Last month I did a first impressions post on new makeup that I’d been trying out so this month I thought I’d do the same thing on skincare seeing as over the past few months I’ve been trying out quite a few new products. Skincare is the area of my routine that I have been trying to up the most as I know that I should be taking better care of it, especially as I’m only 14 months off turning 30.
When the Debenhams in Watford opened I picked up two Kiehl’s products as I’d never tried the brand before. The Glow Formula Skin Hydrator was something I knew I wanted to pick up before my trip as I’d heard good things about it and anything with the words hydration in the title pique my attention. This is a moisturiser which hydrates the skin but also gives it a glow due to the antioxidant pomegranate extract which it has, boosting radiance. I’ve been using this under my primer when I do wear makeup and it’s nice to have another layer of moisture as usually, I’d have put on moisturiser a few hours before. But the main way I’m loving it is on the days when I wear low/ no makeup as it gives my skin a healthy glow and stops it looking quite as red and blotchy as it sometimes does.
The second Kiehls product I picked up to try was the Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque. One thing I did notice though was the mini I picked up in Debenhams had no instructions on how to use the mask so I had to Google to see if it was a leave on or wash off mask. How you’re meant to use it is to put a visible layer on the skin, let it sit for 5 minutes, dab off the excess then leave the rest on as an overnight mask. I’m going to be honest I just skipped straight to the last step and put on a thin layer before bed and let it sink into my skin and while it made my skin feel nice initially I couldn’t see any major benefits of this mask compared to any other sleep mask I’ve tried. I am going to try it the way it’s intended with a larger amount to start off with and see if that works any better.
I picked up a few Pixi products when Boots had a 1/3 off sale and the Rose Tonic is one of the newest bits of the range. I’m going to be honest, the rose smell isn’t my favourite and it’s reasonably strong so that isn’t the best, but it’s designed to minimize redness and calm skin by hydrating it. The first few times I’ve used it I’ve been pretty impressed as sometimes toners can strip my skin and leave them quite dry but this didn’t and it left it with a bounce. For the moment it’s worth putting up with the sweet smell for.
I do have the Pixi Retinol Tonic to try as well but as you can tell I had a lot of tonics to try out so this is still on my list to try.
I did a recent mini Body Shop haul when they had a money off voucher so I decided to pick up the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (not that I needed any more toners) but as hydration is key to my skincare game I thought why not. I don’t use this to remove makeup but I do use it after my micellar water and cleanser and I have found from the few times I’ve used it that my skin does feel hydrated, there’s plenty of colour in my cheeks and it feels like my moisturizer sinks into my skin a little better with it. There’s no real scent which I prefer in toners as they can be quite strong otherwise, and this is a really good sized bottle for what you pay as well.
I am a massive fan of anything which smells of pumpkin but generally vanilla isn’t my favourite but I decided to give the Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel from The Body Shop a go and I am so happy that I did as it smells amazing. The shower gel is quite creamy which makes it feel quite luxurious on the skin and something I am a massive fan of as it makes my skin feel soft after the shower. I’ve been a fan of the Body Shop shower gels for a while and this one is really great.
What new skincare have you been trying lately?