Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Skincare Tag

The lovely Natasha from Shot of Beauty recently tagged me to do this post. I absolutely love skincare, so this was definitely a tag I've enjoyed writing as well as reading! 

Describe your skincare routine in 5 words.
Cleanse, tone, serum/oil, eye cream, moisturise.

What's your skin type?
Combination - my t-zone is oily and my cheeks go between normal and dry.

What's your favourite skincare product?
My favourite skincare product tends to change quite frequently! At the moment I'm absolutely loving Antipodes Divine Face Oil. It makes my skin looks amazing - radiant, plump and healthy. I add a little extra on blemishes and scars; it seems to control blemishes really well and my scars are gradually improving.
Top blemish zapper
I haven't been using spot treatments much recently - I've been focusing on my skincare routine and added some new products, which seems to have improved my outbreaks greatly. But of course they always arise at some point, so if I do use a spot treatment, I'll use Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel for lumpy spots and Metique 10% Blended Tea Tree Oil for whiteheads (full review here) before bed.
Face wipes yay or nay?
As an integral part of a skincare routine definitely not! I keep a pack in my bedside drawer though as a backup for removing eye makeup in a rush. 

Toner yay or nay?
Yes definitely! I use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, which is a hydrating toner, every day after cleansing. I also use it throughout the day as needed. Caroline Hirons has made me realise that toner is an essential part of a skincare routine - just choose one without alcohol! Toner re-balances skin, hydrates and aids the absorption of serum/moisturiser. I've also recently started using an exfoliating toner every other day - Pixi Glow Tonic - which is a liquid that you apply around the face with a cotton pad. It exfoliates without the need for a product that contains beads or grains.

High end skincare or high end makeup?
High end skincare - I'd rather invest in my skin and work on improving it. I'd love to have flawless skin and the confidence to go without makeup! But in the meantime, I think the better your skin looks, the better the makeup will look!
What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?
I don't think I've ever tried anything really unusual. The Ginvera Green Tea Whitening Marvel Gel has probably been the most unusual for me - it's a green gel which you massage into your skin. Despite containing no beads or grains, it exfoliates and after 15 seconds of massaging creates white flakes of dead skin and dirt! You can see my full review here.

You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item - what is it?
I would definitely pick something that isn't readily available in the UK. I'd love to try La Roche-Posay Serozinc, which is a hydrating spray, after Caroline Hirons mentioned it in the video with Pixiwoo here.
Tell us your top skincare tip 
One of my favourites is to double cleanse - the first cleanse removes the top layer of any dirt/makeup and then the second can really get into your pores and cleanse the skin. I would also recommend choosing products that don't contain any harsh ingredients - choose natural ingredients where possible.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this tag! I tag all of you lovelies reading this post - if you decide to do it please send me your links!

Beauty Bird xx



  1. This is going to be one of those tags I want to do - I can feel it in my waters! (I've still got the Music Tag half typed up in drafts - must finish it off!) Love reading these tag posts! The Pixi Glow tonic is on my list to try xx

    1. Would love to read your answers on both the music and skincare tags :-) xx

  2. The Green Tea Marvel Gel sounds amazing, I've never heard of it before but I'm off to check out your full review now. Definitely going to try and do this tag - as you can tell from my blog I'm thoroughly skincare obsessed! xx

    1. Great, thanks for checking it out :-) Send me the link if you do the tag xx

  3. The Pixi Glow Tonic is on my list of things I want to try... I love the Green Tea Marvel Gel xx


    1. I really want to try the Ginvera BB cream now. Maybe you could pick one up at the meetup :-) xx

  4. Really loved reading this post! I'm such a fan of reading about and researching more into skincare, so this post was right up my alley! I love your tip of double cleansing as I do it also and my skin feels so amazing every night!

    1. Glad you liked the post, I'm like that with skincare too! I've double cleansed for years and it would feel so weird if I didn't!xx

  5. Great post- I really enjoyed reading about some of the more high end products as I tend to rarely invest in skincare for fear of disappointment!

    I have just done my own Skincare Tag (thank you for inspiring me!), check it out if you get chance at http://itsalljustrosie.blogspot.co.uk/

    Rosie :)

    1. Thanks Rosie, I know what you mean about skincare - I'd just recommend reading lots of reviews to help make a decision. Sometimes you can buy/get samples too, which is worth googling!

      Will check out your post xx

  6. Love this tag! Will definitely be giving it a go soon. I also use lots of the same products as you, except for the Antipodes which I will have to try now! Great post : )

    1. Thank you :-) Send me the link if you do the tag! xx


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