Skincare Highlights #6

I haven't touched on skincare in a while now and that's all because I've been using the same products every day. Lets say I haven't been too adventurous with the products I'm using. I've been using some good oldies and some newbies for me.

You all know I love Origins but I haven't been using many of their products recently. I still use Eye Doctor* and Make A Difference Plus+ Serum* every day because I always feel my skin is lacking something when I don't use those. I can tell that any pump of the serum now, it's going to be empty which will be a sad day. As always, my eyes have been very dry around the brow bone so this has been helping it become not as flakey. I think there may be a underlying problem as to why it's so dry in that area, but let's save that for another day.
With the Origins serum, I've been layering it with either a lotion or another serum. Call me crazy but the other night I used three different serums and then a moisturiser on top. I've mentioned before that I love Aurelia Revitalise & Glow Serum* a lot before, but I pulled it out of the stocks a week or so back and I haven't regretted it. It really helps perk my dull skin up on the days I can't be too bothered with my make up. On other days I've been using Aesop Parsley Seed Hydrator which is a lovely thin moisturiser/lotion, full of antioxidants for the skin. For people with oily skin, this would suit your skin perfectly well as a moisturiser. But if you have skin like me and you need a lot of layers, this acts as a serum.
To go on top of all these serums, I've been reaching for two moisturisers. A cheaper option would be Organic Surge Night Cream* which is a simple damn right good moisturiser. It takes a little to work into the skin but by the morning, the skin feels plump and hydrated. Everything you look for in a night cream, right? The other one is another Aesop product, their Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. It's suited for very dry skin, as they have a moisturiser for each skin type. One of the main ingredients is chamomile bud to help soothe any sensitive skin people may have and there is sandalwood and rosemary leaf for instant hydration.

Lets just say that I'm thinking of my skin like my body, it needs a lot of layers to keep the hydration levels up.

Luce x

Skincare Highlights #5

Since moving to London, I don't have all my products with me as I only brought my favourite products with me, so everything you will be seeing soon are my absolute favourites. These are four products which I have been using and really enjoying.

I really like using a cleansing oil to remove my make up, before I use my usual cleanser. Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil is a new one to me (big hint at which skincare brand I now work for) and it removes my make up perfectly. It's part of the parsley seed range which is Aesop's premium range, which is full of antioxidants and is suitable for most skin types. I would suggest that most people can use this, but maybe not if you suffer from a lot of acne as it may be too much for your skin. The second cleanser I use is Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser*, which I use both on a morning and an evening. I do think that this helps brighten my skin, but whether that is a myth or not, I'm not too sure.
Since stepping up the hydration, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask* has been my best friend. I've been using this as my evening moisturiser, when I haven't been using an oil. It's always completely sunk in by the time I wake up in the morning and my skin feels plump and not at all tight. I do find that sometimes when I don't put enough moisturiser on, my skin can feel a little tight, which I think is from the dehydration. As my morning moisturiser, Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive* is nearly finished and I really love it. I have been using it every morning and I cannot fault it, it does exactly what it says, which I like a lot.

Luce x

Skincare Highlights #4

If you noticed at the beginning of the week, there was a few days where I didn't post. Well, I was curled up in my bed feeling sorry for myself as I had the worst cold ever. It knocked any motivation I had so I spent a few days watching Orange Is The New Black all day! But the cold made my skin so dry and lackluster, I needed to get the big guns out.

I wasn't wearing make up, so I kept the best bits of my skincare next to my bed so I could keep reapplying it throughout the day. I was using two masks, Origins 10 Minute Drink Up and Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask*, both which are amazing. I sometimes use the Origins mask as though it was a moisturiser and leave it on all night, but I kept topping this up during the day. The Origins mask contains Algae Extracts which deliver another helping of hydration for the skin, as it's an intense mask for a short amount of time. On the night time, I was using a mixture of oils and Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I was going against using everything by using a night cream during the day, but Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins was used throughout the day (well, I was sleeping all day too). I have just finished this little tub but I remembered I have another waiting in my skincare drawer, it's my favourite night cream by far. It's full of vitamins C, E & H and minerals, which help sloughs away the dead skin cells throughout the night.  It does everything you need and leaves your skin smooth and not sticky. Another mixture I found was brilliant was a few drops of Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Face Oil* mixed with Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser*. I found that mixing a few drops of oil with any moisturiser helped a lot. I'm going to be putting to the test on a morning for the cold windy days. One of the main points about the Jurlique Face Oil is that it helps smooth fine lines, something I'm not worried about, but in turn it means that there is extra hydration coming from the face oil. Face oils are just something I love throughout the winter, I see a big difference int he texture of my skin when using them. Something which isn't included in the photo is a miniature Dr Lipp Nipple Balm* which I've been applying around my nose, as it's so flakey from blowing my nose a lot.

Luce x

Skincare Highlights #3

The hot water bottle is out and so are the oils and serums for my skin. I have hiked up the hydration levels and have been layering on the oils so that my skin isn't affected by it all. The long awaiting line of skincare products for me to test is growing by the week, but I cannot pull myself away from the things I know I love.

I have spoke about this briefly before here, but Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil* is an oil designed for dehydrated skin. It's nowhere near as heavy as others I have been using, I just wake up with silky smooth skin and not a patch of flaky skin anywhere. The oil contains extracts of Rosewood, Patchouli and Blue Orchid which help tone, revitalise and restore radiance in the skin. The Hazelnut oil in it helps prevent moisture loss, which leads to the beginning of fine lines, which no one wants. On the nights I have been needing that something more, or throughout the day when I want to heavily oil my skin up, I've been reaching for Origins Plantscription Face Oil*. It's a new release for the Plantscription range, but don't be alarmed that it's anti-ageing, it means it has extreme hydration levels too! It includes 20 oils from around the world including Raspberry Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Tamanu Oil and Evening Primrose. I am going to pass this onto my mum soon too, to see if it does help smooth out those dry fine lines.
Stepping away from the oils and onto the serums, Aurelia Skincare is a brand I have only just recently been trying out. I've read quite a bit about them in the past few months and really enjoy the ethics and science behind the brand, so I was excited to try out some of their products. I won't go into the science too much as I'm going to do a full post about their products, but their serum is to die for! The Revitalise & Glow Serum* really does give you a glow. When Lucy mentioned to me that her skin had been a lot brighter since using it, I was very interested and she was telling the truth. I've been using it every day for the past two weeks and have seen a big difference in my skin. Overall, it just looks a lot more radiant. I am excited to try more products from Aurelia!

Luce x