Testing New Skincare: 5 Speedy Reviews

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Skincare has become my favourite part of beauty. I go through phases of being all about the makeup or haircare, but right now, skincare is having it’s moment. I honestly cringe at the thought of me happily applying foundation onto completely bare, un-moisturised skin when I was younger. No wonder I had very dry skin for years – even now my skin is still not naturally glowing. It is amazing what a good skincare regime can do!

I was so very lucky to recieve the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar as a present this year. In 2016 it was full of amazing goodies that led me to discover some new, permenant favourites like the Alpha H Liquid Gold and the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Its been over a month now, so I’m sharing some of my thoughts and initial impressions of some of the skincare treats in the 2017 calendar.

autograph hydrating confidence boost primer

Autograph Hydrating Confidence Boost Primer

Let’s start with a really good one! As time would have it, I ran out of my Nivea Post Shave Balm that I use as a primer in November. So through January, I was going without primer – feeling very tempted to buy a new one but not really knowing which to buy. Luckily, the Hydrating Confidence Boost Primerwas just around the corner. Autograph is M&S’s makeup brand, with mid-priced, excellent quality beauty products – as I learnt from last year’s calendar.

At £12.50, I’ve already been to my local M&S to see if they had any in stock and will be heading bacj to buy the full size later this week. Told you it was a good one! The silky, gel-like primer glides over your skin so smoothly, feels genuinely hydrating and leaves an ever-so-slightly tacky feeling which is ideal for applying makeup onto.

skincare filorga meso mask

Filorga Meso Mask

If your skin is feeling a little lack-lustre, this Illuminating Mask from Filorga is definitely worth a try. I’ve used it 3 times so far (once a week) and have noticed my skin looking more glowing and healthy after each use. It’s quite a light, glossy consistency. If you’re a fan of mud masks that are super thick and dry completely solid, this will be a bit of a shock to the system! I like applying after cleansing and after a hot bath or shower to get the maximum benefit. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and I like to remove with a face cloth for a bit of extra exfoliation.

At £40, this is not an affordable face mask. It is a real treat and I’m loving using it – I’ll be finishing the bottle without a doubt. But, I just wouldn’t be able to justify repurchasing for the price! One to pick up if you have a voucher or are feeling particularly spendy.

korres wild rose advanced repair sleeping facial

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial

I’ve been a fan of Korres for such a long time now. Their cruelty-free products all smell incredible and I love their body and haircare ranges. I was yet to try their skincare line, so this was a perfect introduction. This is basically a night cream, but such a lovely one. The thick moisturising formula isn’t heavy and has paired well with every serum I’ve tried it with. Speaking of serum, I feel like that is one of those items that my skin now feels naked without. I rarely apply moisturiser without it now!

Anyway, the sleeping facial is a simple but brilliant night cream. Who is to say you couldn’t use this during the day on dry skin days too! Love it, 10/10!

alpha h liquid rose gold skincare review

Alpha H Liquid Gold Rose

If you are brand new to liquid exfoliation, it is an amazing concept of using acids (don’t worry – nothing scary of harsh) to shed the top layer of dead skin. There are plenty on the market, but my favourite has always been the original Alpha H Liquid Gold. And now there is a Rose Gold version! Beautifully packaged to match my current favourite aesthetic, this is yet another bottle of miracles from Alpha H. Apply with a cotton pad over clean, dry skin. Leave to dry and apply mosituiser, or not, if you want a more intense treatment.

I know it sounds like a gimmick but it really does leave your skin smoother, brighter, fresher and softer. Whether you have pigmentation problems, skin roughness or just need a pick-me-up, you need a bottle of this in your life. The rose gold version has a much more soft scent, and I think is slightly more delicate on the skin. I use it twice a week and is very much a staple in my skincare routine.

rodial skincare review dragon's blood sculpting gel

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel.

Ever had a tester of a brilliant makeup item or skincare product but couldn’t justify purchaisng the real thing? That is the current situation I’m in. I have honestly fallen in love with the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel. I apply it onto bare skin and it feels cooling and light. Within about a minute, it literally makes a visible difference to my skin. The best way I can describe the way it feels on your skin is that it is like velvet. Sooo smooth and soft.

At £85 a pot (!!!), I simply can’t justify buying the full size. Even it I hadn’t put myself on a spending ban until February, I still couldn’t bare to part with nearly £100 for it. But, it does genuinely work. So this is where I feel torn! Perhaps one day, using a 20% off code and a gift voucher. If you ever do get the chance to try this or see a sample, please do. I think you will fall in love with it too.

skincare review balance me rose otto face oil

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil

Another new brand to me! This facial oil is £32 for the full size, and is set to protect sensitive, dry and red complexions, moisturising the skin. Firstly, it smells amazing, like a gentle rose scent without being too floral or strong. My favourite way to apply this is last thing at night, as a sort of overnight mask. I think until you’ve tried it, the thought of using oil on your skin is slightly scary. I probably first tried a face oil about 2 years ago and never looked back – it helps with my dryness so much.

I use it about once a week as a night treatment. It feels nourishing and has really helped reduce any dry patches (although I have a patch of eczema on my face that will not shift, no matter what I use on it. Any tips welcomed please!)

Have you tried any of these skincare saviours?

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