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My Morning Skincare Routine

Morning Skincare Routine

The last time I shared my skincare routine it was over a year ago (click here). I've mixed it up quite a bit since then especially after going paraben free. Here's what my morning skincare routine currently looks like.

If my face is feeling particularly oily or grimy in the morning, I reach for the Quinoderm Antibacterial Facewash* (£2.26). Despite it sounding like a soapy face wash, it actually doesn't foam up as it's SLS free. The formula of the facewash is meant to help kill the bacteria which can cause spots and pimples. Since using it I haven't noticed a reduction in blemishes as such but it doesn't strip my skin either, like other similar products tend to do. 

When I feel like my face is feeling a bit dry, I apply the L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Radiance Revealing Gentle Exfoliator (£2.50) to get rid of any dry patches. I like to use this if I'm gonna be wearing make up that day to ensure my foundation doesn't cling to any dry patches.

I recently stopped using my previous toner of choice due to it containing parabens. At the moment I am currently using the Avéne Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water Spray* (£6.50) instead. It's basically just a fancy aerosol spray which contains water. I like spritzing this after washing my face as it makes my face feel refreshed and toned. However I am still on the hunt for a new toner, so if anyone has any good recommendations for paraben free toners please share them below.

For days where I'm not going to be wearing any make up, I opt for the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm (£2.98). It makes my skin feel super smooth and gives me a nice glow without looking like a discoball. I highly recommend this for those no make up days where you still want your skin to appear fresh and radiant.

I'm not one to wear a thick, heavy primer on a daily basis so the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£3.32) ensures that my make up stays on a little longer than it would normally. For me this is one of the products that is multifunctional as I use it in place my moisturiser and primer.

Most days I roll out of bed with dull undereyes, so some fix is needed. This little beauty, the Superdrug Natural High Brightening Eye Cream (£2.98) adds a bit of light to my under eyes and makes me appear less zombie looking. 

What products are in your morning skincare routine?

Eye Brightening Pencils

Eye Brightening Pencils - Chella, Benefit, MUA & Rimmel Eye Brightening Pencil Swatches - Chella Highlighter, Benefit Eye Bright, MUA Snow White Pencil & Rimmel ScandalEyes Kohl in Nude

My favourite colour of eyeliner is undoubtedly black. It's such a classic colour and can add so much definition to your eyes. However for days where I wanna look more awake and fresh, I reach for a eyeliner which will make my eyes seem not so dead but not so made up either.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter ($18.00) I was confused when I first received this in my November Birchbox. Judging by the name of it, I just assumed it was a pencil highlighter (which it was pretty useless for), then it hit me whilst I was editing this post that it could actually be used as eye brightening pencil. It's similar to the Rimmel pencil (see below) but the shade is much lighter. It's creamy and easy to apply but it doesn't last as long as the others.

Benefit Eye Bright (£15.00) The priciest of the bunch, is this eye pencil from Benefit. The sleek black pencil holds contains a light pinky white shade of liner. Perfect for lining the waterline or also popping a little of  it to the inner corner of the eyes. The bonus of this pencil is that it seems to last for ages and I think I've only sharpened it once since getting it.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude (£3.99) reviewed this back in January 2013, a year or so on and it's still something that I occasionally reach for. It's soft, smooth and glides like a dream and it's long lasting. The colour is as it suggests nude and it looks surprisingly nice when applied despite it's somewhat concealer like shade. I had to choose a favourite of the four, this one would get first place.

MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner in Snow White (£1.00) You can't get much cheaper than this eyeliner. At only a pound this is really something you should have in your make up bag. Whilst not as creamy as the others, it does it's intended job well and the colour payoff is pretty good. As well as using it on my waterline, I like to use this as a highlighter on my brow bone. 

What is your favourite eye brightening pencil?

How To Get Free Beauty Samples

How To Get Free Beauty Samples

I thought I would share some information about how to get free beauty samples. After all, who doesn't love a freebie? Samples are perfect for trying out a product without purchasing the full size and they're useful for travelling too. Above are just a few of the samples I've received since the past year or so, that am yet to use up. There's also a few pictures on my Instagram of other samples I've received for example a huge 50ml Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser sample.

For majority of the samples I get, I get them from Facebook. Most of the time there may be a competition where you can win one of x number of samples (normally the figure is in the thousands). Othertimes there will be a set number of samples available to be given away. I share the links to all the samples I find on my Facebook page (which automatically tweets the post on Twitter as well) so be sure to like my page to stay up to date for any future samples.

Super Savvy Me is part of P&G which are a global company behind a lot of UK brands. I've gotten countless samples from them such as toothpaste, moisturiser, shampoo and razors. The samples aren't that frequent, I'd say one or two samples every three months or so but it's still worth signing up. There's a sample at the moment for a sample of Oral B 3D toothpaste which is perfect for travel. 

Another place where I find free samples is in the freebie section of  Money Saving Expert. People share links to where the freebies are and you just need to click the link and fill in your details. On the odd occasion as well, there are coupons for free haircare or make up samples. You can find these in magazines especially the free Tesco and Boots magazines, so keep an eye out for these.

How do you get your free beauty samples?