Simple Evening Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

Very excited to share the first in a little skincare series I’m doing, with this one focusing on those of you in particular with sensitive and oily skin. This routine can be used for any different skin types though ūüôā Enjoy!

Annabelle x

Review: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil

RWCThis Rice Water Cleanser is really good at taking off your makeup in the evening and removing other oil-based products like sun cream. You just rub it into your skin and then wash it off with warm water. As an oil cleanser this really takes away the impurities sitting on your skin. I use this in the evening as I like to double cleanse at the end of the day. This is a nice light oil, though I do like to follow it up with a water-based cleanser like a gentle foam one to make sure there’s no residue left on my skin.

Light oil cleansers are actually great for oily skin as the oils work in tandem rather than just making your skin more oily. This product really freshens up my face and I would definitely recommend it, especially if you have oily skin because it’s so light.

You only need a tiny amount to cover your whole face so this product should last you a while. You can use this in the morning as well if you want but as I have oily skin I like to just use a gentle gel cleanser in the morning.

I really like this product and while when I eventually finish it I’d like to try out some different light oil cleansers I would definitely repurchase this.

Annabelle x

Massive Sheet Masks Haul

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So this accidentally turned into quite a haul (I was only supposed to be buying an eye shadow but I got a little distracted).¬†A lot of the masks I bought were for a post I’m currently working on comparing Korean and UK/European/US brand sheet masks so expect quite a few products from this haul to turn up again pretty shortly.

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IROHA Nature Argan + Hyaluronic Acid (TK Maxx, £3.99)

So this first one is a brand I haven’t come across before. The price wasn’t really surprising because I’ve found the European/US sheet masks are generally more expensive. I’m a bit tentative to see if the argan oil will be a bit heavy on my skin but hyaluronic is a great ingredient for hydrating the skin. I like that this is a face and neck mask as these aren’t that common. I always put any leftover essence on my neck so it makes sense really for the mask to cover it.

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Boots Ingredients Radiance & Brightening: Lotus Flower & Tiger Lily (Boots, £1.49)

Although this is labelled ‘Made in Korea’ I’m putting this in the non-Korean category because Boots is a UK store. I got this one on offer as at full price it’s ¬£2.50. I don’t really know what to expect from this mask as it’s a Boots own brand but I like the simple packaging.

 

 

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FACEINC [by NAILSINC] Facial Sheet Mask: Cat Nap (Boots, £3.33)

Again this mask is supposed to brighten the skin. While this mask does state that it’s for normal/dry skin and I am oily/combination the choice of non-Korean masks were rather limited so I thought I would try this one out anyway. I like the fun design of this one and again it’s quite nice packaging.

 

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Masque Bar Green Tea Sheet Mask [3 pack] (Boots £9.99)

So this is actually a Korean brand that Boots now stocks. I love green tea products so I picked out these sheet masks to try. I admit the packaging is a bit disappointing. Interestingly the instructions are much more like the non-Korean masks above as they just say to apply the sheet mask to a cleansed and dried face. The non-Korean sheet masks tend to just say to apply the mask to a clean face, while the Korean ones usually specify that you should cleanse and tone first.

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Faith in Face Black & White Film Star Hydrogel Mask (TK Maxx, £2.99)

This mask is designed to¬†even out your complexion and give it a smooth finish. I don’t use gel masks that often so this will be quite fun to try out. The packaging does remind me quite a bit of Soap & Glory products.

 

 

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Faith in Face Miss Invisible Pore Hydrogel Mask (TK Maxx, £2.99)

Another hydrogel Faith in Faith mask this is possibly the one I’m most looking forward to trying out of all of my masks because I’m always trying to find ways to tighten up my pores. I’ve tried a lot of different products but I’ve still yet to find anything particularly effective so I have my fingers crossed for this one.

 

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Mediheal Mask Dress Dress Code Red (£3.99)

So I haven’t given a place to buy this because I actually got this from my local Chinese supermarket. I’ve looked online and you can get this on Amazon but ¬†it doesn’t seem to pop up much in UK stores. I like the packaging and design of the mask and I know I like Mediheal sheet masks as I’ve used them before in the past. Mediheal masks crop up pretty often in TK Maxx so I often pick one up when I stop in there.

 

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The Cure S.O.S Bamboo Water-Shot Mask (£2.99)

As with the mask above this was from the Chinese supermarket and again it’s quite hard to find online. I’ve not had the best experiences with The Cure sheets masks in the past; my skin reacted pretty badly in particular to their Green Tea sheet mask. But I thought I would give them another try (and I could hardly resist the adorable panda packaging). The English instructions on this say to put it on after moisturising, which is a bit¬†unusual but could be a mistranslation so I’ll have a little check online before I use it.

 

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LS Cosmetics Oriental Herbal Tightening Mask (£2.99)

I absolutely love the packaging on this one, it’s incredibly cute and I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. This mask is supposed to brighten up the skin and enhance its elasticity. I’m looking forward to trying this out, though I admit the incredibly long list of ingredients on the back is a little daunting…

 

 

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S+Miracle Facial Care Pearl Special Mask (£2.99)

This is a 3-step brightening and revitalising mask and I like these multi-step ones as they are usually pretty fun. I admit I have no idea what is in the step 1 and 2 sections because there’s no English but I’m really curious to find out. These multi-step masks are great for travelling because you can add in extra products without having to bring lots of bottles.

 

 

 

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Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask: Snail  (£2.99)

You can buy these pretty cheaply in bulk on websites like Yesstyle (10 for around ¬£15) though I only got the one here. Etude House is a brand I’ve used many times and I love snail products so I picked this one up. This mask is supposed to be a very lightweight, non-irritant style.

 

 

 

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask: Green Tea (Yesstyle, ¬£2.88)

Innisfree is one of my favourite brands but I’ve had some fairly mixed experiences with their sheet masks. I’ve never had a problem with them causing a reaction to my skin but I haven’t found them to be particularly exciting in the past. I love anything green tea though (as I’m sure I’ve already said) so I’m hoping I’ll like this one a bit more. It does have alcohol quite high up the ingredients list, which I admit did surprise me as innisfree usually focuses a lot on ingredients that are kind to sensitive skin.

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The Face Shop Real Nature Mask: White Tea (£2.99)

While I’ve tried a lot of green tea products I’ve never tried white tea before. White tea is apparently supposed to help brighten and clear up the skin.

 

 

 

 

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SNP Beijing Opera Aqua Mask (TK Maxx, £1.99)

This mask is a repurchase and one of my favourites. I find this really hydrates my skin and leaves it with a lovely glow. The mask does genuinely look like the little picture so you can’t really wear this one in public like on a plane unless you want to get some very weird looks.

 

 

 

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SNP Beijing Opera Waterfull Mask (TK Maxx, £1.99)

This is another mask in the same range as the one above so I thought I’d get it to try out. Hopefully it will be as good as the one above. I’m not entirely sure what the difference between the two is besides the design on the mask itself as they both appear to be hydrating masks.

 

 

 

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The Creme Shop Caffeine & Dark Chocolate Masks [5 pack] (TK Maxx, £5.00)

These last masks combine caffeine and dark chocolate, both of which are great for brightening up the skin. They also contain hyaluronic acid, which like I mentioned earlier helps to really hydrate the skin. Personally I really love the design of this packaging and as a big mocha lover I just had to get these.

So that is everything (at long last)! That ended up being rather a long post but I hope you enjoyed it. If you’re interested in seeing¬†how the non-Korean masks fare compared to the Korean ones then keep an eye out as I will be doing a little post on this some time soon.

As always, if you haven’t already then please do check out my channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsYuSTZgGK8ZNOGZsK9Jz7Q

Annabelle x

 

Review: The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Peel-Off Clay Nose Mask

TFS_Jeju_Nose_Clay)MaskI bought this product to try and tackle my blackheads (sadly they’re incredibly persistent). I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about jeju volcanic lava and it’s a popular¬†ingredient for innisfree, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. I bought this mask for about ¬£6.00 in TK Maxx and you can get it online from places like Yesstyle for pretty much the same price.

So I have to admit my first impression of this product was a bit mixed. The smell is pretty nice and I quite like the simple packing. The mask has a very sticky, almost rubbery texture. I’ve never seen a mask like it before and I actually looked it up online to check that it really was supposed to be like that! It is super easy to use, you just put it on your nose in a fairly thick and even layer, leave it to dry for about 10-15 minutes and then peel it off. Afterwards my nose actually felt really nice and soft, which is a nice side effect. With sensitive skin as well I often have problems with clay masks if they are a little harsh but this was really gentle on my skin.

If you put it on using your fingers (as I do) you will need to wash it off your hands under some warm water because in its non-dried form this product is quite stubborn to get off.

After using it for a while to be honest I didn’t really notice a big change in reducing my blackheads but since it does leave my skin soft and glowy I will finish it off. If you have a serious issue with blackheads you might want to try a chemical BHA product instead as this will go into your pores and be less harsh on your skin. I’ll be trying out some different BHA products so if you’re interested I’ll be posting about that in the near future.

Annabelle x