L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution
£3.33 on sale - Boots here
Dubbed the Bioderma dupe this high street micellar water makes an amazing makeup remover for both the face and eyes (even waterproof mascara). Unlike other makeup removers this basically feels like water but removes makeup a dream making it great for sensitive skin, as a pre-cleanse and oily skin types that don't want any oily residue left behind. Such an affective product that I just can't be without.
Clarins HydraQuench Cream
£27.20 on sale - Escentual here
After months of my skin feeling sluggish and looking quite lack luster I discovered this amazing cream from Clarins in Summer last year. Though slightly too heavy for my oily/combination skin as a day cream I started to use this at a night, something totally new to my skincare routine and soon discovered my skin feeling so much better. Totally love how my skin drinks up the cream as soon as I apply it and instantly relieves that dehydrated feeling from central heating and cold weather.
£175 for set - Amazon here
There is no denying the Clarisonic is a pricey skincare tool however this has been the staple product in keeping my skin clear. When I received this back in June last year it was quite the novelty and I got sucked in to using it pretty much daily due to how it made my skin feel. I soon realised it was un-needed and only saw the best results when I started using it 2-3 times a week on the days when I've been wearing makeup with a hot cloth cleanser from either Liz Earle or Elemis. I also use this in the shower with the Organic Surge Face Wash when my skin is feeling a bit congested and likely to break out and it always keeps spots at bay. A Clarisonic is a big purchase but purchasing a used unit from eBay and buying a new brush head for it is a money saving option. My much clearer skin was definitely down to this bad boy in 2013!
Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask
£4.95 - Boots here
2013 was the year of face masks for me, I tried out as many as I could, from crazy Korean ones to a wide range of clay based masks (my favourite kind for my combination/oily skin) but the Amie Cooling Clay Mask was the one I kept going back to and relying on. When using this 1-2 times a week this really does reduce the amount of oil my skin produces over my T-zone and improves the look of my pores. This also brightens the skin after use and leaves it feeling fresh and awake! An amazing mask for oily/blemish prone skin. Oh, and for a clay face mask it smells amazing!
Ginvera Marvel Gel
£22.00 - Cult Beauty here
Never did I expect to love an exfoliating gel! When I first heard of this gel I just couldn't get my head around a totally smooth gel that claimed to exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of blackheads and pores. But that is exactly what it does! You simply apply a small amount to dry skin and lightly rub until the gel balls up and becomes dry and slightly flaky... this is in fact the gel and also the dissolved dead skin cells, then you simply wash off the remaining gel. This is especially good for sensitive skin but I love to use it when I will be applying makeup straight afterwards as it doesn't leave the skin at all red unlike other exfoliators with grains. Just a wonder product that still amazes me.
Up tomorrow... my top 5 Hair products of 2013!