Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Removing your makeup and cleaning your skin before bed is essential as during the night your body replenishes and repairs your skin. Using the right products before bed will guarantee your body repairing it to its full potential.

I start off by removing my eye makeup. having tried and tested numerous eye makeup removers I have found that oil based ones are a God send for removing stubborn mascaras and liquid eyeliners. Despite it being able to remove my vast amounts of mascara it is also very gentle and you don't feel like it is damaging the precious skin around your eyes. THE BEST EYE MAKEUP REMOVER EVER is a very modest £3 and is Johnson's Daily Essentials Eye Make Up Remover for all skin types.

Johnson's Daily Essentials Eye Make Up Remover

With many products such as makeup and moisturisers, the more you pay the better the result but this is not always the case as i have found out through the years. And, having tried Chanel, Dior, Clinique, Lancome and many other expensive brand eye makeup removers I have found the best one for a mere £3.

Okay so once the eye makeup has been removed I use a face wipe to remove the first layer of make up from my face. Again, having tried numerous face wipes, I always go back to Johnson's Baby Wipes as they remove make up and dirt and have NO chemicals in them whatsoever.USE THEM. 

Johnson's Baby Wipes

Having done that I use and old trick which I promised i'd never tell anyone but here it goes.

Use a cotton wool pad and pour a 50p piece of Johnson's Baby Oil onto it and wipe that over your face. You will be amazed at what happens. The makeup residue and dirt clings to the oil and you are left with a makeup free face. Do this as many times as needed to remove all makeup traces.
Johnson's Baby Oil

Your face may feel greasy after this so just swipe a baby wipe over your face to get rid of any excess oil.

So now all the make up is removed I then go onto using a cleanser and clarifying lotion.

I have 2 cleansers that I swear by and depending on how much time I have will depend on which one I use.

If im shattered and only have a few minutes I will use Lancome Galatee Confort (in English, Comforting cleansing milk). I have used this for over 5 years and swear by it. Its very gentle and so creamy and leaves your skin feeling fab.Pump the bottle 2/3 times and swipe the cleanser over your face using a cotton pad.

Lancome Galatee Confort 

I follow this with Clinique's Clarifying Lotion, which will make your face tingle a bit but that just means its working. Again, swipe this over your face using a cotton pad. This clarifying lotion exfoliates the skin, removes dirt, opens pores and evens out skin tone which helps create a smoother appearance. Check at Clinique for the right one for you as there are different ones for different skin types.This one if for dry/combination skin. 

Clinique's Clarifying Lotion

On the evenings where I want to have a proper good clean I use Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Polish which was recommended to me by a friend when i broke out in spots. WOW is all i can say about this product. Try it - you wont be disappointed. 

Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Polish

Follow with moisturiser or night cream. I tend to use a thick lip balm before bed so whilst Im sleeping my lips care be repaired. I use Blistex Relief Cream. It really is the only thing that will actually rid you of dry cracked lips.

Then I sleep, sleep, sleep.

In my next blog I will be discussing body skincare.



pre makeup skincareroutine

Before I get in the shower, every other day I start with using Clinique 7 day Scrub Off Cream.
Clinique 7 Day Scrub Off Cream

I massage that onto dry skin starting with my fingers tips and then using the palms off my hands on drier areas of my face. Wash this off in the shower. 

On the days I don't use this i use St Ives Facial Scrub (I use the Invigorating one but there is one for sensitive skin (Gentle) and one for spot prone skin (Blemish Fighting)which is applied to damp skin whilst in the shower. I swear by this facial scrub and have used it for years. It never fails me.
St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub

It is super important to exfoliate the skin on your face but to also remember to not be to harsh as it is very delicate skin. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, leaving the appearance of your skin, shiny and healthy. 

Personally I suffer from eczema and generally have quite dry skin so i find exfoliating it regularly helps remove the build up of dry skin. 

Once your face is exfoliated, use a good, creamy moisturiser. I use Chanel HydraMax + Active as I find this one soaks into the skin quickly and leave my skin radiant and fully moisturised all day long. 

Chanel HydraMax+Active Cream

In the winter, when skin becomes drier I tend to use a thin layer of Bio Oil on my face before applying moisturiser as I find this give it an extra helping hand in staying moisutrised and dewy throughout the harsh winter months. Having tried hundreds of different facial oils, this one is by far the best.
Bio Oil

I find that sticking to the same products is better than changing them as often changing your skin care products can mess with your skin. Stick to what you know. 


beforemakeup comes thebase

I'm going to start with skincare for the face and then go on to skincare for the body as I believe you cannot enhance what you have until the base of what you have is looking it's best.

Over the years i have tried and tested thousands (yes, literally thousands) of different facial skincare products and have finally found ones that are staples in my bathroom cabinet and in my wash bag. 

I like to keep different products in 3 seperate places ; the products I use morning and night everyday I keep in a washbag, the products I use once or twice a week, or less than twice a month i keep in my cabinet and then in my shower i keep my everyday products for my body. By keeping everything seperate you gain more of a regime for your skin.

So, try to think of your skincare regime as a way to create a good base before using make up to enhance your natural features. 

I will set up a different blog for different products including facial skincare, body skincare, make up, hair products and any other little bits.



So, after 10 years of trying and testing every beauty product around, I have decided to start blogging about them all to help people choose the right products for them.
My blogs will range from makeup to skincare and will include everything from the best lip balm to the best tweezers. 
Enjoy! xx