Today’s Skincare Routine.

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Benefit refined finish facial polish (£18.50)

Clearasil deep cleansing toner (£2.53)

La Roche-Posay hydraphase UV intense riche (£16.50)

Quinoderm 5

Lush mint julips lip scrub (£5.50)

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My skincare routine stays pretty much the same most of the time, as the idea of changing it often doesn’t really sound like it’d do the skin much good at all… Due to the ongoing, dull winter weather at the moment, my skin is still suffering. It is so dry, however because naturally I have combination skin, during the day it can get quite oily – ugh. A couple of times a week, I will exfoliate, otherwise when putting on makeup it is just a nightmare, because it’ll be flaky and seriously dry! So what I have been loving to do this with is the Benefit refined finish facial polish, because it really leaves my skin squeaky clean. It leaves a smooth finish, especially as I like to leave it on the skin (after rubbing it in to erase any flaky dry skin) for about 5 minutes. The lady at the Benefit counter suggested I did this, and I really liked the way this technique worked.

After exfoliating, I apply toner on a cotton pad. I have been using the Clearasil deep cleansing toner for quite a long time now, and always find myself going back to it. It is really good for acne prone skin. With the help of this product, I find that I can really remove all the dirt and excess oil, and it also does a good job of tightening those pores!

The La Roche-Posay moisturiser is a fairly new one to my routine, however I have been really enjoying it so far. As my skin is combination, I need good moisture because it does get very dry, however my skin annoyingly also gets oily. This means that finding a super nourishing moisturiser that helps with dry patches, yet does not leave a ton of oil that will make my makeup literally slide off the following is difficult. This one, anyhow, pretty much does what I require! I first heard good reviews about the brand from A Model Recommends (Ruth Crilly) on her YouTube channel. I had high expectations, and was not disappointed. The product feels really light on the skin, has helped a lot with the dryness, and has not added excess oil. A winner, for me!

I have already spoken about the Quinoderm spot treatment products in my blogpost “Three Spot Treatments.”. I opt for the Quinoderm 5 not 10 on a daily basis because it is not so strong – it is still pretty effective however will not dry out my skin so much, seeing as it contains half the volume of benzoyl peroxide.

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I have really fallen in love with this lip scrub by Lush… First of all, it smells god damn delicious. Oh wait, it also tastes delicious! When I first heard about these (originally just the bubblegum and popcorn flavours) people said the rub it into their lips (as you do) and simply lick it off. To me this just sounded bizarre, and I assumed it was a personal preference type of thing. Nonetheless I went and bought one, as my winter cracked lips were simply in need of help! On the cute little pot, I read it and it actually directed that you lick it off! Suddenly it sounded even better. Apart from going on about how tasty a lip scrub is, it does actually work as a scrub – it easily removes and dry or flaky skin. Also I love how it is not messy, I had never really gotten into lip scrubs because they seemed a bit pointless. This one is quite a dry formula, and as you just lick it off, it really is no nonsense of bother.

I hope this was useful for some of you out there who are also under the condition of troublesome, winter skin!

S x

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Feeling Under the Weather.

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It’s still that time of year & we’re all coming down with colds and flu’s, especially here in England where we all know winter, seems to be never ending. In the last few days I have been feeling pretty rough myself, so I thought I’d share with you all my essentials for the cold season, from skincare and makeup to ways to really relax.

So let’s kick this off with skincare. In the winter, cold or no cold, skin tends to get very dry and “dull”. When I have a cold, I really try to bump up the moisture levels in my skin – although this really does not happen overnight! Even though you’re not feeling your best, do try to maintain a good, constant skincare routine. Remember to exfoliate once or twice a week, so really get rid of all that horrible dry skin, and then I love to applyElizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Face. This is so rich and is the most effective moisturiser I have every used on dry skin. I know it’s pricey, but I would really recommend it if your dry skin is just not listening to anything else. Also I find myself applying hand cream pretty religiously as they get so dry in winter, especially when you have a cold… I guess.

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On this mission to make one’s skin appear healthier, and not suggest that you are pretty ill and incredibly tired, here are the makeup items I tend to reach for in such situations. Sometimes, shoving a load of makeup in the hope you will look presentable when feeling ill is the last thing you want to do. When the time comes that you really do need to look alive, awake and a bit more cheery, small amounts of effective makeup will work wonders.

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I have found the use of a brightening concealer under the eyes and on redness etc is really effective, just to lift the complexion form that dullness of a cold. Usually when my skin is dry I wear the Benefit porefessional primer, just act as a barrier between my skin and the makeup, and makes the foundation or concealer last longer with a smoother finish. Curling the lashes will really open up the eyes, and with added mascara on the top lashes only will really make you look awake. I have been loving the Sleek blush because the gold shimmer in it highlights the cheekbones as well as adding the pop of colour on the cheeks, really brightening up the skin – the perfect colour.

Last of all, the perfect remedy is to watch a good few episodes of your favourite TV series – I recommend Keeping Up the the Kardashians as it is so addictive, amusing and is on the channel E! so often. I also love Pretty Little Liars, although some may find this a little dramatic for chill time. Grab a cup of honey and lemon, or if in doubt a good old cup of tea, maybe even a biscuit to go with it and a hot water bottle.

Feel better if you are under the weather – if you’re one of the lucky ones and just feels pretty great, maybe you could use my suggestions another time…

S x

Three Spot Treatments.

I think we’re all in search of the perfect spot treatment, that actually works consistently and quickly. Everyone’s skin is different, and will work differently with every product used on it. My skin is very prone to spots and blemishes, unfortunately! I have tried so many treatments – seriously. So many of them just did not do a lot at all, and what I often found is that they did the first stage, ie. changing from a sore red spot to a white head, and then just did nothing afterwards. These three products work for me more than any others I have tried, so I thought I’d share them with you.

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Origins super spot remover, Clinique anti-blemish solutions spot treatment gel, Quinoderm 10

For each of these three products, I usually just squeeze a little onto my finger, and rub it into the blemish. The Origins and Cinique treatments are gel formulas, and what I use on a daily basis. Whenever I get blemishes (which is pretty often!), they are always incredibly stubborn, so for me, no treatments will erase the blemish completely within a few days. These will help, and make them less visible, and usually eventually get rid of them. The Quinoderm cream is stronger, and something I use when I really need to get rid of a spot for any reason. The brand is not available very easily – I buy mine in local pharmacies, but it can also be purchased online. I think this is because it contains benzoyl peroxide, which is not used as often any more, probably because it is quite strong. I would not recommend this for sensitive skin as it would just be too harsh. There is a less strong version, Quinoderm 5, which would be less harsh on the skin.

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The Origins super spot remover is £14, the Clinique one is £14 too. Quinoderm 10 varies in price but should be less than £5, so very affordable, and in my mind, the most effective out of the three. The only reason I don’t use it on a daily basis (or the Quinoderm 5), is just so that I don’t dry out my skin. If you’re really struggling with blemishes, and like me, they really bother you, give any of these a go, especially the Quinoderm 10 or 5 because it contains the most effective ingredients.

I’d love to know if you have any spot treatments you’d like to recommend, so leave a comment!

S x