Whilst I’ve not been buying a whole lot of makeup recently (let’s be honest, all my money is going on theatre tickets), in December I did treat myself to some new bits in the Boxing Day sales – and the pre-Christmas sales – as well as getting a couple of products for Christmas. I’m finally getting around to sharing these goodies so that I can finally review them for you in the coming weeks. This is also my last new in my makeup stash type post that will include non-cruelty free products that I’ll have bought for myself as I went CF with my beauty buys this year.
I allocate 10 minutes each morning to do my makeup for work, and I have got it down to a pretty speedy 7. But this doesn’t allow much opportunity to play around with makeup in the morning. I’m obviously not going to rock up in the highest coverage foundation, double wings and bright blue lipstick, but I’m making it my aim to switch up the my lips but better shades I wear on a daily basis.
Last year I put together a monster post all about what I’d picked up in the Boxing Day sales, and I’m doing it again this year! I don’t think I spent quite so much, but I did pick up some bits I want to share with you. In my 2018 goals, I mentioned that I am going cruelty free with my beauty products and not all of these are, but this is the last time I will be sharing non-CF purchases on my blog in a haul fashion. Sorry it’s taken so long (again), but I had to wait for Mr Postman to bring most of this to me!
My skincare routine is shot. Honestly, I have no desire to do anything other than remove my makeup most nights and slap on a face mask once a fortnight (which is a real shame as I have so many masks to use up, especially sheet masks). I could lie and say that it’s because I’m out of routine with Christmas throwing everything off, but if I’m going to tell the truth, it’s because I simply can’t be bothered. But not being bothered has not left me with happy skin. It’s dry yet spotty, and it’s dehydrated. To help with a few of my skin issues, I raided my skincare stash and found the Bioderma Hydrabio Crème* and it’s left me with much happier skin.
January is always the hardest month for me. It’s the longest to go between paydays (and I go mad on the sales), the weather is always miserable and I have to go back to work after 2 weeks of stuffing my face. I’ve only been back at work for 3 days and I already need a holiday! The only way I get through the month without having a meltdown is by getting a good nights sleep and in preparation of a post full of tips I’m writing in the coming weeks, I’ve been testing a load of products. I was going to save talking about the Tropic So Sleepy Pillow Mist* until this post, but I just love it too much!
Despite not including it as a goal for 2018, a big thing I need to get back into this year is skincare. I have spates of having a great skincare routine then months of just about managing to remove my makeup each evening. I’ve always thought that The Original MakeUp Eraser Makeup Remover Cloth looked like it could be the answer to my quiet prayers, so when I spotted the Primark Makeup Remover Cloth (part of the PS collection) in early Autumn for a mere £1.50, as opposed to £16 for the original, this was an obvious buy for me.