I haven't blogged in absolutely ages. I'm terrible. I had the most busy time ever with exams, my dissertation and basic existence than I was just far too exhausted to blog. It didn't stop me from hauling like there was no tomorrow though! I've now graduated from university, with a first (brag... so proud :D), and have moved back home and therefore I have so much more free time for blogging and keeping up with other blogs... as I'm currently unemployed and doing very little. I'm starting my masters in September, which I'm incredibly excited about and incredibly petrified about as I'm going to move further from my family and friends, but it's all XP. I was spoilt rotten by my parents when I received my results, and they bought me this:
I have never been so in love with something. It's so beautiful and I love it to pieces as well as my parents!
To get back into blogging I've decided to do my current skincare routine, as I'm really happy with it at the moment and my skin is the best it has been for absolutely ages. Apologies for the photo quality, I have yet to unpack the Canon, so I just snapped these with my phone!
No 7 / Beautiful Skin / Cleansing Water
I wanted this for ages after hearing about it on a blog (of which I can't remember!) and thinking it might be a much more accessible dupe for Bioderma which I had run out of (although I shall be stocking up again when I go to France next month!). I had so much trouble finding this as it was taken away from the shelves for a while, but I finally found it last month in London and used my No 7 voucher, so it was a steal at only £4. I use in the morning to refresh my face, without having to fully cleanse my skin. Yes, I am a tad lazy in the A.M. I also use this to remove my makeup before cleansing in the evening, but I forgot to include it in the photo below. It removes makeup really well, including mascara, leaving my skin ready for cleansing.
Elemis / Balancing Lavender Toner
My go-to toner. I love this stuff and it smells gorgeous. It doesn't dry out my skin unlike other oily skin toners as it doesn't contain alcohol.
Vichy / Normaderm / Global Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care
I recently bought this on a whim in boots and I am so pleased I did. It is simply amazing. It reduces shine, moisturises, sinks in quickly, has faded old blemish marks, has stopped new blemishes... the list goes on. One of the things I love about it most is that I can apply it literally 2 minutes before I apply makeup and it acts as a primer leaving that silky feel to the skin.
Origins / GinZing
This is great for sorting out my dark circles and puffy morning eyes. It feels really cooling and refreshing too, which is a slightly addictive feeling.
Liz Earle / Cleanse & Polish
I don't think I need to explain why I love this stuff. I have cheated on it in the past, and always had to face the consequences with breakouts and dry patches, but I now promise to be faithful to my beloved cleanser.
Clarisonic / Mia
The Mia is what I attribute my loss of dry patches and reduction in red marks to. I'm not sure it has actually helped reduce blemishes occurring, but it has improved the overall feel of my skin which means my makeup applies much more smoothly!
Elemis / Balancing Lavender Toner
In addition to the positives of using this in my morning routine, this smells like lavender and therefore is great at bedtime to aid relaxation.
Liz Earle / Skin Repair Moisturiser Light
I'm not sure I love this light version of as a night time moisturiser. I used to use the combination version in the tub, which I preferred and shall probably revert to after I have finished this up. It does a good job of moisturising though, but I prefer a heavier consistency in the evening.
Liz Earle / Daily Eye Repair
Again, this is a 'use it up before you can buy something else' job. I apply this at night instead of my GinZing as I don't feel it does as good a job at banishing my dark circles and puffiness.
Clarins / Liquid Bronze Self Tanning
Due to using the Clarisonic on a nightly basis it does mean my usual fake tan (Xen-Tan's Dark Lotion - of which I shall be reviewing soon for pale skin!) does fade faster on my face. Therefore I use this as a top up in between tanning. It's a really nice and natural colour and doesn't clog my pores or break me out.
Soap & Glory / Scrub Your Nose In It
Occasionally I crave the feel of a good scrub, which the Clarisonic is unable to match. This does the job nicely and can also be used as a mask if you leave it on for 3 minutes.
Liz Earle / Brightening Treatment Mask
Another product I love the smell of! It's a fast acting mask which I use when I feel my skin is looking a little dull in the morning. You only have to leave it on for between 30 seconds and 2 minutes and it can also be mixed in to the cleanse & polish daily.
Caudalie / Vinosource / S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum
If my skin does feel like it needs an extra moisture boost I use this before my moisturiser at nighttime and it really helps. I got this little sample in a GlossyBox and I'm considering purchasing the full size.
Clinique / Anti-Blemish Solutions/Clear Blemish Gel
When the occasional blemish does surface I apply this and it dries it out fairly quickly and reduces the redness. I wouldn't say this stuff was amazing, but it does a good job. I think next time, when I finally use this up, I shall be trying the Origins blemish gel, as I've heard such good things.