Sunday, 20 October 2013

how do i live without you? (skin care edition)

i had a lot of fun putting together my first post in my "give me your clothes" series.
so much so that i decided to start another one called "how do i live without you?"
(yes, this series is named after that trisha yearwood/leann rimes classic...)
basically, the purpose of this series is going to be to share the items i can't live without.
**i use the word can't for dramatic effect...

now, i've never been one to use creams and serums.
but after reading an article that explained that what you do (or don't do) in your 20s can affect what your skin will look like in the future, i've since changed my ways.
so, i'd like to start off this new series by talking about some of the skin care products i've been loving recently!


1 - fresh start eye cream (ole henriksen) 
i've always heard great things about this eye cream but the price was just not right.
but after receiving a sample from sephora, i decided to take the plunge.
with a couple dabs of this creme, dark circles and/or puffiness under the eyes disappear!

2 - clarisonic mia 
♫ all i need in this life of sin, is me and my clarisonic (me and my clarisonic) ♫
seriously, hands down, the best little contraption ever - my skin is brighter and smoother than it's ever been.
plus, i love that you can use any cleanser with it.

3 - rosewater toner (burt's bees)
i have very sensitive skin, so most toners and astringents burn my skin - no bueno.
i picked up this toner at my local walmart as it was on sale and have been using it ever since.
it contains gylercin and witch hazel along with rosewater to tone skin and tighten pores.

4 - tea tree oil (body shop)
it smells terrible but it works wonders on any old blemishes you may have on your skin.
i just put some on a q-tip, plug my nose, put it on my face and watch any dark marks disappear.

5 - apricot scrub (st. ives)
i've been using this scrub since i was 13 and will use it until i am old and grey.
it's cheap and effective and can be used as a full body scrub as well.

6 - boo boo zap (benefit)
even after using all the products mentioned above, i still do get the odd pimple.
which is when i pull out my trusty boo boo zap it as it helps reduce any redness or swelling.
it also goes on clear which means it can be worn under makeup.

so, those are some of the skin care products that i'm loving right now.
i'd love to hear about any products you've tried and swear by.
particularly, any good moisturizers as i have yet to find one that i love.

:)
vanessa



20 comments:

  1. I am definitely going to try that toner as mine is a bit too drying - thank you for the recommendation! xo

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    1. you're very welcome!
      i hope you like it :)

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  2. my first time visiting your blog, i have always had very serious case of pimples, most products i use hardly work for mi, but i will try the tea tree oil for my black spots.
    ezechimereuchenna.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you for visiting, uchenna :)
      you can use any tea tree oil, too - it doesn't have to be from the body shop!

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  3. Great post hun! Thanks for stopping by my blog feel free to do the travel tag by all means!x

    www.momentsofbeautywars.blogspot.co.uk

    Jess x

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    1. i will definitely do one in the future :)

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  4. #2 is my fave!! Works sooo well, great post;)
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment, looking forward in seeing you on my blog again ;)) xoxo

    www.Tsangtastic.com
    New Post – Fluff Love

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    1. i've yet to hear a bad review about it!
      :)

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  5. I still haven't tried the rosewater toner ... but I'm definitely going to have to get on that

    www.futurelawyergirl.com

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    1. you should!
      it works great, smells great and most importantly, is cheap!
      :)

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  6. Lovely post hun! My skin has been acting up with hormonal acne and I've become so big on skin care. Need to try that tea tree toner from body shop and I want want want the clarisonic Mia! I need to start saving for that! Great post hun. Check out my blog. www.tashpantz.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. it hurts to buy initially but is definitely worth the money!
      :)

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    2. I'm saving my pennies for it but I purchased the olay pro x advanced facial cleansing system which is a clarisonic dupe and only cost me £27!! I'll see how I get on with it coz I've seen great reviews. :)

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  7. love burts bees! great blog!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

    check out my chloe + isabel giveaway!

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    1. the toner is my first burt's product but i will definitely will be trying other parts of the line in the future :)

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  8. I love my Mia and I use St Ives Exfoliating Pads faithfully!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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  9. OMG this post Is SO CUTE:) and of course I follow

    Check out my new post....a classic Swedish dream apartment:)

    Have a fab day beautiful

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

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  10. I've always been interested in what other people do for skin care! I loved seeing your list. I use good ol' fashion shea butter or cocoa butter to moisturize my skin!

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    1. i'm the worst at commenting back...
      but i have to tell you that after reading your comment, i started using cocoa butter as a facial moisturizer and *cue hallelujah chorus* - amazing!
      thanks for the tip :)

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