June 13, 2017

Today I thought I’d give you a little rundown of my skincare routine and a review for some Avène, Elizabeth Arden and Clarins products.  By now you all know that I’m meticulous with my skincare and actually really enjoy the few minutes alone, morning and evening, catching up on YouTube videos and doing my skincare routine.  It’s not an extensive 12-step routine but it’s simple and it works for me.  Ofcourse with this being my job I’m always trying out new products so I thought I’d share my Avene-heavy current routine.

I’m a firm believer in skin first and makeup second – it’s Glossier’s tagline and my beauty motto.  When your base is good anything over the top to perfect or conceal will make all the difference.  If your skin is glowing, heathy and hydrated a tinted moisturiser, foundation or any product of the sort will help the skin to look more perfected and even toned.  That’s why I’d much prefer to spend time caring for my skin so that I don’t have to wear as much makeup – I genuinely love that naturally beautiful look.

So here’s a rundown and review of the skincare products currently on rotation.

Eau Thermale Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser (R229.95):  I’m pretty sure this was in my last skincare post which tells you how much I love it.  I haven’t worn proper makeup for over a month so this has been the perfect cleanser for morning & evening.  It’s light, unscented and leaves my skin feeling clean & not at all tight.  Usually I would use this as my second cleanse after removing makeup or as a morning cleanse.

avene thermal spring mist

Eau Thermale Avène Spring Water Mist (R149.95):  This is a bit of a shock on freezing cold mornings or evenings but I weirdly like it.  This mist can be used to sooth any skin irritants and although I don’t think my skin is actually sensitive I enjoy using it.  I said this the last time I wrote about this but I just love the mist this nozzle gives – so fine!

Eau Thermale Avène YsthéAl Eye & Lip Contour Care (R349.95):  I’m surprised at how much I love this product – it sinks in quickly but still hydrates for the entire day, even in Winter.  It plumps fine lines around the eyes and slightly reduces dark circles (ever so slightly).  It’s a light creamy formula that works well under makeup and since using this, I find that there aren’t as many lines for concealer to settle into so if that’s a struggle for you, try this and let me know.

Eau Thermale Avène Hydrating Serum (R299.95):  I can without a doubt say this is my favourite Avène product.  It’s a completely different formula to what I’ve used before.  This serum is extremely light, sinks in within seconds and you can’t feel it on your skin at all, but it still does a wonderful job at hydrating my skin.  It doesn’t feel sticky or tacky or oily – all I feel is soft, plump skin.  Okay I’ll stop, but just know this is WONDERFUL!

clarins bright plus day lotion

Claris Bright Plus Day Lotion SPF 20 (R775):  This was in my April Favourites video and I’ve now used it for close on two months and I like how creamy it is and that my skin still feels moisturised at 10pm.  I like the natural glow that this gives without making me look sweaty – I can always appreciate that.  Only thing is that this pills quite badly and I’ve tried a few different ways to apply it and the only way that works is to just press my palms onto my face.  As in I can’t rub it in at all which becomes a bit of a mission around my nose or in-between my brows.

Eau Thermale Avène Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector SPF 30 (R199.95):  I initially tried using this by itself and didn’t love it because it was too thick and I found that it just didn’t spread evenly enough.  But since then I’ve been mixing it with the Clarins Day Lotion and I’ve been loving that.  I’m essentially just creating my own tinted moisturiser and this is the product is the tint/pigment. You guys know that for day to day I don’t wear much makeup so this is perfect for me.  It has SPF 30, gives my skin a healthy looking glow and adds an extra bit of hydration.

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Lip Balm (R235.00):  I’ve used this for probably longer than I should have but it’s just so damn good.  I know the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream has a cult following but I haven’t heard much about this lip balm and it deserves a lot more love.  I love winter but I dread my dry winter lips and this has been a huge help with that.  I wear this during the day if my lips feel tight but mostly I just wear this at night and usually my lips are good for the entire day.  It almost has a thick gel formula rather than a cream.

elizabeth arden 8 hour cream lip balm review

So that’s the lowdown on my current skincare routine.  My skin has been happy for the most part – I have has a few breakouts but those are probably hormonal and I’ve been a bit lazier with cleansing morning and evening so that could be it too.  I want to keep doing these current skincare posts because I change up my routine every 2 months or so.

Let me know if there are any products you think I should use and review for you guys.

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Tarron De klerk June 13, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Haaay Le’chelle
I have to admit I wasn’t a make upie kind of person. It has been really weird for me to try an invest into foreign make up brushes and that kind of thing. One thing I did take away from this post is that if you have great skin. You don’t need as much application. I don’t have the best sort of skin but this review gave me more confidence to invest in my skin care more so than trying to splurge on more make up products. This makes me feel way better to avoid feeling pressured to perfect my blemishes with concealer and foundation. You mentioned in your last review on youtube that you not prone to pimples but you would recommend one of the products for blemishes to a friend. Has she tried it out yet? If so TGFB THANK GOD FOR BLOGGERS because trying out different products are expensive and tiredsome if you don’t win with results. Always enjoy growing with you. Enjoy the marvelous joys of being a GIRLBOSS Love you xoxo

Le'Chelle October 16, 2017 - 4:01 PM

I really do believe that investing in your skincare is like investing in yourself, just because it really does boost your self confidence and don’t feel like you need to apply as much makeup! I’m so glad this post encouraged you to invest in your skincare products! You really don’t have to spend thousands but just choose your products well! 🙂

So I do get hormonal breakouts every month and I HATE them but I’ve been using the Aloe Unique Aloe Gel and put it directly on the spot. I find that it really does help to draw out the gunk and reduce the redness and swelling! Sean uses it too 😉

Actually anything from Aloe Unique or Avene is just wonderful and works if you’re on a budget! x

Michaela Wagener June 14, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Have you tried any products from the neutrogena ageless intensives range? Would love a review on any of those

Le'Chelle October 16, 2017 - 4:02 PM

I haven’t tried anything from the range but I’ll definitely put it on my list!!! 🙂
Thanks for the recommendation! x


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