My motivation today is basically nil, I’ve had a terrible morning and I honestly wasn’t going to post anything today because of it.
But I had a shower and I did a bit of face pampering, and as I was using all of these products, I decided that I would post something today about what I’ve used and why it’s one of my favourites.
The first product on my list is Nivea’s Daily Essentials 2 in 1 Cleanser and Toner. I use this in the morning and in the evening as part of my routine. It’s fab for taking makeup off and I love the way my skin feels afterwards. You just pop some on a cotton pad and wipe over your face, or alternatively you can rub it directly onto your face and then wipe it off with a cotton pad. It has that “Nivea” smell, kind of clean and fresh, and has done wonders keeping my skin clear and blemish free.
As well as my Nivea Hydration Primer that I’ve mentioned in my Daily Essentials, I also use B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz, which is actually like a moisturiser, but without any of the heaviness or greasiness that you can sometimes get. It’s super ideal for applying over makeup if you feel it’s drying your skin out, leaving a dewy finish, and I use it a lot during the winter when the heating is on to keep my skin nice and hydrated. You simply hold the spray in front of your face and spray in a sweeping motion. Done!
One of my absolute favourite bits of kit at the moment is my set of blackhead removal tools. The ones I have are just a generic brand, stainless steel and literally the best things you could own. Now, I am definitely one of those girls who like to squeeze spots and I get immense satisfaction from watching all the “ick” being forced out of my skin, and these tools do just that but with the added benefit of not having to use your fingers which can leave the area sore and also make spots worse if your nails aren’t clean, and also being way more precise so you can get at even the tiniest of pimples or blackheads.
I won’t go through how to use each individual tool (the instructions will show you what to use them for) but effectively they are varying sizes of loops that put pressure directly around the affected area, forcing out any unwanted gunk. Using after a shower when your pores are nice and open, it all comes out easily, and splashing with toner or cold water afterwards helps close them up. I will say that you MUST keep them clean by sterilising them in boiling water and using antibacterial disinfectant, and also use an antiseptic wipe to clean the area afterwards. Your face will also be quite red after you’ve used these tools and it’s not advisable to use makeup afterwards, so make sure not to use them right before you plan to go out! Otherwise, squeeze away!
Speaking of pores, I’ve also been using the black head pore strip face mask that’s been advertised all over the internet. Again, the brand I’ve used is generic, I basically went for one that had some good reviews on Amazon. These ones came in 12 little individual sachets which you apply to your t-zone and leave to dry. You then peel it upwards and off your face and I promise it does not hurt as much as people make out! As long as you only apply it to your t-zone you should be fine, it tends to be the vellus hairs or “peach fuzz” that get caught up in a full face application that hurt when you remove the mask. You can then inspect the back of the mask for all of the yucky stuff it has removed and then pop it in the bin! The result is lovely clear soft skin.
After all of the cleansing and moisturising you put your face through, sometimes you really want to treat it to something nice. And Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Dry Oil is just that. I received this in one of my Birchboxes and although I have only used it every so often, it’s something I love to use when I really feel like treating my skin. It smells lovely, I can’t even describe it, sort of nutty? but it’s so subtle and not overpowering. The oil is a “dry oil” which is designed to be light and non-greasy. I have the Golden Shimmer version, which is great under makeup to make your skin glow, and can also be used all over the body for a radiant shimmer. It also suggests using this oil in your hair too, however my hair can get quite greasy and I’ve not been brave enough to try it! It’s also 95.2% natural ingredients including plant oils and Vitamin E, so really good for your skin. People even claim it can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, much like Bio Oil. Love it!
Finally, I have saved the best until last. Palmers Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Lip Butter. I can not rave about this product enough. Literally one of the best lip balms I have EVER used. It smells like After Eights and has a sweet taste (try not to lick it all off) and it works absolute wonders with dry lips. I’ve also found it is fantastic at sorting out chapped noses when you have a cold. The menthol smell also helps when you’re feeling a bit bunged up, but using all of those tissues usually leaves the edges of my nostrils dry and sore, and this is like a miracle in a tube. Just dab a little where you need it and the dry skin that may have taken weeks to heal is sorted in a day.
There’s a decent amount in the tube too, but I still recommend getting a couple so you can have one on your dresser and one in your handbag!
So that’s my face favourites and post for today. I feel a little better now I’ve spent some time writing, so I hope you like it!