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Skincare Routine

Over the past few months I’ve been investing a lot more money, time and effort into my skincare routine. Recently I’ve been really happy with my skin, I’ve had a lot less breakouts and it appears a lot smoother and brighter. Although it isn’t perfect, I still suffer from an oily t-zone and scarring on my chin, I think these products are really working to improve it!


MD Formulations Facial Cleanser (£25) – This gentle daily cleanser is a great way to start the day. I use a small amount on dry skin in the shower, then rinse off to reveal clean and soft skin. Using it on dry skin ensures it isn’t diluted so it is really effective. What goes good with this is a good vitamin c serum with Hyaluronic acid. It contains Glycolic Acid to unclog pores and gently exfoliate away dry patches, leaving my skin brighter and smoother over time! The bottle is huge so I can see it lasting for ages too.

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (£10.75) – You know those mornings when your eyes are super puffy and sensitive? This is the perfect solution! I apply a small amount to a cotton pad and sweep it over my eyes. The lotion has a unique cooling property, which feels amazing and transforms tired eyes!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£11.50) – I wasn’t sure whether I’d like this – I’d read plenty of rave reviews but it kind of seemed like an extravagant over-hyped product. I am glad I gave in, and will be repurchasing the 100ml bottle! I spritz this over my skin, then wipe away the excess with a cotton pad. I find that it perks up my complexion with a slightly tingly feel, and I find the herbal/peppermint scent very refreshing.

Hydraluron Moisture Booster (£24.99) – Another much hyped product, this gel style serum is applied before moisturiser and it contains hyaluronic acid which holds upto 1,000 times it’s weight in water. This is like a magnet which helps your moisturiser to stick around a little longer, and it has done wonders for my oily but dehydrated skin! I have had less blemishes, my skin is smoother and my foundation sits better. I bought this when it was 1/3 off in Boots, and will be stocking up when it’s next on offer again!

NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté Light (£24) – My favourite moisturiser which I have repurchased several times. This is lightweight and provides the right amount of moisture for my oily t-zone, it sinks in quickly without any greasiness and doesn’t break me out. I do still get a bit of shine on my t-zone throughout the day but it’s easily blotted away – mattifying moisturisers often leave my skin dry and dull but this is the right balance!




Bioderma Sensibio H2O (£9.99) – A quick sweep of this over the skin on a cotton pad dissolves almost all of my makeup, although I do prefer to use a second cleanser for a thorough cleanse!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (£34) –  Just the most beautiful, luxurious balm which I massage over my dry skin, then polish off with a warm cotton flannel. The result is clean, soft and radiant skin. This is my second pot and I can see myself repurchasing this product for some time as it’s holy grail stuff!

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner (£17.50) – I spritz this hydrating, refreshing, all-natural toner onto a cotton pad and sweep it all over my skin after cleansing. In the past I thought toners were an extra unnecessary step in my skincare routine, but this is lovely and calming each evening.

Hydraluron Moisture Booster (£24.99) – I always remember to apply this each evening so that my moisturiser has more of an effect overnight!

NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté Light (£24) – I don’t use a separate night cream, as most are too rich for my skin.




Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (£16.50) – I apply this once or twice a week to reduce scarring on my chin. A common misconception is that facial oils can increase oiliness in oily skin, but using oils actually helps to reduce excess oil production. A few drops of oil are absorbed quickly, the smell isn’t the nicest but it fades away, and it helps to nourish and repair my skin.

Origins Super Spot Remover Gel (£14) – This is a clear gel which helps to dry out and reduce blemishes. I try to only use this as a last resort as it can be quite stripping on your skin, I’d say it works 9 times out of 10, but it’s great for emergencies!

Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Makeup Remover (£7.95) – I got this sample sized bottle with a MUFE mascara, and it’s perfect for removing those tricky last traces of waterproof mascara. It’s a thick blue lotion which I apply to a cotton pad. I hold this on each eye for a moment or two then swipe away the mascara. It doesn’t irritate my eyes at all, but does make my eyes a little blurry for a few moments.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£22) – This apricot scented cream is so soothing and hydrating, I love slathering it all over my skin and seeing how it has all been absorbed a few hours later!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (£15.50) – When my skin is playing up I switch to this moisturiser. The light gel texture is nice and light, and it contains plenty of effective ingredients for reducing blemishes.

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask (£18) – Now and then I like to give my skin a bit of a clear out, and this mask is great for reducing pore size and drawing out impurities.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (£30) – I like to use this mask the night before a big event as the fruit acids help to slough away dead cells and leave my skin radiant and glowing.

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask (£22) – A mask aimed at problem skin which helps to balance oil, reduce inflammation and exfoliate in just 10 minutes. I don’t use it every week, just when my skin is particularly congested.

What are your favourite skincare products? My next mission is to find an eye cream I like!

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Taboo 583

Being the magpie that I am, as soon as I saw pictures of the new Chanel Spring 2016 collection I knew I had to have Taboo. One of three nail polishes released in the collection, Taboo is the only one which will remain permanent. This was a bit of an usual release for Spring – in the bottle it looks like a distant galaxy, with swirls of purple, red and blue, with microglitter for stars!

Taboo is my first ever Chanel polish, and I am glad I chose something so unique. I haven’t been able to find any dupes of this but I suppose it’s just a matter of time – remember all the Peridot dupes which eventually appeared? Taboo applies smoothly on the nail, although the long and thin brush isn’t the easiest to use – for the price I’d expect something a little more ergonomic. I used two coats, as although it appeared opaque after one coat there were a few small bald patches which needed covering. Taboo dried quickly and to a smooth finish, and I applied one coat of top coat.

On the nail, Taboo is a vampy deep purple with complex red and blue shimmers. I love how the shimmers catch the light and lift the colour, although from far away it can look like you’re wearing black polish.

I was really disappointed with the lasting power of this shade. I’ve heard that Chanel polishes tend to chip quickly, and I found that I had lots of tip wear and chips after one day (as seen on my Instagram photo). I wouldn’t mind so much if it was a cheaper polish, but it’s the most expensive one I’ve ever bought! I forgive Taboo a little bit because it’s so unique, I’d probably be weeping into my purse if I’d bought a more simple shade. I’ll be doing some research into top coats as I’d like to enjoy Taboo for more than 24 hours at a time!

Would you spend £18 for a one night stand with Chanel Taboo?

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

REN started teasing the beauty world with whisperings of this product back in October 2013, it was probably one of the most hyped releases of the year when REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial finally went on sale in July 2014. The REN team took their time making sure the product and packaging were right and it has paid off because Flash Rinse feels chic and polished. Of course I waited patiently until I found a discount code I could use to buy it!

The reason this has been such a highly anticipated product is because it contains a high concentration of stabilised Vitamin C, 10% to be exact. Vitamin C is a tricky thing to work with because it is chemically unstable and pretty much everything causes it to break down – it is becomes useless after contact with air, water and light. The clever people at REN have managed to make it work through, and Flash Rinse is designed to help transform your skin in just 60 seconds by neutralising urban grey (i.e. trapped sebum and pollution), removing dead skin cells and boosting collagen. Flash Rinse also contains frankincense to smooth fine lines and magnesium to boost radiance.


REN products are always luxurious and Flash Rinse is no different. The product is a pale mint coloured grainy paste – the suspended Vitamin C gives it the gritty texture. You apply the product onto your dry face and neck (with dry hands), then add a few drops of water to activate the Vitamin C, massage for one minute then rinse thoroughly. The scent of the product is a cross between sherbet and orange juice, which I quite enjoy!

The idea of Flash Rinse is fast results, and after trying it out myself I am happy to say that although it’s not a miracle worker (you won’t become J.Law sorry), it does give my skin an instant boost which is perfect for a treatment before a party or big event, or to perk up tired, “morning after” skin. If you’re after toned, radiant and smooth skin (who isn’t?) then this is one to try – Marie Claire UK and Space NK are teaming up to give away free 15ml samples so check the December issue out!

Of course this is REN so you can be sure there are no parabens, sulfates or other nasties. Flash Rinse is not suitable if your skin is prone to sensitivity. It can be used every three days and gives immediate results as well as improving skin in the long term. It is a bit of a pricey up front cost at £32 but you should be able to get around 20 uses out of the tube.



Ingredients: Coconut Alkanes, Ascorbic Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Silica, Sodium Cocoyl Glytamate, Mannitol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Yeast Extract, Copper PCA, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Glycogen, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Limonene.