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My Night Time Routine

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So I love to know everyone else’s night time routine just as much as the next person so in this post I thought I’d share with you my night time routine ūüôā

So first things first, when I get in from work I’ll start running my bath. Whilst my bath is running I start the first half of my night time routine…

 

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The first thing I start to do is gently remove my make up and mascara using the Garner Micellar Cleansing Water with Cotton Wool round pads. This is really good for the face, eyes and lips as there is literally no smell to it what so ever, no chemical smell or perfume smell or anything. It removes make up really well including mascara and eyeliner.

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Next I go in with my Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, I get a little pea sized amount on the tip of my fingers and massage it until my fingers to warm it up before gently massaging it into my face. This is such a good balm for removing make up, I leave the balm on until my bath has ran so it’s usually on my face for a few minutes. I use this balm 2 – 3 times a week, the reason for not using it every day is this is quite a greasy/oily balm and it is extremely moisturising. Due to the fact I have really oily skin, my skin gets a little too oily when I use this every day so reducing the amount of use to a few times a week works really well for my skin. I remove this balm with a Cotton wool round pad and it removes all of my make up.

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At this point I will have a bath, wash my hair and body and relax. I won’t be going through what products I use in the bath/shower but this will be done in the future or sooner if it is requested specifically. After washing my hair, I use my Clarisonic with the Elemis Tri-enyzyme resurfacing facial wash (both of which I have previously reviewed if you want to know about them in more detail). Using these together works perfectly for me, the re-surfacing facial wash helps to re-new the skin cells on my face meaning any breakouts/scars start to heal more quickly. The Clarisonic ensures that my pores are clean of make up, as well as helping to regulate my oily skin.

With my fingers, I gently massage the Elemis Balance Lime Blossom Cleanser in to my skin, this cleanser has active extracts of Lime Blossom (hence the name) which help to naturally balance and repair the skin. This cleanser is really good for balancing out combination type skin or skin prone to breakouts like mine. The smell of this is so beautiful and relaxing and light, it’s a very light floral scent – probably the favourite scent of everything in my night time routine.

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After I’ve got out of the bath, dried off and got into my comfy clothes or pyjamas, I move on to the last few steps of my routine. Next step is the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner. I have never been much for toner’s, I always found them alcohol based and leaving my skin feeling tight or sore after using them. However this toner is my holy grail toner! It is soothing on the skin, doesn’t make the skin feel tight nor does it sting my face. This will definitely be a re-purchase in the future. The smell of this is a very strong Lavender smell, which is my only down side, when I’m not well the smell can be that strong it knocks you back a little but the smell goes after 30 seconds of application so it’s worth it for how good the product is.

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Second to last step is the Elemis Daily Redness Solution. I apply these just to my problem areas where I suffer from redness, which is my chin, upper lip and in between my eyebrows. This is the first ever product I purchased from Elemis and I have also done a review on this previously also.

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The last step in my night time routine is the Elemis Tri-Enzyme resurfacing night cream (already previously reviewed also). I absolutely love the texture of this, the consistency, the smell, how easily it applies. It’s perfect! The problem I normally have with a moisturiser throughout the night is that I end up really greasy by morning but this is a really refreshing night cream that is hydrating without being sticky.

This has been my night time routine for the past 3 months so far and it has been the best night time routine by far that I’ve ever had! My skin has improved so much since I have found these perfect products for my skin and stuck to the routine.

I hope you enjoyed my night time routine my lovelies!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm – REVIEW

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I’m going to start off with what this product claims it does…

The Beauty balm with an edge. This all in one formula: Hydrates instantly and overtime. Primes for beautiful make up that lasts. Protects with SPF 20 and contains Pepha – Protect to help inhibit DNA damage. Perfects to instantly even out skin tone and minimise pores, lines, wrinkles and redness. Treats with Vitasource and dGlyage to firm skin, improve elasticity, and provide measurable anti-ageing benefits.

Well… for what I would class as a primer it claims to do a lot. The colour of this product is a brown colour, similar to the colour of a darker shade foundation. This initially scared me, but it is a universal shade that glides on and dries down to a translucent finish that claims to work on most skin tones.

To me, this basically means it’s to hydrate and prime the skin ready for foundation/make up routine.

When you first apply this primer you expect it to be rather runny but it glides on as more of a gel like formula which has a peppermint type scent. apparently it’s supposed to smell of some form of herbal tea, but to me, it’s basically a minty smell. This took a while to get used to but I actually like it now that I’ve got used to it. So I’m loving the smell, love the way it glides on and love the effect it has.

It also claims to blur imperfections, however I don’t feel as though this is the case, but maybe my acne is TOO bad for a noticeable effect. However, this does not worry me as I wear it underneath my foundation so I don’t rely on this product for any form of coverage.¬†

I’ve only ever tried this product with the Urban Decay Foundation so unfortunately I can’t comment on how it works with other foundations. However, I have used it with a variety of moisturisers and it’s worked well with all of them!

A main bonus for me with this primer is that I have oily/combination skin and this primer helps regulate the oils in my skin, or better yet..it doesn’t enhance my oily-ness. So not only is it hydrating my skin but it is keeping my oils under control, so all you dry/combination/oily skinned girls should all get on with this primer. F.Y.I its very rare I will agree that a primer suits every one and so anyone looking into buying this I would recommend it, especially if you love and rely on your primers like I do!

Pro’s

  • This one colour suits all
  • Consistency is smooth and nourishing
  • Regulates oils and hydrates – perfect for all skin types
  • Primes skin perfectly ready for foundation

Con’s

  • Can be considered as pricey for a primer
  • Helps blur imperfections – this is only for minor imperfections. With major acne like my own it doesn’t make any massive improvements

Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush – REVIEW

This is going to be a relatively short review and I debated whether to post this in conjunction with another post but I actually feel as though this deserved it’s own post…

This is the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush and this is to be used with the Urban Decay Foundation in my previous post.

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Liquid and powder formulas apply flawlessly with our Optical Blurring brush. The densely-packed shape distributes product incredibly evenly. Skin looks smoother than with sponge application…buffed to a natural, soft-focus finish. Fine lines seem to disappear. And like all our brushes, it’s pro-quality and cruelty-free.

I actually couldn’t believe the quality of this brush. I have always stuck to the real techniques brushes once I found them, I couldn’t find any brushes that would top them, especially when it came to applying liquid foundation. But oh my actually goodness, this brush surprised me like no other brush has before. The brush is dense for holding the foundation with extremely soft bristles so it feels pleasant and smooth on the skin.

The brush leaves no streaks what so ever when you’re buffing in your foundation as well. None of this going over patches to remove the brush strokes or anything like that! This brush makes it so easy to apply your foundation.

Basically, if you’re thinking of buying the Urban Decay foundation, it is so worth buying this brush alongside it and using them together! They create the perfect combination. Yes it can be considered expensive at ¬£17 for the brush but after using it myself at the counter, I didn’t even question how much the brush was, I just bought it because of how amazing the results are!

This brush is definitely a must as part of your brush collection!!!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation – REVIEW

So the full name of this product is actually ‘Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Make up’.. quite a mouthful if you ask me!

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It feels like wearing nothing at all, yet Naked Skin transforms complexions. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Weightless and virtually invisible, this revolutionary, paragon-free formula creates a flawless, demo-matte finish; light-diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition.

Infused with Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm, antioxidant green tea, and vitamins, this makeup loads skin with nourishing ingredients.

Here I have two shades, 1.0 and 3.0. Shades ending in .0 are the warm/yellow shades  and any shade ending in .5 are the cool/pink tones depending on which your skin suits best. I have a yellow undertone skin and I am a mixture of the above shades.

I was actually disappointed at the Urban Decay counter as the lady matched me up to a 3.0, it was not until I saw myself in natural light that I realised it was way too dark for me! Eventually I had to purchase my actual matched shade 1.0 – (which is a equivalent to NC15 in Mac Pro-longwear foundation).

Now I have always been rather skeptical with this foundation as I always want a full coverage foundation that lasts all day to help cover my acne and with this foundation saying words like ‘weightless’ it made me think it must be rather thin and therefore provide light coverage.

Well surprisingly I was wrong! As the foundation states, the foundation is in fact weightless and provides medium coverage with even 1 layer. For full coverage foundation I put on 2 layers and I’m ready to go.

Pro’s

  • Doesn’t need a powder to set, it sets demi-matte and non sticky so there is no icky feel to it. After a minute max or drying it’s smooth and soft to the touch!
  • Easy to apply, doesn’t dry too quickly making it easy to work with.
  • A little foundation goes a long way, 2 pumps of foundation can produce one layer.. which brings me onto my next point…
  • The foundation has a pump for clean and easy use and reduces wasting foundation
  • The packaging of the bottle – some people don’t like it but I do, the look of the bottle is what brought me in to trying the foundation. This is saying something I suppose considering I’d never purchased anything from Urban Decay in the past.
  • I would also consider the smell of this foundation as a pro. I’ve noticed a mixture of comments on the smell of this foundation, a few people stating it smelt like paint. I strongly disagree, to me this foundation smells of suncream but only for about 3 seconds. As soon as it starts blending in you can’t smell anything anymore. So for those people who would think it smelt more of paint – the smell doesn’t last long at all.

Con’s

  • The price – this foundation is considered more of a luxury foundation with a RRP of ¬£27. But then for me, I think this price is worth it as it lasts a while and I’m purchasing a good quality foundation.
  • There are 18 shades to this foundation, going from 0.5 to 12.0. This is all well and good but they don’t have an exact match for me like some foundations do. 0.5 is porcelain and almost white but for pink undertone skin. The next shade up is 1.0 which is yellow undertoned like mentioned before but it still has a slight pink undertone to it. Luckily when I’ve finished my entire make up, you can’t noticeably tell that it’s slightly different to the rest of my body.

So overall, there are more pro’s than con’s and¬†the price isn’t a massive con for me (especially for this foundation). I think I may have possibly found my holy grail foundation. This has never been done before! This will definitely be a re-pruchase product! I’m sure of it. I’m yet to see how long the bottle of foundation will last me but I know doubt it will last me a long long time at only 2-4 pumps for me¬†daily.¬†

Elemis Daily Redness Solution – REVIEW

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This was actually the first product I bought from the Elemis brand and ultimately made me fall in love with Elemis from the results I got from this product alone.

Elemis actually advertises itself as an anti-ageing range – I’m actually in my 20’s so this wasn’t a specific range I was looking at. It wasn’t even a brand I’d heard of until ¬†I went to a spa and this was a range that they used in their ‘treatments’ and sold in their shop. I decided to purchase this cream as what did I have to lose right? It felt as though I’d tried everything else under the sun to help improve my skin and barely got any results that lasted more than a couple of weeks.

More into what the product states:

This soothing treatment moisturizer helps to reduce the daily appearance of high colour, whilst hydrating the skin. The powerful Anti-redness complex of Malt, Polysacharides of Brown Algae and Neurosensorial Dipeptide Amino Acids help reduce the flushed appearance of broken capillaries. Absolute of Rose and Honey combined with a soothing Phytoamine Biocomplex, rich in Centella and Meadowsweet also help to de-sensetise and comfort irritated, red and blotchy complexions.

Now when I first read this, it sounded very complicated (like many do) and wasn’t sure whether to make the purchase as Elemis is not cheap as I had already pointed out in a previous post (this product retails at ¬£53), however my mum who was at the spa with me said she wanted to treat me as she knows the troubles I have always had with my skin.

Within the first few days, I didn’t see a difference, don’t know why I expected to see a difference so soon because I know that it’s rare to see results extremely quickly – so this kind of put me on a downer to begin with as I was seeing no results from an expensive products and just wanted beautiful skin.

I persevered with the product, using it morning and night as it recommends and after a week and a half I started to notice more and more every day that I was achieving good results. A month on and I now no longer have red skin as I did before with y acne scarring. The redness is significantly reduced, ultimately beginning the road to confidence.

You can’t see in the photo but the bottle has a lid and a pump so the application procedure is clean and easy and there is no wasted cream. As you can see in the photo below there is a strip on the bottle that you can see through that shows how much is left of the cream so you have a heads up on when you are close to finishing the bottom – excellent feature to go with the excellent and elegant packaging.

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Clarisonic Mia 2 – REVIEW

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So my discovery of the Clarisonic came from finding them in cleansing routines on Youtube and found that this was used in quite a few peoples routines. For your information I actually live in the UK and the Clarisonic was not in any shops therefore I’d never seen or heard anything about this before. The more I saw it the more curious I became so I started to look into it and after reading reviews about it I started to become very interested.

A month or two after the discovery I went to Dubai for my birthday and found it in a Sephora in a shopping mall over there so I decided to take the plunge and make the purchase. It took me a whole day to decide whether to buy it or not as it doesn’t exactly come cheap but after everything I read I decided I wanted it and knew I’d regret it once ¬†I got back to the UK if I didn’t buy it.

This was bought in September 2015 and I have used it every day since, I take it with me when I go away, stop away for a night, no matter what, it comes with me and it has been a god send. It removes all make up leaving skin cleansed and the bristles are soft against the skin.

I purchased the deep pore cleansing collection range as a part of my Clarisonic which came with the following:

  • Deep Pore Cleanser
  • Deep Pore congestion clay mask
  • A case and cover that it is stored in to keep safe which can be seen in the photos
  • Magnetic charger

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Magnetic charger explained – As you can see on the photos there is no holes where a charger can be plugged in, this is because the magnetic charger attaches itself to the front of the handle to charge up, the reason for this is with it being a cleansing electronic device it would be unsafe to have ‘exposed’ ports. This amazing feature makes the device waterproof!¬†

Overall, I love my Clarisonic, it has interchangeable heads so you can purchase different type heads and put new ones on every few months to stay fully cleansed, the battery lasts a while, it has it’s own case for travel and storage purposes and lastly cleanses my skin thoroughly!

For those of you who in live in England or somewhere this is not sold, it can now be ordered on Boots website now, which they started doing a few months after coming back from Dubai. It honestly is worth the money, they have a variety of brush heads, I use the ‘Sensitive’ skin brush heads but only because the less abrasion against my skin the better. I do moisturise every morning and evening so I am restoring the nutrients in my skin as well.

This was money well spent and skin well looked after!

Another note as well that I want to point out, you can get a variety of different brush heads for the clarisonic as it is interchangeable. There are brushes to suit all skin types, as well as brushes for body exfoliation depending on what you want to use it for. It is recommended to change the brush head once every 3 months. I use the Deep pore brush head as shown below as it is best for minimising pores and best for oily skin.

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MAC – Fix+ and Pro Longwear Foundation – REVIEW

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Like with my previous post I am going to be doing a ¬†2 in 1 review on MAC’s Fix+ and Pro Longwear foundation.¬†Again, the reason for the 2 in 1 review is the fact that I have only ever used these products together, therefore I feel as though the best way I can review truthfully is to review them in this one post.

So we’ll start with the base of the 2 products – MAC Prep & Prime Fix+

A soothing moisture mist that refreshes the skin and finishes make up.

I have to say the first thing I noticed/read on the packaging with this product that I LOVE is that you have the option of being able to use it before OR after you’ve applied your make up. For me, I use this before applying my make up. The reason for this is I feel as though it is a little bit too wet for me to apply after make up and with me having oily skin as it is I didn’t want an over-duey look!

I feel as though that using this before applying my foundation is priming my skin and does actually give me the perfect glow that I want from my finished make up look. I wouldn’t use this as my one and only primer though, to me this mainly improves the finished look of my foundation so I would not recommend this product if you were to use it primarily as a primer. Hence the name ‘Fix +’

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2nd part to this review being the Pro-longwear foundation:

A creamy foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition.

I am surprisingly impressed with this foundation as I had heard such a mixture of reviews about it myself. I was previously wearing the Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation which was extremely good when it came to lasting all day with good coverage but as my skin was getting better, the foundation was too cakey so I wanted something more lightweight but still providing good coverage that lasted. So this was when I decided to break my MAC virginity and take the plunge in ordering this foundation.

Can I just mention, I bought this foundation on the MAC website, now this is considerably brave when you think about the price it cost and never owning a MAC product in my life and so therefore didn’t even have the slightest clue at what shade I would be!

LUCKILY, there are websites out there that help with this! If you want to know the 2 websites I used to help pick my shade then let me know because these websites came to the conclusion I would be shade NC15 in this foundation after asking just a few questions about my skin and to my surprise THEY WERE WERE RIGHT! This is the perfect shade for my skin and my risk paid out which will probably never happen this well again. Not to mention there is a variety of shades to choose from.

The foundation itself is lightweight and creamy when applying. Now a few people have mentioned that it dries quickly and to move fast, this is not the case for me at all, I don’t know if that’s because I moisturise and prime right before applying foundation or whether it just depends on skin type. I also found that I had to wait for it to dry for a few minutes otherwise it was slghtly sticky to the touch – again other people have mentioned quite a bit that it was quite the opposite but not for me!

I loved the coverage on this foundation. If you read my previous post you would know I have acne/scarring and red areas – all of which were covered with a layer of this foundation without the need of a concealer. I build up the cover with 2 layers depending on how my skin is on a day to day basis but a majority of the time 1 layer does it!

I found as well that after applying this foundation and the rest of my make up I did not look cakey at all! Which was the look I was trying to get away from as mentioned previously. Good coverage with 1 layer of creamy foundation is exactly what I look for in a foundation!

There is also no smell to this foundation. I’ve read that some of the MAC foundations smell like paint, luckily this is not one of those foundations. I would say this foundation is best for combination skin, if you have very dry skin I don’t believe this would give you the dewy look you would be after and for really oily skin people I believe you’d get away with it but it may not last as long as you’d want. I have almost completely oily skin apart from my cheeks and it only starts to look too oily after 10 hours on a humid day. Also I found that close up sometimes this foundation may have had it’s flaws but on camera, no matter what my skin looked FLAWLESS!

I am aware this may have been too long winded but I never expected myself to have so much to say about it!

Overall, I would recommend this foundation to a majority of you as well as the Prep & Prime Fix+. For a photo of me with the finished look after using this foundation as my base, just let me know and I’ll post one below.

There is only 1 negative to this foundation for me which has been a regular issue with this foundation. As you are aware, I have acne prone skin and unfortunately this foundation did make my skin break out and in places that I would never usually break out either. I am yet to see if this was just the fact that my skin was getting to a new foundation or whether it was unrelated etc, however for me the positives definitely weighed out this negative and this is still going to be one of my favourite foundations!

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Collection – REVIEW

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So I’ve decided to do this review as a 2 parter – the reason being is I bought these 3 products as part of a collection and have always used these products as a collection…¬†I will be reviewing the Facial Wash and Night Cream on this post.

I was like many of you out there, wanted to do the absolute minimum to get amazing results. Some of you out there are lucky enough to get away with this, unfortunately this is not the case with me.

Little background on my skin time –

  • oily/combination skin
  • acne prone
  • redness
  • acne scarring that won’t budge

So with this in mind, I’m going to begin…

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First things 1st, is the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash which states

As part of the Elemis Anti-aging Resurfacing Programme, this daily face wash stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle, actively smoothing and refining whilst sloughing away dead skin cells which dull the complexion.

What this means is that rather than you having to wait for your skin to re-produce skins cells as its own pace, the facial wash is speeding up that process of skin renewal but in a natural way.

REMEMBER – everyone’s skin cells re-produce at different speed levels

I was recommended this product due to the acne prone skin and acne scarring that I have. I was told that tri-enzyme products will help the reproduction of new skins cells as the acne scarring is just skin cells that have not yet been re-produced. Baring in mind that acne scars can be a good few skin layers deep and can vary on how deep depending on how bad the acne was.

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The 2nd part of my collection being the Tri-Enzyme resurfacing night cream.

Very similar to the resurfacing facial wash it states:

As part of Elemis Anti-Ageing Resurfacing programme, this nightly treatment stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle, actively smoothing and enhancing the skin whilst cellular respiration is at it’s optimum.

They say that the skin is renewing it’s skin cells more rapidly through the night whilst you’re asleep. There are many reasons as to why scientists believe this which I won’t go in to but Elemis decided to make the most of this by producing this cream as one of the Tr-Enzyme products they hold.

MY THOUGHTS:

Now I decided to share my thoughts overall on these 2 products as they are mainly used in conjunction together. The facial wash I use morning and night and I have to say just using the facial wash alone in the morning is refreshing, cleansing and I do not feel as though I am damaging my skin like you do with some facial washes. The cream I am obviously using at night, it is extremely moisturising without being greasy or sticky, smells lovely and makes me feel pampered. 

Pro’s:

  • BIGGEST PRO – I am flabbergasted at the results, that’s right flabbgergasted! My scarring has reduced significantly and in some areas of my face completely gone! I am still amazed at these products and they results they have had. Everyone has noticed how good my skin is and has made me so confident.
  • It is not a massively extensive process to get the skin I’ve been waiting for. It’s 2 simple steps that take a few minutes together.
  • The products aren’t stinky. The night cream in my opinion has a slightly better smell and neither products are extremely strong in smell¬†so you’re not passing out at the smell of your own face (always a bonus).
  • The products last a long while. I’ve had these products about a month now, I’ve already seen results and as you can see by the photo of the facial wash there is still quite a bit left. Not to mention the night cream (a little goes a long way and you can barely tell it’s been used).
  • This collection came with a lovely little Elemis bag/case for storing the products which has enough space for more products to be stored also,

Con’s:

  • These products are unfortunately pricey. Therefore, it is worth waiting for special offers or gift sets to come out, especially with the night cream.¬†This is the only Con¬†that I can personally find and it can be considered quite a big one but if¬†you’re someone like me and just wanted¬†something¬†that would help you no matter what the cost then you may be able to overcome costs.

I’ll be honest, I did not have 100% faith when I started using these products due to the amount of products I had tried but hand on heart never thought I’d say this but the products have been worth every penny!

If you want to see a review on the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask pictured in the first photo then please let me know! Hope this helped you out.

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