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’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?
After what has seemed like the longest month my March Glossybox is finally here, and just like the last one it’s filled with five fantastic products I can’t wait to use!
The first product I saw was this sleek eye and cheek palette which I was very excited about as I’ve never tried out any sleek makeup before but have heard great things about it. I love all of the colours as they quite natural and perfect for everyday wear.
Next I saw the thisworks ‘in transit camera close up’ which is a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one and claims to hydrate skin leaving it dewy, plump and perfectly prepped for flawless makeup application. I’m sure it will live up to my expectations as I’ve never been let down by a thisworks product before.
A sample size of the F&R ‘Hydra-Activ smart nutrient day cream’ was also included and is supposed to deliver long lasting hydration and radiance with vitamins A,C and E. I’m looking forward to using this as my skin has been very dry and dull lately.
This 30ml sample of Swarskopfs ‘BC oil miracle brazilnut pulp treatment’ is for nourishing and moisturising hair whilst removing impurities. My hair has been really dry and limp over the last few months so I can’t wait to give it a go.
Lastly I received this eye cream from Oolution which is 100% natural and contains ingredients which stimulate collagen synthesis. This means you’re left with bright under eyes and reduced wrinkles, obviously I don’t have any wrinkles at 21 however it will help to prevent them!
Have you tried out 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?
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’ve always wanted to have my eyelashes tinted but wasn’t sure if it would make a big enough difference on my lashes to splash out £20. I recently decided to bite the bullet and see if it would work well, so i booked an appointment and had my eyelashes tinted at Fenwicks.
First, let me just say that I would highly reccomend Fenwicks Regis spa if your looking to get your eyelashes done as the staff are amazing and you get a free head massage when the dye is working (a brilliant surprise as i had no idea of this!).
My eyelashes are already quite dark but without mascara they just look straight and non existent really. After having this done I noticed a massive difference to my eyelashes, they look longer and thicker and give great definition to my eyes. Since having my lashes tinted I haven’t worn mascara once and absolutely love waking up with perfect eyelashes.
I got the colour blue black as it’s supposed to be the darkest shade.
Have any of you had your eyelashes tinted before?
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?
Let me start out by telling you how awfully sensitive my skin is; using something too harsh can cause it to turn into a huge uncomfortable rash. This makes removing my eye make up at night an incredibly daunting task, as most of the time I’m left with puffy, sore eyes.
That was until I started using No7 Cleanse & Care Eye Make up Remover. After trying other make up removers from brands such as Simple and having awful results I had pretty much given up. However, after one use of this product I knew I was going to repurchase it. It takes off every last trace of even the most stubborn mascara, whilst still being extremely gentle on my skin. The 100ml bottle lasts for months too as only a small amount is needed to cleanse each eye.
It retails at around £7.75 which isn’t too bad as it works absolutely brilliantly. I honestly could not recommend this enough, especially if you have skin like mine.