Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Skin Care Favourites*

Hello everyone!

It is not very often that I talk about skin care products on my blog, as I do like to primarily focus on makeup, but today I thought that I would put together a blog post all about my favourite skincare products. I think that developing an effective skincare routine is very important to keep the skin looking great at all times, and these products do just the job!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash:
Cleansing gels and balms have been very popular within the beauty industry over the past year or so. This is the first one I have ever tried but it has definitely spurred me on to try more. I love this cleansing gel as you only need to take a small amount of product and work it around the face. It literally dissolves my makeup in seconds, and then I simply wipe it away with a damp cloth. I always doubted whether these products truly worked as I didn't really understand how a cleansing gel could cause your makeup to breakdown and wipe away from the face super easily- but I am so glad that I tried this! When I use this I don't feel like I have any makeup residue left on my skin, but when using a makeup wipe my skin sometimes feels like it still has traces of makeup leftover. I actually prefer this to the regular Garnier Micellar Water as it leaves my skin feeling a lot more smooth and nourished. 

Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash:
On days when I haven't been wearing makeup, and therefore don't require the Garnier Cleansing Gel, I like to cleanse using the Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash. I have the miniature version of this but it has actually lasted me quite a while as a little really does go a long way with this. I will be purchasing the full sized version very soon as this has quickly become my favourite facial wash of all time. The facial wash itself has a very refreshing scent, which makes it the perfect product to use on a morning. There are also little beads in the facial wash which cleanse the skin and remove any dead skin cells, leaving the skin extra soft. 

Garnier Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water:
Once my skin has been cleansed I like to use a toner to soothe the skin. This Garnier toner is infused with rose, which is known to be really soothing on the skin. I take a small amount of the toner on a cotton pad and apply it to the whole face. It may not look like I have used too much of the product but that is because you can use this really sparingly, and it still has tons of benefits for the skin. 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask & Superdrug Masks:
Around twice a week I like to use a face mask to really pamper my skin. I have been using the individual use Superdrug mask sachets for as long as I can remember, and they work really nicely. If you want to spend a little more on your face mask, but still don't want to spend a fortune, then the L'Oreal Clay Masks are definitely the way to go. I love the Detox Mask for clearing my skin if I have any blemishes or breakouts, but they also have masks for other purposes too. 

Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser:
I picked this moisturiser up from Superdrug a while ago now and I finally got round to using it around 3 or 4 weeks ago. I am so impressed with this as it really does make my skin look noticeably matte. I do suffer from combination/oily skin, and that means that my makeup tends to slide around my face and get oily very quickly. I have been using this moisturiser in place of my primer and it really has made a great difference. When I use this my makeup stays in place all day and my skin does not get oily at all, which is absolutely brilliant! I highly recommend this if you have oily skin, even if you don't wear it underneath makeup, as it will mattify your face and help keep any shine at bay. 

Carmex Lip Balms:
Probably my favourite lip balm brand, which I have been using for absolutely ages, is Carmex. It is very important to take care of the lips, just as much as the face, because they skin on the lips is very delicate. I get really dry lips, especially in the Winter time, so I definitely go through a lot of Carmex tubes in the colder months. I always have two or three tubes of Carmex lip balms on the go at once because I go through them so quickly and I am constantly applying them to my lips. One thing I like about the Carmex lip balms is that they tingle and feel really cooling on the lips. I like this because it actually feels like they are doing something to my lips, and they are repairing my lips. 

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Body Wash:
I have been trying a few different products from Crabtree & Evelyn recently and I have been loving the body wash which I am going to be talking about now, as well as the body cream I will mention next. The Pomegranate & Argan Oil Body Wash is a really uplifting scented wash. I do like fresher scented body washes, even in the Winter months, because they are really awakening which makes them perfect for using on a morning. I am really bad at describing scents so I am not even going to attempt to describe this, but it is a really lovely scented body wash and you should definitely give it a smell if you get the chance:)

Crabtree & Evelyn Goats Milk & Oat Body Cream:
The other product which I have been loving from C&E, and the final product in this blog post, is the Goats Milk & Oat Body Cream. This is honestly the nicest body cream I have ever used. The texture of the cream is very thick and I love slathering it all over my body after I get out of the bath or shower. It leaves my skin feeling very nourished and hydrated, without leaving the skin feeling greasy. Again, I am not going to try and attempt to describe how this smells but I personally think that it's a lovely light scent for all year round. This is on the pricier side for a body cream but I feel like it is really worth investing in (and treating yourself!) to a nice body cream. 

I hope that you all enjoyed finding out my favourite skin care pieces! What are your favourite skin care product?

Until next time,
Emily xo

*Some of the products featured in this blog post were sent to me for review, but all opinions are my own!

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