Best of 2013: Skincare

28 Dec 2013

It's the time of the year when everyone starts sharing their favourite products, tried and tested throughout the year. I have been waiting for some good light to take some photos for a few weeks now, and alas, we are four days away from 2014 and I gave in - instead I will be sharing my favourites of 2013 in 'wish list' type posts. First up, skincare. A few of these have been reviewed on the blog before, some I have raved and raved about, and a couple will be reviewed in full in 2014 - so keep your eyes peeled! Here are the five skincare products which stood out for me the most in 2013.
Best of 2013: Skincare

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner (Escentual, 125ml, £22.85): The rather popular Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner was quite the skincare revelation for me in 2013. Completely changing the way I looked at exfoliation, this delightfully scented lotion is gentle and actually feels soothing when applied. It has key ingredients of White Dead Nettle, which is an astringent and contains healing properties, and Tamarin, which is loved for it's refreshing effect when used on the skin, leaving the skin revitalised whilst also repairing and healing. My skin loved this from first use; it smells lovely, very fresh and clean, and after just one use I could feel my skin improving. This effortlessly gives me smoother, softer and supple skin that is bright and refreshed. It's wonderful, I couldn't be without it.
Read my Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner review (link)

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye (Space NK, 15ml, £24.50): I've raved about this quite a lot lately, so sorry for the overload - but it really is an unbeatable product for me. Squalane (pronounced 'skwa-lane') is a key ingredient, which effortlessly absorbs into the skin. Then there's Butcher's Broom, Evening Primrose and Lavender, all of which are adored for their hydrating, calming and soothing properties. Once applied, my delicate under eye area is soothed and cooled instantly, it's refreshing and calming. My skin feels more hydrated and supple as soon as I apply, and overnight it works to replenish, rejuvenate and refresh my eyes by morning. It's a miracle in a tube. Bit pricey, but one tube lasted me nine months (which works out at 9p a use), so I think it's an investment well made.
Read my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye review (link)

Cosmedix Purity Clean (Medico Beauty, 100ml, £27.45): Cosmedix is a fairly new brand to me, introduced by Samsara Skin when I went for my facial (post to come soon) I actually have a couple of Cosmedix products now and I am smitten with each, but Purity Clean was the first I tried for myself at home and invested in. A concentrated, exfoliating cleanser, it has a distinct scent of cooling Peppermint Essential Oil, calming Lavender and Clarifying Tea Tree Oil. It's job is to penetrate deeply into your skin, eliminating any cellular debris, de-congesting pores and also as an added bonus, hydrating the skin too. This has been a pretty amazing product for me and I'm sharing a full review soon, so I won't go into too much detail here - but boy am I smitten.
Read about Samsara Skin (link)

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil* (Look Fantastic*, 30ml, £32): This is a newbie in my regime, which I've been using daily morning and night for around five weeks now. My skin was in love from first use and I've never tried an oil quite like it before. With a signature blend of Pure Rose Otto, Palma Rose and Rose Geranium, this smells absolutely incredible; not overpowering, just right. Each of these essential oils stimulates cell production and revives moisture levels. There's also anti-oxidant rich Artic Cloudberry, Abyssinian and Rosehip Oils, all working to plump and smooth, while Cucumber, Aot and Starflower Oils calm and soothe. It feels lovely, it smells lovely and it fulfills all promises. My skin is oily and dehydrated, which can be an awkward skin type to manage. The Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil, which is a late 2013 release, is absolutely wonderful and instantly hydrates my skin, plumping and smoothing. Easily a must-have for the winter months ahead when our skin will take a battering. Full review to come soon!

Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse (Escentual, 50ml, £46): Oh, how I love this serum. I have around a third of mine left, stashed away for special use, rationing it until I can justify a repurchase. It's pricey, worth the investment, but still an indulgent buy that I just can't justify right now. An amazing serum, easily the best I have ever used which has left my skin so happy (and sad when I'm not using it!) It's a very science-y based product, so I'll let you read my full review for all the technical stuff; in a nutshell it softens, smooths, firms and protects the skin. My skin feels incredible whenever I use this serum, like fairy-tale perfect skin. Nothing makes my skin feel as plump and soft as this does and it works a really fantastic base for makeup. I can't compare it to any other serum; for me it's completely stand out, the crème de la crème.
Read my Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse review (link)

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