Before Bed Products

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My nightime skincare routine in the past involved washing my face with either a cleanser or a scrub, I had never thought about nor tried using extra products such as oils or serums. During my school years I suffered heavily with acne, my skin was really bad, and I couldn’t help but break the pimples and squeeze my skin until it went numb (literally). Everyone would always tell me “don’t break your pimples, you’ll get scars”, but I just didn’t listen, and now I’m dealing with the consequences! For a long time I thought that the scars would go away in time, and I would just have to be patient and let them fade away but as of recent (from the beginning of this year) I decided to start using one extra product before bed to see if my skin would become smoother and the scars would go away. I must mention that each of these products were either sent to me to try out, in a gift bag or gifted from a friend, so I have been lucky to be able to try these out without having to break the bank, however they have got me hooked so I would definitely re-purchase some of them.

Starting with the oils, Kosmea’s organic rose hip oil and Body Shop’s coconut oil. The first before bed product I tried was the rose hip oil, I was so impressed by it at the beginning, when applying it, it just absorbs into the skin instantly and in the morning my skin felt so much softer. I found myself lathering it on before bed every night, however after a while, when I was getting near to the end of the bottle, I was noticing that it wasn’t as effective as it was when I first started using it. I’m not sure if this was because my skin was getting used to it so the effect wasn’t as great or maybe I was just used to seeing the improvement and was unable to notice anything beyond. I then started using Body Shop’s coconut oil. Again after applying the coconut oil I found that my skin felt softer, however this oil absorbs into the skin a lot slower than the rose hip oil, so I found that if there’s any pet fur on my bed/pillow it would get stuck to my face. After a while it is fine though, it absorbs and in the morning the skin feels softer. I found that these oils are good for making the skin feel soft, but they didn’t really help with removing scars or dark spots. Out of the two, I would choose the rose hip oil to re-purchase.

The cucumber and guava firming eye balm  from the Jojoba company is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness around the eyes. After applying this balm under my eyes I found that I couldn’t really see any difference, however I also applied this to my forehead where I have have fine frown lines, and I actually noticed a difference, nothing too drastic, but I do feel like there was a slight reduction in the fine lines.

The Clinique dark spot corrector is a little sample a friend gave me (Thanks Ava!). I didn’t start using this one till very recently but I’ve found it to be really good, now this is good for reducing dark spots and acne scarring! It has a very light consistency, glides on the easily and absorbs pretty much instantly. If I keep using it, hopefully my scars will disappear.

Last but not least the serums, Jurlique’s Nutri-define Superior Retexturising Serum and Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. These products I have found to be helpful in making the skin feel and look smoother. Again because I used the break my pimples and squeeze my skin, the texture of my skin became quite rough and uneven. I have found that the morning after applying either one of these products, my skin seems so much more smoother. Out of the two I can’t choose which one I would re-purchase just because they both have a very similar effect, if you are looking to buy one I would say just go for the one you find more reasonable in price.

Just on a side-note, I have found that changing the routine helps, because as I mentioned earlier, when I was just using the rose-hip oil, after a while I didn’t really notice a difference, so use one product for a couple of days and then use a different one, and so on.

What’s in my Makeup Bag?

So these are all the beauty products I carry around with me in my handbag. For those of you who know me well, you would know that I do not wear makeup everyday, I only wear makeup if I am going somewhere special. You’re probable thinking, “then why do you carry around makeup?!” Well I often have events to go to in the evening, so if I’m at work or out of the house during day, I keep my makeup with me so I can put it on after. I also have items which are not necessarily makeup but come in handy, such as hair ties.

As you can see in the photo my makeup bag is a small black Revlon pouch, which I received as part of a birthday present. The size is great for me because I don’t have a very big handbag so it fits in really well, and it fits all my stuff which is the main thing.

The makeup items in my pouch include a sample size of Benefit’s porfessional (which everyone knows about and loves), a mini Hello Flawless foundation from Benefit in hazelnut (I love this foundation, you only need the tiniest amount and it gives amazing coverage), another Benefit product; Gimme Brow (another cult favourite), a Rimmel black eyeliner (eyeliner is the only product I where on a daily basis, so this is a must have for me), the Australis neons and neutrals palette (I mentioned this one in a favourites post, it is the most perfect travel palette), a Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in grapefruit (this is great to keep in your handbag because not only is it moisturising but it also has a little bit of colouring in it) and the final makeup item is a Rimmel lip balm from the Rita Ora collection (I love how easy these are to apply!).

The ‘other’ items I have in my makeup pouch include cleansing wipes by Murine (these are special wipe for the eyes, I always get itchy eyes, especially around hay fever time, so these are perfect to have with me at all times), a Revlon role-on perfume called Splendid (this also came with the makeup pouch, it’s a great size to carry around, and because it’s role-on there’s no spillage), the Kosmea hydrating Rose Mist (because I tend to do my makeup at the end of the day, I like to spray this on my face before, it makes my skin feel so much cleaner), two hair ties and a clip (there’s always a day when I will need a hair tie and/or a clip!) and finally two makeup brushes in two different sizes (one for the face and one for the eyes).

So that’s everything I carry around with me, let me know if you have any of the same things, or if you have any suggestions of things I should add to my makeup bag.