Skin Care

The majority of the New Years resolutions are to become healthier or to cut down on alcohol and smoking. However, for the more beauty focused it could be to try new products and to take more care over their skin care routines or their make up routines. Within this post I am going to mention products that I have used previously, products I am using now and also the products I am wanting to try out.

It wasn’t very long ago that I started to wear make up on a regular basis. As soon as I turned 16 and started at college I become more consious of my appearance especially because the majority of my friends were wearing make up. I think wearing make up became a more regular occurrance once I was going into the start of my second year of College and it seemed to make all the difference. I felt so much more confident in myself when I wore make up that I made the decision to continue wearing a full face of make up throughout my second year.

It wasn’t until working throughout the summer of 2016 that I decided that the only reason I was wearing a full face of make up day in, day out was because my skin wasn’t in the best of condtions. However, I still carried on piling on the make up. It was that point in the summer that I decided to try to take better care of my skin if I was to continue wearing make up most days of the year. I decided to start this as soon as I could and decided that by my camping trip with my family at the end of August I wanted to not have to wear make up on the hotter days so that my skin can have a chance to breathe without having make up on. There were a few products that I had to use religiously everyday in order to give myself the best chance of having smoother skin. I think I must have trialed around 7/8 products and to this day still use 4 of those original products.

There are a few products that I would really recommend and a small number of products that I wouldn’t go near with again. This is not because the brands were terrible or misleading but the products didn’t seem to do anything for my skin in the way that I wanted it to. Whether this is because I had such high expectations of the brands or because the products were just not cut out for my skin type, but they really didn’t do a lot for me at all. So my skin type depends on the time of year as to what sort of products I need to be using, this is probably similar to so many people as the products you are using in the summer should not be the same ones that you are using in the winter as your skin needs a little more TLC.  

So from that point in the summer I have made sure that even if I am really tired and all I want to do is go to bed is making sure that I take all of my make up off. On these occasions I am not as strict as usual and this means that on the occasions that I am really tired that instead of putting spot treatments and moisturising  I will just make sure that I have really wahed my face and that I use a light moisturiser. However, this only happens on a very rare occasion and I am usually able to ensure that my full skin care routine is followed. 

I have two different skin care routines which are fairly similar but I feel that the products I use and the way in which I am using them work the best for my skin at the present time. My morning routine and my evening routine consist of the same products as well as a few more in the morning than I use in the evening. There are more products within my morning routine than there are in my evening due to not wanting to have as many products on my skin whilst I am sleeping. 

My morning skin care routine varies throughout the year, by doing this I am able to try to ensure that my skin is in the best condition it can be in the different times of the year. It is important for me to make sure that my skin is being cared for due to wearing make up for the majority of the day. 

In the morning I use four products to look after and moisturise my skin. The first product that I use in the morning to cleanse my skin is the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water. I like to use this in the morning to cleanse my face before make up is put on so that I am able to ensure that my face is clean and prepared for the make up. I then like to use two of four spot treatments. This is mainly used when I am having a particularly bad day. The four treatments that I interchange each day are the Boots Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Day and Night Spot Wand, Freederm Fast Track Spot Gel, Soap and Glory Dr Spot Breakout Gel and the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick. Each day these treatments are interchanged so that the skin doesn’t get used to the same products. After the spot treatments are used I ensure that my skin is kept moisturised all day with an oil free moisturiser , the particular moisturiser that I use is the Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturiser. As my skin tends to become fairly oily in the warmer months of the year and a little bit drier in the colder months  I have found that this moisturiser is the best for my particular skin type. I also use an eye cream in order to ensure that the skin beneath my eyes are kept moisturised and in te best condition they can be. The eye cream I use is the Boots Time Delay Anti-Ageing Wrinkle Reduce Eye Cream. After I have let the moisturiser prime my skin I apply my make up.

The make up that I apply for an everyday make up look incude foundation, concealer, translucent powder, bronzer, eyebrow kits and also a setting spray. The foundation that I use is the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Fundation in the shade 100 (Ivory), this is applied with a natural latex free beauty blender. I then use the Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer under my eyes, on the area between my eyebrows and on my forehead. This is applied using the same beauty blender as I use to blend my foundation. In order to ensure that my foundation and concealer is set before I apply bronzer I use the Max Factor Translucent Loose Powder and a powder brush to blend the powder into the skin to set the foundation and concealer base. Once I have powdered my face I use a combination of eye brow kits in order to shape and fill my brows. The products that I use is the Rimmel London Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit in shade 002 (Medium Brown), I only use the wax that is supplied in this kit and this is used on the outer half of my brow whereas the Collection Eye Brow Kit in Brunette is used all over my brow but mainly in the outer two thirds in order to fill the brow properly. I use the lightest shade in the Collection Eye Brow Kit as that is the colour that is closest to my natural colour. After shaping and filling my brows I  use the No7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer in order to add more colour and definition to my face. As I don’t use contour or highlighter I personally really like to use this particular bronzer as there are two shades that are given. A darker colour that is paired along with the more peachy highlighting colour that give the face a darker colour without the look of wearing too much make up. Finally, in order to finsh off the more natural look I use the Rimmel London Wonder’Full Mascara with Argan Oil. For a more “glam” look I use the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Precision Micro Eye Liner in Black on the lash line of the top lashes and the lid of the eye as well. In order to set my make up all day I use the Fix Makeup Setting Spray by New Look.

The products that I use in the evening include face wipes, cleansing water, spot treatments and moisturisers. Every other evening I exfolite my face with a Clearasil Exfoliating Scrub. I try to avoid washing my face everyday as I feel my face doesn’t respond well and it tends to fee alot drier and I also feel that my skin strips itself of the natural oils off of my face. Instead I use wipes the other evenings. The face wipes I use are the Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes to remove my make up and to ensure that I have removed my make up properly and my face is clean I use the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water. I then use two of the four spot treatments that I used that morning so that the skin doesn’t have as many new products placed onto my face each day. Once the two spot treatments have been absorbed into the skin I apply the Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturiser on top in order to ensure that my skin is kept moisturised throughout the night. I also use the Boots Time Delay Wrinkle Reduce Eye Cream before bed in order to keep the skin under the eyes supple and youthful. By using these products in a set routine day in, day out I feel that my face is not only becoming clearer but it also feels healthier and more youthful. 

Christmas 2016

Although now it is January I have finally got around to uploading the items that I received from my family and boyfriend for Christmas.

Every year we get asked about the sort of things we would like for Christmas. This year I had no idea! As I work and earn  I buy the things I need the most myself and this meant that I didn’t want or need anything for Christmas. Due to this my mum decided that she would pick a couple of things she thinks that we would really like and a few smaller presents that we would use. The majority of our Christmas presents each year get are practical presents that we would use all of the time.

So each Christmas from my mum and step dad we get given one or two main presents and a few smaller presents. So when we were little we would get so many presents and toys and all the things we wanted but now I have reached an age where I know the value of money and how much the price of everything has increased by that I prefer to have one or two main presents that have had loads of thought into and my parents can guarantee that we will like, enjoy and use throughout the year. So this year my main present was a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Polaroid Camera in white. Two of my sister’s and my mother have this camera in pink, yellow and blue and I used to send my photos away to get them printed in a Polaroid style. I then was given a few things for my room, these included a couple of cushions, a clothes rack to place on the wall or the back of a door and few little things like socks and a mug. Every year we are given little presents such as socks and underwear, this has turned into a little tradition that more than likely will be carried on for many more years yet.

I also got a few little presents from the rest of my family as well as a few  presents from Matt’s family. From my little sister I was given a bronze/ rose gold plastic cup and straw. My brother gave me two homemade candles and three sets of homemade wax melts. From my two older sisters I was given a selection of bath products and shower gels. Every present that my family have to me they know that I will use them and they won’t be sat on the side and not being used.

Christmas day was spent over my nans house with the rest of the family. This has also turned into a tradition as we have spent many years over our nans house for Christmas this means that their presents are also opened in the evening of Christmas day. As I hadn’t given my parents a list of things that I wanted for Christmas, my nan was told anything Grey, black, white or sparkly. This meant that when I opened the presents I had been given was Grey and black. These colours were told to her so that she could pick things out that could be placed into my room. The presents that I received were an extra large, super soft grey fleece blanket and also a super fluffy black cushion for my bed. I think between Christmas day and now I have probably spent the majority of my time cuddled up in this blanket it is that soft!

The first presents that I opened for Christmas were from my boyfriend. So instead of spending Christmas day together we spent Christmas with our families. This resulted in us seeing each other and swapping presents on Christmas eve. For Christmas Matt gave me a few different things. The first present I was given to open was an Adidas mens body spray  in ice dive. The reason he gave me that was because every time he gets ready he uses  and said that I really liked it. As we don’t live together the only time I am able to smell it fresh and ‘out of the can’ so to speak is when I am staying the night. The second item Matt gave me to unwrap I don’t think I smiled so much in my life. I’m going to give you a quick background about this first. I have been looking at a specific brand of watches for a few months now and I have never been able to bring myself to buy it. So when I unwrapped a La Bohème Rose Gold, White and Grey Cluse watch I think I literally squealed. Now there aren’t many things that I would get excited about but that was definitely one of them. The following thing that Matt gave me to open was a tub of flying saucers. These sweets basically one of my favourites old-school sweets and by having a tub I thought I would be able to have my favourites for a longer period of time, how wrong I was! They lasted a whole two days. I was finally given my last present and apart from the four corners of the present it was wrapped and sellotaped every part of the present. After about 5 minutes of trying to get into the wrapping I was able to see the outer packaging and it was a Pandora piece. I have two rings and a pair of earrings from Pandora but I didn’t have a bracelet from there. I have always wanted one but never received one. When I opened the inner box, I was so happy to see a Pandora bracelet and in my favourite colour the Rose Gold bundle. So within this is a bracelet, two clips and a charm in Rose Gold. I don’t think that I have ever been so happy with presents from anyone apart from family in my life.