Showing posts with label Dr Bronner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dr Bronner. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My Current Skincare Routine

I've had several requests recently to create an updated post for my skincare routine though in all honestly not much has changed since my last post in May 2015. I stick to the same methods and mostly the same products. As a teen with acne I used a lot of different products which promised the earth but they very rarely delivered. All I look for now is products which simply don't aggravate my skin and the below work well for me.

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Cleansing & Exfoliating  
It's a bit excessive but I have 3 different products to cleanse my skin. Dr Bronner's Magic Soap (in Citrus Orange) is my go-to most days and I've been using this beauty solidly for over a year. I love that it's mostly made up of natural oils (like coconut, jojoba and olive) and it's one of those products which has so many uses. I bought the of this soap this time last year and I'm only just reaching the end after decanting into a smaller bottle. I tend to use this to remove as much makeup as possible in the evenings or as a quick cleanse in the morning. 
When I'm not using the Castile Soap I've been relying on the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub & Mask. I've used this previously and I love the gritty texture which gently exfoliates and prevents my skin getting as oily. The formula includes eucalyptus and salicylic acid which gives a tingling sensation on the skin and really helps with waking me up on early mornings! I tend to use the Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water as a final cleansing step to ensure all traces of makeup are gone or to remove makeup from delicate areas like the eyes. I'm currently using the version for oily skin but having tried the various types available I haven't found much of a difference between them.

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Moisturising & Sun Protection 
Since the beginning of the year I've been using a few skincare items from Kiehl's to hydrate dry patches and give my tired-looking skin a boost. The Ultra Facial Cream sees the most use and I apply a little most mornings underneath makeup on the dry areas of my skin. It's so light and provides hydration without making my skin oily or greasy. I use the Creamy Eye Treatment less often, but it's so thick and rich I only need a tiny amount to perk up dry and tired eyes. During the evenings I tend to skip moisturiser after cleansing and simply apply a few drops of Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. So little is needed and by morning my skin feels so soft.
I've been taking sun protection seriously in recent years and since I've noticed less dark spots (more on reducing those ). I've been using the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield recently which is a primer, moisturiser and SPF all-in-one. It's the perfect concept though I'm not sure how well it protects my skin (review ). As a result, I tend to rely on the Solait Fluid most as I feel like this truly gives my skin the ultimate protection against the sun. Despite claiming to be matifying, I always have to go heavy on powder with the Solait Fluid (even when I don't actually want to wear makeup) as my face looks super oily otherwise. I find it doesn't really hydrate dry patches either so I still have to use my regular moisturiser on top. Ideally I'd love to simplify this area of my skincare routine as much as possible. I've had such a good experience using Kiehl's I'll be replacing the creams and SPF here with the eventually. It's just a shame the moisturisers I have already don't have SPF in!

*sample - read my disclaimer .

What do you use on your skin?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

New In | Beauty Edit

It's fair to say that my purchases in general slowed a little following Christmas. I even avoided the boxing day sales and seem to have curbed my ASOS addiction (for now at least). There have been a few items however that have slipped into my beauty stash which I've not tried before, most of which have been on my wishlist for some time.

I mentioned this product in my Everyday Makeup Video . It's one I've been dying to try as my oily skin means my makeup never lasts quite as long as I'd like. I've been mulling over this purchase for some time as I just couldn't get my head around the concept - you spray this mist over a full face of makeup and somehow this makes your makeup look better. After trying a dupe which didn't quite work I bit the bullet (and closed my eyes when I confirmed the payment online) and thankfully so far the product does exactly what I expected. It refreshes my skin leaving a 'dewy' natural finish and helps my makeup last longer.

This mascara came with a whole host of other L'Oreal goodies which I got for Christmas and I absolutely love the wand which is more like a comb than a brush. It works perfectly at grabbing and defining my smaller and lower lashes especially.

This beauty was another gift and probably a product I wouldn't have bought for myself. I see toners as more of a luxury than a necessity as my skincare routine has almost always consisted of simply cleansing and moisturising, with the occasional exfoliation session. Weirdly I've already become accustomed to slotting the Daily Energizer into my routine, applying a little to my face each morning, post-cleansing, and it gives my winter-beaten skin a kick-start. My skin seems to look fresher and generally less dull as a result.

I've been looking for a new cleanser for some time. I usually just use Cidal, a natural anti-bacterial soap, but it's been leaving my skin so dry lately. This Liquid Soap by Dr Bronner cleanses my skin so well without stripping it of essential moisture.

in Mocha (£15.50)
I've definitely become a lipstick hoarder. I made myself get rid of a few that had been gathering dust in my Muji drawers at the end of last year but have ended up simultaneously replacing them with new lipsticks, including this Satin Lipstick by MAC. This lipstick shade is so pretty, which is why I couldn't resist it, but it's definitely more of a pink/peach than the name mocha suggests. It's really easy to wear and works especially well for medium skintones. I love the semi-matte finish but it can feel a little dry so I usually remedy this by wearing a dab of lip balm underneath.

What beauty products have you been loving lately?

Christine Stewart x

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