I'm ashamed to admit, that up until now, I haven't looked after my skin and I hardly ever wear make up. On the rare occasions that I do, I'm always a bit nervous about applying it and how I look. There don't seem to be many blogs out there which feature skincare and make up for newbies, so I thought I would turn my hand at it and hope it will be beneficial to others.
One of my main aims for this year is to look after my skin more and learn how to apply/wear make up as it should be. With this in mind, I headed into Superdrug yesterday to buy some bits and bobs which I thought would help improve the condition of my skin. The reasons for choosing Superdrug are a) because they seem to have a good range of products and b) they offer students a 10% discount on top of, what I think, are already reasonable prices.
Here's what I purchased;
So we have, my favourite shampoo Colour Mate from the Aussie range, along with the corresponding conditioner from when I first starting colouring my hair and I feel it has prolonged the colour of my hair. This is something my hairdresser agreed with on my last visit. These are the large bottles, 500ml of shampoo and 400ml of conditioner. They are, what I would consider, to be slightly pricey but I think they are worth it. Both of these bottles are currently at £5 each in Superdrug, although there is occasionally an offer to be had. I love these products, the packaging, the colour and the way they treat my hair is amazing, I couldn't recommend highly enough. If you don't have coloured hair, I also highly recommend the Mega shampoo and conditioner which is perfect for natural hair.
Next up, is the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser which is £3.79 for 125ml. I've only briefly used facial moisturisers before. However, this one is beautifully light on your skin and a little goes a long way. I expected it to have a slightly greasy feel to it, but it doesn't at all and feels lovely. Also, I can imagine the bottle lasting quite some time as I did get quite good coverage for the small amount that I used.
This is virtually scent free too, so it doesn't smell overpowering when it is applied. The packaging claims that it lasts 12 hours, and I can back this up. I applied it over 12 hours ago and my skin still feels very soft and hydrated.
Another area I suffer from greatly, is the dark circles and bags under my eyes. It's always been something I've been a bit conscious of but I never know what products to use to make them better. This is where I decided to give the Garnier Caffeine Eye Roll-On a go for instant relief of dark circles and bags under the eye. This one was £5.08 for a 15ml applicator, this was on offer and would normally be £10.49. This is probably a bit more than I would like to pay, but if it does what is says it will, it will be worth it. First impressions are that it is cool and soothing on your skin. I will continue to use it as suggested on the box 'as and when your eyes look tired' and monitor the progress to see if there is an improvement, so check back for an update :)
The final 'main' product is the Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel. The moisturiser reviewed above states that these products work well in conjuction together so I thought it would be a good place to start. This gel can be a little sticky when applying but it does get better as it is massaged in and I found my skin feeling refreshed when it had been washed off. However, it does also make my skin feel a little dry but I think that's probably why it is recommended for use with the moisturiser. Again, I will be sure to keep you updated as I think this is a product which will only improve the more I use it :)
I also purchased 4 face packs as they were only 99p each and on an offer of 4 for 3. These are all Superdrug products and are; Tropical Smoothie Self-Heating Mask, Sugar & Spice Self-Heating Mask, Strawberry Exfoliating Mask and a White Chocolate Mousse Mask (must remember not to try and eat this one!).
I've only used the Tropical Smoothie face pack so far and it is certainly self heating. As soon as I applied it, the heat began coming through. It is not hot, but it is warming and gets quite cosy whilst you are waiting for the 10-15 minutes to be up. When the time was up and I washed it off, my skin did feel really soft and looks more radiant already (although that could be the heat!). Thoroughly recommend this one.
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What skincare regime do you use? Are there are any products you could recommend for beginners or any that you would like to see me review? Please feel free to leave your comments below :)
These views are 100% my own and all items were completely paid for by myself.