Wednesday, 17 September 2014

New Skincare Bits

Over the past few months I've been trialling a few new skincare bits, some of which I'm still not sure on and others which have become staples in my routine :)

Firstly, I have been using the Garnier Micellar cleansing water which I use to take my make up off in the evening as a kind of first cleanse before I go all in with either a cleansing balm or oil (currently The Body Shop). I was first introduced to these types of cleansing waters by the famous bioderma and I loved how simple yet throrough a water could be at removing makeup. I find the Garnier offering just as good as Bioderma - completely removes all face and eye make up with ease, without drying out my skin or leaving any residue. Due to the much cheaper price and the fact I can pick it up from the supermarket along with my regular food shop the Garnier water definitely edges it!
I have to mention that the best cleansing water I've tried is the Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser as it's just so luxurious and I feel like it does more than just removing make up, but as it's nearing the £20 mark and I go through it so quickly I can't afford to use it constantly so the Garnier one is a good alternative.

After cleansing I have been using the Pixi Glow Tonic every evening and I am so glad I caved into the hype and bought this because it is such a brilliant toner. Just a few swipes of this all over my face on a daily basis leaves my skin feeling much brighter, softer and clearer and as soon as this one runs out I will have another one waiting to crack on with! I was a bit put off by the idea of exfoliating toners as I really didn't get on with the popular Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner because despite the name I just found it too harsh on my skin with continued use and I have suspicions that this was the product that caused my skin to break out when I was using it. I don't know for sure if it was this but it just put me off! And now I have my new favourite Pixi product so everything is fine :)

Another mega hyped up product I've recently started using is the La Roche-Posey Effaclar Duo+. I know I'm last on the bandwagon with this but when everyone was raving about it I just wasn't that interested in it and I just didn't get what it was . . . moisturiser? serum? spot treatment? Turns out it's all 3! Currently I'm using this in the evenings as the last step in my skincare routine and I'm really loving it! The light, gel-like texture of the cream soaks into the skin and my skin isn't particularly dry so I don't feel the need to apply anything else over the top. I know some people like to use an additional moisturiser after this but my skin feels comfortable with just this, although maybe this will change once the weather starts getting colder. I have definitely noticed less breakouts since I've been using this and that's the main concern I was hoping to target when I bought this so I'm very happy with it. The only negative I would mention is that although it claims to be a great make up base I find my foundation just doesn't seem to blend flawlessly over Effaclar Duo, it just doesn't look . . . smooooth, which is why I only use it in the evenings now. I still think it is a great product and I've achieved clearer skin with it which is what I wanted but with regards to using it as a makeup base, I'd rather stick to my primer.

HealGel Intensive is one of those products that sounded so AMAZING on blog reviews etc that despite having an extremely long wishlist with products on that I've wanted to try for years, this product just went straight to the top and I bought it without really umming and ahhing about it. I personally bought HealGel Intensive to use on my face as I particularly wanted to get rid of red marks/scarring that previous spots had left behind and this gel, designed by plastic surgeons, claims to do just that. At the moment I use this in place of a serum mornings and evenings, not all over my face but just on targeted areas where there is any scarring or redness - particularly around my chin and cheeks. I find one pump is enough to cover these areas each time and I absolutely love the texture of the gel, it soaks into the skin no problem and is untraceable in minutes.
After using this for the past couple of months I am still on the fence as to whether I love it or just like it. It has left my skin brighter and smoother and I do like the product, it is especially good if for example you were to pick a spot, applying this gel afterwards definitely does speed up the healing process. However I would say with regards to blemish scarring and red marks that aren't fresh or general uneven skintone it is a case of it making a gradual difference over continued use but it is not an overnight miracle worker like some people have made out. Not for me anyway! I will continue to use it and hope that in time my skin will be as good as new :)

Finally, I bought the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel for whenever I'm having a bad skin day . . . I've had this for a quite a while and it has definitely become my go-to spot treatment. The Clinique website advises to 'apply a thin layer to entire face twice a day after cleansing' but as I find it quite drying on the skin - as with most anti-blemish products - I stick to applying it only on any problem areas and only in the evening as I don't find make up glides over the solution very easily (I'm not keen on the dry, crusty make-up look)
This smell is quite medicated but I like that and as far as spot treatments go this works for reducing the size and redness quickly and the drying effect isn't really a problem once I've applied moisturiser over the top.

Have you tried any of these products? 
What new skincare bits have you bought recently?



  1. I use the bioderma and I agree, I love how easy it is to take your make up off! xx

  2. Lovely picks, Zandra! I haven't tried these but you're really tempting me with the Glow Tonic and the Clinique Acne Gel :)


  3. I love the Garnier cleansing water - a favourite of mine!


  4. I've been wanting to try out the Pixi Glow Toner ever since I saw it in one of Zoellas videos aha!!! It sounds really good, I love how gentle it is!

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  5. I love garnier cleansing water too! Great post and im following you on bloglovin xxx

  6. I love Clinique products always so high quality and effective! Love the post and reading about these beauty products!

    Much love xxx

  7. I'm dying to try the Pixi Gow Tonic! I can never seem to get my hands on it though, it's always sold out! Great post. xx



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