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Is makeup doing our skin more harm than we think?

Hi everyone,

If you read my posts throughout December you may have seen that I had to have surgery on my cheek. This was to remove an abscess which had started life as a spot but became infected and got bigger and bigger. For the first few weeks after the surgery I was unable to wear makeup or use many skincare products at all. I would simply splash my face with a little water and go over the areas I could with a Simple face wipe followed by the Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water.

During this time, I noticed that my skin became so much clearer and just looked healthier overall which got me to thinking..... We use all these skincare products as they promise to improve our skins condition and keep us looking youthful. On top of that we then pile our face with makeup to get a flawless look and for me, to help me feel more put together and ready to face the world. But what if we are doing more damage than good?

I always make sure that I remove my makeup thoroughly in the evening and if I can take a day off wearing it to let my skin breath a little, then I do. Therefore, I know it's not through a lack of trying to take care of my skin that has caused me problems. Having said that, when I do wear makeup it's always the products with the most coverage that I am drawn to such as Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and concealer. I have oily combination skin but recently it has been more oily and I have found that only these sorts of products will last throughout a long day at work. I'm sure layering all of this on top of my skin all day can't be doing it a great deal of good but I didn't think it would do much harm either.

Now I'm not saying that skincare products and makeup are the sole cause of all my issues with my skin and I wouldn't give up wearing makeup for the world. I love it far too much, experimenting with different looks and trying out new products in a never ending search for the next best thing. It's more that I have noticed what not wearing makeup or overloading my skin with a long winded skincare regime has done for me. Therefore, I am going to try and think a bit more about what exactly it is that I am piling onto my skin and whether or not it is all really necessary. 

To start with, I am going to cut back on the skincare products that I use as I do think that I am overloading my skin with all the cleansers, toners, exfoliators, moisturisers, serums, anti-aging products, night creams, day creams, the list goes on and on. Also I am going to try and reach for makeup that is a bit more lightweight for every day wear such as the BareMinerals BarePro foundation which I have enjoyed using a lot more recently. Sure for nights out and special occasions I will definitely be reaching for the Double Wear but I have come to realise that my skin could maybe do with a break from such heavy products every now and then.

I know this post is a little different from my usual musings but it's something that I have been thinking about recently and I wondered what you guys thoughts on it were? Do you think a long skincare regime has worked wonders for your skin or do you think there is a risk of makeup and skincare overload? Maybe I'm just using the wrong products! I'd love to know your thoughts :)

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


What I Got For Christmas

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I had a lovely time catching up with family and friends and relaxing for a few days. I'm just sad it went by so quickly!

I have seen some controversy over 'What I Got For Christmas' posts recently but for me they are posts that I always enjoy and look forward to reading. I don't feel that it's about showing off but more about sharing the gifts that you received which people have taken the time to think about and buy for you. If this isn't your thing then I will be back with my usual beauty posts next week but I hope some of you guys enjoy this post too.

This year from my mum I received the Chloe perfume. I have had my eye on this for so long and just think it smells so lovely, plus the bottle is super cute! I also got these cosy pjs with Thumper from Bambie on them and some matching bunny slippers from my boyfriend which I think are from Topshop. I thought I might be too hot in the pjs as they are so soft and warm but I've been fine with them and love putting them on and getting all cosy in the evening. It's just not Christmas without getting some new pjs to snuggle up in!

I really must look at M&S beauty more as my mum found some lovely gifts for me from there including these hand creams which are so good and just sink into the skin. This pretty pink makeup bag and lip gloss are also from M&S as well as this set of nail polishes which I love.

My boyfriend loves that we have rabbits now so that he can buy me all sorts of bunny related gifts! I got this cute photo frame with a picture of my two, Billy and Bluebell, in it and this silver ring holder. I also received some Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay perfume as I was running out and it is one of my all time favourite scents. I never repurchase perfumes as I usually like to try something new but I think I will always have this one somewhere in my collection.

I have a spa day to look forward to in a few weeks which I am going on with my boyfriends sister. I can't believe I have never been to a spa day before and have been pestering Tom to come with me for so long but it's not really his thing. This way I still get to go and have a fab, relaxing day but he gets out of coming with me!

Finally, I got this gorgeous vase which is from Etsy Marketplace. It's second hand but looks brand new and is in perfect condition. We are currently decorating our bedroom and this will look lovely in there once it is all done :)

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have written something similar please leave your links in the comments below as I would love to have a nosy. Also let me know what you received for Christmas this year and which was your favourite gift that you gave to family or a friend :)

Thanks for reading,

Hannah xx


Best Beauty Finds of 2016

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had fun last night ringing in the New Year and celebrating the start of 2017. I am hoping this year is going to be better than 2016 and although I haven't made any resolutions or anything like that, I am just aiming to have as much fun as possible and make sure I look after myself a little more :) Have you made any plans for 2017 or any resolutions?

For today's post I thought I would look back at some of my best beauty discoveries of 2016 and share my recommendations with you guys. These are all products that I have repurchased and have firmly cemented themselves into my skincare and makeup routines.

Starting with skincare, one of my favourite products of the year has to be Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. This was a gift from my boyfriend at Christmas 2015 and I know I am so late to the party with it, but it is simply amazing. It removes all my makeup like no other and my skin always feels so soft and looks healthy and glowing after using it. I can see that this will be my go-to cleanser for a very long time to come. In terms of skincare, I also have to give a mention to Soap & Glory Whipped Clean. I discovered this around summer time and it has been a life saver for helping to keep my skin hydrated. I am so lazy when it comes to using body lotions and butters so this is a great alternative if you're like me as it can be used so quickly and easily in the shower.

Summer was also the time that I came across Sunkissed Once a Week Self Tan Mousse. Now although this does not last a whole week on me (I usually get around 4 or 5 days) I really love the colour that it gives and it never leaves any streaky or orange patches. For the price, I think this is a really good product but if you would like to read more, I have written a full review here.

If I had to pick one skincare item that I am so pleased that I discovered, it has to been Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion. I won't go on about this too much as I have already recently reviewed it on my blog but this is the one skincare item that has made the biggest difference to my skin and really helped the condition of it overall. I hope to give more Dermalogica products a try throughout 2017 as if they are anything like this lotion, they are sure to be a winner! 

For makeup, two products that probably won't come as a shock are the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. Both products have been a huge hit in the beauty world and it's not difficult to see why. I have also included the BareMinerals BarePro foundation which was a product that I wasn't entirely sure on to begin with. However, since having surgery on my cheek I have been thinking about the makeup and products that I put on my skin a lot more and have been going for a more natural look. There will be a post on this coming up in January so keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks if you would like to know more :)

Benefit relaunched their entire eyebrow collection in 2016 and my favourite products are the Gimme Brow and Ka-Brow. I usually use the Ka-Brow to get the shape I want for my brows and then fill them in a little more with Gimme Brow which gives a really natural but defined look. Lipstick wise, my favourites have been Rimmel Kate Moss in shades 01 and 55 My Nude. The nude option is great for every day wear while the deep red shade is one I have been reaching for in the evenings for nights out. For perfume, I have to give a nod to Dior Miss Dior which I just love and has been my go-to fragrance all year.

I haven't included any fashion favourites here or else this already very long post would be heading towards book proportions, however, I did want to mention crawler earrings. I have been obsessed with them this year as I am too chicken to pierce my ears any more but love the look. These are two of  my favourites, both from Accessorize, and people always ask me about them whenever I wear them.

A huge well done and thank you for sticking with me if you have made it to the end of this post. Narrowing down all the best products that I have come across in a year is always a challenge but I hope you liked my picks. I'd love to hear what your favourite or worst products of 2016 have been so please leave your links or let me know in the comments :)

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2017 and it's a year to remember (for all the right reasons).

Happy New Year and thank you for reading,

Hannah xx