The Makeup Removing Trio


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Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion Incredible gentle, and does a pretty awesome job of removing makeup. This one’s particularly great for removing your base makeup and eyeshadow, and all you have to do is massage it into your skin with your fingertips. And because it’s a lotion, it hydrates and moisturises the skin while removing makeup yet doesn’t leave it feeling greasy- perfect for all skin types.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water This micellar water has pretty much replaced my love for Bioderma and the L’Oreal Micellar Water. It’s strong enough to remove any eye makeup (including waterproof eyeliner on the tight line- very impressive!) but gentle enough that it doesn’t sting or burn your eyelids. I also love that it comes in a 400ml bottle because I go through makeup remover like I go through oxygen.

The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil– This is a pretty new discovery of mine, and after just a few uses I can already honestly say it’s awesome. This is the first actual oil that I’ve used on my skin- I’ve always avoided them before because of my combination/ oily skin- and though using it is a little scary, it really is incredible for removing makeup. I tend to use this on days when I’m wearing a blush that stains or a higher coverage foundation. *I’ve used this to remove eye makeup a couple of times now, and though it removes, it also leaves my eyesight a little blurry. So, note to self, getting makeup removing oils in your eyes doesn’t hurt, but it is rather uncomfortable being visually impaired.*

Honorary Mention- The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter– This cleansing butter is basically a solid version of the Cleansing Oil- it does pretty much the same job, but works best when used more like a face wash. As with all of these makeup removers, though it’s is best to still use another face wash afterwards, though, just to get rid of any traces of, well, makeup remover.

Dry Skin Solutions


I honestly have the most annoying skin, ever. It can go from really oily, to really dry in a few days. It’s insane, but over the past year or so, I’ve built up a pretty fool-proof collection of products that make my skin a little more normal.

So, think of this as part one, because there’ll be an ‘Oily Skin Solutions’ post in a few days, hopefully! I’m also thinking of doing a favourite skincare post, too- sensing a pattern? I go a bit skincare-crazy when I don’t have to leave the house (wooooo school holidays). Just so you know, this isn’t going to be insanely detailed, it’s just a list, really, of what products I use:)

Hair

OK, I have really long, thick, dark hair (nightmare), so in summer it gets crazily dehydrated. I have honestly seriously considered chopping all my hair off because of this. Seriously, the other day I was just standing in front of the mirror, with a pair of scissors ready to cut my hair to a chin-length bob (ironically pretty popular right now), before I managed to snap myself out of it. Luckily, I’ve found some pretty great products.

  1. About half an hour before I wash my hair, I’ll cover my hair in conditioner, normally Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I’ll cover all of my hair with this, even the roots, which can be pretty scary. If your scalp is dry, it’s going to start producing more oil, which will cling to the roots of your hair but not really effect the scalp, which is why you can end up with the dreaded dry scalp/ greasy hair combo. So, to get rid of this, you have to moisturise the scalp- hello conditioner. Terrifying, but when you rinse it out properly, it’ll do wonders for your hair;)
  2. Anyway, after the 30-minute-condition, I like to use E45 Conditioning Shampoo. It smells kind of funky, but it really does the job. Then just rinse, dry and style like normal;)! Yeah, that’s right, I condition then shampoo. Crazy. Drastic times, drastic measures.
  3. I’ve been loving the VO5 Hot-Oil Treatments, too. It’s great for dry, damaged hair and makes it super soft and shiny.

Body

I think we all have dozens of moisturisers, body butters, and lotions stashed away somewhere. They’re annoying, but I swear, these ones work. I’ve included my fave body wash in the list too;) –

  1. If you have dry skin, E45 Cream is your friend. It’s not fancy, it doesn’t have pretty packaging and it doesn’t smell amazing, but it’s probably one of the best dry-skin-fixes there is. I normally use this before I go to bed because it’s so moisturising.
  2. Nip + Fab Body Butters= amazing. They smell great, they soak into your skin and I don’t find the perfumes in them too harsh for sensitive skin.
  3. This is one that I’m not sure many people use for dry skin, but Bio-Oil. Because, you guessed it, it’s an oil. Basically, last year I was pretty ill, and lost a lot of weight, but then I started running and eating and stuff so I gained a lot of muscle very, very quickly. This, of course, meant I got stretch marks on the back of my knees. I started using Bio-Oil, but then I realised how amazingly moisturised it made my skin feel, so I’ve just kept using it.
  4. Sanex 0% Body Wash for dry and very dry skin- I go through this stuff like it’s oxygen. Just buy it.

Face

For lack of a better title. To make things awkward, I always manage to maintain my teenage-skin-oily-t-zone, but I sometimes get very dry skin on the rest of my face. So…

  1. First thing in the morning, I clean my skin with Bioderma. I can’t say enough good things about Bioderma, it’s awesome. It doesn’t really ‘treat’ skin, but it is going to make it nice and clean.
  2. I use two moisturisers in the morning, but for now I’ll just talk about Clinique Moisture Surge. It is amazing. It’s one of those products that just feels expensive, and I’d recommend it to anybody.
  3. Make-up as normal! Luckily, when I’ve used a moisturiser, I don’t have any problems with my make-up, but if you do, then definitely look for a foundation formulated for dry/normal skin.
  4. At the end of the day, I’ll remove my make-up with Bioderma (again) and then use a really creamy facial wash, like Soap&Glory Peaches and Clean, before using Moisture Surge again, and going to bed.

And there we have it;) Those are some of the products I use for dry skin. The next post (Oily Skin) is going to have spot treatments and exfoliaters in there, too;) Let me know if you like Skincare Posts!

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On a completely different note, this is what I did to my hair a few weeks ago before I cut it. Apparently, my hair’s pretty resistant to bleach.

Colours Of The Rainbow TAG!:)


This tag looks like so much fun! I’ve seen it round YouTube for a while, but I had no idea it had reached the blog-world, so big thanks to Asha from http://www.theoxfordowl.wordpress.com for tagging me!

OK, quick confession before the tag- I couldn’t choose one object for each category. I KNOW, I’m weak. I was thinking that the point of this tag is to let people (you. Reading this. You are ‘people’) know about new products that are awesome and that they should try. So, I’m going to show you the pictures (which are bad, by the way. I just took them, but it’s all rainy outside so the lighting is terrible) and then do my best to put a link to each of them under the picture.

Red

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Dot by Marc Jacobs

Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon

Orange

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Clean & Clear Energising Facial Wash

Essie Tart Deco

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Satsuma

Yellow

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Nip + Fab Mango Smoothie (And Pistachio Sundae! That’s even better!)

Soap&Glory Smoothie Star

Green

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GHD

Barry M TMLP Lipstick

Hollister Crystal Cove Body Spray

Blue

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Bioderma 

Tangle Teezer

Purple

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Zoya Carly

Clinique Chubby Stick Grandest Grape

The Body Shop Lip Balm

Pink

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Sexy Mother Pucker in Punch Bowl

Bastiste Dry Shampoo

Multi-coloured!

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The cute little box was a gift (I think from TK Maxx) and let me know if you would like to see an updated jewellery stand tour!

And that’s the Tag!

Sorry again about the crappy photos:D

I’m tagging you all, by the way, even my non-beauty-blogger friends. Any colourful things you love, take a few photos, and then put a link to your post in the comments!

And hey there http://www.bananarockets.wordpress.com, http://www.deathofateenagedramaqueen.com and http://www.randombeautythings.wordpress.com -do this tag, OK? You’d be awesome(:

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New Things! Part 2


Part 2- SKINCARE WOO

Just because I’m trying to irritate all the people who said they were looking forward to reading about some of the lipsticks I mentioned would be in one of these posts;) But hopefully some of you will like some of these skincarey things I’m going to talk about!

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Ironically, in this picture, there are only two or three skincare items I’m going to talk about, because I couldn’t fit the others in the photo;)

ImageWitch Hazel Blemish Stick

OK, wow. Really. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed I’ve mentioned how much I love the tea tree/witch hazel sticks (once or a hundred times). This is better. There, I said it. I find that my skin gets a kind of ‘immunity’ to certain products, so I have to mix things up a lot. I grabbed this from the supermarket on a whim, and I am SOSOSOSO glad I did. It’s so amazing for treating spots! It’s one of those rare products where you can actually see a difference in the next few hours. Buy it now, k?

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Bioderma!

I mentioned this in a post, and a Youtube video, and I used all of my teeny tiny little bottle, and had to buy a new one. I’m not going to start rambling about Bioderma now, but seriously, if you haven’t already, just order a 100ml, £4 bottle from escentual.com, try it out, and then come back and we’ll talk about how much we love it;)

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This is a Cyclax facial scrub. Yeah, I know, I’ve never heard of it either. I picked this up, ridiculously cheap, from Bodycare because it looked like the St. Ives scrub which I love. And it’s pretty much exactly the same. And I love it, and it smells great, and it’s just a really great, scrubby exfoliater which is still quite gentle.

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Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae!

Ok. Just give me a minute to mentally ramble about this.

Ok. OMG, THIS STUFF IS INCREDIBLE. It smells awesome, literally like pistachio ice cream, which is my favourite ice cream ever omg, it melts straight into your skin, isn’t sticky or tacky or disgusting-feeling, but it moisturises your skin amazingly. Really. If you haven’t tried this, get yourself to Boots, and pick it up, because it’s like £3, ish. It’s a fairly small tub, so I got about six full-body uses out of it, and I was really sad when it ran out! But I actually love the smaller tub because I get bored of skincare stuff quite easily, but I will definitely be re-purchasing it. 

I don’t recommend it if you’re allergic to pistachio, though;)

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Soap&Glory Body Milk

If you think you have a favourite hand cream, and you’ve never tried Soap&Glory, you’re wrong. Just to be blunt about it;)

This smells incredible. It’s sweetest smelling body lotion, like, ever. It’s really insane. I normally don’t like that sort of scent, but whatever, because this is great. I only use it as a hand-cream (because of said slightly overpowering scent), but it’s just fantastic. Seriously guys, this, and Hand Food. Try them, because wow.

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The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mask

I am so exited to try this! It was sent to me in a giveaway (more about that tomorrow) from http://www.theoxfordowl.wordpress.com, and I’m so psyched about using it! I’ve been a bit obsessed with face masks recently (I tried a peel off Montagne Jenessee one the other day, but yuck:( I also used it before I could take a photo) and this one looks great! If you have any face mask recommendations, specifically deep cleaning peel-off ones, please let me know!

EXTRA STUFF THAT’S NOT SKINCARE

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I’M AN IDIOT LIKE THAT

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Stupid photo-.-

But it’s Mr. Bumble from Lush! How cute?! This was also part of the lovely giveaway by Asha from Oxford Owl, and it’s so cute! It’s one of my favourite bath bombs too:) If you want to read my Lush ramblings, you can type ‘lush’ into my search bar:) But yeah, this is amazing, it’s the Honey Bee bath bomb which smells incredible-amazingly like Honey I Washed The Kids, my fave soap of all.time.ever.

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Yankee Candles!

I’ve been a little obsessed with candles (no, not fire, don’t panic) recently, so I’ve just been collecting samplers like crazy, because I get bored of the scents quickly so these are perfect. I’ve just finishes burning this really nice pink one (I want to say Dragonfruit? Grape fruit? Grape dragon?) and I’ve just started on Waikiki Melon and I’m loving it:) So nice and fruity and summery! Do you have any favourite candles I should try? Please let me know!

That’s everything for this post! Part 3 will be makeup, which should be fun;) By the way, do any of you have a great nail base coat/ top coat? I’ve been looking for one for ages, and I can’t decide which one to get.

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