Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A Beauty routine for under a tenner! Can we do it?

Hi Everyone,
Being off work with a back injury at the moment has given me the time to do what I like to do the most, look at beauty products!
Now we all know that there are products out there that we yearn for and as we add them to our list to be checked off at Christmas or for birthdays etc we need a routine that does the job, does not cost the earth and is a pleasure to use.
I then thought to pass the time and hopefully help people out, that I would go on the hunt for a full routine so cleanser, toner and moisturiser for a tenner or even under if possible.
Now I would recommend that you spend the most money from your budget on your cleanser and moisturiser. These two are the products that you will want the most from and to work for the money. A toner is just a refresher and is there to make sure all the cleanser is gone so you don't really need a all singing dancing one.

Garnier Pure 3 in 1 wash and scrub - £3.33

This is a great product as it is 3 in 1. You get a cleanser, scrub and mask for your money. It deep cleanses and gently scrubs dead skin cells away so any old spot scars will slowly fade. You can also rely on it to matify the skin.

Simple Moisturising Foaming Facial Wash - £2.99
This would be my choice if you were looking for a uber gentle face wash to refresh and clean the skin.
If you have sensitive skin you cannot go wrong with Simple. They are known for having a no fragrance or colour in their range. This cleanser includes Pro vitamin B5 to nourish and soften the skin and Vitamin E to moisturise whilst cleansing. You can also use it safely over the eyes to remove eye make up.
This cleanser would suit most skin types, it is gentle so would not cause more oiliness on the combo skin and moisturising so people with dryer/ageing skin could benefit too.
If you cannot use a wash as you have the MOST sensitive skin I would recommend a milk cleanser. As long as you double cleanse at night the same as with washes this will work great.

Garnier Clean and Fresh Cleansing Milk - £3.19
You can tissue this off or splash off with water. You can use it on the eyes and it leaves the skin fresh and feeling clean. It had vitamins in it to make sure your skin does not become like a desert.

This is the area that you don't have to spend that much money. All you want is to be able to make sure all your cleanser is removed and your face is ready for the moisturiser.
There are two options I would recommend , a all rounder and one for they dryer skins.

All Rounder
Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Toner - £1.49

A great refresher for the skin. Smells great and feels cool on the skin. Gentle enough that it won't strip the skin but does the job.

Boots Essentials Fragrance Free Facial Toner - £1.49

Fragrance free and Hypo-allergenic. Suitable for sensitive and ageing skins.
Refreshes the skin gently for the next step.

This is the product that you trust to keep the skin soft, supple and ready for your make up.

Nivea Visage Rich Rich Moisturising day cream - £4.99
This cream is for the dry and parched sensitive skin. Your skin will drink this up and become less tight and return to a natural balanced state.
It is enriched with precious lipids – Almond & Calendula Oil and even has UVA and UVB filters so helps to stop sun damage.

Olay Classic Care Beauty Fluid - £3.99
A great classic. Will keep the skin supple and moisturised whilst making a great base for make up. Ticks all the boxes.

Nivea Visage Oli Free Moisturising Fluid - £3.99
A great light lotion for the more oily skins. This will absorb oil leaving skin nice and matt throughout the day. Has UVA and UVB filters to protect the skin from sun damage.What more could you ask for?

Well guys I think we did it!!! A complete set for a Tenner or under. Let me know if there are any finds out there that you trust day in and day out

See Ya xxx

(All prices and info can be found at www.Boots.com)

Monday, 15 February 2010

Oh Dear, here I go again!

Hi everyone!!

I hope that you have had a good day. Well today I have realised that I need to win the lottery to get all the cosmetics and skincare that I now lust after lol
QVC has become my dirty little secret (shhhh)

I am still however looking for an actual skin wash as in the morning I do like the feeling of water on my skin.
I am flirting with the idea of Elemis Tri- enzyme skin wash that I will of course order from Qvc
I just wish they had a set with the pro collagen marine cream in it :-) Don't ask for much do I ?lol

Anyway off I pop to continue my search

See Ya xx

Sunday, 14 February 2010

A Brave New World - Blogging!

Hi Everyone,

This is the first post for me on my brand new blog - Excited and Scared!

I've recently ran out of my current cleanser, Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash For Oily Skin, so I'm on the hunt for a new one.
I might even try two different types. I've been searching all weekend to see if there are any out there that catch my eye.

Is there any one out there that has a tried and tested favourite they can recommend?

I have been using the Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash along side my usual wash as a sort of booster to my cleanser.
I was expecting it to be quite harsh as some reviews used words like 'resurfacing' however, I use it as the first step in my double cleansing and it makes my skin lovely and smooth and seems to pave the way for the next step.

For those that picked up on the double cleansing bit I know that I sound a bit obsessive in my cleansing, and I hold my hands up and say this can be true, but I was once told by a great beauty therapist, that double cleansing can make all the difference to skin.

The first cleansing takes off the surface dirt, like make up and pollution, that allows you to reach deep down into the pores and lift out all the nasty dirt and oil that's hiding there. You only have to work on each step for 30-60 seconds, but believe me and my skin it works!

I found that some of my skin blemishes were caused by medical reasons, but the rest I treated by not using the strongest soaps and skin washes and going for the ones that work with the skin and oils rather than stripping them.

Until the next post has anyone tried an oil cleanser they'd care to recommend?
I really want to try one as I sometimes use oil as a moisturiser (yes even on oily skin) and it works wonders.

Anyhow please feel free to pass on any hints or tips.

Till next time,

See Ya xx