My Skincare Routine

This week I thought I’d blog about my skincare routine. For the first time I’m feeling pretty good about my skin, its soft, clear and glowing. What more could anyone ask for? Hopefully some of these tips will help you achieve that too.

My Skin Type.

I have combination skin. It is very sensitive, prone to spots across my t-zone and dries out if products are too harsh. It’s rare that I find something I can use across my whole face.

Morning Skincare Routine.

As you will have seen from my other posts I am quite time poor in the mornings so I don’t do anything time consuming!


As my skin is clean from a through cleanse the night before it doesn’t need much. I tried just splashing it with warm water but I found this too drying. I had a sample of the REN Centifolia Cleansing Gel which I liked and re-bought.  It’s a non foaming wash off cleanser with a lovely rose fragrance.  This isn’t a holy grail product although it does the job, I’ll probably look for something else once this bottle is empty. I use it in the shower, a quick wash and rinse, job done.

REN Rosa Cleansing Gel Skincare


After my shower I use REN Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream.  This is £20 which I think is middle of the road price wise for a 50ml bottle. It is available from lots of places but I normally get it from M&S as they often have a 20% off beauty discount. I apply this all over my face and neck.

REN Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream Skincare



Then I pat the Superdrug Vitamin E eye cream £2.99 gently under and over my eye area with my ring finger.  I have spent fortunes on eye creams in the past and most of them make my eyes run, this is the only one that hasn’t. I’m starting to see more fine lines appear around my eyes so might need to upgrade this soon. Any recommendations would be gratefully received.  Superdrug Vitamin E eye cream. Skincare

I leave about 5 minutes for everything to sink in, or the amount of time It takes me to drink a cup of tea before I start applying my make up. (If you are a make up junkie like me my last blog post was all about my make up routine so whizz over and have a look).

Evening Skincare Routine:


I mentioned this product in my Sunday Saviour this week. If you haven’t already seen every Sunday Evening I do a post about my favourite product of the week. (This weeks Sunday Saviour) Anyway so every evening I cleanse with the Una Brennan Superfacialist Oil, £10.99 I absolutely love it, its like a mini facial every night and my skin is really benefitting from it. The School Run Style Social Product of the week. Skincare

After this I use the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser £5.99

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser Skincare

In my opinion this is equally as good as Liz Earle, the main differences are that it doesn’t smell as nice and the muslin isn’t quite as good. It is also a bargain in comparison, and is often on “buy one half price” making it even better value. I apply this to a damp face and polish off with a flannel, although this comes with a muslin I prefer the exfoliation a flannel gives. I use Ikea Krama Washcloth £3 for 10, they are brilliant.


Approximately 2-3 times a week I then use PIXI Glow Tonic £18, a glycolic acid toner.

PIXI Glow Tonic Skincare

I have really noticed a reduction in my open pores, less imperfections and generally smoother looking skin since I’ve used this. The pores aren’t completely gone though and I might try a different type of toner once this has run out, but I’d say for anyone starting to acid tone this a great first product.


But this time I am desperate for my bed but just three (face) products to go!!

First I use the Aldi Lacura Caviar Serum, I can’t link to this as it isn’t for sale on the Aldi website, it is only stocked during their special offer weeks. This cost around £8 and is favourably compared to La Prairie’s range of caviar creams which are £150+. This is applied all over my face, and for the price it goes on my neck and sometimes décolletage too! I like it, it’s my first foray into serums and its good, my skin likes it and looks good, what more can I say?Aldi Lacura Caviar Serum Skincare


After this I apply my Eye cream (same as above) and a few moments later once the serum has sunk in I use REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream £32. This goes all over my face and neck. It is pricer in comparison to my daily moisturiser but you only need a small amount so its lasts a while. Ren V-Cense Night Cream - Skincare

So thats it, I’m done, apart from hand cream and lip balm!! Some nights I wish I could just roll into bed, particularly if wine or gin has been consumed. However, I think I’m at the age where I really need to prioritise skincare otherwise I’ll be punished. I hope to live for many years so a few minutes a night isn’t too much of a sacrifice!


My last word, I think one of the best skincare tips I can give you is drink lots of water. I am pretty religious in my consumption of at least two litres of water a day.  If this drops for any reason (normally inversely proportional to my chocolate consumption) I can see it in my skin.

Right I am off its been a long day. I’ll be back on Sunday with this weeks Sunday Saviour, which is a new member of the family…..intrigued? See you on Sunday then!

Sunday Saviour 21.1.17 – My product of the week.

Good Evening,

Hope you have all had a fab weekend. Tonight its all about my product of the week, but I fancied a bit of a chat first.

You may have seen on my instagram on Friday that its been a challenging week in the Smith household. On Monday I was like, “Blue Monday” what is that? not in this house. However, by Tuesday we had all crashed. I don’t know quite what caused it, the cold grey weather, slightly stressful builder situations? Or the fact that our SKY TV subscription finished so no more Disney junior (clearly that affected the girls not me). Perhaps the fact that my husband and I had a 45 minute row about a rich tea biscuit. Either way we all limped to the weekend, so celebrated with a homemade fake-away. We’ve struggled to get our girls into curry eating but now they are embracing it. I think they are more into it because of the poppadoms and mango chutney but I can live with that. Happy full tummies all round.

Saturday was spent in a whirlwind of playing games, reading books and tidying the house. The latter only because we were going on a much needed night out and therefore a babysitter had been employed. When it was bedtime our youngest daughter said “Mummy it’s so funny I haven’t got to get into my jammies because I’m still in them, can we do it again tomorrow?” a girl after my own heart that one!

Sunday has flashed by with more DIY and a birthday party. I haven’t got the energy to get started on that one, safe to say my biggest mistake was no breakfast (low blood sugar = Grumpy Mummy).  To add to my woes the coffee machine at the bowling alley was broken. Say no more!

So without further ado…..

This weeks product of the week is:


The School Run Style Social Product of the week.

Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C cleansing oil. £10.99 from

Oil Cleansing is it for you?

I have hot cloth cleansed for probably two years now with a variation of products ranging from Liz Earle, Avene and Superdrug. As my make up wearing increased (see last blog post for more detail) my skin started to look dull and feel more congested. This led me to research and I found out about double cleansing, using an oil first and then a hot cloth cleanser. I had always shied away from any kind of oil on my skin as its quite a tricky customer. I’m prone to spots and blackheads if I use anything too rich.

I was sceptical, and there are so many products on offer but a quick google search led me to this Una Brennan product.  It is reasonably priced at £11, easily available in Boots and most importantly it is non comedogenic (meaning it wont block pores, a must for skin like mine). You can get a huge range of cleansing oils with many different blends and fabulous smells but if you skin is easily congested you must research first.  Here is a quick guide:

Steer clear of:

Anything containing coconut, palm, evening primrose, wheat germ, lanolin and linseed oils (to name a few)

Look out for:

Jojoba, aloe, cucumber, olive, organ, hemp and rosehip oils.

So how do you do it?

  1. Tip about two to three small drops of oil into your palm and rub your hands together gently to warm the oil.
  2. Massage the oil into your face using small circular movements. This feels amazing like I am having a mini facial every night. I try to massage upwards as I remember my eccentric art teacher always saying rub your skin upwards to prevent wrinkles. I can do this for as long as two minutes, I’d say one is great, but anything under a wee bit short.
  3. Put a small amount of warm water into your palms and then rub this on to your face, the oil and water should then combine into a milky solution, if it doesn’t add a little more water. This solution means that the oil won’t be absorbed too much by your skin, so won’t block the pores but will remove make up and impurities.
  4. Rinse your face as normal with warm water.
  5. I then follow this with my usual hot cloth cleaner.

What are the results?

In just over a week my skin felt great. I haven’t had any breakouts, it feels healthy, well moisturised and I’ve got my glow back. Without a doubt this product is my hands down Sunday Saviour Product of the Week!

I would highly recommend giving oil cleansing a go. It is suitable for all skin types, just make sure the type of oil is right for your skin.

Thats all from me, have good week. I’ll be back on Thursday with another post, I’m relishing getting into a good routine instagram-ing and blogging bi-weekly . I hope you are enjoying it too, if you are, leave me a comment and let me know.

Make-up, my love of it and my fast five minute morning routine.

Evening, tonight’s post is about make-up, my love of it, and my fast morning make up routine.

The story of my make-up love affair.

My first taste of make-up:

If I’ve not told you before I love make-up. My love affair didn’t get off to the most auspicious start though. Aged around 11 I had a sleepover with a friend whose Mum was awesome, so she allowed us to delve into her make-up bag. I came home wearing an orange bourjois foundation, bright blue eyeshadow and pink blusher. As soon as I got home, the words “get that muck off your face” were uttered by my father. Looking back I would have been a fright but I felt great and everyone has to start somewhere right? From that day on I was a little obsessed by make-up. 

My make-up highs:

It was when I hit university that my make-up collection bloomed and my obsession grew. I felt that my student loan money was well spent on MAC eyeshadows and foundations. I had so many it was ridiculous, I would kill for that make-up bag now! My friends and I loved nothing more than starting to get ready three hours before we were due to leave, the primping, preening and make-up application were almost as much fun as the going out and certainly helped our friendships strengthen in those early days.  I’ve still got a couple of eyeshadows from my Uni days, especially the ones I wore for my graduation ball, they haven’t been used un a while but aren’t going anywhere (MAC Retrospeck and Romp). 

My make-up now:

The next major stage of my life was entering parenthood and whilst I have always worn make-up it was more needing to use it not to scare people than the love of the products. Fast forward to now and post baby three all of a sudden my passion has been reignited. I don’t quite know what did it, probably a quest to regain some of the focus on myself and an improved social life after six years of pregnancy, TTC and breast feeding.

I devour posts on Mrs Gloss and the Goss like they are going out of fashion. (If you don’t know what this is let me tell you about it, it is an amazing Facebook group, with a community of over 30,00 like minded supportive individuals all discussing make up, skincare and everything girly) A trip to my local Superdrug (also a recent discovery, some of the low cost drugstore brands they have are amazing!) features as regularly on my shopping trips as Aldi. Mrs Gloss has I suppose also become a little bit like my university friends all over again, If I want advice or opinions I now have hundreds of people to get ready with!

My 5 minute morning make-up routine:

So on to the good stuff. What make-up do I wear on a daily basis?

Well in the mornings time is precious so this is what I do, it takes 5, maybe 10 minutes maximum.

Step One:

After moisturising my face and my eye area, I have a cup of tea whilst it all absorbs, if you put your make up on too quickly it will be absorbed with the moisturiser and your make up coverage will be poor, patchy and it won’t last long. I only want to apply my make up once a day (unless I’m going out in the evening of course) I haven’t got time for touch ups galore.

Step Two:

Depending how my skin is feeling, and what I have on that day (i.e lunch out, something after school where I would like a more polished and longer lasting make up) I might use a primer, but often only on my cheeks where I suffer from open pores. Again, this should be given a little bit of time to sink in, I’m currently loving Maybelline Baby Skin or if I’ve had little sleep or need a perk up i’ll use this magic in a bottle Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, it can be used under foundation or even alone on days I’m in a rush or need little coverage.

Mabelline Baby Skin Make-up primer.

Step Three:

Eyebrows, mine are non existent, I’ve been having them tinted since I was sixteen. Last year I got fed up of it all so I had them micro bladed, they looked amazing at first but have sadly faded very quickly. So at the moment I am having to push some eye brow pomade NYX Tame and Frame in to them to make them stand out, and its vital that I don’t cover them with foundation otherwise they disappear completely. I really need to up my eyebrow game though!

Step Four:

Now I conceal under my eyes, I have terrible dark circles and can remember having them since puberty, no amount of sleep or water can reduce these babies. So I first use a colour corrective concealer Pixi Colour Correct dabbed on with my fingers, then once this has set I use a light reflective concealer Charlotte Tilbury the Retoucher in a v shape under my eye, lightly patted in with my beauty blender.

Step Five:

Next I apply Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, I use a dampened beauty blender and tap it into my skin, I don’t apply foundation under my eye area at all I just make sure it is all blended around that area to ensure there are no lines. 

Step Six:

I set my concealer with a pressed power dabbed on with a big fluffy brush. I’ll also put a small amount on my cheeks as it helps my blusher blend and stay put. Cheap and cheerful is fine with pressed powder, I use Rimmel Stay Matte.

Step Seven:

When applying blusher I imagine a line directly under my pupil down to the apple of my cheeks and apply from there across and blended up to my cheek bones. If I’ve time I’ll apply highlighter across the top of my cheekbones, forehead, nose and brow bone. My current favourite blusher is Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Cheek in colour First Love

Step Eight:

I apply a slick of mascara to the top lashes and a very small amount to the bottom ones. I’m currently using Boots No7 Extravagant Volume Mascara in Brown. I haven’t found my holy grail mascara so I would be grateful of any recommendations.

No7 Extravagant Volume Mascara.

Step Nine:

Finally, lipstick or gloss depending on the colour clothes I’m wearing and the time I have left. Lipstick is a little more time consuming as you need to be precise. Most days I reach for Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick in Bitch PerfectCharlotte Tilbury Kissing lipstick in Bitch Perfect.

And thats it out the door as fast as I can! I hope you found that useful. Next week’s post will be more of my favourite go to make-up products including cheap dupes for high end products. Be sure to check back for my next scintillating instalment!

Thanks for reading, as always please get in touch I’d love to hear your views and any tips you have for your School Run make-up.


Sunday Saviour 15.01.17 – My product of the week – Lipbalm

Tonight is the first of my weekly “Sunday Saviour” posts. Each Sunday night I’m going to be telling you all about my favourite product of the week.

The product I simply could not have lived without this week is:

My new Burts Bees Lip Shimmer, a tinted lip balm. It was very kindly bought for me by the husband as the entire Burt’s Bees range is buy one get one half price at Marks and Spencer, so when treating himself he could hardly leave me out could he? Well try he might, the words “spending to save” may have been uttered but I stood my ground right up to the till point.

I chose the apricot shade, which as the name suggests is a creamy, warm peach shade, it gives a lovely pop of colour without being over powering. The reason I couldn’t live without it? It is perfect for slicking on whilst half running up the road dragging two grumpy children and pushing a pushchair, plus unlike my favourite Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks no passing wing mirrors are required to ensure perfect application!

At only £6 it provides great colour and contains all of the lovely nourishing ingredients Burt’s Bees is known for, so it keeps your lips moisturised and protected, perfect given the current weather being thrown at us.

Burt’s Bees is a brand I have great affection for, I remember discovering its lip balms on a visit to Florida some 20 or so years ago and bringing them home, I then rediscovered them at possibly SpaceNK when it first opened. Fast forward to 2010, when Baby Smith the 1st was “cooking” we purchased a Baby Bee starter set and once she was big enough to have products on her skin, she was bathed in the bath product and smothered in the oil. They have been must have products for all three, I will remember the scent on their gorgeous chubby baby skin for as long as I live. The dog has also been known to bathe in it but those memories are not quite so evocative.

I’m starting to think that this might sound like an advert, it very definitely isn’t, all of these views are my own. As you get to know me you’ll realise that I gain very strong affinity with things; my favourite flower isn’t based on its beauty, its because it reminds me of my lovely Mum, my deodorant? not the one on offer that stops me from “glowing” but the one whose scent reminds me of our trip to Boston, our best ever holiday as a couple and where our gorgeous big girl was conceived. Very little is simply just because in my world. I’m pretty sure I’m not on my own with this, are you the same? What’s been your must have product this week? Have you tried this lip balm what did you think?   

I hope you have enjoyed my new look blog post, and comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.

P.s Has anyone else noticed the demise of the justify button in the new WordPress update? After fifteen minutes of frantic googling I have discovered its still available in shortcut form, (Shift+Alt+J). This and the hyphens have almost sent the laptop through the window!

New Year….new post!

Happy New Year, is it still ok to say that 15 days later? Its been ages since I last posted, I’ve been concentrating on consistently posting on my Instagram…what am I saying, you all know its been Christmas and with three children getting organised is no mean feat, plus I wanted to enjoy some time with my husband and our self assembled family of friends. It was great, some wonderful times were had by all, there were also door slamming (them) tearing hair out (me) type moments, but this is social media so we should gloss over them eh??? I still can’t believe its all over, I’m behaving like a jilted girlfriend unwilling to let it go, much to the husbands displeasure the fairly lights have remained in the lounge plus some other prettiness in the kitchen. My eldest Daughter keeps saying “I wish it could be Christmas everyday” or is that me saying it to her? either way I’m grieving the loss of the family time, feel good films, lazy mornings and the food, oh yes the food; the chocolate, the cheese, the mounds of turkey, the puddings and the gin. Well this hasn’t gone completely but January has heralded my return to the gym and with it a little more self restraint on the food and drink front. The week before Christmas also saw the breaking of the ground on our new extension, phase 3 of 250 on our house renovation has begun. This alone is driving me to drink, not to mention all the cups of tea I am making for the builders means I am drinking more tea and a cup of tea without biscuits alongside is lonely…so all in all I am doomed on the dry January and dieting front, but its not all my fault, its circumstances isn’t it?

So after so long off, what am I doing going forward? Well my plan is to do a “Sunday Saviour” post which will feature my must have item for the week, and then on a Thursday publish a longer post which might be, a weekly outfit round up, an insight into my skincare/make up/hair routines, a look in my wardrobe, a shopping haul, my take on a new trend, the general musings of a shopaholic or any combination of the above. If you have anything at all you would like to see please comment below or use the contact page, I would love to read your ideas and add them into my schedule.

To complement my blog posts I will be posting five out of seven days a week on Instagram www.instagram/com/theschoolrunstylesocial so follow me there for outfit posts and snapshots of our family life. I also have a Pinterest page where I pin outfit ideas, and new purchases and my ever growing wish lists! If you are interested in reading more, or just seeing if I keep my promise of regular posting please subscribe using the form in the sidebar and my new blog posts will be delivered directly to your inbox.

Thanks for reading, its good to be back.


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