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My Skin Care Journey – Part 2.

Hi again!

I hope you all enjoyed my part 1 (if you haven’t read it yet click here to catch up). To maintain the after effects of part 1 I thought it’s about time I looked for a good day and night cream that would hopefully help keep my dry skin at bay during this bitter winter. I was previously using a dove moisturiser before putting on my make up which was a good moisturiser but I needed that extra hydration. After perusing online and checking reviews I found Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser and Simple Water Boost Skin Quench Sleeping Cream.

The products claim to double hydration leaving skin to feel nourished and silky for 24hrs. Ingredients such as Pro-Vitamin B5, Glycerin, Bisabolol, Allantoin are allegedly key ingredients to that dewy, radiant skin we all crave. All Simple products are kind to skin and are allegedly perfect for sensitive skin with no artificial perfume, no color or dyes and no unnecessary ingredients or chemicals. The sleeping cream specifically claims to completely transform dull, tired skin and replenish dehydrated skin whilst you sleep. Which are quite big claims to be frank

To begin with I used the Skin Quench night cream, it had been a few days since my mini skincare pamper so my skin had begun to get quite dry and tight again. The first thing I noticed was that the cream turned into a silky gel like consistency as it soaked into my skin. As it’s water based it felt incredibly light on the skin. I thought it would leave an oily residue but it immediately dries matte.

The following morning I woke up to soft refreshed skin as if I had used a skincare mask overnight. My skin looked and felt exactly as how the product claimed it would have. I then followed it up with the Simple moisturiser and applied my make up as usual which I immediately noticed came on a lot smoother. I wasn’t the only one to notice as a few other people noticed the immediate change in my skin texture and wanted to know what I had used. My skin was softer, less inflamed and all of my dry patches had completely vanished.

To conclude I’ve been using both products religiously for over two weeks. I never expected the products to work as good as they have done. I do think it’s the sleeping cream that’s made the most difference, the moisturiser feels like any other moisturiser and alone I don’t think would make much of a difference. Its both products that work amazingly together, in addition they’re inexpensive! The moisturiser was £4.29 and the night cream was £6.99 from Boots. I would definitely recommend both of these products to anyone suffering with dry skin.

I hope you’re enjoying my skincare journey! As usual let me know your thoughts in the comment section below or if you know of any other products that you would like to recommend.

Kind regards,

Hafsah x

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My Skin Care Journey – Part 1.

Skin care is so important!

That line alone is probably the most hypocritical statement to ever come from me. Im the worst when it comes to skincare – I don’t use a cleanser or a toner, I have a full bottle of micellar water from last year that I’ve used maybe twice, I exfoliate maybe once a week (if I remember). I don’t particularly wear heavy make up but I do wear make up nearly every day and I use a make up wipe to lazily take it all off whilst I’m watching snapchats in bed. (I know – im terrible!)

I’ve never struggled with oily skin and I very rarely break out hence why skin care for me has never been a priority but thanks to my monthly Glossybox subscription the shelf under my sink is full of skin care products. So when my skin began to get dry a few weeks ago I had plenty of products to try out.

Now when I say dry skin, I mean very dry. Soo dry that it began to inflame and itch, my make up wouldn’t settle no matter how much I moisturised or primed beforehand. Baking wasn’t an option anymore and I love to set translucent powder under my eyes. 😦

The first skin care product I tried was the Boots Ingredients Cleansing & Purifying Sheet Mask. I’m not sure when I received this but I remember thinking it probably isn’t going to be any good. The packagings quite simple and as it was Boots own brand and only retails at £2.50 I really didn’t expect much from it. Especially when there’s products on the market such as GlamGlow that are the holy grail of skin care and are ten times that price for just 15g.

Albeit I was completely wrong! The sheet mask was drenched with product, in fact I used the sheet mask and what was left in the packet I put on my mums face. I kept the mask on for around 20-30minz like it instructs and then rubbed the product in. No washing needed and for someone who hates faffing around with skin care this was perfect for me. My skin was noticeably dewy and glowy – it looked as if I had tipped my face in liquid highlighter. My skin felt a lot softer and looked radiant, majority of the dry skin patches had started to fade.

For the rest of my body I used Scrub Love Hydrating Coconut Oil Body Scrub. This product retails at around £13 and I’ve seen so many reviews raving about this product. Unfortunately, it didn’t really live up to its expectations. It looks and feels like loose gravel but once you begin to massage it on to your skin it disappears. I personally don’t feel like it exfoliated or hydrated my skin. Maybe I’m used to a product that foams but I didn’t feel like I was clean and used my usual body wash instead.

If there’s anything I am consistent with – it’s lip care. I exfoliate my lips once a week either using The Kiss lip scrub by Lush or The Body Shop lip scrub in Bubblegum. They’re both equally as good and feel amazing afterwards. I then smother my lips in Rose Lollipop Lip Balm by Lush. It’s thicker than usual lip balms and it looks and feels like actual butter. I usually do this at night and wake up to soft lips.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my skin care journey so far. God willing their should be a part 2 next week as I try and review more products.

All the best, Hafsah x

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Dermalogica Clear Start!

I was incredibly pleased to have received a complimentary Clear Start package from Dermalogica last month. Within my Clear Start Package I received a Breakout Clearing Fizz Mask and a Breakout Clearing Booster. To provide an honest review I tested the products out on my younger brother as he struggles with teenage acne. His blemishes runs along the forehead and along the contours of his temples.

We began with a clean base, rinsing his face with clean tepid water. We applied the fizz mask all over the face, concentrating more on the affected areas. Once we applied the mask it immediately started to tingle – he could actually hear the fizz! The mask looks similar to a foam consistency which is quite entertaining to look at lol. After washing the mask off his skin looked revived. The most noticeable difference was how matte his skin looked. The excess oil around his blemishes were gone and his pores had reduced in size.

After the mask we used the Clearing Booster. This is more of a oil consistency and a little bit goes a long way. We applied this directly across the acne area. This reduced the size of the blemishes rapidly. Once the product had settled into the skin the blemishes looked less red and inflamed.

Overall we’re very happy with the products and will continue to use the products daily. I would definitely recommend anyone struggling with acne or a textured skin base to try out the Dermalogica Clear Start range. Dermalogica stack a very large variety of products all combatting different issues, it’s definitely worth checking out, plus all their products are vegan and cruelty free!

If you’ve tried the range, let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Best wishes,

Hafsah

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I’ve found The One ♥️

Lashes are the key to every slaying face and have been for centuries but yet it’s still so difficult to find the right mascara. Luckily I’ve found my godsend! Hallelujah for Benefits They’re Real Mascara!!

I bought this mascara when it first launched in 2011. I remember being slightly disappointed that it wasn’t as amazing as expected. It didn’t really do anything for me. I then fell in love with Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator Endless. For at least 5/6 Years this mascara has always been my go-to mascara. It’s £7.99 in Superdrug’s and that’s without their usual 3 for 2 offers. It lengthens, it thickens but it doesn’t curl – without at least a good few hundred coats.

However bringing it back to 2017, Benefit releases a Gorgeous and Go make up set exclusive to Boots containing; High Beam Highlighter, That Girl Face Primer, Galifornia Blush, Ready Set Go Brow Gel, They’re Real Mascara and the new They’re Real Double The Lip Lipstick and a cute make up bag. It also contained a 500 Boots points voucher if you bought any of the products and a free Benefit makeover. At £29.50 that’s a bargain!

God didn’t just bless me with small oriental eyes, he also blessed me with straightlong lashes. Curling lashes with a curler equates to broken lashes – I’ve always either hoped for the best with my Rimmel Lash Accelerator and crumpled my lashes with coats and coats of mascaras or stuck on a pair falsies. (Blog post soon on my fav lashes btw)

Whilst I only bought the set because I wanted the lipstick and the primer I was amazed at how good the mascara was. With just two coats my lashes were long and curled! I had no flakiness, no clumsiness, and it literally took two coats. I even had my mum ask me which falsies I had on. Now if it can work wonders to my annoyingly straight eyelashes imagine what it could do to naturally curled lashes.

Whilst this mascara has been out a while and I’ve only just jumped on the bandwagon, the hype is real girls. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t like the mascara all them years ago but I absolutely love it now.

Whilst I would recommend the Rimmel Lash Accelerator for a minimal day to day look, I do think Benefits They’re Real needs to be in every girls make up case.

Que the selfies…