Over the next 8th weeks, every Thursday I will be posting as part of the Best of Beauty Blog challenge. Samantha from All The Buzz put a call out on her twitter and Facebook page a few weeks ago, to find a gaggle of Beauty Bloggers to take part in this challenge. Sure how could I resist her Scottish charm. I’m in. ( could I actually be anymore corny and GO Team!!!)
Skin care to me has been a massive focus over the last few months. Over the last year or so my skin was looking tired, dull and really unloved. I was getting breakouts to end all breakouts and I never get spots. My skin was dry one minute and the oilier than a sleazy barman’s hair another minute. It has taken me a few months to find products that work for me and there were a few duds along the way, but the items I have listed below are 100% the reason why my skin is back looking in great shape. It is worth mentioning that works for me, may not necessarily work for everyone, but the products that are listed above are not skin type specific and work on most skin types.
First up is my Clarisonic. I have planned a full and detailed review of this for next week, but for now I will tell you why it is so absolutely been my skins saviour.
The Clarisonic is a cleansing system the cleanse 6 times more than you could ever do with your hands, face wash etc. It penetrates deep down into the deeper layers of the skins and removes all the dirt, bacteria and yucky stuff and also helps get rid of trapped pores. With the makeup and day to day life, it is actually disgusting to think of the build up that must be in under our skin. The Clarisonic is said to improve the texture of your skin while at the same time helping to reduce the dreaded wrinkles and fine lines. It basically gives your skin an all round healthier look.
I have the Mia 2 and I use it with the Philosophy purity wash, but it can be used with most foaming face washes. You have to rinse off your eye makeup first and I use my Liz Earle cleanse and polish to do this. Following this I put a ring of purity around the top of the Clarisonic and then its a case of moving it over your forehead for 20 seconds till it beeps, 20 seconds on the chin till it beeps and then 10 on either cheek. It is quick and afterwards your skin feels cleaner than you ever thought it could.
This has in no doubt improved my skin. There is a stage at the beginning were most people are inclined to breakout a title but. Nothing major and this only lasts for a weeks or so. I did get a few spots on my forehead, not whoppers but little annoying ones. Now my skin is gleaming thanks to this. You can buy the Mia 2 in Brown Thomas for €149. Yes it’s expensive, but as I will outline in my post next week, it is so worth it.
Next up is the Philosophy Microdelivery exfoliating face wash. I actually blogged about this during the week and you can read a full review here, but needless to say this stuff is really and truly brilliant. I love how it leaves my skin super soft after I use it. I apply this every morning in the shower, while I use the Clarisonic in the evenings before I go to bed. This is not suitable to use on your Clarisonic.
If you follow me on Facebook you may have heard me wax lyrical ( excuse the pun, I couldn’t resist) about the Waxperts ingrown hair pads. What in gods name am I doing including these in a skin care post I hear you ask? Well I am a huge fan of a multi tasking product and my god does this baby multi task. It’s original and main function is to prevent and reduce ingrown hairs while at the same time it helps to get rid of the plucked chicken look on your legs after you have waxed or shaved. I don’t know about you, but I hate when the fake tan settles in these little bumps and makes you look like you haven’t washed in about a year. Well by rubbing these pads over your legs after shaving or waxing it helps with ingrown hairs and the plucked chicken look.
But why have I got it in skin care. Well because of the fact that the pads contain salicylic acid these little babies are great for reducing the size and redness of spots and black heads. I recently had a fairly red spot over my eyebrow and a few wipes with this and that bad boy didn’t know what hit it. Also how cute is the packaging? Each box contains 40 pads and there are packed full of product so one pad goes a long way. I have been using them a lot and i’m not even a 1/3 into the pot. You can buy The Waxpert ingrown hair pads here for €7.99 and all I can say is, if you were going to buy anything at all over the next few days or weeks, I would highly recommend these.
Finally is The Clinique Dramatically different moisturising lotion. I used to use this for years and then one day I didn’t repurchase it. I don’t know why, but I would imagine that cost was a factor as it is around the €42 mark. In saying that I am so glad I repurchased this. It is not oily on the skin, but at the same time moisturises your skin and when tied in with the products above, it leaves your with cheeks as smooth as a babies bottom. A clean bottom that is.
I have left out one product that is worth a serious mention and that is my beloved Hyrdaluron. You can read a full review here and the only reason I haven’t included it is because I didn’t have on handy to photograph.
Thanks again to Samantha from All the Buzz for creating this bloggers challenge and if you go over to twitter and look up #bobblogchallenge, you can find out what all the other bloggers picked as their skin care saviours.