The Best Affordable Skincare

Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on the quality of your skincare products. In this quick skincare guide, I’ll be sharing some affordable skincare to suit anyone’s budget.

Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on the quality of your skincare products. If you didn’t already know, I purchased my first home back in June. So as you can imagine, my bank balance isn’t as full as it used to be. That being said, I never particularly splurged out on my skincare, only the occasional high-end product would make it into my collection, as I’ve always been particularly careful of how I spend my money.

Now I know you didn’t come here to learn about my spending habits, so I better get a move on and talk about the main reason you are reading this post…The Best Affordable Skincare products!

Cleansers

After reading skinCARE: The ultimate no-nonsense guide, I decided to only purchase ‘cheap’ cleansers. Caroline Hirons made a perfectly valid point on cleansers. Why waste money on an expensive cleanser when it basically gets washed down the drain, I couldn’t agree more! In this section, I will share some affordable effective cleanser products to help keep the skin clean and clear.

Lacura Moisturising Face Wash – 99p

Lacura Moisturising Face Wash

Yes. You did read that correctly. Just 99p for a face wash! Lacura is Aldi’s very own affordable skincare brand. The brand features a range of products (I will be including some more of their products further into this post) to meet everyone’s skincare requirements. This cleanser lathers up into a sort of foam, it doesn’t strip the skin and make it feel dry either. The Lacura Face Wash reminds me of the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash, it’s almost identical, but a lot cheaper. Lacura are also cruelty free, making it a well-rounded ethical and budget friendly brand. This face wash contains Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3 and Bisabolol and is 100% soap free, making it suitable for all skin types.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – £9.50 or £15 (depending on size)

This cleanser definitely isn’t as cheap as the first, but is really good. If you’re not a fan of foaming cleansers, then the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser would be perfect for you. It comes in two sizes of varying prices. Whilst £15 might seem expensive for a cleanser, it lasts a really long time, so is a great investment. The smaller size cleanser is more affordable, retailing for around £9.50.

Serums

I had never really incorporated serums into my skincare routine until around 18 months ago. When the pandemic hit, I was thrust into working from home full-time, so I wasn’t wearing makeup as often. I decided to concentrate on skincare more, and that’s when I discovered serums…they are life changing! My skin has never looked better.

Revolution Skincare 3% Vitamin C Serum – £8.00

Revolution Vitamin C Radiance Serum

I picked this serum up randomly one day when I was browsing the shelves in Superdrug, and I am so glad I did. My skin seems to love Vitamin C, whenever I use a Vitamin C skincare product my skin glows! This serum is ideal for boosting radiance and I certainly notice how the texture of my skin improves. This was my first time trying a Revolution Skincare product, I have been completely blown away but the quality and affordability. All Revolution Skincare products are vegan and cruelty free!

Lacura Q10 Multi-Intensive Serum – £2.99

Lacura Q10 Serum

Another of Aldi’s fantastic bargain skincare items, that you must add to your cosmetics drawer. The packaging of this Q10 serum is very similar to Nivea’s Q10 range! This serum claims to help smooth skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Whilst I cannot particularly comment on the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles (given that I have just turned 25), I can certainly mention how brightening and smoothing this serum is. I actually find it to be very hydrating and it has the most beautiful refreshing scent!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum – £5.90

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

This next serum needs no introduction, as I feel it is included in everyone’s skincare routine. Hyaluronic Acid is a staple product for me, I use it daily, morning and evening. It’s a hydrating serum, I was always a little apprehensive about including such a hydrating product into my skincare, because of my oily skin, but I had nothing to fear. Although moisturising, this hyaluronic acid is by no means ‘oily’, so it doesn’t add a greasy shine to the skin. It’s like a glass of water for your skin, it sinks deep into the skin and creates a natural looking glow.

Moisturiser

Okay so I’m a little gutted about this next one. I had another Aldi Lacura product lined up to discuss, but it appears to be discontinued, although my local Aldi do still have this in stock. I only purchased mine about 3-4 months ago as well, it was their Q10 Renew Night Cream, but there isn’t much point in me talking about it now. It’s pretty rubbish when you find a product that works and it gets discontinued.

Cetraben Cream – £4.99

Cetraben Cream

For many years I have suffered with eczema flare ups on various parts of my body, particularly my face and hands. I need to use prescribed steroid creams from the chemist to clear up the worst episodes. However, I find that the Cetraben Cream is wonderful for soothing those itchy bouts of eczema or dermatitis. It’s a rather oily greasy cream, so use sparingly on the face if you have oily or combination skin. I tried this cream for the first time in one of my GLOSSYBOX subscriptions a few months back, and I have been using it ever since.

So there you have it, I’ve featured six affordable skincare products to suit even the tightest of budgets. I adore each and every one of these skincare products and cannot recommend them enough. I am always bargain hunting to find affordable yet effective beauty products. Have you tried any of the products I’ve mentioned? Do you have any cheap beauty favourites that you swear by? I’d love to chat everything skincare in the comments, Twitter or Instagram!

Until Another Day x

2020 Beauty Favourites

*Items marked with an asterisk were previously gifted*

2020. What a year. When the clock chimed midnight on New Years Eve I don’t think anyone could have predicted what we were in for. Alas, I’m not going to bore you with the details of the Coronavirus Pandemic, but instead talk to you about some fabulous beauty products I discovered this year.

2020 was the year I focused prodominently on skincare. With working from home since March, and for the foreseeable, I found myself less inclined to wear makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore makeup, that’s the whole point of this blog, however because I haven’t left the house much, I didn’t see the point in wearing it unnecessarily. With this in mind, the majority of my beauty favourites are skincare products. My skin has improved so much this year, it was never “bad” but it definitely looks and feels a lot better than this time last year.

Skincare Favourites

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic

Over the years, I’ve never really felt the need to include a toner in my skincare routine, that was until I discovered the Pixi Glow Tonic. This toner has honestly changed my life, within a few days of using, my skin looked like new. The Glow Tonic contains Glycolic Acid, which is a chemical exfoliator, meaning it helps to strip the top layer of dead skin, leaving you with a gorgeous glowy complexion. I featured the Glow Tonic in a recent empties post of mine here.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a must in my skincare routine and this version from The Ordinary is wonderful. I have very oily skin so I like to use this one at night. I’d describe it as a glass of water for your skin because its super hydrating, instantly banishing any dry patches.

Green People Hyaluronic Booster Serum*

Green People Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum
Green People Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum

Another Hyaluronic Acid serum, I clearly love the stuff don’t I. The Green People Hyaluronic Booster Serum works perfectly on oily skin, I have a full review here. I like to use this serum during my morning skincare routine as it’s a little lighter than The Ordinary verision. Green People are such an incredible brand with products designed for each skin type, there truly is something for everyone.

Dots for Spots

Dots for Spots
Dots for Spots

If you have a painful yellow spot that you just cannot get rid of, then Dots for Spots will definitely be your friend. These little patches help to remove the “gunk” from a spot within just a few hours, so are perfect to use whilst sleeping. I recently featured Dots for Spots in a post all about spot treatments that actually work.

Simple Daily Skin Detox Mattifying Moisturiser

I picked this up a few months back and I’m obsessed! Although mattifying, I find this Simple moisturiser nice and hydrating. It’s perfect for those makeup free days as it stops the skin looking and feeling oily. Simple always create such beautiful and natural skincare products, I’m yet to find a product of theirs that doesn’t agree with me!

Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil*

Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil
Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil

Bunch Skincare were introduced to me back in September and I am head over heels for their Balance Organic Face Oil. Applying a couple of drops before mosituriser in my evening skincare routine always leaves me with a gorgeous complexion the next day. A little goes a long way with this oil, it’s also vegan and 100% natural. The scent alone leaves me wanting more and more, it has a calming lavender aroma.

Makeup Favourites

Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighter*

Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighter in the shade Saintly
Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighter in the shade Saintly

The Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighters are a recent favourite of mine, after only trying this out at the start of December. I won’t go too in depth, as I have a review on this highlighter here. I have been using the shade Saintly non-stop this past month and I love it so much. It adds such a beautiful lit from within glow to the skin and can easily be built to create an envious blinding highlight.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Wow, what a throwback. I was browsing Superdrug a few weeks ago and rediscovered an old favourite of mine, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Since I last used this concealer, Collection have revamped the packaging and added more shades to the range. This concealer retails for less than a fiver at just £4.19 and has such an amazing coverage, if you have never tried this concealer before, then you really need to get your hands on it!

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

My all-time favourite nude has got to be Velvet Teddy by MAC. I’ve had this lipstick in my collection for years, however the reason I’m featuring it is because over the last few months I’ve started using it again. Velvet Teddy is an absolute classic, it’s so flattering on my pale skin. Some nudes can make me appear washed out, or look like I have foundation lips, but not this guy!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I have mentioned this foundation far too many times on my blog this year, however it’s my current fave so how could I not speak about it…again. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation has hit the nail on the head with this formula, it never looks cakey and is easily buildable, check out my review!

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil
Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

I picked this up on a trip to Florida earlier this year, which turned out to be a disaster. However, the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil is far from a disaster, it’s amazing! My brows always look so put together and almost perfect whenevere I use this, so much so I’m on my second pencil of the year. It’s definitely a brow product I can see myself wearing well into 2021 and beyond.

Well there you have it folks, my round up of my absolute favourite beauty products of 2020! What where your favourite product discoveries of the year? I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and 2021 is kinder to you than this year!

Until Another Day x

Review – Green People – Natural Organic Beauty Products

Green People specialise in natural and organic beauty products. Take a look at my review of their Hyaluronic Booster Serum and Apple Complex Moisturiser!

*Contains gifted items in exchange for an honest review*

I’m obsessed with discovering new skincare products, especially from brands that I have never heard of before. So when Green People asked if I wanted to review a couple of their products I couldn’t say no! Green People specialise in natural and organic beauty products, with a huge range of skincare, haircare, bodycare, makeup, the list could go on!

The story behind the brand is so wholesome and loving. When the founder, Charlotte Vøhtz’s young daughter started battling skin conditions such as eczema and skin allergies, she started her quest to creating organic skincare. Charlotte made her own organic creams due to the lack of sensitive skin products on the market. Then in 1997 Green People was born! Today, Green People has developed into a trusted family run brand, with a huge variety of products which cater for all skin types.

Lets get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the products! I have been using these skincare goodies for quite a while now, possibly over a month. I’ve developed a full opinion on them, which I cannot wait to share with you!

Nordic Roots Apple Complex Moisturiser

Described as “A deeply hydrating face cream to restore, protect and balance”, this moisturiser is filled with Juicy Apple Cellular Water, helping to improve the skins elasticity. A scent free formula, perfect for those of us with sensitive skin, it is infused with a number of plant-based emollients to help restore hydration.

“Hydrating” can be a very scary word if you have oily skin, but stripping the skin of its natural oils by using oil free/mattifying creams can actually make your skin even more oily. The Nordic Roots Mosituriser works amazingly well on oily skin, although hyrdrating, it has a non-greasy formula, so can easily be applied in the AM underneath makeup. Do you suffer with breakouts? Fear not, this mosituriser contains 99.8% natural ingredients with 21.8% sourced from organic farming, so you won’t need to worry about it irritating your skin. Overall, this is the perfect mosituriser for sensitive skin. It is nourishing and soothing without leaving a horrible greasy cast to the skin, I am thoroughly enjoying using it and cannot recommend this enough.

Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum

You will have more than likely heard of Hyaluronic Acid, and if you haven’t, you’ve certainly been living under a rock. Incorporating acids into skincare routines has become a massive hit this past year, and I’m hear for it! The Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum, is not like any other Hyaluronic Acid I have tried before. It is milky in colour and isn’t thick or sticky, it has a lovely thin consistency and doesn’t leave me wanting to wash my hands straight after application.

Products containing Hyaluronic Acid are known for leaving the skin dewy and glowy, but for my fellow oily skin people, it certainly won’t make your skin any oilier. I like to apply this as the second step to my morning skincare routine, before moisturiser, which gives me healthy looking skin instantly. This serum contains Hop Flowers to target hyperpigmentation and dark spots and is also scent and cruelty free. Overall, I’m obsessed with how my skin looks and feels when using this product, I can actually notice the difference in my apperance when I don’t apply it!

All in all, I am so happy with both of these products, and will continue to use them as part of my morning and evening skincare routines. Green People have a range of natural skincare products, which can be filtered to meet your skins specific needs on their website. Have you tried any Green People products before? Or are they a new discovery?

Until Another Day x

Step by Step Everyday Autmunal/Fall Makeup Look

With Autumn fast approaching I thought I would share a super simple warm makeup look which is perfect for those crisp autumunal days.

It’s been a while since I posted a makeup look on my blog, over the past month or so I have had a little bit of a writers block but now I am getting back into the swing of things. Enough rambling, with Autumn (or Fall) fast approaching I thought I would share a super simple warm makeup look which is perfect for those crisp autumunal days.

Eye Makeup

I find it easier to start with eyes when doing my makeup, that way if I make a mistake I can easily wipe it away without fear of disturbing my base.

Primer

Urban Decay Primer Potion Original

If I forget to put on eye primer by eyeshadow creases so easily, oily skin probs. My tried and true is the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original. I like to spread a thin layer across the eye to prep my lid for the rest of my makeup application.

Eyeshadow

For this particular look, I decided to use the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Palette. I dug this out again recently and have really loved playing around with it again.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

To begin with, apply Coconut Creme all over the lid and up to the brow bone using a fluffy brush. Next take a blending brush and focus Peanut Butter in the crease and outer portion of the eye as a transition shade. Using a more defined blending brush and a light hand, take a small amount of Truffled and add this to the outer corner, taking care when blending it into the crease. Finally, for an added bit of bronze shimmer, take Bon Bon on a flat brush, and add to the centre of the lid to make the eye pop. Go back in with Peanut Butter to blend everything together.

Soap and Glory Thick & Fast Mascara

Last but not least, lets not forget Mascara. I love the Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara, add a generous coat to the top and bottom lashes to create a fluttery eye. Then voila, you have a gorgeous autumunal eye look.

The Base

Primer

Avon Magix Primer and GlamGlow Glowstarter in Nude Glow

I’m going to be using a combination of two different products today. Firstly, apply a thin layer of the GlamGlow Glowstarter Illuminating Moisturiser across the entire face. Follow this up by applying the Avon MagicX Face Perfector onto the areas you have prominate pores or get oily. I really love the combo of these two ‘primers’ together, it adds a lovely subtle glow to the skin.

Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Oily Skin Foundation)

Of course I’m going to be using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. It’s my new favourite foundation and I have a review on it here. Apply using a damp sponge (I’m using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge) to create a flawless base.

Concealer

Nars Radient Creamy Concealer (oily skin concealer)

I’m obsessed with the Nars Radient Creamy Concealer at the moment. It adds a lovely amount of coverage but doesn’t make my undereyes appear dry or cakey. Add a small amount to the inner and outer corner of the eye (avoid going in with a heavy hand and don’t apply in a huge triangle). Blend out with the sponge we used for foundation, or switch to a brush if you would prefer. Also apply a small amount to the nose, chin and forehead to add a little highlight.

Powder

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder (Oily Skin Powder)

Over the past few months I have grown more and more fond of loose powders as oppossed to pressed powders. They seem to blur any imperfections which the foundation and concealer may have missed. Today I’m going to be using the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder. I picked this up on a recent trip to Florida, as it is a little hard to get hold of in the UK for some reason. Using a large powder brush, sweep this across the face to mattify the skin.

Bronzer

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer

I have a couple of bronzers that I like to switch between and one of my favourites is the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer, I have had mine for a while now it is in the old packaging. It is a great shade for us pale skinned peeps, it isn’t too cool or warmed toned, it’s the perfect all round colour. Apply to the cheeks, jaw line and forehead for that chisled bronzed look, I also like to add a touch across my nose (not as a contour, just to make me look a little sunkissed).

Blush

Milani Baked Blush Berry Amore

I have mentioned this blush a few times on my blog, but it’s my all-time favourite so how can I not talk about it all of the time. Using a big fluffy blush brush, add Milani’s Berry Amore to the apples of your cheeks and onto the nose for a flush of colour.

Highlight

Fenty Killawatt Highlighter in the shades Lightening Dust and Fire Crystal.

Another product I’ve already spoken about is the Fenty Killawatt Highlighter in the shades Lightening Dust and Fire Crystal. Taking a small brush (I actually use a Morphe eye blending brush) add the highlighter to the high points of the cheeks, nose and cupids bow for a super glowy finish to the skin.

Brows

I’m in love with Benefit’s Precisely My Brow Pencil and the 24hr Brow Setter and I genuinley don’t think I will be converted any time soon. The pencil creates the appearance of microbladed brows and the brow gel sets them in place all day. If you haven’t tried either of them before, then what are you waiting for, they WILL change your brow game!!

Lips

No7 Matte Liquid Lips Lipstick

Although I would typically use a lip liner for this look I’m going to skip it. As it’s a fall makeup look, it wouldn’t be complete without a matte berry liquid lipstick. Using one of the No7 Matte Liquid Lips (unfortunately there is no shade name😢, but from the website it look as though it could be “Courage”) apply a small amount and blend out with a lip brush to create that perfect pout.

Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (Oily Skin Setting Spray)

Using a setting spray may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I absolutely love adding that last finishing touch to my skin. The Urban Decay All Nighter has a perfect mist and will set your makeup in place for the entire day. Without this mist, I really notice my oils peaking through. It prolongs the wear of my makeup dramatically.

I really enjoyed creating this look, so much so I have a little reels up on IG on the eye portion of this makeup. It was my first attempt at a reels so it isn’t the best, however I am actually so proud of myself for plucking up the courage to post something like that on my Insta. I’d appreciate some love on the post if you have the time 😊

Until Another Day x

Makeup and Skincare Wishlist | Part 2

I am completly makeup and skincare obessesed and my wishlist is constantly growing. Read on to find out which products I’m dying to get my hands on!

A few months ago I posted about a few of the products on my makeup and skincare wishlist. This list is ever-growing, so naturally I have added more items that I’d love to get my hands on. By no means do I need any of the products I am going to mention, but I absolutely want them in my life! I mean a girl can never have too much makeup…am I right?

Makeup

Nars Laguna Bronzer – £30.00

A bronzer which has been a cult favourite for so long, but one which I have never had in my collection. TBH the price has kind of always put me off picking it up, however everyone raves about it across the beauty community, so of course I want to put it all over my face!

Charlotte Tillbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder – £35.00

Another luxury product which I have heard so many amazing things about. I have oily skin and suffer with enlarged pores in my t-zone, and this powder promises to have a smoothing/bluring effect on the skin. I have seen this powder in action in countless YouTube videos, and it instantly brightens and mattifies.

Skincare

Pixi BeautifEYE Eye Patches – £22.00

I have dark under eyes and no matter how much sleep I get, or which undereye cream I apply, I can’t seem to make them any less visible. These under eye patches by Pixi claim to instantly brighten the eye area, something which I am all for!

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask – £21.00

Fresh skincare products are not something I have ever tried before, but their Youth Mask is one that has stood out to me. It is supposed to revitalise dull and tired skin in as little as five minutes, something which my skin definitely needs in the morning. I love including face masks into my skincare routine, I also have a post dedicated to the best face masks for oily skin.

Tanologist Self-Tan Drops Medium – £14.99

Having naturally very fair skin means that the sun isn’t my friend, I burn to a crisp at the slightest exposure to its rays (take a look at my recent post when I visited Cornwall for the evidence). That is why I prefer to use fake tan or gradual tanning products. These Self-Tan Drops by Tanoligist look fantastic, mix a few drops into your moisturiser and have a glowy tanned complexion a few hours later. I really want to try these out!

Skincare: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide – £20.00

Although not exactly a beauty product, I have heard almost every blogger mention this holy grail skincare bible. During lockdown I have hardly worn makeup and have concentrated on getting my skin in better condition, so I think this book would be perfect in helping me along the way!

My list is on the small side this time around, but there hasn’t been a bunch of new launches which I’ve been dying to get hold of. For the most part, these products have circulated within the beauty community for quite some time now, and it’s only until recently I decided to add them to my list. Have you tried any of the beauty products I have mentioned, I’d love to hear from you.

Until Another Day x

Where to Store Your Beauty Stash

With proper storage, beauty products will last much longer, saving money and making sure you get every last drop of pleasure out of that little bottle or jar.

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If you love beauty products, you probably have a large collection of items gathered over the years. Storage can be an issue, not just for the space needed but also because without good storage some products can have a short shelf life. If you’ve ever discovered a favourite perfume has ‘gone off’, or a moisturiser that now smells a little sour, you’ll know what I mean.

With proper storage, beauty products will last much longer, saving money and making sure you get every last drop of pleasure out of that little bottle or jar.

Keeping Makeup in Good Condition

Where you store makeup and beauty products is important for their longevity. You might not have thought of the fridge, but it’s actually good for some things.

Nail polish, for instance. It stays free-flowing and smooth for longer in the fridge. Eye products are lovely out of the fridge too. Not only is the product more refreshing when it’s cool, the coldness helps reduce puffiness quicker by constricting blood vessels.

Try to keep perfumes out of sunlight. They’ll stay fresh for longer in a closed cupboard or drawer, but if you love the look of the pretty bottles on display, choose a shady area of the room.

Make Room for New Products

Fashions and favourites come and go, with trends and colours returning over time. It’s a pity to throw away perfectly good makeup to make room for newer purchases.

If your beauty stash is taking over, consider self storage for items you’re not using right now. You can rent just a storage locker, although with a room you’ll also have more space to install shelves or cabinets to help keep your stash organised.

Keeping beauty products in self storage can also help to extend their shelf life since the rooms remain unlit when you’re not there. They’re also damp and pest-free, so provide an ideal storage environment for serious beauty collectors. If you’ve not considered this option before, take a look around your area. There is lots of self storage in Liverpool where I am, and sure to be where you are too.

Preparing Beauty Products for Storage

Many beauty products will last for years with the right storage. Some tips for the longest life include:

  • Making sure all the tops are properly screwed down
  • Stand bottles and tubes the right way up
  • Clean makeup residue off brushes or applicators before storing them
  • Check for any expiry dates before putting items into long term storage. The symbol of an open jar with a number indicates the number of months after the item is open that it’s safe to keep.
  • Check items in storage regularly to make sure everything is still in good condition. Far from being a chore, this is a lovely activity when you can rediscover old favourites you’ve completely forgotten about

Create a Pretty Display at Home

Storage shelf filled with beauty products

Once you’ve sorted your beauty products and decided which you need on hand and which can safely go longer term into a self storage unit, it’s time to get organised. Try these super display ideas:

  • Use a letter rack to display and organise palettes
  • Stack hair sprays and similar products in a wine rack
  • Use a magazine holder to corral straighteners, tongs and hair dryers
  • Cutlery trays are handy inside a drawer of your dressing table to hold pencils, brushes, lipsticks or combs and other smaller items
  • Use a revolving spice rack in the bathroom for easy access to cleansing products or shampoos and conditioners
  • If you’re always losing hair clips or bobby pins, install a magnetic strip where you do your hair and use it to hold these easily lost, small items
  • Stick a small magnet to the back of single eyeshadows, compacts or lipsticks and have a magnetic board near your mirror. Makes a handy place to pop items as you’re using them while keeping them all in one place
  • Line up some mini loaf tins in a drawer to hold lipsticks or other smaller beauty products

Whether you’re storing all your beauty stash at home or you’ve decided to have a bit of a clear out and put some into self storage, it really pays to get everything organised so you know what you’ve got. And it’s a brilliant excuse to just get amongst and spend some time with your favourite beauty products.

Until Another Day x

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation has been on the beauty community’s radar for years now, but I have only recently tried it out for myself. After reading some reviews, I decided to give it a go on my oily/combination skin to see if it was actually worth the hype it was getting.

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation has been on the beauty community’s radar for years now, but I have only recently tried it out for myself. After reading some reviews, I decided to give it a go on my oily/combination skin to see if it was actually worth the hype it was getting.

To begin this review, I spotted a major flaw as soon as I opened the bottle…there is no pump! For a £30+ foundation, you’d assume there would be a pump, but not with this one, you’re expected to fork out an additonal £5.50 for the pleasure, this is just daylight robbery! With that being said, I just don’t think it is worth the extra expense, so I will make do without, although it makes it a little difficult to control the amount of product you need.

The foundation itself has a liquidy consistancy, but is neither thin nor thick, it’s the perfect texture. Most brands are lacking in their shade range department, but Estee Lauder has everyone covered. With over 60 shades, I’d expect that the majority of skin tones would be able to find their match. I have quite a fair complexion, so my perfect shade is 1N2.

After experimenting with the application of the foundation, I personally find using a damp sponge works the best. It disperses the product evenly and prevents the foundation from appearing cakey on drier parts of the skin. The Double Wear Foundation is easily buildable, from a light layer to full coverage and it hides a multitude of sins, including discolouration and blemishes. It contains SPF 10, so I would recommend adding a seperate SPF before applying this foundation.

I have oily/combination skin, so finding a foundation which not only prevents my skins natural oils from peaking through, but also doesn’t cling to dry patches of skin can be rather difficult. However, this foundation works wonders on my skin. Paired with a loose powder, I’ve recently been using the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder, my skin looks flawless for hours at a time without needing to do regular powder top ups. It has a matte finish but doesn’t look cakey if applied with a damp sponge, my recommendation is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

I am completely honest in all of my reviews and if I had any concerns with a product I would voice them, I don’t want you to go wasting your hard earned cash on something useless. However, this foundation is pretty much perfect, the only negative being that it doesn’t come with a pump. The product itself is perfect for my oily skin, it is full coverage and lasts all day. It claims to have 24hr wear, but this is something I won’t be testing out for obvious reasons!

What is your favourite foundation? Have you tried the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and does it work well for you? Let me know!

Until Another Day x

How to Cure Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition, typically found on the arms and legs. This post will explain how to improve the apperance of KP.

I have suffered with Keratosis Pilaris for as long as I can remember, but only recently discovered what it actually is. In this post, I’m going to talk in depth about Keratosis Pilaris and how it can be reduced.

What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris on the back of a leg
This is KP on the back of my calf.

Keratosis Pilaris is a very common harmless skin condition which effects between 50 & 70% of the population. The skin becomes rough and bumpy, often on the backs of the arms and legs but can occur on other parts of the body too. These small bumps are usually red in colour but can differ person to person. KP usually happens when the hair follicles become blocked with a substance called Keratin. Keratin is a structural material produced by the body which makes up our hair and nails. It isn’t known why Keratin builds up naturally but it can be passed down genetically.

How can I cure Keratosis Pilaris?

Officially, there is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris. What I’m going to share with you is what specifically worked at reducing the appearance of my KP, it may not work for everyone but I’m seeing huge noticable differences to my skin.

I recently discovered the KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub by First Aid Beauty, which claimed to be safe for sensitive skin. It retails for £22, it is on the pricer side for an exfoliator, but standard scrubs, I had tried previously, didn’t make much of a difference. The scrub contains physical and chemical exfoliators, including AHA, Glycolic and Lactic Acid, which help to resurface the top layer of the skin improving its texture and appearance. The acid levels are quite high, 10%, therefore it’s not recommended for facial use. Because of the high concentration of AHA, your skin will become more sensitive to the sun, so be careful and use an SPF when exposed to the sun.

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub

In the shower, on wet skin, I apply a small amount to my hands and gently rub over the affected areas, specificaly my arms and lower legs. I like to do this for at least a minute or two, to really exfoliate and remove any rough patches of skin.

After showering, apply a soothing moisturiser to the areas you have treated. I typically reach for a body butter, but any body moisturiser should work well. Every time I bathe or shower I will apply my cream, to keep the skin nice and hydrated, to prevent any new bumps from forming.

You don’t have to buy this specific body scrub to treat KP, there are tons of different products on the market which contain acids to treat the condition, it just so happens this is the one that has worked wonders for me.

Here are some other useful tips that can help reduce the appearance of KP:

  • Avoid perfumed soaps/body washes etc. that may dry out your skin
  • Avoid really hot baths and showers
  • Use a moisturiser which contains glycolic or lactic acid. Glycolic acid dissolves dead skin cells creating a smoother texture to the skin by gently exfoliating and decongesting the pores

I am so glad I discovered the KP Bump Eraser, it’s drastically improved my KP and has made me feel a little more confident to have my bare legs out in public. I would really recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.

Do you suffer from Keratosis Pilaris? Have you found a routine or product which works well for you? I’d love to hear your tips!

Until Another Day x

Empties | Part 2

It’s been a while since I posted my first empties ‘haul’, because I’ve been accumulating products to include in this post.  I’ve definitely concentrated more on skincare and body care over the past few months, so this second installment of my empties will be featuring a lot of products from those catagories. So, without further a do, lets get started… it’s going to be a long one.

Skincare

Simple Soothing Facial Toner

Toner

I have used Simple products forever, well at least back when I started experimenting with skincare. This product recently featured in my morning skincare routine, ideal for those with oily skin btw. Anyway, I digress, the toner is 100% alchohol free (perfect if you have sensitve skin) and contains a bunch of multi-vitamins. After use, my skin always feels refreshed and awake without making my skin feel tight.

Would I repurchase?

Yes, this empty was actually a repurchase from a while a go. This time around, I’ve purchased the Pixi Glow Tonic to try out instead but I would pick the Simple toner up again as it’s so affordable.

Simple Cleansing Lotion

Cleanser

I’ve used this cleanser for years, it’s perfect for my sensitive skin. It’s great at giving the skin a little refresh and I even feel like it moisturisers my skin too. It’s perfect for removing any makeup that your face wash might have missed. It contains Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, the latter working as a powerful antioxidant.

Would I repurchase?

Yes, and I have multiple times before. I love this cleanser!

Avon Nutraeffects Mattifying Day Cream

Avon Cream

I’m not going to lie, this cream was sitting at the back of my skincare drawer for longer than I can remember. I dug it out again recently, and I’ve been obsessed, so much so that I’ve finally finished it, hooray!! Moisturiser is my last step in my skincare routine, although oil free, my face feels nice and hydrated without that horrible sweaty looking shine us oily skin humans despise. It contains SPF 15 which is perfect for those warmer sunny days.

Would I repurchase?

I think I would, but not at the minute. I’m ploughing through my trusty old Simple Moisturiser, so once I’ve finished this I might repurchase.

Cerave Eye Repair Cream

Eye Cream

I am unfortunately blessed with dark undereyes and I’d do anything to reduce their apperance. I picked up this eye cream earlier in the year from Look Fantastic after reading rave reviews. After about a week or so of regular usage I did notice a slight improvement to my undereye area.

Would I repurchase?

Yes I would, however this time around I’ve opted for a different cheaper eye cream to see how they compare.

Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Proactiv+

Proactiv+ are an amazing skincare brand, ideal for those who suffer with acne/spot prone skin. After a bad series of breakouts a few years ago I started reaching for Proactiv+, this face exfoliator is super gentle, meaning it’s perfect for every day usage. It really helps to clear up my skin and I’d completely recommend it.

Would I repurchase?

I’ve used multiple bottles of this before but unfortunately it appears to have been discontinued. It was available in Boots and from Amazon but hasn’t been in stock for a while.

Body Care

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash

Soap & Glory

The Sugar Crush range of Soap & Glory products has to be my favourite. I love the scent so much, it reminds me of those old school sweets, chocolate limes! This body wash is enriched with veggie oil and lime extract to keep the skin extra soft. It lathers up nicely and leaves my skin smelling citrusy fresh all day.

Would I repurchase?

Yes, yes and yes. I was gifted this product at Christmas by my parents in a set, this is something I receive reguarly from friends and family because they know how much I adore Soap & Glory products!

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream

So this body butter works hand in hand with the shower gel. It has the same delicious fragance, I just cannot get enough of it! After jumping out of the bath or shower, I lather myself in body butter to keep my skin hydrated and lately this has been my go to! My body feels super moisturised without feeling greasy, the cream soaks into the skin pretty quickly, so I don’t have to wait ages before I can get dressed.

Would I repurchase?

I think you can guess what the answer is right? Of course it’s another yes! I’ve already used countless tubs of the stuff! I also love the original body butter from Soap & Glory, which is waiting to be used next!

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Body Cream

Body Cream

I purchased this body cream to use specifically on my legs, especially my calves. I suffer with mild Keratosis Pilaris, a skin condition which makes the skin appear a little red and bumpy. It’s a completely harmless btw, after doing a little research I found that Glycolic Acid is really good at reducing the appearance of KP. After showering, I would apply a generous amount of the cream to my legs, it smells delicious! I did notice a little difference but nothing substantial.

Would I repurchase?

I would, but I can’t 😢 it appears to have been discontinued. I purchased it orignally from Look Fantastic and it’s no longer in stock, it’s not even available on Amazon either.

Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

Deodorant

I love this deodorant, it didn’t leave any white marks on my clothes or underarms. Mitchum claims it to have 48 hour sweat and odor control, but I somehow don’t believe that. Lets face it, I wouldn’t want to go 48 hours without apply deodorant that’s for sure. The Powder Fresh scent is really nice, it’s the only scent I’ve tried from this range.

Would I repurchase?

Yes, I’ve bought this deodorant multiple times. I’ve tried the stick version too, which I also love, it’s just a bit pricier than the spray.

Fragrance

Jack Wills English Velvet Body Spray

Body Spray

I got this in a Christmas set waayyy back, and I just never reached for it. Recently, I’ve tried to make do with what I have rather than wasting products. Although I haven’t ventured out much these past few months, I still like to wear a fragrance around the house. This body spray has a lovely fresh scent, but doesn’t have much staying power. Not that I can really complain, it is only a body spray after all.

Would I repurchase?

No. This isn’t because I’m not a fan, I prefer perfumes rather than body sprays. They kinda remind me of the PE changing rooms at school!

I’m pretty impressed with my empties haul this time around. I was able to use up a fair amount of products over the past few months and I loved the majority of them! 

Until Another Day x

Empties | Part 1

I’m on a mission to use up the beauty products I own. This post contains everything I have used recently.

I’m on a mission to use up the beauty products I own. I love trying new launches or things that are generally new to me. This means that my drawers become overloaded with products that I’m not necessarily using as much anymore. I wanted to share with you everything that I’ve finished up over the past couple of months, and if I’d repurchase in the future.

Skincare

The Ordinary Niacinamide – £5.00

I loved this product so much to begin with so I bought two back-ups! In the first instance it really helped to clear my skin of breakouts. I started using this product about 12 months ago, but when my eczema started to resurface I took the decision to stop using it. Recently, I rediscovered this lurking at the bottom of my drawer so gave it another go. My skin looked so smooth with hardly any breakouts, I didn’t try my skin out either. I was left with an almost flawless complexion after just a few uses. I applied this to my face morning and night before heavier creams. I’ve finally cracked open a new bottle which I plan to incorporate into my skincare routine every few days. I’d love to try out some other The Ordinary products, feel free to leave a comment on your favourites!

Sanctuary Spa Body Butter

This cream has been sitting in a box in bedroom for quite some time. I always receive body skincare sets for Birthday’s and Christmas, but body butters are something I always struggle to get through quickly. This cream really helps to keep my skin moisturised and smooth. It absorbs into the skin pretty quickly without feeling sticky. I love the scent of the moisturiser too, it’s enriched with cocoa and shea butter with a hint of sweet almond and macadamia nut. I would consider repurchasing when I finish all of my other creams, but this is going to take a while.

Haircare

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Hair Spray – £5.99

I’ve just finished my 3rd bottle of this hair spray. Although I don’t use it as a heat protectant, it really helps tame my frizz in between washes and just generally makes my hair look and feel smooth. My hair is naturally very curly so combating frizz is imperative to my everyday hair care. Last year I uploaded some tips that may help those of you who have curly hair. This product is included in that post so I’ve linked it here.

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Mask – £6.10

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photograph of this product! I threw it in the recycling before I decided to write this particular post. Anyway, keeping with the hair care theme here, I’ve recently used up this hair mask. This isn’t something I use every time I wash my hair, but when I’m in need of a little more nourishment I reach for this.  I would buy this again, however I have recently purchased a Garnier hair mask specifically designed with frizz in mind.

Makeup

Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer – £4.00

I recently finished my all time favourite concealer, but fear not, I bought FOUR more! Yes, you did read that correctly, I picked up another four to last me a while. Some might say this is excessive, but I say this is organised. I have a review on this concealer already on my blog, check out my in depth opinion here.

Benefit POREfessional – £29.00

I’ve had this primer in my collection for years, but it was something that I never particularly reached for. I started using this again a short while ago and I’ve got to say I really enjoyed using it. Maybe one day I’ll pick this up again!

Perfume

Ted Baker XO Extraordinary – £15.00

I’ve had this perfume for some time, I think it was in a Ted Baker Christmas gift I received a couple of years ago. I has such a lovely floral scent, with its top note being African Orange Flower. I made sure to use this over my more expensive fragrances, so I typically reached for it day to day for work. I’m not planning on repurchasing because I do have other perfumes I prefer.

There is always something so melancholic yet satisfying when I finish using a product I’ve had for quite some time. Hopefully I’ll have some more products to share with you all over the next few months.

Until Another Day x