This year my skin has been pretty out of control. I’ve had dryness, redness and blemishes galore. At 33, I thought my troublesome skin would’ve chilled out by now. So I’ve been on a mission to find the skincare that really works for me and I have discovered some proper magical potions which I’ll be sharing with you today.
Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist | £27 | available here
I’d been using up my The Body Shop Oils Of Life Essence Lotion and always found that it left my skin a little greasy due to the bi-phase formula. I also always thought a spray essence would be so much more practical so I started searching for an essence mist. I’ll admit, I was sucked in by the millennial pink, chunky bottle but the reviews were good and it’d a brand I’d heard good things about so I thought I’d give it a go.
This product is a toner and essence in one, containing concentrated fruit extracts – including kiwi, grape, lemon, peach and orange – as well as lavender and rosemary. Surprisingly, with all those ingredients, it doesn’t have much of a scent. The mister is super fine and refreshing, and the essence sinks in quickly. I find it’s really hydrating and plays well with all the products I use on top – which is really the only job of an essence. For those who don’t know, an essence is supposed to prep the skin for further skincare and helps all other products sink in to the skin properly – meaning you’re getting all the goodness you’re paying for!
Disciple Skincare Good Skin Face Oil | £21 | available here
Disciple Skincare Dreamy Skin Retinyl Oil | £32 | available here
Ever since I realised that oily skin and facial oils are not arch enemies, I’ve used them religiously. You’d be forgiven for thinking that adding more oil to oily skin is a no go but it actually discourages your skin from producing excess oil as it senses that the levels are already oily enough – basically, that’s my way of understanding and explaining it anyway!
Disciple Skincare is relatively new to Cult Beauty and it sounds like every CB employee is smitten so I had to try their Discovery Kit – containing miniatures of the Good Skin and Dreamy Skin oils. Within a week, I was smitten too. I use Good Skin in the morning and Dreamy Skin at night – you only need three / four drops of each and that small amount goes a long way. Since using them, I’ve definitely noticed blemishes disappear pretty much overnight, my pores have tightened and my skin is glowing – so much so that I have had so many compliments even when going makeup free. As much as I’m loving all the products in this post, these two magic potions are the absolute stand out favourites.
Vee Beauty LDN Eye Lash and Brow Serum | £14.95 | available here
Whilst not strictly skincare, it does form a big part of my night-time skincare regime so I just had to include it. A few months back, I think I had a reaction to a Primark mascara (which is v. annoying as it was a good’un for my lashes and obv. cheap as chips) and pretty much all of my lashes started to drop out. It was a very dark time because I’m a mascara and eyelash fanatic and I just didn’t feel like me. I’ve used Revitalash for years which while it isn’t cheap at around £100 a tube, has always made my lashes grow longer and fuller. But even that wasn’t having an effect anymore so I was looking for a miracle.
The lovely Michelle (beyondthedressingtable on Instagram – seriously, follow her here for amazing skincare recommendations) has talked about this product a lot and shared before and after pics which really sparked my interest. At £15 for a tube I thought why not give it a go. Seriously, within a couple of weeks my lashes stopped falling out and they were growing again. A couple of months later and they’re back to their former glory (not that they were that glorious to begin with but back to normal at least). I owe it all to this blend of Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vitamin E.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir | £12 | available here
This one needs no introduction as it’s a hugely hyped up cult product. I’ve always been curious about it but convinced myself a while ago it wasn’t something I needed. But there was something about the recent heat wave that had me buying all the facial mists so I eased myself in with the miniature 30ml.
I can imagine that the scent of this isn’t for everyone as it is quite minty and herbal but I adore it and it takes me away to a blissful spa day. On no-makeup days I liberally spritz my face with this and it leaves my skin looking dewy with a healthy glow. I recently went for a spa day for my birthday and I took this with me to spritz throughout the day. When I went for a facial, the beauty therapist could not stop admiring my skin saying how beautiful it looked and how soft it was. I genuinely put that down to the Beauty Elixir. I’m so in love with it that I’ve already repurchased the full size so I can pop the mini in my handbag for on-the-go top ups! The full size is £32 and I’d always assumed it could not be worth that but honestly it’s worth every single penny.
What lotions and potions do you swear by? I’m forever on a quest for skincare heroes so let me know some recommendations in the comments below.
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