22 December 2011

~Do you have Oily skin?~

I have always had oily skin type ever since my teenage years and i must admit that it wasn't nice to work with and keeping oil levels under control was just such a struggle. So here im just sharing some tips and products which i have found to be useful that worked for me and hopefully beneficial to all the readers here on my blog:

"What is classified as oily skin type?"
Individuals have overactive sebaceous glands which causes an excess of sebum (oil) to be secreted to give the characteristic shiny look on your skin. You can either be: (1) pure oily skin type which is excess oil on all parts of the face, or (2) combination-oily where you tend to only be oily around your T-zone area (Forehead and nose) and surrounding areas are dry.
Even though oily-skin is seen as a negative attribute with problems with enlarged pores, it does have its positive side where the skin tends to be firmer and less prone to ageing!

"How do i take care of my oily skin?"
Make sure you use wash your face twice daily to remove excess oil which can cause a build up of bacteria. Avoid using any soap-based or alcohol products which can over-dry or irritate the skin. I recommend using a cleanser which is either gel or water based as it doesn't leave that dry feeling after rinsing. 
Also, remember to remove all make-up before sleeping, it can clog up your pores and the oils you produce mixing with the make-up is not a nice thing to imagine!
~ Most important tip of course, is to use a moisturiser to hydrate the skin so your skin doesn't feel that it needs to compensate the deprived skin with producing extra oils, causing you to be even more greasy and shiny looking!

[ Recommended products: ]
- Origins zero oil product range (especially check out the toner and moisturiser)
- Shu Uemura Pure nu: oil in gel cleanser (quite expensive, but i swear by this product)
- Clinique anti-blemish foaming cleanser


*Images from google images*

"Oily Skin and Make-up?"
I think the most important tip for applying make-up which will last on your skin, is to ALWAYS use primer before foundation. I recommend using a primer which is specifically made for mattifying and controlling oil such as products that includes ingredients such as silica.
Mineral products are always very good for the skin as it doesn't clog up your pores and are usually better for the skin since it normally contains more natural ingredients.
Another must have product in your make-up bag are blotting tissues which can remove your excess oils during the day ( I recommend using this only once during the day as it can stimulate the skin to produce extra oil to compensate for the removal) - other options are to use blot powders which are designed to absorb the oils.
Eye make-up should be all waterproof and again, eye primers should be used before any eyeshadows. Glittery or shimmery eyeshadows should be avoided if possible as it may highlight the sheen on your face.

[ Recommended products: ]

- Chanel Mat Lumier foundation
- Elizabeth Arden mineral foundation 
- The body shop blotting tissues

*Images from google images*

Please feel free to ask any questions and i will try my best to answer :)
Thanks for reading

20 December 2011

~Soap&Glory LOVE!!~

I love christmas time!!! ~its when all the offers are on and amazing gift sets are available for purchase which will set you back a lot of money compared to usual. I spotted this bargain today and i HAD to buy it~ It was originally £60 but now its only £25!!! its soooo good :) since most of their products are expensive individually regardless of their 3 for 2 offer which is always on. This case includes everything which covers from your face to your feet :) most of all, i love the handfood after trying out a mini version which i purchased in my recent haul. This is available from Boots which i believe is out of stock online, but i there are many available in store! ~and u receive 100 advantage points aswell :)

There is a cardboard box inside containing the products, but once u take them out, the box can be discarded so you can just use the case for your own cosmetics :)
I love the drawstring bag which could keep all your cosmetics quite discrete so that when u open it, it doesn't all go on show. It also has a zip compartment at the top which is very convenient for carrying more delicate products.

Products include:
Clean On Me: Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel - 500ml
The Righteous Butter: Body Butter - 300ml
Pulp Friction: Body Scrub - 300ml
Face, Soap & Clarity: Fresh Facial Wash - 150ml
25 Off Your Face: Cleansing Wipes
Heel Genius: Foot Cream - 125ml
Hand Food: Hand Cream - 125ml
Mist You Madly: Fragrant Body Spray - 250ml
Sexy Mother Pucker: Lip Plumper In Candy Gloss - 7ml
Calm One, Calm All: Bubble Bath - 500ml.


14 December 2011

~Mini December Haul #2~

Benefit porefessional primer 22ml - £23.50

Soap & Glory 'Sit Tight' Firming Formula 200ml - £14.50

Nails inc.: The Blair Gossip Girl Collection - £20.00

Zero Oil: Pore purifying toner with Saw Palmetto & Mint 150ml : £16.00
A perfect world: Antioxidant cleanser with White Tea 150ml: £17.00

12 December 2011

~Haul #1~

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- Soap & Glory: Hand Food - Mini version (non-greasy hand cream with Shea butter, macadamia oil and  marshmellow) 50ml ~ £2.35
- Simple: Kind to skin hydrating light moisturiser 125ml ~ £3.25
- Origins: Modern Friction (Natures gentle demabrasion) 125ml ~ £30.00
- Chanel: Chance Eau Fraiche 100ml ~ £66.00
- Garnier- Skin naturals: Simply essentials soothing 2 in 1 make up remover even waterproof make-up (For Face and Eyes) 200ml ~ £2.99
- Rimmel: Stronger nails 12ml ~ £4.59
- RimmelNail rescue - Save me 14 day nail hardening treatment 12ml ~ £4.59
- Barry M: Nail paint - Racing Green 10ml ~ £2.99
- Lancome: Hypnose waterproof 6ml ~ £21.00
- Lancome: Hypnose Drama Waterproof 6ml ~ £21.00
- L'oreal Paris: Lash renewal serum 7.5ml ~ £10.99

6 December 2011

~*Festive Christmas Nail Design*~

Heyy, so christmas is just around the corner and it's time to get into the festive spirit buy spicing up your nails with different designs rather than sticking to boring mono-colours~
Here, i've used a half-moon manicure design using the colours red and gold, since i think these two colours look great together and really does give a christmasy feeling!

It looks good with just the two colours, but i decided to add a bit more glam by layering another coat of glitter nail polish which, in a way reminds me of snowflakes that sparkles when it catches the light~ It's really pretty when it does!

(Note: Apologies for the dry cuticles~)

So here are the 3 nail polishes which i have used to create this nail design, although alternative nail polishes can be used instead :)

~ N.Y.C:  105 Lights-Camera-Glitter
~ Rimmel London: 030 Double Decker Red
~ Chanel: 531 Peridot

*And make sure you use a base coat to reduce the staining of you nails :) and use a topcoat to make your nail polish longer lasting*

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