Sunday, 30 August 2015

Combination Skin Care Favourites

Clinique Take The Day Of Cleansing Balm 125ml
So, this product is quite a big deal for me... Why ? Well, It may have replaced my beloved Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm :O ! I know, I know... I thought I'd never find a more affordable and equally as amazing facial balm ever ! My face has never felt so clean and soft plus it removes makeup like a dream, even super stubborn eye makeup without any fuss or hassle. Clinique's facial balm has a stiffer consistency to E. Hardie's but melts quickly onto the skin, I simply move it around my face and neck till all the makeup, dirt and oil is lifted then I wipe over a clean damp facial cloth to remove everything. Simple, effective and quick!
 Find it here - £22
Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque 75ml
I found this little beauty a couple of months back when I was desperate to find something to help my pesky blocked pores and oily T-zone. I'd tried a few cheap face masques from my local drug store but nothing was cutting it ! Fortunately, I found a nifty sample of the skin refining masque in the bottom of my draw, I gave it a try and absolutely loved it ! I decided to buy the 75ml bottle and continued to use it 1-2 times a week for the past 5 weeks. This masque specifically tackles, congestion, large pores and over active oil production (a short story on El's skin by Dermalogica loool) the product itself is a smooth, white, clay like texture packed full of green tea, grapefruit and lentil seed. I use a small amount around my T-zone and neck area then leave it on for around 15 minutes, sometimes longer depending on how bad my skin is looking. I wont say that the masque is a complete miracle worker as my pores are still a little large but it really does lift all the gunk and grime that your skin collects daily, plus my face is definitely less oily which I'm completely over the moon about. Overall, this is the perfect solution for greasy clogged skin and I'd 100% recommend it to anyone struggling with any of the problems I listed above.
Find it here - £30.30 
Nip+Fab Skin Glycolic Scrub Fix 75ml
Face scrubs are a must for me, as not only is my face ridicously oily at times it can be overly dry and flaky too (combination skin problems). When I was having my skin crisis a month or two ago I started to develop mild acne around my cheeks/neck/chest, I only ever get small spots on my T-zone area and very, very rarely get a pimple anywhere else. Along with this I started to get overly dry around my nose and hairline which was definitely unappreciated -_- I was really struggling to find a scrub that would take on my acne and dry patches without making either situation worse (nightmare!) I was frantically looking through the website when I came across the Nip + Fab products, the Glycolic Scrub had a killer 5 star review and I noticed that the ingredients included salicylic acid (great for preventing spots). Considering the scrub was so cheap too I didn't hesitate to buy and try straight away ! I've practically used this product every couple of days for the last 2 months and the difference in my skin it astounding, my cheek acne has disappeared along with a reduction in redness/marks on my neck and chest (result!) my dry patches are a thing of the past and I'm generally much happier with the appearance of my skin.
Find it here - £4.97
Foreo Luna Sensitive Skin
If you're looking to splurge on a luxury skin care device this is the one you should go for ! I first heard about the Foreo Luna on +Inthefrow's YouTube channel, I was intrigued to know how it worked and how it was better than the usual facial cleansing brushes. After umming and ahhing for well over 3 months and reading/re-reading a billion reviews I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Luna. The device itself is an electronic,palm sized,silicone covered brush with small bristles on the front and a ridged surface on the back. The idea is that the Luna is more hygienic/super gentle on the skin as the silicone is easy to clean and the vibrations help the device move smoothly across your face without any irritation. The first time I tried it I really wasn't sure if it had done anything (typical me wanting instant results) but I was reassured by the Foreo website that I would see a difference within 3 days. After the third day I did in fact see a considerable difference, my blemishes were reduced, my skin felt smoother and looked super refreshed. I use the Luna twice a day everyday for 5 minutes mixed with my facial balm or face wash, it basically acts like a gentle exfoliant and is great for prepping your skin before applying make up or to remove it in a hurry. Yes, the device is pricey but in my opinion is well worth the price tag, it leaves your skin squeaky clean, is the perfect size to pop in an over night bag and would make the most amazing gift to any skin care enthusiast.
To find out more on the Luna's features/prices click here - £145
Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion 200ml
I've always loved Clinique's 3 Step Skincare System and I've been an avid user of the Clarifying Lotion 1 for dry skin. Although I'm still very happy with the dry skin lotion I needed something with an added edge to help my breakouts. I was watching one of the +beautycrush's Youtube videos and Sammi mentioned the Mild Clarifying Lotion had helped the spots on her chest etc. I looked it up straight away and discovered it had the same ingredients as the Nip+Fab scrub (glycolic and salicylic acid) I immediately knew that it would be perfect and the exact thing my skin needed ! I've used the Mild Lotion every other day for the last 2 weeks or so and have really reaped the benefits. I've had little to no breakouts, a reduction in red marks and my skin feels less tight as there's 0% alcohol used in the lotion. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with spot prone/sensitive skin as it really is so gentle and helpful towards dryness/breakouts.
Find it here - £16.50
Lush Grease Lightning Spot Treatment 45g
Now, I cant say I'm a fan of all natural skincare, it 9 times out of 10 doesn't work for me but I was having a look through some Lush products, mainly at the pretty bath bombs as per, when the Grease Lightning Spot Treatment caught my eye. I usually pop a blob of Sudocrem on any stubborn blemishes as that's been my go to product for years but I really wanted to try something less drying. I skimmed through the ingredients and noticed a few things I already like such as tea tree, aloe vera and lavender oil, so I really wasn't to hesitant to give it a whirl. I place one to two squirts of the treatment onto my finger then apply It to any pimples I can see. Within an hour my spots become smaller/less flushed and after a couple days of reapplying they've near enough disappeared ! I really cant get enough of the fresh herbal smell and love how effective the natural ingredients are, It's safe to say I'll be heading straight to Lush's skincare section next time I'm there.
Find it here - £6.40
What are your favourite blemish treatments ? Have you tried any of the products I've talked about above ? Leave me a comment I'd love to hear from you :) !

Monday, 3 August 2015

Zoella Beauty Range Review

So, we all have our favourite blogger/ youtuber right ? For me, its Zoella (no surprises there) I've pretty much followed Zoe since day one (super fan over here) and it's been amazing to watch her grow and inspire so many people over the last few years. As a self proclaimed die hard fan, I was over the moon when she brought out her new beauty range a few weeks ago! I loved her previous range so I was super eager to try the new Tutti Frutti inspired bath & body products. Without hesitation, I headed straight to the Superdrug website and placed my order. Unfortunately, I couldn't get hold of the lip balm or body scrub as they'd sold out so quickly, this is probably due to the fact they were the highly anticipated new additions that the previous range didn't offer (slightly disheartened) However, I got hold of everything else and it all arrived the next day (thank the lord for next day delivery)
1. Candy Cream Body Lotion
This has to be my favourite from the whole range! I love a good body lotion as I'm always hankering after soft/smooth skin and this particular cream really does deliver all of those things. The formula is super luxurious and smells amazing, this is probably down to the cute bursting beads and blueberry extracts!(nice touch) I religiously use candy cream after every bath and shower, as it really does lock in moisture without making your skin feel clammy or sticky, which for me is really important especially in the summer (if you can call it summer). I can tell that the bottle will last me ages too! I'm not even a quarter way through yet as a little really goes a long way. This dreamy lotion is priced at only £5 and can be found here.
2. Fresh Fizz Bath Bombs
Can I just point out that these were an utter delight to use! I 'm definitely a bath person and always go to town on bath bombs whenever I get the chance. I absolutely loved the Fizz Bars from Zoe's previous range so I didn't think twice about purchasing the new ones! The bath bombs come in a dainty bar form with breakable pieces you can crumble under the tap or pop straight into the bath, they quietly fizz away releasing a fresh fruity fragrance and within minutes your bathing experience is transformed (yes it's really that life changing) I could honestly lay in the bath all day! They genuinely smell that damn good! The bombs are also priced at £5 and can be found here.
3. Foam Sweet Foam Shower Gel
You know everyone has that one shower gel they save for best? (is this just me lol ?) Over the years I've had to be quite selective with body washes as my skin can react quiet badly to certain brands (very annoying/random) So undoubtedly I'm always a bit cautious about trying fragranced shower gels. However, I gave the Foam Sweet Foam a chance and I wasn't disappointed. It's a pleasure to use and does all the things a shower gel should do with an added luxury touch. My skin always feels soft and fresh after each use plus the delicate fragrance lasts on your body all day, you literally need to use a 5 pence piece amount as it foams up nicely (clues in the name) I've recently purchased a further three from here as It's become my ultimate fav!
4. Lets Spritz Body Mist
The people who know me best will all agree that I am obsessed with perfumes, body sprays and body mists! (I like to smell good 24/7 365) I didn't even need to think about buying Lets Spritz as I was and still am infatuated with Blissful Mistful. I loved Zoe's description of the new scent and I knew I needed it in my life (perfume addict problems). First off ,the packaging is to die for! Polka dots and lace with cute pastel pinks/blues, it sits so nicely on my bathroom windowsill looking all chic and girly. The mist has notes of Raspberry and Cassis which literally smells like summer in a bottle, I drench myself in the stuff whenever I get a chance. It compliments the lotion beautifully and really helps to lock in that Tutti Frutti scent. It's perfect to pop in your bag for the day and would make a sweet little gift for a friend or relative. I reach for Lets Spritz daily and wouldn't leave the house without a couple of sprays. Grab yours here for only £8
Have you tried any of the new Zoella Beauty range? Which product is your favourite?