July 19, 2013

My Current Skincare Saviours

I didn't realise how much I relied on my skincare products until I forgot to take a few of them on holiday and my skin felt horrible. I used to only use wipes, exfoliator and moisturiser on my face but over the past couple of years this has dramatically changed.

My current skincare routine involves wipes,  an in shower cleansers, a cream cleanser, a toner, two serums, a moisturiser and an illuminator. Now the Summer is properly here I haven't been wearing my full face of make up every day. Instead I've been using this set of products to keep my face moisturised, radiant and glowing throughout the day. I use the majority of these products underneath my make up anyway but without it they still give my skin a healthy look.

As I've mentioned before, my skin is a tad oily so I use the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes (Gosh! What a mouthful!). They claim to revive, tone and remove make up. All of which they achieve. If I was having a lazy day and didn't want anything at all on my face, I would be comfortable with how I looked having only used these wipes to remove my make up and refesh my skin. They are a little damper than other face wipes I've tried but I don't mind that because they are in no way oily or greasy and my skin dries within minutes.

In the shower I use bareMinerals Naturally Luminous Purifying Facial Cleanser. This was given to me by bareMinerals at Meadowhall and it's a generously sized sample at 60ml. It makes the bold statement of "This changes everything". bM says that it is a creamy, deep cleansing product which shows off your naturally luminous complexion. Apparently it is hydrating and will not dry out your skin - actually no - it will "never dry" your skin out. Now, this cleanser does achieve half of what it promises, and luckily I have other products to achieve the things it doesn't quite manage to do. This cleanser is highly average. It isn't creamy and it barely foams when you apply it. It's just a standard in-shower cleanser! It doesn't necessarily leave my skin dry but at the same time it doesn't hydrate me or leave me feeling luminous! It literally just cleanses. I don't mind this luckily, because quite frankly, it was free and I haven't wasted any money. However, if you were buying this at it's £15 price tag...I reckon you'd be a bit gutted. I bet you're now thinking "Why are you still using it then?!" and the answer is...I was something to get rid of my skin's impurities and this does manage that. I don't need it to make me luminous or hydrate me because I have my moisturisers and illuminators for that!

Out of the shower I still cleanse and tone. I use the No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser and Toner and they are perfect. The cleanser is very lotion like and you are advised to apply it with a cotton pad and wash it away with warm water. I apply this with a cotton pad and use just enough to almost rub it in. I then use a few splashes of the the toner on a cotton pad to remove any cleanser and final traces of make up. These two are the sort of products that you use on what you think is clear, clean skin only to find a dirt riddled cotton pad afterwards! They're incredible. I don't think I will ever splash out on expensive cleansers and toners ever again after having used these. At only £8.00 for 200ml you can't go wrong. They are fragrance free too! :) I can't recommend a pair of products more! (The packaging has changed slightly since I got these products...Ive had them a year and as you can see with the toner..I've barely used any!)

It's all about serums for me at the minute! I've literally been using them for two weeks and I'm already a sucker for them. For my face I use the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum (of which you can find a review of here) and for my under eye area I have been using my sample of YSL's Forever Youth Liberator Serum. They are both really light and work at keeping your skin young looking. I'm sure I would see better results were my skin a little older than 19 but they still do an amazing job!

As a moisturiser I've been using Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream. I have a 7ml sample and I will be devastated when it runs out! Luckily you don't need much though which is a good thing. It doesn't really have a fragrance to it...it is just a white, light cream that goes really far. It is another one of BB's products that does exactly what it says on the tin. No oiliness. No greasiness. Just hydration. It works well as a primer too! Dream moisturiser if you ask me!

I recently had a product clear out which is when I retrieved my St. Tropez Skin Illuminator and I have fallen in love with it all over again. I have it in two shades, violet and gold, and pictured here is the violet. I got this product literally the week before they released the full range so this is its old packaging. It didn't even have a proper name back then so that is why the packaging looks so weird. However they obviously couldn't think of a better name for it as it's current name is the same name labelled on this product. It is basically a cream that gives the skin an iridescent blue tone (taken straight from the tube but it is true!). I apply it on my cheekbones, leading up to my brow bones and a little on my nose and jaw bones. It gives a lovely look whether applied without make up or on top of foundation. Really pretty for summer!

What do you use to keep your skin in tip top condition? I'm always looking for new things to try :)

Lots of love,
Steph xx


  1. I nominated you for a liebster award! http://blogandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/liebster-award.html

  2. I have wanted to try the No7 cleanser and toner for ages! Will do now after reading this! Great post!
    Would love it if you would check out my blog?! www.littlerose-rozzi.blogspot.co.uk


    1. they're so good for their price and last ages - definitely treat yourself to them! :)xx

  3. Great post! I'm revamping my skin care at the moment so might pick a few of these up :-) x

    Katy x


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