Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Spring Skincare Switch Up


new skincare 2018

Carrying on with my Spring transitional blog posts (my new scents for Spring 2018 blog post went live last weekend), I'm back with some of the latest skincare releases for 2018 as well as some of the new products that I've added into my skincare routine recently. If you're looking to switch your skincare routine up for Spring/Summer or are just looking for some new products to try out, then this is the blog post for you!

This blog post was originally spurred on by Escentual, who very kindly sent me out the newly launched Nuxe Aquabella range which is currently exclusive to them, so let's start with that great new collection of products.

glamglow galactic cleanse review

Despite having dehydrated skin on my forehead and other patches of my face, in other areas my skin is combination and that's exactly what the Nuxe Aquabella range is tasked with targeting. Unlike some other ranges which claim to help with combination skin, this range focuses on hydrating the skin, something which is often overlooked especially if you have oilier skin. I had a great facial at my local Kiehl's counter in House Of Fraser Glasgow at the start of February and it was there that I found out that what I thought was oily was actually just my skin overproducing oils solely because of how dehydrated it was and not that I have inherently oily skin.

The Nuxe Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel* is a combined cleanser and physical exfoliator, something I'd not personally tried or seen on the market before. It's surprisingly gentle on the skin, doesn't leave it looking red or inflamed, like many other physical exfoliators often do and is a great first step in my routine.

This month I also discovered a fabulous new cleanser in the form of the GLAMGLOW Galactic Cleanser Jelly Balm, which I've been using to do a second cleanse and to remove every last drop of makeup. I absolutely adore the consistency of this and it's got me excited to try more from GLAMGLOW, especially when all I'd tried previous to this was one of their masks. They definitely drew me in with the whole galactic and glitter element of their new range but I'm so happy that it stood out on the shelf for me to stumble across it.

nuxe aquabella review

The product that I was the most interested in trying from the Aquabella range was actually the Beauty-Revealing Essence-Lotion* and it did not disappoint. It isn't a toner, as many might assume but it's actually an essence, which means that it's all about hydrating and leaving the skin feeling softer, which I can definitely attest to.

The entire Nuxe range, including all three of the Aquabella products, as well as the rest of the French Pharmacy brands available on Escentual, all have up to 1/3 off this April, so if you've been considering making a purchase or stocking up on some firm French Pharmacy favourites, now is the time.

One of the biggest beauty buzzwords of the moments has to be Vitmain C so I was very curious when a bottle of the Diego Dalla Palma Vitamin C Radiance Serum* appeared at my doorstep. I've been meaning to add a serum into my routine for a while now so I was more than happy to put this to the test. It works on all skin types and is meant to brighten the skin. I'm not sure if it's this product alone or the fact that we've actually seen some sunlight, even if rather fleetingly here in Scotland, recently but I feel like my skin doesn't look as dull as it has over the Winter months, which I'm certainly glad to see. I'll definitely be continuing to use this to see if it is what is really making the difference and will be sure to share more of my thoughts then. And if you didn't already know, you'll find Diego Dalla Palma at Marks & Spencer, both in their beauty halls and online.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream review

Back to the Nuxe Aquabella range again, now the Nuxe Aquabella Beauty-Revealing Moisturising Emulsion* really is perfect for the T-zone, which is the one area of my face that I struggle to keep at bay. It's either ridiculously greasy and shiny looking or bone dry. There really is no in between, well, until now. This treads the fine line of dealing with combination skin or a combination area so well by moisturising it without leaving it feeling really oily or greasy. I love how the product sinks in and leaves no residue and totally understand why this range is designed for combination skin solely by using this one product.

I was also beyond overjoyed to finally be able to try some skincare bits from Fresh after the amazing team at World Duty Free sent them over to coincide with the fact that Fresh are now available online and at London Heathrow Terminal 3 at World Duty Free. I'd been keen to try Fresh's hydrating rose range for as long as I can remember but didn't really have an easy way of doing so here in the UK until now. Expect a full blog post with my thoughts on more of the rose range but until then, I just had to share how good the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream* is!

Whether you're someone who struggles with dry or dehydrated skin or you have combination skin, you need to check this out! It's nourishing and intensive but somehow manages to be so lightweight at the same time. It also feels lovely on my sensitive skin and didn't cause any breakouts or eruptions, which I'm pretty surprised about, especially as I normally have to break in a moisturiser by letting my skin adjust to it. I now totally understand where all those 5 star ratings come from. It also smells amazing!

kiehl's ultra facial mask review

After my Kiehl's facial, which if you didn't already know is completely free to book or pop in for, I treated myself to one of the products that was applied on me that day and that was the Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. Now this stuff is SO good! I'd only ever dabbled with the Ultra Facial Cream from Kiehl's as a result of trying a little sachet of the stuff but I'm now incredibly tempted to try out more from the Ultra Facial range as a result of trying this, that and the full size of the Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque. I received a little sample pot of it, as you can see, after my facial and my god, is it good! If your skin is severely dehydrated or in need of some serious TLC you simply have to give this fantastically gloopy face mask a try or at least pop along to your local Kiehl's counter to try it out.

And who wouldn't want to cover their face in rose gold? I'm always keen to try out new sheet masks and have been impressed with Masquebar's offerings in the past so I was very happy to receive one of their new Rose Gold Foil Moisturizing Sheet Masks* this month, to coincide with their launch. Expect to find me with one of these on tonight whilst I catch up with some guilty pleasure TV with at least half an Easter egg. Who else still has some left?

So there you have it, what I've switched into my skincare routine for Spring and some of the new products that I've been over the moon to try recently.

Have you tried any of the products mentioned in today's blog post? If so, what are your thoughts on them? Do you switch up your skincare routine in the warmer months? And which product from today's blog post sounds like it could work for you and your skin type?

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