2012 Favourites: Skincare

Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Here are my 2012 skincare favourite products - some I discovered this year and others I have been using for years!
Simple Rich Moisturiser // Neutrogena Visibly Clear Wash and Mask // Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre // Vichy Micellar Solution // YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum // Caudalie Beauty Elixer // Lancome Cleansing Fluid
1. Simple Rich Moisturiser: I have been using this moisturiser for about three years now (maybe longer!) and it is a staple in my skincare draw - although as my eczema is now nearly gone completely I do use other things. This moisturiser is quite light and smooth on the skin and it does hydrate my skin well - although other moisturisers are better but if you have sensitive skin this is a great product. Other uses: I also use this product to mix with my more matte foundations to make them more hydrating and I also used this as a moisturiser over my tattoos when they were new. 

2. Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Face Wash and Mask: I bought this earlier in the year as I watched a video where Megan Isobel talked about this product so I thought I would give it a go and it is fantastic! It is so easy to use this product as a face wash or a mask - I prefer to use it as a mask. It is quite drying but I think that it why it is so good as reducing/preventing spots as it dries them out. I use this mask about one a fortnight as I don't get spots too often but as this mask is quite drying I do have to use a bit more moisturiser than I normally would. Overall, a very quick and easy to use mask that it great for stopping/reducing spots.

3. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre: I have been using this product on and off for about six months or so and I do really like it - now especially. I bought this product when I had eczema quite badly and I couldn't use this product then as it would irritate my eczema but now that my eczema is nearly gone I can use this more and I really like it. It is a basic moisturiser that it really hydrating but light and it has a really nice scent - although the scent may be the factor that caused this product to irritate my eczema. 

4. Vichy 3 in 1 Calming Micellar Solution: I bought this product in July last year and I love it (the product pictured it another Vichy Micellar water which I don't like as much as the calming one). The calming micellar solution is one of the best makeup removers I have ever tried - it removes make up so easily and it leaves my skin feeling/looking like skin, it does make my skin greasy or tight/dry. As well as the Vichy calming micellar solution I also really love Bioderma - I have two bottle which I bought from Corsica last summer for 15 euro. 

5. YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum: I received this serum in my Selfridges beauty advent calendar so it is a very new product but I had to include it in my 2012 favourites as I have been using it every day since I received it. This serum has a really nice silky texture and it applies so nicely. This product feels like it is filling in or resurfacing my skin, it makes my skin so smooth, soft and moisturised to an extent. Overall, a fantastic serum but it is really expensive. 

6. Caudalie Beauty Elixer: I bought this from Hqhair quite a few months ago and because of all of the rave about it I didn't want to get it but I did cave. I have been using this sparingly as I don't want to use it up and buy another - it is quite expensive, in my opinion. I really like this product as a makeup setting spray and as a morning refreshing spray and toner. The fresh strong minty scent of this product is so refreshing in the morning but I mostly use this product to set my makeup and to stop my makeup from looking slightly powdery. 

7. Lancome Cleansing Fluid (for eyes and face): I received this product as a free gift with purchase (link here to my haul blog post). This is one of the surprise products of 2012, I really didn't expect to like this and I love it! This product is so easy to use and it doesn't irritate my skin at all - despite the strong male aftershave/cologne scent. This product seems to calm down the small amount of eczema I have for some reason and it is a great cleansing milk. 


  1. Great products! I love all of Simple's skincare, I love how their products contain no fragrance or nasties, are inexpensive but really good quality! I really want to try that Neutrogena product too.
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!
    Katie xx

  2. I have been using simple moisturiser forever too, I absolutely love it! Great post :)

    Lucy xx

  3. I love Neutrogena 2 in 1 wash and mask, it made such a big improvement in my acne face, sometimes it's just hard to find some product to only wash your face.. not cleanser, scrub or anything. That's why I love it :)



  4. I've been dying to try Embryolisse, I'm glad you give it a thumbs up! xx

  5. Really nice products recommendation ^^


  6. I like and use Vichy too. Have a nice day.


  7. I love that simple moisturiser! :)
    I have a beauty blog and I would love if you came to check it out! :)

  8. I love Simple products. I use the Kind to Skin Purifying cleansing lotion, it's got such a nice texture and leaves your skin feeling so smooth :)



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