Sunday, 17 September 2017

Evening Skincare Essentials

I love experimenting with skincare, after all it can completely change the way you look and how your makeup applies. 

However, when you find products that work for you it becomes hard to steer away from those and no matter how many different variations of a certain product you try you always come back to them. 

Here are my holy grail evening skincare products, the ones that greet me as I come home from a long day at work and want to remove my makeup and get into my pyjamas to chill out asap. 

S T E P O N E 

No matter how tired/lazy I'm feeling I never sleep with my makeup on, my go-to makeup remover is the take the day off balm from Clinique. 
This stuff is ah-mazing. It's gentle enough to use on the eyes and melts away my makeup with ease, you only need a small amount of this so a pot lasts so long! it's perfect for on the go makeup removal or as something to take on holiday, though I follow this with a second cleanse I could definitely get away with just using this alone- my Holy Grail makeup remover

S T E P T W O 

I like to double cleanse, that way I can be sure that my skin is fresh and clean and ready for bed. For this I love to use a combination of my Magnitone Barefaced cleaning brush* and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. 
Some very exciting news is that I'm a Magnitone brand ambassador! you can follow my link here to view all of the lovely Magnitone products that I've been loving. 
The Magnitone bare faced brush works my cleanser into my skin, reaching those pesky areas where spots and blackheads tend to build up. It beeps when it's time to move onto the next section of your face which I love! it means I take the time to do my skincare routine and enjoy it as opposed to rushing. This is such a lovely addition to my evening skincare as it feels like a massage- girl needs to pamper her skin!  I would highly recommend these as the perfect skincare routine companion. 

The Liz Earle cleanse and polish was the first 'high end' skin care product I ever purchased and I was so excited to use it - this has now been in my routine for years and is my go-to cleanser, I'm yet to find anything that compares to this. 

S T E P T H R E E 

The Body Shops Vitamin E range has the most beautiful, delicate scent to it and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and plump - this is why this is my go-to night cream. I've tried many and always find myself coming back to this. 

S T E P F O U R 

Eye cream! though this is a step I usually forget and have to rush back into the bathroom to do.. I am obsessed with the Kiehls avocado eye cream, this is a lightweight eye cream that leaves my eye area feeling hydrated and awakened. This doesn't have a strong scent to it either so lays beautifully on top of the Vitamin E night cream. 

S T E P F I V E 

This step is essential at this time of year when the weather starts to become a whole lot colder, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is an absolute saviour! I hadn't tried this until last year when it completely saved my chapped lips and since then I've sworn by this, it's incredible and you need it in your routine. 

What are your go-to evening skincare products? 

Dayna x


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Zoella Beauty Christmas 2017 First Impressions

I know that it's only September but here is a long awaited beauty launch for Christmas 2017 - The Zoella beauty Christmas line. 

Last year I decided to purchase more Lush bits and pieces around Christmas and so gave the Zoella range a miss, I ended up picking up the Gingerbread scented hand cream in the January sales which I loved so I feel like I missed out! 

But it's so easy to get lost in the cliche Christmas gingerbread and cinnamon scented beauty items once the season to be jolly commences, so I'm very happy that the scent of these items are not traditionally Christmas scented. 

That being said, I feel like this scent could have been applied to any season- Peony, Winter Cranberry & Mint. 

This range smells and feels very luxurious, almost Jo Malone-esque  and so I think this is aimed at young adults-adults as opposed to previous ranges that have felt very teenage aimed. 

Here are the items that I managed to get my hands on... 

Snow Silky Body Lotion 

First up, I adore the packaging for this product - combining whites, greys, coppers and pinks to make this super instagram worthy and visually pleasing. 

I would say this is has a medium consistency, being the perfect in-between of delivering good hydration but not being overly heavy. 

It has a beautiful fresh scent and is the perfect everyday moisturiser. 

Winter Wonder Hand 

Again, the packaging for this is beautiful! The bottle is the same design as last year in terms of how big it is and the lid that unscrews which I actually love- it allows you to get every last drop of product out. 
The hand cream is super hydrating and absorbs easily and so is the perfect handbag addition for A/W. 

Snow Scoop 

I was so so happy to see that there was a bubble bath within this range, what's even better is that it comes in 400ml tub so there's plenty to last throughout A/W. 
This smells a little sweeter than other products in the range but still smells beautiful, I can't wait to use this! 

Snow Fresh Body Wash 

I love the original Zoella beauty shower gel so I'm excited to use this to see how it compares. It has the same scent as the rest of the range and comes in a beautifully packaged grey, white, pink and copper bottle. 

Snow Polished 

I love it when exfoliators come in tubes as it makes them super easy and convenient to use in the shower. This is a fairly light exfoliator so perfect for A/W when you don't want anything too harsh. 

Snow Smooth Body Butter

I really love this, the consistency reminds me of The Body Shop's body butters and at a fraction of the price! In Winter skin tends to become drier and so something a little heavier is definitely needed (goodbye dry knees and elbows!) 
This is only a small 100ml pot so I'm sure i'll be repurchasing this soon! 

Splash of Milk Bath Milk Powder

I've never used a bath milk powder before so i'm looking forward to seeing how this compares to a bath bomb, this is supposed to be really moisturising and relaxing so I'm excited to give this a try. 

What are your thoughts on the new Zoella Christmas products for 2017? 

Dayna x

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