My morning skin routine July 2019

Evening all!

The UK is currently basking in a thousand degrees of heat (not even an exaggeration) and I’m writing this while sat on some hard stone steps in my garden with a pink gin and lemonade because why the hell not. You don’t realise how many windows are actually in your house until you have to open every single one, especially upstairs as when you walk up the stairs the heat just hits you like you’re entering the gates of hell.

Anyway, I thought I would write about my current morning skincare routine. I use most of these items each morning, and a few when I have time such as at the weekend. Without further ado and rambling, keep reading to find out my top products at the moment! I’m going to write about them predominately in the order that I apply them, with perhaps one exception. I have also realised that they are all products from The Bodyshop, oops! I’m not a body shop person nor have I been influenced to write this (I wish I was that lucky), but they are my absolute favorite company.

Vitamin E Gentle Face Wash.

I start off with this lovely face wash. I have very combination skin so this works really well on any dry areas. It feels so fresh and light on my skin, and has a really nice subtle scent. This face wash instantly makes my skin feel perfectly clean first and refreshed first thing in the morning.

Vitamin C Liquid Peel

I absolutely love this stuff. I use a very small amount and that goes a long way. This peel literally does peel off the dead and dry skin on your face, leaving your face feeling instantly refreshed and glowing. This does make one hell of a mess in your sink though, don’t say I didn’t warn you, but it’s worth the extra cleaning.

Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

Like it’s facial wash counterpart, this toner is so hydrating for all of the dry areas on my face and the scent is unreal. I don’t want to keep repeating the word ‘fresh’ but it generally does feel amazing after. I just apply a small amount of this onto a cotton wool pad and pat my skin with it.

Seaweed Oil Control Lotion SPF 15

The Seaweed range is specially formulated for combination skin such as mine, so I do love this. It helps to mattify my face without drying it out, and the main reason why I use this in the morning is because it has a built-in SPF to help lessen the risk of the sun’s rays harming my skin. If there is one skincare tip I’d give to anyone, it’s always always always wear sun cream or at least a moisturiser with it built-in, whether it’s this particular one or another of your choice. It’s so important to stay safe in the sun, as I’ve just taught my Brownie Guides Group.

Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer

I use this under my eyes mainly, to try and brighten the dark circles under my eyes which I swear I’ve had since I was born. It’s a great base for foundation to go on to, and helps to provide a healthy looking glow. It’s very subtle in my opinion, but I do think it makes a slight difference and I do love it.

Mandarin Energising/ Rose Dewy Glow Face Mists

I’ve put both of the mists that I have on here, because I always put one on, it changes everyday. This is usually due to the fact that I’ve ended up losing the other one or getting where I’ve put it but that is besides the point. Both are really good, and provide a healthy looking glow. The best part of this is that it’s also perfectly make up friendly, so you can spray them throughout the day to rejuvenate your skin and it will not affect your make up at all, even your mascara! Winner. Also it is amazing in this heat to cool your skin a little throughout the day.

Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Mask

Ahh last but not least. Obviously I don’t use this every day, but I usually use it on a weekend morning when I have more time. I’d also usually use this after the toner but before the moisturiser. I don’t know if that is right or wrong but it works for me so let’s just go with it! This smells absolutely divine; just the scent of the coffee wakes you up! This mask is amazing and really helps to clear my skin up, and it is so refreshing. It is just delightful and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone. I apply it with a clean foundation brush as it is very messy; and then remove it with warm water and a face cloth. My skin feels so soft and looks really bright when I have used it, and a little bit really goes a long way so it lasts for so so long.

And we’re there! Apparently that thousand degrees I was talking about has decreased a little, and it is actually a little chilly outside now. I’ve also finished my gin, so I’d say it’s time to retreat into my house and wrap this post up. Thank you for reading, and again I promise I don’t work for Bodyshop, I just love them!

Miche xx

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Bodyshop Matte Clay Foundation Review

Hi guys!

I’m back with another foundation review! This time I am talking about the Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation from The Bodyshop. This has been out a little while now but I’ve finally tried it, so I hope that you enjoy this review.

I bought this in the shade ‘014 Railay Beach’ which I think really works for my skin tone as I don’t really have pink or peach undertones and this shade is fairly neutral. Bodyshop have really worked on producing shades for different undertones although I don’t think that the range is very fast and I think that this needs to be expanded.

As for the foundation, the fact that it is matte is of course really good for oily skin. As I have combination skin I do find I have to moisturise well on the dry parts of my face before using this because otherwise it can stick to dry patches. As a result, I don’t think this would work for people with dry skin.

I have found that the staying power is pretty good, I put my makeup on around 7am and don’t get home until 6pm and by then it’s gone a little bit patchy and oxidised slightly but I don’t think it’s overly noticeable despite the foundation being on for 11 hours. I think using a setting spray could prolong the livity of the product.

I wouldn’t say that this foundation is full coverage, however I would say it’s medium and pretty buildable. I find it a little more difficult to blend than other foundations, probably due to the clay, but with a damp sponge blender (I use Real Techniques) it goes on a little easier.

I’d say that this foundation is quite lightweight considering that it contains clay which makes it prefect for everyday use. I also feel that this does make my skin look much clearer.

Overall I would buy this foundation again.

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Michelle xx

Superdrug Extracts Grapefruit & Papaya Shampoo & Conditioner

Happy Thursday!

Today I want to review Superdrug’s own brand Grapefruit & Papaya shampoo and conditioner. I’ve just used it on my hair for about the fourth or fifth time and I have to say that I am impressed.

In a world where everything is always changing, there has been one constant in my life for a few years now, and that is the Aussie Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s absolutely amazing, but has one flaw, it isn’t cruelty-free (Its a Proctor & Gamble product sadly). I made a pact with myself over the summer that I would no longer buy from brands that are not cruelty-free, which sadly meant hanging up, or squeezing out, my Aussie hair care for good. I told myself that I wouldn’t waste any products that I already had, and would use whatever I had left, but would only replace such items with a cruelty-free alternative. Check out my post about this here.

All of Superdrug’s own brand products are cruelty-free, and have the internationally recognised bunny symbol on, so you can rest assured that you can trust the own brand items.

Let me start by saying that the shampoo and conditioner smell absolutely divine, during and after use. Many shampoos and conditioners smell great when washing, but the scent does not remain afterwards, or so I find. This scent subtly lingers in the hair for at least a day, so that’s pretty good in my humble opinion!

This particular addition is for fine hair, to give it a bit of a lift and volumise the strands. I definitely think it does this, and my hair currently feels lovely and ‘floaty’. My hair looks shiny, nourished and feels extremely soft! You don’t need a lot of product, and even though I have rather long hair, I’ve barely used any product because there is so much included in the 400ml bottles.

These retail at only £1.99 which is excellent, however they are currently on offer on the Superdrug website for only 95p! What a bargain! You can get your hands on the shampoo here and the conditioner here.

There are also other scents available, such as Aloe Vera & Mango, Coconut & Almond and Raspberry & Macadamia, so I’m looking forward to trying them all!

Overall I’m very pleased with these products and would certainly purchase them again. I would say that it doesn’t really lather very well which may or may not be a good thing, as I’m by no means a hair expert, but I do love the lathering feeling of shampoo as it personally makes me feel like my hair is being more throughly cleaned. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Aussie but to me it’s better to be cruelty-free! Apart from this, I am happy!

Have you ever used this shampoo or conditioner and if so, what did you think? What cruelty free hair products do you like? Let me know in the comments!

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The Ordinary Foundation Review

So I have read so many reviews about this foundation and the brand itself, and I just had to give it a try! At only £5.90 from Cult Beauty, you cannot really go wrong.

The Ordinary is owned by Deciem, who do not test on animals, and therefore do not sell their products in China. None of their products include chemicals such as parabens, sulphates, and many others either, so I think it’s clear that this is an ethical and trustworthy brand.

Cult Beauty provides clear shade swatches, and I usually mess up and get completely the wrong shade when buying online but I chose 1.1 N (fair, neutral) and it actually is the most perfect shade for me!

Often, when I buy something so hyped up I end up disappointed. However I was really surprised with the foundation. I have combination skin and I didn’t find it too drying or too oily either. It’s pretty full coverage but doesn’t mask or cake your face either. I did find that it went a little bit oily without using a setting powder, but the second time I used this I set it with a face powder from Revolution and it lasted all day.

I was a bit shocked when this product arrived as it looks really tiny, however it does state that it is 30ml which is pretty standard for a foundation, so I think they’ve just been clever with the packaging.

Overall I am happy with this product and I think it’s good value for money, so I would purchase it again.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried this foundation and what you think about it, or if you have tried any other products from The Ordinary!

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Eco-Natural Products Nacomi Coffee Scrub Review

Picture it: it’s yet another early morning, you’re still half asleep as you stumble to the bathroom and you’re struggling to even turn the shower on. Now, imagine how lovely and stimulating it would be to wake yourself up with an all-natural, vegan coffee body scrub! If you like this idea, oh have I got the product for you – Eco-Natural Products Nacomi Coffee Scrub.

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Now, quick disclaimer, Eco-Natural Products did very kindly send me this product for me to review it, but this will not sway this review in any way. This post will detail my honest thoughts.

The reason I was so excited to try this product was because it is completely natural and vegan. This means that it has no parabens or chemicals in so you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. I really like the simple paper packaging as it is environmentally-friendly, and it is re-sealable which is of course super handy. The smell of strong freshly brewed coffee is simply divine – hence my comment above about it being the perfect accompaniment to your morning shower. I would recommend resisting the urge to eat it though, tempting as it is! Coffee is well known for it’s skin benefits and anti-oxidant properties, so this product is a perfect way to enhance the appearance of your skin. It is anti-inflammatory and the caffeine invigorates your skin – perfect for a daily wake up call or a pamper evening!

The Ingredients:

  • Robusta Coffee
  • Cane Sugar
  • Sea Salt
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Sweet Almond Oil,
  • Macadamia Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Vitamin E

Feeling hungry yet? I really do love the fact that these are the only ingredients and that there really aren’t any chemicals or any harsh additives. I definitely think that this is beneficial to me as I have quite sensitive skin in some areas, which I’ve found can often become really irritated when using scrubs, but whilst using this product my skin was absolutely fine so that is fabulous! I even used this on my face; it felt really nice and didn’t cause any redness.

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When I opened that packaging I was greeted by that lush sent of fresh coffee!

I must admit that I haven’t ever used a dry scrub before, but actually I think that it felt like it was much more effective at exfoliating this way. My skin certainly feels really smooth. The product also claims to be effective with it’s “intense anti-cellulite and firming action”. I can’t really comment on the cellulite aspect as it’s not something I currently have, however I did think that the scrub does have effective firming properties especially around the thigh area. I have heard countless reports that coffee can reduce cellulite due to the caffeine content so if you do wish to reduce the appearance of cellulite I would defintely give it a go!

I personally think that there is only one issue that I found – being a dry scrub this of course does make a bit of a mess in your shower or sink when you wash it off. However it’s not exactly a big deal and easily washes away, no bother. There are much worse things to have in your shower! At £14.99 the product is a little pricier than some of the other products sold by Eco-Natural but I would personally say it’s worth it to be able to use an all-natural and handmade product. You do also get 200g of product which, again as it’s a dry product, goes a long way; you only need a very small amount each time.

Overall I am really satisfied with this product. I would recommend this and I would also purchase this myself. You can find this body scrub on the Eco-Natural website, right here.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Michelle xx

Huge thank you to Eco-Natural Products for sending me this body scrub! www.E-NaturalProducts.co.uk.

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Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation review

I’m always on the look out for new foundations, especially now that I’m ensuring that I only buy cruelty free. Here is my review of the Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation.

Wet n’ Wild state this about the product:

Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection.

  • High-performing, breakthrough formula
  • Featuring light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photos
  • Tested under 7 light conditions with and without the use of flash.

Although I would agree that the foundation stays the same under all lighting and looks ok in photographs, I didn’t find that it gave me a ‘flawless finish’. It’s all well and good that it has been formulated for photgraphs, but for me it doesn’t look great in real life. It’s certainly not terrible, but it’s not really the best either. I do like the packaging as it’s quite sleek and you have a wand to apply the foundation with or scoop it out of the bottle meaning that you can get out as much or as little of the product as you want.

Pros:

  • Affordable at only $6.
  • Wet n’ Wild is cruelty free!
  • 20 shades available, not as many as there could be but more choice than a lot of other brands.
  • Specially formulated to ensure it looks the same under all lights and doesn’t give a white cast in photos.

Cons:

  • Not good for dry or combination skin. Really clings to the dry parts of my face making it look patchy. I have combination skin and it even looked dry on the parts of my face that are really oily.
  • I’m not keen on the smell, it’s got quite a strong scent and makes me wonder what chemicals are in it.
  • Doesn’t give the ‘flawless finish’
  • Not about of staying power, transfers easily.
  • Not available in the UK from what I can tell, I brought this in the USA. Wet n’ wild does not ship internationally. **edit, i have since found out that you can purchase Wet n Wild products from Beauty Bay in the UK!
  • Difficult to blend.

Overall, it didn’t work for me, and I wouldn’t buy it again. However, it’s very possible that just because it doesn’t work for me and my skin, it may work well for others.

Has anyone else tried this foundation? Did you feel the same or did it really work for you?

What are your favourite cruelty free foundations?

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Summer 2018 favourites – Top 5.

Hi everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you the five beauty products that I cannot get enough of this summer! If you are from the UK like me, you’ll know that we’ve actually been enjoying a proper summer for once, with weeks of hot temperatures and not too much rain! (down in the mid-south of England at least). As a result of the mercury possibly hitting 30 degrees Celsius this Friday (about 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot for us, and it’s a very sticky humid heat too), I’m feeling extremely summery so I just had to write this post! Without further ado, and to save me from waffling on, here are my Top 5 products! All of these are cruelty free.

1. Bodyshop Pina Colada Body Butter.

This stuff is absolutely divine. I use it pretty much daily and it just smells of happy summer memories drinking cocktails and relaxing. Bodyshop body butters are all amazing but this one is the go-to one for summer. Super moisturising, super lush, what’s not to love?

2. Baptiste Dry Shampoo – Tropical

Now we all know that Baptiste are the dry shampoo experts, and let’s just say that with long hair that takes an age to wash and dry, dry shampoo makes my life so much simpler! Add to that the gorgeous tropical scent and you essentially have summer in a bag (or rather, your hair).

3. Barry M ‘That’s How I Roll’ Mascara

Now I decided to try this mascara for my holiday to the USA in June, and I was not disappointed! Despite being in the boiling humid sunshine in Florida, as well as caught in the rain in Chicago, this mascara didn’t budge. Sweat proof and rain proof, perfect! I also love that the wand has short and long bristle meaning that you can coat every single millimetre of every single lash. It makes my lashes look much longer and fuller so it does an excellent job.

4. Revolution Liquid Highlighter in the shade ‘Champagne’.

This highlighter gives you the perfect shimmery summery glow! Really easy to apply with a sponge, stays all day and gives you that perfect summer look. Also, don’t do what I did and think it would make an excellent photo to get the bottle and the pippette applicator side by side – this total wally ended up spilling it, hence how I managed to get the second photo…

5. E.l.f Flawless Finish Foundation

I brought this foundation when I was in the USA (hence the different background) and as I mentioned above, I embraced the sweltering heat of Florida and torrential rain in Chicago and this foundation lasted pretty much all day when paired with Revolution’s face powder. It’s lightweight with moderate coverage which is of course perfect for summer, and blends so easily. I also love the sleek bottle as it makes the product seem really high end. The only negative I’ve found is that although the shade light ivory is perfect for me, there isn’t a huge range of shades and therefore those with darker or really pale skin tones may struggle to find a suitable shade. However I’ve been using this all summer and I love it!

So there we have it, my Top 5 go-to products this summer! What are your must-have products? Let me know in the comments, and please do follow me on here and my social media:

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Michelle xx