Thursday, 16 May 2013

Skincare Splurgin'


Having had terrible skin for years I've always been obsessed with skincare, however I'm very fussy with what I use and don't tend to chop and change my skincare products. Recently though, as you can see, I have done some serious skincare purchasing to overhaul my routine (pre spending ban)! It basically started with my skin going through extremes - really oily, to the point where I was using three blotting sheets in one go just to mop up the oil and then on other parts so dry it was showing through my makeup. I also had some awful breakouts on my chin, including some horrible cyst-like ones.

I ordered the Pixi Glow Tonic after seeing it raved about on Caroline Hiron's blog. It's an "oxygenating, exfoliating facial glow tonic" that removes dead cells and helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. I intend to use it instead of an exfoliating scrub; Caroline points out the beads can spread around bacteria on the face, which isn't great when my skin is so breakout prone! I've only just received this so haven't used it yet, but can't wait to. (Just a point that you can't order Pixi Glow Tonic online - I rang up the London store and ordered it over the phone on 0207 287 721.) 

Again influenced by Caroline's blog, I decided to introduce a hydrating toner into my routine to use after cleansing, which should re-balance the skin and aid the absorption of serum/oil. Step in Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer! I chose this one as it contains lots of natural ingredients and includes vegetable derived glycerin for moisture, plus it's quick and easy to use. It can also be used over makeup to refresh and revitalise. I'm still making a judgement on this; but my initial thoughts are very positive.

To try and manage my oily skin and breakouts, I purchased the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Mattifying Moisturiser. It contains Salicylic Acid to mattify and balance skin, but also elderflower for added hydration. My skin has definitely been less oily since using this, but it's not a miracle worker and I still need to use blotting sheets. It's also a bit drying on my cheeks, so I've only been using it on my t-zone.

Finally I made two separate purchases from Antipodes - the Divine Face Oil and Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I bought the face oil mainly to target my blemishes and scarring. I've been using it every other day, alternating with my Estee Lauder ANR serum. I've only been using it a week but absolutely love it - it makes my skin looks so healthy, bright and plump! I swear my scarring has slightly improved too. The mask I've used a few times as a hydrating treat - it's especially perfect for those hungover days! It smells absolutely divine. I really should start using it more often and think I will do so in conjunction with my Origins Out of Trouble mask - the double threat facial (I don't have enough for the triple threat!).

What skincare purchases have you made recently? Do you use any of the above products?

Beauty Bird xx



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  1. The Pixi tonic and mask are on my list to buy soon! The oil is lovely and one of my favs x

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    1. I didn't realise Pixi did skincare before hearing about the Glow Tonic, will have to check out the rest of their skincare range!xx

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  2. I basically just added all of these to my skin care wishlist, i'm pretty sure that I just need you following me around all the time telling me what skin care I need!
    xxx

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    1. Hopefully we can visit the Pixi store when we're in London for the meetup :-) haha I wouldn't mind, I just love my skincare!xx

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  3. wow, That pixi tonic looks amazing they manuka honey face masks sounds lush as well!

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation Beauty Blog!

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    1. They're both so highly rated and I think they are a great investment for your skin!xx

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  4. these all look lovely. My favourite recent skin care purchase is the Elemental Herbology Balm Cleanser, it's AMAZING

    http://ayelined.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I really want to try some Elemental Herbology products! I love the sound of their detoxifying mask xx

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  5. I've heard a lot about that Pixi tonic from Caroline's blog too and it's on my wishlist!
    A MakeupHabit

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    1. I think Caroline's blog must have grown Pixi's sales of the Glow Tonic massively!xx

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  6. I'm not using these products but I am a huge fan of antipodes rejoice cream & ananda toner :)

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    1. I really should check out the rest of Antipodes' range!xx

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  7. Looks like you have a good selection here Sasha! Love the Instant Boost Skin tonic but have it in the standard bottle. Have been intrigued by the Pixi Tonic for a while - can't wait to hear what you think. Divine Face oil sounds lovely! xx

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    1. I decided to get the spritzer so I can use it during the day - my office is really stuffy and there's no fresh air :-( Will definitely review both products in full!xx

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  8. I love antipodes! Its a great brand.

    I know its random, but I'd love it if you arranged another Bristol meet up for summer! I missed out on the last one as I was at university.

    Beauty Baroness ☮♥

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    1. I agree! Aw I don't think this year, but maybe next year :-) xx

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  9. Great picks hun! I absolutely adore Antipodes, such amazing products! :)

    I am running an International Giveaway on my blog now, and I'd love it if you enter for the chance to win some YSL, Chanel and Essie products! <3

    XO,
    RosyChicc

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    1. Thank you! I will check your blog too :-) xx

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  10. I want to draw little love hearts round the Divine Oil, I adore it and wanting the mask now as well. Such an under estimated brand x

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    1. I would definitely draw little hearts too, in love with it after only a few uses! I hope that I see more long term benefits too xx

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  11. Love liz earle tonic spritzer. used mine up last week

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I've had my eye on it for awhile, finally gave in ahead of the spending ban!xx

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  12. I'm not using these products but I am a huge fan of antipodes rejoice cream .

    Alison Clarke
    obagi nu derm starter kit

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    1. Will definitely check that out :-) xx

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  13. I've been wanting to try the pixi toner for ages too after seeing Caroline rave about it! I love cleanse and polish! Just followed! I'm at islaay.com xx

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    1. Thank you for following! :-) Pixi Glow Tonic sales must have boomed after she mentioned it lol xx

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