My skincare regime has evolved for Autumn. Now that my previously sore eyelids are back to normal, I have been able to spend a few weeks nurturing my skin, with a few new products to add to my daily routine.
These autumn beauty heroes represent my entire skincare routine – day and evening, in order.
When I’m not trying out new products, Arbonne is the brand I return to again and again. I’ve been a fan since 2013, and although I swap other products in and out, I can always rely on Arbonne to bring my skin back to its natural balance.
All of Arbonne’s products are vegan, paraben free and gluten free. The FC5 range has anti-ageing properties but is more gentle on the skin than the more hardcore RE9 range, with its active ingredients.
The day cream, for normal or dry skin, is rich, non-greasy, and contains SPF 20. It’s cool on the skin and smells of its key ingredients: kiwi and cucumber.
This bottle lasts about six weeks and the clever vacuum pump ensures there is absolutely no product left in the bottle.
Absolute Collagen is ‘drinkable skincare’ in a little sachet. Drinking collagen helps fight against the visible signs of ageing and supports skin, nails, hair and joints from the inside out.
Each portion contains 8g of high grade marine collagen, infused with Vitamin C from citric acid and sweetened with sucralose. It’s free from lactose, gluten or dairy. Research shows that fish collagen in liquid form can be absorbed at a higher level than other collagens.
These shots can be taken direct from the sachet or mixed with a drink. I’ve been taking one shot every morning, on its own, for nearly four weeks now. It tastes like fishy honey* which, let me tell you, is not as good as it sounds. Hold your nose and think of those wrinkles melting away.
[*Exciting update: the new formulation doesn’t taste of fish, hoorah!]
It’s less than half the cost of other brands (one of which I have reviewed here), costing £2.14 per day – less than a skinny latte.
But obviously you want to know if it works. Well I took some before and after photos, and I can’t see any changes to specific areas of concern (around my lips or forehead).
However, I have anecdotal evidence that it works: a couple of my friends, on separate occasions and completely unprompted, have remarked on the dewiness of my skin recently. Apparently I look healthy and glowing. So I’ll take that as a win.
I’ve mentioned this product in passing on several occasions.
I have tried a lot of eye makeup removers over the years, and this is the only one that:
a: removes all traces of eye makeup, including waterproof mascara with one swipe;
b: doesn’t leave an oily residue and;
c: doesn’t make me want to rip my eyes out.
Like the other products in Arbonne’s range, it’s vegan, hypoallergenic, dermatologist and opthalmologist tested.
It not only soothes and hydrates with mallow flower extract and aloe vera, but it also conditions your lashes.
I buy this in bulk (I currently have four in stock). Go buy.
I read a few reviews of the Melatogenine and they were a mixed bag. I was undecided about whether to try something new, or head back to Pixi for their nourishing cleansing balm.
But I love to try shiny new things and Back to you Beauty reviewed it positively, which was good enough for me.
First thing to say is that this is a BIG tube of cleansing cream. This is going to last me at least a couple of months I reckon, and I bought two. You only need to use a small amount – a dollop the size of a five pence piece does the trick.
I apply it to my damp face in small circular motions and then remove with a warm flannel. Avoid the eye area if you have sensitive eyes like me. It’s fresh smelling, light, creamy and quick to use.
Melatogenine is paraben and silicon free and has toning and exfoliating agents, so no need to use a separate toner. It really is for the low maintenance beauty crowd.
Some of the reviews complained about its ability to remove makeup. Personally, I haven’t felt the need to double cleanse and found it to be an effective cleanser.
The ever popular Ultimate Sleep Cream was one of the samples in my M&S beauty advent calendar last year and my skin took to it immediately. I was just waiting for my previous night cream to run out so I could treat myself to a pot.
This is great value at £22 for 50ml. The rich cream is the gift that keeps on giving, releasing its active ingredients slowly throughout the night. It contains an anti-wrinkle peptide and moisturising hyaluronic acid, which go to work while you sleep. Wake up in the morning with firmer, plumper looking skin without the layer of grease some night creams leave behind.
I can’t put my finger on the fragrance. My best guess is that they’ve added extra ‘summer’ for a fresh aroma.
Forumla’s Ultimate Sleep Cream is paraben free, vegetarian, hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin types.
See how low maintenance I am really? Just two products in the morning and three in the evening.
Hit me up with your skincare recommendations for the season in your comments below.
Much love, Vx
[Disclosure: Thank you to Absolute Collagen for sending me a month’s supply of collagen shots in return for an honest review. Everything else I paid for myself – shock, horror. However I do use affiliate links throughout, which means that if you purchase a product through any of these links, I might receive a few small crumbs in commission.]