If I had to choose whether I was a makeup or skincare kinda gal, I would definitely pick the latter. I love experimenting with new skincare goodies, but I have some definite firm favourites that I know I would never stray too far away from!

I’ve harped on loads of times about my fave Simple Micellar Water so I won’t go on too long about it, but its something that I use on a daily basis and always have back-ups ready. I go through so many bottles of this little guy! But once I find something I love thats super affordable, I’m a happy bunny.

My favourite moisturiser in the whole *world* is the Lancome Hydra Zen. This really cleared my skin up, and whenever it’s having a moment where break-outs are looming, I’ll go back to this and it will soothe everything out. It also has a lovely calming scent that I ADORE.

I’ve tried a couple of products from The Ordinary (so far), and my standout favourite is the Niacinamide. It has helped tremendous amounts with my acne prone skin, and totally changed how it looks. It’s only £5.00 which is such an incredible price for how good this product is!

The last thing in my skincare routine that I will always repurchase is Rosehip oil. I currently alternate between a Pai one and the other which I bought from Amazon (I don’t really have a preference between the two) and it really soothes and comforts my skin without leaving it feeling greasy, just hydrated.

Do you have a product that you will always be repurchasing?

 

 

I did a skincare empties a while ago, so now I’m back with my haircare/body-care version! I thought it was best to split them up into two different posts so I don’t bombard you with that many products! Lets get into it…

 

JOHN FRIEDA LEAVE IN CONDITIONER (similar)

This took me ages to use, but I really liked it and it left my hair SOO smooth and silky. I used it instead of using conditioner after washing as an alternative, and I like how easy it is. Especially for low maintenance gals like me.
REPURCHASE? Yes I can see myself buying this again soon!

 

CLARINS HAND AND NAIL TREATMENT

My mum gave me this because the smell was too much for her. And I agree, I really don’t like the smell of it. Its VERY floral and quite ‘grandma’ I think. I still used it though because its probably the best hand cream that sunk into the skin I’ve ever used.
REPURCHASE? Not unless the scent changes.

 

NUXE MULTIPURPOSE OIL

I haven’t used anything from NUXE before, but I really got on with this little guy, which makes me want to try more of their products. I used it for my face, hair and body, which was SO great if you’re away on a trip and I didn’t breakout from it either. I think its also quite good value for money too at £17, it lasts a really long time and smells lovely.
REPURCHASE? Yes I would.

 

SOAP & GLORY BODY WASH IN SUGAR CRUSH

I got loads of these for Christmas, and I’ve enjoyed trying all the different scents from S&G. The ‘sugar crush’ scent smells so delicious, and for some reason these little tubes last FOREVER.
REPURCHASE? Definitely.

 

PATENTE 1 MINUTE TREATMENT

This was only like £1 and my hair was feeling quite dry, so I thought I’d treat it and use one of these, with quite low expectations I might add. I got about 2/3 uses out of this, and I loved it! It did such a perfect job at hydrating my hair.
REPURCHASE? Fo sure!

 

VO5 GIVE ME TEXTURE POWDER

I bought this so long ago when I saw Estee Lalonde recommend it. You use it by tapping some out on your hands and then rub into your roots to cut the grease and create volume. The texture of this is SO chalky and made my scalp feel all mucky and unclean, which was not ideal right? Most of the time I ended up washing it, instead of getting the ‘extra day’ out of it like I had hoped.
REPURCHASE? Definitely not.

 

Let me know if you guys liked this and I will start collecting products that I’ve emptied for another post! <3

 

CUTTING DOWN ON SUGAR

I find that whenever I’m having more of the sugary stuff, it really makes a difference to how my skin’s looking. I’m not talking about those little bits here and there, because I’m all for treating yo’self. But when you’re reaching for a little bit of something sweet after every meal, thats when it starts to become too much of a habit. I find reaching for fruit and nuts throughout the day much better, and helps keeps the spots at bay too.

 

WASHING MAKEUP BRUSHES

This is something I just keep forgetting to do, but I try to wash my makeup brushes and sponges at least once a week. Its such a boring chore, right? I don’t wear makeup every single day but it always feels much better using clean ones, rather than those that might have icky bateria on, even the thought makes me shudder a little.

 

LIFESTYLE TIPS

When we are sleeping a lot, making sure we drink enough water, and have less ‘life stresses’, our skin always looks its best. Unfortunately, its not always as simple as that, but we can control some things. Aiming to drink 2 litres of water a day, and getting your 8 hours a night are goals we can always aim for. After all, they benefit much more than our skin.

 

SIMPLE SKINCARE ROUTINE

Whenever I have a breakout looming, I either go all in with the masks, toners, facial sprays, or completely strip it all back and only use a number of products that I know won’t do further damage. Usually, I found the latter works the best. Not giving my skin too many products to contend with, and especially leaving it alone and not messing with it, always makes it clear up and be back to normal much quicker.

 

Do you have any tips for breakouts?

 

 

 

After reading a few reviews (particularly Ruth’s from A Model Recommends), this little guy sounded just up my street.

The hylamide glow serum is described as a ‘radiance booster’ and is supposed to give a self tan, whilst banishing dullness and uneven skin tone.

Packaging says to apply twice a day until you get the desired colour. I didn’t want to go *all in* straight away, so I mixed three drops with rosehip oil in my evening skincare routine, and hoped I didn’t wake up with a massive break-out in the morning.

Good news guys, I didn’t. To be brutally honest, I didn’t notice *that* much of a tan. But because I only did one application, I wanted to test it again the following evening doing the same routine. When I checked the next morning, my skin definitely had a lot more natural colour to it. It didn’t look like fake tan at all, just like I’d had a bit of sun.

The only downside is that it does smell quite like fake tan on your face, but to be fair I don’t mind that at all, as I quite like the smell! Am I the only one?

It’s priced at £20 which is decent, and overall I’m super impressed with this product! I’m so glad I’ve found a facial tanner that doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin in any way.

 

Have you ever tried this?

 

 

I totally meant to do a blog post on my empties collection, but I completely forgot about it and its been sitting in my wardrobe for about 3 months! I dug all the products back out & I’m here to tell you what I’ll be repurchasing…

SIMPLE DUAL EFFECT EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

I really like using eye makeup removers that have a dual effect and you can shake to activate it! They seem to remove my eye makeup SO well, although that being said, I don’t use *that* much on my eyes, only a bit of nude eyeshadow and mascara, so I’m not sure how good it is on getting winged liner off. All that being said, it’s kind to my sensitive eyes and doesn’t sting! Plus, its super cheap.
REPURCHASE? Most definitely at some point.

 

EMMA HARDIE CLEANSING BALM

I’ve only ever used this cleanser in the mini version, simply because it’s £40 for the full size, which for me is a bit expensive. I adore this though, and it feels so luxury to use, and smells so lovely! It’s like a little pot of heaven.
REPURCHASE? In the mini version? Yup. Not sure I would go for the full size, maybe as a treat.

 

SMASHBOX PRIMER WATER

I’ve classed this as skincare, because I used it as a facial spray aswell as a primer. (It works great for both, BTW). I think this lasted me the longest any product ever has, it was literally months on end. I’m definitely not complaining though because it was £20 and you got a lot out of your pennies. I found it really hydrating on the skin and I liked using it every day.
REPURCHASE? I think I would, yes.

 

PIXI GLOW TONIC

This is a cult classic isn’t it? Did it bring the glow? Yes it did! Again, I had the mini version which didn’t seem to last that long, but I’m glad I got to experience the popular product. It didn’t break me out or wasn’t too drying, which a lot of toners can be, but sometimes on sensitive days it can feel a bit harsh.
REPURCHASE? I can’t see myself buying it again anytime soon, I’ve got other toners I enjoy using.

 

REN DAY CREAM

After having a bad experience with REN cleansing milk, I didn’t have high hopes for this moisturiser. Fortunately, I didn’t have another bad reaction and I feel like we got on quite well. Its quite calming on the skin, and a little goes a long way. I enjoyed using it, but it wasn’t anything amazing to me.
REPURCHASE? No, I don’t think I would as I didn’t love it, and I’ve found better moisturisers I like.

 

Have you tried any of these products?