I am returning to the UK today, and I am super excited to get my hands on some of my favourite beauty products that I could not find here in the USA. Many of you may have read my Friday Favourites: Top Beauty Finds in the States, so I thought a European Version was essential. I opted for ‘European’ as many of my faves that I struggled to find in America were actually my French Pharmacy brands! Here are my European Favourites.
If you’re from the US then you’ve probably heard of Glossier and if you’re from anywhere and a reader of beauty blogs then you’ve definitely heard of intothegloss.com. Glossier is a beauty brand started by the creators of intothegloss.com, particularly Emily Weiss, aimed to provide fun and personal beauty products. I got introduced to Glossier earlier this year from a friend who let me try their boy brow and I loved it. After trying this, I decided to order some of their products and give them a try. When these products arrived there was a slogan written on the inside of the box that read: Skin first, Make-up second, smile always. As soon as I read this I instantly was a Glossier fan, their philosophy is that skincare is essential, make-up is a choice. Skin should most definitely always come first and is most definitely essential, this is a ritual I live by for sure.
Mineral foundations are a big ‘hype’ today because of all the harsh chemical’s and toxins that are commonly put into make-up and skincare products. And we know that none of those chemicals can be helping our skin. I am a big fan of mineral foundations, particularly bare minerals as they are much safer and cause less harm to your skin. I feel a little less guilty about wearing foundation on my acne-prone skin when I know its less likely to do more bad than good. I recently became aware of an upcoming brand dusty girls, an Australian company with their own mineral foundation, and this made me feel just as good as my trusty bare minerals.
Finding a good over the counter acne treatment can be difficult! Many of them seem harsh and advertise themselves as blackhead busting and blemish reducing, however I am often left with sore, red and unhappy skin. Prescription acne treatments have been the only help for my skin (- read my pills & potions post) and my go-to facial cleansers and toners often change as I find different ones that I like. Clearogen is for sure one of my new favourite drug-store acne treatments! Its a three-step system which is great to enable a routine in your skincare regime and each step works to target acne in various ways. I noticed changes in my skin almost immediately after using this product and even further as the first few months of use continued. I am very happy I found this product, and will definitely continue using it, especially the facial cleanser as this is my favourite component of the kit! So allow me to discuss the basics of Clearogen and show you visibly how it has helped me.
Skin Concerns: Dry Skin / Acne / Combination Skin
I always find it a struggle when my skin is having a really dry week, it gets flaky and sore for no reason whatsoever, and this happens particularly in the winter. As I suffer with eczema, which normally occurs on my body, but sometimes patches of dry skin on my face can feel like eczema. Unfortunately, most products that relieve dryness are unbelievably oily, and I wouldn’t risk applying my eczema treatment on my face in fear of breakouts! For day to day moisturising use, most of us, who suffer with oily skin and acne would use oil-free moisturisers. However, when the skin is incredibly dry these are pretty useless, and I don’t think that they help the situation at all. Therefore, it is very hard to get the right balance, you want to relieve the dryness without making it the skin too oily and causing break outs!