Being on the slightly oiler side of the skin spectrum, I’ve had many a time when I’ve looked in the mirror half way through the day and thought ‘oh my god, my face is melting.’ You may also know the feeling, your skin looks super greasy, shiny, just blergh and well you want your make up off there and then. Now then we go to the other side of the spectrum, I don’t particularly like matte skin. I find it a bit lifeless and dull, I like to have a glowy sheen. Obviously there’s a difference between looking shiny and looking dewy, it’s just finding the perfect balance. Luckily I think I’ve finally found two products that help keep the shine at bay without making me look too matte.
Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream: This is my fifth maybe even sixth pot of the stuff, which I think speaks volumes. Basically it’s a moisturiser that helps to moisturise your skin whilst keeping the oiliness at bay. But it doesn’t mattify everything, it just keeps everything under control. I also tried the La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat which is a bit of a rival to the mattifying day cream, but I just didn’t get on with it as well. I absolutely love this stuff and I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying my seventh, eighth and ninth pot of this stuff in months to come.
Tea Tree Pore Minimiser Primer: Ah a primer, a definite key component in a oily skinned gal’s routine. Of course there are a plethora of primers to choose from, how do you choose? It’s a toughie. However I think I’ve found a pretty good one. I picked this tea tree one up back in September time when it had just launched, I’m a sucker for anything that says it will help you conceal your pores. I like it because I feel the tea tree element helps when I have blemishes and it really helps to perfect your skin. Of course it doesn’t make your pores disappear but it does help to smoothen over them a bit. It also is amazing for keeping you shine free. You know when you use a product every day and then don’t use it one day and realise how amazing it was? I had that the other day, I thought that maybe this was making my skin look a little dull, so I skipped it one day. Then later on that day at work, my skin looked awful. Greasy, shiny and just well rank. So to combat not looking too matte, I mix this in with a highlighter to add a bit of radiance to my winter beaten skin.
I’m still looking for the perfect powder, you know one that doesn’t make you look too powdery/cakey. A good all rounder is the Rimmel Stay Matte, but I’m convinced there’s better out there. A beauty blogger is never satisfied! So there we have it a couple of products that help a oily skinned gal like myself out. Also there’s a current offer on the body shop website, enter the code Valentine to get 35% off your order! Whooop. What’s your top tips for keeping shine away? I think I might dip my toe into the world of blotting paper next..oooh adventurous!