Since my blog post before last was a huge list of Empties (check that out here), it seems only right to follow that up with a haul – or so my shopping-addicted brain thinks. I was in London for a few days early in April, so obviously I had to track down some Deciem stuff and hit up one of my favourite spots in the city – the glorious Selfridges Beauty Workshop. As well as those too, I grabbed a couple of things from the ever-reliable Boots, so this haul is a bit of a mish-mash, with a healthy dose of drugstore pricing. Without further ado…
Simple Spotless Skin Anti-Blemish Moisturiser
A repurchase! I always get this one confused with the moisturiser from their Clear Skin range, but both are very similar – and very good – and I use them interchangeably. I love moisturisers like these, that are lightweight and oil-free without leaving any kind of residue (they absorb super-fast, too), which makes them perfect for oily skin like mine.
They’re also dirt-cheap (usually less than £4 per tube) and easy to get your mitts on – if you’re not a fan of heavy moisturisers then this one (with zinc and chamomile) is worth giving a go.
Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Moisturiser
On the topic of moisturisers, I spotted this one on the shelves of Boots recently and was totally intrigued by it. It’s a lot of things at once – a thick jelly-textured hydrator that also claims to mattify and control shine, as well as fighting spots and blemishes (hence the tea tree and witch hazel). I don’t exactly know what the cranberry extract is for – perhaps brightening?
Anyway, what really caught my eye was the pump dispenser (similar to Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream) that sits on the top and allows for a more hygienic application – I can confirm that it’s very fun to use (and the product is also pretty nice – and only £4.79).
Pixi Glow Tonic
If you did read my Empties post (here again, in case you didn’t), you’ll know that I went through a mini bottle of Pixi’s cult favourite toner – not to worry, I bought another one at their lovely little store on Carnaby Street! While I’d love to try The Ordinary’s glycolic acid product, it’s constantly out of stock. So, more Glow Tonic it is – I don’t really mind though since the formula is so effective and pleasant to use.
DR JART+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment
This product is the main reason I went into Selfridges. I’d seen it around on Instagram, and this article from Glamour convinced me that I needed it in my life. I’ve recently been in the pursuit of the perfect light/no-coverage look, so a colour-correcting skincare product that packs SPF 30 and a bit of cover sounded like a dream.
While the jar packaging isn’t ideal (I got the smaller size to try out, for £12 instead of £36) the product itself is super easy to work with – and fun to watch it change from a pale green to a light beige on the skin.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Another obvious repurchase – I think this is my third bottle, because my skin simply loves this stuff. I can’t explain exactly why, but it’s really great to use, being lightweight and layering well with other products. Zinc, I know is good for blemishes and oiliness, but neither active ingredient actively treats acne – it just makes my skin look and feel healthier and brighter, especially when topped with one of the brand’s oils.
The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
Speaking of oil, I recently finished a bottle of rosehip seed oil from TO, so decided to move on to the next one – Marula Oil. People seem to go mad over Drunk Elephant’s version, but at a fraction of the cost – £8.10 – this one seems promising (and far more accessible).
I’ve used it a little on my hair (thumbs up) and on the skin (no breakouts, so double thumbs up) and it feels super luxurious and comfortable. Come back for a fully-formed opinion once I get through some more of this.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Told you that I went mad in the Deciem store. Branching out from oily-skin staples, I wanted to try some hyaluronic acid – a beloved ingredient for those with dry skin (I believe HA is a humectant that aids the skin in holding on to water). I’ve tried this alone, and mixed into my usual moisturiser and it’s so effective! Using it alone left my skin so soft and plump without any kind of residue – the texture is feather-light, and of course, it’s another steal at £5.90 per bottle.
The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
This was an impulse purchase – I don’t have much experience with antioxidants in my skincare, but want to try and incorporate them into my routine somehow (without freaking my skin out). This one seemed like a good (and affordable – £5.50) choice, as the Vitamin C products are more geared towards anti-aging – not currently one of my concerns.
This product is quite thick, and almost oily in texture, but nice to apply (following the advice of people online, less is more, especially if you want to avoid a reaction). I’ll have to use this a bit more and over a longer time period to get an idea of its efficacy.
I’d love to say that’s it for now, but I know myself – I’m evolving into a full-on skincare junkie. Going forward, I want to live off the one in-one out rule – only purchasing things at the same rate as I use them up, but we’ll have to see how that goes…