Affordable Skincare Routine For Acne Prone Skin

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.

Cleanse

Biore Charcoal Cleanser 200ml

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

Tone

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.

Moisturise 

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.

Sun Cream

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.

Eye Cream

Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream 15ml

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.

Exfoliate

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.

Makeup removal

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?

Continue Reading

Summer Holiday Outfits 2016

I’ve recently returned from a relaxing sun soaked week in Greece and thought I would share some of my favourite outfits with you.

#1

IMG_20160614_173259

Playsuit from H&M

Sandals from Newlook

Anklet, bracelets and bag from Greece

Silver cuff and necklace from Primark

#2

13.06.15

Top from Newlook

Shoes from Footasylum

Shorts from H&M

Bag from Greece

Necklace from HSamuel

#3

DSC00481

Dress from Forever21

Sandals from Newlook

Anklets and black bracelets from Greece

Silver bracelets from HSamuel

#4

IMG_20160612_173355

Skirt and top from Primark

Sandals from Warehouse

Bag from Greece

Black bracelet and anklets from Greece

Silver bracelets from Hsamuel

What is your favourite outfit this summer? Are you going on holiday anywhere?

Continue Reading

L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara

After running out of the third bottle of my beloved Kiko ‘ultra tech curve’ mascara I was looking around in Boot’s to try out something different. I decided to buy the L’Oreal Paris false lash sculpting mascara because it was on offer and the brush looked quite intriguing.

Image result for L’Oreal Paris false lash sculpting

The sculpting brush is said to ‘line the waterline for a tightlining effect with no gaps and sculpts out lashes, defining them to reveal sculpted looking lashes from every angle.’

IMG_20160403_112053IMG_20160403_112105

At first I wasn’t sure as the plastic brush looked like it would leave my straight, limp lashes looking clumpy but with just one coat they were left long and thick. It’s also very buildable and lasts perfectly all day – the photos above were taken at around 5.30pm and I applied it at 6am! I will definitely be repurchasing.

It retails at around £7.99

Have any of you tried it?

Continue Reading

Spring Wish List

With the weather finally warming up a little I thought I’d share with you my top fashion picks this spring!

Black Denim Dungarees

Image 1 of ASOS 90s Style Dungarees

These ASOS dungarees are perfect for casual wear and will help you transition into the warmer months as you can wear a jumper underneath while its still chilly and then t-shirts throughout the summer.

Suede Jacket

Image 4 of Pimkie Suedette Zip Biker Jacket

This suede biker jacket is the perfect spring alternative to my trusty black leather one.

Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses like this one from Warehouse are a wardrobe staple as they are perfect for pretty much any occasion. They can be dressed up with a pair of heels and a statement necklace or dressed down with some flats or converse for everyday wear.

Fringe

tassle bag

tassle boot

The fringe/tassel trend is going to be big this summer and I think these items from H&M are the perfect way to incorporate it effortlessly into your everyday style.

What’s on your spring wish list?

Continue Reading

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

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?

Continue Reading

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay

This new range is targeted specifically for people with hair like me who suffer from oily roots and dry ends. It claims to absorb the oils in your hair meaning you don’t need to wash it as often whilst still moisturising the ends – amazing!

DSC00308d

Step one: Clay Masque

DSC002947

Step two – Shampoo

DSC0030134

Step three – conditioner

DSC003044

Step Four – Dry ShampooDSC003047

The first step is the clay masque which is supposed to be massaged into the scalp and left on for for 5 minutes to absorb any oils prior to shampooing your hair. I thought it was going to be really messy to use but it spread nicely onto my scalp and  rinsed out really easily too. Then you follow up with the shampoo and conditioner which left my hair feeling extremely soft yet light and volumised. Usually by the second day my hair is limp and needs a lot of  dry shampoo to bring it back to life, but I didn’t even need any after using this!

The only product in the collection I wasn’t impressed with was the dry shampoo which I needed by day three of not washing my hair. I found that it left my hair with a weird texture, looking worse than it did before.

Have any of you tried the products from this range?

Continue Reading

If I Could Only Have 5 Things In My Makeup Bag

Garnier BB Cream 

DSC00276

 This mattifying BB cream gives great coverage and blends seamlessly, it also contains salicylic acid which is perfect for spot prone skin!

It retails for around £9.99

Benefit Posie Tint

DSC00257DSC00260

Benefits ‘posie tint’ leaves a natural looking flush which lasts all day and can be used on lips and cheeks – a makeup bag must have!

It retails for around £24.50

Eyelash Curler

DSC00264

A good eyelash curler is a necessity for my limp straight lashes, i’ve had this one for years so I’m not sure where its from but you can find them pretty much everywhere.

Kiko Ultra Tech Curve Mascara

DSC00270 DSC00271

This is honestly the best mascara that i’ve ever used, it is also one of Kiko’s best selling and I can definitely see why! It leaves my lashes looking thick and volumised without being clumpy and can be built up for an amazing dramatic look or you can apply less for every day wear.

It retails for around £7.20

Benefit ‘gimme brow’
DSC00150 DSC00147

The best brow product i’ve ever used, it holds your brows in place whilst filling in any sparse areas and lasts all day long.

It retails at around £18.50

What would be in your makeup bag?

Continue Reading

Nspa Youthful Eye Cream

DSC00195 DSC00207

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?

Continue Reading