SKINCARE | (Video) Favourites & Routine

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A lot of people ask me for skincare advice so here it is! I made a point of not putting anything on my face so you can see exactly what it’s like, especially under bright lights. I personally think it’s important to show what your skin actually looks like when you’re giving people advice on products.

Remember this is by no means a works-for-all list of products. My skin jumped around a lot – first it was combination, then very oily, then combination with very dry and very oily patches and now it’s normalised since I’ve found the wonder of using oils.

I honestly believe using oils on your skin is the only thing that I would advise for every skin type, from very dry to oily to prone to breakouts, since the right oil will bring the right amount of moisture, antioxidants and rebalancing vitamins to your skin. If you’d like to know more about the oils I’ve tried and what I would advise for each skin type, just comment on the video or here and I’ll reply!

If you have particular skin concerns, such as hyper-pigmentation or acne scarring that you would like to lighten, an appropriate serum would be a good path to take as Vitamin C is an overall brightener but won’t get rid of sunspots and the like.

This is a long one so feel free to do your laundry and leave me talking in the background!

CLEANSERS:

Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Makeup Remover
Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin – there is also a green-tinted one for oily/combination skin which I highly reccomend.
GlamGlow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser
Origins Checks ‘n Balances Frothy Face Wash – great for every skin type, very gentle so good for sensitive skin; if you have oilier or combination skin using this with a Clarisonic, a Foreo Luna or any kind of deep cleaning device is ideal and really helps it foam up!
Origins Never A Dull Moment Cleanser – really good if your skin feels congested often and with clogged pores, the fruit enzymes really help get rid of dead skin cells without having to use a physical exfoliator or a peel.
MAC Mineralise Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

– Less expensive, more travel-friendly and and equally effective alternative: REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial

TONERS:

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz
Lush Tea Tree Water
Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing & Toning Lotion
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe and Rosewater
Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate

OILS:

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate (I got it off SpaceNK but it’s gone from the website so my guess is it’s sold out as usual! Try your local Kiehl’s counter, department store or SpaceNK).
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil
Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Refining Oil

Loving right now and didn’t own at the time of the video:

ZELENS Z-22 Absolute Face Oil for daytime, instead of the Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate. It soaks in a lot faster than the Kiehls one so it’s brilliant if your skin doesn’t take a lot of product. It’s very thin and hydrating.

MOISTURISERS:

Créme de La Mer Gel Cream – Honestly this is my holy grail moisturiser of all time and it’s 100% worth the splurge if you can afford it. The big tub lasts me three months. I’ve been trying out new things and ended up going back to the Estee Lauder one linked below, which has added SPF (big bonus) but this one is credited with helping my skin get to where it is right now -balanced and breakout-free. I have an unopened box in my house for a day when my skin cries out for it and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using it. I may upgrade to the Soft Cream and the classic thick Moisturising Cream when I get older but this is definitely my miracle product. You need a tiny amount, it is incredibly light and moisturising and makes all your skin troubles go away – from acne to pigmentation.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye – Great if you don’t get much sleep, have sensitive eyes, are getting your first wrinkles or have a lot of them already. It’s a great overnight miracle-worker, but don’t apply too much because it is very moisturising; if you use too much of it it might cause milia (those tiny white bumps) to appear under your eye! A tiny bit goes a long way.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – this is my holy grail eye cream and my cheat for lazy no-makeup days; the pearly light orange finish on the cream helps correct dark circles slightly and brighten the undereye area, so it’s like an eye cream and corrector in one!
Estee Lauder DayWear SPF15 Normal/Oily Skin
Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

 

Follow me on Snapchat at @queenantigona for stupid daily updates! I just set it up and I’m having tons of fun on it. Leave a comment below if you’d like to try something new for your skin and want help choosing or are in need of some skincare advice or cheap alternatives. There’s so much stuff from affordable brands that do almost as good a job as these high-end products!

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24-year-old Portuguese girl. Bilingual English, fluent in Italian. BA in Fashion Communication. MUA with a proper diploma! MA Creative Media student. Globetrotter and shopaholic, can't seem to be able throw away menswear magazines. Has a serious mental problem when it comes to buying photography books and is working towards being a part of the fashion industry.

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