Now, Cleansing Waters (Or Micellar Waters) to those yet to try them are “Micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water.”* They are mild cleansers, which lift dirt and makeup from the skin without drying it out or stripping the skin of its natural oils and leaving you with that tight, dry feeling.
They are the ultimate lazy girl cleanser, a couple swipes of a cotton pad and you can lift the worst of your makeup. Saying that, I tend to double cleanse most days, and follow a Micellar Water with an oil based cleanser (some of my favourites: here and here).
Anyway, this one is a game changer for me. I picked up the makeup wipe version of this ahead of a camping trip and was floored by how clean and moisturised my skin felt afterwards. I picked up the bottled stuff when I got home and I have not looked back.
This smells gorgeous, is fun to shake, and is lovely and mild on my psoriasis/eczema prone skin.
I am the biggest creature of habit. If I find a routine that works I will not change it for years. That being said, a few new things have been added, some little things I’ve picked up and a few things I’ve found whilst shopping my stash. So this is what I put on my face.
So as always I start with my Estée Lauder BB cream, which I apply with fingers. But, recently what I’ve been doing is after I’ve applied with fingers I go over with the big kabuki brush from Tropic. This helps make sure everything is blended and just takes that top layer off to make it all look more natural. Then after concealing I set with any drug store matte pressed powder.
For concealing I always have a two step process. First, I use the Rimmel concealer to deal with under my eyes and on blemishes or redness, where it is stippled using the blue Eco Tools brush. Then after powder is applied if any problem areas are still poking through I use a little of the stick concealer, this one is from MUA in Superdrug, to cover them up.
Next is my cheeks, I’ve rediscovered my Body Shop Honey Bronzer and I apply that using the Real Techniques brush is a vague contour shape that just adds warmth to the skin. Then I use the Eco Tools brush with the MUA blush on the apples of my cheeks. I find this adds a nice fresh flush to the skin, making it look a tad more natural.
Last thing to do is, brush through my eyebrows with this brush that’s as old as time. I don’t do anything with my eyebrows day to day because it adds more time and I have quite a strong brow naturally.
So, that’s it. Those are the products I use on my face everyday. What products do you swear by?
Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂
As I’m now nearer to thirty than twenty (eeep) I’ve started paying more attention to skin care, especially this year with so many fellow beauty enthusiasts being part of my life. I have three cleansers I switch between depending on my mood.
When I look for a cleaner I want something that will eat through my makeup or just a days grime if I’m sans makeup, will remove eye and face makeup without stinging, and that isn’t drying. Making me a little fussy, but I like uncomplicated routines.
One of my favourites is this, Ultrabland by Lush. This is a creamy clarifying cleanser that feels like a real treat on the skin.
You rub the product into your skin, being very gentle around your eye area. I normally leave it to sit for a few minutes and then using a couple cotton rounds ran under some very warm water I remove the cleanser. I start on my eyes, move over my skin and onto my lips. Two cotton pads tends to be the perfect amount.
It leaves me with very soft, clean feeling skin with a slight glow. I tend to use this at the end of my day, in the morning I’m a micellar water girl. Often I’ll follow this with a moisturising mask or just my regular skin care routine. I love this product, and once I get to the end of it I will be repurchasing.
A special thank you to the lovely Ali In the Plymouth Lush, who spent thirty minutes talking cleansers, toners, steaming tabs, moisturises masks and all sorts of amazing skin care bits before sending me off with a sample of this piece of perfection (along with a bag of bathbombs and other exciting purchases).
If your in the mood to read more on skin care, Sally wrote a post in January on her skincare routine.
I have been subscribed to Glossybox for well over a year, and find its the perfect way to both curb the spending of my beauty habit and try new products. I’m reviewing a box for the first time this month.
-417 Catharsis Vitamin Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner
The conditioner had a very smooth and fluid, consistency similar to a body milk. It applies very evenly as a result. Leaves my very long hair on the dry side so a hair oil or serum is unavoidable for me.
The shampoo worked well on my hair but I don’t often struggle to find a good shampoo. I’ll probably keep these in my travel bag and won’t be purchasing them.
Collection Speedy Highlighter
Tend to apply under foundation first, the stick isn’t the softest so I worry it would drag my makeup around. I will apply via my finger tips if I wish to have it on the top of my base. I really like the finish, it reminds me a little bit of Benefits Watts Up.
This one I’ve actually had in my makeup bag for a few months when it first came out, I prefer powder foundations but I love how natural this looks on. No need to repurchase as I now have two!
Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum
This is the hero product of the box for me, it applies smoothly and is absorbed so quick. It feels like a drink for my skin. I might have to buy this one but since falling in love with No 7’s Early Defense Night Cream I don’t know if I can commit to two amazing pieces of skincare. Watch this space.
Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream
This has gone straight to my mum who is saving it for a holiday. I’m a little scared of anti aging products at the moment so it’s not something I’d opt for unless I was in a pinch.
Luxie Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush
I am yet to use this, when I establish a way to work it into my routine I’ll let you all know. I do however love the colour, and how the bristles feel on the back of my hand.
As boxes go I would probably give this a four our of five, even though only two of these products really worked for me i absolutely adore them. Now big question, do I purchase a full size of the serum?…
This week I have something every beauty blogger has probably written at some point, a boots haul. I popped into boots mainly because I had a voucher that knocked down the price of makeup and skin care, and after the match made event we were invited to previously I have been thinking about buying a No 7 foundation.
I had a sample of this a couple months ago and really enjoyed using it. Hannah and I spent a while looking for night creams that didn’t have traditional night cream ingredients as they can actually cause your skin to depend on them and age when they’re removed.
I’ve used this for the last few evenings and it can’t recommend it highly enough.
I had a single using of this from Christmas and I really wanted a new face mask, unsure of when I’ll next be in Lush I wanted to give this a try again. Ive really got into face masks in the last month and am trying to find a favourite.
L’Oréal Extraordinary Oil Buttery Balm
My hair is a touch on the dry side so I’ve bought this one to use once or twice a week to help combat this. I chose this one as it was the only non Tresemme hair mask thing and I really like some of L’Oréal’s skin care bits. I’ll let you know how I get on.
Baring in mind I entered boots intending to buy the foundation and thinking if buying the night cream it was a little speedier than I’d anticipated. Now, what to spend those boots points on…
We all hate spots…like a lot. But when you just need them to dry up so you can get on with your day it can be impossible. Whatever you use either doesn’t dry the spot up or it does and takes all the skin around it with it. Now enter Sudocrem.
I discovered this wonder product whilst watching some YouTube videos (I can’t remember who though). So, when it was claimed that it would end all my pimple problems I ran out and bought some as soon as physically possible.
I’m still on the same tub I bought about 2 years ago, that cost me £2.50.
As it quite clearly states on the tub it’s designed for acne, so I felt safe using it on my skin. I dab a small amount onto a spot and usually leave it overnight. When I wake up the blemish is all dried out and significantly reduced in size and redness. On parts of my skin that have recently had blemishes or a just a little red I usually put a tiny layer on after a few days the redness or scar has almost completely disappeared.
Over the last few years Sudocrem has saved my bacon on numerous occasions and I cannot sing it’s praises enough. Plus rocking the Sudocrem look is badass.
Let me know your secret skin weapon or if you end up trying mine.
Let me start with a little background into my skin type and past skin issues. I have oily but dehydrated skin that is highly prone to break outs. I have suffered from acne in the past and have taken medication for it and that has calmed down greatly but has left me with a lot of scaring. Now enough of the past lets get into the present.
When I wake up first thing in the morning I have had a heavy moisturising cream on over night so my skin needs a good clean. In the shower I use Garnier Pure Active Intensive Charcoal Scrub with 2% salicylic acid, this gets all the build up from the day and night before scrubbed off. I know a lot of people say not use scrubs but my skin has now gotten used to a good morning stripping down (can’t not laugh) and I have tried other methods and I just get clogged up and don’t feel clean so it works for me.
Now out of the shower skin all squeaky clean I go straight for my Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser. I put a small amount onto a cotton pad and wipe across my face for my second cleanse of the morning.
After leaving the cleanser for a few moments to do its thang, I pour a small amount of the Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face again. I do make sure to be careful with the amount of toner I use because it can be a bit too drying.
Now I’m not sure if this a common problem or I’m just weird but I get really dry eyelids if I don’t take care of them or I use a mascara that irritates them. This Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream is just perfect for the job, light enough to not overwhelm the poor eyelids but giving enough moisture to stop them from drying out and cracking and flaking and being gross.
This might be my favourite thing ever!! Such moisture, leaves the skin so soft and supple but with such a light feel on the skin…its heaven. I have recommended the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum to many friends and everyone thanks me because it’ll change your life. Buy it now.
I have tried many moisturisers in my time and I have never come across a texture so odd as the Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. It’s a very light whipped texture that just disappears into the skin in seconds leaving a fantastic base for makeup. I tend towards this moisturiser on days where my skin is feeling pretty hydrated and just needs a little boost and not something too heavy.
On days when my skin is a feeling a little dehydrated or I know I don’t have to wearing makeup I reach for the Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream. It is a very rich and heavy cream but by golly does your skin drink it in and sometimes your skin needs a good drink.
As a spot treatment I go for Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel and just pin point it on specific blemishes and it just dries everything up ready for makeup.
And that’s it. Seems like a lot but it only takes me about 5-10 minutes to do and my skin seems to like it. The focus of all my skincare is clean and hydrated. Being properly hydrated seems to balance out my oilyness and keeping the skin clean hopefully stops blemishes. This may not always work and I do suffer from breakouts but they are substaitonally better than they were…so maybe it works.
Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂
DISCLAIMER: I know most of the products mentioned are from The Body Shop but the post was NOT sponsored and they were all bought with my own money.