Let's Talk Skincare! #2014BloggerChallenge

Now if I'm completely honest with you, I'm not one for spending a lot on skincare products, although I probably should. I would just much rather spend money on makeup rather than expensive creams to make my skin better. I wouldn't have to spend as much on makeup if I took better care of my skin, and that's why spending a little more on skincare and a little less on makeup this year is one of my resolutions. But for now, and as part of the #2014bloggerchallenge i'm going to tell you all about my skin habits, what I do to manage it and what you should do to prevent breakouts etc!

My skin is combination so I get a mix of dry patches around my cheeks and my T-zone is often quite oily. Occasionally, my skin goes through phases where I don't have more than a few blemishes on the surface of my face, but the majority of the time my skin is not the best it could be, although I think I manage it quite well with the help from certain products!

L'oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution...
From what I've heard, this is basically just a dupe for the forever sought after Bioderma that I STILL haven't managed to get my hands on, I just can't find it anywhere! I have a full review of this here but it just breaks down your makeup like a dream and makes my skincare routine a lot easier than what it would be if I didn't use this.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub...
I'm not actually sure if I've spoken about this before, I more than likely have but I can't sing it's praises enough! This scrub is honestly the best scrub I've ever tried (not that I've tried many...)! It's not the most gentle of scrubs, so if your skin doesn't deal with that well I would recommend trying the one specifically for sensitive skin that has softer more rounded particles and won't be as harsh on your face. It does tend to dry my skin out a little bit, but as long as you moisture this is honestly one of the best face washes I've ever tried, and it's SO cheap!

Oil Cleanser
I have done a separate post on this here so I won't talk too much, but an oil cleanser is ideal for someone who doesn't have a lot of time on their hands. There is no moisturiser required, or at least when I use them, so a quick application and rinse off of this and you're good to go! They also leave a really smooth, soft feeling remaining on the surface of your skin so not only does it use minimal time, it makes your skin feel amazing!

Ways to help prevent breakouts!

Now, I'm not some kind of face expert or dermatologist, these are all just my personal tips and I'm not guaranteeing they will work for everyone, however I think coin these things certainly won't make your skin any worse.

Drink water...
You've all heard that you have to drink 2.5 litres a day, now I don't know the facts and statistics and I'  not going to lie and say I drink this much water everyday, but you'd be surprised how much better my skin is when I drink a lot. It sounds ridiculous but try it, you will be surprised how much good it does for you!

DON'T touch your face!
Again this sounds pretty ridiculous, but your face should be an out-of-bounds area when it comes to touching your face. All the nasty bacteria and oils from your hands will transfer onto your face without you even realising.

Eat less sugar...
Especially over the Christmas and festive period It's only normal to eat lots of chocolate and other luxuries, and I'm no exception but I've definitely seen a massive change in the quality of my skin since the beginning of December and the only thing I've significantly changed is the amount of sugar intake.

Change your towels!
I've made this mistake plenty of time, but not using a freshly washed flannel to dry your face once you've washed it will really take its toll on your skin. All the residue from the previous wash will remain on the towel, and so in a way, you're just putting what you just washed off your face, back onto your face, if you know what I mean.

What are your secret tips to a healthy and blemish-free face? Would you ever consider doing any of the things I advised?

Have a great day!
Meg x


  1. I'm really trying to drink more water at the minute. A few years ago I easily managed 2l every day, but I'm nowhere near as good now. It seems like so much! X

    1. It does seem like so much, I need to just make it a habit so I do it without realising!x

  2. I really wanna try L'Oreal cleansing water....Sounds like a fab product :) Great post!

    Pink Frenzy

  3. I've heard a lot about the St. Ive's Apricot scrub but I'm not sure if it's too harsh

    Beauty for the Beauty

    1. It's harsh but I think that's why I like it so much, if you use it gently it wouldn't be as bad xx

  4. I love your blog! I've nominated you for the Liebster Award, look at my recent blog post to find out more x


  5. Oooooh you've mentioned everything I do. I started drinking a lot of water after my aunt told me that if you don't drink enough water the body takes what it needs from its internal organs, yikes! That freaked me out and since then (20 something years later) I've been religiously drinking at least 2 litres of water. The sugar part I've been cutting sugar intake for 2 or 3 years now and I've noticed a big difference in the size of my wrinkles, they now are pretty inexistant, yay! I started touching my face 4 years ago when starting wearing make up, it was a pretty obvious step as you don't want bacteria to get into your pores. I also religiously deep wash my brushes every sunday. As for towels I've been using soft paper tissues since I turned 18 as my niece told me it was more hygienic, I always keep a box in my bathroom and use two to pat dry my face and neck after my cleansing routine. I also haven't been able to find the Bioderma and using the L'Óreal dupe instead. Haven't tried out any oil cleanser though. Maybe I will... Great post!

    1. Well that's exciting, I'm glad we can relate. That's brilliant, I need to cut out sugar too but it's just so hard, I suppose a little here and there is ok! I never thought of washing your brushes but your absolutely right! I recently bought Bioderma during my time in Paris and to be completely honest with you there isn't much of a difference between the two, it is amazing though! Thank you for the amazing comment lovely!x

  6. definitely going to be trying out that scrub! xx

    A Little Treat

    1. It's definitely worth a try as it's so cheap even if it doesn't work for you x

  7. I love that apricot scrub! Its so good for cleaning my skin X


  8. It seems like everyone loves that apricot scrub! Ah, I guess I'll cave in and try it. ;)

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    xo, N

  9. Haha I was resting my face in my hands when I read that and thought 'oops, stop it!' Loving your blog so far and will definitely be following x x
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    1. Haha that is hilarious! Thank you so much lovely, that means the world!x


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