From left to right: Lush's Mask of Magnaminty, Avene Gel Demaquillant Douceur* (cleanser to you and me!), Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions Pore Refining Scrub*, Elemis Freshskin Daily Moisturiser*, Lush's Grease Lightning and Lush's Tea Tree Water, Karin Herzog Vit-a-Kombi cream
What do I think?
Mask of Magnaminty
I've had this generous sized tub of Lush's pepermint-scented mask for a good while. It only comes out on special occasions. By that I mean when I'm off for a big night out other such do. There is never a 'special occasion' bath. 'Deeply cleansing, toning and exfoliating', I also love the smell of this zingy mask. It tingles away like a good un and leaves my skin feeling as soft as a brush. Love it!
|The Incredible Hulk of face masks. It really doesn't look too inviting but it definitely does the trick|
I recently got sucked into the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish blogging hype. I'm not saying it isn't a good product; I'm sure plenty of people love it. It didn't do a jot for me, leaving my skin feeling er...well, exactly the same. I had very high hopes for the Cleanse and Polish but was left severely disappointed. This Avene gel cleanser, however, is just perfect. I've been using it with a muslin cloth and its light consistency makes it a joy to use. I don't get that horribly tight feeling after use and the good sized pump dispenser bottle has lasted me a few weeks already.
Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions Pore Refining Scrub
I received this product from the PR people behind the Burt's Bees brand, but after trying - and loving - this product I dashed out to stock up on some more. With an almost marzipan-y scent, this light exfoliating wash contains salicylic acid and willow bark. I've suffered from hormonal break outs since my teens - and despite now being in my late twenties, I'm still cursed with the odd blemish. This did a lot to curb oil product and made my skin feel super soft. I'd fully recommend it if you haven't yet tried anything by Burt's Bees.
Elemis Freshskin daily
Having slightly oily skin, I've never been too keen on moisturisers. But this light Elemis moisturiser has been formilated with 'teenage' skin in mind. It's light, soaks into the skin quickly and creates a beautiful base for applying foundation. And for Elemis, it really isn't too expensive either.
Thank God for beauty bloggers; if it wasn't for them I would never have discovered this little gem. It's bacially a tea tree blemish treatment gel, but it's undoubtedly one of the best things I've used to combat oily skin. It dries quickly, has a lovely light scent and really does dry up blemishes. At around the £5 mark, it's a decent price too.
Lush Tea Tree Water
Can you tell I love Lush? I don't often use a toner, but when I do I usually go for the cheap and cheerful Botanics one. This Lush one is just as great value. Containining tea tree, grapefruit and juniper, it's great at refreshing the skin. If I'm make-up free and it's a warm day, I spritz my face with this occasionally just to cool down.
Karin Herzog Vit-a-Kombi Cream
I'm not going to lie; this isn't cheap. But for me it's been a wonder product. I use it to zap zits before they fully come to the surface (eurgh). It's also great for marks and scars. Despite applying this to my face (and not my eyes), this stings my eyes like mad on application. I'm a contact lens wearer so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it, but it's worth a look if you suffer from the odd break out.
What are your skin care staples? And what products have disappointed you lately?
FTC Disclaimer: All products marked with an * have been sent to be for review consideration. I have not been paid by any brand to do this post. I have purchased most of the items with my own money and, as ever, all views expressed in this post are my own and 100% honest.