… No? Okay, I’ll just tell you (sorry for ruining the suspense, but this is not Game of Thrones).
My first favourite is actually the newest product in my collection, the Amelia Moss Jojoba Oil* (£10). Like all Amelia Moss products, this is 100% natural and unrefined, and also has a multitude of uses; cleanser, moisturiser, shaving oil, hair conditioner – this oil can do it all. At first I used this after my normal cleanser as a moisturiser, and I have to say that I didn’t get on with it in that way at all. It was a bit too intense for my skin I think, and in the morning I felt that it left me a little greasy. However, I then tried using it as my first cleanser to take off my makeup and it worked like an absolute dream. A few drops of the oil massaged into my skin seems to just make my makeup dissolve, and I then use a slightly damp cotton pad to wipe it all away.
My next favourite is my Soap and Glory Total Drama Clean 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (£6) which is the most fuss-free but effective product ever. I use this after the Jojoba Oil to remove any stubborn makeup left behind (looking at you, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner) and also to clean the excess oil away. The cucumber extract leaves my skin feeling very fresh, and so I also love to use it in the morning as a bit of a pick-me-up.
Finally, my moisturiser of the moment is the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream* (£43.50), which I’ve had for a couple of months now. This is great for before bed, but is also light enough to use in the morning before applying my makeup. Despite it’s light texture, it still manages to really lock moisture into my skin. I used to get dry skin around my eye area, but since using this I haven’t had any flare-ups – partly, I think because it is so moisturising, but probably also because it’s very gentle.
Which brings me on to…
I’m sure there’ll be plenty of people shocked to see Nip + Fab on my fails list, and I’m kind of one of them. Nip + Fab is a much-hyped brand, and apparently a favourite of celebs including Kylie Jenner. I myself tried their Dragon’s Blood Fix Cleansing Pads last year, and while I wasn’t exactly blown away by them, I did enjoy using them enough that I made a point of keeping my eye out for other products I could try (espesh as the range is quite regularly on offer in Boots etc). I was in Superdrug after Christmas and saw the two Glycolic Fix products in a gift set together, reduced to just £8. I snapped it up straight away, but now I wish I hadn’t bothered.
The Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix range is described as the ‘ultimate exfoliating range’, that is meant to ‘deep cleanse and purify the skin’. But what did it actually do? Oh, just make me feel like MY SKIN WAS BEING PEELED OFF LIKE AN ORANGE, THAT’S ALL. Okay, I might be being dramatic. But this stuff felt harsh. I don’t regard myself as having particularly sensitive skin, apart from my eye area, but the Glycolic Cleansing Fix (£7.95) just seemed to aggravate me. I suppose this is actually no great surprise as, now researching the product to get that link, I see that they advise doing a ‘patch test’ before using this wash. A patch test for a CLEANSER? That kind of says it all. The smell of the wash is also quite overpowering; it’s hard to describe, but it kind of takes my breath away (and not in a Leo Dicaprio way, but an ‘oh god I can’t actually take these fumes’ way). The Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads (£12.95) are thankfully less intense, but using them still isn’t really a nice experience.
I definitely accept that my ‘fail’ with these products is partly my own fault for not doing my research into glycolic acid to begin with. It is an intense exfoliating ingredient that is used in facial peels and the like, and is praised for its anti-ageing benefits and its help in reducing acne scarring. However, it is clearly just not right for my skin at this particular point in life. Lesson learned: do your skincare research if you want to avoid a fail like this (even if you do think you’re getting a bargain!)
I hope you all enjoyed this ‘Faves and Fails’ post, and let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more like this (my life is very much fail after fail, after all).