I tried to be a little more adventurous with the things I used this year, but alas I found myself coming back to the same ol’ bits and bobs. I’ve used all of these things throughout the year, and I’ve no doubt I will continue to use them this year too.
I’m going to get a bit of a weird one out of the way first. Cuticure Antibacterial Gel. I’ve always been the type of girl who if I have anti-bac, I’d throw it in my bag and maybe remember to use, but now, I always have a bottle on me and I’m forever using it. I’ve a big bottle of the original one on my desk, a small travel Floral & Fruity one in my bag, as well as a small bottle of the original one in the pocket of my work jacket. It dries super quick, doesn’t leave your hands feeling tacky and smells really nice for an anti-bac. I tried out a fair few different moisturiser last year, I can tell you this because of all the half-finished tubs I have sitting around my room. My favourite all over moisturiser was E-45 Cream. I started using this when I got an abscess on my face and the doctor recommended it to stop my face drying out and I really like it. It does exactly what it says on the tin, it’s thick, sinks in super fast, has no fragrance and can be used pretty much anywhere you find dry skin. They have recently brought it out in a spray bottle, which I thought would be fab because I can be quite lazy, but I didn’t find it was as thick as the cream, so I gave up with it after a while. One the subject of moisturisers, I tried the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer as well as the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream and I have to say they are by far my favourite duo, I’m itching to get a full size of the eye cream because it’s as close to a miracle as I’ve found so far. If you want to know more about my thoughts, I did a post about them which you can find here.
Sticking with skin care for a little bit longer, I continually found myself reaching for my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and Gentle Face Exfoliator. I have used the cleanser for a few years and really like it, it’s great at taking off make up as well as just giving your skin a good old clean. I got the exfoliator this year, when I decided I needed to do something about how dry my skin was, and this was recommended to me a lot, and now I think it’s the best skincare duo I’ve ever tried. My hair has been a bit of an issue over the last year, falling out, thinning, it was a nightmare, I tried so many shampoos but they all weighed my hair down or just didn’t leave me with that freshly washed feeling. However, not all was lost because I tried the Garnier Delicate Oats Shampoo and Conditioner and loved it! It’s light, nourishing, has no parabens, and smells pretty good too. This has been the hair care duo I’ve come back to time and time again and I expect it will not be leaving my shower any time soon.
Make-up wise, there wasn’t an awful lot I tried, purely because it wasn’t really until the end of the year that I was wearing more, but there were two lip products that I kept picking up all year round, both of which I have spoken about before. The Nars Lip Pencil in Tortola and Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Lipstick in Opium Noir were the stars of last year. They were both long-lasting, yet creamy on my lips, didn’t dry them out, and were beautiful shades. My aim this year is to invest in some other shades from both these brands and hopefully branch out a bit more with my colour palette. Lastly, a perfume. I got this Si by Giorgio Armani perfume the Christmas before last and I am in love with it. I love the smell and got so many compliments when I wore it. I don’t often repurchase perfume, just because I usually get given so much at Christmas and on my Birthday, but this is one I’m hoping I will add to my collection again this year because I don’t think I can be without it for very long.
So those are all the product I loved using last year and will no doubt continue to use throughout this year too. Let me know in the comment what your star products of the year were because I’d love to know.