Tuesday, 14 January 2014

2013 Skincare Favourites

Yay! I am finally sharing my 2013 favourites, starting with skincare. I had the list ready in December, but I only got a chance to photograph everything last weekend :) There will be two other instalments: makeup + tools and body care + hair care. 

FAVOURITE CLEANSER: This title goes to the amazing Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. The fact that I repurchased it confirms how much I like it. Well... I actually LOVE it! From all cleansing balms I have tried, this one is the most luxurious, nourishing formula and it doesn't sting my eyes when I remove my eye makeup with it. Pricey, but worth every penny. 

FAVOURITE TONER/S: Clarins Gentle Exfoliator followed by Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. This combo leaves my skin super soft and fresh and preps my skin for other products perfectly.  You can read more about it here. I repurchased both of them this year.

FAVOURITE SERUM: I am obsessed with the Yonka Hydra No1 range and I am considering repurchasing the Hydra No1 Serum*, once it's all finished. It is light, but super hydrating and combats the worst dehydration. Read more here.

FAVOURITE: FACE CREAM: Mine and my husbands favourite is the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. It smells insanely gorgeous and I always go back to it. It is my third/fourth pot and I can highly recommend it for dehydrated skin. I have combination skin, but it really works for me and helps to deal with dehydration caused by the weather and central heating.

FAVOURITE FACE OIL/S: My two favourite face oils are the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil* and Antipodes Joyous Serum*. I can tell  by the amount I have used up this year :) Each bottle has half of the product left and my other face oils are still nearly full. The Antipodes one is the most silky formula, perfect if you want to wake up with baby soft skin the next day and the Balance Me oil helps to restore skins balance, heals and prevents breakouts.

FAVOURITE FACE MASK: The one and only Aromatherapy Associates Deep Cleanse Face Mask. It is incredible for breakout prone skin and I already repurchased it and received it as a gift as well, so I am all stocked up for 2014 :) I use it once a week to give my skin a deep cleanse, but also on breakouts as an overnight treatment. I can't live without it!

FAVOURITE EYE CREAM: HealGel Eye* really impressed me in 2013. It is the most effective eye cream I've tried so far and leaves my under eye area looking soooo much better! Light, hydrating, firming and soothing. Perfect!

FAVOURITE SPOT TREATMENT: Nothing beats the Origins Super Spot Remover! I am ordering my third bottle as we speak, because I used up my second one when MAC foundation and concealer gave me nasty breakouts a couple of weeks ago. This stuff works wonders and dries out the worst spots overnight or within 2 days. Amazing!

FAVOURITE TOOL: I only got the Magnitone brush in November, but it is incredible. It helps to decongest my skin and when I stop using it for a while, I can see that my skin looks a bit dull. I use it a couple of times a week now and it keeps my skin looking clear and healthy. Full review coming soon! I promise :)

Have you tried any of the products I picked as my 2013 skincare favourites? It was a really easy task for me to be honest and I simply went for the products I either repurchased or used A LOT and loved :)

*products marked with an asterisk are PR samples



  1. You have chosen some amazing products here Sandra. Some I have had the pleasure of trying whereas others have been on my wish list for ages. I've love to try Antipodes this year, particularly the Manuka Honey Mask.
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

  2. I'd love to give that heal gel a go- I really wanna take care of my under eye area! And yay Antipodes! I love their Avocado night cream :3


  3. love love love the emma hardie and the clarins... those two must be up there for favs of last year for me xxx

  4. Origins super spot remover = holy grail product!


  5. The Emma Hardie Cream looks very interesting ^^

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  6. I love the origins super spot remover! Really want to try out the healgel!

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    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

  7. I love my origins super spot remover! I really want to try the healgel!

    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

  8. Great favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Is the brush you use to cleanse your face the clarisonic? Using a brush to clean my face is something I thought I found odd when I first saw others using it, but think I may give a go to a cheapy Sephora brand one to see how my skin reacts to being cleansed with a brush before making a much more expensive investment!

    1. It's Magnitone. It's quite cheap actually (compared to Clarisonic) and the quality is amazing!

  10. I didn't know the skin tonic came in a spray *immediately adds to cart*

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  11. Antipodes is a really nice brand! the price is really worth the quality of the ingredients :-)

  12. there are some interesting products here that I;ve not seen elsewhere. I need that origins spot treatment!

    tzeyien89.blogspot.co.uk xxx

  13. Never tried the Emma Hardie cleansing balm before as the price has put me off, tempted to try it now though - thank you!

  14. Im obsessed with my Magnitone Pulsar - it's amazing, and made such a huge difference to my skin's texture and appearance! xx

    Gem // Miss Makeup Magpie

  15. I'm on the hunt for a face oil and might check those up =)

    Rosie's Life

  16. I'm a big fan of the balance Me Radiance face oil. I've actually just rediscovered this and fallen in love again. It improves the general appearance of my skin, reduces the oil my chin produces and improves the scaring on my chin as well. I have slightly mixed feelings about the Origins Super spot remover. Sometimes I find it works quite well and other times not so well x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  17. Thanks for sharing your favorite products! I have tried Liz Earle toner, and it was good.

  18. Ah the infamous Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. The one I still haven't convinced myself to go for (it's just hard to justify spending that much). I recently just bought the Origins Take the Day Off Balm and have sort of fallen for that so it may be a while before I try EH. Thanks for sharing all of these products!
    Lovely Notions

  19. Lovely range of products, I've only recently starting reading about the antipodes range but I've heard all good things so will have to give it a whirl. I'm loving the Emma Hardie amazing face balm, sooo late on the bandwagon but I did a post on it today on my blog...

    Ash x


  20. I'm an enormous fan of the balance Maine Radiance face oil. I've really simply rediscovered this and fallen enamored once more. It improves the final look of my skin, reduces the oil my chin produces and improves the scaring on my chin in addition. I even have slightly mixed feelings concerning the Origins Super spot remover. generally I realize it works quite well and alternative times not thus well x

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