Thursday, 6 February 2014

The Best Of Beauty Challenge: Skin Care Saviours


A few weeks ago Samantha from All The Buzz put out some feelers on the twitters to see if any bloggers would like to take part in a beauty challenge, the best of beauty. Each week she would email us all a theme and we would write about our bestest, most loved and banged on about products. And maybe even a few hidden jems. Naturally there was great feedback and a list as long as your arm of bloggers who are taking part, I'm so excited to be one! So every Thursday at 7pm for the next 8 weeks expect one of these best of beauty challenge posts! 

So what are my beauty skin care saviours I hear you ask? Nothing too fancy at all I am sorry to say. But if something is easy to get and cheap it doesn't always mean its not amazing, as I'm sure every knows. I have five to start with, my deserted island grabs before I leave in the boat.Yes, I did spend too much time with my imagination on this, what can I say?

Bepantiseptic (formally known as Gernolene)
My face is a surface for a childs join-the-dots game, full of spots, blemishes and painful things that aren't welcome. To combat these I use this antiseptic cream. Its the only thing I have ever found to genuinely work over night and be able to get some relief from painful swelling on spots, without a bad reaction from the cream. Now were not talking spots one night and magically immaculate face in the morning, those sort of things only happen in fairy tales or anti aging cream tv adverts if the company thinks its been sneaky. But for less then €4 from any chemist, this has helped me for years. 

E45 Moisturising Lotion
When I think of 'skin care' I always think of my face, but what about all that other skin covering me? E45 works for all sorts. Dry skin, to ease slight burning or itching, as a general moisturiser or for sensitive skin. I have got all of the above at some point or other and this cream was just what I needed. For about €5 you wont break the bank and your skin will be saying thank you. 


L'occitane Hand Cream
I've never had anything from this brand before as its expensive and 'fancy' to me. But I got this dry skin hand cream free in a magazine late last year and it is the best hand cream I have ever used. I would be willing to fork out for another tube when this one is empty. Not only do I use it on my hands - they are uber dry, crack and have a touch of eczema on them - on my elbows and sometimes if I'm really bothered, on my knees. A little goes a long way, its a beauty.

L'oreal Micellar Solution
I bang on about this to fmaily, friends, people in the street. Oh mammy this is the best makeup remover I have ever come across. It gets rid of everything, including caked on mascara. It might just be that I'm lazy and have found a product that does 3 things in 1 bottle, but its true love. I've a full review of it here.


The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter
Ugh I like this oh so much! There is nothing I crave more then this when my lips are sore, cracked and feeling crappy. I got this as part of a set and know when its all gone I will be picking another up, maybe even a back up for that one too! It's €7.95 a pop which I would normally think is day light robbery for a tiny jar, but now that I have used and seen the full soothing and smoothing effects, I would almost pay double - almost. My lips love it and I love my lips, as you do!

So that is my the best of beauty challenge done for this week, I can't wait to go and read everyone elses to maybe find something new to try out! Make sure and read this post by Sam to see who else is taking part in this challenge. You might find a new blog to read and love! You can follow the fun on twitter with the hashtag #BOBBlogChallengeAs always, hope everyone is having a great week, its nearly the weekend!!
  
P.S. Sorry for the dreadful photos I am the biggest boldie this week and writing this post with 10 minutes to spare before 7pm. I'll do better next week I promise!

25 comments:

  1. Micellar solutions are really great for cleansing. Love my Vichy one.

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    1. Yeah its my favourite by far! I've never tried Vichy, must look out for it :)

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  2. Ooh I forgot loccitane Handcream, I love that stuff!

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    1. I just had a root for everything! Its really amazing :)

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  3. love love loveeeee the loccitane hand cream and the shea lip butter (and the body butter) if you like the loreal micelar solution try the garnier one! even better! literally a dupe for bioderma..maybe even better. love your blog followed on bloglovin
    Stephanie's Look

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    1. So do I, can't even go for a night away without bringing them with me! Oh really? I'll have to make sure and put it on the wish list so. Naww thank you very much! x

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  4. Great start Cat, if you hadn't of admitted how late you were, we would have never known :) haha! Do you find the bepantiseptic drying? I suffer from blemishes, but also have dry skin, I found a lot of things tend to dry me out more, so wondering what you think of it?

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    1. Ah thank you :) Ha well they looked awful to me so I needed to tell everyone just in case! Nope not at all, I find it just clears up the spots well, I've never noticed drying. But I guess you could use that and a layer of moisturiser with it too?

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  5. Love this posts and your pics are fab, I totally don't believe you did this with minutes to spare!! xxx

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    1. Ha thank you Mrs, your too kind as always :) Loved taking part, your great for thinking up this challenge!! xxx

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  6. L'Occitane is super fancy to me too :P The hand cream sounds amazing, my wishlist will be far too long after this challenge finishes! :P Glad I discovered your blog through the Challenge, following on Bloglovin now :) Hope you can check out my week one post too and share your thoughts!

    Aisling xx http://bl0ssombeauty.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Ha glad I'm not the only one who thinks that! Oh I know how you feel, I'm the same and I'll have no money at all left lol! Aww thank you, just going to have a look at yours now too :) x

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  7. I always go back to E45 cream when my skin needs a serious lift without the fancy stuff. As for that hand cream I have tubes of it everywhere. It is my saviour. As a teacher my hands dry out so much and this has been a god send. Great post

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    1. Yeah when my skin is tired and sore all I can use is E45. Oh really, tubes everywhere huh? Have I told you your my new best friend? ;D ha! x

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  8. The L'Oreal Micellar solution has featured in my Skincare Saviours too, I love it! I've never tried a Body Shop lip butter before though...sounds lovely! :) x

    Catherine

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    1. Oh great minds think alike so! You'll have to go in and find one of the testers, they are just so so lovely to use! Once you try them out you will be hooked :) x

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  9. I love that L'occitane Hand Cream - I usually pick one up around Christmas when they're on special. Also Boots have a brand that's almost a dupe - Crabtree & Evelyn, and it's only €5!

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    1. Do you know I didn't even know you could get them on special at Christmas, guess I'm making my Christmas wish list now in February! Ohh, now theres something very interesting to know, thank you!! :)

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  10. Oh my god, I grew up using germolene! Didn't realize it had been renamed! Can't go wrong with E45 and that L'occitane hand cream is one of my all time favourites! Great post Hun! X

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    1. Ha so did I! I used to hate the smell of it though when my mother tried to put it on me! Thank you lady :) x

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  11. Ooh that L'occitane hand cream is amazing, I got a sample as a gift a few years ago and I loved it. I am not sold on micellar solutions yet, but I see they are cropping up fairly often in this challenge... I may have to try one....

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    1. Yeah I might have to fork out for another when mine is all gone! Really? Well they are on special offer in Tesco at the moment if you'd like to give it a go :) x

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  12. I didn't know Germolene was renamed either!! Good to know, need to buy some more... brilliant for angry spots! And HELL YES to the E45, I use it when my face needs an extra boost too! Great post lady :) xx

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    1. Yeah I had to go and ask when I couldn't find it! It really is the spot destroyer! Thank you lovely :) x

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  13. You have such a beautiful blog <3
    If you would like to visit mine and follow me on Bloglovin I always follow back ;)

    www.mintandbeauty.com

    Love

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