My Skincare Routine

Eeek this is my first blog post in over a month, sorry guys!! I have had exams and haven't been well recently; I also decided to just chill for a couple of weeks afterwards but today I'm back with my skincare routine.

I haven't done an update in depth skincare routine in a while so I thought I would share the products that I have consistently been using and loving. My skin had a complete melt down during exam time which I'm assuming was down to the stress so ever since I have just been trying to get it back on track and looking healthy and happy again.


As I get older there is nothing better than the feeling of taking all of my make up off at the end of the day. I love it! My go-to cleanser has been the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser. This is a nice thick creamy cleanser that thoroughly cleanses my skin but I love that it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped afterwards. I will sometimes do a double cleanse if I have a lot of make up on. This is a good cleanse for just about anyone has it isn't scented or too harsh.


For me exfoliating my face is so important. It helps to keep my skin soft and smooth but more than anything it helps give my skin some life. I use the Kiehl's Pineapple & Papaya Facial Scrub which contains tiny ground scrub grains however these are very gentle on the skin which is essential in any scrub used on the face. I particularly like this scrub as it contains pineapple and papaya fruit which contain natural enzymes which exfoliate the skin. My face always feels extra soft after using this and I tend to use it twice a week. 


Let's just same I'm very partial to a little face mask. I will usually tailor the mask that I use to suit how my skin if feeling that week. Sometime I will use a deep cleansing mask if I'm feeling a bit congested, a brightening mask if my skin is dull/tired or a moisturising mask if my skin is feeling a bit dry. One of my face masks is from REN (their masks are some of my favourites!). Their Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is amazing. Not only do you only need to leave it on for 1 minute so it is so handy to use when you don't have time or just can't be bothered, but it actually works wonders on the skin.

This mask is contains water activated Vitamin C and literally gives your skin an injection of life. After rinsing the mask off my skin is left feeling energised, brighter, smoother and firmer. I love it! I like to keep this mask in my shower and I will use it twice a week to give my skin a boost.


I never used to use a toner however recently I have been using the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray. As I mentioned my skin was so stressed and I ended up with some pretty bad break outs. The Serozinc spray contains zinc sulphate which is a wonder ingredient for blemish/problematic skin. This helps calm, soothe and prevent further imperfections. I noticed a huge improvement in the condition of my skin once I started to use this.


Serum is a step that I added in to my skincare routine and now I couldn't be without it. Before moisturising I also apply two pumps of the Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Serum. I have already made my love for this product know and I still adore it. This serum contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps plump and hydrate the skin. My skin can't get enough of this serum and I definitely can tell the difference when I don't use this. Nip+Fab is the little sister company of Rodial whom also have a Dragon's Blood Serum which they sell for £125. I can almost guarantee that the Nip+Fab serum is the exact same product and is a fraction of the price.


After my serum has settled in I then apply a generous amount of my favourite all time moisturiser, Kiehl's Skin Rescuer. This product is heavenly and I love applying it before I go to bed. My skin feels instantly comforted and nourished and I wake up in the morning with lovely soft skin. I can't say enough good things about this moisturiser; I never want to be without it!


Now that I'm approaching my late twenties (sob, sob, sob!) I have noticed that I am starting to get some fine lines around my eye area. In an attempt to combat these I have started to use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum. I really like this serum as it is light weight and so doesn't leave me with milia but also feel so luxurious and nourishing. I'm hoping this will help slow the raging process a little.


After my exams I treated myself to some Bobbi Brown products and one of them was the Vitamin Enriched Face Base and now I'm obsessed. This is a combination between a moisturiser and a primer. This face cream is very rich and luxurious feeling but is oil-free so never feels greasy. It has a really invigorating citrus scent which is perfect for the morning time. I have been applying this in the morning before putting my make up on and I'm in love with it. It plumps and hydrates my skin, creating the perfect canvas for make up and it also helps my make up to stay on throughout the day.


Being a lip balm addict it takes something really special to impress me when it comes to lip balms. The Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm has definitely impressed me! This lip balm isn't cheap (I got mine in my Liberty Advent Calendar last year) but in my eyes it is worth the money. This contains shea butter and hyaluronic spheres which really work to hydrate and moisturise the lips. It also contains eucalyptus oil which naturally plumps the lips. This is the best lip balm to apply before lipstick as it preps them perfectly and leaves you with really beautiful pout.

If you have any skincare recommendations then let me know below.

Nars Audacious Mascara

Nars recently made a bold move and got rid of all their mascaras in favour of just one brand new product, their Audacious Mascara. This aptly named mascara was so good that Nars decided they  didn't need to have a range of mascara anymore, this one did it all!

It's black and red packaging is very Louboutin-esque, don't you think?!

I can usually tell if I will like a mascara by just looking at the wand. The Audacious Mascara has a plastic wand with over 200 bristles. I personally love plastic wands as they often are very good at creating length and definition which is definitely what I look for in a mascara. On this basis, I decided to try this new mascara out.

As you can see from the pictures above, this mascara definitely packs a punch! With one coat my lashes were transformed in to darker, longer and thicker lashes. I love the 'false lashes effect' this mascara gives. I like my lashes to look quite spikey yet defined and the Audacious Mascara achieves this beautifully.

If you like soft feathery looking lashes then this might not be the mascara for you. As it's name suggests, it's all about being bold and daring; the more coats, the more dramatic the end result.

The plastic wand is larger which could make it difficult to apply if you have small lashes but for me, I didn't find it a problem. The tip of the wand also has some vertical bristles which is perfect for catching all of your lower lashes.

I really like this mascara and would say it is very similar to the Benefit They're Real Mascara. If you like that one then you will love this as it's not as hard to remove.

At £21 it is more towards the high-end scale of things but I'm happy to pay that for amazing lashes! 

Let me know if you have tried this mascara and if you liked it.

5 Early Morning Beauty Essentials

Sometimes when you have an early start that last thing you feel like is applying skincare and make up , but with only a few products you can feel and look instantly more awake and ready to face the day ahead. Today I'm sharing my five early morning beauty essentials...

This is a lightweight facial oil which is refreshing and helps give the skin that much needed radiance first thing in the morning. Jam-packed full of nourishing and protecting oils, this facial oil smells lovely and is definitely a nice 'pick-me-up' for the skin. Apply before your normal moisturiser and you are ready to go.

This cooling gel has a metal roller ball applicator which instantly soothes and de-puffs your under eyes. Let me just say, this feels like heaven first thing in the morning! It so refreshing and instantly helps you feel more awake. I often get puffy eyes in the mornings so this product is much appreciated. I only have the small travel size but Origins also does a No Puffery Cooling Eye Mask if your peepers need a more serious remedy. 

This range of lipsticks from Dior are designed to have the effect of a highlighting blush, in that they make your whole face look more radiant. Swan is a beautiful soft pink and as the formula contains light reflecting particles it make your lips appear softer, fuller and plumper. There is definitely something about this lipstick that does help you appear more radiant. Lipstick is always a early morning essential as a hint of colour to the lips helps you appear more awake and put together.

Similar to the YSL Touche Eclat, this concealer helps brighten the under eye area and hide dark circles. I love L'Oreal's version and think it is just as good, if not better, than the YSL Touche Eclat. I love blending this out under my eyes as it really does make a difference in the mornings.

A bit of white eyeliner along the bottom waterline of the eye is a trick I have been using for years to helps my eyes appear bigger and brighter. A white (or nude) liner in the water line emphasises the whiteness of the eyes making you appear more fresh, awake and wide eyed. I love doing this when I have an early morning start. Your eyes are the area that definitely require the most attention early in the morning and this is a quick and easy trick that works wonders.

Bobbi Brown Secret To Standout Eyes Palette

How pretty is this palette?!

I was in John Lewis on my lunch break last week and when I passed the Bobbi Brown counter this eye shadow palette caught my eye and I instantly fell head over heels with the beautiful array of neutral colours. I had to have it in my life!

The Bobbi Brown Secret's to Standout Eyes Palette came as part of a set which included the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes Mascara, Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner and a travel sized eyeliner brush. Such a nice set! I often find sets included some products that I will never use but this set is so useful.

I love the nudes, golds and browns in the palette and there is also a gorgeous navy shade for a pop of colour (great for brown eyes! yay!). One of the things that I love about this palette is that it contains matte, satin, shimmer and chunky glitter shadows, so there is a good variety. The chunky glitters haven't got much pigmentation but are great for layering over other colours to add a bit of sparkle.

The set also came with a little instruction leaflet which had step by step guides to creating three different eye looks which is helpful if you don't know where to start.

I have used this palette everyday since I bought it and have also loved using the gel eyeliner again after a hiatus (this used to be a fave a couple of years back!).

The mascara is really nice for adding volume to the lashes and I don't know how but it does create that smokey eye look!

If you are a neutral eye shadow lover like me then this set is definitely one to try. Oh and it's exclusive to John Lewis at the moment!

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