Skincare Stress Relief

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It’s been quite a busy time for me recently, I’ve been planning my best friend’s hen do (which was a success!) and it has also been busy at work. I don’t know about you, but when life gets hectic I can become stressed and it shows all over my face with break-outs. I’ve also been testing quite a lot of skincare recently and I think I’ve gone a little overboard with my skin not knowing if it’s coming or going. This has left my skin looking a mess!

Unless you are extremely lucky, I think all of us goes through a stage of our skin being unmanageable at least once in our life. It’s crap and quite frankly can make you down and want to hide away from the world. When it gets to this stage, I rein my skincare in and go back to gentle products which I know I can trust! Here are the products which has got my skin back on track which I use in the evening…

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – This is my first pot of Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, and I really love it for my first cleanse in the evening to remove my make-up. It’s the balm consistency I love the most as I can really massage it into my skin, removing every last scrap of product from my face. It’s also fragrance free so there are no unnecessary ingredients which can irritate the skin.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’m probably on my 15th bottle of this stuff. If you have read my blog for a while you will know this is my trusty cleanser which will always be in my bathroom cabinet. It’s one of the first proper cleansers I ever used and my skin has always loved it. My skin loved it even more when Liz Earle brought out the rose and lavender version as I found it calmed my skin even more. If I wasn’t such a beauty addict and wanting to try new products all the time, I would use this every day.

Pixi Glow Tonic – If I don’t use some form of toner in my routine, whether it be an acid toner, a standard toner or even splashing my skin with cold water after cleansing, I find my risk of getting spots will be higher. This is simply because after cleansing, my pores are left wide open to get dirt in them or clogged with heavy products such as moisturisers, which will lead to sebum (oil) building under the skin creating spots. The Pixi Glow Tonic is hands-down my favourite! It’s known as an acid toner as it contains 5% glycolic acid. This acid reacts to the top layer of the skin breaking down dead skin cells giving you a more smoother and brighter complexion.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – Just a hyaluronic acid in general is needed to give my skin a boost of hydration. I haven’t found a favourite hyaluronic acid product just yet but I’m currently using this one from The Ordinary. It does the job just fine leaving my skin soft and bouncy in the morning.

It is a combination of using these products and leaving the fancy face masks, or new special creams well alone which has got my skin back to normal. I’m still using this routine and once I’m feeling more confident I will start introducing other new products into my routine to try out – Oh, the perils of a beauty addict when I know I should be sticking with what works!

What are your fail-safe products to get your skin back to normal? Do you have any tips for getting your skin back on track?

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Monthly Favourites: March 2018

6865E7E0-A23A-4251-BB51-5E15D21F3FF1.jpgHappy Easter Sunday everyone!! I hope everyone is enjoying their Easter weekend and having chocolate eggs for breakfast. My weekend so far has been starting some spring cleaning and today I will be traveling to Hertfordshire to visit family. Such a lovely way to finish March, and here are my favourite products of the month which I’ve been enjoying-

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser in Rose and Lavender
This month my skin has been quite problematic with breakouts and experiencing a whole range of different textures – dry, oily, then dry and flaky – it’s been a mess! When this happens I strip my skincare right back and go back to the products I know and trust. My staple cleanser which you will always find in my bathroom cabinet is Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I’ve used this one on and off for nearly 10 years and I can always rely on this to getting my skin back on track. I’ve been using this all month and my skin is finally getting back to normal!

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm
This was a new find during the month of March. After watching Nadine Baggott’s video – Why Most Lip Balms Are Bad For Your Lips (and which really work) she recommended the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm. Naddine explains in her video that those lip balms containing Mint, Menthol, Peppermint, Spearmint, Rose, Camphor, Lemon derivatives and even capsaican (a chilli derivative) actually irritate the lips, whereas the La Roche Posay Balm contains none of these ingredients just simply Panthenol to help sooth chapped lips. I’ve been applying this every morning and evening before bed, as it has really helped soothed my lips.

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush
During these winter months, I tend to stick to a more heavier coverage foundation because my skin hates the cold so I try all I can to cover it. These bases however tend to remove all glow from my complexion so a cream highlight for me is a must. There are two cream highlighters I have in my collection – Glossier Haloscope in Quartz (a common favourite in the beauty blogger community) and MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush (which I picked up after the Pixiwoo sisters raved about it). Out of the two however, its been the MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush which I have been loving the most. It really suits my skin tone and gives me a really lovely glow on my cheek-bones. This also featured in my recent post – How Much Is Your Make-Up Bag as this has been in my everyday make-up bag for the past couple of months. Have a read of it – HERE

Bleach London Make-up
If you read my last post (HERE) you will know I’ve recently tried out Bleach London make-up range and for the whole of this month I’ve really enjoyed it! The eyeshadows (or Louder Powders) do not budge and are really pigmented, plus only £3 each – I’m looking forward to trying out more of these. The contour is my most favourite though. The highstreet and in fact some high-end brands have not managed to bring out contour shades for all complexions but Bleach London have managed it. This colour for me is light and subtle for everyday use – me and my round face have loved it all month!

LOreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll mascara in waterproof
Regular readers of StephiSays will know I have horrible lashes – they are straight and very stubborn. I am really fussy when it comes to mascaras, and only waterproof mascaras tend to hold a curl in my lashes. My absolute favourite mascara has always been L’Oreal False Lash Architect but when I couldn’t pick this up recently in my local Superdrug as it was out of stock, I decided to pick up LOreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll mascara. Apparently its new from LOreal and I picked it up to try because it was on offer and waterproof. Turns out it’s pretty good! Might have to do a closer comparison on these mascara soon – stay tuned!

What have been your March beauty favourites?