If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me talking about how I’m going foundation-free recently. As a right Oily Nancy (and occasionally a Spotty Betty to boot) I have been wearing foundation since I was 16, and I’m kind of sick of it, to be honest.Here is my review of BDP’s Got a Brand New…Skin Routine !
I’m now two weeks into my foundation ban, and my skin has improved dramatically. I think it’s a combination of me trying to make my skin better by using certain products (more on this later) and my skin finally being able to breathe, and be less clogged.
Anyway, let’s not make an essay outta this! The three products that have drastically improved my skin are…
Madara Deep Purifying Foam
This is actually a bit of re-visitation for me. I have tried this out before, and loved it, but it ran out and I was disorganised, and fell into using other stuff that just wasn’t good for my skin (like Soap & Glory’s Face, Soap and Clarity, which started off nicely but then broke me out in huge, hard cyst-like spots: YAKKK!)
This cleanser is lush. It’s gentle enough that you can use it on the eye area, and gets most makeup off with ease. It’s not drying, but gets rid of all oiliness. I found that it cleared my spots up within a few days, and I won’t go using other cleansers from now on! The gentle aroma of rose and chamomile is just lovely.
100% of the ingredients are from natural sources, and just over 30% are organic, if you worry about these things. It’s fairly reasonably priced, at £16, and you can usually find it a smidge cheaper on Amazon.
Hydroxatone Facial Rejuvenation Kit
This was in my goodie bag from the iFabbo conference last week, and I have used it once a day since then, with spectacular results. The first two times I used it (I go for once a day, in the evening) I had little spots pop up all over the place. This might sound gross, but to me it seemed like the skin was being agitated (gently) into giving up all the nasty gunk that was trapped in there.
After the initial stage where it dredged up all the grossness, this brush has exfoliated and invigorated my skin better than any exfoliator or scrub. The best thing is, you can use it with any cleanser, marking it out from using a scrub, as that is just yet more product on your skin.
I tend to use the brush most of the time, occasionally popping the sponge on, though I would probably use them 50/50 if I used this in the morning as well as the evening.
I am currently having issues finding a UK stockist for this brush, and will update as soon as Hydroxatone get back to me. I will say, though, that at $60 it is a lot cheaper than a Clarisonic. Though I cannot compare (having never used Clarisonic) I am very impressed with this brush, and it shows that you don’t need to spend big bucks to get a result!
Konjac Puff Sponge
This is actually my fave of the three, because it’s so diddy and cute! It was in the iFabbo goodie bag, too, but I would probably have bought one anyway, after reading Sugarpuffish’s rave review. Its an uber-gentle, 100% natural sponge made from plant roots. It feels weird and rubbery, in a really satisfying way.
I use this more than once a day; in the morning and when I come home from work. The morning wash, I use my Madara foam cleanser and really go for it, but in the afternoon I just give my whole face a quick going over with water for a refresh. It feels lovely on the skin and I think its gentle but thorough cleaning method has definitely been a massive help to my skin!
I find that with most makeup, a quick swipe will suffice. I love that with a quick rinse, the sponge is instantly returned to its bright white original state, because my main bugbear with flannels is that they never look totally clean once they’ve had a bit of mascara on them. The string makes it easy to hang the sponge to dry, which makes sure it lasts as long as possible.
I got the Baby sponge, which is incredibly gentle, and I would love to try the rest of the range, as they all sound amazing, especially the body sponges.
So, a week in, my new skincare products are really making a huge difference. It’s so weird and freeing to not have to worry about foundation, and I think my skin is really thanking me for it. In terms of moisturiser, I switch between Monu Skin Perfector/Revitaising Moisturiser and Clarins Early Wrinkle moisturiser, depending on mood, and right now I am trying out the Sarah Macnamara night cream from the iFabbo goodie bag (review to come).
A huge thanks to iFabbo for putting such ace stuff in the goodie bags!