The Importance of double cleansing in your skincare routine ft Dermalogica’s Double Cleanse Duo

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I’m sorry it’s been a little while since my last blog post. I’ve found myself so low on energy lately and have had to save it for other tasks. I’m back today with a skincare post, something that’s very important to me is taking care of my skin. I had acne as a teenager and made it my personal mission to get clear skin so love to share products that work for me!

Like pretty much the rest of the population when we were younger, our skincare consisted of a makeup wipe or ten, to get rid of my maybelline Dream matte mouse (if you know, you know). Fast forward a few years and the very thought of using a makeup wipe makes my skin itch. If that’s you then you are my target audience. Do you find that no matter how many wipes you use, there is still lingering makeup on your face? That’s because makeup wipes are not enough to break up left over makeup, so minute amounts of foundation, concealer and powder are still left on your face to clog up your pores overnight. Plus they dry out your skin and are needless waste for the environment.

Now to the important bit, the double cleansing. This is as simple as the name suggests. You cleanse your skin twice before doing the rest of your skincare. Starting with the first cleanse, this breaks down any makeup, removes dirt and excess oils from your skin. My all time favourite to remove my makeup with is the Dermalogica Precleanse which is on the pricey side coming in at £39 but it’s the best I’ve used so far. This has a thin oil consistency and literally melts all traces of makeup off the skin, whilst making it super soft without blocking my pores. I like to use by applying the oil onto my full face of makeup and massaging in, then I take a damp washable makeup cloth to remove.

Time for the second cleanse, this will address any skin issues you have, such as dry, oily, spot prone, mature skin dependant on the cleanser that you choose to use. This is the step that will actually penetrate the product into your makeup free skin. I’ve recently been testing out the Dermalogica Active Clearing Skinwash as it’s came in a set when I restocked my Precleanse. This has a gel texture and a medicinal scent which can be expected for a cleanser that has claims to heal and clear blemishes. I use this by applying a pea sized amount onto a wet face and massaging in, this lathers well and a little goes a long way. I then take a electric face brush and really get deep into my skin, before washing off. I’ve been loving how clean my skin looks and feels after I’ve used this and have definitely noticed that my pores are looking smaller and a few spots from some stress I’ve been under are drying up quite quickly!

It’s important to remember that you’re putting your skin through a deeper clean when doing a double cleanse, expect some purging to happen if you haven’t done it before. You’re inviting all the nasties to come to the surface of your skin. Your skin will get worse before it gets better! It’s also important to use a Moisturizer that suits your skin type to put back some hydration into the skin that cleansing might have stripped. If you’re interested in buying these products in a set I’ll put the link here . I’ve used a discounted site which is where I get all my Dermalogica goodies!

Do you double cleanse? If so what are your favourite products to do that with? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

DIY Charcoal & Honey face mask. A must for oily skin.

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I have had a quite a fun start to the week week, stuck in doors experimenting with new projects since the weather has been dreary. I’ve also started eating vegan which I’m really happy about and after a week have noticed the difference already!

Today’s post is a super exciting DIY that I wanted to share with you. Skincare is a massive deal to me and over the years I’ve learnt what ingredients work well with my skin and once I know what role those key ingredients play in my skincare routine then can go and make a cheaper more natural alternatives. I wanted to create a clay mask to target my oily areas of my combination skin and have found the perfect concoction using just 4 affordable ingredients. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each ingredient before we get into how to make it!

Activated Charcoal

We all have probably used or at least heard of activated charcoal to whiten and clean teeth but this is also superb in skincare. It is a great natural cleanser that unclogs pores, removes deeper impurities and any dead skin cells by attracting dirt, toxins, heavy metals and chemicals out of the skin. Charcoal is especially good for those with acne prone skin or general breakouts as this draws out any nasties and helps reduce excess oil.

Fullers Earth

Fullers earth has similar effects to the skin as charcoal, as it is known for its ability to absorb oil and unclog pores. This also improves the skin tone and complexion and makes the skin look and feel soft and smooth. The most beneficial effects of fullers earth is its antiseptic and astringent properties that regulates your skins PH level so not only cleanses the skin but nourishes it too!

Raw Honey

Raw honey is a great natural ingredient to use as it helps balance the oils in skin which makes it a great product for those with acne as it speeds up the cell healing process. Honey heals scars and evens out skin tone whilst being a natural moisturiser. Raw, unpasteurized honey is most beneficial for the skin for all the benefits mentioned above and if you have the money to spend I recommend treating yourself to some Manuka Honey.

What you will need:

  • Activated Charcoal powder
  • Fullers Earth Clay
  • Raw Honey
  • Water
  • Glass Jar to store powders
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Face Brush
  • Measuring spoons (optional)

How to make

To start I mix the dry ingredients together, taking the activated charcoal powder and the fullers earth and working on a one part charcoal to three part fullers earth clay ratio. You can mix this up every time you want to use a face mask but I find it easier to make a large batch of the dry mix in a glass jar and take a little out each time and then add the fresh liquid ingredients when I’m about to apply the mask. To make the mask ready to wear I use my 2.5ml measuring spoon and add the dry mix from above to a little bowl. I picked up this cute little mask tool set here with everything you need to mix and apply a face mask. Next I use that same spoon to add 2.5ml of honey and a slightly larger 5ml spoon to add the water. Then I mix well and apply generously to the skin. I’ve found this ratio makes just the right amount to cover your whole face well with a small amount left over.

This mask will start to dry and harden but doesn’t feel too tight or hurt the face and is easy to wash off with some warm water. Working with charcoal does get a little messy though so I recommend putting some tissue down whilst mixing and to use dark cloths if that’s what you prefer to use to remove products. All the ingredients I used for this DIY are super cheap and I have so much left for future masks. I am so pleased with how much this cleans my skin and shrinks my pores and I only need to use it once a week!

Have you ever used charcoal in skincare? Do you like to make your own masks? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Hello Bees, I hope you’re keeping well and had good Easter holiday filled with lots of treats. At the point of writing this post I am sick of the taste of chocolate due to eating one too many eggs! So on to today post, just before the official lock down I decided to place my first order on the Glossier website. I hadn’t tried any of their products before and heard so many great things and wanted to review what I picked up for you babes.

I had heard a lot of great things about this brand before purchasing, mainly how well products perform for those looking for a natural, your skin but better look. I have recently opted for a minimal approach for my everyday makeup as I have finally got my skin to a consistently clear place. So if you like a full face of extremely pigmented makeup than this brand won’t be your cup of tea! Glossier also sells skincare and is a cruelty free brand.

The first item I picked up was the Priming Moisturiser as it was advertised to be light weight, even out skin texture and minimise pores. This comes in a 50ml squeezy tube and costs £18. The consistency of this is a thin cream that I found blended into to the skin in seconds, did fill in some of my fine lines and significantly shrunk my pores which I’m pleased about. This barely has a scent and didn’t leave a tacky feeling just a smooth looking and feeling base. Wear wise I noticed this primer only worked well with my liquid foundations that had a dewy finish. My base makeup looked great upon application but a few hours later started to cake up and crack around the nose when using two of my foundations with a satin finish (Nars Luminous & Urban Decay Stay Naked). However this didn’t happen when using a dewy formula (Essence Fresh & Fit). I have definitely tried better primers that work better for me and with all my foundations so after using this tube up I sadly won’t be repurchasing. I think this will be great for those who don’t wear any foundation and just a moisturiser or a BB/CC cream.

Glossier do have a foundation but I decided against buying it as after watching countless YouTube videos decided it wasn’t worth the money as it had barely any coverage so for this review I used one pump of the Essence Fresh & Fit foundation to keep it natural. I did however pick up the Glossier Stretch Concealer as it claims to have mineral pigments that give a brightening effect and a dewy, glowy finish which is something I need as I get dry under eyes. This concealer comes in Twelve shades and I picked up the shade ‘G10’. I love the consistency of this concealer, it’s light weight and can be worn lightly or built up if like me you have dark circles. This melts into the skin effortlessly and looks so pretty on my dry under eyes and covers a multitude of imperfections. I would recommend setting this concealer well though as I did notice that it creased on me, but it wasn’t a problem as even after setting it didn’t make me look dry. This costs £15 for 4.8g but a little goes go a long way and I’ll definitely be buying again.

Next up is the Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter which sold me straight away when I learnt that it was a combination of cream pigments and a oil base that not only gives a glow but conditions your skin at the same time. I’m not really into glittery or chunky looking highlighters, I prefer a wet look/glossy look. This comes in three shades, I picked up the shade ‘quartz’ which is a pearlescent pink. I love how easy this is to apply to the skin, even on top of foundation. I rub my finger over the top and pat onto the high points of my face, where the light would naturally hit. This gives the most gorgeous dew to the skin, doesn’t make the makeup slide underneath and although it contains oil did last on my skin all day. This would be perfect to wear on its own too on a no makeup day. This costs £18 for 5.5g and I will 100% be buying this for the rest of my life.

You’ve probably seen the Glossier Cloud Paint in countless Instagram worthy flat lays which is how I discovered them. They are gel-cream blushes that claim to be light weight and blend seamless into the skin for a natural, flushed from within glow. There’s six shades of cloud paint and I picked up the shade ‘Dawn’ which is a brownish nude that I intended using as a light contour shade and the shade ‘Puff’ which is a light, cool pink. Go careful with the squeezey tube when using as I used far too much as you only need the tiniest amount of product as this is pigmented! I find this super easy to apply, using my finger tips to pat the product on and lightly going over it with a damp beauty blender. I love how skin like the finish is and gives the perfect amount of rosy colour to the cheeks. The shade ‘Dawn’ I picked up for contouring was perfect for my pale skin and gave me just enough colour to warm up much skin. This costs £15 for 10ml and I love it so much that I’ve since picked up two more shades!

I was also intrigued when I saw the Glossier Balm Dotcom universal salve. This is a lip balm and I just had to pick up the Cherry one, it’s my favourite flavour and I loved the look of the cheeky red tint the models on the site had. I always like to have something on my lips on days I don’t wear full on lipstick and I’ve fallen in love with this formula. It has a medium thickness but is very smooth and super easy to apply, this makes short work of any dryness on the lips and the subtle tint is so gorgeous. I’ve since picked up the birthday cake one and I have to say it smells so bloody good. These cost £10 for 15ml but a little goes a long way.

I also picked up the Glossier Wowder Weightless Finishing Powder to set my under eyes as I was running out of my previous setting powder. On days I want dewy skin I’ll just see my under eye and this is how I have been using this. It’s very finely milled which is what I like in a powder, it definitely mattifies the skin but doesn’t look cakey in fine lines or leave that dreadful looking chalky film on the skin. I love the packaging, it makes it simple to get powder onto the brush without powder flying everywhere! I didn’t have to retouch at all though out the day either. This costs £18 for 7.2g.

I’m currently making the move over to being cruelty free so whilst I’m using up my products that aren’t (I hate waste) I’m trialling their cruelty free replacements so picked up the Lash Slick Mascara to replace my Nars Climax mascara. I’m so glad I did as I ended up loving it more, the brush makes it easy to get into every lash without creating mess. The formula isn’t thick and clumpy or thin and watery , it’s the perfect mix to lengthen the lashes without causing clumping or the dreadful printing on the lid. It’s gives a natural looking lash which is perfect for me as I’ve never been one to wear false lashes. I will definitely be picking this up again in the future, this is priced at £14 for 8.5g.

Saving the best for last, one of Glossier’s best sellers and most talked about product in the beauty community is the Boy Brow Grooming Pomade. This is a brush-able creamy wax that claims to thicken the brows whilst grooming them and setting them into place. I’ve literally fallen in love with this brow product. The brush is perfect for my medium sized brows, it’s easy to get into the ends of my brow and brush upwards. I love how much fuller my brows look and thanks to the subtle tint this gives I haven’t had to use any brow powder to fill in my brow. This also sets my brows in place for the whole day and is perfect for the fluffy brow look which I love. Although the size of the container is smaller than expected (3.12g) I will definitely be picking this up again. This costs £14 and I picked up the shade ‘Brown’ and there’s four shades to choose from, one of them being a clear one.

This is the finished look, overall I love how flawless my skin looks whilst still looking natural and that dew, glossy lip and fluffy brow is my cup of tea for a simple effortless every day look. What do you think?

Have you tried any products from Glossier? If so what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Let’s talk SPF ft the new product launch from Dermalogica

Hello Bees, I hope you’re all keeping safe and well during these stressful times of Covid19 and the self isolation. In today’s post we will be talking all things SPF and reviewing the newest product that Dermalogica kindly sent my way.

Disclaimer– This post contains items that were sent to me for free to test. As always my opinions are honest and my own.

Before I started really getting into skincare and actually researching what the effects of the ingredients in the products I was buying were, I just assumed that SPF was only for use in the summer months when the sun was present but that couldn’t be far from the truth. As the damage is done from UV rays from the sun which is present all year round.

What is SPF?

SPF stands for sun protection factor and its use is to prolong or prevent the time it takes to get burnt from the sun. This often comes in cream form or in a lighter liquid spray bottle and is used by applying and rubbing into the skin.

Why is it important to use an SPF?

If you go outside without using an SPF a process called photo aging starts, the skin reacts to sun exposure by making melanin which is how we get that gorgeous looking tan in the summer. Too much exposure causes stress to the skin which breaks down collagen which is a protein that keeps the skin strong. Loosing its strength will cause the skin to wrinkle and therefore make you look older quicker than the normal ageing process. It can also cause brown spots to appear and after chronic sun exposure cause DNA damage to the skin cells which can eventually lead to skin cancer. Those with darker skin are more naturally protected, whereas those with lighter skin are less shielded.

When should I be applying it to my Face?

SPF should be applied to the face daily when venturing out. I wouldn’t worry about applying any if you’re not going to get into direct contact with the sun. I like to apply it before I apply my foundation and currently use the Dermalogica Prisma Protect which is a moisturiser with SPF included. It is important to wear it under makeup as makeup doesn’t act as a barrier for light damage, and yes that includes a more full coverage base!

Now onto the new Invisible Physical Defence cream that Dermalogica kindly sent me to try. I already love quite a few of their products and the 2 in 1 product I mentioned above is my favourite. This claims to be suitable for all skin types, weightless and blends easily into the skin leaving it invisible rather than a chalky white cast that some sun creams/SPFs give. The main ingredients include:

Ultra- Sheer Zinc Oxide that provides invisible protection against UVA/UVB rays and blue light.

Bioactive Mushroom Complex that helps soothe the skin and reduce UV induced redness and dryness.

Antioxidant Green Tea that helps fight free- radical skin damage.


I really like the simple packaging and the addition of the colour yellow on the front, it really adds to the fresh sun vibes and matches the product inside. This comes in a squeezey tube with a flip cap lid and contains of 50ml of product inside. This is gluten and paraben free, contains no artificial fragrances and colours and is vegan and cruelty free! This comes with a lofty price tag of £49 which is definitely aimed for those with a larger budget but is an average price for Dermalogica skincare.

After squeezing out a small amount of product from the tube I noticed this had a medicinal smell with a hint of lavender. If you have tried or owned the Dermalogica Sleep Cocoon then it’s a great comparison scent wise, once blended however the scent does fade to almost nothing. Now onto the consistency, this cream comes out quick thick but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it feels very thin when applying into the skin. A little goes a long way with this product so not much is needed. This melts into the skin and I’m pleased to say that their claims of no chalky white residue are correct. It’s also worth noting that it dries quickly and leaves a matte finish which made my skin look nice and smoothed out in the process! I also found that it didn’t change the way my foundation, concealer or powder looked when applied underneath and didn’t change the wear or longevity either which is a huge plus.

Although it’s definitely on the pricey side I definitely give my approval of this SPF. I love Dermalogica in general but I’m just so pleased how fast it dries, making it super easy to apply and get on with your day without having to waste time to sit and air out. It’s also a huge deal for me that it doesn’t leave a white cast to the skin as most cheaper alternatives leave. Now we just need this annoying but necessary lock down to lift so we can all go and get our much needed summer! Do you use a SPF? If so which one? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.

My ‘Less is more’ Skincare Regime.

Hello bee’s, welcome to my first blog post. I’m so excited to kick start my new website and get writing again. I used to run a blog some time ago but life got in the way as it often does and I ended up taking a break! Before we get into what this blog post is actually about please check out my About Me page if you want to know more about the author so I don’t have to ramble on about me here!.

Disclaimer: A few products featured in this post were sent to me for free as PR, that being said all reviews and opinions are honest and my own. All gifted products will be marked with a *

For my first post I wanted to talk about skincare, with the beauty industry being valued at $532 billion its no surprise that beauty influencers, brands and businesses are convincing you to buy many different products with a view point that the more products you have in your routine the better your skin will become. I recently read in Glamour magazine that a new ‘stripped back’ approach is the skincare trend for 2020.

Moving on to my personal experience with skincare, I have combinatiom skin which means parts of my skin get oily and others suffer with dry patches. I suffered with acne as a teen which has cleared for me with lots of trial and error of products and mostly getting older. I still do get breakouts and sometimes bad ones if im stressed, eat poorly, get lazy with my skincare routine or if its the time of the month. I would often be prompted by top beauty gurus on youtube that had modelesque skin that i had to have a ten step skincare routine to get clearer skin. It wasnt until I went through a mental health slump where I stopped using every most of my products that I noticed how much clearer my skin had become. So i started the fun process of elimination and no longer have lots of serums, creams, acids and have found the perfect skincare routine which I thought id share the products i use and the benefits they have for me!

Morning

I start my morning routine off by washing my face, I recently discovered the brand DHC when searching for a cheaper alternative to my beloved favourite Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica, I ended up finding something much better for a fraction of the price. The DHC Face Wash Powder comes out like a finely milled (you guessed it) powder that you apply to a damp face to create a foamy mixture. This is so gentle on my skin and provides a deep clean. I love to use this day and night with the *Stella & Grace 3 in 1 exfoliating spin brush for deep pore cleaning. This makes my skin feel so fresh and smooth and I’m obsessed with it.

Once my face is clean I go in with the Pixi Glow Tonic, this is a liquid exfoliant that contains Glycolic acid which I find is a wonder ingredient for my skin. This shrinks my pores and gives my skin a gorgeous fresh glow and I find that I break out more when I stop using this. It super gentle considering its an acid and has even faded some of my old acne scarring over time. Don’t forget to buy reusable pads that you just pop in the wash to help the environment I picked up mine here.

Next I add moisture back into my skin and this is the only part of my skincare routine where I have separate products for day and night. For the day I use the Dermalogica Prisma Protect as this has SPF30 included. This is my favourite moisturiser to wear under my makeup and leaves a healthy dewy glow to the skin that peaks through my foundation. It is light on the skin and also has the added bonus of protecting the skin from pollution and light damage.

Lastly I like to use a brightening serum under my eyes as I have hereditary dark circles. This * Dermalogica Biolumin- C eye serum contains Vitamin C in which my skin only tolerates under my eyes and actually breaks me out if I use it on other parts of my skin. This doesn’t tighten the eye area for me as I don’t suffer with puffy eyes but does brighten it right up which is exactly what I’m looking for in an under eye product.

Evening

After a long day of wearing makeup I like to use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to melt off the makeup as the first step of a double cleanse. I apply the oil directly to my full face of makeup, then wet my facial puff with warm water and remove the day off my skin. The facial puff is also reusable and is a much environmental friendlier option then makeup wipes. these can be found here.

For my second cleanse I use the DHC Face Powder Wash with my Stella & Grace spin brush the same as I do in the morning. This ensures every trace of makeup is off of my skin.

I then follow the same steps with the Pixi Glow Tonic and Dermalogica Biolumic-C Eye Serum as the morning routine before moving onto my night moisturiser. I’ve been obsessed with the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance for two years now and it does exactly as the name suggests. This really locks in moisture as you sleep and my skin looks so plump and nourished in the morning. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue and provides just the right amount of hydration to my dry areas.

So there you have it, my six day to night products that have made more of a differnce to my skin than when i had a 11 step skincare regime and has saved me a lot of money. What is your skincare routine and will you be trying out the Less is more approach in 2020?

Thanks for reading!