My updated skin care routine


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As some of you guys may know, there are certain skin care products which I have stuck to for a long time now! I tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to my skin and if I find something I love, I stick to it!

Up until the age of 18 or 19, I had quite problematic skin: acne prone, extremely dry in some areas, extremely oily in others, bumpy spots, enlarged pores, sensitivity. Granted, my acne wasn’t crazy bad, but it was really noticeable on my pasty face!

I changed my basic routine and invested in some products which changed my skin by heaps and bounds but a few months ago, I thought I could still do better and really target the problems I still had, so I changed my skin care completely!

Problems:
Enlarged pores
Oily T-Zone
Sebum filled spots beneath my skin
Dry Patches

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The first thing that I changed was my moisturiser as that is what is supposed to protect your skin throughout the day and as it stays on your skin the longest, it’s usually the reason for breakouts etc. I was lucky enough to receive an AMAZING moisturiser in my Glossy Box a few months ago! I wrote a mini review here. Premae Harmony Moisturising Creme Balm does not only feel amazing and do wonders for your skin but, it’s an amazing make up base! It’s quite pricey though, so I don’t know what I’ll do once this one is finished.. Should I go in for the plunge? However, you need the smallest amount and it feels like nothing on your skin! It goes matte after applying and makes your pores look almost invisible! No mess, no hassle!
Problems solved: Dry patches, Oily T Zone, Enlarged Pores
** Will link soon as Premae website is under construction at the moment

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I then went in for the plunge in May and bought a Clarisonic Mia 2 as it had been so raved about in the beauty industry! I had read tens of reviews and videos on YouTube about the effects it had and because all of them seemed to be amazing, I caved! I bought mine from Harrods for £125. It’s not cheap at all but I think about it, as a toothbrush for my face and seen as my toothbrush cost £100, it kind of makes sense! The Clarisonic is basically an exfoliating brush which vibrates at two different speeds (depending on what you choose). It’s supposed to remove dead skin, cleanse and improve your generally skin! It’s INCREDIBLE! Because it has interchangeable brush heads, you can change them to suit your skin type! I’ve already bought the ‘Deep Pore Cleansing’ brush heads however it came with the sensitive head. I never saw results immediately and in fact, have only noticed the results from around July so it takes a while to kick in (may be because I don’t have sensitive skin). I use this one in the morning and if I’m washing my hair, I’ll use it twice that day. It makes your skin feel squeaky clean after use, I have had no spots since using it and my pores are looking smaller and smaller every week! And because it times each section of your face, you don’t have to think and washing your whole face only takes a minute!
Problems solved: Enlarged pores, Dry Patches, Sebum filled spots under my skin

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With the Clarisonic, I’d like to thank my brother for introducing me to my new all time favourite face wash L’oreal men expert Pure Power Charcoal Wash! I know it’s actually for men but I can’t help but rave about this. It’s very strange in the sense that it’s a black liquid that lathers into a grey foam which helps you to see where the product is being applied! It has a cooling sensation which came in so handy last month when England had a heat wave! It works super well with my Clarisonic and it feels like it’s giving my face a deep clean! I don’t get any dryness after this and I feel like this is also a factor for my smaller looking pores.
Problems solved: Dry Patches, Enlarged Pores

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To remove my makeup, I’ve been using this method for almost a year and to me, it’s fool proof! I’m a baby wipe and Bio Derma kinda gal! I used to use a different cleanser and then wash my face but that made my skin so tight and dry and then cause me to have breakouts! It was all very confusing until I went to France and bought Bio Derma from a pharmacy! It changed my skin in the sense that it didn’t feel like I was over moisturising or over drying my skin. The only thing I’d say negatively about Bio Derma is that it has a film-like residue after you apply it. After using it for a year, I haven’t broken from it so it can’t be that bad but everyone has different skin! I just wish it was sold in the UK as I’m running low! For baby wipes. I just use the cheapest ones I can find and they are these Huggies value pack baby wipes which come with 64 wipes and they last me ages! For £0.99p, you can’t go wrong!
Problems solved:
Oily T Zone

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For my dry lips, Nivea Creme all the way! It’s cheap, ultra moisturising and I’d consider it one of my holy grail products of all time!

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My vanity make up!


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I noticed I had put some of my most used products of the moments on my vanity at the moment and thought it would be nice for you guys to see what I’ve been loving wearing lately!

Rimmel Stay Matte powder has been an essential for me for YEARS! I like using it in the translucent colour and it works wonders on your skin! I wouldn’t recommend this colour under the eyes because it turns dark circles ashy but it looks fantastic on the rest of your face!

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The first blush I ever bought from MAC was Pink Swoon and I’m in love with this thing! It’s a perfect sheer pink colour to wear lightly or to build up! I think it would look fantastic on ALL skin tones!

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My concealer finished and I’ve been using Bobbi Brown corrector in Bisque for the past few days! I love the idea but I have to say it doesn’t work that well on its own as a concealer like I’ve been using! However, I know some people who can use only this and it works perfectly!

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When it comes to eyeliner, I’ve been using a little of this Collection Gel Eyeliner on my waterlines (top and bottom) and when I’m wearing fake lashes, I like to use it as winged liner too! It’s a lovely and creamy brown which is so long lasting! Brown has a great lesser impact than black!

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We have to keep those luscious lips on! And my favourite thing to use on my lips is Smooch Operator by Soap & Glory! It smells like MAC lipsticks and is so nice and moisturising! I’d love if they made a chap stick version of this for on the go! I’m not a big fan of dipping my London Underground germ infested flea ridden finger in this pot and then on my lips!

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No make up make up!


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I’m absolutely OBSESSED with the ‘no make up make up’ look at the moment! Usually I’m the kind of person who feels bare without any eyeliner or highlighter on my face!

It takes so confidence to go kind of bare faced when you’re used to caking your face with so many products, your makeup drawer looks like a Sephora loot! But I think I’ve cracked it with a very simple formula!

Step A: Good cleanse + hydrating moisturiser = perfect skin – foundation

I pride myself on maintaining my skin an it’s the one thing I never go without doing! Ensuring you take your make up off beautifully before bed and then washing/ exfoliating/ cleansing your face and then applying a hydrating moisturiser, will make your skin shine without the need for moisturiser!

Step B: Concealer + Blending = natural beauty

Everyone has those imperfections which they can’t bare being seen with! For me it’s my dark circles which wearing glasses and contacts have given to me over time! Get yourself a nice creamy concealer and blend as flawlessly as you can to create skin that looks naturally clean! **Avoid putting concealer on scabs and dry patches because it looks blotchy! Try moisturising those areas to help them heal faster, instead :)

Step C: mascara + pencil liner / bright shadow = awake eyes

Your eyes should do the talking in the no make up equation, the reason being that there is no bright lip, or contoured cheek coming up. By using a lengthening and volumizing mascara which will feminise your face. Using a highlighter in your inner corners will make your eyes seem brighter and more awake and by using a pencil liner to rim the waterline, it will add a little drama to your eyes to make your eye colour stand out more. ** Instead of using a black liner, use a brown or soft colour instead as it won’t seem as harsh. Tight line the the top lash line too to make your lashes seem fuller.

Step D: Cream blush + lip liner = a completed gorgeous look!

Cream blusher will look more natural than a bright pint powder blush just because it blends better and looks like skin. It also adds a nice dewy finish to the skin thus, beautifying your flawless face more! Add a simple nude lip liner around your lips to define them an fill in with your lip balm to add a touch of shine and moisture!

In summary:

Good cleanse + hydrating moisturiser = perfect skin – foundation

Concealer + Blending = natural beauty

Mascara + pencil liner / bright shadow = awake eyes

Cream blush + lip liner = a completed gorgeous look!

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Products shown: Garnier Exfo Brush face wash, Illamasqua cream blush in Dixie, Soap & Glory Kiss Ass Concealer in medium, Soap & Glory thick and fast mascara, Tweezerman eyelash curlers, 99p brush, Monu Revitalising Moisturiser, Avon supershock gel pencil in Black

Nivea Creme!


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My new infatuation is with this beautiful cream!! I’ve always had Nivea Creme lying around at home and only really used it on very dry spots on my skin!

Then recently, I noticed how creamy it actually was! I decided to try this on my lips because it looked so nourishing and only ever done good on the skin on my body!

I apply this whenever I see it on my lips! Not just on my lips but around them too and I noticed over a few days how juicy my lips looked!

One day, after applying too much lipstick, I put the cream on, thinking because it would matte down the bold colour and it made my lipstick look AMAZING! The colour was muted a little (which I love!) and the look was a soft matte cream! Just like my NYX soft matte lip creams!

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I was ASTONISHED! It’s not only become my new beauty love but its a staple in my routine now! I love this small packaging because its so handy and its available worldwide! It’s so cheap and affordable, you can’t go wrong! If I was ever to recommend a lip balm, salve, cream, I would recommend this baby!

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