Skin Care Diary // July 2015

Throughout each month, I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on a daily basis. At the end of the month, I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. I have combination skin that can change between being extremely dry, spot prone, oily and sensitive as well as having eczema flare ups. 
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | REN Tonic Moisture Mist | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair | Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream.

This month skin care lineup is exactly the same as last months. I am loving this routine at the moment, this set of products and how they work so well with each other. After cleansing my skin,  it is never left feeling dry or tight and I find the Oskia cleanser easy to remove completely. I don't know why I stopped using ANR after I first bought it, but I'm definitely making up for it now. I'm still liking the Goat Milk Cream, but I don't know if I'd repurchase when I run out. I'm tempted to try Nourish from Kate Somerville. I've also been using the Dior Creme De Rose lip balm this month, but I have packed it away in my travel bag so I forgot to phootgraph it.

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OPI Don't Mess With OPI

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Don't Mess With OPI // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Don't Mess With OPI

This shade from the spring 2011 Texas collection is completely different to anything else I own. I'm not even sure if I really like it and even though I've had it for a while, this is my first time wearing it.


The main thing I don't like about this nail polish is that it dries a lot darker than the bottle. This happens quite often with OPI nail polishes and I'm not really sure why. I wish it wouldn't though as it looks more pastel in the bottle. Application was pretty much perfect though. Opaque in two coats and each one went on so nicely.

Austin-tatious Turquoise | Big Hair..Big Nails | Do You Think I’m Tex-y? | Don’t Mess With OPI | Guy Meets Gal-veston | Houston We Have A Purple | I Vant To Be A-Lone Star | It’s Totally Fort Worth It | San Tan-tonio | Suzi Loves Cowboys | To Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em | Y’all Come Back Ya Hear?

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Skin Care On Trial | Samples

I first heard of Amazingy from Annabel and her post on the samples she ordered. Annabel's blog is a must-read if you're interested in green beauty and although I'm only just dipping my toes in at the moment, all of her posts really interest me and I have a huge list of products and websites I now want to order from.

The sample sets cost €7.95 with free delivery and despite coming from Berlin, it actually arrived pretty quickly. You pick out five products that you'd like to try and they will send you a sample size of each. You can order two samples of the same product, which I did, but two is the maximum. If the product already comes in a sachet then you'll receive that otherwise they make up the samples themselves and send them in the tiniest little pots. Granted you don't actually get much of each sample and it depends on what type of product it is. If it's a face mask, you're probably only going to be able to test it on a small part of your face. A moisturiser or cleanser will probably stretch to one full face application. It's just something to think about when you choose your samples.

Since I'm trying to use up the products I have before buying anything new, I thought a sample set was a pretty good way for me to feel like I'm still buying and trying products when I'm not really. It satisfies my need to shop, but also saves my bank account some money! There are a few May Lindstrom products that I really want to try, but they're expensive and hard to find in an actual shop near to where I live. The Blue Cocoon was the main product I wanted to try as I've heard amazing things about it and it's also meant to be really good for eczema. The full-size pot costs £125 though so I definitely wanted to try it out first and is the reason I ordered two samples. Due to the nature of the product and the fact that you only need a tiny amount, this sample size is very good and generous. I also ordered a sample of The Youth Dew, a oil-serum from May Lindstrom. This hasn't travelled very well and has leaked out of the container so I'm waiting till I actually use it to open it.

Another product on my to try list is a cleanser from Tata Harper who Caroline raves about. I chose a sample of the Replenishing Cleanser as I think this is the cleanser most suited to my skin type. My final sample was another cleanser, but from a brand I've only just discovered, Yuli. Jade (Nephriticus on YT) talked about the halcyon cleanser in her recent empties video and I was intrigued. Yuli is another brand I want to try more products from and I might have to make another sample order sometime soon.

Amazingy also threw in a couple more samples to my order which was a nice surprise. Two are from the brand Dr. Alkaitis, another brand I had on my to try list.

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TRESemme Renewal Hair & Scalp Shampoo | £3 // I thought this shampoo was ok but nothing special and I wouldn't buy the full size.

Sachajuan Hair Repair | £23 // I really love this hair mask and if I didn't already have a full-size tub of Philip Kingsley Elasticizer to use then I would have already bought the full size.

Aveda Be Curly Style-Prep | £18 // I got this mini tube of style-prep when I bought the full size so I could try it before opening the full size. I really liked it so I kept the full size.

Caudalie Moisturising Cream Mask  | £22 // This is Caudalie's version of the Origins Drink Up Mask and I really liked using it. Once I finish a couple of samples of the Origins mask I’m going to have to make up my mind on which one I want to repurchase. If you have dry skin then you need to give this a try.

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid | £29 // As the name suggests, it's a fluid so it feels a bit lighter on the skin than a normal moisturiser does. This is quite often the case with Caudalie products, like the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, they hydrate and moisturise but disappear into the skin without much effort and you aren't left feeling greasy. This moisturiser has probably impressed me the most out of this range which is surprising as I wasn't expecting to like it. This might be because I've been struggling to find a good moisturiser for a while. Everything I have just seems to sit on top of my skin and making it feel greasy but this doesn't.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil | £45 // I think I have one of these mini bath oils in every sample use up post! Only a few drops are needed per bath and they fill up the whole room with the scent. 

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