If I'm not buying clothes, I'm buying beauty products and lately, I've been really interested in skincare. Skincare can be expensive so before I commit to buying anything, I always like to browse online, scope out reviews, try samples and ask friends (aka Daniela my beauty guru). For years, I have used MakeupAlley to read real customer reviews for all kinds of beauty products and two items that have had consistently good reviews are the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum and the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.
Products chosen by me c/o DebenhamsThe Advanced Night Repair is a great product (also championed by the lovely Gemma) and my favourite out of the two. I use a few drops at night before I apply any moisturiser and it really helps to boost moisture levels - especially after cleansing your face. I've been using it for just over a week so it's hard for me to make any real judgements but I have noticed more even skin tone and I'm hoping it will help to fade acne scars too. So far, my skin has been loving it and I actually really look forward to using it at night.
The Elizabeth Arden cream is a sticky balm which has the consistency of thick Vaseline. This is 100% coming on a flight with me this Summer as it's a brilliantly versatile product. It's a common misconception that this is a moisturiser but it's more of a protective balm which intensively moisturises and used for on-the-spot treatment, great for the unpredictable British weather. So far, I've used it for lips, cuticles and drier areas on my face. Some people hate the medicinal scent but it doesn't really bother me (growing up in a Chinese household, I have experienced far worse scents from Chinese herbal medicine!) however an unscented one is also avaliable. My cream was part of a set which included the 8 hour tinted lip treatment which I've been using in conjunction with my usual Revlon lip stain. So far, both products have been living up to the hype but I do find the 8 hr cream less useful on a day-to-day basis as my skin isn't always dry. I'm definitely planning some more beauty posts as I enjoy writing about them but in the meantime, what are your skincare favourites?