Though I like to think of this blog as a platform for all my fashion and music related musings, sometimes I like to throw the odd beauty post in there every now and again. This usually happens when I feel like I’ve uncovered a gem of a product that I just can’t keep to myself, or when something’s just working really well for me, beauty-wise.
Today, I’m showing you my skincare collection. This is made up of skin staples that I literally could not be without and use every day, recent purchases (very recent, today in some cases!) and treats that I like to use whenever I feel like my skin needs a certain pick-me-up. Like anyone else’s skincare collection, I don’t consider this my be-all and end-all. I intend to search for more staple products, but I do believe I’ve found some good ones so far.
In the past year or so, I’ve become somewhat of a skincare junkie. This I am blaming a little bit on the beauty blog community, but more specifically, my two favourite beauty bloggers, Vivianna Does Makeup and gh0stparties. These girls really know their skincare, and I trust every one of their recommendations. Another recent beauty blog discovery is Caroline Hirons (I know, I know, I’m late up on the uptake!), who has been working in the beauty industry for 15 years. She is also a self-confessed skincare maniac, and Vivianna loves her. Therefore I love her too.
The interest in skincare derives entirely from my Mum, who has preached to me for years the importance of taking good care of your skin. If I ever went to bed in my make-up (ah, the teenage years), I would get a scolding look. A look that was enough to find myself head over the sink, scrubbing my face clean every night before bed. Mum is a huge fan of Caudalie, Decleor, Clinique and Clarins and bought me my first tube of Beauty Flash Balm last Christmas. A product she swears by and used through her teens and 20s. She always notices beautiful skin in other women and feels compelled to ask them their skincare regime. It was inevitable that this same passion for skincare was going to be passed down to me.
So now, I’ll get onto my skincare collection…
FYI, I have normal to combination skin. I get a bit oily around my nose, but the rest of my skin is pretty much normal.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (£14.25 for 100ml)
My ultimate, fail-proof, heaven-sent cleanser. I could count on one hand the number of days that I have been without this, bearing in mind I first discovered Cleanse & Polish when I was 15. If I am ever without, I feel like my skin never looks as polished or clean, and thus my make-up doesn’t look as good as it could look. When I’m without it, my behaviour begins to resemble that of the wicked Queen in Snow White, looking into the gold-framed Magic Mirror and grimacing at the ugly reflection (okay, maybe not quite so dramatic, but I hope the metaphor resembles my love and need for Cleanse & Polish!). I am well and truly hooked.
Trilogy Cream Cleanser (£22.50 for 200ml)
Clearly, after that glowing review, any cleanser I use now will always be compared to Cleanse & Polish. I bought the Trilogy Cream Cleanser today from Boots for £11.25 in a half-price sale. A New Zealand brand and a name that isn’t too widely recognised, Trilogy prides itself on using completely pure and natural ingredients, with most containing Rosehip oil, the oil that has been praised in Harper’s Bazaar as “an organic miracle worker”, and the oil that kickstarted the beginnings of Trilogy. I picked up the Cream Cleanser which contains certified organic rosehip, evening primrose, jojoba and carrot. All the good stuff. I couldn’t wait to get home to take all my make-up off with it.
After one use I can say that I love the consistency (it’s not as rich a cream as Cleanse & Polish), adore the smell and the packaging feels extremely luxurious. It’s not as good as Cleanse & Polish for getting off stubborn eye make-up so it may need two go’s to get everything off, but I loved how clean and pampered it made my skin feel. All looking very positive so far!
Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£9.90 for 30ml)
It’s received heaps of rave reviews and, more recently, a few poor reviews in the beauty blog community, but I stand very firmly on the positive end of the spectrum for Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, as you may already know by my previous write-up. Upon first reading Victoria Beckham’s tweet about this “youth elixir”, the beauty community very nearly burst with excitement at the prospect of a brand new product to try that claimed to shrink pores and give a burst of radiance and youth to the complexion. I like to use this every morning in between cleansing and moisturising to brighten my skin. The act of ‘spraying’ a product onto my face instantly wakes me up and the gorgeous smell also does a great job at putting me in a happy mood for the rest of the day. Tick, tick, tick!
Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream (£7.65 for 50ml)
A really rich and nourishing face cream that penetrates deep into the skin. This moisturiser has become somewhat of a family favourite - I got my Mum hooked on this after discovering Pixiwoo’s love for and regular use of it on their YouTube beauty channel. My Mum suffers from dry skin and says she loves using it under her make-up as it stops any dry patches in their tracks. Then my brother, a bit of a secret skincare junkie, found this on my Mum’s dressing table and rubbed it all over his face after a shower. He said he loved how moisturised his skin felt afterwards. Though I’m not necessarily a sufferer of dry skin, never really have been, I understand the importance of keeping skin moisturised and nourished. I use this every morning before applying my make-up, but leave about 10 minutes to really let it soak in. Love it, it’s a staple and I will always repurchase.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster (£24.99 for 30ml)
After reading Caroline Hiron’s glowing review of this serum, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to go and get it. When Caroline, a beauty and skincare expert, urges you to go and get a product, you obey. I’ve used it for the first time today, after cleansing and I popped the Oilatum Natural Repair Face cream over the top. My skin is feeling lovely and supple so far, but I’ll give you another update after a more thorough trial.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£28 for 50ml)
If ever there was a cult beauty product, this is definitely it. It’s been a best seller for 20 years, won countless awards and received rave reviews from every avenue of beauty media. Needless to say, it’s amazing. I use it as my moisturiser before nights out, for special occasions or when I know I’ve got a busy day ahead of me. It’s never, ever let me down.
Aloe Vera Cream (£4.03 for 60ml)
Aloe Vera cream is a basic product but it will always be in my skincare collection. Available from health food shops, chemists and your local Boots or Superdrug, Aloe Vera is renowned for its soothing and healing properties. This is the only thing that worked on a very acute rash that I developed around my nose around three years ago. I’m not completely certain what caused it, but it did come up around the same time that I started on Microgynon. Whatever the cause was, it did not budge for a good year, and at times it really frustrated me. I went to the doctors countless times, tried all types of hydrocortisone creams, but in the end Aloe Vera was the only thing that soothed the rash and finally made it disappear. Now, whenever I have any spots or problem areas on my skin, this is the only thing I use. I swear by it!
St Tropez Everyday Moisturiser For The Face in Medium/Dark (£14.30 for 50ml)
For whenever I want a bit of colour on my face, I’ll apply this every night for about 4 or 5 days until I get the colour I want. Medium/dark will get you a more noticeable result, and I would only recommend the light/medium for very pale or fair skin. Perfect for an extra tint, and does what it says on the tin!
My first venture into Dermalogica came thanks to Glossybox - this little beauty came in a particular month’s Glossybox along with the Renewal Lip Complex and Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. All are now used up, and there remains the tiniest little squeeze of the Multivitamin Thermafoliant in this tube. I dread the day I throw this tube away - along with Modern Friction by Origins, this is an exfoliator that I look forward to using and really feels like it’s working away all those dead skin cells. The particles are tiny and is a self-heating formula, so together it makes for a product that is a real pleasure to use.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (£25 for 5oml)
Ah, Eight Hour Cream. What would I do without you? Trust the awards it’s won and trust the reviews it’s been given over the years. This is a cult product that you need in your skincare collection. After getting fed up with lip balms that claim to hydrate and nourish (Carmex, Blistex, I’m looking at you), and spending a small fortune on lip products in the vein hope that they wouldn’t make my lips even drier, I forked out on the Eight Hour Cream. I apply this every single night to my lips and wake up to a soft, smoochy pout every single morning. I’ll never, ever be without this now. And of course, it can be used on any dry patches you may have on your body, not just for your lips!
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£20 for 100ml)
A product bought on Vivianna’s recommendation, the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is one of my favourite smelling products in my whole skincare collection! It smells deliciously fruity thanks to the mango butters and apricot kernel oil, and my skin literally drinks this right up like a fruit smoothie. Pop a layer on your skin before bedtime and you’ll wake up with smooth and beautifully soft skin.
Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask (£14.25 for 50ml)
I’m not going to lie, I love pretty much all Liz Earle products. However, the Cleanse & Polish and the Brightening Treatment are my two ultimate favourites, and used in conjunction brings amazing results. I like to use both products mixed together in the morning to really wake my skin up. It smells incredible too - a brilliant product to give a healthy, glowing boost.
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