Night Time Skincare Routine

So imagine you’ve come back from a night out with a face full of makeup, I know the first thing you want to do is go to bed; but I promise you  that’s not the best thing for your skin.

The first thing I would do is to wipe off my makeup as thoroughly as possible, some people stop there but really and truly your face is not fully cleansed! So after this I would go and wash my face with a cleanser. My cleanser of choice is The Body Shop tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser. This cleanser is great for taking off excess make up and consistent use of this helps with keeping the skin clear because of the purifying properties tea tree has. After washing your face you must dry it thoroughly with a clean towel (preferably not the one you use to shower).

The next step in my routine is to use a toner, this is important because it gives you extra cleansing and removes traces of dirt and grime. There are two types of toners I like to use at different times. I use witch hazel most of the time as a toner, but if I feel that I have a few too many pimples or spots I use The Body Shop tea tree skin clearing mattifying toner which also helps keeps your skin clear.

After the toner has dried I use a facial serum. As I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and a few acne scars I like to use serums containing vitamin C. The serum I am currently using is the Valjeans Facial serum with Vitamin C and magnesium which brighten and even out my skin tone. Serums are an important part of the skincare routine but it is important that you get one that caters to your skin.

The next thing I would do is use an eye gel (which I use in the morning and evening). The skin under our eyes is very sensitive and prone to wrinkling/creasing, dark circles and puffiness so that area needs to be taken care of.

Now right before I hop into bed, the last thing I would do is to add some sort of gel or moisturiser to my face. As someone with oily skin I either use a light moisturiser from simple or if as I’ve mentioned previously if I have spots and pimples I would use the tea tree and witch hazel night treatment gel which works intensely whilst asleep to fight and prevent spots.

This routine has been asked for from a lot of you so I hope this helps. This is the same routine I would use without having worn makeup, I would just exclude wiping my face as this isn’t necessary.

Peace and love

Tosin x

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Fave Foundation for dark skinned beauties!

Hey guys,

As women of colour it is sometimes hard to find foundations with the right undertones or coverage and unfortunately sometimes the right shade. For the last four years I have tried a number of foundations and come across a selection of foundations I like.

My ultimate favourite foundation is the Mac studio fix fluid. This foundation has been used by many women of colour and is a go to for me when I want good coverage and I want a foundation that will stay matte for a good amount of time. It is affordable as it retails at just £24.50 and has a massive range of shades.

Drugstore:

My favourite drugstore foundation is the Black Opal true colour stick foundation. This was the first stick foundations I used and so far the best. It gives full coverage and it blends very easily with a beauty blender. It retails for just £8.99 and can be found in drugstores or online. The only downside of this foundation is that it isn’t the best for oily skin as it doesn’t stay matte all day and needs touch ups to keep it looking fresh

The next best drugstore foundation I’ve come across is the NYX ‘stay matte but not flat’ liquid foundation. I came across it one day and it has become my go to when I want to use a matte foundation, but don’t want to use my high end ones. It retails for £7 and is quite good for the price. The only downsides to this foundation is the coverage which is buildable and also the foundation separates when left alone and needs to be shaken rigorously every time before use.

The third drugstore foundation I like to use is the Kiko skin evolution foundation. I came across this in secondary school and I really liked that it was affordable and did what wanted it to do. This foundation retails for about £13 and it’s honestly very good. The only thing is that… Kiko doesn’t have a huge shade range for women of colour and still haven’t introduced more shades after so many years. So they have stopped getting my support.

High end:

My favourite high end foundation is the Fenty Beauty foundation. This foundation is very similar to the MAC foundation, it stays matte for a long period of time and has full coverage. One thing I’ve heard many complain of is that this foundation oxidises but I don’t believe this is the case. Its just like all foundations, when you see the foundation in a bottle or swatch it on your hand it may look a certain tone to you. It will always look different once you have out it on your face and blended it. This is why I feel that when you go makeup shopping its important to go with a bare face so you can try out products directly on the skin. This foundation retails for £26 and I definitely recommend it.

Estee Lauder double wear foundation is another high end foundation I love. It stays matte all day and has a medium buildable coverage. This foundation has a great shade range and retails for £33.50 which is a little pricey but it is worth it.

These are a range of foundations I have tried and love. Comment below your go to foundations!

Peace and love

Tosin x

The “right” Way to Apply Skincare Products

Hey guys,

I know this title may have you thinking if there’s really a “right/correct” way to apply your skincare products. Obviously you can do whatever works best for you, but it’s good to remember that the skin is a very sensitive organ. There are many ways to apply skincare which further minimise breakouts, get more use out of your products, keep things less messy and make your products much easier to apply!

First off when it comes to skincare or makeup application the most important thing is to make sure that your hands are washed and clean. Our hands/fingers are used for so many things and pick up so much bacteria, spreading this to the skin could cause unwanted spots, pimples and break outs.

Masks: When applying face masks the first thing you think to do is apply them with your fingers. Instead of using your fingers you could use a clean foundation brush. This not only helps with smooth application, but it also maximises the products so you end up using less product than you would using your fingers.

Toners: The best way to apply toners is with a cotton ball/pad and a very important tip here is patting the toner into your skin rather than swiping it around. This prevents bacteria from spreading to different areas of your skin and creating more break outs!

Moisturisers, Serums and Cleansers: Most serums come with a way to apply them, but not when it comes to actually rubbing it into your skin. Serums are one of the products where it is best to use your palms only because serums are supposed to penetrate deep into your skin as this releases the active ingredients and helps the serum to penetrate into your skin. Moisturisers are also applied best with your palms by first cutting the product in your hands, warming it up and then you apply it to you cheeks in a circular motion and then apply it to the rest of your face. Cleansers are another product best applied with your fingers especially as they are mostly applied in the shower or with water first giving you the perfect opportunity to make sure your hands are clean.

Facial scrubs and Cleansers: Facial scrubs are great for exfoliating and getting rid of dead skin. The best way to apply facial scrubs is with a exfoliating brush. This helps to remove the layer of dead skin from your face and also apply the scrub all over your face.

These are my tips for you guys on applying your skincare products in the best way possible!

I hope you enjoyed this post please let me know in the comments the different ways in which you apply your skincare products and also any posts you want to see in the future.

 

peace and love

Tosin x

How to Achieve and Maintain Clear, Healthy Skin (WOC friendly)

Over the past few months when it has come to makeup and skincare, skincare has been my main priority. For as long as I can remember I have never had perfectly clear skin, I’ve either has some sort of pimple, spot or rough patch. As I have been trying to take my makeup application to another level I thought that tackling this head on would be best. For the last three months I have not had a single spot or pimple due to oil or bacteria (hormonal spots aren’t really avoidable). This is due to my new skincare routine and also some important factors of my diet.

Firstly I will talk about my diet. For the last year and a half I have tried to cut dairy completely out of my diet. That means milk, butter, and the one that makes me most sad, cheese. Some great alternatives are almond/soya milk and also dairy free spreads, when it comes to cheese I have tried some non-dairy options and I haven’t really liked them so instead I have just cut down how much cheese I eat (trust me I used to eat a lot). Cutting out dairy products helps to reduce acne which many people suffer from even as adults! Dairy becomes a problem for us especially as women because we have a problem digesting it. Another thing I have picked up is water, water is so imperative when it comes to maintaining clear skin. I have made it compulsory that I try and drink at least 2 litres of water everyday. this alone made huge changes in my skin, it specifically was giving me a natural healthy glow which I literally have craved for, for so long.

When it comes to products, having a routine you stick to is very vital. As I am someone with oily skin, my tips will be more suited to those like me.

I had heard so much about witch hazel, so when I went to America I brought back two litres with me and it has literally changed my life. I use it as a toner every morning and evening. Witch hazel is a natural astringent used on the face and body. It removes excess oil from the skin and for those of us that have excessively oily skin, this is one of the main reasons for spots/pimples we get. Witch hazel also decreases inflammation and can lessen the growth of bacteria on our skin.

Another important step in your skincare routine is cleansing. This is so important everyday, twice a day. This is good for cleansing our skin after the build up of oil, bacteria and sebum on the skin. I use a foam tea tree cleanser from the body shop which has worked for me over the past year.

Serums are another thing that is great for the skin, I use a magnesium and vitamin C serum which focuses on giving me a brighter look and making my skin glow. There are different serums for different skin types so it’s best to go into a store and ask to see what serum is best for you. Serums are good for our skin because they are able to penetrate deeper than other products.

Two additional steps which are my favourites, are exfoliating and face masks. Exfoliation is important because it gets rid of dead skin and increases the circulation of blood in the face. This helps to achieve healthy glowing skin and prevents ageing, exfoliating is needed every 2-3 days as it can be harsh on the skin sometimes. Face masks are also very important and should be done 1-2 times a week. They have many helpful properties; they can improve the appearance of pores and also remove excess oil. They also help to hydrate your skin and remove any impurities.

Moisturising is another very important factor in maintaining good skin, even if your skin is oily. There are many different moisturisers and I use a light hydrating moisturiser from simple which isn’t too heavy but brings the little moisture I need to my skin. It is also very important especially as women of colour to apply SPF to our skin daily (even when there is no sun). It prevents ageing and also any damage from UV rays.

These are all my tips that have been working for me and I have truly seen a great difference in my skin. Comment below any extra tips you have and also any type of content you would like me to write about. I will be posting my before and after pictures of my skin on our blog twitter, so get following @womenofcolourC

Thanks so much for reading!

Peace and Love

Tosin x

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Hey guys,

I know its been a very long time since anything was posted and literally the only excuse is life. University started and a few personal things came up; But now the blog is back and we have loads of content to share. I have reviews coming up from the highly awaited Fenty Beauty, Black up cosmetics and Aviela Skincare. I also have loads of advice posts and I can’t wait to share all the products I’ve been trying out and also all the skills I’ve learnt! I just want all of you to remember that you are Queens and that you can do anything you set your mind to! SEE YOU IN MY NEXT POST XXXX

peace and love,

Tosin xx