Toning was always a step I overlooked. Recently though, I’ve been taking better care of my skin and adding toning into my routine. Funny thing – my skin is better for it. The extra TLC I’ve been giving it works.
Until recently I was using quite a harsh toner. It was very drying and although it did help improve my pores and reduce blackheads, it made my face red and patchy. I hate wasting products but I didn’t want to have come a long way with my skin to just have it be red and damaged by my toner. So I went on the hunt for something better.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lancôme skincare so searched the Feelunique website for toners in their range. They have a lot to choose from but I settled with the hydration tonic.
It’s wonderful. So refreshing, cooling and calming. Great after a face mask or exfoliate as it’s super hydrating too. It’s got a good consistency (think gravy?) and a little goes a long way.
I apply it with my fingers and take some time to really massage it into my skin and enjoy the cooling temperature and calming smell. On the bottle it says ’tissue off’ honestly I don’t know if that means you need to wipe it off after but I find it soaks in so there’s no need?
I’d recommend not using a cotton pad to apply as you end up losing a lot of the product to the cotton wool.
I think it’s fairly safe to say that at some point everyone gets a hair cut, or a colour (or maybe just wakes up one day with hair) that they hate. I pretty much live in a constant state of hair hate. I might like it for a little while but I get bored or I change shampoo and suddenly my hair does nothing the same as it used too.
When I was young my hair was straight, I normally wore it in a bob with a fringe or long and shapeless, all in all it was OK hair. It’s always been very fine, but generally speaking there was nothing wrong with it . When I was about 12 I took myself along to the hairdresser and thus began my hair issues. I had about 3 or 4 inches off and without that extra weight my hair sprang into some kind of wavy, kinky mess. I think I saw people from school on my way home and they laughed at me, never before had anyone laughed at me for my hair so I knew it was dreadful. Truth be told, looking back now, it wasn’t that bad, I just didn’t know what to do with it. After years of washing and air drying with no issues I now had to put thought into it. I survived this haircut by scraping it back into a ponytail and ignoring it. (I won’t talk about the time I crimped it for the school disco… people who didn’t go asked if it was true I really had an afro…)
It wasn’t until I was 16 or so that I really started to think more about my hair. There had been a few bobs and fringes, but up until I hit my Emo phase I just let it do what it wanted.
Emo brought with it very short hair with a long fringe, black hair dye, lots of product and for a short time, a bright red fringe. In a lot of way this was some of my favourite hair times. Keeping it short and messy meant there was very little for me to do with it. Maybe run a straightener over the fringe, but that’s about it. Only thing I didn’t enjoy was my hairdresser telling me the photo I’d brought in was of a boy and did I know that… And did I still want the haircut? Maybe some pretty layers instead, with a bit of feathering?
This opened the way to keeping my hair pretty short through my late teens and early twenties, and a particular favourite of mine was my platinum pixie cut. I’d have that back in a shot if I still had the face shape for it!
My latest trick is growing out my fringe just to cut it back in as soon as it’s reach the right length. On occasion I even cut it myself, I think I got pretty good at it. I’m currently in the growing out stage, having returned to the bob with fringe look, again.
The most recent disappointment was when bleaching it straighten out some really lovely curls I was just getting the hang of. And of course I got bored of the blonde and home dyed it ginger, which I also got bored of and dyed it, what was supposed to be brown but turned out red.
I’ve had some great hair ideas, I thought about rainbow coloured hair. For a while I wanted some kind of mermaid blue/green wavy look. I’ve thought about and actually attempted to dye the underside of my hair green… I do sometimes consider just shaving it all of but I’m scared I might have a weird head.
Cliche time… It’s just hair! It grows back! If there’s one thing I’ve learned and I’m sure will continue learning it’s that it really doesn’t matter what you do. It will grow back, and if things get really bad there are some fantastic wigs out there.
“Everyday Makeup” wouldn’t really be an accurate name for this post. More often than not, I don’t wear make up. I love putting it on and playing around with new looks, but most days I’m too lazy, preferring to spend an extra 10 minutes in bed than getting up and doing my face.
However I do have a quick ‘go to’ look for days I have a little more time. It’s very minimal and one that’s easy to dress up when required.
The products I’m showing are ones I’m currently using, but things like foundation or mascara change regularly depending on what took my fancy when I was shopping. If you have any product recommendations I’d love to hear them. I’m particularly interested in picking up a tinted moisturiser, so leave your suggestions below or let me know on Twitter!
Rimmel Stay Matte – A staple in my makeup kit, does what is says on the pot. What more can you ask for!?
NYX Badunkadunk Mascara – Fantastic, lengthens, adds volume, not waterproof but that’s cool with me! Add to curled lashes and boom!
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo (Pink gold) – I’ve been lusting after these pots of wonder for a long time and finally got myself one. I was not disappointed. Creamy, long lasting and works well with other shadows cream and powder alike.
L’Oreal Paris Gold Obsession (Nude gold) – I love everyone of these lipsticks and choosing just one was so hard. I’m really glad I went for nude, so much more versatile. Does need to be topped up throughout the day/night but it doesn’t leave your lips looking patchy or dry. A subtle shimmer and beautifully natural nude. Definitely a ‘my lips, but better’ look.
This month has been a real mix of a month for me. It’s had some stresses and some excitements. We just got our first car, we’re moving house and I’ve changed my working structure. All very exciting but also very stressful. Here’s a few things I’ve been doing this month to keep stress to a minimum.
I’ve been trying to focus on some self care, keeping myself relaxed and chilled out. If you read my last blog post you’ll see my new favourite deep cleanse skin routine. (These are the products I love) It’s not an everyday routine but once a week I really like to give my face the TLC it deserves.
Painting my nails is not really something I’ve ever kept on top of, but this month I’ve tried to keep my nails freshly painted at all times. I enjoy taking the time to carefully apply the varnish and letting my hands rest for 30mins while they dry. I particularly like Essie nail polish, there are so many great colours and with my Sally Hansen Double Duty base and top coat, I’m getting about a weeks wear out of them before they start chipping. Here I’m using the colour Cocktail Bling.
Me and Andrew have been re-watching How I Met Your Mother, it’s such a great show. When we both get in from work we don’t really feel like watching anything new, watching an old favourite is so relaxing and HIMYM is totally brain chewing gum.
Other than that I’ve been drinking a lot of tea, tea is my saviour for a stressful day. A good mug of Yorkshire tea, perfect!
My skin has been in serious need of some care. It’s been dry, oily and I’ve been breaking out really bad. When my skin gets bad it really effects my confidence and makes me much less likely to take care of myself, it’s a vicious cycle!
This weekend after watching a bunch of skincare videos on YouTube and poking at my face a bit, I decided to give it some much needed TLC. The products I used are not things I would use together everyday but for a really deep clean it’s worked really well and my skin feels fresh and clean. It’s noticeably clearer.
Having clean skin is a much better base for your make-up too, you’ll use less products trying to cover dark patches, blackheads or blemishes. I feel much more confident skipping the foundation if my skin is having a good day, and that helps it breath and ultimately I’ll have more good days!
I used my Simple Cleansing Oil to breakdown and make-up or dirt on my face, this product is fantastic: it’s the first cleansing oil I’ve used and see no need to try anything else at the moment.
Next is my Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mud Mask, this leaves my skin smooth and fresh. On my nose I like to use something that really targets the black heads. I get a lot of black heads on my nose but these Boots Tea Tree and Which Hazel with Activated Charcoal nose strips are amazing. I see results right away. Plus the satisfying ‘look what came out of my face’ thing after you take it off. I know its kinda gross but come on, we all love it.
It’s time to tone! A step I used to ignore because I felt it really dried out my skin, but if you’ve got a good moisturiser then you should be good. Toning is really important for closing your pores, controlling oil and keeping your skin fresh. I have two toners I like, first is another Dr. Organic and also one from the body shop.
The nose strips come with a moisturising strip which feels so good, I could leave it on forever. I’ll use whatever moisturiser I’m most into and depending on whether it’s day or night will change that, I like to use an SPF for the daytime, but I don’t need it at night. Right now I’m finishing up a little pot of the Body Shop Vitamin E cream. Around my eyes I use some of the Elderflower Gel, this is great for morning or night, it gives brightness and moisture.
I finished up at bed time with a Night Treatment Gel from Boots on top of that I use an Anti-Stress Sleeping Masque from & Other Stories.
Don’t forget your lips! A quick scrub with a LUSH lip scrub and a really thick lip balm.
I was in face heaven, my skin looks and feels great, and it’s so relaxing to indulge in some self care.
My husband, Andrew, bought me a fantastic gift from his last trip with work.
He got me a gift set of make-up, which if you’d like to see my first impressions of, you can go here and see my YouTube video about that.
The gift set also came with some free samples of the Impress Emulsion and Lotion. After doing a bit of research I found that the Lotion is basically a toner and the Emulsion is a moisturiser. The Impress website by the way is fantastic, some really useful instructions for all the products.
The first thing I’d like to say about these products is that they are samples, so you don’t get a lot of product which is fine! Perfect for a quick review. My only problem with the size and design of the sample bottle however is that the plastic is very hard, making it very difficult to get the product out as I can’t squeeze the bottle.
The toner is nice, it doesn’t have to strong a smell, I find some toners can have a slightly alcoholic odour. This one is quite sweet and I can’t smell any unpleasant medicinal scents to it.
The moisturiser similarly has a very pleasant smell. It’s quit a milky consistency which goes a long way, my skin loved it! It’s not greasy and didn’t leave my face shiny or sticky. It’s quite light so good for the summer. As far as I can tell from the bottle it doesn’t contain any sun protection which would be a draw back for me, but there’s always the option to wear a separate sun screen. Like I said, it was difficult to get enough product out of the bottle, I would like to have been able to more easily apply more, but I was cautious of wasting it!
I’ve seen videos of people peeling these thick black masks off, crying because of how painful it is and I thought, “I need this mask”.
Sadly I can never remember which brands are the most painful looking, more pain more gain right?
When I was in Boots today I had a good old look around the skin care section and found these face masks by Masque Bar. They seemed to tick the boxes, charcoal, peel, “deep cleansing”. My skin has been really bad lately, it never feels clean and I’ve been getting a lot of break outs, so I wanted something that I was really going to feel. I also wanted to get a few products that I could make a regular part of not only my facial routine but my general skin routine, I also suffer from a lot of body acne. I picked up the Simple Cleansing Oil and a Biore Pore penetrating charcoal bar.
So, enough chit chat. what about the mask!
For £9.99 you get 3x 10ml packets each of which is 1 mask. The packets are a little annoying, the mask itself is very thick and sticky and when you’re trying to squeeze the goop out without getting it everywhere it can get a little tricky, I called for backup and even with a second pair of hand it was tough.
The mask starts to dry very fast and becomes difficult to evenly smooth over your face so you need to be quick getting it all slathered on. However this does mean that once it’s on your face its not going anywhere until you rip that sucker off! With some soap and hot water you can get it off your hands pretty easy.
For a deep cleansing, detoxifying mask it’s surprisingly soothing, I find some masks make my face tingle or can get a little warm, this one it quite pleasant to wear, which is good because you’ll be wearing it for 30mins while it dries.
I started getting a little nervous ones it got towards the removal. It was a little tough to find a good spot to start, you need to pull the mask downwards when removing but I’d applied a little thinly around my hair line. Side note: It’s a bitch to pull out of your hair… Try to avoid…
The removal was actually pretty satisfying, not painful, a little uncomfortable on some of the more delicate areas near the eyes but there were no tears. My face feels amazing, smooth, clean, fresh and it looks brighter. See below for obligatory ‘look what came out of my face’ photo.
I will be adding this to my skin care routine, one of the best masks I’ve used recently. Just need to find a quick way to remove it from the package…
I’d planned to put together a post showing you my winter evening routine, but if I’m honest my routine every evening, pretty much, is to get home from work, get my PJs on and watch DVDs until I fall asleep. But every now and then I treat myself to a little bit of luxury and in the new year I want to make the effort to pamper myself a little more when I get in from work.
Another week of fabulous Body Shop goodies from my advent calendar!
I thought the eyelash curler was an interesting one, it doesn’t really shout Body Shop but it’s still a really good item to get!
I love the little soaps, I’m not normally a soap bar type of person, just because I don’t like how they sometimes don’t dry between uses and can get a little slimy. But these little ones won’t last very long anyway.
I’m hoping to get a few more makeup items in my final 10 days, and I wouldn’t mind getting another item from the festive range, I love the smell of the plum.
Today’s outfit is more of an excuse to show off a particular jumper.
I love this jumper, it’s super duper soft and warm, it’s got cute little owls all around the yolk and it fits perfectly. This is a jumper I made myself, it’s possibly my most successful knitting project so far.
Becasue it’s so warm it can only come out in winter and today I wore it with my new cape and a scarf which kept me perfectly warm.
I kept my makeup natural, I went with my Too Faced Cocoa powder foundation in the shade Golden Light, a few colours from my Naked palette and my new BOURJOIS matte finish lip in the colour Nude-ist.