Skincare: Clinique Oil-Control Cleansing Mask
I've become an avid reader of Caroline's blog, beautymouth.com, and decided to crack this out after leaving it lying around and only a handful of uses. I use this on days I've not exfoliated, and I've found it is actually very good at bringing up all the dirt in my skin. It doesn't contain menthol, which I love, as although I use a cheaper alternative more often, the menthol drives me nuts. This leaves my skin feeling super clean without the 'tingle'. I'll definitely keep using until it's empty.
I've been using this for nearly a year now - the same bottle... and I'm still a huge fan. My hair has been questioning me about the next 'big' salon cut, but as money isn't great at the moment (woes of a student), I keep telling it to be quiet and leave me alone. I keep using this, along with hair masks, and it's just keeping the ends from drying out and splitting. Godsend, really! There's often deals on this too, which make it superb value for money.
Make-up: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
With crazy skin I realised I needed to try a new 'everyday' foundation and gave in to the hype with this one. I'm so glad I did! At first I had problems with it going a bit patchy throughout the day, then after reading Caroline's blog, I realised my skin was so dehydrated with the environment sapping the moisture out of my face, that it was slowly drinking my foundation throughout the day. Ew! So with more hydrating moisturising, this has become a very good foundation, it's the only one I use, in fact. And it smells like fruit when you put it on. Yummy!
Rave, rave, rave. That's all I ever hear about the buffing brush! And rightly so. It's wonderful, up for anything and so soft. I use mine for application of liquid foundation, but also found it can also be used for mineral foundation too. Best thing I've ever bought. Maybe.
I got this in my Liz Earle Christmas gift set with C&P and didn't really know what to do with it. I'd never really been told how to cleanse, tone and moisturise properly. After becoming a skincare obsessive (I'm trying to balance my skin without medication), I began to spray my face with this after cleansing and before moisturiser. It's quite herbal-smelling and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. It 'soaks in' within about 30 seconds too and helps to rehydrate my obviously very thirsty skin. I look alive after using this!
TV: Hart of Dixie - New addiction. Rachel Bilson looks incredible in this programme, and her outfits have me drooling in envy. I just wish I could be her, to be honest.
Book: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel - Touching graphic novel/memoir. Every time I read it my heartstrings are plucked. Amazingly talented, Bechdel created a jigsaw of her younger years to tell us the story of herself, her father and their complicated sexualities.
Nails: None! I've been on a nail ban all month to strengthen them up. They're looking much more lovely now. Hurrah!