CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

It’s been a while since I did a skincare update so I thought I would give you a quick rundown of what I have been using lately.

Let’s start with cleansers. These haven’t really changed since the last post. As much as I love to try new things, when I find products that work well for me I tend to stick with them, especially if they are not too pricey.

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Garnier Micellar Water – I use this for a quick cleanse in the morning to remove any residue left from the products applied the night before.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – I use this to remove all traces of makeup in the evenings. It’s a gentle and effective cleanser.

L'Oreal Revitalift Peeling Night Lotion

Toner is a step I have been skipping for years until I started using and loved some other products from the L’Oreal Revitalift range. I saw a review of the L’Oreal Revitalift Night Peeling Lotion on Beaut.ie and decided to give it a go. I can’t say I’ve noticed much difference when using this so when it runs out, I’ll probably go back to skipping toner in favour of spending the cash saved on serums and moisturisers.

Serums and Moisturisers

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum

I’ve recently repurchased the L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum. I used this ages ago and decided to give it a go again. I’ve only been using this since the week after Christmas so I’ll do a proper post on it when I have been using it for a few more weeks. Needless to say that I really like this serum, hence the repurchase.

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Before Christmas I was using a trial size of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum. I didn’t have enough of this to do a proper review but my initial impressions from the trial size (5ml) were good. It’s a lovely oil that really hydrates the skin well and sinks in quickly.

I also had a trial (15ml) size of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which I absolutely loved and am really tempted to splurge out on a full size. The texture is a light almost gel like cream, which is kind of cooling and refreshing to apply. A tiny bit is more than enough and it smells gorgeous. I kept this for night time and found that my skin looked really good in the mornings. Nicely hydrated and plumped, even over the Christmas, when healthy eating and drinking water went out the window.

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So at the moment I am using L’Oreal Revitalift Global Care Day SPF 25 in mornings if I have used the toner the night before or the Magic Blur if I didn’t use the toner. At night I am using a trial size (25ml) of No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream, which I got in the Boots No 7 Christmas crackers.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream & Intense Eye Cream

My current eye cream, No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream (5ml), is also from the No 7 Christmas crackers. I have to say, so far I really like the two No 7 products and when I finish the trial sizes I’ll let you know my final thoughts on them. I have a funny feeling I will be purchasing the full size versions of these.

Any products here that you rate? Any suggestions for the future?

L’ORÉAL REVITALIFT MAGIC BLUR MOISTURISER & LASER RENEW SERUM: REVIEW

L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Moisturiser and Laser Renew Serum

Today I am telling you about two products from the L’Oréal Revitalift range: Magic Blur Instant Skin Smoother Moisturiser and Laser Renew Anti-Ageing Super Serum. I picked these two up on offer in Boots before heading off on holiday. They are aimed at an, ahem, older age bracket but I figured I might need a little something extra to help combat the damage that would be done to my skin by all the exposure to sun, heat, eating out and drinking. So I have been using them for over four weeks now and was going to wait a bit longer for my review but I was looking closely in the mirror, thinking about what I might say about them when I noticed something, or more accurately didn’t notice something.

L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Moisturiser
The Magic Blur Moisturiser promises, as you would expect from the name, to instantly blur lines, wrinkles and pores but it also contains Pro-Retinol A to target signs of aging with continued use. The first few times I tried products with instant blur promises I waited with my nose pressed against the mirror to see the results and was really impressed. However, I now realise you do actually need your nose pressed to the mirror to see these results; the difference really isn’t noticeable from a distance so I’m not wowed by it anymore.

L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Serum
The Laser Renew Serum promises to re-plump wrinkles with Hyaluronic Acid. It is enriched with LHA to refine pores and has Pro-Xylane 3% to transform skin texture. Some pretty impressive sounding ingredients there. So back to what I did or didn’t notice.

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Top is before and bottom is after Magic Blur Moisturiser

I have a few fine lines here and there. There are two crescent shaped lines running the whole way across my forehead, and I have crows feed at the corners of my eyes, but the one that really bothers me is the vertical line between my eyebrows. You might call it a squint or in my case a scowl line. It’s quite deep and wide. Foundation doesn’t so much sit in it, but more splits at it. It’s like a crack in the wall of a house. Of course it looks even worse when my skin is dehydrated. It’s the one line I look at to see if there has been any improvement when I am using new skincare products and I really have never noticed any improvement till now. It’s normally the first thing I see when I look in the mirror; sometimes it’s all I can see. It suddenly occurred to me the last day when I was inspecting my pores (before using the Magic Blur Moisturiser) that I hadn’t noticed it and when I turned my whole attention to it I realised it was no longer a deep crack but merely just a fine line that you have to look closely at to see. The lines on my forehead are a less noticeable especially towards the temples and around my eyes looks smoother also. I can’t believe that I can actually see results from budget skincare. I will definitely be repurchasing.
Both of these remind me of the Skin Perfection range, not just because of the packaging but also because of the textures. They both sink into the skin quickly and leave a nice matte base for makeup. I find they are nicely hydrating but I do have oily skin so I don’t know if they would be hydrating enough for anyone with dry skin. I have enjoyed using them both and not just because of the results.