Current Favourites: Skincare


When it comes to my skincare, I can be a bit all over the place. Sometimes I’m a total skincare boff and follow all the steps (even toner, say whuuut), preach to whoever will listen about the benefits of a double cleanse, and vow to spend all spare incoming money on whatever Kiehl’s or Origins products I’m lusting over. Then sometimes I get drunk and fall asleep in my makeup… ahh, I call it balance (others may call it disgusting).

Lately though, I’ve been really into skincare again. Increased sweaty gym sessions, combined with the fact I am, yes, STILL getting older (what a joke), have made me more concerned than ever about properly cleansing and taking care of my skin. As such, I’ve been enjoying trying out some new products, as well as some old faves.


To cleanse after taking my makeup off, I’ve been using the famous Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14.50 for 100ml). I’m a big fan of hot cloth cleansers as I feel like they’re the only products to really get in my pores, and this one is definitely worth the hype. I think fragrance-wise, I still prefer the Sanctuary Spa hot cloth cleanser (reviewed here) a teeny bit more – and it’s also a bit cheaper at £10 – but both work similar wonders on my clogged pores.

Overnight, I’ve been loving serums and oils so I wake up feeling glowy and moisturised. I’ve re-discovered the Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate(£26) and have been using this a few times a week. I also used it on my boyfriend one night and let me tell you, the GLOW UP overnight was real. His skin looked so good that I haven’t offered it to him since – I am not having him look prettier than me.

Finally, I caved into all of the hype surrounding the new Pure Clay masks from L’Oreal and picked up the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask (£7.99). I’d became a bit reliant on peel-off masks and pore strips for cleaning out my pores, but I find that this does just as good a job as those – and comes without the fear of accidentally peeling off a bit of your eyebrow (which yes, did happen to me with one of those black masks. Oy vey). The charcoal helps to draw out impurities from the skin, leaving it instantly looking clearer without drying it out. I’m completely sold, and definitely need to pick up the rest of the range.

These are my current skincare must-haves, but what are yours? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!

15 Responses

  1. Kiran June 13, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    The L’Oreal Detox mask sounds great, I have only tried the Glow one but with my annoying oily skin this one might be even better for me. Thank you for sharing, Claire, great post! Xx

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    • Claire June 19, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      Ooh I really want the Glow one next – definitely suffering from slightly dull skin at the mo! xx

    • Claire June 19, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      Haha you do – he’s a hard one to please so you know it’s good 😉 xx

  2. Layla June 13, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    This is such a lovely post – love all the items you’ve featured. I love using different items to really pamper my skin and will definitely check out the detox mask! 🙂

    Layla xx

    • Claire June 19, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      Let me know what you think if you do! xx

  3. Stephanie June 13, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    The Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser is one of my must-haves too! I didn’t know that Sanctuary Spa did a similar one. I’m going to have to try it when my Liz Earle runs out to see the difference

    Steph –

    • Claire June 19, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      It’s really lovely, I’m not sure what the different ingredient is but I’m a big fan 🙂 cc

  4. Lauren June 14, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I’m loving the clay mask at the moment, and event have my other half using it 🙂 I’m also loving Medik8 brow enhancer & Aurelia skincare.

    Lauren xx bylaurenjane

    • Claire June 19, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Glad it’s not just my boyfriend who shares skincare haha! Ooh they sound exciting, I’ll have to research 🙂 xx

    • Claire June 19, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Definitely, me too! xx

  5. Nat June 15, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Ooo I love your favourites! I’m currently using the drops of youth and the charcoal face mask as a daily and weekly routine. I love them both so much and I find the mask really helps my skin when it’s having break outs. I want to try the charcoal face wash by L’Oreal too. ^_^

    In the past I’ve used the hot polish cleanser but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was like. 😛

    • Claire June 19, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Ooh think I need that face wash too! xx

  6. Lorna July 29, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    I’m so glad I found your post! I have been looking for a new cleanser, and by the sounds of it the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser may just be what I’m looking for!
    Thanks for the lovely post. I think I’ll be making a cheeky purchase of that next week.
    Lorna x

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