Sunday, 29 April 2012

My Staple Products

1. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask- I bought this a few weeks ago when I was suffering from flaky/dry skin and I fell in love straight away. It has been a skin lifesaver and I now couldn't be without it. It contains all sorts of lovely, natural oils and butters which means it smells AMAZING and my skin really does drink it up. It was £20 for 100ml which I think is reasonable as a little goes a long way and I will definitely be repurchasing (probably sooner than I'd like as I am using it most nights instead of the suggested twice a week!)

2. Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask- This is a self-heating mask which means it opens your pores up for a deeper cleanse. It contains salicylic acid which really helps my skin with any breakouts. I love how my skin feels after using it; really fresh but not stripped (it says it contains grapeseed oil and jojoba beads which I attribute to the moisturised feeling.) The only complaint I have with this mask is with the 'colour change active' used in it. It turns blue when it mixed with water and unfortunately dyes small patches of your skin/eyebrows if not rubbed in properly. I use this mask once or twice a week which means that one tube lasts me months.

3. Flannels- An underestimated skincare essential that everyone should use. They remove dead skin cells as you cleanse without being too harsh on your skin. I try to use a fresh one every day (I don't throw them away I just put them through the wash) and for 3 for £1.50 in Primark at the moment you might as well.

4. Water- Obviously everyone drinks water and it's not strictly a skincare product but I do think it makes such a difference to your skin if you drink lots of it. I try to drink 4L if I'm at home all day or 2L if I'm out.

5. Vitamins- I'm not a massive vitamin taker as I prefer to just eat reasonably healthy, however I do take omega 3 fish oil and occasionally vitamin E which I think help my skin. (Vitamin E is also great for putting directly onto your skin as a natural moisturiser.)

6. Olive Oil- I was struggling to find a really mild eye makeup remover until I read something about using olive oil. I tried it and it did the job wonderfully; it didn't sting my eyes at all but removed all my makeup and it's a bargain at around £2 for 500ml. It also works wonders when used as a hair and scalp mask.

7. Sudocrem- I know I really shouldn't like this due to the fact that it's pretty much just pure mineral oil (boooo, sssssss) but the skin wants what it wants. I think it is a miracle worker on spots but I do use it only as a last resort when my next product fails...

8. Tea Tree Oil- I have tried a few cheaper brands' tea tree oils but I always end up going back to The Body Shop's version (mainly because theirs isn't at all greasy/oily). After I've cleansed and toned I use a cotton wool bud to dab this onto any blemishes I have.

9. A moisturiser with SPF- I have a few different ones with varying SPF's but they all contain at least SPF 15. The one shown in the picture is my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream with SPF 50. I will do another post soon comparing my favourite ones.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Sensitive Skin Review

I have been using this cleanser since Christmas so thought I would give it a quick review. This cleanser sounded perfect for my break out prone, sensitive skin and it is soap free, colorant free, alcohol free and paraben free so I splashed out and bought it for £10.21 from Boots. 
I used it every morning and evening and was really impressed with the results. It reduced the frequency of my breakouts and rarely gave me the tight, post cleansing feeling that I hate. I was loving this cleanser until...

...My skin, out of the blue, decided to become really dehydrated and so sensitive that it responded with angry blemishes to pretty much anything I put on it. Annoying is not the word... So after having the worst of my pealing (yes PEALING!) skin taken care of with a facial I decided to stop using this product and try a much more gentle cleanser. I don't know what caused by skin to change so suddenly but I'm pretty sure that it wasn't this product as I had been using it for months with no complaints.

I do really like this cleanser but I would avoid it if you have very sensitive/intolerant skin (like me) as it does contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate which probably aggravated my skin even more. I have recently purchased a Naked cleanser and I will review that soon.

Zara Goodies

I love, love, love my new Zara things. This lace midi dress will be perfect for summer and, although it was £29.99, I know I'll get a lot of wear out of it. However, I really don't like the white slip dress it came with, I wore it earlier in the week with black tights and a black slip underneath instead which looked much better. Now onto my pride and joy... just to set the scene for you a bit, I actually considered asking for this blazer/coat for Christmas when it was a whopping £99.99. Thank goodness I didn't as I snapped it up for a mere £14.99 in the sale!