15 to buy in 2015: Skincare

Saturday 3 January 2015

At the beginning of a new year like everyone else I like to set myself goals and aspirations and one of them is always to stop spending money on useless rubbish so I like to make a list of the things I would really like to purchase in the following year, I find this stops me going into shops and just buying stuff I don't need and spending money that could be put to something I do actually want. This works and I had a look back on my 2013 list and I pretty much got it all without too much flotsam along the way.

I'll start with skin care and there will be a makeup one to follow and perhaps another with other stuff (handbags mainly), so my top 15 wish list skin care items are as follows.

1. Balm Balm 100% Organic Coconut Cleanser £13.25 (Link)
I love oil cleansers and whilst I enjoy chemicals on my skin I think with the makeup removal stage organic is just as effective if not more so when removing your makeup with oil, this is nice and simple (with one ingredient) and fairly inexpensive and a great introduction to oil cleansing if you've not tried it before.
2. Balm Balm 100% Organic Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm £15.50 (Link)
This is a solid balm so great for a massaging cleanse which I usually do on a Sunday so it's a great pamper product to remove your makeup, of course you can use it daily without the massage and it will be the perfect makeup remover ... I also LOVE the smell of Frankincense, if it was good enough for Baby Jesus it's good enough for me.
3. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm £22.00 (Link)
This is definitely a cleansing balm for the masses as there's Clinique counters in most towns so unlike the others in this post if you run out without ordering more you can just pop down to a counter and pick up another tub, I have heard this is as good as more expensive balms like the the Emma Hardy so why pay £40 when you can pay £22!
4. Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser £24.99 (Link)
This just sounds cool so i've wanted to try it for a while, it starts as a gel when you apply it to the face it then transforms into an oil and finally into a milk. How could I refuse such a cool product, I have heard it is good too which is always a plus.

5. Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum £42.00 (Link)
I tend to get dehydrated skin quite a lot (I really need to step up my water intake) and at night I like to pack on the moisture and give my skin a real treat, i've wanted to try this serum for a while and it is supposed to be quite light whilst being able to hydrate thoroughly so I'm hoping I can use this as a morning serum as well as at night.
6. Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum £38.00 (Link)
I would feel a total skin care pro using this every night and there's major science behind this serum as it's supposed to enhance the skin's moisture retaining capacity as well as containing anti inflammatory ingredients if you suffer from itchy irritated skin (which I often do).
7. Sarah Chapman Intense Hydration Booster £57.00 (Link)
The basis of this serum is hyaluronic acid which we should all know by now is the holy grail molecule of rehydrating skin, this product also defends the skin against airborne bacteria and irritants.
8. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collegen Booster £47.00 (Link)
I want this serum for when my skin needs a pick me up of vitamins and if my skin is a bit irritated this should fix everything so always a good one to have in the cupboard when needed.

9. Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay £44.00 (Link)
This can either be used as a scrub or a clay mask; whilst I don't tend to manually exfoliate I suppose if i'm in a rush I could use this for some instant glow, I will use this as a mask for when my skin is looking congested and in need for a deep cleanse.
10. Peter Thomas Roth Enzyme Mask £40 (Link, It doesn't seem available in the UK)
A wonder product for dull congested skin and this is a definite must have for me, the fact you can't get it in the UK makes me want it even more as sad as that is!
11. Biologique Recherche P50 £50ish
Another hard to get product in the UK and one that needs importing to the UK, there are two varieties of the P50, the original and non-phenol version. I want to try them both to test the differences and I hopefully I can get my mitts on them.
12. Sarah Chapman Overnight Exfoliating Booster (Link)
This gently resurfaces the skin overnight and a perfect travel companion as the packaging is quite small and you don't have to lug a potential leaky bottle around and keep your skin care routine to its maximum. As it contains salicylic acid its great for oilier skins as it helps to prevent blocked pores overnight which will help lessen breakouts making it another great travel component as stressed skin can equal spotty skin.

13. Clarins HydraQuench Cream £35.00 (Link)
I think paired with the HydraQuench serum will result in plump happy skin, the moisturiser helps to hydrate, protect the skin against environmental aggressors and pollution. I think the price point is good too as it will last you a few months as you won't need much especially on top of the serum.
14. Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream $65 (Link)
Another product that you can't get in the UK but thankfully Kate Somerville now ship to the UK, the Goat Milk cream contains lactic acid which helps to renew the complexion overnight and is gentle whilst doing it, it is soothing as it contains aloe so great for people with more sensitive skin too.
15. Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue £67.25 (Link)
I have read studies on vitamin K and its ability to actually correct dark circles (total geek I know), now i'm talking about hereditary fully rested gals who still have dark circles aka ME! The studies basically found the only ingredient to actually make a difference is vitamin K so I've wanted to purchase this Peter Thomas Roth one for a while ... the price however has stopped me purchasing on many occasion but this is the year I bite the bullet and buy it! I'm very surprised how little vitamin K is used in eye care and the PTR one is pretty much the only one i've found!

So those are my 15 skin care purchases of 2015, i'm pretty sure i'll purchase more along the way, just to clarify my lack of a day time moisturiser in this post is because i'm 100% loyal to my La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo and nothing will separate me from it! What do you have your eyes on at the moment?


  1. The Clarins HydraQuench Serum is lovely. I've had it a few times now. It's so good for dehydrated skin and it's great for morning and evening use :) The Ole Henriksen Cleansing Gelee has been tempting me for the last month now. Maybe later in the year ;) xx



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