Let’s talk skincare, as I have become older I have noticed myself paying more attention to what products I use , I have started paying more attention to ingredients and whether the products I am applying to my skin everyday are actually beneficial to my skin.  Some of us have a bathroom cabinet filled with skin care products that might rival the stock of a drugstore, while there are some of us who are satisfied with just two or three products I am most certainly the type to have way too many yet constantly on the look out for more. However, despite having unique skin concerns due to different skin types (and sometimes health conditions, too), there are must-have skin care products for every woman to help achieve that healthy, glowing complexion. Here’s a quick checklist of what items I believe are a staple and you should consider using, no matter your skin type.

Cleanser

This is the most basic of all skin care products. In the morning, I use a cleanser to remove  impurities and excess oil produced while  sleeping. At night, a cleanser will remove everything that has accumulated on your face during the day: makeup, dirt, sweat, and pollution.

There are various formulas of cleansers, like foaming, gel, micellar, milky, or even oil. Choosing a product is all up to your personal preference, although do check if it’s suited to your skin type. You may follow up with a toner, which helps repair your skin, removes the last traces of makeup, and makes your skin look fresh and smooth right after cleansing.

At the moment I am loving this Nip & Fab face wash to purify and cleanse my skin.

 

 

Exfoliant

Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate twice up to four times a week. Removing dead cells from your face not only unclogs your pores, thus preventing blackheads and breakouts, it also speeds up the renewal of skin cells. What’s more, exfoliating increases blood circulation on your face, giving you a glowing look. I love a good face scrub and lately I have been loving the new loreal range.

 

Daytime Moisturizer

The skin is exposed to a lot of harmful elements during the day, like UV rays, smoke, and dust and dirt. These moisturizers act as a barrier against these elements, apart from providing the skin a dose of hydration. Sometimes, these light, non-greasy moisturizers are also packed with ingredients like vitamin E, tea tree extracts, and caffeine to make the skin firmer and look more energized. Not to mention hydrated skin is a perfect base for your make up.

 

Eye Cream

You need a separate eye cream because regular moisturizers don’t work as well around your eyes. That’s because the skin in this area is thinner and has fewer oil glands, and thus more prone to wrinkles and darkening. Innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Eye Cream is essential to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and keep the skin around your eyes light, smooth and moisturized.

 

Night Cream

Night creams or night moisturizers have thicker formulations and stronger ingredients compared to daytime moisturizers. This is because our skin loses moisture faster while we are asleep; however, the skin is also more permeable during this time, so the moisturizing, anti-aging compounds in your night cream can penetrate the skin better. I love using a thicker and more nourishing cream at night I feel like it really penetrates my skin.

 

Sunscreen

UV rays are the primary culprits of skin aging and uneven or dark skin tones. Other problems caused by the prolonged and unprotected sun exposure include wrinkles, rough skin texture, and a heightened risk for skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen an SPF of 30 or higher will help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Apply the sunscreen after cleansing and 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors to give your skin some time to absorb it. If your sunblock has titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, you can apply it on top of your daytime moisturizer.

 

Serum

Serums give your skin what regular moisturizers can’t: vitamins, anti-oxidants, and other nutrients that penetrate deep into the skin and solve various skin problems. Depending on the ingredients they contain, serums can address various skin concerns like dryness, lack of firmness, wrinkles and dark spots, redness, and acne, among many others. My must have is a Vitamin C serum.

 

There are literally thousands of skin care products in the market today, which makes it quite challenging to decide on what’s really essential. Hopefully, this list will help you narrow down your choices without compromising your skin care regimen. Having a good skincare routine is vital in my opinion it will not only make sure your skin looks glowing and beautiful now but also in the wrong run too.

 

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I am back with yet another tutorial , this time I created a smokey green eye which is something unusual for me as I am more of a neutral /bronzed kinda girl however I am happy with the way it turned out, its not your everyday eye look but for a night out in town this would look gorgeous.

The Anastasia Beverlly Hills is still on my top used products and once again in this tutorial I used this as part of the eye look and for contouring. I used the green gosh eyeshadow palette which I believe is no longer available however any green eyeshadow palette will work with this look.

I wanted to keep the look smokey yet not to dark and therefore I did not use and eyeliner instead I used the Maybelline Push Up Mascara  with a pair of Eyelashes to add a more define yet eye look.

For the face I used the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer I find this product to be very brightening therefore perfect for adding brightens underneath your eyes and brightening any other areas on your face.   Having combination skin I do find I need to set the make up in order for it to stay on all day and I have been using the Loreal Infaliable Powder for a long time now and seem to always go back to this not only super affordable but amazing product.

Of course no bronzed look is complete without a bronzer and the Seventeen Bronzer & Highlighter  do an amazing job at giving me a beautiful glow and highlight.

Once again I kept it nude and simple on the lips with the NYX Lip Liner.  




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Make up/ beauty takes me back on how I got this blog started and as much as I love fashion I want to bring both to my blog as I said in the video, and hence this bronzed / burnt orange look I created in this eye make up tutorial  which I really hope you like.  I have been loving orangey toned eyeshadows , they compliment brown eyes really nicely and give a nice warm look. I created this simple look using only a few colours , it is so simple yet looks like you’ve made an effort. I hope you enjoyed the  tutorial.

The Anastasia Beverlly Hills is a new product to me and so far I have been loving it and how versatile it is, in this tutorial I used this as part of the eye look and for contouring. Following my recent review I have been still loving this  MUA Undress Me Palette  the colours are stunning and so pigmented. The main colour in this tutorial was the gorgeous brunt orange eyeshadow from Inglot  but of course you can use any similar orange shade to re-create this look. As with any eyeshadow tutorial , blending is key , its important to blend in all eyeshadow colours together for a soft transitioned look.

I wanted to keep the look smokey yet not to dark and therefore I did not use and eyeliner instead I used the Maybelline Push Up Mascara  with a pair of Eyelashes to add a more define yet eye look.

For the face I used the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer I find this product to be very brightening therefore perfect for adding brightens underneath your eyes and brightening any other areas on your face.  Contouring has been and still is a big make up trend , personally I love to do a cream contour then set it with a powder, I found that the NYX two sided concealer wand   is a perfect tone for my skin colour but it is also super blend-able. Having combination skin I do find I need to set the make up in order for it to stay on all day and I have been using the Loreal Infaliable Powder for a long time now and seem to always go back to this not only super affordable but amazing product.

Of course no bronzed look is complete without a bronzer and the Seventeen Bronzer & Highlighter  do an amazing job at giving me a beautiful glow and highlight.

If you follow me and my blog you will know , this girl only wears a nude lip , it is very rare for me to have a bright colour on. I am a big lover of lip liners but I do find it ca be tricky to find one with the perfect colour and consistency , the NYX Lip Liners tick both boxes for  me the colours are stunning and the formula is creamy and pigmented.

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I recently tried out the MUA “Undress Me Too” palette, a brand which is super affordable and available in Superdrug’s. The palette comes in a plastic case , the packaging itself is pretty simple and not the nicest however the colours are super pigmented, long lasting and super bendable.

The Undress me Too palette comes with 12 beautiful Nude Shades , a mix from warm toned to cool toned colours with a vast variety of tones. Having said that the palette holds mainly shimmer colours with only three mattes so if you are all about the matte look this is not the palette for you.  Personally I tend to go for matte eye shadows for everyday look but occasionally I do like to switch it up , this palette is no my to go to when doing a night out look. 

The eyeshadows can have a little bit of fall down when applied but for the price tag this palette is at it  is not something to complain about, to overcome this I simply apply my eye make up prior to the rest of my face make up  and this is no longer an issue. 

Bronzed, gold eye make up looks have been my absolute favourite for a while , I used the Undress me Palette to create this gorgeous golden smokey eye look seen on the photos. 

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Affordable yet long lasting polish range ,  yep it ca be tricky to find but I have been introduced to a new nail polish range Annika The Edge Nails which ticks both boxes. The brand supplies not only nail polishes but a wide range of nail and beauty products too. With their high quality yet affordable products I would honestly recommend giving this brand a go whether you’re a proffesional  or simply looking  for an great quality nail polish to use at home. 

 

What stood out to me about these polishes that whilst being affordable at £4.20!! they have a super long lasting finish and do not chip , I would recommend  putting a top coat on top as this would pro-long it  even more but it also gives it  a nice glossy finish.  The polishes have a thicker consistency to your usual polish however apply beautifully and even after one coat the colour , however I would suggest applying two coats. 

They have a great colour range from nudes, reds, pinks to darker shades so theres something for everyone. Personally I tend to go for the lighter new shades, theres something classic about nude subtle nails,  however lately I have been loving the Born Sinner ( red) shade from this range , its a beautiful red and perfect for the Festive season. 

The four shades I was kindly sent are Cafe Au Lait , a stunning warm nude  , Blushing Beauty a very subtle light pink,  Clean Slate which is a beautiful taupe grey and Born Sinner a vibrant red. I have used all of the shades and can honestly say I loved them all. These would make a perfect  Christmas gift for any nail polish lover , be sure to check out their range here. 

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