As a quick disclaimer when it comes to skincare I can just tell you about my personal experiences and how my skin reacted to each product. Just because something didn't work for me however doesn't mean it won't work for you, and vice versa. Skincare is so personalised to each individual so it's always worth keeping that in mind. I also wanted to mention that my skin is mostly normal but can get easily dry or dehydrated, especially this time of the year when I have the contrast of cold winter weather mixed in with dry heat from having the central heating on. It's just not a good combination and my skin is definitely feels the strain. Let's get on with the review now so I can tell you all about these three skincare goodies.
First up I've got the cult brand Charlotte Tilbury and her ever so popular Magic Cream*, which retails for £70 (super pricey I know). If you aren't aware Charlotte Tilbury is legendary British makeup artist who persistently build her network of professional peers of photographers, models and stylists over the years. Her belief behind the brand is that every woman can feel "beautiful, powerful and sexy" through the use of makeup. Her brand screams luxurious from the outer cardboard packaging to the actual products inside. I just love the rose gold style and design of every product in her range, it all looks stunning. The same goes for this pot of Magic Cream, which I was kindly sent by Harrods... I mean just look at it. However is it worth the high price tag and how is my skin feeling on first impressions?
Unfortunately I don't love the product inside as much as I love the outer packaging. For the price I really was expecting magic in some way, but this doesn't even provide my skin with enough nourishment like some of the other (less expensive) alternatives in my routine. I started using this as a daytime moisturiser on it's own (no serum or oil beforehand) and within a week my cheeks had started to develop dry patches. It definitely feels luxurious as it's applied and it absorbs into the skin wonderfully, but for this time of the year it just isn't hydrating enough for me personally. Don't get me wrong though I know a lot of people love this Magic Cream and it works amazing well for their skin. For me however it just didn't work and the only way I can use it is with a super nourishing oil underneath. I didn't experience any sort of irritation or issues with my skin whilst using it on it's own apart from dryness. The cream has secret mix of patented anti-age ingredients, hyaluronic acid booster plus floral extracts created by Charlotte Tilbury herself. I found that it did leave my skin quite smooth to begin with (despite dryness later on throughout the day), so in a way this would work best as a primer... but at the end of the day who wants to spend that much money on a primer right?! In conclusion it's not a bad moisturiser, but not a great one either. In my opinion, for the price I shouldn't have to put in so much effort to make it work for my skin. If you are/have been thinking of trying it out, then my suggestion is to try pick up a sample of this Magic Cream before splurging on the full sized version. You should notice within a couple of uses if this cream will work for your skin and you never know it might work wonders and you might love it. Harrods have a fantastic Charlotte Tilbury counter that you can check out and see the products for yourself.
Next up I have a brand new cleanser that I am seriously impressed with and super happy I added to my routine. I had the opportunity to try out the Emma Hardie Amazing Moringa Cleansing Balm in a deluxe sample from the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar. I loved the cleanser from the very first few uses and immediately knew I would have to get my hands on the full sized version, which I picked up from FeelUnique. The 100ml pot is priced at £38 but the good thing is that you will always find some sort of a discount or offer somewhere and grab it for a bit cheaper. Not to mention that a little bit goes a long way so I can see this 100ml pot lasting me quite some time. The key ingredients in this balm cleanser are Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E, which all help to balance, purify and minimise the appearance of open pores. There's also Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts that not only rejuvenates and revitalises the skin, but give off the most gorgeous scent. Lastly it also contains Jasmine, Cedarwood and Rose to recondition dull, dry and dehydrated skin.
The way I like to apply this is by warming up a small amount in my hands and gently massaging it into the skin... once I've done that I splash some water to my skin, which turns the oil into a milky texture and I continue to gently massage the skin. Lastly I soak the super soft micro fibre cleansing cloth (included with the cleanser) in warm water, squeeze out the excess and gently wipe over the whole face. I have tried using this over eye makeup and it removes everything really well, but my preference is to use my all time favourite Garnier Micellar Water first, to avoid the panda eye effect. I find that my skin is left feeling super clean, but also really soft too. The muslin cloth also has a gently abrasive muslin side, so it's a great way of exfoliating your skin in a gentle way. It also feels really nourishing so my skin never feels tight afterwards. I've also read that it can double up as as a rescue balm on super dry elbows or knees, as a soothing mask if left on the skin for ten minutes and also as a lip balm. I haven't tried any of these uses yet but it's great to know that it's such a multi-tasking product. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about the Emma Hardie Amazing Moringa Cleansing Balm, I just love it.
Lastly I've got another facial oil addition in the form of Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. This is my first time trying a rose hip oil like this and I was quite excited to finally start introducing one into my routine, as I have heard amazing thing. Andean Rosehip Oil is known for its skin healing properties as it contains high concentrations of Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9, plus antioxidant carotenoids. These help to repair and protect the skin against environmental stresses and visible damage.
This is the brand's bestselling product and frankly considered a skin hero, which I am not surprised about. It has high concentrations of essential nutrients to feed and regenerate the skin. With regular use, it will deeply condition the skin, as well as improve firmness and elasticity. It also helps to improve dry patches, blemishes, dull skin tone, fine lines, scars, and sun damage. I can definitely confirm that it helped me get rid of the dry patches on my cheeks (which I mentioned above) in just a couple of days, so I was seriously impressed. I like to apply between 4 to 6 drops (depending on wether I am using it at night or during the day), by firstly warming up the oil in the palm of my hands and then gently massaging into my slightly damp skin for extra hydration. This is the most affordable from the trio as it's priced at £22 but again you can find various deals/discount codes for it on many beauty sites. Again I don't have any negatives and I am loving having this skincare here in my routine.
So that's the end of my super long skincare post, pat on the back if you made it all the way to the end. I have to say the older I get the more interested I become about skincare and trying out various products. It's definitely more important to me to have really good skin, the best that it can be and in turn I find that I use less makeup too, my current go-to makeup for example consists of a touch of concealer rather than foundation. Have you tried any of the three brands above or the products I have here? What are your thoughts?
*PR sample included