Blogging has opened so many doors for me, but it has also opened my eyes to some wonderful products and brands. Before really getting into reading beauty blogs and writing my own, I didn't have much interest in skincare, makeup yes but skincare felt a little boring to me. Now I realise I just didn't know enough, and looking back I really wish I'd showed more of an interest sooner.
Over the past three or four years, I have really upped my skincare routine and tried lots of different products to find the ones which really work for me and my skin, so I thought I'd show you some of my favourites, some old and some new.Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
So it was probably a given that I would have to mention good old Cleanse & Polish... who doesn't love this?! If you haven't tried this before it's a cream cleanser, which I like to massage onto dry or damp skin (makeup still intact) in circular motions for a minute of so, before wiping away with a hot muslin cloth. The muslin cloth which comes with the cleanser is soft, yet still acts as a bit of an exfoliator to help buff away and remaining grime... and you can always guarantee it's all gone, even when I've been wearing the heaviest of makeup!
As with all Liz Earle products, the cleanser is completely natural and super gentle on the skin, so much so that it can be used around the eye area to remove mascara, liner, the lot and thanks to the eucalyptus, rosemary and chamomile in the cream - it smells incredible too.
Pixi Glow Tonic
I'm sure you've all read plenty of reviews on this, it's quite the cult product in the blogging world. This is a gentle, exfoliating toner which brightens and softens the skin as it works. For me this is such a quick and easy step in my skincare routine, but without it, I really notice the difference... especially throughout the colder months when my skin is dry.
I use a small amount of the tonic on a cotton pad after cleansing and sweep it around my face to remove any last traces of makeup or dirt, this step also removes dead skin cells, tightens pores and leaves skin looking and feeling brighter and plumper. Needless to add, this is a pretty amazing product!
It contains glycolic acid, but also aloe vera and ginseng so whilst the acid works to remove all the impurities, the other ingredients help to keep it gentle, so it's suitable for sensitive skin like mine... in fact, it's really cooling on the skin, and actually pleasurable to use.
Another Liz Earle product, but one that I couldn't leave out of this post. Even on the driest of dry skin days, this is the one product which can instantly revive my skin and solve all of my woes. It can be used on the nails and cuticles, lips, hands, feet... basically anywhere that gets really dry and sore. I use this around my chin and forehead throughout the Winter months when my dry skin is at it's worst... it's great to use in small doses on targeted problem areas.
Again it's packed with natural ingredients including Vitamin E and Rosehip Oil... be warned the scent can be a little strong and overpowering for using on the lips, but for everywhere else, it really is a super product.Melvita Fleur d'Orange
Melvita have a whole range of Extraordinary Waters, but this one in particular is developed to hydrate the skin. I massage this allover my face with my fingertips before applying my moisturiser for an extra boost of freshness... it's quite a thick water consistency, but it sinks in really quickly - my skin seems to drink it up!
It contains Hyaluronic Acid which combats dull skin and organic orange extract which gives another intense boost of hydration. On sensitive skin this is incredibly soothing and so gentle to apply.
Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Before using this, I had never tried a balm cleanser before, but the rose ingredients drew me in as I know how gentle rose is when it comes to skincare and how well my skin gets on with any rose products. I also know how well renowned Neal's Yard is as a skincare brand, although this was the first product I had personally used from them!
This is my favourite nighttime cleanser, as the scent is just so relaxing and the actual process of massaging a balm into the skin really chills me out. The balm itself melts in my fingertips into an oily consistency which removes all traces of makeup and dirt from my skin with ease and nourishes my face at the same time. It is quite thick and heavy on the skin, which because of my skin type, I love. If you're on the oilier side, you may not get on with this as well as I do, but with the muslin cloth provided, it can be buffed away fairly easily... as I use this before bed, I personally like to leave a little oily residue from the balm behind to soak into my skin over night like a mask when my skin is going through a particularly dry period... my skin always feels revived and oh so soft the next morning!
This is my favourite every day moisturiser, I use it in the morning before I apply my makeup and on an evening most nights. I discovered Bodhi & Birch last year when I worked with their founder at FABB Birmingham, and I've been a huge fan of the brand ever since, they're British, cruelty free and every product is created using the finest natural materials and ingredients.
Another Rose product to add to my list of favourites, this is so gentle for my sensitive skin, smells incredible, is extremely lightweight and super hydrating. There's something about this brand which feels luxurious and a real treat upon application... it is enriched with rose otto and neroli which work to improve the radiance of the skin and for those want to achieve plumper, fresh faced looking skin it also has antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins to help achieve this. I have a blog post planned dedicated to Bodhi & Birch coming really soon, so look out for that!