Facial oils and serums seemed to really take off in 2016, or at least I found them coming up on my radar more and more often last year. For good reason, too; they can be a wonderful alternative to a daily moisturiser, keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. A good facial serum can prove to be a saviour for your skin, feeding it with nourishing ingredients you hadn’t known you’d needed. In Tropic Skin Care’s Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum*, I have discovered one such product.
Since switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty, I’ve become much more conscious of the brands I buy from. Popping into the local Superdrug to pick out a new lipstick or mascara is not as simple as it once was, as there are several things I now need to consider: does this brand sell in mainland China? Does this lipstick contain carmine? Is this company parent-owned by a notorious tester? Thankfully, there are resources available which make things easier, and after a few years of practice, I’m getting there in terms of knowing who to buy from and who to avoid.
Despite jumping on the seasonal LUSH bandwagon this year, I’d never really bought into their Halloween or Christmas ranges before. Crazy, I know – their themed products are a blogger’s dream come true! I’ve not picked up any winter specials just yet, but I did get my hands on some of their Autumn releases, including the Lord of Misrule shower cream and bath bomb.
I used to be such a big skeptic when it came to facial oils. Even when they rose in popularity, I was still convinced they’d leave me covered in spots upon merely touching the surface of my skin. So when I received one to try in Love Lula’s September Beauty Box*, I was intrigued – if a little cautious – to see how I got along with it.
As far as I know, I have dry/normal skin. I experience some patches of dryness on my cheeks, and have a cluster of lovely hormonal spots on my chin which have graced me for as long as I can remember. I’m not the best at maintaining a daily cleansing routine (although I am trying!) but no matter what, I always moisturise my face, morning and evening.
It’s that season again, folks! That time of the year when bloggers, Lushies and bath enthusiasts everywhere work themselves up into a frenzy of excitement and anticipation as LUSH prepare to release their Halloween and Christmas ranges. I was eager to jump on the bandwagon, and wanted an excuse to give myself time for more self-care baths, so I went along to my local LUSH on the day they released their Halloween goodies to pick up a few treats.
I have a confession to make. After a long day at work, or a night at the pub, or [insert flimsy excuse here], the last thing I want to do is to remove my makeup properly, so I will often use a face wipe to take off my mascara and eyebrow pomade, then rub it across my skin to remove the foundation, too. It’s not luxurious, it’s not caring, and doesn’t feel nice, but it’s quick and easy to do. I can’t be the only beauty addict who reaches guiltily for a face wipe, thinking to themselves tomorrow I’ll cleanse properly, can I?
When it comes to smaller, natural beauty brands, I often find myself spoilt for choice in terms of quality. Independent companies put such attention and effort into their products, I find; making sure each ingredient has its purpose, and priding themselves on their credentials. PHB Ethical Beauty is one such brand and, having wanted to try something from them for some time, I was excited to find them available through the Love Lula website, where I hastily placed an order.
I don’t use face masks nearly as often as I’d like to. It comes down to not giving myself enough time to relax, which is definitely something I should work on. Hopefully now that the seasons are changing, my inner hermit will emerge and gift me with plenty of cosy nights in, to be spent pampering myself with long soaks in the bath and calming, revitalising face skin treatments.