My Current Skincare Routine

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Happy Sunday loves! How are you all? Today I’m going to be sharing my skincare routine with you, I love seeing what others use as I get some great advice from reading other blogs, so hopefully this post should help if you have skin like mine. I would describe my skin as combination-oily meaning it is normal on my cheeks, very oily in the T-Zone with some dryness on the undereyes. Over the last year I have tried a plethora of products to help improve my skin and I feel like I finally understand what ingredients and formulas work for me.

MORNING ROUTINE

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1) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

In the morning I need my cleanser to refresh my face and get rid of any oiliness and product left overnight. A pea size amount of this cleanser does the job without stripping my skin.

2) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

This toner is really good at imparting some moisture into the skin and prepping it for the serum. I use this by applying it onto a cotton pad and wiping it over the skin.

3) Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

I use a 5p size of this serum all over my face, it keeps me hydrated throughout the day and provides my skin with some much needed antioxidants. I also like that I can use this serum on my eye area. Full review here.

4) Paula’s Choice Hydralight Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

This moisturiser is amazing for the daytime and great for oilier skin! It really helps keep my oiliness at bay but protects it from the sun. This step is imperative for everyone but especially if you have hyper-pigmentation like I do.

5) Clinique Superdefence Eye Cream SPF 20

This eyecream is great at hydrating my eye area and protects it from sun damage.

NIGHTTIME ROUTINE

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1) Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

This is a great make-up remover, I use two pumps of this to get rid of all of my make-up. Click here to see my full review.

2) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

Same as morning.

3) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

Same as morning.

4) Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I used a liquid exfoliant on my T-zone to help combat blackheads and clogged pores. I have been using this for two months now and have seen a dramatic reduction in texture and it is getting better the more I use it. To use I put some on a cotton pad and let it absorb into the skin. BHA exfoliates by getting deep into the pores and preventing them from becoming clogged. This product is great for oily or acne prone skin.

5) Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement Serum

This is a great little serum for balancing the skin and keeping it healthy. I’m not overly attached to this serum but it’s what I’m using at the moment, I’m likely to try another one after this one is up.

6) Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Lift Cream

I’ve got dry skin under my eyes so in the night time I like to give it a drink of moisture. I pat a bit of this on to my under eye area using my ring fingers. Again this isn’t the best eye cream I’ve used so I will be buying a different one after this. Full review here.

7) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

This moisturiser is perfect for oilier skin as it keep my skin from drying out overnight without exacerbating oiliness. I’ve been using it for around 10 days and haven’t had any breakouts, good so far!

TREATMENTS

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1) Clay Mask

Once a week I use a clay mask to extract oil from my pores, I don’t have a favourite one so I’m still on the hunt for a really good one but I’m using the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask at the moment.

2) Sheet Mask

Once a week I try to make time for a Korean sheet mask. These are infused with ingredients that target your skincare concerns. You just pop one on for 20 minutes and let your skin soak in the goodness. I buy most of my my sheet masks from YesStyle.co.uk.

3) Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA

I use this treatment once a week by applying it liberally onto the skin with a cotton pad. I leave this on my skin between 10-30 minutes depending on how much time I have and rinse off. There is a bit of tingling with this product when first applied and when you wash it off you get the softest, supple, fresh looking skin ever. This is a product that I would recommend solely if you’re 25+ because it is an “anti-ageing” product which is highly effective. Also proceed with caution as it can irritate sensitive skin.

4) Mount Purious Hemp Oil

On the rare occasion that I get dry patches I love massaging hemp oil on top of that area. It is a great oil for oily skin as it is non-comedogenic and it is very hydrating on the skin.

So THAT is my routine, I hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below on what you think of the routine as a whole, if you like/ dislike any of the products that I use. What products do you like using and what could you not live without?

Jay x

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Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence – Review

Now I’m just going to put a disclaimer in here because I know what you’re going to say. “WHITE ESSENCE?” *insert shocked and disapproving look*. Let me explain. In Korea (where the product is from), the term “Whitening” is different to what you and I perceive. “Whitening” in Korea refers to the removal of sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, hormonal pigmentation and acne damage. In the West we would probably refer to this kind of product as a “Brightening” product. Harmful and toxic chemical skin lighteners like Hydroquinone are banned in Korea and are not used in this product or amongst any reputable skincare lines. So please do not be alarmed, I LOVE my skin tone and would never want to change the colour of my skin.

Now moving onto the product itself. This is the third bottle that I have purchased and I keep coming back to this again and again. I have suffered from hyper-pigmentation for much of my adult life. I started to get an uneven skin tone probably after I hit puberty and after years of sun exposure without sunblock it resulted in a patchy appearance of my skin, especially around my mouth. I stumbled across this essence because it is one of the best selling essences in Korea, I just had to try it.

I bought this from YesStyle for £32.00 for a 40ml bottle. http://www.yesstyle.co.uk/en/laneige-white-plus-renew-original-essence-40ml-1-3oz/info.html/pid.1032410338

The ingredient that make this an effective essence is yeast extract which improves the radiance and clarity of the skin. The formula is also free from artificial colourant, mineral oil and animal derived ingredients. It has rich green tea polysaccharides to moisturise the skin.

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The product comes in a white box with an instruction booklet inside. The bottle is plastic and opaque with a dropper on the top.

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The texture of this essence is sort of in between a toner and a serum. It is a white milky essence that spreads and absorbs very quickly into the skin, I use around 1/2 to a full pump. It has a light floral fragrance. I use this after my toner and before my serum at night, and sometimes in the morning before moisturising. Because of it’s light texture this is ideal for anyone with oily skin.

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So why do I keep coming back to it?

After the first night of using this essence I woke up to plump skin with an immediate improvement in skin tone. I mean genuinely my pores looked smoother (if that makes sense?). After around a month of using the product I noticed that my breakouts had completely stopped which meant I wasn’t getting any new scarring. After 3 months and having finished the bottle I noticed my skin was more radiant, my hyperpigmentation had reduced (although not completely gone) and my skin had a smooth fresh appearance.

A few weeks after finishing the first bottle I started to get the same breakouts that I got before and my skin didn’t look as smooth in texture. So I decided to repurchase the bottle and saw great results yet again! I would just like to reiterate that I saw NO lightening in my skin, I only saw a reduction in scarring and pigmentation marks which mean I now need to wear less foundation to even out my skin tone.

It’s been around 7 months since I first started using this essence and I kind of see it as a curse and blessing. It’s a blessing because my skin has never looked more radiant and healthier in my life and I am wearing less makeup as a result of it. It is a curse because now that I know how good my skin can look, I am going to have to keep repurchasing it!

Jay x

Nature Republic California Aloe Sunblock SPF 50 PA+++

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I last posted on here. The last two months have been rather hectic, I actually started a new job which is a bit more demanding than the last one so I don’t have as much time or energy to post, but now that I’ve settled in I hope to be writing a lot more.

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Being an oily/combination skinned girl I find it very difficult to find sunblocks that don’t leave my skin greasy, uncomfortable and with a white cast. I recently received this sunblock as a sample and after trying it I had to buy the full size. The full size cost £22 from Amazon for a 100ml bottle.

This sunblock contains ingredients that physically block the sun (UVA and UVB), its active ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. I always opt for these ingredients as opposed to chemical sunscreens. The sunblock factor is SPF 50 which means it is intended for use during periods of long exposure to the sun. It is also PA+++ meaning it has the highest protection against harmful UVA rays. The only ingredient which may raise concern is Aluminium Hydroxide, whilst there is no evidence to show it is toxic, some may prefer not to use this on their skin.

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The first thing I noticed about this cream upon opening the seal was the smell, it has a fresh aloe fragrance which fades after about 10 minutes on the skin. The cream itself has a thick consistency which spreads easily. Once massaged into the skin the initial white cast disappears completely even on my deep tanned skin. The cream feels moisturising but has a semi-matte finish once it dries, which is perfect for those really hot and sweaty summer days.

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Overall I am very impressed with this cream, it has a high SPF and PA rating, ideal for summer use. It doesn’t leave any white cast and it leaves the drier than any other SPF creams I have used before which makes it a perfect make-up base. I would recommend this for anyone with non-sensitive, non-acne prone, oily skin.

Mamonde Cherry Blossom Foot Socks Mask

This is just going to be a quick post about a novelty product that I bought recently from TesterKorea. This is the Cherry Blossom Foot Socks Mask which is said to soften and sooth the skin on the soles of your feet.

After a long day of wearing heels I decided to treat myself to this foot mask. To prep my feet I scrubbed them in the shower to get rid of the hard skin on my feet.

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The mask comes in one piece and you have to tear down the middle to make two “socks”. Once the socks were on I left them for 20 minutes to absorb the product. The essence inside the foot mask was refreshing and smelt great.

After 20 minutes I took the socks off and massaged the excess product into my feet. I have to say my feet felt very soft after using this. However I don’t think I’d purchase this again because it isn’t any better than using a thick foot cream.

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Memebox Princess Edition #2 Sleeping Beauty & #3 Rapunzel (Unboxing)

So my Memebox’s arrived last night after a looooong wait. Here are the contents of the Princess Edition #2 Sleeping Beauty and Princess Edition #3 Rapunzel boxes.

Princess Edition #2 Sleeping Beauty

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1) ReinPlatz Intensive Moisture Pack 23g ($4) – Full Size : 20 minutes moisturising foot or hand mask (I got the foot mask)

2) Vellas Night Tight Cream 50ml ($30) – Full Size: Neck cream to prevent sagging of the skin on the neck.

3) D’Ran Aqua Wonder Recovery Eye Cream 25g ($35) – Full Size

4) Dermahouse Aloe Vera Aqua Gel 150ml ($29) – Full Size: Moisturiser for dry and irritated skin

5) e choice Aloe Vera All Care Cream 10g ($3) – Full Size: Cream for dry, damaged skin, heels, nails, lips, around the eyes

6) Dewytree Aqua Collagen Peptide Sleeping Mask 150ml ($28) – Full Size: Sleeping pack to lock in moisture

Total value: $129

Princess Edition #3 Rapunzel

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1) Sally’s box Friendly Argan Hair Mask ($4) – Full Size

2) Elizavecca Collagen Ceramide Coating Protein Treatment 100ml ($34) – Full Size: In shower hair pack

3) Tosowoong 10 Hours 25ml ($12) – Protein hair ampoule to be used overnight to replenish shine

4) L’Cret Hair Color Keeper Treatment Shampoo 300ml ($42) – Shampoo with argan oil for dry and color treated hair

5) Boutique Bebe Hair Salon Vita-Clinic Mist 60ml ($24) – Hair mist to protect hair from further damage

6) ProYou Scalp Nutrition calming Moisture Fluid 150ml ($48) – Morning and night scalp essence to sooth itchy, dry scalps.

Total value: $164

Overall I have to say I’m a bit disappointed with the Sleeping Beauty box. The products don’t feel as luxurious as normal Memeboxes and the values don’t seem realistic. I am however really excited to use the products in the Rapunzel box as the packaging looks great!

SKINMISO Pore Beauty Nose Pack

My T-Zone becomes extremely oily and congested and as a result I get a lot of blackhead and whiteheads on my nose. I first saw this product on WishTrend TV’s Youtube channel and decided to test it for myself.

http://www.wishtrend.com/skin-care/323-skinmiso-best-blackhead-remove-10-weeks-program.html

SKINMISO Pore Beauty Nose Pack is a 2 or 3-Step blackhead removal system.

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Step one is a blackhead and whitehead removal mask. Unlike traditional nose pore strips this mask is soft and is infused with the product, it is applied to the nose and left for 10 minutes. It doesn’t dry hard therefore it isn’t painful to take off.

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When you remove the mask all you blackhead and whiteheads come to the surface of your nose. At this stage you can use a cotton swab or a blackhead extracting tool (I bought mine from The Body Shop pictured below) to literally scrape away the sebum and blackheads on the surface of your nose. Now I’m not going to lie this stage was kind of gross but it was really cool to literally see all the gunk being lifted out of my pores.

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After extraction, apply the step 2  mask which is used to contract the pores on the nose. Leave this for 10 minutes and rub in any remaining essence.

Step 3 is an optional essence which is used to control sebum and shine. I’m pretty sure that this product is just a primer because it is exactly like the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser.

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I’m not sure my camera does this product justice but this is the best method I have used so far to clear the blackhead and whiteheads on my nose. The only down side is that the product costs a lot ($19 for 10 weeks worth) which doesn’t make it a weekly nose routine but more of a monthly one.

Jay x

Tester Korea Haul

Hey guys, so I’ve been really busy the past few weeks with work and haven’t found the time to make any posts. However, I am going to try make some more time for blogging because I really enjoy it and I love sharing all the new products that I’ve been trying out.

For those of you that don’t know, Tester Korea is a website where you can buy sample size and full sized Korean beauty products. It is really well priced and it’s great because you don’t have to commit to buying a full sized product when you can just test out a sample.

I found the website easy to navigate and the checkout process was hassle-free. I didn’t have any specific items I wanted to try so I just got a selection of random things that looked interesting. The prices are in Korean won so I kept a calculator nearby to convert the price into pounds. Postage and packaging is measured by the weight of the package and the region which you live in. Overall it cost 47,500won (£28) for the 13 items and 11,190 won (£7) for P&P to the UK. I made the order on the 14th of August and the package arrived on the 27th of August.

Now on to what I bought. As with all packages I receive from Korea this was immaculately packaged with bubble wrap.

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1) MAMONDE Cherry Blossom Foot Mask

I haven’t tried this yet but it seemed like an interesting novelty product.

2) It’s Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream 30ml  – Vanilla Cotton

I thought this was a cute hand cream to carry in my purse. The packaging is so adorable!

3) ETUDE HOUSE Oh Happy Day Hand Bouguet Hand Cream 25ml – Rich Sugar

Another cute hand cream, this has a sweet fragrance and is very moisturising.

4) Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning Couple Trial Kit

I’ve heard good things about this essence so I look forward to testing it once my current essence runs out.

5) Innisfree Olive real cleansing tissue 10 sheet

I’m not a big fan of make-up wipes but this one is amazing. It literally melts away make-up including waterproof mascara, leaving skin soft and clean.

6) Laneige Time Freeze Essence 5ml

I’m all about wrinkle prevention so maybe this essence will be the one.

7) THE FACE SHOP Jewel Therapy Cherry Blossom Clear Hair Mist 100ml

This is a nice hair mist which gives the hair a pretty fragrance, I do however find that it doesn’t add shine like it’s supposed to.

8) NATURE REPUBLIC Happy Mate Shoe Spray Soft Floral 150ml

This is a spray for your shoes. I just spray the sole of the shoes and let it dry overnight, it keep your shoes smelling fresh. Also the packaging is adorable 🙂

9) Somang Pure Female cleanser 5ml.*10ea

As the name suggests this is a feminine cleanser. Normal body washes are too harsh to use “down there”, this wash leaves me feeling fresh as a daisy.

10) BANILA CO The Secret Highlighter #02 Moon

This is a beautiful gold liquid highlighter. I think it’s a dupe for Benefits Moon Beam which I believe has been discontinued in the UK

11) E CHOICE Shea Butter Foot Cream 60g

This is a really thick foot cream, perfect for healing those tired soles.

12) Innisfree The green tea seed serum 1ml*10ea

I’m looking for a new serum so I thought I’d give this a go, yet to try it though.

13) Etude Baking Powder B.B Deep Cleansing Foam 30 ml

I’ve tried this face wash before but I wanted a sample size for my travel bag.

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Finally here are all the samples that I received with my purchase. I would have preferred less BB Creams because they won’t match my skin tone.

Overall I’m very happy with my Tester Korea experience. The products are fairly priced, there is a wide variety of items on sale and the buying process was very easy. I will be buying a few more things when I get the chance, if you want individual product reviews let me know in the comments.

Jay x

Etude House Color Lips Fit (Perfect Fit Red) – Review

Summer is coming to an end here in England 😦 but I bought one final summer lip tint which I’m going to review for you today. I received Etude House Color Lips Fit in Perfect Fit Red from an Ebay seller BringBringShop for £4.49.

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The lip tint comes with 10g of product which I think is quite a lot for the price that you’re paying. Although the name “Perfect Fit Red” suggests that this is a red colour, it is not. Much like the promotion pictures, it is more of a dark hot pink with a red hue.

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Doe-foot applicator

The doe-foot applicator allows the tint to be applied smoothly and evenly. The product itself has a really nice sweet fragrance. When applied on the lips this tint has a thin cream consistency which dries matte. I prefer to dab a bit of product in the middle of my lips and use my finger or a cotton swab to blend out the product and build up cover if necessary. This tint is also perfect if you like doing the gradient lip trend.   

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The lip tint has really good staying power and is non-drying if you wear a lip balm underneath. It lasts up to nearly 6 hours but I had to top up after eating if I wanted to maintain the opacity of the tint, it does fade to an even tint after around 8 hours which is still really pretty. I do find that if I apply the tint as a full coverage lip-stick with the applicator it causes the colour to bleed, so it’s best to apply this tint in layers.

Overall I’m very happy with this product. It is a cheap, long lasting, comfortable lip tint which can be used to give sheer or full coverage.

Jay x

 

 

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #23 – Review

Play 101 Pencils from Etude House are  gel-type pencils that comes with vivid colours and various textures for easy and fun makeup play. They can be used as lip colours, eye shadows, concealers and eyebrow pencils.

I bought a deep red colour #23 from Yesstyle for £7.90.

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The pencil packaging is matt black and comes in a dark red box.

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 Play 101 #23 comes with a twist up bottom and has a fine tip for precision application.

I’m sure you can see from the picture above the pencil is so soft, creamy and feels really moisturising on the lips. It gives fantastic coverage and makes your lips looks plump and hydrated. You get about 4-6 hours wear on this lip pencil and it fades to a nice matte tint, without any colour bleed. The finish is shiny but you can blot it to give a matte appearance.

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This colour is sort of similar to MAC Diva but a little less dark and has a high shine finish. It is extremely wearable even during the day because the colour isn’t bright, but more muted.

Play 101 #23 is perfect for you if you (like me) find that most lip products dry your lips, or if you find applying red lipstick difficult (the pencil takes all the work out of drawing perfect lines). My only issue with this product is that I can foresee it finishing quite quickly as there isn’t a whole lot of product in the pen, but overall I am delighted with it and will be looking into different colours in the Play 101 range.

Jay x