Sunday, 29 April 2018

Five New Skincare Heroes That I've Introduced Into My Routine

Between travelling to South Korea (I know, I know, I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about it) - skincare capital of the world - and recent press sample accumulations lately, I've come into the possession of lots of great beauty bits in the last while. In particular, I've found some new firm skincare favourites that are seriously effective. These, of course, are working with my skin and that always means they might not be the most useful for everyone's skin types but they are all products with some excellent and effect ingredients and, in many cases, cult followings. There's a reason that many of these guys are beloved products.

In order of use, these new loves of mine are...

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1. Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner

This little beauty is, as it says in the name, alcohol-free, which is one of the first things I look for in a toner. Having been sold toners before that I was told were without alcohol (mostly my own fault for not double-checking myself), this is an important feature to highlight. Alcohol in a toner is a big no-no as it can dry out the skin and toning is the first step to rehydrating the skin after cleansing. Ergo, one of the main things I look out for when choosing a toner.

The other two features that are key are: being cruelty-free and being both sizeable and cost-effective. This Cosrx toner is all of the above. Retailing around the €14 mark and measuring 150ml, it suits my layering of toner and how quickly I get through toners. Being pleasant, effective and ticking all of my many toner-specific boxes is difficult so I'm a big fan of this one!

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2. LuLuLun Premium Sheet Mask (Sold as a pack of 7)

My best friend was also recently in Asia, in Japan, and she brought this back for me after hearing it was a firm local favourite. I really immediately liked the idea of a bulk pack of sheet masks as the amount of packaging for traditional sheet masks has been bothering me a lot lately. Admittedly, they drip less with essence and are probably a little less effective than my favourites, as a result, but they're nice and effective to throw on at the end of the day for some extra moisture. The packaging thing though, is a seriously big bonus for me, enough to recommend it. They also work out as super cost-effective at around the €5-7 mark for the pack of 7.

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3. 3CE Back To Baby Mask Ultra Moist

Speaking of sheet masks, I have to mention these guys. Another purchase from my trip in March, this three-pack is more of a special occasion treatment which helps me feel better about the amount of (admittedly adorable) packaging. With an exfoliating scrub (a physical one, something I would not ever use on a regular basis) and a well-fitting (it's very annoying when they are far too big) sheet mask, it is a two-step treatment that leaves you looking bouncy and fresh-faced the next day. Once again, it is cruelty-free Korean skincare, which is hard to come by and something I always love as there are lots of great brands that I simply can't ever buy because they aren't cruelty-free. When I bought it, the pack was on a special buy-one-get-one-free offer for around €15, making it work out at a decent price point, as well (sadly, it seems to no longer be on offer).

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4. Glossier Super Bounce Serum*

This lovely serum features hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 and is great for getting your skin all hydrated, plumped and happy again after cleansing. Seriously cute, with a mild, rosy scent, it's very nice to use and to look at. At 15ml and priced at $28, it's not crazy-cheap but it's also not the most expensive serum or worst bang for your buck that I've experienced. Additionally, it's cruelty-free and part of a brand with a great ethos and that I love, so I'd happily repurchase it.

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5. Klairs Mid-Day Blue Sun Lotion SPF40/PA++

Once again, this is a lot about boxes ticked: cruelty-free, effective, Korean skincare, that isn't crazy-expensive (around the €15-17 price point and I've spent around thirty to fifty on similar products before). Getting a good day-to-day SPF is hard but this is really great. It's light and not greasy, it quickly absorbs and mixes well with moisturisers and it's a high SPF. What more could you want? In fact, I think it's the best SPF product I've ever bought!

So, those are the skincare bits I've been digging as of late. If you've been looking for a toner or SPF in particular, I think I'm on to some winners that a lot of people could enjoy.

Let me know if you've tried any of these products before and what you make of them!

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(Note: The Glossier product marked * was given to me as a press sample. However, I was not paid to review this product and all opinions are my own.)


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