August Empties : Must Have Skincare

August Must Have Skincare

As this post goes live I will be away on my first every camping trip. A tent, a husband, a two, three and five year old YAY!!

Over the month of August I have got through many products and my empties pile is looking rather full. Here are a few of the High street skincare and make up items I’ve been using. I’ve added links, prices and all the information you will need. Each item comes in at a really affordable price so without delay let’s hop straight in.

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil – £6.99

Recently I have loved using an oil cleanser. They have great ability in removing make up and dirt to ensure my face is spotless before using a milk based cleanser. This is actually my third empty bottle of the Simple Oil cleanser. I’ve stuck with it as I can literally see it stripping all the dirt away from my face, whilst being gentle and kind to the skin. I have never had any form of breakout from using this product and it has become a vital part of my skincare routine. I do wish Simple made a bigger bottle as when using both day and night the 125ml does not last very long.

Garnier Skin Active Cleansing Milk With Honey Flower £3.49

I have been using the Garnier Skin Active cleansing milk for ages. This month I changed from my usual Rose Water to the Honey Flower and I wish I’d stuck to what I know works. I have combination skin that can often be sensitive and the honey flower did not do much for this. I found my skin was left quite dry and irritated. The product did not cause any breakouts and my skin remained clear throughout the month but the irritation was just too much. I will be using the Garnier cleansing milk again but will be sticking to my preferred Rose Water infused. The bottle weighs in at 200ml and will last the around four weeks when using both day and night.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask £7.99

My last skincare empty of the month and it’s a good one. These masks have been around for a while and L’Oreal keep adding to the Pure Clay collection. This particular one is charcoal based and promises to detoxify and clarify skin. The pot holds 50ml of product and the guidelines state this should be enough for ten applications (I got about eight).

For me this product really worked. As I said I have combination skin and my T-Zone can often suffer from pretty bad breakout. The charcoal ingredients in this help to clean these area right up. My skin looked a lot clearer and it helped take away the redness from blemished areas. The mask was quite dehydrating to the dry areas of my skin and it was important I moisturised quickly after usage. Overall I would definitely buy this again or even look to the others available in the clay mask collection.

 Hint : The mask does not come with an applicator and is a little messy to apply with your fingers so I used a clean foundation brush.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub £8.00

This is the ‘mother’ of all body scrubs and for £8.00 you get 300ml which will last you a good while. Soap & Glory have a few body scrubs available but the sugar crush is my favourite due to it’s lovely lime smell. The scrub has been great in helping to get my skin summer ready, the thick, grainy texture allows for a strong exfoliation. Sugar Crush body scrub left my skin feeling so smooth and soft. After spending Winter and a wet Spring covered up this brought my skin some much needed TLC before exposing to the sun rays.  I followed up with using their righteous butter (£8.00) for added hydration.

This has gone to the top of my re – purchase list a quality product worth the money.

Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil £7.99

My final empty of the month! I did not stop using this micro brow pencil. The pencil is very thin with a wind up nib plus a spoolie on the other end. I prefer using brow pencils that are on the thin side rather then the chunkier ones. I feel it allows me to be more accurate and decide whether I want a bolder look or something more natural. I like Maybelline’s as the texture is a lot softer to some other pencils which allows you to use a lot less pressure to build up the colour and fill in sparse areas. The pencil was quick and easy to use and due to the soft texture you can create a natural looking brow in seconds.

Draw backs I had were I ordered online and chose the blonde as the soft brown looked quite dark on screen. Next time I will be going with the brown as the blonde was a little on the light side for me, although this is a thumbs up and would buy again.

There you have it another month gone by and we are closer to CHRISTMAS!! Has anyone started thinking about Blogmas? Will you be doing it this year? I am yet to decide. Also comment down below any products you have been loving this month, I’d love to hear about them.

Right now I am probably standing in a cold field crying and saying camping is “Not for me” haha.

Kate x

7 Step Skincare Routine – Giving Me A Smiley Face

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I have recently learnt a lot about skincare through reading various books and researching online and gone are the days of just cleanse, tone and moisturise. In replacement is a seven step skincare routine both day and night that takes me a maximum of ten minutes and has left my skin the best it has ever been. Since starting this routine my breakouts have dramatically lessened and my skin is healthier and clearer to the point where I actually go outside without make up on and don’t worry about how my skin looks.

Today I’m going to be talking the steps I take, the products I use and how they help my skin.

Step One : I use an oil based cleanser to start as this is great for removing all traces of dirt from the face and really breaks down make up to leave you feeling clean. My current favourite is the Simple Kind to skin hydrating cleansing oil (£6.99) as it is designed for sensitive skin and contains pure grape seed oil which can help prevent blemishes without clogging pores.

Step Two – It is time to re – cleanse, using the Garnier skin active cleansing milk (£3.49) I re wash my face making sure all traces of oil or left over build up of dirt are removed. I use a cleansing milk as for me this is much gentler to the skin and less drying. I suffer with a lot of redness and sometimes inflammation so with the Garnier cleanser having added rose water this helps to prevent and lessen these two problems.

Step Three – I use two facial pads to apply toner as this is the least messy way and I love how refreshing and instantly moisturising a toner is for my skin. My go to toner at the moment is the Esfolio sea grape marine water toner ($18.99 / £14.45). Sea grape (not to be confused with grape seed) helps to maintain a youthful appearance and have a natural collagen which can only be a benefit for my skin.

Step Four  – Previously I have struggled with serum and finding the right one for my skin type. I often find them very thick and pore blocking. After a recommendation from my sister in – law I have changed to the It’s Skin power 10 formula (£13.00) and it has changed my view on serums altogether. It’s a lovely water based formula that applies easily to the skin, giving instant hydration and an all round softness. I went for the VB effector as this helps restore skins natural PH balance so can also help with the reduction of redness, but they have many other types available to different skin needs.

Step Five – Medi flower collagen wrinkle eye cream ($5.99 / £4.58) has been my holy grail of eye creams, it has a light texture which is easy to apply, no stinging to my eyes and the added collagen helps firm the skin. I also find this very moisturising leaving my under eye hydrated and comfortable all day long.

Step Six – A lightweight moisturiser with added SPF as “protection is the best form of prevention” and I want to keep my face as smooth as I can for as long as possible. I am currently using Simple protecting light moisturiser with SPF 15 (£4.29) as I like to feel hydrated by my moisturiser but for it not to feel heavy or greasy on. This gives me just that and with the added SPF for under five pound it’s a product I’ve really come to like.

Step Seven – The final step I take is to use another moisturiser that focuses on hydration of the skin. I do not use this straight after the previous one but throughout the day if my skin is feeling slightly dry in places. I have just hit pan on my A’Pieu Aqua nature clouding cream ($13.99 / £10.65) and will be purchasing another as for me this has really helped to hydrate my skin though out the day whilst helping to improve the clarity of my skin.

As i said at the beginning this routine takes me around 7 – 10 minutes to complete and is really worth the efforts as I cannot explain how much clearer my skin has become since sticking to a more in depth system. To add to this I do treat my skin to a facial mask twice a week, one being a detox mask and one being heavy on hydration.

Let me know in the comments what your go to routine is and what skincare products you can’t live without. Do you manage to stick to a morning and evening routine? What are your favourite parts of your routine? (mine would be serum, I love how my skin feels after it’s been applied). As always you can find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome if you fancy chatting beauty products.

Next post shall be on Friday so until then I hope you enjoyed reading.

Kate x

Links

Simple hydrating cleansing oil – https://www.superdrug.com/Simple/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Hydrating-Cleansing-Oil-125ml/p/709201?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4faCjJe13AIVwbHtCh0fng1YEAQYASABEgJh2PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPSgkpGXtdwCFe0W0wodmE8NwQ

Garnier skin active cleansing milk – https://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIt6OOjpm13AIVTM-yCh3FLgvZEAYYAyABEgKo3PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Esfolio sea grape marine water toner – https://www.beauteque.com/esfolio-marine-water-daily-toner/

It’s skin power 10 formula –  https://www.beautybay.com/skincare/itsskin/itsskinpower10formulavbeffector/

Medi flower collagen wrinkle eye cream – https://www.beauteque.com/medi-flower-collagen-eye-cream/

Simple protecting light moisturiser – https://www.boots.com/simple-kind-to-skin-hydrating-light-moisturiser-125ml-10023879?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Toiletries+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Simple&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhYyzhKK13AIVDRQbCh3ALQsiEAkYBCABEgLQkfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

A’Pieu aqua nature clouding cream – https://www.beauteque.com/apieu-aqua-nature-dewdrop-clouding-cream-50ml/

 

 

March High Street Skincare Favorites

At the moment skincare has become the be all and end all to my life! Probably due to the fact I’ve hit my thirties and live in fear that I’m going to wake up one morning and my skin will resemble a Shar Pei (cute on the dog not on my face).  As my fear is so rife I have decided to do my first products of the month around affordable skincare that is helping my face stay healthy and wrinkle free.

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I’ve really changed my skincare routine in the last few months and it has really started to make a difference to the texture of my skin and helped prevent breakouts. After reading Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest I began to realise how important skincare is not just for prevention of wrinkles but due to skin being our biggest organ that is constantly exposed to the elements so it’s going to need some TLC and if you take the few minutes to get your routine in place your skin will most definitely thank you for it.

Upon Sali’s advice the first thing I have done is changed my everyday facial scrub to a cleansing milk. I have currently been using the Garnier Natural Rose water cleanser (linked down below) and at £3.50 for a 200ml bottle it has become a staple. The bottle is only currently half way through and I have been using it day and night for at least two months (if only other things lasted this long!)

Before I did not realise how other more soapy products had been dehydrating my face and stripping it of its natural oils. The poor thing must have been crying out for moisture like a man lost in the Sahara.  Garnier’s cleansing milk is so much kinder and gentle to the skin whilst still leaving it feeling clean and make up free. My face generally feels softer, less tight  and due to it being specifically for dry and sensitive skin I am also left with a lot less redness immediately after washing.

I have recently received a few compliment due to the improvement of my skin (I am prone to bad breakouts and get a lot of redness) and I do believe it is from changing the start of my skincare routine to a cleansing milk. Garnier’s is affordable and does the job well, you can literally see the dirt being removed from your face on the cotton pad!  The rose water adds a nice scent that does not overpower of cause irritation to the face and my skin is left feeling clean and much softer then before. To date I have not had one breakout since I began using this months ago.

My second product of the month is a total bargain, so much so that I have bought four and have one in my bag, bedroom, car and bathroom. What is this fantastically cheap product?

Introducing Palmer’s cocoa butter lip balm that retails for an amazing £1.49 for 4g/15 oz. The smell of this lip balm is fantastic the cocoa is so strong you feel as if your lips have been dipped in chocolate. The butter like texture leaves lips feeling incredibly soft and moisturised without being sticky. As an added bonus the balm is also enriched with vitamin E and has a SPF of 15 so as well as keeping your lips kissable all day long your also being protected from the harmful sun rays and wrinkles (what’s not to like). This has helped during times when my lips have felt a bit chapped and sore, leaving my lips soothed.

My favourite lip balm brand is the EOS and I can say the Palmers’ is on an even keel and half the price, as I stated above I now have them littered around the house!

My next current favourite is an oldie but a goody the Nivea Aqua effect regenerating night cream. It’s a product I started using a few years ago which got lost in the pack of my ever growing cosmetics cabinet, it wasn’t until I saw it at Boots a couple of months ago that I snapped it up and reignited the love.

I am so thankful that my retinas stumbled upon this again as it is the thickest most intensely moisturising product I have ever used. It retails for £3.90 for 50ml and has the ability to last you a lifetime due to the amount you need to use as this cream is rich.

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin then this night cream could be the one for you. I personally have dehydrated skin but I do tend to get an oily t-zone so I worried at first this would be to intense and bring me out in blemishes especially around the t-zone area. I was wrong! Ever night I massage this into my skin and neck and in the morning I wake up with the softest most plumped out skin I have had in years.

I’m not going to lie when you put it on at night it is a heavy cream that leaves you looking greased up but by morning your skin will be doing a Shangela “Halleloo”. 

It is the most intense moisturising cream I have ever used, I am so glad I’ve found it again. My skin is the most hydrated it has ever been, it’s texture has changed and not one breakout, I could not sing the praises of this cream enough and for under £4.00 it’s fast becoming one of my ride or die products once again.

Last but not least on my current skincare faves for the month of March is the new Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcol black tissue mask (currently £1.99 at Superdrug linked below). This mask promises to be hydrating and pore – tightening which is something this girl needs. Enlarged pores have become the devil.

Very much like the skinactive moisture bomb it is a sheet mask only it is black in colour. It has a different smell to the moisture bomb and reminded me slightly of sea weed but if it’s going to shrink those pores it was worth a go.

The formula for this mask is very sticky even after the fifteen minutes setting time I was surprised with how much product was left on my face and the sheet itself (I rubbed the sheet over my face to help my skin soak up the excess). It is a very hydrating mask but the stickiness gives it a primer vibe which I was more surprised by then mad at.

Pore wise I don’t feel on first use it helped to minimise the appearance but when I used two a week for about three weeks I did begin to see a difference in areas where my pores are enlarged such as my nose and chin.

Overall as with the moisture bomb if you are looking for something penny saving with good hydration for the skin and if you are stocking up on a few to gain the pore minimising effect then this is a good product.

I can’t believe we are four months into 2018, let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 what your product for March were? Have you tried any of the above? if so did you love or hate them?

Until my next post.

Kate x

 

Links

http://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6OSw6fSt2gIVCrvtCh3TrQHiEAYYASABEgJEcvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds (Garnier Rose water cleanser – available on the three for two)

https://www.superdrug.com/Palmer%27s/Palmer%27s-Cocoa-Butter-Lip-Balm/p/379131?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-qudlvWt2gIVyLftCh0DpAWKEAQYASABEgKxZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COGjopj1rdoCFdWeGwodYFwOtw (Palmer cocoa lip balm  – currently 25% off)

https://www.notino.co.uk/nivea/aqua-effect-regenerating-night-cream-for-normal-to-mixed-skin/?item=96189&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6enH6_Wt2gIV7BXTCh1pNgHwEAYYASABEgLjgfD_BwE (Nivea aqua effect regenerating night cream)

https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Face-Masks/Garnier-SkinActive-Charcoal-and-Algae-Hydrating-Sheet-Mask/p/754167?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Zyw_oGu2gIVyrvtCh3bPwheEAQYASABEgJN2vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPzeuoGCrtoCFUSMUQod0zMO7w (Garnier Skin Active pure charchoal black tissue mask)

 

 

Garnier putting the BOMB in moisturising?

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The latest sheet masks I have come across are the Garnier Skin active Moisture Bomb tissues mask. These babies promise to be intensely hydrating, comfort and soothe skin giving a softer feel and hydration for a week and for £3.00 each from Boots they are worth a try as atm my skin is dry!!

To give a little insight to my current skin condition, I have recently had three birthday parties to attend and a wedding so my face has been abused by the make up gun with no real time for recovery so I am expecting a lot from these tissue masks in terms of soothing the tightness and blemishes I have developed, whilst providing enough moisture to make the Sahara feel like its in a tsunami.

To start obviously you need a clean dry face and then you just apply the sheet mask to the face and wait fifteen minutes (I will be leaving mine on for thirty minutes as I really don’t think I’ve mentioned how dry my skin currently is…)

First impressions, it is incredibly wet as with many other sheet masks I have used, I’m hoping this is a indicator to how much moisture will secrete into my skin.

Opening up the mask there is a blue film on the outside as a indicator of which side to apply to the face. I liked this as it lets you position the mask comfortably and gives the material more strength so that as you position the sheet does not rip and tear. Word of warning once you remove the blue film the sheet does in fact become very flimsy and adjusting became a delicate task so try and position it exactly right before removing the film.

Positioning wise it is easy to master with eye and mouth holes placed well and big enough to feel comfortable. The nose section has been stencilled out nicely and it really sculpt to the shape of your nose. From using other sheet masks I have had them rise up from the corners of my nose as I’ve pulled them into position on my cheek area so I do like how Garnier have made the nose section so user friendly. Smell wise the mask is non offensive, nothing chemically, but also no overpowering floral smell.

As stated earlier I left my mask on for thirty minutes and once removed I was left excess product on my face so with clean hands I just massaged it in and left it to soak into the skin. My face did have a sticky feeling for about an hour after using the mask (a bit “it rubs the lotion on it’s skin”) until the product had completely dried down. Again this is something I enjoyed as I felt my face was gaining the real hydration it needed.

Immediate changes in skin appearance were limited, the dry patches around the corners of my nose, cheeks and chin had disappeared but there was no changes to redness around my spotty areas. My skin did feel plumper and a lot more moisturised.

The morning after there are a lot more improvements to be seen!! My blemish areas are a lot less red and tight (no longer hurt and feel really soothed), they have also shrunk to half their size which can’t be anything other then pleasing. My skin feels super smooth and the dry patches are banished back to the depths of hell. There is a real improvement to my skin just by removing the redness and zapping the spot size I have clearer skin.

To gain a full week of hydration Garnier suggest that you use three tissue masks through the week which I will be doing as if it has given this much hydration and left my skin so soft after one application I can only think three will leave it in great condition.

Overall as a high street product and for £3.00 the hydrating tissue masks do the job. They are great if you have been overdoing it on the make up and your skin has become dull and dry as the moisturising is intense and gives the results you will need to regain your skins hydration.

Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 if you have used these and like or dislike them. As always suggestions to alternative products you have been using are always appreciated. If you’ve enjoyed this post give it a like or check out my page for other make up and beauty products.

Links

www.boots.com/search/moisture+bomb+tissue