Wednesday, 31 October 2012

My skin saviours - and a cry for help!

I posted a picture on Instagram a couple of days ago with the products I use before bed every night and I thought it would be a good idea to give you guys a loser look at my skin care regimen. Ever since I got really serious about looking after my skin and started using these products religiously, my skin has improved significantly, it's really impressive. I have repurchased all these products (except for the Liqueid Gold, this is my first bottle), so I think that's a testimony to their efficiency!

First is the Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic. I don't even know if products can have such an effect on your skin, but I credit this toner to turning my oily skin into combination! I got my first bottle of this in 2010 and used it every single night till the bottle was empty and it is a miracle worker, I highly recommend this for people with oily skin. I'm on my fourth bottle of this and I really dont see myself going without it! Some people think toning is not important, I guess it depends on the toner you're using! Aside from all the benefits, I specially like using a toner as a last step on my cleansing routine, where I can make sure very last trace of make up and dirt is gone. Next up is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. Now this, I think, is the most I pressure of them all. If I go more than three days without this I am SURE to get a few spots on my face! It is a thick gel which works to unclog the pores and eliminate dead skin cells. It also contains anti bacterial ingredients, which is great for those of us who suffer with spots. I'm on my second tube of this and already have a back up so I don't have to be without it! The Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is also on my routine, as the pigmentation my spots leave behind can last for months and this definitely helps clear them out a lot faster. You have to be diligent and extremely patient with this one, though, as the resuls don't come over night. I have been and I'm really happy with how it work! Lastly is Alpha-H Liquid Gold, which I've reviewed in depth here. My feelings for it haven't changed, I absolutely love this and have abandoned scrubs all together in favour of chemical exfoliants. It is a repurchase for sure. I've only been using the Liqueid Gold once or twice a week, and use the other products on the other nights!

Now, girls, I need your help. Most of you will know I have moved to England from Brazil in April and this is going to be my first English winter. Where I'm from, when it's 22 degrees out, people are breaking out their coats from the closet! I am TERRIFIED of this winter! I feel my skin drying out from the cold and from the heating, my hair is suffering as well and I have no idea what to do! haha I would really appreciate it if you could give me any tips or product recommendations for surviving the colder month.Thank you so much! x


  1. Those products sound amazing!! I have never tried it but have heard the Origins Drink Up overnight mask is amazing for relieving dry skin. I always dab on a bit of 8 hr cream before bed on any dry patches and they're always gone by morning xx

  2. Thanks for this!! :) I love Kiehl's! I use their cleanser + ultra facial cream - ultimate skin savers! I have yet to try the toner though :)

    The Misty Mom

  3. im from texas so I'm not much of a help!! i always use clinique though and love it!

  4. I have been using Effaclar K for a year or so when spots seem to be coming and it works quite well. Would like to try the Duo though! I believe La Roche Posay have a new cream out - Cicaplast Baume B5 - that is great for chapped skin. I read about it here: Sali has a Facebook group with over 5,000 members, really recommend joining as it's a great place for makeup/skincare/general chitchat. Here's the link: I'm on there and there are a few Brazilians living in London I think.

    You didn't mention what cleanser you use, but a hot cloth and a creamy cleanser (like Liz Earle or even the Superdrug one) is especially good in winter. A facial oil at night is also a great way of nourishing our skin, maybe try the Trilogy Rosehip oil or Clarins Blue Orchid. Kiehl's also do Midnight Recovery Concentrate xx

    1. Thanks for this! I've been using a creamy Lancôme cleanser and it's fairly moisturizing. Will join the FB group! xx

  5. English winters are horrible - I'm not a fan of the cold at all! I have a winter skin saviours post on my blog, all of the products in it are ones I'd recommend to help keep your skin happy in the cold! :) x

  6. These products sound really good, how much are they all?

    I hate the cold as's all about the summer season for me!
    To keep your skin hydrated throughout the winter days I would recommend a moisturer that contains cocoa butter/shea butter. And an oily night moisturer is good as well. I use Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser, it's also an amazing make up remover and I can swear by the product - using it before bed leaves my skin really bright in the morning, whcih I love!

    As for hair, I would recommend hair products that contain coconut/olive oil as they are very nourishing and the olive oil also strengthens the hair as well.

    I hope this helps, let me know how it works out for you :)
    Followed back.

    Nina x

  7. Great post sweetie :) really want to try the Alpha H Liquid Gold, sounds like a winner!!

  8. I really want to give the Alpha H Liquid Gold a try, I love the REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate which is the same sort of thing, they work wonders! If your skin feels super dry I'd really recommend the Avene Rich Hydration Cream, it's SO lovely! <3

    Jennie xo |

  9. I don't have any recommendations because I live in the Caribbean so I'm under hot weather all the time! But I wanted to say thank you for the comments and your blog is so pretty and classy! Followed x

  10. Oooh such lovely products! My tips is slathering in oils, really haha. oils for the win!

    Lela -

  11. Very impressive and informative! I like your skin regime. All the skin products are amazing. Olive oil is best for keeping the hair hydrated in winter.

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  13. Great products, your blog it's so cute :)

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  14. Great review!

    I completely understand about the cold! I have been living here for 5 years and I still hate it! You just need to invest ni a great winter coat and lots and lots of scarves!


  15. I really need something like the dark mark corrector, that's my biggest problem with my skin. I can't believe its £33, I really can't spare that right now. Maybe I'll put it on my christmas list

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  16. I really want to try Alpha H Liquid Gold, I've been hearing nothing but good things about it xxx

  17. I've always lives here and I'm never prepared for the cold! :) other have better advice for you than I would have, so just wanted to wish you luck!

  18. Thanks for sharing! Wow your skincare products sound amazing, the Alpha-H Liquid Gold sounds interesting as well as the Kiehl's products :)

  19. You should try Oilaitum as a daily moisturiser. It's lovely for the cooler months and affordable! xx

  20. You are lucky you weren't here during Winter 2010 - it was minus 18c where I live!
    Oils are your friend during the colder months for hair and body and a rich misturiser for your face. Clothing wise, get yourself scarves, hats and gloves. And if you really feel it, head off to Marks & SPencers and pick up some thermal vests - no one need ever know! They are life savers for me during Winter dog walks!!

    rachael @ madeupoflittlethings xx

  21. I love a good serum or balm for a dry skin day. I'm currently using No7 Face Super Balm which is great for spot treatments on dry patches, and Lush's Full of Grace serum bar which is great for depositing moisture all over the skin. Best of luck, congrats on the move, and I love your blog! You've got gorgeous pictures and a wealth of info here, consider me your newest follower! xx

  22. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.
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