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

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.

 

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!

What make up did I get for my birthday?

Hi guys!

So yes, it was my birthday. I am now officially an adult in all countries; I am 21. Still feel about 16 though, anyone feel me?

Today I wanted to show you all the make up I was kindly gifted by my family and friends. Part two of my birthday gifts will be coming soon with all the remaining birthday gifts that didn’t quite make it into the make up category. I am beyond excited to start using all of this!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette – £41.00
Sigma Beauty – Tapered Blending Brush (E40) – £12.75
Zoeva – Luxe Classic Shader Brush (232) in Rose Gold – £8.99
Zoeva – Luxe Highlight Brush (105) – £12.99
Zoeva – Soft Concealer Brush – £8.99
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown – £15.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz in Dark Brown – £15.50
MAC – Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre- £16.00

 

Honest Review Sunday: NYX Lip Products

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Hi guys!
Today, I’m bringing you a review of my favourite products to use one every day basis. These include liquid lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners all from the brand NYX. So, let’s get into it! Are they worth the money?
Name: NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Creams, NYX Professional Makeup Mechanical Lip Pencil, NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss
Brand: NYX
Price: £5.50 – lipsticks and lip liners, £5.00 – lip gloss
Tested on animals: No (yay!)
What I liked:
  • The products are all very pigmented and give off very intense colours. The colour range is great, you can choose from 34 shades so anyone can find something for themselves. You can easily mix and match different shades of lipsticks, liners and glosses to achieve a perfect lip for you. If you’re looking for the perfect nude, I really recommend the lip liner in the colour Natural combined with the lipstick in the shade Abu Dhabi.
  • They are cheap! Compared to other lip products on the market they are a really low price and a good quality for that. They are comparable with other lip products that are a much higher price, so it’s a win situation really.
  • The lip glosses have the prettiest shine to them and make your lips look really plump. They aren’t too sticky and feel lightweight on the lips. They look just as pretty on top of a lipstick as well as on their own. I wasn’t always a lip gloss fan but these are certainly worth the hype.
  • They aren’t too big in size and so are very handy. You can pop them in your handbag, pocket etc, which I sometimes struggle with when, for example liquid lipsticks, are a bit chunkier in size.
  • The applicators are good. It is a little sponge for both the lipsticks and lip glosses which fits nicely on the lips, even the very narrow ones like mine. The products glide on smoothly and the formula allows the easy application as it does allow some drying time so that you can correct any mistakes you make.
What I didn’t like:
  • They are a bit drying, especially the lipsticks. If you suffer with really dry lips then a lip scrub will be a must and the products certainly won’t help. You may not get away with just wearing the lipstick on its own and may need to use a gloss. Whether this is due to the brand or whether it is just the curse of liquid lipsticks, is up to you to decide.
  • They don’t last awfully long; well, at least not for me. They look great but I find I have to reapply them often, especially when eating or drinking. As soon as my lips touch a glass of water, the products will immediately start wearing away and I also do find I have to put on another layer of the gloss at least every hour. This doesn’t bother me as much, as I really love the products, but if you’re looking for something really long lasting you may want to spend a bit more money.
Overall rating: 4/5. I really love these products; they are one of my favourites and I often use them daily and yes, they are always somewhere in my handbag. Although slightly drying and not so long-lasting, for the price I really don’t think this is an issue. There is a great colour range and you can find something for every occasion, starting from the perfect nude ending on the staple red. If you haven’t yet tried them out, it would certainly be something I would recommend.

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Oily roots and dry ends; hair advice

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Hi, hope you’re all well!
I suppose that if you have stumbled upon this post it has either popped up on your Reader feed or you are one of the fellow, unlucky people who struggle with the worst kind of hair; oily roots and dry ends. I say the worst (yes, I may be exaggerating but come on, we all think we have it worst!) as there seems absolutely nothing there could be done about it. You try to moisturise your hair? Your roots become a greasy mess. You try to use clarifying shampoos? Dries out your ends. You try to not wash your hair everyday so that the natural oils can get to the ends of your hair? Better not leave the house!
However, despite all of the obstacles I somehow manage to wash my hair twice a week (Tuesday and Saturday to be precise!) and, I mean you can ask around, I think it looks rather acceptable. So, what do I do?

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  1. Train your hair to be washed less often – I hated this tip. I heard it everywhere and would never thought it could work for me. I tried it a couple of times when I was ill and stuck at home but my hair would still become a greasy mess after a day and I would eventually just give up. I thought they were all a bunch of liars. Turns out, they’re not so I do apologise for swearing at you in my head if you do preach by this rule. One time I just decided to go for it and wash my hair twice a week. It was terrible for the first two months. Yes, two months of pony tails and hats. But it was so worth it in the end. My hair is now bearable even three days after washing and in much better condition.
  2. Use a good shampoo. After 4 days of non-washing, my scalp gets itchy and that’s when I know it’s time for a wash. The shampoo I use is a lifesaver (you can find it here!) and manages to clean every little bit of dirt and disgustingness from my hair. I honestly swear by it.
  3. Moisturise your ends but don’t use too much product on your hair – Kind of contradictory, right? However, honestly the products in the pictures are pretty much the only things, except for an occasional spray of dry shampoo, I have been using on my hair in the last few months and my hair has never been better. I use my trusty Bleach Reincarnation Mask not as a mask at all but as a conditioner and after towel drying my hair, I apply Rosehip Oil to the ends (be careful as it’s really easy to apply too much!). Too much product weighs your hair down and leads to it becoming oily faster.
  4. Use dry shampoo sparingly – Yes, I know, dry shampoos are amazing. Yes, I know they save so much time in the morning and that they’re great for greasy hair. Except… are they? Dry shampoos often lead to itchy scalps; they dry the natural oils in your hair which at the end of the day, moisturise your hair and your scalp. They can also lead to hair loss. I use them occasionally, when I’m in a real need and of course, you can use it too however, if used daily then it may not always do you good.
  5. Tie your hair back when appropriate – When you’re at home and not having to look fabulous; tie your hair back. It won’t tempt you to play with it, touch it and it won’t fall into your (in my case oily) face. When in a shower, invest in a shower cap. If you’re going through a transition period and trying to hide oily hair from the world, then I would definitely recommend trying out dutch braids or boxer braids if your hair is long enough. They are absolutely amazing; look cool and save you from having to wash your hair. A winner.
What type of hair do you have and what tips would you recommend? Hope you enjoyed!

Honest Review Sunday: Benefit POREfessional Primer

Hi guys, I hope you’re all doing great!
So, this is my attempted at starting a weekly series on my blog. Let’s see how this will work out, eh? So, every Sunday I will attempt to review a product for you. This may not be of interest to some of you but it may help out some of the people that are debating whether to spend money on a particular product or not. Today, we are taking on the very much loved Benefit POREfessional Primer. Let’s go!
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Name: POREfessional Primer
Brand: Benefit
Price: £26.00
Tested on animals: Yes (boo!)
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Limonene, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT.
What I liked:
  • It kept my skin less oily throughout the day which was a definite bonus for me. My skin tends to get really oily throughout the day and I have definitely noticed a reduction in oil excess appearing during the course of the day.
  • Provides a nice matte finish underneath your foundation which is great if that is what you are looking for. Makes your foundation last a lot longer as well which is a big plus if you have to go without touch ups all day.
  • It is really gentle on the skin and doesn’t make you break out. At least it didn’t make me break out.
  • The smell. It doesn’t really have one and I like that. My skin being sensitive and prone to irritation doesn’t like anything that is overly scented.
What I didn’t like:
  • I’m going to be honest. My skin is really problematic and we all know that by now. I feel like this had dried my skin out slightly. So, if like me, you sometimes struggle with dry patches then this would definitely be a no from me as it seems to dry them out even more. It’s purpose, however, is to control the oiliness and it is predominantly meant to be used by people who suffer with oily skin. Me having a combination of two always seems to be an issue.
  • Texture. I know a lot of people are going to disagree on this one as when applied to my hand it seemed to make it smoother than ever. However, again possibly due to my dry patches, when applied to skin it just felt drying. I do believe however, that this could just not be a fit for my skin type.
  • I don’t feel like it minimised the appearance of my pores amazingly. After hearing so many spectacular reviews I was really excited and quickly became disappointed. It does slightly, but surely not fully.
Overall rating: 3,5/5. It is a good primer and I’m not saying otherwise. There are good reasons why others love it so much. However, it’s just not a fit to my skin and if you’re anything like me, it will not be a match for you. I love how it controls the oiliness and makes my make up stay in place throughout the day, however, the fact that it slightly dries me out sometimes puts me off using it, especially on extra dry face days. For the money, I would probably opt to buy something else, although I enjoy having it in my collection.
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Have any of you used this primer? If so, what did you think of it? Are you one of the lovers? Also, do any of you have a good primer recommendations? I’m always on a lookout for something great and am willing to try anything out.
Julia x