Besides collecting makeup, I also have a great love for skincare products which I must say I now have quite a nice range of items. This is not just because I'm always trying to fight back my oily skin but also because I love having a little pamper routine to wind down. 


I have not changed my face wash and toner since my last skin care routine post and I still use the tea tree oil ones from The Body Shop. I find that The Body Shop's tea tree range works well with my skin and as you can probably tell from the photos, I have accumulated a few products from this line.


One product I've been using continuously for the last few years is The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask. As the title suggests, it can be used for 3 things which to me already makes it a great product. It can be used to wash by applying it to a wet face, used as a scrub and also left for a few minutes as a mask. I usually use it as all 3 at once by applying to my face when wet then rubbing the product in circular motions to scrub and leaving it on for about 15 minutes as a mask. It always leaves my face smooth and free of dead skin. My very sensitive skin gets barely irritated either!

Another product I use a lot is The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA. This moisturiser was included in last Christmas' Asos advent calendar (which was a very good purchase and introduced me to many new brands). It came as a full sized product and I have been using it nearly every day since I opened that day's door. A small amount of product goes a long way with this one. I'm also 99% sure that it has tiny specks of shimmer in it and I love using it n the morning to make me look more awake. The other positive thing is that it does not leave my skin feeling greasy and absorbs really quickly.

Next up is The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution which I use from time to time. It's a serum that can be applied in the morning and in the evening to minimise blemishes and also to improve the overall appearance of the skin. I either use it in the evening before applying moisturiser or sometimes I use it alone when I don't feel like moisturising.  To be completely honest, I can't tell you if it has had a direct effect on my blemishes as I've never used it for a continuous number of days to tell. Although I can say that it always leaves my skin feeling smooth and plump. I've also found that my makeup sits really well on my skin after I apply this serum.


The next two products are ones that I use directly to combat blemishes. The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil is a product which I'm pretty sure everybody has or had in their collection at some point. I've had this staple since I first started breaking out, so basically for as long as I can remember. I apply this using a cotton bud onto my blemishes to dry them. Since I have sensitive skin I make sure to only apply it on the required area so my skin does not get irritated. Remember that it's a very concentrated formula.

Lastly is the very hyped about Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (and also the winner of the shortest product name is this post!). At the beginning of the year everybody was talking about it and so I ended up also trying it out for myself. This product has a pink sediment at the bottom and should not be shaken before applying. All you do it dip a cotton bud that reaches the bottom and than use it on the blemish - double dipping is not advised. I use this before I go to sleep and by the morning the blemish gets smaller in size. Saying that, it does not work on all blemishes and I find that applying it on the angry red ones that have not yet reached the surface, does not really help them. 

And that's the end of my current favourite skin care items round up. Obviously, I do not use all of these products everyday and usually pick and choose a few every time. I also have some other skin care bits that I want to share with you in the future. 

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As you may have noticed (or not, nobody is judging!), my blog has had a bit of a face lift thanks to Maira Gall on Etsy. I've also been tweaking a bit myself and although there are still some things I would like to fix, I'm really happy with the new look. Let me know what you think!

Sarah