As a beauty blogger the hardest product to review is skincare. A lipstick I can tell you almost instantly my opinion on, I either like it or I don’t. Wear time is a factor but for the most part it’s all about first impressions. I can swatch eyeshadows, blushes etc and you can decide for yourselves what you think about colour payoff and all that jazz but skincare.. it’s just not that simple. On top of that I want to tell you about as many different products as I can and given that there are very few first impressions worth sharing when it comes to facial lotions and potions it’s not always possible to do that. I thought I would round up a few of the things I’m currently trialling and give you some of those useless first impressions anyway and if you’re particularly interested in any of the above I will focus on said product and aim to get you a more in depth review ASAP… deal?
I’ll start with the L’Oreal Skin Perfection Day Moisturiser as it’s not actually new to me, it’s a repurchase and I really like it. The texture is velvety but light and although it’s designed for day I use it as my night cream as I find it just the right balance for my oily skin.. I’m not a fan of super heavy lotions, I prefer to layer an oil etc as you’ll hear about next. This is light enough for day too but I tend to stay away from an extra layer of moisture under my makeup as my skin can be pretty oily – although it does calm down in the cooler months.
The Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum – this has replaced another Sanctuary oil – link – I was using and I think I prefer it. An oil is an oil is an oil to me and unless it has a particularly lovely scent or some such quality there’s not much to distinguish between them however this is a bit different. It’s a two phase product so you have to shake it up before use, one layer is oil and the other is a serum, together they are supposed to replace your serum AND moisturiser however on particularly dry skin days I like to layer it anyway. The special thing about this is that it doesn’t leave that greasy residue a regular oil would and you feel like you’re doing a little more than hydrating as it has anti-aging benefits too.
Two new Vichy products have sneaked their way in to my routine lately, the Idealia Life Serum and Idealia Eyes. I’ve used an Idealia Pro serum in the past from Vichy which was designed to lighten hyper-pigmentation and even out skin tone and I loved that so I’m applying this one every morning and hoping to love it just as much but it’s early days. So far I’m liking the light texture, it absorbs quickly so I can apply makeup with little wait time and it has a fresh scent. The eye serum is much the same.. I was only using an eye cream in the evening because I found they affected my makeup wear time but this is so light, I also really like the metal tipped applicator, very cooling and refreshing in the morning on my tired eyes.
Lastly a product I’ve literally just started using today.. like I said it’s tough when you have so many different things on the go to give any one a good test but this was so interesting to me I decided to give the Vichy a break for a week and see what this can do. I’ve wanted to try the Garnier Dark Spot Corrector for ages, since I saw the initial launch. I already mentioned my dark marks and previous attempts to fade them but every summer they return along with my freckles. I find that I spend all winter treating them and by Spring I think I’ve cracked it only for them to pop back up with the sunshine. At this point I’m almost convinced most of the products I’ve tried are doing little to nothing and it’s total coincidence that they just fade in the winter time but I’ll keep you posted on this one.
Like I said if there’s anything I’ve mentioned here you’d particularly like to hear more about let me know and I’ll follow you as soon as I can but in the meantime I will flit between products like the fickle beauty junkie that I am.
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