Happy New Year!
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
I am slowly getting back into the swing of things as far as blogging is concerned. There has been a lot that I’ve missed from writing and sharing my thoughts which I’m slowly rediscovering again and what better way to ease back into it than to show my current favourites?
I thought best to split it – one makeup version which you can catch up with here and one skincare version.
Featured in this post:
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
Garnier Pure Active 3in1
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
Avene Thermal Spring Water
LUSH Tea Tree Water
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
Poppy Austin Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum
Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid Restoration Serum
No7 Youthful Eye Serum
Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care
Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel
Superdrug Vitamin E Leave-On Moisture Mask
You’ll see some skincare reappearances in this post. For instance, the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is certainly no stranger in my stash. I want to say it’s my third, if not fourth re-purchase. I just adore using this on my skin as it takes my makeup off effortlessly and in addition, I get to massage my face. Best of all, no greasiness.
Next, I go in with either a cleanser or an exfoliator which I alternate between. I’ve been really enjoying the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam. I’m sure I’ve used this for quite some time now and it’s finally close to an end. It’s really soft and whilst there are small particles in the product, you can barely feel this on the skin. I really love this as an everyday cleanser – it is so creamy and moisturising that I think dry skin types will adore this product.
On a day when my skin is a bit rough and needs a deeper clean, I like to use the Garnier Pure Active 3in1 which I used to mention on my blog quite a bit. I love the minty smell and the range makes me very reminiscent of my adolescent skincare routine! I think I’m going to phase it out though once it’s done as I found something better to really polish my skin although this is still a great option for that. [See next]
During one lunchtime at work, I decided to have a beauty shopping trip with just me, myself and I. I had been meaning to try the new (well, not so new now) Body Shop face masks but never got round to it. Then, I purchased two at once because I’m an all-or-nothing person. (I’m not even kidding.)
I got the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. I adore them both! I find that they really polish away my dead skin cells without drying out my skin. If anything, they really soften my skin! The former gives a tingly sensation whilst the latter is more cooling on the skin. I try to use these at least once a week because I think it makes such a difference in brightening up my complexion.
I may have mentioned before that I never used to take toning seriously. I do it everyday now without fail. Ever since discovering this next product, I never not have it in my collection. It’s the Avene Thermal Spring Water. It probably is just water but I find it so cooling on the skin which is vital cos I usually get mild redness on my cheeks. It also doubles up as a setting spray/skin refresher!
My other option for toner is newly bought but already, I can see it as a staple. It’s the LUSH Tea Tree Water. Again, this is cooling on the skin but in a way that’s more anti-bacterial which makes it great for spots. I particularly love the spray mechanism on this because so many brands get it wrong. I love the mist effect this gives off so much that I’m tempted to keep the bottle once finished.
Serums, Treatments & Masking
For serums, there’s generally two that I use everyday but first, I’ll start off with the special products that I use at least once a week.
Of course, if I’ve exfoliated then I’ll leave this particular product for another day. Otherwise, now and again I like to go in with The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%*. I have been raving about this since before the brand boomed however due to the drama surrounding the brand these past couple of months, it has made me do some re-thinking where I no longer want to spend my money on the brand. On another note, this is a good product that promotes cell turnover and therefore brighter skin but I’m sure I am able to find other alternatives.
*The product has since been altered to The Ordinary Advanced Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. Apologies but I’m not sure what the differences are between the old and new versions.
For my day-to-day serum step, I like to use a Vitamin C followed by a Hyaluronic Acid. To me, this is the easiest way because although I write a lot about skincare, I don’t always get complex serum formulas so I rather go by one main ingredient per bottle to layer up your own concoction.
Serums can be quite pricey though so I took it to Amazon to purchase some affordable ones.
I go in first with the Poppy Austin Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum. I wait for that to sink in a bit and then go in with the Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid Restoration Serum after. Both products sink in easily and does not make my skin irritable. It also helps to revive my skin pre-moisturiser step which is handy during the winter months when you and your skin are feeling a bit dull.
Before I forget – these serums are in fantastic sizes of 60ml which is double the size of what you would normally get on the market which is a huge selling point for me. I’ve already repurchased the Hyaluronic Acid (and will try a new Vitamin C one to compare).
It wouldn’t surprise me if I have said this before but eyecare is a tricky business. If there is one thing to be sure about though, it’s that no eye cream “does it all”. Once you realise that, it makes eye care shopping a lot easier in my opinion because you stop stressing and we all know stressing contributes to ageing.
I haven’t got it with me to show today as I have long finished a tube, but I do recommend the No7 Youthful Eye Serum which I have featured on the blog on a few occasions. I just find that this is very easy to use and having this extra layer underneath an eye cream promotes each other to work more effectively. Talking about it has just reminded me that I need to repurchase this soon!
In terms of actual eye cream, I am currently using the Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care. Truthfully, I never hear anyone talk about this. I bought it during one of my Boots trip in the summer on a whim. I do like it although it’s not my most favourite and now looking back, it’s surprising to think I have spent £25 on this small little thing! I do like the product for its simplicity but I do think that it talks a bit big in aiming to target wrinkles, circles and bags. I would say it’s good for overall basic eye care but if you are after something more heavy duty or with extra benefits, this is not the one. Overall, a bit expensive for what it really is but not a bad product.
This is going to be super easy.
For most of the year, my moisturising step has solely been taken over by one brand: Clinique.
As shown in my Hong Kong beauty haul, I purchased the jumbo size of the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel which I have managed to use just over half of! I use this day and night without fail, two pumps per application for my whole face and perhaps even neck.
Again, it’s a simple product but it gets the job done – no thrills. I can’t recount how many times I have purchased this but it’s one of my first higher-end purchases from when I was a teen so it’s a nostalgic product.
I have one more product to show you if you want to take moisturising a bit further.
On days when I feel that my skin needs a bit more moisture but I’m too lazy to pack on a sheet mask, I like to use the Superdrug Vitamin E Leave-On Moisture Mask.
First of all, if you are looking for budget skincare, I thoroughly recommend the hot cloth cleanser, moisturiser and this mask from the line. The eye cream is also good. Furthermore, the entire range smells amazing and is one of my favourite skincare scents ever.
Anyways – back to main topic:
This leave-on mask has a sorbet-like texture which I find quite amusing and fun to use. Once rubbed over the skin, it’s like a thin layer of water-gel but it’s neither sticky nor leaves a film. It absorbs into the skin easily and although it’s a thin layer, I find that it helps with adding an extra moisturising step into my routine without the extra weight.
This routine is not so current anymore as I drafted this over a month ago but have only gotten to posting it now. Some products were on the brink of being finished and have therefore been replaced. Nevertheless, there are some gems that I discovered in 2018 which I am bringing into 2019 with me.
As some of you may note, I haven’t been very consistent in blogging in the last 6 months but for whatever reason, my stats shot up and have never looked better! So for that, I want to take this moment to say thank you. I have yet to plan my content for the year however I cannot wait to get re-acquainted with you properly again! ❤
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