Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Eye Creams

Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Eye Creams

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Happy Friday folks! Hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. I know I am. It’s been one heck of a trying week, all right. You know the ones where it seems like nothing goes right but everything goes wrong? Yeah, I had one of those.

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s get on with Skincare Favourites Week! Today I’m talking about eye creams. Ahh the all important step in one’s skincare routine. The one that is highly questioned by one Paula Begoun as a redundant step and that beauty companies are trying to pull the wool over consumers’ eyes by telling them that they need one when the eye cream ingredients are no different from serums and moisturisers. For me, I believe I need one and that’s all there is to it. When it comes to eye creams, I tell beauty brands to please, take my money. My eyes need ‘em. :P

Long time readers will notice that I seldom review eye creams. I’m often asked for suggestions on good eye creams but I don’t often write about them. I don’t know why but I do find eye cream reviews difficult to write. You’ve seen close up shots of my eyes and you’ll notice that I have a significant amount of fine lines under them. Ah, age and bad experiences, gotta love them for gifting me with those lines, eh?

So far, I’ve only tried 2 eye creams that visibly softened and reduced the appearance of those dreaded fine lines. Having said that, the rest of the eye creams I’m about to share with you here aren’t bad either. They do the rest of the job for me and that’s to moisturise the undereye area without irritating my eyes, and reduce puffiness and dark circles. I’m not expecting miracles here so for me, these are considered good eye creams. None of these eye creams gave me the dreaded millia, which is a very good thing.

Here they are in no particular order.

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Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Moisturisers

Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Moisturisers

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Welcome to day 4 of Skincare Favourites Week! My question of the day for you is this: how’s your moisturiser doing for you? Giving you the good boing-boing skin?

Even though I’m very particular about the types of serums I use, I’m pretty lax when it comes to moisturisers. I don’t need the moisturiser to have magical anti-aging properties, although that would be a bonus. I just need the moisturiser to do one thing and one thing only, and that’s to moisturise my skin. Not just to sit on top of my skin but to really absorb onto the skin and keep it well hydrated during the day and/or night.

As I have combination skin with a very oily T-zone, the only type of moisturisers I’m fussy about are day moisturisers. They must be lightweight, quick to absorb and don’t leave any sort of greasy or shiny residue on my skin. As for night creams, I’d prefer that they’re not very rich. Cream-gels or gels are usually my moisturising weapons of choice.

Most of my top moisturisers are pretty simple ones. They don’t really do anything else than keep my skin matte and hydrated during the day and highly moisturised at night. I wouldn’t say that they did anything signficant on my skin and I’m absolutely all right with that. I have serums to do all the hard work.

Let’s get started! Here are my top 10 moisturisers in no particular order.

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Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Serums

Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Serums

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Happy hump day, folks! Come climb over that hump with me, will ya?

Regular readers will notice that we don’t have a Bloggie Wednesday post today because we’re continuing with Skincare Favourites Week! We’ll resume usual Bloggie Wednesday posts next week. But for today, we’re talking more skincare and I’d love to share my top 10 serums with you.

I’m pretty particular when it comes to serums, what makes it to my hit list and what makes it to my miss list. I’m not usually a fan of serums with “fluff” ingredients. This is what I call oils and plant extracts because more often than not, they don’t do much for the skin other than give a good texture and a fine scent. Moisturisers with “fluff” ingredients, on the other hand, don’t bother me because as long as they moisturise my skin (usually the work of glycerin), I don’t really care if they’ve got extract of newt. Although I would prefer them not to have extract of newt if possible unless it makes my skin look damn good. :P

The serums below are my top favourites. Most I’ve used and repurchased over the years and some are recent discoveries that have made the list. Even if beauty companies never make another new serum (yeah like THAT’S ever going to happen, eh?), I’m more than happy with these.

Let’s get started! Here they are in no particular order.

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Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Toners and Lotions

Week of Skincare Favourites 2014: My Top 10 Toners and Lotions

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Hello and welcome to the second day of skincare favourites week! I hope you’ve enjoyed yesterday’s edition of my top 10 cleansers. It was fun reading about your favourite cleansers and it gives me new ideas on what to try too.

Today, I’d like to share my top 10 toners and lotions with you. I’ve used toners since I was 13 years old when I started using a small bottle of one of Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion that was a hand-me-down from Mum. To be honest, a few years ago, I started questioning the need for a toner and I wasn’t the only one. Beauty bloggers and editors were talking about the “myth” of toners as well. I believe it was then that I started using lotions as well.

Lotions were and still are a Japanese concept. They’re used after cleansing and before serums, which is why a lot of people consider them as toners. Toners were traditionally used to “close pores” and also to remove any remnants of dirt that your cleansers didn’t remove. As far as “close pores” go, pores don’t open nor close (read this article by How Stuff Works) and if the cleanser doesn’t remove all of the dirt on your face, well, you need a better cleanser. Having said that, I do use toners for refreshing the skin and also do a wee bit of exfoliation as I do a gentle swipe of it with a cotton pad.

As for lotions, they’re not meant to do all that. They add what I call extra “hydration and softness” to the skin. You can even soak cotton pads with lotion, place the pads on your face and use them as a mask. You can’t really do that with toner.

I use both a toner and lotion depending on my needs. I don’t use many types or brands of toners and lotions because they often come in large bottles and each one will last me at least 6 months. Some are recent discoveries and some are classic favourites.

Here they are in no particular order.

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