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Recently Purchased Skincare – What I’m Enjoying and what I’m not!

Over the last few months I’ve bought skincare that is both new to me or is a repurchase. In the last year or so I’ve really gotten into skincare. I’m still trying to understand it all. What ingredients are good and what are bad. What I actually need for my skin as opposed to what’s the trendy new “it” product.

Also I’m not a wealthy person so I’m definitely leaning more towards budget friendly products.

This is gonna be a long one so maybe grab a snack!

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil:

This is a repurchase for me. It’s a great cleansing oil. It doesn’t sting my eye’s and really gets rid of my makeup including stubborn waterproof mascara.

Even thought I’m working through The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter at the moment I spotted this on offer and didn’t want to leave it after me.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter:

Speaking of , this the Balm cleanser I am using at the moment. I use this as my first cleanse at night to remove my make up, I then follow up with a cream cleanser.

My skin feels very soft & hydrated after using this. But, I don’t feel it removes all my makeup. I notice in my second cleanse that there is still some make up coming off on my cloth. There is a slight fragrance but nothing in your face. Also it does sting my eyes a little bit.

I have to say as far as Cleansing Balms go I prefer the Clinique Take The Day Off. That really shifts everything! There is about €10 in the difference but you do get 35ml more in the Take The Day Off so I have to say that’s the one I’ll be repurchasing.

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask:

This is my second of this mask and the reason for this is that it just makes my skin feel great. It feels so hydrated and soft and smooth and my skin is just so calm after use.

And when this one is finished I will buy another.

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist with Hyaluronic Acid & Black Oat:

I’m a huge fan of misting and so far this is my favourite one that I have used. Even the hubby loves it. When we were on holidays he was spritzing it with gay abandon until I told him how much it was!! (€19.99).

It’s hard to explain what it is about this that makes it so special. The mister is lovely, it doesn’t drench me but just a nice even mist. The scent is subtle and fresh. And I just feel hydrated after use. I love it between each of my skincare stages.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence:

Ever since I started watching Gothamista (skincare) on Youtube I’ve been intrigued by Essence’s. They are hard enough to come by as it is a Korean skincare item that hasn’t really hit here hard yet. I had tried one from Superdrug & it was fine but when I saw this in France I snapped it up. It was €18 which I thought was a bit pricey until I saw it here in Ireland for €36!!!! What The Actual F*&K!

Anywho, I do like this. I use it after cleansing and enjoy it as an added layer of hydration. I don’t know that I see any major “Brightening”. I’m not a huge fan of the scent but I feel like that with most of Caudalie’s products.

But at €36 here in Ireland I’m gonna have to wait till next year in France to pick it up cause I can neither afford nor justify the price.

Vichy Mineral 89 :


My skin feels like it actually drinks it up! I use a couple of pumps every morning before my moisturiser (Between Misting).  This is my second one of these and I will definitely be repurchasing. I am a big fan of products loaded with hyaluronic acid. Again this was cheaper in France but if you keep your eyes peeled it can go on offer in Boots and that’s when I’ll snap it up.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow 6%:

I’m a big fan of the Nip + Fab Glycolic Pads and when I spotted this one on offer in Superdrug I thought I’d give it a whirl. And I have to say I am enjoying it. I don’t use it every day maybe twice a week interspersed with pads which are lower percentage and a Retinol other nights.

I notice when I don’t use Glycolic acid that my skin gets a bit rougher underneath the surface so I have to say that I definitely see results.

Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Oil:

This is my second bottle of this. It’s just a lovely affordable oil. I use as my second last step in my nighttime routine (followed by moisturiser to lock it in) or under a particularly matte foundation that needs a bit of a slip under it.

Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream:

Hhmmmmm. I had heard a lot of buzz about this eye cream so I picked it up. Now , when it comes to my needs , I don’t suffer too much with dark circles or puffiness. What I do need is hydration and a little bit of tightening up. So having said all that the fault is with me. I fell into the hype instead of buying what I need.

I still use it on the days I’m working and need makeup to last all day. It hydrates my eyes to stop my concealer & powder sinking in too much and keep them fresh looking all day. But if I wear it every day I find it is too creamy and rich for me and I start to get little bumps under my eyes.

Lesson Learned.

Belief The True Cream – Aqua Bomb:

Another product that I had seen a lot of hype about which I was curious about was this moisturiser. It is an oil free gel based product and it goes on the skin smoothly and sinks right in. Unfortunately it is full of silicons which I’m not a huge fan of, you can really feel it when you rub it in.

Having said that, since it’s the last step before makeup it can double up as a primer. I just don’t think there are that many skincare benefits to it since there are so many silicones so far up the ingredient list. I wont be buying a full size of this but I will finish it up.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Blume B5 SPF 50:

I’m in a skincare group on Facebook and was following a thread about SPF. I’m always on the hunt for an SPF that sits well under makeup and haven’t fared too well. Until now. A lady mentioned that she loved this. Now I’ve been a fan of the original Cicaplast for years now so when she said there was an SPF version I immediately went on the hunt.

And I’m delighted I did. It sits beautifully under foundation. Especially at this time of year when my skin is a tad drier and needs something a bit heavier than in the summer. I might have to rethink in the hotter months but for now this is perfect!

Nuxe Reve De Miel :

This is another product I absolutely love. It usually lasts me a year of use at night, sometimes more. And again its a product that I wait until I am in France to pick it up as it is literally HALF the price!

Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm;

Oh this smells divine! I just want to eat it up. But that’s where the good ends for me. I don’t feel like it hydrates my lips at all, if anything it makes them drier. I had heard and read such great things about Fresh Lip Balms that I was so excited to use it.

I’d rather spend my money on the Nuxe or on one from La Roche-Posay

Phew! That was a long one, if you got to the end fair play to you! I appreciate it. Let me know in the comments if you’ve used any of these products  & if you liked them or disliked them. Are they any budget products that you would recommend trying? I’m always keen to try new things.

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