12 July 2012

Skincare Haul

I did say after my last haul that I wouldn't be spending for a little while and it was time to save the pennies, well.. I lied didn't I?! Let's face it, I just can't be trusted, when I try to steer clear of the counters, I find myself turning to online shopping to get my retail therapy fix (it's easy, it's lazy and it feels like Christmas when the postman arrives at the door!). This time I've got an excuse, kinda.. 

My skin just recently has been playing me up a treat, I'm talkin' dryness, flakiness, breakouts like you've never seen and nothing was helping. Something that probably really didn't help was the fact that I had a weeks holiday and pigged out big time, the junk food had to take it's toll at some point! I've also been a little lazy with my regular skincare routine, it completely went out of the window, so in all fairness, I treated myself to make me feel a little better. As I'm now settling back into my routine and the situation has calmed down, I felt it was the right time to slowly introduce some new products which I've been wanting to try for a long time.

It's been at least 5 months since I got my Clarisonic Mia and as it's recommended to change the head every 3 months, I was a little overdue with a replacement. I went for the 'sensitive' brush again as I've been happy with it so far, and going by reviews, this seems to be the best compared to others. I've just finished my Caudalie Beauty Elixir, seeing as it was the 30ml size and I really enjoyed using it, I purchased the full size. I'm not all that sure if it's made a difference to my skin, but it's refreshing, clean and smells amazing, although I'm aware that not everyone is too keen on the scent! Splashing out on the Alpha H Liquid Gold has been something I've ummed and arred about for a while. It's described as a 'resurfacing and firming lotion for your skin' and contains glycolic acid, known for its rejuvenating properties. It's recommended to use twice a week, so I plan to use this on my 'non-Clarisonic nights' and although I've said I don't feel the need to use an exfoliator as well as my Mia, chemical exfoliants are a different story and actually eat away at dead skin cells a lot more effectively, without the harshness that manual exfoliation can cause. The reviews have been fantastic, even life changing for some and the fact that it claims to fade scarring and reduce breakouts, as well as many other skin problems, just sold me. If you'd like to know more, these posts from both Ruth and Meg are fab!

Last but not least is the Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm. This is a brand I've become familiar with only recently but I've heard nothing but good things. I believe this cleanser originally came in a tub, but I much prefer it in a tube. Their products are free from all kinds of nasties which is always something I'm on the look out for. This cleanser is highly recommended to use with the Clarisonic as well and as much as I love my Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel, I feel there might be something slightly better out there and I'm secretly hoping this is it! 

I promise to keep you updated with my thoughts and opinions, in the meantime, can you tell me if you've enjoyed using any of these products? I'd love to know!


  1. Jealous of your skin care routine i badly want a clarisonic!
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    1. I'd wanted one for ages and finally caved in, well worth the wait! :-)

  2. I have and love the liquid gold and the caudalie beauty elixir. I ordered the Ren balm a few days ago, I can't wait to try it!


    1. Used the liquid gold for the first time last night, so optimistic for the results! I'm just finishing up the remainders of my Elemis cleanser, then I'm going to crack onto the Ren balm! Smells amazing, never used to be a fan of rose scents but it's grown on me :-)


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