I’ve been obsessed with skin care since I was a teenager. Having combination/spot prone skin, I’m always on the lookout for the miracle products that will help give me the perfect glowing blemish free skin that I desire. While my skin is in no way perfect, I feel that I’ve found the right mix of products that seems to suit my skin at the moment. So lets take a look….
The Makeup Removal Squad
L’oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil
This is my first step in my evening routine, getting rid of the layers of makeup that have been smeared all over my mush for 10 hours or more. This product seriously lives up to its name. It is such a quick and easy method of makeup removal. I rub this oil all over my makeup covered face including my eyes and work it into the skin, then wring out a hot face cloth and buff it all off, and like magic it leaves my skin exceptionally clean and makeup free in record time. It doesn’t leave any oily residue and my skin didn’t suffer any adverse effects from it at all. As you can see I only have a teeny bit left as I use it so much. I’d definitely recommend it as a first step in everyone’s routine. It costs about €10 in Boots, but I’ve seen it on offer in chemists and supermarkets, so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain and stock up, you’ll thank me!
This is my 2nd option for makeup removal i.e. ‘The Lazy Option’ If I can’t be bothered to wash my face I pour some of this onto a cotton pad and sweep it all over the skin and it removes every last scrap of makeup. 2 or 3 soaked cotton pads will remove a heavy layer of makeup including eye makeup and it’s really gentle on the skin. It doesn’t dry my skin out or leave a residue, it just feels as light as water. This 400ml bottle will last forever, and its such great value, I pick it up in Penneys where it’s only €4.50 a bottle. Bargain!
No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes
I know I know, wipes are the spawn of the devil and never to be used on the skin. However, we spoke above about ‘The Lazy Option’. Well, this is the ‘Super Lazy and/or extremely drunk makeup removal option’ Wipes aren’t good for everyday use, but these are great for the occasional use, or as a quick makeup removal option before cleansing with a wash off cleanser. I like the packaging, the lid means that they don’t dry out, and these cloths are pretty big and very wet so they remove makeup quickly and easily. I also like how they’re fragrance free, I’ve tried tons of wipes that are really heavily fragranced or that sting the skin, but these don’t do that, so they’re definitely a winner for
drunken lazy ole me. They’re pricey at €9.25, but Boots are always doing those money off vouchers, so that’s when I tend to stock up!
The Perfect Cleansing Combo
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (Sweet Orange and Mint Limited Edition)
I’ve declared my love for Liz Earle products many times on the blog before, but the Cleanse and Polish holds a special place in my heart. Its an amazing creamy cleanser that leaves my skin clear, smooth and soft. I won’t go on too much as I’ve done a full review here, but I’d definitely recommend you check it out, you won’t regret it.
Usually I use a muslin cloth with my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, but every 2nd day I whip out this bad boy. It’s a sonic cleansing brush, which claims to clean your skin 6 times better than using your hands alone. I’d read a lot about this online, so last year when I was in an outlet mall in Vegas, I spotted a started kit on offer for $90 (which at the time converted to about €70) so I thought I’d give it a go, and I haven’t looked back since. I was afraid of the dreaded ‘purging stage’ that I’d heard so much about, and had visions of myself covered in awful cystic acne. However, the first time I used it I was left with 2 small spots on my chin and that was it (and even at that- it was more likely that sleeping in my makeup after a tequila soaked night spent casino hopping was to blame for that). I currently use the Deep Pore brush head, which leaves my skin feeling so soft. It feels gentle to use, and has definitely improved the texture of my skin, and has balanced out my dry and oily patches. Yes, it is an investment, and I’m not sure I’d use it every day as I think it may be a tad too harsh on my skin, but I’m so glad I went for it, as I do think played a massive helping hand in clearing my skin up.
The Toning & Moisturising Crew
Pixi Glow Tonic
You’d want to have been living under a rock not to have heard everyone harping on about this toner. By golly, it is a game changer. Have you ever bought a new product and from first use been like ‘woweeeee this is fab’? Because that was my instant reaction with this bad boy. It’s a glycolic acid toner which has so many benefits- exfoliating, toning, firming and tightening the skin to name but a few. I use it every 2nd night, and I’ve had far fewer breakouts since I’ve began using it. I just soak a cotton pad and sweep it all over the face, it has a lovely scent and doesn’t sting or dry my skin. Its alcohol free which is a bonus. It’s hard to come across in Ireland, I picked this up in Liberty, London, but it’s available on ASOS and a few other online stockists.
Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate Rollerball
I apply this every 2nd night or so, or if my skin feels particularly dry or dehydrated. It’s such a beautiful fragrant oil that leaves my skin so plump and balanced. I’ve done a full review of it here.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream
I’m not gonna lie, this is the step I most often forget about. I didn’t buy this, it came free with a magazine. I can’t say it does anything amazing for the skin, but when I use it I always feel my concealer applies better. I really need to remember to use it more!
Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser
I’ve already waxed lyrical about this before, so you can read my full review here. It’s an amazing moisturiser and I love how it makes my skin feel. I never want it to run out!
The Treatment Team
St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub
I’ve used this one for years. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews online, but it works for me. I use it once a week to gently exfoliate the skin, and I find it works well and it smooths the skin and unclogs the pores. You have to go easy with it as it’s pretty grainy, and I wouldn’t use it too often as I’d imagine it would irritate the skin with overuse. It’s a great affordable option.
Origins Clear Improvement Mask
This stuff is the bees knees. I use this as a treatment when my skin is particularly spotty, or my pores feel clogged. It draws out all the impurities and leaves my pores looking clear and my skin feels fresh. Its pricey at €30 for 100ml (I got this slightly smaller version in a gift set). But a little goes a long way, me likey very much.
Origins Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask
I love using this mask when my skin is particularly red and blotchy. It works great at reducing redness and improves the texture of the skin. It’s a great quick option, and again, a little goes a long way so although it’s pricey it will last ages.
So there you have it, a massive army of lotions and potions that help my skin stay (somewhat) clear and blemish free. Have you guys got any other recommendations for me? I’d love to know what other people use, so let me know in the comments below!