The Biggest Skincare Haul || Clinique, Clarins, REN, and The Body Shop
I will not lie to you. I literally just wrote this whole blog post full of wisdom and jokes, and then managed to delete the whole thing whilst fiddling with bits and pieces. It did, it has to be said, break my heart. All those delicious words lost to the ethers of the internet, never to be discovered again. Alas, the game must go on, and the post must be rewritten. On we go.
I love shopping for skincare. This is a recent love of mine, but it's a pretty overwhelming one. I also go slightly hysterical in the few days after I get paid, almost like I can't hack having that much money in my account so I sort of just.. throw it all on stuff. And this month I hopped on the tram and headed into Croydon to do just that.
In my defence, I did only mean to go in for four specific things: a new cream cleanser, an eye cream, a night treatment, and a toner good for the morning. I had so many good intentions. And then promptly lost them within about three seconds of entering Boots, my first stop. First port of call in Boots: the Clinique counter. I've heard good things about their clarifying lotions, and after chatting to the amazing assistant, I decided on the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 £28, which is for normal/combination skin. After being informed of the deal on that day: buy two Clinique products and get £10 worth of Boots points, I decided to try the Clinique Chubby Stick in Robust Rhubard £20.
I've heard good things about the Clinique chubby sticks, and I've been wanting to find a decent creamy blusher for a while. I also got some delicious Clinique samples: a travel size mascara, a travel size chubby stick lip balm in Broadest Berry, and some sachets of the new Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly.
I also got some sensible bits from Boots. Less exciting, but very much needed. Aqueous cream for the sore, dry skin patch that has so lovingly decided to show up to the party, and an exfoliating foot mask for the dry skin on my feet that so lovingly showed up after months of winter based neglect. £3.59 on the aqueous cream, a tenner on the foot mask, Bob is your Uncle and Fanny is your Aunt. The last thing I got from Boots was a travel size of the Sanctuary Spa Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF 15 £2.99 for those days where I'm at work, I don't want to wear foundation, but I want my skin to look glowing and healthy.
On to M&S! I bloody love M&S, probably more than I should do. One day I will write the love letter to end all love letters and everyone else will also be in love with M&S. I actually went into the store to lust over the silky shirt I've been eyeing up for a while, but decided to take a gander around the beauty department whilst I was there. M&S have a cracking beauty department, I pick up all my Pixi and REN products from there.
I decided to give the REN Ready, Steady, Glow AHA Tonic £25 a go, because I really like what acids can do for your skin, but my skin is not agreeing with glycolic right now. REN's tonic is lactic, and a little bit gentler. It also has brilliant packaging, with that useful push pump you always find in nail salons with the acetone and stuff. Excellent. I was sucked in by another deal then, and decided to give the REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream £32 a go, mostly on the recommendation of the lovely sales assistant, but also to get me to try anything that isn't Origins Ginzing Gel Moisturiser. I love the Origins moisturiser, but I must broaden my horizons. I also got a gift bag with some travel size goodies from REN with the two purchases.
Also from M&S I picked up a travel size of the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm £5. I've been wanting to give it a go for a while, and the travel size isn't too much of a monetary commitment. I am, however, afraid that I'll fall in love with the cleanser and have to sell my own organs to fund my habit. Finally from M&S is the Skinnydip designed Tangle Teezer £13. My poor hair deserves better than a £2 hairbrush, so a Tangle Teezer it is.
Lastly, The Body Shop, where I went to pick up the bits I'd originally gone into town but evidently forgotten about completely. It was handily on a three for two, so I got the Vitamin E Cleansing Cream £8, the Elderflower Unperfumed Cooling Eye Gel £8.50, and the Seaweed Oil-Control Overnight Gel £14. Lovely.
If you want to know more about any of these, I did a quick review of them in my Sunday Skincare round-up that you can find here, and full reviews of the ones I really enjoy (or really don't enjoy, come to think of it), will be coming soon.
Do you like to spend on skincare? Have you tried any of the products I bought and really like them/don't like them?