Seems I’ve got my blogging hat on this week, doesn’t it? I think it’s because I’ve finally been able to purchase new products after payday so I have more to share with you at the moment.
Towards the end of January, I was seriously running low on my skin care products. I’ve heard of so many good products in the last year or tried products but haven’t been able to repurchase them when I ran out, so forgot… but this payday, my focus went on skincare and updating my routine. Even though my skin is fairly good, I want to keep it that way and I find that I need good products for make-up removal, oil control, hydration and generally keeping my skin clear and looking fresh and radiant.
First, I headed over to Feel Unique…
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm 100ml (£36) – This is actually a second time round repurchase for me. I first got this in November and had just about run out by the end of January. This product has really improved my skin since I got it. Even though I prefer to remove my eye make up with a water cleanser, this stuff is amazing at getting those last little bits and removing face make up effortlessly. The cloth that comes with it is also really good – one side is a super soft flannel, the other has more of a muslin cloth texture, which gently exfoliates the skin. Which is why I got an extra pack of 3 for £10. They get a bit grubby so I wanted a few more so I could rotate them in the wash a lot more regularly. Anyway, back to the Cleanser. It leaves your skin feeling super clean and soft and looking radiant. I use this literally every night.
Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Mask 75ml (£14) – I’ve actually now got quite a nice little collection of different face masks, but I’ve been looking for the ultimate oil absorbing one for a deep cleanse every now and then. The fact this is a Tea Tree Oil mask suggests that I could have found the one. It smells so refreshing and seems like it’d be really cool on the skin. I’m excited to try this.
First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream 60ml (£15) – This is a brand that I’ve seen circling around on the YouTube/Blogging Community for a while, and it was actually one of the products on my 2015 Beauty Wishlist. I got this yesterday so managed to try it this morning and first impressions are amazing! It absorbs really quickly in the skin, but still feels like it’s doing a lot of good. It didn’t make me oily and it smoothed over redness, as well as giving me a light, refreshing glow. My skin also felt really hydrated instantly.
Then, I put in a little order on Boots…
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser 150ml (£18.50) – I used to use the Emma Hardie balm in the mornings, however, with all my early starts at work, I felt like I wanted to use something more actively refreshing. I tried out a Soap and Glory refreshing facial scrub in the morning (which will appear in my January favourites), and quite liked it. It actually seems to be a bit like a dupe for this Origins product, but maybe not purposefully. I also prefer gently scrubbing my face every day rather than harshly scrubbing it (unless it seriously needs it) every now and then. Also, the refreshing qualities in it will help me to feel a lot more awake with the early morning shifts. I’ve also read really good reviews on how this reduces oil and shine, but provides amazing radiance.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Oil Free Toner 150ml (£18) – A lot of people don’t see toner as an important step in a skin care routine. And whilst I agree I could live without it, I find it to be such a good pick me up and is great at removing any last bits of dirt, excess oil, etc and helps your cleanser work to the best of it’s ability. However, I do always have to use an oil-free toner as I’ve tried regular ones and they make my skin quite greasy. This toner looks pretty perfect for me and I really trust Elizabeth Arden as a brand.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Facial Serum 30ml (£24.99) – This is another repurchase, but I haven’t owned this product for a good year or so, but I’ve seriously missed it. You barely need anything and it seriously improves the plumpness and hydration of your skin, without making it oily or greasy at all. So glad I repurchased this.
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish (Free Sample) – Some of you older followers of mine will remember that I got this in full size last summer and really liked it. Even though I now prefer the Emma Hardie balm, I still am really grateful this turned up as a surprise in my order as this will be great for flying and travelling.
Side note: If you purchase 2 high end skin care products, you get 500 points for your Boots Advantage Card. I also had a voucher for double points online, so I was raking the points in. I now have enough to top up on my make-up, too!
One last item…
This is an Acrylic Cotton Pad Dispenser which I got on Amazon for £6. I thought this was a really good idea for storing my cotton pads on my dressing table, as having them just in their plastic packet looks a bit rubbish and untidy. It’s only a little thing and not even officially skin care, but I just thought it was a super cute idea.
So, there we go! My Massive Payday Skincare Haul is over – I hope you enjoyed reading it, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products too, or know of any other great products.
‘If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?’