New in: skincare stuffies

NB. I actually despise the word "stuffies" so I just threw that in to annoy myself :p

This is a round up of some new and new-ish skincare items that I have accrued. More in-depth reviews to come...


From left to right...

* The Sanctuary Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser - the only reason I am using this is because my Liz Earle ran out and I needed something right that moment.

On a sidenote, this is what I hate about Liz Earle - a limited retail distribution. We don't all have access to a John Lewis etc...and we don't all order in advance online ( I am lucky if I even remember to order my contact lenses online - let alone a cleanser!). It makes you realise the power that a store like Boots has - if she can get in there then I would never deviate.

Back to The Sanctuary product...its smells herbally (like a sack of hay), the cloth it comes with is rubbish and I do think it leaves a slight film on my skin. However, it hasn't caused any spots (yet!) and it does cleanse quite well. I will use it up.

* La Roche Posay Effaclar K - Second tube and I actually love to use this as a face primer. I don't have massively oily skin but in summer time it definitely takes on a slightly higher shine factor, making this product an important staple. It helps texture and I find it refines the skin, making spot scars fade. There is some kind of retinol derivative contained within the ingredient list so it could be quite drying - and you need a good sunscreen when using this - but I remain loyal.

* Lancome Visionnaire - I was sent this by Lancome and it claims to have a beauty molecule which tightens skin. I love the sound of that obviously but I need to start being religious with my application. So far I have only had it a week but I can say that its FAR better than Kiehl's Acai serum. Wow was there ever a product that I regretted buying.....total waste of money that did NOTHING at all. (I am clearly still angry about how rubbish this is.)

* Avene Ystheal+ - an eye cream which I have no idea how to pronounce. Even now I am trying to work out how a French person would say this and well....is it eees-the-al? I am a linguistic dunce. However, this was recommended to me by a friend. I am over using an eye cream just for moisture (Kiehl's Avocado does a very nice job) - I want more than just that. I want results! Like the La Roche Posey, there is a little bit of retinol action going on here...it's been a day of usage so I can't make any conclusions but I am excited to see if there is any difference at all.

* Lanolips - I have super dry lips at the moment and needed some quick fix moisture so picked this up in Boots. I remember it receiving lots of glowing reviews on blogs and I can see why. It's super thick and the residue hangs around a long time. It sort of reminds me "Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm for lips" that they used to (may still do) sell in Space NK....same premise really. It's doing the job.

I have to say it sort of annoys me to have all these different products...and this isn't even everything that I have/use on my face! It's semi-ridiculous.

I wish I could just be a cleanser and go kind of girl/woman...maybe there is still hope but then again, perhaps I should take this as a sign of age: the older you get the more sh*t you need to hold it all together.

:)

Any skincare recommendations for me to add to the collection? :) 

65 comments:

  1. Looks like you've picked up some lovely stuff. Totally agree with you about Liz Earle, it would be so convenient if it was stocked in Boots! x

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  2. Nice collection, I really want to try the La Roche Posay Effaclar K and the Lanolips. I use a lot of decelor products- their cleansing milk, toner, rose oil, essential balm and moisturiser. I intend to deviate onto some other skincare brands but you know when something is just THAT good for your skin, its hard! I do use Origins Ginzing eyecream which is absolutely amazing, like a drink for the eyes! Although im assuming you've tried this as everyone seems to have!

    Laura xoxo
    www.whatlauralovesuk.com

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  3. I'm loving my Lush Angels on Bare Skin at the moment but I think we've very different skin types - mine is naturally dry as hell. I'd love to try some of the Lauder Idealist serum but don't have the money to waste in case it's crap.

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  4. I'm currently using the La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo I've had it for about a week and have found that though its marketed as a moisturizer its feels more like a primer and i don't find it very moisturizing.Have you used moisturizer underneath your Effeclar K? x

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  5. haha, my BF last said to me: "you have a tube for _every_ part of your body.."

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  6. Yes totally agree about the liz earle i bought the soap and glory version but it doesnt compare to the liz earle. yes i hate ordering online i much prefer ordering other things online like clothes and handbags lol . i use the effaclar m moisturiser whats the difference with effaclar m and effaclar k? x

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  7. As a cleanser/eye make-up remover/ toner I really like Une Night and Day cleanser. I do like a multi-task product as it does sicken me a little bit when I see endless amounts of lotions and potions in my bathroom! Aside from that, my friend uses the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream as a lip balm too, it's apparently very good for that, I'm sure you've probably tried that though. xXx

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  8. Am dying to try the Lancome Visionnaire so let us know how you get on with it in a few more weeks. I'm thinking about trying the Plantscription serum from Origins to see if that's good. I dunno what it is about the weather now but my lips are so dry and cracked too, so am making my way through my tube of 8 Hour Cream. If only it wasn't so stinky...

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  10. My current routine is get the slap off with dermalogica pre-cleanse, then clean those big oily pores with Avene gentle cleanser and clarisonic (finally a use for it). Love this combo - all the weird rednesses are gone. Im on toners at the mo, and had great results from a sisley one, and now on a clarins sample, not as good. Then its the boots no.7 serum (protect and perfect?) and the effaclar k at night or the vichy normaderm for the day. Thought this was the bee's knees for first few days as no oil slick but my skin caught on to its game and I am back blotting++

    I used to use the LE but good luck finding that in rural Ireland! Think I'll stick with this formula as it has knocked the sensitivity on the head!

    PS I tried the sanctuary oil that you were on and wasnt keen so have relegated it to neck as am seeing some lines that seem to suggest I had a go at hanging myself!! :S

    122lipstick xx

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  11. @felicityxoxo - that would be a dream! i would be a loyal Liz disciple then :)

    @Laura - oops: actually I havent'! must try it if the Avene ends up being rubbish!

    @Lorraine - i remember trying that once and it left my skin very smooth. wouldn't mind giving it another whirl actually.

    @CoralKisses23 - mmm not sure as i used mine as a primer. could use a serum underneath this though? Maybe that would help a bit. its definitely not a moisture giver :)

    @Melovebutterflies - i LOVE that haha

    @misspinkaholic - you know i have noooo idea! is the m mattifying? The K is more of a treatment for texture....I think.

    @Onyx - ooh i love Elizabeth Arden but it's just never something i seem to buy for whatever reason.

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  12. @Lorna - i am using pre-cleanse too. quite like that but it seems so expensive for what it is. *sigh*. do like the sound of your routine though. sounds like something I could use on myself. will make a note for future reference :)

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  13. I will stock up on Liz Earle when I am back in the UK in a few days. Will visit the shop near Sloane Square and then cheekily browse Kings Road as well. I bought the Sanctuary one at TK Maxx as the LE ran out and am not too pleased. Thanks for the Kiehls Acai Serum bash as I wasn't sure about buying this. My skincare does include religiously using the Clarisonic though and it worked wonders for me!

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  14. Can't wait to hear what you think of Lancome Visionnaire after you've used it for a while! I've just really gotten into skin care products and since I lived in California before I was so sad I couldn't try the Liz Earle cleanse and polish. I live in England now though and have joined the believers! It took me ages to find it though! It would be soo good if it were available in Boots!
    x Lauren

    http://laurenslemons.blogspot.com/

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  15. I received a leaflet from Liz Earle in the post- they are putting their prices up from September so if anyone is looking to buy/try, best buy in August when it is will be (a little) cheaper.

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  16. I love Avene products and didn't know they did an eye cream so I might check that out! Good old Carmex does the trick for me every time with my lips (and it'a as cheap as chips, bonus!), however, I do want to try lanolips, Fleurdeforce loves the lemonaid one which sounds amazing so I'm going to pick that up!

    Gem x
    www.twinklebug.com

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  17. expensive one but soooo good...
    Chantecaille Vital essence.

    3 days ago I bought effaclar k, still dont know what to think about it.

    thanks for sharing :)

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  18. I recently picked up minis of some of the Benefit skin care line. I heard good things about their eye cream, so I'm excited to try it.

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  19. As I just tweeted you (Eleonore813), I warmly suggest you to try SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and Hydrating B5 Gel (following with your moisturizer and a sunscreen, of course). These will help prepare your skin for autumn (and winter of course). They're a little bit pricey but they do wonders for skins (mine is better than before).

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  20. hey i feel your annoyance about the whole liz earle distribution thanggg. however i'll just share my little secret, i found LOADS on ebay, genuine thingg and its mega cheap. Next time your running out deffo get a glance on there!!!


    http://keepcalmandbookworm.blogspot.com/

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  21. @MissCatherine - thank you for the tip off!

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  22. I have no idea how to pronounce that Avene eye cream either.

    I've used the The Sanctuary Cleanser too and wasn't overly gone on it to be honest. Their exfoliator on the hand is brilliant.

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  23. I use the Effeclar K or Duo only as a treatment really - t-zone only - and a normal moisturiser or at the moment Effclar M(I think?)on rest of face. I prefer Duo as a primer than K - I use K as a night treatment. But if you only want to use one I find Duo is more moisturising!

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  24. I know what you mean about the Liz earle cleanser, although I love it I always have to order it in bulk which costs a lot due to the fact that john lewis has limited stores! And my body shops vitamin e cream is the best face cream I've ever used :) its even better than the clinique cream, but it does depend on your skin type etc :) xox
    makeuploverconfessions.blogspot.com

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  25. Don't worry, Ystheal isn't even a real word, being a French native speaker doesn't help :)
    Other fantastic products from Avene include TriAcneal (put it on zits and they'll die presto) and Cleanance K but you have to tolerate AHA/BHA. I also like the LRP Redermic C eye cream.

    I'm very curious about that new Lancome product, I read it took them over 10 years to develop it! Can't wait to read your opinion!

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  26. I have The Sanctuary Hot Cloth Cleanser, the smell always reminds me of Christmas Pudding! x

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  27. Hello sweetheart! How are you doing?
    I was missing a skincare blog post of yours so much!
    Let me say I am totally addicted to La Roche Posay products, in fact, it is the only one I have tried of the ones you show us today.
    I cannot tell how many "k"s I have used in the past, and I always tend to have a tube in winter. Nevertheless, I feel the need to let my skin rest after finishing the tube, because if not, my skin gets used to it and it becomes less effective.
    If you like this product, you may like the whole Effaclar range, the moisturizer H is so good! And the foam and gel are the best cleansers I have ever tried.
    X
    Catanya

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  28. la roche posay and clarins under eye cream are great, actually the best ones I ever tried ( they do more than moisturizing all that age stuff thing). I love Effaclar K one too it's great. I use Vichy dermabledn cleanser for years now ( the one for acne prone skin) it's great and cleans pores very well and reduce the oil over time :) have a great week Laura xoxo

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  29. i had the same realisation the other day, i was packing my stuff for my UK trip and realised how much stuff i actually NEED to look and feel acceptable. from a special my comb to tame my wavy hair, to my SLS free shampoo, my cleanser, toner, face and eye moisturiser, sunscreen and aaaaaall the makeup i use to look "natural". long gone are the days where all i needed to pack was my tooth brush... *sigh*

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  30. I definitely recommend the Sibu Cleanse & Detox Facial Bar. I have clear skin but it cleaned up the pores on my nose (the one place I break out if I do) and it's really helping with the milia under my eyes that I'm really prone to. You should try it!

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  31. i wasn't a big fan of the sanctuary cleanser but the soap and glory one is amazing. i still want to try the liz earle but cannot be bothered to order online and wait around for parcels! soap and glory is always on 3 for 2 in boots so i have been continuously repurchasing. its called the fab pore hot cloth cleanser :)

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  32. Liz Earle also sells the bulk 200 ml x 3 bottles. I imagine that would last quite some time

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  33. Lancome Genifique is also a great moisturizer! I have yet to encounter this lancome visionnaire. Plus if you want an effective eye cream maybe you should try tri-aktiline by Good lab skin.. I've heard it works great as well.

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  34. I"ve got the La Roche Posay Effeclar K and wasn't that impressed by it, Avene Triacneal work a lot better and is a similar product.

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  35. Why do you have to use animal tested products? THere are sooo many good vegan options out there. Please at least try to look into it and take those things into consideration.

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  36. Hi Laura - is La Roche Posay Effaclar K to mattifying? I have been considering this for a while but i dont want to be too dry/matte effect especially in summer?

    love the lanolips as well.. haha but i somehow keep on losing tube after tube and i never get around blogging about it.. haha

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  37. Hahah :) Exactly that : e-sss-the-al :)

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  38. Hi Laura, love your new blog! I was wondering do you still use any of the Sarah Chapman Skinesis products? And would you recommend them for dry/sensitive/acne prone skin?... Thank you!

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  39. bahahha the more sh*t you need to hold it together cracked me up.

    I say it's worth it! When I went to Japan, my cousins used tons of facial creams but their skin looks amazing and youthful. They're in their 30's but they look like they're in their 20's with no signs of aging

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  40. i got the No7 hot cloth cleanser and it is totally not worth it, avoid it and stick to the Liz Earle :D

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  41. it's impossible getting that liz earle cleanser!!

    x

    http://theglitterpost.wordpress.com/

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  42. About the Ysteal and exe creams. I really like watching kathyspears on Youtube and she talk about retinaldehyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oreX87AAWz8 and there is another video about eye creams and that its a waste of money etc. Its worth watching!!! I have the Ysteal face emulsion and use ist for my face and under eye area.

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  43. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought the Kiehl's Acai serum was a dud! I have been applying it in bulk (just to get rid of it) and still no results! Although I also bought the Kiehl's anti-ageing eyecream and I really like that!

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  45. I'm using the Sanctuary hot cloth cleanser at the moment too! I quite like it, but I was hoping to try the Liz Earle. My local John Lewis was out of stock :(

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