Mixa Cica Repair Balm

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?

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Makeup Routine For Oily Skin

It’s awful attempting to find a makeup routine to work on oily skin, but after years of searching I’ve finally found one that works for me.

Step 1: Primer

Firstly, after moisturizing my skin i apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in ‘Light’ (£25) as it is oil-free and helps keep my makeup in place.

Step 2: BB Cream

Then i apply my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream (£9.99) all over my face to  even out my skin tone yet still keep me looking natural.

Step 3: Concealer

Then i apply my Collection 2000 ‘Lasting Perfection’ concealer (£4.19) under my eyes and to any other imperfections on my face.

Step 4: Powder

I then apply a small amount of Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation (£25) all over my face with a big fluffy brush to keep my concealer and BB cream in place and prevent my skin from getting oily throughout the day.

Step 5: Blusher

My Body Shop blusher in ’01 Petal’ (£12) is then applied to the apples of my cheeks in downward strokes for a natural looking glow.

Step 6: Eye Shadow

I then apply my Clinique Colour Surge Stay Matte eye shadow in ‘French Vanilla’ all over my eyelids to make me look brighter and more awake. It also stops my eyelids from becoming greasy so my mascara won’t smudge everywhere.

Step 7: Mascara

I prefer to use mascaras with quite a dry formula so they last longer, my favourite at the moment is 17 Blow Out Mascara (£6.29). I apply a few coats of this after I’ve curled my eyelashes and it stays perfect all day.

Step 8: Eyeliner

I like to apply a creamy white eyeliner to my water line to make my eyes look wider. My favourite is Barry M Kohl Eye Pencil as it glides on easily and stays put.

Do you have any tips for making your makeup last?

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