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27 August 2017

When it comes to beauty, I'm a firm believer in if you nail your skincare, everything will fall in to place. Well she hopes. And it isn't until your entire skincare stash decides to conveniently run out all at the same time, that it makes you really appreciate your skincare heroes - and your credit card.

Additionally when you also wake up one morning, fresh faced to find a pesky little line appear on your forehead - you know shit has got real and you're not on the right side of 25 anymore. Nope. After a little breakdown and 6766786 whats app messages to your pal, out comes the big guns, hard and fast..

Neutrogena facial sunscreen

Every time I travel to the US, I make sure to restock on the Neutrogena facial sunscreen in SPF 30. Christ this makes me sound like a right knobhead, but I'll admit that I have finally become one of those women. The ones that religiously slather their face in spf - shock, splutter - even in the winter months.

This light lotion from Neutrogena just makes it all too easy. After moisturising, I smooth over my skin and apply my make-up right after. I like to think the skincare gods are looking down on me proudly. But honestly, it doesn't sting your eyes, clog pores, cause breakouts, it's oil free, light-weight on the skin and doesn't leave any white tint to your face. AND you can purchase it on Amazon here.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 

Say hello to the new wonder brand on the block, Canadian skincare brand The Ordinary delivers high quality ingredients and premium formulations for pretty much cheap as chips. Stocked on ASOS, I quickly snapped up a number of their cult favourites and it was the retinoid serum that really stood out to me.

Applied 2-3 times a week, I pop on a few drops of the milky serum before moisturising in the evening. I won't go fully into the benefits of retinoid (you can read more here), but as anti-acing skincare goes, this is shit hot. And not only that, the next morning I instantly see brighter, softer, smoother skin. So if you are looking for an affordable anti-aging product to introduce into your skincare routine, this bad boy is a snip at £8.

Pixi Glow Tonic 

An exfoliator in a bottle. Treat it as a toner with the added ingredient of glycolic acid. Light enough to be swept over the skin every morning and night, but boy, is it packing a punch. Literally wiping away dead skin cells, it will leave you with brighter looking skin, refined pores and smoother complexion. Job done.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment 

This was my first foray into the world of Kiehls and three years later, the mint green avocado night cream is still a firm fixture in my night time routine. Being honest, I'm never really sure when a night cream is working to be frank, but when it runs out and I try and convince myself out of it - my tired, dark circles haunt me back into repurchasing. Sneaky work Kiehls, sneaky.

Origins GinZing Eye Cream & High-Potency Night Cream

If I could stand from the rooftops and shout it, I would because I bladdy love Origins. My skin quite literally drinks it up and I can't get enough of their mask (more on this to come in another post).

Their GinZing eye cream is nothing short of magic. Applied every morning, it has a slight pearly shimmer that brings a brightening WOW to your dark circles without looking like you're ready to disco. It depuffs and hydrates, leaving the perfect base for your under eye concealer.

The snazzy Orgin's High Potency Night-A-Mins moisturiser might be a pretty fancy name, but this night cream is pretty fancy. Jam-packed with vitamin C, E and H, I apply a good dollop every night after cleansing and it gives my skin a much needed shot of hydration leaving it look and feel refreshed come morning. It's pretty pricey at £36, but a tub goes a long way and I recently picked up this gift set for £36.50 for a full-size Night-A-Mins cream amongst other goodies!

Have you tried any of this beauty buys? I would love to know your faves. 

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