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It’s been a hot minute since I updated you guys on products I’m trying out, and because these are some of my favourite posts to read I thought its about time I got you updated.

The first two products I actually won in a giveaway! I’ve only used the Dr Jart Beauty Balm  once so far, but was honestly so impressed. It says its a hybrid between makeup and skincare, and it actually gives a surprising amount of coverage. It’s extremely natural looking on the skin and the fact that it’s only £8.00 from Boots means I will *most likely* be repurchasing.

I have a love-hate relationship with rose scented stuff, because I don’t like the powdery ‘granny’ smell, but this little guy is nothing like that. The Rose Salve  seems to be a popular product in a beauty lovers world and I can totally see why. I will go as far to say that it’s becoming my favourite lip balm ever. Yup, I’m going with it! Have I mentioned it also smells like an absolute dream?

I recently become an ambassador from the Botanics range in Boots, which I’m so excited about! They sent me a few products to test out including the Face Scrub & Radiance Balm. I’ve only used the products a couple of times, but the face scrub is one thats super gentle, which is great for my sensitive skin, but still does a great job on removing dead face skin *ugh why did I just say that?*

The radiance balm is becoming another favourite as it doesn’t feel tacky or greasy, just leaves the skin looking really dewy. Plus, its actually super watery which I didn’t expect but that means it doesn’t clog my skin up at all and leaves me with no breakouts, yay!

Have you been testing out any new products recently, I would love to hear what?!

You know those people who complain about having dark under-eye circles but in reality you can never see them? Yeah, thats not me.

Mine aren’t the fading type. There more like the ‘are you sure you’re not ill?’ kind of guys.

With that being said, I feel like I’ve got my products that help make myself look a bit more alive down, and theres some new stuff I’ve been using too!

EYE PATCHES

I was recently sent these under eye patches from Anatomicals and with it being my first time trying the brand, didn’t know how I would go. However, I’m super pleased to report that they are amazing. So hydrating, not at all harsh on my sensitive skin, and makes your under eye area look 10x better than it did before. I’m definitely going to make an order when I run out. Plus, I love their branding! I’ve run out now which makes me a bit sad, so I need to get some more!

 

EYE CREAM

I haven’t had a fancy eye cream for so long now, and I really wanted to treat myself (and my peepers) to one. I picked up the Origins Ginzing eye cream after reading rave reviews, and I was not disappointed. I’ve been using it twice daily and really noticed a difference since one of the first uses. I’m going to keep trialling it over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to my social media because I’ll be raving about it if the results keep up!

 

CONCEALER

Concealer is key for covering up my dark circles and making me feel prettier with them faded a little. I love the Bourjois Blur The Lines Concealer which is great and not drying, and then I go in with the NYX under eye corrector which is a gorgeous peachy tone that really does the job when it comes to covering the dark up.

BLUSH

I’ve always loved blusher as I’ve found it always makes my skin look healthier and myself look a bit more alive. For months now I’ve been using the Benefit Lolli-tint  which leaves my cheeks with a lovely healthy flush. I really love this stuff! Plus the fact that it’s so easy to use is great for clumsy people like moi!

Have you tried any of these products?

 

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?