Sunday, 18 January 2015

Updated Skincare Routine - January 2015

As you may remember back in August 2014 I uploaded a skincare routine post. To put it simply, a lot has changed since then. As the seasons change so do our skin types and as a result, so to our skincare routines, so here is mine for January 2015.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

In the august post I wrote about the L'Oreal equivalent of this. The idea behind trying out this product over my much love L'Oreal micellar water was quite simply the size, in short you get a lot more in this one. My basic thinking was 'how different can two micellar waters be?' the answer: very. I might do a more in depth comparison post of the two soon, but to put in briefly, there may be more in the Garnier bottle, but you need a hell of a lot more of it. Waterproof makeup came off in a flash with the L'Oreal equivalent, however you are left rubbing your eyes and retreating to 'I'll do the rest in the morning' thoughts. Garnier seems to do the job, but at the bare minimum level. Definitely going to have to switch back!

Sanctuary Spa Hot Cloth Cleanser

After running out of my Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser that I reviewed in my last skincare post, I conveniently received Sanctuary's equivalent for Christmas! So far I am absolutely loving this cleanser! It did take a little longer to see results than the Liz Earle cleanser, however after a few goes is just as good! The fragrance is a lot stronger in the Sanctuary cleanse (warm, citrus notes) and so I would avoid it if you're not a fan of scented facial products. The only very noticeable difference between the two is the quality of the accompanying Muslin cloth. The Liz Earle cloth feels far more exfoliating than the cloth that comes with this one. 

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

When it comes to moisturizers, even though I suffer from terribly dry skin in the winter, I'm normally more of a highstreet gal. However when my skin became the human equivalent of the Sahara desert this December, I realised a change was needed. I bought Benefit's Total Moisture cream and I don't think I can ever go back to Nivea. This is the moisturizer equivalent of a glass of ice water when you're hungover. Typically sold as a night cream, this moisturizer is very thick. If you're looking for something a bit lighter or you're skin's moisture levels aren't completely dire, I would recommend the Triple Performing Facial Emulsion (also by Benefit). My skin literally lapped this up, and that's when my relationship with dry skin came to an end. Seriously recommend this product to anyone suffering dryness.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack

I never realised I needed an eye cream quite so badly until I started using one. One of my ultimate blemishes are my under eyes. Two words: puffy and dark. This little beauty has pretty much erased this problem for me. You literally need the teeniest tiniest bit to provide your under eyes with loads of moisture, increase circulation in the area and say goodbye to people asking you if you'r tiered.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I got this little cleansing oil in a goody bag from Cosmo's #fashfest event. I'm not to sure on it yet as I've only used it a few times and I'm never too keen on facial oils. I have been finding it useful to massage this into my face before using the micellar water.

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

There is literally about one wash left in this baby and I will be repurchasing! What is it about all  of The Body Shop's Tea Tree products that just wipe my skin clear of any blemishes. The Body Shop are always a staple for me when it comes to facial washes and this one is my favourite yet!

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask

Decided to put this one last as it's the only product I don't use every day. When it comes to face masks, I'm all about the no muss, no fuss and definitely no mess masks! This beautiful peel off mask is exactly that! You only need a small helping to cover your entire face and within 10-15 minutes you can peel it off and throw it straight in the bin! My skin always feels noticeably tighter when using this mask. It does a great job of really cleansing out the dirt in your pores that cleanser just can't reach!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your skin saviors are in the comments below!
Abigail x
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  1. I love reading skincare posts like this - I definitely want to try the Body Shop's Tea Tree stuff!
    I discovered the Benefit Total Moisture cream this winter too and I totally agree with everything you said - it has literally been my saviour!
    Zelda xxx

    1. Thanks Zelda! My skin was in serious need of that moisturizer! Defintely try out the Bofy Shop's tea tree range if you get a chance!
      Abi xx

  2. I completely agree with your comparison between the hot cloth cleansers. I really don't like the scent of the sanctuary one and it did take a little longer to work but now I love it and will continue to buy it. I found that I enjoyed it more once I switched to a normal face flannel though, it may be worth a try? xxx

  3. One of my main skincare saviours is also the total moisture from benefit,isnt it just amazing?! and it lasts forever because you dont need to use much!
    Ill actually be sad when the summer comes and my skin isnt as dry as i wont be using it as much! :')

  4. The sanctuary cleanser is a great alternative for Liz Earle. I love it, their pampering face sets are great too

  5. Might have to take inspiration from some of the bits in your skincare routine. I'm a huge fan of Body Shop but haven't tried that face wash yet. Will definitely give it a try!

    Lisa xo |

  6. I love reading about other peoples routines! Benefit Total Moisture and Garnier Micellar Water are two staple products in my routine.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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