My Current Skincare Routine / Review!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Good morning ladies, 

Not so long ago, I noticed that my skin began to look dull, dry and I generally felt as if I had lost my natural glow. As cliche as it sounds, I felt like I looked ten times older than my age and that my skin looked a little lifeless!

As you all know, I suffered badly with acne as a teenager and as a result, I have always been extremely self conscious about my skin. A few years back, infact many years back (around 7 I'd say), I used Dermalogica skincare - a brand that has always interested me. I used products specifically targeted to spot-prone skin (Clear Start range) and I found that although they really helped, I didn't need to use them continuously as my skin (luckily) cleared up.

Fast forward a few years, and as mentioned, I felt my skin was starting to look dull and I knew that I wanted to do something about it, I just wasn't sure what! I was then recommended a few Dermalogica products and unsurprisingly, I began to love the way they were making my skin look and feel! That being said, I filmed a Current Skincare Routine and decided that it would also be beneficial to review the range individually to enable me to go a little more in-depth!

My Top 3 Recommendations!

Pre Cleanse:

One of my absolute favourite products! Dermalogica believe in a two-step cleanse process and this is the product I use to effectively melt that makeup off my face! Sounds gross and actually pretty scary, don't worry it doesn't actually involve 'melting' anything! It's just the most satisfying feeling, it essentially feels like an oil and I smoothe it across my face gently using sweeping circular motions to soak it into my skin. As it's consistency is oil-based it literally feels so satisfying that your makeup is almost sliding off into your hands! I guess you're probably thinking, blimey she must wear a lot to feel like that but, I actually don't! 

Special Cleansing Gel:

My second cleanse process is the Special Cleansing Gel - a product that works very well with the Pre Cleanse. I apply a small amount to the tips of my fingers and mix it with water to create a foaming style wash. This product is again very light and I feel like you can actually immediately feel how clean and smooth your skin is! 

Daily Microfoliant: 

I use this exfoliant three times a week (maximum) and that's purely because I find it to be a little rough on my skin. Don't get me wrong, it definitely does a perfect job of exfoliating and getting rid of those awful dead skill cells but any more than that and I feel my skin would be a little red! One thing that's important to note with this product is that it is made up of small granules and if you are using this whilst in the shower it is best to keep the lid on the product to avoid the steam getting in and clogging it up! To see how I apply this product, head to my YouTube Lauren Faye!


Next, we move onto moisturising; an essential part of our skincare routine! I use the Intensive Moisture Balance - perfect for dry skin as it's really hydrating and also combats premature ageing - win, win! I use this morning and night, although some days if my skin is feeling particularly hydrated, I'll skip the morning. 
Tip: If you are going to use this every morning, I'd recommend applying around 45 minutes before applying makeup to ensure it completely soaks in!

Newness! 

There are two more products that I'd like to share with you as a kind of FYI! Although I don't incorporate them consistently into my daily skincare routine, they are products I would recommend if you have any concerns around your eyes or lip area. 

Stress Positive Eye Lift: 

This product is PERFECT if you feel you have visible signs of stress - which believe me, I most certainly do! The eye lift is designed to minimize the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. I have used mine a few times but as mentioned, I don't use it daily, this is purely because I don't feel I need to. I leave it on for 3-5 minutes and then rub the excess into my skin but if you feel you want to remove it you can do so! 


Nightly Lip Treatment: 

So I've used this product a handful of times so far, and admittedly I was sceptical at first! It is designed to smooth the appearance of laughter and feather lines whilst you sleep. I decided to give it a go and popped a pea-size amount on overnight and I was actually surprised to see that I woke up to smoother looking lips! I do feel that with the colder season approaching, I will be relying on it more! It is a little pricey so I would recommend it as a little treat rather than a daily skincare routine product. 

I have linked all of the products below and if you have any questions regarding these products or my skincare routine please feel free to message me!

Pre Cleanse: Available here.
Special Cleansing Gel: Available here.
Daily Microfoliant: Available here.
Stress Positive Eye Lift: Available here.
Nightly Lip Treatment: Available here.

Thanks for reading!
Lauren-Faye x 

NEW FAVE PINK SODA SPORT!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hi ladies! 

Today I'm sharing with you my new favourite Pink Soda Sport set exclusive to JD Sports! As you know I love a simple pair of leggings, especially to workout in; it's just so easy to pair them with a crop! Both items are currently in the sale on JD's website so be quick! 

Enjoy! 

Lauren-Faye x


A Girlie London break: K West Hotel & Spa

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hi ladies! 

Today, I'm sharing with you a little feature on a hotel in London that I would recommend checking out!
Not so long ago, myself and my fellow blogger babe Charlotte visited the K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherds Bush, London. We were on the lookout for a relaxing, girlie break after a busy few weeks and this is exactly what we were provided with! From the minute we arrived the staff were extremely helpful; we were shown around the spa and all relevant information was explained to us (breakfast, dinner plans, check out etc). 

The hotel itself is extremely 'instagrammable' and actually holds a really interesting history - it used to be a BBC recording studio in the 70s! Located a few minutes walk from Westfield, it really is the perfect place to stay if you are looking to book a shopping break - especially with Christmas creeping up on us. Yes, I did just say that!

After checking into our room, we were greeted with a platter of mini desserts to welcome us which was a lovely touch! One of my favourite things about the bedroom was the miniature White Company goodies that were placed in the bathroom. It really added a luxurious touch!

We decided that we were going to spend the day in the spa and although it isn't huge, it was perfect for our needs. We made use of the pool and had a lovely girlie catchup whilst sipping on lemon infused water that is readily available for all to enjoy. We were lucky enough to be the only ones in there at one point and so we could fully relax and enjoy the experience. Unfortunately, the 'Snow Paradise' feature was broken but I'd absolutely love to experience this next time!

We decided to book a table in the hotel restaurant for dinner to experience the hotel properly. I have to say, we were both very impressed! We hadn't managed to have lunch so we decided to go all out and order a main and dessert each, standard for me usually anyway! We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly it arrived and I don't think I've ever eaten so fast in my life; it was lovely! 
There was a real selection on the menu and in all honesty, I found it very difficult to pick as there were a few favourites of mine on the menu! 
We were so full after dinner that we decided to go back to our room and watch Love Island - the addiction was real haha! We had twin beds which were actually super comfortable - we first thought about pushing them together to make a double but we ended up being so comfortable we couldn't be bothered to move! That and the fact that we were feeling a little lazy after our spa day!  Charlotte ordered room service (hot chocolate, obvs) and I ended up regretting not getting one as it looked dreamy! 
 We ended up ordering our breakfast to our room, which you can do for an extra £20. It was an absolute treat to wake up and not have to move for breakfast! I have to say, the quality of the hotel really is excellent. The finishing touches in the room, the service and the whole experience really do make for a perfect stay. There was absolutely no noise and it was actually very peaceful throughout the hotel which is great if you are looking for a relaxing break. 
Rooms start at £129 and you can find more information here.

Thanks for reading!

Lauren - Faye x


Disclaimer: Our hotel visit was free but all comments are 100% honest and reflect my true opinion. I'd also like to say a huge thank you to K West Hotel & Spa!