Tuesday, 24 April 2018

My 3 Step Skincare Routine & Why I Don't Use Coconut Oil ☆


 
I wear makeup often. About four days out of the week, and I like to do a full coverage routine. It's a preference that I've had for ages as I feel like it just completes the whole makeup look but one thing about me is that I don't clean my brushes nearly as often as I should.  I've recently gotten in the habit of doing so because if I don't, I get horrible breakouts on my cheeks, nose and along my jaw. My skin type is oily and oily skin can also be very acne prone so breakouts are often unexpected. To keep them at bay, I  simplified my skincare routine. I've narrowed it down to three cruelty-free and zero waste products which I use almost daily. 





The first product is a facial soap from a zero waste store called Babongo. It's a Pine & Charcoal face soap which I use to cleanse my face  every morning and before I go to sleep. The product is completely natural which I love and maintains the oiliness of my skin. 


It was also packaged in paper packaging which is a pro and a con; the pro is that it's a zero waste product which is of course great, but a big con is that after the packaging is removed you have to put it in a soap tray (which I was very unprepared for so I ended up just resting it on a shelf to dry). 



The second product is a tea tree serum which I purchased from The Body Shop. It's packaged in glass which is recyclable and comes with a glass dropper which is reusable. I'm planning on reusing the container by scrubbing off the label and creating my own toner or serum after this product is finished. The serum is great to use after a shower, but it can be drying so I skip it some mornings or use it after I've applied a face mask. If this is the case, I generally skip the third product which is... 



... an essential oil. I've been loving essential oils lately. I use Frankincense the most often, but I switch between that, Lavender and Tea Tree. After I've washed my face with the soap bar, I pat it dry and then apply the essential oil onto my face. After the oil is completely dry, I might apply moisturizer or a water-based serum to boost moisture in my skin. 

In case you're wondering, essential oils are still great even if you have oily skin! It just depends which ones work for you. I recommend lavender, tea tree, frankincense, jojoba and rosehip oil. Some oils might be too strong to apply directly. My skin didn't react badly to it when I applied the essential oils directly, but carrier oils are a good idea. I liked using jojoba as a carrier oil but in all honesty, I don't use it anymore because I don't find it necessary - your skin might be different, however.  One oil that I have been avoiding using on my face is coconut oil. Plot twist? I understand. Although very beneficial,  coconut oil can be terrible for your face. That and St. Ives Apricot Scrub are the two products I will never put on my face - coconut oil clogs pores like no other and is much too heavy for oily skin types, causing breakouts instead of clearing skin up. Coconut oil is great for your body and moisturizing for your hair but if you have oily skin like I do or if your skin is acne prone. It's beneficial to avoid using on the face; even using it to remove your makeup could be bad because it might leave a film of it behind. Instead, wash with a good face wash and lukewarm water and do one last rinse with cold water to close any pores. 

There you have it! My three step skincare routine and why I don't use coconut oil. If you have any recommendations on zero waste skincare or products you think I should be trying, leave them in the comments for me to check out!

All my love, 
Miah

Monday, 5 March 2018

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?! ♡





I was looking through some old posts for future inspiration and i came across my old post about what I keep with me when I travel. A lot has changed since that post regarding beauty and skincare and I'm excited to share it with you! As always, everything I own regarding beauty and most things I own regarding skincare (unless medicated) are cruelty-free or vegan. Here's what is in my current travel makeup bag, in the order that I apply my products!

Eyebrow Kit & Lashes


The Wet n Wild Eyebrow Kit in the shade 'Brunette' has been a holy grail in my makeup kit, not just when I travel. I love that it comes with two pressed eyebrow powders; a dark brown and a black. It includes a wax to set the hairs in place, a tweezer for any last minute fixes, a brush applicator to apply the product and a built in mirror for only €4.79 if you purchase it from BoozyShop. It's one of my favourite drugstore purchases and if you're looking for a new eyebrow product, this might be a good one to try out! I also adore individual lashes as I'm an absolute noob at applying falsies. These ones from Paese are great and include a glue for application!

Eyeshadow & Eye Tints


When I'm traveling I like to have a palette with me. Currently, I've been loving the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette. It's versatile and I love that it's so easy to use and that the colours are neutral. 


I'm also a huge fan of my NYX eye tint. At first I didn't like the formula that much but after using it a bit more, I'm starting to dig it! This shade is in 'New Romance' and it's a gorgeous glimmery gold. It's the perfect primer for a glowy look and doubles up as a highlighter if you blend it out with a light hand. Like a lipgloss, it has a cute doe-like applicator which makes application a breeze.


Primer

I never used a primer when I did my makeup before - I know, bad Miah - but because I like a simple makeup routine that's quick to do before my university lectures, I always just skipped it. However, I received this Beebee primer from StyleTone and I think it does a really great job at keeping your makeup on for the whole day. It reduces the size of my pores, keeps a matte face (even without setting powder) and is super handy since I don't wear foundation so it makes my concealer look flawless.

Concealer

As mentioned above, I don't wear foundation. Instead, I use a mix of two concealers. The first is a green one from Catrice cosmetics which cancels out any redness. The second is one that suits my skin tone from LA Girl in 'Fawn' and is probably one the most raved about drugstore concealers out there. I love both of them as on days where I'm a little bit more red or having breakouts, the concealer from Catrice helps to reduce that and the LA Girl one ensures my skin is one colour overall and along with the primer, provides a nice base for the rest of my makeup.


Highlight
I highlight with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in the shade 'Sun Dipped'. It's such a pretty, pigmented palette. I often use the shades 'Bronzed' or 'Tourmaline' for cheekbones, 'Moonstone' for browbone and 'Summer' for inner corner highlight.

Blush

I'm not a huge fan of blush, but I do love a pop of colour every now and then. To achieve this, I love using the KIKO Rebel Bouncy blush in the shade '04 Passion Red Wine'. It's not a conventional powder blush which makes application pretty easy and versatile as it can be used as a lip tint, too. The formula is great as it's got a lovely satin finish and is compact. The rose gold packaging is to die for and I love that the product comes with a mirror. The only con would be that there's no applicator included. 

Mascara
Mascara is one of my favourite beauty products. I'm currently combining two; one from Alverde and one whose name I forgot because I use it so frequently that the name has been rubbed off the packaging. The reason why I use two is because one has a skinny wand, making it easier to access all the hard-to-reach lashes and gives me length. The other mascara provides me with volume and a stronger pigmentation, so my lashes look thicker and darker.


Lip Products

Lip products are an easy pick. I usually line my lips with a lipliner from KIKO and fill them in with a matching KIKO lipstick in the shade '11'. If I want a nude lip (aka nude lip that will suit my skintone, as "nude" is not a universal shade). 


I'll also pack  liquid lipsticks from the NYX Lip Lingerie collection in the shades 'Exotic' and 'Teddy'. 


Loose & Pressed Powder 
After concealing, I use a little bit of W7's Banana Dreams loose powder to "bake" lightly underneath my eyes and underneath my cheekbones. This ensures a good highlight and sets my makeup for the duration of the day. While baking, I bronze and highlight which are the next steps in my routine. To finish off my makeup, I quickly sweep my powder brush into the Catrice Prime & Fine Mattifying powder to set everything once more. This isn't necessary if you have normal, dry or combination skin, but mine is a little oily and I take this step to ensure that my makeup stays in place all day long.

What did you think of the contents in my travel makeup bag? Do you have anything you recommend for on the go? Let me know in the comments. 

All my love, 



M I A H