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Skin Care Routine (Oily Skin)

Hello again, I posted on my Instagram last week about my skincare routine and a lot of followers were really interested in what products I use. So this Sundays post is going to be my daily/ weekly skincare routine, for oily/acne skin type. I have never had great skin since I was about 13, I feel like these products that I am using at the moment are the only products that have give me any results…

Obviously its going to be different for everyone and these products are not guarantee going to work on your skin. However if I help one of you thats a start I guess…

Monday Morning– Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Monday Evening– Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water

Tuesday Morning- Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Tuesday Evening- Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water

Wednesday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)  

Wednesday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply L’oreal Detox mask and leave on for around 15 minutes.

Thursday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Thursday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask (leave on all night).

Friday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Friday Evening –  Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water.

Saturday Morning- Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Saturday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water.

Sunday Morning – Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Sunday Evening- Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply a face mask depending on condition of skin.

As you can see reading through I try to take a break every couple of days from using Tea Tree oil, as too much can strip some of the natural oils in your skin. If I am having a particularly bad skin week then I will increase the amount of detox masks and tea tree products.

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October Favourites

Its November that means its nearly bonfire night, its time for way to many hot chocolates, the christmas films will make their debut on TV and it is nearly time to celebrate Christmas! This year has gone way to quick but after booking New York for next may I am so excited to get into 2018.

Anyway into my October Favourites, now I don’t remember the last monthly favourites I have even posted. Purely because of the fact, I haven’t really been loving anything lately. However last two months I have been trying out/buying all sorts of new and old products and I cannot wait to share with you guys what I have been loving!

Make up

First of all a foundation which is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation, I will hold my hands up I usually shy away from Clinique’s foundation as I never think they will have enough coverage and be too light on my skin. NOT THIS ONE!! I have oily skin with blemishes I rather not be on show and i’ll tell you this foundation hides it all. I do find if I don’t powder it can get a little oily but what foundation doesn’t?

Second make up favourite is the NYX dark circle concealer, now this isn’t really going to hide that huge red spot on your chin, but if you’re anything like me and have bags under your eyes this is a life saver! I love the creamy consistency of the concealer and it lasts forever too!

Skin

I rave about the body shop in any post I know, but their skin care has been the only thing to ever work on my skin. So one of my skincare favourites this month has been The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask, this stuff is AMAZING! You apply it before bed on all your problem areas then night morning there is a noticeable difference in your skin!

Second skin care favourite this month is the Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish, ok I know I am late to the party… This stuff is great, I wouldn’t say it actually does anything to the condition of my skin but it also doesn’t cause any break outs or reactions! This stuff gets every little bit of my  make up off at the end of the day!

MISC

My first random favourite is POPBands London, these have been life savers recently. I sleep with my hair up and they’re the only hair tie that doesn’t leave that huge kink in my hair the next morning, with starting the gym recently too they’re great as I can take my hair out knowing I wont need to style my hair after my work out so I can go straight to work. (Blog Review of POPBand London here)

Next favourite is the Sims 4 since I was about 12 I have been an anti social teenager who played on sims for countless hours of the day! A week ago I bought The Sims 4 after being highly disappointed over sims 3 and I am totally hooked, even my boyfriend is. In my opinion nothing will ever beat The Sims 2, but The Sims 4 is 100% better than The Sims 3!

TV

I have watched WAY too much TV this month and I have no idea where I have even found the time. Instead of writing about each show/film heres a list and where you can watch it!

  • Bridget Jones Baby – SKY or on DVD (Do not understand why she fancy’s Mark Darcy EW!)
  • Eastenders- BBC Iplayer
  • Designated Surviver  – Netflix

There we go so that is all for my October Favourites, I hope you have enjoyed this posts. Let me know what you have been loving in the comments below!

Thanks

Melissa

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Sleep Mask – Review

Hello, I haven’t blogged much lately as I have been so busy with work. I love The Body Shop and especially their Tea Tree range so when they brought out a sleep mask I couldn’t resist!

How do you apply it?

To apply this mask I have been been using a flat foundation brush that I always use for normal face masks. I always make sure I clean the brush before and after use. The Body Shop do an application brush too!

How does it feel?

Like all Tea Tree products I personally find they can tingle if you have open blemishes. The product does do this but not uncomfortably more tingly only lasts a few seconds. Then the mask is a little sticky for about 5/10 minutes until it soaks into your face. Once it’s all soaked up in your skin my face always feels fresh and clean! The actual mask it’s self feels like jelly and you do have to brush it around your face to blend it in as it is a little clumping when you first apply it.

My results

I never ever see much improvement from any skin care I always take a picture before and never see any result however I have with this! I took the “before” selfie on the 24/08/17 and today when I took the “after” selfie is the 29/08/17 so in one week I have seen such a result! I have been using this every night not sure on how often you’re supposed to use it but I have had no trouble using it everyday.

As you can see in the above before and after pictures my blemishes and redness have reduced dramatically in the short period of time!

Do I recommend?

100% if you are someone like me that suffers from oily and spot prone skin then this is definitely a product to consider it retails at £12 and you only need the slightest bit so it will last a while!

Thank you so much for reading hope this blog post helps at least one of my readers out!

Melissa.

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The Body Shop – Vineyard Peach Collection

Hello and happy Sunday, I am writing this in the past and should of been and gone to London by now. I thought with it being Sunday I would do a very chilled out post incase any of you felt like doing some sale shopping on a Sunday evening.

The body shop this summer came out with a range called Vineyard Peach which I was all over like a rash as peach is my favourite scent ever! I have noticed at the moment the body shop have deals on the peach range in store and online so thought it would be the perfect time to share my opinion with you! The collection has all the usual shower gel, body lotion, body butter just like every other scent you can get.

I didn’t get the FULL collection mainly because I do not need it all and it will hurt my bank balance. I did however manage to pick up the following

  • Body Butter
  • Body Lotion
  • Body Spray
  • Shower Gel

First up is my favourite product that the body shop do, there body butters! I haven’t used a good body butter in ages, and have started using this one every time I have a shower and I can honestly say its fantastic! I love fake tan so I apply this to my body before I apply my tan and it goes on so evenly, so theres a top tip for all you tanners out there. I also find it stops your tan from smelling horrible and strong! As for the consistency of the butter it is lovely and thick, so maybe not for you if you have oily skin but I have normal/dry especially on my legs and arms and find this solves all problems!

Next up is the Body Mist/spray, I love this as it means if I want the scent but haven’t got time to apply creams and butters I can quickly spray and I am good to go. As for how long it lasts I would say all day, I can defiantly still smell this on my clothes and skin throughout the whole day. The only thing I don’t like is that it is in a glass bottle and I wish it was in a plastic one so I could pop in in my handbag! Overall though I do really like this product!  Now for the product I have loved the most, I have purchased my second bottle of this shower gel I loved it that much. I find with shower gels you come out the shower and cannot smell it, with this one the smell stays with you for ages which I really like, it makes you feel lovely and fresh once you have used it. the gel is quite thick so you do not need much as it goes a long way. 

Now for the last product that I own from this range, and the one I have not got much of a ‘review’ of. I think because I have been using the butter I haven’t thought about using this. However I have been using it in the mornings on my arms just to give me the peach scent. It leaves my arms feeling very soft. I like how it is not thick as it dries really quickly and feels very light. I will keep using this product and hopefully love it even more!

Well that is it for The Body Shop Vineyard Peach review, overall I have LOVED this range and hope they keep it all year round as it is such a beautiful scent. Defiantly check out the range as it was on sale last time I looked, as well as many other summer scents.

Thank you so much for reading don’t forget to follow my blog!

Melissa

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The Best And Worst Skin Care For Oily Skin!

Hello! At the moment I am so obsessed with skin care and trying to make it look the best it has! This post is in collaboration with Julia I am going to tell you my best and worst for Oily skin and if you go visit Julia’s blog if you suffer with dry skin!

I have suffered with oily/spot prone skin since I was about 12/13, so I have tried out my fair share of face washes, scrubs and masks from drug store and high end products! Obviously everyones skin is different these may or may not work on my skin and might not on yours! So lets get started..

BEST

  • The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash- I have done a full review on this so click here to read more, but this is by far my favourite product for my oily/spot prone skin. I feel as if this products calms my skin helping ease my spots and clean my face! I suffer with hormonal break outs and I use this everyday and it certainly helps reduce the pain/size of the spots. It is only £6 from the body shop, they have a range of products if the face wash is not for you.img_0524
  • L’oreal Charcoal mask- Now I have tried majority of the charcoal masks available in boots, and this one if by far the best! You can see results straight after the first use, I find this mask helps to purify my skin and really helps unclog my pores! Depending on where you buy this from it ranges from £5-£7, I have hardly used any of mine a little goes a long way.18556320_1348311915248396_2227007549030620367_n
  • Benefit Boo Boo Zap- If you suffer from “teenage spots” then this one is for you, you know the big red spots that take up your whole cheek for about a week! I used to swear by this product, it helps reduce the redness and swelling of your blemishes. Its such an easy product to use, you just dab a bit on your finger and apply to the blemish! Its £14 from boots so a little pricer but you only need a little bit so lasts a while.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

 

WORST

  • Sanctuary Spa warming Detox Charcoal Mask- I was so excited to try this product day after I instantly regretted it, I broke out with so many spots after using this mask! I only bought a sample size which was about £2/3. I really don’t recommend using this if you suffer from blemishes! Didn’t do anything to my face and also burnt my face.
  • Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel- I bought this in a trio where I had a toner and face wash too and was so disappointed it just did nothing for my skin. I have always found Clean and Clear to sting my face when using it especially on blemishes! This product didn’t break me out but its supposed to ease your spots and it didn’t do anything to mine.img_0746
  • Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads- People always rave about Clearasil being a good brand. However I think it does nothing for my face like clean and clear it always tends to sting my skin on application, then leaves my skin feeling really oily! These are ok if you want something to freshen your skin up mid day but not as a spot/ oily skin treatment.

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Oily Skin DO’s

  • Try and have no make up days, this really helps your skin, so be confident and have a few no make up days.
  • Take your make up off to work out!
  • Don’t avoid moisturising, your skin will become dry with too many spot products.

Oily Skin DONTs

  • Avoid the tooth paste myth, some believe it helps whereas it really doesn’t all it does is irritate your skin and causes peeling
  • Wash your face with water instead of using face wipes as more pure!
  • Don’t overload on products, don’t be using 10 spot products on your skin at once as the more products the more chemicals are on your face!

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That is all for my Best and Worst products for Oily Skin, If you suffer from dry skin the jump over to Julia’s blog to view her post! Let me know what you love skincare wise!

Thanks for reading.

Melissa

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The Body Shop Haul

Now I hope this is going to be my last haul until after my holidays now 🙈. As I need to stop spending money on everything and anything! Recently I have been obsessed with skincare, I have been using a product from The Body Shop for my spots and loved it (read about it here) so I decided to experiment with some more of there products. 

I have oily skin which is very dull and tired,  I also find too many anti oil products make it dry! I know I can’t win, so at the moment I am experimenting new products. 

So I’ll get started on what I have recently bought from the body shop. Bought all of this online except 2! 


First thing I picked up was the Seaweed oil balancing Toner. I haven’t used a toner since I was about 15 and used to use it religiously, found a lot of toners on the high street very harsh on my skin. However this one leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh and doesn’t sting or tingle when your apply it! I do think it has helped to balance the oil out in my skin, if you’re looking for a gentle toner then this is one for you! I just apply a little bit on a cotton pad and apply to my face gently! 


Every summer I forget how important Vitamin C is for my skin! I always end up burning my face or getting dry patches on my skin so I thought this might help! I’ve only used this once so far and so far so good I couldn’t believe how AMAZING this smelt if you do not like the smell of oranges then maybe avoid this one but I think it smells amazing. As for the product it’s self, I really like it it’s very silking on the skin! Leaves your skin feeling hydrated and healthy, definitely pop into your local store to test this one out!! 


Again with the vitamin C. As stated above my skin is quite dull, especially when I wear no make up which makes me feel very insecure about my bare face. Only used this once so haven’t got a lot to say about it apart from it did make my skin look and feel a little less dull! 


I am someone who loves a good face mask so couldn’t not pick up some of their face masks to try! 

Vitamin E sleeping mask- I have never tried a sleeping mask before I know a lot of high end skin care brands sell them and they intrigue me! If moisturising before bed is good then a mask must be even better! I tried this out last night for the first time and I am so impressed. It is quite thick on your face at first and sticky (so try not to touch your face!), however I woke up this morning and my skin didn’t look as tired and dull and it usually does at 7am! 

Seaweed Clay Mask- I am so excited to try this after how nice the seaweed toner felt on my face! I love a good clay mask and they tend to really help my skin, if any of you have tried this then let me know! 


The last thing I bought was their mango shower gel, I have been using the body shop shower gel for years!! I know I love this scent too so just bought it to take on holiday with me!

There we go so that is all I bought from the body shop! Let me know your favourite body shop products. Thank you for reading. 

Melissa 

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The Body Shop: Tea Tree Facial wash.

Happy Saturday! Sorry if you haven’t got oily/combo skin and the last two posts have been for spot prone skin (ops). Anyway this review is on a product I have fallen in love with, I have been using this now for nearly two weeks once in the morning and once at night and can honestly say I have noticed a difference in my skin!

I don’t think I will ever be spot free, but this facial wash has really helped to clean the spots I have. Every month during the lead up to my period I have a HUGE under the skin spot on my chin and nothing clears it up. Last night I could feel it starting so applied this and it has reduced in size without a doubt!

The Product

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How To Use

There is no “instructions” on how to use this facial wash so the way I have been using it is the following. Washing my face with warm water to get rid of any dirt, then applying a small amount in my hand and gently massaging into my face. The wash does laver up so you know where it has been and where you’ve missed. Then I just simply wash it off my face with warm water!

How Does My Face Feel?

GREAT! After using this for 2 weeks now my face still feels cleaner 4 hours after using it.

A great example is I went on a night out and usually my skin the next day feels oily dry you name it my skin feels it, so I used this in the morning and couldn’t believe how FRESH my face felt!

Even after one wash you can feel the freshness in you skin.

Only thing I will say is I have been using this twice a day and notice my face getting a little dry so I’m only using once at night now! 

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So thats it all in all I totally recommend this wash if you have oily skin! I have tried all the face washes and non of them seem to work for me.

Thank you for reading this post, I recently had a little splurge on skin care let me know if you want a haul!

Melissa

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