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Wandering into Skincare

I was going to go budget, but I spoke to a few people including my family and also went into the shops and spoke to a few ladies on the counters and reviewed it all. It is hard with so many different options out there and I had to go with my gut, history, and like of the products.

So I’ve gone back to Clinque.

I used Clinque all through university and can’t remember why I stopped (or even how I afforded it back then) and it worked. I used the anti-blemish system mostly and slowly my skin changed and I became bored, so just stopped replacing it. I’ve really struggled to find a system that suits me or develop my own system. I think this is because I don’t know much about skin and actually cannot be bothered to do the research. I hold my hands up and say I want it easy and spelled out for me what to do and when.

In the last year or so my skin has gradually been getting worse and it wasn’t until I spent half an hour with the lovely Emily at my local Clinque counter in Boots that I realised I was only using 2 steps of a proper routine – the wash and cleanse. No wonder my skin was getting worse and not better. I found some recent samples my mum gave me and started using them to prove to myself it is worth taking the time to do the whole routine. Even then when I went back I realised I wasn’t taking my makeup off properly.

So after some serious budget consideration and tweaking around I invested in the Clinque system. I am currently using:

Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – to remove my makeup in one step (no separate eye thing needed)


Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar – to still tackle my outbreaks on my face, neck and chest


Clarifying Lotion Number 2 – as this was the sample I was using and Emily said stay on it and move only when the tingling feeling disappears, then it’s time to move to number 3)


Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ – to moisturise and add oil to the areas that need it


Please note I paid for all this myself and am not receiving anything for this review, although did get a free gift outside of bonus time for spending a lot in one hit!

I have also decided to introduce some new skincare guidelines:

  • Limit touching my face to eliminate the amount of oil and dirt I add (hopefully reduce blemishes too)
  • Use a different face cloth every day to avoid the transfer of dirt and oil
  • Clean my makeup brushes every day to remove the makeup and dirt (this is much easier than setting it to once a week for me, and I added new brushes to my ‘to buy’ list)
  • Remove make up when I get home from work and/or before I do exercise
  • Try to have one make up free day a week
  • Change my bed every week (as it’s just me I get a bit random and don’t keep track of this)

The lovely Emily on the counter also advised me to scrub once a week, so I will finish my Lush Ocean Salt scrub and then get the 7 Day Scrub Cream next month when the bonus time comes along as I will also need a new foundation then and fancy trying something else or go back to Benefit, rather than No7.

I’ve already noticed a big difference in the way my skin feels. I’m definitely removing more dirt than previously and it feels smoother. I still get blemishes, but they don’t feel as bad, which I think is a combination of leaving them alone (why is it so hard?) and keeping my skin clean. The moisturiser is also working as with all the swimming I do it was getting so dry so keeping it consistent and well looked after is paying off.

Some things you just have to splash out on to get the benefits you want.

Things I’m Loving… Benefit How to Look Good at Everything

I saw this before Christmas and thought it would be perfect to have in my handbag for work and it has been super handy in the last couple of weeks.

I decided when I got my new job I wanted to be smarter and check my makeup during the day. I have a tendency for rubbing my face during the day and have noticed sometimes I have very little makeup left on by the end of the day. I also hate carrying around more than I need, so this is exactly what I was after.

This will also be great for when I start running at work. I won’t need to take my whole make up bag with me on those days, just my running gear 🙂

So in the kit is a mini primer, a mini liquid foundation, two concealers and a mini pressed powder. I usually use a couple of things at a time to touch up, then all after running. I love the box it is all held in as it stops anything getting squashed. It also looks like a little book, which makes me happy 🙂

Things I’m Loving… Lush Twilight Shower Wash

I bought this for myself as a Christmas treat. I love that Lush bring out seasonal products and this one took my fancy as soon as I saw it was purple and made with lavender – favourite colour and relaxing equals perfect.

On the website it is described as:

“Because we are all made of stars A lavender and malt notes shower gel to calm, relax and comfort as it helps you transition from day to night.  Do you want to look up at the night sky and remember that you are part of it? Then Twilight will help you connect.  For a good night’s sleep, use this before bed.”

It is a lovely shower gel for use in the evening, especially after coming in from running club or the gym. It is very calming and lets me unwind in the shower. I like to use a shower puff to make a little go a long way. It doesn’t foam up as some supermarkets shower gels do, but it feels lovely and leaves a little sparkle on my skin from  the snowflake lustre is contains.

I do find this isn’t the best shower gel for the morning or for getting ready to go out as it is too calming. So I have been using a a different shower gel with more refreshing and awakening scents.

This is again part of believing I deserve to treat myself well, both in body and mind. Doing little things for myself, such as using nice shower gels and exfoliators make my body feel nice and cared for, which in turn makes me believe I deserve it. It is all about treating myself with respect and care 🙂

Things I’m Loving… Lush Buffy Bar

I think this was the first product I ever purchased from Lush a few years a go. I went in looking for a body exfoliator for my legs. I found with swimming and shaving/waxing my skin was becoming irritated. My friend and body therapist recommended exfoliating regularly – something I had not done before. So I went in and was recommended this bar and haven’t looked back since.

On the website it is described as:

“Ground rice, ground almonds and ground aduki beans make Buffy a triple threat to dead skin and lumpy bumpy bits. They are tough enough to polish away the dead, without being too harsh on your skin. Cocoa butter and shea butter make sure that the skin is left moisturised and dewy soft. Lavender oil is a great oil for soothing the skin and calming the mind.”

I use this a couple of times a week and it makes such a difference to my skin. It reduces the occurrence of in-growing hairs after waxing for me. It also it removes the dry skin and moisturises my legs, which makes my skin feel great even after all the swimming I do.

I buy the larger bar as it makes it more economical. I have thought about trying to make my own scrubs and might give it a go once I have my own place, but in the meantime it is nice to make it part of my home spa treatment routine 🙂

Things I’m Loving… Lush Ocean Salt

 I bought this pot while I was in Canada and have just dug it out of my stuff (the downside of not unpacking from moving around) and I am so glad I did as it needs to be used by Christmas and my skin needs a good scrub during the winter!

I’m not the most regular user of facial or body scrubs, but I do feel a big difference in my skin when I use them. Swimming gives me quite dry skin normally and then add colder weather; it can be a nightmare.

So out comes the scrub!

I know I could probably make something with salt and oil from looking on Pinterest, but there is something about treating myself to a visit to Lush and to a pot of this blue scrub 🙂

I use it on my face only. I make sure my face is damp as it dissolves the salt a little to take the roughness away. I tried using it on my body, but taking it into the shower it just dissolved and floated away – I imagine it would work well if you were getting in a bath though.

I love the smell and the way it leaves my face feeling. I don’t like the salt taste I sometimes get if I get it on my lips (but that is because I hate the taste of salt in general). I also find it a bit rough, so that is why I make sure my face and hands are damp before using it.

I bought the small pot as I was travelling, but would get the larger pot next time as it would be better value. It stays in date for about a year, but I have gotten through the small pot in just over a month since getting it out in October.

For me it is the little things I can do for myself that can have a significant impact on the way I feel about myself. Taking the time and effort to take care of my skin is a way of showing myself I deserve to feel good 🙂

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