One of the best things about the new Ikea storage in my third bedroom is that I now have no excuses to get all my makeup and skincare organised. Don’t get me wrong I’ve got two drawers completed sorted – the fake tan drawer and the sample/mini drawer. All my makeup has been separated, ready to sort out. However come to skin and haircare and that’s a whole different ball game. Considering I thought I owned hardly no skin care, oh how wrong was I. However every cloud has a silver lining and in order to try and establish a proper skincare routine, I have managed to rediscover some old products and finally try some new products which I completely forgot I had.
If you recall I attended a Neal’s Yard event in Newcastle late last year and won a giveaway at the event – one of the items I received was their Wild Rose Beauty Balm (£37). This is the first time I’ve ever used a balm cleanser and I have to admit that I’m sold on the concept. Normally I use this to cleanse after I’ve been to the gym. After indulging far too much sugar over Christmas, my skin has been nothing short of a nightmare and this has really helped in cleaning my skin up. I’ve got a full review on this coming soon, however it’s well worth the price tag.
Moving onto my daily moisturiser, I’ve been reaching for Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (£23) and I can totally see what the hype is about this. I find that it easily absorbs into my skin and I love the citrus scent. Personally I think it’s something to do with the formula of the cream – half cream/half liquid hybrid (unless I have an off one). Regardless my skin has been loving this and I’m tempted to try the eye cream version of this.
Finally two rediscoveries - Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (£82 for 75ml) and Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner (£22) both of which have become staples in my evening skin routine. First up is the Advanced Night Repair Serum, which I know quite a few bloggers are on the fence about. However I have to admit that I’m one of them – my skin feels more smooth and bright on a morning, yet when I don’t use it I can instantly tell. Is it worth the price tag? Nope – I managed to get this 100ml bottle from duty free so it was much cheaper than £82 (well £72). As much as I’m enjoying using this, I don’t think I would bother repurchasing and wouldn’t recommend.
Finally is a product I bought back in June last year while I was in London with Tor for IMATS and have only recently used it. I’ve always wanted to try Alpha H’s Liquid Gold, however for some reason I was worried I’d wake up with half my face missing (ever so slightly over exaggerated I know). Clarins version has been compared to Alpha H, yet I believe this is gentler on your skin. Normally I will use this once or twice a week after cleansing and I feel that this brightens my skin and has been keeping spots at bay. After using this, people have commented on my skin – so obviously that’s a winner in my book. I’m going to do a more in depth review of this shortly, however I’m very pleased with it and it could potentially meet the final skincare edit.
What products have you discovered recently?