Wednesday, 26 February 2014

My Current Skincare

So I realised the other day that I seem to be buying more and more skincare products recently and I haven't actually done a post on what I tend to use day to day. Some of these are very new additions (see previous post) and some of the products I've been using for quite a while and they've become a bit of a staple for me. As yet I haven't really got a rigidly separate routine for morning and night, mainly because I haven't got round to purchasing any night serums/day creams etc so if you have any recommendations please leave me a comment below.

Emma Hardie, Amazing face Moringa cleansing balm - I have spoken about the Emma Hardie amazing face cleansing balm before here, so I wont waffle too much. The amazing face balm is a hot cloth cleanser so I apply this every evening and rinse off with a fresh hot flannel to remove all my make-up, Its great because it takes off everything in one hit so I don't need to use a separate eye make-up remover, and It leaves my face feeling really fresh and soft. It does have a slight greasy texture but I would consider myself to have oily/combo skin so don't let that put you off. It really is an amazing product!

Liz Earle, Instant Boost Skin Tonic - If you read my last post, you will probably know this is a really new product that I've introduced to my routine. I was looking for a new toner and I'd heard lots of good things about Liz Earle, so I picked this one up to give it a try and I really love using it already. I use this after I've cleansed at night and in the morning because its so refreshing and genuinely does give your skin a little boost. Its quite strongly scented but it's not too over powering or irritating on my skin.

Again If you read my last post you will have seen that I also picked up these two products...

La Roche Posay, Effaclar Duo -  I was drawn to the Effaclar Duo [+] because my skin became irritated around my jawline and I started to have small breakouts which were quite red and pretty unattractive to look at. Although I've only been using this a short amount of time, it is a wonder product! Within a day I already noticed a reduction in the redness and now it's all completely gone. I'm still using it everyday after toning as it does make my skin feel super soft and  it can also double up as a primer. I really can't sing its praises enough, I will forever keep this in my skin care collection. 

La Roche Posay, Thermal Spring Water - You may also remember me mentioning my boyfriend ripping me for buying a 'can of water' to spray on my face. Regardless of this I have been using it and although it's not exactly a miracle worker, all the frills product, I have enjoyed using it. I've been lightly spraying this over my face after I cleanse and before toning, or before exfoliating. I read that thermal sprays are supposed to make your skin more 'accepting' of the cleanser/toner/whatever that you're using because it's a natural antioxidant, I don't know how true this is but I find it refreshing, it helps to wake my skin up in the morning and I imagine I'll enjoy using this in the Summer too. 

Caudalie, Deep cleansing exfoliator - I only noticed the other day that this has 'desincrustante' on here as the French translation and thought 'eurgh, it must mean to de-crust your face.. nice!'. After translating I found it actually means 'Microfiber wet mop with scrub'.. not too sure how I feel about that either but there you go, It's a scrubbing wet mop for your face. I use this once or twice a week as recommended because it is a pretty intense exfoliator, but it's great for getting rid of black heads and my skin always feels so clean after using it. Do be careful not to be too harsh as your skin can get a bit red as I've discovered, nice and gentle circle motions guys!

Avon Planet Spa, Japanese Sake and Rice face mask - I don't actually remember when I got this as I've had it quite a while. I find this is great for removing black heads when they're quite severe. I usually apply a thin layer and leave to completely dry for about 20-30 minutes, once its dry its really easy to just peel off.

The Body Shop, Seaweed ionic clay mask  - As I mentioned I consider myself to have combo/oily skin so I use this to control any excess oils in my skin and to deeply cleanse. Its made using bladderwrack seaweed, however it doesn't smell awful like most seaweed its actually quite pleasant. Again I apply this and leave to completely dry, this one tends to harden quite a bit so I rinse off with a hot cloth.

Lush, Oatifix fresh face mask - I purchased this quite recently so I haven't used it as much as the other two. This is a lot different from the other face masks I've used in the past as this can only be described as putting really cold porridge on your face. Its not as unpleasant as I've just made it sound, but its certainly different for me. This one is a lot more moisturising and is particularly good for sensitive skin so its been great over winter as it's left my face feeling really soft. As most Lush products it's made using only natural ingredients and is made from a blend of Banana's, vanilla, oats, illipe butter and ground almonds. I also think this doubles up as a really gentle exfoliator when it comes to washing off as you can massage it into the skin. Because of it's natural ingredients you do have to keep it in the fridge and it only lasts for about a month so to get the best use of it, apply twice a week.

The Body Shop, Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream - This has been my heavy duty moisturiser over the winter months. I use the both as a day and night cream and its fantastic, my skin feels super soft all the time. It's a pretty thick cream so a little goes a long way if you just want a thin coverage. Sometimes I use it as a bit of a mask and put a thick layer on a let it sink it (I could probably just buy the moisture mask instead though). Highly recommend, particularly if you're suffering from any dryness.

So that's all for the skincare products I'm using at the moment.. If you've been using any of these products please comment what you thought below, or if you have any recommendations, particularly on day/night products and routines I could try.

Thanks for reading,

Ash xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Mini Beauty Haul

Firstly apologies for the delay in post this week, I have no excuse other than I have massively procrastinated/been lazy/been drinking far too much wine the past 2 weeks.

But what I haven't been rubbish at is buying more beauty stuff, so I thought I'd share with you some of the things I've picked up this week...

The first thing I picked up was this Wonder 10, leave in keratin treatment by Osmo. I got this up from a hairdressers in Northampton when I went to visit my mum earlier this week. Although I haven't really been using it enough to give it a proper review what I have used of it so far I love. You literally just spray it onto your hair while its still damp after washing and style as normal. It also contains heat defence which is a great bonus as you don't have to slap on too much product straight after washing and it's only £11.59! (Although, slightly random price?). I will probably give this a more in depth review once I've been using it for a while as I feel this is going to be a staple product in my collection from now on... 

Then on Saturday I went into John Lewis and FINALLY got myself some double wear. After sadly finding out my beloved teint resist by YSL is being discontinued, I needed a new full coverage foundation and after hearing so many good things about this one I just couldn't not pick it up. I was colour matched as 2N1 Desert Beige which is perfect for my skin tone and what I've used of it so far I love. I dare say this may be my new favourite (sorry YSL!). 

I also needed a new toner so while I was there I also picked up the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. This is actually the first Liz Earle product I've bought and I'm yet to test it out but I look forward to seeing if it lives up to the brand. I'm not sure whether Liz Earle would be considered as 'high end' as opposed to 'high street' but I think their products are so affordable, although probably not the cheapest toner ever this was only £13.25 which personally I think is pretty good. 

I then went into boots to pick up some cotton pads and came across these two products. After reading so many reviews of the effeclar duo, and with my skin not being at its finest lately I thought It was worth the investment to see if it lives up to the hype. It claims to correct imperfections, even the skin tone, unclog pores and reduce the appearance of redness with visible results after 24 hours. So I'm definitely looking forward to adding this to my skin care routine.

I also picked up the miniature thermal spring water. Now my boyfriend absolutely rinsed me for this because he said I was paying £4 for what is essentially a can of water, but I was like 'no no.. this is thermal spring water'. He may be right, In which case I am a complete mug... BUT I saw this on a youtube video, (I think it was Into the Gloss) where they demonstrated how to 'properly' cleanse your face. So I thought why not? It's a nice idea, maybe it will soften my skin... Or maybe I have paid £4 for just a can of water, we'll see.

And a slightly less exciting purchase that I picked up (yes this is less exciting than a can of water), is the rosy lips Vaseline. I had one of these ages ago but I managed to lose it somewhere, so I thought I'd replace it. As its Vaseline its obviously very moisturising but It also has this lovely subtle pink shade so Its not too plain and is great for every day.

So that's every thing, I hope you enjoyed reading this post. As always please feel free to leave me a comment below, maybe you've tried some of these products?.. Or you haven't and would like me to review some of them in more depth? Maybe you have also bought an overpriced can of water? In which case please let me know if it was worth it...

Have a lovely week and thanks for reading,

Ash xx

Sunday, 2 February 2014

I'm running the British 10K run for the Motor Neurone Disease Association!

Hi Guys,

Just a quick post as I will be doing a 'normal' blog post later this week...

I just wanted to tell you that myself, my mum and her partner have signed up to do the British 10k run in London on the 13th of July this year.

We are all running for an amazing charity called the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). For those of you that don't know much about the disease or the charity, lots of information can be found on their website which you can access by clicking here.

Just to give you some info, the MNDA are a charity that promote and fund research into treatments for MND and eventually a cure. They also help to support those who are suffering from the disease by enabling them to receive the best care and quality life and also help support those caring for them.

I have set up a button for my just giving page which you should be able to see on the right, but you can also click here. I would be truly grateful if you could all take a look at my page and read up on what it is that we're doing and what the charity is all about. If you can donate (which by no means I expect any of you to as its mostly about raising awareness) that would be even more fantastic.

Thankyou for taking the time to read this post, It really does mean a lot. As always please leave a comment below, It would be great to hear your thoughts etc etc.

Thanks again,

Ash x