Lets chat beauty routine today. Sorry boys. Although some the non-makeup products might be of interest to some of you, especially if your skin is a bit temperamental. But girls, if you’re looking for something new to try and wondering about any of the products I’m currently using – read on. Quick reminder: I used to suffer from adult acne a couple of years ago, and now that my skin is fully recovered I take good care of it. I’m still prone to a couple of breakdown every now and then, but found ways of dealing with it without stressing out. Of course, drinking gallons of water goes without saying and eating well etc, but sometimes internal may not equal external and here’s how I am able to “balance” it out.
EMERGENCY OIL REDUCTION PRODUCTS
On days when my skin feels a bit oily, I use Bioderma Sebium H2O purifying cleansing micelle solution to take my makeup off. I avoid eyes. How do I feel my skin is extra oily? I can usually feel by the end of the day as my makeup tends to “slide” off my face and this is a flag to take extra care. I then use Bioderma Sebium Hydra Moisturiser at night and in the morning. Since my skin is only oily for a couple of days, I repeat the steps for another day or two until my skin restores. These are great “emergency” products that I swear by. If you’re worried about pimple surprises or oily t-zones then I recommend you give this duo a go.
DAILY DOUBLE CLEANSE (SHOWER)
The below duo are my absolute favourites and are ideal for daily facial cleansing while I’m in the shower. The pre-cleanse balm gently takes off all makeup, even waterproof. My favourite part is the rubber massaging mitt that instantly wakes up all the skin cells whilst cleansing it. Special cleansing gel gives my face this 2nd last wash leaving the skin so energised and refreshed. I love these. I think they’re suitable for all skin types as well.
In the evening after my face is cleansed I instantly nourish it with this life-changing Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Thanks to Estee Lauder for the extra special personalised bottle – never throwing it out. But honestly, no matter what kind of day you had, what you ate, drank or how much makeup you wore, Advanced Night Repair fixes everything while you sleep. It’s a real magical beauty elixir and I think everyone needs this. Even boys.
Sometimes I try and make some evenings extra enjoyable when I get some “Me Time”. I put on my favourite podcast or audio book, light up some lavender candles and simple rest with the earphones in. Must make this more of an everyday thing though… But you know… family… puppy…
MAKEUP – BASE
I’ve been trialling another amazing pre-Christmas invention from Estee Lauder – Double Wear Foundation. I mean when your makeup usually slides off your face like mine at the end of the day, this foundation might help you fix that. Non-drying, great coverage and with SPF 10 it’s been making my skin look airbrushed all day. So good, but make sure you get a colour-match at your local Estee Lauder counter.
One thing I haven’t fully masted is primer. Until The Illuminator by Estee Lauder. Without a doubt perfecting, smoothing and radiant and is the perfect base for my Double Wear foundation. It can also be used as a highlighter for touching up makeup as the day goes on. The only criticism (well…) is that I wished the tube was bigger. It’s the most perfect texture / mixture ever and my skin’s welcoming it joyfully as part of the new makeup routine.
I went through a phase last year when all I wanted to wear was rich bold colours all the time. The redder, pinker and thicker the better. This year I’m all about healthy natural glow and moisture. Best if you can get both in one and boy I’m really glad you can thanks to Dior. Lip Glow lipsticks are literally all I wear now as they act as a lip balm (for me anyway) with a slight tint and sparkle for a happier smile. My favourite shade is Matte Raspberry 102. Love how Summery they look too.
And last but not least I’m really excited about Dior’s new Miss Dior Roller-Pearl perfume. Ideal for on-the-go ladies, perfect for travel and looks super chic for keeping one in your handbag. To complement the new Miss Dior Roller-Pearl, the brand have created Miss Dior Nourishing Rose Hand Creme. Both are so luxurious and change the game of any handbag favourites instantly. This duo is another reminder to take some of that well-deserved “Me Time” before or after a meeting and truly indulge in the scented mini care session. Perfect Mother’s Day gift if you ask me. So timeless, classic and yet so fresh and new. These are launching in March 2018.
And there you have it – my simple and protective beauty routine. With the weather changing slowly (I’m hopeful) towards the Spring, no doubt I’ll probably change things up a little, but here are a few basics that I’ll probably always use. No matter the weather.
Is there anything that you simply cannot live without? If you had to choose and leave abroad with one product from your beauty routine, what would it be?
This post includes gifted products. Words, opinions and choice of sharing are my own.