#TheStruggleIsReal: Winter Skin

Aloha! It’s been a while and as most of you know, I have moved to university. This experience has been time-consuming, stressful and mentally draining – it is the sole reason for my lack of posts.

Since moving here everything has been about reading and essays, meaning that I haven’t had as much time to myself as I would like (apart from the time that I visited home for the weekend and it was lovely) and all this moving around (plus cold weather, plus general stress) has caused my skin to self-destruct – and I mean worse than usual.

This could have been down to moving and hormones, but the weather certainly didn’t help, it caused my skin to get very pimply and dry. I couldn’t let it stay like this as it was really starting to put me down and I had to wear make-up to cover it – something I hate doing.

With this in mind, I started getting testers of various skin products to find the root of my problem. I went to Origins because I am a regular user of the “Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash”, where I picked up testers for the “Zero Oil Cleanser” and “Zero Oil Lotion”.

These products started off by clearing up my spots and after a week the effects had reversed, leaving my skin worse than it was before! The cleanser didn’t feel like it was cleaning my skin enough, but the moisturiser was good – it really was “Zero Oil” and kept my skin matte for most of the day, but in the end it just made my skin really dry.

After these products quite literally blew up in my face, I opted for something familiar and headed to BareMinerals where I decided to retry  the “Purely Nourishing Moisturiser for Combination Skin”. I used this for around 2 weeks, my skin didn’t react to it at all, but I came to the conclusion that this is a summer skincare only option for my skin type. I had already purchased it because it really is a dependable moisturiser, just not for me in the winter.

Once again, I was back to square one and decided to use something I already had for the time being and also start using night cream again. I had some of my trusty Nivea “Night Regenerating Cream” left, so I used that along with The Body Shop “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet”.

I remembered how much I loved the smell of the Vitamin E products, which led me to browse the entire Vitamin E line on the Body Shop website. After looking at countless reviews of various products, I decided that I wanted to try out a new night cream, seeing as night cream is something that’s usually a safe option for my troublesome skin.

I didn’t buy the products online, I kept browsing products for a week or so and went into the store to purchase. While in the store, a girl insisted that the toner would be a good addition to my purchase, along with an overnight treatment oil and I decided to try them out as I was already getting something new anyway and rarely used toners and treatments. In total, I purchased the “Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream”, “Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil” and the “Vitamin E Hydrating Toner”.

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The difference in my skin was noticeable within a week, my skin was hydrated and my spots were reducing. I have finally discovered a skincare line that actually works with my skin, one that doesn’t make it worse and since using these products, I have gone back for more from the Vitamin E line. It turns out that the “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet” wasn’t working as well as I thought it was and it was actually too harsh on my skin, it just took products that didn’t hurt my skin to realise what was doing the damage.

I now own most of The Body Shop Vitamin E range, the “Vitamin E Moisture Cream” replaced the “Aqua Boost Sorbet”, I also got the “Vitamin E Face Mist” to see what all the fuss was about and so far I can see the appeal, it’s very refreshing.

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All-in-all, I’m loving the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop and I think it will be my staple skincare range from now on. It rescued my skin from whatever winter/stress induced hell it was in.

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I will most probably be separately reviewing these products to help others figure out which ones are best for their skin too. If anyone else suffers from sensitive skin that loves to react and break out – I seriously suggest trying out this range.

Until next time,

XOXO,

Hannah.

Beauty: Coming Soon To BareMinerals – Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation

As some of you already know, I went to LA back in March and while I was there (as well as all the exploring) I did some shopping.

I was on a mission for BareMinerals as I am already loyal to their products and knew I could get them cheaper while in the U.S. What I didn’t know was that there would be a few exclusive products that weren’t available in the UK.

I discovered two products that I knew I couldn’t get back home.

One of the products was a miniature version of the BareSkin Perfecting Veil in Light/Medium, this came with a miniature brush and both products came in their own little clear BareEscentuals bag.image

The second product was like a dream come true for me. Anyone that has followed my previous posts will know that I have very difficult and sensitive skin, it reacts to so many products and that’s one of the main reasons that I trust BareMinerals. My skin doesn’t reject BareMinerals because the products are natural, no matter how many products I try, I always end up going back to trusty BareMinerals!

After discovering that this next product existed I was in awe. As a girl with spot-prone skin, when I discovered that there was in fact a BLEMISH REMEDY FOUNDATION, I lost it. After doing a colour test I found that I was (of course) the lightest shade ‘Clearly Porcelain 01’. I went to purchase it, only to find that my shade was out of stock and naturally I tried to get the next shade up, also unavailable. This was just my luck.

The assistant then tried another colour test and discovered that the third shade ‘Clearly Cream 03’ actually fit my skin tone also. I then purchased this product and was over the moon with my new * ~ MaGicAl FoUnDaTiOn ~ * It wasn’t until getting home and doing a little research that I realised I should have purchased way more while I had the chance.

It turns out that the foundation was not only exclusive to the U.S. but it was exclusive to Sephora. Even the U.S. BareMinerals doesn’t stock it!

When I got back home I wanted to try Complexion Rescue as it had just released to UK stores, so I went to my local BareMinerals within Debenhams to get a tester (this was a liquid and I wanted to make sure my skin was ok with the product prior to purchasing). After I got my tester, I showed the woman at the BareMinerals stand the products that I picked up in the U.S.

About a week or two later after trying and loving Complexion Rescue, I went back to buy it. The woman was excited to see me and tell me the just the day before, her manager had shown her that the Blemish Remedy Foundation is a product that will be released to the UK soon! She didn’t know exactly when, but I’m sure after the hype of Complexion Remedy dies down, it will be time to unveil Blemish Remedy to the UK stores.

I’m so glad that I got to try the product before it had even released to the UK, because I know that I love it already. I have the product in the ‘Clearly Cream 03’ shade, but as soon as it is released I will get my true shade of ‘Clearly Porcelain 01’.

I can’t wait for this to hit the UK and would recommend the product to anyone with acne prone skin.

What exactly is it?

It is a loose powder foundation, it comes in a different pot to your usual BareMinerals foundations. The foundation is released through a mesh-type layer, this minimises wasting of the product and keeps you from putting too much on your face.

If you have previously tried the Blemish Remedy powder solution, this foundation is basically an advanced version of that as a foundation. It does what it says in the name, it is an acne clearing foundation!

For anyone else that has already tried Blemish Remedy Foundation – What did you think of it?

I shall discuss my thoughts on Complexion Rescue soon.

XOXO

Hannah.

Beauty: Back to bareMinerals?

As many of you know, I try not to wear make up as much as possible, I just feel so fake and hate the way it feels on my skin.

As you also may know, my skin goes through good and bad stages and when it’s bad, it’s really bad and makes me feel absolutely crap.

When my skin is really bad and I need to go to work or out of the house, I do try to cover up a bit and for this I use the Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum (in 51) — which I love and there is nothing wrong with it, but sometimes I prefer the way bareMinerals felt on my skin. Although the Healthy Mix Serum is light (and smells delicious) it can go oily after a while as it is a liquid, this isn’t really a problem for me as I carry the Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (52) with me for when this happens, but I don’t want to have to keep applying more crap to my face and with bareMinerals it took a lot less effort.

Back when I used to use bareMinerals I didn’t have a problem with it, it was more an issue of using the wrong moisturiser. My skin did not get along with the bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturiser and this not only affected the way my skin felt, but the overall accuracy of the loose powder foundation.

Now that I know which moisturisers work for me, I feel it’s time to give the ol’ BM another go. It was super easy to apply, I didn’t need to use much and it took a lot less time in the mornings. Instead of opting for the Original Foundation (in Fairly Medium) I think i’ll give the Matte one a go as it may be better suited for my Combination and sometimes Oily skin.

I have done my research and this may be it for me, I will still use my Healthy Mix Serum and others that work for me such as the Mac Face and Body.

However, there are a few that I will steer clear of, ones that I probably shouldn’t have splashed out on right away. One that didn’t work for me were Nars Sheer Glow (in Gobi) was way too much for my skin, it was just cakey and suffocating on my delicate façade.

A foundation that I haven’t completely sworn off was the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint, it was a little too oily for my liking but did depend on the state of my skin at the time (probably down the again, the wrong moisturiser).

I also want to give the bareMinerals READY To Go Complexion Perfection Palette, but we will get to that later.

All-in-all, from my experience the only solution for my skin is less stress, less sugar and more water (if only there was a magic spell for removing all stress from one’s life).

I will do an update on my decision when I have returned to bareMinerals and have used the product for at least one month.

Love y’all,

XOXO

Hannah.

Reviewing empties: Bioderma vs. Garnier

As I was going through my stuff and throwing things out I came across an almost empty bottle of the Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water, I decided to bin the very last bit and continue using Bioderma instead and here’s why.

After months of careful consideration and switching from bottle to bottle I have found that Bioderma is the winner, don’t get me wrong Garnier is the closest thing to Bioderma when looking at all the other micellar waters, it is also the cheapest alternative.

If you do not have the money to spend on Bioderma, I would still highly recommend using Garnier’s version, but I did notice a few differences.

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Pros of Garnier;

  • Still removes make-up just as well as Bioderma.
  • When removing lipstick, micellar water doesn’t taste horrible.

Cons of Garnier;

  • Skin doesn’t feel as fresh as it does with Bioderma.
  • Use a little too much and it begins to form face-wash-like bubbles on your face.
  • When removing eye make-up it does sting slightly (this might be why they released an eye make-up remover along with the micellar water).

Pros of Bioderma;

  • Leaves skin feeling clear and fresh.
  • Doesn’t sting when removing eye make-up.
  • Rarely forms bubbles when using a large amount of the product.

Cons of Bioderma; 

  • When removing lipstick or other lip products, the solution tastes rather foul.

I would still happily use Garnier if I didn’t have any Bioderma. Both of these solutions are great and do the job, and they both don’t cause breakouts.

If you want to buy either of these Garnier is available here and Bioderma is available rather cheap here at Escentual.

Now that Bioderma is available from Escentual I will be trying the other versions and have actually already tried the Bioderma Sebium H2O for Combination/Oily skin as I got it when purchasing all my other bottles in Paris back in March.

Hope this post is useful to many of you, I know it’s taken a while, but I needed to be sure of my decision.

Bioderma wins!

Love you all,

XOXO

Hannah.

My holiday facial essentials.

As most of you know I am on holiday, I go home very early tomorrow morning and really don’t want to!

This post is about all of the essential products that I have taken with me or used on this holiday every day.

I don’t know about others, but I am not the kind of person that walks around with a full face of make up on holiday, hell, I don’t even bother at home!

But there are a few essentials that I did need, let’s start with day time shall we.

In the day I like to wear a little mascara, it’s the only make up I would actually bother with on holiday as it isn’t actually on my face, therefore it won’t irritate me.
The mascara I have gone for this time is the Bourjois Paris 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof Mascara. I originally bought this mascara for swimming at my local gym that I just switched to, but it has been perfect for holiday, being waterproof.

Now onto lips, I hate having sore/chapped lips.. I don’t think anyone actually enjoys having them… So I have been using Carmex SPF 15 lip balm in strawberry, it’s great because it smells lovely too!

And of course sun cream, for my face I have been using La Roche Posay Anthelios AC SPF30 for oily to acne-prone skin. This has been the perfect choice for holiday and the bonus is that the sun cream is matte!

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In the evenings we have been out from about 10pm-2am discovering different restaurants and bars to drink at, and I like to dress up a bit, so I have been using the same mascara, a lipstick (either my Topshop one in hazard or my Rimmel Kate Moss one in shade 107). I purchased a Nivea Creme from a shop here when I realised how much I needed moisturiser and have been wearing Bourjois Healthy Balance Matte Finish Powder over my moisturiser, it doesn’t make much of a difference really, but it smells amazing!

I packed Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and a Bourjois Happy Light Concealer, but used neither of them. I also haven’t used my 24hr eye shadow by Bourjois, but I may use it tonight as it is our last night.

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And now for bedtime! After removing everything with my Bioderma and washing my face with my cheap SuperDrug face wash, I slap on some Nivea Regenerating Night Cream (sounds like something the doctor would wear…). This cream is perfect as it’s quite light and stops my skin from drying out in the hot night.

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Well that’s my holiday facial essentials for anyone that actually cared!

I’m out,

XOXO

Hannah.

Holiday soon! Sun, sun, sun!! ♡

Summer is well and truly here and I can’t wait to go on a short break next week, but nobody wants to burn so don’t forget the suncream!

I’ll be going to Boots for mine as it’s half price on selected suncreams and after sun!

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They have some great facial suncreams too.

The other day I got the La Roche Posay Anthelios AC face anti-shine fluid SPF 30 and used it on the day that I did the Muddy Race for Life.

The suncream was brilliant, it protected my skin and didn’t cause any break outs.

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This particular product is a suncream for oily to acne prone skin and is a completely matte suncream.

I will be wearing this product all summer!

If you want it too, just click here.

XOXO

Hannah.

Mini Bourjois Paris Haul!

Me and my friend Emily went to town earlier for some lunch after going to two classes at our local gym.

Just before getting a meal deal in Boots, I popped into Superdrug to have a look around and that’s when I found myself browsing the Bourjois Paris make-up section.

I’ve been meaning to try the Happy Light Concealer and the Java Rice Powder, but I wasn’t sure on wether to buy them yet, that was until I noticed that the products were on 3 for 2 and came with a free gift!

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So I grabbed a 24hr eye shadow in 01 Merveille D’argent (silver) and the free gift which was some Bourjois sunglasses and I made my way to the till.

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There was no need to really think about purchasing the 24hr cream shadow as I already have a few of them and know how good they are, I highly recommend them to anyone.

I’m looking forward to trying these products, especially the Happy Light Concealer which I got in the shade 21 Ivoire. This seems to be a cream based concealer and it may be better for when my skin is a little dry.

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The Java Rice setting powder looked rather glittery when I swatched it on my hand, so I look forward to trying that out and seeing if it is as glittery as it seems. I’m hoping that my skin doesn’t react to it as it has been very good with all the other Bourjois products that I have used, fingers crossed!

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Posts on these products will be released after using them.

Love, love, love…

XOXO

Hannah.

The clear out (1)

The first two products that I once loved, but had to give up were the BareMinerals Prime Time primers in Neutralising and Brightening.

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In the summer I loved these primers and I may go back to them as the weather warms up again, but these primers did not work for me this winter.

The reason for me saying I may go back to them and not that I will is because although BareMinerals is made from mostly natural products, my skin still reacted badly from their products every now and again, so I don’t trust the products fully anymore.

I will be going back to the loose powders in the summer though as I love them, but they too do not work for me in the winter.

The reason these primers didn’t work for me in the winter is because they cancelled out any form of moisturiser I had used and did not go on my dry winter skin smoothly, in fact they accentuated my dry skin and made it impossible to cover over with anything.

However in the summertime these products were great, the Neutralising Prime Time was a yellow based primer created to cancel out redness and that it did, it still did the job in the winter but was impossible to use with dry skin.

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As for the Brightening Prime Time… it was too glittery, too oily, caused pimples and was a useless primer, I will not be using this one ever again.

I have tried the Oil Control Prime Time too and actual found it to be such a weird texture that it make my not-so-oily skin oily.

The only BareMinerals Prime Time that I ever plan on using again is the Neutralising primer, as for the others… they will be going straight in the bin.

What’s to come…

Recently I have been clearing out my room and that includes clearing out all the old products that I don’t use anymore.

For the next few posts I will be sharing all of my old products with you and giving my reasons for why these products are no longer for me.

The first product post will be up later this evening, so keep an eye out!

Until later…

Hannah.

~ XOXO

Boots Skincare Code :)

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Hey guys, there is a money off code for boots.com which is £5 off when you spend £40.

For those of you that are interested, the code is; SKIN540

This code is valid until the 15th, so don’t forget to use it!

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