Sunday, 12 March 2017

MY LONG AWAITED SKINCARE ROUTINE | 2017



Happy Sunday everyone! After being away for nearly 2 months, blogging definitely feels a little foreign right now. I decided to take a little break because I wasn't 100% into the content I was producing and I was suffering from writer's block (plus losing my memory card played a huge part into my unplanned break..but that's a whole another story!). So I thought I would come back and talk all about my current skincare routine, because I feel like I have discovered a few new 'holy grail' products. It's going to be a lengthy one so grab a cup of tea and enjoy..


Starting off with removing my makeup, I have always use an oil-based make up remover to remove my eye make up, like the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover. It helps to break the make up down a lot more quickly so I do not need to keep rubbing my eyes when using a cleanser. Speaking of a cleanser, I have been using two at the moment. The first is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which literally melts your make up and leaves your skin feeling hydrated. This gel goes through three different stages, initially it starts off as a gel, but once you start to work it into the skin, it transforms into an oil and begins to remove any impurities and dead skin cells, once in contact with water, it emulsifies and has a milk-like consistency. It contains a handful of vitamins, which helps your skin to become softer and smoother, reducing pigmentation and inflammation, along with increasing the amount of collagen in your skin. I absolutely love this cleanser.

The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, is fairly new to my routine and I normally use this when my skin is more clogged and oily than usual. Again, this is a gel cleanser but it is clay-based, which helps combat oily-ness. If you suffer from sensitive skin, then I would stay away from this because if I leave it on my skin a little bit too long, then it does begin to sting a little but having said that, it works wonders when my skin is breaking out. It tightens your pores whilst also purifying the skin. It leaves your skin feeling 'squeaky' clean but it definitely does not dry out your skin.

If my skin feels really clogged and just 'blah', I mix a small amount of the BareMinerals Mix. Exfoliate. Smooth. with the Sunday Riley cleanser, and it really does make a difference! My pores are no longer clogged and my skin looks a lot brighter. I then pour a small amount of the PIXI Glow Tonic onto a cotton pad and apply it all over my face and neck. I have to say, when I first initially tried the Glow Tonic, I was a little bit sceptical. I did not know if it will work for me, or even if it does work! And I'm so glad that I was proven wrong. You do not necessarily see instant results, but this is probably my third bottle and when I do not use it, I can see a difference my skin. It makes my skin look a lot brighter, any scars I may have from previous breakouts fade quickly and amount of milia I have near my eyes are decreasing.


If you have been reading my blog for a while, then the next couple of products will come to no surprise to you all. The Benefit Total Moisturise moisturiser has been my favourite for the past year or so! If you suffer from dry skin, then you need this in your life. Not only does it smell nice, but it really does work at keeping your skin hydrated and I do not feel like I need to moisturise twice in the morning. As you can see, I'm nearly out but thankfully I have a back up! The Benefit It's Potent! eye cream is thinner in consistency than the moisturiser, but a little goes a long way. I have been using this for a year now (I'm on my second jar) and I have noticed a huge difference in my dark circles. Both are absolutely amazing. Amazing. Amazing!

Onto the two products which are fairly new to me, the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster has been the serum which I use in the morning, every other day. I can't use this every morning because I've noticed that any product which has a high content of Vitamin C, breaks me out if I use it frequently. The Truth Serum has been described as a daily multivitamin for your skin. It is an anti-aging serum which brightens, firms and hydrates the skin. It is also supposed to be great at boosting collagen too!


The second new product, which I use in the evenings, is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping night oil. It is a pricey little blue tinged retinol-rich oil (mine is a deluxe sample size) which is aimed at being a night-time treatment which helps to reduce signs of ageing. It corrects any signs of sun damage and everyday exposure to pollutants. It is also supposedly meant to reduce any fine lines or wrinkles, but thankfully, I do not have these yet so I do not know if it makes any difference. I have been using this, one and off, for about six weeks now and I find that my skin feels smoother, there are no dry patches and any redness that I had on my cheeks, has gone down.

The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, has been my holy grail spot treatment for the past couple of years. It lasts for months and I finished my second bottle last year and just did not repurchase it, until the beginning of March and I just do not know why it took me so long! Again, I simply dip a cotton bud and apply this at night (or during the day, if I'm staying home because you can look a little weird with random pink dots on your face!) and the next morning, my breakout has either disappeared or dramatically decreased. I find that it normally takes around three days for a breakout to completely go, if it one of those angry massive volcanoes that just popped out of no where! 

So that's it! That's what I'm currently using in my skincare routine and of course I do like to try new products so this will probably change in a few months. What is your go to skincare product?

Also, if you want a more detailed review of any of the products above, then do let me know. I'm currently writing a list of blog post ideas to help me get back into blogging!

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