#32 - Skin Edit - Dehydrated Skin Pt 2. - Products

So last week I shared what dehydrated skin does to me; this week is about the products that I have tried that helps with this dehydration condition. Obviously these are only suggestions and are products that have worked for me - you know your own skin best so if these don't work, try something else :) My skin is combination, oily, sensitive and acne prone and this page may contain affiliate links - it doesn't change how much you pay but it helps me out a little :)

Current routine, also a terrible flatlay

Current routine, also a terrible flatlay


1. First Step Cleansing

I try to use products that doesn't strip away moisture when I clean my face, and I like my face squeaky clean, hence I double cleanse as part of my every evening routine. I combine balm/oil cleanser with a foam cleanser, here are my favourites so far!

Heimish All Clean Balm is my all time favourite cleansing balm - it gets rid of all the makeup but doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped of moisture. It's gentle, yet effective and works in one go. Balms are generally quite thick I find that I don't need a lot of this to remove daily makeup and for heavier shoot days, I use a bit more or double up cleaning just to make sure I get those 6 inches of makeup off my face. Honestly it's done absolute wonders for me and I will always come back to this cleansing balm (this is a repurchase, even when I love trying new things!) because I know I can rely on this!

Clio Micro Fessional Cleansing Oil Balm is what I currently use and almost hit bottom with this! Again, one of those glorious balms that leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean without stripping the moisture. Compared to the Heimish All Clean Balm though, I personally would prefer the Heimish one just because of how my skin feels afterwards.

I know right, yet another product that does this! I tend to find that products of this texture tend to give me that sense of cleaniness without stripping the moisture. I've tried gel before, but I never felt like my skin was clean enough, and I've tried oil, which left me feeling clean, but not necessarily moisturised sometimes, depending on the product you use. Also I tend to go through oil a lot quicker than balms so for me, this type of product works really well.

2. Second Step Cleansing

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Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick was/is one of those cleansing sticks that every blogger loves and it really is lovely on the skin. They don't love it for no reason! I'm very new to stick cleansers so I wasn't actually sure if this worked, but it did and it foams up nicely and with the low pH it helps with strengthening the skin barrier. This is perfect for travel and I would definitely consider this as part of my travel kit, but would I repurchase this? Probably not, I don't think this has personally made it to the top of my 2nd step cleansing list and to be honest, I'm still looking for one that I would for sure repurchase!

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Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam is my current second step cleanser that I use every night. I like that it sqeezes out like clay, but definitely foams up when you start massaging it into the face with a little water. This isn't stripping at all and it's really comfortable to use this as a 2nd step cleanser. Because it's got clay in it, it gives another layer of deep cleansing after the cleansing balm that I use, it's like having a mini clay mask session without having to leave it on the skin to dry and wash off. And the best thing is? My skin never feels tight after cleansing with this

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Skin Watches Enzyme Powder Wash is great for travelling with! It's in powder form so it's a lot lighter, and you can put it in your hand carry if you want to because, hello, not a liquid! You don't need much of it to mix with water to create a lather which you can then massage into the skin. Because it's got papaya enzyme in there, it's also great for sebum control and a little bit of "detox" on the skin, plus it works as a gentle exfoliant. AND doesn't strip the skin of moisture. Who said squeaky clean skin has to come with a price - believe me, I've used cleansers that have left the skin pretty dehydrated!

3. Toners

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Olivarrier Dual Moist Toning Lotion is one of my favourites and currently using. No alcohol, low pH and absorbs into the skin so well. It's perfect as a toner to rehydrate the skin after cleansing and for the 7-skin method to make your skin look like glass (apparently glass skin is the latest trend...). This was sent to me for review purposes and I wouldn't hesitate to promote this because this really helped with hydrating my skin when I was in Cornwall. With the 7 skin method it served as a mask as well because, believe it or not, I did not have time to complete a masking routine in the evening!

I'm going to be honest, this Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner I have yet to try, but I've heard some really great things about this so thought that I should include it here. Review to follow when I get around trying it...

Bonus toner that I haven't got an image for because it's been a while since I've used it - it's when I first came across the 7-skin method, I tried it with this toner and it is oh so amazing! The DECLEOR Aroma Cleanse Essential Tonifying Lotion is wonderful at rehydrating the skin and you don't need to worry about using a lot of it when you get the large bottle. With the 7-skin method, this toner makes your skin glow so much that it won't go unnoticed. Make up goes on like a dream. This toner also soothes the skin after a stressful day and the fragrance doesn't feel artificial as it comes from an essential oil rather than added in artificially.

3. Serums

I really should start using more ampoules, but with The Ordinary by Deciem, I rarely find the need to. You really cannot beat the price of these super effective products either!

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 gives surface hydration as well as under the skin hydration. We all have products that contain some form of hylauronic acid in it, but this serum is at a higher concentration, hence gives "multi-depth hydration". It's quickly absorbed by the skin, perfect for dehydrated skin. In fact, I think it'd be great for any skin because every type of skin need that deep hydration. Your skin will feel plumped and soft, and you can use this for both morning and evening before creams.

4. Masks

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It is honestly difficult to recommend masks because you really have to try it yourself to know. Even though I have some go-to masks, I am always discovering new ones that are amazing. However, if you're a cheapo like me and want a high performance hydration mask, these 3 are my go-tos. I am really sad because I'm running low on the Coconut mask (thin sheet, super hydrating, lots of product. You skin will thank you) but I think it's time for me to go back to some other brands and try new ones. Although I am very inclined to order these again!

Innisfree it's real bamboo mask is ranked pretty high on the hydrating list. I thought the aloe one was good but this? This is even better for hydration. Ignore that person who tells you that oily skin you should be using Aloe or Mugwart or whatnot from the range - THIS is the one you should really go for. Oily skin may be a sign that your skin is dehydrated and the one thing that will help with controlling that sebum is rehydrating your skin so it reaches the balance between oil and water. This bamboo mask does a better job than the aloe one, in my opinion, at rehydrating the skin and keeping it hydrated

Petitfee Resurrection Plant Soothing Gel Mask is one of my recent favourites. It's thin, jam packed with the serum and just so hydrating. My goodness, you can see the difference before and after using this face mask. It's got desert plant concentrate and berries, so not only does it hydrate, stops moisture from leaving, and it also brightens. I'm not so sure on the brighten bit, but the moisture bit is defo real.

5. Moisturisers

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Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream: Anti-Gravity is my new favourite. It's thick, so you don't need much of it, and it instantly hydrates the skin and locks it in. It's not oily so doesn't create a sticky film over the face. And it smells great, without being overpowering. I chose the anti-aging one, because, well, I need it. There are other products in this range and I'm confident that they will be just as effective! This is great for the winter as it's got Cactus oil and cactus extract that helps defend the skin against the cold and dryness that winter brings. Personally though I think I would happily use this during the summer. Gel "creams" are never really enough for my skin so I tend to like denser creams.

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Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk Argan Oil Steam Cream is one of my absolute favourites. I keep telling myself to buy steam cream off steamcream.co.uk and I still haven't got around doing it because I keep getting moisturisers from the sites that I order other things...One day, one day. This cream is just so glorious - it feels amazing on the skin; it's not too dense but don't underestimate it's moisturising power - it hydrates and locks it all in and leaves the skin feeling so lovely and soft.

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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. Make-up artists' favourite. And I can definitely see why. You don't need a lot to rehydrate the skin with this moisturiser and it really keeps the skin moisturised; use too much though and your skin may feel a little heavy, but this goes for all moisturisers out there! I use this before heavy makeup application because it creates a smooth and soft surface for makeup to adhere to and it's done wonders for the makeup. I tried this when I started seeing the makeup artists I work with use this on me and hey ho, always listen to a professional!

6. Sleeping Mask

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Honestly, I rarely use sleeping masks. Just never fully incorporated it in my routine and haven't tested many I would happily leave on my face overnight. This one that I'm getting through these days is the Goodal Waterest Vital Sleeping Mask. This has more of a gel-like consistency so it doesn't add heaviness to all the products I use before this final step. It also doesn't leave stickiness to the skin after application like the Vichy one has done before, so I feel safe sleeping in this. This does a good job in locking the moisture in over night because I've woken up in the morning not feeling as dehydrated as I have done without using this. However, this hasn't been part of my routine for a while because I haven't injected it in my habit. Autumn/Winter will be a good time to start trying to use this every night to see if this dehydrating thing improves over time.

So that's it for today! Did you find this helpful? I appreciate it's not a lot of new products that I'm introducing and I will keep trying more products to add to this list. Albeit short, I hope you find that you agree with some of the products I've listed, or suggest some new products for me to try out :) Hydration is the most crucial part of my beauty routine and goal and I am always on the lookout for products that help with it, because who doesn't like their skin to glow and feel plump and soft ;)

#30 - Beauty Edit - 5 (more) beauty mistakes that I've made

You've read the first 5, here's another 5 for good measures!

1. Forgetting the neck and chest

The skin around your neck and chest are the same kind of skin on your face, so you should never neglect these 2 ares. I'll be honest, I still do forget sometimes, but most times I do remember and apply products, mask residue, and cream on these areas.

The neck is the easiest to show age - so more care should be taken!

2. Not moisturising enough before makeup

It really was until I started doing more and more shoots and applying thicker and thicker makeup to my skin that I notice how crucial it is for the skin to be hydrated and moisturised. Essentially because my skin is so much softer, plumper and smoother, it means that products cling on to the skin a lot better too. I definitely noticed the difference when I used a full coverage foundation with hydrated skin and slightly not-so-hydrated skin. 

Perhaps it's just me, but that full coverage foundation patched a lot less on my skin when it's properly prepped beforehand, which is something important you should do especially with heavy makeup! 

3. Applying too much makeup

There is such thing and you know it too. You know, layering on too much foundation on top of foundation, powder after powder, concealer on top of concealer

Look, if you need the coverage, then by all means, go ahead! But you should probably let each layer "dry" first before applying the 2nd later so it's gripped on to the skin first.

The instagram trend these days are the full coverage look and honestly, I've tried it, it looks ridiculous in real life (but amazing in pictures!) unless it's just incredibly well done, well blended and etc. But let's face it, most of us aren't, so let's stick with bit by bit!

4. Not using Serums

Yeah I don't know what I was thinking; probably thought, well, I can probably get away with it. You won't. And when you start using proper ampoules and serums, you will thank me for it. You can layer on thinner serums on to your skin, followed by thicker ones.

5. Not using eye cream

Again, not sure what I was thinking, but you should really use it. Eyes have much thinner skin than the rest of the body so... always apply a reasonable amount of eye cream around the eyes and anything excess? around the nose and mouth! It's never too soon to be doing anti-aging things!

Do you make these mistakes too, or is it really just me....?

#27 - Beauty Edit - 5 mistakes I've made in beauty, and the solutions

No pics today because I am going through a bad skin phase! This is what happens when you start a new job and not used to a brand new routine - I went from a night owl to a 6.30am wake -up (5.30am if I want to go to the gym), so I definitely feel like it's taken a toll because I have less time to do a full routine.

Regardless, thankful that I do have a job that keeps me alive... (until I spend it all on beauty products anyway).


Here are 5 mistakes that I've made, and occasionally still make, and what I did to rectify them

1. Only cleaning face with water in the morning

We forget how much dirt and dust and etc. is on the bed, on the pillow and in the room, especially if there is no ventilation, i.e. stale air. All these are still considered pollutants for the skin and I've legit woke up with dirty face. Historically I've rinsed it with water, but have found it not being clean enough as a base for further makeup and skin care. Dirty skin creates a barrier for products and stops them from going through and for me, makeup doesn't bode well on top of dirty skin.
Rectification: Cleaning my skin with cleansing water/micellar water/toner with a cotton pad does a far better job than just water. The hard water we have here in the UK really shouldn't remain on the skin anyway and in my evening routine, I wipe it off the same time I apply toner with a cotton pad. After cleansing water in the morning, I will apply toner, eye cream and moisturiser and let that set in for good few minutes before moving on to make up.

2. Not masking enough

For a masking addict like myself, this is hard to imagine, but I never used to mask frequently and regularly and only "saved it" before big days. What I didn't understand is that good skin is the byproduct of good habits and you need to be masking regularly/frequently to really see the effect of the product. Applying hylauronic acid one day make make your skin look amazing for that day, but it won't sustain til the next, and the following. With all products, regular use is important to see the long-term impact and your skin will tell you if it's not suitable for you relatively quickly.
Rectification: I consciously made the effort in masking more frequently and when my skin is feeling dull and just bad in general, I mask consecutively for a few days and see immediate improvement. Sometimes you just need to pay some extra attention to your skin, work in new habits in your routine.

3. Not listening to your skin

I know, this sounds really obvious, but you'd be surprised how many of us don't do it. there are certain products that would work for you and certain that don't and this applies for everyone. I mean, everyone. There will always be a general guideline or rule of thumb as to what products are best for what, but these don't necessarily dictate that these products are definitely going to work well. It may do, but would it work as well for you compared to your friend who has recommended it? We also get stuck in a routine sometimes and forget that our skin changes through the year, through age and through state of mind, diet...etc., and we wonder why the usual stuff isn't working lately. If it isn't working, you should take some care to explore what didn't work, what the reaction is, and observe your skin for a while to try and figure it out.
RectificationMy skin makes it really easy for me to know what doesn't work, but I now make the extra effort in observing what other feelings I have on my skin. Is it particularly oily, why, what has changed, what I've added in my diet that's caused me to break out (usually deep fried foods and junk food!). And I acknowledge that this problem is unlikely to be a one-day thing, so whatever I do to try to combat it, I will have to make the effort in doing it for a few days consecutively at the very least, and then see if the situation improves.

4. Not having a routine

I know, hard to imagine, but it took me a while to realise that I really have to take care of my skin. They say that your skin stays at the age you start taking care of it and I see so many young girls these days who don't take care of their skin properly, e.g. removing makeup with only makeup wipes, that, by the way, don't remove all the makeup!
Rectification: have a routine. There are so much I want to do with my skin - anti-aging, hydrating, whitening/brightening...etc. It's not possible nor effective to fit products that do everything in to one routine though, so I separate them and know what products are for what functions (especially for serums) and use those products when I decide on a routine that day.

5. Not regularly cleaning makeup tools

It's easy to neglect this when your schedule is hectic. There are many models who I know own brushes that look like they haven't been cleaned in months! You should be cleaning brushes and sponges after every use, but it's hard to do that when you have a day job and need to get up early in the morning, tired by the evening, then have to cook and etc. But this is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so the longer you leave it on the brush  (which is now mixed with makeup and facial oils/skin), the dirtier your brush is, and that's just really, really, terrible for your skin. You might as well dip your face in a dirty puddle.
Rectification: wash. your. tools. If you don't have time, brush cleaner and isopropsyl alcohol 99% are your best friends. Get rid of the builk, and then work on the details and deep clean later. This should be a no brainer, really, but after witnessing these models' tools, I genuinely did not want to touch their faces!


That is all folks, hope you had an amazing weekend! What mistakes have you made and what have you learnt from them?

#20 - Beauty Edit - Cosmetic Jolse HAUL

So much joy when you buy a lot of stuff and they all come at once and you just spend time rummaging through and trying to decide what you want to use first! Maybe I should start with this because I'm almost done with this type of product....or maybe THIS because it just looks SO pretty!

Which one are you? I think most people are both and I'm so excited to share this K-Beauty haul from Cosmetic Jolse with you. 

As with most hauls, it's just gonna be straight forward and I'll put product names below :)

So let's get this out the way first, I've spent USD 153.80 (~GBP 120) on my order. That's right, I spent so much that I qualified for international EMS Shipping. And a shed load of samples. Oh this makes me so happy even when I'm broke AF.

Most of the products I've gotten this time are completely new to me. The only ones that aren't are the innisfree bamboo masks, which was on sale and some of my favourite masks ever (and I ordered enough to bump myself over the threshold for free international EMS shipping). Really excited to review all these other products for you so keep your eyes peeled!

Product List:

  1. CLIO Micro Fessional Cleansing Oil Balm 80ml
  2. Husley Cream Anti-Gravity 50ml
  3. Wish Formula Optima 7 Pad 50 sheets
  4. Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask (Bamboo) (3 sheets per pack)
  5. Petitfree Resurrection Plant Soothing Gel Mask (10 pieces)
  6. Skin Watches Enzyme Powder Wash 60g
  7. Purebees Galactomyces 80 Eye Cream 50ml
  8. Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam 150g
  9. Heimish Refresh Water 365ml
  10. SkinFood Pineapple Peeling Gel 100ml

And now....make no mistake, these are SAMPLES

I bought so much that Jolse put in a lot of samples in my box. Including that handcream. I can't wait for a time where I travel and have some of these in my kit! I'm terrible with samples as I'm such a hoarder - literally stash everything away until I actually absolutely have to use it.

Have you bought from Jolse? What was your experience? I'm going to try to buy from different sites and eventually bring out a post of different ecommerce platforms available. I may not be able to cover all of them (also without sufficient funds) but will do my best to cover how I feel about some of these sites that offer a wide range of products, to smaller, independent sites that may not stock a huge variety.

Til next time!

#19 - Makeup Edit - The Ordinary Colours (!!!)

So a couple weeks ago I got my final order of The Ordinary Colours - they were on pre-order only so it was a bit of a wait to get them but oh so worth it! I bought them in 2 different shades and they are 30ml each. Don't be fooled by the tiny bottle - the no-bullshit packaging shows you exactly how much 30ml is - The All Nighter by Urban Decay may look like a larger bottle, but I guarantee you it's also 30ml (at more than 3 times the price of The Ordinary Colours).

I made a short video on how I've used it and removed it and have done a voice over. Please be gentle with me as I'm still trying to grasp how this whole video thing work - how the heck do people do it? Either way, I hope it will help!

I cannot begin to let you know how much I love this foundation. It's got that full coverage without looking cakey. The pigment doesn't patch up easy - it's malleable and it looks like skin. It's literally best of both worlds and for people who want to feel like they look like they're born with good skin - THIS IS IT. And it's less than £6.00. Even if you get 2 bottles it will still cost less than your one bottle of Urban Decay All Nighter.

(I know I keep mentioning this Urban Decay foundation: it's because I got one and eventually absolutely hated how it looked on my skin as it patched up so easily and doesn't sit well on the skin any more and it also costed £27.00... I've used it a total of 3 times perhaps).

P.S. There are some audio issues here, my apologies! The part that stuttered a little is the part where I explain I got 2 shades, one that is 2 shades lighter and one 2 shades darker than my skin tone; and in hindsight, I should have gotten one neutral and one yellow so the colour doesn't come out too yellow.

So there you have it - The Ordinary Colours on bare face. I didn't even put toner or moisturiser on and it still sat so comfortably on top. It's silicone based but feels really moisturising. The Ordinary also does primers and I have both - they are both silicone based and you can of course use them together.

Have you used The Ordinary Colours? Did you like it? What other foundations do you like?

Video Product List:

  1. Gangbly Jeju Horse Oil Moisture Cleansing Water
  2. The Ordinary Colours: Coverage Foundation with SPF15 in 1.2YG Light and 2.1Y Medium
  3. Zoeva Face Shape Brush 110
  4. Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder
  5. Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 Brush
  6. Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil

#17: Makeup Edit - DIY Cushion Foundation

So a while ago I went down to Cornwall and packed a cushion foundation. Now, I've never actually bought one because I watched Gothamista's DIY Cushion foundation video and have since made my own. I'm going to share what I've done, even though this time hasn't been that successful and I've just ended up using more concealer for a base during my trip than to use this cushion foundation. I will note the mistakes at the stages where I feel like I've made and do a lil mini conclusion at the end - hopefully this will help!

So with all DIY cushion foundation, you need the empty case. This could be your existing one. I washed out my sponge but I believe you can actually buy them? If anyone knows where though, let me know! I also sprayed and wiped my case down with rubbing alcohol to disinfect it.

Mistake #1:  I would recommend getting a new sponge instead of washing mine out like I've done. For convenience purposes and also for better absorbance and effectiveness of the product. In the instance that you may not have gotten all of the old product out, there may be a "cross contamination" of products

After your container is clean, it's time to choose what products you want to go in your foundation. I'm trying a new foundation and an old BB cream to see how it'll work. Normally I mix foundations to see which one suits my skin tone the most; I've used/mixed different combinations from 3 different foundations (Vichy BB cream, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, The Ordinary) to see which one would fit me the most and went with the Vichy BB Cream (lightest) and The Ordinary (darker, with a yellow undertone).

Korean cushion foundation often have skincare qualities too and if your don't, you can always create one that does. I've added Hylauronic Acid and a Vichy serum (sample size) as well. The ratio of skin care to foundation is 1:3. I've also added a touch of illuminating primer from Primark to make the foundation a little more dewy.

When you've selected the products, it's time to mix it all in. I would recommend mixing the mixture elsewhere first before adding it to the container, especially if you're doing a new concoction of products.

So here (below) I am swatching what illuminator I should add in, and then doing final swatches to feel the texture on the skin as well as checking that the colour works before pouring it in the cleaned container.  Mistake #2: I haven't actually used enough products (foundation in particular) for my mix and found that it was harder to get product into the sponge and on to the appilcator afterwards. I didn't usually have to dab my sponge a million times, but this time I did and it could be because there simply wasn't enough product poured in the container. You should only really fill it a third up full though otherwise they will leak.

Use that sponge to scoop up the rest of the product with both sides and then push the sponge into the clean container, pressing with the spatula to soak up the products from the bottom of the container.

And there you have it, It is genuinely that easy. The hardest part is getting the products right and having the right amount in the pot. After you're done, pop it back in the outer "frame" and test it with the sponge applicator.

2 mistakes I think I've made that have made me feel that this particular DIY cushion foundation isn't as good as the last one I've made:

  1. using an old sponge that I've washed out the product from. I felt like it worked, but perhaps it hasn't - the integrity of the sponge is questionable after washing, or maybe my sponge being a relatively cheap one hasn't done well like some other better ones.
  2. not using enough products. You can tell I definitely haven't filled up a third of the container, and whilst all the product is in the sponge, I feel like it's harder to get the product out. It shouldn't technically be the case as all the product should be within, but for some reason it hasn't worked well this time round and felt that it's dried up a little since using it.

Have you tried making a DIY cushion foundation and what problems did you come across? Or am I just the only idiot with clumsy hands that is unable to follow simple instructions.....hahahah