A Very Late February Review

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My blogging has really slowed down over the past couple of weeks which I can only apologise for (if anyone’s a regular reader that is!), but today I felt able to sit down and whack out a post. February was a bad month in the way of my skin and I had a constant crustacean on my face which I was sorry that people had to witness. This meant my make up routine was really taken back to basics and I opted for minimum coverage.

1) Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm.

I have been mixing one dollop of this with one small pump of foundation. It means then my foundation can then act as a tinted moisturiser ( I still can’t find a tinted moisturiser that is pale enough for my skin!), and has really given my skin a nice natural glow. Tip: This is always given away for free with magazines, both of my tubes of it were freebies!

2) Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter.

This has been so gentle on my skin during its time of constant need of hydration. I sometimes take it off using a wet cloth but to avoid irritation, I have mostly taken it off with water. It’s so amazing, that I am on my second tub of it now and trust me, it takes a lot for me to repurchase items.

3) Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.

I have been using this everyday since I got it. The colours are so beautiful and on a day-to-day basis I have just been using the matte colours in my eye crease to give my eye’s a bit of definition. I might be one of few people to say that I prefer this to the other two palettes. (Apologies that I could not provide a photo, I am currently in England and the palette is in Germany, not sure how I am going to cope without it!)

4) George Orwell

Obviously this is not make up, but I cannot stop reading George Orwell books at the moment. He has the most wonderful writing style, and his books have quite a deep meaning but at the same time, are an easy read. The last book that I finished, Keeping the Aspidistra Flying, has really stayed with me and is possibly one of my favourite books ever. Coming up for air is my next read.

5) Peppermint Tea.

Yep, I’m on the peppermint tea bandwagon finally! I have really been feeling under the weather this winter, and I can’t drink cups upon cups of english tea a day like some people can but this is a perfect compromise. A couple of cups a day has really perked me up. Also I finally invested in some teapigs peppermint tea and oh my goodness. One more expensive habit to upkeep.

So there you have it, my favourites of february. Might seem a little boring, but lets face it, everyone is so exhausted by february, that I’m sure everyone has developed their own pick-me ups.  Hopefully March favourites will be a bit more interesting, as soon I will be discovering the make up scene in France.. Bank account, you better watch out!

Make up diet.

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Have you ever put your make up on, walked around for half an hour, then looked in the mirror and been horrified by how terrible it looks? This happened way too often for me in January. Probably because of the cold weather, illness, fatigue etc.. my make up just didn’t apply well and I was left looking overdone and too made up for my liking. For February I have cut my make up in half and once again appreciate the saying “less is more”. Now my routine consists of my Forever Youth Liberator Foundation, Estée Lauder Concealer, any old Eye primer, MAC Teddy Eye Kohl, and Nars Douceur Blusher. I’m only wearing lip balm as well. I feel way more natural now, and like my normal self. My nails are completely plain and my hair has just been left to do its own thing. It’s really worth giving it a go, and cuts your getting ready time in half!

Footnotes.

1) The Nars blusher may look a bit battered, basically Isla chewed my blusher brush, put it aside and I used it for my blusher while it was wet (without knowing obviously). Therefore my blusher has sealed itself and it’s too new for me to go scratching the top off.

2) Taking these pictures proved to be a nightmare as displayed by the pictures below with all the snatching that went on.

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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.