Oily dehydrated skin… what?!

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Hi guys,
hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I certainly am… (except for the massive load of University work that is still waiting for me to complete it. But hey, nothing’s more important than a roast dinner at a pub on a Sunday, right?!)
Today, I wanted to talk to you about my skin. The one on my face.
Now, I have written (spoken?) about this subject a lot before and from what you can gather from my previous post,  my skin has always been very problematic. In the weekday mornings (and I do not know why there is a difference!) my skin is quite smooth and manageable, as at the weekend mornings it turns into a dry mess that makes applying foundation, without a dump beauty blender, pretty much impossible (is it the lay in? Please tell me it’s not the lay in…). No matter how my skin behaves in the mornings, by about 2pm you could literally be able to see your own reflection on my forehead. No, I am not exaggerating. The sebum build up on my forehead, nose and tops of my cheeks was something that has haunted me ever since my teenage years. I have always blamed it on having oily skin and kept using moisturises focused on this condition or… not use a moisturiser at all (I know, beauty addicts, it’s a sin!). It was only very recently that I have decided to get my skin checked by a skin expert (they probably have a specific name?) at a SPA we went to and I could not have been more wrong about my skin. I found out that my skin was classified as oily DEHYDRATED skin. At first I was like… is this even a thing? My poor, ignorant self has only ever heard of three skin types; oily, dry and combination, so this was a complete mystery. It turned out I had to thoroughly hydrate my skin in order to stop the excess sebum production, because apparently that’s what happens when your skin does not have enough moisture.
So… I have completely switched up my skincare routine in order to match the needs of my skin. Maybe, this will help someone out there. I use these products in the order shown, except for the last Aveda mask which I only put on overnight. These products are highly moisturising and nourishing which is apparently what my skin has been missing. I have noticed that with the right primer (hello, Benefit Porefessional!) my skin does not produce half of the oil is used to and has sorted itself out in the morning. I still get an occasional dry skin on my nose but I am yet to find a good exfoliator. Any ideas?
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Thayer Cucumber Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Alcohol-Free Toner – £16.00 – 355ml
Avene Soothing Moisture Mask – £11.50 – 50ml
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Rich Cream – £17.00 – 50ml
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum – £19.00 – 30ml

My favourite ways to relax

Hi guys,
I don’t know if you already know this, but I am a stress freak. I stress about pretty much anything; asking for help in shops, having to call someone. I even stress about the stress that I know is coming. Due to this, one of my resolutions this year was to learn how to relax. I found and experienced a lot of techniques and these I find to be the most satisfying. Enjoy!
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  1. Going outside – Recently we have been lucky enough to visit Poznan, Poland and stay in a lovely hotel and SPA – Hotelarnia. Despite the SPA being a very relaxing experience, what I enjoyed the most was the fact that the hotel was situated within a one minute walking distance to the local National Park which was beyond beautiful. It was so peaceful there, often not a person in sight. We sat down by the lake or on a forest glade and enjoyed the sound of… nothing! (well, maybe just the birds singing or frogs ribbiting). I think it is safe to say that I have not felt so relaxed in a long while.
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2. Spending time with your loved ones – Of course, not everyone has access to a National Park. Or even a normal park. What do I do when I am stuck at home and stressed out of my mind? I talk to my boyfriend, mum, friends. Nothing can cheer me up as much as they can and nothing else could talk me out of my worries as effectively. I honestly don’t know where they get their patience from, but I am forever thankful.
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3. Active rest – I do have to say I’ve been really good with working out this year. I have literally been doing it 5 times a week. Usually, this includes youtube videos which I have shared with you before, however, the hotel mentioned above offered rental of bikes. Now, I have not cycled in what seems like forever, so this was quite a challenge and I did end up with two quite nasty bruises on my legs. However, I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun! Being active makes me get rid of my worries and ‘shake them off’. I know that if I don’t work out when planned, it is going to be a bad day.
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4. Pamper night – I love a pamper night. Face masks, baths, candles… It doesn’t get any better than that. I like to put on some relaxing music or a favourite movie (Grease forever!), pop on a face mask (some of my favourites in the photo), lay in bed or a bath and just give myself some time with just me. I do the things I love and take time in enjoying them and experiencing the moment.
Those are my favourite ways to relax. What do you like to do when you’re feeling a bit stressed or under the weather? Let me know!
Julia x

 

Outfit of the day – Zara top

Hi,
Since we are fast approaching spring, I thought a new, lovely spring outfit is a must. I am absolutely head over heels in love with this new Zara blouse. When I saw it in the shop I had to instantly go and get it. You will see that a lot of this post features Zara… coincidence? I think not!
Enjoy!

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(top – zara, trousers – missguided sold out, similar zara, leather jacket – zara, shoes – forever 21 sold out similar zara, watch – fossil)

Zara wishlist

Hi guys,
there are so many beautiful pieces in Zara at the moment that when I looked around the shop I just couldn’t resist making a blogpost about it.
They combine elements of every single Spring trend; looks designer but costs highstreet. What more would you need?
Here are my top picks:

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  1. Flat leather shoes with buckle – £49.99
  2. Off-the-shoulder cropped top – £5.99
  3. Skirt with metallic details – £25.99
  4. Floral embroidered dress – £59.99
  5. Off-the-shoulder striped blouse – £25.99
  6. City bag with wolf detail – £49.99
  7. Cropped sweater with ribbon details – £17.99
  8. Flowing frilled trousers – £29.99

 

Review Sunday: My Favourite Drugstore Foundation

Hi guys!
So, the weekend is already over. It went so quickly. I have an exam on Wednesday which is making me freak out a bit as I feel I haven’t done nearly enough revising for it. But hey, it will all be ok. It will all work out, right? I’ll have a banana in the morning and it will work like it did in Primary School, I’m sure! 😉
Anyway, beside the point.
Today, I am delighted to share with you a review of my favourite drugstore foundation. I bet you can already tell the outcomes of it! Off we go.

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Name: Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily skin
Brand: Revlon
Price: £12.99
Tested on animals: They claim not to, however, they do apparently sell their products in China where animal testing is required by law.
What I like about it:
  • The coverage of this is amazing. If you are one of the people that tend to end up with an occasional pimple or redness then this foundation will work wonders for you for the price. Of course it isn’t going to cover things such as moles or scars, however, if like me you prefer a heavier coverage than a simple BB cream this foundation is for you. It provides a nice coverage without looking fake and too heavy on the skin.
  • If you suffer from an oily t-zone or oiliness in general this foundation will keep you matter for longer. Because I suffer with oily dehydrated skin which is often the most difficult to deal with, my foundation will often rub off and become cakey throughout the course of the day. If used with a good powder and primer this foundation is the best at keeping me matte from all the foundation I have tried so far, especially the drugstore ones.
  • Great for lazy girls, like me! The foundation requires minimal touch ups throughout the day which is something that is alway a big plus for me.
  • There are a variety of colours and I feel like a lot of people will be able to find their shade. I am currently the shade Sand Beige, however, I change it up whenever I fake tan. The colours don’t look too orange on the face and provide a nice, natural finish.
  • Compared to other holy grail foundations this costs fraction of a price. I think you do get your value for money; my bottle usually lasts me a couple of months depending on whether I use it daily or not. Revlon recently came out with new packaging for the product and it now includes a pump which makes the foundation really easy to use and definitely less messy (has anyone used it when it didn’t have a pump? It was a nightmare!)
What I didn’t like:
  • If you struggle with dry patches as well as oiliness this foundation does tend to cling to the dry areas and not blend out as nicely. I tend to use it more on the days when my skin feels oilier than usual.
  • Due to the foundation being quite heavy and mattifying it does take a while to blend it out to look natural, especially when using a brush not a Beauty Blender. It can be annoying on morning when you’ve overslept.
Overall rating: 4.9/5. – Although my favourite, it is still not my perfect foundation. I am forever looking for something that will make my skin glow without it looking oily. Due to suffering with an oily t-zone, all of the products recommended to me are mattifying. I do however dream of being able to use a sheer foundation with a glow one day and be able to pull off that ‘strobing’ effect.

 

Outfit of the day

Hi guys,
Another outfit for you today. It’s simple, yet classy and one of my favourites to wear when I know I have to go for something on a formal side. And of course, there is a touch of pink there which is absolute favourite colour ever since I was a child, so can’t go wrong!
Enjoy!

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(roll neck – topshop, dress – zara, shoes – forever 21, tights – primark (favourite!), necklace – fat face, watch – fossil) 

Review Sunday: Battle of the moisturisers!

Another Sunday, another review.
Today I’m going to be comparing my two favourite moisturisers; one is drugstore and one is high-end. Which one should you go for?
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Name: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream – Hydrating Moisturiser
Brand: Kiehl’s
Price: £24.50
Tested on animals: Claim to not test on animals except when required by law. So they do, partly.
What I liked:
  • It is thick and moisturising. When you put it on it almost feels as if your skin is drinking (literally!) and it’s one of the best feelings in a skincare routine. The skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated.
  • It has a subtle smell of a typical ‘face cream’ (do you know that smell?) which I really enjoy as it isn’t too overpowering. It is very gentle to the skin and doesn’t irritate it; it feels like it doesn’t contain any unnecessary chemicals to make it appealing but rather focuses on the effectiveness.
  • I’d say it’s good for all skin types. My skin is combination skin and I feel that it managed to hydrate the dry patches while balancing out the oiliness. The company itself doesn’t specify which skin type the moisturiser should be used for, however it seems to be advised to use it for dry skin. I don’t think that this is the case.
  • It absorbs so easily. Once it’s on, you don’t have to rub it in for absolute ages to wait for the white lines to disappear and at the same time, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight. I love this, as I usually rush through my skincare routine and don’t have to wait to follow with my next step.
What I didn’t like:
  • Other than the price and lack of SPF, I don’t really think there was anything I disliked. I do have to say, it is quite pricy for the amount you get in the pot compared to the high-street brands. However, the quality is amazing so I wouldn’t say this was too much of an issue for me.
    Overall rating: 5/5. – Definitely! I love it too much to say anything else.
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(Yes, the black blob to the right of the photo is my cat sleeping!)
Name: Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
Brand: Simple
Price: About £4.00 but often on offer.
Tested on animals: No (yay!)
What I liked:
  • Again, so moisturising! I have used it in the winter as well as in the summer after my skin was exposed to a little bit too  much sun and it has worked through it all. It works wonders for any dry patches that appear on my skin and leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated which is what you would expect from a moisturiser, right?.
  • The value for the price. It is cheap, no doubt about that and a little goes a long way. I love how this is a moisturiser just about anyone can go out and buy. It is also widely available in shops; you can get it in the usual Boots and Superdrug, but I have also seen it in places like Tesco.
  • It is really gentle and again, has that lovely, natural smell to it. It feels calming on the skin and doesn’t make me break out. I feel that it would be a good suit for sensitive skin.
  • It is a lot thinner than Kiehl’s when applying. The texture isn’t as thick which some people prefer.
What I didn’t like:
  • It doesn’t absorb as easily. Once you put it on, you do have to wait a little while for it to sink in completely and although this is only probably about 30 seconds, I do notice it, especially when putting on a thicker layer on those winter days.
  • Although the moisturiser claims to be ‘rich’ and work for the driest of skins, looking at the texture I don’t know if this is necessarily true. I don’t have really dry skin myself, so can’t tell you exactly, however, the texture is quite light and I have seen this brought up in other reviews of this product.
    Overall rating: 4.9/5 – I love this moisturiser too. The 0.1 deduction is purely due to the fact that it’s not absorbed as easily as the Kiehl’s moisturiser. It works perfectly for my skin and it is an absolute bargain. These are the kind of products I love.
Overall, I would recommend for you to try both of these if you can. Both are moisturising, hydrating and I think, effective with sensitive skin. However, if you’re on a budget then the Simple Moisturiser is always my go to. I think you can’t go wrong for such a price!