Spring is the perfect time to spring clean and shake up your skincare routine. Lately, I’ve really upped my skincare game. I feel like at the age of 25 it’s the right time to really invest time and energy into keeping my skin healthy. It’s so important to be consistent with a regular skincare routine to keep skin looking clear and glowing. Recently, I’ve discovered some gorgeous new products which I absolutely love and have done wonders for me, and I’ve also got some old favourites that I can’t live without! I’m going to share a few of my favourite skincare saviours with you.

Skintifique Cleanser P Hypoallergenic Micellar Water

This is a new addition to my skincare routine which I was recently sent to review. You can read my full review here, but I’ll just summarise what I love so much about it that has meant the Cleanser P is now part of my daily morning skincare routine. Firstly, in the mornings I am usually extremely pushed for time, and the nature of this micellar water means I can literally apply some to a cotton pad and cleanse my face in less than a minute, with no washing, faffing or otherwise! It does a great job; gently removing any traces of makeup from the day before and it really wakes me up and makes my skin feel fresh in the morning. Also, my skin is pretty sensitive so I love how gentle this cleanser is gently and completely hypoallergenic and nasty-free, which is something that is really important to me. If you are looking for something that will give great results with minimal fuss this is a great addition to your routine.

 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

The original game changer and forever my favourite. I have been a loyal fan of Liz’s range for years and this cleanser is an enduring winner for me. I use the hot cloth cleanser every night when I’ve got more time and I really want to feel like I can wash the day away by deep cleansing my face. The product lathers up into a thick foam which I love because it makes my skin feel so clean and fresh afterwards, and then removing it with a warm muslin cloth (as recommended) helps to sooth and deep cleanse all my pours. A truly luxurious product.

Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial Mask

Now, this baby is something I picked up from the wonderful Exuviance skincare stall at BlogConLDN and I must say I am totally hooked and so glad I discovered it! I have had oxygen facials before, in salons (usually at great expense) and have found the results to be excellent. The benefits of bringing oxygen to your skincare are many, brightening dull skin, renewing, rejuvenating and so on. The Bionic Oxygen Facial mask contains pure essential oxygen plus Exuviance’s Bionic Complex for energising and bringing new life to the skin. I have found the results to be outstanding and this is now a staple item in my skincare collection. It’s on the high-end side in regards to price, but in my opinion totally worth it! I use the product roughly once a week and notice how bright, clear and glowing my skin feels afterwards. Five stars Exuviance – very impressed.

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment

This mask is my next choice and is an old favourite of mine. I like it so much because it’s gentle enough to use regularly (several times a week) and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. It’s naturally active ingredients promote brightening and the plant oils nourish skin to make it feel softer and smoother. I have used this mask regularly for years and I still find it a great mid-range choice which gives great results.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks

I must admit despite Elemis’ popularity I have never really tried many of their products at home but I recently received a sample of these collagen eye masks and I thought I had to include them in this little line up. Even at 25 (which is not old by my standards!) I am self conscious about fine lines and tired looking eyes. This mask comes in the form of little eye patches and are clinically proven to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As I wouldn’t say that I don’t have any really noticeable wrinkles I can’t say for sure whether they do ‘instantly reduce’ them but I did see an immediate brightening and refreshing of my eye area and I was really impressed with the product. I will definitely be re-purchasing.

Clarins Multi Active Day Cream

Last but not least, this little wonder which has actually caused me to change my lifelong faithful moisturiser! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Liz Earle moisturiser but for now I have switched to the Clarins day cream, simply for how incredible it makes my skin feel! It smells amazing, is suitable for all skin types and after using it my skin feels smooth, tightened, brightening and just generally gorgeous! I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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I hope you enjoyed my skincare saviours round up! I love writing about skincare and trying new products. I know good quality skincare can be a pricey investment, but I feel these products are a mixture of mid-range and high-end, but are all high quality products which are really worth it for the excellent results they give.

What are your skincare saviours?

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Hey there lovelies!

I’ve got something very exciting to show you today. If you have read my blog before you may know that I’m really obsessed with skincare products. It’s kind of my ‘thing’. I know most bloggers obsess over makeup and the newest cosmetics ranges but I could leave makeup any day for luxurious skincare products which give great results! You can’t beat a clear, fresh face in my opinion!

So, today I wanted to tell you about a new product which I was sent by Skintifique; the Cleanser P.

I hadn’t heard of Skintifique before, so naturally I was curious about their brand and products. They are an international brand, and from browsing their website and social media I have to say I was really impressed. They really know their skincare, and by that I mean that all of their products are driven by science and results. Something else that struck me was that all of their products are 100%  pure and non-allergenic, they are even suitable for people who suffer from extremely sensitive skin or problems like eczema or psoriasis. As an eczema sufferer myself, this was something I was really impressed by as I often find high street cleansers can flair up the patches where I get it on my face.

The packaging intrigued me too. It’s definitely not a pink, fluffy packaged product. The brand is simple, clean, with a slightly clinical feel which matches their ‘science driven’ brand ethos.

I could go on about the ingredients and the fact that it’s paraben free, fragrance free, no nasties and generally pure as anything; but what you really want to know is how it feels to use it and if it works.

Well, yes it does. It’s a micellar water, which means it’s a cleanser which removes makeup, impurities and traces of pollution from your skin. The Cleanser P is excellent at removing my makeup, even stubborn eye makeup, and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. It also feels lovely on my face, not oily at all which I have found with other micellar waters, and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. In the short term, I’d say it’s a fantastic cleanser for any skin type, but particularly for sensitive or reactive skin. It’s also a quick, easy way to cleanse morning and night with no fuss, which is what I like.

In the long term, I can honestly say that my skin has been clearer. Even more than that, I have noticed a difference in how my skin feels in regards to sensitivity. As I said, I have sensitive skin particularly on my cheeks, and I often find that after cleansing with a regular cleanser my skin feels ‘tight’ or a bit tingly. The Cleanser P has removed this feeling completely and my skin feels less dry and irritated.

The cleanser is priced just under £14 which, although more than a drug-store branded cleanser, I don’t feel is over the top for a results driven skincare brand like this, and I feel it’s competitive within their sector. If you would like more details about the cleanser, or to order a Cleanser P for yourself click here.

***I was sent this product for reviewing purposes, but the opinions are my own as always***

Have you tried this brand? What are your thoughts?

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Recently, I was contacted by JOCCA Home & Life, who asked me to review their Facial Cleansing Brush. I am really passionate about my skincare routine and invest a lot of time and effort keeping my skin the best it can be, but I have never used an electric facial brush before – so I jumped at the chance. I was delighted to receive it and I have now been using the brush daily as part of my routine for a week now.

The benefits of adding a piece of ‘electric’  kit to your skincare regime rather than sticking with manual are widely known. Similarly to the concept of electric vs manual tooth brushes; the spinning brush can provide a much deeper, more thorough clean as well as giving extra exfoliation. I was excited to try the brush because I’ve heard that using one regularly can increase brightness and skin quality as well as reducing breakouts.

 

The Jocca brush itself gets full marks for practicality and design. First of all, it’s a really gorgeous lilac colour! Aesthetics do make a difference and I love how cute it looks on my bathroom shelf. The design is also really practical; the brush is small and easily handheld, and it fits with all four brush heads neatly into this tidy snap close case. The whole thing would be easily portable and very travel friendly as it’s incredibly light as well as compact. Additionally, at only £16 the brush is really affordable.

The brush has 2 speeds which I really like because I have quite sensitive skin on my cheeks so when I am cleansing my face I can easily switch from the faster speed, which I use on the rest of my face, to the slower speed for my cheeks. This is super easy as well because the speed control switch is located on the handle. It’s certainly suitable for all skin types including sensitive.

There are four brush discs each with a slightly different function. The regular ‘bristle’ brush (although the bristles are very soft) and the sponge brush are for cleansing the face, the flat sponge is for applying foundation or base product evenly on the face and the massage disc can be used to massage the face which can stimulate the skin and when used over time can have a lifting and anti-aging effect.

I have incorporated using the brush into my daily skincare routine and I have really noticed a difference in my skin. When washing my face in the evening, I use a gentle cleanser and apply all over my face. I then use the bristle brush, with a small amount of cleanser applied directly to the brush too, on the high setting and gentle use all over my face in circular upward motions. When I come to the cheek area I put this down to the lower setting. I do this for about 2 minutes, until I have covered my entire face, and then remove with a damp flannel. If I am wearing a lot of makeup I will repeat this step to ensure a clean, clear face.

I do this daily before bed. I have also been using the massage disc every couple of days, after I have applied my moisturiser. I use this in a similar way, using circular upward motions to increase blood flow and lift in my skin.

Since using the brush on a daily basis I have noticed that my skin feels noticeably smoother and I feel like it looks brighter and more even too. I love the ultra-clean feeling I get after using the brush and I think it’s really nice to feel like you’re really cleaning the day off your skin, particularly if you live in a city like me and who knows what kind of pollution our skin has to endure on a daily basis. The brush has also seemed to help controlling my excess oil in my T-Zone and hasn’t caused any concerns on my sensitive areas which is always something I have in mind.

Overall I’m really impressed with this facial brush and I think it’s an excellent addition to any skincare regime if you want to make a real commitment which is going to have a noticeable impact on your skin. I love the brush Jocca has produced, due to it being really practical, compact and easy to use and keep clean. I’m really hooked and I would give it 5 stars!

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*Disclaimer: I was sent this product for reviewing purposes but these opinions are 100% my own*

A little bit about Jocca

JOCCA is a Home & Life retailer. With more than 30 years of experience, JOCCA has been producing and distributing high quality small appliances for kitchen, beauty and much more. They recently opened the UK online store and are willing to continue on their expansion all over the world. You can visit their website here.

Have you used an electric cleansing brush before? How did you find it?

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I love making things on a Sunday!

This is a gorgeous sugar scrub which is super easy to make and will leave skin silky smooth. Made of all natural ingredients that I found in my kitchen!

Lemon – Yum. Lavender – Yum. What’s not to love?

You will need:

  • 2 cups of sugar (I used white to get the nice yellow colour, but brown works too)
  • 1/2 a cup of olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil
  • a jar or something to put it in

 

scrub

Literally, mix the ingredients together in a big bowl and… that’s about it!

One yummy body scrub that smells divine and would cost you about £8.99 in a shop!

xox

 

 

I absolutely love Liz Earle skincare.  I’ve used her “hot cloth” cleanser and moisturiser for years but more recently I have branched out into other products. A few days ago I went to John Lewis and accidently bought perhaps more than I should have done! It’s all so pretty I couldn’t resit it!

Cleanse & Polish Cleanser

The original Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth cleanser from Liz Earle has been around for a while and it is my go to cleanser.  The brand tends to bring out “seasonal” cleansers and I couldn’t resit this Rose and Cedrat version for Spring! Look how cute the packaging is!! It has all the benefits of the original cleanser but the rose ingredient gives it an amazing delicate and fresh smell. The rose also has soothing qualities and the cedrat helps with purifying the skin.  All of Liz’s cleansers come with two white muslin cloths which are a great way of gently removing the cleanser and any impurities from the skin.

Orange Flower Botanical Hand Wash & Cream

This is a new one for me. I was persuaded to by this duo by the lovely Sales Assistant and also the fact that my bathroom has a pale blue theme and these match perfectly!  The orange flower smells beautiful and every time I use it it fills my bathroom with the scent. Perfect.

 

Instant Boost Skin Tonic

Again, a favourite which is part of my regular routine. I use this toner after the cleanser every day.  As I do have quite sensitive skin I find that the aloe and cucumber ingredients have a calming effect. It also contains Vitamin E as well as lavender and orange essential oils to nourish the skin.

Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion

This was a sneaky new purchase! I havn’t been using it long enough to report whether it will rejuvenate my eyes and help reduce my dark circles, however it does claim to refesh tired eyes and I can support that! I have used this on my peepers the last few mornings when my alarm goes of at 6.15am for my gym wakeup call – and it has helped me keep them open!

Skin Repair Moisturiser (Normal/Combination Skin)

I’m a big fan of this cream. I use it morning and night, have done for a year or two, and it seems to have complete control over my skin! I have a difficult skin type, oily T-Zone with extreme chin break outs but then very sensitive and pink cheeks. Most creams I used until I found this one sat on my pores and some even caused more break outs.  This moisturiser is light, non greasy but gives me the hydration that I need. Highly recommend!

 

The thing I love most about Liz Earle other than the amazing products is the strong sense of brand identity. The counter in my local John Lewis is so inviting that I can’t help go over to it! Their staff are a credit to the brand, and the whole atmosphere is that they really care about their customers. For example, before I even committed to buying anything, I was offered a 20 minute hand and arm massage to try out their new Spring cleanser and body cream.  I really feel that touches like that not only make customers happy and feel special, but also encourage them to make a purchase (clearly!).

All the products are available to view and purchase here.

Thanks Liz!

xox