#JanuaryJoy: Get serious about your skin

I thought about calling this post, ‘get serious about anti-aging‘ but skin care is important at any age however you choose to address it. My particular angle this year is towards investing in the future… at almost 32 I feel it might be time to acknowledge that ubiquitous beauty industry term, ‘anti-aging’. Scary.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel I have suddenly aged in the last year. I’m very lucky and still don’t have any greys (yet!) but I do feel my skin has changed. It’s not quite as plump and fresh looking as it once was and I can’t help but feel that a lot of that is down to my own laziness.

I’ve fallen into the trap of using facial wipes each night, rarely moisturising, unless my skin is actually flaking off and the same goes for exfoliating. One improvement I have made, as of Christmas however, is to start using a serum (something I vowed to find last year) and so I thought I’d share some skin care recommendations that I’ll be endeavouring to follow…

  1. If you have to use a facial wipe (and let’s face it, a facial wipe will always trump sleeping with your make up on,) these are my new favourite. I picked them up in Glasgow when I forgot my usual cleanser and was pleasantly surprised. They’re neither greasy nor drying and don’t strip your skin, plus they’re kind to eyes when removing stubborn mascara. I keep mine in my bedside table ;)  Johnsons Skincare Make Up Be Gone refresher wipes £3.29
  2. Last year, to save money I left my beloved Eve Lom behind and worked through some of my old cleansers to use them up. Now I feel like I deserve the deep clean and daily sloughing off of dead cells that Eve Lom gives and its soothing oils, so I’ll be splurging on this queen of cleansers again. Eve Lom Cleanser 100ml £55
  3. This is hands down the best exfoliator I’ve ever used. Super smoothing and brightening, I use it 1-2 times weekly for the best wake up to your skin you could ask for. Boots No.7 Total renewal Microdermabrasion exfoliator £11
  4. My hard and fast rule for moisturisers (and anti-aging) is that they must contain SPF. I find this one is strong enough for winter dryness but non-greasy and smells lovely while protecting my skin. A Perfect World SPF 25 £35
  5. Lastly, the super serum. This one gets a lot of hype, especially after its recent reformulation and release. I got a sample a few months back and fell in love with it. It has a lovely texture and whilst I’m never going to be the sort of person who actually believes it will make my skin younger to erase wrinkles, it definitely improved the texture and quality of my skin so I asked for a full size bottle for Christmas and am crossing my fingers for miracles! Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II £48

So readers – do you have any skin care resolutions or products that you have discovered and want to share. I;d love to hear any recommendations (or confessions if you’re a face wipe user too!)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Tried & Liked… Beauty

Just recently I happen to have tried quite a few new beauty products for various reasons, so I thought I would do a little round up of some of them here along with my thoughts, in case any of you were looking to make a purchase.

Vichy LiftActive Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes (Available instore at larger Boots branches or here online)

Earlier in the year as part of January Joy, I made some skin care resolutions, including applying eye cream and finding a super serum. So when I was asked to try this Vichy Eye and lash serum I was keen to have a go. The product is supposed to ‘illuminate the eye, smooth surrounding skin and fortify the lashes’. I have to admit, I was very interested in anything that would improve my lashes and had been disappointed to recently find that my renewed enthusiasm for applying my usual eye cream was leading to puffy eyes in the morning, so I was pleasantly surprised by this light serum. Applied with the finger tips around the socket area, as per any usual eye cream, you finish by stroking the serum over the lashes and it feels quite refreshing. As you know the jury is always out for me on whether any anti-aging product works but if you’re looking to invest in an eye cream I really liked this one which is also suitable for super sensitive skins.

Sanctuary 5 minute Thermal Detox Mask, Boots (£3 for a sachet or £10.50 for 100ml)

When my skin is in trouble, I often turn to a mask to calm it down and prevent future breakouts. Previously my favourite has been Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask but having recently run out and always a fan of warming masks I thought I’d try this one. I absolutely loved it – Not only was it really lovely and warm on the skin but it was really effective. It dried up my skin a treat, calmed redness and I felt that it really put an end to the hormonal breakout I was experiencing.

Elemis Freshskin Purifying Facewash (£9.99 online from Superdrug)

Another of my beauty resolutions in January was to try not to go to bed with my make up on. My plan at the time was to keep face wipes by the bed which I did do but another weapon in my arsenal is this face wash. I haven’t used a true face wash in years, finding them drying and leaving my skin uncomfortable afterwards – hence my love affair with the oil enriched Eve Lom. This was a freebie from the Cosmo Blog Awards and I thought I’d give it a go. Despite low expectations I have actually found myself going back to it time and again, when I simply want to freshen up, or when I just want a super quick cleanse. I just wet my face, squeeze out a blob of the cleanser, wipe it all over my face and splash off. Done. Admittedly it’s not super moisturising but it doesn’t leave my skin dry or flakey either. This is actually aimed a young skin and also has purifying ingredients too but I don’t think it matters and would suit any skin as long as it’s not too dry. Great for the shower too.

So, I’d love to hear if any of you have any great recent beauty finds to recommend or if there’s something you want a recommendation for, just leave a comment and I’m sure the readers will have some suggestions!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Borrowing from the Boys…

Due to disruption yesterday this post (which should have gone up yesterday lunchtime) is getting a little longer in the spotlight for you all to add your thoughts! Penny will be back with her musical discoveries this afternoon!

Unsurprisingly, my first stop when it comes to beauty products is not the mens beauty aisle in Boots. Last week however when we were on holiday, I dipped into Pete’s washbag and decided to try out his moisturiser, L’Oreal for Men Wrinkle De-crease. A bit of a cheeky present I got him for his thirtieth (with an anti-aging sub-text!) it had only made it away with us as Pete had remembered he might need a bit of extra attention for his skin after a day of sub zero winds and reflected sun on the slopes.

I was really pleasantly surprised, it had a lovely light fluid texture from the pump dispenser, sunk straight into my parched skin and had that bonus male fresh fragrance that I quite liked! After weeks of super cold weather here in the UK alternating with harsh central heating, I’ve really been battling to keep my skin hydrated and fight the flakes I experience on my t-zone without feeling like I have had to slick my face with overly thick or heavy moisturizer. I couldn’t believe something so light and fresh feeling could do such a great job.

Apart from occasionally borrowing deodorant or a razor if I have run out myself, I’ve never really used mens grooming products and it left me wondering if I was missing out?

Is there anything in your beauty routine that you borrow from the boys?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: BITE Beauty

It’s not infrequent now that I get offered something free to review for Florence Finds. What doesn’t happen often is that I actually say yes. I have quite strict mental criteria for accepting complimentary products or hotel stays for example. It has to be something that I like first and foremost, because I frankly don’t have time to spend somewhere I don’t want to be, in the case of a hotel. And secondly because I don’t have room for mountains of free but not-to-my-taste items. Secondly and of equal importance is that I have to think at least a particular group of my readers will be interested in the review. It has to be something I can see you buying, wearing or enjoying. Lastly I can’t take the ethical guilt of accepting ‘stuff’ I don’t like (and therefore won’t review) which just ends up in the bin.

When I was contacted about Bite Beauty and it was suggested I might like to try out their new range of lipsticks, exclusive to Cocosa (the online luxury discount destination for flash sales,) who have recently introduced beauty products to their range, my attention was seized immediately. (You know I love a great lip colour!) That developed into a curiosity about their claims to be antioxidant, age defying and Good enough to Eat.

I don’t know if it has ever crossed your mind, but I once read that the average woman eats, or ingests accidentally by way of lipstick coming off on your teeth, tongue and food, 8 lipsticks per year. I don’t know if that’s true but given the unimaginable amount of chemicals I suspect goes in to the average lipstick, Bite’s claims of ‘food grade’ lipsticks made me think that they may just have something with an idea like that.

Second thought? Surely it’s a bit of a gimmick?

The parcel arrived last week. Sexy packaging? Check. Shaped ‘in four different moulds to reflect how each different Bite woman applies her lipstick’ in case you’re interested. Vibrant colours? Check. Lovely smell? Check again…

I was sent 4 products and got stuck right in with the High Pigment Pencil which I suspected might be a bit dry… it wasn’t, gliding on smoothly and giving a really nice sheen with punchy dense colour. (This is what I’m wearing in the photo’s.) Each product reportedly has the same antioxidant found in red wine and is full of fruit butters, essential oils and jojoba beads for hydration.

Next up was the Lush Lip Tint in Lychee, (the product you can see here with a central moisturising ‘core’ in the shape of a B.) Although I’m quite new to nudes, I loved this shade for work and it was beautifully moisturising.

Lastly, I ventured into the Luminous Creme Lipsticks and found once again a silky texture, great depth of colour and hydrating formulas that last. That is always my main gripe with lipstick, the trade off between lasting formulas and the drying effects that requires. No such problem here.

I loved them, freebie or not and have used them non-stop since unwrapping the package. I’ll definitely be looking to replenish my collection when they run out – no gimmicks, great texture and losing that niggling thought about those 8 lipsticks a year is only a bonus… ;)

Have you heard of Bite Beauty?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Bite Beauty made it’s UK debut online at Cocosa Beauty and is also available in select Sephora stores or at www.sephora.com internationally.

Disclaimer: Rebecca received samples of BITE products to review from Cocosa.com but if she wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, you wouldn’t be hearing about it here. This is not a sponsored post.