Skincare Favourites of 2017

2017 was the year I became meticulous about my skincare routine. I tried so many products but there were a core group that I just couldn’t better. They’re the ones I recommend to everyone who’ll listen and the products I have a backup stash for. Here are my best of the best, can’t be replaced, skincare favourites of 2017, and the reasons you need to give them a go this year too.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser 

I’m a big advocate of double cleansing and this is one of two cleansers I swore by as my second cleanse throughout 2017. For such a gentle cleanser, it packs a punch for your skin. This is a real glow-boosting, brightening product thanks to its 5% glycolic acid content – my skin loves it. I’m not a fan of actually scrubbing my skin so I love that this works chemically to exfoliate my skin whilst leaving it smoother, cleaner and brighter than it was before. I use this both in the morning and at night, especially around that time of the month as it’s great on my breakouts too. If you try it make sure you’re using a daily SPF because of the glycolic acid!

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

There isn’t a cleanser with more hype in the blogosphere than this. The hype actually put me off initially. However, you only need to try this a few times to understand that the buzz around this product is more than justified. Oskia describe this as an ‘illuminating vitamin melting cleanser’ – can you sense a theme? Yep, anything with ‘glow’, ‘brightening’ or ‘illuminating’ on it and I’m sold. It starts as a gel and turns into an oil as you work it into the skin, which makes it perfect for a bit of facial massage. That said, it’s far too good to be used for purely washing away makeup instead of actually cleaning your skin. Keep this as a second cleanser too. Packed full of Vitamins A, B2, C, E and pumpkin enzymes, this helps restore the skin and protect against pollution whilst detoxifing, smoothing and reducing puffiness. It’s a must-have.

Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum

I’m prone to super dehydrated skin – thank you air-conditioned office – but luckily, Nip+Fab are pretty awesome when it comes to hydrating serums. Hyaluronic acid works to keep the skin hydrated and plumped which is the secret weapon when it comes to looking youthful. The serum feels uber refreshing and unlike some hydrating serums, this doesn’t feel heavy on the skin or at all greasy. My skin absorbs it at record speed! Nip+Fab are hugely underrated in my opinion so if you’re looking for affordable skincare packed with good ingredients, they’re well worth checking out, and without a doubt, this is the product to start with.

Skincare Favourites of 2017

Embryolisse Lait Creme-Concentre

If you’ve read my blog before, this choice will come as no surprise. I’ve been obsessed with Embryolisse for a while now and I can’t see that changing any time soon. I’ve done a full review here but in short, this product is the epitome of a multi-tasker. I use this as a moisturiser, a face mask and as a primer. Makeup glides on top of this perfectly and I notice an immediate difference if I don’t use it. If I had to pick one of my skincare favourites as my ‘standout’, it’d be this.

Pixi Rose Oil Blend

I’m a huge fan of facial oils and I’ve tried loads over the years but the Rose Oil Blend by Pixi is strides ahead of the crowd. Firstly it smells incredible but more importantly, it works wonders for my skin too. I often pop a layer of this on before I go to sleep knowing I’ll wake up with soft and well-nourished skin. This is lovely as prep for make up as you can count on it for giving you that ‘glow from within’ look. Pixi really are a go-to brand if you’re looking for brightening skincare on a budget. This oil absorbs quickly too, so if you’ve been put off face oils because you don’t want the greasiness, this is a safe bet.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is hardly new in the beauty world but I really saw it’s value in 2017. Every month like clockwork I get hormonal breakouts and they drive me bloody crazy. By introducing tea tree oil into my routine more regularly, my breakouts have definitely lessened. I know that when I do have spots, using a bit of this means they go away quicker as well. The oil works by disinfecting pores and effectively dries out the spot so it heals faster – smart, huh? The only word of warning I’ve got for this is be careful you don’t over do it – the only thing worse than a spot is a scabby spot! They’re painful, take longer to heal and near impossible to hide with concealer.

Right, there you have my skincare favourites of 2017. Have you used any of them? What were your skincare favourites from last year?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I dread to think how long I spend looking at beauty products online but at this time of year it’s actually rather handy. Whether you’re struggling with inspiration for your mum, sister, girlfriend or friends, I’ve gathered the best high street beauty gifts that every woman will love.

  1. Zoeva, Basic Moment Palette – £18.00 – There’s nothing quite like unwrapping a good eyeshadow palette on Christmas Day, and Zoeva are my go-to brand for high quality eyeshadows without breaking the bank. The Basic Moment palette has a great combination of everyday colours so it’s a safe bet but if you want something more glam, try their Cocoa Blend or Rose Golden palettes.
  2. Nails Inc, ‘Wishes and Kisses’ Nail Varnish Gift Set – £29.00 – Christmas nail varnish sets can be a little hit or miss but this Nails Inc set ticks all the boxes, and the quality of their polish is fab too. The shades in this set are really wearable, and the glittery shade would be perfect for New Year.
  3. L’Oreal, Read My Lips Christmas Cracker Lip Kits – £7.99 each – I’ve been OBSESSED with L’Oreal lipsticks lately and the beautiful nude shade in this kit (shade 630) is one of my all-time favourites. If you’re buying for a red lip lover, there’s a set for you too. The kits include a matching lip liner as well as the lipstick, which for £7.99 is such good value, and the cracker packaging is adorable.
  4. Glossier, Cloud Paint Duo – £25.00 – Chances are every beauty addict will be over the moon to find Glossier goodies under the Christmas tree this year. The cloud paints are a fab option as they’re so versatile – you can pop them on your cheeks for a cream blush and use them as lip balm. You get to pick which shades make up the duo so you’ll never be left with a dud colour.
  5. Being By Sanctuary Spa, Chilli Mango & Tonka Bean Bag – £10.00 – Every woman needs a cute makeup bag to pop in her handbag and the entire Being by Sanctuary bag collection is gorgeous. Each one has a different expression but the mango one is definitely my fave. If you’re looking for a cute present for a friend or a stocking filler, these are not to be missed. If you’re feeling generous, you could always wrap up a few makeup bits and put them inside the bag as an added surprise.
  6. The Ordinary, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – £5.90 – There’s no denying that The Ordinary have had an incredible year. They’ve really made a name for themselves as a high quality, affordable skincare brand, and with good reason too. Hyaluronic acid is a universal ingredient so you can’t go wrong with this as a gift – I mean, who doesn’t want youthful, plump and hydrated skin? It’s a fail-safe beauty prezzie.
  7. Real Techniques, Holiday Eye Set – £16.00 – Real Techniques are by far the best makeup brushes on the high street, so if you’re looking for an amazing gift set, then look no further. Whether you’re buying for someone who’s new to makeup or simply building on a collection, this limited edition set includes all essential face, eyes and lip brushes. For £16.00 this is an absolute steal!
  8. So…? Sheer Illusion Perfume* – £4.99 – I was reunited with the So…? brand recently and I’m so glad I was. Affordable fragrances aren’t always looked upon as favourably as their higher-end counterparts but the Sheer Illusion perfume is classy with just the right mix of floral and fruity. This is a perfect gift for any fragrance lover and the packaging is beaut. If you’re looking for lovely gifts under a fiver for Secret Santa, the So…? collection is well worth checking out.
  9. Embryolisse, Lait-Creme Concentre – £13.30 – If you’ve read my blog for a while, you won’t be surprised to find Embryolisse here. You can read my full review here but lets just say, this is the best base for makeup I’ve ever used. It’s a product you don’t realise you need until you try it, so it’s one of those gifts your friends and family will massively thank you for long after Christmas. Trust me!
  10. The Body Shop, Drops of Youth Liquid Peel – £18.00 – This is another product that may look unassuming but it packs a serious punch. It’s incredible! If you’re after youthful, smooth skin (and come on, who isn’t?) this is a hero product. Regardless of age, this product is another winner for anyone into their skincare.
  11. Neutrogena, Visibly Clear Light Therapy Mask – £59.99 – Skincare isn’t all about products. Light therapy has proven benefits for anyone prone to acne and breakouts, so Neutrogena deserve serious props for making this treatment so accessible! The Visibly Clear Light Therapy Mask is the first high street version on the market and compared to other higher-end options, this is such good value for money.
  12. Nugg, Mask Trial Kit – £15.00 – Masks are still having their ‘moment’ in the beauty world and with the cold winter nights drawing in, this trial kit is a fab present for anyone in need of some ‘me time’ and a good pamper. The kit has masks for everything from brightening to nourishing your skin so would suit women and men of all ages.

I hope these picks have helped you tick a few more people off your Christmas list. Let me know which presents you love in the comments below, and which you hope you find under the Christmas tree.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre Sincerely Sarah SincSarahSnaps

I figured it’s about time I introduce you to one of my secret beauty weapons: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre.

I’ve been using this for over a year and my makeup has never looked or felt better. Lait-Creme Concentre is a rich, creamy moisturiser that sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. It leaves my skin super soft and plumped. It’s the best makeup primer I’ve ever used.

The glow you get from this product is seriously unbeatable. It just leaves you looking healthy. Applying makeup after this is a total joy too – foundation glides on, concealer doesn’t crease or go patchy and it does a fab job of keeping my makeup on for longer. One amazing thing about Lait-Creme Concentre is it’s perfect for all skin types so you can all benefit from it’s awesomeness.

Ingredients wise, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre is a little divisive. If you run in the other direction of mineral oil, then I’m sorry to say this isn’t the miracle product for you. If you’re not bothered by it (I’m not), prepare to fall in love with a new skincare product!

It comes in a 30ml or a 75ml tube, is reasonably priced and the packaging is practical, hygienic and hardwearing. You can pick Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre up from here and most online beauty retailers.

Let me know if you’re a lover of this too. Have you tried any other Embryolisse products?

Sincerely, Sarah xx