Zelens Daily Defence Suncreen

As the weather during my trip to the Big Apple is apparently going to be sunny and warm, I thought I would go on the hunt for a new sunscreen.  In the warmer months I don’t like to rely on the SPF in my moisturiser or makeup…I don’t know why…I guess I’m just not sure if they’re “enough”!

With skin which is prone to oiliness and spots if I use the wrong product, sunscreens are a difficult one for me.  I’ve nailed down the ingredients/products that work well for my skin type so I’m always weary of “undoing” the good work of my serums and moisturisers by lathering on a sunscreen which makes me greasy and spotty!  I’ve previously used suncreens from Bioderma and Skinceuticals both of which have been good for oily skin types but the problem I have with them is that they tend to leave a bit of a white cast on the face and then suddenly my foundation isn’t a good match!  So back on the hunt I go for the “holy grail” suncreen and I came across a new release from Zelens in SpaceNK one day.  I’ve been wearing it for a few days now and it is truly is a lovely sunscreen.  Makeup sits well over it and it has a really pleasant smell to it which is not overpowering.  However, there are two qualities to this product that makes it stand out over the rest…it does NOT leave a white cast on the skin (it sinks in and feels lovely) and my face is not an oil slick by the end of the day.  Amazing!

I would totally recommend this sunscreen.  At £55 it is no doubt very expensive but I think the qualities of the product and its added skincare benefits justifies the price for me.

If you have tried this suncreen, I would love to hear your views!

Sepai Cleanse and Tone Try Me Kit

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The Selfridges Beauty Workshop is a dangerous place!  For a skincare junkie like me, hours could pass by and I wouldn’t even realise.  I like that they have some quirky less mainstream brands and I think it competes very well with the likes of SpaceNK.

A good alcohol free toner has been on the “mission” list for a while now and not very many products have made the cut but a toner from the Sepai skincare range caught my eye.  It feels lovely on the skin and has a very light, pleasant scent.  Now, the drawback is that the product is £60…yes, £60!  I’m not adverse to spending serious money on skincare that works but £60 for a toner?!  Even I had to think twice about that!  However, you can buy this try-me kit for £38 which is slightly easier to stomach.

I’m intrigued by this brand as it is apparently packed with peptides and has no parabens or silicones.  You can apparently customise the moisturisers by injecting them with these mini injection like products to suit your skin.  All very high tech (and I like a bit of high tech in my skincare!).

Anyway…I’ve used the toner for a couple of weeks now and I like it.  Is it a repurchase?  I’m not sure…the £60 price tag is hefty and I’m sceptical about whether I can see any added benefit.  I would definitely like to try the other products in the range though.  Might need another excuse to head back to the Selfridges Beauty Workshop…as if I need an excuse! 🙂

If anyone has any good recommendations for alcohol free toners I would love to hear about them!

Review: Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet Foundation

 

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Well…what can I say about this foundation?!  It is only one of the best foundations I have tried for my skin type and I have tried A LOT of foundations in the past!

My skin type is combination to oily although a good skincare regime has controlled a lot of the oiliness lately.  Although having said that, some foundations do still tend to leave me looking very shiny (and not in a kind of dewy good way) by the end of the day.

For me, foundations need to tick a few boxes…they need to:

1.  last all day (I only ever really apply foundation once in the morning and that’s it even if I am going out after work);

2.  not break me out and keep my skin relatively matte without looking cakey or heavy.

I had heard quite a lot about this foundation by the time it hit the shelves last month and wanted to get my hands on it and it’s the first foundation launch for a while which has caught my eye.  The lady at the counter assured me that it was a “15-hour wear” foundation with a totally matte finish.  I was slightly sceptical but gave it a go anyway.

After having used this for two weeks now this has become my go-to favourite foundation.  The lady was not wrong about the lasting power…if I apply it at 7.30am, it’s still there at 6pm.  It doesn’t slide off, it stays relatively matte by the end of the day AND it covers my pores without looking heavy.  So far, I haven’t broken out from it either.  I am also impressed it has SPF.  I am a total fan!

Word of warning in that it is a scented foundation though so maybe not one for people who are sensitive to fragrances.

This is a beautiful foundation overall with a lovely finish.  Foundations have to work hard for me and this one is definitely worth the price tag and the hype!

Evening Skincare Routine

So here it is…my first blog post!

I love hearing about people’s skincare routines so thought that this might be a good topic for my inaugural post!  So what have I been loving lately and what’s made the cut as holy grail?!

I am an avid fan of Caroline Hirons‘ blog (those of you who have yet to encounter her blog…I advise you to head straight there!) and took on board her advice in relation to having a good skincare routine about a year ago.  I have oily/combination skin, prone to breakouts at certain times and HUGE pores.  Since locking down a skincare routine, I have hauled my skin from oily/combination to…dare I say it…normal!  I am now a total convert to a good skincare regime!

So here are the products that I have been enjoying using:

1.  I start off with the Emma Hardie Moringa Amazing Face Cleansing Balm.  This stuff is amazing!  It is an oil based cleanser that removes make up like no other.  I have used a variety of cleansing balms in the past but always come back to this one.  I use a face cloth to take the balm off…I love this step!

2.  After using the Emma Hardie, I head in for a second cleanse.  Yes, this is the step that apparently cleanses the skin (not just takes the makeup off).  I have a number of “second step cleaners” (yes, seems excessive…but a girl’s gotta have cleansers!).  I am loving the Zelens Luminous Facial Cleanser at the moment.  It’s a beautiful product, has a mild pleasant scent and somehow manages to get those pores really clean so that they appear smaller.

3.  After cleansing, I apply a serum.  I’m currently flitting between two… the new Nude Serum and a Kate Sommerville Total Vitamin Anti-Oxidant Serum (good if you suffer from pigmentation after getting spots).  Both have hyaluronic acid as an ingredient (a wonder product for infusing the skin with moisture).

4.  Eye cream is the next step and I am currently testing the Liz Earle Superskin Lip and Eye Treatment.  I have been pleasantly surprised by this product.  It doesn’t contain any silicones which I have tried to keep away from with eye creams as it tends to make my eyes puffy.  I am pleasantly surprised by this product…I think it will be a re-purchase!

5.  If my skin is feeling particularly dry, I will use an oil.  I find that oils really help to balance my oily skin…it’s a strange thought but it works and I highly recommend it.  My current favourite oils are the Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil (a beautiful product without a strong scent like some other oils on the market) and the Zelens Z-22 Absolute Face Oil (another wonder product that feels amazingly light for what it is).

6.  Then comes moisturiser. I have tried countless different moisturisers in the past but I am currently using the expensive but really amazing Omrovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream at the moment.  It is silicone free; something that I look for in my moisturisers and skincare in general nowadays as I have figured out that silicone breaks me out and makes me quite oily.  The product leaves my skin really plump by the morning and I am never greasy.

So…phew…quite an epic skincare routine…but it has really helped to keep my skin in check recently and has totally confirmed to me that a good skincare routine can do wonders for your skin!

I would love to hear about your skincare routines or about other product recommendations…so please feel free to comment and share your thoughts!  Also, let me know if there are any products that I mentioned that you would like me to produce a more in depth review on!