The Quick Cleanse

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The past few weeks I have been wearing a lot less makeup on a daily basis. Partly because it’s been both hot and sunny, and my skin looks semi-good without any makeup. And partly because I don’t wear eye makeup with the lash extensions (more on that later this week). As a result I’ve become quite lazy with my evening skincare – I just can’t be bothered with the whole shebang most nights.

For these lazy evenings I turn to the REN Evercalm gentle cleansing milk. As my skin is both sensitive and on the dry side, I have been loving this natural and gentle cleanser. After removing my makeup with Bioderma I massage the cleansing milk into my skin, and rinse of with a damp muslin cloth. You could also use this as a one-step cleanser, but I like the feeling of cleansing a clean face. It leaves my skin clean and moisturized, as well as refreshed and kind of cooled. I would highly suggest this for people with dry skin, or if you’re prone to eczema. I had some very dry patches earlier this spring, and used this cleanser all over my skin without irritating them. I am a big fan of REN as they deliver good products, that are free of any nasty parabens, silicones or the like. A safe winner for those lazy evenings where you just can’t be bothered with more than one quick step.

Nighttime skincare part 2

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Here comes the second part of my nighttime skincare routine, if you haven’t read part one you can do that HERE.

I first go in with a serum, right now I am using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I quite like this, especially because of the smell. I can’t say I can see the visible effects of this when using it, but when i stop using it – my skin instantly misses it! So I guess it’s really working. For my eyes I really enjoy the Origins GinZeng refreshing eye cream. As everyone and their mother, I suffer from puffiness and darkness under and around my eyes. The GinZeng does relieve some puffiness, and I can see results when I use this – especially when I use it in combination with getting a proper good nights sleep… As for a moisturizer I go from one thing to the next, my only demand is that it’s high in moisture and good for my sensitive skin. La Roche Posay does some really good moisturizers, and I use the Toleriane for when my skin craves moisture, and the Effaclare Duo when it’s acting up and blemishy. If my skin is super thirsty, I go in with the Origins Drink Up- Intensive overnight mask. This stuff is amazing. Smells like citrus and really feeds the skin moisture over night. If I use the Drink Up I use it straight over the serum. The mask can also be left on for 10-20 minutes and rinsed of, if you need a little skin pick me up.

Nighttime skincare part 1

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Let’s be honest, there are nights where you just can’t be arsed to go through the whole makeup-removing regime, right? Wrong! Yes, everyone goes on about it, but removing makeup and cleansing your skin is the best you can do to keep your skin clean. Also, it really is a habit you should adapt ASAP. I used to be a cleansing floosy, but now I wouldn’t dream of going to bed without my skn feeling fresh and clean. This is the first part of my nighttime skincare routine. Skin disclaimer: My skin is combination to dry, quite sensitive and I suffer from some eczema/dry patches.

I first remove my eye makeup with The Body Shop Camomile waterproof eye and lip make-up remover. I use waterproof mascara on a daily basis, to keep the curl, and this is the first makeup remover I have used that really melts all product away. It’s oil based (meaning you have to shake it up before use) and it leaves the eye area cleansed and smooth.  For my face, I am a part of the Bioderma fan base. The Micellaire water is a great and light way to remove makeup, but with it being so light I really feel a need to double-cleanse. For this, I use the Emma Hardie amazing face moringa cleansing balm. I have written a whole post about this stuff, amazing really is the word! For a toner, I use the La Roche Posay serozink sulfate solution. Because I have some dry patches, I spray it on a cotton pad and dab it on my face – avoiding the dry patches. I’m not sure if this is a love-affaire, but I like how it leaves my face clean and that it stings any blemishes. Yes, I’m one of those girls who doesn’t believe it does something until it kind of hurts!

Part 2 soon to come.

Face masks: the clay and the chemical

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It is the tale of two face masks: one in the muddy, clay department, the other on the chemical side.

First we have the Origins Clear Improvement active charcoal mask. This baby is a true clay mask, and it is black. It’s a clearing mask, and like most clay masks it goes into the pores and really stirs things up. The Origins masks are always a pleasure to put on, and this is no exception. It dries really hard, and can feel a bit drying on the skin, so follow up with a good, rich moisturizer. The clear improvements does a good job at clearing the pores, and getting the grit out.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have REN Glycolactic radiance renewal mask. This is a much raved about acidic mask, and for good reason. It has the texture of jam, and tingles your skin a bit when applied. Keep this away from your eye area and any active breakout! The mask gets warmer as you wear it and after 10-20 minutes you rinse it off; preferably with a muslin cloth. This mask really renews your skin in the way that you get a really nice glow when you’ve used it. This one is really good after a bad skin period (after that time of the month for example) when you need a quick boost to your skin.