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My review of 2015: favourite skin and body care products

Technically, I am not a beauty or skin care guru, I don’t like to use too many skin care products at the same time. I have listed couple of products I found worth buying in the following post, I have tried every product myself and I only write reviews of them based on my personal experience. Some of the empties I have thrown away so I can’t take picture of every product in this post, but you can find the purchase link under each product.

Skin type: Dry, sensitive sometimes.

In order to have good skin, remove makeup and clean your skin properly is the first step.

Makeup remover:

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La Roche-Posay respectissime waterproof eye makeup remover
The most gentle but effective eye makeup remover I have used since 2014. This is my 3rd bottle in 2015 and already restock another 2 bottles. Shake the bottle before use, pour a decent amount of the liquid on cotton pads. Put them on eyelids for 10-20 seconds, or longer if you have a lot of make up on. Gently remove makeup. When necessary, do it twice.

What is a decent amount then? I normally pour enough on the cotton pad until both sides are damp, but not too much that liquid will drop down from the cotton pad.

I bought it in a local pharmacy in the Netherlands, you can check where you can buy it here: La Roche-Posay

Muji cleansing gel
I bought this in China. Use approximately 2cm of the gel product for whole face. Apply it with dry hands on dry face, no water needed for the first step. Massage it onto the skin and make sure all makeup area is covered. Wash it off with warm water, then use normal cleansing product to clean your face again. Not recommend for remove eye makeup though, especially not the waterproof ones.

It’s difficult to buy Muji skin care products in Europe, so you can try this RMK one, they are equally good in my opinion, purchase link: lookfantastic

Philosophy 3 in 1 cleanser for faces & eyes
I take this product with me for travels only. The small packaging and functionality make travels easier. Because of the fact it can remove certain amount of makeup, I use this if I don’t have makeup on but sunscreen on. I never use this product to remove eye makeup though.

I bought it here: ICI Paris XL

Normal routine
Cleansing:

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Elemis Rosepetal cleanser
Perfect cleansing product for dry skin in the morning . The scent of the product is very relaxing, it doesn’t dry out my skin after use, but instead it leaves a kind of protective layer on my skin. You don’t need a very strong cleaning product in the morning.

I bought it here: Lookfantastic

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
I have used 3 small ones in 2015, and I will probably keep on buying. When you don’t know what to use, you can always trust Kiehl’s. This product foams well, cleans well and doesn’t dry out my skin afterwards.  I also use this to clean makeup brushes. (No picture as I thrown away the empty bottle)

I bought it here: Kiehl’s

Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Instant foaming cleanser

Gentle, foaming product which cleans your skin very well and it doesn’t dry out my skin, I bought it when I was in Paris, but you can find them here: Pharmamarket

Toner:

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Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner
Easy to use. However, if you accidentally spray it in your eyes, this really hurts… I did it couple of times. Product itself is very effective, and I finished this bottle after 5 months, definitely worth your money. Suitable for me in Spring and Autumn season. (No picture as I thrown away the empty bottle)

I bought it here: Lookfantastic

Clarins Extra Comfort Toning lotion
I used 3 bottles in 2014 in one winter, this is my first bottle for 2015. Clarins is a also a brand you can trust, products from Clarins never have too much packaging, they are simple and effective. This is my favorite toner for winter. It hydrates and smooths my skin gently as you can see, this toner is also suitable for sensitive type.

I bought it here: ICI Paris XL

Cream:

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De Tuinen Slakkencrème (snail cream)
All time favorite since beginning of 2014. I have purchased more than 4 small bottles of this in 2015, also bought 3 bigger packages for my parents, and they love it. Whenever I have the chance, I recommended it to people, because it is an amazing product, except the scent… I use this cream in Spring, Autumn and Winter. It moisture and calms my skin on a daily basis. It’s a product which shows results on a long-term instead of a booster. I have also tried different creams throughout the year, but I always change back to this one, it gives the most satisfactory results for dry skin.

I bought it here: de tuinen

Dr.Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light
I used this cream for late Spring, Summer. The texture is lighter than the snail cream so it’s easier for skin to absorb the cream in warm weather. I quite like rose scented products, so this is a plus for me.

I bought it here: De Bijenkorf

Sunscreen for face:

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Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++
This sunscreen cream works for 8 hours, so I do reapply in Summer after 6-7 hours already. Use a generous amount, otherwise it won’t work. I always use a 20 Euro cent coin size for my whole face. When necessary, I apply twice (If I need to sit in the car in Summer or I will be outdoor for a long time). Don’t forget your neck 🙂 I normally wait for couple of minutes after I did my skin care routine, then I apply SPF sunscreen, if you need to put on foundation later, please wait for a good 3-5 minutes. Sunscreen cream need to first form a layer of film on your skin in order to let it work. That’s why some brands even recommend you to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you need to be in the sun. Last but not least, don’t forget to use makeup remover to take off your sunscreen by the end of day, otherwise it damages your skin on a long-term if you don’t wash it off properly.

A 20 euro cent size is not that much with the texture of this product. It’s not sticky and doesn’t have a greasy effect on the skin. Very light weight and easy to apply.

How to reapply sunscreen in the middle of day without makeup: I use a Eau thermal product first to spray my face well, them use a tissue to wipe my face gently, apply sunscreen again.

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I bought it here: Kiehl’s

Extras
Serum:
HR Powercell Youth Grafter
Serum is probably the most expensive skin care products, I used 2 bottles (30ml) of this in 2015 and haven’t buy new ones yet… I am waiting for a good discount moment at ICI Paris XL, haha. If I would have enough money, I probably will change all my skin care products (except cream) to HR… It is my favorite brand for skin care. The serum works like a magic, but again it is a long-term product, which makes it trustworthy. I don’t like products which make my skin become better in one night or a very short period of time. I think that’s not a long-term solution to take care of your skin. When the season changes, my skin gets irritated, apply this HR serum for a week, makes a difference already. And if you do it every night, my skin stays in a stable condition. Quite expensive but worth it in my opinion. (No picture as I thrown away the empty bottle)

I bought it here: ICI Paris XL

Mask:

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Origins Drink Up
You only need to leave the mask on your skin for 10 minutes. But I normally leave for 15-20 minutes, then wash it off. It hydrates and softens skin and it’s not an expensive product to keep on using.

I bought it in the taxfree shop at Schiphol Airport, but you can find it here: Douglas

Scrub: 

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Philosophy The Microdelivery peel
Comes with a set which are step 1 and step 2. Doesn’t dry out of my skin which I really like, after peeling, skin feels really soft and smooth.

I bought it here: ICI Paris XL

Body care

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Hand cream:
Crabtree and Evelyn Gardener
Opened the second bottle of 2015 in the end of December. The rich texture moisture and smooths hands perfectly in Winter.

I bought it in the Crabtree & Evelyn shop in Dusseldorf. You can find some collections in the Netherlands here: Memory Garden

Neutrogena
You only need tiny bit of this cream to moisture both hands, works really effective.

I bought it in a pharmacy in Pairs. You can buy them here as well: pharmamarket

Lip balm:
Uriage
Hydrate lips well and it is not greasy. The scent of the lip balm reminds me a prune snack from China. So that’s a plus for me.

I bought it here: pharmamarket

Body cream:
Vaseline Total Moisture
I finish one of this bottle in 1.5 months. Because I consume body cream really fast, especially in Winter, I refuse to buy expensive ones. I have been using Vaseline for 3 years in a row now, sometimes I switched to Dove, but no other brands I have tried in the past years. It’s cheap, most importantly, it works! I don’t have dry and itch skin in cold seasons anymore.

I bought it at Etos.

Hair care:

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Moroccanoil Volume
BEST hair combo I have ever used!!! I often get an itch scalp since beginning of 2015, could be stress related. I tried 2-3 different shampoos and conditioners from different brands in 2015, all didn’t work out really good for me. Then I bought this set. After 3 months, it still works, especially the oil product. It leaves a great smell to your hair, smooths and strengthens hair.

I bought it here: Haarshop

Tools:

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Clarisonic Mia 2
I bought the Mia 2 with a sensitive brush head at ICI Paris XL, then I bought the pink brush head at Sephora in China. This version of brush head is only being sold in China. It’s softer than a lot of versions in Europe and it is the most suitable one for my skin. It still cleans my skin thoroughly but doesn’t hurt or dry out my skin, which happened with other head I have tried (sensitive). I only use this brush once a week. I like the combination of Kiehl’s Ultra facial cleaner with the brush, as the cleanser gave a lot of foam.

I bought it here: ICI Paris XL

Pink brush head here: Sephora China

As you can see from my review above, the words hydrates, moisture came back many times. I think it is the key to have good skin for me. Since I have dry skin, my first priority is to prevent it gets even drier. In order to let your skin become healthy and smooth, only using skin care products is not enough. You have to remember to drink enough water, do sports (sweat helps to detox), and most importantly, be happy. On top of all these, know your limits, don’t use too many products at the same time, find the most suitable products but not the most expensive ones. Your skin also needs to breath properly and take a break from time to time.

I have found some tips about skin care from American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and placed them below:

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Stay tuned for my beauty products review post and enjoy your weekend ❤

xx
Ting

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