So part one of Best Of Beauty Blog Challenge is Skin Care Saviours - Products we can't live without. These are mine:
Cleanser: Neostrata Ultra Brightening Cleanser (€39)
Gentle and effective, this gorgeous citrus scented cleanser is great for morning or evening use. It is a bit expensive initially but this is going to last you ages as you really do need very little. I like to use this as my second cleanse so that the good stuff really gets to work on my skin. I have had mine since
Toner: Vichy Thermal Spa Water (€10)
I use this to cool my skin after cleansing and to make my serum go further. Its full of good french thermal spa water which is supposed to hydrate and balance skin. I can't say that is solely responsible fore hydrating my skin, but I feel the difference when I don't use it. It is also a great way to cool down skin on a hot day or refresh oneself after a serious shopping session. I like that you can get mini bottles that are great for slipping into a handbag or when you travel. It is something that I buy again and again.
Serum: Vichy Idealia Life Serum (€34)
I blogged about this Serum before, but I put it away because I was using something else at the time and I wanted to finish that first before I got stuck into the Vichy Idealia Life Serum. A gorgeous opalescent serum that promises to improve your skin in just 8 days.
I brought out this serum at the beginning of January and I have loved using it every day. it glides over cleansed skin and absorbs quickly and leaves skin with a beautiful glow (thanks to the pigments). The patented ingredients work to boost skin renewal which in turn allows skin to look radiant. I know that I am not alone in loving this serum, Kat from Dolly Rouge included this in her 2013 Favourites. I need less moisturiser when I use this serum as well so this well worth the 30+squids.
Day Cream: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere (€22)
A great boost of hydration without clogging pores or feeling heavy on the skin, Hydraphase Intense Legere is great for during the day. I love this stuff and have almost finished my 2nd tube. A light fluid that spreads and absorbs quickly smells clean and fresh and does what it says on the box. You can use this day or night, but I like it during the day because it isn't heavy. I alternate between this and the Vichy cream below depending on how I am feeling...
Night/Day Cream: Vichy Idealia Smoothing & Illuminating cream for combination/oily skin (€26)
It smells amazing, moisturises my oily bits without leaving me feeling like a greaseball, takes care of my dry bits and makes a pretty good base for make up if you give it a few minutes to sink into the skin. I have been trialing a few other moisturisers but I keep coming back to this one. I like how my skin feels when I use it. It lasts a good while as well because I only need a wee bit of it, it spreads nicely and combines well with the serum.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast lips (€6.50)
I have already professed my undying love for this little beauty. Ultra rich, ultra nourishing, ultra repairing, ultra awesome. It is my Ultimate lip product. I will not be caught without this balm. I love it so much I have recommended it to all of my friends and family. It is a great repairing balm, not just for lips, but also raw noses, minor burns (the oven or the iron kind), dry cuticles, small cuts and grazes. If I could choose one thing to be stranded with it would be an unlimited supply of this lip balm.
These are the products I reach for most often. They are also the products I reach for when my skin is stressed. I will not share them.
My skin care products have stepped into the mid-range price band but I have discovered that these products seem to last much longer (some as long as 6 months) and so in the long run they end up working out a bit cheaper than some other budget brands. These are the products that are working for my combination, pigmented skin.
I don't have a lot of time in the mornings to faff with my face so I have to keep it simple and quick, I tend to spend a lot more time on my sin in the evenings. I could probably add in a face mask more frequently than every 2nd or 3rd week, but I haven't found a great mask that has grabbed me. I can't wait to hear what everybody else is using and I am hoping that a mask will stand out so that I can add this step into my routine. I have been stashing change away so that I can treat myself in February...
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