Drugstore Skincare
 

New Skincare Discoveries...

 

When it comes to beauty, I'm very much a skincare girl.   I love the ritual of taking my makeup off and spending time giving myself a little mini-facial each day.  I've been a fan of Pixi, Oskia and Origins products for a while now so making a move away from those and finding  good 'dupes' in the drugstores made me a little nervous if I'm honest.  My skin is quite vulnerable to breakouts and dry patches and at 36 years old, I'm conscious of managing the early signs of ageing.  Now, this definitely goes beyond skincare - a healthy diet, good hydration an plenty of exercise are all incredibly important but I do believe a good skincare routine is the foundation.

 
 

My research was therefore pretty involved when it came to skincare and I spent a lot of time understanding what products where important and what were recommended by those I trust, my gurus (see Monday's post).  When it comes to cleansing I truly believe in the three step process; eyes and lips, makeup removal and finally a cleansing wash.  It's not just makeup that needs removed but I'm conscious of ridding my skin of any pollutants and traces of products used in the first two stages.   Then I'm all about the toner - when my skin gets oilier a more gentle toner works better - I just need it to soothe my skin and close off my pores after cleansing.  Then it's hydration.  It's a total myth that moisturising should be skipped or reduced if your skin is oilier - if you don't feed your skin then it'll produce it's own oils which is counter productive.  I prefer different products for morning pre makeup and evening before bed.

 

I've been using the skincare routine above for a while now and I'm genuinely delighted with it.  There's  some great products I've discovered that may well become permanent residents on my beauty shelf.  There are some that work for me now but I'll both  return to my favourites and invest more in those as well as enjoy the  process of trying other products that come to market -  that's the fun bit about blogging!

 

So here's my routine and the products I've discovered and am really loving.  I've retained the Embryolisse Cream for my day moisturiser as it's a great primer pre makeup.   It still fits in the  affordable category and is available in most branches of Boots.  You can read my full review on that here.  I'm also conscious that this post is quite 'L'Oreal' heavy, which was not intentional.  I  tried a range of products from No.7, Olay, Garnier, Sanctuary and Nivea and the range below was by far the best of what I tested.   Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Cleanse & Tone

 
  L'Oreal Paris Absolute Make-Up Remover Eye and Lip   I'm forever looking for a decent eye makeup remover - one that removes all the product but is gentle and doesn't require vigorous rubbing.  The one is really rather good.  I find I do need quite a bit of product and I tend to hold it on the eye for a few seconds first but it does the job.     £5.49 from Superdrug

L'Oreal Paris Absolute Make-Up Remover Eye and Lip

I'm forever looking for a decent eye makeup remover - one that removes all the product but is gentle and doesn't require vigorous rubbing.  The one is really rather good.  I find I do need quite a bit of product and I tend to hold it on the eye for a few seconds first but it does the job.  

£5.49 from Superdrug

  L'Oreal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash   This is another lovely one and  without seeming bias, I'm really loving L'Oreal products.   This  wash is lovely and creamy, feels like it gives your skin a good cleanse yet doesn't leave it feel too stripped.  I use this both in the evening and in the morning and my skin has reacted really well.   £2.65 from Superdrug

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash

This is another lovely one and  without seeming bias, I'm really loving L'Oreal products.   This  wash is lovely and creamy, feels like it gives your skin a good cleanse yet doesn't leave it feel too stripped.  I use this both in the evening and in the morning and my skin has reacted really well.

£2.65 from Superdrug

  L'Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal/Combination Skin   I'm such a big fan of micellar waters and I've used the Bioderma and the Garnier ones in the past as they are both really good.  Super gentle, very effective and really easy to use.  I'm particularly fond of this one by L'Oreal - great scent and the gentlest I've used yet.   £3.95 from Superdrug

L'Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal/Combination Skin

I'm such a big fan of micellar waters and I've used the Bioderma and the Garnier ones in the past as they are both really good.  Super gentle, very effective and really easy to use.  I'm particularly fond of this one by L'Oreal - great scent and the gentlest I've used yet.

£3.95 from Superdrug

  L'Oreal Fine Flowers Toner   I bought this a few days after the wash as I really liked the fine flower range and thought I'd give the toner a try.   I'm really fussy with toners and don't like anything  too 'stripping' and prefer a gentle product.  This  is comfortable, gentle and leave skin primed for moisturising.   £3.99 from Superdrug    

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Toner

I bought this a few days after the wash as I really liked the fine flower range and thought I'd give the toner a try.   I'm really fussy with toners and don't like anything  too 'stripping' and prefer a gentle product.  This  is comfortable, gentle and leave skin primed for moisturising.

£3.99 from Superdrug

 

 

Treat & Condition

 
  L'Oreal Hydra Genius Normal & Combination Skin   Oh my goodness, this stuff is amazing!  It's a reasonably new launch and beauty insiders have been raving about it but in this case, believe the hype.  I use this in the morning after cleansing to plump up my skin.  It's super moisturising and leaves my skin looking really healthy and moisturised all day.   I'm already stocking up!   £6.65 from Boots

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Normal & Combination Skin

Oh my goodness, this stuff is amazing!  It's a reasonably new launch and beauty insiders have been raving about it but in this case, believe the hype.  I use this in the morning after cleansing to plump up my skin.  It's super moisturising and leaves my skin looking really healthy and moisturised all day.   I'm already stocking up!

£6.65 from Boots

  Vichy Eye Contour Idealizer   This product comes in at £25.00, which is more expensive that the Origins product I  was using.  I deliberated about including it in this review but I  did buy it from Boots, off shelf, and none of the other products I tried came close.  My key concerns were fine lines and dark circles, both in the under eye area.  This seems to have worked already, after just a few weeks.  I like how cooling it is on application.  What I don't like is the plastic applicator which I find  drags on my skin.    I put it on my finger tips then pat it in.   I'm happy with it but at this price I doubt I'll repurchase.   £25.00 from Boots

Vichy Eye Contour Idealizer

This product comes in at £25.00, which is more expensive that the Origins product I  was using.  I deliberated about including it in this review but I  did buy it from Boots, off shelf, and none of the other products I tried came close.  My key concerns were fine lines and dark circles, both in the under eye area.  This seems to have worked already, after just a few weeks.  I like how cooling it is on application.  What I don't like is the plastic applicator which I find  drags on my skin.    I put it on my finger tips then pat it in.   I'm happy with it but at this price I doubt I'll repurchase.

£25.00 from Boots

  Sanctuary Therapist's Secret Facial Oil   I've used Sanctuary products for years and have always liked them. It's one of those brands I forget about and then delight in trying again.  The Therapist's Secret Facial Oil is one of their best.  I use it in the evening before my night cream and have found after a few weeks that my skin's texture has improved and despite being an oil, it doesn't feel oily and soaks in beautifully.   £17.50 from Boots

Sanctuary Therapist's Secret Facial Oil

I've used Sanctuary products for years and have always liked them. It's one of those brands I forget about and then delight in trying again.  The Therapist's Secret Facial Oil is one of their best.  I use it in the evening before my night cream and have found after a few weeks that my skin's texture has improved and despite being an oil, it doesn't feel oily and soaks in beautifully.

£17.50 from Boots

  Garnier Miracle Sleeping Face Cream   I must admit I was pretty sceptical that a night cream under £10.00 could deliver, however I have been told that it's the serums and oils that are the most important parts and that moisturisers should be complimentary.  I'm not sure...However, this surprised me.   It's got serious claims and it's hard to confirm whether these are due to this  product's performance or as part of this new routine.  It does however apply beautifully and at this price I'm pretty happy.   £8.65 from Superdrug

Garnier Miracle Sleeping Face Cream

I must admit I was pretty sceptical that a night cream under £10.00 could deliver, however I have been told that it's the serums and oils that are the most important parts and that moisturisers should be complimentary.  I'm not sure...However, this surprised me.   It's got serious claims and it's hard to confirm whether these are due to this  product's performance or as part of this new routine.  It does however apply beautifully and at this price I'm pretty happy.

£8.65 from Superdrug