Making a Lasting Impression

Make up is something that I can flit from one item to the next but skincare is something I don't tend to mess about with. Whilst I can't help myself when it comes to trying new things it takes something really special to take up permanent residence in my stocks. My skin can be slightly temperamental and when I find something that works and keeps delivering the results I want I stick to it and re-purchase it time and time again.

An oldie but a goodie is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and this was my first foray into the world of 'proper' cleansers. Now I am on my 5th or 6th bottle of the stuff I don't think I will ever be without it, it just works for me and whenever my skin is feeling a little temperamental I will turn to this and get my complexion back in check. It removes make up with ease and leaves the skin thoroughly cleansed without aggravating it or leaving your face feeling parched or stripped. I rely on micellar water to remove my make up before going onto cleansing and since the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3-in-1 purifying micellar solution was released I have bought nothing but bottle after bottle of this stuff. I love Bioderma there is no doubting that but I don't feel then need to pay out the better side of £20 when I can get something extremely similar for £3. It removes my make up with ease and if I don't have a separate eye make up remover I can use it for that too without any stinging which can sometimes be the case. Although the packaging is slightly problematic and can dispense a little too much but I can live with that. The La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is a product you either love or you hate there is no middle ground about it and as I am on my fifth tube of the stuff I am pretty committed to it. This has completely changed the texture, look and tone of my skin, to be honest I don't think I can ever sing the praises enough as it deserves. A little bit of confusion surrounds this product and it is not a targeted spot treatment but a corrective and imperfection care serum. It is definitely one of the few products that has made a huge difference to my complexion this year and something I will purchase over and over again for sure. 

This was definitely the year that I well and truly got into toners and they have become a firm staple part of my routine. I had always used some sort of toner but never noticed a huge difference until I started using and exfoliating option first and then following up with a hydrating one. Along with LRP ED the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating toner is another reason why my skin has dramatically cleared up. After going through two bottles of this and about to purchase my third I am beginning to wonder if I can actually be without it, as it helps with breakouts so much and any red marks left by blemishes are healed quicker. To work with the exfoliating toner the Origins Make a Difference treatment lotion works its magic to re-hydrate the skin. As I have always believed that my oily skin would never be dry but there is a huge difference between dry and de-hydrated and oily skin needs moisture too. It is rare for me to re-purchase a  moisturiser but there is just something about the Origins Brighter by Nature day cream that I just can't be without, it offers a high level of moisture without looking greasy. Probably by biggest skincare concern is the scars that I have been left with from bad blemishes and anything I can do to help them fade away I will, I actually think this does deliver what it claims to do.

One last Origins product I promise is the GinZing eye cream, the only eye cream I have used and boy have I remained loyal to it. Three tubs later and I have not turned my back on it as I just can't think of anything else I would need from an under eye product. It contains light reflecting elements to brighten as well as keeping the under eye nourished especially during the winter months. Down to the final two which are the Lush Mint Julips lip scrub and the Dior Creme de Rose, by far my favourite lip care products and together they work like a little dream team.

What are the products you always go back to?