lasts all day without flaking or smudging.
Bare Minerals ‘READY’ Foundation
I’ve been using (and loving) the loose powder version for years and when I ran out at the start of the month I decided to give this one a try. It works identically to the original, but seems more convenient and less product is wasted (by me spilling it everywhere!) as it is compact.
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
I found this when looking for a more affordable dupe of Benefit’s porefessional primer. It works brilliantly at smoothing pores and helping makeup last all day long, and it costs less than half the price of the benefit one, bargain!
Aussie Three Minute Miracle ‘Take The Heat’
I’ve tried this deep conditioner before but rediscovered it this month. It smells divine and leaves my knotty hair smooth and manageable. It also helps to protect against heat styling which is a huge bonus.
What were your favourite products in April?