L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask | Review

Hello again,

As you may have seen from my recent January Favourites post, I’ve been using a new face mask. Over the past few weeks I’ve been reaching for the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask instead of my usual Mask of Magnaminty from Lush – I just wanted to try something new. Out of the three masks in this range, I wanted to try the Clay one the most as I think it suites what my skin needs.

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As you can see, you’re supposed to leave the face mask on for 5-10 minutes to allow it to dry. I find that this isn’t really long enough so I tend to leave it on for 20 minutes at least. When it all dries you can barely move your face, which is probably because it gets right into your pores. It’s kind of disgusting but when it does dry, it highlights ALL of your pores. If you didn’t know you had dirty pores, this mask will definitely point them out to you.

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It was actually really easy to apply actually. I have another charcoal mask that I’ve been using for a while which doesn’t apply easily at all. It’s really thick, making it difficult to spread it across my face. This one, however, spreads really easy. I also find that I don’t have to use as much of the product at one time because it covers my face quite quickly. The packaging says that the pot contains 10 applications but I’ve used mine 4 or 5 times and I’ve got loads left so I think I’ll get more out of it.

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After the first time I used the mask I already noticed a difference. It reduced the size of some of the more noticeable bits of acne on my cheek. Also, the pores on my nose were so much cleaner when I washed the mask off.

I find that after using this mask, any obvious spots that I have reduce so much in size. It just seems to dry them out to the point where they’re barely there anymore. Then, by the next day, the spot disappears – a definite plus for me.

The more and more I used it, the cleaner my face looked afterwards. Now, after using it for a few weeks, I’ve noticed that I’m getting fewer blackheads and my acne scarring has massively improved too. It’s definitely worth the money.

If you wanted to try this mask, it’s still on offer at Boots for £5.99!

As always, thank you for reading.

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Courteney x

5 Tips To Save Your Problematic Skin

Hello again,

Recently my friend asked me what I’ve been doing to clear up my skin. At last, someone noticed that my poor skin is improving. To paint a picture, my skin is typically dry and has some slight scarring from acne I’ve had in the past. Some of the time my skin isn’t on its best behaviour and I get spots but it’s nothing to wail about.

This got me thinking not about the products I’ve been using but about the efforts I make to take special care of my skin, and in particular my face. So, I’ve compiled a list of tips that I follow to keep my skin healthy and in good order.

Clean your makeup brushes properly and regularly

When I was watching Sam Chapman, co-creator of Real Techniques, on YouTube I heard her say that you should wash your makeup brushes once per week. I’ll confess that I definitely don’t wash my makeup brushes this often, but I do try to wash them a lot more than I used to. Note to self: make more of an effort.

Remove ALL of your makeup before going to bed

This is so important. If I so much as take a two hour nap whilst I’m still wearing makeup then I’ll wake up with huge red spots on my face. I’ve heard that this isn’t the case for everyone but it’s still hygenic to make the effort to cleanse your face before you go to bed. If you don’t thoroughly clean your face before you go to bed then then makeup will build up on your pillow which will become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Say goodbye to makeup wipes

Makeup wipes don’t remove all of your makeup. You’re lying to yourself if they thing you do. Also, for a lot of people they can be an irritant on your skin if they’re scented or not soft enough. They don’t clean your face and will never replace a good old fashion cleansing polish or liquid makeup remover. So, if you really feel the need to use makeup wipes, at least clean your face properly after. Unless you’ve just come in from a night out and are at risk from drowning yourself in the sink, then you’re allowed to use makeup wipes just this once.

Don’t apply makeup to a dirty face

It’s probably a no-brainer to tell people to wash their face when they wake up but just in case people don’t, here is your friendly reminder. Your face needs to be cleanse because you slap makeup onto it.

Wash your bed sheets regularly 

Remember what I said earlier about your pillow being a bacterial breeding ground? Well, change your bedding regularly just to make sure you’re not sleeping on last week’s makeup.
  

Thanks for reading!

Let me know your tips and tricks to getting clearer skin. Any product recommendations are also welcome…

7 Annoying People You’ll Encounter On The Tube

Hello again,

Since, like most commuters, I always seem to encounter people that haven’t a clue about etiquette or manners when it comes to travelling on the tube. I’m sure that those of you that have used the London Underground before, or any underground for that matter, will have encountered someone that ruined their journey.
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People who have no ability to keep to the left 

There a signs everyone screaming ‘KEEP TO THE LEFT’. What’s so hard about it? People can’t get past if you’re stood in their way.

People who don’t let you get off of the tube before they get on it

These people catch sight of a free seat and will do literally anything to push past you to win that seat. They are so desperate that they don’t care how big the crowd against them is. They. Will. Win. That. Seat. Little do they know, that cramped seat isn’t worth it – you’ll have much more room if you just stand up.

downloadPeople who will risk being crushed to death just to board a train

There’s no need. The next train will arrive in 4 minutes at the most. If the doors are closing, don’t get yourself trapped in them . Just think about it, if you break an arm then you’ll be even later to your destination than you would if you just waited for the next train…

People who don’t give up seats for people that need them more

These people, in my eyes, are the most inconsiderate of them all. I couldn’t imaginimagese not offering a seat to those less able to stand. I know it’s crowded, you’re tired and you’d rather cut your legs off than stand up for 5 minutes but there is often someone that needs a seat more than you do. In this instance: move.

People that stink out the carriage with smelly food

I know you’re enjoying your foot long tuna Subway sandwich, but please have some consideration for the people sitting around you. We’re underground and there is fresh air, all we can smell is your stinky sandwich.

South_Wimbledon_tube_station_-_1995_Stock_trainPeople who slow everyone down at the ticket barriers

Get your Oyster card out of your pocket/handbag/suitcase/Pokéball or wherever you’re keeping it before you decide to stand in front of a barrier that other people could be using. Nobody has time to watch you fumbling around for your card holder. You could have found it when you were on the tube, in the escalator or in the lift.

People who thing that a bag needs a seat more than another human being does

A bag is not a person so it has no right to have a seat to itself. Fair enough if the tube is empty, no one wants to sit down and it’s not inconveniencing anyone. However, when the tube is over-crowded and people are packed in it like sardines, please do not hog a whole seat for your bag. I’m sure it will be fine on the floor.

Thanks for reading!

Let me know your absolute pet hate about using the underground, or travelling in general.

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Bye for now,

Courteney x