5 Favourite Skincare Products from 2013

2013 Skincare favourites

Skincare is my one true love and I am becoming quite the product hoarder. I rummaged through my stash and thought long and hard about my 2013 skincare favourites and I narrowed it down to these 5 products. These are what I’ve not only used the most but that I’ve also gone back to after trying other products.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm

I’ve been using this lip balm since August and found I can’t live without it. Dramatic but true. This is a pot of very hydrating peach coloured lip balm (its colourless on the lips). I put this on the last thing at night and wake up with what I would describe as soft kissable lips, I also have to have it on my desk whilst working so I can apply it when I feel the need. In fact, thinking about it, this little pot never leaves my side. The one negative is that it is in a pot and not the most hygienic, I do use hand sanitiser before sticking my finger in (germaphobe). The packaging is glass and feels weighty and quite luxurious but I do prefer tubes. £20 for 15ml

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

This is the mask I have used the most often in 2013, I keep it on my bedside table and apply it over my serum and pat it in. It is quite a thick consistency and only needs a small amount, as I find it can be too tacky on my face if I apply too much. It gives me a boost of hydration and makes my skin look plump by morning. It also gives the skin a barrier to help it prevent dehydration. Perfect whilst I have the central heating on full blast. I adore this mask, its results and not forgetting its fruity scent. £22 for 100ml.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex II

I saved for quite a while to treat myself to this wonderful serum and I am so happy I did. This serum makes my skin so happy – that translates to looking younger, fresher, brighter and all importantly well rested. I love the process of using the pipet to dispense the serum, warming it up between my hands and then patting it on my face and neck. It feels cooling on the skin and instantly hydrated. I convinced my mum to invest in this and she is converted and her skin is looking fabulous. This is an investment but one I’m thrilled I made. £65 for 50ml.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm*

I’m not going to preach too hard about this wonder product because I have blogged about this Balm so many times. I will say that this almost single-handedly cleared up my blemishes and kept them at bay. This balm as the name suggests melts away makeup and really gives your skin a deep clean. You don’t get that tight skin feeling afterwards, in fact, your skin feels soft and supple. I just love it. It’s a complete bargain too – £14.50 for 100ml.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Makeup Remover

This has taken the place of my much repurchased Garnier 2 in 1 makeup remover I’d describe this as a very gentle non-greasy eye makeup remover. I haven’t removed my lip product with it so can’t say how well it performs in that department but as an eye makeup remover it’s very effective. It even removes my Waterproof Covergirl Lash Blast 24 hour Mascara and that’s no mean feat. I want to try more from this Camomile range. £8 for 100ml

So they’re my 5 favourite skincare products of 2013 and apart from the Origins Mask the other 4 products are new discoveries for me in 2013.

Products that are marked with a * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However, if I do, the reviews are 100% my own. 

36 thoughts on “5 Favourite Skincare Products from 2013

  1. I’ve been dithering for ages about getting the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair after getting a tester pack – it was amazing, looks like it’s definitely worth the spend! 🙂 xxx

  2. I love the Estée Lauder, but mine is running out and I’m scared to use it up because I know I can’t afford to replace it just yet 🙁 Love the sound of the mask here too, I adore Origins x x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  3. I absolutely adore the Originas Drink-up mask; it’s one of my favourite treatmnets of all time.
    I also really like the EL Night repair. The price tag gets me teary-eyed everytime and I only buy it with a discount code and when I have some money to spare, but it’s truly amazing and definitely worth the splurge. The camomile line by TBS has also been in my wishlist for a while. I really want to try the cleansing balm but this water sounds just as good 🙂

  4. i was just at the body shop today and was thiiiis close to buying the chamomile makeup remover – it sounds so promising and i’ve read a good couple people rave about them on their blogs. i also saw a cleansing balm version that looks really interesting 🙂

    rachel x

    1. I have heard great things about the cleansing balm too & after how much I liked the makeup remover I think I will be buying the whole range

  5. The Elizabeth Arden lip balm sounds pretty fabulous; I don’t love lip balms in jar too, but I find they are more creamy and hydrating than the ones in stick form, and I always need a good amount of hydration. The Origins mask I want to try it for ages, but since I have a similar one from another brand I haven’t bought it yet. But it sounds like something my winter skin would completely adore anyway. Finally I always wanted to try some products from the TBS Camomile Range!

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

  6. Yay! Happy you all like the Melting Cleansing Balm and please carry on recommending it. Also, have you tried Iconic Youth Serum yet?ciuld be in this years top five! Xx

  7. The origins mask sounds beautiful. There were a few months where everyone was talking about it and I was going to buy it but then I totally forgot about it. Thank you for reminding me, I’d love to try it at some point this year! xo

  8. I am desperate to try the origins products.. I’ve heard so many good things! My favourite product this year would have to be the Dermalogica microfoliant. It’s fantastic and such a fine exfoliant it’s good for everyday use. xx

  9. OOOOOOOh Vicki just the name “Melting cleansing balm” sounds heavenly! I must try Origins Drink up mask this year, i managed to resist in 2013 hehe!

    Becki xoxo

  10. I love TBS eye and lips make up removal actually! I use Bioderma every single day but when I have heavy eye make up I also use TBS to remove it. And it is amazing to remove lipstick residue – especially after doing lipstick swatches for the blog. 🙂

    I really need to get that Origins mask! X


  11. Great choices, I have had the Origin Drink Up Mask on my wishlist list for ever, I really should get it, as it will be perfect for this time of year too!

    I haven’t heard of the Merumaya Cleansing Balm, will have to definitely look into that one, I do love a balm cleanser, I have been using Emma Hardie’s, but this one is definitely an affordable price!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Paula at Beauty Lover x

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