Spring Skincare Shakeup


Hello Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week whatever you’ve been up to – mine’s been absolutely mad.  It’s been one of those weeks where I haven’t actually done much or been out and about (lucky, I guess – the weather’s been mental here in Cardiff!), but have had a lot going on.  That being said, I’m so happy it’s the weekend – time for a little R&R and some pampering! 🙂

I feel like my skin’s going through a bit of a shift in season right now.  It’s been feeling a bit… winter-lagged (is that word?) for the past few months.  Dry, a bit sad-looking and a little bit more red and sensitive than it usually is – so, I’ve been loading up on anything that’ll inject it with some added moisture, scrub away the winter scales and inject a little radiance. But we’re heading into Spring now and so I’ve had a little bit of a skincare shakeup, and these are the products I’ll be using from now until the weather heats up.


*Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips

I’ve been a massive fan of Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm for a looooooong time.  It’s so satisfying massaging a blob of the stuff into my face and watching my makeup instantly dissolve.  Even more satisfying is smudging all my dark eye makeup until I look like something out of a horror movie – but sometimes I need a little extra elbow grease to remove all that liquid liner, waterproof mascara and liquid lipstick.  Enter Clinique’s Lids, Lashes and Lips formula which I was very kindly gifted by Clinique Cardiff.  It’s gentle (no stinging watery eyes or dried out lips!) and I’ve started using it when I go in for a second round of makeup removal – just to make sure everything’s squeaky clean before I start my deep cleanse.


Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion

Honestly, I’ve been thinking of making the move towards acids when it comes to exfoliating my skin – especially now that we’re heading into summer and technically those dry scales of winter shouldn’t be a problem anymore – but I’ve been using this little number from Kiehl’s for so long that it’s going to be tough to try something new!  I’ve had really dry skin all winter and this dude’s been my one and only for scrubbing away dead skin and polishing up the new.  You only need a tiny amount and some gentle circular scrubbing and it really does the job.


Nuxe Nirvanesque Enriche for 1st Wrinkles

I picked up this baby in TK Maxx when I was looking for something to really soothe my super dry winter skin at night and it’s honestly one of the most beautiful face creams I’ve ever used.  I mean, I’m a little way past “first wrinkles” stage – but this little gem’s been really helping to keep my skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated – and dewy!  I wake up with “I’ve had ten hours sleep and ten bottles of water” skin, and it smells really lovely.  Unfortunately, I’ve got a funny feeling that they’ve discontinued it – I mean, a quick google will find you a tub of the stuff, but I can’t find it being sold on the Nuxe website – but hey, I’ve adored everything I’ve ever bought from Nuxe, so if anything it’s converted me into giving the rest of their skincare rage a go. I’ll definitely be on the hunt for one of their lighter moisturizers to take me through summer. 🙂


*Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

As I said before, I’m still coming out of winter with skin suffering from a bit of a hangover.  It’s been dry, sad and a little bit more sensitive than usual.  I’ve only just started using this hydrating jelly from Clinique, but so far so good.  I’ve been using a very small amount in the morning just to give my skin a little bit of a moisture boost, and to protect it from pollution when I’m out and about.  Because it’s lightweight, I think it’s going to make a great moisturizer when the weather heats up over the summer and I might make a full switch over in a couple of months.  Early days though, so we’ll see.


*Elemis Peptide 4 Thousand Flower Mask and Eye Recovery Cream

Still a massive fan of this combo – and I think I’ve spoken about them a few times already.  The Thousand Flower Mask is an absolute dream when my skin needs a bit of a pick me up (it really smooths everything over and brightens things up) – I tend to use it on a Sunday evening after a bath and after I’ve exfoliated with the Kiehl’s Micro-Dermabrasion Cream – just when my skin isn’t necessarily looking for any added moisture, just something to generally perk it up.  The Eye Recovery Cream has been working wonders on my tired, winter-lagged eyes – keeping those dark circles at bay and working on those fine lines. 😉


Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Mask

Again, Nuxe are quickly becoming one of my favourite beauty brands – their products are all such a treat.  I picked up this little mask from TK Maxx (all hail) on a whim and have been enjoying pampering my skin with it a couple of nights a week before I go in with my moisturizer.  It’s packed full of Hyaluronic Acid to smooth out the fine lines I’m staring to get and also claims to plump up skin and even out tone.  It’s got a metal roller that you use to squeeze and apply the product, and as it goes on it cools and reduces any puffiness.  The only thing I don’t love about it is the smell… but to be honest, it soaks in so quickly that you barely notice it.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

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5 Tried, Tested & True Skincare Products

Now that I’m 30, I can safely say I’ve been around the block when it comes to skincare.  I suffered with pretty bad acne during my teens (and I mean sobbing at the Doctors, bad…) and during my 20s I went through a fair share of raspberry-faced allergic reactions after being duped into buying every high-end, cure-all, must-have product I could afford.  Yup.  My skin and I have had a stormy relationship over the years, but these days I think we’ve come to an understanding of sorts, and I think it’s all down to having a simple routine with the same products.  You don’t need to squander your life savings to be happy in your skin – you just need to find what works and stick with it. 🙂

1. Nivea’s Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream (Dry & Sensitive)

I’ve tried a lot of expensive face creams over the years (I used Kiehl’s “Super Multi Corrective Cream” for a while, Clinique’s “Dramatically Different”, and then Clarins “Hydra-Quench”), but every single time I came running back to this one.  This daily moisturiser is THE ONE.  It keeps my combination skin hydrated without feeling greasy, and creates a nice glowy base under my makeup.  My skin loves it (I even wear it at night), and so does my bank; it’s only £2.00.  It’s a keeper. 🙂

2. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Origins do face masks right, but this one is my all time favourite.  I use it once a week in the bath to clear the weekly skank out of my pores, and I even dab a little on overnight if I can feel a monster spot coming on (just don’t forget to wash it off before you answer the door the next morning – a mistake I’ve made more than once, my friend…).

3. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Oh this stuff.  It’s expensive, but – ho man – it works miracles.  I don’t use it every night, instead it sits in my bathroom cupboard in case of emergencies – i.e. when my skin’s having a ‘mare.  A couple of drops massaged in under my moisturiser goes a long way to putting things right the next day.  I’m down to the last few drops right now too 😦

4. The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter

I’ve always been heavy on the eyeliner, and I ruined so many of my mother’s towels and pillowcases growing up (sorry Mum!).  In my defense, those were the days before Micellar Water and Cleansing Balms.  I’ve tried all sorts of ways to remove my eye makeup, but cleansing balms are my favourite.  I started out with Clinique’s “Take the Day Off” (which is great), but moved on to the Body Shop’s own because it’s much, much cheaper and does the job just as well.  It’s really satisfying watching my eye makeup melt off under my fingers, and even more satisfying is using a hot flannel to take it all off. 🙂

5. The Body Shop Body Butter in Shea

No explanations necessary, except that I’m hoarding pots of these in my bathroom cupboard in case the zombie apocalypse arrives.  They won’t be able to grab me on a count of my slick, moisturised skin.

What are your favourite, tried and true skin care products?