BeautyCon London: Skin Preparation and Goodies

Liz Earle treats

Liz Earle treats

Before applying any make-up, it’s important to prepare the skin, especially when you need the make-up to last all day.  This was especially important when I went to BeautyCon London 2015 when there were temperature changes from warm, to very hot to cold in the wind.

I kept it quite simple as I don’t have a huge amount of time to get ready. After cleansing, I used Benefit Puff Off eye cream under the eye only, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant on my lips to prepare my lips for my lip colour, and Benefit Total Moisturiser facial cream for the rest of my face. There was no time to apply serum!

At BeautyCon London, I managed to pick up two Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleansers and two muslin cloths. One was from the vending machine for sending a tweet and the other was for posting a selfie on Instagram.  I am quite pleased with this as I like to use hot cloth cleansers as a well-needed treat, like a little spa at home.

Now to find time to have a relaxing bath!

Basic skin preparation

Basic skin preparation

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Kind is Simple Pop-up Store in Covent Garden

The Kind is Simple store

The Kind is Simple store

I was lucky enough to attend the Simple “Kind is Simple” Store preview in Covent Garden in London on Thursday  evening, as a Stylist magazine reader. It’s a cute little pop up store where “kindness is currency”. In other words, to receive Simple skincare goodies, you perform a kind act and publicise it on social media using the hashtag #kindissimple, rather than paying with sterling.

There were several ways to be kind and I tried them all. I posted my efforts on Instagram and Twitter. You could describe someone you know using positive words and sticking them on a board, send a positive tweet, create a piece of art to give as a gift or something else as suggested on the kindness tree.

As for the skincare, I learned about Simple’s micellar water and micellar water cleansing wipes. I was quite excited about these as I love  cleansing water and I am always on the search for some decent cleansing wipes.

Simple micellar water is triple filtered to remove as many nasties as possible and it contains glycerin to lock in moisture so skin is not left feeling tight after makeup removal.  This micellar water is also used in the wipes.  As with other Simple products, there’s no added fragrance or colour which is why it is great for sensitive skin. I don’t really like using scented products on my face so this is a great option for me.

On a quick test on my hand of both the wipes and the water, my skin felt clean and cool. So far so good.  Hopefully I’ll get around to doing a full review as I received a full sized micellar water and packet of micellar cleansing wipes.

You can visit the store today on its last day, 22nd May, in the Covent Garden piazza at the Russell Street end. Have fun!

The positive words board and the kindness tree

The positive words board and the kindness tree

Hydration station

Hydration station

The expert table with samples to try

The expert table with samples to try

Simple micellar water and micellar wipes

Simple micellar water and micellar wipes

Benefit Makeup Lesson Skincare Samples

Benefit Makeup Lesson Skincare Samples

Benefit Makeup Lesson Skincare Samples

After my highly enjoyable Benefit makeover, I received some skincare samples to try at home.

It’s Potent! eye cream

Yes, I know I have tried this and managed to burn my eyes with it but I have been instructed on the proper way to use it so I will give it another try.  I am only supposed to use it under my eyes and not too close to my eyes. It should not go on my eyelids. With those instructions, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a good result.

The POREfessional primer

I was really impressed with this at the makeup lesson so now I can try it at home with my other foundations.

Puff Off!

This is an eye gel  The full-sized product has an iron-shaped applicator which cools the eye area as the product is deposited. Unfortunately the sample does not have this but I can still try the formula and just imagine that the iron is there.

Total Moisture Facial Cream

At my makeup lesson Georgia used the triple performing facial emulsion which is oil-free. Even though it was oil free, my face felt adequately moisturised. I can now compare it with the Total Moisture Facial Cream to see if I really need a heavier cream.

I will let you know what I think of all of these.

Garnier Soft Essentials 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream Vs Garnier Moisture Match Day Cream

Garnier Soft Essentials 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream Vs Garnier Moisture Match Day Cream

Garnier Soft Essentials 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream Vs Garnier Moisture Match Day Cream

Garnier Moisture Match for Dry to Very Dry Skin
I picked up this tube of cream for dry to very dry skin as I was hoping the “Moisture Match” part would adjust to suit my skin. My cheeks are the driest part of my face followed by my forehead and my nose is oily. This didn’t quite happen. My skin was definitely moisturised but it looked greasy, especially my nose. I would always have to blot my face while using this. I guess the cream is just a little too thick.

The name has now been changed to Moisture + Nourish (Moisture plus Nourish) which I think is better. We can manually “match” the cream to our skin rather than hoping the cream will match itself! Based on the new names, I would try Moisture + Soft (the blue one) for normal to dry skin as I like the sound of soft skin. My skin doesn’t necessarily need nourishing (pink), radiance (orange) or matifying (green) and the Moisture + Protect (yellow) might not be thick enough for my dry skin.

Garnier Soft Essentials 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream
These long names are a nightmare for blogging! Anyway, I picked this up because I wanted to try a different Garnier moisturiser in the hope it would be more compatible with my skin. This pink pot is for dry and sensitive skin.

Sometimes I find that the “essential” creams are better for my skin even though they are cheaper than other creams. Maybe my skin prefers the simple life.

I’m not sure about the 24 hour bit but this cream definitely leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised all day. It copes well with my dry cheeks even though it is quite light, and it doesn’t make my nose too oily. I think gel-creams are a winner for my skin. It sinks in nicely and is refreshing – I guess that’s the rose water.

The rose scent is very delicate and actually quite pleasant, considering I usually prefer unscented products for my face.

And the winner is…
Garnier Soft Essentials 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream. It provides the right amount of moisture without being greasy. It’s also a little cheaper. It is a clear winner for me!

Beauty Scrapbook: Skincare Ingredients, Cleansing and Skincare Routines from InStyle Magazine

Beauty Scrapbook: Skincare Ingredients, Cleansing and Skincare Routines from InStyle Magazine

Beauty Scrapbook: Skincare Ingredients, Cleansing and Skincare Routines from InStyle Magazine

In the May 2015 edition of InStyle magazine I spotted some essentials for my beauty scrapbook. It’s not often that skincare makes it into the scrapbook, as there’s nothing creative about cream but I really need these pages for future reference.

Packed on to one page is an explanation of those skincare ingredients that are highlighted as being the must-haves, eye creams and advice from Nichola Joss on skincare.

I really didn’t know what Hyaluronic Acid, Resveratrol, or Retinol were before I read the page. I had an idea about Vitamin C and Collagen-Boosting Peptides. All five of them seem good for skin, mainly to do with skin repair, hydration and plumping. Ideally I want one product with them all! Until I find one, I now have a handy little guide as to the individual products I can get to take care of my skin.

Nichola Joss’s skincare routine sets out the order of applying products. Whilst I was familiar with that, I wasn’t aware that serum needs a good while to sink in before moisturiser is applied on top. Looks like I really need to make my serums work (when I bother to use them!)

Another page I tore out gives summer alternatives to our winter moisturisers and a guide on how to cleanse properly. I am continually trying new moisturisers so this might help me out.

Did you know cleansing needed four steps? To be honest, I really don’t have the time and I don’t think scrubbing my dry skin to within an inch of its life is that healthy. In a nutshell, the advised cleansing regime is: oil cleanser, rinse using a muslin cloth, wash-off cleanser then micellar water. For me, I think a good compromise would be three steps – I’d miss out the second cleanse with the wash-off cleanser. When I use an oil cleanser I rinse and gently exfoliate with a muslin cloth anyway. Sometimes a little makeup is left around my eyes so that’s where the micellar water will come in to finish off the job.

There you have it, the latest addition to my beauty scrapbook.