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?
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I absolutely love doing face masks as a little treat to brighten up my skin and have tried out a lot over the past few years! They’re also a lovely thing to buy someone as they come in a variety of prices so you can get one to suit your budget. Here are my top five favourites in no particular order!
Montagne Jeunesse (7th Heaven) Sachets
These are the perfect masks to buy for a little pick me up as they only cost £1 and there are a variety of different types so there’s guaranteed to be one you’ll love! My personal favourite is the dead sea mud pack as I have oily, spot prone skin.
Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask
This mask is amazing for oily/combination skin types as it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and deeply cleansed. The tube costs around £10.50 however if that’s a little too expensive you can get a sachet which will last for two goes for £2.99.
Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask
Every now and then my skin looks dull, lacklustre and needs a boost! This mask is perfect for that as it sinks in within a few minutes and leaves your skin feeling soft and looking bright and healthy. It’s also a great gift idea for someone who is into skincare, however it is slightly more pricey at £16 for a 50ml starter kit including a muslin cloth.
What’s your favourite mask?
My hands get extremely dry, especially in the winter months. I’ve tried dozens of different hand creams from different brands and thought I’d share with you my top three favourites so far.
1. L’occitane Almond Delicious Hands
This is definitely my favourite hand cream of the three. It sinks in immediately leaving your hands feeling silky soft, perfect for applying on the go! It also comes in a few different scents such as rose and shea butter so there should be one to suit you.
It retails at £8 for the travel size, which is great for carrying around in your handbag.
2. Soap and Glory ‘Hand Food’
This cult favourite hand cream smells fantastic and keeps hands feeling soft and healthy.
It retails at £2.50 for a travel size going up to £7 for a large size with a pump dispenser.
3. Aveeno Hand Cream
This hand cream leaves my hands feel soft even after washing and doesn’t leave any sort of sticky feeling. Great for using in the morning as it will last all day long.
It retails at around £5.50
Whats your favourite hand cream?
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.
These are a selection of my most used/favourite products in April!
Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Cherry Me’
I had been desperate to try out the baby lips line for months after reading fantastic reviews, I finally got round to it in April and was not dissapointed. The formula is extremely smooth and moisturising and the colour I got leaves a subtle red tint on the lips. Perfect!
Max Factor ‘Masterpiece’ Mascara
This mascara is fantastic at giving volume, length and separating lashes without clumping. It also lasts all day without flaking or smudging.
Bare Minerals ‘READY’ Foundation
I’ve been using (and loving) the loose powder version for years and when I ran out at the start of the month I decided to give this one a try. It works identically to the original, but seems more convenient and less product is wasted (by me spilling it everywhere!) as it is compact.
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
I found this when looking for a more affordable dupe of Benefit’s porefessional primer. It works brilliantly at smoothing pores and helping makeup last all day long, and it costs less than half the price of the benefit one, bargain!
Aussie Three Minute Miracle ‘Take The Heat’
I’ve tried this deep conditioner before but rediscovered it this month. It smells divine and leaves my knotty hair smooth and manageable. It also helps to protect against heat styling which is a huge bonus.
What were your favourite products in April?
Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.
This weeks favourite is Montagne Jeunesse blemish mud face mask.
This mask is amazing at clearing up blemishes and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It retails at only £1 a sachet too, which is great as each sachet does around 2-3 treatments.
Have any of you tried this mask?
Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.
This weeks favourite is Boots Simply Sensitive Gently Refreshing Toner
I recently ran out of my Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and decided to try out a cheaper brand as I just couldn’t face paying for a new one. I got this one for £2.69 and have used it every day since. It works absolutely brilliantly at removing any leftover makeup and dirt on my skin and doesn’t irritate it in the slightest. I think it’s a brilliant product for people with sensitive yet oily skin as it is extremely cleansing and leaves no residue.
What are you favourite toners?
Have you ever tried the Boots Simply Sensitive Gently Refreshing Toner?