hi guys :) as a makeup artist i love to experiment with makeup and am constantly piling on the foundation before a night out. however, after suffering from acne in my teens, i have to be extra careful about products i use and my skin care regime!
firstly, i cannot stress enough how important it is to have moisturised skin! even if you have oily skin and are prone to spots, its still essential to moisturise! i have trialled a few products over the years and have decided that the best for me is olay beauty fluid. this product is usually about £5, which is a bargain. i use mine twice daily and it lasts few a good couple of months when i buy the 200ml bottle. im almost 21 (practically an OAP, i know.) so i dont want a moisturiser that is too heavy or that sits on my skin for too long. olay beauty fluid is perfect for applying all over the face and neck to achieve an evenly moisturised complexion and therefore better looking makeup!
moving on to face wash/scrub. as i said, i have suffered pretty badly with spots in the past and a few years ago went to the extreme of using mens products on my face to get rid of the little buggers! much to most skin care specialists and makeup artists horror, it worked for me. everyone always says 'you shouldnt scrub your skin', 'the skin on your face is sensitive', 'thats a boys product, you're a girl!' BLAH BLAH BLAH. point is, it works for me. i use oxy for men face scrub. it is a fairly runny face wash with grainy particles which, i find, helps soften my skin and remove excess makeup. if you have sensitive skin, this probably isnt the best product for you but i wouldnt rule it out completely. it can be used once a week or even once a fortnight for the occasional deep cleanse!
removing makeup, especially after a night out, is every girls worst nightmare. the removal of fake eye lashes that are holding on for dear life and pull half of your natural ones out in the process, the lip tint that NEVER COMES OFF or the waterproof mascara that seemed like such a good idea at the time (because when you drunkenly burst into tears for no apparent reason, your eye makeup is the top of your priority list). no one wants to come in, remove everything 'properly' and lose an extra 20 minutes when they could be sleeping or, ya know... eating pizza. face wipes are the quickest and most skin friendly way to remove makeup. i use simple kind to skin but any un-fragranced wipe will do the trick. to avoid blemishes, blocked pores and unsightly spots, ALWAYS take your makeup off before you go to bed. your hangover is going to be bad enough without your eyes being glued shut with eyelash adhesive!
every once in a while, we all enjoy a face mask! the singular packets sold in the supermarket or high street are great if you have the money or if you dont regularly use them. a great alternative however, is neutrogena's 2 in 1 face mask/wash. this product can be used as a daily face wash or as a mask every now and then. having used this mask for a year or so now, it has greatly reduced the redness of my skin and always provides a clean base for my makeup! it is extremely affordable at around £4 and lasts for months.
i've used these products for a good few years now so can definitely recommend them! i am however, always in the market for new skin care products so if anyone has any suggestions i will give them a go!!! if you follow me on twitter, you'll know that i bought some argan hair/skin/nail oil a few days ago - i think i will review that in my next blog post!
i'm off to get ready for this evenings american themed night out! its the superbowl tonight! giants vs patriots - who are you supporting?!