My Skincare Routine

Hello my lovelies, today I thought I’d update you all with my current skincare routine. I like to keep it simple but effective and the three products I’ll be sharing with you today allow me to do this.

I wouldn’t want to talk about a skincare routine until I had tried and tested it myself to see how well it really does work. I’ve been using these products for about 6 weeks now and have really been enjoying the results. I personally have oily, fairly sensitive skin and am very prone to breakouts. For pretty much all of my teenage years I suffered with acne and still get a few hideous blemishes far more often than I’d like. Whilst using these products I have definitely seen a massive improvement in this.

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First up I use La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Micellar Water to remove my make up. The only problem I have with this is to take off my whole face of make up I have to use quite a large amount of product. However, after 6 weeks use I’ve still got way over half a 200ml bottle left. It dissolves the make up really well and although I wouldn’t say it removes every single particle it certainly does a great job. I’ve definitely seen some great results since I started using this product to take off my make up and my breakouts are far less common.

How La Roche-Posay describe the product:

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water is for people with oily, imperfection and blemish-prone skin. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Gently cleanses the skin by eliminating impurities and excess sebum while leaving the skin feeling clean and fresh.

The micellar water is £12 for a 200ml bottle from feelunique which is fairly pricey considering the Garnier one is £4.99 from Boots, for double the product, so considering the massive price difference I may try this one before repurchasing.

Step two is where I bring in my Toleraine Dermo-Cleanser (also by La Roche-Posay) to remove any product that the micellar water has left behind. What I love about this product is that you don’t even have to rinse it off, that part is entirely optional. The bottle states that rinsing is optional but to make sure you pat (not rub) your face dry after use. This makes it the ultimate cleanser for a lazy girl.

How La Roche-Posay describe the product:

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser is ideal for daily cleansing of dry, sensitive or intolerant skin, gently removing make-up without leaving skin feeling uncomfortable. Contains glycerine and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. Strict formula charter to help minimise the risk of intolerance.

Gently cleanses to remove impurities and make-up, whilst hydrating the skin. Soothes, repairs and softens skin without causing discomfort. With limited ingredients, the Toleriane range is ideal for intolerant skin.

The formula is of the same consistency of a milk and always leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft. In the 6 weeks I’ve been using this product I’ve noticed that my skin looks far less irritated which is always a bonus in my book! Just like the micellar water the bottle I have is 200ml – available for £12.50 from feelunique – which I can see lasting me a lifetime. One small bit goes a very long way with this product which is never something I’d complain about. With this in mind, I would say is to be careful with how much you do use otherwise it may make your skin feel rather greasy. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I do eventually run out.

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My final step is L’Oreal Pure Zone Moisturiser (the anti-regreasing variety) which I bought on a complete whim because my moisturiser was running out and this was on sale in my local chemist. I’d done absolutely no research and just hoped for the best. I definitely got the best I could’ve hoped for. I picked this gem up for £1.50 down from about £4.50 I believe… The only issue with this moisturiser is that I haven’t actually to find it anywhere other than my local chemist apart from someone trying to rip people off on Amazon selling it for £24 a pop.

How L’Oreal describe the product:

Specically developed for combination and oily skin, it provides lasting hydration and combines anti-regreasing effectiveness with an instant result of smoother and more even skin.

This product uses Pore Target technology: a concentration of active ingredients is transported more deeply, to act where they are needed most, at the heart of the proves. 

Anyway, this moisturiser is pretty much perfect for me. As I mentioned before, I have oily skin which is the skin type that this moisturiser is designed for, along with combination skin. The product definitely helps mattify my skin without causing my skin to dry out and tighten. Although I wouldn’t say there has been a massive difference in my pores since starting this moisturiser 2 months ago they definitely have minimised slightly. I can’t expect miracles. As L’Oreal said, my skin is definitely smoother and more even.

For me, the downfall of this product is it’s smell. It smells rather clinical and in my opinion has the slight scent of men’s shaving foam. It’s not ideal but I’m willing to sacrifice the smell of a product if it has some great benefits to it. If you have oily or combination skin and can get your hands on this beauty I would definitely recommend it.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? If not, what skincare product do you swear by?

Until next time I’m back off down the rabbit hole.

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£1 lipsticks?!

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Hello, it’s me. (I’ve been listening to Adele, clearly)
Today’s post is all about the brand ‘MUA’ or Makeup Academy if you like to be proper. Well, I say all about it but really it’s just about the 3 products of theirs that I own…

First up is the ‘Heaven and Earth’ eyeshadow palette. I’ve had this palette for a couple of years now so it can often get a bit lost in my collection but every now and then I rediscover it and go through periods of time where I reach for it everyday. I’m currently going through one of these phases. The eyeshadows themselves are quite buttery and so easy to blend, for the price of £4 for 12 shadows I really can’t complain about the quality of them. The only downside of this palette for me is that there a zero matte shades as I am a massive matte lover.

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Moving onto the lipsticks. I have 2 lipsticks, a nude, which is very brown toned  (and in the picture below almost looks berry but I promise it’s nude) and a coral shade. Both are creamy to apply and aren’t drying in the slightest however they are quite sheer so do require some build up to get the full effect. The fact they’re quite sheer isn’t really an issue for me as for £1 I’m not to bothered if I have to apply a couple of times for the desired effect. The shade range on these is quite large as well, with 18 shades in total varying from nude to black there really is something for everyone. I think I’ll be looking to hit superdrug to stock up on some more shades very soon.

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The main downfall of these lipsticks is they’re longevity isn’t the best. However, I combat this with an amazing product called Lipcote – available from Boots here – which locks your lipstick in and keeps it in place for about 6 hours. I’ll be doing a post on this bad boy in the very near future as it is one of my holy grail lip products.

MUA is available from superdrug here or their own site.
Have you tried anything from this brand? What’s your favourite item been?

Until next time I’m back off down the rabbit hole.

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Payday haul

Yesterday had been a long time coming, for me anyway. For a lot of us yesterday was payday, my favourite day of the month by far. Due to this glorious occasion I decided to head into town and make my bank account ever so slightly lighter. Come and have a nose at what I purchased, there’s even a teeny tiny review on a couple of them.

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Excuse the feature of underwear, but seeing as this is a haul and that is something I purchased I thought I may as well add it in there.

Pictured above:

Bra – Ann Summers
Until Monday there’s 20% off at Ann Summers meaning that this bra along with the matching bottoms cost me only £30. I personally love buying new underwear, in my opinion I always feel a little fiercer with a gorgeous pair of matching undies.

Experimenter Bath Bomb – Lush
Who doesn’t love a good Lush product? Perfect for pamper evenings. I haven’t tried this one yet but was enchanted by the wonderful colours and the smell is to die for – Lush website assures me the scents are vanilla and tonka bean. I’ll be sure to review it once I’ve used it.

Lasting Perfection Concealer – Collection
A cult favourite. My go to concealer to cover any blemish or imperfection. My make up bag is never without one.

Facestudio Blush – Maybeline
I personally love to add a bit of blush to my cheeks and have been stuck in a rut of Rimmel Lasting Finish blush so today when I ventured into Boots I was determined to try something new. I opted for the shade ’60 – Cosmopolitan’ which is a lovely bright pink shade. Perfect for the winter to brighten up my complexion.

Stay Matte Powder – Rimmel
Another item that I’m never without in my make up bag. For £3.99 I really can’t complain. I have oily skin so do have to reapply after a few hours but that doesn’t bother me.

False Lash Effect Mascara – Max Factor
I’ve been leaning towards this mascara for the past few months and now that my current one is as dry as the Sahara I figured it was time to get a new one.

I also picked up two clothing items, shown below. The jumper is from Select and the dress is from New Look.

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Did you pick up anything this payday? Let me know down below.

Until next time, I’m back off down the rabbit hole.