My Morning Face routine

A couple of weeks ago, I started 2 new skin care regimes; 1 I do in the morning, and 1 in the evening. I vowed to restart the Sebamed 28 day review as the first time I tried, I had an allergic reaction to something I was using. I use the Sebamed routine in the morning and my Kiehls skin care routine in the evening before bed with my Magnitone Lucid cleansing brush. I thought I would start by telling you about my morning routine and tell you about the evening routine in a week or so.


I start by using the Sebamed Toner in the morning after washing my face with warm water. I use some cotton pads to apply the Toner all over my face and sometimes there is a slight sting if I have a blemish, which I see as working its magic on the spot.

I then use the Sebamed skin clearing gel on the problem areas where I have blemishes like the chin, nose or forehead. I only dab a small amount on the skin as I don’t want my skin to have a sticky texture to it when I try to apply my makeup.

Finally I have been using my L’Oreal Mattifying moisturiser which dulls any shiny look that my skin might have before applying my foundation/base. I love this moisturiser as it smells incredible and I can see a massive difference in my skin’s appearance after using it.


I only have a simple routine in the morning as I don’t want my skin to be overloaded with product and makeup when I will spend the day running around at work and don’t want it messing with my pores. I tend to spend a bit more time on the routine on an evening when I cleanse my face with my Magnitone brush and use different products.

I hope you enjoyed my morning skin care routine.

Laura x

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T-Zone Refreshing & Hydrating Gel Cream review *

It’s June, which means we are nearly half way through 2015 already. I have had a crazy half-year so far and the next half is sure to be exciting and crazy as well. I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands so far this year and June is no exception. To kick off June in style I am reviewing the T-Zone refreshing and hydrating Gel cream which was kindly sent to me by the lovely people at Brodie & Stone for an honest review and to find out my thoughts on this skin care product.

I started my normal routine every morning by washing my face before adding some light moisturiser and then a dab of the gel cream on problem areas. When I started reviewing this product I was suffering from a fair whack of spots and my skin was in dire condition. The product smells incredible and is true to the T-zone products in general which have a tea tree sort of smell to them. The gel consistency is light and not to thick which makes it perfect for applying to spots or breakouts and not leaving your skin with a sticky or claggy consistency.


A few days into my T-zone trial, I started to get a bit of a rash on my face and little bumps started appearing all over my face which felt hot and itchy. I could only guess that I was having a reaction to something – NIGHTMARE! It’s not like my skin to react in that way normally and even though my skin is really sensitive, I have never had an allergic reaction to anything.

I immediately stopped using the product as I wasn’t sure whether one of the ingredients had set me off and didn’t want to persist just in case. I had however been really impressed with the product until that point, but for me it just did not agree with my skin. I liked the smell and the consistency of the gel and how light it was when applied. I will be honest and say that before the reaction, the gel had not made much of an impact on my spots and my face still seemed as red and irritable as ever.


My overall impression is that on someone who maybe only suffers the occasional spot or breakout, then this product would be incredible and probably work on the blemish quickly. I think because my skin was already in dire need of help, the tea tree probably aggravated it a bit and brought out the reaction. If you are looking for a gel cream that would work quickly then this is a great product but I would advise not putting it on a mass skin breakout and use it on the odd blemish instead.

T-Zone have loads of other skin perfecting products like pore strips or cleansing washes which I have used before and never had any problems with so I would definitely still recommend T-Zone as a brand I would use, just not the Gel cream for myself.

I hope you found this review helpful.

Laura x

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The Netflix Tag


I have seen lots of other bloggers doing the Netflix tag and sat there waiting for someone to tag me when Danielle from A Shi…Pload of Polish offered to tag me. I was super excited to read her post and write my own up as I am a massive Netflix fan. Here we go then…

All Time Favourite –

Has to be the Vampire Diaries and Once Upon A Time. I absolutely love The Vampire Diaries and actually stumbled upon it by complete accident whilst on holiday in Florida a couple of years ago. I saw an advert for the Originals on tv there and wanted to know more because it looked so good. Once I found out it was a spin-off from the Vampire Diaries I started watching straight away and have been hooked on it ever since. Once upon a Time came when I was looking for a new series to watch and thought it sounded interesting. After the 1st episode I watched the next few seasons in a matter of weeks and cannot wait for the new series to come out.

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Current Addiction –

I am ashamed to say I don’t have much of an addiction to anything at the moment. I am just waiting for the next series of the Originals to come onto Netflix UK. I have been watching films on and off or starting new programmes as I go but haven’t found anything that has stuck yet.

Wishlist –

In order of preference it would be The Originals Season 2, Glee Season 5 & 6 (I know I’m a geek), and definitely Divergent and Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1.


Pet Peeve –

When someone either rings or interrupts me during an episode and proceeds to have a full-blown conversation with me despite me telling them to shhhh. Or when I finish a series and have to wait agggggeeeessss for the next one to come online.

Marathon Essentials –

Tucked up under the duvet, slob clothes i.e.joggers/pjs/hoody, sweets or crisps depending on how I’m feeling and my glasses, because I squint at the tv but still can’t see it properly without them.

What’s on my watch list –

Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, House of Cards, Daredevil and Breaking Bad. Yes I know I am clearly a series junkie.

You Should watch –

Everything I have listed already, Fast & The Furious 6, Lizzie McGuire movie because it is truly outstanding Disney tv turned film and Suits.

I won’t tag anyone specifically on the back of this post, however if you feel inspired to write your own after reading mine then I would love for you to leave your links in the comments section or tweet me them @Lauraknowslife.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Laura x

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