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?
With Christmas day fast approaching I thought that I’d share with you a few ideas in case you’re stuck on what to put in her stocking this year.
Phillip Kingsley ‘polished perfection’ gift set
This Phillip Kingsley cracker containing an elasticizer(40ml) and polishing balm(20ml) is a perfect stocking filler and a bargain at £10.
Any face mask is great to go in a stocking however this Montagne Jeunesse set from Feelunique.com is a definite winner. It retails at £5 for six sachets.
Ted Baker Body Spray
This mini Ted Baker body spray retails at £4 from Boots and is the perfect handbag size.
What would you like to receive in your stocking?
Here’s 5 gift ideas your mum will love this Christmas!
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
Liz Earle’s cleanse & polish hot cloth cleanser is perfect for all skin types and this limited edition sweet orange and mint scent is divine.
Paco Rabanne Olympea gift set
Paco Rabanne Olympea is a gorgeous feminine fragrance with top notes of green mandarin, ginger lily and hydroponic jasmine, a base of sandalwood and ambergris and a heart of salted vanilla. This gift set from feelunique contains a 50ml eau de parfum, a body lotion and a miniature bottle; perfect for keeping in your handbag for topping up throughout the day.
Pyjamas are a great gift to receive at Christmas time and you can get some lovely ones no matter what your budget is; these floral button down ones are from Next.
This marble and gold jewellery holder from Sainsburys is a fantastic option if you’re on a budget!
Phillip Kingsley Heavenly Hair collection
This Phillip Kingsley set from feelunique contains a 75ml elasticizer, 60ml daily damage defence and a 75ml PK prep polishing balm in a handy wash bag; the perfect treat for a mum who looks after her hair.
What are you getting for your mum this year?
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?
Coat from Zara – £89.99
Boots from Dune – £99
Coat from Warehouse – £86
Shirt from H&M – £17.99
Skort from Zara – £25.99
Dress from Boohoo – £15
Bodysuit from Missguided – £22
What’s on your Autumn/Winter wishlist?
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 July Glossybox is finally here and contains 5 lovely products to help get you through the summer months!
First up is a 100ml travel size bottle of the MONUspa first defence soothing after sun lotion. It contains aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin E to help nourish and care for dehydrated skin after a day in the sunshine; it’s going to be perfect to take on holiday!
This full size tub of the Bellapierre banana setting powder (RRP £25) was also in the box. I’m looking forward to trying it out as it claims to counteract any redness or discolouration due to its yellow hue.
A Cutebalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry (RRP £5.99) was the third item in my Glossybox. It smells fantastic and leaves a gorgeous pink sheen on the lips, definitely a new handbag essential.
I’m curious to see whether these Papanga Spiral Headbands (RRP £4.99) will last longer than other bobbles like this I’ve used before. They usually end up stretching out and snapping, however these seem to be made of a much stronger material so hopefully they will do a better job!
Lastly I received a Spectrum fan brush (RRP £4.99) which is said to be good for applying highlighter and gently removing any excess product such as eye shadow fallout. It’s made from high quality synthetic hair and is vegan and cruelty free.
Have you tried any of these products?
I’ve written a couple of these posts in the past but have changed most of the products in my routine since as my hair has changed from flat and oily to a more dry and frizzy texture.
Shampoo & Conditioner
The shampoo and conditioner I use still changes quite often but the ones that I have been loving at the moment are from the OGX coconut milk range. My hair is left feeling extremely soft and nourished yet not weighed down.
To give my hair some volume I like to use the L’Oreal Paris Elnett satin strong hold mousse, it smells absolutely divine and stops my hair falling flat for days without leaving that horrible sticky feeling.
The L’Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil is my favourite as its extremely lightweight and leaves my hair looking sleek and smooth. I usually use it on wet hair but if my hair is feeling particularly dry or static i like to rub a little bit between my palms and run it over my ends to help tame them.
The only thing that hasn’t really changed in my haircare routine over the past five years is coconut oil; I slather it all over my hair once or twice a week, leave it in overnight and then wash it out in the morning. It helps my hair to grow long and leaves it both feeling and looking healthy.
To brush my hair I’m still using my Tangle Teezer as it’s so gentle and isn’t too rough on my scalp. When my hair is wet I use a wide tooth comb to avoid breakage.
I like to use the Batiste dry shampoo to keep my hair looking clean between washes; I spray it into my roots the night before so it soaks up the oils overnight.
What’s your hair care routine?