Sunday, 4 January 2015

Staple Skincare Products Of 2014


Last week I did a round up of my most used make up of 2014 so now's the time to share my staple skincare products of the year. You may have noticed there are less products in this line up, than in the make up one - this is mainly because I have quite a simple skincare routine and once I find a product that agrees with my skin, I tend to stick with it! Here's my selection of the skincare that really stood out for me last year...


I think my favourite skincare discovery of 2014 is probably The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. Since trying this out at the beginning of the year I haven't used anything else since to remove my make up. I use one pump, on a night, and rub over my entire face to melt away all my make up (even mascara!) If I was wearing heavy eye make up then I might use a specific eye make up remover first but for your standard mascara this does the job just fine! I honestly can't believe how good this product is. I was using the Clinique Cleansing Balm previously (which is double the price!) but would definitely choose this out of the two. It costs £10 but, as The Body Shop regularly offer voucher codes, I've never paid more than £7 for it and a bottle lasts me at least 2 months.
 
After using the oil, I like to use this Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash to get rid of any lingering makeup and impurities and leave my face feeling clean and fresh. I love how this product lathers up really easily so you only need the tiniest bit to wash your face - a tube of this probably lasts me about 3-4 months so is well worth the investment. Like the oil, since purchasing this at the beginning of 2014 I haven't used any other night time cleanser.

The Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner is a product I had read about a lot before purchasing as, at £25, it is quite pricey. But I was definitely not disappointed. It's basically a liquid exfoliator that smells lovely and leaves your skin feeling super smooth after using it. I like to use it weekly to give my skin a bit of TLC. As I only use it once a week I can't imagine I will need to stock up on it for a long time so it's definitely a worthwhile investment.

Moisturiser wise, I have stuck to the same day and night combo all year and I'm actually scared to switch things up as I love them so much! On a morning, I use the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream which is quite a thick moisturiser that my skin literally soaks straight up and my face is left smooth and hydrated. It has an orangey smell which I know some people find off putting in a moisturiser but I really like it. I honestly can't recommend this moisturiser enough to people who don't really have any skin concerns but just want something to keep their skin healthy and hydrated. I also think £21 is really reasonable for a high end product as well and Escentual regularly offer it with 20% off as well making it even cheaper.

When night comes, I use the Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment. This is the opposite of the Clarins moisturiser, in texture, as it's a lightweight gel and I'm unsure as to whether or not it is actually classed as a moisturiser, since it's name regards it as a 'treatment'. Whatever it is, this treatment/moisturiser has worked wonders for my skin. I actually started using it because I was getting quite a lot of spots and I'd read a fair few reviews that said this would help and I think it definitely has. Before it, I was using a much thicker night moisturiser and my skin was so spotty but now it looks clear most days and I definitely think this little gem is the one to thank.

Obviously, I do still get the odd spot from time to time so when I do the Clinique Anti Blemish Clinical Clearing Gel is my saviour! I literally can't say enough good things about this product. As soon as I see a spot developing, I pop a little bit of this gel on overnight and let it do it's job. It contains salicylic acid so has a strong smell and also stings the first time you use it as it is basically drying your spot up. But it does what it's supposed to and, come morning, my spot has usually shrunk in size or disappeared. In terms of an emergency skincare product, this is one I would never want to be without.

Do you use any of these products? What have been your staple skincare items of 2014? Link me to your posts - I'd love to have a look! 

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  1. I used to use the Clarins Toner and I was super impressed, but it did give me slight redness on my sensitive cheeks :(

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty

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  2. i really want to try the Clinique Anti-Blemish Gel it sounds so great!

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