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’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?
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?
Step 1 – Prime
It’s so important to use a oil free primer to keep your makeup in place all day, my favourite is the body shops ‘tea tree pore minimiser’ (£8.50)
Step 2 – Foundation
The L’oreal infallible matte 24 hour foundation (£7.99) stays in place all day and gives amazing natural looking coverage. To apply this I use the real techniques expert face brush (£9.99).
Step 3 – Concealer
Collection lasting perfection concealer (£4.19) is perfect for concealing under eye circles and blemishes, to blend i use the real techniques miracle complexion sponge (£9.99 for pack of two).
Step 4 – Powder
Next I use the bareMinerals spf 20 pressed powder (£26) to set everything.
Step 5 and 6 – Bronzer and blush
I then use the bronzer and blush from the Rimmel Kate sculpting pallette (£6.99) with the brushes from my bare minerals starter kit.
Step 7 – Brows
Benefit’s ‘gimme brow’ (£18.50) gives my eyebrows shape and definition without looking drawn on.
Step 8 – Eyeshadow
I like to apply a small amount of Maybelline’s colour tattoo 24 hour shadow in ‘on and on bronze’ (£4.99).
Step 9 – Mascara
I curl my lashes and apply my favourite mascara of the moment which is the Maybelline lash sensational (£7.99).
Step 10 – Lips
Lastly I use Benefit’s posie balm (£14.50) for a subtle hint of colour.
What’s your everyday makeup routine?
I did a haircare routine back in April 2013 but since then most of the products that I used have changed; so I decided to create an updated post informing you how I maintain my long, fine hair.
Shampoo And Conditioner
I tend to switch out my shampoo and conditioner quite a lot, but lately i’ve been using the L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology line and I’m loving it! It makes my hair look so much thicker and volumised whilst still feeling smooth and sleek.
After running out of my beloved Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil I decided to try out the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil as it is slightly more affordable at £6.99 from Boots. It claims to ‘penetrate the hair shaft restoring shine and softness whilst strengthening’ the hair. I’m not 100% sure about the strengthening part as I’ve only used it for a few weeks, but it does make your hair soft, shiny and manageable without leaving any sort of residue. All is spread a small amount (about the size of a 20p piece) throughout the lengths and ends of my damp hair and then comb it through to distribute. Then when I blow dry my hair it’s left both feeling and looking glorious.
Root Lifting Spray
I recently started to use the Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray to add volume to my roots, read what I think about it here.
I use the Avon advance techniques heat protection styler if I’m going to blow dry, straighten or curl my hair, which isn’t very often. This spray is light, affordable and smells lovely which is always a bonus.
I use coconut oil weekly to help keep my hair and scalp healthy. Read about how I use it here.
As for brushes I’m still using my tangle teezer which you can read about in my last haircare routine post. I also use a wide tooth comb when my hair is wet to avoid any unnecessary breakage.
Tips for growing long hair
- Cut down on washing your hair. I’ve got extremely fine hair and I found this step hard when I was growing out my hair as I always felt like my hair looked so greasy on the second day! Just use some dry shampoo (batiste is my favourite) and try and make the time between washing longer, after a few weeks you’ll start to notice that your hair doesn’t look as greasy on the days after washing and you’ll notice huge amounts of hair growth after a couple of months, trust me! I only wash my hair twice a week now and it has never been so long and healthy.
- Do coconut oil hair masks. Coconut oil is absolutely amazing for your hair, saturate both your scalp and ends in it, cover with a shower cap and sleep on it. Yes you’ll look crazy but it’s honestly worth it! When you wake up, shampoo your hair twice and it will be left feeling like silk. It will also help with growth as it’s keeping your scalp healthy too.
- Stop using hot tools! Using straighteners or curlers on your hair daily makes it brittle and more likely to break, meaning your goal of long hair will never be achieved. I’m not saying never use them, just try and cut it down to once or twice a week.
What are your favourite hair products?
After testing out a multitude of skincare products over the years from Garnier to Liz Earle I’ve always struggled to find products that help to keep my extremely sensitive skin balanced whilst taking care of spots and oiliness. Around a year ago I found the perfect skin care routine to suit my skin and have never strayed from it since! My skin has never been so clear, moisturised and healthy.
Step 1: Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
This cleanser contains clay to help control oiliness and gentle exfoliants to leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. I’ve also noticed a huge reduction in blackheads and acne in general whilst using this face wash.
Step 2: Kiehls Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic
This is a brilliant toner for people who suffer from oily skin. It leaves my skin looking matte whilst still feeling moisturised and balanced.
Step 3: Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Lotion
This facial lotion has honestly changed my whole outlook on moisturising your face. All of the other ones I’ve tried have left my skin both feeling and looking greasy. This lotion sinks in within seconds and leaves my skin looking matte yet healthy all day. It’s also a great base for makeup.
Step 4: Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye cream
This is an amazing eye cream! It sinks in quickly and leaves my eye area feeling soft and soothed.
Step 5: EOS Lip Balm
I always apply a lip balm before I put my makeup on to keep my lips soft.
I’ve finally found the perfect hair routine to suit my long, straight oily yet dry hair so i thought i would share it with you all.
Shampoo and conditioner
Lets start off with the basics; shampoo and conditioner.
I like to change up my shampoo and conditioner a lot; this is not only because I’ve heard your hair can get used to them and they wont work as well, but because I just love trying out new products. The ones i am using (and loving) at the moment are the Tresemme moisture rich shampoo and conditioner. These smell lovely and leave my hair feeling really clean and soft, and they’re a good price too at £3.59 for a 500ml bottle at Boots.
Once a week i also like to use my Lush solid shampoo bar in ‘new’ which i have a review of here (http://youniquechic.com/2012/02/review-lush-new-solid-shampoo-bar/) to give my hair a deep clean and remove any build up.
I try to do my Tresemme Keratin Smooth hair mask once or twice a week to give my hair a deep condition. This treatment leaves your hair feeling gorgeously soft and healthy and is extremely convenient as it can be left on for a few minutes in the shower after shampooing then rinsed out.
If my hair is really feeling awful and just needs a really deep moisturise i like to slather coconut oil all over it and leave it in for an hour or so to sink in then wash it out. This also gives amazing results but takes a lot longer than the Tresemme option so i only do it if i have time to spare.
I don’t really use styling products regularly, and haven’t found my holy grail heat protectant product yet so i have nothing to reccomend on that front. However, after shampooing i really like to use the Tresemme split remedy leave in conditioner to help smooth my ends and help me to comb through my knotty hair.
I recently purchased a tangle teezer brush and have absolutely no idea how i lived without one for so long! It brushes tangles out of my hair extremely gently and doesn’t pull out any unnecessary hairs. It can also be used in the shower and is the perfect size for carrying around in my bag, all around amazing brush i couldn’t reccomend it enough!
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?
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?