I’ve been a little unwell recently and so my skin has been horrific, it hasn’t been this bad in so long and I was at a loss at what I should do with it – nothing was truly working to get rid of the awful breakouts and I knew I had to take action. I headed to Space NK armed with a gift card and £5 worth of points on my N.Dulge card and went to town.
I really did pick up quite a few random purchases but I was desperate, but I also bought some old favourites that I had used up and never replaced; the Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse (£26) is one of the best cleansers I have found, it’s literally overflowing with amazing natural ingredients and it takes off every trace of makeup, it’s kind of like a cream but also a gel in one, so it’s hydrating yet you get a good cleanse from it. I was distraught (hmm…) when I used it up the first time and my skin has obviously missed it as it’s cleared up so well in the last week! This is such a great product for truly purifying the skin and helping to leave it feeling free and de-clogged.
I also repurchased the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (£34), another cleanser that really helps my skin when I have blemishes. This has such a great texture and again, contains some really lovely ingredients that my skin seems to drink up – I love using this to remove my makeup as it really does make for such a nice experience, makeup and debris is melted away and my skin feels soft and supple afterwards. A definite winner if you haven’t already tried it.
Another cult product that I think works wonders for blemishes is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£28.80), which is a great face spritz that soothes the skin, takes the redness out of blemishes and leaves it hydrated and glowing. I think this must be my third or fourth bottle of this and it’s something that I can’t get enough of, both morning and night after cleansing. Like the above, it uses a number of natural ingredients which all do wonders for skin, particularly if it’s dehydrated or prone to blemishes.
I have really been going to town with my cleansing and toning lately, I double cleanse and use my Clarisonic to make sure my makeup and other dirt is completely removed and then I follow this up by toning twice and move on to my treatments – my skin is looking great at the moment, bar a few blemish scars and I’m incredibly pleased. I used to double cleanse but not so vigorously, now I really spend a good ten minutes on it, making sure it’s completely purified. What a difference it has made.
My skin has been feeling so dehydrated lately so I picked up the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer (£29.50) on a whim, this is a light treatment which is kind of like a thick cream. It’s meant to help balance the skin and help to revive it, especially if a particularly stressful patch or other factors have made it a little awkward, so far my skin is looking a lot clearer and brighter and doesn’t feel at all dehydrated, the redness is reduced and it looks a lot better on the whole. This is great for all skin types as it helps to balance the skin and hydrate it.
Lastly, as I’ve already mentioned in a previous post, I purchased the Eve Lom Dynaspot (£22), another impulse purchase but a good one at least! This comes in a tube with a small nib so it’s more hygienic than others I’ve tried, the formula is a cream that dries and seems to clear up the spot really quickly – reducing the size and taking the redness out. It’s pretty pricey but really great, I was using it every night to clear up spots and it made a big difference to my complexion – spots be gone!
I mentioned on Instagram recently that I had had a little splurge in Superdrug and Boots (those damn 3 for 2s!) and so a haul was obviously going to make its way on to my channel at some point!
I am having a budget beauty week on my blog this week, so that was the main reason for my shopping trip – and because I fancied emptying Boots of half its stock. I’ve mentioned and linked to every item mentioned (bar the Revlon highlighter there, it went AWOL when I was filming – later found on my desk… obviously), so make sure to watch in YouTube and let me know if you enjoyed it.
I went a little crazy with the haircare products recently, I have to admit that up until a year ago I really wasn’t all that bothered about my hair – even now I’m pretty low maintenance and just give it look wash, condition and spray on a few treatments and style sprays and leave it.
However, my blonde locks have called for me to update my haircare routine and be a little more conscious about what I’m slapping on.
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After picking up some new products on Cult Beauty (haul here) and John Lewis, I’ve had my hands full with beauty buys so picking a few favourites this week wasn’t a problem. In fact, I reckon this week’s favourites could have been doubled.
First up, I plucked out this Guerlain Parure De Lumiere foundation * this week, I first tried it a few months ago and didn’t really have an opinion – with the seasons, my skin and tastes changing, I uncovered it from my stash and tried applying it with my beloved Beautyblender and I adore the results. I would probably liken it to my favourite Laura Mercier Silk Cream as it’s beautifully radiant on the skin and conceals all without looking heavy or unnatural on the skin. I’ve heard their foundations are highly recommended but this is the first I’ve tried and I’m pretty darn impressed.
In my John Lewis order, I couldn’t not pick up a new tube of my all time favourite mascara – Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (full review here), which I was surprised to learn I first started using in Summer last year. I’ve needed a new tube for so long but I thought I would give a few other brands a try but nothing has even come close. I had forgotten just how great this mascara was until I used it again this week, I can tell ya straight that I won’t be buying anything else but this bad boy – my lashes are defined, lengthened and volumised after a coat of this.
Another primer was added to my stash, also – not that I need another but where there’s a will, there’s a way and all that. I adore Kevyn Aucoin’s products and I’m yet to be disappointed so I bought Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Primer. This is meant to be the primer to end all primers, keeping makeup fresh and in place all day. The tube is hella small but only a little bit is needed and so far, it seems to be doing the job.
I also extended my cream blush stash since these are the only blushers I get much use from these days. I bought my first Aerin product – the Aerin Multi Colour For Lips and Cheeks in Freesia which I bought on a whim after never having seen it but oh my, this is beautiful! It’s quite a coral shade and has a bit of a gold shimmer to it, which is everything I go for in a blush. It’s the perfect spring shade for me.
Lastly, yep only one skincare product made the cut this week. I’ve been loving using this Pai Bioregenerate Skincare Oil * lately, I’ve heard Rosehip oil is meant to be great for decongesting skin, helping with blackheads and also scarring so it’s been a staple in my routine lately. It’s rich a rich oil so only a little is needed but oh wow, what a difference it makes. It’s pretty reasonably priced, too.
What have you been loving this week? I post a lot of my daily products on Instagram so make sure to follow me there.