Skincare: 10 of the Best for Spring

Tuesday, February 7th 2017 0

Glamglow, Estee Lauder and more

Here are a few of the new skincare finds that have seen my skin through the transition of winter to spring.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, £65

If I haven’t quite had enough sleep or wake up with especially puffy or tired eyes, I’ve been reaching for these. These saturated little masks fit perfectly under the eye in a kidney bean shape, drenching the skin with moisture. They’re ideal for using before a night out to illuminate and brighten the eyes.

If you like the original Advanced Night Repair serum, you’ll love these as a more targeted approach to your eye care. By comparison to the ANR eye serum and cream, this is much lighter in consistency and plumps with lasting moisture.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask, £92

This is my favourite product from Tata Harper, and indeed one of the best masks I have ever used. With a texture like runny icing, this melts into an oily cream when applied and gently plumps and hydrates the skin. I always sleep in hydrating masks (I don’t see the point in washing off after 15 minutes when it can work through the night) and I noticed something different about this one. Where most masks I sleep in have completely disappeared by morning, there is still a residue from this the next day because it is that rich. By the time I’ve cleansed, the skin underneath is plump, glowing and soft, and my make-up doesn’t move all day. If dry skin is your concern then I would really recommend that you give this a go.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, £60

I’m not going to lie, this smells kind of weird but I love it. A pale blue gel, this is to your skin what a can of coke and a fry up is to your hangover. A formula designed to thoroughly hydrate and brighten the skin, it does just that using enzymes and hyaluronic acid. Where I find the joy in using Tidal is under my make-up. It provides lasting hydration and glow but the light texture absorbs almost instantly into the skin. Tidal leaves such a silky soft finish, I can forgive the unusual soapy smell.

Suqqu Lip Concentrate Balm, £35

Since discovering this Suqqu pot of magic, it has become my favourite lip balm of all time, overtaking my beloved Creme de la Mer minty balm. This balm is really unique because it is rich and oily but also maintains a firm barrier on the lips, not melting away or disappearing. One application is enough to leave you with hours of hydration. Men and women will like this one because the formula is scent free, and I know it’s expensive but I’ve used this multiple times every day since I got it in November and I’m still only half way through the tub.

Peter Thomas Roth Firm X Peeling Gel, £31 for 100ml

This mask is the most pleasing mask I’ve ever used on first try. Someone once applied a dollop of the gel-like white formula to my hand, telling me to rub it in “until I felt the little bits”. After a while, despite going on as a gel, I could feel these little soft balls developing in the formula. So what were they?

They were my dead skin peeling off then and there. Disgusting and brilliant in equal measure.

Used carefully, this will do the same to your skin. I use this every so often when I feel like I’ve got dry patches in my skin and it buffs the skin to a smooth, even finish. It’s the ultimate for those who favour an exfoliated, baby soft finish.

I’m going to do a separate piece on PTR at a later date because I’m using lots of his things and am just obsessed with everything. OBSESSED I tell you.

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, £49

I read a piece in this weekend’s Stella Magazine all about how the key to anti-ageing is in fact through strengthening the skin’s barrier. This is what the new Kiehl’s cream is designed to do, with Manuka Honey offering the strengthening element and Red Ginseng Root to encourage cell renewal and brightness. Generally I love anything honey based so I was keen to try this, but it was my friend Thom that ultimately twisted my arm.

Thom loves Kiehl’s but he said that this was his favourite cream in quite some time. Describing how rich the cream was, melting into a softer consistency when warmed between the fingers, I knew I’d love it because I’m so dry. It is a lovely option for anyone that wants to invigorate tired or dull skin.

Glamglow Gloss Lip Treatment, £18

And as for plumping your lips, this is just the ticket. Applied like a regular gloss, this will swell your lips, leaving them plump and juicy. It works really well and tingles on first application which I love because I know it’s working. The only downside to this is that it has a kind of peppery taste and no matter how carefully I apply it, it still manages to seep into my mouth a little. Have a chewing gum to hand and you’ll be just fine.

Liz Earle Routines, prices vary

I kicked off the year going back to an old faithful, Liz Earle. When I was at Uni, all I cared about was make-up and I couldn’t have cared less about skincare. Then while I was interning, every beauty journalist took me under their wing and taught me the importance of skincare, including Kelly Gilbert who introduced me to the iconic Cleanse & Polish. Whenever I’m in a bit of a rut with my skincare I go back to Liz Earle for simplicity and ease.

Liz Earle Glow

Browsing the website, I’ve noticed that they have some great offers on a full routine which you can tailor to your skincare needs. For example, you could get a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream worth over £100 for just £45. If you need a full skincare overhaul, be sure to check out the website.

Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme + Global Anti-Ageing Cell Power Eye Gelee, £40 for 8ml

For once I have strayed from my favourite Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, and although that remains my firm favourite, I’m besotted by the applicator on this Lauder gelee. A light, gel-like formula, this is ideal for use under make-up because it hydrates and absorbs almost instantly.

The cooling gold tip calms and de-puffs the eyes on application, and helps to create a relaxing skincare ritual.

Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, £24

I think the entire beauty community stood up and took notice when Caroline told us that her debut Pixi product would be a cleanser. From the lady that taught us how to take care of our skin comes the most beautiful dual cleanser. One half is a balm, melting away all make-up and genuinely gentle enough to smoosh right into eye make-up without causing any irritation whatsoever. It’s remarkable. The other half is a nourishing cream, ideal for a morning cleanse or to gently clean tight or dry skin. As Caroline herself put it, this “annihilates” make-up and SPF.

Caroline Hirons Pixi Double Cleanse

Whether the double cleansing skincare technique is for you (the idea that cleansing twice in the evening is necessary to properly remove make-up and then cleanse skin) or not, you will definitely want to try this. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to buy each individually at some point because I could just bathe in the balm.

Which masks are you loving this month? Show me on Instagram @MixedGemsBeauty.

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