My new skin care routine

I have recently started to try and integrate a decent skincare routine in to my daily life. For this, I am setting aside time in the day (and evening) to make sure I properly cleanse and moisturise my face. In the past I have been guilty of washing my face in the shower and only moisturising if my skin looked dry.

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As I am beginning to show signs of age around my eyes, I chose the Emma Hardie Age Support eye cream. I love the light, fresh scent and how very little goes such a long way. I would say this is towards the higher end in terms of price but as you need a small amount, it will last a long time before you need to repurchase. It can be applied day and night which I do, however, when I have a bit more money, I might look in to purchasing an intensive night time eye cream as well. If you have any recommendations then please let me know!

I am also using the BareMinerals Skinlongevity serum. I got this for Christmas in a gift set and it leaves my skin feeling silky soft. I use two pumps day and night before moisturising. This is also fairly expensive and something I probably would never of had the chance to try if I hadn’t received it as a gift, however I do see the benefit of using a serum now and will probably continue set aside a budget for serums going forward.

The difference in my morning and night skincare routine lies in the cleansers and moisturisers. In the day I use Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cleanser and in the evening I use Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. There are two reasons for this, firstly, I feel that I need a good exfoliating wash at the end of the day to get rid of all the makeup but additionally, I use the steam from the hot cloth to clear my eye ducts (as recommended by my optician). Both these cleansers smell amazing, especially the Liz Earle which is sweet orange and mint.

Finally, I moisturise with Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin in the morning and Clarins Multi-Active Night. The latter is very close to empty so I will be on the hunt for a new one. I am trying to make the move in 2017 to brands that are cruelty free so if you have any recommendations there too, I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to share your opinions on the products in my new skincare routine. Have you used any of these eye creams or cleansers and would you recommend them? Bx

 

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Estee Lauder Foundation – First Impressions

Last year (OK it was only November but it was still last year!), I purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation as I have read lots of reviews about it and wanted to see if it was worth the hype.

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I was using the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation however, as much as I like my complexion when I wear it, I just don’t think it has the staying power or coverage that I need. So I thought I would try the Double Wear foundation as I heard it is great to meet these two needs.

When I applied it, even with a good moisturiser, my skin did look slightly patchy up close. It is fine from a normal distance, e.g. friend width apart! but probably not as attractive for ‘friends with benefits’ closeness. Oddly enough, the finish did improve with a translucent powder on top. I used the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish natural powder in shade medium.

On camera, I think the finish looks quite natural but it could do with a slight dew or glow as it is a tad too matte. I will continue to use it until it is finished and might try a different powder with a subtle shimmer to give a warmer appearance in the meantime, but I think I will definitely shop around when the bottle is empty.

One pro of this foundation is that it has staying power. It lasts all day and can be tough to remove without a decent cleansing routine. I have to start with a face wipe before using my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

One con of the Double Wear is the packaging. The bottle doesn’t have a pump or pipette which would be useful when applying in a rush or in an early morning blur. I am always slightly paranoid that I will spill it everywhere and I have to make sure that my kids don’t get hold of it as I imagine it will stain our carpets and soft furnishings if they do.

Overall, I would say that my first impressions of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation would be great for coverage and longevity but a bit matte in appearance. Have you tried Double Wear? What are your thoughts on the foundation? Bx