Handful of Faves | Favourites

Hi Everyone!

This is a quick favourites post that’s designed to enable you if you’re feeling spendy and looking for something new to pick up, haha. I grabbed five things out of my makeup bag that I love… maybe you’ll love them too!

non-greasy priming goodness…

Maybelline Master Prime in Blur and Smooth. I was loving this range almost a year ago in this post here!

light coverage and spf 30…

This bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is perfect for warmer days and light makeup looks.

the best way to look more awake than you are…

L’Oréal Magic Lumi Concealer Corrector layered over a full coverage concealer under the eyes is my go-to.

suble and matte…

This MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork is a fantastic base for other shadows or worn alone.

sensual yet understated…

At first I thought the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume would only be night time appropriate. As long as you keep your application light, it’s gorgeous during the day as well!

 

I hope this inspired you to dig through your makeup stash for a forgotten love… or maybe you found something new to add to your shopping list!

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Have any favourites you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Skin Care Series: Acne / Sensitive Toning | Favourites 

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the second instalment of my skin care series. In this post I’ll be discussing toning. If you missed the first instalment of this series you can read it here.

 

There are two toners I rotate depending on how my skin feels that day or night.

 

The first one is a long-term favourite and one I don’t want to be without. It’s the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. It uses fruit acids to gently refresh and refine the skin. I sweep this over my face after cleansing and before moisturizing (as you normally would with a toner). It’s definitely gentle enough for me to use twice daily. The quality that makes this special is that it doesn’t feel stripping whatsoever. If you’re looking for a light refresh and a good skin prep before using a treatment, I highly recommend checking this out.

 

My other favourite toner is one I’ve been using for about a year. The Kate Somerville Clarifying Toner boasts the ingredient phytic acid to brighten skin tone and diminish acne scars. It also has aloe which calms skin. This is more intense than the Clarins one, and I reach for it morning or night when my skin feels gunky. I highly recommend it if you have oily skin.

There are so many options for toners based on your skin type as well as concern. It’s not the same thing (as per the teachings of Caroline Hirons). Skin type is, for example; oily. Skin concern, for example; is blemishes. If I got that wrong I have seriously failed Mrs. Hirons, haha. I highly recommend her blog to anyone looking for expert knowledge on which products are best from which brands and for what skin types.

The next topic in this series is treatments. I have annoyingly finicky skin that’s sensitive but also requires powerful ingredients to make a difference. I’m happy to report I’ve found some that strike a good balance, so they might be helpful to other people too!

Which products do you use for toning? Let me know your favourites in the comment section below!

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Skin Care Series: Acne / Sensitive Cleansing | Favourites

Hi Everyone!

This is going to be a multiple part series where I discuss products I’m using for my acne-prone, sensitive skin. Before I really get into it, I want to say that these products aren’t “curing” my acne. I’m having some major skin issues recently (adult onset acne, thanks!) and these products are helping, but theyre not miracle workers.

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Back in the day, I would attack my face with lots of harsh scrubbing and strip it of all oil-based products. Since I’ve given up on abusing my face it’s been less oily and my pimples have been clearing faster than they used to. Until I find products that stop acne before it starts, this is what I’m using to be kind to my skin and keep it moisturized, happy, and calm.

Cleansing Oils:

I’ve been meaning to write about this for so long! I’ve tried the Clinique Take the Day Off (oil and balm versions), the Boscia Makeup Breakup, and The Body Shop Chamomile cleansing oils. The Clinique oil and balm versions were good but not amazing enough for the price tag. The one I’ve been using for around 6 weeks is the Sephora Collection Supreme Cleansing Oil. I like it because a little goes a long way and the price is great for the amout of product you get. I find the Body Shop oil is too thin and I need 4 pumps to get the job done so I go through it very quickly. I have some left so I use it in the shower. I still recommend it, but it’s not my #1 favourite right now. The Boscia oil is a bit thick for me and slightly drying on my sensitive skin but if you like a fresh scent and have more normal skin you might enjoy that one. Sephora‘s Supreme Cleansing Oil doesn’t take a lot of work to remove regular (non-waterproof) eye makeup and doesn’t leave a residue.

Physical Exfoliating:

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A long time favourite for a gentle physical exfoliator (the second step when I double cleanse) is the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish. It contains natural shea nut shell powder. This is a much gentler version of certain drug store gritty cleansers which have a habit of scratching the skin. It’s very creamy and doesn’t feel drying at all. It also smells strangely good like a mix of Cheerios and Froot Loops (yes, sounds crazy but if you’ve smelled it you know what I mean, haha).

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A heavier duty physical exfoliator that I would typically use twice a week is the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve been using this for over 3 months, sparingly. This could be a love-it or hate-it product. It has a citrusy scent that might be reminiscent of a bathroom cleaner. I don’t mind it at all but some people might not be a fan. It’s a gel consistency with gentle silica microbeads (not plastic microbeads). I would defnitely recommend being super gentle on your skin with this cleanser because otherwise you run the risk of irritation. It sloughs off dead skin and leaves it much softer.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I tried keeping it short, sweet and to the point but rambling is one of my favourite passtimes. Keep and eye out for the next parts of my Skin Care Series which will include topics like Toning, Eye Cream, Facial Oil, Moisturizer and possibly others like Masks, Peels, and Treatments.

What cleansers are you using right now? Let me know in the comments below!