2017 was a great year for new discoveries for me in skincare, haircare and make up. I’ve started learning more about the ingredients in products I’m using and I’ve explored alternative options to some of the items in my routine. I won a LoveLula* competition in the summer and shortly after became one of their accredited bloggers which has given me an opportunity to test out more products and share my reviews. I’ve also finally found a hairdresser I trust enough to colour my hair and have started visiting more regularly which is helping the condition of my hair.
I’m planning to do a series of videos and blog posts highlighting my favourite items, starting with skincare. Read on for my reviews, or you can watch the video:
Cleansers are one of my favourite items. I couldn’t narrow it down to just one so I chose my favourite morning cleanser and my favourite night cleanser. In the morning I love the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel which is a really luxurious product that nourishes my skin to start the day. At night I prefer something richer and my current favourite is the Balm Balm Beauty Balm which is a beautiful product to massage into the skin. It’s so gentle yet effective and I love it. I treated a few of my family and friends to this for Christmas 🙂
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel* (100ml, £31)
Balm Balm Beauty Balm* (60ml plus muslin cloth, £16)
I love the fine, gentle mist on the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary so that’s definitely my favourite at the moment though admittedly it’s not cheap. The Balm Balm is my favourite in terms of value for money. I’ve used the Chamomile one before but like the Rose scent best.
Oromovicza Queen of Hungary Mist* (50ml, £25)
Balm Balm Rose Floral Water Hydrosol* (30ml, £7.50)
It’s a new discovery for my favourite serum but I have properly fallen in love with the Joik Silky Facial Serum with Cranberry Seed Oil which I got in my advent calendar. This stuff is amazing; moisturising without being too greasy. I’ll definitely be getting a full sized one soon.
Joik Silky Facial Serum with Cranberry Seed Oil* (30ml, £17)
My long-term favourite moisturiser which seems to really suit my skin is the Sukin Supergreens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser. It smells amazing, helps my skin stay hydrated and smooth, and is great value. I previously blogged about my experience with the Sukin Super Greens Skincare range.
At night I’ve been using a facial serum which is oil-based and it has been a bit of a game changer in terms of helping my skin stay hydrated. I used to wake with dehydrated skin but since using Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn I haven’t had any problems and my skin is much more balanced.
Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser* (125ml, £9.99)
Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn* (30ml, £12.99)
I’ve always been fairly fortunate with my skin but I do get occasional spots/blemishes and I’d noticed that they were tending to linger around and leave marks for longer than I’d like! I decided to try the Laidbare Spot The Difference and am so glad I did. It can be used as a spot treatment and it’s effective for that, but I found it most useful for helping clear up those blemishes that wouldn’t seem to clear on their own. It’s a lovely product to use when you want to clear your skin up.
Laidbare Spot The Difference* (30ml, £6.99)
Until the Madara Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream came in a LoveLula Beauty Box* I couldn’t seem to find an eye cream that I would use consistently. This is a lovely product and the application is fuss-free and easy (I find with many eye creams it can be tricky to only get a small amount and I do only need a tiny amount). It definitely helps to smooth the skin around my eyes. I don’t think it does anything for my dark circles though I’ve always had dark circles and don’t sleep well so think it really would take a miracle to do anything to those!
Madara Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream* (15ml, £31)
Another recent LoveLula Beauty Box* discovery! I’m loving the Madara SOS Instant Moisture + Radiance Hydra Mask as an overnight hydrating face mask and also as an additional moisture boost or make up primer. I blogged a review of this face mask recently.
Madara SOS Instant Moisture + Radiance Hydra Mask* (60ml, £35)
What are your current favourite skincare items? Would love to hear your recommendations.