Starting Off: Mascara

Week 6 how did that happen?! This week, if you hadn’t already guessed is all about mascara.

Mascara is used to lengthen and define your eyelashes, which in turn gives your eyes more definition and makes them pop/stand out. Typically it comes in a long(ish) tube with a wand applicator inside attached to the cap. It comes in different shades, typically black or brown or even blue. One of the ‘in trends’ of the summer has been vibrant neon shades and as a result, mascara has been available in green, pink, yellow etc. I even remember in my younger years sporting clear glittery mascara (I suspect they just put glitter glue in the tube…).

Mascara also comes in millions of varieties offering many many different ‘enhancing’ effects, abilities and super powers (I may be exaggerating at this point). Despite what their magical abilities may profess to be, essentially they offer either a natural look, volume enhancing or lengthening and come in normal or waterproof flavours.

Mascara is a must if you are using full coverage foundation, as you will look a tad washed out and pastey without using products like mascara and blusher to add back a bit of colour and bring out your features. It’s also a good choice to use if you want to go minimalistic with your makeup or even naked (your face I mean…I don’t think it matters how much mascara you use if you actually go naked…people will still notice the nudity); a bit of concealer, mascara and a bit o’ lipbalm or gloss and you’re good to go.

To use mascara, you simply apply using the wand from the base of the lashes and brish upwards. Some people prefer to place the wand on the base of their lashes and blink. use as many layers as you think you need. Now a lot of people like to use mascara on both their top and bottom lashes. Personally, I prefer not to apply to the bottom lashes as I don’t think it suits me, and also as I find it hard not to blink before it dries and find thebottom lashes coated regardless.

I myself have quite long, black lashes (not that I’m showing off) so tend not to go for too much in the way of volumising or lengthening (these tend to make my eye lashes stick to my glasses, which is not attractive…and no I’m not exaggerating here, I often have little speckles of black on my lenses!) and do tend to use black. I did use some brown I got in a No 7 set when I was a teenager and it did create a nice natural, down to earth sort of look. These days I prefer to show off what I have (oh my).

As I’ve said before, I’m not really one for too much eye makeup. I remember going to the Lush VIP event for their emotional brilliance launch, and being told about their mascara. It has no preservatives so does have a shelf life of 3 months, The lovely shop assistant said, “but who has mascara for more than 3 months anyway?!” I rather sheepishly said, “erm…me?” Despite this, I appear to have acquired quite a collection of mascaras! This is a small selection of them.

mascaras

Now the only one of these I really use is Bourjois liner effect. The wand is double sided with thinner, shorter bristles on one side and bigger ones on the other. The idea is to use the smaller side first and then do a second layer with the bigger. I personally find that this gives better results than the others I own and is ideal as I don’t (or rather can’t) use eye liner. Most (well all) of the other mascara’s I own came as part of gift sets I either bought or received or as gifts with purchase and as a result aren’t really my own choice. I have, however tried them all and whilst I can’t say any of them are bad, they just aren’t my number one choice.

Other recommended mascaras

The fabulous Pixie Anna came to my rescue this week and has this to say:

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – a great one for people who haven’t really used mascara before or prefer a natural look. It gives good coverage without clumping, looks natural and is fairly cheap. (FGSJ: I used to use this one myself and agree, it’s great for a natural look).

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara – more expensive but does what it says on the tin (or tube, I should say!) It increases both length and volume, again without clumping as long as you put your second coat on while the first coat is still a bit wet.

L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara – I found this a bit flaky, but I have very sensitive eyes so it may not be so bad for those with ‘normal’ eyes. I also found that it clumped sometimes but that might just be me. It did lengthen my lashes a lot, which I don’t really need but I do like a dramatic eye!

Eyelash brushes – yes, you can buy eyebrow/eyelash brushes and combs but I find the best eyelash brush is an old mascara wand. Simply wash it clean and brush through lashes between coats of mascara. Much simpler than faffing on with those pathetic little combs you buy. (FGSJ: Never thought of that before! Cracking idea!)

Don’t forget to follow the chat on Twitter by using #theSOproject

Next week: Eyeliner. The jury is still out as to whether I will be posting next week. I personally don’t (or like I said, can’t) use eyeliner, but I have several good friends who all do and I’m hoping one of them may helpfully write a guest post (please!!!!)

Advertisements

Jeans…the same old brand new you!

No I’m not reliving my A1 fetish (the band not the road), just revisiting my usual gusto for new jeans and experiencing deja vu!

My summer dress wearing fetish is pretty much over, and Autumn setting in means I want more versatile lower body wear with which to rock my Vans and the epically amazing Dr Marten’s which I have barely worn. I convinced myself that once autumn came around the DMs would come out more, as they are patent leather and probably my best waterproof shoes. They are also more attractive than wellies (well more attractive than wellies on me with my fat calves and small but incredibly wide feet).

I bought 2 pairs of those jeans in the Marks & Spencer sale for £9 a pair, allegedly Khaki versions of the red jeans (but I would have described them more as a very dark forest green) and very lovely they are too. However, if you recall, I bought them a size small (my size were sold out) in the hopes of slimming into them. I was very excited upon receiving them to find I could get them on, just not fastened up, so not long to wait!

I have since failed to lose much more weight (only a small amount), and decided to see exactly how far I had to go by trying them on again. I pulled them on and put some elbow grease in to the zipper…which was surprisingly easy to get up. The button however, was another story. I did have to breathe in, but low and behold they fit!!! They were a bit tight around the middle, but after wearing them round the house they seem to have stretched. Woop!!

As lovely as the green jeans are, they aren’t going to go with all of my tops so I could do with something more neutral (as they looked on the M&S website). They do come in black as well, but they were sold out in my size. So once again I am renewing my hunt for jeans.

In my excitement, I decided to purchase a new pair of the Dorothy Perkins skinny jeans in a smaller size as my blue ones no longer even stay up with a belt, and DP was having a 30% off pop up event. This excitement however, was a tad premature…they don’t even make it up my thighs. It’s amazing the huge size difference – one size in it and the bigger pair won’t stay up, and the smaller pair can’t get up….Can’t Fit, Won’t Fit, start of a new show?

Starting off: Blusher

Wow, this is mega late! I’ve been super busy at work and a bit ill recently which has delayed my blogging significantly. So massive apologies fellow SO Project bloggers!!

I really wanted to start this weeks post off with a clip of Sarah Millican’s makeup shopping story. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a clip on the interwebs so it’ll just be me again.

Blusher is used to add colour back in to the cheeks; to give you a nice healthy rosy cheek glow, and to stop you looking pasty and like one of the Cullens’. I’ve not really bothered with blusher in the past as I’ve got very sensitive skin, which often results in me having very red cheeks. As I don’t like to wear full cover foundation very often, I tend to avoid blusher too.

However, last year after having discovered Estee Lauder double wear, I decided I clearly needed blusher to stop me looking so pasty faced. I researched for hours  before finding me some good advice on which shades would go well with my skin tone. This is what I found: for pale skin, lighter shades are better. Pinks & peaches or pinky peaches are good, but AVOID anything more coral coloured, it will be too dark or harsh. They are much more suited to those with a darker skin tone.

With this in mind, I went on a sopping mission and  found myself this:

Boujois shade 37: Rose Pompom.

blushblush2

So to apply blusher, you simply brush on to the cheek bone and blend outwards towards your hairline; simples! If I ever feel like I’ve put to much on, I try and blend over with the makeup sponge I used to apply my foundation, normally it has small amount on non absorbed liquid on there and simply helps to tone it down. I’m sure there are better ways to do this, but that’s just my routine.

So that’s it, not much else to say really. Don’t apply too much, make sure you pick the right shade for your skin. I’m not an expert on that unfortunately.

For anymore information and application techniques please check out: The Makeup Chair and Goss Makeup Artist this is where I get all my videos from and they are full of wonderful tips and techniques. Don’t forget to subscribe while you are there!

Next week: Mascara

I will be enlisting the help of my good friend Bird for the next couple of weeks as having awful eyesight means I can’t apply eye makeup too well without my glasses on and I can’t wear contacts or get laser eye surgery, so I don’t tend to buy much or spend much money on it. She is a wealth of knowledge to me in this department.

Forums and social networking: the good, the bad and the (I’m pretty sure they are) ugly

This may or may not come as a bit of a shock to those who know me, but I have very little confidence and possibly even less self esteem. I can often be heard to say “I hate people” but in fact I only really ‘hate’ people (in general; you are all lovely individually…okay, most of you are) because people are my biggest phobia.

I live in constant fear of new social situations; am I being polite enough, would it be best to make a joke, should I not say anything at all? When I’m out and about if someone I don’t know starts talking to me about the weather or road works or anything in general I tend to panic and have a full on physical reaction – racing pulse, shallow breathing, shaking and nausea.

Despite all of this, lately I’ve been attempting to branch out in order to reach a wider audience and also to seek advice, and talk to like minded people. So far, most of the experience has been positive. I’ve chatted to some very lovely people on Twitter through the SO project, and (hopefully) made some new friends. Unfortunately, I’ve also hit the downside pretty quickly too. Allow me to fill you in with a LONG (possibly dull) story…

I’ve always been interested in photography; I can’t go anywhere or to any kind of event without a camera, whether that be my phone or my point and shoot. It makes a good tool for blogging (as you other bloggers will know) and I also think I’m pretty good at it – composing shots and the like. I am however, a complete amateur and have recently decided I want to upgrade my camera to either a bridge or a DSLR in an attempt to learn the art of photography properly.

I went about it in what I felt was a sensible way; asked a few friends (by a few, I mean one) and once I knew what I was after and my budget, I looked at some forums. Several others seemed to be asking for similar advice to myself and I noticed a lot of responses were a bit harsh, such as there not being enough detail about budget or what the camera would be for. So, I took it upon myself to write out a fairly lengthy post, stipulating what I needed, what my budget was, my skill level (zero) etc. I thought I’d hit all the important ‘marks’; oh how I was wrong…

I mainly got cocky replies, very few being helpful. These included pointing out that bridge cameras are not DSLRs (I had noticed thank you, especially after specifying I’d prefer a bridge to a DSLR) as well as several cameras that I should buy instead that are out of my stipulated price range.  Thanks for nothing! I spent more time defending my position than receiving advice on what to buy.

I chose forums and specifically the boards aimed at beginners so that I might get patient advice from others who would appreciate I am a complete amateur and, considering the others on the forum should (in theory) also be amateurs (yes some a lot more advanced non-professionals, but still) I thought there would be some patience there. I expected some queries maybe asking for a few more specifics; am I prepared to buy second hand etc and a few suggestions of what features I should/should not be concerned with.

I went to bed on Saturday night incredibly upset, with what little confidence I still possessed battered and bruised. My husband, who is possibly one of the kindest and most patient people I know (especially with regard to my many ‘quirks’) told me not to take it to heart and try again in morning. Sure enough, when I awoke on Sunday morning, there in my inbox was a message reply posted on one of the forums. Some kind soul had taken my post for exactly what it was and offered me some constructive advice.

It was on the back of this that I then posted again in the forums and finally saw some pleasantries appear out of the woodwork. I then (in a shockingly brave move by me) decided, on the spur of the moment to join that evening’s LBloggers’ chat on Twitter. It’s (not really) ironic in that this week’s topic was positive vs negative posts, considering I’d already started writing this. There was a good range of opinion put forward and everyone was really nice. I thoroughly enjoyed the chat and spoke to some lovely people.

Roll on this morning then…I decided to put forward the idea of buying a second hand entry level DSLR, which is within my budget. On the first of the forums in question, everyone seemed to think it would be better than any bridge camera I would choose to buy. On the second however, someone suggested I should skip entry level and go for something more advanced, which I can’t afford. They have renamed my budget as ‘my self-imposed limit’. That self imposed limit, folks, is called my bank balance! Then finally, on the third, I got this:

Well, it’s not a bridge camera nor will you find it within your set budget.

Perhaps it would be better not wasting people’s time

Well **** you then!

I am incredibly frustrated, I used to enjoy posting on message boards with like minded people ‘back in the day’, but someone always comes along and ruins the fun, which is why I stopped. This was like a cold, bitter reminder.

It is a shame, as I’ve been a bit more adventurous by joining The SO project and participating in the Twitter chats on a Tuesday night, (and the LBloggers chat as well now on Sunday). This luckily for me has been a mainly positive experience (granted, I could probably be a bit more active in the chat rather than cowering overwhelmed as the links and posts roll in; but I find myself with a million tabs open, trying to read through and comment on as many as possible) and everyone has been lovely and pleasant to chat to, sharing ideas and suggesting new products to try. It was off the back of this new found confidence that I decided to try seeking help in forums. I mistakenly thought the creatures that inhabit them would be just as kind and friendly.

Has anyone else experienced this? Have you had some disastrous encounters on a forum or Twitter or other social network? Do you know anything about cameras? Please comment below!

In the mean time, I’m still very much looking forward to the SO project chat tomorrow night despite me not posting this week and to the next LBloggers’ chat next Sunday!

Starting Off: Foundation

Week 3 Already! Crikey! I have a confession to make; I don’t really wear foundation…HAHAHA, your faces! Just kidding, of course I do!

Foundation is basically the base to all your other makeup; it is used for evening out skin tone, general coverage of blemishes and give your face a nice healthy glow/look. There are a few different types, so we’ll just look at them briefly before going over application and recommendations etc.

  • Liquid
  • Cream
  • Powder
  • Mousse
  • Tinted Moisturiser/BB cream.

The type you use will depend on your skin type. I  remember being told when I was younger, that no one under 25 should wear liquid foundation…well I can tell you now, that’s the only kind I’ve ever been able to match correctly to my skin tone, so there! I think this is mainly because you’re prone to oily skin/acne, and full on foundation can clog pores and make this worse. However, if you need to cover those spots, there’s nothing better. Powder is better for oily skin types, but using some oil absorbing sheets and a bit of powder on top of other types of foundation will help with that.

Tinted moisturiser is good for all skin types, it is perfect if you want to even out skin tone but can’t be pestered with a full face of make up. I am a fan of this!

Applying your foundation:

First of all, look back at weeks 1 & 2, you’ll want to have a nice freshly cleansed face and pop on some moisturiser. Everyone seems to have a different take on the length of time you should leave between moisturising and applying foundation, some say 5 minutes other say 15. Personally I prefer 15-20 if I have the time. This does also depend on the type of foundation you use. Once this is done and any under eye concealing has gone on, you’re ready to get going!

Application techniques:

So using your preferred tool, whether that be a brush, a sponge or your fingers, use a small amount and blend outwards towards your hair line and neck. I tend to dot a small amount on my forehead and cheeks, then blend using a damp sponge ’til there is even coverage and no blotchy patches on my face.

It is no secret that I am rather lazy when it comes to makeup and beauty; I like to cut corners where I can, and using foundation is no exception. My favourite item is tinted moisturiser. But, as it’s me and no post of mine would be complete without it, I like to (sort of) make my own using Lush!

foundation1 (1) 

My foundation of choice is Lush’s Jackie Oates colour supplement. If I want complete coverage, I use it after moisturising, blending with a damp sponge and it gives a lovely flawless finish – in that it covers all my summer induced freckles and any red patches/blemishes I may have. Most days, though, I just want a light finish to even out my skin tone from red patches I get on my cheeks. So on those days, I mix a small amount with my moisturiser, using the back of my hand as a palette, and blend it either using my fingers or a damp sponge. I normally just use my fingers. I love how light it is, and is made using all natural products, which is perfect for my crazy skin.

On those special occasions though, I use (as mentioned in my last post for concealer) Estee Lauder Double Wear. I purchased the foundation and concealer in the lightest possible shade for my wedding last year. I believe this cost me £28, and is long lasting, so it’s not something you’ll want to wear everyday (to avoid clogging your pores), but more for those occasions where you want to stay photo ready, for example a wedding. This goes on pretty much like every other foundation, however it does dry quickly to fix itself in place, so it’s best to keep your moisturiser on hand, and use a little bit to manipulate any bits of foundation which have dried blotchy and need blending.

Generally speaking, I find both of these fine on their own, but when necessary (or predominantly around the t-zone at least) I use a bit of Lush’s Emotional Brilliance powder on top.

So there you have it, a brief look at my foundation usage,

Next week: Bronzer. I will not be posting next week as I never have and sincerely doubt I ever will use bronzer, but I’m still looking forward to reading through everyone else’s posts. Please follow #theSOproject on Twitter to find the plethora of amazing posts from my fellow SO project bloggers!

Starting Off: Concealer

concealer2

If you hadn’t guessed already, I am bit lazy when it comes to beauty. I think this is what makes me a bit different in the starting off project; I don’t do anything complicated, I like being able to things as quickly and effectively as possible. I often like to go barefaced because of this; if my skin looks good, I’d rather not cover it up. However, there do come days when the odd blemish or the demon pimple appear and even I am vain enough to cover it up.

This week we’re looking at concealer.

TEENAGERS: After a good skincare routine, concealer is your BEST friend and secret weapon! 

What is it? Well it’s used to cover up any spots, blemishes and general imperfections on your face, including those horrid black circles under your eyes. Those of you who are younger teenagers probably won’t have this problem, though those of you who wear glasses might find that they do.

I’m relatively new myself at covering up under the eyes, (I generally just try to hide them with my glasses) so the main focus of my concealer post will look at mainly covering up blemishes and the dreaded Vesuvian-esque spot, but there will be a bit on under eyes later on.

I started wearing concealer in school, well before I started wearing makeup/foundation etc. I tended to use it when I had a massive eruption somewhere roughly the size of Lady Gaga’s hair, and only really in a dire emergency. I became a regular user when I was in college and contracted Impetigo after a college holiday to London (I’m convinced I was in fact allergic to London). Not knowing what on earth had overtaken my face, I was (with good reason) far too self conscious to leave the house and attend a friend’s birthday party till my mother kindly went and bought me some more concealer with which to cover it. By the next morning however, the rash had gone from being a few obvious but small red patches to have taken over the lower part of my face and took some considerable effort to cover up. However, for the first time in years I did notice my skin looked much better than it ever had when I hadn’t contracted a highly contagious face disease.

So, first things first, covering up a blemish. This is so much easier shown via video than described, so sorry if you’re not keen on watching videos, but this was the best video I came across and is much more detailed than I could ever describe:

This is pretty much the technique I use to do this, though I must admit before watching this I always used a finger or the applicator that came with it; I’ve never had the inclination to buy a special concealer brush (okay, okay shock horror of FGSJ does #theSOproject part 3: I only own 2 make up brushes, one for foundation and one for blusher. I’m sorry, I promise to fix this later in the project when we all start recommending make up tools) and hadn’t thought of trying to use a cotton bud, they really are genius!!

Technique aside, the main things to take from this video are:

  • Don’t use the same concealer for under your eyes as for blemishes. You want something lighter for lightening and brightening under your eyes, and you want a concealer as close to your own skin tone as possible for covering blemishes to make it look as natural as possible.
  • Foundation first or second? It’s up to you which way round you do concealer for covering blemishes. I prefer to do it afterwards, but do any under eye coverage before foundation.
  • Remember to use powder on top to avoid creasing.

My favourite choice of concealer, which I’ve used for years is without a doubt is this from Rimmel:

rimmelconcealer2

It is apparently the UK’s most popular choice of concealer, I don’t know if this is true but it certainly does a good job and only costs £3.99. However, I’ve recently opted for a cheaper choice by Collection, as it was, well, cheaper costing only £1.99 and seemed to match my skin tone a slight bit better, I have yet to try it out though. Last year I also pushed the boat out and purchased myself some Estee Lauder Double Wear liquid concealer to go with my Double Wear Foundation for my wedding day, and this currently is my favourite go to product on a really bad day; when I don’t want to wear a full face of make up and would rather go bare faced or go ‘nudey faced’ as I like to call it. It doesn’t budge at all, feels really light, doesn’t crease and gives good coverage. It is however, mega expensive at £21.

I set my concealer in place with Lush’s Emotional Brilliance (big shout out and massive thank you to Pixie Anna for collecting this for me as I had completely run out!).

For those rare occasions that I do in fact use concealer under my eyes, I use my Lush Jackie Oates colour supplement (which I also use occasionally as foundation/make tinted moisturiser) and once again, set it using Emotional Brilliance. Now this isn’t something I’m great at, so again, I’ll let the video do the talking:

I tend to use the damp sponge technique though until I watched this I didn’t dampen the sponge, (yes I learnt something new AND whilst I may not own many brushes, I do love a good sponge, so there!)

So there  you have it, my imparted wisdom on concealer. Surprisingly still a relatively long post for a short subject; it’s amazing how much there is to say about one tiny product.

Next week: Foundation.

Starting off: Skincare

Skincare… pretty much what it says on the tin really, caring for your skin. Your daily skincare routine tends to start as a wee nipper, when your mother or some other relative, guardian or carer washes your face with warm soapy water and a face cloth, or as I like to call it, the flannel of dooooom. Generally speaking this is sufficient, but as we get older and skin gets dryer or oilier depending on your age/skin type, it is best to switch this for something a bit more productive/useful.

So the basic 3 step formula I was taught when I grew up was this:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Moisturiser

I then sort of threw this out the window…okay so really I only  threw step 2 out and for many years step 3, as my skin was so oily, I couldn’t even use a light moisturiser, even after using tough anti blemish type cleanser.

So cleanser then, any kind of face wash you like really, or rather any that your skin likes is good. Personally, I have super sensitive skin and as a teenager tried many brands, but found that they dried my skin out far too much. A lot of brands aimed at reducing spots WILL dry your skin out, I found the best, having sensitive skin, being ones that were gentle, like the Simple range and one or two of the creamier ones from Neutrogena. I remember one Christmas my mum bought me the Clinique anti blemish gift pack, and whilst the other products were harsh, the cleanser was pretty good and gentle. These days for cleanser I stick to products made by Lush. Use this once a day, I would suggest on an evening especially if you wear make up.

I would personally avoid Toner, they contain alcohol and will dry your skin out and make it more irritable, however, Lush do some nice toner waters, especially their Grease Lightning, which is brill for teenage skin. Toner is mainly used to remove any remaining dirt and make up, but really you should use decent make up remover specifically made for your eyes and then your cleanser should do the rest. You can find Lush’s spot treatment/good for spot prone skin products here.

Moisturiser can be a pain to get right as a teenager, but stick with it ’til you find a good one. I used to use Simple moisturiser whenever my skin felt like it needed it, and a lot of the other bloggers involved reading this will probably gasp in horror when I say I didn’t use it everyday; my skin didn’t feel like it needed it and was pretty oily most of the time. If you suffer from similar issues, I’d say moisturise as you feel you need it e.g. when your skin feels dry and tight and remember not to use too much; a little goes a long way!

These days my skincare regime consists of cleanser: Angels on Bare Skin by Lush unless I’ve been wearing make up, which I don’t do everyday…I know, I know, please contain your gasps of horror. On those days I use 9 to 5 by Lush or Ultrabland by Lush. I prefer 9 to 5 for ease of use, but sometimes Ultrabland is necessary for removing waterproof mascara effectively and is really good when my skin is really red and sore and having an allergic reaction. As it is so thick, I prefer not to use it everyday as i find it hard to get off sometimes! I follow this up with Neutrogena Multi Defense moisturiser, as another good tip is using a good SPF to help with anti aging! Using sun cream is highly recommended, but I’ve never been able to get away with this so I use this Neutrogena moisturiser which is SPF 25 instead. I’m sure its not as good as a sun cream, but if you’re worried about oily skin, a moisturiser with SPF will do in a pinch. I have however, recently purchased some of this Steam Cream, and will be giving it a go.

I love using Lush products because I have incredibly sensitive skin and am allergic to all sorts of random things. Because Lush is all handmade products from all natural ingredients it means there are no harsh chemicals to bother your skin. I cannot recommend them enough. That’s not to say everything is perfect, I once had a disastrous incident with their Oatifix face mask, which is meant to be super gentle and kind…it would appear I am allergic to one of the ingredients.

Now, Angels on Bare Skin is my all time absolute favourite skin care product. Love, love, love it!

How to use it:

On days when I’m having bad skin or fancy giving it a treat I often buy Lush’s fresh face masks. Catastrophe Cosmetic is brilliant for red, spotty and bothered skin. It is my miracle cure for bad skins days! Last year Clipper tea included vouchers in their green tea boxes so you could go to your local Lush store and have a free face mask making work shop. I went with my friend (whom I refer to as Bird if you’re not a regular reader) and we got to drink green tea while they gave us a skin consultation and tried different products on us (on our hands though, not face in case of allergies etc though I believe some stores did do this as a full facial) then had the opportunity to make a batch of Catastrophe Cosmetic which we got to take home.

Someone else enjoying their workshop:

I honestly think that discovering Lush skin care products in my mid to late teens was my savior! They have genuinely made a massive difference to my skin. Many times I have strayed and tried other brands but always seem to return to them. So if like me, you have sensitive skin that products seem to dry out, but at the same time you have oily teenage skin that seems to be a complete nightmare to buy for, try some Lush! As I said, with them being handmade from all natural ingredients they will be kind and gentle to your skin. The staff are brilliant and know their products well; they can advise you and you can test products in store.

Other tips and tricks you may not want to hear:

  • Drink plenty of water – keep your skin, mind and body hydrated, Alcohol and caffiene dehydrates so tea, coffee and cola type products won’t help.
  • Don’t smoke – smoking damages your skin as it restricts oxygen to the blood vessels which dries skin out and can make it even take on a greyish appearance; attractive! (Not to mention all the other icky stuff it does to your body!)
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol – again, it dehydrates and will help to age your skin.
  • Avoid sunbeds – this should be self evident, if you should wear SPF to stop the sun aging your skin, sunbeds will have the opposite effect and age you well before your time!

Remember, when in doubt, try it out. Test products if you can to see how your skin will handle it, look on websites for free samples and find stores that will let you test them there and then. Everybody’s skin is different so what works for your friends may not work for you.