I'm tired of my skin not being very great, so I've been concentrating more on how I look after it, especially making sure that I'm really cleansing properly. I stopped using makeup wipes a long time ago, but generally I just swapped them for micellar water, which also isn't great for giving your skin a deep down clean by itself. As much as possible I've been making the time for a proper wet cleanse.
In the mornings I've been using the DHC Pore face wash, which is lovely and refreshing for first thing in the morning. I'm not sure what scent it is, but it smells to me like neroli, which I love. It foams up really easily and is good for oily skin with clogged pores.
For evening and taking off my makeup I've gone back to an old favourite - the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. The rose and lavender I have here was a limited edition scent which I've been hoarding for a while. My skin always feels super clean when I use Cleanse and Polish, and in particular using the muslin cloth makes me feel I've given my skin a deep down clean and a bit of exfoliation too.
As the seasons have changed the dry patches on my face have started to act up, but I also feel like the oily patches have increased too. I've turned to a moisturiser from Dermalogica which is designed for combination skin, called Active Moist. It's oil free and doesn't feel at all greasy, but it still gives my skin the hydration it needs. It sinks in incredibly quickly, so quickly that I find it doesn't slide around as much as I'd like when I'm trying to apply it, and patting it in works a bit better.
I actually have the Dermalogica Active Moist in a little Christmas ready gift set which comes with two extra mini products alongside the moisturiser, which are the intensive eye repair and soothing eye makeup remover. I'm just starting to use the eye repair as I've noticed I have dry skin around the corners of my eyes and under my lashes for the first time this year, so I'll report back on how I get on.
Without wanting to bang on about my latest skin issues, it has meant that I've struggled to get any of my usual foundations to work for me. I received the Laura Mercier hydrating foundation primer in a Space NK goody bag, so I thought I'd give it a go with my Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation in sand beige. It seems obvious, but I don't usually use matching foundations and primers together - maybe I should because these two are such a great pairing. I used to find that the silk creme foundation would oxidise on my skin by the end of the day and start to go a bit orange, but the primer really prevents that. My only remaining problem is the dreaded shine, so I do have to keep topping up with a mattifying powder.
This post should really be called reasons why I hate my skin right now, or something like that, because the next two products have also become favourites because my skin's not behaving itself. The Make Up Forever Full Cover concealer is probably the most heavy-duty concealer I own, so I've been reaching for it a lot lately to cover redness and any blemishes. For my eyes, now that I'm experiencing dryness in that area, anything but a very light textured and illuminating concealer can look dreadfully crepey and cakey under my eyes. The Clarins Instant Light Perfector is fitting the bill exactly for me right now - it's not at all heavy, it blends into the skin so easily and it's wonderfully brightening.
Skin moans over, let's talk about colour. I've been loving my Crown Brush blush palette this month. I picked this up in the summer and it took me a while to start using it - serial hoarder - but now that I have, I'm a little bit addicted. It has a combination of semi-matte and mildly shimmery shades, and although there's a lot of pink going on, it also has some peachy, golden and reddish mauve tones too. The colours aren't too over pigmented, so you can build the colour up slowly. I mainly head for the pinks on most days, but I also quite like mixing some of the shades together to get something that feels like a good match for whatever eye and lip combo I'm wearing.
When Autumn arrives I'm all about berry lips, and my favourite has been the NARS matte velvet pencil in Damned. This pencil goes on so easily, and although it's a very deep shade, I don't have any trouble getting a nice clean edge on my lips. It lasts really well too, I can go all morning without needing to reapply until lunchtime.
Hopefully by the time November favourites rolls around I'll have my skin back under control. If you have dry and oily combination skin, please do let me know any products you'd recommend!