squeaky clean and shiny (part two)

it’s the first week back at uni and i’m tired. today it was wet and warm in an uncomfortable sort of way and all i could think about once i left my house was how excited i was to get back home. it’s night time now, and alfie my beautiful kitten, my shining boy, is curled up on my knee. on nights like these where i’ve got no place to go and no place i’d rather be, i like to indulge myself with the things that make me feel good. i’ve got some peppermint tea, i’m about to watch Vera Chytilová’s  Daisies (one of my all time faves) and i’ve just finished my evening skincare routine which has left me feeling lovelier than ever.

EVENING: (cleanse, cleansing mask, hydration mask, serum and moisturiser)

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just like in the morning, i start out by washing my face. i’m not very adventurous with cleansers to be honest. while i am constantly trying new toners or exfoliators, i think it’ll take me a lot to stray from the incredibly gentle and soothing  La Roche Posay Lipikar Replenishing Cleansing Oil (if you want to read more about this product, head over to my morning skin care post).

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depending on how much time you have, you could definitely skip this step, as well as the next one, but i recommend making time for them at least twice a week. this product is honestly magic. when maddy and i first heard about the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque, we talked about it constantly. we’d heard that it pulled all the “bad stuff” out of your skin and brought it to the surface, which we took to mean that we’d have to walk around covered in pimples for a while and once they disappeared we would be clean. we spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect time to take the leap, hoping to do it at a time where we could go into hiding if need be. that time never came, so i dove in head first and bought it. we tried it for the first time together while watching an episode of my so called life, conveniently titled “the zit”. the monster pimples never came, but the mask is definitely still all it’s cracked up to be. it smells lovely, the clay-like texture feels great when you put it on but is even cooler when it dries on your face and you can actually see the small patches of oil that it’s pulled out of problem areas. to this day, if either madz or i feel a bout of bad skin coming on, we reach for a fave tv show and this mask and we’re good to go.

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once the clay mask has dried completely, i rinse it off with warm water and pat my face dry. the downside of deep cleansing is that you run the risk of drying your skin out. for this reason, i like to follow up that particular face mask with some heavy duty hydration. i have two options for this step. one is another aesop one that goes nicely with the last product but is also pretty expensive. this is the Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Mask. i love this mask because it has that really nice aesop smell and you can leave it on for up to half an hour so it really does some deep moisturising. the second mask is by avène, making it a lot less expensive but no less effective. the Avène Soothing Moisture Mask looks and feels a lot like a regular moisturiser, but in reality it’s a lot more intense. i leave this one on for about 15 minutes and that’s plenty of time for my skin to feel nice and quenched.

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once i’ve taken all the bad things out, and put some moisture back in, i reach for my holy grail product. while the rest of my skin care products do a lot to make my skin feel soft or maintain its moisture, this is the one that i think actually improves its quality. the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a bit of a cult product with very good reason. it’s sooo nourishing, it feels lovely and light and it’s really evened out my complexion. mixing a couple of drops of this in with my moisturiser ensures that i wake up to bright, healthy skin.

so, that’s all of it! i hope all your nights are filled with good friends and special films and fun, luxurious face masks :~)

lots of love,

aayushi

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squeaky clean and shiny (part one)

over the next few posts you will be hearing a lot about this, but charlie, maddy and i are in hobart with our friend gus. we arrived earlier today, but to be honest we’re all already pretty worn out. getting here was wild- we had the 8 hour drive to melbourne, a few days of hectic socialising, followed by the 11 hour boat trip across the tasman. we’re here now, and everyone feels a little fragile and a lot grimy.

whether i’m at home or travelling,  one of the best things i can do to feel less like a ball of slime and more like a person is get deep into my skincare routine. it feels healing both physically and emotionally, and because travel is full of such crazy ups and downs, this is a time where skincare is both incredibly helpful and easily neglected. so over my next few posts i want to tell you about my morning and evening skincare routines, as well as giving you some skincare tips specifically related to travel.

MORNING: (exfoliate, cleanse, tone, moisturise, highlight)

the first thing i like to do in the morning is of course wash my face. i usually do this in the shower for time saving purposes and for less water splashing around purposes.

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about twice weekly, i exfoliate before i cleanse in order to get rid of any dead skin. if you’re doing a lot of hiking, or confined on a ship with yelling children for hours (me) you may want to do this more often, just as needed. currently i have been using the Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish. this product is gently scented and nicely creamy. i have quite dry skin and a gentle exfoliator is all I need to feel clean but not raw.

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once i’ve exfoliated, i follow this up with my daily cleanser. i use the La Roche Posay Lipikar Replenishing Cleansing Oil religiously. it’s marketed as a body cleanser for extremely dry, sensitive skin but i love using it on my face. like other cleansing oils, it goes on like an oil and then foams up soo nicely. it feels so luxurious but it’s really about as gentle as a cleanser can be- it’s even suitable for babies!

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after cleansing, i’ll hop out of the shower and after drying my face, immediately apply some toner. i love Kiehls so much, and their Ultra Facial Toner is so hydrating (great for winter) and really evens out my complexion.

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i like to let my toner sink in for a minute, so this is when i might put on my deodorant and perfume (s/o to Diptyque Philoskyos for making me smell like a fig). after this is my favourite step- moisturising. the La Roche Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Cream is seriously so lovely. it’s light and buildable, so one layer is great for summer but you can put it on a little thicker in winter when your skin really needs it.

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my final step is not skincare, it’s just something i love because it makes me feel shiny and also awake. i read a cosmo article (praise) where it talked about kim kardashian using the RMS Living Luminiser. that lady GLOWS so of course i had to buy some too. it’s a little speno, so really any highlighter would do, but i love that it’s all natural and also that it brings me that much closer to kim k. i apply this on my cheekbones, my cupid’s bow and on the inside corners of my eyes. it’s very subtle, but every now and then it catches in the light and it feels and looks lovely.

that’s my morning routine! it might seem long and crazy because i ramble, but it takes no time at all and is so refreshing. taking care of your skin is a really great practice for self care because it’s less about how you look and more about how you feel. so go ahead and love your pink, shiny squeaky clean selves, and i’ll be back soon with the night time version of this.

with love

aayushi