A regular skincare routine has been important to me since I was 11 and started pinching my Mum’s Avon moisturiser (sorry about that Mum!).
I’m not one of these people who spends thousands of pounds on the latest extravagant beauty products; I always judge a product by effectiveness, rather than price tag (my usual moisturiser is a £4 bottle of Simple Kind to Skin).
However, I don’t mind splashing out a little bit for core products that I’ve tried and tested over the years, and know perfectly suit me and my skin. Here are the four beauty products I just can’t live without:
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
This iconic British cleanser is rich and creamy, and deliciously scented with rosemary and eucalyptus. You massage it into your face and neck, then use the hot muslin cloth in a circular motion to gently wipe the cream away. As well as giving your face a really deep clean, you’re also exfoliating the dull outer layer of your skin, revealing the new skin cells underneath. Within a week of first using this my skin felt softer and smoother, and was markedly more radiant – so much so, even OH noticed a difference (which is nothing short of miraculous). Since then it’s the only cleanser I’ve used, and never fails to leave my skin glowing.
Sond Replenishing Face Oil
I discovered this after being sent some to review (read more about it HERE) and it’s now become a staple of my skincare routine. I use the oil in the mornings after showering and cleansing my face, to give it a hydrating blast. I’ve been put off oils in the past because they’ve left my skin with a greasy residue, but this one sinks in instantly leaving only a lovely sweet peppermint fragrance. I can put my usual moisturiser and foundation on straight away, and can visibly see the added dewiness to my skin. I love this so much I have a new bottle automatically sent to me every few months, via the Sond website. Not only does it ensure I never run out, but it also gets me a 10 percent discount, bringing the price down from £34, to £30.60.
RapidLash Eyelash Serum
Initially I was dubious of the claims this product boasted: longer, thicker eyelashes in four weeks – if this really worked why on earth wasn’t everyone using it?! But I tried Rapidlash, and it really, genuinely worked. As someone who spent decades curling, perming (yes, perming!), extending and piling on mascara, this was such a simple way to increase the look and volume of my lashes. I’ve been a convert ever since. Sure, it’s an extravagance as opposed to an essential, but the results give me a confidence boost and I can eke a tube out to last three months. Plus, if you buy it via Amazon’s Subscribe and Save service you can whittle the price down to around £25.
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede
OK, not technically a beauty product, but I couldn’t leave this out because I just love it SO much. I’ve written before about how particular I am with perfumes: there are many fragrances that I like, but very few that I can tolerate all day. But this one literally makes me happy every time I smell it. The delicate scent of full-bloom peonies, mingled with jasmine, rose and gillyflower (never heard of it? Neither had I – it’s another name for carnation), all subtly blended with soft, blush suede. Yes, it’s expensive (£86 for 100ml bottle), but I wear this every day and it lasts over a year. The scent has become my ‘signature’ now, and I don’t feel fully dressed until I’ve given myself a spritz.
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