Monday, 24 December 2012

Top Skin Products 2012








(from left to right):
Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tan
Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum
Clarins High Definition Body Lift
Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream
Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning
Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Gel Wash
Botanics Radiant Youth Night Cream

I'm a big skin care routine junkie so rounding up my top favourites was a difficult task! I've combined together all my favourite skin care, body care and tanning products rather than doing them in separate collections as that would take a life time. It's difficult to remember all of the skin products I've tested over the past year but these are the ones that have made an instant transformation of my skin, the ones that I have repurchased and which I will continue using into the New Year.

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tan

Fake tan is probably one of the most important products to me when it comes to skin care. Come Winter or Summer, I love to have a healthy glow so searching for that perfect tan is something I am willing to do. I've tried so many over the years and Vita Liberata phenomenal Tan is the only tan product I have repurchased over and over again. I used to be a St. Moriz girl but I find now that the colour comes out slightly greeny on my skin and it comes off all patchy. Vita Liberata phenomenal Tan gives my skin the perfect glow without the worry of coming out too orange and really does last about 2 weeks. I also find that it fades rather than comes off in patches so you don't have the almighty task of scrubbing it all off. I also love the fact it doesn't have that strong biscuit smell and I can apply it to my face as well without any spots appearing. 

Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum

I'm a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to Ren as I've only recently started purchasing their products over the past month or so. The Ren Radiance Perfecting Serum aims to give skin a smooth touch as well as improve the radiance and any blemishes. I usually apply this underneath my night cream between 3-4 times a week. It glides onto the skin so easily without leaving behind any stickiness and has a lovely fruity scent. I have seen a definite change in my skin since using this product. Not only is my skin much softer but it also looks more even across my general skin tone and brighter under the eyes. Although Ren products are fairly high end in terms of prices, I do think they are worth the extra few pennies as they always give such great results.

Clarins High Definition Body Lift

I am one of those people who has to moisturise their entire body every time they get out the shower, so the perfect body moisturiser is absolutely key for me. I used to use Palmer's Cocoa Butter religiously but after a while I found it was too thick and made my skin greasy. Over the past 6 months I have been using the Clarins High Definition Body Lift which contains tiny beads that aim to give your skin extra firmness and tightness. I can't proclaim that this body cream will give you the body of a super model and encourage any form of weight loss but it has made my skin firmer and improved the overall appearance. The tiny beads are also really refreshing as they burst across the skin and give off that tingling fresh mint effect so you instantly feel rejuvenated.

Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream

Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream is my daily moisturiser which I use every morning before I begin my make up routine. It is a really light moisturising cream which doesn't leave behind a greasy residue on the skin and acts as a good make-up base. I don't have extra dry or extra oily skin so for me, this moisturiser is perfect as it isn't aimed at any specific type of skin. This day cream has definitely made my skin softer and has reduced any dry patches I've developed from spots across my chin or forehead.

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning

I'm always quite scared to use any form of self tanning on my face as I've experienced an increase of spots before when doing so. Lately, I've been on the hunt for a good quality face self-tanning cream which will prevent this from happening. I've settled with Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning as I'm a huge Clarins fan and find that their products always deliver. The texture is the same of the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which I use as a primer every day underneath my make-up. The self-tanning version glides onto the skin really easily leaving behind a very subtle glow but still noticeable. I usually use this 2-3 times a week and apply it before I go to bed after my usual skincare routine. In the morning you don't wake up with a really deep tan but my skin looks slightly deeper in colour and has an instant glow. I've gone through nearly an entire pot of this over the past few weeks and will definitely be repurchasing when it's empty.

Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Gel Wash

I'm constantly changing my daily face wash as I always come across such great new ones from Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to Ren Cleansing balm. At the moment I have settled with this Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Gel Wash which I use after I have used a make-up wipe to remove anything left behind on my skin. This smells absolutely incredible - a really strong mix of different fruits which feels instantly refreshing as soon as you start working it into the skin. I'm not one for daily exfoliators as I find them too rough against my skin so this light gel wash is really soothing but also does the job of getting everything out of your pores. I tend to use high end products on my skin as I don't mind paying for the quality but this is an example of how cheaper drug store products can sometimes do just as good of a job!

Botanics Radiant Youth Night Cream

Before I purchased the Botanics Radiant Youth Night Cream I had read many rave reviews about the entire Botanics range so was expecting good things. I have to say this particular product definitely lived up to my high expectations. I've never got into the habit of using a night cream before bed as I'm usually too tired or just tend to clean my face well and that's that. However, I find this night cream to be really light on the skin so it doesn't leave behind a greasy residue in the morning and really does improve the radiance of the skin. My skin has become softer since using this night cream and it has also reduced the darkness of the circles beneath my eyes which is a bonus. I can't quite work out the scent of this product but for some reason it reminds me of green tea or something along the tea lines? If anyone can confirm this I would be highly grateful!


3 comments:

  1. where do you buy Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tan? I've never seen it before and if it lasts for 2 weeks I am down!

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    jen
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