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Monday, 30 September 2013

Problem Skin - Premium and Budget Solutions




Let me start by saying that from the ages of thirteen to seventeen I had horrendous acne. I tried many products targeted to oily, problem skin. Some worked for a short period before the acne returned and some were a waste of time and money. At the time I was constantly searching for that miracle product that never in fact existed. Ultimately, for me the only solution was medication. Fast forward nine years and I am still  paranoid that the acne will return and have amassed a veritable 'acne arsenal' to tackle any would be pore intruders! I do still get the occasional blemish around that time of the month and use all of the products mentioned on a regular basis. I never found a wonder product to tackle my severe acne all those years ago but I am really happy with my current routine.

GOLDEN RULES 
I stick to these rules pretty religiously and they work (for me at least)

1. No sulphates. I do not use foaming facial washes that contain any sulphates as they change the PH levels of the skin making it a breeding ground for bacteria. They also cause dryness. 

2. Take your makeup off completely before bed. Do not just use a face wipe. Get to a sink and wash your face properly. 

3. No mineral oil. My skin is sensitive to this ingredient and I break out. Therefore I steer clear of any products that contain it.

4. Do not persist with a product if you notice a break out. This is a no brainer really. Do not continue to use a product no matter how much you like the finish or you paid for it. It does not agree with you. Many acne sufferers cannot tolerate silicones. Watch out for these. 

5. Do not bother squeezing blemishes that never produce a head. These breakouts are cystic and should not be poked or prodded. Squeezing can cause significant pain and scarring. 

6. Use moisturiser. Even if you are really oily, your skin needs some moisture to replace that lost by cleansing. Fail to do this and your skin will over compensate and you will be more oily (and probably break out more) Get an oil free moisturiser and use it every time you cleanse. 

7. Do not put toothpaste or bum cream (sudocrem) on your face. JUST DON'T. Get a targeted blemish treatment. 

8. Use a targeted face treatment at least once a week. Face masks can really help to de-congest your skin. 

Budget Products

The Body Shop 
Tea Tree Facial Mask
£10 

I use this mask about twice a week. The Tea Tree oil really helps to clear pores and is anti-bacterial. You are left with lovely smooth skin and I personally love the smell. It's green though so you do look like the Incredible Hulk. 

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Two in One Wash and Mask
£3.99 Boots 


I personally use this as a facial wash in the morning. I apply it like a mask, go about my business in the shower and rinse it off last. It contains clay which is another ingredient that really gives pores a deep clean. It has a nice cooling effect which is nice and refreshing first thing in the morning. 

The Body Shop
Tea Tree Toner
£7
Another Tea Tree product. Some of the product in this line are pants so I'm only including the ones I feel really help. This is a two phase product with a Tea Tree solution at the top and clay at the bottom. The Tea Tree works as described before with the clay giving additional cleansing and a mattefying effect to the skin. I like to use this after cleansing as a final step before I use moisturiser. 


Premium Products

Aesop
 Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask
£27.00  Available at Selfridges


Aesop is an Australian brand that aims to fuse both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy – particularly those with the greatest anti-oxidant properties. 

This is a clay based mask that claims to 'deeply cleanse and refresh most skin types'. 

Parsley seed is known for it's healing properties and with the combination of the clay, you get a really deep clean and any blemishes feel really soothed. 

I use this mask about once a week. I would ramp up my usage but it's hefty price tag means it's more of a luxurious treat for my skin. 


REN 
Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

£30 
www.renskincare.com
Also available at Space NK/John Lewis


This mask works in a similar vain to Alpha H Liquid Gold. It contains fruit acids which really help to eat away at any dead skin cells that may be clogging pores. It is really one of those products that shows you instant results. 

Ren claim that the mask will 


  • Remove dead skin cells to renew the complexion.
  • Enable skin to look brighter, healthier, more radiant.
  • Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Combat congestion, blackheads and blemishes.



  • Like the Aesop mask, I use this mask as a weekly treat. I feel that if my skin is looking dull this provides an instant pick me up. I usually notice that my makeup sits nicely on the skin the morning after application. 


    Origins 
    Super Spot Remover
    £14 
    John Lewis
    www.origins.co.uk




    This is the treatment that I apply directly to blemishes. I wish I would have had this treatment in my tormented teens. Nothing i have used seems to shrink spots as quick as this stuff. You only get a tiny tub but you really only need a drop each time. 

    Origins say 'Salicylic Acid instantly helps speed healing while anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post blemish darkening. Skin-calming Caffeine and Red Algae help visibly relieve irritating redness. And to help keep skin looking spotless, super exfoliators eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris'. 


    Kiehl's 
    Midnight Recovery Concentrate
    £36.00 
    www.kiehls.co.uk




    Now, even though I have oily skin I still like to add some moisture back in. This is an over night treatment that really helps to replenish and hydrate skin. It comes in a glass bottle and has a little pipette dispenser. I usually apply about four drops into my palms and then pat onto the skin. It is an oil so those with problem skin will feel like they are doing the worst thing possible by applying more oil to oily skin. However, the blend of oils really help to balance and I have noticed my skin moving more into the 'normal' category when using this. Basically, this is a good night's sleep in an oil. 

    Kiehl's say....



    The elixir works all night to replenish the skin with moisture and leave younger-looking. skin by morning. Enriched with a blend of naturally derived ingredients including Squalane, Evening Primrose, and a blend of essential oils. 

    This readily absorbed elixir helps the skin to recover radiance by morning, with skin feeling smoother and softer. Enriched with Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender, our formula provides a boost of intensive moisture to dehydrated skin. The formula instantly penetrates the skin surface to help replenish it with moisture. Our concentrate is designed to work at night; with skin hydrated, supple and soft, rest assured you can say goodnight to a tired-looking complexion.

    What are your favourite products for problem skin? 

    xxx Holly 







    Friday, 27 September 2013

    A Little Rave

     Today's champion is L'Oreal's brand spanking new foundation 
    Nude Magique Eau De Teint
    £6.99 for 20ml Superdrug


    I have really been enjoying this foundation lately. It is a very sheer coverage with a liquid to powder finish. The finish is matte without being chalky and is really a your skin but better result. This foundation is not long lasting by any stretch. Fans of Estee Lauder's Double Wear should steer clear. As should those of you who are looking to cover significant blemishes or hyper pigmentation. It is the ultimate foundation on days when you don't want people to know you are wearing anything. It is not the foundation for a sweaty night of dancing! 

    One thing to note is that this product does contain silicones so anyone who has had previous reactions should avoid. 

    I just wanted to mention the chatter surrounding this foundation's similarity to Georgio Armani's Maestro foundation. I feel that having both foundations in my personal stash I can make an accurate comparison. THESE FOUNDATIONS ARE IDENTICAL. I was really quite sad to report this as the Georgio Armani foundation set me back about £30 in a pay day moment of madness. If you have been thinking about trying Maestro, try this first. It is on introductory offer in Superdrug for £6.99 at the mo. One thing I feel the need to comment on is the size. Here in the UK we're getting a 20ml bottle. However, in the US they are getting 27ml per bottle. What's up with the 7ml ey? Also in the US the official name is 'Magic Nude Liquid Powder'. Why did L'oreal feel the need to change the name? I would have been perfectly happy with the original. That aside the product is lovely. 

    So,  if you are in the market for a non dewy, natural foundation with an affordable price tag, this might be the one. 

    What's your favourite foundation? 

    xxxHolly

    Sunday, 22 September 2013

    Free Adventures - Birkenhead Park

    I thought I would do a regular Sunday post all about places to go for free in the North West. 

    Everybody likes a free day out!

    Let's kick things off with Birkenhead Park.




    A short shuffle from my flat, Birkenhead Park's claim to fame is that it is the park which New York's infamous Central Park is modelled on. The two parks are a pretty similar in size so you really can spend a whole afternoon exploring. 




    Being located slap bang in the middle of Birkenhead does mean the park attracts a varied mix of interesting individuals, but that's all part of the fun. Just this afternoon I met a lovely lady who was walking her Guinea Pig (pink lead and all) Sadly I didn't manage to capture the moment on film. 




    I did find this Squirrel. (Which Lolly promptly chased!)


    Here's what Frederick Law Olmsted had to say about Birkenhead Park after visiting in 1850.





    "five minutes of admiration, and a few more spent studying the manner in which art had been employed to obtain from nature so much beauty, and I was ready to admit that in democratic America there was nothing to be thought of as comparable with this People’s Garden"


    Lolly agrees! 




    So why not give it a try? 


    If only for the Mr Whippy....

    Hope you enjoyed my photos! 

    xxx Holly 

    Saturday, 21 September 2013

    My Celebrity Perfume Addiction





          



    Now I need to admit something, some of you may not like it. I love a good celebrity perfume. In fact, I often prefer them to premium perfumes. Yes, I might have to admit to a complimentary friend now and again that I'm wearing Queen Latifah but who cares! I love celebrity perfumes and I'm not ashamed!



    Here's why...

    1. They have the most ridiculous packaging/ bottles.... and what is a world without a little craziness?




    Doesn't everyone want a terrifying Nicki Minaj bust, complete with golden face to adorn your dressing table? Don't like the bottle then use it as a weapon to thwart would be burglars! 

    2. They don't take themselves too seriously. Paris Hilton, I'm looking (sniggering) at you


    Come on!! Paris is committed to looking this hilarious!

    3. They smell....... good! 

    A lot of celebrity perfumes cater for the mass market. Popular releases are usually fruits/florals with a vanilla/musk dry down. Think Britney Spears 'Fantasy' or Katy Perry 'Purr'. If you are partial to a sweet   scent then you're usually swimming with options.

    However, If you're after something more unusual then you will also find hidden gems such as Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Nights' or Dita Von Teese. 

    To top it off, some celebrity perfumes are near enough perfect copies to more premium perfumes such as Katie Price 'Stunning' - Miss Dior Cherie or Paris Hilton's 'Fairy Dust' - Juicy Couture. 

    4. They're cheap. Websites such as www.cheapsmells.com often have celebrity fragrances for bargain prices. I recently picked up a 50ml celebrity scent for £7.00. Not bad when I could have dropped £60 on a high end alternative. 

    Sure, some premium perfumes are hard to beat but give a celebrity fragrance a chance. 

    Here's my personal favourites:

    5. Britney Spears 'Curious'
    Cruising in at number five, it's the perfume 87% of women have probably owned at one point or another.  The composition is based on the notes of white flowers surrounded with vanilla and musk nuances. It opens with fresh lotus, mouthwatering pear and magnolia. The intensive floral heart is composed of tuberose, jasmine and pink cyclamen. The sensual base is composed of musk, vanilla and precious woods. This a light, almost aquatic scent that is pretty much a no brainer. Throw it on in the day and go.

    4.  Gwen Stefani 'Harajuku Lovers G'

    The bottles really speak for themselves, here. Sickly cute, but very collectable.  Gwen Stefani's Harajuku persona is pure Pina Colada and Coconut, wrestling under a palm tree whilst hurling sugar at each other. A must for coco nuts (see what I did there) 


    3. Britney Spears 'Midnight Fantasy'



    I have made a controversial decision by not including the original 'Fantasy' to my top five. Mainly as i prefer it's successor 'Midnight Fantasy'. This is sweet on steroids but very addictive. It almost has a liquid gummy bears smell. In the top notes there are exotic Framboise, black cherry, and plum. The heart features an harmonious dialogue of night orchid, freesia and iris. Amber, musk and vanilla create a dark and warm trail. 

    2. Jessica Simpson 'Fancy'


    To me, 'Fancy' is a better 'Fantasy'. It has a similar scent but it also has an added element that gives off a baked goods vibe. If you want to smell like a freshly baked iced bun, then this is the one for you. Top notes are pear, apricot and red berries; middle notes are gardenia, jasmine, almond and caramel; base notes are sandalwood, vanilla and amber. 

    1. Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Love'


    Whilst her music may be hideous, Jessica Simpson knows her perfume. Obviously, this range is not going to be for everyone. Those with a more sophisticated nose will pooh pooh this as mass market fodder. I don't care! I love you, Fancy Love and I don't care who knows! This marvellous creation smells like warm peaches and cream (drools) 

    Fragrantica. com explain that, 

    This irresistible and attractive perfume arrives in a milky white flacon with a golden stopper, shaped the same as its antecedent.
    Top notes of Fancy Love will seduce you in a direct and luminous way, with accords of bergamot, peach blossom, Goij leaves, while celebrating with aromas of pink champagne. A heart is based on a seductive combination of lotus, peony, plumeria, jasmine and Turkish rose, while base notes add to depth by creamy amber and blond wood. A warm, cuddling trail is accompanied with musk and patchouli.
    Do you have a favourite celebrity scent? 

    xxx Holly 










    Wednesday, 18 September 2013

    A little rave is back....

    Apologies as I said I would do this post on a Friday. Anyhoos, here it is. 

    This week the crown goes to.......



    Alpha H Liquid gold 
    www.qvcuk.com £29.00 for 100ml

    This is one of those products that has completely divided users. Some people swear by it and others have seen little improvement to their skin. I'm guessing those who have had a negative experience are those who already have 'good' skin to begin with. What I mean is, normal (not oily or dry) and no uneven skin tone or texture. Needless to say my skin is far from perfect and I'm in the Liquid Gold fan club. 

    Essentially, Liquid Gold is a liquid exfoliator that contains fruit acids. 'I can't put acid on my face!' Please! The fruit acids contained in the product lightly exfoliate any dead skin. This dead skin may be causing flakiness or it may be causing spots as it can clog pores. Liquid Gold is a product which has totally negated the need for manual exfoliants. PUT DOWN THE ST IVES SCRUB NOW. 

    I apply this product once a day in the evening. I take off all my makeup and apply it to a clean face. Liquid Gold comes out as a clear water like substance and can be swept over the face on a cotton pad. It doesn't sting but anyone who has used Clinique Clarifying Lotion will be familiar with the smell and feel on the skin. You are aware that this product is doing something. 

    Anyways, Liquid Gold becomes your only step. You do not use any other products along side. Alpha H recommend that you use the product 2-3 times per week. I have gone through stages of using it every night and my skin did not become irritated at all. 

    Right, so what does it actually do for your skin. I've already mentioned the exfoliation. Well, in the morning after use I notice a real glow to my skin. It feels plump and any blemishes I have will have calmed down. Foundation applies like a dream after this as there are no dead skin cells causing dry areas or congestion. After using Liquid Gold religiously for a number of months I completely stopped getting any blemishes at all. 

    All in all, this is a must have product for me. 

    Have you tried Liquid gold? 



    Monday, 9 September 2013

    Dr Bronner's Magic Soap - Sulphate Free





    It's pretty hard to remember life pre- Dr Bronner. In fact, I can just about remember life and It was pretty itchy and scratchy on occasion. 


    So you should be familiar with my penchant for sulphate free cleansers. I had seen the extraordinary results on my face, scalp and hair and now I was itching (literally) to find a sulphate free body wash. 

    I had seen this product reviewed by numerous beauty bloggers as an excellent brush cleanser. Well, how wasted it is on makeup brushes! Whilst perusing the aisles of TK Maxx, I came across some travel sizes and jumped at the chance to try them at a fraction of the usual cost. The obsession began.....

    The product has the consistency of olive oil but when applied to a loofah it transforms into a richly scented, luxurious lather. It leaves the skin squeaky clean. Now, I'm not usually a fan of squeaky clean. However, it leaves the skin comfortable and nourished. I've even skipped body lotion after use and my skin didn't feel tight at all.


    Dr Bronner's website say 'A combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils, creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed'. 

    The product it available in a variety of scents including Rose, Almond, Lavender, Tea Tree, Citrus, Peppermint and Eucalyptus. My personal favourites are the Citrus and Almond scents. I prefer the Citrus scent in warmer weather and the smell itself is really authentic, almost like the spray you get when peeling an orange. Almond is very comforting and the scent I am currently using as we head into the warmer months. If you like Battenburg cake then this is the one for you!

    I've even got my boyfriend in on the act! His psoriasis clears up completely when using Dr Bronner's. Coincidence? I think not! 

    The brand itself has a rich history having been making cleaning products for over 150 years. Dr Bronner's is certified organic and Fair Trade. What's not to love?


    Check out www.drbronner.co.uk for more information on the wide range of  sulphate free products and the story behind the brand

    Happy scrubbing

    xxx Holly 

    Friday, 6 September 2013

    A little rave

    I'm going to be doing a little blog post every Friday called 'A little rave'. Basically, I'll try to sum up my love for a product as quickly and eloquently as possible!

    This week the crown belongs to:



     Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask
    £8.99 for 125ml Boots
    This is a moisture mask brought to you by uber facialist Una Brennan. It contains White Willow extract, known to enhance skin cell turnover, Vitamin E and Urea with soothing Marshmallow extract to effectively hydrate, plump and replenish skin. 

    It feels very bitty on the skin. almost like the product hasn't been blended properly. I was slightly apprehensive on application as the texture is quite odd. However, left on for ten minutes and removed with a flannel your skin really is incredibly soft and plump. I was really surprised as I have paid over £20.00 for masks that do not work half as well. You might even be fortunate to find this on offer at Boots. 

    Dry skinned people, go forth, buy and try. You're welcome.

    xxx Holly 

    Thursday, 5 September 2013

    My hair care routine



    I finally have a hair care routine that I feel is working really well for me and today I wanted to pass on the love!

    Before I begin I just wanted to try and give you a brief history of my hair and it's  many past lives. 

    I will try and insert some pictures (as horrendous as they may be) 

    Through my early twenties my hair has been a variety of different colours. My natural hair colour is a golden brown and I started getting a half head of highlights around my late teens. I went through phases of dying it very dark and then going back to highlights. I also went through a spell of dying it red. I loved the colour but the whole dying process needed to be repeated so often my hair started falling out in clumps.




    i think probably the dying, coupled with the use of extensions (a full head for over a year) contributed to the poor condition of my hair. 

    About two years ago I decided I would stop dying my hair and just maintain the roots. My Mum was going through a similar process as her hair was more or less completely white and I was inspired. So I just stopped dying it. At this point it was a very dark brown colour.  I wont lie, it was pretty grim having very dark tips and lighter roots but i soldiered on and I'm pretty much (besides a couple of highlights) at my natural colour now. I only colour the roots as I have considerably more greys than a couple of years ago. My hair feels much healthier, stronger and generally happier. 

    I'll pop in a quick photo......


    And now onto the products!

    Shampoo 
    Naked Rescue Intense Care Shampoo £4.19 for 250ml Boots


    I have been using this shampoo for about three months now.  I was looking for a sulphate free shampoo and this one is perfect. My hair feels clean and nourished. There is no build up or residue at all. The price is great and if you live near a TJ Hughes in the North West it is currently on sale for £1.99. Go now! 

    Conditioner
    S Factor Serious Conditioner Currently £23.21 for 750ml 
    www.feelunique.com

    Now, I don't mind admitting I'm a bit of a floozy when it comes to conditioners. I have commitment issues due to the fact I am convinced something better will come along. This conditioner is lovely. It's very rich, smells like a strawberry milkshake and leaves your hair feeling silky soft. I tend to only use this conditioner from the ears down as it could weigh down fine hair if used to liberally. The Tigi S Factor range is also available at www.cheapsmells.com so you could try a small size of the conditioner  and see if you like!


    Leave in hair treatment
    Redken Extreme Anti Snap
    £14.32 for 250ml 
    www.lookfantastic.com


    I'm pretty obsessed with this stuff at the moment. If i have forgotten to use it i get into a bit of a panic (no lie) It is a leave in treatment that contains protein and is designed to strengthen your hair and stop your ends from splitting and snapping off. As the bottom of my hair is the most damaged from dying I do tend to get split ends quite easily. This leave in treatment is a lifesaver. You put about two pumps of the lotion onto your hands and distribute it through your hair. The lotion also acts as a heat protectant so it really is a multi-tasking product. I have noticed a marked difference in the condition of my hair and it seems to be finally growing that extra inch!

    This product would be great for anyone with damaged, coloured or over processed hair. It is part of a whole range of matching products too!


    Living Proof Prime Style Extender £17.00 for 148ml 
    www.spacenk.com


    Now this is an interesting product. The range is the brain child of two MIT professors and Jennifer Anniston is heavily involved also. Needless to say if Jennifer Anniston told me to rub baked beans in my hair I would probably do it. The women has probably the most famous hair in the world. Anyways, Living Proof claims to be at the forefront of haircare science. Check out www.livingproof.com for a much better explanation than I could ever give. 

    In a nut shell, this product is designed to coat the hair follicle and shield it from humidity and prolong your style. Applied when damp, it makes your hair feel really silky and has a lovely citrus scent. I have noticed a definite improvement in the length of time that my hair stays looking sleek and anything that helps banish the frizz has my seal of approval. 

    Living Proof also do a range of sulphate free shampoos and conditioners which are on my hit list!

    Stay tuned! 

    What are your favourite hair products? 

    xxx Holly 


















    Tuesday, 3 September 2013

    Sulphate free cleansers



    I wanted to share the skin care items  I use on a regular basis, are sulphate free and are generally keeping my face from falling off. I do use all these items on rotation, depending on the needs of my skin at a specific time.

    Let's start with cleansers. 






    These are the three cleansers that I currently use on rotation. 

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (top left) £20.00 for 200ml or £13.25 for 100ml

    This is probably one of the most famous cleansers going and four jillion are sold per second according to QVC. Boasting a host of natural ingredients, It was the first cleanser I tried where I saw instant results. 

    This cleanser is non foaming and has a lovely creamy texture. It is applied to a dry face over the sink or in the shower and then cleaned off with the muslin cloth provided. The cleanser can be applied over a full face of makeup and even rubbed into the eyes. The muslin cloth is intended to both remove the cleanser and exfoliate because of it's rough texture. 

    This is a cleanser I reach for when my skin is feeling a bit lacklustre. I do sometimes mix in a pump of the Liz Earle Brightening mask as i feel this adds an extra oomph to the cleanse. 

    Cleanse and Polish is a cleanser which has fallen out of favour with beauty bloggers due to a shed load of richer balm cleansers currently flooding the market. However, it would be a great cleanser to kick start a new beauty regime. 

    Shu Uemura Skin Purifier (top right) £59.00 for 450ml

    This is the newest edition to my current routine and is a cleansing oil. Back in the day the mere notion of putting more oil onto my already oily complexion would have been my worst nightmare.

    However, Shu Uemura describes the product as 'suitable for all skin types. a medium weight cleansing oil that leaves the skin feeling clean, balanced and moisturised. This formula soothes sensitised skin, maintains the skin's barrier function whilst supporting collagen function. it naturally provides moisture to the skin and helps improve skin quality'.

    Like Cleanse and Polish, Skin Purifier can be massaged into the face over makeup. I enjoy that I can massage the product into my eyes and I find the oil gives a spa like feel to the whole cleansing experience. The difference i find between Cleanse and Polish and Skin Purifier is the feeling my skin has after use. After using Skin Purifier my skin really feels like silk. Both cleansers take off every scrap of makeup but I do feel that I get a deeper clean with this cleanser. Skin purifier can be removed with water or with a muslin cloth or flannel for extra exfoliation. My skin does feel well balanced after use and I find that I have to use less moisturiser afterwards.

    The one drawback of this cleanser is after a few uses I do find that my skin does tend to go shinier quicker. I tend to remedy this by using a toner after use.

    Neutrogena 2 in 1 Wash and Mask £2.66 for 150ml

    The final cleanser of the bunch is the cheapest and the one I turn to when my skin is feeling congested.  This cleanser is dual purpose. You can use it as a mask for deep cleansing or as a wash for a quick fix.

    What Neutrogena say...

    'Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask is a unique cleanser that can be used in two different ways to help keep skin looking clear and healthy. Use Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask as a daily face wash to cleanse away make-up, dirt and excess oil and help prevent blemishes. Use Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask as a weekly face mask to cleanse deep down into pores and condition skin, leaving it soft, smooth and healthy-looking'

    Personally, I always use this cleanser as a mask. I apply it all over my face before I get in the shower. I go through the rest of my cleansing routine and wash it off right before I get out. I find that as it is clay based it draws out all the junk from my skin and gives a tingly clean feeling. 

    The one downside of the product is that it can't be used over makeup. You have to have a makeup free face before application. This is why I tend to use this cleanser in the morning and the other two during the evening. 

    Best of the rest (When you can't get to the sink)

    I won't lie, occasionally a face wipe does creep into my routine  and I do use cleansing waters if I am too tired to reach the sink (had too many gins) 



    My cleansing water of choice is the L'Oreal Skin Perfecting 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution.... PHEW! Try saying that ten times fast. 

    Micellar water gets its name from the science behind the product. It's made of "micelles," which are tiny oil molecules suspended in water. Contrary to what you might at first think, the solution never feels oily and never stings, which means you can use it all over your face from forehead to chin. Rather than being made of a foaming solution that contains soaps and harsh chemicals made to grind away dirt and makeup, micellar waters are different. Those small molecules grab on to all of the unwanted particles clinging to your face and dissolve them. 

    These cleansing waters are great for a quick fix. They essentially feel like water and remove every scrap of makeup. What's not to love!

    Let me know what your favourite cleanser is!

    xxx Holly