20 Jun 2014

Formula Faves


Certain formulas often have their "moment" of popularity in the beauty world... last year we were all obsessed over cleansing balms, but now I've noticed there's more of a thing for cleansing oils with lots of new releases. No matter what everyone else is fawning over, we all still have our favourite preferences when it comes to the lotions and potions we're applying to our skin. I certainly have preferences when looking for my skincare and I always look for descriptions of the texture or how the product feels when reading reviews and always take care to read the ingredients before buying anything. My favourite formulas for skincare are not that surprising if you're a regular reader but I thought I would write a little highlight for my picks:

Powder
I'm not talking about the stuff you apply to set your makeup, nope. Powdered cleansers are a thing & I love 'em! There was already a few powdered exfoliators on the market but now there are quite a few more now and from that cleansers have been developed too. It's typically more natural brands that you'll find this sort of formula, there isn't need for preservatives and the ingredients are more "earthy" as your obviously cleansing with clay and powdered plant extracts etc. Which is not something you'll typical find in the ailes of Boots! 
I have two cleansing clay's that I love; the first is May Lindstrom's The Clean Dirt which is a rich and spicy clay mix, with lots of vitamin C and raw cacao, calendula, cinnamon and more. I love how it foams up in your hand with the addition of water and it leaves my skin feeling really AWAKE. My next powder pick is M Botanicals Renewing Clay & Bamboo Cleanser*. The texture and appearance of this is very different, it's a silky white powder than makes a very creamy paste when water is added, it also has some chunky scrubby bits in there too and leaves my face so incredibly soft! 

Gel
Gel's are my go to formula for everything really, if I know the product is a gel I'm a lot less scared of it breaking me out as it's (usually) light, wont clog pores or overwhelm oily skin. I have a lot of gel skincare products in my collection but my two favourites at the moment are definitely the Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner and the Kahina Eye Serum*. The Active Gel Toner is a light gel to be applied after your usual toner, it's incredibly soothing packed full of aloe vera and really soothes redness and sore skin. The Eye Serum is the only eye product I use at the moment as I'm not much of a fan of thick eye cream, the soothing gel feels amazing on the eye area and it really helps with dark circles too.

What are your favourite formulations??

13 comments

  1. lovely picks! Haven't tried the Osmia Gel Toner or anything by M Botanicals, but the other two are definitely favorites of mine! I feel like ML can do no wrong and Kahina isn't far behind lol.

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    1. I know how you feel! I want everything ML makes, so dreamy x

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  2. I haven't tried a powder cleanser yet, but I really want to! My favorite formula of all time though has to be the SERUM. :0) I love oil concoctions as well as oil based cleansers- so great! I think oils and different serums infused with oils are the formula of the moment--- which I am sure will change by next year! But the whole serum/oil movement seems to have caught on in the mainstream a la L'Oreal, etc! :0) Great post! - Kathryne

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    1. Oh I do love a good serum! thank you :) xx

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  3. These are great picks! I want to get my hands on the {M}Botanicals powder now... That cleanser sounds fantastic!

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    1. They have another cleanser too that sounds really interesting :) x

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  4. The Osmia Organics Toner sounds amazing, and definitely want to try the Kahina eye serum to help tackle my dark circles! x

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  5. Never heard of powder cleansers, am I late to the party/game on this one? Def checking those out!

    ​Leanne @ Leanne-Marie ​ x

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  6. I see two of my faves on here!!! Love the Clean Dirt and the Osmia Gel Toner. Others look interesting too :) Love your blog!!!

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  7. Powders are definitely underrated, and I gotta say I will never tire of a good oil!

    Mayah x

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  8. Powders are such a joy! The clean dirt has lasted me 6 months, it's unreal ! I must try the M Botanicals one!
    Love the post<3
    Xoxo

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  9. May Lindstrom has been a brand I've been meaning to try, but couldn't because of the hefty price tag. Would you say that it'd be worth to splurge for the Cleanser or the Mask? Would love to try both, but money wise, it's pretty much impossible...

    find me on 9outoften.com

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