101 (thousand) thank you’s

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog, whether you’ve been following for a long time or whether Google has led you to one post. Every visit has helped me get past the 100,000 milestone and it makes me feel happy that something I’ve written has been of interest or a help to someone out there. I’ve really had my ups and downs and blogging can be a lot of hard work, sometimes for little reward. It’s definitely not all fun and games, and most of the time I don’t consider my effort a success, but sometimes it’s the little things like this, or the people you meet, or the interactions you have with readers and fellow bloggers that make it really worthwhile.

Thank-You

P.S posts might be a little slow for a week or two as I’ve got a lot on my plate in my ‘real life’ and my brain tends to cope by shutting down in certain areas. In this case I’ve drawn a serious blank on post ideas! Any requests or recommendations are very welcome. I should have a hashtag: #ProjectBringBronwynsBrainBackToLife

A new skincare routine for oilier skin

My skin has been dry for years due to hypothyroidism, but in the last few months it has really underdone a huge hormonally-driven change. This is proof that your skin does change over time and isn’t static, and when your skin changes you need to change your skincare routine as well. I would say my skin would be categorised as combination as it is mainly my t-zone which is problematic, but I’ve become better than BP at sorting out oil slicks these days! These are a couple of my favourites which suit a more combination skin.

I’m still using my cleansing balms and oils (Balm Balm and the Body Shop are my favourites) to remove makeup. At night I do a second cleanse with my Foreo Luna using Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. I’m still not a fan of foaming cleansers, but this one is gentle enough and contains shea butter and cottonseed. Alternative nights and in the mornings I use the Esse Refining Cleanser – a rediscovery which is rocking my world. It contains bentonite clay to detox and gently exfoliate and it is a dream come true for oily or blemished skin. It’s also organic and gentle and doubles as a mask.

 

I’m back to my Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion because the salicylic acid really helps with breakouts. Most mornings I use the REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot, a hyaluronic gel which dries down very quickly, and I’m on my third bottle of Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum which has a silky, non-oily finish. It also has many ingredients to minimise fine lines, dark spots etc. It’s pretty expensive but I keep repurchasing it as I get results. I also love the Resist Multi-Correction Treatment from Paula’s Choice which reduces blemishes and significantly fades the  marks left behind.

 

The best daytime product for minimising oiliness that I’ve found is my new moisturiser, Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream SPF20 (available at Clicks), which is an oil-free lotion for oily or combination skin which has a totally matte finish and contains oil-absorbing spheres that keep the oiliness to a minimum during the day.

 

I like to change my night-time products depending on how my skin feels. Nearly every night I use Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. This has anti-ageing benefits as well as reducing breakouts and working on dark spots. It has a light gel-cream texture and isn’t greasy. It’s pricey at R845 but the bottle has lasted me four months now. I also don’t mind my skin feeling a bit oilier at night so I will use a heavier, more nourishing moisturiser. I’m currently enjoying the Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream, but I also still love my overnight facial oils.

I’ve already done reviews on most of these products in the past, but this is just a roundup of what I’ve been turning to lately. I’ve also made some changes to the type of makeup I use to steer away from dewier formulas and towards a more matte finish. I would love any product recommendations for battling the shine during the day though, so please pass them on! :)

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Earthchild A/W15 Indigo Skies Launch

I have already done a post on my favourites from the Earthchild Autumn/Winter range here, but they have since added some items to the collection with new shades in the girls’ range being the light purple ‘nirvana’ shade, peach ‘coral cloud’ and indigo. Last week I attended Earthchild’s media event for their winter collection. Despite having bought many of my favourite items back in March this was a great opportunity to have a more leisurely look at everything, cappuccino in hand, and pick out a few complementary items. It was also interesting to hear about the inspiration for the collection, which was the moody colours of winter skies. I love that their colours are always tasteful and winter is usually anchored by soft grey pieces which match

     

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Normally I am a bit rushed as I’m desperate to grab what I need before my child drags everything off the rails, but this gave me time for a chat and some careful choosing. And believe me, it’s difficult to choose from so many gorgeous outfits! The enamel mugs (and in my case a gigantic muffin) we took home were perfect for the rainy weather outside and made me want to make coffee all over again when I got home. Load shedding put a stop to that. Anyway, if your kids have outgrown their winter clothes or you have a niece or nephew to spoil, it is definitely worth taking a look at the cuteness in Earthchild this winter.

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The Buffing Technique

I haven’t’t really had time for YouTube lately but one video which I did manage to stumble across in a spare few minutes was Wayne Goss’ Buffing Technique video. I am sure many of you have already watched it, but I’ve added the videos down below if you haven’t. This technique horrified me in principle because I was convinced that buffing powder over my makeup would undo all my careful concealing and just look cakey.

 But curiosity got the better of me and I gave it a try, and all I can say is that it really does work. I’ve been using this technique most days since discovering it using my Real Techniques buffing brush (which I’ve always traditionally used for liquid foundations) and Bourjois Healthy Mix powder. The first video is an explanation of the technique, the second is a short demonstration.


Here is a summary of the steps:

1. Apply your foundation and concealer as usual and set lightly (I use  a powder puff and lightly press the powder in to set my makeup) preferably using a loose powder.

2. Carry on with all your powder products like contour, bronzer, blush etc. etc. as usual.

3. Take a pressed powder and any domed buffing brush and really buff the powder into your skin in circular buffing motions. Yes…eek…go for it!

It really does leave a good finish. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing a cakey powder mask and you blend the contour/blush/highlight products in the process so that they’re seamless. And I guess you could look for a more hydrating or radiance-boosting powder for the final step if you have more normal to dry skin, or a balancing/mattifying powder if you’re oily or combination. I also find my makeup lasts longer and doesn’t start melting around the t-zone as much when I use this technique. The last benefit is that it makes your skin look great in photographs. I can’t wait to try it with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder trio which is on its way to me from the US… *trying not to bounce right now*

So give it a try if you haven’t tried it before, and I would love to hear your thoughts on the results!