So, I thought I'd mix things up a little bit on my blog and introduce some new styles of posts including beauty, make-up, skin care and some upcoming product reviews. I probably buy just as many products as I do clothes so it's only fair I include them both!
I often get asked what products I use on my skin to cleanse, moisturise, exfoliate and tan. I don't have a solid routine that I stick to every day but all of the products I have shown I use fairly regularly. I have normal/ combination skin and have never really suffered from bad spots or redness. I tend to use higher end products rather than drugstore as I'm terrified of having a breakout! So here are the products I tend to use the most to keep my skin up to scratch...
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: I've always used make-up wipes to remove my make-up as I find they work the best on my skin and most oils/ lotions tend to irritate my eyes. I've got very sensitive eyes and wear a lot of eye make-up so I need to ensure this is fully removed. I love Simple make-up wipes as they are successful at removing most of my make-up and don't leave behind a greasy feel. I also find that they don't dry out in the pack and Boots usually have good 3 for 2 offers with them.
Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm: We all know that make-up wipes don't remove everything off our skin, so to remove the remainder of my make-up I use this. I use a 10p sized dollop and rub it between the palms of my hands to melt the balm. I then rub this onto my face and neck and remove with a flannel that has been soaked in hot water. I really find that this removes anything that is left off my face and leaves the skin feeling soft and refreshed.
Sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser: I'm not an avid exfoliator as I find most can leave my skin feeling slightly sore and red. However, the Sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser is really gentle and doesn't feel too rough when rubbed into the skin. I would say I use this around 1-2 times a week after I have removed all of my make-up on the evening. This helps to remove any dry patches of skin which I sometimes get around my chin or forehead.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: I would say this is the most blogged about skincare product that has ever graced the internet! I jumped on the bandwagon about 8 months ago when I read about it online. I don't tend to suffer from breakouts or bad spots but I do find that during my hormonal days this does prevent breakouts. I use this nearly every morning during times when my skin is feeling slightly oily around my t-zone area. The serum feels really light on your skin and this tube has lasted me a good 3 months. Ever since I have used this product, the appearance of my skin is much clearer and I am less prone to spots. I also find that my overall skin tone is much more even so I've started using a lighter foundation which is a miracle!
Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum: I was only introduced to Ren products about 6 months ago but now I'm beginning to start a little collection. My all time favourite is the Radiance Perfecting Serum which not only smells divine but has worked wonders for my skin tone. I tend to use this before I go to bed so that it can work it's magic over night. This serum has helped to reduce the redness in my skin and also make my skin look more radiant and smoother. I can definitely see a difference in the appearance of my skin since using this, it has much more of a glow and looks healthier in general.
Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream: I don't moisturise everyday as I find it makes my skin a little greasy, but when I do I use this light moisturiser. I use this around 3 times a week when my skin is feeling a little dry or dull. I find this moisturiser to be incredibly light on the skin and it soaks in really quickly without leaving behind a greasy residue. If I have any dry patches around my mouth or nose, this does the job in soothing these patches and bringing some moisture to these areas.
Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask: Another Ren product which I have recently added to my collection! I bought this about 2 months ago and although I have only used it a handful of times, I am really impressed with this product. The texture is quite gloopy, much like the Elizabeht Arden 8 Hour Cream, which I always found slightly off-putting. I put a generous amount over all areas of my face and leave on my skin for around 15 mins. You do experience a slightly tingling sensation the longer you leave the product on but apparently this is normal! I remove the mask using a hot flannel and find my skin feeling much softer and refreshed. I can't say this has made any dramatic differences to my skin, but it does leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed as well as removing any dry skin.
The Body Shop Honey and Oat 3 in 1 Scrub Mask: When I'm looking for a more dramatic change in my skin from a face mask I opt for this one. The smell and texture of this mask reminds me a lot of porridge but it does smell absolutely gorgeous, almost edible! I use a fair amount of this over my face and leave on for around 15-20 mins, removing the mask with a hot flannel. I find this mask to be great at exfoliating the skin as well as moisturising and cleansing at the same time. I always feel like my skin looks so much clearer and feels softer after using this mask, as well as smelling sooo good!
Aveeno Moisturising Creamy Oil*: I religiously moisturise everyday after showering/ bathing so a good body moisturiser is key within my skincare routine. One of my favourites at the moment is this delicious smelling creamy oil by Aveeno. The product includes oatmeal and almond oil which not only smell really good when you rub it into your skin but they also contain great moisturising properties. I've only been using this very recently but it has already become a staple item within my routine. I find this moisturiser leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and healthy without leaving a greasy after-feel. As it's a mix between an oil and a cream, it also feels quite lightweight on the skin and soaks in really easily.
Dove Firming Nourishing Lotion: I bought this product a couple of months ago when I was starting my gym/ healthy routine as the 'firming' property really caught my attention. I tend to use this mostly around my legs and thighs to see if it does improve the firmness of my skin. The lotion contains white tea extract which is an effective antioxidant claiming to boost skin elasticity and tone. I'm not sure if this has actually improved the firmness of my skin as I like to think the gym does most of the work, but I would say it feels nice when you rub it in and helps to moisturise the skin. I'm not sure if I will repurchase this lotion purely for it's firming properties, but I do like it as a whole in terms of smell, softness and how well it soaks into the skin.
Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan: I tend to use self-tan around twice a week before scrubbing it all off again and starting from scratch. I hate being pale as I always feel like I look so unhealthy so a good fake tan is probably the most important product in my skincare routine. This Vita Liberata tan is the perfect self-tan for building up on your skin without experiencing any patches or crumbling around the insides of your arms or legs. I apply this before I go to bed and it doesn't feel sticky or smelly like many fake tans do. After washing it off in the morning, it leaves behind a really natural and healthy looking tan which does last around 2 weeks. My favourite quality about this tan is that it doesn't start to rub off in patches, but simply fades so you aren't left with any patchy areas. The only bad thing about this tan is that it is priced around £35 and doesn't last that very long if you are using it every week.
Sienna X Dark Glowing Self Tan: I have to say, after testing fake tans for the past 6 years, this is the holy grail of them all! I found this within the M&S Beauty section as I had some leftover vouchers which needed to be used up. I find this fake tan to leave behind a much deeper glow than the Vita Liberata and it doesn't need as many layers so the bottle lasts a lot longer. I buy the dark edition but you can choose for a lighter version which will leave you with a slightly more natural look. I find this is the perfect shade for my skin tone and lasts for around 10 days. I only apply this every 2 weeks and when I want to remove it, it's easily removed with a bristle brush in the shower. I have recommended this fake tan to so many people as I really do think it's the best out there at the moment.
Clarins Instant Smooth Self-Tanning: I tend to steer clear of applying self tan to my face as I'm scared of it causing a breakout. If I do want a slight glow, I use this Clarins product which is great at giving a healthy glow without looking too obvious. I apply this before I go to bed and in the morning I can see a noticeable difference without it looking like I have fake tanned. The texture is really smooth and it soaks into your skin so easily without feeling greasy or oily. If you own the Clarins Instant Smooth Face Primer, the texture is exactly the same but it just include some self-tan properties. I mostly use this when I am on holiday to give my skin that extra glow and radiant appearance.