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Annie’s Updated Evening Routine

A: We have both posted about and morning and evening routines before, but that was a while ago now and mine have changed massively so I thought I would let you know what my new routine is.

I have always struggled with blemishes and spots; and yes this is super annoying, but I do not suffer with dry, oily, greasy, patchy skin or dark circles so I am quite lucky in that respect. I have tried SO many products which are supposed to help with spots and blemishes but to be honest, it is a minefield. There are so many products out there that you begin to drown in them, and I had resigned myself to a life of bad skin. I’ve tried The Body Shop, Clinique, Liz Earle, Freederm, Clearsil, Boots own and any other brand I could find. Toners, cleansers, clearing solutions, pore refiners, clarifying lotions, foams, exfoliants, serums, gels… the list is endless. They all appear to start off really well but the end result is always the same. A vicious circle of bad skin, fixing the bad skin and waiting for spots to stop appearing, clear skin for one day and bad skin again. This circle has been going on for a over year now without a break and the stress of it doesn’t help either – I’m sure there’s so many out there that can sympathise and relate to my situation because it totally wears you down.

BUT… I don’t want to speak to soon and I REALLY hope I’m not jinxing it by saying this so putting it in brackets will make it not count – (I think I may have found a routine that works!!!).

The Products

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Ultrabland by Lush – £7.25 for 45g

“Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Smooth over the face, any dirt will cling to the cream and you can remove it with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. “

A cult classic. For the last 6 weeks I’ve been using Lush’s Ultrabland. I started off by buying a small pot of 45g for £7.25 (see the full post here) but I actually didn’t like it at first. It left my skin feeling greasy the morning after I had used it, something which has never been a problem for me. But then Chloe told me off because apparently I need to remove it and then use a toner #badbeautyblogger. This was all I needed to make Ultrabland ‘work’ for me. Because of it’s natural ingredients, it causes zero irritation to my skin and leaves it feeling clean, soft and totally fresh. I honestly love this product so much because it is so amazingly simple!

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Rosewater & Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner by Natio – £6.80 from Birchbox

“Sometimes, considering our penchant for cosmetic experimentation, face wash alone just doesn’t cut it. This is where toner comes in. Natio – a plant-based, gender-neutral skincare range from Down Under – offers a Rosewater & Chamomile variety that gently removes excess oil and makeup while soothing and nourishing the skin.”

I actually panic bought this toner from Birchbox (needed to use my points and didn’t know what to buy but thought I could do with a toner/love rosewater!). This does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s so gently and calming to use, and the rosewater and chamomile smells so good. I can’t recommend this enough if you’re looking for something to soothe you skin and make you feel lovely.

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Lacura Intensive Serum Aqua – £3.49 from Aldi

“Skin appears more radiant and youthful.”

So yeah, my moisturiser is from Aldi… Chloe and I actually do most of our shopping at Aldi, and she mentioned she had bought this and said how good it was. So I thought I’d give it a go, but wasn’t expecting anything amazing. This is actually one of the best moisturisers I’ve come across. It’s light, clean and sinks into your skin almost immediately. For £3.49 you really can’t go wrong with it – although it does fly off the shelves now every one has realised how good it is, so if you manage to spot some you should definitely give it a go. And the fact that the blurb is so short on this really sums up the product – it is what it is (I actually did a whole post dedicated to this beauty, just click here to see it).

The Routine

Firstly, I use the Ultrabland all over my face and let it sink into my eye make-up (I wear A LOT of mascara), then gently remove with damp cotton pads. Once it’s all removed, I simply soak a cotton pad in the toner and then apply to my face in circular motions. I normally do this step twice (unless I’m feeling a little lazy). After this I moisturise. There is nothing else to it and this routine is so super simple that it’s not turned into a chore – we all know that dread of being ready for bed but knowing you have to take your make up off properly. It leaves my skin feeling and looking clean, soft and bright. If you have similar skin problems to me, I really do urge you to give this a go – even (especially!) if you’re feeling at a loss of how to solve them, like I was.

What are you skincare holy grails? #twolittleowlsblog

The Original Mint Julep Mask

A: So Chloe and I posted about this a couple of months ago (find it here) and I’ve decided to do an extra review because although I use this as a face mask once a week, I’ve discovered a new use for it which has made it even more impressive.

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I’ve had some serious hormonal break outs recently. Like so serious that the thought of leaving the house makes me want to hide under the duvet forever – and we all know how that feels, so I knew I absolutely had to share this product with you.
Chloe mentioned using this as a spot treatment, so I gave it a go by applying it directly on the spot at night in a thick layer, after the rest of my night time routine and then leave it until the morning. In the morning I wash my face with warm water and ta-dah! It’s like a small miracle has happened. My spots have calmed down so much and aren’t as angry, and once the mask is washed off, I’m always left with really smooth skin to apply my moisturiser and make-up. It is a little drying but that’s totally expected, I just take extra care with my applying moisturiser. This is a bargain – I can’t recommend it enough. It’s amazing to use as a weekly fave mask but as a spot treatment, it’s the best I’ve used. My
spots were beyond horrendous last Thursday but they are already seriously improved after using this every night since. Once I’ve got make-up on, the blemishes can’t be seen at all. This cost me just £2.68 from Amazon. Go buy some now!

Have you tried this face mask? Do you have any spot treatment recommendations? #twolittleowls

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Let The Good Times Roll

A: Last week, I had a mid-week Lush haul and the Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser was part of it. I started off using this every morning to combat my dry skin for the first few days and I now use it every other morning. Its a lovely product to use and lasts ages because you only need a tiny amount to mix with warm water in your hand to form a paste which you then rub onto your face gently. I always leave it for a few minutes to absorb and then wash off with warm water and moisturise, then carry only with my normal morning routine.

Because I’ve been using the Clinique 3 step Anti-Blemish Solutions routine, to help with clearing my blemishes, my skin is super dry because the step two cleanser is so strong. I didn’t want to stop using the Clinque routine so Chloe recommended this and I’m so pleased she did. She loves it because it exfoliates really well and doesn’t irritate her skin at all, and most things irritate her skin! From the first use I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin, it soothed it and gave me a glow and meant I was still able to carry on my normal morning routine – just with an extra addition. Now I use it every other morning, and it’s still working it’s magic.

Now to the best part about this cleanser – the smell. It is amazing. I know all Luch products smell good, but really you have to trust me on this. It has a yummy, buttery popcorny smell which stays with you all day and doesn’t fade. It makes me want to eat it and as we know from Chloe’s previous Lush reviews, that’s a bad idea.

I honestly can’t recommend this enough, if you skin is slightly dry or in need of some rejuvenation, go to Lush right now and buy it. Seriously – you won’t regret it.

Have you already tried this cleanser? What do you think?

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