When the lovely Jaye whipped up a post on her favourite face masks for summer, I knew immediately I had to throw my own recommendations in the mix. Thankfully, I did ask her and she let me steal her post idea, what a gem.

Lets get cracking then, shall we?

 

L’OREAL GLOW MASK

I feel like this guy has lasted me so long, and I bloody love it! (Although I probably should throw mine away and buy a new one by now). It’s around £6.00, kind of grainy in texture, but it dries really quickly. My skin always looks super glowy and healthy afterwards, which is definitely what I’m looking for this summer.

I really want to try more of L’oreal’s other face masks, so I’d love to hear your recommendations!

ORIGINS CHARCOAL MASK

Whenever my skin has broken out, this is the face mask I reach for. I’d go as close to say it’s a miracle worker. It leaves your skin feeling so much less congested than it was previously, and spots have always shrunk down massively too.

If I had to choose my favourite out of these three, I’d probably pick this one! It’s more pricey than a drugstore option, but it honestly can last you so long and there’s nothing quite like the feeling it leaves you when you’re skin just feels… happy. Even writing about it is making me want to run to the bathroom to put it on!

 

ORIGINS DRINK ME UP INTENSIVE

I’ve had this face mask for ages, but I’ve only really start loving these past few months. I use it after my evening moisturiser personally, and in the morning my skin feels so much more plump and hydrated. It can be a bit sticky at first, but it soon sinks into the skin leaving it baby soft!

Most of my skin problems seem to be linked to dehydration, which is funny as I’m forever drinking water, but this is my go-to for most nights of the week and it does a great job. Highly recommend!

 

What face masks have you been using this summer?

 

I wanted to pop up a little post about my travel/holiday skincare routine, as I was using some pretty great products (if I say so myself!) and wanted to share the love about them on the blog.

MORNING

My morning skincare routine wasn’t too lengthy, I just used the mini Garnier Micellar Water (I still prefer the Simple one though) and applied the Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet afterwards before applying my body and face SPF.

I used the Hawaiian Tropic in SPF30 and because it was oil-free, it didn’t seem to break my face out either which is usually a worry for me and my sensitive skin!

EVENING

In the evening is where I get my skincare game on a little more! I cleansed using my favourite Decleor 3 in 1 cleanser, then applied the Alpha H liquid gold as a toner.

Once that has sunk in a little, I went in with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, (I love this stuff and my skin much prefers it as a evening moisturiser for some reason) and the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. I treated my skin to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask every night while we were there, and it lapped up the hydration! It smells like oranges too which is a bonus.

I then popped on some Birthday Cake Balm dot Com and I was ready to catch up on some Love Island viewing before bed and hitting the beach again the following day!

It’s been a while since I did a skincare post but I really enjoyed typing up this.

Have you used any of these products?

 

It’s fair to say I was even more excited to try Glossier skincare, than the makeup (which of course I was still overly excited for, I’m just more of a skincare gal I reckon.)

I’ve been using these products for about two months now, so I feel like I’ve got a good grip on what ones are working for me, and the ones that aren’t as much.

I use the Milky Jelly Cleanser both as a morning and evening cleanse, and I love how soft it makes my skin feel afterwards. It’s different from my usual cleansers in that it doesn’t feel particularly balmy or come with any sort of spa-like scent, but it’s a great one for everyday use and it’s pretty fuss-free too. Plus I feel like it’s lasting me for a long time too and isn’t dwlinding super fast.

I picked up the Super Pure Serum as I have acne-prone skin and I heard after researching that this would be the most appropriate. It has Niacinamide in which always works wonders for my skin, so I knew me and this gal would get along. Which we definitely have, I do like it, but to be honest I prefer The Ordinary’s version (which is cheaper too) so I’m not sure I would repurchase this one. EDIT: After using this for even longer, I’m not sure what exactly it’s doing to my skin? I don’t think I’m that sure on it to be honest, despite the hype it has.

Priming Moisturiser Rich is what I’ve been using as an evening moisturiser and I love the calming, lavender scent. The tub is massive so I’m sure it’s going to last me for ages, especially as you don’t need too much of this anyway. It’s extremely hydrating and soothing, so if you have dehydrated or dry skin you will ADORE this.

On the other hand, I would give the ‘normal’ Priming Moisturiser a miss as it doesn’t do anything too special for me, and once again The Ordinary’s version is a lot better in my opinion.

Probably my favourite ever Glossier product is Balm dot com. I got the birthday cake scent for Christmas which I really liked for everyday and a bit of shimmer on the lips, however when I picked up the original version, I fell in love. It’s up there with the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream for me as a must-have and I would highly recommend grabbing one if you are in the need for a new lip balm.

 

Have you tried any of Glossier skincare?

 

 

 

Just to give you a bit of ‘my skin’ backstory: I’ll keep it short because it’s not the most enthralling of stories is it now?

I’ve always had oily/combination/sensitive skin since I was a teenager, (good skin isn’t in my genetics) and I went on prescription for acne tablets and treatments which worked. Since then it has never been *as* bad, but I did go on the pill a few years ago because it was getting a bit out of control again. And again, that works really well for my skin too.

There are definitely lifestyle choices that keep my skin staying clear (it’s the best it has ever been) and I wanted to share them in today’s post incase it helps anyone out.

 

WATER

I’ve always drunk a lot of water since I was a child, we never had fizzy drinks or even orange juice in the house so it’s always been my go-to. It’s extremely rare that I’m ever dehydrated, but on the few times I have been I’ve always noticed how much more sallow my skin looks.

 

SUGAR

I’m not a sweets person, but chocolate is my gal. I try to make healthy choices and stick to one chocolate treat per day, and that way I still get my fix and a whole load of sugar intake doesn’t give me any blemishes, which is definitely does if I’ve been going crazy on it. Of course some days it is harder to resist than others!

 

A SIMPLE SKINCARE ROUTINE

I’ve wrote about my simple skincare routine and products that never let me down so I’ll link that post here and here but I always find a more stripped back, simple routine does me well and doesn’t overload my skin with different products and textures. It just keeps my skin having a healthy glow.

 

PMS

Without fail, I get a few small spots cropping up around that time of the month, so I try to add a toner to my skincare routine on most nights of that particular week. Most times it can usually be too harsh for my skin. I try not to stress on it too much because I know that will only make it worse and they do go away.

 

NOT TOUCHING MY FACE

As gross as it is, I’m definitely a picker and always have been. This past year I’ve started being really strict with myself and not touching it as much, especially not when I have a blemish or problem area. It really makes it SO much more and takes a lot longer to disappear when it’s been messed with. It can be so hard to just leave it alone but after lots of teenage scars, I know it’s the right step to take!

 

Have you suffered with bad skin? 

products on table

 

I asked on Twitter if anyone would be interested in a mega long post all about the Boots Botanics range, and thankfully lots of you said yes! I would just like to state that whilst all of these products are gifted over a number of months, that does not affect my opinion and I haven’t been told what to say, I’m also not being paid for this blog post.

First up is the Rosewater Toning Spritz, and I have to say I’m not too keen on this one. Something about it doesn’t sit well with my sensitive skin, but I will say it is refreshing. I’d rather just use one of my other toners or pass the step completely.

The Eye Roll-on is one of the newest out of the bunch, but after a few tries I’m really rating it. It feels very cooling and refreshing on the lil peepers, and is super hydrating which is always a benefit for eye products and preventing some lines that I’m bound to get as the years truck on.

I tried the Face Polish for the first time last night. It was my first time using anything like this, and I was so surprised at how harsh the product was. I was super worried it would affect my sensitive skin, but thankfully it didn’t at all, although it did feel a bit too abrasive for me unfortunately.

Now onto a firm favourite from the collection, the Day Cream. I’ve harped on about this in many blog posts already, so I’ll keep it snappy. My skin laps the stuff up (might be due to the rosehip in it), and it never breaks me out, just leaves my face feeling nice and hydrated. Definitely going to be repurchasing this one, although it’s going to take me a while to use up as the tub is massive!

I really enjoy the Face Scrub as it’s very gentle, I would say it’s much more of a wash with scrub particles in it. It exfoliates just enough that your skin feels fresher, but not too much that it’s not left feeling super dry and tight (which is a feeling I really hate). It always feels lovely to use so I would definitely recommend picking it up if you’re in the market for something slightly exfoliating.

The Radiance Balm hasn’t had much love in my collection as usually it’s a product I forget about, but that definitely needs to change. It’s a very liquid base that leaves your skin feeling plump and glow giving, and not at all greasy. A little sure goes a long way here, which is great as that means it’s going to last ages. I love wearing this on it’s own or under foundation that isn’t as dewy as I usually like.

Have you tried anything in this range?