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My current moisturiser – Day 16 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge


I don’t think of myself as being too fussy with moisturisers but there are some that work for me and some that don’t. Everyone’s skin is different and this post is of course about how my own skin works. I’m not a dermatologist and I can only speak for myself.

I find that if my skin is either too dry or overly moisturised, it tends to break out. If it’s too dry, it starts producing oil and it will eventually lead to too much oil in some places causing spots. On the other hand, if a moisturiser is too heavy for me, I will also end up with spots on my face.

My go to face moisturiser is the Nivea Soft moisturiser that comes in a 75ml tube. I prefer squeezinNiveaSoftg (or pumping) out moisturiser rather than scooping it out from a tub because I think it’s more hygenic. I use a pea sized amount and massage it onto my face every night and I find that this absorbs very quickly. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy and it’s neither too light nor too heavy for me and it doesn’t break me out. It’s probably a pretty average moisturiser (as moisturisers go) but it just works for me.

It has a bit of scent to it but I don’t find it very strong and it doesn’t irritate me — I actually find it quite pleasant. It has Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E and since I’ve started using it (about 6 months ago) it did make my skin feel softer.

I also use this under makeup if I’m not using my Missha BB Cream. I find it works very well and I don’t find that it alters the longevity of my makeup (it doesn’t last longer and doesn’t wear off quicker either).

This cream can also be used as a hand or body cream — I don’t use it as a body lotion but sometimes I use it as a hand cream if it’s the first thing that pops into my hands when I’m looking for a hand cream.

Every once in a while, possibly once every week or two, I give my skin some extra moisture by topping off this moisturiser with an Etude House sleeping pack (either the firming one or the moisturising one). The sleeping packs, especially the moisturising one, make my skin feel baby soft in the morning but if I use them too often, I will break out.

All in all, I find to be a convenient moisturiser that works well for my skin. It quenches my skin, doesn’t break me out and it’s at a great price (£2.17 on Amazon.) I wouldn’t say that it does anything spectacular to my skin but it does keep it moisturised and soft, which is what it says it does. After I’m done with this tube I have some samples and moisturisers that I got in previous Glossyboxes to go through, but if I didn’t have a stash of moisturisers, I would repurchase this one.

I’m pretty basic with my moisturising routine, what do you use?



The base for beautiful makeup – Skincare. Day 7 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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Day 7 – Skincare

First off, skincare products work different on different people. I also find that I use different products depending on how my skin is behaving. I don’t always use the same face mask, or the same moisturisers. But here are some of the products that I use most regularly.

First off, moisturisers.

My go to day and night moisturiser is the Nivea Soft moisturiser. This has some Vitamin E and Jojoba oil and I can honestly say that it makes my skin soft. If my skin is extra dry, I sleep with the Etude House moisturising sleeping pack. I had never heard of the concept of sleeping packs until last year. They’re part of the Korean skin care routine. They’re applied generously at the end of your routine, you sleep in them, and you wash them off in the morning. This one works great. After a couple of minutes from applying it it goes tacky, it does feel like something that seals in moisture. In the morning when I wash my face, my face feels shiny, plump and moisturised. I sometimes use the collagen version of this mask but I much prefer this one.

Next up is lip care. My holy grail lip balm is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula lip balm. It’s the one lip balm that works on me. I also love the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula body lotion. I use this over my body and I also use it as a hand cream. I love that it comes in a pump and it absorbs quickly and really works.

I decided to include the Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream and my Secret Key Gold Premium First Eye Patches. I don’t use these everyday but the eight hour cream is excellent for quickly moisturising dry patches (such as elbows). I apply this generously before sleeping and in the morning my elbows are smooth and soft. The eye patches are also a Korean product. These are gel patches that are soaked in a serum. I wear these under my eyes for half an hour and my eyes feel soothed. I haven’t really given them a proper test to see whether they do anything for my dark circles, I use them occasionally when I’m up for a half hour pamper session. The doctors suggest that one should also watch out for the crohn’s disease symptoms.

Next up, cleansing.

Every night I remove my makeup using Johnson’s makeup be gone wipes. I haven’t tried these extra sensitive ones yet but the varieties that I’ve tried from this range have been really well saturated with cleanser and they remove makeup very easily. I’ve tried a variety of cleansing wipes and but I haven’t found another brand that’s so easy to use. After using the makeup wipe, I use the No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser. This removes the residue from the face wipes and also leaves my skin feeling clean and soft.

I mainly use two face masks. I use the Glamgldw Youthful Mud Mask to extract blackheads and any gunk from my skin. This also works really well for exfoliating. After using this mask my skin looks squeaky clean and yes, it glows. I don’t always use the Glamgldw mask all over my face. Every once in a while, when I have some problem areas I simply apply it there and it works great. If I that I have a pimple that’s about to claim it’s space on my face, I quickly use the Glamgldw as a spot treatment and it starts deflating this.

When my skin is doing alright and I just want a relaxing all over face mask I like to use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. This works really well but it doesn’t have the same drastic effects as the Glamglow mask. It’s great as a milder treatment.

And that’s it for my most frequently used skin care products. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and you really need to assess the situation with your skin and figure out what products work for it on that day. I find it quite hard to stick to a particular product constantly.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you think!