I’m always on the hunt for skincare for oily skin that doesn’t consist of stripping foaming cleansers, alcohol-based toners and instantly-evaporating “balancing” gel moisturisers. And who does it well? Duh, The Body Shop.
These two items joined the overflowing basket of skincare that is my life when I went along to the opening of The Body Shop’s new Queensgate store a few weeks ago. The store’s flash, but it’s the products that matter, and the Seaweed range is pretty dope.
Serozinc: massively hyped, virtually impossible to get in New Zealand, potentially pseudo-science—but I love it.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc won this year’s CEW Award for best new skincare treatment product, but it has been available for a few years in Europe. Now that Escentual sells it in the UK, it’s getting a bit more notice, helped more than a little by Caroline Hirons’ love for it.
Time for another product focus—this time it’s the MAC Lightful Softening Lotion. It was rebranded in the past year or so to Marine-Bright Lightful C Softening Lotion. I bought my second bottle of it at the staff shop when I visited ELC head office when I worked at Clinique; it was discounted because of the rebrand, but the formula hasn’t changed at all.
Formula 10.0.6 is the brand that makes So Totally Clean, which happened to be my absolute top product of 2014. It was so totally rad, then, when they got in touch with me to send me some more of their products to try, and an extra so totally awesome when the parcel contained another bottle of STC for me to hold on to as a backup. Well, come to think of it, I could give it away to a reader, given I go on about it so much. If you want me to give it away, leave me a comment! And have a scroll and read what I think about the other Formula 10.0.6 products while you’re at it.
Trilogy have hooked me up with a bottle of their Hydrating Mist Toner for this round of ‘One for you and one for me’ – the last one for 2014. If you’ve been here for a while you might remember this toner from way back in April when I got a chance to try it. As far as toning facial spritzes go, this is a good one. Read on for more details and how to get your hands on this bottle for yourself!
My everyday skincare routine is heavy on my two favourite New Zealand natural skincare brands – Antipodes and Trilogy (see my latest empties post for evidence of this). I don’t choose natural skincare because it’s natural, per se – I think the anti-chemicals rhetoric that’s often used to promote natural skincare is garbage, because everything is a chemical. And heaps of ‘natural’ things are terrible for your skin, like cinnamon and lemon juice and all sorts of household ingredients that pop up in homemade face mask recipes on Pinterest.
I like natural skincare for my basics, cleansing and moisturising, because it’s simple. My skin does tend towards sensitive, so using natural skincare has helped me narrow down what does irritate my skin. (Rosehip oil is included on my list of known irritants.) I am reluctant to change up my skincare because I know what I’m using at the moment works for me, but after scanning the ingredients I thought I might as well give the new Living Nature Skin Minis a go. Harriet’s also been trying them. This is going to be a long post, but if you make it all the way to the end you can enter for your own chance to try the Skin Minis set and mask best suited for your skin type! (This giveaway is now closed.)