- Starting with Guinot’s Longue Vie Yeux Eye Cream (€56.75 for 15ml)
This feels light, soothing and hydrating on the eye area. I loved using this in the morning as it absorbs in seconds, allowing you to throw on makeup quick smart. It aims to target existing fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, and so is more suited to more mature skintypes. Will I repurchase?! Hmmm… Possibly. Although I’ve an endless list of eye products I’d prefer to try out first to be honest.
I picked up a travel sized pot of this from Sephora’s Aisle of Doom, and really liked it as a nourishing base for under makeup. The formula is non-greasy and lightweight, yet packs a serious punch on the hydration scales. How and ever, it is quite heavily scented which may not appeal to y’all. It’s well worth a try from Feel Unique at the mo at €37, or if you’re heading Stateside it’s waaaay less expensive ($36)!
- Nuxe Nuxellence Detox (€62.95 for 50ml)
I absolutely adored this; it’s magic. I literally noticed its effects after one single application – it’s basically ten hours sleep in a bottle! It’s pricey (as serums generally are) but I’ll definitely be repurchasing in the near future. (FYI it’s currently on a 3 for 2 offer at both Look Fantastic and Boots!)
- Vichy Neovadiol Elixir (€38.99 for 30ml)
This is a dry oil serum which targets dull, dry and ageing skin. This is aimed at post-menopausal ladies (I know, I know – the sales rep left that part out when it was being launched in store) and so I won’t be repurchasing anytime soon to be honest. It’s an incredibly rich formulation though, and I can see why its reviews are always glowing. I didn’t end up using this daily as an am/pm serum, but added it to my foundation when my skin was dehydrated (a la this makeup hack!) and used it weekly as a face mask.
- Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream (€60 for 100ml)
This is such an underrated moisturiser in my opinion – I generally always have a few travel sized tubes floating around. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way. It’s fantastic for nourishing dry skin, and leaves my skin feeling silky soft!
- Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (€58.95 for 30ml)
This promises to lighten hyperpigmentation issues, stretch marks and scars in four weeks..I received this in a Look Fantastic Beauty Box if memory serves correct, and used it on both my face (which has many the freckle!) and my neck (which has a surgical scar) for in or around a fortnight. I didn’t notice any major benefits to it to be honest, although granted two weeks isn’t exactly a fair trial. I have to say though, in general I’ve been quite underwhelmed with any Caudalie product I’ve bought in the past – They’re graaand but nothing major yano?!
This is a cheap as chips eye cream (as in, under a fiver!) which as expected isn’t a miracle worker. However I did like the consistency (a gel/cream hybrid), and the fact it’s fragrance free. I kept this in my gym makeup bag, and threw it on all over my face when in a rush before applying makeup. (There’s a little hack for ya now! – The particles in eye creams are much finer than those in face moisturisers thanks to the thinner skin around your eye – meaning eye creams absorb waaay more quickly than face creams. Handy for the whole visage when you’re rushing!)
- Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk (€8.49 for 350ml)
Using this was my first time in an absolute AGE to use a cleansing milk as opposed to a cleansing oil as a precleanse/makeup remover. This worked fine for removing makeup, provided it was used correctly and massaged into the skin as opposed to using it as a ‘face wash’. As a deep cleanser though, I’m not convinced. As with the vast majority of Soap and Glory products it’s heavily scented, so definitely not for everyone. It also really makes your skin tingle – again not for everyone! I left this (ginormous) bottle in my shower, to be used as a makeup remover. If you’re looking for an affordable cleansing milk it’s graaand.
- Botanics All Bright Micellar Water (€6.49 for 250ml)
LOVED/love this! Dare I say it’s possibly my favourite micellar water to use?! Highly recommend.
- Botanics Organic Facial Oil (€14.99 for 25ml).
As a facial oil this one feels unneccessarily greasy, but ’tis v. affordable if you’re new to oils and wanna see what the craic with them is. I’ve a full review of this oil here!
- Botanics Hydration Burst Day Cream (€10.99 for 50ml)
This is a little gem, highly recommend if you’re looking for an affordable moisturiser. Full review here!
- Vichy Normaderm Night Detox (€18.99 for 40ml)
This is another totally underrated product – it’s fantastic for zapping breakouts. It’s intended for use on oily skintypes, and so I used this only on blemishes as opposed to all over. If you’ve problematic skin you will love this as a night cream. Personally I won’t be repurchasing, purely because it’s still pretty much full but has (long) expired.
- Which leaves me with Glamglow…
I’ve racked up Youthmud, ThirstyMud, Brightmud and Supermud empties! I’m still adoring this range, especially the Brightmud Eye Treatment, and Youthmud. Both of these give instant results and are subsequently ideal for nights out/events. Thirstymud is also such a gorgeous product to use, and I can’t find fault minus the RRP. For my full Glamglow low down click here!