Sunday, December 27

Best in Beauty 2015 - Skin

I've had it pretty good with my skin this year and I think that may be partially as I have been sticking to a routine of tried and tested products which has helped me keep track of my skin. I've also been concentrating on sun protection and have been constantly on the look out for comfortable creams offering broad spectrum protection. So take a look at my utmost favourites from the year below.

Beginning with cleansing, I've been loving Garnier's Micellar Water to remove my makeup. I've used this for well over a year and been through several bottles - in my opinion it's the best micellar water on the highstreet and is really affordable too. This does a great job on removing makeup, even tough mascaras and feels very refreshing on the skin. It's something I'm sure I'll continue to repurchase through 2016.

I've also loved the Superfacialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil which I use to cleanse when I've been wearing makeup or a heavy spf. It's great for a bit of facial massage in the evening and leaves skin supple and thoroughly cleansed. I usually follow it up with the Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash which removes any oily film and leaves my skin clean but not tight. Though this is a foaming wash I haven't found it to be drying. The natural ingredients are kind to my skin and help keep spots at bay.

Moving onto masks, I have to highlight two long time favourites, both of which are from Origins. Clear Improvement is my favourite Mask to de-clog when my skin is breaking out or just feeling a little oily. You definitely don't need to spend this much on a clay mask, (Good Things and Superfacialist do some great masks) but this is my favourite because it's so simple and effective. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask made the cut because I use it all the time to revive my frequently dry skin. I prefer the 10 minute mask to the overnight because it feels more effective; when it's on, my skin feels as if it's literally drinking it up!

Lush's Angels on Bare Skin has been my favourite exfoliator for years now and I've been through more tubs than I can remember. This is my exfoliator of choice because it's really gentle on the skin so I'm able to use it everyday. As it's made from almonds there are no horrible plastic beads to be washed away into the ocean either.

I said I've been after good SPF protection this year and I've settled on two favourites both from La Roche-Posay - Anthelios XL for a serious protection, and Hydraphase Light for the winter or days spent mostly inside. The Anthelios has a SPF of 50 along with good UVA protection and is perfect for bright summer days. It is a little greasy but for a high factor sun cream it's really pretty good and the blends into the skin easily due to it's light texture. Hydraphase is newer to me but I've been enjoying it through the winter so far and trust that it's protecting my skin with it's broad spectrum protection. In terms of texture it's a nice lightweight cream that's still fairly nourishing and works well under makeup.

Finally, my last picks of the year are two lip products; one an old favourite, the other a new find. Nuxe Reve de Miel has been nourishing my lips for a few years now. I love it's thick texture that lasts absolutely ages on the lips and keeps them soft. The gorgeous lemon curd scent is wonderful too! Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm is something I found in April and have been loving ever since. I'm on my second tube and will definitely be repurchasing another once it's done. This is a little more penetrating and softening than the Nuxe though it doesn't last as long. Both together work wonders and I've spoken about the two in depth here.

Garnier Micellar Water, £4.99, Superfacialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil, £10.99, Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash , £16, Origins Clear Improvement, £23, Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask, £23, Lush's Angels on Bare Skin, £6.95, La Roche-Posay's Anthelios XL, £16.50, La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Light, £17, Nuxe Reve de Miel £9.50, Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm, £9,

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