Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Queen Of Cotton

dhc silky cotton
It's not often I take preference over cotton pads. A pack of cotton rounds from Boots usually does the job for me. However, the ladies at the BeautyMART office are often telling me how amazing the DHC Silky Cotton are so I decided to take the hint and buy a box. These are little rectangle pillows for your face! That's the best way I can describe them. They feel soft and not scratchy when smoothed over the skin and they don't leave little bits of frayed cotton behind. This is ideal for when you're trying to remove eye makeup. 

They have a little pocket on one side so you can stick your fingers in and it makes it much easier to use across the face. Most of the time I only use cotton pads when it comes to applying my Pixi Glow Tonic and these Silky Cotton are perfect for this because they have a good surface area and don't absorb the product too much.

Have you tried Silky Cotton? What's your favourite cotton pad?


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Welcome To The A Team!

Four new additions to the skincare routine that have officially made it into the A Team. Thankfully, they're not all cleansers (I can get a bit crazy on the cleanser stash). The newest addition is the Nude Omega Cleansing Jelly which I've only really been using a couple of weeks. That being said, I already love it enough to confidently say that it's a good 'un. The texture is a very light balmy/gel and it massages so easily into dry skin, turning into an oil. I then massage in a little water to create that milky consistency and then wash it off. This always leaves my skin feel soft and plumped. My go to morning cleanser at the moment. I also love that it's a no fuss way to get some facial massaging action down first thing in the morning. I don't need to faff around with muslin cloths and it gets the blood pumping!

As a lover of cleansing oils it was only a matter of time before I ventured into new territory, away from The Body Shop's Silky Cleansing Oil. It turns out, I love Una Brennan's Vitamin C Cleansing Oil more. It removes my makeup just as well as any other (bearing in mind I don't wear a lot of makeup nor anything waterproof), it's gentle on my eyes and lashes but best of all it leaves my skin looking glowy and radiant. Because of this, I end up reaching for this as a post workout cleanser, for mornings when my skin looks particularly dull or when I'm harboring a cold. It just perks up the lack lustre look and makes skin look fresh. 

The absolute favourite of the bunch is Aurelia's Refine & Polish Miracle Balm. For me, this is my favourite product in their whole range. It's a balm with tiny rice bran grains to help exfoliate the skin. It's not scratchy at all so you can relish in massaging it into your skin and taking in the gorgeous scent of eucalyptus, chamomile, bergamot etc. It also contains fruit enzymes so works really well to be left on as a mask. I love doing this amidst a hot shower because the steam helps to diffuse the beautiful scent and it's very relaxing. On contact with water, this turns into a milk to easily wash away. It always leaves my complexion looking healthy, glowy, refined and feeling smooth.

One of Pai Skincare's latest offerings is this Copaiba & Zinc Blemish Serum. It has the consistency of a very light moisturiser (contains hyaluronic acid which I didn't expect) which I like to smooth onto my skin either morning or night. I'll be honest, I can't quite tell if this has helped keep blemishes away but it definitely has helped reduce redness and inflammation around breakouts. It feels light and cooling on my skin. It relieves soreness and any tight feeling. I was given this by a friend and it has been an interesting one to trial but I'll be honest, I'm not sure I'd pay the £42 for this one. It still joins the A team though for it's ability to calm irritated and breakout skin.

Which products would make up your skincare A Team?