END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

Now that summer is sadly coming to an end I thought I would do a round up of some of my favourite products I’ve been using this season.

With the colder days starting to creep in its time to switch up our skincare routine to adapt to the upcoming season. For me this means introducing products that can keep my skin hydrated against the harsh conditions winter can bring – my skin definitely needs an extra bit of TLC over the cooler months!

The past couple of months I’ve tried so many new products and brands, some with success, others not so much. My skin can be temperamental at times so I’m always on the lookout for new products that work for me to add to my line up.

So, what made the final cut this summer?

Ouai Matte Pomade – when I first tried this product I wasn’t really a fan. I had high expectations of the brand and they fell short. However after working with it for a bit I have found that I’m using this almost daily now. Whilst it may not be ‘matte’ it’s easy to use and gives just the right amount of hold.

Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ – I had been wanting this for some time so when I got it for my birthday I was over the moon. It’s long lasting and has a nice modern fragrance with hints of vanilla, rum and tobacco.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – this is a real life saver when your having a bad skin day. I apply this every morning and fine it helps keep my skin under control. The active ingredients help to reduce redness and irritation and over time reduces the appearance of fine lines – something I’m a lot more conscious of after hitting 30!

Glossier Moon Mask – this super hydrating mask is one of my favourites. I had heard a lot of good things about glossier but was reluctant to try them at first. However this face mask does exactly what it says on the tub and is a must!

Anthony Facial Moisturiser – during the warmer months I go for lighter moisturisers to stop my skin becoming oily. This Anthony formula is perfect for during summer. It’s smells great, easily absorbed and gives me just the right amount of moisture I’m looking for.

Origins Active Charcoal Face Mask – another face mask, but another must! The active charcoal mask from Origins helps to visibly remove blackheads and reduce blemishes. I have used this a couple of times now and although slightly messy, my skin always feels so clean and healthy afterwards.

So there you have it, a quick round up of some of my favourite products I have been using this summer. Have you tried any of these? What has been your go to this summer?

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Post-Workout Skincare Routine

With summer just around the corner, the desire to be ‘beach body’ ready is at the forefront of most peoples minds.  With a trip to Thailand booked for the Summer, this is something I’ve recently become aware of (especially since my New Years goals didn’t last long in to January!). I may not be a regular at the gym but keeping in shape has always been important to me. After working out my body feels great, but I can’t always say the same for my skin.

To coincide with all things sport  during the month of March, the wonderful people over at Mankind have sent me this bundle of goodies to cover all my needs and share with you my post workout routine.

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Whatever form of exercise you choose, with exercise comes sweat, and with sweat comes clogged pores. In order to prevent blackheads and spots it’s important that you have a good skincare routine in place to remove all that post-workout grime.

Face

Post workout the first thing I always do is wash my face. I don’t know if it’s an OCD thing but once my face is clean I can then think about the rest of my body. The Deep Pore Cleansing Face Scrub (£7) from Menage is a natural face scrub which from first use is designed to leave your face feeling smoother, brighter and hydrated. The low lather formula is ideal as you really feel like your working the product into all the areas on your face, giving it a good clean instead of just rubbing masses of bubbles around your face. Although I usually try and steer clear of face scrubs as I find them drying, this one from Menage has left my face feeling exactly like what it says on the packaging; smooth, clean and hydrated. And at only £7, what more could you want?

Post shower you will also need to rehydrate your skin. Using a good moisturiser will help retain your skins natural moisture. Using the Menage Anti-Ageing Moisturiser with SPF15 will help your skin turn return to its natural moisture balance. Not only is it hydrating but it also includes SPF15 so has that extra bit of protection for your skin against UV rays. The cream itself is quite rich and thick but absorbs within seconds as you only need to apply a light layer. The results speak for themselves. The Menage Anti-Ageing Moisturiser leaves your skin feeling smooth and super hydrated without a trace; ready to take on whatever the rest of the day has to offer.

Hair

The next area is hair. During exercise your hair will have soaked up sweat and can actually leave your hair feeling dry, dehydrated and brittle. The Nanogen Thickening Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner (£11.90) bundle is great value and is designed especially for those who have thin hair or are worried their hair has started to thin. My hair is naturally quite thick, but from first use you can feel the difference using this combo. Whether you’re hair is thin or not, the Nanogen Thickening Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner leaves your hair feeling nourished and full of life. So definitely one to try post workout.

Body

Mr. Natty Shipwreck Shower Wash is the perfect pick me up for the body post-workout. Not only does it contain a dash of caffeine but it also has a masculine but fresh, woody fragrance too it. If you imagine a cross between Molton Brown‘s Black Pepper and something from Aesop, this is it. You can’t really go wrong here, it does the job and looks great. Also love the design and would proudly have it on display in my bathroom!

And.. If all of the above sounds like too much effort this next product is going to be for you! The Scaramouche & Fandango Sports Wash is a 4-in-1 wash is a multipurpose product suitable for hair, face, body and shave.  You can literally do the whole lot in one go.

Whatever your post-workout skincare routine is you can shop Mankind’s finest here. Let me know what products you recommend in the comments.

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Top 5 Aēsop Products

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When it comes to grooming I like to shop around for the best deals and try new products. I don’t tend to stick to the same products for very long, always finding a new ‘favourite’. One brand that has staying power and always becomes part of my daily routine in some way is, Aēsop. And not just because of those stylish brown glass jars.

Aēsop has become a blogger favourite over recent years due to its aesthetic, but when it comes to the products themselves, do they actually live up to the hype? The answer is yes.

I have put together a quick guide of my current top 5 most used Aēsop products to help you decide the right products for you:

Aēsop Tacit – The latest scent has become my go to fragrance for the last couple of months now. A earthy, spicy scent with a hint of citrus, Tacit is a subtle fragrance and suitable for all occasions and it lasts all day. Featured first here.

Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm – Spending a lot of my time outdoor, keeping my hands hydrated is a constant battle. Fast absorbing, moisturising and softening, it’s clear to see why the hand balm is ‘one of Aesop’s most sought-after products’. You only need a small amount so a tube will last you ages!

Amazing Face Cleanser – Although I’m currently coming towards the end of the Fabulous Face Cleanser I will be repurchasing the Amazing Face Cleanser in it’s place. This was one of the first products I bought from the brand and still continues to be one of my favourites, leaving your face feeling, well, amazing.

Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant – This handy Aloe Vera, Walnut Shell and Tea Tree Leaf mix can be added to your cleanser and used as often as needed.

Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque – Whilst I might not use this on a regular basis, whenever I get a break out I turn towards this masque. As well as minimising the signs of blemishes the concentrated formula leaves the skin feeling fresh and is really worth those extra ten minutes it adds on to your routine.

Shop Aēsop at Mankind.

What are your favourite products from Aēsop?

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