My skin 

Beauty, Personal

I’ve always been pretty comfortable being in my own skin. Especially as of late. But early last year, something unfortunate struck my face and it suddenly became a terror zone for zits and imperfections. As some of you may know, I’m as far off being a typical girl as I lead on. I don’t exactly cook, don’t clean and sometimes I’m hardly bothered to look nice. Rejecting my mum’s time-consuming rituals of keeping healthy looking skin was quite aggravating for her and she just gave up when I became a believer that diet would change my system… But it didn’t. Because I also don’t diet.

So after a year of what seemed like defaming ads of permanent pimple product placements (which attracted the most disgusting of creatures like mosquitoes and spiders), I decided to make a change and I don’t think I can look back.

Once I came back from my holiday, I went out and splurged on a few beauty products. I’ve waited a few weeks before writing about it just so I can give an accurate review. In that time, I’ve also done a facial extraction which hurt like crazy but it’s helped to get the gunk out of my skin.

In my beginner’s collection are:

– Kiehl’s: Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

– Frank Body: Face and Body Scrub 

– Aesop: B & Tea Balancing Toner 

– Estée Lauder: Advanced Night Repair Serum

– L’Occitane: Essence Sublime Serum 

– Innisfree: Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask

– Innisfree: An assortment of face masks 

– Etude House: Collagen Moistful Cream 

Quick review of each

Kiehl’s. Been using this for a few years and it works reliably, lathering up to a nice creamy foam without leaving your skin too dry. The first time I used it, I remember seeing instant improvement in complexion and my pimples didn’t look as noticeable.

Frank Body. I exfoliate every second day and when I do, I use it as a replacement to my face wash. It smells really good and it seems to get all the dead skin cells, dirt and makeup residue off. It leaves my skin looking dewy and much more smooth. The oils in the product also leave a trace of moisture though some may find it too oily.

Aesop. I’ve been pleasantly surprised how much toner has been helping my skin. It keeps the oils at bay and I use it at night after cleansing. 3 splashes is enough to get my whole face and neck saturated in it. Smells a bit herbal but once it’s dried on your face, you can’t smell it. A good quality product.

Estée Lauder. Apparently every girl’s expensive best friend. And I have to say, this product is amazingggg. After my first use, I instantly saw a massive improvement to my complexion. It looked so balanced, hydrated, even, bright and it helped reduce the size of my pores and pimples. I squeeze a 10 cent coin amount and it’s enough to spread over the face and neck area and I pat dry.

L’Occitane. This product feels nice. It leaves the skin feeling like when you use primer; soft and smooth. Not sure if this product helps that much but in general I’ve noticed better skin so it must be doing something. The box says it reduces facial impurities and I believe I’ve seen that in general.

Innisfree. I love this product! It comes in a pump bottle and the ashy volcanic mousse is so soft and creamy. I pump 2-3 times to get a good amount to cover my face. The formula is so easy and smooth to work with and it dries really solidly after about 10-15min. Makes your skin feel so firm and tightened.

Innisfree masks. I’m not sure if these masks are for me. I seem to get a tingly reaction to them and it feels a bit uncomfortable. Generally I don’t like these types of masks because they feel so slimey haha but I’m willing to use them all in the name of better skin! They have cute flavours I’ve gotta admit and pretty packaging too so it’s a small plus.

Etude House. This has a nice subtle scent and it isn’t too thick. It’s a light moisturiser which is perfect for me because I’m more oily prone. It seals in all my creams and serums and stops bacteria, dirt etc from getting into the deeper layers of my skin.

So there you have it, my current beauty ritual in an attempt to be more feminine and self-nurturing. Hope it’s helped some of you who are looking to get some new products and if you see me, review my skin haha hopefully it’s better than the last time you saw it.

xoxo Paula

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