I have decided that my skincare routine needs supercharging immediately since my skin has been all over the place as of late. I think a lot of it is rooted in my diet, but Rome wasn't built in a day. So far, I have downloaded a few apps and tried really hard not get sucked in by the delicious Cookies and Cream Kit Kats sitting in the fridge (I lie, I have already eaten two, they were amazing, thank you Jesus). I figure if I start with finding a brilliant skincare routine then the rest will follow. Surprisingly, there are many amazing, cult, skincare products available at Marks and Spencers, not the first place I would look, and I wasted no time whipping out my abused debit card to place an online order, because who actually shops in store anymore? I spent a whopping £53 on four products, three skincare and one makeup item. I break down what I bought below, complete with links, prices and a little information on why I purchased them to put them to test and their claims.
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser (£18) - this cleanser is supposed to be used as a second cleanse, Caroline Hirons approved, so you remove your makeup first and then go in with this mud cleanser that has received rave reviews and nigh on cult status like many other Pixi products. One of the key reasons I bought this cleanser is the ingredients, for instance, glycolic acid which is used in chemical peels, avacoda and seed oils to nourish the skin and hyaluronic acid that exfoliates the skin. The other reason are the reviews, most people claim to be very happy with the product and consider it comparable to more high-end cleansers. Skin is supposedly softer and brighter after continued use.
Burts Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub (£11) - as a primarily oily-skinned girl and a lover of matte everything, you know I need a scrub in my skincare routine. Currently, I am trying to lay off on the regular exfoliating because it can irritate acne or any blemishes and actually worsen them in the long run. I am trying to be more gentle and caring towards my skin but a good scrub is essential. This scrub is a "gentle" exfoliator. It is 100% natural ingredients, except I see their is fragrance in their ingredients and that makes me a little sceptical, and cruelty free. It contains salicylic acid which helps remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells. In addition, it is formulated without parabens and sulfates. Hopefully, it will clean and exfoliate the skin without stripping it.
Pure Instant Radiance Hot Cloth Cleanser (£10) - this purchase was made as a result of the many comparisons to the oh-so-famous Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm that is so cult it is sold on cultbeauty.com. It comes with a muslin cloth and apparently easily removes waterproof eyeliner and mascara. This is a product I will incorporate as a first step cleanse to remove most of the makeup on my face. The reason this haul is so cleaner heavy is simply because I have been two different cleansers and usually have to go in twice with them to remove basic makeup like foundation. I have a feeling because the cleansers are a little old they aren't as potent and effective as they used to be. Alas, patience isn't my strong suit so hopefully a blend of these products will produce a noticeable improvement in my skin and a reduction in the length of my evening skincare routine.
Rosie for Autograph Liquid Eyeliner in Black (£14) - eyeliner is a bitch I love to hate, it looks phenomenal on everybody else but it takes me three years to apply. This is one of those last minute add-on purchases you make just so you don't have to pay for delivery. The packaging is rose gold and luxurious and lots of reviewers recommend it for beginners. I am waiting for a day when I am feeling adventurous enough to try for a winged liner look but until then this is staying in its pretty black box. The threshold for free delivery in the UK is £50 for M&S in case you were wondering and I bought all of this with my own hard-earned cash and entirely based on my own research. I will always disclose any products, or even promptings, that are given to me, because I like to keep it real like that.
Full, in-depth, individual reviews coming soon, not to worry. Thank you so much for reading this post and any others, if you do, I really appreciate it. Please take the time to comment and follow my blog on bloglovin' because it means a hell of a lot to me. I would love any recommendations you have because I am constantly on the hunt for new products to try. Have a lovely day. Take care.