Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Lucy likes a skincare product that works


Hope you're all well and getting all sorted in 2012. Are people back at work/college/uni now? I'm moving back up to uni on Saturday so I might do a make up storage post when I get back as I've just sorted it all out and it's so satisfying! My new years resolutions are going OKAY at the moment... No chocolate as of yet, although not much exercise either! 30 day shred starts on Monday, so no excuses after that!

Thought I'd go through my favourite skincare products from 2011 today - the ones that I have used religiously and will repurchase again and again. After this post I also plan to go over my favourite hair care products and make up staples. I know these aren't the most original of posts but I think it's so interesting finding out what others swear by!

Before rambling it's probably best to go over my skin type as the products I use are based upon this. These products work for me but many not tickle everyones' pickle. I am definitely blemish-prone, particularly around my chin; I have normal to oily skin which can be fairly sensitive and tempermental. In my skincare regime I look for deep cleansing, but gentle, products and effective treatments. I've also started introducing anti-ageing cremes into my routine to target my forehead and eye area (admittedly starting a little early at 20 years old!).

Right, I'll start with products on the top row, from left to right, then do the same for the bottom row:

  • Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - Hot Cloth Cleanser: I think everyone has heard of/uses this cleanser, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. Before using this I used to use make up wipes or cleansing lotions but they just did not cleanse my skin at all, now I can't see myself switching to anything else. I tried using No. 7's Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser, as it's the same sort of concept, when I was short on pennies (love the £5 off vouchers) but it was just no way near as enjoyable (it was in no way awful, and did do the job, but it just wasn't as effective as Liz Earle's). When my skin is really bad I am partial to a bit of Freederm, using the muslin cloths included in the Liz Earle starter kits to wash it off.
  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion (3): I have used this toner for absolutely yonks, gone through bottles and bottles of the stuff. It's just a great product as it gets rid of absolutely any grubbiness left on the skin after cleansing and leaves my face feeling so fresh. (I'm going to do a separate posts about toners in the near future as I have a few that I love and some I am so disappointed with)
  • Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser: I really do like Simple products as they do what they say on the tin and are pretty damn cheap! My skin can sometimes be quite sensitive and can easily break out if I use too heavy a moisturiser so something basic like this is perfect for me. It sinks in so quickly so in mornings I can apply make up almost immediately.
  • Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask: I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with face masks (I wrote a blog post about a few of my favourites last month - link!); I just keep on buying new ones! This has to be the best for my skin though, you can really feel it working on the skin plus I absolutely love the consistency and smell. (Been using Lush's Cosmetic Warrior for the last couple of weeks and really like it but it can't be an official favourite of 2011 just yet!)
  • Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel: This gel is bloody brilliant in my eyes. It has shed loads of Salicylic acid in it which you can definitely feel working. It calms down the fiercest of spots but doesn't dry out the skin. Much better than any other the other spot treatments I've used, and I've tried a fair few!
  • Garnier Youthful Radiance Multi-Active Care Eye Cream: I apply eye cream religiously morning and night and have always preferred using the Garnier range. This is my favourite of their eye creams and I really noticed a difference in the condition of the eye area after a few weeks of use, plus Boots and Superdrug always have special offers on them which is never a bad thing!

I don't really have a staple exfoliator in my skincare regime from 2011, purely because I feel that using the muslin cloth when cleansing, and Clinique lotion, is exfoliation enough for me, especially seeing as my skin is fairly sensitive. 

Does anyone have an exfoliator that they could perhaps recommend for me have a bash at?

Are you a fan of any of the products I've raved about? Seriously any recommendations would be really appreciated, particularly for moisturisers that won't break me out!

Hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday!

Lots of love,
Lucy xxx


  1. Hmmm id like to try the origins spot treatment , i do have a breakout now and again :) lovely blog I'm now following xx

  2. I use simple too and I've just started Clinique 3 steps :) xx

    now following your blog :)

  3. Great post! I really want to try origins but not sure what!
    Also, I saw you are doing Economics...I did that at Uni, great fun! hahah
    Carissa xx

  4. @Mica McLaren - Make Up Junkie: I'd definitely recommend buying it! It calms them down so well! Thank you so much for following! xxx

    @El'x: Oooh you'll have to let me know how the 3 step goes for you! What cleanser are you using with it? Thank you for following! xxx

    @Carissa: Thanks! Haha, what fun! Definitely ready to graduate now, although NO idea what I wanna do when I finally finish! xxx

  5. I keep getting spots on my chin so I am going to look into the origins spot remover and the liz earle mask.

  6. Great post! I love product reviews, especially for skin products as I usually feel overwhelmed with all the options!!

    Also wanted to let you know, I love the name of your blog - it is so catchy & creative! =)

    The Urban Umbrella

  7. I use to use the Clinique 3 step system a while back, I loved it until I went to a dermatologist and he said that was the cause of my skin issues, haha. But I guess it works for certain people, like you :)

    -N :)

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  9. I started using the Clinique 3 step system in about August last year as I went completely Clinique crazy ( By the way their comforting cream cleanser is A.mazing!!), buuut being a typical girl I couldn't just stick to it and I went and bought Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser. I think it's Dreamy ha!

    I've heard Clarins'Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads is good but as a student £24 for 50mls is a litte too steep for me so I haven't had the pleasure of trying it. Alas!!

    Great post:)

    Nicola xxx

  10. @Emma Let me know how you get on if you do try them. My chin is such an issue for me so any other products you stumble across, I'd love to hear about! xxx

    @TheUrbanUmbrella I know what you mean about too many options, especially seeing as products that are the Holy Grail for some people just seem to break others out. Such a nightmare, particularly if you've spent loads of money on it! Thank you so much for saying that :) so nice to hear xxx

    @Nicole Oh no what a nightmare! I'd absolutely love to go to a dermatologist, are there any companies you'd recommend? I'd have no idea where to start!

    @Nich ooh la la I know what you mean, even if something works for me I get drawn in by other products and can't stop switching! Ohhh Clarins are so good, but £24.. Ouch! Especially after Christmas. Although, when the student loans come in I might get a bit spending crazy! xxxx

  11. Huge fan of clinique through and through. I've used their cleansers for years, I want to try some Liz Earle but Clinique matches my dry sensitive skin so well that I am scared to venture else where!

  12. @jennifer june: I really love Clinique too, everything just seems to work so bloody well! xxx

  13. I'm with you Lucy...I like a product that works, too. You know I've never tried Origins products? Will have to add that to my list!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog :)

  14. i seeerrrrioooouuussslllyyyyy need to get myself a skincare routine! it was my new years resolution... but i forgot about it :$ woops!
    hehe what would you reccomend starting wiht?

  15. @Johanna Yeah I really want to try a few more of their products this year because what I have tried seems to work a treat! That's fine, it's a great blog. Thank you for having a look here! xxx

    @~ A Pinch of Beauty ~ I think it's probably good to start cheap to work out what kind of cleansers you like (cream, lotion, foaming wash, etc.) and what works with your skin. Also it completely depends on your skin type. I've got normal to combination skin and am prone to breakouts so I use stuff crammed full of salcylic acid and deep cleansers! xxx

  16. I have the Liz Earle too, yay us lol.


  17. You have got one of the best blogs I have seen recently.Creativity of any kind always attracts me and you are a masterpiece in that.Thanks for sharing so much. I am definitely following you.

  18. @NRC♥ Haha! Thank you for following! xx

    @Abby Lee It's so underrated isn't it?! It's just so bloody simple and cheap. How can you go wrong?! xx

    @jhilmilbeauty Oh gosh, thank you so much for saying that, such a nice thing to say! I really love doing it! Thank you for following. xxx

  19. i really love simple products,never tried a bad one. the concept is great too. i really want to try the liz earle cleanse and polish, heard great things about it xxx

  20. @whirlybobble I'd definitely recommend it! I haven't heard of anyone who hasn't loved it! Let me know how you get on with it! xxx

  21. I could never see myself using anything other than Liz Earle now, it really is ace! Lovely blog, following :) xx

  22. I really need to invest in Liz Earle and Origin items.. keep putting it off but I will just have to give in.. my skin is awful xxx

  23. Using the Simple Light moisturiser right now- definitely affordable and perfect for the winter! :)


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