Updated Skincare Routine

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?

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Pamper Night Essentials/Routine

After a long week at work I love to unwind and having an evening to myself to do a face pack and pamper myself is the perfect way to do it!

I start off by removing any makeup i have on with my Olay wipes and then i clean my skin with my Garnier PureActive 3in1 wash, scrub and mask as it targets any blemishes.

I then usually light a candle, at the moment i’m using Glade’s spiced apple and cinnamon which smells amazing!

After this I run my bath and wash my hair, at the moment i’m using Tresseme Keratin Smooth shampoo. Then I apply my deep treatment mask which i leave on my ends for around 10 minutes to soak in. These products leave my hair feeling extremely soft and healthy.

After this I use my Soap&Glory Sugar crush body scrub to leave me feeling smooth and get rid of any dead skin. I then wash my body with my passion fruit shower gel from The Body Shop.

After I’ve shaved my legs using my Gillete venus embrace razor I rinse my hair. Once I’m dry I apply my passion fruit body butter from the Body Shop to keep my skin soft and supple and put on my pyjamas.

My l’occitane shea butter foot cream is fantastic at smoothing any dry patches I have on my feet, so I normally apply it after my bath and put on my cosy socks to help it sink in.

The face mask I use (and love!) at the moment is the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask. It’s great for dealing with oily, spot prone skin without being over drying.

When 10 minutes is up I rinse off the mask and apply my Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser in light and my Boots vitamin e eye cream.

I would then paint and file my nails and once they dry put on my Soap&Glory hand food hand cream.

And that’s all of my pamper night essential products.

What are your pamper night essentials?

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Top 5 Mascaras

I absolutely love trying out new mascaras and have tested so many over the years that I thought it would be a  good idea to share with you my top 5 favorites of all time. So whether you’re looking to buy a new mascara because your running out or  just go a bit crazy testing them out like me, keep reading!

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#1 – Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless

This has to be the best mascara I’ve ever used, it makes your lashes extremely long and thick and doesn’t clump what so ever. It’s also great for achieving any look, from natural to an almost false effect depending on the amount you apply and holds up amazing throughout the day – no signs smudging or flaking at all!

Retails at around £7.99

#2 – Maybelline The Falsies

This mascara is great for giving extremely thick looking lashes as its specially designed curved brush coats every lash giving a fuller, more dramatic look.

Retails at around £7.99

#3 – 17 Blow Out Mascara

Read review on this mascara here: http://youniquechic.com/2012/08/

Retails at around £4.00

#4 – Avon Super Extend Mascara

This mascara is amazing for a more natural look as it gives lashes length but not much volume. Perfect for daily wear and holds a curl really well.

Retails at around £10

#5 – Soap And Glory Thick&Fast

The huge brush on this mascara helps to thicken the lashes whilst giving a lot of volume and curl. My only issue is that it works amazing for the first few weeks but seems to dry up quickly.

Retails at around £10

What’s your favourite mascara?

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

My favourite this week is Charles Worthington Front Row Rough and Tousled Salt Spray.

When I was abroad I loved the effect the sea had on my hair, so when I returned back to England I wanted to find something that would do the same thing. After searching through a lot of reviews I came across Charles Worthington’s Front Row Rough and Tousled Salt Spray and thought I would give it a try.

I’ve been using it almost every day since; all I do is spray it through damp hair, tie it up into a messy bun and wait until it dries. Then viola; gorgeous, wavy, natural looking hair.

It also only costs £5.49 at Boots which is great as you don’t need to use a lot.

Have any of you tried it? What are your thoughts?

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Home Made Mask For Soft Hands And Feet

With the summer holidays fast approaching I thought I would share my secret on how to prevent dry, cracked feet and ensure they are sandal ready! This mask will also keep your hands extremely soft and is easy and cheap too!

All you will need is:

  • Olive Oil
  • A pair of socks (or two if you’re planning on doing both your hands and feet with the mask)
  • Salt
Here’s how to do it:
1) Wash your hands/feet and remove any nail polish if you want to achieve the best results.
2) Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl and then add a tablespoon of salt and mix them together.
3) Apply the mixture onto your hands/feet and rub on in circular motions focusing on the driest areas.
4) Rinse off the mixture with warm water.
5) Onto dry hands/feet, apply a thin layer of olive oil and massage it in.
6) Put the socks onto your hands/feet and relax and let the oil sink in. You should leave these on for 15 minutes at least, however I find it works best and is more convenient for me to do it overnight.
7) If you aren’t leaving the socks on overnight, remove the socks and rinse off the oil with warm water when you feel it has been on long enough and you’ll feel how soft and smooth your skin is straight away. Your nails will also look healthy and glowing.
Doing this once a week or whenever you feel your hands/feet need it will really help you to maintain soft healthy skin. This mask is extremely easy to do and can be done whilst you sleep; so there is no excuse not to try it!
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Sudocrem – Acne cure?

Let me start out by saying I suffer from extremely sensitive skin, so attempting to banish my acne seems to do more harm than good. However, after reading raving review of various people using Sudocrem on their skin I decided to give it a go. The cream is mainly known for being used on nappy rashes, although it has proven to be an extremely effective acne treatment and many people swear by it.

I have been using this cream for a few weeks now, and it really is a miracle! It moisturises my skin whilst soothing redness and making my spots disappear so much faster than they do naturally. I apply a thin coating all over my face before bed each night, avoiding my eye area, and when I wake up my skin is a lot less irritated. After the three weeks I have been using it, around 90% of my spots have vanished, and the ones I do have are somehow a lot less noticeable.

I really recommend this cream to anyone suffering from acne. It’s the quick fix everyone wants, and it only costs around £2-3! So why not give it a go? It might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

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