My Spring Skincare Routine!

Well, despite the occasion drop (flood) of rain, we’re well and truly out of winter, and it’s time to switch up my skincare routine a bit! My skin tends to be better the warmer the weather gets, plus I’ve discovered some fantastic new products that have made their way into the regular crowd on the bathroom shelf…

In the morning, I tend to favour slightly lighter products, while I keep a heftier moisturisation up in the evening, but still lighten things up a little. Continue reading

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Review: Boots Botanics All Bright Skincare Range

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I really rate the Boots Botanics range of skincare, and the All Bright range is my personal favourite for my skin. I’ve previously reviewed the cleanser, but I’ve been slowly accumulating the rest of the range, and have been enjoying it! I thought it would be nice to showcase several products in one review, and show you how it all fits together. I now have the Gentle Cleansing Cream, the Cleansing Toner, the Purifying Face Scrub, the Cleansing Foam Wash, and the Hydrating Day Cream. All the products are under £5, and can be found on the Boots website here.

The whole range is formulated with plant extracts which are supposed to provide brighter skin. It has no parabens, is ‘people-tested’, and the packaging is made with at least 25% recycled material. The packaging itself is basic, but neat-looking – white plastic with a striking pink and green hibiscus flower on. Overall, the range gives off a simple and clean vibe, perfect for the budget skincare market.

Let’s take these in the order I’d normally use them! Continue reading

My Winter Skincare Routine

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Wow, it’s cold at the moment! Definitely a multiple-pairs-of-socks time of year… And since there’s no way to wear multiple pairs of socks on your face (well, not while maintaining a normal social life), it’s also the time of year that I beef up my skincare routine a little bit to make sure my skin is protected from the cold. Continue reading

The Starting Off Project: Week 1, Skincare!

Over the next 10 weeks, I’m going to be taking part in a really awesome blog series, The Starting Off/SO Project, run by Stephanie over at Steph’s Inside Voice.

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The aim of this project is to give advice to people who are new to the world of make-up and beauty. I’m one of 120 bloggers who’ll be taking part, and Stephanie’s made a fantastic schedule of topics, so expect a new post at 6pm each Tuesday. On her blog, there’s a veerrrrrry long list of people taking part, so you should definitely check out their posts too!

This week’s theme is Skincarewhich is perfect for a first post, given that looking after your skin is the first building block of beauty.  Continue reading

How The Other Half Lives

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Or indeed, how I live, when I’m with the other half!

I travel up to Oxford to stay with Boyfriend most weekends in the holidays, and I can be so bad at packing sometimes that I’d forget all my beauty essentials if I didn’t already have them there. So I keep a little set of products (and obviously, a hairbrush and contact lenses and all that) at his house to make my life a little easier.

By now, you should all know how much I adore Lush’s Eau Roma toner, left (not yet? See my review here!). I don’t actually have any cleanser at Boyfriend’s, and to be honest, I’m often too tired to bother with the full cleansing business in the evenings when I’m visiting in Oxford – there’s too much to do! I just spritz with this, and then moisturise.

I follow that up with Nivea Pure and Natural night cream, on the right,  which is a relatively light cream with a floral smell. It suits my skin really well, and makes sure those late nights don’t show up in the morning! In the daytime, I’ve been enjoying using the green Garnier Moisture Match day cream, in the middle – it has a really gorgeous fresh scent, feels lovely on my skin, and has a matte effect, which is great for mornings when you’re short on time, as it makes a great base for make up.

I couldn’t go a whole weekend without some form of moisturising, and I adore this REN Moroccan Rose Otto body cream, second left. I got this tiny sample in a magazine a little while ago, and fell in love with it – it has a gorgeous musky rose scent that I find really relaxing and luxurious. I wish I could afford a full-size tube of this!

Speaking of samples, that teeny tiny bottle (second right) holds the most gorgeous shower gel, Feel Good Formulas Bergamot and Ginger which I liberated from a hotel about a year ago. The scent, as well as being divine, reminds me of the brilliant trip when I picked it up, so I’m reluctant to finish it off, but you can see there’s really not much left…

Obviously I bring make up with me, but I tend to change that up each week depending on how I feel. This week I’ve got my staple Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, Naked palette and No7 mascara, and I’ve chosen Bourjois Rose Ambre blush and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush, as well as Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter, to mix things up.

Do you keep a spare set of beauty bits somewhere, like a partner’s house or at work? I’d love to see what makes the cut for you!

Asha x

 

 

Review: Lush Eau Roma Toner Water and Multi-tasker Extraordinaire!

Eau Roma Toner – a marvellous multi-tasker that has seen me through cold winter Oxford and hot sunny Malta alike! This is one of the unsung heroes of my make-up bag. I’ve always put off reviewing it because “nobody loves toner, surely?”, but I really really do.

Eau Roma is a lavender and rose water toner from Lush, so you know it’s only going to be good for you. A disclaimer – I expect you can do much the same multi-tasking with any spray floral water, but I like the simplicity of having both the lavender and rose in one, and the handy bottle.

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  1. Of course, as a good old facial toner. Spritz on a cotton pad, or directly on your face, after cleansing, to remove all traces of cleanser and tighten your skin.
  2. As a make up remover when you make mistakes. Dip a cotton bud into the liquid, and use to remove that smudge of mascara under your eyes, or that spot where you missed your lips with the lipstick.
  3. To set your make-up (in some circumstances). This doesn’t work particularly well if you prefer a matte look, but will help to hold a dewier base in place on your face (how ace!).
  4. When you’re hot, cool down by using this as a facial spritz. This made me very happy in Malta.
  5. If you can’t sleep, spraying a bit of this on your pillow might help (it helps me!) because of the lavender.
  6. Spray into your hair to defrizz and detangle, or even to dampen to help with a hairstyle.

Gentle and gorgeous-smelling, Eau Roma is a must-have for me, although at £7.25 for 250ml, it’s quite pricey. As much as I love this, I’m tempted to try to find a cheaper alternative, but for now, the goodness of Lush will have to do… Do you bother with toner? What’s your Holy Grail toner?

Asha x