Hello world! I hope the week has started off with a bang for you.It’s been so long! Sorry I’ve been away, but school has had me on lock down. This week I’m going to talk about my recent finds. I hope you’ll enjoy the post.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have very oily skin, so I’m always on a look out for anything oil absorbing but gentle. This week I came across the L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base. Now, if you mention the word mattifying to me, I’ll come running. I’ve been using this primer for over two weeks now, and I have to say that I’m not sold at all. It feels very similar to my usual go-to primer, the Smashbox Photo Finish, but not quite as good. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try:I use primers to mattify my skin and minimise pores, leaving a silky smooth finish. This products definitely minimises the appearance of pores but leaves an almost slick feeling on the skin. It gets 10/10 for the look of the skin but 5/10 for the residual feel. The disappointment was shattering. The word “Mattifying” was so big on the tube, I guess I expected miracles.
Still on the subject of mattifying the skin, I also found this Rice Paper by Palladio. It’s an oil absorbing blotting paper and I actually love it. I don’ always like dusting my face with powder when I get oily. I feel like I’m building on to the make-up I’ve already put on and just coating the oil with additional powder. There are some blotting powders that I like, but that’s for another post. Right now I want to sing the praises of this blotting paper. It comes in a number of shades, but I prefer the translucent ones, so that I don’t add colour to my colour. You basically just blot the oil off your face, just like you would with a tissue paper (if you do that sort of thing). It leaves the face beautifully matte, without an added layer of colour.
Next up is the Garnier Pure Active Purifying Cleansing Wipes. These are awesome for removing make-up and oil without leaving the skin taut and dry. These are specifically for oily skin, which means no added oil or greasy residue. I use these wipes every day for removing make-up but also on lazy days, when I’m too lit to wash my face. We all have those hectic nights when the last thing you want to do it wash your face. On these nights I feel better cleaning my face by wiping down than sleeping with full make up. I can’t explain how much I love these wipes. They are always on my shopping list.
I try to exfoliate my body with a sugar scrub at least twice a week and I can feel and see the difference on my skin. So I was very excited to see a lip scrub (yes, yes, yes, I KNOW I can make one using sugar and olive oil, but I’m lazy and would rather buy one). I found a Beauty Treats Sugar Lip Scrub, which feels and smells amazing. It comes in a variety of flavours and I chose my default flavour, strawberry. It has very fine sugar grains in it, which gently remove dead skin and leave your lips smooth and soft. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks and I’m liking it a lot.
Lastly, the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, Skin Therapy Oil for the face. This oil contains Vitamin C and Retinol, among 10 other oils. The vitamin c is for brightening and improving skin texture, while the Cetesomate Complex helps deliver all of the essential vitamins and nutrients directly into the epidermal layer of the skin. The twist here is that I use the oil on my hands at night before bed. I have very dry hands and I’m always looking for solutions to this. This oil absorbs very easily, and by morning my hands are supple and hydrated. I love it for this and would recommend it to anyone who struggles with dry skin.
That’s it from me for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post… Shazz, wishing you love and light.