Skincare is my favourite part of the ‘beauty’ world. Yes, that is over makeup. I just find it really much more fun as the effects of skincare are long lasting and makeup is temporary. My skincare bible is pretty much Caroline Hirons’ Blog and if you haven’t checked it out, you really need to. In one way, I’ve not done this post before, because I will never compare to that goddess. Most of these products are blessed on her
Naturally, I’m not going to pretend I’m a master or a dermatologist or whatever – I’m just an average girl that likes experimenting with it.
My skin type is “sensitive-normal”, but it is generally more on the dehydrated side of things. There is a difference between ‘dry skin’ and ‘dehydrated skin’, which is better explained by more educated people than me. Dehydrated skin is essentially feeling like you have face tape on in RuPaul’s Drag Race that pulls at wrinkles to make you look a little more botoxed, but not in a good way. Now I’ll just go through the products now shall we?
The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter
My cleansers generally update every couple of months to different ones, but I always do reviews of cleansers I love. The Body Shop Cleansing Butter is fantastic, it’s not too drying, but neither is it majorly nourishing (like the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm). But the difference this balm has to Emma Hardie is a very important one – The price tag. It just does the job, really well. I just rub it onto dry skin for as long as possible, then I remove it with a damp flannel.
Vitamin C Brightening Serum
I do like my serums and this one I received almost 6 months ago now and I’ve been using for a while, since I ran out of Hydraluron (Another favourite). This is not necessarily a favourite, but I’d definitely say that it is brightening and will last you quite a long time, as it is a very runny serum. I always find it difficult to review serums as they generally have long-term effects, so you don’t see a massive difference when you’ve just started using it. But if you have dull skin, a Vitamin C Serum is a great investment (just don’t leave it in the sun!).
Una Brennan Vitamin E Moisturiser with SPF15
This is very oily and very moisturising as a day cream, so it is not one I would recommend for oily skins! It’s a very good day moisturiser, if you have dry patches. It will last you a long time, as you need the tiniest amount. It does what it says on the tin (or tube).
Balance Me Tinted Eye Cream or Soap & Glory Depuffer Eye Cream
The fact I have two different eye creams I use is concerning. I use the tinted eye cream when my bags are particularly bad, the work a treat in the mornings, and you get a slight ‘tingly’ feeling from them, so you really wake up from it. I’ve posted a huge review of Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream before which gives a more in-depth review. The Soap & Glory Depuffer Eye Cream is a cheaper one and honestly, it’s a bit meh. It doesn’t particularly do anything.
The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter
The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum
This is probably the best serum ever, for not just dry skin but dehydrated skin. It has such long term effects and I pretty much never get dry patches anymore and my skin feels super comfortable (unless I have a cold). I use it after cleansing and it doesn’t dry instantly so you will have it for a while.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Sorbet
This smells like baby oil. So if you’re not a fan of that, stay away. I use a tiny bit in the evenings, to make feel like I have super plump and firm skin. In total honesty, it’s not majorly needed on top of the serum, but if I want to add extra moisturised oomph to my skin in the morning, I go for this.
Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex Eye Cream
I get dry patches underneath my eyes – It sucks. This stops that. This is a hydrating eye cream I literally have no idea what to say about it. Oops.
You may be wondering about my face masks etc. that I use. That is an entirely separate post and you can’t possibly imagine how long this post would be otherwise. But you can see my previous face mask review on S&G’s Fab Pore Face Mask.
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.