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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Things I've Done: War of the Worlds Live

The chances of anything coming from Mars.....are a million to one, he said......but still, they come!!!

On Friday night, I headed to the Echo Arena in Liverpool with my family and my husband to see War of the Worlds, which my dad very kindly bought everyone tickets for. I had heard some of the music previously and seen the film but didn't have much of idea what to expect from a live show. Turns out, it was pretty amazing! If you don't know what it's about, it's basically a story of aliens from Mars invading earth. Jeff Wayne's music is an adaptation of a Novel, also named 'War of the Worlds' and written by H.G. Wells. You can read more about the story and the show on the War of the Worlds website here.

The musicians were all on stage and they were super talented. Being a musician myself, I really appreciate when people get the music spot on, I honestly couldn't fault their playing. Behind the musicians, up in the air, was a large screen, which the story was told on. There were 'on screen' actors and also 'on stage' singers/ actors-the main characters came onto the stage in front of the musicians. There were a few famous faces on stage too, including Brian McFadden, Shayne Ward, Jason Donovan and of course Jeff Wayne, the writer of the whole thing, who was conducting all of the musicians. I was very impressed with the singing and acting, in fact I thought more of Shayne and Brian's performances in this than I ever have when I've seen them singing on TV.

Brian McFadden
The special effects were brilliant too. A large 'martian' descended from the ceiling and stood on the stage, firing it's 'heat rays' and throwing flames. We were sitting near to the front at ground level so could really feel the heat! If we'd have been much closer I would have feared for my eyebrows! haha. The lighting effects that went with the more dramatic parts of the story were very well done. During the song 'Forever Autumn', paper leaves began to fall from the ceiling over the stage and over the audience too, it was so pretty-quite a contrast to the horror of the martians! Then there's the hologram of Liam Neeson, the original narrotor, because he couldn't be there. The hologram turned around and faced different directions so it looked strangely as though he was actually talking to the people on stage.

Shayne Ward
Jason Donovan
Overall, I had a great night seeing War of the Worlds and although our seats near the front were expensive (£71.50 plus booking fee I believe), I can see where the money went in that you don't get amazing special effects and famous faces cheaply. Personally, I think it was worth it. This is supposedly the last live our of the show, but they are currently touring all around the UK so if you can get any last tickets I would definitely recommend it. Whether it actually is the last one, though, remains to be seen. As it's over 30 years since Jeff Wayne's musical adaptation was released in the early 1980s, it wouldn't surprise me if they did a 40th or 50th anniversary show since it seems to be so popular. I know that the show in Liverpool sold old pretty quickly and our tickets were actually booked around a year ago so we had a long wait!

Have you seen War of the Worlds live or would you like to? 

Em x

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Christmas Baking Ideas: Melting Snowman Shortbread

This is another bake I did last year for a charity Christmas Fayre and they went down really well so I'm planning on doing them again this time around.

I began by making a basic shortbread recipe. I like this one from BBC Good Food. It's super simple to make. I then rolled it out to about 1cm thick and cut 'wiggly' shapes out using a sharp knife-you want it to look a bit like a puddle! I then baked them as in the recipe.

Now comes the fun part, the decoration! I made a very basic icing using icing sugar and water (I just eyeballed the quantity until I was happy with the texture) to cover the top of the biscuits in. You could also use white fondant if you'd prefer but you would need a bit of this anyway for sticking it down.

Next, I stuck a large marshmallow onto the wet icing at one end and left it to dry. Once dry, I used some ready made piping icing with a flat nossle to create the scarf. You could make your own if you wanted to but the ready made kind is fine. I used the little tubes of writing icing to create the arms and faces-make sure they're sad because no-one wants to be melting away now do they?!

These are really quite easy and to be honest, since they are melting snowmen, I don't think it even matters if the decoration isn't perfectly neat-it all adds to the melting effect!

What do you think? Em x

Friday, 28 November 2014

Festive Fingernails

I painted my nails using this combination last night, after I recently picked up Essie's 'Summit of Style' from Boots (on 3 for 2 as well-bonus!). I used it to paint myself some glittery tips on top of Nail's Inc.'s 'Hampstead Heath'. Such a festive combination of colours got me thinking about my favourite festive nail polishes and here is what I came up with...

Left to Right: Essie: Summit of Style/ Nicole by OPI: Rainbow in the S-kylie/  Nails inc: Hampstead Heath/ Deborah Lippmann: Nefertiti/ Essie: Leading Lady/ Orly: Rage/  Deborah Lippmann: Cleopatra in New York/ Rimmel: Celebrity Bash/ Essie: Beyond Cozy

Essie's 'Summit of style' is a chunky bronze-gold (or you could call it rose gold) glitter. As you can see in the top picture where I'm wearing it over Nails Inc.'s 'Hampstead Heath', it has larger and smaller pieces. It's best over another shade, unless you want to have to build it up using a few layers.

Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-kylie is from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian collection (hence the name!). It's an exact dupe of OPI's Rainbow Connection, which was a very popular nail polish from their Muppet's collection. I really wanted that one at the time but couldn't get hold of it and from swatches online, this is exactly the same. It contains a range of different sizes, shapes and colours of glitters and is so fun. You can build this one up with 2 or 3 coats but I prefer to use 1 coat over a base colour. It looks especially amazing over a dark shade so the glitter really stands out.

Nails Inc. Hampstead Heath is a gorgeous red that almost has a hint of pink to it. It's not too bright or deep but sits nicely in the middle. I used 2 coats of this on my nails in the top photo.

Deborah Lippmann's Nefertiti is a bright, metallic gold that I like to use for an accent nail, usually on my ring finger.

Essie's Leading Lady is such a glamorous shade and to me, the most festive of the lot. It's a nice deep red packed with small glitters. Christmas in a bottle!

Orly's Rage is a gorgeous rose gold metallic shade that I actually get a lot of use out of all year round. You can't tell from this picture but I'm around half way down the bottle.

Deborah Lippmann's 'Cleopatra in New York' is a black laced with gold glitter. I enjoy wearing this for nights out. The glitter is quite chunky so really stands out against the black base.

Rimmel 'Celebrity Bash' is a deep red cream shade. I don't believe that the 'Wear Maxx' line exists any more, having been discontinued, however the same shade is available in the 'Salon Pro' range of polishes that Rimmel do. I feel like this is a very sophisticated shade that would be great for day or night.

Essie's 'Beyond Cozy' is a metallic shade that sits somewhere between silver and gold in my opinion. It's almost like a warm silver shade, the way I see it. It has a lot of little shimmer particles in it so once on, it almost looks like a glitter but it has the advantage of being far easier to remove.

What do you think of my picks? Are there any nail polishes you would recommend for the festive season?

Em x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

5 November Make Up Favourites

I can't believe it's almost the end of November already-this year has flown! Anyway, here are the things I've been using most this month...

1. Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette. This is the round palette in the picture above. I love that this palette is almost a complete face of makeup and I just feel like all the colours really suit my skin tone. I find that sometimes these sort of 'everything' palettes contain some products that suit me and some that don't, which defeats the point, but this one is different. I did a post on the look I've particularly been enjoying here.

2. Another product I used in the same post is the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in the shade Raplumzel. I've really been enjoying it as an everyday slightly darker lip colour. It's sheer enough that it's still easy to wear but feels more Wintery than my other much used shade from the same range, 'Bashful'. It's also really hydrating-great for when the colder weather is taking its toll!

3. Another palette I've really enjoyed is the Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 palette, which is a dupe for the original Urban Decay Naked palette. I own the Urban Decay version, but this is an amazing £4 budget alternative. When I'm in a rush in the morning, I've been using the sidecar dupe (4th from the left) all over my lid, a little of the buck dupe (5th from the left) in my crease to blend it out and the virgin dupe (furthest left) on my inner corner to make me look awake. It's a simple eye look that takes no time but looks put together. I love the texture of these shadows so you may well see a full review soon.

4. TheBalm Fratboy blush. I have used this a LOT this month. I swapped it back into my make up bag a few weeks ago, as i mentioned in this post. It's actually quite similar to the one from the Tarte palette but there's a bit more peach in this one-I think it's the perfect peachy pink.

5. Boots Seventeen Falsifeye HD mascara. This is something I picked up this month and was super impressed with. I pretty much stuck with it for the rest of the month so I can tell I definitely like it. You can see my full review here, where I also mention what a good dupe it seems to be for the far more expensive Benefit They're Real!

What have your favourite make up products been lately?

Em x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Favourite Bath and Body Products

Today I thought I'd show you my favourite bath and body products. First on my list HAS to be the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush line. I have the shower gel, body butter and scrub. The original Soap and Glory scent is nice, but for me, the Sugar Crush scent is amazing!They have a zingy lime scent that really wakes you up. The scrub is also one of those scrubs that really does scrub-not one of the ones that are more like a shower gel with a few bits in. I am so addicted to these that I have been known to have a sneaky sniff of them when I'm in the bathroom but not even having a this weird? lol. I would love if they'd make a perfume that smells the same-take note please, Soap and Glory! You can find Soap and Glory products at Boots.

The Body Shop also have some great body products. Again, their scrubs are very 'scrubby' lol. Their body butters are super moisturising and a little goes a long way. Combine that with amazing fruity scents and you have some great products. I love a lot of scents they do but one particular favourite that I always go back to is the coconut range. I also think the Almond and shea body butters are particularly amazing for super dry skin, As a child, I had a small amount of eczema in specific places like the backs of my knees and the inside of my elbows. I don't really have an issue with it most of the time now, but sometimes if I get particularly stressed out I get a few small patches. Either of these really helps to clear it up within a few days. You can also see the Harvest Peach scent shower gel and body lotion above, which I recently picked up cheaply in the sale and have yet to use but it smells amazing!

Another range that I always come back to is Sanctuary. I've never tried anything from the company that I didn't like. It all seems to do exactly what it says on the tin and feels quite luxurious. Above are a few products from them that I currently have but I particularly like the Nourishing Bath Soak (centre)at the moment-it's moisturising, has a lovely, luxurious smell and and makes lots of bubbles with only a small amount so it lasts a long time. I think this product may have been discontinued in Boots unfortunately but it is still available from Debenhams here. I actually have a few of these stashed because I found it in B&M Bargains for £2.99-a lot less than the full price of £10.25.  I bought a few while I could at that price!

Finally, I want to mention the Palmer's cocoa butter moisturizing body oil. What you see above is a new bottle, which is to replace the new one I used up a little while ago and have just replaced. This stuff is amazing for using in the bath.You wouldn't know that from glancing at the bottle-you would just think it was to apply to your skin as a moisturiser as the bath part is in small print. A couple of cap fulls makes a lovely moisturising bath. I like to combine this with some bubbles when I want a luxurius soak. I do also like it rubbed into the skin as a moisturiser so it's a good multi-use product.

Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any favourite bath and body products you would recommend?

Em x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

My new favourite brow pencil

It was only a couple of weeks back that I mentioned the Eylure brow crayon October beauty favourites. Last week, it was beginning to run low so off I went to Boots to buy a new one. However, my local Boots seem to have stopped selling it so I had to go hunting for an alternative, not wanting to run out of something I use day to day.

The alternative I came up with is the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist, which is my new favourite and I actually think is far better than the Eylure one. It's also slightly cheaper, which is always a bonus when it's something you're likely to use every day and therefore use up reasonably quickly. It is the same twist up kind of pencil but there are a few differences.

Firstly, it is less patchy. To be honest, I hadn't really realised that the Eylure one was slightly patchy until I tried one that wasn't, if that makes any sense?! I'm quite new to brow pencils as before I used the Eylure pencil, I always stuck to powders and gels to fill in my brows.

Secondly, the Sleek one has a slanted tip. This makes it so much easier and quicker to apply it neatly in my opinion. Time is a valuable commodity when you're getting up early for work, so this is always an advantage.

Thirdly, the Sleek pencil has a spoolie on the end whereas the Eylure one didn't. This is so handy. I do have a seperate one but having it on the end of the pencil means you don't have to go hunting for another thing in your makeup bag, again making it quicker. I use this to brush through my brows after I've applied the pencil, to make sure it's even distributed.

I also really like the shade I chose in the Brow Stylist. I went for the shade Light, despite the fact that I am a brunette. I actually only tried the light because I'd normally go for medium but it was out of stock. However, I really like it. It means that my brows are still defined, but a bit lighter and more natural looking, especially since I use a tinted brow gel over the top, which adds a bit more colour anyway. The only issue I can see is that if you have light blonde hair, the lightest shade may not be light enough for you, unless you like the light hair and darker brow look.

You can find the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist at Superdrug or Boots for £5.99. It's currently on 3 for 2 here!

I think I'm converted! Have you the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist?

Em x

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Christmas Jumpers

I love a good Christmas jumper (above is one I picked up recently from Primark for £12). Yes, they're just a little bit tacky, but they're fun and silly and if you can't wear something like that at Christmas then when can you?! In the last few years, me and some friends seem to have begun a tradition of walking to our local pub on Christmas Eve for a few festive drinks, wearing the obligatory Christmas jumpers. I know it's a love or hate thing but personally I love them so I thought I'd share my top picks. I know it's only mid November but they seemed to sell out quickly last year so you're best getting in there early if you want one!

Mickey and Minnie: £15, Primark/ Light up Christmas jumper (yes-light up!): Primark, £18/ Polar Bear: ASOS, £32/ Winter Reindeer Scene: £30, ASOS Curve

'Jingle All the Way': New Look, £14.99/ Pink Penguin: Brave Soul @ New Look, £27.99/ Robin: George @ Asda, £14/ Snowman: M&S, £28

Have you picked up a Christmas jumper yet?

Em x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

5 for under £5

High end make up can be lovely but sometimes a budget brand item will do the job just as well. Here are 5 great quality make up products you can pick up for under £5...

1) Rimmel Stay Matte powder, £3.99. This is a really good matte powder for oily skin and I have bought it over and over again for years. It does a decent job of keeping my skin matte (I do blot my face around lunch time but it's the same whichever powder I use) and isn't cakey looking.

2) Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, £4.19. This one has been doing the rounds on blogs and youtube for a long time, and it deserves its good reputation. It has really good coverage and is long lasting, making it ideal for redness and spots/blemishes. Personally, I don't like to use it under my eyes as I find it a little drying for that but for blemishes it is brilliant.

3)Rimmel brow this way brow gel, £3.99. This is a tinted brow gel that can be used on its own or over pencil/ brow powder. It tints your brows and holds them in place. I much prefer the brush on this to the Maybelline version.

4)Revolution single eye shadows, £1!!! These are unbelieveable for the price. They have mattes and shimmers and both formulas are well pigmented and creamy-highly ununsual for cheaper matte formulas in particular.

5) Rimmel Scandaleyes eye liners, £3.99. These are creamy and blend easily but dry down to a waterproof finish so they stay put all day.

Which budget make up products would you recommend? Em x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Budget Beauty Christmas Gifts: Ebay

W7 In the Night palette £4.95 here / 2 piece atomiser set £2.39 here/ Brush set £8.38 here
Sometimes, you want to give someone a gift but not spend a fortune and other times you might want to buy a few smaller things rather than 1 bigger present. I feel like ebay is a great place to look for bargain beauty finds as there are so many options! I know that my Christmas shopping is well under way so I hope mentioning it doesn't seem too early for you!

The W7 palettes are supposed to be really good quality for the price and come in a nice tin. I love the look of the shades in this one but they also make dupes of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, which are on the same listing. They would make an amazing gift for teens who are experimenting with makeup or someone who just loves the stuff to expand on their collection. I might have to pick this one up for myself at some point, too!

The atomisers would be a great stocking filler. I have a few with different perfumes in as they are great for your handbag or travelling so you don't have to take a massive heavy bottle of perfume with you and risk breaking it. For this price, you can't go wrong.

The brushes, which are by the brand Jessup, are great! I have a set myself that I've had for about a year and are still going strong after lots of use and cleaning. I particularly like the larger ones for buffing in my foundation and they are great dupes of the Sigma kabuki style brushes which are much more expensive and not always that easy to get in the UK.

Em x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Remembering to use what you have!

Sometimes, us make up addicts get so distracted by the latest products to be released that we forget to make use of the things we have used our hard-earned money to buy. I've recently been trying quite a few new things but I also decided to have a look through my make up and find some things that I had forgotten about to give them some love. This also resulted in me throwing away a few things that were well past their sell by date, which can only be a good thing.

Here are the few things that I haven't used in a while and have been rotated back into my everyday makeup bag that sits in my make up area:

1) The Balm Fratboy blush. This is a peachy pink, matte blush that is easy to wear everyday and goes with almost any eye and lip makeup.

2) Urban Decay Naked palette (the original one). I've used up a few of the shades in this completely, as you can see, and it's looking seriously well used and battered. I have, however, been enjoying using the shades sidecar and half baked in particular. I mentioned it in my October favourites here as I've been getting a lot of use out of it in the last week or two.

3) Rimmel Scandaleyes eye liner in the shade bronze. I love this for my lower lash line. I apply a little on the outer corner and blend it inwards using a brush or even just my finger for some subtle definition.

4)Urban Decay Naked lipstick. I love this shade so much that I used it on our wedding day along with a slightly darker lip liner all over underneath so it didn't wash out my lips too much in flash photography, since it's on the paler side. It's an easy to wear pink-nude and I love the formula of these lipsticks, so creamy!

5) MAC eye shadow quad. I went through a phase of being slightly obsessed with MAC eye shadows but soon came to the realisation that some are good and some just aren't that great quality. Generally speaking, my favourite more expensive brands for eye shadows are Urban Decay and Too Faced these days. However, I do still love the shades in this very well used quad I made,which contains All That Glitters, Shroom, Cork and Brown Down. As you can see, 3 of the 4 are virtually gone so I thought I might as well try to finish them off.

Have you got any make up stashed that you could make more use of?

Em x

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

GOSH forever eye shadow sticks

I've had these GOSH forever eye shadow sticks for a while now, after spotting them while browsing in Superdrug. I have never seen anyone mention them online, so I thought I'd feature them here.

They are a twist up chubby pencil (great, no sharpening required!) that glide on super smoothly (you literally just swipe them across your lids-no tugging required!). They are also waterproof, which makes them great for long days and evenings out. They are great on their own as they don't crease on me once dry and have a lovely sheen/ shimmer to them. They are also amazing as bases for powder shadows, really making them stick and giving them a much more metallic finish.

The shade selection isn't massive but they have all the bases covers with some neutrals, a grey, a deep purple, a blue and a dark green. I have 4 of the 8 shades. I originally picked 1 up to try then hot footed it back to Superdrug for the rest when I realised how good they were. I like that the plum shade is a muted grey-purple rather than a bright one. It makes it much more wearable and lovely for a smokey eye.

left to right: 05 grey, 03 light copper, 02 beige, 06 plum
You can find the GOSH forever eye shadow sticks at here or in Superdrug stores for £5.99 and at the moment they're on 3 for 2 as well! 

Have you tried these? What do you think?

Em x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Party Season Fashion Wishlist

With the Christmas party season fast approaching, I like to look for one or two new clothing bits early. Although I have a few things already that I could get some more use out of, it's always nice to have something new for Christmas parties and nights out I always think. Whenever I leave looking for something to wear until the last minute, I can't find anything I like-it's just the way it seems to work!

Anyway, here are the things I like the look of so far...

Dress: Little Mistress, £60/ Sequin wide sleeve top: New Look, £34.99/ Sequin vest: George@Asda, £12 
I think the print of the dress is just gorgeous. Being a darker floral print, it's more appropriate for the colder months. They have a few different dress designs in this 'watercolour' print. Both sequinned tops I think would be great with a pair of dark coloured jeans.

River Island: £60
This red dress is such a nice festive colour and I think it would look amazing dressed up with a nice statement necklace and some heels. Red isn't generally a colour I go for clothes wise but for Christmas I will sometimes make an exception if I find something I particularly like.

Lovedrobe@New Look, £55
I love the gold lace detail on this one. It adds a little something to an otherwise plain black dress without being too much.

Little Mistress Curvy @ ASOS, £58
I love how girly the two Little Mistress dresses in this post are. I've never bought anything from the brand before but they seem to have some lovely dresses so that may change before the year is out.

Unfortunately,I won't be buying ALL of these, but a girl can dream, right?!

Have you got your eye on any clothes for the party season? 
Em x

Skincare Routine: Treatments

This is the final post in my skincare routine series. These are the products that I use less frequently or as and when my skin needs them.

First, we have masks. I currently have the Una Brennan Super Facialist Anti-blemish mask and purifying mask. You can see my full review of these here. They are very similar clay masks that both do the job of deep cleansing and removing excess oil. They also contain salicylic acid which is brilliant for reducing/ getting rid of spots. Then we have the Peaches and Clean face wash by Soap and Glory, which I actually use a mask. I got this idea from MissBudgetBeauty. Since it has fruit acids in it (basically chemical exfoliants that smooth the skin), it has more effect if you leave it on for a little while than if you were to use it as a face wash. My skin reacts really well to ingredients like that but I would approach with caution if you have sensitive skin as it does leave my skin a little pink after I've left it on for 10 minutes or so.

Next is facial oil. I have the Clarins Lotus oil, which is actually designed for oily skin and seems to really hydrate without being too heavy and greasy. I like to use this after I've used a deep cleansing mask as it puts the moisture back into my skin. I also have a deluxe sample size of the Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil light to try, which I'm imagining will do the similar job, but I'll report back on that one.

My skin is quite blemish prone at times, particularly at a certain time of the month! I therefore have 2 products that more more specifically directed at spot treatment. Garnier Pure Active spot fighting moisturiser is a light gel moisturiser with salicylic acid. I only really like to use this if  I have spots/blemishes over a large area of my face. If it's just one or 2 spots, I will use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Rapid Clear Treatment. This is a clear gel that really helps to reduce the size of spots overnight.

That's it for my skincare routine! Are there any products you'd recommend for oily/ blemish prone skin?

Em x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Skincare Routine: PM

In my last post, I told you about my morning skincare routine. Today it's time for my evening routine.

I wear make up most days unless I'm just around the house/ popping out for a walk or something, so first up is eye make up removal. For this I use the Garnier simply essentials 2 in 1 eye and face makeup remover. This gets all eye make up off easily including waterproof mascara and doesn't leave my eyes with an oily film like some oil based removers do. It's also very cheap at only £2.99 for a large 200ml, although you can often find it even cheaper as it's regularly on offer.

Next, I remove my face makeup. For this, I initially use a make up wipe. I'm not particularly fussy since it's just to get the bulk off, as long they do the job. The ones I currently have are just some cheap ones from Home Bargains. 

I then do one of 2 things. If I'm feeling lazy, I use the Garnier micellar water on a few cotton pads to remove the rest. This comes in a huge 400ml bottle for £4.99-although again, you can often find it on offer. 

Otherwise, I use a hot cloth cleanser with a muslin cloth. I currently have the Superdrug Naturally Radiant one and the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, which I use interchangeably. I don't think that there's much difference in how they perform, but the Liz Earle feels a little more luxurious and is more expensive. You can also use these for actually removing all of your makeup but personally I prefer to remove the bulk of it first so my skin is actually being cleaned.

Next I use the Nip n Fab Glycolic Fix exfoliating pads as a toner step. They are convenient being pre-soaked pads. I follow this with the Np n Fab Glycolic Fix Serum. Since glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant, I really find that it helps to keep my skin smooth and clear. You can see my review of the serum here.

I am currently using the Simple light moisturiser in the evening. If you're after a plain moisturiser that isn't too heavy, this is a good bet and it's cheap, too! I love that simple products are just that-with some products, I don't want a lot of unecessary ingredients. As I am still in my 20s and have oily skin, I don't feel like I need any heavy duty anti-aging products and I definitely don't want anything too thick or greasy.

However, I do then use the Simple Age Resisting eye cream. This is not anti-aging as much as preventative (or so the box says!). Again, I don't need something very heavy duty but I think it's important to keep your eye area well hydrated to avoid early wrinkles. If the age resisting aspect of it works, it's a bonus.

Finally, I use the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm before bed. I use this again in the morning, as I mentioned in my post about my morning routine here.

That's it for my evening routine. There is a 3rd post coming up about treatments/ masks/ skincare products I use as and when my skin needs the so look out for that!

Em x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Skincare Routine: AM

Today I thought I would share with you my morning skincare routine in the hopes that it might help someone out there. Obviously skincare products for very individual because everyone's skin is different but this is what works my my skin.

 As a teenager, I had very oily skin and quite a few spots, which I used to try to attack with as many spot fighting treatments as I could find....bad move. If you have oilier, acne-prone skin, the worse thing you can do is strip it of all it's natural oils because your skin will work even harder to replace all the oil that you've removed, therefore making your skin more and more oily. A few years on and it's still oily in the t-zone with more normal cheeks and I still get occasional breakouts but generally nothing major as I've learned how to keep my skin under control.

I wash my face with Neutrogena Visibly Clear Grapefruit creamy face wash. What I look for in a face wash is that it contains some salicylic acid, which is a good spot fighting ingredient and is on the creamier side so it's not stripping but without being too heavy.

About once or twice a week, I use a scrub. I currently have the nip and fab glycolic scrub which I really like because it gives a good exfoliation without being too harsh. I wouldn't use a manual exfoliator more than once or twice a week because it can actually damage your skin if you do it too much. This one is also a chemical exfoliant since it contains glycolic acid-an ingredient that my skin seems to love and that I use in other products in my evening routine.

After cleansing, I moisturise with the La Roche Posay Effeclar Mat moisturiser. This stuff is great for those who find themselves getting shiny throughout the day as it isn't too heavy and is great under makeup.

Next I use Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm. I like to use an eye cream so that my under eye concealer blends in nicely and the delicate skin stays nice and hydrated. This one is light weight enough that it sinks in pretty quickly-again great for under makeup.

The final step in my morning skincare routine is the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm. This stuff is AMAZING. I didn't believe the hype until I tried it but it really is as good as people say. I like to put a lip balm on before I do my makeup so my lips are well conditioned by the time I put any lip products on.

If I'm just going to work etc and spending most of the day indoors, I rely on the SPF in my primer/ make up. However, If I'm going to be spending a lot of time outside/ in the sun, I swap my usual moisturiser for the Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sinshield Superfluid SPF50 . This is non greasy and very runny so it sinks in quickly but gives enough moisture for oilier skins to not need the extra step of moisturiser. I like the Vichy and La Roche Posay sun screens for oily skin too, but this happens to be the one I have at the moment. 

Do you know of any amazing products for combination-oily skin that you would recommend? 

Look out for a post on my evening skincare routine coming up!

Em x