Things I Like 3

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Mini reviews of some beauty stuff I accumulated recently.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Nip + Fab Dragons Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
Queen Of Oil Argon Oil- **USE CODE QUEENY FOR 20% OFF!**
No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Honey
NYX Doll Eyes Mascara
Colour Pop Eyeshadows in Nillionare & So Quiche, Matte X Lippie Stick in Topless, Gel Liner in Swerve
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Evil Twin & Mrs. Roper

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2 Thingz

I was bit naughty today and picked up a couple of things in Boots that I really don’t need but really wanted to try.

The first is Indeed Lab’s Hydraluron which actually I do need because I don’t own any good serums and this is meant to be the absolute one. And it was on offer so instead of £20 something it was like £16 I LOVE YOU BOOTS!

And the second I actually don’t need because I already have 2 in different colours EXCEPT I DO because I own hardly any nude/ neutral lip products! ‘Tis of course the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick thingy in Nude-ist! Luxurious, super pigmented, matte loveliness. Can’t wait to get my Kylie Jenner own with this bad boy.

And with that all justified I bid you Adieu!

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Pore Thing

GretchenMy hairline is so weird.

Regina: My pores are huge.

Karen: My nail beds suck.
We’re all familiar with this classic Mean Girls quote (and if you’re not quite frankly what are you doing with your life?! Stop reading this immediately and go and watch Mean Girls…and then come back and finish this when you’re done) and I’m sure we’ve all chortled away. “Hahaha silly bints, what ridiculous things to be worried about! This film is jokes etc etc.” Well that was my reaction anyway until the other day. As you MAY have heard by now, I had no form of skin care routine up until a few weeks ago. It was face wipes at dawn until I decided that it was time to grow up and start looking after my face a bit more. This was all going grand and you can read about the transition here if you so wish.
HOWEVERRRRR back when I was a wipe wielder I never really paid that much attention to the condition of my skin. Well obviously but what I mean is I never really took much notice of blemishes and I literally never gave a second thought to the size or visibility of my pores. Like, ever. This may be down to the fact that after my acne ridden teen years anything since has just seemed minor, or at least all part and parcel of having normal skin. You get the odd blemish now and then, everyone does. Big whoop. I quite liked this form of ignorance being bliss, finally my skin was something that didn’t really cause me much grief and I was free to channel my energy into stressing about my ham arms (because the shape of my arms looks like a leg of ham hanging in a butcher’s window. Duh) or my unfair gum to tooth ratio. Now though, I notice things and one of the main things is my pores. I look into the mirror in the morning and my face is just pores. Pores as far as the eye can see, like the craters of the damn moon* and I am annoyed by this! It’s only really when my face is bare, once I’ve got make up on I find they are much less noticeable but stiiiiillllll.
We all know that pores are not meant to be seen. “MAKES PORES LESS VISIBLE!” “Reduces shine and TIGHTENS PORES!” the products shout at us from the shelves and magazines. Why am I suddenly so aware of my bloody pores?! Is it my Bioderma or my Le Roche-Posay doing weird things to my skin or is it just that I never noticed it before because I wasn’t looking for it? Or could it be that face wipes are actually the secret miracle skin care hero we’ve all been waiting for and we needn’t bother with any of that other crap…?!?! To be honest I’m not sure if I can be arsed to find out. It’s taken me this long to graduate to actual make up remover and it’s costing me a lot more money, I’m not about to go testing out every product under the sun so I’m just going to have to get over it I guess? It makes me a bit sad actually, I don’t really fancy having yet one more thing about my appearance that bothers me and knowing me, I’ll never be able to stop obsessing over it SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO FIX IT NOWWWWWW!!
The stupid thing is I’m sure no one else could even tell before and now you’ll all be noticing it too…
*Slight exaggeration

Time To Face Facts

Guess what y’all… After my rant about only ever using face wipes I now have an actual skin care routine!!!!!!!!! DUN DUN DUNNNNNN. Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit, however I don’t use face wipes anymore! (Sorry Kate, can’t find my Papa Roach hoody either. End of an era.) Since turning Twenty something something I decided that it was probably time to take my skin care up a notch.

So I now use the ever popular cult classic Bioderma (Sensibio H2O – Micelle Solution) which is a French product. It’s a SUPER gentle cleanser that basically feels like using water on your face but has loads of good stuff in it to help cleanse impurities. I think it used to only be available in France and certain websites but I’ve heard rumours that due to its growing popularity it will soon be available in some Boots stores- Praise be! If you can’t wait ’til then, I got mine online from Escentual. I just soak a large cotton pad, sweep it all over my face (using both sides) and then use another soaked pad to remove my eye make up. I feel so clean in refreshed afterwards and my skin actually feels quite soft. If I’m feeling really flash I then go over my face again with an Olay toner to make sure I’m squeaky clean- I accidentally picked up the anti wrinkle one so guess that’s an added bonus, though not really sure how it works…

Anyway thennnnnn I use a little bit of La Roche- Posay Effaclar Duo [+] on my T- Zone. Another French product which has the beauty blogging world buzzing (I’m probably the last one to get it.) It helps with oily, blemish prone skin and stops marks and scars from forming. It’s also Paraben free and claims to unclog blocked pores and gently exfoliate and is suitable for even sensitive skin! I mean if you read the description on Escentual it literally sounds like the all in one miracle worker you’ve always wanted! It’s not even bank breakingly expensive and you can buy it here.

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I still use my apricot scrub now and again but I’ve also incorporated a thermal mask from Sanctuary, also purchased from Boots. It heats up on contact with skin to open pores and then immediately cools and you only have to leave it on for 5 mins! I then just wash it off with a face cloth.

So anyway HOW FANCY AM I THESE DAYS?! I feel like a proper grown up and stuff and I can really feel the difference in my skin already. I mean, duh, I still sleep in my make up now and again and will def. be reaching for the wipes when I’m in a hurry or feeling lazy but hey, baby steps.

Acne Be Gone!

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A video about how I got rid of my acne.
*DISCLAIMER!*
Roaccutane is an incredibly controversial drug. I speak about it quite light heartedly in the video but the side effects are SERIOUS and as I mentioned, it has been linked to suicide in some cases. You won’t be able to just walk into you Dr’s office and ask to be put on it. You will have to go through a number of different avenues before they prescribe it, which could take months or years and it is a last resort.

Also when I say acne I mean acne, I don’t mean bad skin or a few spots/ blemishes here and there. This type of acne is caused by HORMONES and imbalances within your body, not just from eating badly or not taking your make up off etc. and it was a problem I had for a number of years. I just wanted to clear those two things up as I don’t think I stressed them enough in the video.

My Dirty Little Beauty Secret

Now look here, I don’t know about you but I am a big fan of short cuts. I like to save time here and there, who doesn’t? If I can get a job done in one step rather than 3 then I’m going to go for it. There are a number of things in life that people say you “should” do but honestly, who can be arsed?

And so to my confession: I ONLY USE A FACE WIPE TO TAKE OFF MY MAKE UP…!
Yup, it’s true. I bloody love a face wipe. In fact one of my best friends says the way she will always remember me is sitting on my bed in Pjs and a Papa Roach hoodie (rock on) taking off my make up with a face wipe. To be honest I was quite offended by this as it makes it sound like we have the most BORING FRIENDSHIP EVER but there you go. I am synonymous with face wipes. And you know what, that is fine by me.

We’re told that we need to cleanse, tone and moisturise every night, sometimes even twice a day! Are you actually mental?! Have the words “Ain’t no body got time for that” ever rung truer?? I for one, am not at my most productive right before I go to bed. You are damn lucky I’m taking my make up off at all, let alone spending 20 minutes faffing about by the sink with a shit load of lotions and potions. Grab yourself a wipe, get the base off with one side, flip it over and do the eyes, bish bash bosh bed. I use an apricot scrub 2-3 times a week for a deeper clean and that’s fine for me. I just don’t think you need to do it every day, especially if you haven’t even been wearing make up! Leave your face to sit in it’s natural oils for a bit, there has to be some benefits to that.

Weirdly enough, my afore mentioned friend CTM’s everyday and she says she thinks it makes her skin feel drier but she’s so in the habit she can’t not do it. I used to have acne real bad (video soon come) and my face is still quite oily in places but I’m happy with the results I get from a wipe. Granted, they won’t work for everyone, some people might need to cleanse their skin properly to avoid breakouts etc but EVERY DAY? Really?? My mum used to take her make up off with a bit of toilet paper and some Vaseline. I mean, rubbing Vaseline into your face and then scraping it off with a rough bit of toilet paper can’t be “good for you” but she has amazing skin! And she has never washed her face with soap, water only because it dries her out. She was even concerned by the fact that I use a scrub now and again.

It all just seems like a bit off a ball ache to me. So now you know my dirty little secret. Maybe when I’m old I’ll have terrible skin, and I’ll throw my packet of wipes into the fire, cursing and wailing “why didn’t I just cleanse, tone and moisturise like they told me toooooooooooo?!” but ’til that day comes I say damn The Man, save the wipe!

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