Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Skincare Favourites

I am not a beauty blogger, I'll be the first to admit that! But, as the exciting events of this year dawns and my 23 year old skin decides to start acting like a 14 year old I figured it was about time to start taking a skin care routine seriously. 

When I was younger I specifically remember my mum following a routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise. So January dawned and out went the dried up face wipes and it was off to boots to spend my Christmas vouchers. I got quite the haul

Skin care, botanics

Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream - This creamy cleanser goes on really easily (although be warned you will end of with fluffy bits of cotton wool around the top of the bottle). The result is clean feeling skin which feels smoother.  Plus, the Botanics range comes at a great price (£2.99 for 250ml) and is usually in their 3 for 2 offers. 

skin care, boots

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner- I'm not really sure what toner does, can anyone tell me? Anyway this toner is super light (again, be careful I end up getting most of it on the cotton wool and the rest of the bedroom carpet!!). Again, this toner goes on really easily and makes my skin feel clean but also, thankfully not tight. 

I do notice the effects of using this, especially as I haven't quite got in to a strict habit and tend to religiously follow a routine for a few days then I forget again!! So I am definitely seeing the effects this makes on the condition of my skin. 

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash- I used this whilst showering and again I can see that it makes a difference to the condition of my skin and stops too many breakouts. However, I've also found it dries my skin out and I have to lather on moisturiser afterwards. That might also have something to do with me only showering with realllyyy hot water! 

skin care

Garnier Moisture Match Light Sotening Cream- This is my favourite! I have virtually used the entire bottle and desperately need to replace this. Garnier have a few different mositursers (or softening creams) in this range for different skin types and you can get a free sample here. I also recommend any surplus for your elbows! 

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel exfoliating Pads - These little pads are full of the age old spot deniers (if that's a thing) they aren't as rough as I was expecting so they're very gently exfoliating- personally, I prefer a bit of rough! It's also slightly confusing figuring out which side is which (if they are only meant to be used one side) but definitely one is persevere with. 

Tea tree & witch hazel nose pore strips

Boots Tea Tree & Hazel Nose Pore Strips - There's something about nose strips which make me feel like I'm in Clueless or an early Friend's episode. But, these little babies really work- you can actually see them drawing things out (mm.. yum!). Be warned though, there is an element of no pain no gain.. especially if, like me, you get them stuck on your nose stud. 

Spa, lime

Champneys spa treatment lime foaming body scrub- Now obviously, this is not for my face. But makes a lovely all over body treat once a week. Its described as a foaming body scrub but it takes a lot of working and water to get it foamy also.. it's like a jelly and tends to be a bit of a cold shock if you're having a hot shower. However, it smells delicious!! and comes in such a beautiful pot too. 

What are your skin care essentials? 

(please excuse the quality of my photos I took them then broke my phone and couldn't access the originals to edit!)

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