Winter Skincare EssentialsMy Skincare routine doesn’t change that much throughout the year, I find there are a few products that work well on my skin and I tend to stick with them. However, I do have a few Winter Skincare essentials to keep my skin looking it’s best during the colder, winter months.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Body Scrub

When it’s cold and windy outside I often find my skin becomes extra dry and I like to exfoliate to get rid of any dead skin cells and still have a lovely glow to my skin. I love to use Anatomicals The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub. It smells incredible, I love that it has a fine grain so it’s not too harsh on my skin. I find it’s super nourishing and I don’t find my skin feels too tight after using it.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Body Cream

It doesn’t matter how good my scrub is I still love to use a thick body cream in the cold months after I’ve exfoliated. During the colder months I like to moisturise twice a day as I find my skin gets very dry after being outside in the cold, then coming indoors to have a hot bath or having the central heating on. To keep my skin feeling really soft my absolute favourite is The Body Shop Rose Body Butter, I’ve spoken about this many time before but it really does help to keep my skin feeling hydrated and nourished for many hours after I’ve applied it.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Hand Cream

One of my top Winter skincare essentials has to be a hand cream, I have them almost everywhere in the house. I absolutely love the range from The Body Shop. My current favourite is the British Rose Hand Cream, it smells amazing, doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky afterwards, it’s really nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft. I also find this is one of my handbag essentials, these hand creams are small enough to pop in my bag and apply whenever I feel my hands feeling a bit dry during the day.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Face Mask

I love to apply a face mask for a real deep clean and a little extra TLC. I’m using  Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation, it also smells absolutely amazing. My skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing afterwards.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Cleanser

In the winter months I find I need a more hydrating cleanser to take my makeup off and I absolutely adore Boots No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of makeup or just to cleanse my skin at the end of the day.

Kathleen Skincare

Winter Skincare Essentials

Face Oil/Serum

I recently discovered Kathleen Amazing White Illuminating Serum which leaves my skin looking well and truely glowing and feeling super soft throughout the day. Head over to my review if you’d like to read more about that.  Another Winter Beauty essential is The Body Shop  Vitamin E Over Night Serum In Oil, this has the benefits of a serum and oil all in one, it’s lightweight, non greasy and is quickly absorbed into my skin. I instantly look as though I have a wonderful healthy glow and my skin feels really soft and hydrated. It’s also great for massaging into my skin at end of the day for a little bit of me time and to help me unwind before bed. Anything that’s left I will rub into my hands and cuticles to keep them looking their best too.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Intense Face Cream

During the colder months my skin needs a richer moisturiser and my favourite is the The Body Shop Intense Moisture Cream which is a really thick cream and absorbs into my skin beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. Again, 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 long. It’s great for wearing under makeup, I know my skin really appreciates the Vitamin E, it’s just keeps my skin looking and feeling it’s best throughout the day no matter if I’m outside in the cold or indoors snuggled up with the heating on.

Lip Balm

My final Winter skincare essential would have to be a lip balm to keep my lips feeling lovely and soft during the colder months. One I’ve just finished using is the Liz Earle Super Lip Balm, it’s extra nourishing, especially on those cold, windy days. It keeps my lips feeling soft and chap free, plus it also contains Argon Oil and Shea Butter to help prevent any dryness.

What winter skincare essentials do you have?

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Kathleen SkincareLooking after sensitive skin can be a real pain, especially over the winter months when mine can seem extra dry and look incredibly dull. I tend to use a serum and moisturiser, they’re both an extremely important part of my daily skincare routine and work in different ways. Facial serums work deep underneath the skin, while a moisturiser hydrates and softens the surface. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been using the Amazing White Illuminating Serum* from UK skincare brand Kathleen.

Kathleen Skincare

Kathleen’s skincare is cruelty free and made with 100% organic ingredients. There are no hidden nasties, such as Parabens or Sulphates, so I know exactly what I’m putting onto my face. Kathleen have put a lot of research into their skincare and now have six wonderful products which are suitable for all skin types. The Amazing White Illuminating Serum contains over 12 natural ingredients that aim to illuminate and brighten your complexion, providing intense hydration. They include liquorice for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, papaya to even out skin tone and cranberry for it’s antioxidants to help promote your skin’s youthful radiance. It has to be one of the most amazing skincare discoveries I’ve made.

Firstly the packaging looks incredibly luxurious and should definitely be out on display on a bathroom shelf. Secondly, it smells absolutely gorgeous, I just want to breath in the scent every time I use it (quite possibly being taken off to some imaginary spa somewhere).

This serum is a very thick, creamy white consistency and has the feel of a moisturiser. I wasn’t sure how much to use at first and probably went a bit over board. Believe me when I say you only need one pump to cover your whole face. My skin felt soft and smooth on the first occasion I used the serum and I instantly fell in love with it. I thought it would take ages to dry, but it glides effortlessly over my skin and absorbs in quickly. It makes an excellent base for applying my makeup and after nights where I hadn’t slept so well it made my complexion look as though I’d had a full eight hours.

After using the serum for two weeks my skin looks brighter and fresher, it feels much softer and smoother, and it looks and feels firmer. My complexion is more radiant and glowing than ever, the serum has even helped reduce dark circles and puffiness under my eyes.

Kathleen Skincare

Overall, I’ve absolutely loved using the Amazing White Illuminating Serum from Kathleen. It costs £62.40, so it’s on the pricier side, but I only had to apply this instead of using a separate serum, primer and a well known flash balm. I was so impressed with the results I shall be saving up to get my next bottle, but considering you only use the tiniest amount I believe this one will last me quite a while yet. I think it would also make a wonderful gift to recieve or to give a beauty lover for their Birthday or at Christmas too.

Have you tried anything from Kathleen? What did you think to their products? If not, what’s the one beauty item you couldn’t live without?

*This item was kindly sent to me by Kathleen UK, all opinions and photos are my own.

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The Body Shop Oils Of Life

There’s something really special about doing a nightly skincare routine just before I go to bed, it’s not only beneficial to my skin but also helps make me feel relaxed and ready for sleep. I’ve been using various products from The Body Shop for years and until recently I have been using their Vitamin E Night Cream, which is light enough through the warmer months. I was after a deep, hydrating over night cream that doesn’t clog up my pores and came across The Oils Of Life range, I decided to give the Sleeping Cream a try.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Range Sleeping Cream

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream is a deep hydrating over night cream that get’s to work on your face, neck and decollete. It’s packed with 3 precious seed oils and 7 essential oils from around the world, this cream helps to repair and restore your skin  while you sleep.

The 3 Precious Seed oils are:

Rosehip oil – rich is Omega 3 and 6

Black Cumin oil – high in antioxidants

Camellia oil – rich in nutritive oleic acid

The Powerful Blend Of 7 Essential Oils:

Lavender Oil – known for it’s calming properties

Rosemary Leaf Oil – helps to improve the skins tone

Geranium oil – boosts the skin’s radiance

Orange Peel Oil – revitalises the skin

Lavandin oil – stimulates collagen

Majoram Leaf oil for it’s fragrance

Roman Chamomile Oil – for it’s calming properties

When I first got this I thought it was going to be rather oily, instead it’s a light, creamy gel like consistency and the most gorgeous fragrance that almost made me feel like I was in a Spa treatment room. Naturally I did wonder if I’d be able to use this as I have sensitive skin, luckily I had no reaction what so ever. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping cream had quite the opposite effect, the essential oils helped calm down any redness I had after cleansing.

After applying my usual serum I’ve been gently massaging this into my face and neck every evening so the cream could work over night. It absorbs in really quickly, not like some heavier creams that take ages and seem to sit on top on my skin. This one didn’t feel sticky or greasy afterwards and definitely made my complexion look more radiant, I love the soothing feeling it had on my skin.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

The following morning I woke up with super soft, hydrated skin, which also looked plumper. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream had completely got rid of any dry patches and evened out my skin tone, basically anything that makes me look as though I’ve had a full 8 hours sleep will always get my vote.

I’ve been using this cream for a few weeks now, my skin feels more nourished and looks more radiant that it’s done in a while, it will be perfect for the colder months when I need something a bit more intense than my normal night cream. Massaging it into my skin is such a wonderful experience and combined with the gorgeous smell of essential oils that do actually work makes me want to use The Body Shop Oil’s Of Life Sleeping Cream night after night. I’d definitely recommend it, plus it’s suitable for all skin types including oily and combination skin. It’s reasonably priced at £29.00 for an 80ml tub and it will last quite a while as you don’t need to use too much.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

I can’t wait to try out some more of the Oils Of Life Range from The Body Shop. You may also like to read My Skincare Routine where I also talk about thier Vitamin E range.

Have you tried this range before? What’s your favourite night cream?

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konjac sponge

I’d seen konjac facial sponges on the market and was excited to try one, especially the ones from The Konjac Sponge Company. They have a range of different ones for different skin types and have released their Mythical Creatures Collection. They are quite clever little cleansing sponges as you don’t need any other product, the sponge does all the work.

I have to admit, I’ve tried a cleansing sponge from a beauty subscription box a while a ago and wasn’t that impressed with it.  But the one I received from The Konjac Sponge Company was a totally different story.

konjac sponge

These sponges are made from 100% vegetable fibre and not only kind to your skin but also completely biodegradable so they’re kind to the environment too. Each box is fully recyclable and comes with a cute little hook to make it easy to hang up while your sponge is not in use. This is such a brilliant idea as it means your sponge can dry out completely before you next want to cleanse your face. I think the Mythical Unicorn looks adorable hanging in my bathroom, the collection also includes a dragon and a mermaid which are designed for specific skin types. How fab is that?

The sponge is made from the konjac plant root which is packed with loads of benefits to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best. It gives your skin a deep cleanse, removing any dirt and grime, gently exfoliating to give your complexion a wonderful healthy glow. The sponge is even soft enough to use around the delicate eye area yet still be effective and also helps to reduce any puffiness. This konjac sponge is my skins new best friend and I’ve been using it as part of my daily cleansing routine for a few weeks now. I have extremely sensitive skin, so you imagine how pleased I was that the sponge didn’t cause any reaction at all, my skin feels so soft and smooth. A couple of people even commented on how glowing my skin looked and that was after I had started using the konjac sponge!

konjac sponge

It’s such a simple tool to use as it works so well, cleansing and exfoliating all in one, without leaving your skin feeling dry or tight.

How To Use

  • Rinse well before use and make sure the sponge is completely wet.
  • Massage in circular movements across your skin, especially on any problem areas. Although you don’t have to use any extra products I preferred using mine with a small amount of my normal cleanser.
  • Rinse the sponge thoroughly after use and gently squeeze out any excess water.
  • Hang it on the hook to dry out completely and it’s ready for the next time you want to use it.
  • Vegan and Cruelty Free registered

It really is as easy as that and I would definitely recommend these sponges to anyone who doesn’t want to spend too long on their beauty routine. It feels a bit strange at first, almost like you’re holding a blob of jelly in your hand but believe me it works!

These sponges are meant to last up to 3 months but should probably replace it if you notice yours starting to break down before then.

konjac sponge

Why you’ll love these konjac sponges:

  • Super easy to use
  • Affordable at only £10.99
  • 100% konjac and free of any dyes or additives
  • 100% biodegradable and Eco friendly
  • Suitable for everyone, even those with extremely sensitive skin
  • They also have ones available for use on your body

Honestly, what more could you want from a cleansing sponge? If you would like to have a look at the rest of the range from The Konjac Sponge Company, head over to their WebsiteTwitter or Instagram pages.

Have you tried a cleansing sponge? How did you get on using them?

*This product was sent to me in return for a review, but photos and opinions are my own
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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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