Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Importance of Double Cleansing

Hello lovelies! Whilst reading the cleansing cheat sheet from the fabulous Caroline Hirons blog Link
it occurred to me that perhaps my evening cleansing ritual is in fact not cleansing enough.

I am a huge believer in balm cleansers and washcloths as this is the best method of cleansing for me.
I normally rotate between EH Amazing Face and Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish.
Caroline says that you should cleanse twice when wearing makeup and sunscreen as these are designed to adhere to the skin and one cleanse is not sufficient enough to thoroughly clean your skin. Caroline says the only time she cleanses once is if she has been indoors all day with no make up on! This makes sense and I apply this to how I wash my hair as well, the first cleanse/ wash removes all the dirt and grime/build up the second cleanse works at getting those ingredients (which is why you bought the product in the first place) into your skin and getting the most out of them on a deeper level rather than just surface otherwise you are merely washing it away with your makeup and not benefiting from the true ingredients.

So last night I double cleansed with my Liz Earl Polish and low and behold it made a huge difference! My pores looked like they had been vacuumed, my skin was glowing, supple and when I went to put my Liz Earl Superskin Concentrate, it literally just melted into my new found skin. I woke up this morning to a beautiful, clear, nourished face! So from now on ladies and gentlemen I am doing the double cleanse!

Do you have a cleansing routine or are you a soap and water kind of person? Do tell!
Thank you for stopping by :)
BlondeTeaParty x

Thursday, 15 August 2013

July Favourites

Hello lovelies! So my July Favourites have been far and few between! I haven't done alot of shopping this month so there will be some oldies but goodies!

Feast your eyes on my video below

                                                                       * Products*

                                              Candle -Slatkin & Co Mahogany Teakwood
                                                        Aveda Scalp Benefit Shampoo
                                                   BareMinerals Purifying Face Wash
                                                                  Beauty Blender
                                 Lasting Perfection Concealer- Collection 2000- Medium 3
                                                      Extra White Gum -Bubble Mint

Tell my what you have been reaching for in the month of July!

As always thank you very much for reading my blog and watching my videos. I greatly appriciate all your continued support.

BlondeTeaParty x

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Foundation Frenzy!!

Ok, I am having major foundation issues. I've gone from buying a ton of foundations to now narrowing it down to just two that I like best. I want to decide on just one! Can you believe it? me the foundation fanatic having just one? I'm torn between Estee Lauder Double Wear and Bare Minerals Matte. I go to sleep thinking about it! Off topic but this reminds me when I was at school and I had pencil case problem haha I would switch out my pencil cases daily because I couldn't decide which one I wanted to use! I'm weird I know!

So every morning I go through a mini battle of which foundation I am going to use, shall I use a BB cream underneath? primer or no primer? beauty blender? brush? and all throughout the day I'm checking my face in the bathroom mirror, in the mirror in my bag, in the cloak room mirror, taking my picture at lunchtime, I could go on! I scrutinise my face on an hourly basis! I love the coverage and the smoothness of ELDW, it completely eliminates my pores, stayes put, never have to touch up. Bare Minerals I have been loyal to for over 10 years but sometimes it just doesn't want to work! Did I get a bad batch? Sometimes I apply it with MAC's Fix Plus sprayed onto my kabuki brush for more coverage but you have to work quickly and sometimes it goes patchy at the centre of my face. Today I'm using it normally and  it looks ok but  it can look a tad chalky and it tends to dissappear on the sides of my nose and chin and after lunchtime blotting it just look yuk!

On my days off I rarely go for the DW as I feel its too much makeup for just pottering about or is it?
I think I'm going mad! I need help! How many foundations do you own? what do you use everyday? Do you have different ones for work, day off, going out? what do you look for in a foundation?

I always think, right If someone comments on my makeup today, that will be the winner! No one ever does haha

Maybe I should just use which ever one I feel like on the day and quit stressing about it lol
I still have an urge to try the Laura Mercier mineral powder and Estee Lauders Maxium Coverage foundation. Have any of you tried these?

If you are a foundation freak like me, then you will understand my woes!