Christmas Beauty Haul

FionaIn amongst the whirlwind of Christmas (driving over 500 miles, drinking too much Baileys and eating twice my body weight in cheese) I was completely spoiled by friends and family with some gorgeous beauty gifts.

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Confessions of a skincare newbie!

My alarm goes off, I get in the shower. Get out. Use a facial wipe to get rid of the remnants of yesterday’s make-up. Put on today’s make-up and carry on my daily routine.

This *was* my skincare routine for the past…….years! *cringe*

And then I went to beauty club!

When I told them about my beauty “routine” I was met with shaking heads and disappointed looks, which was totally deserved!

I was then bombarded with information bout cleansers, toners, moisturisers and acids (something I’d only really experienced in science at school!)

I realised I needed to change.

I decided I needed to take a shopping trip, and luckily Lucy and Sara were on hand to come with me and guide me through the confusion. Needless to say I came home with quite the haul:

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After reading the brilliant Caroline Hirons blog, and getting advice from my fellow beauty clubbers,  I realised that it wasn’t at all confusing! Cleanse, tone, moisturise. Simple!

My favorite products are my Body Shop camomile Cleansing oil, the Indeed Laboratories powder exfoliator and their Hydraluron moisture jelly. Three products I now don’t think I could live without!

After one week of my routine, I had already noticed a difference in my skin. Softer, smoother and with less breakouts. I even went out one night with no BB cream on!

I had always thought that it would take too much time to do all these steps but actually it’s pretty quick. I work shift as a Bar Manager so I keep silly hours. I now look forward to coming home and taking my Make-up off . It gives me five minutes to myself and gives me a bit of time to de-stress.

To all those people who think they don’t have time, or it’s too confusing….you do! And it’s not! Take it from me…I was the last person I thought would have a skincare routine, and now I would not be without it!

Thanks  Ladies!

My Current Skincare Routine – For Oily Dehydrated Spot Prone Skin

Skincare came late to me. As a spotty teen I did all of the wrong things; Didn’t regularly wash my face (urgh). When I did I’d use stringent, alcohol teaming cleansers stripping my skin of any natural, helpful oils. I’d scrub that heavy duty apricot exfoliator to shred my face… If the cleanser wasn’t enough punishment. Also moisturiser was evil and to never be used.

THANKFULLY I’ve now moved on and had an appropriate skincare routine for a few years now. If you’re at a loss I can recommend the skincare guru Caroline Hirons Blog, Sali Hughes’ Book/Youtube Channel and Wayne Goss’ Youtube Channel for starters.

I’ve discovered that I have an oily/dehydrated skin type. The good news is that having oily skin reduces the onset of wrinkles (YAY), the bad news is that after a weekend on the booze or going one night without cleansing my face I will get at least one spot staring at me in the bathroom mirror in the morning (BOO).

Dehydration almost seems new in the skincare/beauty arena, here is the science bit;

“Well-hydrated skin will appear smooth and dewy on the surface. The epidermis will be plump, supple and bounce back easily, indicating good elasticity. Epidermal dehydration is indicated by crepiness or small lines that form when the skin is manipulated during skin analysis. Scales may form in the case of more severe, chronic surface dehydration. Dermal dehydration causes depletion of the dermis and will ultimately result in deeper wrinkles that are visible on the surface of the skin, as well as elastosis and sagging skin.”

Crepiness, wrinkles and sagging skin you say, where do I sign up?!

To combat both of my issues I use a mixture of products that work for me.
AM

AM

L-R – Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser.

The cleanser I love is Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Gel, I’ve repurchased this several times. It’s soap and paraben free with lovely Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid.

After washing and patting my face dry I’ll give it a couple of sprays of the Lush Tea Tree Water, it’s really refreshing and as tea tree is antibacterial it can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Once this dries down I use a pea sized amount of the Indeed Labs Hydraluron which helps me solve my dehydration issue.

The eye cream I’m using at the moment is Una Brennan Dark Circles Eye Cream, It’s not proven to reduce my dark circles (waahh) but it’s light, moisturising and I can apply make-up straight on top of it which *will* reduce them.

Finally (depending on how my skin is that day) I’ll use my face moisturiser which on a normal day will be Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care, this helps target both my oil and hydration issues.

I know this seems a lot but it honestly takes 2 – 3mins on a morning.

PM

L-R Make-up Remover, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser

L-R – Make-up Remover, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser.

As per AM but with an added make-up removing step of Clinique Take The Day Off. It is a cleansing balm that I LOVE. It removes all traces of make-up including industrial strength mascara! It’s scent free and doesn’t sting my eyes.

I then follow the AM routine with a change of moisturiser to Clinique Moisture Surge. It may look like pink ectoplasm but it’s really fantastic stuff, really hydrating without any stickiness and doesn’t break me out.

ONCE/TWICE A WEEK

L-R - Facemask, Facemask, Acid Exfoliator.

L-R – Facemask, Facemask, Acid Exfoliator.

Once a week (usually Sunday to help combat the weekend indulgence) I’ll use one of the two masks, both clay based with Salicylic acid to extract impurities.

Twice a week I’ll use the Indeed Labs Exfoliator which is a powder form, you mix with water to turn it into a foamy consistency. I’d use this PM after removing make-up and cleansing with the Vichy.

To be brutally honest the first step and best step I’ve ever taken was too simply start washing my face and making sure I remove my make-up properly every day*.

*Apart from 4am on a Sunday when a slapdash make-up wipe will just have to do.

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