Sunday, 20 April 2014

My Skincare Survival Kit

best skin care products

Hello my lovelies! I've been wanting to make this post for ages and I've finally gotten my act together for long enough to make it! I'm a bit of a lotions and potions junkie, and I will literally buy anything that promises to make my skin look better, but I'm also a serial skin neglecter. So I thought I'd share with you my skincare favourites that I use, and how I try to keep my skin in check. 

It's all about the Routine

That's right, annoyingly, unless you manage to get yourself into a good skincare routine, you'll be stuck with mediocre skin forever unless you happen to be blessed with unearthly angel skin. As I said, I often neglect my skin, so I know this for a fact. When I'm tired the last thing I think I want to do is spend ages rubbing things on my face, so that's why my favourites consist of things that take very little time to use. In reality though, if you make these things part of your bedtime routine, taking care of your face can actually help you relax and feel ready for sleeping. Trust me! 

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise...

Has anyone else's mother hammered that into them since around the age of 8 or was it just mine? My mother was and still is an advocate for cleansing, toning and moisturising. I've always associated that with trying to remove your makeup solely with slimy cleansing lotion on one very sorry looking cottonwool pad. Trying to get rid of your mascara and black eyeliner with that stuff? Utter nightmare! For years this made me avoid this routine like the plague, but recently I've found my own way to do it, and not a slimy cleanser in sight! 

1. Makeup Wipes

nivea face wipes

I am a complete makeup wipe devotee. I couldn't live without them and I don't understand how anyone else can! I remove most of my makeup with a wipe, and they are especially good for getting rid of mascara without filling your eyes with product (ouch!). They'll also take off most of your foundation and leave your face semi clean. When I'm being lazy I stop here, though that is not something I advise! I'll use any old makeup wipes, it doesn't matter, so long as they do the job. At the moment I'm using these Nivea ones and they're pretty good and not badly priced. (£2.99 Boots

2. Micellar Water

micellar water review

I never knew what to make of micellar water, but I bought the Garnier one recently and have absolutely fallen in love with it. It's so great for removing the excess makeup that facewipes leave behind. It leaves your face feeling really fresh too. The bottle is utterly huge so you really get your money's worth with this one. If you haven't tried it already, you seriously should! It is only £2.99 at the moment from Boots (an absolute bargain!) so next time you're having a cheeky online Boots shop, stick some in your basket! 

3. Toner

lush tea tree water

I've used plenty of toners over the years, but this one is an absolute favourite of mine! You spray it on your face and you can either just leave it to dry or wipe it with some cottonwool. Spraying it on your face is so quick! Hurray! A totally non time consuming step! And it makes your skin feel lovely and cool and refreshed. I love Lush and this toner is a real gem! It comes in two sizes, 250 g (£7.50) and 100 g (£3.95), I have the smaller one, and it has lasted me ages so far! 

4. Moisturiser

best moisturiser

A good moisturiser is a must. At the moment I am using this one from Lush. It's a bit pricey at £11.95 for 45 g, but it's fantastic, and suitable for sensitive skin too. I bought it as a bit of a treat to myself as I've been a bit stressed out recently, and that's taken it's toll on my skin! This stuff is super, and lovely to apply just before bed! Of course, any moisturiser will do, just make sure it is good for your skin type, and don't skip this step! 

And just incase...

best spot treatment

My final advice would be to have the necessary skincare items on hand if you are prone to breakouts like I am. Usually these come when I'm stressed or neglecting my poor skin, and it needs nursing back to health. I have these two from the Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Range. The 3 in 1 cleansing lotion can be used in place of the micellar water when needed. It definitely feels more harsh on the skin but does do the trick in helping to get rid of pesky spots fast. You can pick it up for £3.99 from Boots. It's little companion is the Ultra-light Spot Treatment Moisturiser. I use this on and around spots, then use another moisturiser once that one has sunk in. The moisturiser is £4.99 from Boots

Well, there you have it, my skincare routine. It really doesn't take very long at all, and is effective if you stick to it! I imagine there are lots of different products that you could substitute in in place of the ones that I use that will work just as well. 

I hope you found something of use, and if you have any skincare tips, please share them in the comments! I'd love to hear your thought! 



Veil Cover Cream*

Hello my lovelies, I'm back! Sorry I've not blogged in nearly a month, I've been super busy with my dissertation, but that's done now! Might not be back to posting as often just yet, because I still have exams to do, but I shouldn't disappear completely again.

This week I was sent a sample kit of Veil Cover Cream from the people at Thomas Blake Cosmetic Creams. Veil Cover Cream can be used to cover acne scars, blemishes, dark circles, scar tissue and even tattoos. They asked if I would give it a go and post about it, so I did!

veil cover cream, cover scars, cover blemishes

The sample kit i was sent (£6.50 - veilcovercream.com) contains a sample of all of the light/medium colours that they sell the cream in, plus a small tub of translucent setting powder. I went with the colour "Natural Light".

The cream is very thick and I was surprised at how little I needed to cover my dark circles. However I did find that it was very easy to disturb what I had already applied by rubbing it slightly too much. Application was easiest with a sort of dabbing motion though I found it took quite a long time to make it sit right on my skin (I'm sure applying it would become easier with time!). I then used the translucent powder to set what I had applied, before carefully applying my foundation over the top. I had to be careful so as not to disturb the cover cream again, as I realised I'd not set it very thoroughly. I was also quite warm and that wasn't really helping matters either!

veil cover cream, cover scars, cover blemishes
Left: Before (no cover cream) Right: After (with cover cream)

So, here's me on the left with just a very light covering of foundation and nothing else. You can still see my dark circles and some redness around my nose and on my chin and also on my eyelids. On the right is me after applying the cover cream and my foundation. It definitely covered my dark circles and my redness, though I'm not sure how effectively I managed to apply it.

Overall, this is a great product and provides a lot of coverage. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with facial scarring that they were having trouble covering, or with acne scars. The cream itself retails for £19.95 and the setting powder for £22.50 (both from veilcovercream.com). For me, though I'm happy with the results, I think it is a bit heavy duty for my needs, though it could be hugely useful to have a pot if I had a bad breakout, just maybe not for everyday. A huge thank you goes to Thomas Blake Cosmetic Creams for letting me give their product a try!

I'd love to hear what you guys think and if you have ever tried anything similar!