Okay, so it has been a couple of weeks since my last post, so I thought I would explain where the heck I've been. Last year, I uploaded a blog post at least once a day, every single day for the whole of year - over 400 posts. I love blogging, and if I it was my full-time job, I would be over the moon, but it isn't and I do have a full-time job. I was struggling towards the end of the year to make sure I had content every day, and so this year I have decided that I will be posting less frequently. I am hoping to post 2-3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and some weeks there may be more. In December I went to Orlando for 2 weeks, which was so much fun, and then I arrived back on Christmas Eve and got straight into Christmas. I then gave myself 2 weeks away from blogging, so that I could come back fresher than ever.
Today's post is all about skincare, because unless our base is well-hydrated and looked after, no amount of makeup is going to sit as well on the skin. Revolution was a stand-out brand for me last year, they always have the latest trends in both skincare and makeup, and are super affordable, yet very effective. So, I am starting the year off introducing you to five Revolution skincare products you simply must try out.
Over the past couple of years, I have really focused on my skincare, and it really does make a difference - I get comments now from people saying how good my skin looks, which is something I never used to get. My makeup looks more flawless, and it lasts longer. At least once a week, I like to take time out and have a long bath, and apply a face mask as I find it really relaxing and it helps keep me calm. I received the Revolution x Jake Jamie Moisturising Face Mask in a goody bag from the Glamour Beauty Festival towards the end of last year and it is great for this time of year to add moisture into the skin. The two main ingredients are Cocoa and Oat, and so yes, this does smell of chocolate and is very yummy! The Oatmeal helps to gently exfoliate the skin, ridding it of any dead skin, to leave a nice clear, smooth base, and the Cocoa Butter helps to nourish the skin and add moisture. You get a 50ml jar of the mask, which is such a good amount for the price of £8.00, and this is going to give you plenty of uses. The jar is also glass, which I love as it always feels a little more boujie. In this crazy world that we live in, we may think we don't have time for a little pamper, but this mask takes just 10-15 minutes to work, so even if you are more of a shower person, pop this on before you get in the shower or bath, enjoy a little relaxation and the mask will do all the work.
A key skincare product which I only religiously included in my skincare routine the last couple of years is a serum. Many people have their own opinion on when to use a serum, but personally I prefer to apply it onto the skin after toning and before moisturising. This is because the serum is more highly concentrated and includes stronger ingredients, so it is better to let it sink into the skin first to reach the lower levels of the skin, before applying a moisturiser which is usually more targeted to the top layer of the skin. The Revolution 3% Vitamin C Radiance Serum* is an ideal all-rounder serum, especially if you haven't used a serum before. The 3% Vitamin C Serum is perfect for boosting radiance if you suffer from dull skin, and Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is known to help skin regeneration, so it is going to help skin to refresh itself. Revolution do have a 12.5% Vitamin C Super Serum once your skin has gotten used to having that application of Vitamin C. You get 30ml of product for £8.00, which is such good value, as the majority of serums do come in a 30ml size, except they are often at least triple the price of this one. I like to take a pump or two of the serum and press it into the skin, wait 3-5 minutes and then apply a moisturiser.
Facial mists and priming sprays are big news, and I find them so useful and multi-functional. The Revolution Superfruit Replenishing Essence Spray* is fortified with the extract of blueberry, which we all know as the queen of antioxidant foods, and helps the skin to fight environmental damage and support the skin's barrier. This Essence Spray smells incredibly fruity, without being overbearing and its replenishing formula instantly brightens and invigorates the skin in seconds. As I mentioned, sprays like this can be used in a variety of ways, so you can use to it prime the skin, set your makeup, use as a skincare product as a part of a routine, or apply on the go when your skin needs freshening up. A tip for the warmer months, is to keep this kind of a spray in your fridge and then spritz it all over the face to cool you down and add some moisture. This bottle includes 100ml of product for just £6.00, and there are four other sprays available for skin that needs nourishing, skin that is sensitive, blemish-prone skin and skin that needs a little energy boost.
Back on to the Serums, because even if you don't have the time every week to exfoliate and apply a face mask, taking 30 seconds to apply a serum, really can make a difference. 2019 saw the rise of CBD, and it was everywhere, and with good reason, we saw it introduced into skincare products. The Revolution CBD Super Serum* is a super-strength formula which has been formulated with a high level of Cannabis Sativa Oil and Cannabidiol, the Cannabis derived ingredients that are loved for their nourishing skincare products. This extra-strength serum will help to moisturise, soothe and calm dry skin, and so I would say this is for a sensitive, drier skin. There is also a higher percentage of Hyaluronic Acid within this formula, which we all know by now is first class at locking moisture into the skin, to keep it well-nourished and hydrated. As with the Vitamin C Serum and any other serum, I recommend applying a couple of drops to the skin, pressing it in gently, and allowing it to soak in for a few minutes before applying your moisturiser.
As the start of a new year is all about detoxing, I wanted to include the Revolution Pink Clay Detoxifying Mask*. So if your skin has had its fill of cold weather, too much alcohol and naughty food, then this is the mask for you! Also, if you wear a lot of makeup, this mask is great for ridding the pores of any congestion. The Pink Clay Mask is formulated with Seaweed extract and Witch Hazel to help moisturise and soothe any problematic areas, to draw out any impurities and absorbs oil to give an overall healthier complexion. It is the prettiest pink colour and smells very fresh, but again not overbearing as sometimes skincare products that are too strongly scented can be a little off-putting for me, but this is a delight. Just like with the Jake Jamie Mask, you just need to apply to the skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. The Pink Clay Mask costs £8.00 and you get 50ml of product, and will definitely get your skin off to a great start for 2020.
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All the Loves,
*Items marked with an asterix have been gifted to me, but all opinions are my own