Current Skincare Routine

My skin has been looking pretty good lately (?!) so I figured I must be doing something right with my skincare. So obviously I thought this was a great opportunity to write a post about my favourite products I’m using in my current routine.

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I’ll start with what I use every morning (and most evenings if I’m not feeling too lazy) which is my face wash:

Simply Pure Gentle Face Wash by Superdrug

It does what it says on the tin. It costs less than £3, and it does exactly what I want it to do: cleanse my skin! I used to use the foam cleansing wash of the same brand but I seem to prefer a gel wash; it makes my skin feel much cleaner and more refreshed.

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Step two in the morning (and last thing at night) would be my moisturizers:

Vitamin E Day & Night Creams by Superdrug

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Again, so reasonably priced, only £2.99 each, and so effective! My makeup goes on better in the morning after I’ve used the day cream, and my skin still feels soft when I wake up in the morning after using the night cream.

To take my make off before I go to bed at night I have been using:

Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil by Superdrug

I’m pretty on the fence about this product, because it’s cheap (again, only £2.99), does take my makeup off relatively well (I will always have trouble with the amount of eye makeup I wear), and leaves my skin looking good once it has soaked all the way in, but I’m just not a big oil fan. I don’t like the greasiness it leaves on my face after I’ve used it, and I’ve got through the bottle really quickly, probably cause I use a lot to get off all my eye makeup.

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As you can probably tell I’m kind of obsessed with the Vitamin E range, because it’s so super cheap, cruelty free and just seems to suit my skin really well, so I’ve decided next to try the hot cloth cleanser as the makeup-removing part of my routine, so hopefully that’ll be more my cup of tea.

And finally a few extras I try and squeeze in once or twice a week;

Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator

What a shock, another Superdrug product! I seriously can’t get enough; if you’re in the UK and want some great quality, cruelty free, reasonably priced skincare products Superdrug is amazing. I’m also a fan of their Naturally Radient range, but haven’t tried many of those products yet. Watch this space.

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Anyway back to the scrub; it really is gentle on the skin, and my face always feels buffed and smooth whenever I’ve used it.

Cup O’Coffee Face and Body Mask by Lush

I cannot express to you how amazing this stuff smells. I’m trying to cut down on my caffeine so this is like my way of getting my fix of coffee without having to drink it. If you don’t like the smell of coffee, you will hate this, but I love it, and it genuinely makes my face feel more awake. I usually put this on if I’m having a bath, or sat in my pjs on my day off just chilling out. When you rinse the mask off it is like a scrub so I thought it might be a little too harsh, but it’s not, it’s perfect for that fresh-faced feeling.

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There we go, my current skincare routine complete. Nothing too fancy or extravagantly expensive, and it seems to be working for me so I guess I should keep it up!

Now that I’m back from Germany that is; damn 100ml liquid allowance, messing up my routine. It was worth it though (sorry, skin).

 

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Foundation Review: GOSH Foundation Drops

I’ve been on the hunt for a MAC Studio Fix replacement for ages now. I’ve started with high street brands, cause it would be nice to find a budget AND cruelty free alternative.

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This is the first high street foundation that comes close to my actual skin tone. Usually they’re just too dark or too orange.
The texture is really thin (hence drops) which makes it quite greasy, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to someone with oily skin. For my combination skin though,  it’s great once I’ve applied powder. It’s also not suitable to be applied with a stippler brush, I use a sponge.
The liquidyness also means coverage is buildable, though you would need to use quite a lot for full coverage.
It lasts really well, tried and tested on several shifts serving in a busy pub:

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Before a seven hour shift…

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After a seven hour shift. (See also: Tanya Burr lip gloss in Berry Picking, only reapplied after eating once. Also the colour is amazing).

I realise you can’t really tell because the pictures are rubbish but you get the idea. Also, disclaimer, I did use primer.

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All in all I would give this foundation a 7/10. Very impressed. I’ll be testing out the GOSH Apricot primer next!

Current (Cruelty-Free) Beauty Faves

Superdrug Vitamin E Serum & Day Cream

.Superdrug Vitamin E Serum 50mlIt makes me so happy that I can go into a Superdrug store and know that any own brand products I pick up will be cruelty free. This makes life so much easier, especially when I’ve done a little too much over-spending recently to splash out on a more expensive brand.

Up until now my go-to Superdrug range has been the B. skincare and make up, but having run out of my B. Night Serum and my Lush Celestial moisturiser at the same time, I decided to try out the slightly cheaper Vitamin E range.

.Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream 100mlI have combination skin, but more on the dry side, so I thought this would be a good way to combat that, and I was right. My skin feels so soft, I have been totally converted to this range.

http://www.superdrug.com/View-all-Superdrug-Vitamin-E/c/vitamin-e

(I’m especially excited to try the Moisture Mask and the Super Balm)

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk 

PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Deep Cleansing Milk

This smells delicious, and works a treat. When I wear a lot of eye make-up (which is most of the time) I still have to use remover pads to take it off, but otherwise this cleanser is all you need. It really does  what it says it will, the description being: ‘daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion.’

http://www.boots.com/en/PEACHES-AND-CLEAN%C2%99-Deep-Cleansing-Milk-350ml_1683520/

Zoella’s Scrubbing Me Softly and Kissy Missy lip balm

From Zoe’s original range I have still only tried the Fizz Bar, which I absolutely adored. I loved the understated, fresh scent of it, so was a bit nervous when I found out the new range was more fruity.

But from when I first saw her video revealing the products for the new tutti fruity range I knew I had to have the lip balm and the body scrub. And I don’t regret it.

Zoella Kissy Missy Lip BalmI love the idea of a pigmented lip balm, even though the colour definitely won’t suit every skin type, it’s perfect for my pinky paleness.

The body scrub just smells heavenly (the scent really lingers as well, in a good way) and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft, it makes up for the fact that I’m sometimes too lazy to moisturise as much as I should!

Zoella Scrubbing Me Softly Body Scrub

http://www.superdrug.com/microsite/zoella-beauty-range

Lush Karma Kream

I’ve had this product for a long, long time, and the scent I know isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I’ve always been a big fan. Especially a couple of weeks ago when I got back from Latitude with an obscene amount of midge and mosquito bites, with not enough bite relief cream to cover the whole area.

https://www.lush.co.uk/products/karma-kream

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy

It’s super creamy, super moisturising, but it dries matte?! And it lasts for a good while for a lip gloss that’s only £2.99. I love love love it.

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream 5ml Cotton Candy 1

http://www.superdrug.com/Collection/Collection-Cream-Puff-Lip-Cream-5ml-Cotton-Candy-1/p/274202#.Vc-I6vlVhBd

GOSH Makeup Haul

I seem to be making a habit of going shopping for one particular thing or reason, and coming home with a whole haul. Monday was no exception, as a very hungover two housemates and myself went in search of lunch the afternoon after the No Tomorrow festival weekend, settling in Bella Italia (so many carbs, mmm) before heading for a gander around the shops.

I went into Superdrug looking for a BB Cream, because I want an easy product to use on my face so I can pack lightly when I go on my travels over summer. I found it in the shape of Gosh’s BB Cream Foundation in the shade 002 (the lightest, of course) which is an all-in-one product which I am hoping will do the job.

I’ve never really used many products from GOSH in the past, but after finding out they were cruelty free I thought I’d try them out; and I’m glad I did because I’m in love with their Intense Eye Liner Pen which I bought a few weeks ago. So can you blame me for taking advantage of the buy one get one half price deal?

I’ve wanted to jump on the mineral powder bandwagon for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity (not for my bank account, unfortunately). I bought the Mineral Powder and the GOSH mineral powder brush (which wasn’t in the deal, but, hey…) and I love it. It goes on so nicely, the coverage is brilliant and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.

My final product that I argued, mostly with myself, that I really needed and couldn’t leave the shop without it: Velvet Touch Lipliner. To be fair, I do wear lipstick quite a lot and I’ve been told it’s a crime to wear lippy without a liner so…it’s justified, right?

That’s all for now, I know it might seem like a small haul, but spending over £20 as a student hurtling towards graduation makes it a big deal, I promise. I’ll probably be back and rambling on about other purchases I’ve made (I have a bit of a shoe problem, as well as cosmetics, at the moment) in the next couple of days. Though I am going to a ball tonight and a social tomorrow night and all the socialising might wear me out a little too much, so we’ll have to see. 🙂

(Sources: superdrug.com, goshcosmetics.com)