My Skincare Favourites: Sensitive And Dry Skin

My favourite skincare products with some horrible pictures – better ones are to follow!

I’ve never done a post specifically targeted to drier, more sensitive skin, which seems odd to me considering that is my skin type.  Typically, I have dry skin which is pretty sensitive, although (luckily for me!) I don’t break out often.  While some may experience breakouts when it comes to using the wrong products for their skin type, I tend to just experience dryness or redness, or a stinging sensation, especially around my eyes.  Anyway, over recent months I’ve managed to compile a selection of skincare which is PERFECT for any of you dry/sensitive skin sufferers around here!  Hopefully this will help you if you’re looking for some products to add moisture to your skin, or a new favourite product even if you don’t have the need for sensitive skin tailored products  – seriously, who doesn’t want some super moisturising, gentle skincare once in a while!

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So, starting with my more moisturiser related products, I have the Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mask.  I had reviewed this a while ago, but I just want to reinforce the point; this is so amazing for stopping dry skin right in it’s track.  I totally love to use this, and when it’s soaked in I’ll wash it off with the scrub I’m going to talk about in a bit and it makes your skin so soft and it is so gentle!  It’s a win win situation.  Sadly for me, I get dry skin pretty much all over my body, especially my legs and this Nivea Creme is something that I feel has been around for ages – I have some memories of it from when I was younger, which is just weird!  I guess it shows that it sticks around, probably because it works.  I lather this on quite thick whenever I have dry patches of skin and leave it on overnight: by morning, my skin is smooth and soft!  My final dry skin saviour here is the Nuxe Paris Multi Purpose Dry Oil, and I love it.  When my face is really dry, I tend to use this under my moisturiser and it’s guaranteed to fix my issues!

 

The next thing I’m going to talk about is right in the back (sorry you can’t see because these pictures are so horrible!  I took them last night, bad lighting etc, I’m going to take some better quality ones very soon and update the post!) and it’s the Garnier Soothing Vitamin E Enriched Toner.  This is such a gentle yet effective toner, and it really helps even out my skin after washing.  Toners are really important after you’ve cleansed your skin to rebalance your pH levels, and so I always make sure to use one – this Garnier one is really refreshing and I look forward to using it every day!

Finally, from what I think is one of THE BEST high street skincare brands out there, the Neutrogena Spot Stress Control daily scrub.  I love this so much, it’s a gentle scrub which really helps to keep my skin soft and it claims to keep spots at bay – I use this daily, so perhaps this is the saviour to not having too many spots at the moment.  It smells very refreshing, like cucumber, and so is very calming on the skin.

I hope this post maybe helped some of you find some new skincare favourites!  Have you got any skincare holy grails?  Make sure to tell me in the comments!

Soph xx

February Favourites

I feel like I haven’t blogged in a while which is probably true as I have missed a week, but it was my first week back at school and I had lots of tests and quizzes (all of which I did okay on, even getting an A in Chemistry which is my weakest subject so I was so happy with that!).  I should be back into the swing of things after this week, as I sit my Food Technology GCSE on the very day you are reading this – in fact, I will have done it by the time this is posted.  I can’t wait to have it over and done with and I really hope I can achieve the merit or better still distinction I am hoping for.

Onto the actual post, I’m coming at you with a February favourites and what I’ve been loving in this month.  I’m not sure how everyone feels about favourites posts – I feel like they can end up all too common at the end of the month, every man and his dog are doing them and your readers are littered with very similar posts.  Nonetheless, they can always be interesting to see what someone has been loving! Make sure to tell me in the comments if favourites posts are something you’d like to see more often.

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So, first off I’ll start with makeup products.  There isn’t too much here but definitely some things I have really been enjoying!  First up is the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade ruffle trim.  This is a more recent purchase which I bought in Bournemouth at the weekend, but i have been wearing it ever since and it is becoming a staple in my lip collection!  It’s a very natural colour, a dark pinky-mauve-nude and I will say one thing; it is very, very matte.  And with extremely matte things not only comes a gorgeous look but insane dryness of the lips.  I try not to use this too often just because it does in fact make my lips feel like the Sahara desert (a good lip balm is very necessary – I reviewed these ones the other week which I’ve been using and they’re great!) however I’m willing to sacrifice my lips to it because it’s so damn pretty!  The formula dries matte very fast and is very lightweight so not noticeable at all apart from if you smack your lips together, which is when it can be quite sticky.  The applicator is long and quite thin which makes it relatively hard to apply, unlike a doe foot applicator, however it is still rather easy.

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Then I have this lipstick from Jack Wills which I got for Christmas from a friend but have just recently started to use as it is a very pink-nude spring time colour and although right now the UK is not screaming spring (thanks Doris for ruining my week!), I for one cannot wait for warmer weather, which naturally I reflect in my lipstick taste!  It’s very moisturising and the colour payoff is lovely – it does tend to look bad on chapped lips so do make sure they’re treated with lip balm for a few days before you wear this.  The packaging is a matte navy with silver accents which I think is very chic and appropriate for Jack Wills.

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Last is not a lip product but actually an eyebrow gel by Pixi.  I never before realised just how crucial an eyebrow gel can be in your makeup routine until I got this in my M&S beauty calendar and have used it ever since.  I think it really polishes off a makeup look, and the copper lettering on it (although it has slightly worn off now) is absolutely gorgeous.img_3993

Next up is skincare.  I’ve recently been using the Neutrogena grapefruit face wash and not only is the bottle very aesthetically pleasing, the product is amazing!  The scent really wakes you up on a morning, but isn’t strong enough to irritate even the driest, most sensitive skin (aka mine).  It makes your skin feel very soft and super clean!  I’ve also been using the Superdrug hydrating face mask which you can see my review on here , but it has totally been my skin saviour during these freezing storms we’ve been having.

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Next up is the Garnier Micellar Water which I’ve re-purchased and been using again.  I cannot get over how amazing this product is, it’s hyped up in the beauty world for such a good reason – it hydrated your skin whilst literally removing makeup with one stroke.  It’s such a miracle product, everyone needs this in their skincare routine.

In my apparent hunt for spring, I’ve been loving fresh, fruity scents.  I’ve been using the body sprays from hollister more and more often than usual this month and one which I often use is Pallisade Beach.  This smells so fruity and tropical, very reminiscent of summer for me!  I always have one in my school bag and a couple at home and I seem to go through these like wildfire – it’s a good job that hollister have offers of 3 for 2 on them more than often.

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Last but not least is my diary. I got this for Christmas and have loved using it to help me organise my week and all the homework I have.  I think that especially for GCSE students, a diary is essential.  My school uses an online homework facility but as great as it is for accessing it anywhere and a good functioning tick list system, it never keeps me fully organised.  I love to use my diary to plan every aspect of my week, from school work to blog posts to what I’m doing at the weekend.  I’ve also included a picture of what a typical weekly spread in my diary might look like, although it’s not super artistic like some you see!

Hope you enjoyed this post – do we have any of the same favourites this month?  Sorry about the appalling pictures, it was dark when I took them and that was the only free slot of time I had to write and produce this post.  I’ll update them by the weekend when I’ve got much more free time!  Wish me luck on my GCSE, lets hope it went ok!

Soph xx

My Holy Grail Face Mask

My skin is naturally quite dry, but certain factors can make it a lot drier; cold weather being the main one, which is why I’m looking forward to summer so much!  As you can imagine, the UK in February isn’t exactly boiling so my skin tends to get a lot drier, especially if I’m trying out any new skincare products which my face might disagree with a little.  At this point, I pull out my favourite face mask to tend to the issue.

The Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask is amazing, and at only £2.95 it’s a total bargain.  I love everything about this mask, from the packaging to the way it makes your skin so soft and moisturised.  This mask just really does it for me.

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Starting with the actual application of the mask, it at first had me a little confused: it says to massage it onto a cleansed, dry face and allow it 10-15 minutes to quench the skin, patting the remaining residue off with a tissue.  I decided I didn’t like those rules, so adapted it a little to meet my needs.  I apply it either quite thinly as a normal face mask or a little thicker and let it sit on my skin for as long as I can keep it on for (usually ends up being about an hour because I literally have nothing to do with my life other than sit with face masks on and stare at a computer screen) and then I tend to just wash it off or wipe away any of the residue with micellar water.  It does absorb really nicely into the skin and leaves it feeling so soft and supple and left my complexion looking so glowy and fresh.  It doesn’t have a super thick or super thin formula so it moisturises amazingly without clogging up your skin, making it oily or feel heavy.  It smells really nice but isn’t so scented that it will irritate your skin.

I love the packaging, it’s really sleek and the actual size of the product makes it nice and travel friendly – I use this a good three times a week so I’d need it if I were to be away from home!  It’s great value as a little definitely goes a long way so it will last for ages; I’m sure you could get at least ten masks out of this which is amazing for £2.95!  Superdrug also have a de-stressing aloe vera mud mask and a cucumber peel off mask that I’d love to try out and intend on doing so, if they’re anything like this one I’m sure I’ll love it!

Soph xx

T-Zone Nose Pore Strips Review

I love sharing products with you guys that I’ve found which I think are really good, and it occurred to me that I don’t ever really share anything I don’t really like.  I decided to bring you a quick extra post explaining why I don’t like the T-Zone Nose Pore Strips.

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I purchased these for £3.00 whilst in Tesco, and I was excited to try them as I thought I’d potentially found a really good budget beauty product which I was looking to incorporate into my routine.  I have pretty dry skin, and because these seemed a little more ‘natural’, what with the tea tree & witch hazel ingredients, I thought they’d be nice and gentle unlike other nose pore strips I’d read about.

These did nothing other than dry out my already dry skin!  They barely stuck down to my nose at first, so it was a real task trying to get that to happen and when it finally did it still kept peeling away at the edges.  It didn’t feel like it was doing anything at any stage, and when I lifted it off (after much struggling over the bridge of my nose, it was practically glued on) it hadn’t removed any of the dirt and oil it claimed to remove.  All it did was make my nose look red and the skin on and around it feel dry and tight for the rest of the week.  I have actually found an amazing face mask from superdrug which is curing this dryness but it was really annoying to find this happen.

There’s not very much I liked about these, considering they didn’t do much for me.  They smell quite nice and clean and fresh which was nice and the packaging seemed quite luxurious for the price with each strip being individually wrapped in it’s own packet.  That was a nice touch.  The shape of the strips themselves fit quite comfortably on my nose

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Overall, these nose pore strips are good value however they don’t really do much – I’ll be trying some more soon from brands I’ve heard great things about so make sure to follow me on twitter here to keep up with how I got on with those.  I wouldn’t recommend these, though if any of you have had more positive experiences with them then I’d love to hear about it in the comments.  Maybe they work better on oilier skin?

I hope you enjoyed hearing a more negative opinion on something on my blog for once and enjoyed this sneaky extra post – I’m on my half term so I’ll be posting a little more frequently this week.

Also, a quick thing to ask you guys very kindly if you’d nominate me in the teen blogger awards which you can do here.  Of course you should also go and nominate all your other favourite teen bloggers (13-19), I know I have!

Soph xx

Lypsyl Valentines Day Lip Balms

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With Valentines day coming up, what better time than to grab an amazing lip balm which not only smells divine but does an amazing job! Lypsyl have very kindly sent me their new valentines releases – two beautiful lip balms perfect for Valentines day!  The first, ‘Uplifting strawberry and pomegranate’ is the one I’m going to talk about now, and I’ll do the next one later in the post.

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Strawberry and pomegranate is the most amazing scent combination which is fruity and fun and always remains smelling great, even whilst it’s on your lips!  As soon as you pull off the lid you get a sniff of this scent, which I personally love however I imagine some who are not into very strong scents don’t.  It does remind me a lot of spring and summer, which makes me very excited for the upcoming seasons.  The packaging is a pretty reddish pink colour, again perfect for Valentines day.

“Who needs Cupid when you have Lypsyl’s luxurious lip balms? Pucker up with Lypsyl’s uplifting Strawberry and Pomegranate, your smooth and soft lips will be the perfect gift for your Valentine’s date.”

This lip balm also contains SPF15, which is very important all year round as our lips can get burnt and using a nice, protective lip balm can obviously help that not happen!  It is made with aloe vera, vitamin E and avocado oil which does all sorts of wonderful for your lips.  This lip balm is intensely moisturising, which of course is perfect for February as it is very cold – I’ve been putting lip balms to the test recently and cannot wait to fully try these out and battle them against the elements.  The packaging is also really sturdy and compact, which is perfect to grab and throw in your handbag before you leave the house.

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The cherry and almond lip balm has a slightly more subtle fragrance but nonetheless still smells wonderful.  It is a much more natural scent for anyone who doesn’t like super fruity scented things, and personally I much prefer the darker red colouring of this lip balm and think it is much more suited to Valentines day.

“Roses are red, violets are blue, Lypsyl Cherry and Almond will revitalise you! The delicately scented SPF lip balm will gently hydrate and soothe your lips for an ultra-kissable pout.”

As with the other lip balm, this is too made with SPF15 and contains aloe vera, vitamin E and avocado oil.  I do find this one slightly more moisturising, and whether or not that is down to the almond part of it I do not know, however it does seem a lot more moisturising.  Again, the packaging is really nice and sturdy whilst still being small enough to put anywhere for maximum convenience.  I think this is a great lip balm and they’ve totally convinced me to rekindle the love I had for Lypsyl’s products way back in primary school; does anyone remember the lip balm they had that was raspberry scented or something and was a purple colour and used to smell (and taste!) divine?  Everyone had one of these I seem to remember!

Neither of these lip balms are tinted, so they sit on the lips really nicely and lightly, you hardly notice they’re there.  They also don’t have the nasty tingling sensation that some others do.

You can buy Strawberry And Pomegranate from here , for only £1.89 along with Cherry And Almond here.  I’d really recommend picking one of these up if you’re looking for an affordable, super moisturising and great smelling lip balm to make your lips ultra soft for Valentines day!

Soph xx

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Bee Good Review

Recently I was sent some amazing products by Bee Good, a company which is against animal testing, and as the name suggests, helps British bees, using British honey, propolis and beeswax in all their products.  Their products are super natural, really well priced and suitable for many skin types – they have lots of ranges for both sensitive and normal skin.

I was sent two wonderful products from Bee Good.  The honey & propolis cleanser, which you can purchase here, and the raspberry and white chocolate lip balm, which you can purchase here.  I’ve been using both these products for almost a week now and thought it was the right time for me to do a review on them having seen the (wonderful) effect they’ve had on my skin.

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Starting with the Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm, I have really enjoyed using this product! I’ve had a horrible cold this week, and I’ve been in desperate need of a intensely moisturising lipbalm – this really hit the spot! The smell of this, as you can imagine from reading the name, is amazing.  It smells so yummy and if it weren’t a lipbalm I’d have already eaten it all – whoops!  It’s a super strong smell which is great because I’ve been able to smell it through a blocked nose, yet when it goes on your lips it doesn’t smell too strong.  Personally I really like this as it doesn’t seem as sickly, however if you wanted a strong scent on the lips you might not love this product.  It always makes my lips super soft, and whilst it’s on, it gives a glossy look which is always a huge plus.  It isn’t a sticky lip balm as well which is great, because the wind, long hair and lip balms never mix well!

Another thing I adore about this product is the packaging. Not only is the design subtle yet very pretty and fresh, but the fact that it is a squeezy tube of lip balm makes it perfect to go in your school bag or handbag.  Also, tub lip balms are such a pain because it always ends up all over your fingers, and you have nowhere to put it!  This tube ensures you haven’t got this issue.

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Next up I was sent the 2-in-1 Honey & Propolis Cream Cleanser.  This came with a muslin cloth, which I thought was a really nice touch.  I was really intrigued about this product – I’d never tried a cream cleanser prior to this, and I’m really glad I got the chance to test one out.  Basically, you apply this to dry skin and it claims to remove all your makeup and cleanse your skin at the same time.  Whilst I’ve never done this whilst using it, and always removed my makeup first, I really do think it would remove all your makeup.  It is extremely powerful and still remains natural and gentle enough for the most sensitive of skin.  It has always left my skin feeling extremely clean and removed any remaining traces of makeup.  This smells amazing whilst still managing to be filled with skin loving natural ingredients.  My skin can get quite dry and sensitive during January as the temperatures get even colder, and this had managed to keep it super moisturised and not irritate it, which is such a godsend! The muslin cloth it comes with is slightly scratchy, and I found it increases redness and irritates my skin a little, but i’m sure on normal skin this would be fine.  Using this with just a regular flannel will work just fine.

I haven’t found that this cleanser really clears up my skin much, as my spots are still quite prevalent, however it does increase the moisture in my skin and stops it from feeling so dry.  However, I may stand corrected after using this for longer than a week or so!   It’ super natural though, so I doubt it will create any further spots – my skin seems to have reacted well to this, which is always great!

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Thank you so much to Bee Good for sending me out these products to test out – I’ve really enjoyed using them.  I urge you all to go check them out, they have some amazing and affordable skincare especially for those of you who have more sensitive and dry skin as these are all really gentle and natural.

Soph xx

 

 

 

Garnier Micellar Water Review

Hi guys,

12th December!

Sorry I didn’t blog over the weekend; I was at a sleepover where I got around half an hour of sleep at about 7am, and then was tired all of Sunday so I slept on the sofa and had a mental breakdown about my biology which I think *touch wood* went okay, and my English which was a creative writing mock GCSE assessment and considering I wrote about talking gorillas that didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.  Anyway, I’m not here to rant today, I am here to continue blogmas as I should do!

Whilst today’s post isn’t very Christmassy, I still wanted to do it for you.  I recently bought the Garnier Micellar Water and I thought I’d do a little review because I really rather like this product and I guess that I’ll add to all the reviews online raving about it for you!

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Okay, so firstly packaging.  I got the pink one, which is the on the go size, even though I’m sure they do the big one in pink, but I swear there are other colours.  Anyway, aside from the different colours thing, I really like the packaging.  It’s really pretty and its also very sturdy.  I had it crammed into a washbag this weekend and to my surprise it didn’t burst or leak!

The formula is really nice.  It’s very powerful but also soothing and cooling, so I think it would be totally fine for sensitive skin.  I have quite dry skin in the winter time and I found it to be really quite moisturising and not drying like some all in one/all over makeup removers can be.  It really cleans your face, which makes it great for travel and for those of us who despise skincare routines and want things over and done with very quickly.  It removed all my face makeup with barely a few swipes, and my eye makeup came off so easily with this, no rubbing or horrible oily solution in your eyes which prevents you from seeing properly.  I had lots of mascara on too which came off with ease, and to that I was so very happy.

I only got the 125ml bottle, which wont last me ages but will last me a long enough time, and next time I will be buying the large bottle – this makeup remover is wonderful. Anyone looking for a refreshing, quick makeup remover should totally go for it.  If you’re doubtful, get the smaller size like I did.


Have you tried the Garnier Micellar Water?  If you have, leave your thoughts in the comments – I’d love to know what other people think!

Soph xx

Five Tips To Keep Your Skin In Great Condition This Summer

Hey guys!

Firstly, let me do a short apology.  I haven’t blogged the past two days and I’m sorry, I wasn’t busy (in fact I barely left my bed), I just had no inspiration what so ever.  Today I had a good hunt through the internet for some good blog post ideas, consulted my notebooks and came up with this!  Anyway, enough of me rambling.

If you’re anything like me, your skin tends to change with the season.  Winter brings dry skin, and summer brings hot sticky weather and oily-ness and ugh, breakouts.  Or at least it does for me, because two miniature mountains have chosen  to erupt on my face (just in time for my birthday tomorrow! Thanks guys :\).  Anyway, I thought I’d conjure up my best tips to keep spots at bay, keep your skin feeling moisturised and healthy and in tip top condition for this summer!!

☆ – Develop a good skincare routine. Having a skincare routine all times of the year is really important.  However, in summer you should change it up a little bit to match the weather and the condition your skin is in.  You can see the skincare routine I use for summer here.  I feel like a lot of people think skincare routines have to be really expensive to be good and actually do something for your skin, but that is totally not true.  Whilst expensive products can be amazing, there are just as good, more affordable products on the highstreet!  My skincare routine consists of mostly Simple, Neutrogena and Nivea.  They are all affordable brands that do a wide range of products tailored to many skin types.  It’s really important to research into this, so watch youtube videos and read blog posts, get to know your skin type then find some products to combat any issues and you should see differences in your skin pretty quickly.

☆ – Stay Hydrated.  We’re all probably the biggest culprit of not drinking enough water when it comes to summer time (or any time really water is so boring).  Our bodies are made up mostly of water (oh god please do not try science on us)and so they relish having more water put into them?  I don’t know, but it works and apparently, through some witchcraft it purifies your skin and removes toxins.  You just need to drink more water, it’s so good for you.  It helps you feel more awake, removes toxins and makes your spots better!

☆ – Oil Blotting Sheets.  Now, luckily for me I don’t get oily very much in summer, more just warm and I can fix it with another dusting of powder.  However, if you get really oily or even just a little oily, carrying around oil blotting sheets is a really good idea to remove oils from your face.  If you don’t feel like that’s enough then you can bring some powder with you to mattify your face.  Just patting your face with some oil blotting sheets will instantly refresh your makeup look and make you look complete again!  This won’t stop you from getting spots or anything, but it will make your skin look better throughout the day.

☆ Wear Suncream/Sunscreen/Sun tan lotion.  Whatever you call it, you need to wear it.  Your skin is fragile and will burn easily.  Even if you don’t burn, chances are the sun is doing damage to your skin and in the long rung, this won’t do you any good what so ever.  You should tailor the SPF to the heat and probably the country you are in (English beaches aren’t going to be as hot as a beach in Spain or France!), but whether you’re wearing SPF10 under your makeup or SPF50, you should wear it.

☆ Sleep.  The one tip everyone knows they should follow, but don’t.  Why sleep on a night when we can sleep for ages on a morning?  Watching Netflix & Youtube, browsing blogs late at night – it’s addictive.  But it is no good for your skin.  You can combat dark patches, improve the quality of your skin and stop spots from being such a problem if you sleep for a good 7-8 hours and have a set time to go to bed!


I hope you enjoyed those tips, and will put them to good use!  I’ve definitely been trying to drink more water and I can say it does help (any of you keen water drinkers can probably vouch for this)!

By the way, tomorrow is my Birthday which is so exciting!  I’m turning fourteen (finally!) and I’m getting a really exciting present which will be so good because mine drives me mad at the moment!  Anyway, I’m not spoiling anything because I’m going into Bath shopping and will be picking up probably a lot of things I don’t need but who wants a Birthday Haul! (I don’t care if you don’t I’m doing one anyway…:) )  So I won’t blog tomorrow but I’ll be back to it the very next day!

Love Soph xx

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My Summer Skincare Routine

Hi guys!

Today I’m bringing you my skincare routine for Summer.  I tend to not change the products I use too much from season to season however I change moisturisers and face wash quite often.  I’ve done a skincare routine on my blog before I think but it was an older post and most of my older posts are pretty bad quality and I’m not very proud of them.

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First I cleanse my face with the Simple Purifying Cleanser.  This is a lotion you apply with cotton wool and I really love it because it’s very moisturising.  It helps with dry skin a lot, which I used to have a problem with but now I don’t!img_2396

Next, I remove my eye makeup.  I tend to wear a lot of mascara, and quite often heavy eye shadow.  I need something really powerful to remove the makeup, yet without being too abrasive to my eyes.

Most of the time I use the simple eye makeup removing liquid and the eye makeup removing lotion.  I like both of these because they don’t affect my vision, and they generally do a good job at removing my makeup.  If my makeup is being particularly stubborn, I tend to use the No7 beautiful skin cleansing oil.  This is highly moisturising and makes eye makeup slip off very easily but makes your vision cloudy and blurred for like 20 minutes and so I might not recommend it for that reason.

Next up I head to the sink and wash my face.  I’ll tie back my hair in a very ugly, miss trunchball style messy bun and use the Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel.  I really like this because it’s a gel, it foams really easy but is weirdly cooling to the face.  I find it really helps to reduce spots and also removes any leftover traces of makeup.  I like to use warm water for this because it opens my pores and really lets the cleanser do its job.  Next I use the Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating face scrub.  This removes all the dead skin and leaves your face feeling baby soft!

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After this, I tone my face with the Nivea Refreshing Toner which you can see I’m pretty much all out.  I love this toner.  Toner is so important, I feel like so many people forget this step because it just seems a bit useless, but it really isn’t.  It’s super cooling and refreshing but also helps to even out any dark or red patches in your skin.

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Finally, I moisturise using the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser.  I really love this moisturiser for summer because its light so not only does it not feel too thick under makeup, it still feels like a thick moisturiser doing a great job.  I’d change this in the winter to a thicker, more targeted to dry skin moisturiser.  It’s really important to keep your lips moisturised too, even in summer.  I use the Palmers Cocoa Butter lip balm – really cheap but the best lip balm I ever tried by miles.  If I’m spotty that day I apply some of the Tea Tree Witch Hazel Spot Wand from Boots (cheap and effective).  If I’m majorly spotty I’ll apply a thick layer of Sudocreme and leave it to soak overnight. img_2399

That’s all for my skincare routine guys!  I hope you liked it!  What products do you use for your skin, have you got any recommendations?

Soph xx

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March Favourites

Hello April!  While April has already started, I’m doing my March Favourites today as I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I have quite a lot of things this month so go grab some food & drinks and get reading!

I’m going to start with skincare & body care products, of which there are three.  You might be surprised that there are no makeup/beauty items in this favourites; I guess I just haven’t tried any that I fell in love with.

Skin & Body Care:

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Here are my three favourite skincare and body care products I tried this month.  First up we have Neutrogena Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub.  Now, my skin isn’t really at all black-heady, however, I did need a gentle scrub (which this is) to stop my skin from feeling so dry.  I use this morning and evening and it scrubs my face really gently and has definitely made my skin a lot softer and feel less dry.  Also the packaging is really aesthetically pleasing for me & it matches my moisturiser, which makes me feel very calm.

And next up, is Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser.  Now, having said I’ve got a scrub to help with dry skin, an oil free moisturiser seems not a good idea, hm? Wrong.  Well, I don’t know medically if it’s wrong but from what I’ve been seeing, wrong. My skin has felt loads more soft and actually more moisturised.  I’m not entirely sure why it does, because generally oil I’m assuming will improve the feeling of dry skin but for me this moisturiser really works.  I’m not sure how to explain it.  Just try it, if your skin sounds like mine try it & I can assure you, you will love it.   Also, it smells really nice like apricots & peaches or something.

Lastly, I have Treacle Moon’s My Coconut Island Body Scrub.  Treacle Moon is a really affordable brand that I have seen in Tesco’s (where I bought this) and I think Boots.  This smells strongly of coconut, and that scent might not be for everyone, and usually coconut isn’t for me but this scent really reminds me of summer & I need that at the moment because I’m just waiting on it’s arrival.  The scrub isn’t too rough but then again it’s not gentle either.  It’s really helped to soften up my skin & because it’s so affordable, I’m sure anyone could benefit from it!

Books:

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I’ve enjoyed three books this month, the first two being books you can read and the last is a more activity book.

Starting with the Pointless Book 2 by Alfie Deyes, the second half of this blog title!  This book is one of his that I didn’t own and I managed to find it in perfect condition on Ebay at the start of this month for £1.99 & I’ve nearly filled it all in. I just find it a really relaxing thing to do & something to take my mind off of things for a while.

I finished Pretty Little Liars TV show when the last episode aired & I really can’t wait for it to come back, I really enjoyed it.  So, I decided I’d read one of the books in the meantime.  I’ll admit, I do think the TV show is better because that’s what I watched first, I’d accustomed the characters in my head and everyone was different in the book.  For a start, Ezria didn’t feature as much as I’d have liked it to and Aria went out with Noel Kahn instead.  I’ll stop blabbering though.  However, I did love Sara Shepard’d writing style & I liked the storyline itself.  I really enjoyed this book even though I’ve moaned about it, I’d suggest you gave it a read.

Next is a book I’m close to finishing, Matched by Ally Condie.  I have the next book in this series to read too.  This is a dystopian book, based around a ‘society’ which creates all the rules to living.  I’d rather not explain it because it is a long explanation but I would recommend reading it. Ally writes really nicely and she makes the characters really alive.

Clothing:

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Thank you ever so very much to my Mum who bought me these Adidas Superstars.  They are honestly the comfiest pair of shoes I have ever owned and they literally go with everything I own.  I seriously recommend you buy them if you have shoe issues that you get a pair of these.  Super comfy, really versatile and very much gorgeous.

Gaming:

This is the first time I’ve ever included gaming in my favourites, but you might not know that I’m quite keen on games.  I play both sims 3 & 4 on my laptop & I also play on Playstation 4.  This month I got a new game on playstation, Saints Row IV with the Gat Out Of Hell add on.

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I’ve really been enjoying this game.  I feel like it combines my favourite aspects of GTA, the free roaming & shopping bit, with the more challenging aspect of missions to be completed.  I also like that you can use cheats and that the missions aren’t all too similar, they vary nicely.  All in all I’m glad I purchased this game & really enjoy playing on it!

Food & Drink:

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Recently I’ve been visiting Starbucks a bunch more often than I usually do.  I’ve been a few times this month with my friends & also just alone to grab a drink.  I usually get a Frapuccino when I’m in Starbucks but recently I’ve been getting a raspberry and blackcurrant juice blend ice tea and it is amazing.  It’s cold and refreshing and perfect for the run up to summer, and any type of berry goes down well with me, so this completley was my cup of (iced) tea!

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Next, and last in the whole of my favourites for this month, are these Whitworths Shots.  It’s basically a slim pouch filled with fruit, and I chose cranberries, raisins (though I don’t remember ever tasting raisins) and small white chocolate chunks.  They’re pretty damn good and a really quick, easy snack.


So, thats about all for this blog post.  I know I’d promised to post more regularly in my Easter break but I didn’t live up to that promise as per.  But I will try to post a lot more often as I’m really close (like two followers close) to 100 followers.  To mark my 100 followers, when I get them, I’d like to do a Q&A.  I’m going to do a more official post when I get the 100, but for now I’d like you all to know about this!  If you want to leave me a comment with a question, or tweet me here  I’ll include your question in my post!  Like I said, there will be a more official post but drop me a question!

Bye!