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This post, or the subject of this post, was meant to be my first proper YouTube vloggums. I recorded it once. I recorded it twice. I recorded it a third time. I made two different finished versions. I grappled with iMovie and the sound of my own voice. I’m afraid to say I wimped out in the end but I still wanted to share m’knowledge so this post is all about some make-up and skincare products I’ve been using in the last few weeks and months.
I’ve always had pretty oily skin; my Mum got me into a routine of cleansing/toning/moisturising twice a day at a fairly young age and aside from The Shine, I’ve never had big problems with my skin. Even as a teen I didn’t really have many spots and throughout various pills and wotnot since then, I’ve more or less avoided any big issues.
In January of this year, though, I finally got around to having the Nexplanon implant fitted. (Side note: do NOT search #nexplanon on Instagram, ESPECIALLY if you are considering the implant……) All was super with the fitting and the only side effect of even vague annoyance I suffered was a breakout of (hormonal) spots around my chin.
In my early 30s, my skincare routine mostly degenerated into facewash + moisturiser and the occasional mask, but with the onset of unwelcome spots and the ongoing oily skin issues, I decided I’d better implement some changes.
So here I’m sharing a variety of products with you; some I’ve found to be excellent, some less so. All are vegan and most can be found on the high street (obvs, praise be to Superdrug as usual). My spots have 99% cleared up now and although my skin still needs ‘blotting’ during the day, I’ve found some products have helped to minimise the dreaded shine.
Vegan skincare products for oily/problem skin
The Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash is not aimed at oily/problem skin; it’s labelled for all skin types, but I was drawn to it because it smells tremendously clean and I use this in the morning with a (very gentle) facial exfoliating sponge to wake my skin up. It makes me face feel uber fresh and I’m enjoying it a lot. The beads are wax (not bad beads!) and don’t really seem to serve much of a purpose but, eh, why not! It’s a bit pricey at £8, but the bottle is huge and I feel like this is going to last forever.
The Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser is a lot more like a facial wash, and I’ve been using it in the evening to remove my make-up before ‘proper’ cleansing. I wet my hands, rub the product all over my face, then splash off with water. It smells super fruity, which is a rare treat in an anti-blemish product. This was £2.99 from TK Maxx, which is probably lower than the RRP. Someone told me this range is for sale in Tesco, but I’m not 100% sure about that!
I’ve really appreciated this range from Superdrug which is aimed at ageing/problem skin (designed for 30-somethings on hormonal contraception, I feel….) This Clearly Youthful cream cleanser smells VERY BAD. I take this as a sure sign that the product has the appropriate science inside to help my skin. And help it has! I feel like this has been instrumental in helping clear up the spots, and I’ve been using it every night before toning and moisturising. I sure hope Superdrug don’t disappear this range like they sometimes do; currently this is on sale at £2.45, but full price is £3.69.
I just picked these products up at a vegan fair in Manchester. I’ve heard about using lavender to battle oily skin so grabbed this organic lavender water toner (£7.99). I also picked up this sandalwood ‘DIY’ face mask (£9.99). Both are lovely products, but I haven’t been using them for very long. I didn’t get the powder/water ratio ration right the first time I used the mask, but it still felt very much like a clay mask, which I wiped off with a hot cloth. It’s nice to be able to support a local, independent maker, so I’ll probably try out some more from this company.
Another from the Superdrug Clearly Youthful range is this moisturiser, which I’ve been using at night. This smells lovely and not nearly as funky as the cream cleanser from the same range; it somehow reminds me of the Body Shop vitamin e moisturiser that I used to use when I was a teen, nearly 20 years ago (uhhhhh). It’s on sale at £3.25 right now, and full price is £4.89.
I’ve been using the Naturally Radiant serum during the day as it’s not too ‘rich’ and seems a more appropriate base for my make-up. I neglected this product for quite a while but I wanted to try something lighter than the vitamin e moisturiser I’d been using. I’m not sure it’s awakening my natural glow, but it’s a good enough product! This is £5.99 from Superdrug.
The Superdrug Tea Tree spot stick (£3.29) is SO handy for targeting spots or problem areas if you don’t want to use a harsh tea tree product on your full face. I found this really handy and recommend keeping it on hand for random breakouts.
Vegan makeup products for oily/problem skin
A decent primer is definitely the friend of the oily-skinned person if you are looking for a makeup base. I know folks have different feelings about primers, but I think if you find one that suits you, it can be a handy tool. The MUA Matte Perfect Primer (which as far as I know is vegan!) was not brilliant. It’s a clear gel and felt very ‘filmy’ when I rubbed it into my skin. It didn’t feel like it was mattifying at all, and I really wondered what the point of it was. (This doesn’t seem to be for sale anymore, I’m not surprised!)
Alternately, the B. Prepared Anti-blemish Primer is a much better product, I think. It’s a white cream that feels like it’s drying and mattifying when applied to the skin. Often I use this alone under foundation, or mixed in with a Tropic BB cream that is slightly too dark for me. Currently this primer is half price at £4.99 but I imagine that it will disappear soon in preparation for the range’s new design.
I know that Superdrug’s B. range is being revamped and redesigned at the moment so I’m not too surprised that I couldn’t find the oil control foundation for sale on its website. I bought this a while back, having been using the B. illuminating foundation for quite a while. I liked that foundation and found the lightest shade (linen) to be just right for me. Unfortunately the same shade in the oil control range was slightly too dark. I’d been mixing it with a little of a white cream primer, until the Barry M foundation came into my life….
The Barry M Flawless Matte Finish foundation is my current favourite. Personally, I try and use as little product as possible and so I generally apply with my hands or with a foundation brush. Slapping layers and layers on works wonders first thing in the morning, but by 1pm I look like I’m wearing theatre makeup and it’s not good…. This foundation is £5.99 (which is a great price, I think) and the lightest shade works a-ok for my fairly pale skin.
This e.l.f. Mattifying Balm is really not cheap at £7.50. I added it to my basket during a warehouse clearance sale spree and I guess I figured I deserved at least one full price item (I don’t understand my brain). It is a really great product though; I use it to focus on my forehead and nose, after primer and before foundation. I rub a little in and it immediately dries to a matte ‘powdery’ finish. Inevitably, I still need to ‘blot’ my skin with a tissue a couple of times during the day, but I’m really not sure there’s a product in existence that could prevent the need for that!
The MUA Matte Perfect powder (which, again, is vegan as far as I can tell!) is…… Eh. Not too bad! I can’t say it gives perfect shine control, but then nothing really does. It’s perfectly ok as a setting powder but I definitely feel like I could do better. Suggestions welcome!