My simple skincare routine

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share with you my very simple skin care routine, just the basics. I use these products day and night!

To start with I use the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. So if you follow my blog post you are probably so very sick of hearing this but this smells amazing. It is literally one all time favourite product. It isn’t harsh on your skin. I was worried before I started to use this that using a scrub everyday my skin would end up dry and raw. But it is so gentle for everyday use. It didn’t break me out nor does it dry out my skin. I bought this after having a sample of the GinZing moisturiser which I also loved!

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The next product I use is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I have spoken about this in my blog before but I cannot rave about it enough. It’s sooo cooling and refreshing on the skin and again, please don’t hate me, it smells so good!! Again this doesn’t break me out an doesn’t dry out my skin. This is a good toner as it is suited for all skin types so I definitely recommend.

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The last step of my basic routine is the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. I have used this product since I was about 11. I was looking for an affordable moisturiser for my dry sensitive skin, fortunately I had no spots back then. A much happier time lol. But to this day I still love it and swear by it! A moisturiser I can use everyday that isn’t thick. My make up allies good after using it. It doesn’t make my skin oily nor does it break me out since it doesn’t have any harsh perfumes in it. My skin also used to be so sensitive in my younger days and to this day it has those sensitive moments. Honestly I cannot rave about it enough it is sooo affordable and does an amazing job. Every woman and man should have this moisturiser.

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Well everyone I hope you enjoyed this little blog post and I really hope you are all doing well. Let me know if you have used these products and what you thought of them. And if you have any ideas of what blog post i should do next.

 

Much love,

Robyn xxx

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Beauty & Skincare Haul & Review

 

 

Hey! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas & I wish you all a very late happy new year and hope it brings you happiness and some glow 😉 . So I decided to take a very large break from everything over the holidays as I needed time to myself & to just refresh. But, I’m baaaaack!

While I was away I bought a few beauty and skincare bits and bobs so I thought I would share with you what I got and how I feel about them.

Okay so starting off with skincare this year I really want to invest in some good skincare products and have a much better skincare routine so I purchased the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic £14.50. I have used this toner before so I really wanted to repurchase. As you know I am a sucker for good smelling products and this is one of the most divine smells ever! It feels so refreshing on your face, it doesn’t dry it out or give you that stingy feeling. All round a lovely toner. Slightly pricey but definitely worth the pennies!

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Another skincare product is the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask in Detox £7.99. I seen that these recently came out and there was a deal on in Boots so I decided why not. So the first time I tried it I applied it all over my face which ended making my skin so dry. The next time I used it I used it on my breakout areas such as my forehead and chin which was so much better and didn’t dry out my skin. This product doesn’t sting either unless it’s on dry skin. I wouldn’t recommend for dry skin people but if you have problematic skin or breakouts then this is for you. I use it once or twice a week depending how bad my breakouts are. It minimises redness and calms down the breakout.

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Onto beauty I had had my eye on this product for a while so I was so excited to try. This was the Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in Cool Girl £19. This colour is amazing it’s a pink -brownish nude and I think with a little hint of lilac The staying power is so good! It applies well without any streaks and doesn’t look dried out or cracked. And I LOVE the packaging. I will definitely be purchasing more colours!

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The last beauty product is Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer £10. Yet another product I have had my eye on for quite some time. It has 3 Steps. Step 1 is the pink concealer to conceal any darkness under the eyes. Step 2 is the normal concealer which goes over the pink but I also use it to conceal any spots especially those pesky ones that just won’t be hidden! Then step 3 is a powder to go over the top. It comes in this tiny little tub which is great for your handbag or travelling. The consistency is quite thick so little goes a long way.

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I hope you all liked this post and found my reviews helpful! Let me know what you all thought.

 

Much love, Robyn x x

Setting Sprays

Hiiii, again I haven’t posted in so long but uni is just so busy and any free time I have I’m either sleeping or working 😦 rip. Anyway on to today’s post.

I’d always seen people using setting sprays but never actually bought any of my own. But with working in a hot resteraunt running back and forward, walking in the temperamental weather of Scotland to uni and back, I really needed my make up to last all day. I have to admit the ones I have tried are no mircle wokers but I have seen a huge improvement.

The first one I bought was MAC Prep + Prime Fix which can I just say smells amazing! It is so refreshing so I always end up spraying far too much and fanning my face for ages. I found that my make up did last longer than it would without it but I have a tendency to have a very sweaty nose and cheeks so my foundation did come off a bit. However, usually when I pat it dry all of my foundation comes off but I’ve noticed when using this my foundation doesn’t come off completely. I also found that this spray gives you a lovely glow and seems to bring all your make up together.

I also bought Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray  which I admit doesn’t give as a refreshing feeling as mac prep and prime which I think is because it is oil free. BUT I tested this out at work and after an 8 hour shift of sweat and heat my foundation was still on! even around my nose area. I was so impressed. Also, have you guys read the reviews on this? Some of them are so weird and funny.

Overall. I have my days where I prefer which spray to use. MAC I use when I know I’m doing everyday, light activities and would like a refreshing spray and a nice glow. Where as working or night outs I would prefer to use urban decay so my make up stays put all night. I also bought the travel sizes in both as I wanted to test them before I went and bought the full sized bottles and maybe ended up not liking them. But, I will for sure be purchasing both full sizes.

UD All Nighter Setting Spray £22

MAC Prep + Prime Fix £17.50

I will try to most more but my uni assessments are over the next 3 weeks but after that I am off for the Christmas holidays. Maybe I could do Christmas blog posts because I LOVE Christmas so so much!!  I hope you are all well & if you are also at uni doing assessments good luck & try not to be too stressed.

p.s let me know what setting sprays you guys like using 🙂

 

Much love Robyn x

 

Current favourites

Hi everyone,

So it’s been two months since I last posted. Life has been extremely busy especially since I started my first job in August and university in September, which has brought on an array of emotions – particularly stress.

However, while I’ve been away I have been loving a few make-up and skin care products so I thought today I would share them with you all.

Skincare

Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask

With the stress of university my skin has definitely been suffering with big breakouts. I also find facemasks a way to wind down as I find them very relaxing when I need a time out or when I have a little pamper session. Once a week, sometimes two, I have been using this face mask which I received as a sample from Glossybox. It is a great detoxifying mask. I have noticed my breakouts appear less red and that my skin feels more clean and fresh. However, I wouldn’t recommend for dry skin types. Since I have combination skin: frequent breakouts and very dry cheeks, I usually only apply to my problematic areas which has been my chin and forehead leaving out my cheeks and making sure to add a moisturiser afterwards.

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Beauty

NARS Sheer Glow

Recently I made a trip to Harvey Nichols on the look out for a new high-end foundation. I had heard so many good reviews of sheer glow especially for combination skin.  I struggled to find how to apply it at first. I firstly applied with my fingers which I liked but hated touching my face with my hands. I found that my Real Techniques Sculpting Brush applied and blended the foundation perfectly. For those drier days I would probably apply with a damp beauty blender so it doesn’t stick to my dry patches as most foundations tend to do that. I would also say that a little goes a long way as I use one and a half pumps which gives a medium coverage, however it is buildable and could easily just be a light coverage or heavy coverage. The foundation appears to be quite matte at first however it begins to oxidise quickly while still staying quite matte but still with a bit of a glow to it. Since I like that extra glow, of course, I add a highlighter to the tops of my cheeks, under my brows and on the tip of my nose.

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Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil in Light/Medium

With my summer tan fading as we head into autumn and winter my favourite seasons! My new foundation although matches well makes me look rather pale. This is where bronzer comes in and this one by Too Faced is amazing.   It’s matte and very natural, not orange. A nice neutral tone which gives my ghost like face a light, natural bronze. It is very blendable and buildable so it can get darker from more of a day time look to a night-time look. Even more of a bonus it actually smells like chocolate mmmm.  I’m not one for contouring so I just applying it in a 3 shape on my face; on my cheek bones and up towards my temples.

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Too faced Better than Sex Mascara

Another Two Faced product and probably my favourite products of all recently. Better than Sex Mascara makes your lashes look as cliché as it sounds but as if you’re wearing false lashes. Extra length even without an eye lash curler and fullness with just two coats. I had so many compliments on my eye lashes. The only downfall is that it does get quite flaky and fall down under your eyes but is easily wiped away.

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I hope you have all been well sorry for being away so long and consider buying these products as I can’t recommend them enough.

See you next time,

Much love, Robyn x

 

 

 

Highlighters: so you ‘glow don’t sparkle’

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There are very few things better than catching good lighting on your highlight whether it be walking past a mirror or a shop window. Possibly when someone compliments your glow may fall just above few things better. When highlighters give you that sparkle look as if you’re about to head off to a festival or just came back from an arts and crafts club –  personally it’s just not my cup of tea. My go to look always contains that special glow so here are a my current favourites:

MAC Mineralise Finish in Lightscapade – £24

Collection Speedy Highlighter –  £3.99

So Susan Statement Skin Highlighting Crayon – £15

Top tip: to get that glow popping apply a cream highlight first (Collection Speedy Highlighter) and then apply a powder highlight on top (MAC Lightscpade).

 

See you next time

Much love, Robyn x