Saturday, 15 August 2015

10 Telltale Signs That You Are A True Skincare Junkie




If you can relate to the following, congratulations you are officially obsessed with skincare! Honest, wholesome & fabulous skincare! (for the most part) 

1. You follow Caroline Hirons’s blog religiously. If you ever end up not cleansing properly (night or day) and literally visualize Caroline Hirons pointing that finger at you, you are in the game baby! I am completely obsessed with her and in addition to gaining invaluable knowledge through her blog; I thoroughly enjoy her witty sense of humour and no-nonsense approach of posts.

2. You hate mineral oil with a vengeance. Every skincare junkie knows that there are far better skin loving, plant based oils out there. Cheap & nasty mineral oil has no real benefits. So if you are paying the price, don’t just settle for mineral oil, demand for more and get a better product. And you have learnt this the hard way! (Angry face emoji)

3. Oils & balms are your favourite type of cleansers. Skincare as we have known traditionally has changed massively. And for the best. Gone are the days when you settled for a foaming facial cleanser. You know that stuff is no good. Cleansing oils/balms do the job beautifully whilst keeping your skin happy and healthy.

4. You only use flannels to cleanse! Face wipes? Toxic! Yuck! Cotton pads, naah! Every junkie knows that you don’t splash water onto your face after massaging the product into your face; you wipe your face with a hot, wet face cloth instead! On a side note, just how satisfying is that feeling of wiping your face with a hot cloth?

5. While cleansing oils, balms, moisturisers, SPF, toners & eye creams are vital to a great skincare routine, every beauty junkie knows where to invest the big bucks in the skincare game and that is serums! But you still end up spending a lot on everything anyway! Alarmingly, your stash of skincare products galore is scattered everywhere and you are constantly looking for storage ideas! Muji & Ikea are amongst your favourite stores. 

6.  Your birthday, Christmas or any other wish-list is ready and full of skincare products. Handbags and diamonds can wait! Who wants the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, I know I do!!

7.  You actually look forward to cleansing every single day, twice a day so much so that cleansing is more fun than putting on makeup. Lets face it you are obsessed.

8.  You treat food and fitness as an integral part of skincare. True skincare junkies are mindful of the sugar they consume and are usually non-smokers. They also try and stay away from alcohol as much as possible whilst drinking water like it’s going out of fashion.

9. The first and last thing (in a day) you do is watch beauty & skincare videos on YouTube. I plead guilty.

10. You love Space NK and you love spending your time perusing the aisles of Space NK! Online and off. Do I need to explain this any further?

I could write endlessly but for the sake of this post and not losing your interest, I limited myself to the 10 most relevant points. Feel free to add anything that you think is more relevant and I may have missed, I would love to hear from you! 

So, are you a skincare junkie? xx


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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Sanctuary Spa BB Cream

















I was looking for an everyday BB cream for summer time and did a little excited mental flip when I saw this. Sanctuary Spa do some fabulous products and their BB cream shall be simply awesome were the exact thoughts running through my head as I put this gorgeous green package into my basket. I think this product was launched way back in 2012, got slightly mixed reviews and rightly so.

It comes in two different shades 'light to medium' and 'medium to dark' and is rather misleading. To be honest, the 'light to medium' shade works perfectly for me but is not very suitable for very light or very fair skin. As you can see in the swatch above, it is more of a medium shade. The 'medium to dark' shade is even darker! Furthermore, if you have a very pale complexion and cool undertones, this is not the cream for you as both shades seem to have a warm undertone. 

I really like the white tube it comes in. The only downside of this packaging is that it gets really dirty if kept in a makeup bag with other products.

The smell is really pleasant, almost citrusy and very fresh, certainly not overwhelming or overpowering. I think that is because it contains fruit oil. It also contains sweet almond oil and grape seed oil which are common skin care ingredients.

Thanks to its sheer coverage and SPF 15, this makes an ideal summer, daytime product as well as a perfect holiday bb cream.

Now about the coverage; this gives very sheer, almost no coverage at all. It adds a little moisture back into your skin and slightly colour corrects it. Kinda like your skin but better...


Before- Cleansed face with moisturizer

After- One squirt of Sanctuary Spa BB Cream in 'light to medium'


As you can see in the pictures above, this bb cream gives a very sheer cover and ever so slightly. 

If you are really fair or have a very light complexion and you also love good coverage this product is not for you. Even if you build this up, you will only achieve a sheer to medium sort of coverage. You could however use this as a primer before you apply foundation as it contains silica. 

This works for me because I am not a big fan of too much coverage. I aim for my face to look like it definitely has something going on but not a lot. I like to work this into my skin with my fingers; I feel that it blends better that way. You can also use a brush instead if you prefer that.

I use a generous amount of this product after I have moisturised my face thoroughly. I don't use it instead of my moisturiser. And I top it with concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I finally set it all in place with powder. The finish is definitely dewy and makes your skin look radiant & healthy. I think this is because it contains glycerin. I do need a touch up or two with powder especially  around my nose and t-zone but please bear in mind that the last month has been humid and I used this in New Delhi, India and Port Pollensa, Mallorca. (very humid indeed)

Will I repurchase this? Yes, unless I find something more exciting!

Price- £15 at Boots.com  or Sanctuary.com 


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