Almost everything has changed in my skincare routine since I last did an update at the beginning of 2014. I like to chop & change because I haven’t found any holy grails yet. That’s not to say they were no good just that I’m a floozy when it comes to my skin. It’s a pretty simple routine & I’m hoping to add in a serum when I can afford too.
There seems to be a lot this month but that’s due to a few almost empties from May. I seem to be having a bit of a fail day at work, everything that could go wrong seemed too. Luckily for me nothings broken and programs can be fixed and tools reset. If only the brain could be turned off, restarted and the alarms go away that easily. Now that I have chance to breathe and collect my thoughts let’s get down to the empties.
Finished Em – Meh! Sums It Up
Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution 200 ml £4.99
It’s not so much indicative of this Micellar solution so much as having gone off all of them. Great for fixing make up mishaps but otherwise I just don’t trust them to truly get my skin clean. This one I’ve had a while, maybe that’s why it seems to react with my eyes, it didn’t when I first bought it. I just feel like I know I still have makeup and ickyness left on my skin. I want to be lazy but only if it still does the job. In the bin it finally goes, give me an oil cleanser any day.
Loreal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Conditioner 400 ml £3.99
I guess it helps when you buy a conditioner to properly read what it says on the bottle. I saw fragile hair but I think it means thin or limp hair. Not really meant for me then, bought when I ran out and couldn’t get to a better shop. It smells nice and didn’t leave residue which I find happens all too often so that’s a positive.
N07 Completly Quenched Moisturising Body Lotion 200 ml £10.50
This smells very much like every N07 product which isn’t a bad thing. This is moisturing and nice but too thick and takes too much effort to get it to soak in. I basically used this up as an after shower body lotion. Didn’t keep my skin hydrated for long enough, I do have very dry skin.
It’s A Mans World
From the mouth of the man of the house!
The Body Shop Kistna Hair & Body Wash 200 ml £6
Great as shampoo but if left on too long almost feels sticky. Not as great as the other Body Shop one named Arber but prefer if when I’m cleaning my beard. It doesn’t dry the hair out so it still feels clean but soft.
Botanics Men’s Face Scrub 120 ml £3.99
This is a complete bargain, this was much nicer that the King Of Shaves one I had that was too abrasive. This feels like it helped with my skin as well as my skin beneath my beard. It’s meant to soften stubble but didn’t do this as much as I’d liked. I have found a different one I like more though.
Empty To The Last Drop
Ren Clear Calm 3 150 ml £18
This is for me what a luxury cleanser should feel like. This was a splurge for me when I go it and I enjoyed using it every time. This made mornings that little bit more bearable. There are very few clay based cleansers and this was just lovely I hold other cleansers up to this one. In the future I may repurchase but for me it’s a lot to spend on a cleanser.
Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist 200 ml £5.99
This is one of many travel bottles of this stuff I’ve bought and I’ll likely buy another if only for travel. I love the scent and it does keep my hair soft while using Ghd’s. I’d use this if I’m straightening after I’ve left my hair to naturally dry. I’ve found a good one from BlowPro to blow dry my hair with instead though. Have been using this for donkeys years.
BlowPro Damage Control Conditioning Mask £235 ml £9.99
I am in love with this hair mask. It’s not cheap and I probably used it too much to begin with as it’s a protein mask which builds the strength of the hair up. I could have made this a once a week treat and when I get chance to repurchase it I intend too. My hair is over dyed, dried, thick and a pain. This made it manageable where I could get a brush through it easily without bit knots the day after if I left it to dry. Smells similar to the Toni & Guy Nourish hair mask but works better for me.
The Body Shop Cranberry Body Polish 200 ml £10
I know you can’t get this anymore but it’s available in strawberry still. I prefer the strawberry but this was a nice Christmas edition. I seemed to forget about it not just this but all scrubs. Kinda went off them for a while, maybe laziness I’m not sure. These with the seeds in I do like to get a proper scrub going. I have psoriasis so this is great for those extra dry areas you want to itch but don’t want to do damage to. Great for before shaving but does leave the seeds in the bottom of the bath tub.
Botanics – The Power Of Plants
There won’t be many mens products that make it on to here unless I get repeated told about them every time it gets used. The funny thing is I must have told him to try this Botanics face scrub at least for 2 or 3 months now before he miraculously picked it up himself and claimed he’s found it. I’m used to him phasing out when skin care get’s mensions the same way I do when I hear the words “cod”, “titanfall” and “gears”.
I think certain men are born knowing that face wash is nescessary and other need a little bit of a nudge. The Botanics was definetly a nudge, it was me knowing that under all that beard was skin lurking there needing more than just face wash. He does have a few scrubs but they only get used for skin that’s on view. When I asked him why he said that the other ones made his beard itch or even made it feel coarse and scratchy.
From what I have been told from the bearded man this really does help to clear out and keep the oil away. His beard is quite dense but is only about half inch long. The botanics stays very creamy as you work it around your face but gets down to the skin. The walnut shell helps to scrub not just the skin but the beard hair as well. I’ve noticed when he does shave it close he seems to get spots less often. Over 2 or 3 weeks of use he says his beard feels softer and when he does wash ti back out you don’t end up with any residue or scrub bits left in there.
From Right To Left
Lush Tea Tree Water 100g £3.95- This was a but of a meh kinda product for me. It did it’s job as toner fine but there wasn’t any wow factor where I could see any difference to my skin while using it. It did help get rid of any missed bits of make up or dirt but I think I wanted more from it. Lasted around 4-5 weeks. Already prefer The Body Shop Tea Tree toner but not had it long enough to know by how much.
Botanics Cleansing Toner All Bright 250 ml £3.99 (or 2 for £6 on All Bright range) – This I had a little left over from before I started using the Lush Let The Good Times Roll with the Tea Tree toner I just mentioned above. I used this for a week extra to finish it up before I picked a new one This is an inexpensive product but I could tell in a morning that I had used it. It really does brighten the face and it was the pick me up that woke my face up before my morning coffee. I would gladly use this again in the future and it’s almost always on offer in boots.Lasted while in use about 3 months so very good value.
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo 400 ml £4.99- Epic coconut smell that is my favourite from the Batiste brand. Does the job well but I think the bigger bottle felt like it ran out faster than it should have. Maybe just me using more because it’s bigger, will go back to the smaller one and see.
James Brown Colour Enhance Shampoo and Conditioner ( Travel Size) – These smell really nice and luxe like how your hair smells after going to the hairdressers. These are the reason I now have the moisturising version in full size from a set I got in the Christmas sale at Boots. I haven’t really spent a lot of time taking great care of my hair but these minis made my hair so much nicer and since I finished these up the Jame Brown collection have made brushing my hair easier and I get less knots.
I know that a lot of use know what to do but I thought as a basic rule this is a good one. Botanics is what I went for as my starter kit when I first really wanted to take care of my skin so rather than use my latest set I went for this as it’s easy to use and shouldn’t break the bank . There is usually some kind of offer on the brand and lasts around 4 months of use when used morning and night.
1A- This is roughly how much of the Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleanser I use each time.
1B- On to dry skin I make splodges on my forehead,nose,cheeks and chin then using both hands I massage this on all over the face but avoid getting too close to my eyes.
2- Using a warm damp face cloth , any will do even good old Primark ones I start from the top and work my way down rubbing the cleanser off and at the same time gently exfoliating my skin as well.
3- Next Apply the Botanics All Bright Toner to a Cotton Pad at the moment I’m using the Lacura brand from Aldi, you get 200 for 99p and work as good as the rest I’ve used. Wipe this all over the face, it really does make a difference and I always saw a noticeable difference after using this where my skin seemed to look more alive.
4- Last but not least moisturizer, this is just My Organic Surge Super Intensive Daily Moisturiser but you can use which ever one suits your skin type best this one is great for really dry skin like mine.
Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleanser 250 ml £3.99 for £2.99 on offer at Boots
Botanics All Bright Toner 250 ml £3.99 for £2.69 on offer at Boots
Organic Surge Super Intensive Daily Moisturizer £8.99 at John Lewis or same price on Organic Surge with Free Delivery up to the 20th enter XMASDEL at the checkout.