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My Current Skincare Routine

When I find a skincare product I absolutely love I tend to stick to it and shy away from testing too many other items. I know what works well on my skin, also what keeps it hydrated and glowing. I thought I’d share my current skincare routine and favourite products, there are a lot to get through so I’ll jump straight in.

Cleansers

Boots No7 Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser – Whatever time of year it is I need a hydrating cleanser to take off my makeup. I love this one from No7 and I’ve repurchased it so many times over the years. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of dirt and makeup. I also use this to cleanse my skin in the morning, removing it with the damp muslin cloth helps to gently exfoliate my skin, leaving me feeling fresh faced and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Boots No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water – At the end of the day I like to double cleanse, especially if I’ve been into London or worn a lot of makeup that day. This  one is gentle and doesn’t cause any irritation, I pump some onto a large cotton pad and sweep it all over my face to remove the top layer of makeup. Even doing this makes me feel slightly fresher.

Toner

Pixi Skintreats Retinol Tonic – After cleansing I love to use a toner and this one from Pixi ticks all the boxes. It contains Jasmine Flower which not only has great health benefits for your skin but it smells amazing. The Retinol helps rejuvenate your skin to give a natural glow, antioxidants help reduce fine lines and Peptides firm skin & boost collagen production. It’s the best skin tonic I’ve used in a long time and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Moisturisers

Decleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Day Cream – I find my skin needs a rich moisturiser to stop it drying out. This one from Decleor is a thick cream yet it feels light and fluffy on my skin and massages in beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. It’s super nourishing, helps get rid of any dry patches and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated. My complexion looks wonderful and healthy, and feels comfortable all day.

Lancome Anti Stress Moisturising Night Cream – I’ve always used a night cream before I go to bed and this one from Lancome gives my skin a boost while I sleep. It reduces signs of fatigue and leaves my complexion looking like I’ve had a fabulous nights sleep. It’s incredibly moisturising and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Kathleen Skincare
Kathleen Caviar Enriched Eye Cream

Serums and Eye Cream

In the morning I love to apply Kathleen Skincare Amazing White Illuminating Serum*, I’ve written a full review here if you’d like to know why it’s one of my skincare essentials.

Caudalie Firming Serum – In the Evening I make sure I apply a few drops of this lightweight serum from Caudalie. It’s an aromatic infusion of chamomile flowers, lavender water, petit grain, thyme, sage and fresh mint. The oil-free texture glides beautifully onto the skin and absorbs in quickly. It contains hyaluronic acid which helps make the skin look firmer and more toned. It restores a youthful looking complexion and as a 30+ blogger I noticed the difference right from the moment I started using it. I’ve lost count how many bottles I’ve bought, I literally love it that much.

Kathleen Skincare Caviar Enriched Eye Cream – The best eye cream I’ve found is this one by Kathleen, I apply it both in the morning and evening. It’s incredibly hydrating on the delicate skin around the eyes. and great for reducing dark circles and puffiness. My eyes look brighter and more awake, the skin feels soft and looks smoother. This eye cream contains 23 natural and marine extracts which specifically help to firm and lift, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Summer Skincare Favourites
Summer Skincare Favourites

Weekly Skincare Treats

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil –  I love giving my skin an extra treat a few times a week and I find using a facial oil helps give me a glowy complexion. I’ve been using this one from Decleor and my skin feels extremely soft and genuinely looks as though I’ve been to the beauty salon. This oil also smells incredible and not only are the essential oils beneficial for my skin but they help to relax my mind. Anything that’s left I will massage into my hands and cuticles to give them some extra nourishment too.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – For a real deep clean I love to apply this face mask when I want my skin to be looking it’s best. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. I usually apply it before getting into the bath so it has time to get to work, afterwards my skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing.

Handbag essentials

Lanolips Tinted Lip Balm –  I chose the shade Perfect Nude, not only does it tint your lips in a natural pinky, nude colour but it keeps them feeling incredibly soft and hydrated throughout the day. It contains factor 30 so you’re protecting the delicate skin while out in the sun. I love wearing this alone or as a pirimer before adding my lip colour over the top.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream * – I have a tube of hand cream everywhere in the house and I’ll make sure to carry one in my handbag. I’m currently using this one from Caudalie which came as part of a gift set, it’s the perfect size to carry around with me. The cream doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky, yet it’s extremely nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft.

Summer Skincare Favourites
Summer Skincare Favourites
Summer Skincare Favourites

Body Care

Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub – I like to use a body scrub before I apply a fake tan. This one from No7  is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Another body scrub I absolutely love is Sanctuary’s Hot Sugar Scrub which warms up when you massage into your skin. It’s quite thick when you first scoop it out but it soon melts over the body as you work it in. It’s so gentle yet so effective, especially on the dry areas.

Kathleen Tranquil Fields Body Oil* – This wonderful massage oil contains Lavender Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles. It’s designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. I’ll leave my full review Here if you’d like to find out more.

Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion* – This rich lotion feels so luxurious and smells divine. It contains natural fatty acids which help to keep the skin looking radiant and healthy. My skin feels incredibly soft and moisturised, luckily I bought 3 bottles of this when they were on offer in Boots.

*This post contains products that were originally gifted but I’ve since repurchased from the brand out of my own money.

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Delicious Body Treats From Bilou

Bilou Bodycare

I have a real weakness for anything sweet. Anything from food, beauty and the candles in my home, then I’m usually first in the queue. Makeup palettes that smell of sweet peach and lipsticks with a yummy smell of of chocolate have all made it into my makeup bag. When it comes to body care there are quite a few products that have an almost synthetic fragrance, despite the delicious description.

One brand has got it spot on with their body care range. German Brand, Bilou, is well known for it’s unique fragrances and have recently come over to the UK and is exclusive to Superdrug. You’ll find a much larger selection of products online but they are starting to filter more into their stores. Products include delicious scents such as Coco Cocktail, Pink Melon, Fizzy Berry, Cotton Candy and Tasty Donut, and everything is 100% Vegan.

I was very kindly sent some products from the range to try out for myself and I thought you’d like to know my thoughts on each one.

Bilou Bodycare

Fizzy Berry 2 in 1 Body Spray

The first product is a 2 in 1 body spray it states it’s a deodorant as well as a body spray. I tested this on a day I was just pottering around at home even though it smells absolutely divine, I shall still keep wearing my normal deodorant, just to be safe from body odour. If you are a lover of all things fruity then this is definitely one for you. The scent reminded me of cherry sweets and lasted quite a while on me, the spray felt really gentle on my skin thanks to moisturising ingredients. I think it’s perfect to carry in your bag if you want a quick freshen up during the day.

Cotton Candy Gentle Cream Foam

I couldn’t wait to see how the Gentle Cream Foam performed as I’m use to a thick body lotion. This moisturiser is super lightweight and fluffy which comes in an aerosol bottle, you only need half a pump to produce a good amount of product. to cover your whole body. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it absorbs really quickly, great if your in a hurry and need to fly out the door in the morning. It contains Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil to help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. The fragrance isn’t quite as strong as the body spray which I quite like, it means I can wear my usual perfume during the day without this body foam overpowering it.

Pink Melon Creamy Shower Foam

I wasn’t sure how I’d get on using the shower foam at first, I’ve used them before and some have dried out my skin. This one didn’t in the slightest, my skin felt hydrated afterwards, once again you only need to use half a pump to get your whole body clean. It’s also in an aerosol can and the consistency is light and fluffy, I did feel as though I was showering myself with a bottle of the squirty cream you’d use on your trifle. It has the most incredibly delicious summer fragrance, as though you’re being showered with melons and sweet raspberries. One morning I’d run out of shaving foam and this made an excellent substitute,  it certainly smelt a lot sweeter.

I’ve really enjoyed using this range over the summer and at only £3.99 they are such a great bargain. Bilou really haven’t compromised on the quality, not all body care I’ve tried at this price point is as good. Their products smell amazing and leave my skin feeling soft, oh and can I just mention, how cute the packaging is!

Have you tried any of the range from Bilou? Which one was your favourite fragrance?
*this post contains PR samples
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Kathleen UK Tranquil Fields Body Care Duo

You know that feeling of excitement when one of your favourite brands introduces a new product, well that’s how I felt when I heard Kathleen were launching a body care range.

There are 3 different aromatherapy  body oils and bath oils in the collection: Citrus Cheer, Tranquil Fields and Sensual Rose, so there’s one to cover every mood and promises to enhance your bath or shower routine with a little luxury. Each product is packed with natural ingredients and delicately scented with essential oils that gives even a 5 minute morning shower the feeling of a full on pamper session.

I love using oils, whether it’s for the face, hair or body, they are part of my weekly beauty routine. When it comes to body care, I love to use oils that will soothe and calm my mood as well as give my skin a healthy, radiant look. So I chose Kathleen UK Tranquil Fields Body Care Duo, which main ingredients are Lavender, Frankincense and Vanilla and are known to aid relaxation. I couldn’t wait to start using these to unwind after a stressful day.

Kathleen Body Care

Who knew that a few simple drops could take away all the stresses that had built up during the day. Kathleen Tranquil Fields Bath and Shower Gel* smelt absolutely divine and transformed my bath routine into one of the most calming and relaxing I’ve ever had. I literally lay there and didn’t want to get out. My skin not only felt cleansed but soft and hydrated thanks to the gel’s wonderful mix of essential oils. My body was completely relaxed, ready for a good night’s sleep.

If you’re short on time, the good news is that the gel can also be used in the shower and your body and mind will still benefit from all those wonderful ingredients. Aloe Vera leaves your skin feeling clean and soft, while the fragrance of Vanilla and Lavender will reduce any feelings of anxiety or stress and leaving your bathroom smelling absolutely amazing.

Kathleen Body Care

I’ve only had a few massages in a professional salon, so I love it when I find a product that brings that whole experience into the privacy of my own bedroom. Kathleen Tranquil Fields Massage Oil* contains the same essential oils as the shower gel, giving you a sense of well being.

This oil is designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. It contains Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles.

I’ve been using it in the evening after my bath, but it’s just as wonderful to use after a morning shower as my skin wasn’t left feeling greasy like some oils. It’s great for prepping the skin in-between fake tans, giving you a more even colour. Any residue left on my hands I’ll give those a quick massage too, concentrating on my cuticles to kelp keep those in tip top condition.

Overall, I think this is a wonderful body care range. We all need a little bit of luxury in our beauty routine and these come with the added benefits of calming, de-stressing and relaxing your body and mind. They both help to nourish and hydrate the skin, filling your bathroom with the most amazing fragrance. These body care duos would also make a wonderful gift for any females in your life. I personally love using both products from the Tranquil Fields range so much that I look forward to my evening bath even more than I did before.

The essential oils used in this range:

Lavender

Helps to calm, reduce anxiety and emotional stress, improves sleep and relieves pain.

Frankincense

Promotes relaxation, reduces pain and inflammation, relieves chronic stress and anxiety.

Vanilla

One of the most relaxing essential oils, Vanilla can be used as a sedative, antioxidant and antidepressant.

The Kathleen Body Care range will be available from their website and through effortlessskin.com. Keep an eye out on the Kathleen Twitter feed for any exciting new products and special offers which you won’t want to miss.

You may also be interested in my review of Kathleen Amazing White Illuminating Serum which is a firm favourite of mine, I’m on my second bottle now.

*Products in this post have kindly been sent for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Skincare Products I Use As Part Of My Weekly Beauty Routine

Skincare products I can't live without

My obsession with skincare started when I was in my teens and I began by trying my Grandmothers various lotions or creams as she always had beautiful clear skin. Later I began experimenting for myself to see what skincare suited me best. Like many  young women I read magazines or blogs to see what new wonder product was on the market and felt I had to buy every single item that promised amazing results. At one point I had three different night creams, four different cleansers and a number of other serums, tonics, toners and buffers, all on the go at once and this probably wasn’t doing my skin any good what so ever.

Luckily I’ve never suffered with any major problems, I have dry, sensitive skin with the odd breakout and a few areas of eczema on my body which usually flares up if I’m stressing about something. I also don’t want to pay over the top prices for my skincare products when I know there are some amazing brands out there that do the job just as well.

These are the skincare products that I’ve been using over the past couple of months.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and No7 Gentle Toner

I first fell in love with Liz Earle Cleanse And Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser after buying a mini sample size and I’ve been using it to cleanse my face ever since. It’s a gorgeous rich, creamy consistency, full of natural ingredients and it’s super gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling so soft, yet still very effective at removing all of my make up. It gently exfoliates your skin too, without being too harsh and stripping all the natural oils from your skin.

If I’m wearing heavier makeup then I’ll occasionally use Boots No7 Micellar Water first, just to remove the top layer of dirt and grime. It’s also been a brilliant cleanser to take on holiday with me, it’s quick and easy to use plus I usually only wear tinted moisturiser, mascara and bronzer when I’m away.

I use No7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner after I’ve cleansed or used a face mask to make sure that every scrap of product or makeup has been removed. It’s super gentle and doesn’t sting my skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum and Moisturiser

The Body Shop Vitamin E range has been around for a number of years and one I keep going back to. After I have cleansed or used a face mask I’ll apply the Moisture Serum, followed by the Moisture Day Cream, both are light enough to wear under makeup, leaving my skin feel so soft without being sticky. In the evening I’ll switch to using the  Vitamin E Over Night Serum In Oil, this has the benefits of a serum and oil all in one, it’s lightweight and non greasy. To finish off I’ll use the Moisture Night Cream it’s super rich but absorbs into my skin beautifully. I absolutely love the Vitamin E range, it’s fantastic, it almost feels as though I’m having a mini pamper session every time I complete my skincare routine. My skin feels hydrated and nourished, it looks radiant and healthy, what more could a girl ask for?

It’s important to me to look after the delicate skin around my eyes as I get older. I’ve been using Superdrug B Nourished Eye Cream, it feels incredibly soothing and helps reduce any puffiness and dark circles. It’s a delicate, lightweight cream and makes my eye area feel so soft after gently dabbing on a few drops.

Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

Once a week I love to apply a face mask for a real deep clean and right now I’m using  Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask. It’s been quite hard to find a face mask that’s gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn’t cause any irritation, but this one is absolutely amazing. My skin feels extremely soft and looks positively glowing after I use it. It’s incredibly relaxing to pop on a face mask while soaking in the bath, listening to music and I have to say this one also smells absolutely delicious!

Lush Lip Scrub and The Body Shop Rose Hand Cream

There are a couple of extras I use as part of my skincare routine including Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub as it helps to remove any dry, flaky skin. I mainly use this if I’m wearing a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, as they can be quite drying. I gently apply the scrub using my finger tip and it leaves my lips feeling super soft. It smells incredible and leaves your lips with a gorgeous sweet taste afterwards. Then I apply my favourite lip balm before applying whatever lip colour I’ve chosen that day.

I have to say The Body Shop British Rose Soft Petal Hand Cream  smells divine, before I even mention how wonderful it is! It’s a thick, creamy constancy and it melts into into my skin really quickly. I like to look after my hands just as much as I do my face, this hand cream is super nourishing and leaves my hands feeling so soft. I use it after I’ve washed my hands or whenever they feel a bit dry, I’ve even chucked a tube of it in my handbag so I can apply some when I’m out!

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream and The Body Shop Skin Defence Essence

I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence on my skin before I go out in the sun. It’s a lightweight milk that makes my skin feel so soft, it contains SPF 50 so it will protect my skin against sun damage. It’s seen a lot of use recently and came with me on a few trips away.

I apply The Body Shop’s Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream after my morning shower, it’s super creamy and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. It has a slightly different fragrance compared to the plain rose one, this body cream has less of a sweet smell due to rose mixed with warm spices and amber, so it’s a really comforting fragrance. It’s helped sort out any dry areas, especially my elbows, knees and ankles. Plus it’s a wonderful body cream to apply after having a relaxing bath!

Do you have a regular skincare routine? What products are you really enjoying at the moment?

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