10 March 2015

A Skincare Overhaul

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Back in January I had a little bit of a skincare overhaul and incorporated some new items into my skincare routine. After the festive period and eating far too many sugary treats I found that it had taken its toll on my skin. I do it every year, I indulge! However if you can't do it at Christmas when can you?

An exciting email popped into my inbox offering me the opportunity to try out a few products from the wide variety available at Debenhams. Alongside some new skincare products I have also being given the opportunity to have a facial on their behalf which I'm really looking forward to, what with the move and the stress of my university course for the last six months I have to say I cannot wait to book it soon. Sticking with the products for now though I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on these so far as there are a couple here that I had heard a lot about prior to giving them a try for myself. For the record my skin type is oily to combination with pesky dehydrated areas that I struggle to combat on a regular basis.

Starting off with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* this has been a product that I have read nothing but good things about. Elemis has always been a brand that I wanted to explore more of but hadn't managed to get around to doing so. This cleansing balm can be used as both a cleanser and a treatment mask which I wasn't aware of. Having tried a few cleansing balms now I'd definitely say that this is the smoothest and indeed the softest in terms of texture and application, it really does feel luxurious as well as having a beautiful relaxing scent to it from the blend of oils present, namely starlower, elderberry and optimega. It removes make up with ease and leaves my skin feeling incredibly nourished and hydrated. As you all know by now I don't like any form of balm around my eyes, it's just something I personally don't enjoy and always opt for a micellar water for any eye make up. I did test this on my eye make up for review purposes and can happily report that it did a really good job, although I still prefer a lighter product for that area. So far it has been a pure pleasure to use making it part of my skincare routine that I look forward to the most. 

The Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment* aims to as the name suggest tackle blemishes, keeping them at bay or reducing them quickly. From what I understand this can be used all over as a normal moisturiser however this is something I have refrained from doing as I know that it would be a little too harsh for my skin, plus, I don't have blemishes everywhere so it would be a little pointless to use it all over my face. The only product I can compare this to is Effaclar Duo + which I must admit I do prefer as I think that works much quicker in comparison. Despite this the treatment from Clinique has worked for me because I have noticed that blemishes have been reduced in terms of redness and frequency since I started using this.

Moving onto the last two skincare products I have here two that I have tried in the past however the one I have only used for a small amount of time as it was a sample size. The Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream* was a product I really liked back when I first tried it however having now tried a few more I have changed my opinion ever so slightly. For the record I still like this however I do now think that this product is more ideal for the summer as I find it not to be as hydrating as say the Kiehl's Avocado Creamy Eye Treatment which I have being using a lot throughout autumn and winter. I'm someone that does suffer from dehydrated skin around my eyes, it's something that is pointed out to me whenever I have my make up done at a counter so I'm aware that I need something with a bit of a kick in the hydrating department. The texture of this product is incredibly light and is easy to apply, it's delicate and has a hint of a scent to it which does not irritate my eyes. Overall it's a lovely eye cream for the summer I just wish it was more hydrating for me personally. 

My final product to share with you is the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate* which again is a product I have tried in the past. I purchased my original bottle of this back in June last year whereby I have used it continuously unless I have being trying out new things. Starting off with the packaging it for me wins all of the style awards as I simply adore the apothecary design of this, right from the blue glass bottle to the glass pipette it has me sold. The actual product itself however is just as good as this is something I use of a night time after cleansing and before my moisturiser, although you can mix it in with your moisturiser if you like I do prefer to use them separately. The aim of this in a nut shell is to replenish the skin with moisture whilst you sleep, leaving you with softer and more radiant skin come morning. Whilst it is oil it doesn't for me feel greasy when I apply it, it sinks in really well and doesn't feel as though it is sliding down my face. A few drops a night is all I use in which I do apply this all over, including my neck. Come morning time I always know that I have used this as my skin really does look much more radiant and healthy, it really is a fantastic product in my opinion that has earned its place firmly in my night time routine. 

Have you tried any of these products before?
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31 comments

  1. I've tried a sample of the Kiehls concentrate but it irritated my sensitive skin :(

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  2. The Elemis cleansing balm is brilliant - I'm on my 5th tub now & my skin just loves it! xx

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  3. I haven't tried any of these, but I do really want to try the Elemis balm and Khiels serum. They have both been on my wish list for ages.

    http://www.thebeautybloss.com

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  4. Ive gone on a bit of a Khiels kick recently, and you've now got me wanting that serum :P x

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  5. all of these products sounds great! :)


    emily xx


    emilycouture95.blogpsot.co.uk

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  6. I'm currently in love with the Kiehls oil, I also have a recent review on my blog about it. I haven't tried much Elemis but the cleansing balm sounds like a great start Xx

    Olivia - www.cravemorebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I've been really wanting to try the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - I keep hearing good things about it, and that it's really good for clearing up blemish scars. The Elemis Balm sounds lovely too.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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  8. I want to try out so many of these products. These have been on my wishlist for ages now especially the Elemis Cleansing balm and Kiehl's Midnight recovery x


    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I love the look of the MRC, it sounds so good!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  10. I love the Elemis Cleansing Balm, it feels super luxurious on the skin and leaves it feeling so soft and clean without the dry tight sensation xx

    Amanda - dreamingxpretty.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. The Elemis Cleansing Balm is one of my absolute favourites. Though I am currently in love with the Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser. You must give that a go!

    Ting | The Ting Thing

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  12. I haven't tried any of them but that Kiehl's Concentrate is on my wishlist!

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  13. That Clinique treatment has been my total life saviour, its the only thing that works!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  14. I love the Elemis balm, it's one of my favourite cleansers to use but I like to save it for days when I need some extra TLC! It's so lovely.

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

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  15. Oh that's a shame, but at least you tried a sample and didn't spend on the full size product as that would have been really annoying x

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  16. Isn't it just! Last night I used it again and I just cannot believe how lovely it really is x

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  17. I hope you get to try them soon, they really are lovely products that's for sure x

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  18. Same here Olivia, I hadn't tried much from Elemis before either but this product has really impressed me x

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  19. I have loved using all of them so far Emily x

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  20. Well if you decide to go ahead and get it be sure to let me know what you think of it :) x

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  21. The balm is beautiful, it's quite honestly the nicest one I have yet tried in terms of feeling luxurious and that extra bit special x

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  22. They're both ones worth checking out if you can Lily, maybe you could get some samples from the counters x

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  23. It sure does Amanda, it certainly lives up to their spa and luxury claims x

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  24. I'm so glad I have tried it now as I'm sure I remember you telling me before that it was one of your favourite balm cleansers. I certainly wouldn't mind trying out the cleanser from the Organic Pharmacy, I have read a lot about that recently x

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  25. It was on my wish list for a long time too, I purchased it in June last year and I'm so glad I did x

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  26. I do think that Effaclar Duo + is better for me personally but for those that can't use that or just like Clinique in general it is a great alternative :) x

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  27. It is so lovely isn't it Megan! I really do enjoy using it, it'll be a purchase in the future for definite x

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  28. Yes, the Elemis is in my top five cleansers of all time and top three when it comes to balm cleasners. The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter cleanser is amazing. x x

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  29. I've done a little more research into the Elemis balm I literally haven't seen any negative reviews I really must pick this up I'm thinking I may need to reach for a more hydrating cleanser such as this one as my skin is just so dry lately. I was curios about the Balance Me eye cream but think I'll pass I like a hydrating eye cream finding I'm needing more xx

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  30. I love the Cleansing Balm its so good it smells so good too i love using it as a mask then cleansing


    www.beautyandtheboy.com

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