13 June 2021

Current Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

If you've followed me for a while you will know I have been battling with (and moaning about) horrendously dry skin. My face was like the Sahara and I couldn't wear foundation without it cracking on my skin and making me look like I had scales. I had finally accepted that foundation wasn't for me. However, I am pleased to report I have mastered my skincare and I now have a nice plump and hydrated face. So I thought I'd share what has worked for me. Obviously, I am not an expert and I know next to nothing about skincare. This has just been many years of trial and error. Also needs to be noted that I drink a lot of water because I also have a forever dry mouth (it's a meds side effect) and I've cut out dairy which helped with my breakouts.

Collage of skincare products including glossier milky jelly cleanser, pixi glow tonic, body shop drops of light serum and moisturiser, body shop skin defence, nivea face spf and glossier balm dotcom

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser- As mentioned in my full Glossier Review I wasn't sure about this cleanser to start with but it is now my absolute favourite morning cleanser. It's nice and gentle and turns into such a lovely silky hydrating cleanser with water. I also love that it washes off super easily so I don't have to faff about when I'm half asleep because I suck at mornings.

Pixi Glow Tonic** - I've never been 100% sure that toners were worth the money but having been without this for two weeks when I ran out I can confidently say this is worth it. I noticed that after not using this the texture on my forehead started coming back making my foundation patchy. After a couple days of using this again and I was back to a lovely smooth canvas. 

Body Shop Drops of Light Brightening Serum & Day Cream - Finding a good serum has definitely been the game changer in my skincare routine. I saw someone say that you're better off with a cheaper moisturiser and a serum than a more expensive moisturiser and no serum. This lightweight serum smells like heaven and sinks into the skin beautifully. It's really evened out my skin tone and leaves my skin feeling plumper. The day cream feels so luxurious and leaves me with a gorgeous healthy looking glow and offers the hydration my skin needs. Doing my skincare routine in the morning now feels like giving my face a drink. 

Nivea Face SPF** or Body Shop Skin Defence - For SPF I tend to reach mainly for my Nivea one. It works great on my dry skin, sinks in nicely, doesn't leave a white cast and makeup applies well on top. I do also use the Skin Defence but they seem to have changed the formula and it's not as good. I find it quite sticky and it takes a lot to rub it in and it does leave a white tinge so wouldn't work for darker skin tones. 

Glossier balm dotcom - I apply one of these lip balms every morning without fail. They smell (and taste) delicious and my lips survived the whole of winter chap free. I think my favourite is the birthday cake one. 

Collage of skincare products including body shop camomile cleansing oil and butter, vitamin e facial wash, pixi glow tonic, vichy hyaluronic acid serum, body shop oils of life facial oil and revitalising cream

Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter or Silky Cleansing Oil - These two are my go to cleansers. If I've only worn SPF or mascara then I use the Oil as my first cleanse. For full makeup days, I use the butter. The butter is my absolute favourite. It melts off my makeup, including my liquid eyeliner. Both of them are really great for sensitive skin as well. 

Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash - I then do my second cleanse with the Vit E cleanser. This is the best cleanser I've found for dry skin. It leaves my face feeling nice and clean without drying it out and I don't get that horrible tight face feeling.

Pixi Glow Tonic** 

Vichy MinĂ©ral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Booster Serum ** - I'm not 100% sold on this serum but I do recommend using a Hyaluronic acid serum for dry skin. Unfortunately, the Ordinary one that everyone raves about breaks me out. This one does give me a nice hydration boost, I just think it's a bit pricey. 

Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cream and Facial Oil - I honestly don't know how I coped before discovering this duo. The facial oil is absolute heaven and works a treat on dry skin, especially paired with the moisturiser. I love that the oil doesn't leave my skin feeling super greasy. There is also a specific night cream but I prefer this one as it's a thicker consistency and I just feel it hydrates my skin more.  

I also use the Body Shop Vitamin C Liquid Peel once a week and it's incredible. It's equal parts gross and satisfying to use and it leaves my skin absolutely glowing and baby soft. 

So that's what I use on my face. As you can see I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop. Their products just seem to work well for me and they aren't overly pricey. I have a full Body Shop Review Post of every product I've ever tried from there (I think there's 45 products reviewed) if you were wondering about any of their other offerings.

If you want to try anything from Glossier you can get 10% off your first order with this link (I get credit on my account)

What are your skincare must haves?


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28 April 2021

Glossier Review

Glossier is a highly talked about brand. I've seen a lot of people raving about their skincare along with their simple makeup. They are all about dewy, glowy skin and promote perfecting your skincare first, makeup second. I haven't tried many of their products but the ones that I have, have been a bit of a mixed bag. There are products that I absolutely adore and are now a staple in my routine and a few that I think are overhyped *cough Boy Brow cough*. I do definitely think they are worth checking out though.  

Collage of glossier products including the milky jelly cleanser, balm dotcoms and priming moisturiser

13 February 2021

The Body Shop Review - Every Product I've Tried

Well, this is going to be quite the post. Just doing the pictures and the links took me forever. Who knew I had tried so many Body Shop products. I knew I liked their skincare but I didn't realise I loved so many products. This is a bumper review post of every Body Shop product I have ever tried which amounts to 45 products including skincare, body products and makeup. I've grouped them in their ranges to try and make it easier for you if you are looking for a review on a specific product. So let's jump in. 

Collage showing a range of body shop skincare from the vitamin c range
7 February 2021

Read In Jan 2021

I didn't know whether to bring back my monthly roundups of books I've read but it's such a good way of keeping track of what I've read (I am also on Goodreads though). My mum also uses it to work out what to read next so I guess it's here to stay. I've started off the year well with 6 books under my belt so hoping to keep it up and smash my goal of 80 books this year (you can check out my faves from last year as well). Anyway, here's what I read last month. As usual, they are all murder related. 

Collage showing the book covers for Wildflower Graves, Gone before and the wicked sister

28 January 2021

Top Books of 2020

 I was hoping that all this extra time we had in 2020 would mean that I could read more but alas it didn't happen. Between moving back in with my parents to a houseful of people and a building site, getting a horse and the general poor concentration of a pandemic I didn't quite reach my reading goal. I had a good go though. I managed to read 66 books out of the 80 I planned. 4 short of 2019's achievement (You can see my favourites from then here). So I've set it at 80 again and we'll see how we go. In the meantime, I thought I'd share my favourite books of the year with you. In no particular order, we have

The covers of 4 great books, The recovery of rose gold, The Toybox, Cross her heart and Dying truth

8 January 2021

2020 Beauty Favourites

So this was supposed to be my first post back but I didn't have any photos sorted. As you can see I never mustered the energy to try and take photos of my makeup in the crappy winter lighting so I opted for a collage instead and actually had a lot of fun making it. Photos is normally what stops me from posting because it's hard work on my body so I think this might be the thing that actually gets me posting more. I'm going to do a mix of these kinds of images and actual photos when my body is cooperating. Here's to hopefully posting more than a handful of times in 2021. 

I thought my first post back would be the beauty products I reached for most last year. I mean I wore makeup a handful of times but these were the items I used and loved. I've finally got my skincare sorted so my makeup applies so much better and I enjoy it so much more. You can also see how my loves have changed by checking out my posts from - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019


Collage of base makeup on a pink background with hearts and flowers.

6 January 2021

Equestrian Winter Essentials

Surprise, I'm back. I can't believe how long it's been since I last wrote on here. The pandemic just wiped out all of my motivation and concentration. I also got a horse which meant that getting our land and stables ready for William took up a big chunk of my life and energy. We're all settled in now and I think I'm finally ready to get my shit together and actually start writing on here again. Now, this wasn't actually supposed to be my first post back but this one is finished and the other one is not. Hopefully my 2020 beauty faves will be out on Friday. 

We all know I am a Summer fan (if we ignore the heat triggered migraines). I hate being cold and the rain gets on my nerves. So getting a horse in September was not my brightest idea. I have however found as many ways as possible to make leaving the house in the am hours (I am not a morning person) whilst it's freezing slightly more bearable. Plus having William's cute face waiting for me makes it all worthwhile. 

A girl stood on a snow covered road wearing a thick coat, a girl in the snow wearing a pink knit headband, a girl stood on a snowy bank in a black gilet