Lena Talks Beauty skincare routine - neutrogena, goodness, la roche-posay, seed and soul, clinique, garnier, instanatural, avene, and dermalogica

My current skincare routine – winter 2017

It has been FOREVER since I’ve written what my daily skincare routine is. This year I have tried really hard to stick to a consistent routine, of using 1 product until I finish it up. When I first started being sent products to try for my blog, I’d be using new things every week. My skin did not enjoy chopping and changing so much, especially considering so many of the products weren’t right for my skin type. Since sticking to a consistent routine, my skin has really looked so much better. People often say that you need to stick to one brand of skincare which I don’t believe in. I use products from La Roche-Posay, Neutrogena, Garnier, Clinique, Dermalogica, Avene, Goodness, Seed + Soul, and InstaNatural. Now, onto my skincare routine: I typically do not cleanse in the morning as my skin is dry, so I try to reduce opportunities to dry my skin out. I just rinse with water in the shower and move on to moisturiser. Some people say you should wear sunscreen every day but I am honestly outside for about 15 minutes on weekdays and that’s at like 8:30am and 5pm so not exactly peak sun exposure […]

LOVE L7004S Black Clearly.co.nz, Oasis Sun, Za True White Power Block UV

Practice Safe Sun

For most people, sunscreen is their first line of defence against the damaging rays of the sun. That is a great step, and an important thing to use, but an another important step is sunglasses. We can’t forget slip slop slap wrap – wrap on a pair of close-fitting sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses protects not only your eyes, but also the delicate skin in the eye area. In this post I’ll be showing you my fab new sunglasses that Clearly.co.nz sent me and giving you some tips to practice safe sun.

Weleda almond body wash, clinique pep-start eye cream, neutrogena senstive skin sunscreen, dr bronners soap, tony moly lip mask, innisfree trouble care mask, fuss free naturals face wipes

February Empties

It’s that time again – empties time! As usual, I’ve collected all of the beauty products that I’ve finished during the month and will be reviewing them all. I finished (or decided to throw out) 7 products and this time they were all skincare. My empties are from Weleda, Fuss Free Naturals, Neutrogena, Dr Bronner’s, Clinique, Innisfree and Tony Moly – keep reading for my reviews.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen

I have a new essential addition to my beauty routine, just in time for summer! Those of you who have been reading regularly, or know me well, may know that I am a stickler for sun protection. New Zealand receives very strong UV rays, and in addition to that I use products such as Retinoids and Vitamin C which put you at higher risk of sun damage if you don’t wear sunscreen. I want to avoid getting skin cancer, while also preventing premature signs of aging and sun damage. Getting the right sunscreen is a struggle though – some make my face too greasy or white looking while others break me out! But now, I have hope! Neutrogena has released their new Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen, and I was sent it to try for myself and review.

How to avoid makeup flashback

Ah flashback, something which strikes fear into the hearts of makeup wearers everywhere. Even celebrities, with their teams of makeup artists, aren’t immune to it – look at the beautiful Miley Cyrus, her makep is perfect except for that white patch. In this post I’ll be writing about what flashback is, and which ingredients to look out for that commonly cause it. The often-suggested advice to avoid this is to not wear anything with an SPF – while this can be a helpful rule, SPF is a measurement, and not an ingredient. It’s the Sun Protection Factor of a product – it measures how long a sunscreen remains effective on your skin. If you would get burned in 10 minutes without sunscreen, an SPF of 15 will protect you for 150 minutes (Cho, 2011).’m getting into a whole other topic here, but the main point is – avoiding all products with sunscreen in them isn’t necessary to avoid flashback. Sunscreen is important, and it is possible to wear products with an SPF without getting flashback. The ingredients in sunscreen that are known for causing a flashback are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are known as physical sunscreens, because they work […]