Skincare for Beginners

I am by no means a skincare expert, I’m not very adventurous when it comes to skincare, I don’t think skincare needs to cost the earth and I don’t think skincare needs to be too fussy. Once I find something that works for my skin, I tend to stick to it because my skin goes crazy if I switch products often. I read reviews and I read ingredients of products but I think skincare is really personal and what works for me might not work for you and vice versa. These are my favourite budget friendly skincare items, there is other products I like but they’re a bit more expensive but not crazy expensive (I’m not the kind of person to £20+ on a cleanser).

I think cleansing is the most important because if your skin isn’t clean you can get breakouts. I really like the Simple Moisturising Face Wash, generally I find face washes harsh and drying but I like this one for the morning and it’s never dried my skin out. I also really like Avene’s Extremely Gentle Cleanser is one of my all time favourite cleanser, it’s incredibly gentle and it’s never broke me out and it helps my skin to calm down when it’s a little crazy. For taking off my makeup I tend to use creamy cleansers, I don’t like oils or balm cleansers, I don’t like how they feel on my skin. My all time favourite cleanser is Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish but a fantastic cheaper option is the Simple Cleansing Lotion.

Moisturiser is a really important, I still haven’t found one I love but I do like a few. Everyone needs moisturiser, even oily skins because skin needs hydration.

I’m currently using the Balance Me Balancing Moisturiser and I really like it. It’s incredibly light but it’s enough moisture for my oily/combination skin but it doesn’t leave any shiny or tacky residue and it’s a great base for make-up. If your skin is more on the drier side, Balance Me Moisturise Rich face cream is a thicker formula for comforting dry skin. The best cheaper moisturisers I’ve found are the Garnier Moisture Match range, there are five different moisturisers aimed at different skin types and concerns, I have the one for oily skin and I really like it.

Eye creams aren’t an essential for a lot of people but I like eye creams, the skin under the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face and eyes are always the first place to show aging. My favourites are the Origins Eye Doctor eye cream, it’s really hydrating Benefit It’s Potent, very hydrating and makes a good base for concealer.

For masks. I mostly use clay masks and occasionally I use a hydrating mask when I feel my skin needs it. My favourites clay masks are Origins Clear Improvements  and Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask. My favourite hydration mask is the Dr Jart+ Moist Water Max Sleeping Mask which is utterly amazing and it’s quite often on offer in Boots.

I hope some of these recommendations are helpful and there obviously other great, affordable products out there but these are my favourites and I’ve found them to be really effective.

What are your favourite affordable skincare products?


Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Face & Neck Very High SPF50+

Now its beginning to look like spring, its time to look at proper sun care. I wear sunscreen all year round, usually SPF15 in moisturisers and make-up but as soon as it becomes sunny, I immediately start wearing sunscreen which is a minimum of SPF30 because I’m ridiculously pale and burn easy.

Facial sunscreens are generally quite expensive because usually you’re layering make-up over it, so it has to sit well under foundation etc. but I have the principle of, I want to protect my skin for the present e.g. not burning and for the future e.g. aging and skin cancer, so safety is  my main concern. However, saying that, I want a sunscreen I can wear a bit of make-up over.

This Garnier is my favourite high street sunscreen for many reasons. I’m pretty sensitive to the sun, I don’t like spending time in the sun because it makes me feel ill and I burn, so the summer isn’t my favourite season (I know I’m the minority), this is designed for fair, sensitive and sun intolerant skin, its became my saviour. It stops me burning, I have never burnt when I’ve used this, I now use it pretty regularly in the summer. If you apply it and massage it in well, it provides an ok base for make-up, it does look shiny (I do have combination skin) but it doesn’t bobble up and flake off but it does shorten the longevity of make-up but it doesn’t give that white appearance to the skin. Its £12.99 which is a good price considering its for sensitive skin and its SPF50+ and protects against UVA/UVB rays.

Its currently half price in Boots, I’m stocking up for the summer ahead, if we get one!

Beauty Round Up #1

Beauty Favourite – Garnier’s Perfect Blur is unbelievable, it works like a primer triple the price, it hides pores and just makes skin look great and provides a perfect base for foundation/tinted moisturiser.

Beauty Disappointment – Ojon’s Restorative Mask, the smell is just too overpowering and the results don’t meet my expectations or the price.

Nails – I think Barry M makes the great quality nail polishes for a tiny price, I’ve been sporting Gelly Grapefruit on my toes and Gelly Lychee on my fingers.

Beauty Want – I know this available from John Lewis and the website but I need to be skin matched, I don’t know if the lightest shade will be pale enough. As much as I’m bored of BB Creams and now CC Creams, I really want to try this one, from the reviews which are available, it sounds amazing and I’m imagining it will probably be one of the best, if not the best CC Cream on the UK market. I’m counting the days until April 26th

Top Skincare Tips for Oily Skin

Being a sufferer of oily skin, I have picked up some tricks and methods to minimise breakouts and keep shine at a minimum. I hope some of the tips can help you too. These tips have worked for me but everyone’s skin is different and can react differently, so please try to test products before buying them. Its worth saying I am a huge Liz Earle, it was the first skincare range that really worked for me and improved my skin.

  1. Cleanse. Its really boring and everyone says it but cleansing is crucial to improving skin. Before I started using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the hot cloth cleansing technique, my skin was dull but shiny and prone to breakouts and blocked pores but now my skin is completely different. I think the best cleanser is the Liz Earle one but the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean, the Simple Cleansing Lotion and the Purity Cleansing Lotion (available from Superdrug) is also very good. I think the best way to properly clean oily skin is hot cloth cleansing because its wiping away everything lying on the skin, muslins and face cloths are best method.
  2. Moisturise. I completely understand why people with oily skin skip moisturiser, it can feel like more grease and oil and some moisturiser for oily skin are still too rich and causes make-up to fall off. My favourites are the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light (very light but doesn’t really have a mattifying effect) and the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Moisturiser and I’ve just tried the new Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone moisturiser and it looks promising (I’ll do a post when I’ve came to my conclusion).
  3. Exfoliate/Masks. It removes the dead skin and helps to clean out blogged pores. I don’t like scrubs but the Liz Earle Gentle Cream exfoliator is very good, its super gentle because it has the same texture as the cleanser but the joboba beads buff away dead skins without hurting my skin. Masks are great for cleaning out pores, my favs are the Liz Earle Clay Mask, Soap and Glory Fab Pore and Origins Clay Mask.


Liz Earle – John Lewis and

Soap and Glory – Boots and

Origins – Boots and John Lewis

Garnier, Simple and Neutrogena available in chemists, Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets

Purity – Superdrug

Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone Mattifying Fresh Cream Review

I have a really difficult time with moisturisers. I’ve never found one I love and I’ve so many mixed things about moisturiser. Some say moisturiser is the most important skincare product and others say it’s important but serum is more important because it has a thinner consistency and can therefore do more for the skin. I think I’m somewhere between the two, moisturiser is important but I’m not going spend a huge amount of money on it.

Mattifying moisturisers can be a little bit hit or miss, good ones are generally quite expensive so I’m always on the lookout for a high street alternative.
Moisture Match has five different moisturisers for all types of skin:

Shine Be Gone – oily/combination

Goodbye Dry – dry

Start Afresh – normal/dry

Wake Me Up – dullness, I tried a sample of this and it has a very light texture but sill hydrating so it would probably suit all skin types

Protect and Glow – normal skin

I bought the one designed for oily skin, it’s a whipped formula, according to the tube, and I think you can tell the difference between this and other oily skin moisturisers – it’s incredibly light and absorbs quicker than most others. I found it really does hydrate my skin without being too heavy or leaving a tackiness. It has a lovely fresh cucumber smell and the tube is very travel friendly. I really like the range, I think for the price, the quality is very good and going by Shine Be Gone, they live up to their claims.

Its £5.99 (currently £3.99 in Superdrug), I think this is a great moisturiser for someone who wants something super light and mattifying.