Five Products I’m Not Repurchasing

Buying something that doesn’t work is disappointing, especially when it’s expensive.  Unfortunately, I sometimes find myself expecting that luxury items are better than their budget alternatives, however, often that isn’t true.   In fact, the majority of my favourite makeup items are from Boots!

This all leads me to a list of products that I am never buying again.  Makeup is specific to the person that wears it, and the way in which you apply it.  These are the products that do not work for my skin, however they do work for others.

  1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This foundation has never worked for me.  For some reason, it separates on my face, creases in my lines and gets very patchy.  I bought this foundation after all of the raving reviews on YouTube, and I immediately hated it.

  1. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

This is another product that just didn’t sit well on my skin.  It separated after only a few hours of wear, and my skin has never looked so cakey and oily in my life!  I also tried the shade 5.25 to contour with, but my skin just looked patchy and awful.  I do think that this is because of my skin, as I know others who absolutely love this foundation, and it looks wonderful on them.

  1. Mac Matte Lipstick

No matter what I do, I cannot seem to get moisture into my lips.  I am always suffering from dry, painful and chapped lips, and it doesn’t matter how much water I drink or how much lip balm I apply.  That is why matte lipsticks usually don’t work for me, however, I find Mac matte lipsticks especially drying.  My lips always end up looking like a scaly mess.  This isn’t because the lipsticks are bad, it’s just because they don’t agree with my skin, and that’s why I usually go for lipsticks with a satin finish.

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

This product is a cult favourite, and for a good reason.  It is a very finely milled powder, and it certainly does the job, but so do many other loose powders.  I don’t hate this product at all, I have just found that there are other powders out there for cheaper.  My favourite loose powders are the Ben Nye loose powder or the Coty Air spun Loose Powder.

  1. Geurlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer

This is a wonderful primer.  Unfortunately for me, my skin has some fine lines and large pores, and when I apply this product I can visibly see those things fade away.  However, my biggest gripe with this product is the price.  I cannot justify spending £47.50 for one bottle of primer, despite the fact that one bottle has lasted me nearly two years.  You can get primers that do more for a cheaper price, and the new L’Oréal primers are an excellent example of this.

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My Skincare Tips

A few years ago, clear skin was something that I used to dream about. The idea of having a blemish free complexion was a fairy tale, and it didn’t seem to matter how hard I tried, but my skin was a mess.

However, through my expensive skincare journey I managed to learn a few secrets that have allowed me to enjoy clear and blemish free skin.

1. Water, water, water…

I have only realised recently just how naive I can be with the amount of water that I usually drink on a daily basis. In my mind, I usually drink about two litres of water a day, however, in reality I am barely drinking a litre. It has only been since I have started drinking out of proper water bottles that I have realised just how dehydrated I am, which means that my skin is also dehydrated!

I used to have the most awful under eye wrinkles, bags and dark circles. It didn’t seem to matter how many treatments, creams or concealers that I used, those issues never got much better. However, when I upped my water intake I looked about five years younger in my under-eye area!

Here are some benefits of water:

· Water cleanses the body by removing toxins from it

· Water maintains the skins moisture and delivers nutrients to the skin

· Keeping hydrated causes the skin cells to pump, and can prevent the development of wrinkles.

2. Moisturiser is amazing

I used to be afraid to use too much moisturiser in case it made me breakout. The truth is that as long as you are keeping your skin clean, and you are using the right moisturiser for your skin type, you shouldn’t break out.

I use a heavier moisturiser at night and a lighter gel moisturiser during the day, and as well as applying the moisturiser on my skin, I also apply it to my neck.

Keeping hydrated moisturised your body from the inside out, and moisturiser helps from the outside inwards.

3. Salicylic Acid can be dangerous when not used correctly.

A few years back I didn’t understand the concept of people having different skin types, and I assumed that I should be applying spot fighting treatments all over my face to prevent spots. However, what I didn’t consider was my skin type, and the fact that I didn’t have spots all over my face!

I have combination skin, and the places that I have breakouts are my chin and the sides of my nose. Salicylic acid is used to fight acne by killing bacteria and encouraging exfoliation.

This is where my issue arose.

Salicylic acid can be very irritating to people’s skin, especially when used too frequently or in too high a concentration. My skin is generally very sensitive, and so the salicylic acid, whilst killing some spots, caused my skin to break down and become dry. This then caused my skin to fight back and produce excess oil to battel the dryness, which ultimately resulted in more spots.

My point is that it is vital that you know what your skin type is, and then use products that will work for you. My skin was too sensitive to use that product, but someone with serious acne and oily skin may think it’s a lifesaver!

4. Exfoliation

Previously my routine was to apply makeup, baby wipe it off, and then apply more makeup. One of the many issues with that routine is that I was continually applying makeup onto layers of dead skin, which resulted in cakey and patchy looking makeup.

I use my Clarisonic every day when I am frequently wearing makeup, or every other day when I am not. This removes the dead skin, revealing the supple and soft skin underneath, resulting in a glowing complexion.

Exfoliation also helps to keep your skin clear and prevents breakouts!