skin healing products

I love beauty, I really do. But despite what you may think there are some days I curse it. Those days are usually a result of waking with a rash on my skin that makes it unbearable to face the day. Pun intended!

Trying so many different products makes me prone to this terror though through my mishaps comes a concoction of products that have finally helped my skin clear up within a couple of days.

What really prompted me to do this was my reaction I had to a combination of meds I was taking after having my wisdom teeth out. I woke with bumps all over my face and quickly got rid of them for a TV segment that was two days later. THIS WORKS.

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no make up face mask

no make up face mask

Chocolate always has a place in my heart and I mean in any shape or form. As a drink, in baked goods, plain and simple bars and even on my face. Canadian beauty brand, Yula Organics offer a variety of masks to meet your skincare needs and the best part is you can mix it with your favourite oils and even water to apply.

chocolate powder

{Eat chocolate, wear chocolate}

  yula organics chocolate face mask

{Chocolate face mask and avocado oil}

I’m mixing my powder with a pure avocado oil (softens the texture and is great for really dry skin like mine). Using olive oil is also super hydrating and beautifying for your skin, if you’re prone to oily skin then try mixing with The Body Shop’s tea tree oil.

chocolate mix mask paste

{Mixing mess}

chocolate mask yula organics

{Nom Nom}

No really, doesn’t it look edible? And also hilarious! Your fam jam will love to see you in this one.

As you can probably tell from the company name, this all natural brand gives you a chocolate mask ($30) featuring only kaolin (a type of clay), cocoa powder and aloe barbadensis leaf (mm calming).

The act of mixing this mess was so much more fun than your average squeeze bottle, I loved getting stuck in this concoction.

It was probably the oil that did it but my skin felt instantly softer and more delicate. The clay offered a gentle extraction so my skin looked without a doubt clearer.

I wouldn’t normally opt for an all natural product (if you do you’ll love this) but I have to say it oh so refreshing to take a break from the harsh chemicals I usually play with…

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nighttime skincare routine beauty blogger

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{Collection of 12}

I know it’s not skincare sunday but I had to share the skincare routine that I’ve settled in to with you. Some of these beauties are repeat guests and others have recently made a comfortable spot in my routine. Either way, these products are so good I find I’m using them daily and my skin has honestly never been better.

daytime luxury skincare routine

{Daytime must-haves}

Philosophy Purity Cleanser – the creamy, staple cleanser that doesn’t strip my skin

Dr Renaud CC Eye Cream – featuring brightening pigments and de-puffing properties for instant results.

Pure and Simple Skin Drink – Simple, unscented and hydrating. I love this for days I feel like my skin is feeling sensitive.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner – Easy, one step spritz to tone and hydrate. Allowing my skin to soak up my serum with ease.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched – On days that are frigidly cold and I need a thicker barrier of moisture

Philosophy Hope in a Jar – My everyday moisturizer. It melts like butter and feels soooo lightweight. If it’s good enough for Oprah it’s good enough for me.

Dr Renaud UV Science, SPf 30 – Everyday is a sunscreen day. It’s the number one way to protect your skin from premature aging and developing large dark spots. This formula is buttery and whilst it feels thick at first it settles in perfectly after a few minutes.

The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter – It’s exactly that, a heavenly scented golden butter that melts as you work it in to your skin to remove your makeup.

nighttime skincare routine beauty blogger

{Nighttime must-haves}

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye – this night cream for the eyes works magic on my dehydrated peepers – whenever I use it they’re always a little less puffy than they usually are.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic – my favourite toner of all time. Still after almost a year! The silkiest prepping product I’ve used to date. My skin drinks it up!

Philosophy Time in a Bottle – My first anti-aging serum that I’ve been using religiously for the past few weeks and it really is buffing out the fine lines I noticed on my forehead before Christmas! The addiction of the concentrated vitamin C means I’m left with skin that’s naturally radiant.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight – This tub of joy really is a miracle worker. I wake with plump, hydrated skin. Another anti-aging number that’s become a favourite in my routine. I haven’t been this attached to a night cream in a while!

purity facial wipes shu uemura ultime 8 cleansing oil fresh honey face mask

{Speciality}

Philosophy Purity Wipes – the best make up removing, skin cleansing, toning wipes of all time, period.

Fresh Creme Ancienne Honey Mask – As a fairly recent graduate I can’t justify buying this product. Ever. It’s $150. But let me tell you that when I’m a boss lady I’ll be investing in this bad boy a couple of times a year. It’s like a luxury facial in a tub and feels ten times more blissful than any treatment I’ve had.

Shu Uemura Ultime 8 Cleansing Oil – Mika for Shu – no cleansing oil has come close. This product melts the make up off and nourishes every millimetre of it as it works. Bonus? Check out the gorgeous new bottle design for Spring 2014. A collaboration with Japanese photograher, Mika Ninagawa and available in April.

fresh creme ancienne honey mask

{The honey pot}

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{Givenchy’s new complexion duo}

Can we all take a moment to squeal over Givenchy’s new packaging? I mean…How special I feel pulling the compact out in public is something else…

foundation

{Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation in #06 Elegant Gold – $59}

The new Long-Wearing Fluid Foundation that promises you an ‘illuminating and comfortable’ wear. Where were you during my teenage days of dull and deathly complexion? My first impressions of the foundation were tarnished with my dry-skin day but after trying it over a well moisturized base I’ve seen the light.

palette closed2

{Long-Wearing Compact Foundation SPF 10 in Elegant Honey}

Can I get an ‘ooo wee’? I don’t excite over powder compacts easily but this large and beautifully embossed palette is almost ‘clutch’ like in it’s design. Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for great packaging and here’s why I’m mad for this one.

palette 1

{The ‘Click’}

The details in the design of this product are so special. As my glamourous friend, Ashley likes to say – “It has that Mercedez Benz ‘Click'”. I know $66 is a lot for a beauty product but if you’re a fan of a matte finish then don’t let me lose you yet…trust me…

powder

{The powder}

The actual powder is worth the splurge too. I’ll be honest, I was expecting a caking, matte finish to my complexion but you only need to look below for the pudding. I wore the liquid foundation all over, then finished the middle of my face with the powder. Swirling the pink, illuminating element will give you a generous amount of coverage with an glowing finish to your look. See? It’s not all about the outside. The inside rocks too.

face

{Face time}

I’ll admit the packaging of this press send is what had me at ‘Hello’ but with more tried the products, the quicker I found that it could easily become a collection staple for me. ESPECIALLY the powder…Beauty lovers better put this on your wishlist asap!

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