Monday, 22 July 2013

Skincare Tag!

Hi Everyone!

I read a great post yesterday on Ramblings of a Beauty Bird, which is one of the blogs that I regularly follow. This post was a 'Skincare Tag' and had some questions about your skincare regime and the types of products that you use or would like to try. I must admit I get a bit stuck in a skincare rut and don't change my products too often for fear of a breakout, so it's been really great to read about other people's favourite products and skincare tips.

Not to be left out, I have included my own Skincare Tag below. If you are interested in reading Beauty Bird's original post, here's the link and I would definitely recommend it!
Ramblings of a Beauty Bird- Skincare tag

Garnier Makeup Remover Gel, Clearasil Rapid Action Pads, Avene Eau Thermale, No.7 Gentle Toner, Blistex Medplus lipbalm, Deborah lipstick in No. 10

Describe your skincare routine in five words.
Quick!, Cleanse, Exfoliate, Moisturise, Lipbalm

What's your skin type?
I unfortunately suffer from oily skin which I have long been in denial about! I don't often get spots but need to exfoliate regularly to unclog my pores.

What's your favourite skincare product?
I tend to stick to 'drugstore' skincare products and don't often splash out on big purchases, but I really love Bliss' Peeling Groovy Facial Serum as it instantly brightens and evens out my skin- when I first tried it I couldn't stop staring at my skin in the mirror, I swear it made such a huge difference!

Top Blemish Zapper?
Hmm to be honest I don't often use specific spot-treatment products but have heard great things about Freederm Fast Track Gel- one of my friends swears by it. Personally I like to use Clearasil Rapid Action Pads every night before bed to exfoliate my skin and prevent blackheads. They are brilliant and leave my skin feeling squeaky clean!

Face Wipes Yay or Nay?
Nay! I use them if I have to, like when I am staying at friends houses or at festivals, but personally I don't like them at all as I find most brands are either too harsh on the skin or don't remove makeup that well. I would always try to cleanse with cotton wool and eye-makeup remover and follow up with my Clearasil Rapid Action Pads.

Toner Yay or Nay?
I used to be a devoted toner user and would never miss a night, but recently I've slightly lost my love for it. When I do use it I tend to choose No.7's Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner, which is really soothing and doesn't aggravate my oily skin (even though it claims to be for normal to dry skin types). I may try and alternate my toning with my exfoliating pads as I do love how clean and fresh it leaves skin feeling.

High end skincare or high end makeup?
Definitely high-end makeup! I watched a programme recently that investigated various high end moisturisers and cleansers and their ingredients. In most cases they found that the basic chemical ingredients were the same for high and low end products, but the higher end products just invested in more expensive fragrances and packaging. I don't mean to say that this is always the case or that the same can't be said for cosmetics as well in some cases, but in my experience I find that there is more of a noticeable difference between high and low end quality in makeup rather than skincare- please feel free to challenge me on this though!

What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?
I'm not sure if this really classifies as 'unusual', but I really love Garnier's 2in1 Makeup Remover Purifying Gel and I had to mention it somewhere! This is quite an unusual product in that I haven't found any others that work in quite the same way. This gel you just splash on your face with water as you would a normal cleanser, and it does an amazing job at not only cleansing, but also removing all makeup (including waterproof mascara!). I was really amazed when I first tried this as it is perfect for late nights or days when you're too tired for a full cleansing routine, and not as fiddly as using eye make-up remover and cotton pads. I will do a full review on this soon!

You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item- what is it?
I would probably try and go for something from a French make-up brand that we can't get over here in the UK. When I am in Europe I like to pick up a few goodies from cosmetics brands like Deborah and Sephora, as I used to love their products when I was living in Madrid! I also really like French brand Eau Thermale Avene and I have been using their Thermal Water Spray a lot in this hot weather to keep my skin hydrated, so I would probably need to stock up!

Tell us your top skincare tip
Now this may seem really obvious, but make sure you know your skin! As I said earlier, I was in denial for ages about my oily skin, and now that I have embraced it and started buying oil free products it has made such a difference! I think the main reason it took me so long was because I haven't always had oily skin, and it's important to remember that your skin type can change- not just in the long term but on a weekly basis. No two people will have skin that behaves in the exact same way, so pay attention to your skin, give it what it needs and find trusted products that work for you- that's probably the best tip I can give!

If any of you fancy doing the same skincare post then consider yourselves tagged! I would love to read all about your favourite skincare products, particularly if you suffer from oily skin, so let me know if you do :)

Anyway, that's about it! One final thing before I go- I know that this is predominantly a beauty blog but I also love a bit of fashion talk, and so I thought I'd share a pic of my outfit for work today. I absolutely love these trousers that I bought last Autumn from Mango, and they're quite airy and thin so perfect for the hot weather we're having! I had lots of compliments from the ladies on these, but the blokes were mostly being sarky and asking why I'd come to work in my pjs... can't have it all I guess! 

Rosie x

Sorry for the blatent toilet selfie! Cringe...


  1. I love the teal/black combo!

  2. Thanks for tagging me in this, I loved reading your answers. Your skincare tip is such a good one! xx

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