Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Beauty Routines

Part One

When I was younger my routine of cleansing my skin was a lot more simple than it is now. I didn't wear much make up, so a flannel,water and moisturiser was all that was used for years.

Unfortunately I also come from that era of people whose parents didn't apply much suncream as a child and my skin has definitely suffered because of it. My Mum used to apply olive oil to her skin and sit in the sun - the equivalent of roasting a turkey. 

However, through my 20's I realised how important it was to protect and treat my skin with care and since then have always cleansed, toned, and moisturised  my skin. I enjoy it. It is a bit of me time at the beginning and end of each day.

A number of people have asked and e.mailed about what I use on my face and what my daily routine is .

So, I thought I would share my routines with you over a series of posts called, would you believe it.......

"Beauty Routines". 

To address the elephant in the room before I start .

I do use a lot of products. 

I know. 

My skin is important to me. 

If I spend money on any area it will be skin care

The end.

I follow Caroline Hirrons blog and advice on skin care . I love her no nonsense approach to products, routines and brands. A lot of what I do comes from advice I have picked up along the way from her. 

I will do 6 posts:

  1. Cleansers and Toners
  2. Moisturisers and Serums
  3. Morning Routine
  4. Evening Routine
  5. Masks
  6. Wishlist and Favourite No Nonsense Beauty Blogs

Part One - Cleansers and Toners.

I do change my cleansers depending on how my skin is doing, the season and what I have discovered on various blogs. I find it is good to have a few cleansers on the go in rotation. Each cleanser  does something different for my skin. 

Don't be afraid to ask for samples from brands to try out.

At the moment these are the ones I am using. 

Cleansers - Ritessens, Clinique, L'Oreal, Priori

  • Ritessens Milk Cleanser 
  • Clinque Take the Day Off Balm
  • Clinque Take the Day Off Milk Cleanser
  • L'Oreal Micellar Water 
  • Piori cleanser 
I am coming to the end of my L'oreal Micellar Water and my Ritessens cleanser( which I got free in a Birch box) and have replaced them with a Clinique "Take the Day Off duo" - a balm and a cleansing milk. I will repurchase a micellar water as I find it useful for tidying up make up mistakes.

Clinque Take the Take Off Cleanser and Balm

Clinque Take the Day Off Balm - a rich balm - you only need a tiny amount.


In the morning I cleanse just once with the Ritessens creme cleanser or the Clinque Take  the Day Off creme cleanser. These are  moisture based gentle milk cleansers that I remove with a flannel and water. I then apply Ren's clarifying toner with cotton wool. It prepares my skin better for make up. 


In the evening I double cleanse. I start with the Take the Day Off Balm to remove all my make up. This balm is amazing. You only need a tiny amount and it removes everything! I will do a full review when I have used this for a few weeks. It has no alcohol or perfume so is not drying either. My skin is then ready to be cleansed. I then use the Clinque Milk cleanser and remove this with warm water and a flannel. If I feel my skin needs a really deep clean I use my Pirioi cleanser.  This is a deeper cleanse cleanser and I really see a big difference when I use this cleanser over  a period of time. However, this range starts at £36 so it is a bit too expensive for every day use for me. I believe the moisturiser is over £80.

The L'oreal Micellar water is also useful for a first cleanse or for removing make up mistakes gently. There are a lot of Cleansing Waters on the market now to try. Most brands are bringing one out as part of their ranges. Bioderma , of course is a big favourite, but I would give some drugstore variants a chance too if you are in the market for one.  However, for me, I don't find it to be that effective at removing waterproof mascara.

I have also reverted to using a flannel. Muslin cloths just don't do it for me. They aren't big enough, strong enough or absorbent enough to do the job I want them to. A traditional flannel is fine thank you. I use Christy flannels - they last for ages. I also find Cath Kidston flannels are thick and absorbent and last wash after wash. This is one of those times when I feel I prefer to spend a bit more on a product that will last the many washes it will get! I use a fresh flannel each time I was my face. As Caroline Hirrons says - same as knickers, don't wash your face with a dirty cloth, clean one every day please. 

I have one toner on the go at the moment.

Ren Clarifying Toning Lotion

I use the Ren clarifying toner. Gone are the days when toners were there to try and remove what was left of your make up and tighten up your skin unnaturally with a splash of alcohol! Now toners can be exfoliating and clarifying. They exfoliate, decongest and smooth the skin as well as giving it a wake up jolt with all the natural based acids they contain . This prepares your skin to take in all the moisture and products you then put on and makes the full use of them. Since using this my skin has really improved in it's texture. I plan to add a rosewater in to hydrate my skin after toning, but it is difficult to find a reasonably priced rosewater that does not have alcohol or perfume in! Any suggestions?

I am also tempted to try the Liz Earle instant boost skin tonic since reading about it on Jen's blog. She uses it in her morning routine that you can read about here.

I was also using the Botanics toner from Boots until I realised that the second ingredient on the list was alcohol denat.  Aways check your product for contents . I try and avoid as many products as I can that have alcohol and perfume in . My skin just does not need it.

 Why do so many products have alcohol denat in? There are alternatives and it  can be so drying on the skin, especially when used in high quantities. The higher up the list the ingredient is, the greater the quantity. If alcohol is second on the list you can bet  that product has a high alcohol content. 

Botanics Rosewater Spritzing Spray

I stopped using Alcohol based products when I read what denatured alcohol actually is and to be honest I don't fancy applying it to my skin. What are your thoughts?

Here is a brief excerpt:

Denatured Alcohol is : "Ethyl alcohol to which a poisonous substance such as acetone or methanol has been added to make it unfit for consumption." 

However, as with all things of course I know it is not as simple as that. Alcohol in the forms it is used in cosmetics and the small amounts in which it may be used, affect the purpose and the effect it may have on your skin. In some cases it is just used in small amounts to emulsify or to thicken or simply being used to bind other ingredients together. Different types of alcohol have different purposes and they are not all the "poisonous ethanol alcohol" that we associate with it. Cetyl alcohol for example, is actually conditioning .

Here are some links if you want to read more.

Denatured Alcohol

Beauty Myths

I still have chosen to avoid alcohol in my skin care products when I can. It is personal preference . If I can find products that have alternative ingredients in that do the job I need, then I'll choose that. Thank you.

I always check the contents of products if my skin is misbehaving. I react to too much cocoa butter or Vitamin E in products, although a small amount is beneficial.

So the first part of my routine is:

Cleanse, cleanse again , tone.

Once my skin has been cleansed and toned throughly morning and night it is then ready to receive the products I have to apply - serums, oils, moisturisers, suncreams etc. 

My next Beauty Routine post will be on the moisturisers and serums that I use.

Do you use products that have alcohol denat in?

Do you think it is important to avoid it or would you be discounting amazing products if you did so? 

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Monday, 29 July 2013

Keeping Fit with The FitBit Zip

Healthy Lifestyle

As you know we have been attempting to improve our health by following the Eat Clean principles by Tosca Reno. You can see some of my previous posts here and here.

However, I have found despite generally eating well,  I am missing exercise and activity. It is very easy now all my children are at school to become a lot less active and I can no longer rely on the running around after a toddler to keep those extra pounds off.

I have got myself a couple of gadgets to motivate me to move and to tone up. I don't have the time to re join a gym now I am working so my efforts need to be a little more directed. My approach is a four pronged attack:

  1. Swimming 3 - 4 times a week alongside children's swim lessons when it fits.
  2. Daily shake weight 6 minute work out - review coming.
  3. Crunches on the fit ball.
  4. Daily use of the FitBit Zip.  This gadget tracks your steps, distance and calories burned. It then syncs those stats to your computer or selected smartphone.

Review of The FitBit Zip

For someone who thrives on challenge this is an ideal gadget for me. It means  I can set realistic targets that fit into my busy day that increase my activity level. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you did more than yesterday! The FitBit Zip was kindly given to me to review from Mobile Fun and came just at the right time to quick start my motivation again. I have been flagging a bit with the building work we have going on at home and it is easy to give in when you have limited cooking apparatus and space to exercise.

As is usual with Mobile Fun the gadget arrived the day after ordering, neatly packed and clearly labelled. I can't fault their service!

It contains :

The FitBit gadget

The FitBit Zip is Happy!

A Flexible cover

A battery remover and battery

A Wireless dongle

The FitBitZip

To operate it you log onto, download the software and install Fitbit Connect to sync your tracker with

You track your steps, the distance you have travelled, the calories you have burned and you earn badges for certain achievements. It logs your very active moments and gives you the opportunity to connect with your friends to see how they are doing as well. You can input data on meals to gain information on calories consumed as well. It is really completely up to you. 

I have found it very flexible. I have used a basic step monitor before, but this is quite simply in a different league. You firmly tap the screen to read the  screen. It is a robust little gadget and much smaller than I thought it would be. I often forget I have it on  as it is so light and small. My husband is now hankering after one!

I have loved using this on the days I have had it so far. It is very small and discreet and fits anywhere on your person. I tend to clip it to the waistband of whatever I am wearing. I like that it is accessible to anyone as an aid to increase daily fitness, not just those who are gym bunnies or marathon runners! It measures all of your daily activity and as a Mum a lot of my activity does still come from racing around with my kids. I find when I am wearing it I consciously up my activity so I can get a higher score than previously. For example I walk the long way round the block to the shop , or run up the stairs. It has surprisingly motivated me to take better decisions about my activity during each day. I've yet to see whether it has helped shift those stubborn few pounds or not!

FitBit Zip on skirt waistband - very discreet.
I will keep you informed of the targets I reach and how I am doing with the FitBit Zip after a few weeks.

You can buy The Fitbit Zip from Mobile Fun for £49.99 here.

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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Shopping My Wardrobe

If You Can't Beat Them....

Join them.

I haven't done an Outfit Post with Visible Monday for a few weeks as the builders have got us surrounded and there is nowhere left untouched to take photos. The whole house is covered in scaffolding and I am often getting dressed in the morning when a shadow passes across my bedroom window. Yes the builders are walking past along the scaffolding to work on the roof at the crack of dawn! 

Anyway, I decided to do a quick couple of photos, scaffolding and all, with my favourite maxi skirt this year. 

Do you know why I love it?

The stripes match up at the join.

Obsessed, Crazy, OCD, lady. 

Yup ..I own that name.

But I bet you are going to look at all your stripes today and see if they line up at the joins now ......aren't you?!

Excuse the messy hair - wind was CRAZY blowing again.

I have a bench at the bottom of the garden with no builders, but they can see me very clearly from where they are.

Skirt - TK MAXX Max Studio £19.99
Top - TK Maxx Max Studio £9.99
Shoes - Clarks Thrifted £10
Bag - Next £25
Glasses - Boots polarised £25
Watch - Michael Kors - gift
Necklace and Earrings - Rose Gold crystals - gift
Jacket - Zara £25 (About)

Outft total - £89.98

Linking up with Visible Monday

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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Beauty Tip of the Day

Get Your Feet in Tip Top Condition

I don't know about you , but I am one of those people who BOTHER.

By bother I mean , bother about my clothes and hair and make up.

I enjoy deciding what to wear.

I like buying new items.

I love getting a new colour on my hair - in fact I am not sure what colour my hair would be now if I left it alone - probably very grey.

I feel great when my skin is in good condition.


As you get older it takes longer doesn't it ....doesn't it?

So ...

I approach this a bit like housekeeping - a little and often .

Apart from my daily routine (more on this next week), which like the basics of housekeeping - the cooking, the washing up, the making beds etc has to be done every day , I do extras on a regular basis .

Each Saturday I will be doing a Beauty Housekeeping Task to keep on top of my skincare routines. 

Join me if you wish! Or Laugh at my decadence!

This week I suggest Tackling your Feet for a mid season sort out.

  • Soak your feet in a bowl of warm water with a drop of oil to soften.
  • Rub away dry skin with a pumice stone or similar
  • Use a natural based scrub on your feet to smooth and exfoliate
  • Rinse in cool water and dry.
  • Massage in some cream - I use Body Butter from The Body Shop, but only because I love it.
  • Use a cuticle cream to tidy up cuticles and a file to shape your nails - remember to file in one direction only - I use the buffing square from Boots
  • If required give your nails a couple of coats of nail polish to finish , using a base and a top coat to  get it to last longer.


Feet after washing - I couldn't inflict the pre washed ones on you! The bruise is courtesy of my son's size 8's!

After Body Butter and Filing

After Painting

After Top Coat


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