Swapping Make Up For Skincare

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When my obsession with beauty began 3 years ago, it was more the make up that drew me in as opposed to skincare. 3 years on I have found myself reaching less and less for lipsticks on make up counters and heading straight towards the skin care section. What is it about skincare that’s so interesting?

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What’s my base?

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For the past year or so, my make up base has varied due to my love hate relationship with medium to full coverage foundations. As a result, for the past 6/7 months I have been devoted to the Nars tinted moisturiser due to its glowy finish and it’s just skin appearance. However as Autumn and winter have slowly crept in, I have had to give in to something with a bit more ooomph that will cover up any blotchiness on my face. Being the diva that I am, only the best would do, and I found myself browsing through the Charlotte Tilbury collection. I ended up going for the Light Wonder Foundation  as opposed to the new Magic Foundation as that looked a bit more full on than what I was going for. Some might argue that the light wonder is a little bit too glowy for this time of year but who cares really? My skin is already dull from pregnancy so a mattifying foundation would just make me look zombie-like. As a foundation I really can’t fault this. It blends out beautifully, sinks into the skin easily and gives my skin the vitality that it’s missing. Bravo Charlotte on this lovely creation.

January Sales

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The January sales, otherwise known as the time that I bought the Elizabeth Arden Counter. I’ll be perfectly honest, I have always loved the January sales despite the many cat fights that I witness in Topshop and seeing poor Zara being turned into a Jumble Sale, but it is only recently that I realised they also do incredible sales on make up! This was very much taken advantage of in House of Fraser in my local town. The shopping experience was peaceful to say the least as there were no crowds so I let loose and grabbed everything I liked. I sometimes feel that Elizabeth Arden can go unappreciated particularly as it isn’t stocked in Selfridges, and I can assure you they have some amazing products. Here’s my list of Elizabeth Arden Favourites:

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1) The Eight Hour Range.

With what started as a skin repair cream, turned into a cult product and now has a whole range of products, from facial moisturisers and hand creams to moisturising lipsticks. I recently found a brand new Eight hour lipstick in my coat pocket that I clearly forgot about last winter. I can’t even explain the joy that went through me!

2) The Eye and Lip Make Up Remover.

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I’m waiting for this product to explode all over the internet. It’s an oil based eye makeup remover but it feels like water on your skin and barely leaves any grease around your eyes after. It dissolves eye make up in a second and feels so gentle. This has now topped my old Clarins favourite and Lancôme’s Bi-Facile.

3) The Amazing Gift Sets.

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The gifts from Elizabeth Arden are absolute winners. My mum has been buying them for years which in turn I have been stealing for years (sorry mum). My latest gift set included 2 Lip glosses, 3 Lipsticks, 2 Lipliners, 2 Eyeliners, 1 Eyeshadow and Blusher Palette, a Highlighter, 3 Brushes and one bottle of Eye makeup remover all for £30. I love January Sales!

4) Prevage.

I don’t use this myself but I have heard great things about this. It’s supposed to be a revolutionary anti ageing range which my mum has fallen in love with. It’s made mum’s skin look lovely and dewy since she’s been using it and has left a noticeable difference.

For people who haven’t tried Elizabeth Arden, the brand is really worth exploring!

Skincare Basics.. The rules.

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I don’t know about any other countries but the weather in Germany literally went from being nice and warm to absolutely freezing cold overnight. I loved this because I was getting fed up of seeing christmas trees everywhere while I was walking around in just a thin jumper so now I have an excuse to get all my woolies out and layer up! My skin however has reacted very badly to this becoming dehydrated and irritated, which in turn has meant I had to become a bit more strict with my skin care routine. Skincare is probably the worst thing to get to grips with and I still haven’t quite got my head around it but I thought I should write down a few basic rules for beginners.

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1) For Goodness Sake’s.. Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise!

The three basic steps to any skin care routine is to wash your make up off with a cleanser, use a toner to clean the surface of the skin, and add the moisture back thats been lost when washing your face with a moisturiser. Its simple.

2) Cleansing wipes or baby wipes are for baby’s bottoms.. not for the face.

Everytime I see one of my friends take her make up off with a wipe, I just want to grab the thing off her and throw it out of the window. Its not good for your face. They contain alcohol, they have no beneficial ingredients and they are taking away any natural oils on your face. They are so bad for you!

3) Be Gentle.

Don’t scrub your face like you would scrub a dirty pan. You’re just damaging the skin even more.

4) Exfoliate!

Exfoliation is so important. If you don’t exfoliate once a week at least you’re just putting moisture onto dead skin when you moisturise. It will have absolutely no benefits.

5) Try to spend as much time as you can without any make up on.

If you come in from work, school or university and you know you’re not going out for a good few hours or even until the next day, take your make up off straight away. It just means your skin will have more time to breathe and your chances of spots will be reduced and your skin can absorb any moisturiser or balm that you have applied.

Now you may think that those rules are completely useless, but I will be making a youtube video on skincare and what products are good to use. This should be up in the next week hopefully!

 

Disclaimer: I am not a skin care expert, or a dermatologist but these are simply recommendations taken from blogs and youtube videos.