Something people always ask me at fashion events is how I get such clear skin, and inspired by Fee over at Makeup Savvy's recent post on going back to basics with her beauty regime I thought I'd share my everyday face, hair and skin routine with you all!
Clinique Superdefence SPF 25 Age Defence Moisturizer. I know I don't need age defence, but I love the cream and the fact it's SPF 25 so I buy it anyway! I originally tried it as a Clinique bonus time sample without realising it was anti ageing so I fell in love before I even knew all about it! I dont use this every day; just when I feel like my skin needs it!
Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream. I hardly ever use this, and when I do only usually around my eyes. I have quite bad allergies to quite a lot of makeup; especially eye makeup. The worst reaction I've ever had was to Lancome silver eyeshadow; the area around my eyes bled. This is a special cream from Clinique which is one of their more back shelf products I have to ask for in store and I don't think they even have it on the shelf; I originally read about it in Vogue and asked at my local counter. I got quizzed by the woman so much why a teenager with good skin wanted special cream for stressed and damaged skin but she sold it to me in the end! The moment I apply it the affected areas stop stinging as much, and the moisture helps my eyes feel better faster; if you have skin problems it truly is a lifesaver!
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter. The best and only moisturizer I use everywhere that's not my face, though it does actually work ok on my face too. Buttery, clean smelling and actually moisturizes first time without a need for reapplication. This is the only one I use, except for the Love & Toast hand cream I carry around in my handbag, but that's more of a luxury rather than part of my regular routine.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear face scrub. I don't really go in for what face scrubs are supposed to do, but I settled on this one because I like one with beads in, it doesn't sting my eyes, removes my makeup and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight!
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I used to choose shampoos and conditioners for what they did for what they were supposed to do to my hair; for brunettes, for curls, for volume. Then I went to the shower and forgot my hair stuff and my friend had left this in the shower but I had no choice but to use it and beg her for forgiveness later. That was when I fell in love with the orchid and coconut smell, and since it left my hair smooth, shiny and glossy with it's usual waves I never looked back!
Shine Shock by John Frieda. I use the Brilliant Brunette version of this hair serum. I have used so many different hair serums a I like to wear mine wavy and glossy, but this is still one of my favorites, even though I don't use the shampoo an conditioner that goes with it anymore. I find as this is nice and thick when used liberally it gives the bet glossy effect that is not too sticky, doesn't make my hair clump and can be used on wet or dry hair for different effects.
Seven Seas Calcium Tablets. People my age usually don't need to take extra calcium, we should be getting all the nutrients we need from out diets; but I'm semi-lactose intolerant so though it's not a beauty product, I count it as such as it keeps my hair and nails strong and healthy because I physically can't do this any other way without making myself unwell. Since I started taking these I have noticed a big difference in the health of my hair and nails and thee ones don't taste too bad; just a bit lemony and chalky which is ok if you chew them with water. However, I still only take one of these a day instead of the recommended!
Which products are an integral part of your beauty regime?