10 February 2016

New Skincare Additions: February 2016

When payday came around this month i decided that it was about time that i treated myself to some new skincare bits that i've had my eye on for some time. I think it's really good to switch up your skincare routine, adding and taking away products for whatever you're targeting. Usually i'm using products to help with my acne or dryness but i'm really enjoying using things for helping with dull skin and radiance, plus a few other things. So i thought i'd share with you what i've picked up recently.

First is the Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum which is supposed to be formulated to boost the skin's energy cycle, whatever that means. It'll help to perfect your skintone and make it look more radiant and luminous. It's actually quite an all rounder as it contains ingredients such as Vitamin C and Glabridin (from liquorice) to help with anti-aging and blemishes as well as Hyaluronic Acid for hydration and plumping, all while promoting radiance. I'd apply this after my toner and before my moisturiser at night instead of my Chanel serum. I really hopes this makes a noticeable difference as i've been loving a more glowing complexion.

Next is the Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence which i've had on my wishlist, literally on the John Lewis website, for about six months or so. I've just been so intrigued by it as it's like nothing else i've ever tried. I read up on a lot of reviews before i took the plunge to purchase it and a lot of them where 50/50 as to whether it was worth it or just an unnecessary step in your skincare routine. However, i decided that i wouldn't be able to make a judgement if i didn't just try it for myself. It's supposed to be inspired by Asian beauty and is to be used after cleansing and toning, before serum and moisturiser. It's basically supposed to prime the skin and prepare it to receive the rest of your skincare, all while helping your products work to the best of their ability. Again it's supposed to help with radiance and create a more youthful complexion. 

When the Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum came out, the brand seemed to get a lot of bloggers behind it, writing reviews and hashtagging it on social media. The posts that i read at the time, although making the product sounded interesting, all felt very 'sponsored' and i just felt like the bloggers where posting good reviews because they'd been paid to write about it. Now that that has passed i went back to read more reviews and really there hasn't been many since. So, i decided again i wouldn't know what to think until i tried it for myself. It's supposed to be targeted at my age group, the people who are caught between harsh acne treatments and anti-aging skincare. You do kind of get lost in your 20's as nothing is targeted specifically for you, you just have to sort of find your way and what works for you. It's aim is to help with dull skin, the daily stresses your skin deals with, shrink pores and blur imperfections which, frankly, is a lot of heavy claims so i thought why not.

I was watching a Youtube video, i think a get ready with me, and they talked about using a spray moisturiser which i've heard of and actually even tried before. A long time ago, probably six months to a year, i tried out the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray and surprisingly i hated it. It just felt too much for me, and although it'd physically light it felt heavy on my skin so i haven't really looked back since. Until i began loving everything Pixi Beauty and they launched their new skincare, that is. I want to try everything but decided to stick with the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist for now, and i have actually begun testing this one. I'll be sure to review it but it's a 'deeply hydrating mist', perfect for dry skin, with a featherweight consistency and contains hyaluronic acid to plump and maintain moisture levels. 

I actually got the Estee Lauder New Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II, wow that's a mouthful, for Christmas. I've been wanting to try this cult product for absolutely ages but it's pricey and hadn't plumped for it myself yet so what better to ask for, for Christmas? People rave about this product and i want to see what all the fuss is about. It's safe to use everyday, if you so wish, and is supposed to address the key signs of ageing with their exclusive 'ChronoluxCB Technology'. Sounds impressive, right? Basically it's supposed to help your skin renewal while you sleep and in turn help with anti-ageing and make your skin looks it's best when you wake up. Estée Lauder's consumer testing proves that lines and wrinkles paperer reduced, and skin feels smoother, more hydrated and stronger. Lets hope it lives up to it's expectations.

Lastly is Lush's Mask of Magnaminty which i've been hearing about for years but never taken the plunge as last time i used a lush face mask you had to keep it in the fridge and it would go off in about a week. Turns out Lush has it's improved it's formulas and they last considerably longer, four or so months in fact, so i now i definitely had no reason not to. It's actually 'self preserving' and contains deep cleansing oils rather than perishable ingredients. It's designed to be a face and back mask since it contains china clay and peppermint to clean deep down in your pores and has that weird tingle that lets you know that it's working. It also helps to exfoliate thanks to the aduki beans, vanilla and honey calm redness and soothe and it was created to be the 'ultimate face mask' - intense but not harsh.

I'll probably get around to reviewing these products but i thought i'd introduce them first and then take some time to really test them out and the revisit them to tell you what i think. It's always nice to try new things, especially in skincare but there is always that threat of a breakout too!


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