April Favourites

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Bonjour my lovelies,

Seeing as April has come and gone, I think a monthly favourites is in order. At the start of April, I vowed that I would flip my next to nonexistent skincare routine on its head and be a little braver in trying new things, and I did.

Enough ramble Relly, lets go…

Skincare

Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned here are a tad pricey, sorry. I actually got the majority of these in a free gift set. I can’t find the offer online but it was the Holly Fulton for Elizabeth Arden exclusive to Boots.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Eye Cream: After trying countless drugstore brightening creams for my dark under eye circles and nothing really making a difference, I decided to give this a go. I use it morning and night, and it works a dream. My panda eyes look a lot brighter and less bug- eyed. The creamy consistency absorbs nicely into the skin and keeps my eyes feeling hydrated all day. A tad pricey at £26 but you only have to use a tiny bit, so 15g will last months.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum: This is just a cream serum that claims to ‘give skin a healthy looking glow and renews skin’s clarity and texture.’ After using it just one night before bed, it quickly made its way to my evening routine. My skin feels hydrated, smooth and has a healthy glow to it. Trust me, the only glow I’m used to seeing on my skin is oil. Unlike a lot of other skin serums I’ve tried, this doesn’t break me out at all and it does its job.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser: I just use this to exfoliate once a week and its kicked my trusty Garnier 3 in 1 in the butt. It’s a really creamy face wash but has very gentle particles in it. It’s not harsh on the skin by any means, its makes my skin feel moisturized, hydrated and best of all it doesn’t aggravate any pesky zits.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum: These came in form of little capsules, and they claim to ‘reinforce your skins natural ceramides and help skin repair itself.’ At first touch, these feel super oily, making me a little apprehensive at first, but I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I didnt give things a go right 😉 and thank god I did. I use one of these a week before bed, and in the morning my skin looks radiant and the dry patches around my nose etc are healed.

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The last 3 products I mentioned were part of the free gift set, so I only have sample sizes, but they have worked wonders so I will be purchasing the full sizers at some point. Click here for the full size products if you’re interested.

Superdrug Tea Tree Daily Cleaner and Toner: I won’t lie, this was primarily an impulse buy, we all have them right ;). My skin has cleared up soooo much after using this nightly. It leaves my skin all tingly and fresh directly after use, and has managed to keep any looming breakouts at bay. For £2.99 this stuff is a bloody bargain.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: I finally ditched make up wipes, in favour of jumping on the cleaning water hype. This removes all my makeup, including stubborn Mascara whilst gently cleansing my skin. I just pop some on a cotton pad, soak my eyes for a couple of seconds then rub in circular motions across the face. It feels gentle, refreshing doesn’t break me out and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and oily. For only £3.99 for quite a big bottle, this is definitely a purchase worth pennies.

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Makeup

Urban Decay Naked Palette: I’m sure you’re all aware by now; I’m a sucker for a Naked Palette. This month I’ve tried to wean myself off Naked 2 and 3, and show my latest palette the love. I’ve been loving wearing the mid chocolate brown colour Buck through the crease with a smidge of Darkhorse, a darker brown shade with specks of gold glitter on the outer V, with Naked, the brown toned nude shade all over the lid. 12 shades of great colour pay off, consistency and lasting power, the Naked Palettes are top notch; which I’d say justifies its seemingly high price at £37.

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MAC 224 Brush: I finally did gave in, I got my very first MAC brush oh yeahhhhh! This is a tapered, dome shaped blending brush, which makes the application of eyeshadow to the crease easy peasy. The bristles are made from very soft fibres so it controls the amount of product it picks up and is gentle on the delicate eye area. The only downside is the price, at £25 for one single brush, it just makes me think, woooow I could buy a set of Real Techniques brushes for less than that.

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Oral B Braun Electric Toothbrush: This was a birthday present of my gorgeous significant other. I was still living in the stone ages with my little manual toothbrush scratching my poor gums raw. This has made my oral hygiene routine a breeze, its powerful and the head rotates, leaving my teeth looking and feeling clean and shiny, all I have to do is stand there being lazy. After 2 minutes, the brush gives you a sign to indicate that your recommended brushing time is up. It has around 20 minutes battery life, so you only need to charge it once a week. These are around £30 I think and £10 for a pack of heads which I believe last up to 6 months.

Hope you all enjoyed April, leave me a comment telling me what products have made your April awesome. Until next week, don’t forget to like/ follow/ comment and enjoy yet another Bank Holiday weekend. I’ll see you soon 🙂

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Oil Wars | How I Tackle the T-Zone

Happy Thursday lovely people,

Having skin that seems to produce more oil in a day, than Mc Donalds does in a week; it’s fair to say ‘Housten we have a problem.’ Especially with summer just around the river bend. So heres how I tackle the T-Zone.

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I’ve tried everything to tackle my T-Zone, from rubbing my skin with lemon juice before bed to mentholated talc – you name it I’ve done it. Nothing really worked, in fact things just got worse. Anyhoooz, I have finally settled into a skincare routine that seems to work for me so I thought I’d share it with you, and maybe it could help some of you with the same issue.

Face Wash

I wash my face first thing in the morning before makeup, then again before bed. I’m not really fussy about which wash I use – partly for the fact I get bored. One brand I always tend to go back to is Garnier, I just find their face washes give my skin a deep clean (especially the Pure Active range), not too harsh and are relatively cheap. During the week I just use a cream wash, but at weekend I like to use an exfoliater and mask.

What I’m using at the moment.

Clearasil Oil and Shine Balancing Wash – This is what I use during the week. I have to admit, this isn’t the best wash I have used. It doesn’t give me the same ahhhhhhhh fresh feeling that the Pure Active range does and it doesn’t seem to foam up at all – but it works; it’s not breaking me out, it’s helping combat the grease ball and it smells good. I got this on offer in Superdrug for £2.49, but if I’m not mistaken it usually retails around £4.

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Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 – This is what I use at weekend, and I looove it. It triples up as a wash, exfoliator and mask at the same time. If you wash it straight off its just a wash/ exfoliator, but if you leave it on, the clay hardens and leaves you with a clay mask. I apply it to dry skin, leave it for 10 mins, and then take it off. Afterwards my skin feels really tingly, fresh and soft. The only thing I will say however, is that it can be quite drying so you will need to follow up with a good moisturiser and I wouldn’t use this every day. It retails around £5 which is pretty reasonable considering it works 3 jobs.

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Moisturiser

This is one I’ve struggled with in the past, all the face moisturisers I bought (including the oil free ones) would still make me oily/ break me out. However I’ve found 2 that actually work so I tend to switch between, depending how my skin feels or which make up I’ll be using.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser – Like all Simple products, it’s made with multi vitamins for sensitive skin and promises to ‘eliminate shine and maintain moisture levels.’ This really works for me, it doesn’t make my skin oily throughout the day, absorbs well and moisturises really well. It doesn’t break me out and makeup blends easily on top of it. This retails around £5.

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Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Shine Control Day Moisturiser – This doesn’t look like a moisturiser, to me it looks like a face wash until you read it. Unlike the Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser, this is a gel formula. It promises to ‘lightly moisturise, keep skin shine free, provide a matte makeup base and calm skin’ – It does exactly that. It absorbs really quickly into the skin, visibly mattifies and the tea tree, witch hazel keeps skin clear. This doesn’t provide as much moisture as the Simple one, but if keeping oil at bay is your main goal, its perfect. This is around £3 in Boots.

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Makeup

Tinted Moisturiser/ BB Cream – The drugstore ones aimed at Oily skin, for example the Maybelline Matte BB Cream really do not work for me, they turn my skin some ridiculous shade of tangerine and look like someone has thrown a bag of flour over my face for a spot of baking. I stick to the NARS Tinted Moisturiser now though, as it’s the only one that stays on all day and doesn’t turn oily/ cakey. My advice on this front is to avoid any heavy products and allow your skin to breath under the makeup as much as possible.

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Powder – I don’t use this every day, I only use it to touch up my T Zone if I get a bit of shine/ need my makeup to last. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 Translucent, it’s great for touching up and doesn’t look powdery.

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That’s about all I do to my skin, its not a lot but I’ve found this routine/ these products work for me to keep my skin from looking like a fat fryer. I will do a post on my full skin care routine soon as I’ve changed it up in the last few days if anyone would be interested?

Does anybody have any tips or products that help oily skin? Let me know in the comments. Until Tag Tuesday is upon us, Happy Easter and eat your weight in chocolate. I bid you farewell, don’t forget to Like/ Comment/ Follow – you know the dance.

Au Revoir

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