How My New Skincare Routine Changed My Skin

Everybody wants to look flawless right? And what do we do to try and achieve it? Buy a foundation costing £40 and then a primer for £20 then we realise we have really bad under eyes so we invest in concealers so almost around £50-£80 on trying to achieve flawless skin and while we’re at it we are destroying the skin more!! So recently I decided to spend more money on skin care to make my skin better which resulted in making any foundation look flawless!! See I believe you can make any product work but in their own way.

So I switched up EVERYTHING I used except my trusty St.Ives face scrub. So firstly I am so grateful for the ladies who introduced me to all these amazing products, my skin has transformed and I have never been so confident in my own skin!

Makeup Remover

So starting off with removing my makeup, if I am wearing makeup I use the Garnier Micellar cleansing water for my face and for my eye makeup I use the Nivea eye makeup cleanser, never in my life have I seen such an amazing product!

Cleanse

Next, I cleanse again or go straight to this step if I’m not wearing makeup. I am still switching up cleansers I am currently searching for the one! But till then I am liking the Pixi Cleanser this leaves my skin feeling REALLY smooth and looking bright, however I am still contemplating whether it’s a favourite, another thing I like about this cleanser is that I can use it as a mask, so I will apply it and leave it on for about 10 minutes then wash it off as normal. The next cleanser I have been using and actually really been liking this because it is a cleanser, toner and moisturiser and I picked it up for £1.75! It is the Avon Care 3 in 1 cleanser, this is priced at £3.50 but I got it on offer, and I am really liking it, it makes my skin look and feel fresh and bright and it doesn’t dry my skin which is the best thing ever I hate cleansers that dry my skin out!! Lastly the third cleanser I am using and I am not really liking it is the L’Oreal fine flower gel wash, I have done a mini review on this on my Instagram you can read that HERE.

Scrub

After Cleansing I scrub, I don’t always scrub I don’t want to dry my skin out but the only scrub I ever use and have used is the St.Ives scrub, I know a lot of people have said this scrub did not work for them, but I love it!

Mask

If I am going to use a mask it’s usually after scrubbing and depending on what products I have used already then I pick a mask it’s usually between the L’Oreal pure clay masks, the Detox one and Glow one are my favourite!

Moisturise

Eye:

For my eyes I use the Vitamin E Eye cream from the Superdrug range, so far I am like it makes my eye area feel smooth which makes applying makeup on easier, it also gives me a ‘wake up’ feeling.

Face:

Now it’s time to put all the moisture back into the skin and I have Oily combination skin so finding a moisturiser that’s moisturising enough and doesn’t make my skin more oily is pretty hard and annoying so I’m floating between moisturisers. I use to use the Nivea moisturiser for sensitive skin, I don’t have sensitive skin but I liked it because it was light, well I thought it was until it started to make my skin look greasy! So I got the Mac studio moisture fix, this is really lightweight I love this moisturiser however, £22 for a moisturiser is pretty expensive so I am looking for a cheaper alternative. The best thing that has happened since I changed my skin are routine is that my dry skin has gone less noticeable, the facial sprays I have been using have cleared my skin and kept it hydrated so my skin isn’t as dry as it used to be. My favourite facial spray I use every single day without a doubt is the

My favourite facial spray I use every single day without a doubt is the Mario Badescu Facial spray this spray is AMAZING I reviewed it in a previous post which you can find HERE. It has helped clear marks on my face and kept it hydrated I can’t talk about this spray enough! I love it! Some days When I feel like my skin is more on the oily side I don’t even bother using a cream I just pray this all over my face and neck, it’s really made my skin feel and look better!

I have also been liking the Vitamin E serum from the Superdrug range, I still haven’t decided whether I like it or not but what I do know is that it makes my skin feel so smooth! A lot of people have claimed the Vitamin E range has broke their skin out, I’m still not sure about it! The same range have a hydrating must which is another great product to hydrate your skin I have a love hate relationship with this it can make you look oily and feel sticky if you use too much, but when the right amount is used it can be so good! I am going to be doing a full review on some of the products I have in the Vitamin E range so look out for that!

Toner

Toners something I switch up between however I have found an amazing toner, I am loving it so far I only got it very recently but omg I love it! It is the La-Roche Posay Serozonic Spray, this toner is for oily skin which is perfect for me, it slightly tingles, but it’s a good tingle!

The Mario Badescu facial spray is another spray I use as a toner it is so versatile you can use it to set makeup hydrate and tone your face, you can even use it on your hair!! If you don’t already own it, you need it!

 

Body

Lastly the latest edition to my morning skin care routine is the Nip & Fab Tummy Fix, When I first saw this on the Superdrug website I was so curious and HAD to check it out, so far I haven’t seen results however I am hoping its one of those products that needs to be used over a long period of time before you can see results!#

 

I don’t use all these products daily I switch them up depending on the weather or how my skin is, and remember guys what works for me may not work for you and I have Oily/Combination skin, just thought I would add that in, incase anyone wanted to try the products out although I do believe some of these if not most are actually good for dry skin!

Thank you for reading my post, this was just my morning routine, would anyone like to see an evening skin care routine? Let me know in the comments below and follow me on Instagram @beautybyaneesa_ to keep up with what I am loving!

Aneesaxox

How to lose pounds!

Yes, you read that right!! POUNDS!!!! If you know me then you will know I have tried every weight loss tip and trick in the book and gone from starving myself to eating like there’s no tomorrow!! When it comes to weight loss it is SO hard to keep up with, changing your eating habits and exercising and keeping away from junk and remembering to keep hydrated!

So I came across a video about an all natural drink that helps you lose pounds and obviously I was game! Mention the word weight loss and I’m game! So what is this amazing drink I am keeping you all in suspense about you ask? Well, it’s a drink made up of five ingredients that cleanse your body naturally! So non of extra bull you get from tablets and teas!

So in a little more detail, what is in the drink;

  • 1 tbsp of Organic Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp of Sea salt
  • 1tbsp Organic Ginger Juice
  • 1/3 of a cup Pure Apple Juice
  • 1/3 cup of cooled boiled water

How I use it

So first think in the morning I make this drink and drink it while I rush around making the kids breakfast, and leave around half an hour before I have my own, lets be honest it’s always an hour or so after! But, the recommended time is half an hour. I boil the water in the kettle, throw everything in a mug and mix it all up! – Super easy to make, sometimes if I accidently add too much salt I just add more apple juice to make it taste better!

How it works

So obviously the next question how is drinking this every morning going to work? This drink works as a colon cleanser, what is a colon cleanser you ask? its an ancient practice of cleansing out the large intestine. The cleanse is supposed to clean out the toxins and waste in the colon which results in enhancing the vitality of the body. The other benefits of the cleanse include; weight loss (YASS!), improve the immune system and improve mental outlook! which is pretty ace right?

How did I find it?

Well since I had my baby who is 9 months this week I have been trying to lose weight through exercise and healthy eating MOST importantly keeping it all natural rather than using quick fixes and tablets, they have all failed on me!! I discovered this cleanse a couple of weeks ago and the results are AMAZING I am seeing my body shape changing, I have dropped 7 pounds since I started drinking it!!!! It really does works and it feels amazing doing it in a healthy way, I’m no gym freak and I don’t work out as much as I would like to, I also do not have a strict diet however, I do try to maintain a healthy diet! I like to be honest and blunt with you guys so I got to add that as it is a COLON cleanse, it will make you go toilet, that does NOT mean you will get the shits, it just means its working and you will go for a number 2 :D!

Some things to take into consider before trying out this cleanse, firstly KEEP HYDRATED, water is your best friend it will not BLOAT you if you build up how much you drink slowly, I never used to drink water, so when I started drinking more I had a bottle a day, then a bottle and a half, then two bottles and so on, I am currently on 2 and half bottles! Next thing to help cleanse your colon you can add insoluble fibres to your diet such as cereals and whole grains and soluble fibres such as fruit, veg oatmeal and bran.

That’s all for now, I tried to keep this post short and include all the important info!!

If you do try this cleanse let me know how it goes!!

Aneesaxox

False Lash Superstar Mascara – Review

I saw a TV ad on these mascaras, the ‘Xfiber’ one and I was sold – Damn you TV, selling me shit all the time! I was convinced this mascara was going to give me HUGE lashes! I was feeling slightly guilty for not repurchasing my ALL TIME FAVOURITE mascara the Maybelline Lash Sensational, but I wanted to try something new,  So I went to Superdrug to pick one up and I totally forgot which mascara it was! There were two mascaras that looked the same with different colour packaging so I ended up getting the Superstar False Lash mascara (silver packaging).

False Lash Superstar Mascara

The superstar mascara has a double end, one side is a white primer that thickens and adds volume to prepare the lashes before the second coat. The other end has the actual mascara with fibre in it to lengthen the lashes.

      
So I have been using this since I got it and it definitely makes your lashes look longer I love the primer it really gives VOLUME to the lashes and the shape of the brush helps it get into the corner of my eye to grab each hair! The mascara applies nicely over the primer and makes your lashes look long and HUGE! The only thing I don’t like about this mascara is half way through the day the lashes don’t look as lifted as they did when you apply the mascara so by the end of the day they look straight :/ which is annoying so I mentioned how I did not like it all and some people recommended I go for the Xfiber one, the one I actually saw on TV -.-!

False Lash Superstar X Fiber Mascara

So the Superstar Xfiber mascara is similar to the other mascara however, the primer is black and does the exact same thing as the white one so it gives your lashes volume and a lift. The other side of this, well as you can tell by the name has Extra fibers compared to the other mascara, you can see them on the wand in the picture, with this mascara because it’s like adding two coats I apply the fiber part mainly at the ends of the lashes and they look amazing! This one is my favourite from the two, but I wouldn’t say its my favourite mascara it looks a little clumpy, that’s mainly because of the fibers, I still prefer the Maybelline Lash Sensational, it’s literally my most favourite mascara EVER!

I got both of these from Superdrug, they were both £10.99 but L’Oreal always have some sort of offer on and if they don’t then Superdrugs will have one on, I hardly ever buy anything that’s not on offer! Why pay full price when they will almost always be on offer right?

Rate these products out of 10: (Superstar) 5/10 (Xfiber) 7/10

Would I recommend these products?: (Superstar) No (Xfiber) Yes

Would I repurchase these products: No

Thank you for reading my review!! Any mascara recommendations?

Drop them in the comments below!!

Aneesa

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation – Review

Today I am going to be reviewing the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless! wow that was a mouthful! Haha!! I have the Fit Me dewy foundation and it’s literally my go to foundation for everyday wear, I love it so when I saw that Maybelline released a matte version I wasn;t overly excited, I just think the packaging was putting me off, I like foundations with a pump but I ended up buying it anyway as I heard many good things so I thought, hey why not? 

So first things first the price, I actually purchased this while doing my weekly food shop! I always have a little nosey at the beauty products to see what’s on offer (that’s my way of allowing myself to buy something ha!), saying that, this foundation wasn’t actually on offer but I picked it up anyway and it cost £4 which is pretty cheap for a foundation considering you get a decent amount!

The packaging, as I have already said I don;t really like it, it can get messy and I don’t really know how much I use as it’s not like the normal, one pump or two pumps, with this it’s however much you take out? if that makes sense? Although this isn;t a major issue, but  I prefer a bottle with a pump!

I applied this using the Real Techniques sponge and I have used this with a Morphe blending brush, for those brush lovers I totally felt like it went on smoother with the brush! I actually prefer a brush with thicker foundations!

Th foundation colour was a good match although I am 125 in the Dewy foundation. I got 120 because my shade wasn’t there however, it was perfectly fine I guess with it going into Autumn/Winter months I can use lighter shades without looking out of place! The consistency is slightly thicker than the dewy foundation, but because it’s a matte foundation I was kind of expecting that.

It definitely had a matte finish it, but not the chalky type, it was a nice matte and left my skin looking smooth and my pores were gone, I have tried it with and without a primer, and both times there was not a huge difference! Without the primer, my larger pores were still slightly visible but with a primer, there was nothing my skin looked flawless I was very impressed!

Did it last?…Yes it lasted all day! obviously, it wasn’t as fresh as it looks in the morning but my makeup was still looking amazing at the end of the day I didn’t want to remove it. This is perfect for no makeup days, it doesn’t look cakey at all, I would say the coverage is light to medium but you can definitely build it to look more medium to full!

Lastly, I wanted to add that my makeup stayed matte throughout the day which was pretty amazing, my T-zone always gets oily within 2 hours!

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Rate this product: 9/10 

Would I recommend this product: Yes! Definitely

Would I repurchase this product: Yes!

Thank you for reading, what are your thoughts on this product..

Aneesaxox

Pixi; Best Of Bright – Review

One of my boxing day/new year purchases was the Pixi Glow Best of Bright set, it’s a set of travel sizes of the Pixi glow tonic, the glow mud mask and the glow mud cleanser. Now, I have been wanting to try this brand out for ages! I have heard so many good things about the Glow mask but as always there are negative reviews on how it breaks out some on people, anyways so when I saw this on sale I thought it would be a good way to try the products out because there is no way I was going to purchase the full product and then find it wasn’t good for my skin!

The set was a part of the Christmas gift sets from M&S and it was on sale for £12 down from £20, when I bought this I didn’t actually know they were travel sizes so I was pretty gutted when I saw how tiny they
were! They like fit in my palm!! aha

Pixi Cleansing mud mask: Cleanses deep into the pores and detoxifies the skin, it also contains 5% hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, avocado, oil to pump and nourish the skin.

Pixi Glow mud mask: Draws out impurities and combats breakouts. The mask revitalises, clarifies and brightens the skin, Kaolin and sea salt purify the skin while Ginseng and aloe vera balance.

Pixi Glow Tonic: An exfoliating toner that works to perfect the skin tone and texture leaving the skin with a healthy glow. It contains Aloe vera, ginseng, botanical extracts which work together to soothe and treat problematic skin. The product claims it is gentle on all skin types ( I don’t believe this is true after hearing other reviews so if you do purchase this I would advise getting a sample or travel size one)

 

So I have used these products for a week I used the mask twice and I used the cleanser and toner daily for about a week, and here are my thoughts on them!

Cleanser

When I first used the cleanser I found it a little weird how it goes thicker and thicker as you massage it however it is a nice feeling as if your rubbing all the dirt out of your face. A good tip when using the cleanser given to me by Phosbeauty, is to massage the cleanser into the skin and leave it on as a mask for around 10minutes, this leaves you skin feeling extra smooth! I like the cleanser but I wouldn’t say I love it, it cleans my skin and leaves it feeling really soft and looking a lot brighter however, I don’t think it’s amazing.

Mud Mask

I’ve never tried a mud mask on my face so this one is a first, I have used it a handful of times and I think its a nice mask for a normal day It made my skin look brighter and feel really soft which I liked, I find this mask is best to do in my evening skin care routine, in the morning my face looked bright and my skin looked great! I might possibly buy this again.

Glow Tonic

Now this one is the reason I bought the whole thing! people rave about this toner so much I had to try it out and honestly it has been a love hate relationship! When I first used it it was that time of the month, so I broke out really bad, I was so annoyed because I hadn’t broke out like this in YEARS so I blamed the toner and put it away a week or so later I thought it may have been because my skin is more sensitive at that time so I gave it a go and I REALLY liked it, obviously not straight away but a week of using it in my evening skin care I noticed my skin looks more fresh and has a healthy glow, my skin looks the best it has ever looked!!

Overall I think I would purchase the Glow Tonic again and maybe the mud mask but I don’t think I would purchase the cleanser, I still haven’t found ‘THE’ cleanser, every cleanser I use has something I don’t like about it!

Rate the product: 7/10

Would I recommend it: Yes

Would I repurchase: Not all the products!

If you do want to buy yourself this version it is no longer available in M&S however you can buy it from HERE, which I think is worth it as you get all three products to try out before knowing if you like them.

Thank you for reading my review!

Aneesaxox

 

 

 

What I learnt in 2016; Primers

Third blog in my ‘what I learnt in 2016‘ series and today I will be talking about primers, believe it or not last year I never even used a primer, I always thought of it as an extra thing you don’t really need like isn’t my moisturiser enough? Oh boy was I wrong, this year I was introduced to primers! It’s never too late and of course I started like everyone else, which one is the best primer from ALL of them again the wrong question!

So here are the things I learnt;

1. Not all primers work for everyones skin types HOWEVER, if you prep your skin well they can do amazing things!

2. I have oily combination skin so mixing two primers can give you amazing results, a hydrating primer alongside a matte primer has been my go to! 

3. Silicone-based primers for the thick foundations.

4 Water based/hydrated primers for water based/normal foundations

5. Primers need to be massaged into the skin till they feel tacky or for silicone ones till they are evenly smooth.

6. The right base can make any foundation look flawless!

My favourite primers right now are the Kat Von D lock it primer and well it’s not a primer but works brilliantly as one, the Garnier pure active matte moisturiser.

If you haven’t already read my other posts in my ‘what I learnt in 2016’ series

then check them out!

Aneesaxox