Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Week 1- Starting Off: Skincare

Hi everyone!

I am very happy to be taking part in The Starting Off Project created by Stephanie from Steph’s Inside Voice.

You can click here to read my introduction to the project.

This is week 1 of 10 of the series and it begins with Skincare.
Skincare regimes can include many different types of products including daily moisturises, masks and cleansers. After careful consideration, I have decided that blogging about facial cleansers/daily scrubs would be a great place to start.

Skin is our largest organ and it is exposed to a host of pollutants every day. Our skin is precious and we should undeniably be finding ways to protect our skin, be it that on our eyelids or lips, from being harmed in any way. It is essential to keep your skin clean and maintain a healthy skincare regime to avoid those dreadful blocked pores, spots, black heads etc from making an appearance on your beautiful face.

According to Neutrogena, the Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating daily scrub has been clinically proven to help eliminate existing blackheads and prevent further blackheads for up to 3 weeks.

I have been using this Neutrogena daily scrub for a number of years and have had good experiences with it.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Black Head Eliminating daily scrub

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Black Head Eliminating daily scrub

This creamy scrub contains exfoliating micro-beads which aids in unclogging pores by removing dead skin cells, trapped oil and impurities. It comes in a plastic squeeze tube with a flip top cap. It has a relatively small hole where the product emerges from and it is easy to control how much product you wish to use. The formulation is very creamy so there is no fear that it will start running and flowing uncontrollably.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Black Head Eliminating daily scrub

A 'swatch' of Neutrogena Visibly Clear Black Head Eliminating daily scrub.
If you look closely, small orange beads can be seen in the creamy scrub

Directions for use:
Apply the scrub to wet face. Gently and in an upward circular motion massage the skin especially in those blackhead prone areas such as on the nose and in its corners. Rinse your face thoroughly.

If you have very sensitive skin, I would recommend this scrub or other daily exfoliants on an every other day basis (or less often) to avoid overwhelming your skin. Remember to be gentle and handle your skin with utmost care. Exfoliating your skin too much can cause irritation. Please do avoid the sensitive area around the eyes.

After using this product, my skin feels cleansed, smooth and fresh. I especially like the fact that is does not leave my skin feeling dry as some skincare products can have this after effect.

The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Black Head Eliminating daily scrub is currently retailing at the discounted rate of £3.13 from Boots. Click here to check it out.

I would love to hear what your favourite skincare products are :)

The Starting Off Project Intro- #theSOproject

Hope everyone has had a very lovely bank holiday weekend!

I am really excited to be participating in The Starting Off Project (#theSOproject). The beautiful Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice started this fantastic blogger series/project.

The aim of the project is to provide an account/opinion/experience etc of products which fall in the weekly categories to an audience ranging from those who are ‘starting off’ and are new to the world of makeup and beauty to those seeking tips and advice.

The project will run over a course of 10 weeks and will begin on Tuesday 27th August 2013.

The Categories which will be covered are as follows:
Week 1: Skincare
Week 2: Concealer
Week 3: Foundation
Week 4: Bronzer
Week 5: Blusher
Week 6: Mascara
Week 7: Eyeliner
Week 8: Eyeshadow
Week 9: Lips
Week 10: Make up tools

I was super excited at the opportunity to participate in this project. As well as attempting to share details of my favourite products and provide readers with advice/personal experiences regarding various products, it also gives me a chance to learn more from others.

This has definitely got me thinking and frankly exploring even more than I usually do about various types of products, how I use them, my do’s and don’ts and hopefully sharing these experiences with you so that you can make well informed decisions. Our skin is precious and we should unquestionably be finding ways to protect our skin, be it that on your eyelids or lips, from being harmed in any way.

The project involves a total of 120 bloggers and the blog posts will be published at 6pm GMT every Tuesdays.

Keep an eye out for the twitter hashtag #theSOproject for others who are also participating/ interested in the project and join in on the fun!

You can follow me on twitter or join my blog on Google Friend Connect and/or Bloglovin to keep up-to-date with my posts.

I would love to hear about your experiences/ tips/ favourite products as well.

If you have a link please do leave me a comment with it- would love to check it out :)

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One Blemish Balm- BB Cream Review (Medium)

Blemish Blams/ Beauty Balms are more commonly known as BB Creams. They have been highly popular in Asia and the trend has also hit the Western market. BB creams provide natural-looking skin coverage and acts somewhat like a tinted moisturiser.

I love medium to full coverage foundations thus have delayed trying BB creams. However, this summer I decided to try Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream for sensitive skin. I opted for the Sensitive Skin option since there was a promise of hypoallergenic properties and SPF 25 UV protection mentioned on the packaging. Since I have relatively sensitive skin which suffers from sunburn easily I thought this option would be best. 

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One Blemish Balm- BB Cream (Medium)

The front of the packaging contains the following information regarding the product:
·         Reduces the appearance of redness
·         Evens tone and boosts glow
·         Blurs imperfections
·         24hr hydration
·         SPF 25 UV protection

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One Blemish Balm- BB Cream (Medium)

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One Blemish Balm- BB Cream swatch

Now, for the verdict... I ABSOLUTELY love this product. I have been using it throughout the summer and I adore the glow it gives to the skin. It also provides a good coverage and an even balance in tone. I found that it provided a smooth and radiant effect ultimately improving the appearance of my skin.

When I wear the Garnier BB cream, I apply a fine layer of powder over it to give a nice matte finish. This combination then provides me with a longer, fresher appearance to my skin without the need for too much retouch.

How has your skin been keeping in this summer’s heat? Would love to know what your favourite BB creams are :)