Beauty

Summer Skincare

August 23, 2016

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Summer skincare for a fresh face.

I know, this might seem like a surprise post in amongst my many outfits and thoughtful pieces, but I wanna take this blog back to it’s roots – beauty. Skincare is something i’m really interested in, but never seems to do well on my YouTube channel. I’m hoping you’ll be more interested here.

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Let’s start with a face mask.

I was really interested in the L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks when they came out a month or so ago as they look like tailored pots for specific needs. They say the idea is that you get all three, and work out which one best suits which part of your face. That seemed like a lot of effort for me though, so I bought all three while they were on offer at Boots for £5 each, and i’ve just been taking them in turns depending on how my skin feels and reacts to weather/food/hormones at that time. It’s totally working a treat, and I have to say right now i’m really enjoying the black Detox Mask, helping lift those city/sweaty day impurities out of my skin.

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I only really wanted to mention things I truly loved.

These Clarins Facial Oils first made an appearance on this blog in early 2015, and they’ve been a staple ever since. So the first lot may have been sent to me by PR, but ever since i’ve repurchased the Blue Orchid one, which is for dehydrated skin. Really it’s best used in winter to plump back up that sad winter skin, but I use it all year round perhaps once or twice a week under my moisturiser before bed, and it keeps my skin in tip top condition.

Another Clarins gem i’ll always repurchase as seen in the photo at the top is the Pure Melt Cleanser. I actually ended up getting deep into conversation with the lovely lady at the Stratford Boots counter when buying this particular tube, as we both talked about the best and favourite ways to use it. I actually use this cleanser morning and night, as it’s gentle enough to do so. It’s an oil based cleanser, that turns into a soft liquid when immersed with water. It removes all makeup and can be used around eyes to remove makeup, and it leaves my skin baby soft without that tight, dry feeling some foaming cleansers can. Oil cleansers in general I find complement my skin the most.

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Oh Dennis! 

I’d never heard of Dr Dennis Gross before, but Jen introduced me on our trip to NYC. She’d had a lovely email from their PR inviting her in for one of his signature facial peels, and had kindly asked if she could bring me, too. I was a little nervous i’m not gonna lie, but the clinic in NYC was incredible, and the staff were warm and knowledgable – in that lovely American way. The facial peel itself has totally transformed my skin, and I keep it up with their at home facial peels. However for me the star of the show is the Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion* which i’ve almost used right up, as you can see from the nearly empty pot in the photo!

Why do I love this? Well, it plumps and brightens my skin, without leaving any sort of oily film. I can apply my makeup beautifully over the top, and it sinks in like a dream. I’m honestly beyond obsessed with it, and I haven’t touched another moisturiser since trying this in NYC in June. It is a little pricey at £50 on Cult Beauty, but I honestly think it’s worth every penny – and I don’t say that lightly. My skin has never been better.

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(My current skin, after cleansing and moisturising this morning. The small spot on my lip corner is from a swatches video I shot recently – I had to put on around 16 liquid lipsticks and then take them all off on the same day! Hopefully the video will be worth it..!)

Nighttime skincare is just as important to me.

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La Roche Posay’s Toleriane Ultra Nuit* immediately became a favourite a few months ago after I used it’s gentle night time moisture inbetween uses of the Clarins Facial Oil. It’s a soft cream, that helps to calm and soothe the skin, making it the perfect nighttime accompaniment. I’ve been a fan of La Roche Posay for a while, but never tried this product until recently – it’s affordable at just £17.50, and it really helps revitalise my skin when I wake up in the morning. George has quite sensitive skin that can be prone to redness, and over the last few months we’ve noticed just how far it’s gone down, and how much more soothed it feels for him.

Now these little babies are the most luxurious of all.

I’ve always been enamoured by those little squeezy soft droplets of skincare you see at the more luxe end of the aisle, so when these Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules* turned up a while ago, I was more than a little excited. They’re basically like a little shot of concentrated recovery serum that helps stressed out skin from irritation and improve the skin barrier. It said on the press release that 92% of women noticed a difference just after one ampoule, so I gave it a go, rested my head onto my pillow and awaited the next morning’s results. I absolutely noticed a difference, and that was no surprise to me, as i’ve used the Advanced Night Repair serum before and loved it.

skincare3My skin looked brighter and not that worn down half asleep skin it usually does, and it felt smoother. Now, I don’t use these all the time because these little babies are pricey. At £86 a pot, I know they’re out of a lot of people’s price range. But, if they are in your price range, I couldn’t recommend them more. I use one a week – on a day when I feel my skin needs it most, usually after a Friday night takeaway – and I wouldn’t be without them now.

So there we go, a little peek into my skincare cupboard at the moment. All of these things had to be properly scrubbed up for their little photographs as they’ve been very well loved, tried and tested for months if not years. I am so happy with my skin at the moment and am working hard on what i’m eating, drinking and putting on it to try and keep it that way!

Let me know what you think of these products in the comments! Are any of them your faves, too?

Disclaimer: In this post, * denotes a PR sample gifted to me.