Skincare is sort of my thing at the moment - I go through phases of preferring make up to skincare or the other way around, but this month it's definitely my skin that has my attention (mostly as my skin is a ton of crap and I'll do anything to get it back in line). So, I have a fair few new pieces that I've been testing out. It's early days and so these are by no means final impressions or full reviews, but I thought I'd give you a few mini first impression type reviews as I've definitely been trying them out for enough time to write a solid idea of how they're faring up so far!
I'm going to start with the serums that I've been trying out - Valcena's Action Jeunesse Cream Serum and Kathleen's Silk Miracle Essence (which I've been using during the day and at night respectively). Let's talk about Valcena for a minute - I have to say my first impressions of this are pretty good; it has really distinctive, elegant packaging, a pump (which I always appreciate) and is a thick creamy serum that sinks in almost immediately without feeling tacky - which is pretty much everything that I tend to look for in a serum. I'm not sure how much this is, I'm getting conflicting amount when I look online - but from what I can see it's a drugstore price in France. It's good, but I can't use this at night because it's very heavily perfumed with a rose scent, so without make up on top of it I find that this lingers. I am hoping I'll build up a tolerance, however. Kathleen is perfect for the night however, it's an almost gel like feeling essence that's thin and settles in quickly. I've been using this for about three weeks and I've barely used any, so although it's £58.80 - this is definitely something that I'd be willing to shell money out on again; plus I love supporting UK companies where I can.
Next up a company that I've been working very closely with and that's Patisserie De Bain; they sent me over two hand and body lotions in Sweet As Cherry Pie and Lemon BonBon. I've only been trying these out for a week - but it's so far so good. Sweet As Cherry Pie isn't at all for the faint hearted - it's a very sweet, very artificial cherry smell, and although that's right up my alley - it's worth keeping in mind if you're not a huge fan. Lemon BonBon however is a clean, fresh, citrus smell that I'm a huge fan of - and both lotions are great for hands and body - not greasy and they sink in really fast, plus you can grab these for £4.99 from Superdrug which is a bargain in my eyes. I'm keen to see what else Patisserie De Bain has to offer in the future!
Next up is a cream I've been trying for a few weeks, but this is definitely still a first impression as I feel like I'm still getting to grips with it, and I'm definitely still on the fence about it, and that's the Aqua+ PM Zero Cream. I really like how this makes my skin feel - but it's definitely on a cream that I can use at night as this blends down into almost water and that watery feeling stays on your skin - at night this leaves me waking up feeling as though I've had a chemical peel without all the horrible bits, but during the day I find I look oily and slick. Definitely one I need to keep working on - but I'll soon let you know if I think this is worth the $60.00 price tag, I'm sure!
Last up, a company that seems to have become a solid favourite for my mum (who needs to stop robbing my things!) is Cellex-C. We seem to have a tug of war over these two products as we're both such big fans - but most notably is our love for the Speed Peel Facial. This is a chemical exfoliator and I've never used anything quite like it - I've been testing this for just shy of a month and I feel confident saying that my skin looks brighter, smoother and feels much softer (and even between the two of us we haven't finished the tub) and therefore it's worth every penny of the £28.95. I've also been trying the Hydrasmooth, which is a moisturiser that I've been loving for the day that is the texture of yoghurt; however it spreads out well and stays slightly tacky on the skin, but I don't mind that when I'm chucking a primer on top anyway as it's not too obvious - however, I can't find this online, although looking at similar products in the range, I'd say this retails around £40. This is quickly becoming a firm favourite with regards to skincare brands, for me and my mother!
What skincare have you been trying lately?
Sammy xo.Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies however all opinions are my own - please view my disclaimer for more information.