The Skincare Series - Updated Morning Routine

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To carry on from my recent post of my updated nighttime skincare routine I have decided to share with you my morning routine. I'm not 100% happy with it at the moment and hope to make a few changes to it soon but by posting it you can all see what I use and hopefully give me some suggestion too!
The Skincare Series - Updated Morning Routine

The Skincare Series - Updated Morning Routine

The Skincare Series - Updated Morning Routine

To start the morning routine I apply my Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean milk cleanser to my dry face. This is a really creamy cleanser that doesn't dry your skin out at all. The scent is lovely although it can get a little overpowering. I try not to go too over the top with my morning cleanser and just gently massage the cleanser in to my skin and then remove it with a clean flannel. It's really important to use a clean flannel each morning as you don't want to be cleaning you face with last nights makeup! Next I go in with some products that I also use in my nighttime routine! The first is the Clinique Clarifying Lotion for skin type 2 which I use on a cotton pad to balance out my skins pH and for a gentle exfoliate. What I love about this product is that you can really feel it working! next I use my Avene Gentle Toner which I use as a moisturising toner. This is a really lovely product but as it's running low I think I will try something new soon. Suggestions are always welcome! The eye cream I'm currently using is the Aveeno Sensitively Radiant Eye Cream. This is a really lovely brand for anyone who suffers from dry and sensitive skin but in the morning I suffer from really puffy eyes so I'm looking for a new eye gel to help tame them! My current serum is the Botanics Ultra Calm. This is really great for my redness and is also really moisturisng which is lovely on these winter days! Lastly I finish with my Super Facialist Vitamin C Brightening Moisturiser. This smells absolutely divine! I only recently got this but so far it's working really well with my skin and the pump bottle makes it really easy to use.

Do you use any of these products? What would you suggest I try?

Kelsey xx

The Blogger Made Me Buy It

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It's been quite a while since I've posted a tag on the blog but when I saw this one I knew I had to do it! I got the tag from the lovely Cally over at Clothes Circus so go check her blog out!

Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you rely on for reviews and swatches?
The two bloggers that I rely one the most are vloggers rather than bloggers but they both speak so truthfully! The first is Ingrid and the second is Casey Holmes. I swear by their opinions and they've both made my US makeup wishlist miles long!

Do you buy a product solely as a result of one review from a favourite blog, or do you look for more reviews from others?
If I'm looking at reviews before purchasing a product I will always look at multiple reviews as everyone skins is different and people can react differently to products. I think it's important to get views from various bloggers rather than just relying on one!

What is your favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Probably the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I absolutely adore this foundation. It has great coverage, doesn't cling to dry patches and gives a lovely healthy glow to the skin. I have repurchased the foundation about 3 times now and possibly would never have tried it if it wasn't for the blogger hype surrounding it!

What is your least favourite item that you ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Most definitely the Bioderma Micellar water. It was such a hyped up product and bloggers were singing it's praises but when I tried it I just couldn't understand why. It didn't remove mascara well and I would use about 5 cotton pads to remove my face makeup. It never made me feel like my makeup was fully gone. I just couldn't understand why people liked it so much!

Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs?
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
Bourjois Happy Light Concealer
Maybelline Babylips (don't buy, they're awful!)
Origins Clear Improvement Mask

Have you ever given into a blogger hype? If so, which hype?
Last year I bought my first MAC lipstick and now have four! They're really hyped up in the blogging world and I can see why. Amazing formulas and a huge range of colours so there is a shade for everyone. My favourite formulas from them have got to be amplified and matte. MAC lipsticks were the first high end makeup product I'd ever bought and since they my makeup collection has grown and grown. Last night I also gave in to the hype and bought the Nars Laguna Bronzer (with some cheeky ASOS student discount). I've been trying to decide for month whether or not to get it and now I can't wait for it to arrive, I know I'll love it!

Have you ever avoided a blogger hype? If so, which hype?
I've never really been interested in trying the Collection concealer that is widely hyped in the blogging world. I've swatched it and never really found a shade that matches me well. Another product I never really found interested is the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. This is again because of the small choice in shades plus a couple of bad reviews. I love trying new products but sometimes the hype puts me off a little.

Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
I'm a huge impulse buyer so if I see something in the shop and think I'll like it, I'll buy it (unless it's an expensive product). For some things such as foundations or skincare I will read reviews though as these can be tricky items to get right. It's nice to discover products yourself. I really love sharing great products I've discovered with other people!

I tag you all to do this post and if you do please leave links below and they me of any products you'd recommend!

Kelsey xx

The Skincare Series - Updated Night Time Routine #1

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So following on from my previous skincare post about what changes I'm making in my routine. to get my skin looking the best it can, I thought I would post an updated night time routine. In the past couple of months I've added a few more items to my routine and changed it from a very basic cleanse and moisturise routine to a multistage routine. My skin is sensitive and dry in places so my routine is very much based around that.
Night Time Routine

Night Time Routine

Night Time Routine

In the evening my routine is all about removing my makeup and preparing my skin for a night of sleep and rehydration. I use a clean flannel each morning and use the same one at night, putting it in the wash after my night time cleanse. I start of by applying my Super Facialist Skin Renew Cleansing Oil to dry skin, focusing a lot on my eyes to ensure all my mascara and eyeliner is removed. This is a really lovely cleanser and it melts away makeup so well. It also smells divine! I then remove this with a wet flannel ensuring all traces of makeup are good. This cleanser is great because it doesn't leave a greasy residue. Next I go in with my Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser applying it the same as I do with the cleansing oil. I think double cleansing is really important, especially after a day of wearing makeup, and I never skip this step. I really love this cleanser as it's so gentle but I think I might try another once this one has finished.

The next stage in my skincare routine is a two step tone. The first step is to balance my skins pH and also exfoliate. I'm really enjoying exfoliating using toner rather than a scrub and I can see a huge difference in my skin too! The second step is a gentle moisturising toner to help lock in moisture. For the first step I'm using the Clinique Clarifying Lotion for skin type 2 and for the second step I'm using the Avene Gentle Toner. Both are applied to the face using a cotton pad and the skin is allowed to dry after each step. These toners are both really nice as they leave the skin feeling fresh but not tight and dry.

The next stage is moisturising and I always start of with my eye cream so that no other products get in the way of it being absorbed! The current one I'm using is the Aveeno Sensitively Radiant Eye Cream. This is really lovely and absorbed so well. It's thicker than other eye creams I've used in the past but is really moisturisng and great for sensitive skin. Effaclar Duo then gets applied in any areas where I have breakouts. If my skin is looking a little gross I will apply it all over and if my skin is clear I don't use it at all. I won't say too much about it as it's a beauty blogger favourite and I'm sure you all know about it! Oils are a skin treatment that I've only recently started looking in to but I'm really enjoying using then and my skin has definately benefited from it! I'm currently using Botanics Facial Oil. I drop two to three drops on my fingers and gently pat it over my face. I normally leave it to absorb for a couple of minutes before applying my moisturiser which is the Bontanics Hydrating Night Cream. This is a lovely cream which absorbs well however I don't find it to be hydrating enough for my skin if I miss out the oil step but I think it will be great for summer!

Do you use any of these products? How many products do you use in your routine?

Kelsey xx

High End Outlet Shopping - A Bobby Brown Bargain

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Going to uni in Chester means that I spend a good part of the year living in Chester and only being a short car journey away from Cheshire Oaks Outlet. You'll find me browsing the stores at least every fortnight and I never forget to stop by the Cosmetics Company Store to see what goodies they've got in there. As it's an outlet store their stock changes very regularly so it's always worth popping in to see what's new. Surprisingly I'm normally very good when I visit and tend to get makeup I need rather than what want and I think that's the safest way to prevent a big dip in my bank balance! The shop stocks makeup, skincare and haircare from highend brands including MAC, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Origins, Bobby Brown and as well as a few others. Last year I managed to find Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in there for a bargain price of £19 and a couple of weeks ago I picked up some Clinique Clarifying Lotion for £12. I'm always on the look out for MAC lipsticks but so far they've never stocked any shades that take my fancy.
On my recent visit I thought I was going to leave empty handed after browsing all the brands and not finding anything I wanted, until I got to Bobby Brown. I've never purchased anything from this brand as they're a little out of my price range but this time I spotted an amazing bargain and knew I couldn't leave without it!

High End Outlet Shopping - A Bobby Brown Bargain

High End Outlet Shopping - A Bobby Brown Bargain

High End Outlet Shopping - A Bobby Brown Bargain

High End Outlet Shopping - A Bobby Brown Bargain

This set of three Bobby Brown Rich Lip Color lipsticks cost me only £20 which I thought was an amazing find considering each lipstick retails at £19 on their own! Each of the colours are current shades being sold on the counters. I've never tried a Bobby Brown lipstick but when swatching in the shop they seemed a lovely texture and had great pigmentation.

Sweet Nectar is a beautiful pink with coral tones which will look beautiful during spring and summer. It's bright enough to add a pop of colour but doesn't distract from the rest of the face. Plum Rose is a lovely light pinky plum which is what I've been looking for all winter! It's a lovely shade for these cold winter days but will also be really wearable going in to spring as it's not too dark. Lastly is Bare Pink which is a nude pink. These are my favourite types of nude lipstick to wear and go perfect with a smokey eye.

 I will be posting full reviews, including swatches, of these lipsticks once I've tried them properly.

What do you think of these shades? What bargains have you found lately?  

Kelsey xx

The Skincare Series - New Year New Skin

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Note - These are not the products used in my current routine
Over the past month or so I have become obsessed with Caroline Hirons amazing skincare blog. I don't know how or why I didn't discover it before but I'm so glad I've found it! For any of you who haven't checked out her blog I really suggest you do, it could will change your skincare routine for the better! She is an amazing skincare specialist and reading her blog has really helped me see where I was going wrong with my skincare and make it as beneficial to my skin as possible. 

Your skin is your makeup base and making your skin look as good as possible will help make your makeup look as flawless as possible. It's really important to look after your skin. A good skincare routine will also make your skin as healthy as it can possibly be, giving you a lovely healthy glow and preventing the signs of aging for as long as possible! So, with the help of Caroline Hirons blog, I have made a few little changes to my skincare routine to make my skin the best it can be!
Drink more water! - Not exactly a skincare change but definitely a dietary change that will benefit my whole body! I'm absolutely terrible at remembering to drink enough water and in all honesty probably drink more Coca Cola than I do water. I feel like this was really starting to show in my skin. I now keep a bottle of water near me at all times and am trying to reduce my Coke intake!

No more apricot scrub! - I've been a avid user of my apricot scrub for some time now, using it every morning to cleanse and exfoliate my face. I have quite bad redness on my cheeks and I've discovered that this was probably making it worse and was a little too abrasive for my sensitive skin. Caroline also isn't a fan of grainy/scrub type cleansers and recommends using an acid toner instead. I've stopped using this and I'm now using a milk cleanser in the morning. My redness has really calmed down through this!

Toner and lotion! - When it comes to toning I go through phases of using one and then not really bothering. I have always tried to avoid any toner with alcohol in as I have dry skin and have always been under the impression that alcohol is bad for your skin. After reading Caroline's blog I have found that this isn't all true and she suggests using an acid toner (or exfoliating lotion) followed by a hydrating toner and this is exactly what I've done! I now use a clarifying toner to balance out my skins pH and exfoliate after cleansing followed by a hydrating toner to lock in moisture.

Eye cream first! - I have now started applying my eye cream before other treatments to ensure full absorption. I had started suffering from tiny fine lines just below my eye and this little tip has really helped to prevent these.

Treatments! - Serums and oils weren't ever something I'd thought about when it came to my skincare routine. I just went straight from cleansing to moisturising, maybe toning between. I've now see how important treatments can be, especially for my dry skin. I now use a calming serum in my morning routine and a hydrating oil in my evening routine. My skin feels so much smoother already!

I just want to say a huge thank you to Caroline Hirons and her blog for teaching my the error of my skincare ways! I really suggest you check out her blog for great skincare advice and skincare product reviews. As soon as I am completely happy with my skincare routine I will be doing an updated morning and evening routine. 

Have you made any recent changes to your skincare routine?

Kelsey xx


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