Skincare Favourites 2015Saturday, January 09, 2016
I feel like I've found some amazing beauty products this year. Most of my purchases can be attributed to reading blog reviews, or from watching beauty You Tubers, either way I'm happy to have found these products, and to have added them to my beauty cabinet.
In no particular order, my first favourite is a mask found via Lisa Eldridge's skincare routine video. It's the Dr Brandt Pores No More Vaccum Cleaner mask, an exfoliating mask for blocked pores. I have seen a great improvement in my skin since using this, it's clearer than its been in a very long time. Used twice a week the 30g tube doesn't last very long, but the results I get are more than worth it.
Another products found via Lisa Eldridge is the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I use this as a night time treatment. It's a rich formula that melts into the skin and seriously hydrates the skin around the eyes. It feels comforting to use and helps to fortify the delicate eye area.
This one will come as no surprise, it's the The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter I'm on my third pot of this and I love it. You can read my initial thoughts here and a little more about it at the end of a post here. But to sum up, it makes my skin feel really clean, it's easy to use, gentle and effective.
Keeping with The Body Shop products, I found a little tube of heaven in the form of the Vitamin E Eyes Cube. I use this in addition to my eye cream. It feels cool and refreshing and helps to revive tired eyes throughout the day. It's been especially nice recently as I've had a cold, followed by a cough, followed by sinusitis - this has been really soothing when my eyes have felt tired, puffy and dry. I use this a lot more than I thought I would.
This too is an obvious one, I've talked about how much I like this before. The The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover is a great product, I'm on my 3rd (maybe 4th) bottle. I only ever use waterproof mascara and this removes it with ease, and without irritation. Since I started using this I haven't used any other eye make up remover, and normally I'm keen to try a new products once I've emptied something.
The Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum was recommended over on Sparkly Vodka, I bagged a tube and have been using it ever since. It's super affordable but really works at hydrating skin. I've used some higher end serums but this is every bit as good, and one I reach for every morning to use under my moisturiser.
My absolute hero product of 2015 has to be the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel. I love this! My skin in prone to looking dull but using this every night has made a real difference. It also helps to prevent blemishes, but if they do appear it helps to clear them quickly. I'm already at the end of my second tube and I've only been using this since mid October. It's really affordable but even if it was 10 times the price it would still be worth every penny.
I've tried lots of new products this year that I've liked but these are the ones I keep going back to. I'm a firm believer that every product you use should be of some benefit to your skin, and that you should know why you're using it. Once I started to ask myself why I was using something I was able to identify the gaps in my routine, and stop using products I didn't need. My skin feels more hydrated and smoother than it has done for some time.
What are your beauty heroes - old or new?