Skincare!

 

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My skin has always been some what of a nightmare for me since about the age of 12. I’ve struggled with cystic acne, oily skin and even extremely dry, cracked skin on my face. You name it, my skin has been through it! Over the past year or so I feel like I’ve finally managed to control my skin’s ‘flare-ups’ as much as possible using these products. I want to share these products on my blog in the hope that they might help someone else going through a similar skin nightmare.

Everyday Daytime Routine
whether I’m putting makeup on that day or just sitting in with no makeup on, these are the products I like to use on a daily basis. 
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I start my day by wiping my face and neck with a clean, steaming flannel in the shower and then splashing cold water on my face after my shower to close my pores.

I will then use Kiehls Calendula Herbal Extract Toner (£30.86) on a cotton pad to tone my face. This product is great, although slightly pricier, as it does not contain alcohol like many toners, so is great on my combination skin all year round. This is my favourite product in my skincare routine as it is so natural and gentle on the skin and has never made my skin breakout or become overly dry like many products do when I first start using them, plus it smells like sweet herbal tea!

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To further close and cleanse my pores I will put Witch targeting clear pore gel (£4.03) on my T-zone. (As you can see mine is well used!!). I have really noticed a difference in my pores since using this and do not get many black heads anymore on my nose, plus it’s incredibly cheap for how well this works. Although, if your skin is prone to being very dry or cracked I would not recommend this step as one of it’s main ingredients is alcohol which is drying on the skin.

 

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I then use a topical treatment from my doctor (called Zineryt) on any spots I currently have or any pre-existing scars.

After this I will start moisturizing. I use No.7 protect and perfect intense day cream (£23.99). I love this as it has SPF 15 which is essential to me (I do not want wrinkles!) and is high enough for here in the UK, it is also hypoallergenic so does not sting my face as some products I’ve previously tried have done although it does have a slight fragrance to it so it may not be great for anyone with really sensitive skin. If you do have sensitive skin then try No.7 dry skin rescue (£16.89) as this does not have any fragrance in it and this is what I use when my skin is extra sensitive and in need of moisture, it is thicker in texture but does not ‘sit’ on top of the skin and does soak in to leave your skin feeling like a baby’s bottom! It does not contain a SPF so do make sure you use an SPF on top of it to prevent wrinkles and skin damage.

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This step is optional, but I like to apply an eye cream. I use Roc 5 in 1 under eye cream (£23.95), it’s thick and soaks in quickly and I don’t know about you but that makes me feel like it is really working.

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My final daytime step is lips! I use Rodial stemcell super food (£17.00) lip balm. I like this because it plumps my lips as well as moisturising and providing an SPF protection. I usually only apply this if I’m about to apply my makeup. I will put it on before I start my makeup, let it sit and then wipe the excess off before I apply any lip product. This helps lightly exfoliate, prime and plump my lips.

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If anyone found this useful then I’d be happy to post my night time routine, what I use when my skin is especially bad as well as the natural remedies and face masks I make at home that have helped me.

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August Favorites!

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Favorite Makeup and Beauty

Recently I’ve been loving the brand ‘NYX’. I’ve tried 2 different NYX eyebrow pencils from there this month, the first one being the micro brow pencil in ash brown (RRP £7).

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I would give this pencil a 4.5/5. I like the colour, it wasn’t orangey at all which is hard to come by in an highstreet brand pencil, it didn’t require sharpening as it has a twist-up mechanism, it has a spoolie on one end to brush through the product and the nib is incredibly small and fine so you can create the look of small, realistic hairs. However, the only downfall to this product was that it ran out after 2 weeks and when it got to the end of the product the nib kept on falling out which was incredibly annoying.

The other brow product I tried from NYX is the Auto Eyebrow Pencil in dark brown (RRP £5).

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I’d give this one a 4/5. This pencil is very much similar to the last but it has a larger flatter nib, which I actually prefer, although they don’t do ash brown in this pencil for some reason and the closest was the dark brown and it is slightly orangey in daylight unfortunately. But for £5 I can’t really complain, I’ve used it pretty much everyday for 3 weeks and it hasn’t ran out yet!

My local boots store has just got a NYX counter however I know that not every drugstore in England stocks NYX yet so I’ll put the links to both of these pencils in here:
microbrow – http://www.boots.com/en/NYX-Micro-Brow-Pencil_1771335/
Auto-brow – http://www.boots.com/en/NYX-Auto-Eyebrow-Pencil_1770384/

Favorite Book

My favorite book this month would have to be ‘The Girl on The Train’ by Paula Hawkins. This book is sosososo gripping, after getting a third of the way through the book every spare moment of my time was spent trying to finish it just to find out what had really happened! I don’t usually like crime thriller novels but this really had me gripped from beginning till end, I’ve got a list of friends and family wanting to lend it! I can’t wait for the film to be released this month.

Favorite programs and films

This month I managed to watch all 3 Shrek films for about the millionth time ever, and then to my surprise a 4th Shrek film was suggested on my Netflix which made me so happy as I’d never ever known that a 4th film had been released! I really enjoyed watching them and there’s something about watching favorite childhood films that is so comforting and homely.

I’ve been watching grav3yardgirl on youtube alot this month as well as cutiepiemarzia and pewdiepie. I love gameplay videos on pewdiepie’s channel as well as grav3yardgirl’s video series ‘Does this thing work?’ and of course Marzia’s adorable korean beauty videos and travel vlogs – her trip to Kuala Lumpur has made me want to go back with my boyfriend soso much! >.<

I have also started watching Power on Netlfix as well, this is a seriously addictive program so do not watch if you’re already an incredibly busy person! I’ve watched up to season 2 but now have to wait for my boyfriend to catch up so I’m not tempted to ruin anything for him haha.

Favorite Food

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This month I went to the Tavern Co. Restaurant on Penny Lane in Liverpool for brunch with my boyfriend and 2 other friends. We had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated in this quirky restaurant but it was so worth it. When you are seated a waiter will come and serve you with either tea or coffee at your table (like in an american diner), the milk is served in small milk bottles which I thought was a cute touch and service is incredibly quick. Seen as it was 11.30am by the time we ordered we were all starving, and my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, so we ended up ordering 4 American breakfasts: these consisted of 2 rashers of crispy bacon, 2 fried eggs, beans, 2 slices of thick homemade buttered toast, cubed herby potatoes and a side of american pancakes with maple syrup. We also ordered a plate of banoffee pancakes and a plate of blueberry pancakes to share.

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To our delight the food only came to £41 for 6 meals, which between 4 of us was very affordable for such a delicious breakfast. The service and food was great, I even noticed that young children had goody bags with toys in to keep them entertained which is a great touch.

 

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