Everyday Skincare Routine...

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
- Audrey Hepburn

- Today I am talking skincare.
And when I say that, I don't mean that I will be harping on about a dozen super expensive / PR samples / 'never heard of them anyway' skincare products.
All of the products that I mention in this post are readily available and really easy to pick up at a barginous price.
Which for people like myself who are not trillionaires they are perfect.

 It is however important to recognise that what works for my skin may not work for you and the products could cause you to break out, although with the products I am currently using you can't really go far wrong.
From making up many peoples faces I have seen a variety of different skin types and
I find that a good starting point when creating and finding your perfect skincare routine is to find out what kind of skin you have i.e oily, combination/normal, sensitive or dry skin.
Your skin type is dertimined by many factors for example genes, diet, stress, hydration etc.

1. Oily skin tends to be shiny is prone to blackheads and spots, and has visably large pores.
Most people have oily patches around their nose and on their skin.

2. Combination / normal skin tends to have dry cheeks and an oily T-zone.
(this is my skin type)

3. Sensitive skin has smaller pores, broken capillaries are visable and is easily irritated.

4. Dry skin feels tight especially after cleansing and can be patchy/flaky in areas.

It is a simple philosophy that if your skin is properly cared for, your makeup will apply better and ultmatley look better.

Here is what i've been using lately. I am extremely lucky in the respect that I don't suffer from terrible skin these days, I remember being around 13 and my skin being particularly bad as my hormones changed but now at eighteen  I have the odd break out here and there, my face tends to be quite red and I have large pores around my nose but I think well, (I hope) that my face is nothing too offensive to look at when i'm not wearing makeup.
I try to stick to this routine nightly although when you roll in at 4am from a night out with your head spinning all over the place, if youre anything like me, you'll just reach for the makeup wipe and leave it at that!

Makeup Removal
I use a simple makeup wipe to remove the excess makeup from my face. I don't have a set brand that I religiously purchase and use I am usually using whatever is on offer for whatever brand I see first.
I am currently using the Nivea Visage 'Daily essential' facial wipes which are alcohol free and especially good for dry and sensitive skin. 

Having used the Neutrogena 2in1 wash and mask religiously from being around 16, I decided a while ago that I wanted to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the hype was about regarding the Liz Earle cleanse and polish. 
I absolutley love this product and if you own it also, I am sure you do too.
You can apply this straight over your makeup and it eradicates all the products including waterproof mascara in seconds. I prefer to use it after i've removed a good chunk of my makeup using a facial wipe, it softens the remaning makeup whilst being super gentle towards my skin. Finally I use the muslin cloth to polish off the cream leaving my skin super soft and blemish free. It is honestly the best cleansing product I have ever used and the best thing about it is it's suitability for all skin types. 

Once a week I like to use an exfoliant. I love this Apricot scrub from Beauty Formulas which is available at Bodycare as it exfoliates my skin leaving it super soft and moisturised. It's always good to use an exfoliant to remove the dead skin cells from your face that cause the dryness.


Although some may find toners a waste of time or find them too alcholoic and harsh, I love a toner as it brightens my skin up no end. I have recently being using the L'occitane 'Eau Radieuse' toner which is alcohol free and eradicates impurities within the skin.


Finally I like to give my skin a deep nourish with a moisturiser, after all the products beings lathered on my face and the scrubbing and the polishing I like to put a generous amount of moisturiser on just before I go to sleep ready to wake up and have a lovely soft face ready for a fabulous makeup application!

Spot control!
This product may not be suitable for everybody as it is super, super harsh on the skin, very drying and cause your skin to become quite sore if you don't apply in moderation.
The PanOxyl, Benzoyl peroxide aquagel combats nasty spots in an instant, once it's applied it really gets to work and fast! It is available from Superdrug and comes in 5 stregnths, I have the 2.5% gel and even that is very powerful is be careful when applying this product! When my blemish has dissapeared I have to apply a very generous amount of moisturiser to help revitalise my dry skin from the problem area. Another, less harsh quick fix when it comes to spots that works for me is dabbing a little bit of TCP on the blemish (if you can handle the smell!) and then dotting sudacream over the top before you go to sleep.

And that is it! My current, everyday skincare routine!
Love, Holl
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