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Thursday, 26 December 2013

top 5 of 2013: skincare

Over the last few days of 2013, I'll be covering my top 5 products of the year. I'll be looking at my top 5 picks of skincare, face, eyes, lips, hair & more! Let me know your  top 2013 products from each category in the comments!
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La Roche Posay effaclar duo, heal gel face*, Indeed Labs pepta bright,  alpha h liquid gold  & Origins Clear Improvement Mask

LA ROCHE POSAY EFFACLAR DUO: I dont elevate things to holy grail very often but this spot treatment has been my real hero of 2013. It's a complete skincare solution that leaves my skin looking clear, smoother and really aids the majority of my skincare woes. I suffer from hormonal and dairy breakouts which tend to get sore and cystic. Effaclar Duo has helped existing breakouts as well as keeping new ones to a minimum. Over time my pores reduced in size and my black heads much less noticeable. Big props to Ruth from A Models Recommends for introducing me to this product as its really been a life saver.

HEAL GEL FACE: I've actually only been using this for about a month or so but it's quickly risen up the ranks of my favourire products in 2013. Since adding to my routine my skin looks plumper, healthier and more hydrated. Packed full of skin friendly ingredients, combined they make a dream team for dry and dehydrated skin. It's super light and nourishing and works wonders as a primer for the face too.

INDEED LABS PEPTA BRIGHt: This is a brightening treament which has transformed my skin from lacklustre to something Im much happier with. It looks less sallow, more radiant with a sort of inner glow. It's really evened out my overall skin tone and helped fade some of my most stubborn scarring.

 ALPHA H LIQUID GOLD: Exfoliators had a chemical revamp for 2013. Long gone are the days of rough scratchy exfoliators (although I do like those, just not for daily use), and long live the chemical exfoliators. Alpha H Liquid Gold was my favourite of the bunch I tried in 2013. It's quite abrasive, so I don't use it too often, probably every other day. But it gives my skin such a fresh beautiful glow the day after I've used it that it's actually unite hard to describe it's effects without trying it first!

ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT MASK: This mask is perfect for deep cleaning your skin and drawing out all the nasties that clog up the pores. Containing skin friendly ingredients like charcoal and white clay, it works like a magnet sucking out all the skins impurities. Every time my skin breaks out I like to do a good deep cleanse and then pop this on. It's made a noticeable difference to my blackheads and cheeks area's which often get very congested. It also balances out the oilier areas of my skin, so it's great for combo skin types! I've gone through at least 3 of these this year alone.

33 comments

  1. I really need to try the effaclar duo it sounds like it would do wonders for my blemish ridden skin, I've had such a battle with my acne this year so I really don't have any decent recommendations for skincare although I have to say when my skin is beyond irritated I turn to simple's foaming cleanser because it won't break out or irritate my skin, I'm looking forward to the rest of this series now feel like it is going to create a shopping list for me :p x

    EmmiHearts

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  2. Thanks for coming up with such a list...I think most of these products aren't available in India. Still on the search for my perfect exfoliator...

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  3. Amazing picks! They are all some of my favourite products!

    Emily
    www.beautybyemily.co.uk

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  4. I love effaclar due and clear improvements, both have really saved my skin this year! xx

    yespleasebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. thank you so much for this! i will be looking out for these in the new year xx

    a-little-treat.blogspot.com

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  6. Effaclar Duo made it onto my top skincare products of 2013 too! I find it really purges my skin and although it can give me whiteheads, with consistent use, my skin will end up amazingly clear. I can definitely see why this is such a favourite amongst bloggers. I discovered Alpha-H Liquid Gold last year, but this will remain a staple in my skincare routine. The results definitely are hard to describe, but it just somehow makes your skin look so good!

    http://vintagemachine.blogspot.com

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  7. I'd really like to try something from La Roche-Posay or Origins (but I'm afraid the last one is going to be so hard to get my hands on in this country!)

    Lovely post :)
    Valérie // scribblesofvalerie.com

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  8. I have heard good things about La Roche-Posay,think I might have to give them ago!

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

    (I am also running a Chanel giveaway on my blog)

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  9. I have to try both the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and the Origins mask: they're on my wishlist for a while because they both seem perfect for my combination skin, but never bought them.
    x

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  10. the effaclar duo has long been on my list of products to try, however it's not as easy to find here in the states xx

    http://thehannahway.blogspot.com

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  11. Argh, I need to get my hands on some products from La Roche Posay! I've heard nothing but good things about their line. I've been really interested in the Heal Gel line recently as well. Great picks!
    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

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  12. Effaclar duo is top on my wish list for the new year - I suffer with hormonal breakouts and I've heard such great things, I can't wait to give it a try! xx

    Eleri Roberts

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  13. that Origins mask sounds fab - must try it! Also I've heard amazing things about La Roche Posay. Where can you buy that? xx
    http://www.isitjustmeme.co.uk/

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  14. Effaclar Duo and Alpha H Liquid Gold would definitely be in my top 5 too!
    alicekatex ♥

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  15. great post!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  16. always wanted to try the liquid gold! your positive review is just convincing me more and more to get it!

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  17. ahh really want to try the origins mask and the liquid gold. They both sound amazing!

    Lauren| thatgirlcalledlauren.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Great post!!! After reading this, I am planning to buy the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duop and the Origins Clear Improvement Mask. Thanks for the reviews.

    xx
    Natasha.
    http://www.serendipitynwanderlust.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Love the duo and have yet to try origins mask but bloggers rave about it so often!

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  20. The origin charcoal mask is my all time favorite too! It not only help me clear my pores, it also clear out my oily T zone too

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  21. Pepta-bright and the Origins Charcoal mask are both products that I enjoyed using this year as well! They really do lovely things for the skin!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  22. I have only just started using the Effaclur duo and it's incredible, it's such an amazing product.

    Adorethee.blogspot.com

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  23. I can't wait to try all these out now x

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  24. I've been hearing a lot about the Origins mask and I was thinking of maybe trying it but after reading this blog post it's on my wishlist. Thank you :) xox

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  25. Im really interested in the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and being the skin care addict I am, I am really tempted to go pick it up! Lovely post xx.

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  26. This List is great! Thank you for sharing it with us :) I need to try the Origins Mask..Which brand is that Heal Gel? Or is it a brand?

    xx
    Anne

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  27. super post!:)) xo
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  28. I agree la roche posay effaclar duo and the origins mask is amazing, since using them I've seen a major difference to my skin.
    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  29. Nice collection..!!! I love all these skincare products that you've mentioned above. Especially, "Indeed labs pepta bright" because it looks like my Revitol skin brightener cream ..!!

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  30. Dermatologists have an advantage when choosing makeup - they know what ingredients are beneficial and which should be avoided. Finding out what makeup they wear helps us to figure out which makeup might be best for our skin as well.

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