Winter Skincare Tips

We’ve been having some wild weather here in Aus. The rains-a-pouring and the fires-a-roaring (in a fireplace… to keep warm… not a bush fire. Because its raining a lot – thats kind of redundant). Its time to protect our toesies with some warm socks and our skin with some MOISTure. So hands up if your skin dries out in the cooler months. *raises hand. Hands up if you’re skin is dry anyway and winter brings out the worst in your skin *raises hand. Yay.

Today I’m gonna share with you some of my favourite products that help me battle flakey, scaly and sore dry skin! Lets get a wriggle on.

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Neutrogena Hydro-Boost range. I’ve been talking about this range a heap on my blog because its one of my favourite skincare ranges. I’ve done a full review here, so give it a click to read about it.

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Kismet Jardin Hydra Gem – again, another product I’ve been raving about. I love this for its hyaluronic acid and restorative features. Lightweight, perfect for all skin types and works well under makeup as a primer. Read full review here!

For 30% off use code CAITHG30 at checkout.

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Weleda Skin Food – for rough and dry skin
This thick citrus scented balm/cream is an absolute saviour! I feel like this is so heavy duty (in a good way). I use this for the really dry areas as a spot treatment. Especially my elbows, knees, hands, cuticles, feet/heels and anywhere else I can reach. Skin Food is 100% Certified Natural and one of Weleda’s best sellers. Its been around for 90 years and for a product to still be so popular after all that time, they’ve gotta be doing something right. A universal product like this is an essential for anyone who wants to take care of their skin. In Winter think Weleda!

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NS-8 Natural Footcare – Intensive Leg Care cream.
Like the name states this is targeted at your legs! I suffer from scaly legs all year round due to the dryness of my skin. Its one of the reasons I wear leggings/stockings or pants almost daily and one of the reasons I don’t show off my legs. When your skin actually starts flaking off, you know something is up. I received this in one of the goodie bags from Bloggers United AU Adelaide Event and dismissed it up until about a month ago when the weather started getting really cold. My skin looked horrid, every time I’d shave my legs the follicles would flake – not pretty or pleasant. Causing sores on my legs – painful and not pretty. ¬†I had to wait until there was no broken skin until I could use this (or any product really – lets be safe guys) as it contains menthol. (Menthol for cooling and refreshingness). I’ve been trying to use this at least once a day (usually before bed). Its a smooth texture that takes some work to get it fully soaked into your legs but it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy. THANK GOODNESS! I have noticed a difference in the texture of my legs and I’m so happy about that. This is available from chemist warehouse for around $14.50 AUD.

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REDWIN – Daily Intensive Nourishment – with Moroccan Argan Oil
I use this as an all over moisturiser when I feel like I need it. Its not apart of any regime but, it is great all year round. It is perfect for soothing sunburn in Summer and great for adding a bit of moisture to your skin in Winter. My partner uses this and he really likes it. Being a man of simple products I got him onto this stuff (so he’d not think about using my expensive lotions). It doesn’t irritate skin – such as eczema (on him at least – please patch test before applying to yourself) and helps get a wrangle on his cracked feet! Sometimes I lather my feet up with this and then get into bed (sometimes with socks, sometimes without – I know that can be a bit gross for some). Its the perfect product for having next to the bed or desk where its easily accessible at all times. It doesn’t go oily or greasy on the skin either – I hate that feeling.

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Natralus – paw paw products.
Now, as dry as my skin is, I don’t usually get cracked lips – THANK THE LORD! Lucky me. EXCEPT for when I’m sick, which usually goes hand in hand with Winter. When I’m sick with the flu or the common cold the first thing to alert me to the illness is a sore throat and splitting lips. Right from my cupids bow all the way down, under my lip to where the lip connects to my gums, splits. It is one of the most painful things and It happens whenever I’m ill. When I was sick recently the only thing to save my lips was the Natralus paw paw ointment. It was so thick and smooth it made smiling bearable. I also get cracked and flakey skin around my nose when I’m sick and this product worked so well for easing that pain and fixing the whole situation. I think you should stock up on Natralus paw paw products this Winter because they’ll save your life!

Thats it for this post, I hope you look into some of these products if you’re one to get super dry skin in the Winter. Stay warm!

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Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Range

Y’all should know by now that I’ve got dry skin all day every day, I’m a desert. With the cold weather now in full swing my already dry skin is becoming dehydrated (yay) so I’ve had to up the moisture intake to my epidermis. If you’ve got dry skin like me, or finding your skin is drying out due to the weather conditions and need some extra moisture, this post is for you!

Now, I’ve talked about these products in hauls and some got their own dedicated posts, but today I’m here to talk about my love for the Neutrogena Hydro-Boost range. The range consists of:¬†Hydro Boost Mask 5 pack,¬†Hydro Boost Water Gel (daily moisturiser),¬†Hydro Boost Night Concentrate,¬†Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On,¬†Hydro Boost Moisturising Foaming Cleanser and¬†Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF. It has come to my attention there is also a daily serum I don’t have that but its on my “get it now, get it now” shopping list. So today I’m going to talk about everything else.

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When I use these products I try to use them day and night for at least a whole week before changing up my skincare again.

Hydro-Boost Skincare Routine

Morning:
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Hydro Boost: Moisturising Foaming Cleanser $14.99 Priceline.

Every morning I cleanse my face, its important to do this so you’re not layering makeup on top of a dirty face trapping in germs and nasties that can cause breakouts. The Hydro Boost cleanser is a foaming cleanser and unlike other cleansers in this form, it doesn’t leave my skin dry (it would be pretty redundant if it did).

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Someones a happy cleansing chappy. Usually I would do this step in the shower or over a basin, but today I do it for the blog! I work the cleanser into my skin using circular motions. I spend extra time focusing on the areas around my nose and jawline – ear area. I find this area gets neglected and can sometimes have a buildup of makeup. This product feels so silky in the skin and once rinsed off my face feels clean without feeling stripped of anything important.

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Because there is no toner in the range, I thought I’d mention the one I use when I’m using this skincare. It is another Neutrogena product, I figure they’re the same brand so they should work well together. I switch between these two toners. I use the Pore Refining toner for when I’m having a more hardcore skincare regime. But when I’m using the Hydro Boost range, I use the alcohol-free toner. It doesn’t strip the moisturiser I’ve put into my skin.

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I use a toner soaked cotton round and gently wipe it over my face. Focusing on areas where my pores are the largest.

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Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On $19.99 Priceline

This squidgy tube has a metal ball that rolls around and spreads the product under the eye. Because the ball is cold, it works really well at soothing the puffiness that happens in the morning around the eyes. You can also use cold spoons to reduce redness and morning eye puff. To start with I didn’t think this product really did anything, but it actually makes me look more awake. The actual product itself is really nice and it helps greatly to moisturise my under eye area, which in turn makes makeup look so much nicer. It doesn’t take long for the cream to set and it works well underneath other products.

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Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF $24.99 Priceline

SPF is something I’ve only recently been trying to incorporate into my skincare routine. It may not seem like such a big deal because we’re coming into winter now, but being in Australia with a high UV rating year round. You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your skin. This is quite a thick product but blends into skin very easy.

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Hydro Boost Water Gel (daily moisturiser) 24.99 Priceline

I’ve talked about this product before and I still feel the same way. It gives my skin hydration without weighing it down and if used daily adds radiance and glow to the skin and makes it super soft to the touch. It has a fresh scent that reminds me of cherry medicine. The fragrance has never made me break out. Letting this product sink into the skin makes for such a smooth makeup application.

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This is the last step in my daily routine. I pat all the products into my face and then let them soak into my skin for about 10 minutes. This is a good time to have breakfast, brush teeth, or just sit in your towel from having a shower (I have done this on many occasion). I find that the products don’t linger on the skin or form a greasy film. They add a layer of protection between makeup and bare skin. I find that makeup applies really well and because of all the prep my skin has just gotten, I can wear more ‘matte’ finish products and powder my face to set things without the fear of anything clinging to my dry patches (basically my whole face.

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Don’t mind the goofy face. I find that because the skin is so drenched in moisturising products, it gives my face a ‘healthy glow from within’ finish. Products blend so effortlessly into my skin once I put in the prep work!

Night
Makeup Removal
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After a full day of makeup wear, my face is looking a bit less cute. My lipstick is basically gone and my eyeliner is starting to wear away and its just time to take it off. I always go over my face first with a makeup removing face wipe. I know that these aren’t going to remove all of the makeup, but for me its a good first step.

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I then go in with micellar water and cotton rounds. I’m currently using my favourite micellar water by Garnier. I love this so much. It doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes, doesn’t dry me out and it takes away basically all remaining makeup deep in my pores and brows, effortlessly!

I then cleanse and tone just like in the morning routine, but instead of the other steps, I use different products.

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Hydro Boost Mask 5 Pack 19.99 Priceline

I’ve just finished reviewing this mask and I really like it. I use these once a week or whenever I need an extreme dose of hyaluronic acid. (SO GOOD FOR HYDRATION)

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These are sheet masks with 6x the hyaluronic acid than the moisturisers. So its gives a good old boost of hydration. They can look a bit scary though. Read about the masks here

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Hydro Boost Night Concentrate 24.99 Priceline

If I was only able to purchase one product from the collection, I think it’d have to be this one. I’ve used it with other skincare and obviously in conjunction with the rest of the Hydro Boost range and I love it. This is my favourite night cream for super hydration!¬†Using this cream at night makes my skin feel so soft and supple in the morning. I think its really important to keep up hydration while you sleep. Its like fixing your skin while you’re doing nothing. WINNER!

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I always make sure to blend everything down my neck. Even if I’m not putting makeup all the way down my neck, I think keeping your entire face and d√©colletage area well hydrated is super important. Especially if you’re prone to dry skin, and to maybe prevent premature ageing.

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Mask of the Month: Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Final Review.

I’ve decided since I have nothing bad to say about this mask, this will be my final review and I’ll have some related posts coming up for the remainder of the month! Exciting – I know.

The lowdown:

  • Price: $19.99¬†Priceline,¬†Woolworths, $15.99 at¬†Chemist Warehouse, $22.00¬†Coles¬†($14.00 sale price). Pack contains 5 masks – approx $4.00 per mask.
  • Target/Aim: ‘… to¬†provide long lasting moisture to help skin look hydrated, radiant and glowing’
  • Skin Type: Suited for¬†Dry Skin¬†but aimed at any skin that needs moisture.
  • Smell:¬†The smell is somewhat like cherry medicine scent – like the rest of the Hydro Boost range. It doesn’t linger nor do I find it unpleasant.
  • Texture:¬†Each is a stretchy cloth mask that feels slippery and like gel.
  • Colour: White and the gel is clear.
  • Directions:¬†“To use, remove mask and unfold gently stretching the fabric cloth to cover your entire face, press lightly with finger tips to set in place and relax for 15 minute allowing the essence nourish your skin. Ideal for use at night, once the fabric mask is removed the concentrated formula works beneath the skin to continuously hydrate whilst you sleep.”

What the packaging says:

Use after cleansing, open pack, take out mask and unfold.
Gently stretch the mask leftwards and rightward to cover your entire face.
Press lightly with fingertips to set in place over face. Relax for 15mins and remove mask. Manage remaining maskhydrating essence on face. There is no need to rinse off the essence. Discard the sheet after use. Ideal for use at night.

New Information:

  • Application:¬†I’m getting better at applying it now. I’m not being so delicate with it and I’m really impressed at how it hasn’t ripped.
  • Dry Time:¬†I kept this mask on for 20 – 25 minutes
  • 5 mins in:¬†Still haven’t gotten used to the cold shock of when I apply it. But because I was just relaxing playing xbox and not really moving my mouth etc around much, I didn’t have an issue with the moustache strip becoming loose.
  • 10 mins in:¬†Still nice and stuck to my face!
  • Just before removal:¬†Once I felt like I’d had enough of the mask, I simply peeled it off. Easy Peasy!
  • Removal process:¬†Easy Peasy!
  • Instant results:¬†My skin felt super nice and squidgy, like always.
  • 10 mins after:¬†I wanted to see how well this mask worked with other products so I used the night cream from the Hydro Boost line with this mask. It felt so good!
  • Next morning:¬†I think because I used the night cream as well, my skin was just in hydro heaven.
  • Visible change:¬†Skin is very supple. No dry areas.

 

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I’m becoming desensitised by the freaky-ness of this mask. I really love the Hydro-Boost sheet masks. Used in conjunction with the other products from this line I can see that my skin will just love me for it.

I used the night and day moisturiser this time with the mask and can’t wait to do a review of all the products at once! They’re perfect for people with dry skin or just anyone who needs a moisture boost! With winter coming up I think a moisturising mask once a week can really improve things!

I’ll be doing a full review on the range soon!

Tonight I played some xbox with my partner. We played a few games – it was really fun. One in particular called ‘Cactus’ that I really liked. It reminds me of ‘Hero’s Duty’ from Wreck it Ralf mixed with ‘Sugar Rush’ also from WiR. The characters are all super cute girls with guns and its a basic top down shooter game. I think I might do a review of it. So keep an eye out for that in the future if you’re interested.

Here are a few photos from the game. Its really fun and easy to play for someone who might not be as experienced.

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Mask of the Month: Neutrogena HydroBoost Sheet mask

Time for a new mask! I’m surprised my skin is still in such good condition! After last weeks debacle my skin is need of some nutrients and a little bit of TLC so this month I’ll be focussing on the Neutrogena Hydro Boost – Sheet Masks!

The lowdown:

  • Price: $19.99 Priceline, Woolworths, $15.99 at Chemist Warehouse, $22.00 Coles ($14.00 sale price). Pack contains 5 masks – approx $4.00 per mask.
  • Target/Aim: ‘… to¬†provide long lasting moisture to help skin look hydrated, radiant and glowing’
  • Skin Type: Suited for¬†Dry Skin but aimed at any skin that needs moisture.
  • Smell:¬†The smell is somewhat like cherry medicine scent – like the rest of the Hydro Boost range. It doesn’t linger nor do I find it unpleasant.
  • Texture:¬†Each is a stretchy cloth mask that feels slippery and like gel.
  • Colour: White and the gel is clear.
  • Directions:¬†“To use, remove mask and unfold gently stretching the fabric cloth to cover your entire face, press lightly with finger tips to set in place and relax for 15 minute allowing the essence nourish your skin. Ideal for use at night, once the fabric mask is removed the concentrated formula works beneath the skin to continuously hydrate whilst you sleep.”

What the packaging says:

Use after cleansing, open pack, take out mask and unfold.
Gently stretch the mask leftwards and rightward to cover your entire face.
Press lightly with fingertips to set in place over face. Relax for 15mins and remove mask. Manage remaining maskhydrating essence on face. There is no need to rinse off the essence. Discard the sheet after use. Ideal for use at night.

Pre Thoughts:

I’m really excited to try this! I’ve been super keen to try a sheet mask. I’m looking forward to using a product aimed at moisture as I do have quite dry skin. I hope this will be a no mess mask as the others have been a little messy.

Have you ever used a sheet mask? I can’t wait! Let me know how you went!

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Priceline 40% off Skincare Sale Haul

The first 40% off sale of the year has just been and gone at Priceline, did you pick anything up?

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Like most of these sales I have a mental list in my head, walk into the store then forget everything! I walked into Priceline with the intent on buying something, I got four things (3 from the same range) and one other that is probably one of the most talked about items of the moment for me and that is the Swiss Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask With Charcoal & Kaolin Clay.¬†I’m in a few beauty groups on Facebook and about 2 weeks ago this was all any body was posting about. I don’t usually jump on the hype train but I love face masks, especially ones that I can put on, watch an episode or two of something, wait until it hardens and wash it off feeling refreshed and hope my skin doesn’t hate it! I’m yet to try this, but will let you know what I think!

The other items I picked up belong to the¬†Neutrogena Hydro Boost¬†range. I’ve talked about their day and night creams before¬†(read it here)¬†and have been eyeing off the rest of the range ever since. I recently picked up their sheet masks and I’ve fallen in love with them so I decided to pick up the remaining products from the range! I got the¬†Moisturising Foaming Cleanser, Water Gel with SPF 15 UVA/UVB and the¬†Eye Roll-On.¬†I’ve not tried them on my face yet, only tested them on the back of my hand. They have the same satisfying scent as the other products and my hand has never felt so revitalised! If you have dry skin I highly recommend you try some products out from this range! Once I’ve used the products enough to know how they work / if they work I’ll be sure to do a post on the full range so if you’re interested make sure you stay tuned for that!

Swisse Manuka Honey Face Mask: $10.79 / $17.99AUD

Hydro Boost Cleanser: $8.99 / $14.99AUD

Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15: $14.99 / $24.99AUD

Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On: $11.99 / $19.99AUD

Original Cost: $77.96  Sale Cost: $46.76  Total Saving: $31.20

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Dry Skin Saviours!

Neutrogena: Hydro Boost.

Like I need another reason to go into Priceline, right? I picked up these two moisturisers that I’ve been eyeing off for a while. I saw the ‘Hydroboost’ range when they first came into Priceline but told myself I had to wait until my bank account was ready. (Yay discipline) I picked up a day cream and a night cream. Those are my favourite products to use as they’re low maintenance! However, there are two other products in the Hydroboost range that were sold out when I was shopping that I’m quite interested in getting. ANYWAY! Lets get to the product and why I like it!

Back Story: I have dry skin. I suffer from the occasional breakout (hormonal or bad food etc, but not a great deal) and some redness but other than that my skin is ok. Its just super dry. I combat this with moisturisers and they’ve been working in the past but I noticed that a lot of my skincare is actually by Neutrogena and I thought why not go pokemon on this and catch them all? So I decided to pick up these!

I love packaging of skin care! Its so cute, but chic and classy. The jars are simple and are really pretty shades of blue. They look lovely on my bathroom vanity. Inside each jar is a plastic cap/protector which I think is nice, it has a little ‘handle’ so you can easily remove it.

Water Gel:¬†This is what I’m using as a ‘daily moisturiser’.

“With innovative Progressive Release System, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel continuously releases moisture for a full 24 hours. Its light-weight gel cream formula with Hyaluronic acid and Olive extract doubles your moisture levels in just 1 hour, for soft supple skin with a healthy looking radiant glow.”

So basically there are a lot of long words in that little passage but that is whats written on the box, but I gotta tell ya, they’re on to something. It also says to ‘apply generously and evenly over the face and neck daily after cleansing.’ So thats what I do. I cleanse my face etc in the morning and then slap a good amount of this on. It soaks into the skin so nicely. It doesn’t feel like there is a film on your face and it doesn’t go sticky or tacky either. I honestly think it does double the moisture in the skin within the first hour and keeps working for a full 24 hours. It brings life back to the skin with a natural, healthy looking ‘glow from within’ vibe.

Night Concentrate: This is what I put on my face right before bed!

“As skin cells renew at night, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate is specially formulated with Progressive Release System to continuously release intense moisture as you sleep. Vitamin E enriched beads combined with Hyraluronic Acid, Olive Extract and Iconic Mineral complex help to enhance skin texture and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, so you wake up to amazingly hydrated, soft and supple skin.”

Much like the day gel/cream this has a lot of big words and claims to do a lot. I don’t really have ‘fine lines’ (that I’m aware of, if you see some, don’t point them out, ignorance is bliss) but I do believe this would help with them! Once I put this on of a night time (this also says to apply nightly after cleansing) my skin soaks it up and loves it! It doesn’t feel sticky or anything and it doesn’t wipe off or transfer on to my pillows or anything which I’m happy about. The thing I care about the most is that when I wake up my skin feels so soft, smooth and plump? if thats a good adjective.

The product itself is really nice. The Water Gel (day cream/gel) has a blue look to it but it applies clear. It feels so nice so apply to the face. It feels cooling in a way, I can’t wait until its summer to feel how refreshing this is.

The Night Concentrate is more creamy than the Water Gel, but the feel equally as smooth and nourishing to the skin. The small blue beads in the Night cream aren’t hard at all, (like you’d find in some exfoliators) they melt into the skin without leaving any blue residue.

There is a smell to this product, it smells like faux cherry‚Ķ like the medicine you had as a child or cherry starburst (thats what I think anyway) but it doesn’t linger for long and I don’t mind it so its not even an issue for me.

Both of these are: Dermatologist tested Allergy tested, Oil-free and Non-Comedogenic.

Final Thoughts:¬†I’ve been using these for about a two months now and I’m loving them. I’ve had no reactions, my skin looks radiant, even under makeup – oh and makeup applies so beautifully over the top of the daily gel. The main problem area I had for makeup was my nose and my foundation applies so nicely over the top now. It feels nice to have a ‘dewy/glowy’ look to my skin when usually it was just dry and almost flakey. I think I might even start using ‘Matte Foundations’ and see how my skin looks/feels using the Hydroboost before application!

Thanks for reading! If you have dry skin and dry these products, let me know how you like them, or if you have any suggestions for your fave products leave them in the comments, I’d love to try them!

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