Winter Skincare Haul

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Happy Monday folks! This Monday I have a beast of a skincare post for you. I thought that I would put together a post full of all the skincare products I have accumulated over the past few months, yes, there may be a fair few, but what can I say I love skincare! I have popped below all my thoughts on the products that I have tried and tested below, so enjoy and let me know if you agree or disagree below!

Products from left to right:

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 

I was a bit of a skeptic when I heard about this brand. When a skin serum is that cheap you have to wonder if it will be effective. I have not been totally loyal to this product using it only in the mornings when I have under eye bags that need to be de-puffed! I do feel that it is effective and makes me look more awake, but after watching Stephanie Nicole's video on Deciem it has made me slightly reluctant to use this product every day under my eyes due to the caffeine levels within it. When I use this product, I apply after my moisturiser just under the eye area.  (£5.80 for 30ml)

Lush Breathe of Fresh Air Toner 

This product is one that I can no longer live without. It smells so fresh and a complete must in my morning routine, it wakes my skin up and leaves it feeling energized. I simply spray this on to a cotton pad and apply to my face. I must have gone through a couple of bottles now and am loyal. I also love that it has sea water in from my hometown. (£4.95 for 100g)

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

If someone had said to me a couple of years ago that I would have been using acid on my face then I would have questioned what they knew about skincare. However, acids now play an important part in my skincare routine. With the £5.90 price tag for this product you cant go wrong, this may not be the strongest Hyaluronic acid out there but it hydrates. I apply this as the first step in my routine morning and night and pop my moisturiser on straight after, and it is the routine that I will be keeping too for the Winter months. The only issue you may have is getting hold of this product, it is always out of stock. Try Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay or ASOS. (£5.90 for 30ml)

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm 

This little product is a life saver in a tube. For those days when your complexion needs a little boost and brighten up. It is the perfect product to apply under your makeup for a radiant complexion and to give your skin a little glow in winter. This product can also be used as a mask. (£31 for 50ml)

Organic People Clear Skin Moisturiser 
Now I am pretty loyal to the same moisturiser (my old faithful REN) so I wasn't sure about trying a different product as I know what works for my skin, but I did find this product moisturising. Although moisturising, the product itself isn't the easiest to apply to the skin and a little bit of product does not go along way. However, the scent is fresh and the moisturiser is very light on the skin and it's great that it is completely organic. (£11 for 50ml)

Organic People Clear Skin Concealer 
I was very keen to trial this product. When a blemish appears the last thing you really should be doing is covering it over with layers of concealer. So it is great that Green People have produced this concealer with added ingredients (green tea & zinc oxide) to treat the blemish whilst concealing. Unfortunately, this concealer was a tad too dark for my pale skin but I would recommend for coverage. (£10)

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream 

For a while I only used acid pads as an exfoliant after I read the blog posts on Caroline Hirons and the benefits of using them (I love the First Aid Beauty ones). In fact the only time I have ventured back to exfoliant creams/cleansers are with this product and the other Clarins cleanser that I mentioned below. After using this product a few times, I do really like it for a few reasons. One would be that the scent is subtle and fresh, and two, the product details that you should massage into the face to apply, so this product is a great little addition to an evening routine as a little relaxing add-on. I would recommend not using this product more than a couple of times a week after cleansing as I can imagine it would be a little too harsh if used too much on the skin.  The only negative I would have to mention for me about this product, would be the use of microbeads within the product. In this day and age, I hope that Clarins will withdraw this ingredient and opt for something a little more eco-friendly. (£26 for 50ml)

Organic People Foaming Face Wash 

Firstly, I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of foaming cleansers, I don't feel like they cleanse my face properly and I don't feel like my skin is the biggest fan of them (I much prefer clay cleansers or hot cloth). Unfortunately, this face wash has not converted me. I was not the biggest fan of the smell, it smelt herbal but a little over-bearing. As for the effectiveness of the product on my skin, I feel like after applying it with warm water I still wanted to cleanse with my REN cleanser. (£12.50 for 100ml)

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 

Mario Badescu is a brand that only recently came on my radar earlier this year. I came across this brand in the Liberty beauty hall (the best place EVER). The simple packaging and resounding reviews made sure that this drying lotion made it home in a little purple bag with me (my favourite kind of bag). I had a few months over the summer where my skin wasn't playing ball, so I picked up this little beauty and it is now a key part of my routine. I apply this only at night to any blemishes. (£16 for 29ml)

REN Hot Cloth Cleanser 

My favourite hot cloth cleanser and one that I have been using for several years since I discovered REN. I love a skincare product that is simple,  effective and doesn't have any overpowering scent. After trialing the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser I was hooked on the hot cloth cleanser bandwagon, but after trying a magazine sample years ago I was converted. The simplicity of the REN cleanser seems to agree with my sensitive skin so much better than Liz Earle. I use this cleanser in the morning and at night after I have removed my makeup with a micellar water, my favourite is Garnier. (£16 for 150ml)

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 

It was only until recently that I tried this product for the first time and although hesitant, as I am not the biggest fan of cleansers with exfoliants in (I would rather have one or the other). I find this product doesn't have an overly powerful scent which I like and is the perfect cleanser for the gym as there is no need for a flannel or muslin cloth. (£21 for 125ml)

Organic People Clear Skin Purifying Serum

Another product which is great on blemishes and one that I was surprised to learn is natural and organic. This serum contains Willow Bark and Tea Tree to cleanse and treat blemishes and it works! I only apply this product once a day (at night as I don't find applying makeup over it easy) and only when I have a breakout as I find this product can dry my skin out. A little goes a long way with this product so the price (£14 for 30ml) for this product is a bargain if you are looking for a natural spot treatment.

*Thank you to Green People for sending me over the samples of their fab products. 

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