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My Favorite Things: Skincare

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I have a bit of problem skin. It is both sensitive and acne prone, two things that are usually really hard to deal with when it comes to your skin. Thankfully, I have found some products that do a good job of keeping those problems in check!
1. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - I got this in a Birchbox a good long while ago and I didn't expect it to live up to the hype. Boy, was I wrong. This has to be one of my favorite face washes ever! It smells divine and, in combination with the muslin cloth, it does an amazing job of cleansing my skin. I have sensitive, acne prone skin and I was worried that daily exfoliation might do some damage, but it turns out that it's the perfect form of daily light exfoliation that keeps my skin fresh and clean. It even does a great job of picking up trace amounts of makeup from the spots of my face that I missed with my makeup wipe. If you have not picked up a bottle of this cleanser, I highly suggest you do so!

2. Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - I got a small sample of this in a goody bag from a Sephora VIB Rouge event a while back. I always find that eye creams are a generally miss for me because I never really see a good amount of difference in my under eye area. I'm too young for serious wrinkles and nothing I've tried really helps the slight darkness if I haven't gotten a good night's rest or the puffiness that always seems to appear. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this eye balm, as it actually reduced my dark circles by a considerable amount. After couple weeks of use, (love that a tiny container of eye balm can last such a long time!) I found that it did a great job daily of minimizing the puffiness and dark circles associated with a restless night. It's definitely one of my skincare favorites and something I will be purchasing in a larger size once my little pot runs out. 

3. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ - I have gone and come back to this moisturizer a million times and I have found it on my favorites list again for Fall. It always does a great job of balancing out my skin. It does the most important job of moisturizing the dry areas on my face and NOT over-moisturizing my oilier areas. It's the perfect moisturizer to use between Summer and Fall as the change in the season always wreaks a bit of havoc on my skin. 

4. Avène Rètrinal+0.05 Cream - I have only just discovered this product recently through the monthly subscription box, BeautyDNA. I always love seeing what products the smartie beauty product algorithm has picked out for me each month. This product is a Rètrinal cream that is meant to reduce wrinkles and brighten the skin. I don't have a lot of wrinkles on my face, but I do have two lines on my forehead that always seem to give me a bit of trouble. This product does a wonderful job at diminishing those lines so that now they are barely noticeable. I can't wait to see what it can do after a couple months of use. 

5. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask - This mask is definitely a cult and Brendy Beauty favorite! I always keep a bottle of this mask handy for any day where I feel like my skin is a total mess. It does a great job of decongesting the skin and pulls out all the gunk that has been accumulated in a day of running around the city. This mask has become a necessary component in any Brendy Beauty pamper evening!

6. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash - Another Origins product that I just adore is this Frothy Face Wash. When they say it's a frothy face wash, they MEAN it's frothy. This product lathers up really well and does a stupendous job of making your skin feel squeaky clean afterward. This, in combination with my Clarisonic, does an amazing job of giving your face a good and proper cleaning. 

Have any skincare favorites of your own? Share them with me in the comments below!

19 comments:

  1. I really must get better at using some kind of skin cream, this is something I am really bad at

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  2. The brands you've mentioned are amazing but I use Ziaja now which is so cheap but so amazing!

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  3. I have sensitive (eczema prone) skin with small, but frequent breakouts. I've been searching for a great face wash, so maybe I need to give this Liz Earle one a try!

    XX,
    S. Roderick
    www.currenthabits.com

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  4. I have similar skin. I can't really put anything on it without guaranteeing a breakout, even the most gently of moisturizers break me out, but I also get dry patches... the worst. It's a total double edged sword. But I SWEAR by the charcoal mask, if I'm feeling a bump I can put a dab on at night and it's nearly gone in the morning.

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  5. Sounds like I have the exact same skin problems as you! Thanks for sharing what you use... I will check them out for myself :)

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  6. I have the same skin problems! I am going to check out the Clinique moisturizer- it sounds like what I need!

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  7. Have you tried the Avene lip balm they make?? It's the only stuff that worked on me during the Canadian winters, and could only get it at Shopper's Drug Mart! Love that stuff.

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  8. Lately I've become addicted to the products by Juice Beauty. They are all organic and I love them! My husband loves Aveno though.

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  9. I use many of these products as well. PS- great photography!

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  10. These all look great. I love clinique stuff.

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  11. I really need to start taking better care of my skin. Luckily, my skin is in great condition without products, but I don't want to regret not doing anything later on in life.

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  12. Great tips! I don't really use much products but I'm trying to take care myself by eating right.

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  13. I am terrible at keeping up with my skincare. My most neglected thing. These look like great products.

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  14. Orgins doesn't work well with my skin and it bums be out because I hear great things about it. I would still try the charcoal scrub, even though I make my own haha! I'm a huge skincare fanatic and am diligent with it. I want to try the Avene cream! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  15. Beautiful pictures - I only use the skin products I get from brands! Unless these run out then it's just moisturiser!

    Katie <3

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  16. Liz Earle is my all time favourite, love it!

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  17. I've heard lots of good things about Origins products, I definitely need to try some out!

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  18. Cool-- will have to check these out!

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  19. Brenda! You should look up the products you use on beautypedia.com (expert, research-based reviews on skincare products). Often I look up a product I'm curious about on there and find out it actually contains irritating ingredients or is wrong for my skin type! It's hard to really know what's working well for your skin or not when your skin is complicated. Took me a long time to figure it out. I love that site because it takes the guesswork out of skincare products! =)

    It might disappoint you that they give a poor rating to some of the products you love - but they know what they're talking about and explain why! and also offer lists of the best products for any category.

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