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favourite skincare products 2016

Favourite skincare products of 2016

One of the first blog posts I ever wrote, almost a year ago, was about my favourite products in 2015. I remember writing it but never ended up posting it because I kept putting off opening the actual blog. By the time I opened it – in April – it felt like it was no longer newsworthy!

That said, I absolutely love this kind of post, where people stop to think about the year that has just passed and the products they have loved using. Here are mine. I hope you enjoy reading it.

This is certainly one of my top 3 discoveries. I love it. It’s a great night oil that makes your skin look radiant and feel hydrated in the morning. And it does it for a very good price. Highly recommended. And no, it didn’t cause any breakouts, nor did it clog my pores.

This was one of the best discoveries of 2016. A rich cream cleanser that leaves the skin clean and nourished. This is perfect for people with normal to dry skin and who love massaging the cleanser for a while and removing it with a flannel. The smell is incredible and it is one of the cheapest products you’ll find mentioned on the blog.

I wrote about this mask soon after I bought it (here). Now, after two months of use I can only reaffirm what I already said. This is the “make my skin look glow/healthy/great” kind of mask. It does exfoliate the skin slightly, but it doesn’t sting nor does it irritate. I find that my skin is very calm afterwards and I use it every time I have to go and meet my boyfriend at the airport. That says it all!

The best mask I have ever tried. Soothes the skin and leaves it deeply nourished and calm. My prone-to-redness skin loves it. Read more here.

A staple in my skincare cabinet. A must for dehydrated skin. You need to use a moisturizer afterwards as this gel goes deep down into your skin but needs something to seal it on the top. A pea size quantity every day is enough; it absorbs super fast and lasts for months and months.

Another good hydrating boost. I really like it but it’s completely different from Hydraluron. It has the texture and feel of a moisturizer. I was lucky enough to win 5 of these with a giveaway (first time in my life!). It’s quite expensive in my opinion, so you may want to try a sample first or consider cheaper options.

  • Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum | £ 2.50

This is a huge revelation for me. I first heard of it from Sali Hughes (read here). And if you know her, you know that she’s one to be taken seriously, plus she has dry skin so she knows what our type of skin needs. And this £ 2 serum just delivers what it says. It sometimes makes my skin feel like it doesn’t need moisturizer on top (though I still apply a thin layer of it).

A good toner for those who either want to soothe the skin, Zinc is great for that, or get an opaque look. This really works great if you have oily skin to help you get that “matte” look. Not recommended if you want something to hydrate your skin.

One of the cheapest SPF I have tried lately but also the best one. It was love at first sight. Very light, and its moisturising effect makes me think I don’t need a layer of moisturiser underneath. It doesn’t leave a white cast and doesn’t make my skin look shiny; it also absorbs quite quickly. I was very happy with it.

Just a good toner. Refreshing, hydrating and inexpensive.

I didn’t think I could include a physical exfoliator on this list but this one is just great for when you want to exfoliate your skin before a good pampering session. It’s expensive but if you can afford it, it’s just perfect at doing what it’s supposed to do. It doesn’t leave the skin irritated or red at all; at least that’s what I found.

This is the balm I reach for when I want to remove my make-up while giving my face a good massage. It smells good and leaves the skin soft. As with every cleansing balm/butter, it turns into an oil when massaged on the skin. It must be always removed with a damp flannel, of course.

Last but not least. I absolutely love this moisturizer. This was my second jar of it and I’m sure there will be more. My skin loves it, it’s fast absorbing and creates a wonderful make-up base. Suitable for all kind of skin. Full review here.

Have you ever tried any of these products?

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June Beauty Favourites

June Beauty Favourites

I only started doing “favourites of the month” a month ago and I’m already late! I hope you can cut me some slack! Here is a chance for me to share with you my thoughts on the things that brought a smile to my face this month. So here they are:

SPFs are crucial and this one has been a lovely companion over the last few weeks. Lightweight, not greasy and with a matte finish. It works well underneath foundation and comes in really pretty packaging. Its only flaws? The bottle is only 30 ml and it does not come cheap (£32/€36,90), but those are my only complaints. I’ve written a short guide on sunscreens here, it’s worth a read!

My favourite cleansing combo for the night. The jury is still out on Clarisonic. I mean, it’s one of those products that was so highly rated when it first came out that I couldn’t help but set my expectations high. I’ve been using it for more than two years, on and off, and still I can’t say if my skin would look better or worse without it. My clogged pores just seem to stay where they are, nothing seems to work! Nevertheless, the combination of these two leaves my skin soft but not dry or peeling. It just feels very clean and I love the way the Sephora Luminizing Booster Serum sinks in afterwards. I’ll keep you updated on this serum. I should add that the Good Things cleanser is very creamy, sweet-scented, hydrating and just an amazing option for those of you with delicate and/or dry skin. I would totally recommend it! This is a good piece of budget skincare and is true to the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”.

It feels amazing to slather this oil on my face, I love it! It’s just so great to cover my face with it, massage it thoroughly, melting every single bit of mascara and eye liner, before getting rid of it with a warm damp flannel. It’s also great if you want to give yourself a good and intense face massage (see here to find out how) though you’ll need to rinse it off when you’ve finished.

Its main oils are sunflower and olive oil, but it also contains rosehip, raspberry, passion flower and grape seeds oils. The names comes from its Vitamin C content, under the name of ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, which helps brighten your skin and mitigate the damage done by the sun.

I never thought I could find something more lush than cleansing butters but this seems to have taken the number one spot. It is also fairly cheap and a little goes a long way. Definitely recommended.

P.S. I just realised that the right way to use it is to add a bit of water and turn it into a milk. I’ll be trying it tonight and see how it goes. Having used it without water I was already very happy, so I’m not going to change my mind about it, it an amazing product.

I was lucky to get this as a present from my boyfriend, who surprised me with a hardback copy of this earlier in June. I love Sali, I love the way she talks, her haircut and her femininity. She’s the kind of woman that I’d like to be in 20 years’ time and above all, she knows her stuff when it comes to beauty because she has worked in the industry from a young age. I find this read very pleasant and interesting, she talks about her life and personal experience with make-up, skincare, dealing with rude sales associates, “beauty etiquette” and body care. The book is divided into many chapters and is a fast read, I took me hours rather than days to read. She also gives advice on brands she likes and people you should be following in the beauty community. Definitely a must read for beauty-addicts, a book I’ll be going back to very often in the future.

Hope you have an amazing start of the week!

What’s your favourite beauty product of the month? Let me know.

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My May Beauty Favourites, products I've loved this month.

May Beauty Favourites

Hi everyone,

Here I come with my May beauty favourites post, my first one since I opened the blog. I hope you’ve had a great month and that all is well! I’m currently doing an internship at a company, as part of my degree, so my days all feel pretty much the same. Spending hours in front of the computer gives me headache and make me feel tired. I feel like I’m constantly sleepy and at the same time I feel guilty, because I’m not even studying for my exams (but I’ll go back to university in October), which is usually a lot more stressful.

I’m also getting ready to take an English exam at the end of June, so my nights at home are equally divided into reading blogs/exercising/studying English. I hate to admit it but this month has not been that different from the last one or the one before that! However, one highlight was running a 5km race in my hometown. Also, my boyfriend visited me at the beginning of May, every moment with him is a highlight.

Blogging is also giving me great satisfaction and I’m extremely proud of what I’ve done so far. I’ve only been blogging for a month! I thank you with all my heart for taking the time to read my posts.

Without further ado, these are the products that I’ve used the most in May:

A lovely scented body lotion. I love that it is a “green” product with lots of good ingredients. Unlike most other body lotions this one doesn’t have any parabens or silicones. The scent is difficult to describe, I’d say it is a light scent that is hard not to like, though it goes away quickly, once the cream is absorbed by the skin. Perfect for summer, the only downside is that it’s not the cheapest, €13/£10 for 200 ml. I also love the Vanilla/Cinnamon one from Korres.

I’ve only used this for a month but still I haven’t decided yet if this is a love or hate relationship. It’s an expensive foundation (£ 31/ 41€), with a sheer finish, not very good if you tend to have oily skin. Good coverage, though I only use a very small amount of it. My only doubt is that I don’t find it long-lasting, but in all other ways it’s great. I will write a full review on it later.

I took advantage of a 20% Easter discount to place my first order from BravuraLondon. I’d like to tell you more about its founder, Amanda, but that will probably come in a future post/review on it. So far I’m very pleased with the results I’ve been getting. I’ve used it in different ways, leaving it on my skin for different amounts of time, increasing each time. It leaves the skin very soft and exfoliates your outer layer of skin. I still can’t say if it has helped me with my scars, I definitely need to give it some more time, but so far so good. By the way, this brand has many products I’d like to try, I recommend you check them out! It’s also very affordable, £ 9,60 for 30ml.

A wonderful butter that immediately turns into an oil. Slightly fragranced, I love it. There isn’t much to say about it, I’ve no complaints except for the packaging, which would be handier if it was made of plastic instead of metal. I’ve only used it to take-off my makeup (‘first cleanse’), removing it with a flannel. Great price (£ 13 for 100 ml )and I’d say it’s a must try!

Have you tried any of these products? If yes, let me know.

I’m going to the UK this week and I’m planning to do some skincare shopping, if you have any suggestions please write them in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!

Have a lovely day!

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