Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 – Review

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I’ll just put it out there, I don’t like primers. It first started when I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer around 6 years ago and experienced one of the worst breakouts of my life. Around a year ago I decided to try the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and again it made me break out a little but what’s worse is that it actually increased my oiliness.

Whilst doing some research I stumbled across the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 and on a whim decided to give it a go, as I quite liked the look of the ingredients. Take from the SpaceNK website, Mineral Veil Primer is:

“A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that creates an impossibly smooth canvas and seamless look. Veil eliminates redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines and creates a uniform canvas for a flawless makeup application. This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading, while SPF 15 shields the skin from the sun.”

A teeny, tiny 10ml bottle of this primer costs a whopping £20.00 and can be bought in the UK from SpaceNK or John Lewis.

Packaging: This primer comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. A great delivery system for a primer and hygienic too.

Formula: I really like the formula for this primer. It contains mostly silicones to give it the slippery texture but also contains mineral sunscreen. What I like about this primer is that is doesn’t feel oily when applied to the skin and it dries to a matte powdery finish.

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Application: The pump dispenses a small amount of white cream which is the perfect amount for the whole face. When applied I can see the redness disappear immediately and the texture of my skin is left looking really smooth. In fact I would feel completely okay wearing this alone without foundation.

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I chose to test this under the DiorSkin Airflash Foundation. After the primer set I applied this foundation using a stippling brush. This primer made my foundation look ridiculously smooth and flawless whilst maintaining the dewiness of the product.

Longevity: When I look at all the claims this product makes it indeed meets all the requirements. It reduces redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines for a smooth canvas, prevents fading of make-up. The only downfall was that it doesn’t control oil, but then again it didn’t claim to. I have an extremely oily T-zone and whilst this did help a bit it only kept the oiliness at bay for say around 2 more hours than usual. I also found that my make-up faded less when this was on my skin. I also used this product several times and experienced no skin reactions.

Below is a raw unedited picture of me wearing Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer under Estee Lauder Double Wear and MAC Studio Sculpt combined. I’ve found this primer works amazingly well under these foundations in particular and works really well with my combination- oily skin. I think you’ll agree it has made my skin appear really smooth and flawless.

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So has my opinion on primers changed? Yes actually, I’d say so. I’m rather impressed with this primer but at that very expensive price tag it isn’t something that I personally can afford to use every day.  If you’re someone who loves high end products and wants a primer to give a perfect, smooth canvas with the added benefit of SPF then this is a really good choice. For me personally this is good for when I want my make-up to stay flawless for around 6 hours, or during the cooler months. If you’re specifically looking for oil control then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

Jay x

Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask – Review

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask 100ml If any of you are avid readers of my blog you’ll know that I have combination-oily skin that can be problematic in the T-Zone area. Whilst I don’t have blackheads anymore due to using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid (twice daily) I still suffer from the very rare breakout on my forehead and whiteheads around my nose.

To treat this issue I knew I had to invest in a good clay mask. Clay masks draw out impurities from the skin revealing fresh, clarified skin. Usually, I find it difficult to get the balance right in a clay mask between it being too stringent and not strong enough and have tried numerous ones from the drug store I decided to buy the Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask which costs £20.00 for a 100ml tube.

Taken from the Clinique website “Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask. Soothing natural clay-based mask helps heal blemishes, prevent breakouts and keep skin shine-free. Medicated formula goes deep to clean and unclog pores, rid skin of excess oil. In just 5 minutes, skin looks clearer, smoother, less blemish-troubled. Gentle, non-drying formula won’t irritate skin. Oil free.”

The base of this mask is kaolin. Kaolin is a clay that is used commonly in skincare due to it’s absorbency properties. The formula also contains 1% Salycylic acid which is an especially good ingredient for anyone that suffers from spots. There is no fragrance and oil in this formula making it suitable for sensitive skin. I use less than a 10p amount of the white clay mask on my T-Zone as this is the problematic area on my face. I’m an impatient person so I love that you only have to leave it on for 5 minutes to dry and do its job. The mask is easy to rinse off and leaves my skin deeply cleansed and balanced.

I’ve been using this two or three times a week on my T-zone for more than a month now and my whiteheads have reduced by around 90% and my spots have completely disappeared. I haven’t had a breakout once since using this product. I would recommend giving this mask a try if you have clogged pores around your nose and nothing else has worked for you. I’m so happy that I’ve finally found the perfect clay mask for my skin and I can see this product slowly becoming a holy grail for me. Jay x

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Review

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If any of you remember seeing my previous wishlist you’ll know that I was looking for a night time moisturiser for my combination/oily skin. An ever so popular choice that kept cropping up during my research was Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I’m a big Clinique fan so I thought to give this moisturiser a go. I bought a 50ml tube of this for £17.50 from Feel Unique

Taken from the Clinique website “Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is oil-free and non-comedogenic. It gives you the lightweight hydration without oiliness so your skin feels smoother, softer and more comfortable”. This moisturiser is specifically for combination or oily skin.

The moisturiser has some decent ingredients including my favourite sodium hyaluronate which is very hydrating, caffeine (invigorating), cucumber extract (soothing) and a couple of antioxidants, which wouldn’t remain stable in this packaging anyway.. The yellow tint (colouring has been added to give the tint) gel has a very slippery, silicone texture that absorbs very quickly into the skin providing some immediate moisture that doesn’t leave a residue on the skin. There is a natural fragrance with this product but no added fragrance making it suitable for sensitive skin. With this having no SPF in it I wouldn’t find it suitable for daytime use.

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For the first 2 weeks of using this product my skin didn’t experience any amazing benefits from this product. I mean, it did the job of moisturising the drier parts of my face whilst not aggravating the oily parts, but I certainly didn’t see a “dramatic difference” in the texture of my skin. It seemed to be working just like any old moisturiser that I can buy from the drug store and didn’t give me the glow I expected.

I continued to use this at night and by week 3-4 I noticed LOTS of whiteheads around my nose. It was really gross to be honest, I had to steam my face and scoop all the gunk out with a blackhead extractor tool. I continued to use the moisturiser and noticed the bumps reappeared around my nose. When I stopped using this the bumps reduced therefore I’m pretty confident this product is responsible for the clogged pores around my nose. I did find that this makes a really good make-up base however so I’ll continue to use it for that purpose.

From reading other reviews I know this product is either a hit or miss with people and unfortunately it was a bit of a miss for me. I would say if you don’t have very oily skin that is prone to clogging then this could potentially work for you.

Hope you found this post useful, comment below if you found this product worked for you or not.

Jay x

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

Jane Iredale Amazing Base SPF 20 Loose Mineral Foundation (Latte) – Review

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Spring/Summer is coming! This is my favourite time of the year but my skin doesn’t always agree with the heat. I have combination skin and even during the coldest weather my T-zone gets so oily you could fry an egg on it. During the summer any liquid foundation just melts off my face making my skin look and  feel gross.

A lot of oilier skin gals use mineral foundation during the warmer months.  I needed something that has a matte finish, fragrance-free,  contains physical sunscreen and doesn’t contain talc. Cue Jane Iredale Amazing Base!

I bought this foundation from Treat Your Skin for £29.95. There are 17 shades to choose from with cool/neutral/warm tones, I am an NC44 in MAC and I chose the colour “Latte”.  Luckily this is the perfect match for me.

Taken from the Jane Iredale website Amazing Base Loose Powder Foundation is:

“A loose mineral foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage. Made from micronized minerals, free of synthetic chemicals, oil free and weightless. A foundation, powder, concealer and broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 20 UVB/UVA. Conceals redness and diffuses appearance of fine lines and pores with soft focus effect.”

Packaging: This is probably the worst part of the foundation. I poked holes in the top of the sticker like advised but find the product difficult to dispense. If I take the sticker off, too much product will fall out.

Formula: I am really impressed with this formula. The sunscreen components are Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 6% which gives broad UVA and UVB protection. There is Dimethicone present to give the foundation a nice application.  Plankton Extract, Algae Extract which soothes and nourishes skin. Also the product is Vegan friendly, cruelty free.

Fragrance: There is no added fragrance in this powder making it suitable for sensitive/ acne-prone skin.

Texture and application: This powder has a semi-matte finish but is surprisingly pigmented, you can get between light and medium coverage. With mineral foundation it’s good to work in layers so dispense a bit of product and build up coverage.  I used my Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush (not a great brush by the way- too scratchy and falls out).

Finish: On the skin this powder feels dry on my cheeks within the first hour of use until the natural oils come through, then it looks and feels amazingly skin-like. This foundation doesn’t looks ashy on my skin but actually gives it a nice warmth.

Longevity: This product lasted around 8 hours on me before it started fading, it did allow oil to come through on my T-zone after 4 hours but not nearly as much as normal.

I must admit I was skeptical about the coverage I could get with just a powder but I am fully converted. During the day-time I want something to even out my skintone but not look heavy or clog my pores, especially in hot weather. I reckon this little tub will last the duration of the British warm weather ( which isn’t too long to be honest). I 100% recommend this to anyone who is oily/combination, acne-prone, sensitive and wants to use a light-coverage mineral foundation with natural and effective ingredients.

Below are some pictures of me wearing this foundation today.

Jay x

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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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From L-R: Before Step 1 mask. After Step 1 mask (see the whiteheads at the surface). After blackhead and whitehead extraction. After Step 2 mask.

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

New Handbag Essentials – Etude House AC Clinic Intense Hinoki Water Mist & Mamonde Hand Creams

Hey guys just a quick post here to show you two products that I carry in my handbag everyday which I have been loving recently.

The first one is Etude House AC Clinic Intense Hinoki Water Mist 100ml which I bought from YesStyle for £9.90.

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I am new to facial mists but I am loving this one so far. Hinoki cypress water (53%) creates moisturised and clean skin. It takes care of sebum and dead skin cells to create smooth skin without shine. It contains salicylic acid to soothe troublesome skin and is free from animal cruelty, mineral oil, artificial colours and artificial fragrance free.

I spray about 2-3 pumps of this this on my face half way through the day to refresh my make up, hydrate my face and reduce the oil on my skin. This mist has a bit of an odd fragrance sort of like cucumbers, but it disappears once it is on the skin. It hasn’t broken me out so I would recommend to anyone with combination/oily skin. I would also recommend using waterproof eyeliner and mascara if you’re using this. 

Secondly I have been loving these hand creams from Mamonde which I also bought from YesStyle for £9.90 each.

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I got two fragrances, the Ice Mint Hand Gel Cream which feels really refreshing on your hands and the Cherry Blossom Perfume Hand Cream. Both of these have beautiful packaging, the cream is very hydrating, absorbs quickly and is not sticky or tacky. I was a bit apprehensive about the mint fragrance but it is extremely subtle and smells really fresh. Both creams have the added bonus of having SPF 17 PA+ in them.

Jay x

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a Jeju volcanic scoria clay mask used to intensively adsorb sebum and purify pores. This pure and rare ingredient formulated from solidified lava caused by volcanic eruptions in Jeju Island adsorbs impurities and sebum that are deeply embedded within skin pores.

Innisfree are known as quite a green company so the box that this mask comes in is 100% recycled. The pot itself is plastic. Overall the packaging feels very earthy which stays in line with the InnisFree brand. I have to say that this 100ml pot is tiny and for £12.90 it makes it quite an expensive face mask. Also the fact that it isn’t in a tube makes it less hygienic.

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After cleansing and toning, smooth the mask on the face avoiding the eyes and mouth area. The texture of this mask is so wonderful. It spread like chocolate spread but is very mousse- y so apply this with a make-up brush in order to avoid dipping your fingers in the pot. The mask itself in a light beige colour and feels really nice on the skin. After 15 minutes the mask will dry hard and can be rinsed off with warm water.

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If you follow my posts you’ll know that I have an extremely oily T-zone and clogged pores around my nose which leads to whiteheads around that area, so I need a mask that completely sucks all the oil out of my pores. This mask left my skin feeling very clean and balanced but I didn’t see a significant improvement in the whiteheads and clogged pores around my nose. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve got oily skin like mine.

This was a nice clay mask to use but it doesn’t do the job for my oily skin, I much prefer my favourite mask from Lush, furthermore the price means that I won’t be repurchasing it for now. If however you’ve got dry or sensitive skin this may work for you as it is extremely gentle and doesn’t cause any irritation by stripping oils from the skin.

http://www.yesstyle.co.uk/en/info.html/pid.1024480332

Jay x