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On My Bedside Table: Current Skincare
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It seems I haven't shared a skincare routine on the blog in the longest time! To be honest, I'm chopping and changing routine constantly so it often seems a bit disingenuous to share some kind of pseudo-regular routine. Saying that, I have actually been keeping to a routine lately as I've been having a nightmare time with my skin. I've been working full time for most of summer and I begin my Masters course this week; safe to say me (and my skin) are stressed.  

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In the AM, I like to use a gel cleanser. My usual pick is the Andalou Naturals Kombucha Cleanser but unfortunately I have just used it up and it has now been reformulated. I'm currently trying the Green People Oy! Clear Skin Foaming Wash* but I think, in the future, I would definitely prefer a thicker gel cleanser with a bit more oomph. This offering from Green People almost vanishes into the skin and I'm not really in to it. In the PM I preempt this with a cleansing oil and at the moment I'm loving the Vedani Botanicals Silky Face & Body Oil. This isn't currently on sale and I was very lucky to receive one from Mercedes as part of a giveaway prize. I absolutely love this oil and it also works as a great multi-tasker when I need to pack minimally for travel. I'm definitely not looking forward to when it finally runs out. It's absolutely fabulous at removing makeup but I do occasionally loosen off any heavy eye makeup with the Madara Micellar Water*.

Serum-wise, I'm currently testing some products from The Ordinary. They aren't the cleanest, but they use a selection of natural/organic ingredients and everything is cruelty-free and most products are suitable for vegans. I've been using the Advanced Retinoid 2% (now called Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion) in the evening as a super-charged de-clogging serum for my closed comedones. I definitely think it has been effective and I am happy to continue using it as my comedones are a constant battle that hasn't yet been improved that much by completely natural products. I've also been using the Salicylic Acid 2% as a spot treatment. It is the same strength as the Bravura peel but the thicker consistency makes it easier to apply to smaller areas. I haven't noticed a huge difference from using this but I may give it another go when it runs out due to the great price point of The Ordinary's products.

At the moment I am pre-empting any moisturising product with a good spritz of the Evolve Beauty Skin Defence Moisture Mist*. This is a relatively new release from Evolve and probably one of my favourite products of theirs that I have tried. I find this mist to be moisturising (without making my face greasy) and it provides a perfect base for any kind of face oil. I also love using it as a refreshing face mist post-gym! Skincare-wise however, I enjoy using it before my oil of the moment, the Vedani Botanicals Silky Skin Serum. Unfortunately this is also not available at the moment but if it ever pops up, pick this up. I absolutely adore this serum and I am going to be truly sad when it runs out - which will be soon. It's absolutely perfect for my skin, which is to be hoped as it was a bespoke blend from the lovely Mercedes. I really enjoy giving my skin a good facial massage with it before bed. In the AM, I'm loving the Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Broad Spectrum SPF30. This SPF is one of a kind in the green beauty world, in that it is almost completely transparent. It provides a smoothed and protected base before makeup and its light texture makes it perfect for combination/oily/acne-prone skins like my own. If you're going to try anything from this post, I suggest picking up a sample ASAP from Glow Organic.

What has been featuring in your skincare routine lately?

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Gorgeously Green Gathering 2016

Finally, here are some pictures from Gorgeously Green Gathering 2016 that I attended last weekend with my lovely friend Hannah. It was originally planned that Rhys would be coming with me again this year but due to unforeseen circumstances, he could no longer attend. And so, after a wee freakout about how I would afford the hotel on my own, it came to be that Hannah would be attending with me and I'm glad to report that she really enjoyed it! So I had a brilliant time AND managed to convert a friend to green beauty...

The event was organised by the ever amazing Sarah and Jen, sponsored by Totally Organic, and we had the pleasure to hear from some great brands like Mallow & White, Terre Verdi, Evolve Beauty, and Beeutiful. Hearing brands' origin stories is always one of my favourite parts of GGG and they all had such lovely stories to share with us. It was also super exciting to see Amber get up and do a quick talk about Blossom Balm, her collaboration with Joanna of Mallow & White (unfortunately, not vegan!). 

I'm always a big fan of GGG because of its huge social aspect. Not only is it a great opportunity to meet up with some of my fave blogger babes, but you can't really beat a whole day of networking with some seriously inspiring brands. It's so lovely to talk to founders face-to-face, learning about their products, and really hearing first hand about what got them into green beauty. I'm also consistently humbled by how generous the brands are and not only did we all walk away with a smashing goody bag, but we even got to pour our own Terre Verdi cleansing oil (thanks Alessandra!) and get some skincare prescribed by Laura of Evolve Beauty & S5 Skincare. 

Gorgeously Green Gathering is my favourite annual event due to its personality, intimacy, and just how damn informative it is. Nothing has been confirmed for 2017 yet, but I really am hoping that GGG continues for a few more years! For now though, you can enjoy some of the (minimal) photos I managed to take and stay tuned for some reviews!

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