I like to consider myself a bit of a skincare know it all, even though I'm not. Unfortunately for the people around me I bang on to them about what they should, and shouldn't be using constantly, and bully them into using my products. My ex was known to enjoy a dabble with Liz Earle's 'Cleanse and Polish' when forced to clean his face, and now he's not around I've made my sister my newest target/guinea pig, which I don't think she really minds...
Around a year ago I discovered the greatest blog on earth Caroline Hirons, and let me tell you, what that woman speaks is GOSPEL. Check her out. So, having gained some valuable skincare knowledge I began to build my 'skincare wardrobe'. It ain't a cheap business, but it'll be worth it when you check yourself out in your 60s, I'm sure.
Here are two of my 'holy grails', and my two newest fave additions to the skincare arsenal I have accumulating in my bathroom.
For the first 3 I recommend a sit down, perhaps even a strong drink on standby if you're used to bargain skincare.
Origins Modern Friction - £31
This is the nicest exfoliator you will ever come across in your life. Now, price tag, yes... It's way more expensive than any of those peach scrubs, but this is so gentle, (word of warning, it's not gentle on the eyes and it hurts like a bitch, so like it says on the back, keep it well clear!) it's creamy when mixed with a little warm water and when rinsed off you'll have the brightest skin you've ever had. It contains rice starch instead of those horrid peach kernels (sorry, but they are no good for your skin gallys!) and lemon oil. It really cleans deep down and it will help clear up any scarring or uneven skin tone. I highly recommend it, I notice when I've not used it enough in a week and I've owned this for months and still have plenty left, so you do get your money's worth.
Origins Make A Difference - £33
As you can see, this has been lapped up by me and I'm due a new one. It is ideal/made for/heaven in a tub, for dry or dehydrated skins. Now I'm generally combination, but thanks to Caroline I also realised my skin was a tad on the dehydrated side. I have the rejuvenating treatment which is aimed at my skin type, but Origins have now added two moisturisers to the line for drier skins. This one was more gel like, and I would use it daily underneath my moisturiser, it makes your skin super soft, and super hydrated, and I really think it helped the overall appearance of my skin. Have a gander at an Origins counter or online and order yourself some guyzzz. Your skin will thank you, trust me.
Now two products that are new additions are the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser £34 and the Good Things Bright Eyes eye cream £5.99
I saw a post from Kate @ Gh0stparties recommending the Clinique cream as part of her skincare routine, and she has lovely skin, so I instinctively knew I had to get this. It's a rich cream, I only use the smallest amount to cover my face after my night time skincare routine and over the last few weeks I've seen a complete turnaround in my skin. I wake up and have to do a double take in the mirror most mornings. I haven't had a blemish pop up in that time, my skin is so much brighter, clearer and it just looks healthy in general. So much so that whilst having a free Origins facial today, 2 of the ladies at the counter complimented my skin and I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around town make-up free (which if you knew me 6 months ago would NEVER have happened...!)
Finally for today, as this is getting a wee bit lengthy, is the eye cream. I have always had horrendous dark circles around my eyes, even as a young teenager. I've never really bothered with eye creams as I think they make the biggest, boldest claims and I'm always sure they can't actually keep to these promises. However, on a Boots 3 for 2 splurge a couple of weeks ago I picked this up, I like my skincare to be full of "good things" and at £5.99 it wasn't going to break my bank account. It smells lovely - fruity, but that's because it's full of fruit extracts duuuh, it 'dabs on' nicely and sinks in, and I might be conning myself but I really do think my dark circles are fading. I definitely now use less concealer around them which can only be a positive thing.
So there we have it, a very long post about 4 of my favourite skin care items, that I'm definitely keeping on a repurchase list. I'm always adding to my skincare wishlist (more so than clothes or make up lately...) so I'll keep track of what I love and hopefully get reviews up on here fairly regularly.
Do you have any recommendations for me? Think you'll take the plunge and spend a bit more on your skincare wardrobe?