Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Beauty: My current skincare routine

Hello lovelies!

It's not often I talk about skincare because I'm normally very naughty and lazy and just whip a face wipe over my face and quickly shove some moisturiser on!

Recently I had a few breakouts (I've been going to the gym twice a day so I'm putting it down to being a hot sweaty mess for 2 hours a day!) so I decided to switch things up a bit...

Skin prep:

I've been trying the St Ives blemish fighting apricot scrub recently to deal with flakey manky breakout-y skin. It's quite coarse and really does scrub away the dry bits. I'll be honest, I'm not sure how much it helps with my blemishes but it leaves my skin really soft and smooth.

I'm still sticking with my old and very faithful Garnier 2-in-1 makeup remover because quite frankly it's awesome. It removes every last scrap of makeup including waterproof mascara and false lash glue :) be warned though, the blue layer is an oil so this isn't suitable if you have eyelash extensions or anything.

Cleanser and toner:

As you can see, I've been loving the soap and glory peaches and clean to cleanse my face. It's definitely helped with my breakouts and leaves my skin really clear and soft. It also smells great! I either use this in the shower and rinse it with the warm water, or use a muslin cloth to remove it in the same way as a hot cloth cleanser.

I use my REN 3-in-1 cleansing water as a toner but it also helps get rid of any last little scraps of makeup. I love this but have to be really careful around my eyes as sometimes it really stings :(


I use my trusty Nivea Soft Cream as a day cream, it does what it says on the tin really! It's quick, easy and really effective on the skin and doesn't clog my pores. It also sinks in really fast so I can apply my makeup in the morning. It's also really handy if I'm in a rush as I apply it all over my body then slap a bit on my face!

At night time my favourite cream to apply is the new Avon anew clinical e-defence deep recovery cream (what a mouthful!). I put a quite liberal layer of this all over my face just before bed then let it soak in overnight. My skin has been so much more hydrated since I've been using this and it's really glowy and nourished in the morning.

Thanks for reading! xo

Monday, 6 October 2014

Shopping: Boots Haul!

Sometimes you just need to spend some money don't you? It's that simple for me. The urge takes me and off I go to Boots to pick up some new goodies to try. It's out of character for me but everything in this little haul was a new purchase i.e. things I hadn't tried before. It actually happened over two days because I loved the face wash and face scrub so much, I went out on the Sunday and bought the moisturiser from the range (and of course got sucked in to buying 'a few other bits') ♥

First of all I picked up these!
Orangeasm body wash - I'd been wanting to try this for a while but set myself the rule that I couldn't buy it until my Sugar crush body wash was all used up. That day finally came and I much prefer this zesty mandarin and lemon scented wash. It's just a little less offensive on the nostrils. I love the Sugar Crush scrub but the wash just wasn't for me. I also grabbed a bottle of Rich&Foamous shower and bath body wash. I've only just seen on the website that this can be used as a bubble bath so I'm going to give that a go tonight (Monday night baths are always much needed ). This smells good enough to eat (similar to The Breakfast Scrub) and is absolutely to die for! I'm so glad I saw it and decided to give it a go, a repurchase will definitely be in order.

I had almost run out of my 'peaches and clean' face wash and fancied a bit of a change so I picked up the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash and Daily Scrub. These smell divine and having used them both in the shower that night, I fell in love with them so much I bought the moisturiser pictured below. It's so rare that I'll buy a 'full line' of skincare but this range completely blew me away in terms of quality, performance, scent, ease of use and results. My skin is so clear at the moment and always feels clean and hydrated. There's no manky mascara under my eyes when I get out of the shower and both the wash and scrub are easy to rinse off leaving no residue on the skin. I would highly recommend these if you're wanting something new in your skincare regime.

The next day when I went to buy the moisturiser, I also picked up the Bourjois '123 Perfect' foundation in the shade 51 light vanilla (for reference it's a perfect match and I am NC15 in MAC and Mont Blanc in NARS Sheer Glow) and a cheeky tube of Volume Clubbing ultra black mascara. The foundation is silky, medium coverage and very balancing on my ~extremely~ red cheeks. It wears off nicely over the course of the day and doesn't transfer onto my clothes (or hands when I'm naughty and touch my face). I was really stuck between this and the Healthy Mix foundation - if you've used both then please tell me how they compare in the comments!

As for the mascara, I don't think I'll ever be buying or using another mascara ever again, this gives you (as the name would suggest) clubbing lashes with tonnes of volume and length, it's mega black and most importantly it does. not. move. at all! I have been to Alton Towers in the rain wearing this beast and it didn't shift. Normally mascaras that have such intense lasting and staying power are an absolute Grade A Nightmare to remove but this washes off comfortably and easily both in the shower with the Neutrogena wash above, or when I'm being lazy and taking it off with my Garnier 2-in-1 makeup remover. A girl called Emily in my secondary school used to swear by this years ago and I never paid it much attention - I'm just gutted I waited so many years to try it because I really suffer with mascara moving and smudging under my eyes.

Finally, I grabbed a Collection loose powder but I can't find it on the website now - to be honest it's nothing to scream about but for £3 it's pretty good! Not cakey or heavy at all and it makes the skin just 'matte but glowy' enough for my tastes. I'm very fickle with my powder as I don't like to spend too much on it :) let me know if you have any bargain recommendations!

Thanks for reading! xo