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With the days getting longer and mornings becoming lighter, it can only mean one thing - Spring is upon us. And with a change of season, inevitably comes a change of wardrobe, but what about skincare? Do you actively change up your skincare routine for the shift to hopefully warmer, sunnier weather? For some, this may be a simple change to a higher factor facial sun cream but a simple refresh of your entire skincare routine can be what it takes to dust off the cobwebs to hydrated glowing skin. 

While your skin may require lighter products in the warmer months of the year it can also need more hydration and thankfully I've come across just the product! Along with a perfect no-shine factor 50 sun cream that truly cannot be felt on the skin as well as possibly the best moisturiser I believe all skin types will love. 

Carry on reading if you are ready for a Spring skincare routine shake-up that your skin will thank you for! 

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AD - This is a paid blog post in partnership with Liz Earle Beauty

With Spring/Summer just around the corner meaning lighter makeup and glowing skin, I always like to switch up a few skincare products at this time of year. This has come at the perfect time, with the launch of Liz Earle's new Cleanse & Glow Transforming Gel Cleanser - a luxurious silky cleanser suitable for all skin types. 

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to trial the new skin cleanser before the launch so I could get a feel for it and share my opinions on it with you. 


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Since starting this makeup and skincare blog over 12 years ago now I have been a fan of Liz Earle Cleansers; starting with the original and iconic Cleanse & Polish Cleanser that I'm sure many of you will have tried and loved. Their cleansers are not only suitable for all skin types but are known for being highly effective at removing grime and makeup from the skin. So while I had no doubts about the new Cleanse & Glow Transforming Gel Cleanser (£24.50 - 150ml tube) thoroughly cleansing my skin, I was intrigued by a totally different formula. 

Before getting into all the details of the new cleanser I wanted to share their current offer where you can receive a huge 20% discount off Liz Earle Cleanse & Glow (plus free postage) with code GLOW at the checkout until 22nd March 2022. And if that wasn't enough, you can also receive 20% off selected moisturisers and toners as long as the Cleanse & Glow Cleanser is on your basket. Shop Now! 

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Skin Benefits 

Before jumping into the unique formula of this wonderful new cleanser, I first wanted to talk about its benefits. I personally could talk about how integral cleansing is for good skin for hours but I will spare you and simply talk about the extra benefits this cleanser brings to the skin. 

Firstly, its in the name... Yes, this is a glow-enhancing cleanser that will leave the skin looking more luminous and fresh thanks to the antioxidant and vitamin C rich Acerola Cherries included in the formulation. 

The cleanser also benefits from Organic Black Bee Honey and Elberberry Oil to balance and nourish the skin. This means while pores will be minimised after use, the skin will never feel stripped, in fact with the essential fatty acids in the Elderberry Oil the skin barrier will be supported ensuring happy, healthy skin! 

When it comes to thought-out formulation and natural ingredients that benefit all skin types I really feel Liz Earle are true skin experts and can be trusted in delivering some of the best skincare around. 

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Application & Consistency 

Onto consistency now as this really is as described, a transforming gel cleanser, which makes it unique and interesting to use. 

You first want to squeeze out a grape-sized amount of the gel cleanser onto the hand, which you will notice is fairly thick. Then massage between the tips of the fingers to melt the gel down into a silky oil and apply directly onto dry skin. 

Then massaging the oil over the face to melt away pollutants, excess oil and dirt, SPF and makeup. 

To rinse off, simply add water to turn the oil into a milk cleanser that is easily washed away - no face cloth required! 

As you can see from these steps, this cleanser truly does transform - going from a thick gel to a silky light milk formula with ease. I personally love this formulation as gel, oil and milk cleansers all have their own benefits. 

While some may overlook the function of the cleanser starting off as a gel, I really appreciate that it's not just an oil-to-milk cleanser as the gel formulation will stay the same consistency even in warm temperatures, unlike oil/balm cleansers. Plus it's simply more travel friendly, I know I feel much safer packing a gel cleanser over an oil-based one for nights away. 

On the other hand, an oil cleanser is simply more effective at breaking down spf and makeup and enjoyable to massage over the skin. And the milk formula when water is added it's great for easy removal and to ensure no residue is left behind that can clog pores. So this truly has all three formulas in one here and I personally couldn't be more pleased with it. 

Scent

Onto the scent, as I know it matters to some people, including myself. So I'm pleased to note the cleanser comes with an uplifting bergamot scent which I'd best describe as a zingy orange marmalade aroma. This is neither overpowering nor too subtle and I personally find it makes the cleanser really nice to use in the morning and in the shower as it feels fresh and uplifting. 


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Overall 

While I never doubted how effective the new Liz Earle cleanser would be I didn't expect it to change my skincare habits. But over the last month, I have found with the effective oil-to-milk formula that is easy-rinse, I haven't been as religious with double cleansing to ensure all residue is removed - because I know it has been with such a light milk formula that rinses away with such easy. Skipping double cleansing in the evening could lead to breakouts and dull skin but with this cleanser my skin has been clear and fresh looking both in appearance and touch. This means I can now save time by the sink or in the shower and use one cleanser - finally! 

I also really love the scent of Cleanse & Glow! I feel they have got it spot on and with it feeling so fresh and uplifting it makes me want to reach for it over others to feel that bit more awake in the morning. The bergamot orange scent really is a nice touch to such a fresh skincare product. 

On a final note, I want to quickly touch upon Liz Earle's amazing returns policy which is an extended 60 days. This is because Liz Earle understands that not all skincare will be suitable for everyone so if you do experience any kind of reaction or simply can't get on with this cleanser or any other Liz Earle product for that matter you can get your money back for that extended amount of time - which I personally think is so considerate. 

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Glow Transforming Gel Cleanser is available now and to benefit from 20% off plus free delivery make sure to use code 'GLOW' at the checkout, until Tuesday, 22nd March 2022.

Overall a brilliant new offering from Liz Earle for all skincare fans that want to try something new!

Fee xo. 


This blog post is sponsored by iHerb however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Today I wanted to talk about Winter skin, in particular, my updated Winter skincare routine; something I simply couldn't be without and what I see as part of my self-care (I truly enjoy applying different products to my skin!). All products mentioned here work for my oily/combination skin but would also be suitable for all other skin types I feel. 

As you may notice today's post is sponsored by iHerb, a website that carries over 30,000 natural products and ships to over 180 countries! I had the pleasure of selecting all my own products and ordering through iHerb for a full user experience. I personally found the website a breeze to use especially when it came to searching for products and checking out customer reviews before buying.

iHerb orders are shipped from climate-controlled distribution centers to ensure quality is maintained especially on skincare items. For delivery to the UK, there are two available shipping methods; DHL and Hermes. I went for DHL express shipping and received my order in only 5 days which is pretty great! It's also worth looking out for offers that are run on free shipping over certain order values! iHerb also offers customer service 5 days a week in 10 different languages should you require help with your order. 

My own order arrived in my perfect condition and I can honestly say I have enjoyed trying out some unique skincare and Korean brands I simply wouldn't have come across anywhere else. Below you will find my Winter skincare routine and all about the amazing products I decided to try out. 


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 Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser  

When it comes to cleansing in the morning I never want anything that will leave my skin feeling tight or stripped. This is especially common in cleansers for oily skin but for one of the first times ever with Cosrx  (a brand I love!) I have found the perfect cleansers that leaves the skin feeling perfectly clean and comfortable thanks to the low pH formula - which is also ideal for protecting the skin's moisture barrier. 

The Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a wonderful light cleanser in both formula and scent; with a gel-like texture (only the smallest amount is needed) and a subtle tea tree herbal scent that's refreshing. 

Since starting using this at the beginning of Winter I have found my oily/combination skin has been happier especially around my time of the month when I find I'm more oily and prone to breakouts. It also works well after using a balm or oil cleanser in the evening to ensure all makeup and product has been removed and really leave a clean canvas for the rest of your skincare to be applied. 

While this is a simple and inexpensive skincare product it truly does the job especially with having the low pH value that keeps skin happy and healthy. It's also a product you will see recommended by skincare gurus and experts for good reason! This is now a staple in my winter skincare routine. 

Heimish All Clean Balm 

Another Korean skincare product that is hailed as one of the best by skincare experts online is Heimish All Clean Balm and in fact has become a cult classic because of this. This intensive cleansing balm removes makeup and sebum not only with ease but fast. 

On my first use of this cleansing balm, I was surprised at how easily the solidified balm melted to a silky oil, removing makeup with the lightest touch over the skin. I was also happy to see that it then turns into a milk when washing it off, which basically makes removing the cleansing balm all the easier. 

One of my favourite skincare products to use is a cleansing balm as I love knowing my skin is completely clean of makeup and this truly has to be the best I have come across in how it feels on the skin and how it performs and so easily. I now understand what the hype is about with this cleansing balm and I'm simply loving it being a part of my skincare routine. 



Hydrate 

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence 

If you are into your beauty products then I'm sure you will know the brand Laneige for their cult Lip Sleeping Mask, but what you might not be aware of is their skincare range. I wasn't too familiar with the range myself however based on the popularity of the lip masks, along with the aesthetically pleasing packaging I wanted to try out one of the hydrating products. I decided to go with the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essense as I particularly love to layer hydrating skincare, especially in the colder months.

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essense is a lightweight essence that helps shield against water loss and boosts hydration throughout the day making it ideal for use in Winter when moisture loss can occur due to the use of indoor central heating and the extreme change in temperature when going for a warm room temperature to the cold outdoors. Also with the formula being a lightweight essence, you can easily add it into your existing routine as an additional dose of hydration without clogging pores or experiencing piling when makeup is applied. 

What I love about applying this essence straight after cleansing is simply how fresh and plump it makes my skin feel - basically like it's had a drink! There's no stickiness or oiliness to it, just a hydrated base that's prepped ready for moisturiser. For me, this has been a great addition to my skincare routine that I feel keeps dry patches around my nose and chin at bay.

The Creme Shop Pink Water Creme Ultra Dewy Face Cream

I then follow up with my new favourite moisturiser, which aside from working really well, makes me smile every time I use it... because who wouldn't want Hello Kitty skincare! This is one of the reasons why I turn to iHerb as you are guaranteed to find unique and fun products that you can't find anywhere else easily. 

This dewy face cream is enhanced with hyaluronic acid and watermelon and is a great way to add moisture to the skin without feeling too heavy or greasy. The cream also has a high water count which not only can you feel how lightweight it is but it boosts the skin's moisture levels, resulting in a healthy dewy glow to the skin. 

For me, this is part of my morning skincare routine as it again it's another really hydrating layer that is lightweight and almost like water to the skin. A really lovely dose of hydration with this one! 

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry 

Another step to my Winter skincare routine after moisturising is to properly hydrate my lips. The skin on the lips is the thinnest of the entire body and for that reason is the most fragile and prone to dryness. So if your regular lip balm isn't cutting it then this is essentially why. 

As most of you will know Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is another k-beauty cult classic and I'd say the most popular Korean skincare product in the UK. The reason for this is because it's the most effective lip mask on the market; it simply just works - keeping lips hydrated, smooth and plump. 

With the provided mini flexible lip applicator (which feels lovely smoothed over the lips) I apply the lip sleeping mask just before bed. The lip mask is lightly scented and surprisingly non-sticky for how rich the formula feels. Instantly I find I get some relief from applying the lip sleeping mask however it's in the morning when I feel the full benefits, with my lips feeling totally soft and smooth. After using this lip sleeping mask for over a month now I can say only a small amount is required to cover the lips and it isn't a treatment that is required nightly to reap the benefits of it, so this is a properly that will really last well. 

With over 3,000 five-star reviews on the iHerb website, you can be sure this is one amazing lip product! 



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Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Sunscreen Face Serum SPF 60+ 

Lastly after applying all my hydrating layers of skincare I of course finish with an SPF. Even in Winter, it's important to wear sunscreen, especially if you use any ingredients that make the skin more sensitive to sunlight such as an acid, so it shouldn't be a step that is overlooked. 

But I can fully understand the desire to skip this step when your sunscreen is too thick or greasy on the skin or even adds a white cast. This is why I wanted to mention Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Sunscreen Face Serum SPF 60+ as it challenges everything you would expect a facial sunscreen to be. 

Firstly this is the lightest formula I have come across in a sunscreen, being almost a runny consistency that feels more like water on the skin than anything else. Secondly, to prevent any kind of white cast on the skin the formula is slightly tinted which at first I was nervous would translate onto my skin but as the name of the product suggests, it is invisible. And finally, even though the formula is ultra-lightweight it still manages to have an SPF 60+ and is water-resistant - which is just incredible.

Another product I simply wouldn't have discovered if it wasn't available through iHerb for an affordable price. 

If you like the sound of any of the skincare products mentioned or want to stock up on some skincare favourites then make sure to use code MAKEUPSAVVY at the checkout to get a discount on your iHerb order. 

Fee xo. 


 AD - This is a paid blog post however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

When it comes to skincare you could say I’m a bit of a fan. My passion for skincare started over a decade ago when I ditched the face wipes and discovered how transformative double cleansing can be for the skin. 

One of the first really effective cleansers I ever tried was, you guessed it, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, in fact, thanks to blogging and a quick search I know that was over 11 years ago! Since then I’m never without Cleanse & Polish in my bathroom cabinet, be it the original or a limited edition scent which I always enjoy. 

As Liz Earle is currently celebrating the cult Hot Cloth Cleanser with an amazing 25% discount off the entire range (right here) I thought it was time I took a deep dive into the scents Cleanse & Polish now have to offer to discover not only new favourites but to serve as a kind of guide to which cleanser scent you may favour.



Why is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish a Cult Classic? 

With over 130 awards (and counting!) it's safe to say the Cleanse & Polish is loved by the beauty industry. For me and many others, it's a true skincare staple and often one of the first seriously good cleansers we tried.

Created over 25 years ago, the iconic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is one of the best ways to show your skin some love. The rich cream formula not only feels luxurious as it melts away even the most stubborn waterproof makeup but with the additional muslin cloth, exfoliates away dead skin cells and excess grime, leaving the skin clean, hydrated and exfoliated - all in one step. 

Cleanse & Polish is also a joy to use. I find myself using it more as a 2nd cleansing product in the evening as it simply feels soothing to the skin and whichever scent I use the formula never fails to make my skin feel fresh and perfectly clean. 

Click here to get 25% off Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish! 


Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Scent Range 

Over the years Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has grown from the original scent to include countless limited-edition versions and new scents. While I used the original version for years I've always loved buying a limited edition pump or tube as it makes using this cream cleanser even nicer. Discover the full scent range along with my thoughts below! 


The Original

The main noticeable scent in the Original Cleanse & Polish Cleanser is eucalyptus which is strong, energising and zingy. For me, this has a fresh menthol scent that leaves the face feeling fresh and awake. This is really nice if you love your skin to feel extra clean and fresh. A good staple to use both morning and night for this reason. 


Bergamot & Juniper 

If you are looking for a fresh Spring type scent from your cleanser then look no further than this. I instantly get the smell of bergamot with this which is light, fresh and grassy. Simply really uplifting and pleasant. 


Rose & Lavender: Relaxing Edition 

It's not often you come across a lavender-scented cleanser, which is a shame as lavender not only is a lovely ingredient in skincare but smells wonderfully relaxing when used in the evening. So as you can expect this smells soothing and relaxing. The rose in this is subtle but it brings down the natural lavender aroma to make it calming and while it’s still a powerful scent it feels perfect for an evening routine. A truly lovely scent. 


Patchouli & Vetiver 

If you are looking for a fresh but natural scent then this is the one for you. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what patchouli smells like but can say this has a fresh cut meadow type aroma. Think freshly cut grass and wild meadow flowers. In fact, this aroma transported me back to a few coastal summer holidays. Again, another cleanser that's perfect for spring and into summer. One to use in the morning to feel awake and fresh. 


Bourbon Vanilla & Clove Bud 

I had a feeling I would love this scent just by the sound of bourbon vanilla. If I’m being totally honest this is what a lot of women would want a male fragrance to smell like. It’s rich, addictive and sexy without being overpowering. The clove bud combined with the smokey warm vanilla scent is simply perfect. This easily could be a unisex product that you share with your spouse/partner. I’m in love! If Liz Earle created a body care range in this scent I would be the first to buy it. Just dreamy! 


Grapefruit & Patchouli 

This is a similar scent to Patchouli & Vetiver, with a slight zing from the grapefruit. Again a very fresh, uplifting scent that instantly takes me to spring. The grapefruit and patchouli together almost brings me back to the original scent with eucalyptus, but a toned-down fresher version. While this isn’t my favourite it’s still a lovely fresh scent.


Natural Neroli 

Out of all the scents in the Cleanse & Polish range, I think this one surprised me the most as it’s such a unique scent that has a luxurious fragrance-like quality to it. Natural Neroli has bitter orange and green notes for me, that gives strong Mediterranean vibes. While subtle there is a sharpness to it with the citrus note which I really love. Again, this is a scent I could see translating well into a body cream or fragrance as it’s just so fresh and addictive to smell. This is without a doubt the cleanser I’d pick up most in summer, both evening and night. 


If you love the sound of any of these scents, remember there's currently 25% off Cleanse & Polish range until midnight on the 23rd December. Following this, you can find 20% off in the Liz Earle Winter sale until 5th January - all with free delivery! 

Fee xo. 


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AD - This is a paid blog post however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

When it comes to skincare I like to keep it simple and truly believe most skin types can benefit from a paired back routine that works for their skin. This is why I was interested to try out the new Liz Earle Pro-Biotic Balancing range that works on all skin types and consists of only three products, a milk cleanser, day cream and night cream. 

Liz Earle has always taken a simple yet effective approach to skincare, which is evident in cult classics such as the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Eyebright Soothing Eye Cleanser. But their step into Probiotic skincare is something new and exciting! 

Before getting into the range and my own thoughts on it (spoiler: the collection of three products has been so good for my skin!), it's important to understand the role of probiotics on the skin and why they can help a whole range of skincare issues, along with being suitable for all skin types. 


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I often think the true measure of a good beauty product is if you continuously repurchase it. It’s a little harder with makeup products as they often take years to even ‘hit pan’ with, let alone fully use up. But with skincare, if you are using them daily, there’s the chance you may repurchase them several times within a year. 


This is why I thought it was worth sharing the skincare products I cannot be without and repurchase without fail. 


Unfortunately, there are a few categories I can’t cover such as face masks and cleansers as I have quite a wide range of choices so I like to rotate them, meaning it’s very rare I will come to the end of a product. However, there are still a lot of products I don’t own a bathroom cabinets worth of that I get through pretty regularly, for example, daily moisturiser and makeup remover. 



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These to me as the most solid product recommendations I can give as they have stood the test of time and as long as they are a fit for your own skin types I don’t see why you wouldn’t love them just as much! I really hope you find some gems here especially as most products here are on a budget and can be easily picked up. 



Aldi is fast becoming my go-to for new makeup and skincare. It rivals quite a few larger beauty brands and it's very budget-friendly!  

So I thought I'd talk through the newest Lacura launches as they have just dropped a new all-vegan range with prices starting from £1.99.


The other day while doing my skincare routine I started wondering about how effective skincare products are. Does clear, smooth skin come from good cleansing and/or can skin care products really deliver that too?

So today I thought I'd ask the question of what is your most effective skin care product?




When it comes to beauty dupes we now expect them to pop up from brands on the high street, but I can't say I have them in mind when I'm doing my weekly food shop. So Aldi having a plethora of beauty and skincare dupes has very much surprised me.

From designer candles dupes to some look-a-like (and feel alike!) cult skincare products, along with some budget beauty staples accessories that I've been beyond impressed with, Aldi is a budget beauty lovers dream right now! So I thought I'd share my top 5 Aldi Lacura beauty products today in hope to inspire a dedicated trip!



When it comes to skincare it can be tempting to splurge on premium products before trying out budget skincare alternatives.

While I like personally enjoy using a mix of both high and low-cost products in my beauty routine I have noticed that drugstore skincare products have improved leaps and bounds in the past few years. Not only are they trying to compete with the more luxury brands but including better and stronger ingredients into their products.

Read below to discover my own budget skin care picks that I feel perform just as good as more expensive options!




With more skincare products hitting the shelves than ever before it's without a doubt becoming increasingly tricky to know where to spend our hard-earned money. Should we spend more than £5 on micellar water? And can cheaper acid exfoliators be just as good as more expensive ones?

This is the post that will hopefully answer these questions and more, with 8 categories deciding whether it's best to save or splurge to get the most for your money and your skincare routine. You can find the makeup version of this post right here!



This month marks a year since The Ordinary was launched and as it has truly become one of my favourite skincare brands, it's without a doubt my favourite budget skincare brand, I thought I'd dedicate a post to it and share my favourite products thus far!



This blog post has been kindly sponsored by iHerb

When it comes to skincare I love nothing more than discovering effective products that get the job done and well. Which is why I've been obsessed with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel for pretty much the entirety of summer. It's simply effective in hydrating the skin and feels beyond lightweight on the skin, I really can't recommend it more highly.


If you've been here awhile then you will know that I'm quite the fan of  The Ordinary skin care, which I prefer to call 'The (Extra) Ordinary'... because there's nothing ordinary about them! They sit within the DECIEM umbrella of brands, which includes my all time favourite skincare brand; NIOD. For me, The Ordinary is very much the little sister brand of NIOD and includes so many effective yet ultra affordable skincare products.

Other than products I know won't suit my dehydrated/oily skin type I'm pretty sure I've now tried most of what The Ordinary have to offer! So I decided it would be fun and handy for some if I put together a skincare routine that you could follow or loosely use dependent on your skin type i.e changing out the light moisturiser for something like The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5  if you have a drier skin type for example. Or of course using in conjunction with from pre-existing skin care.

From morning to night plus an extra treatment meet an ultra affordable skin care routine that will have your skin glowing in no time!

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Finally back to blogging and sharing the first images from my new camera lens - so impressed with it (this is the lens I went for if anyone is interested)!

To get back into blogging I thought I'd talk skincare (and a bit of makeup of course) and how I overcame a recent 'skin blip' as I like to call it. Remember my "Are Makeup Wipes Really That Bad?" post? Where I was singing the praises of my favourite makeup wipes and musing how I thought they weren't bad for the skin in moderation. Well I didn't listen to my own advise and became ultra lazy with my skincare and yup, you guessed it, my skin went from clear and balanced to over oily and spotty! 

So here is a look into the products I used to get my skin back on track with not a makeup wipe in sight! 

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Skincare 
A good skincare routine is the most foolproof way to get your skin back in order. From past experience I opt for natural products that are effective when it comes to cleansing and treatments; too many harsh chemicals just strips the skin and make it produce even more oil. But then I do go for more astringent targeted products such as for my toner and spot treatment as I feel that is needed to speed up the skin recovery time for horrible blemishes.
  Unrelated to skincare I also always drink more water as that improves my skin no end! 

Superfacialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil 
£10.99/200ml - Boots here
Cleansing is such a big deal when it comes to clear skin. So I went straight back to one of my favourite cleansers that is so lightweight but so thorough at removing all makeup. I also enjoy using it due to the orange-y scent and lightweight feel, making it a product I want to use rather than it feeling like a chore. On non-makeup days (which I tried to have more of) I also made sure to still cleanse my face with Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash £4.36/200ml - Amazon here, which is free from SLS/SLES and gentle.

Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask 
£1.50/ 3 sachets - Amie website here (no longer at Boots arghhh)
When my skin is overly oily and spotty I feel clay masks work so well at removing excess oil from my pores and just making my skin feel and look better. The Amie Cooling Clay Mask is a lovely summer mask to use however I have a nasty feeling it's being discontinued as it's so hard to find both on and offline. However my next favourite clay mask is the Mudd Original Mask £4.27/50ml - Amazon here as it's the most amazing mask for removing oil from the pores and pulling out blackheads! When my skin is looking and feeling rubbish I make sure to use a face mask 2-3 that week. 
 
Bioderma Sebium H2o Micelle Solution 
£3.59/100ml or £7.99/250ml  On Offer - Escentual here
After cleansing I always like to follow-up with a toner/micellar water and I really feel this is a two-in-one product. This removes all cleansing oil residue plus any remaining makeup that is left on my skin, plus helping to reduce oil production. I love both the L'Oreal and Garnier micellar waters but I feel this just goes that extra step when my skin isn't at it's best. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 
£11.50/13g travel size - Beauty Cow here
This is a product that's been in my routine for years now and something I use more frequently when I have a breakout. This is basically a powder exfoliator that isn't abrasive to the skin but removes dead skin cells extremely well. I now rarely use beaded face scrubs as this product does the job but without making my skin red or irritated. Simply dust the powder onto wet hands and rub over the face - I like to use this in the shower at least once a week and more if I have blemishes to keep them from looking dry and flaky from using spot treatments. 

Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel 
£15.00/10ml - Boots here (or Origins stands in Selfridges)
Holy grail product here that I've mentioned so many times now, but trust me it's for good reason. This little pot is my saviour when horrible unsightly spots crop up. A day or two of using this over each blemish and they will be on their way out! Really do not let the tiny sized bottle put you off as this is worth it's weight in gold and really does last such a long time due to the little that is required. If you haven't yet found a spot treatment that works for you then really try this!

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Makeup 
Skincare does eventually sort out bad skin however in the meantime we do have to be seen by the world however bad our skin is! When I have just a few blemishes I make sure to concealer them as best I can then go light with the rest of my base/makeup to look fresh faced. However for my recent skin blip I just felt my skin looked overall 'bluergh' with more red pigmentation, oiliness and blemishes galore! So here is what I used to create a more high coverage flawless base... 

Seventeen Stay Time Foundation
£6.49/30ml - Boots here 
A true full coverage foundation that lasts on the skin all day long! This is a thick waxy feeling foundation that took some getting use to (I love my lighter than light foundations generally) but used sparingly with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush it gives a perfect finish that pretty much conceals all redness and blemishes. I reserve this for my worst skin days as it truly is full coverage and does the job over hiding my skins imperfections so well.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 
£4.19 - Boots here
Another holy grail product here and the only product I conceal my spots with. If you haven't tried this out yet then really, why not? This is a favourite of so many bloggers as it's such a great full coverage concealer that doesn't look cakey or heavy on the skin. I generally just blend this into the skin with my fingers but when my skin is looking not so great I use a clean fluffy blending brush so not to pick up any of the concealer and to give a perfect finish over blemishes.

Clarins Mineral Loose Powder 
£24.00/30g On Offer - Escentual here
To finish off my base I always make sure to set with a powder, generally it's a translucent powder to just prevent an oily T-zone but when I have blemished skin I always reach for my favourite Clarins powder that literally transforms my skin. The loose powder gives a diffused velvet finish that even feels velvety to the touch and just transforms the skin so much that I always end up buffing it over my entire face. 

So there you have it! All the wonderful products I use to combat rubbish breakouts. 
 
What products do you turn to when you suffer from blemishes/bad skin days?

Fee xo.


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As we are now into Spring I thought an updated skincare routine wouldn't go a miss. When it comes to my routine I like to keep it fairly simple with not too many products as my temperamental skin that swings from oily/blemished to dry/dehydrated prefers that I've found.

Much like my last skincare post I will give more affordable alternatives to high end skincare products that I've also used in the past, as I'm aware not everyone has the budget or wants to spend on skincare! 

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Morning Cleanse
When it comes to cleansing in the morning I will admit if my skin doesn't feel oily or in need of washing I won't. Instead I will take a cotton pad with the Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner (200ml/£6.50 - OS here), which is super light and refreshing, and sweep it over my entire face. However if I have an oily T-zone (quite likely in the morning) or blemishes I will use Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash (200ml/£5.49 - Amazon here), a great facial wash for all skin types as it's SLS-free and free from all other nasties so it won't strip or dry out the skin. I then will follow up with the OS Orange Flower Toner. If you are on a budget but want general but effective skincare then I'd highly recommend Organic Surge products. 

In the Shower 
If I'm jumping straight in the shower, I will use Skin Doctors Oil Control Cleanser (150ml/£11.20 - Look Fantastic here), this feels mild on the skin and is actually free from sulphates (a novelty for face washes targeted at oily/blemished skin) but works wonders at keeping the skin mattified through out the day... I really do see a difference. Then at least 1-2 times a week I will exfoliate with a sample size Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (baking powder can be used in a similar way) which is a none abrasive powder that removes dead skin cells, something I prefer over a standard face scrub/exfoliator as it doesn't leave my skin red or irritated.

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Pre-Moisturiser 
Next I like to apply a serum and an eye gel and let both soak in for a minute or so before progressing onto my last step of using a moisturiser. When it comes to under eye skincare I prefer gels to creams as I seem to develop small spot when using any eye cream. However I now love using gels are they really wake up the eye area, my current favourite being Arran Aromatics Green Tea Refreshing Eye Cooler Gel (AA - £3.50 here or Bath & Unwind here) an eye gel that is amazingly cooling on the skin. As a serum I like to use 1-2 drops of The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth (30ml/£22.00 - TBS here) which soaks into the skin effortlessly and smooths, I love this product but a great alternative is the Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum (30ml/£9.99 - Boots here).

Moisturising 
Finally I use two moisturisers on various parts of my face. For the blemish prone area (chin & cheeks I apply La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo+ Anti-Blemish Cream (40ml/£15.50 - Boots here) the most perfect cream I've come across for tackling blemishes without drying out the skin. For the rest of my face, particularly my nose and forehead that can easily become dry, I apply No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Oily Skin (50ml/£12.50 - Boots here) that soaks in beautifully leaving the skin moisturiser and brightened.

 Evening skincare routine post to come soon. 

Fee xo.

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For the last year or so I have been very much in to my skincare, I'm now more clued up about what ingredients to avoid and I thoroughly enjoy buying skincare products. So I thought I would create a new series on the subject, from tips and tricks to do's and don't... with hopefully a few interesting interviews a long the way and lots of posts on affordable products.

Just to note, my own skin type is oily/combination that is also dehydrated so I need to make sure I thoroughly cleanse and treat blemishes but also keep it hydrated. 

When looking for low cost products on the high street to treat blemishes or oily skin it can be tempting to go for harsh products if you don't know what to look for, as you feel will they be most effective. However it's probably the worse thing you can do for your skin, as harsh products will just strip your skin which will make it produce more oil. So my main tip would be to always treat your skin as a sensitive skintype. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind...
  • Avoid alcohol in toners/skincare products
  •  Opt for a SLS-free (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/sulphate) cleanser/facial wash
  • Ditch the harsh face scrubs all together 
  • Look for Salicylic acid in toners and moisturisers 
  • Use a clay face mask once a week 
  • Go for organic high street brands 
  • Thoroughly cleanse - always
Below are a few products and brands I really rate for affordable skin care on the high street...

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When it comes to spot prone skin cleansing really is your best friend, you want to ditch the face wipes and foaming facial washes that contain SLS and look for a nice SLS-free face wash or cleansing milk for your morning cleansing routine and then a balm or cream cleanser with a flannel at night. Though being realistic there will be times when you can't be bothered so a Micellar water can be used.

Morning Cleanser - Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash 200ml 
Organic Surge £5.49 - here
This is my go-to face wash for in the morning used with a warm, wet flannel to remove it. It is of course SLS-free so lightly foams and doesn't strip the skin of anything. The wash does say it's suitable for all skin types but I think it's more suited to oily/combination skin types. Also smells like rose turkish delight! Other recommendations - Botanics 82% Organic Softening Cleanser 250ml (Boots £4.99 - here)

Night Cleanser - Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleanser 70ml (older style packaging photographed)
Boots £8.99 - here
Balm cleansers are a lovely way to remove makeup and thoroughly cleanse at the end of the day and this Botanics one has the feel and ingredients of a much more expensive balm cleanser. This comes with a muslin cloth (which I'd ditch for a nice soft flannel) and only a pea sized amount is need for the entire face. The balm cleanser melts in to a lovely oil that can be massaged over the skin to really dislodge and dissolve all makeup. This leaves the skin properly cleansed but still with a little moisture in it... you aren't wanting tight squeaky skin! Other recommendations - Superfacialist Neroli Daily Brightening Cleanser 150ml (£7.99 - here)
 
Quickie Cleanse and Extras 
As mentioned above it is realistic that some nights the last thing you will want to do is remove your makeup but reaching for face wipes isn't the way you want to go, at all! So a great alternative is the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water (Boots, Superdrug, Tesco etc) which will effective remove makeup without pushing it around the face and won't leave skin feeling striped or holding residue. Tip: This was also be used as a first cleanse before using a balm/cream cleanser as night. 

You can apply this to a standard cotton pad but the Kleenex Facial Cloths work great as they are softer than a cotton pad and a lot larger... you can find them in most supermarkets, but Poundland normally stock them as well. Another extra would be flannels, you can pick up cheap ones from Primark but I recently stocked up in Tesco with some Finest Face Cloths which were reduced to 60p from £2.00 each. These hold on to water and hold heat so much better than a muslin cloth and they still lightly exfoliate the skin. I actually have around eight flannels so every day I have a clean one to use! 

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When it comes to lotions and potions it can be tempting to avoid them all together if you are having a breakout or are suffering from oily skin but that really is one of the worst things you can do to your skin (after not cleansing thoroughly). You of course don't want to go for anything heavy but skin needs moisture and it can actually help your skin look brighter and repair itself quicker after a break out. 

Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Relief Serum 30ml
Boots £7.99 - here
As I've got older (though I'm only 25) my skin has stayed oily but become dehydrated (not to be confused with having dry skin) so I feel a serum is needed both morning and night. This serum is a light runny consistency that soaks into the skin and make it feel a little more plump and allows my moisturiser to soak into my skin better. There aren't many amazing serums on the high street but this is a great one for anyone with an uneven complexion due to redness or acne/spot scaring or like me needs something to hydrate their skin after cleansing. Other recommendations - None that I have found to be suitable for oily skin on the high street, sorry! 

Organic Surge Eye Gel 15ml 
Organic Surge or Ocado £8.49 - here
This isn't a recommendation for oily skin as such however I have tried so many eye creams over the years but they have all left the skin under my eyes congested so that I develop actual spots?! So I almost feel this is a recommendation for sensitive skin that can't take a moisturising eye cream. Also eye gels are great if you get puffy eyes ( from lack of sleep, hay fever, contact lens wear etc)... which is something I do have a lot of the time. This gel has a lovely soothing/refreshing effect when applied and soaks in a lot faster than an eye cream, also you have the reassurance that it only contains good ingredients due to it being organic. Other recommendations - Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel 15ml (Boots £1.50! - here)

Day Moisturiser - Superfacialist Deep Clean Mattifying Moisturiser 75ml
Boots £12.99 - here
I have found Una Brennan skincare range nothing short of amazing and this mattifying moisturiser that contains Salicylic acid doesn't disappoint. It you have super oily skin this may not be right for you (though see my other recommendation) but it you have temperamental combination skin that is oily and prone to blemishes then this may be a god send. I don't feel this prevents breakouts however it's great for skin that is having a breakout as it won't congest the skin but hydrate it and also treat it slightly with the salicylic acid. This of course also creates a good matte base for applying makeup on to, hence why this is my morning moisturiser.Other recommendations - Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Shine Control Moisturiser 75ml (Boots/Superdrug £4.05 - here)  
 

Night Moisturiser - Avene Cleanance K Cream Gel 40ml 
Boots £10.50 - here
This contains two of my favourite ingredients for preventing and treating spotty skin - Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid whilst still being a product suitable for sensitive skin.  The Glycolic acid (which is in the AHA family) chemically exfoliates the skin to prevent blocked pores and future breakouts and the Salicylic acid treats actual blemishes, so this is a bit of a multi-tasker. The consistency of this is quite a thick gel cream that does leave the skin slightly tacky so for that reason I prefer to use this before bed and also to let it get to work by not applying makeup over the top of it. This isn't an instant fix though it is an effective product that will give visible results after a month or so. Other recommendations - Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser 50ml (£8.49 - here) this is a day cream but can be used as a night cream for oily/combination skin
 
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Even with oily skin a little extra pampering from time to time is needed and my favourite thing to do is apply a clay based mask and then spritz my freshly washed face with a hydrating toner mist. Clay face masks are great for problem skin and as long as it contains Kaolin you can pretty much go for anything on the high street.

Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask 75ml 
Boots £4.95 - here
I have mentioned this so much on Makeup Savvy in the past few months as I really feel this is the best face mask you can find on the high street for the price. This mask is great for reducing the oil levels of the skin and helping spots to clear up without drying out the skin. Also the mask has an amazing cooling effect that makes the skin feel amazing. This really does feel like a mini spa treatment for the face.

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water 100g
Lush £3.95 - here
After applying any clay based mask I like to pat my skin dry and follow up with a hydrating toner water/mist so that I don't need to moisturiser my skin or use a serum. I have been using the Lush toner waters for years now and this specific one is ideal for soothing skin and slightly hydrating it. Lush also do a nice Tea Tree Toner Water for more oily skin if you feel that is what your skin needs. 

As I knew this would be a super long post I decided to leave out spot treatment products so I will be doing a whole post on the best ones available on the high street and some more expensive options at a later date. 

Hope you enjoyed this post - blog post ideas for this series would be amazing! 

Fee xo.


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