29 February 2012

January/February Favourites

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer – A big lover of this concealer! One side is skin tone; the other is a Salmon colour for under the eyes. It also has a setting powder all in one little kitsch package.

Mac Lipstick – Ruby Woo – My ‘go to’ lipstick. I’m a huge lover of Red lips so this is a firm favourite at the moment.

Benefit POREfessional – At first I wasn’t so sure about this Primer for the price that I paid but soon changed my mind. It blurs pores and imperfections giving a smoother finish to your make up.

Lush A Million Kisses Lip Tint – I was given this cute little pot with my Valentine’s gifts. It gives you a lovely red tint on those days you can’t be bothered as much with full lipstick/gloss. Also, a little does go a long way as I found out while sporting the clown look after being a little too enthusiastic when applying ahaa.

Philosophy Sweet Talk Shower Gel and Bubble Bath & Body Lotion – Sweet Talk Shower Gel and Body Lotion are Philosophy’s Valentine’s products for 2012.  The scent is a lot like sweets with a hint of lemon which is bottled up in Philosophy’s signature packaging. I love that the scent of the body lotion lasts for ages unlike a lot of other scented lotions.
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28 February 2012

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

To be honest, the first thing that attracted me to this concealer was the kitsch packaging. I'm a big Soap & Glory fan so allowed myself to pick one product to try out when they released their make up range. 
Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

This product comes in two shades, light and medium. This isn't brilliant and it would have been nice for Soap & Glory to cater to other skin tones. I hope more shades are released in the future.

The concealer has two parts; a salmon/peach colour for under the eyes and a complexion colour. It is a creamy consistency and is pretty much full coverage. Personally, I love the salmon under eye concealer. It's thick enough to camouflage dark circles and discoloration a ease with out that cakey feeling. I like the complexion concealer, just not as much. It does conceals but I find the staying power on my skin isn't as great as others. Saying that, I do have a terrible habit of touching my face so that could be the reason.  

Soap And Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Lastly, this product comes with a light weight, translucent finishing powder. You apply this after the concealer to stop any creasing and to give it a longer lasting finish. When I've applied this after concealing under my eyes (which is what I mostly use it for) it has stayed in place without creasing all day. I'm really impressed with this product and think it's a great little kit for a drugstore price. I hope in the future Soap & Glory produce separate concealers and in other shades.
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7 February 2012

HOW TO // Clear / Improve Acne

For a long time now I have been a sufferer of Acne, if you suffer yourself you will know how horrible it can be. It sometimes feels that you clear one patch of skin from the pesky spots your skin decides to have another breakout. I suffered most in my teenage years and dealt with it through using Acne face washes and cleansing pads but over the last year I've had really bad breakouts. No matter what I tried, nothing would work. I first came across this method of clearing skin from Wayne Goss (gossmakeupartist) on YouTube, you can watch the video here for a detailed description. 

The method:

1. Make Up Remover
If you wear a little or a lot of make up, it's important to thoroughly take it all off before you start to clean your face, this is probably really obvious but I thought I would write this point anyway ha. It doesn't really matter which brand or type you use, as long as it does the job.

2. Cleanser
A cleanser that cleans your face but doesn't irritate it is important, if you're suffering with Acne the last thing you want to do is aggravate it anymore. I tried Avene Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser but personally didn't see much difference in my skin. This product is designed for Acne prone skin but I think it's more for keeping Acne at bay than to clear it. Once my skin has cleared up properly I will go back to using the rest of the Avene Cleanser. Avene could work for you, it's all about finding what works and helps your skin, everyone is different. I now use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser which I love, it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean and in no way irritates it. I would recommend Cetaphil to anyone trying to clear their skin.

3. Toner
Again, probably an obvious step but here it is ha. Any Toner that you find suits your skin is fine. Personally, I use Boots Essentials Cucumber Toner and find that works fine for me. As well as suffering with Acne I have sensitive skin so anyone with the same sort of skin I would advise only using a Toner in the night to start with if you don't already. Toner takes out any remaining impurities out of the skin so I only Tone at the end of the day. Like I have said before, your skin could be different and this post is based on my experience with this method.

4. Exfoliating and Salicylic Acid 
Acid on my skin? Yes, that is what I thought! Now, I'm not going to give you a detailed description of why it works and pretend I know what I'm talking about because if I'm honest, I don't. All I know that two key products to clearing Acne are Salicylic Acid and Benzonyl Peroxide (which I will explain below) but I have no idea why. I know, that is very helpful haha. St. Ives Apricot Scrub is probably one of the oldest scrubs there are, I remember using this when I first had Acne as a teenager. Apricot Scrub is a blemish fighting exfoliator for oily or blemish skin. It is oil-free and contains one of the key ingredients, Salicylic Acid. I find this scrub to be a lot less abrasive than it used to be but some people find it to still be a little to rough on their skin, so if you do use this scrub, please go easy with it! I personally love this scrub, it makes my skin feel soft and smooth and takes away dry patches. If you're not a fan of the St. Ives scrub you can use any exfoliator and use another product that contains Salicylic Acid. I know that Neutrogena do a range of Acne products you just need to check the ingredients.

5. Benzoyl Peroxide - What clears Acne.
Another product that sounds like it shouldn't be anywhere near you skin. This is the product that clears the Acne. You can get this in a cream/gel form product called PanOxyl and Oxy10 and are available in different strengths. It is always advised to start with a weaker strength and build up depending on how severe your Acne is. Benzoyl Peroxide is very strong and can dry up your skin in just one application. I use Oxy10 and I stupidly didn't use a moustiriser straight away so my skin took longer to heal as it was dry and flaking. You ALWAYS need to read ALL of the instructions that come with either products as they are so strong.

6. Moisturiser and Sun Cream
As I said, Benzoyl Peroxide is very strong and will dry out your skin. This is how it clears Acne. You need to use a strong moisturiser with this product as soon as you start using it to avoid the same mistake I made. A lot of lotions are not strong enough to deal with the dryness that Benzoyl Perozide causes so sometimes depending on your skin it's good to use a Suncream. As I've been using this product a while I now just use a normal Nivea Soft lotion but if I notice dryness I switch back to Sun Cream.

Other Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid lots of junk food, sugary fizzy drinks etc
  • Don't wear make up if you don't need to
  • Take make up off as soon as possible
  • Try not to touch your face (germs you have on your hands are being transferred to your face)
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My skin is not yet completely clear but has improved around 90%. I still get the odd breakout and have Post-Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (scars/red marks under the skin caused by Acne) so my skin is not 100% yet. I am really pleased with the results so far and only have a few tiny pimples at the moment.

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