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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

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Lotions and Potions: Skincare Routine

So my skin and I have a love hate relationship. Since I’ve been more aware and taken better care of my skin it has got a lot less awkward but it still punishes me with breakouts whenever I have an event or an important weekend ahead. I was told recently that my skin was more dry then combination so I have been trying to battle this now instead of the combination only. Does anyone else have conflicting skin messages like me? I don’t seem to know my skin type. Anyway I have been using some of these products for a while and I have got a routine down. It may seem like a lot of steps but actually once you get a routine down it can be very speedy.

Morning

I start with using my beloved Ultrabland by Lush. I was recently bought a Clarins skincare set and threw my Ultrabland aside only to breakout in spots and a rash so I apologised to my Ultrabland slapped it back on and got my skin back under control. Ultrabland is just a beautiful balm cleanser with a blend of beeswax and rose extract. It cares for my skin and keeps it moisturised and under control. I apply this like a cream and wipe off with damp cotton wool pads then pat dry.

Ultrabland

For toner I am currently using a Clarins toner. It is a sample size and has extracts of Chamomile. I like it as it is not drying (unlike their sample cleanser) and its smells like a spa. It’s just lovely I brush this on with a cotton wool pad and enjoy the scent. I am not loyal to a toner as I have not found one I love but I do like to use one to remove and left over cleanser and close pores, this is my current month toner and as you can see I am running out.

Clarins Toner

Serum, I use a small amount of the Nivea Q10 Plus Energy Serum. I like this because I like the gel like texture of this Serum it’s light on my skin and it helps keeps fine lines at bay and smooths dry areas. I only use a small amount as it has hyaluronic acid in it which is good for exfoliation but my skin is too sensitive to use large amounts of this.

Nivea Q10 Serum

For moisturiser I currently use two. I have the Nivea Pure and Natural Moisturising day cream. I like this because it has natural extracts of argan oil and aloe vera and is light but very hydrating. I don’t have a separate eye cream as I have never found one that makes a difference to my eyes. (The only thing that makes a difference to my eyes is lots of sleep and water.) But I put an extra layer of this around my nose and eyes. Since becoming pregnant I have developed a rash around my nose and moisturising daily is the only way to control it. Sometimes I also have to use an E45 cream on my nose as it’s so sore. Being pregnant does wierd things to your skin.

Nivea Day Cream

I also use a tinted moisturiser also by Nivea. (I’m a Nivea girl) I like this to wear under my current Porefessional Makeup and it keeps my skin moisturised all day whilst evening out my skin tone. I sometimes layer the moisturisers or will use this solely and will add the normal Nivea moisturiser just around my eyes and nose it depends on what the skin God’s have provided me with that day.

Nivea Tinted Moisturiser

And that is me ready to put on makeup and face the day. My skin feels soft and supple all day and I feel protected from the sun and pollution.

Evening

I enjoy putting on makeup and I also enjoy taking it off. My go to makeup remover is a gorgeous vitamin C infused orange scented oil by Una Brennan the Superfacialist. I just rub this straight into my skin and it melts away makeup. I wash it off with warm water and pat dry. It’s quick and simple but the orange scent of the oil makes it feel luxurious. I have rebought this oil a few times and as you can see from the picture I will need to again!

To cleanse and tone I will use the same Ultrabland balm cleanser by Lush and whatever toner I am using. There are no mysteries here.

Once my face is cleansed and toned I apply a nice thick layer of Night moisturiser. I am using the Nivea Pure and Natural Regenerating Night cream again with extracts of argan oil and aloe vera. I just love it it keeps my skin hydrated over night and it feels plumped up the next morning. I dont feel the need for an eye cream here either with this moisturiser. Nivea really do have great products and are great value for money.

Nivea Regenerating Night cream

Some evenings after I have cleansed I will use a face mask. I am not loyal to a particular brand here either but I do like the fresh face masks from Lush, especially the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask with blueberries, the spot clearing Magnaminty and the bright blue exfoliating Don’t Look at Me. (Not all at the same time of course). But I have also recently been trying the L’Oréal Pure Clay mattifying mask recently which is great your skin feels very clean and fresh afterwards but I am not keen on the scent. My other favourite clay mask is The Sanctuary self heating clay mask this clears your skin and I like the heating feeling. I will buy a facemask to combat whatever skin issue I am facing that week and I will put on a face mask about three times a week. This keeps my skin balanced.

L’Oréal Pure Clay mask

So that is my skin care routine. It’s not for everyone mine is very heavy on creams and moisture but it works for me. I like to do it and I have seen a difference. I do like to try new products so if anyone has any suggestions do let me know.

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March Favourites 

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March Favourites 

I have struggled to write this month’s favourites. Thus why I am late. We are still waiting to move home so are saving like mad so we haven’t been up to too much but I do have some favourites for this month.

1) Reading Dombey and Sons by Charles Dickens

I like reading a Dickens a year. And this year I read the lesser known byt very moral and very educational Dombey and Son. It follows Mr Dombey through his life in Victoria Britain when industry in our country just taking off. There is an excellent and famous passage about the invention of the train and I have to say the train would not have made Dickens favourite list. Dombey is a proud man. Proud to a fault that he neglects his one surviving daughter, Florence, who in true Dickens style is a very lovely and virtuous maid. There are the usual excellent disgusting and very human characters like Major Bagstock and the cruel Edith with some amusing passages and some heartbreaking chapters. It is an excellent read and a Dickens worth a read.

2) Using Lee Stafford ‘For hair that only grows to a certain length’

I cut my hair at Christmas. I was going through some stuff the house had been flooded and I was very upset within myself. So off went the hair and I had a new style. I loved it at first but after a while I felt it became a one trick pony hairdo. U could only curl it because I hated the balayage blonde bit at the bottom. So of course I am growing it again. To help me grow it I have decided to take much better care of my long hair and I’ve been using colour care shampoos and this protein hair mask that helps to make your hair stronger and grow longer. You use it in between your shampoo and conditioner and leave it on for 10 minutes. I use it pretty much every time I was my hair. It really builds up the follicles of your hair and it also cleanses you scalp really well. I don’t know if my hair has grown faster as it grows pretty fast anyway but it’s definitely stronger.

3) Loving Daffodils

Daffodils are one of my favourite flowers. I love how they are the first sign of Spring my favourite part of the year (as it’s my birthday time). They are also so bright and cheerful and at my local supermarket are a pound a bunch. So whilst they are around I will be having them in the house.

4) Using Nivea Pure and Natural night and day cream

My skin is so dry! It is awful and it really has caused me a lot of problems recently. I invested in these moisturisers as I do like Nivea but I need something a lot more ‘intelligent’ then my usual blue pot of basic Nivea. The soothing day cream is lovely its light but it moisturises well and sits very well under makeup. Sometimes I need extra creams around my eyes but this is a win. The regenerating night cream is the best. It’s so lovely to apply and soaks in well but leaves an lovely protective balm layer on your skin that keeps my face happy till morning. I got them half off in Superdrug but I will definitely be repurchasing both.

5) Wearing Accessorize pink Snood

I bought this scarf on a whim because I loved the colour and I needed something to brighten up my winter wardrobe for spring. It’s a lovely rose pink colour and its design is grey cheetahs. Actual cheetahs. It’s a snood as it is in a continuous loop and is really versatile and goes with all of my coats. I’ve been wearing it everyday.

Looking forward to a wonderful month ahead in April as finally move back home!!