My trick to dry skin/lips

Hey everyone, I hope you are well. You will have all heard me talking about how dry my skin has been. This is extremely common for the time of year, when the colder weather combined with artificial heat that we surround ourselves with zaps all the moisture from our skin.

As someone used to oily skin, this was definitely a shock to the system and I had to find a method of dealing with it that worked for me. After waking up another morning with the skin peeling from my face it dawned on me that I really needed to replace the moisture that was lost. I didn’t want to be spending huge money on skincare as I am hoping eventually my skin will go back to being oily. But for now, the change is here to stay.

That particular morning I thought of buying some sort of oil for my face. I went to a few different shops and couldn’t see what I was after. This is when I spotted the Johnston’s Baby Oil. Surely if it’s safe enough for babies it could work for my face? Well I was correct! As well as being hypoallergenic I found it to be the perfect solution.

It took about a week for it to completely clear up my dry skin. Now after using it for three weeks my skin has honestly never looked better. I use it every night after removing my makeup and the next morning my skin still feels hydrated and glowing. Before this, in the morning my skin felt so tight and terrible. I also found it to be the perfect solution for dry lips too! Vaseline and other products don’t work as quick as the baby oil does!

The method I found that works for me is that I apply a small amount into my fingers tips and using both hands I apply it all over my face (be careful if you use fake tan as it will remove the tan on your neck). That brings me to another good use, it can remove tan from any areas such as the elbows or ankles which may develop darker in colour. Take a cotton pad and some baby oil and you can bring the colour back to a more suitable shade.

After applying the oil to my face I will take a dry face cloth and just blot off any excess oil to prevent clogged pores.

As always, I will mention that I’m not a qualified skin care specialist. Each individual skin type is different and will require different products. As a beauty therapist and makeup artist I have a strong interest in skincare and love finding different products that work.

I only apply the oil at night as a type of ‘treatment’ as you always should apply an SPF in the morning time to protect your skin.

I hope this works for you and you see results after a few days if you have been suffering with dry skin!

Thanks as always for taking the time to read my blog,

Love Sarah

Combatting that pesky dry skin

Happy Friday!

This week I thought it was only appropriate to talk about treating dry skin. If you have been following me for a while you will know that my skin type has changed from years of being oily to very dry in some areas. Now, I still treat my t-zone for oily skin as I find I can still get congestion. It appears to be everywhere else that is now dry. Particularly my forehead and my cheeks have been suffering from flaky skin which is not ideal. I noticed on clients all through Christmas and the New Year that a lot of them all had dry skin. The weather plays a huge role in this as well as central heating and artificial heat also.

It has been a process of trial and error to see what products will help. I didn’t want to invest in any skin care, as I hope this is a phase and my skin will return to normal eventually. If you have dry skin normally, I would highly recommend seeing a skincare specialist and investing in a range of products to ensure you are returning some hydration to the skin and avoiding premature ageing.

There has been one particular product I have used and noticed a significant difference with after- this face mask from Primark which would you believe costs only 80p!

As you can imagine, costing so little I didn’t have huge expectations. There is actually quite a bit of product in each packet so I get two uses out of one which is even better! Don’t forget your neck when using masks and moisturising also. It’s one of the first places to show signs of ageing so be sure to hydrate it, using upwards motions of course. This will encourage the skin to stay taut and not sag (which is pretty obvious when you think about it).

My skin after using the mask feels so soft and hydrated, with a definite reduction in the amount of dry skin.

Now this is not a miracle product that will make it vanish. It is a method of helping treat it. Depending on the level of dryness of your skin will determine the difference it makes. I take really good care of my skin, so I try and stop things like this before they get worse!

I have also been using this moisturiser every morning and evening (even though it is probably just made for morning use). It doesn’t contain an SPF so I use my Image moisturiser after in the morning to ensure my skin is protected. This is hopefully as I say going to be quickly resolved and I will be back to being shiny with oil!

The moisturiser is available from Superdrug for approx £5!

Thanks for reading and I hope if you try either product that you love them!

Love, Sarah

Can I live without Note Cosmetics?

Hey guys, most of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook will be aware that I am OBSESSED with Note Cosmetics and in particular their Detox & Protect foundation.

So I thought I would give you the low down on my thoughts regarding their foundations in particular.

I first used the foundation around Christmas time and I didn’t fall in love with it immediately.  As I have very oily skin I first tried the Mattifying Extreme foundation.

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I found it very heavy on my skin and too drying. After a day or two of giving me time to work with it I really didn’t like it. At this stage I considered giving up but thankfully I didn’t.

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I headed back to the Medial Hall in Newry and purchased the Detox & Protect foundation. This has been one of the best decisions I have made in years. This foundation is full coverage, easy to blend, long lasting, yellow toned and complete magic on the skin! I honestly cannot recommend this foundation enough for oily skin.

I have a number of different shades that I mix on different days depending on whether I have tan on or not. I use shade 05 when I have a full tan on, 03 when my tan is wearing off and I mix 05 and 01 on days when I have no tan on (which isn’t very often). I don’t like the lighter shades on their own without mixing a darker shade with them as they just seem really chalky on the skin, so be aware of that.

I would compare this to the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation which is pretty much £20 more.

Detox & Protect foundation retails for approximately £10.95

 

So what about all you Dry skin folks? Well Note have you covered! There are very few lucky people out there who are generally considered ‘Normal skin’. The majority have a level of dehydration so the above foundations are going to make you look very dry and can lead to dry patches on your face as they are oil free. Everything you should be using should generally have the terms ‘hydrating’ or  ‘luminous’. This brings me to the next foundation.

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The luminous foundation is absolutely stunning on dry/dehydrated skin. I would highly recommend that you give this a try and see if it works for you. The formula is full coverage and gives you a healthy, radiant, dewy complexion.  The ingredients are very nourishing which your skin will love.

As I have oily skin I don’t use this foundation but I found some swatches for you so you can compare shades.

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Luminous Moisturizing foundation retails for approximately £7.95

I could talk all night about this company as there are so many products that I absolutely love. But that’s enough for now as I need to go and clean my makeup brushes.

Just as a side note, (no pun intended) all opinions are of course my own and everyone’s skin reacts differently to makeup.

Have a lovely day.

Love, Sarah

(Photos credit: notecosmetics.com)

Three of my favourite concealers

We all know how important concealer is and if you don’t then you will find out why in this post. So I am sure many of you skip this important step but in terms of creating a flawless base and improving the longevity of your makeup then you need to use a concealer.

How important is it to find the right concealer i hear you ask? The short answer is very! Depending on your age then the brand of concealer you use will affect how it sits on your skin. The eyes are a very sensitive area and we should all look after them correctly (that is a post for a different day). There are different techniques for applying concealer for example i would apply it differently on every face shape as well as applying it differently on a younger skin compared to mature skin.

 

My top three concealers than I always turn to are as follows (and are in no particular order)

  • Note Cosmetics Mineral Concealer

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The applicator is very cooling on the skin and is very hygienic for makeup artists as it is easy to wipe, which is always a huge factor that I consider when adding products to my kit. A little goes a very long way when you are applying to the face. If you squeeze out too much at once then it is going to be too heavy on the under eye especially and you will loose the illusion of contouring if you blend too far down the face. So, my first tip is less is more. You can always go back in and add more if needed. I use this for carving the brows, disguising those dark under eyes and concealing the eyelid to prep for eye shadow. Overall this concealer is up there in comparison to high end alternatives.

For light skin I use shades 201 or 202.

Retails for approximately £10.99

 

  • Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

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The packaging was what initially attracted me to this product. That rose gold lid and labeling is just gorgeous and the product inside is even more impressive. This conceal does exactly what it says on the tin and honestly is full coverage. There are darker tones which can be used for defining (contouring). The applicator applies the correct amount of product each time you dip it in and it applies it effortlessly. It is harder for makeup artists to use these type of applicators which is why I tend to use this product on myself and not clients. For the price it is such value for money and I repurchase this time and time again.

The shades I personally use are C1 and C2.

This retails for approximately £4

 

  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

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Another absolute staple concealer in my personal kit which is one of my all time favourites. Full coverage, easy to apply and a dream to blend. The absolute perfect concealer which I always turn to. When applying this on a client I of course use a brush to remove the concealer from the applicator. I rave about this during my 1-1 lessons and I know a lot of my clients and followers on Instagram have told me that they have purchased this from hearing me talk about it and absolutely love it. Give it a go, you will love it!

My favourite shade is Fair 1

This retails for approximately £3

 

I hope this helps when you are on the look out for a new concealer to purchase! There are so many that I love but these are three that I regularly turn to and I hope you love them too!