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

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

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.

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1

The Vichy Pureté 3 in 1 is a cleansing milk, toner and eye make-up remover for sensitive skin. I have dry skin rather than sensitive skin but as I received this in a beauty box, I decided to try it as I really wanted to try some Vichy products.

It has a barely there fragrance – just enough for you sense that there is something there.  I usually don’t like fragranced products on my face but this one is just right.

I like cleansing milks and this is great because it has the fluidity of cleansing milk but it is a little thicker than a cleansing milk without being as thick as a cleansing cream.

As for performance, for some reason it takes me ages to get makeup off using a cream cleanser. This is whether I apply the cleanser to the face and wipe off with cotton wool pads, or apply the cleanser to the cotton wool pad and wipe it all on my face in a circular motion. I get through so many cotton wool pads! The Vichy Pureté Thermale is the same – it goes on nice and smoothly, and comes off the same but the process is not particularly quick.  I end up rubbing my cheeks a little too hard leaving them feeling tight! It make a valiant effort to remove eye make-up but that takes some rubbing too.

The plus side is that my skin is left feeling baby-soft and smooth once I eventually get all of my make-up off.

As far as cleanser performance is concerned, it’s ok.  It is good for travel because there is no need for a separate toner or eye-makeup remover although I would personally try to pack a separate (probably dual-phase) eye make-up remover to get all of the eye make-up off.  Despite that, I would probably buy some more of this cleanser because I love how it makes my skin feel, the price is nice (around £11) and I really like the hint of fragrance.

Review: No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

 

The No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser was the first hot cloth cleanser I have tried. I wasn’t really sure what the fuss was all about. Maybe it’s because I have never had a facial.

This is a lovely thick cream with a delicate, relaxing scent. It leaves my skin feeling pampered and clean but not dry. It comes with the muslin cloth for the whole experience.

I use this as a treat when I just want to relax for a few moments in the bath with the hot cloth on my face and I make sure I enjoy the face massage when I’m wiping the cleanser off.

I can’t compare this to any other hot cloth cleanser at the moment but without any comparison, I can say that I like this!