Anyone who knows me will know that I have ridiculously sensitive skin. I'm allergic to every other washing powder/capsules other than Fairy - even eco friendly brands send my skin into an angry rash as I found last summer. I can't use face paints either. During my second week of university I had a major allergic reaction after using the communal launderette, which had quite old washing machines. Certain brands of fake tans also react badly with my skin too, and as a result I stopped using them the year before last, opting to embrace my pale skin tone instead. It's less hassle too. I never thought I suited the fake tan as it is.
I also suffer from a backwards 'T-Zone' - i.e. instead of being oily and prone to break outs I'm extremely dry skinned in that area. Whenever I explain this to people on beauty counters they look at me like I'm mad, and tell me it's not possible. Excuse me, but I've been living with it for the last twenty one years, I think I would know. My mother started me on Clinique when I started secondary school. As a life long user of the products she knew it would be best for my ever so sensitive, teenage skin. She has fantastic skin, and although she is 47, she gets told she looks like she's in her early 30s. I'm hoping that because I started looking after my skin at a young age, I will in turn age like her. I hope. I try to drink lots of water, and eat healthily to keep my skin in a healthy condition.
In my facial skin care routine I've changed over to using a Ren Micro-bread and Jojoba exfoliator as it's the most gentle exfoliator I've come across. I bounce between using the Ren Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream for Sensitive Skin and Neal's Yard Power Berry Daily Moisturiser after trying out a freebie I got with a magazine. I'd highly recommend the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Instant Boost Skin Tonic - I moved onto this a couple of years ago and I've never looked back.
This also means that certain make up brands can react horrendously with my skin - such as Rimmel and Maxfactor, especially the foundations. I currently wear Estee Lauder Double Wear in Shell, which surprisingly doesn't dry me out as long as I thoroughly moisturise before I put it on. Sometime I mix it with a bit of moisturiser if my skin is particularly dry that day.
Recently, I ran out of Bio Oil, and being the strapped for cash student that I am I needed to look for a cheaper moisturiser to hold me over until my next pay day. I decided to try the new Vaseline 'Sheer Infusion' body moisturiser. The shop assistant in Boots told me that it was designed to work like facial moisturiser, in the way that it sunk into all layers of the skin. As it was on a promotion because it was new, I decided to give it a go.
I was pleasantly surprised when I started using it - my skin feels so soft and hydrated, more so than it has done in a while. I'd even go as far to say it did more for my skin in terms of hydration than Bio Oil does at times. I think I'm definitely going to continue using it, and just bulk buy the sheer infusion moisturiser from now on and see how I get on with it in the long run. I'm really happy with the results so far - and it has such a subtle, but refreshing smell. I highly recommend it.
I had my hair dyed the other day. I previously had a dark red/auburn colour but longed to go a more copper tone. After begging my mother for months and months she finally gave in. The beauty of having a mother who is a hair dresser is that I've always had whatever I want hair wise (within reason at least) and I've never had to pay for a hair cut in my life. The downside is I dye my hair so much that it's probably in terrible condition. I will post photos of the process tomorrow before I disappear offline for a few days to enjoy the company of my mother and some old friends.
Before I do disappear for a bit - I'd like to reccommend you check out this blog/online magazine: ELEMENTS MAGAZINE - I could gush about them in this entry for ages and still not do them justice. As described by themselves "Elements Magazine is different as we aim to publish thought-provoking news and stories, focusing on movies, music and fashion. We may or may not post the latest news, only those that we believe in. Spearheaded by a team of three based in Malaysia, Elements will be a force to be reckoned with." - I love them for not following what is seen as strictly fashionable. It's very refreshing.
Until then, ciao my friends! x