I haven’t always been a beauty junkie. Back in my uni days, which were admittedly a shocking amount of time ago now, I probably slept in make up a lot of nights, and although I have always moisturised my body and my face, I probably was using the same body moisturiser for both face and body then. I don’t remember my skin being in awful condition, but it was likely not as blemish free as I’d have liked, and my student life habits probably weren’t the best for a great complexion.
Fast forward to post graduation; I had discovered the blogging world then, but still never read anything in the beauty genre, and the online world of research and shopping wasn’t as accessible and rife as it is now. I didn’t have some crazy obsession to hit up Boots… though I did even then love a Clinique “bonus time” samples gift. I was getting better at removing make up, but that was probably due to the time during the day I took a shower, and being in the real working world and having less late nights out! A real cleanser still did not feature; however I had started to get myself a proper facial moisturiser.
Then, I left my graduate office job, made a move to Northwich, and opened a cafe… [I could probably write about all of that at some point.] My habits around showering altered totally then, as working with food, in a cafe all day, makes you want to jump straight in the shower on getting home. I don’t sit down full stop until I’ve showered and I am wearing some form of home based leisure wear attire/pyjamas.
This new showering time and routine meant that I was washing my face and whacking on moisturiser each day, but I still wasn’t *that* into the ol’ facial skincare.
UNEARTHING MY INNER BEAUTY JUNKIE
Then… I think I discovered how to use the Bloglovin’ page, and was able to subscribe to read any blogs I wanted (rather than what I had previously only thought possible and only reading xxx.wordpress.com ones in my old wordpress.com reader– makes me sound so untechy right??!!) This tiny thing opened a literal enormous world of blog reading to me. Now I found it easy to subscribe and read any blog I found of interest… and my interests were changing and developing!
I stumbled across a few very easy to read, UK based, beauty blogs. I read recommendations to read Caroline Hirons' blog. I found solid advice/reviews, not just from retailers. And over and over again I was thinking, is all this necessary, as my skin is in OK shape with the fairly simple/poor treatment it’s getting. But, the more I read, the more I thought I might start to want to look after my face before more time elapsed.
[I’m weird with dates, I remember the most bizarre ones, but I remember the date below clearly because it was during the time that we were having a load of building work done at home, so our newly tiled bathroom was a bit of a sanctuary within an otherwise dust laden, undecorated, kitchen-less house. I digress, anyway, yep, weird with dates.]
So December 2014, I had read enough beauty routine sheets, and decided I didn’t necessarily have a huge spare budget to go wild with, but I’d start with some budget, entry level products, and start taking care of my face.
My shopping list; a micellar water (I went super simple with the Garnier one), a balm cleanser, some form of simple toner, and a moisturiser.
My first balm cleanser was Ultrabland from Lush. That, with a hot flannel, is still an absolute favourite of mine. I have repeat bought it time and time again…
From that December I have not looked back. My pretty OK facial skin has gone from strength to strength. I feel it looks clear, fresh and bright most days, though I am still very prone to hormonal breakouts around my mouth, and it can start to look fairly lack lustre after a heavier drinking weekend or one with more make up piled on.
I’ve gone from just using the basics to adding acid toners, treatments, serums, oils and more. I’m not saying they’re all used daily, or even always necessary, but I’m not going to lie, I do love the products and the process of such self-care.
Oh, and I now wear sun cream on my face everyday too, which seemed very surprising to my mum and aunt this weekend, but from what I've read that's got to be the best thing to protect my face as I get older...
As well as still reading a few beauty blogs, I also totally love reading up on new releases from different brands. That’s an enjoyment as much as the using/doing!
IS BEAUTY TRIVIAL? NOT TO ME!
This random post is my little love letter if you like to the beauty world. I enjoy reading about beauty, as materialistic and trivial as that may sound to some, but it’s true. I love trying new product types and brands, and I don’t see this interest diminishing anytime soon. It’s trivial to some, but to me, it allows a self-care focus in such a basic way, and a few moments purely to focus on looking after me.
It's for vanity reasons, yes, to take such care... but is that really a bad thing?
As let’s be fair, good skin may look good, but more so it makes us feel more confident in ourselves, and that is only ever a good thing in my book!