Monday, 16 January 2017

Skincare routine 2017.

I just finished my first week of a skincare routine I aim to keep running through the year with minor adjustments depending on the season. My skin isn't really problematic in my opinion, I usually get pimples or cystic acne for a day or two during my period.

My goal for this year is to stop using foundation and really commit to taking care of my skin.
I have quite dark circles under my eyes and want to learn to colour correct and only spot conceal when needed.

So here's what I'm currently using:
Links to all featured companies will be listed at the end and feel free to drop me any questions.


Funky Soap
Liquorice Complexion Soap.
(UK based, worldwide shipping)

My start. I cleanse my skin twice with this moisturising solid soap using my hands.
One thing I do (but need to stop) is that I dry my face with one tissue sheet, I used to use a clean face cloth... Will buy new ones soon to stop this insane waste of paper... But what I'm getting at is that I keep evething clean. Anything my face gets in contact with has to be clean. I barely ever touch my face with my hands. If I do, they're clean.

Antioxidant Eye Serum.
(Australian, widely available online)

This little cream is potent, you can definitely feel it doing something to your skin.
It can be painful if applied on sensitive peeled skin, which I've learned the hard way...

Mellor & Russell
Multi action Eye & Skin Serum.
(UK brand, widely available)

Nothing special, just a cream I use for additional moisture which doesn't irritate my skin.
I always wear a barrier between my skin and sunscreen/BB cream as I have dry skin but I also feel like it comes off easier. I've gone through countless tubes of this serum.

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Coconut Sunscreen.
(Australian, worldwide shipping)

A gem. Lasts forever.
It has however started to leave a white cast on my face now that it's close to being finished so I mix in a little mineral concealer as this will breakdown products which are water based. It's very shiny and needs to be set with a powder.

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Hemp Seed & Red Raspberry Primer.

I use this if I'm going to be using coverage. I don't use the Coconut Sunscreen if I'm going to put on make-up (BB cream, I always use some form of sunscreen during daytime).


Organic, cold pressed coconut oil aka The MVP.

I began using oils for removing make-up a little over 5 years ago and I haven't looked back since. I tend to use about half a teaspoon, let it melt in my palms, massage it all over my face, let sit for a minute and massage again. I then remove it with a tissue and go in with a deep cleansing make-up removing wipe. Afterwards I use a gentle oil based face soap, I'm currently using the Avocado face bar from Dirty Hippie Cosmetics in my evening routine.

Medieval Cleansing Grains.
(US, domestic shipping only)

I've been using these every couple of days, and a little goes a long way. I use approximately 1/3 of a teaspoon mixed with a bit of water and massage away gently, I remove it with a wet face cloth still massaging.
Skin feels great, I had a tiny bit of irritation during my period when my skin was very sensitive due to a bit more acne than usual so I wouldn't recommend using these when your skin is changing. But great otherwise! These sample bags last for a good while, I'm still trying to decide on which to buy in full size... Definitely worth trying.

Pixi Beauty
Glow Peel Pads
(UK/US, widely available)

Game changer.
I had been battling cystic acne during the middle of last year which had left my skin bumpy and damaged, loads of pigmentation scars and redness. These pads changed my skin so much in just one use. I now use them weekly or every other week, depends on if I have had irritating skin or not. An investment.

Pumpkin Facial Mask.
(US, Domestic shipping only)

This is my go-to moisture boost.
I use this mask at least once a week and as with many indie products, a little goes a long way. It needs more liquid than traditional clay masks, took a couple of uses to figure out the perfect consistency but worth it. Smells great as well!

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Sweet Rose, Blueberry Bliss and Calming Chamomile Mask.
(Australian, worldwide shipping)

These are the masks I use for targeting special problems.
Sweet Rose for extra hydration, Blueberry for the days my skin is crazy red and Calming Chamomile for the days I've been a bit to stressed and my skin has been exposed to too much (smells wonderful).

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Tea Tree Blemish Balm
(Australian, worldwide shipping)

This little tin is a skin wizard!
About a week ago when I had a really bad acne breakout I would clean my face, apply this all over (avoiding eyes and mouth of course), leave on for two hours and then cleanse and repeat. The following day my acne was 70% gone. Completely crazy. I had only been able to do spot treatments before so it was nice to see how effective this was.

Antioxidant Eye Serum
(Australian, widely available)

Again, a potent little cream which is surprisingly big. 30ml! Probably the first eye serum I feel does anything, which says a lot as I've been using eye care for the past 12 years... Feeling be good about this despite only being a week since I started using it.

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Age defying moisturizer.
(Australian, worldwide shipping)

As you might know by now, I try to only use natural skincare. This little pot is such a treat for the skin. A little goes a long way, I always take too much... But my hands are enjoying the excess. Smells very fresh and natural. I love everything Dani does, DHC is definitely my favorite skincare brand.

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Raw Face Feed
(Australian, worldwide shipping)

Another little treat.
This is a gorgeous oil. I mainly use this on my face during the dry season (winter) and on my neck and d├ęcolletage during the rest of the year. Absolutely love it.

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Hemp Lip Balm.

Funky Soap
Aloe Vera & Rosemary Lip Balm.

Notoriously Morbid
Slumber Salve in Chocolate Pudding.

These three are my current night time lip treats that I alternate between. I always have a balm within arms reach. The Hemp balm is a bit of an everything balm, I use it on my skin/hands when they feel dry. All wonderful. Have a bunch more but I'm trying to be good and finish one before I open a new one.

Links to shops:
Dirty Hippie Cosmetics
Funky Soap
Notoriously Morbid
Pixi Beauty