Our skin is constantly changing...
Do you ever feel as though your skin has a mind of it's own?! Sometimes mine can feel really dry and dehydrated, sometimes I get terrible breakouts and other days I can look at my skin and think 'yep, it's looking pretty good!' (these days are usually followed up with a horrendous spot appearing out of nowhere - anyone else feel like they jinx themselves when you even think that your skin is looking good!?!)
The fact of the matter is, our skin is constantly changing and sometimes we need to use products that will assist with these changes. Mintd Box have put together a perfect selection of products to help with the upkeep of your ever changing skin....and it's my favourite box to date!
APA - Lip Loofah
Full Size (Worth £16 from www.netaporter.com)
I'm a twice a day, morning and evening lip balm addict but even so, sometimes my lips can get a little dry and flaky from time to time due to heating or air conditioning. I tried this and instantly loved it, it smells divine and leaves your lips really smooth and moisturised and I probably shouldn't say this but it tastes as good as it smells too! I'm including this lip scrub in my routine whenever my lips need a bit of TLC!
Full Size (Worth £42 from www.rosalena.co.uk)
Fun fact....I used to be terrified of using oils on my face as part of my skincare routine....now I can't do without them, although I do tend to favour using them in the evening as opposed to before my makeup routine in the morning. In this case though, for the process of testing I thought I'd try this out in the morning and the evening and I'm pleased to say that it's such a quickly absorbed oil that it sits fine on the face underneath make up and doesn't leave a horrible greasy residue like some oils do. Full of antioxidants this oil leaves my skin really hydrated and plump and I love the iridescent bottle!
Sunday Riley - Martian Mattifying Melting Water Gel Toner
Deluxe Size (£18.46 full size is £48 from www.spacenk.com)
My skin definitely sits in the 'combination and acne-prone' category, in fact I think I had less breakouts when I was in my teens! On reading the description of this product I immediately knew I was going to like it. It seemed to answer all my skincare problems i.e. it mattifies, reduces pore size, soothes, reduces signs of redness and calms the skin. It also has antibacterial properties to balance oily and problem skin conditions. I've been using it just in the morning after cleansing and before moisturiser and I'm really enjoying the results. It's a green gel type liquid that sort of melts into the skin on contact. The smell is quite strong but not unpleasant and smells fresh. I'm a big fan!
Skyn Iceland - Brightening Eye Serum
Full Size (£30 from www.marksandspencer.com)
My under-eye area concerns me and this is because it's one of the first places to show the signs of ageing. I've been wearing an eye cream since my early twenties and really do feel it's an area worth investing. It's also the area of the face which suffers the most if I'm tired or unwell.
Skyn are a brand that I've tried quite a few products from and I've been super impressed every time and although I've only been using this Serum for a couple of weeks, I'm already starting to see some small effects and I expect, with prolonged use this will improve further. I feel like my under eye area is smoother and and feels slightly firmer. Another winner from skyn!
Potion London - The Beauty Formula
Full Size (Worth £25 from www.harveynichols.com)
Here's another interesting fact for you. I've been taking hair, skin and nail supplements for well over a year now and I strongly believe they make a difference. My hair seems to grow faster and thicker, my nails also grow a lot faster and my skin, although still a little problematic seems to get less breakouts and looks smoother. So when I noticed that there was a new brand of supplement to try in this month's box I was really pleased.
In addition to the usual benefits of a beauty supplement I've also noticed that this one can help prevent acne and can control skin disorders such as eczema and I do suffer from this when I'm feeling stressed!
It's too early to really notice the effects of using this particular brand however I've been doing a bit of research online and this is brand a lot of people rave about!
So those of you who are perhaps not familiar with Mintd Box they are a relatively new beauty subscription box with a but of a difference to the usual 'same old same old' beauty boxes . They off only premium brand products stocked in high-end retailers such as Net-a-porter, Harvey Nichols and Space NK and the products are predominately full size so you're getting a great deal (the face oil alone in this months box is worth £42!!)
The best part about the Mintd Box is the money saving to be made. For example, this month's box is worth £131 and you can get it for just £65 (with additional 10% off if you use the code WELCOME17) It ships to the UK, W. Europe, North America and Australia)