Skincare: upping my game

IMG_4101Having been plagued by breakouts throughout my twenties, last year I resolved to pay more attention to my skincare or lack thereof. I was a lazy cleanser and would frequently sleep in a full face of makeup.

It might have taken time to find my routine, and what works, but I am starting to see the benefits. And yes, I do still breakout if I go on a bad food binge – diet does matter too!

At the moment I am using (and loving):

Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water

I have tried a few of the more expensive drugstore brands cleansing water, and been left with makeup on my skin, or horribly dry skin around my eyes. Simple’s water is totally affordable and does what I need. £3.68 from Waitrose

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Balance Me’s Congested Skin Serum

This stuff… I love it! I use it before my moisturiser, morning and night. I would say I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin, this definitely seems to calm down any breakouts quite quickly. It’s not a miracle cure – if I eat rubbish I still breakout! £16 from Balance Me

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Olay’s Complete lightweight day fluid

This moisturiser is super for my combination skin, it’s really moistrising without being oily, and soaks in quickly. It also has the added bonus of SPF 15, I’m all for protecting my skin from being damaged by the sun.

£5.99 from Boots

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Amie’s Morning Clear – a ‘purifying facial wash’

I have actually tried a few items from the Amie range before (and you can read that little post here) and I have enjoyed continuing to use the facial wash. You can use it daily and it’s very gentle on the skin. £4.95 from AmieSkincare.com

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Good Thing’s Manuka Honey Refining scrub

I sneakily once tried a friend’s body shop scrub, and loved it, but not the price. This is a great alternative. The feeling afterwards is very similar. *Not to be used if you are allergic to bee or wasp stings* £4.99 from Boots

I use this once or twice a week, and it does what you’d expect: exfoliates and helps clear pores and remove dead skin.

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What do you use on your skin? Any recommendations for me?

*Disclaimer* These are all my own opinions, I am not a skincare expert, and I was not asked to review these products. I just like them.

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Beauty Favourites – Spring 2016

I haven’t written a favourites post in a little while, so here is a very short round up of some of the products I have been loving lately. Pretty short and sweet, as I’ve been trying not to shop during lent.

Gucci’s Flora

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I have to force myself not to wear this too often. It’s the scent I bought specially for our wedding, and came on honeymoon with us, so wearing it brings back lovely memories. I love how feminine the scent is, it’s my favourite date night perfume at the moment.

L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner

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This set is like the perfect range for my hair. My roots are all natural, as I am growing out years of highlights the end of my hair still need a good conditioner and these lovely products leave my scalp feeling super clean and my hair tips feeling nourished.

balance me‘s Radiance Face Mask

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I have been using this 2 to 3 times a week recently, and it leaves my skin feeling amazing. At full price it’s pretty pricey, £18, I did buy it when Waitrose had an offer on. I am not sure that I would repurchase at full price, but I have just finished it, so I had better hunt one down soon or find a good replacement!

What I want to try next from balance me – Their Congested Skin Serum – it has some brilliant reviews.

Lee Stafford’s Hair Growth Treatment – For hair that never grows past a certain length

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I’ve no idea yet what the long lasting positives of this treatment might be, as I have only been using it for a few weeks, but I love how my hair feels the first few days after I have used this treatment which recommends weekly use. I’m definitely going to be repurchasing, but as to whether it aids growth, or just keeps my hair feeling healthy I’m not sure, but also not too worried about.

What have you been enjoying lately? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Benefit – The Benefits

I’ve been using the Benefit skin care range recently, as my  lovely sister gave me the tester size introduction set, and it has ruined me. I don’t think I will ever be able to use anything else again.Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 13.38.23B.right! Radiant Skincare by Benefit – 6 Piece Intro Kit

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Fran also gave me a full-sized Remove It Make Up Remover. I have been guilty of using face wipes to remove my make up for as long as I can remember. I’d never paid much attention to how I should or could take care of my skin.

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Remove It Makeup Remover

Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover

£16.50

Needless to say, my skin wasn’t great, I was prone to breakouts, that I didn’t understand. Now that I am using the Benefit range I can see a marked improvement, and breakouts now are after a binge on bad food.

I’ve taken full advantage of the offers on at Debenhams today, and added a full-sized Total Moisture Face Cream, and Moisture Prep Toning Lotion to my collection and next on my list is the Refined Finish Facial Polish, because I’ve loved trying out this exfoliator.

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Total Moisture Facial Cream

£28.50

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Moisture Prep Toning Lotion

£23.50

I would add, if you have particularly oily skin, the Total Moisture Facial Cream might be too much for you, but I have combination skin and find it to be great.

The Amie Range

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I’ve been using these three beauts lately, to see how they get on with my troublesome skin.

There is:

Radiant Dawn – an exfoliating daily wash

Morning Clear – a ‘purifying facial wash’

Morning Dew  – a matte finish moisturiser

I’ve found them really good for days when my skin is particularly oily, though I wouldn’t recommend the moisturiser if you suffer from dry skin.

One of the other things I love about the range, not necessarily a beauty enhancement but a feel good factor is that they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. No harmed animals here.

And if you have sensitive skin they are all pH balanced which should mean no irritation, so YAY for that!

You can buy them all in Waitrose at the moment or on amieskincare.com

Shine and Sparkle

Nail varnish is a bit of a personal obsession of mine. I don’t have a favourite brand, or colour per say, but I do feel a huge amount of joy come wintertime when glitter and shimmer varnishes are aplenty!

These are my Winter Favourites.

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Left to Right: H&M, Nails Inc., MaxFactor, Barry M, Nail Pop

I’m trying..

Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub and it’s pretty great.

It smells delicious (Don’t eat it though), and leave your skin feeling super smooth.

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Some of the claims to fame for this product are:

99% Natural

Petroleum, SLS, & Paraben Free

Cruelty-free

So that’s not bad!

I bought mine from Waitrose, but the full range is available online at yestocarrots.com