TLC

A few years ago, my skin went through a very hormonal phase and it felt the need to punish me like no other. I tried everything and every product, I drank lots of water, tried changing my diet but nothing was helping. I even tried going off alcohol, so I must have been desperate! (A little beauty inspiration from The Lust List.)

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Being friends with beauty bloggers has its benefits and I constantly asked them for advice/help. It took me to test out A LOT of beauty products. Some I tried for longer than the ‘let your skin settle 28 days’ and some I just didn’t have the patience for. I can remember the moment I started to relax more about finding a product that worked and it was at this time I came across two life changing products (for me anyway!).

Morning products

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Nighttime products

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Vichy Idealia Life Serum and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo quickly helped to tame my hormonal skin. It certainly didn’t happen over night but eventually I did see an improvement. After that, I became more confident with my skin and enjoyed choosing which products I liked best as part of my daily skin routine.

I’ll start with my morning skincare products. Before applying any of my products I will wash my face using Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish cream. Using a hot cloth, I will clear my skin of any dirt or make up. (Not that my skin looks dirty of course!) This is by far my favourite cleanser, it has won over 100 awards so it’s an amazing product to use.

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Next, I’ll start the process of applying my products. The rule applies here – always apply your eye cream first. When I was on holiday in Poland just after New Year, I popped my Sephora cherry and invested in some of their skincare favourites. When it comes to my eyes, I have dark circles, and few fine lines. I’m going to be brutally honest in this post, I hate when people pretend that they don’t have any imperfections! Since Krakow, I have been addicted to Sephora’s ‘Super Lisseur Age Defy Eye Cream’. It is incredibly moisturising and slowly but surely it is working well with my skin.

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La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo has had rave reviews from various beauty bloggers. It took me a little while to jump on the bandwagon, eventually I caved and pruchased this magnificent cream. It’s designed at correcting, unclogging and preventing any future breakouts. Now, in no way will it banish imperfections forever, but it puts up a good fight!

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Two Summer’s ago, I was invited to attend a beautiful event in the Merchant Hotel held by the lovely folks at Vichy. It was to celebrate the launch of their latest product at the time, their Idéalia Life Serum. The serum is designed to erase damages, cushion real time damages and protect our skin from future shock. It evens out your skin tone and helps give off a little glow. Now when it comes to products giving off a glow, I had yet to seebthe proof, until I used Vichy. I put this on after my La Roche Posay to help seal everything in.

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I pretty much use all three of these products morning and night. Obviously in the morning I’ll include a moisturiser and at night I use an intensive mask. When it comes to a daytime cream, I use Organic Surge and their ‘Blissful Daily’ product. It feels so light on the skin but provides it with great moisture during entire the year. I’m not really one for switching up my products for each season, the ones I wear seem to work well throughout.

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Now onto my mask, I have become obsessed with Origins, ‘Drink Up Intensive’ overnight mask. It seriously quenches my skins thirst and it smells devine! I can’t recommend this little beauty enough.

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Are there any beauty products or remedies that you lovelies cannot live without?

Happy Friday, rascals! I’m off to Boston tomorrow, I’ll try and blog when I’m away. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram for daily updates State style!

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Latest Beauty Buys

How amazing is this weather?! I am absolutely loving the sunshine. I spent my weekend enjoying a fabulous afternoon tea at Oscar’s Champagne Cafe Bar and relaxing at the beach. ♥

Today’s post is a collection of my latest beauty purchases. I’ve topped up on my favourite skincare brands and purchased some new make up products from MAC. I picked up a magnificent lip pencil in a Magenta shade to match my Flat Out Fabulous lipstick I purchased a few weeks ago. I’ve been hearing all about MAC’s collaboration with mother and daughter duo, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. To be honest I’m not a huge fan, but, I have to say as soon as I set eyes on Sharon’s eyeshadow palette, I fell in love.

I haven’t bought my Vichy Idèalia Life Serum in a while so I thought I’d treat myself. It’s such a beautiful serum, it always works wonders with my skin. (You can read all about the serum here). And finally, my life changing La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [ + ], I could not live without this fabulous product. ♥

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Are there any beauty buys that you would recommend?

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend in the glorious sunshine! Have a great Monday. 😉

Nx

Sunshine Haul

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunshine filled day which meant only one thing for me – shopping! 🙂

Over the last week I have become concerned about the amount of shopping I’ve done. I blame being off work for Easter and therefore having too much access to online shopping. Saying that, I bought something during the week that I’m returning, so I figure technically I haven’t spent anymore. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) 😉

I wasn’t in the mood to walk around the entire town so I stuck to four main stores: House of Fraser, River Island, Boots and Topshop. I knew exactly what I was looking for in each shop so I was in and out like a pro.

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Starting in Boots, I wanted to treat myself to a well known brand that I’ve heard so many amazing reviews about. La Roche Posay is known widely within the beauty community, in particular their Effaclar Duo [+] Anti Mark Corrector. The product states:

“Complete care with reinforced anti-imperfection efficacy, to help correct the appearance of imperfections, even skin texture and unclog pores”.

I’m very excited to start using this product to see if it lives up to its reputation. I’m going to do a proper review of it in a few weeks so I’ll keep you all posted.

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When I was at the House of Fraser SS14 press preview, I was gifted with a gift voucher to use in store. I wanted to treat myself to another skincare buy, so I popped my Origins cherry and purchased their highly recommended, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.

It’s designed to quench your skin’s thirst using nature’s most nourishing nightcaps. Skin awakens your feeling refreshed, replenished and ready to face the day.

Again, I’ll be reviewing this little beauty soon, so stay tuned! ♥

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Every now and again, it’s always nice to branch out and try a new look. For me, it comes in the form of adorable frilly ankle socks. I headed to Topshop as they have thee best sock collection around! It was a difficult choice to pick just three, but, I narrowed it down to these beauties. I’m excited to kick start my sock collection and freshen up my look. (P.s… Topshop have a 3 for £8 offer across their sock range!)

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I spotted this adorable mini satchel in River Island a while back. I’ve been meaning to buy it, but, just never got round to it. I quickly ran into the store and broke into a slight panic when I couldn’t see the bag. Thankfully, this beautiful little gem was hidden away and I got the last in store! How beautiful are the colours and print? I’m so excited to start wearing it this season. It’ll look perfect worn during the sunshine! 🙂

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To finish off my sunny shopping spree, I sipped on a sweet, sweet berry cider. Twas a fab way to end the weekend! ♥

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