I can’t remember when I last did a skincare routine post. There
are probably some things that stayed the same as I’ve got some old favourites
that I’ve been using for years, but I
have recently found some new products my skin loves. It’s taken me ages to get
a regular routine, I’m nearly thirty and it’s only been the past couple of
years I’ve had a proper daily routine.
My skin can definitely be difficult at times. It’s acne prone, combination and sensitive but definitely goes on the dry side over oily when it comes to the combination part. I do like trying new products but I tend to find that it takes a while for my skin to get used to them so I’m trying to stick to a few favourites, though one of the moisturisers in the Holland and Barrett advent calendar has made such a difference it’s in my go to list now.
I have to say I do love a good face mask. Recently I’ve mainly been buying sheet masks but there’s something oddly satisfying about peeling of a peeling sheet mask. One thing I’ve found is that they tend to be fun but a bit underwhelming when it comes to the long term positive effects on my skin. If I see a new one from a brand I love though I do tend to give in and try it.
This Soap and Glory What a Peeling De-Clog Mask costs £4 and you get two little pods of face mask. I think it’s intended for one use each but there’s too much for me to use in one go so I’ve used the one pot twice. It claims to de-clog pores and the other benefits are supposed to be: lifts away impurities and dirt, removes excess oil, purifies, smoothes and brightens which sounds like a lot from one mask. Having said that I gave it a go as my skin has recently been a bit congested and I’ve been getting mini breakouts so I thought I’d give it a challenge and see how it coped.
I feel like the beginning of this Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar seems to be giving us a lot of the more expensive brands. I’m not sure how much a lot of the products cost, to be honest I can’t even remember half of the things that are supposed to be in here, but with Rodial being today’s little gift I feel like I’ve already got my money’s worth with the amount these products cost even as travel size or mini versions of products.
Today’s advent present is a Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel in a 15ml tube, a good size for travel or as a sample as you do get quite a few uses out of it. The full sized pot of 50ml costs £85 and I think that means that this mini version would come up as £25.50 worth of product. Rodial is a cruelty free company and this particular product is listed as both vegan and vegetarian friendly which is always nice to find. It’s a gel that’s designed to plump, firm and sculpt your face so it defines the features more. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to do this but it’s definitely a lighter feeling product than yesterday’s moisturiser which is good for my skin as my skin definitely found that one a bit much.
My skin is definitely acne prone and I’ve been using the Black Magic face wash from One Hand Washes the Other for years but the customs charges I always get hit with make it so much more expensive so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement that’s easy to access in the UK and this Dr Organic Tea Tree Deep Pore Charcoal Mask might be the closest I’ve found yet.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might be aware that I am a fan of the Dr Organic range, or at least a fair amount of their products, as they often seem to work for my skin and hair plus, as a brand, they’re cruelty free and use a lot of natural ingredients. This particular mask, or face wash as I’ve also been using it for, is also vegan friendly. As far as I’m aware Dr Organic is exclusive to Holland and Barrett’s here in the UK and this mask is part of the skin clear range which includes a face wash and moisturiser. It costs £6.99 for the 100ml tube and can be found online or in some of their stores. Continue reading →
I do love a good sheet mask and bought a set of the Tony Moly ones a while ago from eBay for around £10. Most of them have been sat there for a few months but I finally got round to trying the Broccoli Sheet Mask which is supposed to help with vitality so brighten your skin and give it a healthy glow. I have to say this is one of the more intriguing ones, I don’t think I’ve ever used a broccoli based skin care product before.
Sheet masks have become more popular in the UK with a lot of companies bringing out their own versions but I haven’t seen the Tony Moly ones around much despite other products from them being available here. However, I have seen these Brocoli ones in TK Maxx recently and it seems they cost £4.99 there going by the online price so I’d recommend eBay if you’re interested in trying them.
Another week and another face mask. I’m surprised by these Lush jelly face masks, I honestly thought they’d be a bit of a novelty product to start with but the FOMO one I tried last week made me excited to give this 1000 Millihelens Lush Jelly Face Maska go. This one is also £4.95 for the small pot but, judging by the previous one I tried they’ll last quite a while as you really don’t need much.
The 1000 Millihelens mask is meant to target problem skin with witch hazel and green tea which seem to be common ingredients to help acne prone skin. It’s another clay based mask, though I don’t think this formula has as high percentage of clay in there as the FOMO one did. As these are jellies and self preserving there’s no need to keep them in the fridge, you simply tear a piece off, rub it between your hands and the leave it on for five to ten minutes, then wash off as you do with most traditional clay masks.
When I saw that Lush were coming out with new products I had to check some of them out and the new range of jelly face masks really intrigued me so I decided to get the two that seemed like they’d suit my skin needs the most. They come in the same size pots at the older style fresh face masks so I thought I’d get a few face masks out of each. They also claim to be self preserving and don’t need to be kept in the fridge which are both real bonuses for me as that is one thing about the older style that puts me off getting them more. These face masks are cruelty free, all Lush products are, and it says these specifically are suitable for vegans.
FOMO is aimed at evening skin tone and calming your skin with Calamine, Kaolin and Rose Absolute. It’s a solid jelly that you take a piece off, rub between your hands and then apply it to your face for five to ten minutes before washing off so I was interested to see how this would work. The new jelly range is available online or in stores and cost £6.95. I’m not sure if they’re included in the masks that you can get free with the black and clear pots, I’ll have to ask next time I go in as that’s how I get all my Lush face masks at the moment.
I don’t know about you guys but I often see expensive skincare brands and wonder how much better they are, if they’re worth the extra money compared to the cheaper options. I’ve often looked at the options in TK Maxx with their offers but never gone for them as I’m always a bit wary of trying something new that would be way outside of my budget to repurchase and the odds of them appearing on there again are normally small. However, earlier this year I saw this Cell Dynamic Stimulating Moisturiser from Nubo at £25 reduced from £135 and decided to treat myself. I will admit to being sceptical of how big the difference would be when I first bought it and £25 is still more expensive than my general skincare products but it’s not overly expensive compared to a lot of the higher end drugstore products.
The Nubo Stimulating Moisturiser has SPF 20 and contains their serum which is meant to help plump and tighten the skin and stimulates collagen production. The anti aging elements come from brown algae and vitamin E and it has O2 treatment that energises and recharges cells. It also claims to be suitable for normal and oily skin as it’s a light formula and also good for sensitive skin so almost all skin types. It is free from SLS and prabens and the company is against animal testing so it’s a cruelty free product. The serum and moisturising ingredients combined are supposed to also help with long term hydration throughout the day. With all of these claims I wasn’t sure it would live up to them but I was definitely pleasantly surprised.
Rosy Cheeks is one of the newer Lush Fresh Face Masks and comes in the 75g black pots for £7.25. It’s also in the offer where you take back five empty, clean black or clear pots or their lip colour tubes and you get a free face mask which is how I get pretty much all of my Lush face masks. This pot can then be used as one of your five different your next one if you want as well.
Rosy Cheeks claims to be calming and a good face mask to reduce redness which is why I decided to give this one a go. My cheeks are pretty pink and it gets even worsein the heat so something to even out any redness on my face is always a good thing. It’s a clay based mask with various rose infusions and rose parts in as well as glycerin, all of which are meant to be calming and cooling for your skin.
With the weather changing here in the UK I’m starting to change my skin care routine to a more autumnal or winter one as my skin tends to need more moisturising products in the winter time. One that I have used in the past, years ago now, and I thought I’d try again is the Soap and Glory Face, Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash. As I got this one in a set it isn’t a full sized product and this one has 50ml of the face wash. A full sized version holds 350ml and costs £8 and can be found on the Boots website. It’s one of the products that I’ve seen in every Boots store I’ve been into though so I’d think they’d have it near you if you can get to a Boots.
According to the website this is suitable for all skin types and is a 3-in-1 face wash that smoothes, cleans and purifies, which sounds like most face washes to me. One thing that makes this one different to a lot of other slightly scrubby products is that, although it does have scrubby beads in it these are jojoba beads, not plastic microbeads. This does mean they’re softer and it’s not a scrub so it doesn’t give you the exfoliation of a scrub or exfoliator but if you have sensitive skin, like mine, then you don’t want something that has the harsh scrub effect anyway. They are also a cruelty free company but I don’t think this is a vegan or vegetarian friendly product, it would be best for you to check out the ingredients as a lot are the scientific names and chemicals so I don’t know where they come from.