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MY NEW FAVOURITE AFFORDABLE CLEANSER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

MY NEW FAVOURITE AFFORDABLE CLEANSER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

I am a sucker for skincare, and I am an even bigger sucker for good, affordable skincare. I recently discovered a brand called Green Pharmacy, which I think is a Polish brand, when I was on the hunt for a new cleanser for my sensitive skin. I had never heard about the brand before, but because of their affordable pricing (£2 for the cleanser) and the description of their product, I could not stand for it and I bought it!

I choose the cleanser with sage as it is made from extract of salvia that relieves sensitive skin prone to irritation. Which hey, is me! It has now been around two months since I bought the cleanser and I have not used anything else since! I like to use it with the Clinique Sonic Facial Brush (*). It leaves my skin feeling and looking very clean and it does not strip my face from my natural oils. It has not irritated my skin what so ever. So if you are looking for a new, affordable cleanser, then I most definitely recommend to check out these from Green Pharmacy!

The cleanser is available with aloe and green tea as well. They recommend the one with aloe for people with dry and sensitive skin while they recommend the one with green tea for people with combination and oily skin. If you are in doubt of what skin type you have, then you can read my blog post where I tell you how to figure it out!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you are having a great start on the week – I hope to see you back soon! xx

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THE EASIEST VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT FOR YOUR BOO

THE EASIEST VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT FOR YOUR BOO

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you do not have a clue what you should get that special someone in your life. You are wondering if you should play it safe and go with chocolate, maybe some flowers as well? But you want to do something different and not go down that same road again. Well, then I might have just what you are looking for!

This is the Look Fantastic Rose Collection Limited Edition Beauty Box! It contains skincare products worth more than £150 but is available for only £60! The box contains seven skincare, hair, and body products; the Pixi Rose Tonic, Elemis Gentle Rose ExfoliatorChristophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, Korres Natural Japanese Rose Shower Gel, and Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist. Below I have inserted some info about all of the products so you can learn a bit more about them. In my eyes is this the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone who loves to try out new products and enjoys taking some time off to treat themselves.

If you are feeling lucky, then Look Fantastic is actually hosting a giveaway on their Instagram profile where you can win this Rose Collection Limited Edition Beauty Box and a Mankind Intergalactic Grooming Box! RIGHT HERE you have a direct link to their giveaway! The link to their giveaway is not an affiliate link or anything, just letting you all know! <3

Info about the included products

The Pixi Rose Tonic is a toner formulated on a rose hydrosol base, it will restore moisture and tone while balancing skin’s pH. It has calming benefits which will help minimize redness, and its gentle cleansing properties eliminate last traces of makeup and impurities.

The Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator is a gel with tiny exfoliating Jojoba beads to brighten and smooth the skin for a naturally radiant glow. This gel is ideal for using prior to a treatment mask or moisturizer as it improves the penetration of other moisture treatments; helping you to re-hydrate and replenish your skin.

The Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts is a deep cleansing, shampoo-like treatment with a unique consistency and volume-boosting benefits which will purify and pamper thin, lacklustre hair. The formula transforms upon application from a paste-like texture into a lightweight foam, with pure Rassoul Mineral Clay, rich in trace-elements, working to absorb dirt, oil, and impurities while densifying each follicle for enhanced strength, lift, and thickness from the root.

The Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser is a creamy facial cleanser that works to banish impurities whilst promoting natural luminosity. The aromatic formula infused with an invigorating blend of essential oils expertly lifts away makeup and daily build-up to leave skin feeling fresh and clean. Combining probiotic and peptide technologies with BioOrganic plant and flower essences, the intelligent cleanser delivers antioxidants, omegas, and fatty acids into dehydrated skin; expect a soft, cleansed and regenerated complexion with restored hydration.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet has a gel-cream formula which has immediate soothing properties and leaves skin refreshed and comfortable. It is a sensitive skin savior blended with organic grape water to hydrate and calming chamomile. Ideal for any skin type that experiences reactionary sensitivity, this nourishing formula leaves skin clear, smooth and soft.

The Korres Natural Japanese Rose Shower Gel has a formula that creates a protective film around your skin to keep it soft and a rich fragrance that lingers on, you are definitely in for a treat. It is a creamy foam body cleanser with a quantifiable, lasting moisturizing effect. Wheat extracts form a protective film to maintain your skin’s natural moisture, whilst active aloe, vitamins C and E, zinc and antioxidant enzymes enhance the immune system of your skin. On top of all of that, this shower gel stimulates collagen, thus preventing the signs of aging, which all in all make this the perfect shower partner.

The Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist has a weightless, delicately scented formula that delivers multiple benefits to the skin. It is enriched with apple pectin and a nourishing blend of rose, sage and orange blossom waters, the refreshing mist balances and hydrates, whilst the brand’s patented Healing Concentrate infuses minerals deep into skin to promote a firmer, younger-looking visage. It can be used as a purifying post-cleanse toner, or as a revitalizing spritz throughout the day to soften and replenish.

The reason why I show you this excellent gift idea is that I personally would love to receive something like this! Look Fantastic even has a folder named “Valentine’s Day” if you are not completely sold on this gift idea. Let me know in the comments what you are thinking about getting your special someone! Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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WHAT IS EXFOLIATING ACIDS & WHY YOU SHOULD ADD THEM TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

WHAT IS EXFOLIATING ACIDS & WHY YOU SHOULD ADD THEM TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

Putting acids directly on your face might not sound like something you would like, but there is actually acids out there that may work wonders for your skin! In this blog post, I will focus on some of the more well known exfoliating acids, explain to you what an exfoliating acid is and let you know which type of exfoliating acid you should consider adding to your skin care routine.

I think alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA, which also is known as salicylic acid), and glycolic acid are some of the most well-known acids as the main part of products with exfoliating acids contain at least one of these.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s)

Glycolic acid is actually an AHA, so let us talk about AHA’s first. You might also know AHA’s as fruit acids as many AHA’s are present in foods and fruits. AHA’s are great because they facilitate water absorption among the cells at the outer layers of the skin and reduce cohesion of the skin cells in the outermost layer of the skin. This will result in a higher skin moisture level, improved cell turnover (your skin will be renewed more frequently) and normalization of keratosis and pigment abnormalities. When talking about exfoliating acids we also talk about their size; the smaller the acid, the deeper will it penetrate the skin. Glycolic acid is the smallest AHA and therefore also the AHA which can penetrate the skin the deepest. Other AHA’s are lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, mandelic acid, and citric acid.
AHA’s are good for people with dry and mature skin but are also effective against acne. I, myself, use a glycolic acid toner (pictured above) which is the Deciem The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (*). Another glycolic acid toner I have tried, which I also really like, is the Pixi Glow Tonic which contain 5% glycolic acid.

Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) / salicylic acid

Products that only contain BHA/salicylic acid are very mild but effective as they can penetrate through the oils on the skin which AHA’s are not able to in the same way. This makes them able to exfoliate in your pores which is why salicylic acid is very effective against acne and blackheads. If you, for example, suffer from rosacea, then I would suggest salicylic acid if you are considering a chemical exfoliator. When looking for salicylic acid to add to your skincare routine, you need to be aware of the level of alcohol in the product and the pH value of the product. You do not want products with high amounts of alcohol in them as it can cause dryness, irritation, and breakouts – and we do not want that! You also want to find a product which as a low pH value, because if the pH of the product is too high, the product will be ineffective. I use the Deciem The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (*) which has a pH around 3.2-3.5 and are alcohol-free!

As mentioned earlier, there are products out there that contain both AHA and BHA. An example of such a product is the Deciem The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (*) which is a 10-minute exfoliating facial mask which only should be used two times a week at max and only for ten minutes at a time.

When using exfoliating acids, your skin will become more sensitive to the sun which is why you always should use a sunscreen when using exfoliating acids on your face.

How I use exfoliating acids

There is a lot of different products containing exfoliating acids on the market, the once I have mentioned are just the ones I have tried and love. I use the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (*) on a daily basis mixed together with Deciem The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (*) which is a product that will reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. Every now and then I use the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (*) and I tend to use it in the morning. The reason why I don’t use it as often is that it feels a bit “strong” on my sensitive skin so I don’t want to overdo it. I did not have the same experience with the Pixi Glow Tonic which I think is because of the lower concentration of glycolic acid in the Glow Tonic so that might be the better option for me in the future. When I have used the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (*), I will not add any other exfoliating acids because of my sensitive skin. How much your skin can tolerate is different from person to person. If you want to start using exfoliating acids, then start out slow. Do not overdo it. Start out with the acid of your choice and see how your skin reacts. Is it too harsh, then I would suggest looking into a different acid. You would want to start using the exfoliating acid a couple of times a week before using them every day. Listen to your skin. That might be the best advice I can give you. Some might tingle a bit but that is totally normal. However, you do not want your face to burn. My face often stings strongly a bit when I first apply the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (*) but it will fade after a couple of seconds.

Ending remarks

I hope you learned something from this blog post, if you have any unanswered questions, then don’t be afraid to put them in the comments. I am not a professional but I have read a lot about the topic and because of my scientific background I am able to remain a critic of what I read. If you already use exfoliating acids, then please let us know your skin type and problems in the comments and what products you find that works the best for you! Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx

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HOW TO FIGURE OUT YOUR SKIN TYPE

HOW TO FIGURE OUT YOUR SKIN TYPE

To find out what skin type you have can be really helpful when you are looking for skin products like cleansers, toners, moisturizers and even makeup products like primers and foundations. I personally have normal sensitive skin but it can go dry depending on the weather which is why I use a mild cleanser and a good moisturizer and I wouldn’t mind a face oil.

But how do you figure out your skin type? You don’t need to go to a professional to get to know what kind of skin type you have. You are fully capable of finding out on your own. The best way to determine your skin type is to look and feel. I would recommend that you wash your face with a mild cleanser and dry your skin with a towel with gentle motions. The next step would be to leave your skin bare and wait about an hour and then go take a look at your skin in the mirror.

When talking about skin types, the major types are normal, dry, oily, and combination skin. If you find your skin to look shiny and it has an all-over slick feeling to it when looking in the mirror the hour after you have washed it, then you have oily skin. If you find your skin to feel very dry and even rough with dried out patches, then you have dry skin. If you notice that your skin might look shiny in the T zone but dry at other areas, then you have combination skin. If you find your skin to feel smooth without dry patches our oily areas, then you have normal skin. Some people might say that sensitive skin is a skin type for itself, but I won’t categorize it as a skin type. I think it is something you have with your skin type as I think you can have oily sensitive skin as well as dry sensitive skin.

What is sensitive skin? When you have sensitive skin, your skin might react differently to some products. Your skin might react with redness, itchiness, burning, or dry out because of a product. As I told you earlier, I have sensitive skin myself and I know what a struggle it is.

I hope you found this post helpful! If you already know what skin type you have and think that this post was a bit of a dud, then don’t worry! This will be my first post about skin types as I am planning on creating a lot more content about skin types and what products would work the best for yours! So keep an eye open 😉 I hope to see you back soon!

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My Night Time Skincare Routine

My Night Time Skincare Routine

As I have already told you in My Morning Skincare Routine, a good skincare routine is super important and I highly recommend that you take care of your skin every morning and evening. A bad excuse for many is that they are too tired to do any form of deep cleansing skincare – especially in the evening. I see many who remove their makeup at the end of the day only using a makeup or baby wipe which simply is not deep cleansing enough. A good way to check if your skincare is removing everything is to put some toner or micellar water on a cotton pad and look at it after use. If you see a good amount of dirt – which can be both makeup and dead skin cells – then you don’t cleanse your skin good enough. When you don’t cleanse your skin good enough, dirt and oils will build up and cause your pores to clock – and honey… We don’t want that! So here I am sharing my night time skincare routine for my sensitive normal skin!

I want to start of by saying I am missing something on the top picture of the post and I first saw it when I started writing this post… I really didn’t wan’t to retake the photo as I really enjoy the marble background but don’t have anything marble at my own place 🙁

Before I really go into my skincare routine I will remove any face makeup with a baby wipe and eye makeup with eye makeup remover. Then i will start my skincare routine by washing and exfoliating my skin. I start by splashing some lukewarm water to my face – you know like in all those fancy skincare commercials hahahah, or not 😉 Then I apply some cleansing foam to my face – right now I am using the Tea Tree Moisture Cleansing Foam from SKINFOOD – and spread it evenly over my face. Remember, when using a cleansing foam you don’t want your face to feel stiff or like you are wearing a mask afterwards. If your cleansing foam does this to you then it is not the right choice for your skin! Right after I have spread out the cleanser I wet my Sonic System Purifying Face Cleansing Brush from Clinique with lukewarm water. I use it 30 seconds in the T-zone (10 seconds each on forehead, nose, and chin) with the green part of the brush and 30 seconds on the cheeks (15 seconds on each cheek) with the white part. If you are new to this brush then only use it for 30 seconds all over your face as your skin needs to get use to it. One push on the grey button is 30 seconds. Now to the thing I missed on my picture – my beloved Micellar Water from Nivea! I soak a cotton pad with it and massage it onto my face with circular motions and on my neck with upwards motions.

Next in my skincare routine is another beloved item of mine, my Salicylic Acid 2% Solution from The Ordinary. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which is used for chemical exfoliation. The chemical exfoliant will remove any dead skin cells which will speed up skin renewall. If you are using a chemical exfoliant it is extremely important that you use sunscreen EVERYDAY!! I will apply four small drops of this directly to my face – one drop on my forehead, one on the chin, and one on each cheek. Then I will massage it in with circular motions. Two nights a week (I do Wednesdays and Sundays) I use the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution from The Ordinary instead of the salicylic acid, which is a 10 minute exfoliating mask. This mask contains both AHA and BHA acids which again is chemical exfoliates and should only be left on your face for 10 minutes! If you want to know more about AHA and BHA and whats best for your skin, then I would suggest watching this video with Stephanie Nicole as she is an expert!

Next up, I will apply some of my Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% from The Ordinary which will improve visible brightness and the appearance of skin texture. My last step in my skincare routine is to moisturise with my Aloe Soothing Night Cream from The Body Shop which is so good for sensitive skin! Sometimes I also like applying an oil. I am using the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil from The Ordinary which actually can be used for the hair as well.

Oils are not moisturising but will acts as a layer on top of your skin to keep the moisture in for a longer period of time! If you are using an oil or want to start using one then be aware of what type you are using cause some will clog your pores! Some oils – like the famous coconut oil – will clog your pores because it is a heavy oil because of its molecular size. Oils with a smaller molecular size like argan, jojoba, and squalane oil will not clog your pores.

If you are interested in The Ordinary skincare products but are a bit overwhelmed over all of the different kinds of products and those fancy names, then I would recommend reading the description box from this youtube video by Wayne Goss. Here he write his recommendations on products for different kinds of skin types.

I hope you found this useful or inspirational for your own skincare routine! Do you have a good skincare routine or do you need to update it a bit? Tell me all about it in the comments! If you are interested in reading my morning skincare routine, you can do it right here!

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My Morning Skincare Routine

My Morning Skincare Routine

A good skincare routine is soooo important! I actually never really used anything skincare on my face before makeup in the morning until I became aware of what a good skincare routine can do for your skin! In my teenage years I was struggling with light acne and when I finally got rid of that I would still have pimples all the time but not like acne. With my new skincare routine I never have pimples other than my hormonal ones at that time of the month but they aren’t as bad as they used to be either. I have normal sensitive skin so this skincare routine might not work for you. You can always use it as a guidline or inspiration but you need products for your kind of skin type.

But let’s get into my morning skincare routine and then later at some point I will post my evening skincare routine which also is essential for me to keep my skin clean!

So for my skin care routine I actually “only” use four different products. I will start it all off with my Micellar Water from Nivea. This one is for sensitive skin but it is also available for normal and dry skin. The reason I start out with a micellar water is to remove any dirt and oils I have produced over night. I will soak a cotton pad in it and then massage my face in circles. Next, I will go in with my Salicylic Acid 2% Solution from The Ordinary. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which is used for chemical exfoliation. The chemical exfoliant will remove any dead skin cells which will speed up skin renewall. If you are using a chemical exfoliant it is extremely important that you use sunscreen EVERYDAY!! I will apply four small drops of this directly to my face – one drop on my forehead, one on the chin, and one on each cheek. Then I will massage it in.

 

 

The next product I am going to use is the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% from The Ordinary. Niacinamide and zinc are able to reduce the look of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity. I apply this to my face the same as I did with the salicylic acid and massage it in. I will finish my morning skincare routine off with my Aloe Soothing Day Cream from The Body Shop which again is for sensitive skin. I have tried other creams from The Body Shop but some of them makes my skin burn! This one don’t and is so nice for my skin so if you got sensitive skin just like me, then I will highly recommend this one! I again apply four small dots on my face and massage it in. It is hard to explain how much product you will need on your face but trust me, you don’t need as much as you think!

If you are interested in using the skincare products from The Ordinary but don’t know which of all the amazing products that would work the best for your skin, then I would suggest reading the description box from this youtube video by Wayne Goss.

I hope you found this useful or maybe it gave you some kind of inspiration for your morning skincare routine! My absolute favourite product from my morning skincare routine have to be the salicylic acid! What do you do for your morning skincare routine and what is your favourite product? Let me know in the comments!

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Empties #1: Elemis, Bastiste, Max Factor and more

Empties #1: Elemis, Bastiste, Max Factor and more

I love seeing peoples empties, or trash because thats actually what this is hahahah! The reason I find empties so exciting is because thats when you know people love the products. They used it all up, and if they really loved the product they’re going to repurchase it. So here you get my first empties post. It mostly consists of skincare and hair products. Be aware, that this post will contain some affiliate links, which I will make money off if you click it and buy from the site.

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