I have been trying to take a little more care of my skin and discovered some great products recently. Most of these are not too expensive which is always the best bet. Its quite a long list so I decided to break it up into British products and those from around the world. First up – the best of Britain products!
- AOES Cleansing Oil Masque
AOES sent me a whole box of skincare products to try. I flipped through the instruction manual and tried them for a full two months as recommended. I liked the pure, gentle and clean ethos of the brand and enjoyed using the products. Most of them were great although the routine does take a little time to get used to. But the cleansing mask is something I wanted to really rave about – its fantastic. It is the best makeup removal product I have used and I have tried everything from Nivea to La Roshe Posay. One swipe both eye shadow and eye liner gone. I do find it a little annoying that its so difficult to access the brand’s products – as far as I know I can only purchase the items from their website after paying a £6 fee. I will keep my eye out to see if they retail anywhere else but might eventually give up and buy this off their site.
Pros: natural, cruelty free.
Con: not easy to access, expensive.
- Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
If you wear dark and bright lipsticks, you need lip scrub. When I was shopping around for a lip scrub, I did a lot of research (I obsessively research every little thing I want to buy). Everything and everyone pointed to this Lush lips scrub so I will save you the time – just get it.
Pros: cheap, natural, tastes delicious!
Cons: this is barely a con but I thought I should mention that since its Lush which is mostly made with natural ingredients it expires within a year.
3. Superdrug Overnight Glycolic Peel
I have always felt the Superdrug own brand products are really underestimated. Boots No. 7 has a lot of hype but Superdrug has mostly natural, cruelty-free products (unlike Boots) of great quality at fantastic prices – most of their products are actually under the £10 mark. I became a fan of the brand during my student days since there was a store near my college and my NUS card gave me a 10% discount on their products. I had heard rave reviews about their serum and dropped into a Superdrug store to get a bottle to try it for myself. I ended up picking up this overnight peel to try it out. Verdict – its amazing! I use it overnight and wash it off in the morning. My face literally glows. I skipped wearing foundation the next morning thinking I have already worn later realising its just the peel. The first night I used it, my husband looked at me suspiciously asking ‘what have you done? Why are you so…bright?’ (Which I took as a compliment.)
I am quite a scaredy-cat when it comes to skincare. I think it comes from the fact that as a kid I was allergic to a lot of skin products and food and although I seem to have outgrown most of it I am still a little wary. And as a beauty lay person hearing something with ‘acid’ in its name automatically makes me suspicious. But glycolic acid is basically angel dust on your skin. Again, I did a lot of research and after a lot of reading and understanding I am now onboard with glycolic acid and suggest you get onboard too!
Pros: super cheap, easily available, cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified).
Cons: I am a little confused about usage – do I layer it? How often do I use it? I have not found a lot of information on this so I am just going with whatever suits me. Currently I am using it every alternate night or so.
Let me know if you have tried or end up trying any of these products and if you loved them as much as I did? Also, read my Indian beauty products recommendations and Satarupa’s lipstick post to continue your beauty reading.
The AOES cleansing mask was sent to Fashion and Frappes as a PR sample.