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.


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.


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.



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.


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.




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.


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




Its a Miracle | Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Hello again lovelies,
All I will say is all you YouTube/ Bloggers made me do it. Relly has fallen victim to yet another beauty cult classic – not that I’m complaining. In fact, I applaud you.
In 1930, a small cold planet known as Pluto was discovered. Back on earth, a skin protectant going by the name of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream was born. Still a staple in makeup kits, this moisturiser remains closer to the sun than Pluto could ever hope to be.
The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is possibly one of the most hyped up moisturisers around. I’d lusted after this beast for months, with all the raves about it, how can a girl resist? It’s designed to treat extremely dry skin, and oooh boy, it does exactly that.

A little bit about it…

It says it contains petrolatum, which is a skin soothing beta-hydroxy (one of its first recorded cosmetic uses) and vitamin E. It claims to:
• Help protect, sooth and moisturize skin
• Relieve chapped and cracked skin.
• Act as a de-reddening anti inflammatory agent.
• Sooth and comfort minor weather burns, scrapes and abrasions.
The cream itself is apricot in colour, and has a thick oily consistency, but don’t let the oil put you off. It absorbs into the skin, doesn’t leave it feeling oily; and best of all it works wonders. I would recommend this stuff hands down.


The scent is very pungent and something of a love to hate/ learn to love. I don’t hate it, but probably wouldn’t sit and smell it either. It reminds me of either oregano mixed with basil or Citronella – you know the stuff that keeps mosquitoes from eating you alive.

Sounds very appealing right? I’m terrible at describing scents though so I’d go give it a sniff yourself. I do believe there is a fragrance free version too.


As you all know, I have a major issue with my dry lips – or Lizard Lips as I like to call them. I’ve used soooo many different lip balms/ treatments over the years, but nothing stopped them from peeling. Imagine a snake shedding its skin on your face daily… As a result, lipstick/ gloss became my frenemies; a pretty looking catalyst speeding up my yucky lip peeling syndrome.

I’ve only been using this beauty for little over a week, and I have already noticed one heck of a difference, I can’t actually put into words how much I love it. It may as well have given me new lips, they look and feel super smooth, hydrated and best of all they don’t peel. I apply it to my lips right before lights out, and occasionally in the morning.


If you’ve read my past posts, you’ll know I’ve been loving the Tanya Burr Lipgloss Range recently (for my full review click here). I have found myself reaching for this a lot more this week, even experimenting with lipsticks underneath – aren’t I getting brave? For the first time in soooo long, I feel like I can enjoy lipsticks again, the Eight Hour Cream has softened my lips so much that lipsticks glide over them smoothly, and my lips stay hydrated throughout the day. Merry Jigs!


Gimmie More…

I believe Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a multipurpose wonder cosmetic, it doesn’t only work wonders on dry skin. So here are a couple of other uses people seem to rate it for:

Glow Giver

Apply a very tiny amount to the top of your cheekbones after foundation, and it will give a chic and healthy sheen all day.

Lip Scrub

Apply a dab of it to your lips and rub over with an old toothbrush to remove any traces of dead/ peeling skin.

Cuticle Rescue

Apply around dry cuticles before bed to rehydrate the skin. For dry hands and feet, apply all over the area, then sleep with gloves/ socks on; it will repair even the driest of skin. The perfect end to a mani/pedi.


Body Highlight

Use on collarbone, shoulders, knees and shins to create a healthy summer glow.

Weather Protector

Apply a dollop on your hands, let it heat up for a minute then smooth over your face and neck to fight off dehydration in harsh weather conditions.

Eye Opener

Apply a small amount to the centre of your eyelids, it opens the eye and gives it a mysterious glow. Also try applying it to the brow bone to highlight the area.

Brow Shine

Brush a bit through your brows with a spoolie. It will tame eyebrows, provide sheen and keep them in place to frame the face.


Overall, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is definitely worth the hype. It’s certainly on the pricey side at £26 but you get 50ml, and as you only use a tiny amount, it will last. The formulation hasn’t changed over the years, so it doesn’t possess the most advanced or high tech, fancy ingredients, but it delivers every time. I can safely say, I’m glad I became slave to the 8 Hour Cream. It’s like I’ve got brand spanking new lips.

Have you guys tried it, what do you think? Are there any other uses its good for?

Ps: I’ve decided to take part in the whole TAG Tuesday hype, any good TAGS floating around?

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Ciao you lovely lot