Thursday, 17 July 2014

Skincare Routine #1

As of the beginning of this year, I have focused my energy on committing to a skincare routine in hopes of making my makeup application improve. So far so good and here's the 411.

The team that is to improve my skin!

Makeup Removers:
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
Soap&Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Annayake Gel Demaquillant (sample)

My makeup removal routine depends on how much makeup I am wearing. I use the cleansing oil when I have heavy makeup or have been playing around with editorial looks as it removes all my makeup in one go and isn't a hassle. I use the hot cloth cleanser when removing minimal makeup and it works just as efficiently. I find that the Bioderma toner is gentle yet efficient at removing eye makeup. However, the Annayake makeup remover does not perform as well as the others and feels thick and as if it has just moved your makeup about rather than get it off. But I use it to remove all the swatches from the back of my hands after visits to the mall. 

Cleanser and Scrub:
Annayake Active Cleansing Foam
The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

I cannot rave about this cleanser enough! With the smallest amount it creates the most abundant lather and leaves your skin squeaky clean without leaving it dry. It has a very luxurious soapy scent.
I only use this scrub when I want a more smoother makeup application. It is quite harsh and I wouldn't recommend it to overly sensitive skin but it sure does leave your skin feeling new and smooth.

Pimple Treatment:
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
Annayake Extreme Radiance Mask
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Despite such a skincare routine, pimples are inevitable for me. I use the Effaclar Duo as a sort of spot treatment and it really does make a difference. After applying it to a budding pimple, the next day the redness, swelling and appearance has drastically reduced. As recommended by the sales woman for Annayake, I have started to apply the smallest amount of the mask directly on to my pimples. After 5mins, I wash it off and the appearance has reduced and I feel as if the impurities have been taken out! I only use the tea tree oil on really stubborn spots as I feel its very harsh but it helps overall.

Eye Creams:
Nuxe Anti Fatigue Moisturising Eye Cream
Annayake Soothing Eye Contour Care (sample)

Eye care isn't the main priority of my skincare however its never too early to start. I use the Nuxe cream in the mornings mainly. The Annayake eye contour care really helps to sooth your eyes and in my experience really helped reduce puffiness after binge watching Orange is the New Black and Hannibal. ( Why do I have to wait so long for season3?! *crys*)

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast
Jojoba Oil
Annayake 24hr Creme

Upon recommendation of the talented Lisa Eldridge I picked the cicaplast pro-recovery skincare. I use it mainly on dried up spots and it really helps in added some moisture back into it and helps concealing it easier. I use Jojoba oil mostly on acne scars and as a neck moisturiser. The Annayake 24hr cream is out of this world moisturising! You only need a little bit and use it as a night moisturiser. When you first apply it the cream its slightly runny giving you time to spread it around your face and then it almost thickens and your skin completely absorbs it. I wake up to such soft smooth skin now.

Lip Care:
Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
Nuxe RĂªve de Miel Lip Balm

Being a matte lipstick lover, smooth lips are a must have. The lush lip scrub is a favourite of mine and although you can make your own scrub, I feel the results aren't as good or maybe I'm not good at DIY's? The Nuxe lip balm rave is one rave that you MUST follow! This lip balm adds so much moisture and waking up the morning after using it, my lips are still moisturised. I also like to use this before applying matte lipsticks because unlike other lip balms this one doesn't have a slippery glossy feel to it and is rather thick thus provides a more truthful matte lip whilst still having a moisturised lip.

Sun Protection:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

Living in a country where temperatures above 40°C are a norm, sun protection is a must. During the summer, I have been leaning towards the Aveeno daily moisturiser more due the SPF, although it does have a some glitter in it. Days where I know I'm going to be out for long I will apply a separate sunscreen under my makeup even if my foundation has a SPF just to be safe.

The skincare main skincare products are Annayake and I highly recommend their products. Although expensive, they live definitely show results. Some days I try not to put any skincare and makeup products on just to let my skin breathe a bit and just wash my face with water.
This will be the first of many skincare posts and hope you've enjoyed!


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