A Fashion Blog By Gemma Talbot

Friday, 15 March 2013

My Skincare Routine




When it comes to taking my makeup off I am probably one of the laziest people I know. I want a product that is quick and effective, with minimal effort. I know I am asking a lot but when I am tired and want to go to sleep, removing my makeup seems like the most daunting task.

Since starting my blog, I have really enjoyed discovering other blogs, especially beauty related ones. I think it is reviews of different skin care products by other beauty bloggers that has caused me to sit back and review my skincare choices.Until about a year and a half ago, I used to remove my makeup with makeup wipes (I am sorry if I offend any of you). However, I was never fully satisfied, my skin felt oily which is not good news for an oily skin gal like myself. After visiting both the REN and Space N K counters I decided to try Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm and REN Clarifying Clay Cleanser, despite the hefty price tags. After using these products for a good length of time now, I can say with absolute certainty that my makeup wipe days are truly over. I have included an in depth review of all the products I use in my skincare routine.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm 
Admittedly, a bit of a mouthful but this cleansing balm is truly amazing. You only need the smallest amount which when added with a few drops of water melts your makeup away, including waterproof mascara! I use a flannel with this cleanser to remove my makeup and you just see everything vanish before your eyes. This visibly reduces my pores and leaves my skin feeling super smooth. You can buy this from Feel Unique, it is quite pricey but 100% worth every penny and I still have a lot left.

REN ClearCalm Clarifying Clay Cleanser
Mr REN is clearly a fan of the alliteration, but hats off to him as this is a great cleanser. This is exactly what it says on the packaging, a clay cleanser. It is slightly thicker than your average cleanser, and again you don't need a lot, but you feel it really absorbing into your skin and working its magic. For a mini facial, I leave this to soak into my skin for about 5 minutes in the hope that any makeup Emma Hardie missed, REN will tackle.  I also use this in the morning when I wake up to prepare my face for the day.This cleanser is £18 but again you don't need a lot, I have been using it since January and still have about 3/4 left. I will definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
I had a bit of a love hate relationship with this product at first. It broke me out really badly, in places where I don't even get spots, like my cheeks. It did however leave me with super soft, calmer skin when I woke up in the morning (see, love-hate!). I was going to give up on this product completely but it has definitely started to work its magic and I have noticed visible differences, especially in the texture of my skin. I use this morning and night, instead of a moisturiser and I like that it has a light consistency that absorbs quickly into my skin. I also managed to pick up two tubes for £15 on Boots.com which is an absolute bargain considering one tube is £13. Happy Days!

No. 7 Cleansing Brush
This is basically a dupe of the Clarisonic cleansing system, at a mere £15 it is definitely a fraction of the price. I use the first setting on this cleansing brush as I find the second far too harsh for my skin. I also use it with my REN Clay Cleanser about 3-4 times a week and it really has made a difference to my skin. It removes any dead skin and gets rid of any excess makeup leaving my skin feeling smooth, clean and refreshed. I definitely wouldn't recommend using this everyday though. It is definitely more of an every other day skin care routine. Overall, a great find.

I hope you enjoyed my daily skincare review, do any of you incorporate these into your skincare routine?

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Happy Friday!



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25 comments

  1. I wish the Effaclar duo had worked on me :/ I had such big expectations and I used it for about three weeks but it just constantly broke me out.

    I'd love to try the Emma Hardie balm at some point! xo

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  2. The Effaclar Duo product has been amazing for my skin, I'm so pleased it's worked on me! I've also heard massive things on REN skincare but have yet to try it, may have to check it out someday!

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    Megan xxx

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  3. Really want to try out some REN products! x

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  4. Hi just found your blog! After so many good reviews on La roche posay I really think I'm going to purchase it. Hope it doesn't let me down, I'm always on the hunt for awesome skin care products - can't get enough! :)

    If you have a minute, come take a look at my blog? If you enjoy it, maybe we could follow each other? Lucy x

    www.behind-clothes-doors.blogspot.com

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  5. I really want to try the Emma Hardie balm!! Seems pretty good!!
    xx

    http://the-astyle.blogspot.ca

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  6. Been after the Effaclar duo for ages!:) x

    www.thebeautymist.com

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  7. I love reading about other people's skincare routines. I'm currently trying to improve mine by trying new things. I'm keen to try some of the REN brand, it seems to be really good.

    Great post

    Photo-Jenn-ic


    x

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  8. I reallly want to try out the Effaclar duo
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    S xx

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  9. ah this product looks really great! thanks for the honest view

    mary

    www.marylee31.blogspot.com
    x

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  10. Nice stuff - a clay-based cleanser is excellent to open and clear the pores and revitalize the complexion. I also use one, MudFace by Awakening Skin Care. It really is the first great step to have beautiful skin.

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  11. Really want to try the emma hardie, I've heard some amazing things, but the effacular duo has actually broke me out, so I'm not a happy girl!

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    x

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  12. I use the effaclar duo just on my t-zone to avoid this love hate relationship ha!

    B xxx

    beauty andtheb1.co.uk

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  13. Nice stuff, I love skin care stuff. I'm a junkie! Love your blog, new follower on GFC and bloglovin.

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  14. ooo love this! thanks for sharing :)

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  15. gorgeous style, adoring your blog miss!
    would love to see you wearing casper&pearl one day!

    lots of love from the c&p girls,
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    xx

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  16. gorgeous style, adoring your blog miss!
    would love to see you wearing casper&pearl one day!

    lots of love from the c&p girls,
    casper&pearl blog
    xx

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  17. Nice!!

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  18. so wish I'd got the cleansing brush when it was on offer! x

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  19. Great post ! Want to try out the REN collection ! Check my blog out and follow if you like, I will follow back (:

    http://beautybysania.blogspot.com

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  20. I'm so lazy when it comes to skincare, I'm just a make up wipe gal! That cleansing brush sounds fab though xxx

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  21. what a lovely blog! such character and style! lovely!!


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  22. One of the things I hate to do when I come home after a really tiring day at work is removing my makeup! I mean, can you just let a hardworking woman have her good night’s sleep? But I know I’m just making excuses. Removing our makeup and making sure our face is clean is a must-do for everyone. Just imagine all those dirt you’ve acquired throughout the day staying on your face for the entire night! That’s sure to give us skin problems sooner than we could imagine. Thank you for addressing these things. And oh, I love your blog!

    Laraine Leet

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  23. Good thing my work doesn’t require me to wear heavy makeup everyday! Anyway, it’s important to keep our faces clean and makeup-free before we sleep. Also, never use products with harsh chemicals or you might hurt your skin. It is best to use natural products. Also, consult your dermatologist to know the most effective product of regimen on your skin.

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  24. My skin is simply too oily, will anybody offer Pine Tree State any suggestion regarding the sun blocker I ought to use? is also there any raw food out there for partitioning my this skin problem, i'm applying some beauty products but they didn't give me sufficient results.
    Obagi Rosacea

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  25. I'm such a skincare addict, love this post! Xxx

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