Sunday, 27 July 2014

My Current Skincare Routine

For the first time ever, I have an actual skincare routine, and my skin has been feeling better than ever, so I thought I'd share it.

Morning

  • In the morning, I like to keep things simple, so out come the dreaded (by some) face wipes, just to freshen up for the day. I've just finished a pack of Nivea face wipes for dry skin (here) and I've moved onto the Primark equivalent which are a little wetter but don't seem to be noticeably different otherwise. 
  • Then, I put on a moisturiser with SPF - I was using the Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor (review here) but I'm currently using Simple's offering, which is just as good. The one downside is that it takes a little longer to sink into the skin, so I have to try to remember to do that before having breakfast, so it's easier to do my makeup afterwards. It's a lot cheaper (£3.99 here) than the Soap & Glory offering, so I think I can live with that! The only aspect that really annoys me is the opaque bottle which leaves you completely in the dark as to how much you have left. 

Evening
  • I remove my eye make-up with the Simple eye makeup remover, which contrary to its promise, does not remove waterproof mascara, and always leaves me with some eyeliner left over. It's still pretty good for £3.25, but I think I'll look for an alternative when I use it up.
  • I then go over my whole face with Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water; this is the first true cleansing water I've ever used and I'm really enjoying it. I got it in the latest British Beauty Blogger box, but you can find it here for £10. It has the same annoyingly opaque packaging as the Simple moisturiser above. If you're looking for a more affordable alternative, I've also tried the Simple Toning Cleanser which is more viscous and less of a 'water', but still pretty good at £4.85 here
  • Before getting in the shower, I wet my face and rub in some Simple Moisturising Facial Wash which foams just enough to let you know it's doing the job. I'm really enjoying it; you can find it for £3.25 here
  • A few times a week, I follow up with the Smoothing Facial Scrub from the same brand. This is very much a manual scrub; if you have dry skin like me, be very gentle with it. It is gritty enough that it's also working quite well on my arms too - so extra value for money! It's £3.29 here
  • To finish, I wash both cleanser and scrub off with a hot wet flannel.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Favourites: VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme

I had always looked at the smoothing cremes, and assumed they were just for people who straightened their hair, but... I'm in love with this.

'This' is the VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme and it's £3.89 from Boots. Although it is a 'heat defence' cream, that's not what I use it for: I squeeze a dollop into my hand, and put it through my hair, and it really helps my hair to look smooth and glossy and generally quite good. I'll also put an extra bit through the very ends of my hair, which helps them feel less dry.

I also will smooth a tiny bit across my hair if I've styled it in a way that I want it to look fairly sleek - like today when I wore my hair in a French plait and now, 12 hours later, it still looks pretty darn good (if I say so myself). (Pro tip: to make a french plait look a little more modern and a little less '90s,' start the plaiting section lower down, kind of where you'd gather the hair for a half-up-half-down hairstyle)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Friday Favourite: Choc-A-Nut spread

I've relocated to Edinburgh for the summer (more on that later) and so I needed to rationalise my food shopping - I realised that I didn't really need peanut butter and Nutella, especially when there's this new kid on the block.



Oh yeah!

This is Choc-A-Nut, made by Sun-Pat, who are a key player in the peanut butter market. Only this time, they've added in cocoa powder.

It's absolutely delicious and I'm so glad I've tried it. So far I've only had it on toast, but I look forward to using it as a cupcake topping too... yum!

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