The Skincare Series: Current Routine (Evening)

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

I like to take a bit more time with my skincare in the evening, mainly because I'm conscious of removing all my make up, but also because I find it relaxing  it's been part of my bedtime routine for years now.

Evening Skincare Routine

Three of my evening products are the same as those I use in the morning: Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish, The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner and Yes To Grapefruit Eye Cream. You can read about my morning routine here. In addition, I like: 

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Miracle Makeover Facial Oil, £14.99
Designed to be a pre-cleanse, I use it before Cleanse & Polish when my skin needs something extra; it's so luxurious and doesn't leave skin feeling greasy. A little bit goes a long way and I love the rose scent too. As you can see, I've nearly finished the bottle so I'll be buying another one soon. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, £12
After reading several rave reviews I caved in and bought this. In fairness, I did need something a little bit richer for my skin at night and I'm so glad I chose this. I apply it just before I go to sleep and leave it to sink in. It does take a while, but in the morning my skin is always much softer and the dry patches that have been bothering me recently are disappearing with continued use. I'm impressed!

What do you use in the evening? Let me know in the comments!

The Skincare Series: Current Routine (Morning)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination so I like to keep things simple: cleanse, tone, moisturise, done.

Morning Skincare Routine

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14 for 100ml)

Cleanse & Polish is basically my skin's best friend, no other cleansers I've tried match up to it (although Aromatherapy Associates' Renewing Rose Cleanser isn't too far behind).

It's soft and nourishing and always leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped.

I find most face scrubs too harsh and I'm wary of trying chemical exfoliators, so the gentle daily exfoliation provided by the muslin cloth helps to get rid of dead skin cells.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (£8 for 200ml)

I had been using the Liz Earle Skin Boost Tonic but it runs out really quickly. Luckily, I had a bottle of this stashed away and it's proved to be just as good at getting rid of any residue.

It's calming on the skin too and it does provide hydration. I'm not particularly loyal to any one toner though, so feel free comment with your recommendations below!

Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream (£12.99 for 15ml)

A new buy. So far it's made the skin round my eye area feel firmer, and the grapefruit scent is really refreshing, but it's too soon to say whether it really does reduce dark circles! Expect a full review after a month or so.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15 (£12.99 for 75ml)

After being wowed by the clay mask and the pre-cleanse oil I decided to try another product and as I needed a new moisturiser I picked this one.

It's designed for dry and sensitive skin and you can tell  it's super hydrating and very gentle. There's no greasiness, although I have noticed that it makes my face a little bit shiny at first. Apparently this is common with products containing SPF, and it does disappear after a little while.

So that's it for the morning. What products do you like to use? Do you have any recommendations?

Soap & Glory Solar Powder

Friday, 13 June 2014

I've been wearing make-up for years now but Soap & Glory Solar Powder is the first bronzer I've ever bought. Most of them look too orange or just too dark and being a pale girl I don't want to look like I've applied mud to my face.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder (in packaging)

This bronzer is different. The compact contains two shades  a bronzer and a highlighter  and neither of them have left me with the dreaded orange complexion. You can sweep a large fluffy brush over the compact and dust the powder over your skin, or you can use a smaller brush and apply each shade individually to define areas such as your cheekbones.

Not surprisingly, the paler shade works better with my skintone but both of them blend nicely  they have a buttery soft, cream-to-powder texture. There's a sprinkling of shimmering pink powder on the top but this goes away after a couple of uses, so you don't have to worry about looking like a glitterball!

Soap & Glory Solar Powder

In the usual Soap & Glory style the packaging is uber-cute and there's a mirror in the compact in case you need to reapply. I've found that the bronzer has pretty good staying power though, which (naturally) I'm really happy about. 

I'd really recommend this, especially if you have pale skin like me and struggle with finding a decent bronzer. I've found that the powder gives a healthy glow when applied, and who can resist that?

Soap & Glory Solar Powder costs £11 and is available from Boots.
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