Tuesday, 11 February 2014

My Current Skin Care Products for Flawlessly Matte Skin

Hi Beauty Lovers!

If your like me and have combination skin, oil and shine is probably on your mind every second of every day! I have a strange mixture of skin types on my face, but hey I guess that's why it called combination, my T-Zone gets oily, my cheeks are normal and around my eyebrows, of all places, are very dry. Over the years I tried and tested enough products to fill a skip with and never found anything that suited my skin, that was until I invested in some Body Shop products last year and a few bits this year. Some of these products I repurchased and some are new finds that I'm absolutely loving.

If you have normal or dry skin this probably isn't the post for you, but you can have a read and nosey over what I've been dabbing on my face.

Be warned this post is going to be quite lengthy, so put your feet up and grab a drink...

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
This is the newest find of all the products for me, I was in the market for a new makeup remover, which was gentle on my annoyingly sensitive eyes, and I saw this beast of a bottle. It was the only make up remover that wasn't a bi-phase oil based solution or tinted in colour.
The bottle is huge, containing a massive 400ml, I had to rearrange my bathroom cabinet and raise a shelf to fit this in, this wasn't as labour intensive as it sounds, there glass so slot in out like a dream, but still! I do have one issue with the bottles design, usually with other products I've used you would squeeze to get product out, this just pours out so you  end up loosing half the solution if your not careful, this happened to me the first time I used it, I ended up removing makeup from my floor and feet.
I apply a small amount to a cotton pad and when squeezed against my eyelashes it dissolves my mascara in seconds, it doesn't sting my under eyes or make them red or puffy. I think the product name really hits the nail on the head, it's gentle enough to be passed off as water and leaves you feeling like you've just dabbed water around your face, so for those who want moisture and baby soft skin, this might not be the product for you, but as I use it solely for removing makeup it suits me perfectly.
This is one of the cheapest 'cleansing waters' on the market, it cost me £4.99 for 400ml, which I think is a steal. A little goes a long way, so it'll last for several months before you need to restock.

Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser
This is the oldest product in my skin care routine, I've being using this since late last year and absolutely loving it. I've recently repurchased this product as I loved it so much.

This bottle contains 200ml, so an average amount, it has the squeeze top design which I love so much, so all in all great packaging.

I love this cleanser for many reasons, but the biggest reason is because it doesn't require any rinsing..at all! I use a 10p size amount and rub it all over my face using a cotton pad, I then turn the pad over and use the dry side to wipe away any excess. It leaves my skin feeling baby soft without being greasy from excess moisturiser. It can also be used to remove your makeup, but I found it irritated and stung my under eyes as it required a lot of rubbing to get my mascara off.

This is surprisingly cheap for such a great product, £8.00 for 200ml. When I first bought this product there was a 20% off offer and when I repurchased this product last week it was in a Seaweed 'Essential Kit' which I mention in detail further down.

Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner
I bought this product with the seaweed cleanser so another golden oldie product that I cant live without.

I have no issues with the packaging of this product, like the cleanser it has the squeeze top so I don't pour out half the bottle. Like the previous product it contains 200ml, although I seem to go through this quicker than the cleanser.

This toner really strips your skin of any oil that's left on your face, friends that have used this toner previously have complained that their skin felt tight after using it, so it really is just for combination and oily skin. It really just swipes away anything that the previous two products have missed, whether it be excess oil or foundation lingering around your hair line.

The toner costs £8.00 for 200ml, but I got the same offers I mentioned above so its always been in a deal when I've bought it, lucky me!

Nspa Oil-Free Moisture Gel
This was a spur of the moment buy when I was cotton pad restocking in ASDA, it was on 'roll back' so I snapped it up and I've loved it ever since. I use this in the day time, but only when I'm wearing makeup, I have another day time moisturiser for when I'm make up free, I know it's weird but I'm set in my ways.

It comes in a dinky little pump top bottle, you can screw the top off so when your down to your last drops you can whip the top off and scrape out every last bit.

It has a weird consistency, very similar to hand sanitizing gel, I bet I've instantly put you all off now! It absorbs super quick and leaves your skin looking matte but feeling lovely and soft. I like to use this on days when I'll be wearing make up because it claims to act as a perfect base for foundation, I use a primer as well, so I'm doubly primed.

This product usually costs £7.00 for 50ml, but I bought it during a promotional offer so cost me £4.00. I will be repurchasing this hidden gem again, I'm not sure where else stocks this brand as I've only ever noticed it in ASDA.

Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
This is a fairly new addition to my ever growing skin care family. I got it for £2.00 when I repurchased the Body Shop cleanser and toner, as it was in a Seaweed 'Essential Kit' if it hadn't been in the kit I wouldn't have bought it, not because it isn't a good product but because I already had a great day time moisturiser. I tend only to use this on days when I'm not wearing makeup, again I know its weird.

It comes in a small tub, which I'm not a great fan of, I think there unhygienic and I really scrub my hands before I poke my fingers in. However its great for being able to use all the product and your left with a handy storage tub after its all gone.

This moisturiser has the same consistency as the NSPA gel, however it doesn't absorb as well and I find after a few hours my skin is greasy to the touch. I've only being using this product on days when I'm not wearing makeup, but seen as I'm currently on annual leave from work, supposedly time I booked off to work on my dissertation, I've been having a lot of makeup free days so this has been used a lot.

This retails at £10.00 for 50ml. But like I said I got this for £2.00. Although I've given quite a mixed review for this product I will be rebuying it when I run out, because when I'm just pottering around with no makeup on, it does give my skin a much needed break and probably replenishes the necessary oils I strip away on a twice daily basis.

Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment
I bought this product around Christmas time when all the sales were on, and I've never stopped using it.

I love the packaging, it has the pump dispenser so you can squeeze out the tiny amount you need to cover your face, it so small so hardly takes up any room at all.

I have a love hate relationship with this product, I absolutely love what it does to my skin but I seriously cannot stand the smell of it! I don't know if it's just mine or it's all of them but it smell likes a fish mongers, I'm presuming that the authentic seaweed mushed up in there! I can only use a tiny amount of this otherwise I can smell it...yuck! But it really does heavenly things to my skin, I go to bed shine free and wake up shine free.

This retails at £11.00 for 50ml, but yet again I was lucky enough to buy this during a discounted promotion so didn't pay full price for it. I will be repurchasing this once its run dry, even if I do smell fishy over night.

LUSH Ocean Salt Facial Scrub
I got this in a LUSH Christmas gift box, before then I never knew this existed and boy was I missing out.

This is in a tub, which I've already said I'm not a fan of, but its so thick it couldn't come in anything else, and you get to take a few of your old LUSH tubs back and get a freebie, so that's a bonus.

This is the thickest exfoliator I have ever used...EVER! It has huge pieces of rock salt which quite frankly I'm surprised have not made me bleed...yes its that rough. I thought I could taste lemon in it but apparently I'm tasting 'limes steeped in vodka' wahey, what's that saying...its 5pm somewhere! This is way too rough to use on a daily basis so I tend to use it once a week to scrub off the weeks dirt and a few layers of skin.

This is quite expensive for an exfoliator but it is LUSH so you know it's packed full of good ingredients. I have the small tub which has 120g and costs £7.25, the large tub contains 250g and costs £13.25. But as I said previously I got this in a gift set.

So that concludes my current skin care routine which I don't foresee changing any time soon. There is an offer on at Body Shop at the minute where you can get 'Essential Kits' containing varying mixtures of the Seaweed range, it usually works out that you get one item for a few quid or totally free.

Now I've actually sat down and written about how much I paid for everything I realise I did quite well sale shopping and buying when discounts were on, saved myself quite a few penny's.

Like I said at the start apologies for the length, but I wanted to share my skin care routine and still give you my usual verdicts on the three P's...packaging, product and price.

I hope you enjoyed this post and all you combination/oily skin types, go buy one product from this list and you will notice a huge change to your shininess.


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