Clinique Superdefence Moisturiser

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I don’t know about anyone else but I struggle to find a moisturiser I love. I feel moisturisers are too heavy, or not hydrating enough or there’s no SPF for daily use or I’m wary of the ingredients but I can safely I’ve found my favourite moisturiser.

I’ve been a fan of Clinique for years, I feel very safe with Clinique because the Three Step System changed my blemish prone. I’ve never had a reaction with Clinique and all of the products are allergy tested.

This is the reformulated Superdefence which launched just after Christmas. I had tried the original Superdefence and I really liked it and just when I was about repurchase it, the new one launched. From what I can see online, the new one has an SPF of 20, whereas, the original had 25 and this one has more antioxidants. I have the one aimed at oily combination to oily skin and I think its perfect for my skin. The texture is light and easily absorbed but its hydrating but not greasy.

I think it makes the perfect day moisturiser because it sits nicely under makeup and it has SPF 20 and UVA/UVB protection which is great for this time of year. This is part of the age prevention range and I don’t think it’s ever too early to start fighting the signs of aging. There is also a Superdefence for Eyes which I really want but I’m going to have to save up my Boots points for that purchase!

Have you tried Superdefence? What do you think?


Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser

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I find it difficult to find a day cream I like, I want it to be light and easily absorbed without any shiny or tacky residue, I’ve never found one I really love. Balance Me is one of my favourite companies, every product I’ve tried I’ve loved, the products do not disappoint.

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I really like the mini versions Balance Me sells because it’s a good way to try a product without getting the full size in case you don’t like it, I wish more companies would do mini versions of their products. I want a moisturiser to be incredibly light, I want my skin to absorb it instantly and I don’t want a shiny or tacky residue. This day cream is absolutely perfect, it’s very light and it sinks in immediately and provides enough moisture without clogging pores and it feels very soothing on the skin, like it’s helping to keep my skin under control. It also makes a really good make-up base.

If you have oily skin but needs some hydration and don’t want anything heavy, this is perfect, I’ve ordered the full size.

Bioderma Hydrabio Legere

Bioderma is best known for Crealine but there are other fantastic products from the brand. Bioderma used to be difficult to get in Britain but Escentual now stocks a good selection of the products, my personally favourite is Hydrabio Legere.

This moisturiser is aimed at normal and combination skin which is dehydrated and sensitive. It contains ingredients which helps the skin hold on to water and therefore prevents dehydration. I really like the packaging it comes in, I think the bottle with pump is very hygienic and easy to store. I think it’s unfragranced because I can’t smell anything, this is which is great for sensitive skin. The texture is very watery and runny, I have oily to combination skin which is dehydrated and this is easily absorbed and it doesn’t feel like it’s clogging my pores and it makes a perfect base for make-up, foundation sits really nicely on top. I’ve been using this twice a day and my skin hasn’t felt tight after cleansing, my skin feels soft and plump and it hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin. If you’re skin is a bit drier and dehydrated, there is a richer version of this moisturiser.

It’s available from Escentual and it’s £14 for 40ml, I think it’s great value for money because it does exactly what it claims.


Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser

Origins is one of my favourite brands and I’m always on the lookout for a fantastic day cream that doesn’t cost the earth, so I was overjoyed when I discovered this. One of Origins most famous products is their GinZing eye cream, of which I am a fan, finally, Origins have added a moisturiser to the GinZing range and it does not disappoint.

It’s designed to provide hydration and provide skin with a healthy, wide awake appearance. The packaging looks like a larger version of the eye cream, it’s in a bright orange pot which is sure to brighten up any bathroom cabinet. It’s £23 for 50ml which I think is pretty good value for money because it’s increasingly difficult to find a good around moisturiser that doesn’t cost a fortune. I don’t want the world from my day cream, I just want it to hydrate my skin and for make-up to comfortably sit on top. This ticks both of these boxes, it provides just enough hydration for my oily to combination skin (it’s oil free so it’s suitable for all skin types) but it might not be enough for drier skins and make-up glides over the top. The texture is gel like which feels really light but it’s still provided enough hydration. It smells of oranges which I really like, it’s very refreshing in the morning and I prefer fruity scents to perfume smells.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this moisturiser and I think I might finally have found a favourite moisturiser.

It’s £23 and is available from Boots and the Origins website

Top Skincare Tips for Oily Skin

Being a sufferer of oily skin, I have picked up some tricks and methods to minimise breakouts and keep shine at a minimum. I hope some of the tips can help you too. These tips have worked for me but everyone’s skin is different and can react differently, so please try to test products before buying them. Its worth saying I am a huge Liz Earle, it was the first skincare range that really worked for me and improved my skin.

  1. Cleanse. Its really boring and everyone says it but cleansing is crucial to improving skin. Before I started using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the hot cloth cleansing technique, my skin was dull but shiny and prone to breakouts and blocked pores but now my skin is completely different. I think the best cleanser is the Liz Earle one but the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean, the Simple Cleansing Lotion and the Purity Cleansing Lotion (available from Superdrug) is also very good. I think the best way to properly clean oily skin is hot cloth cleansing because its wiping away everything lying on the skin, muslins and face cloths are best method.
  2. Moisturise. I completely understand why people with oily skin skip moisturiser, it can feel like more grease and oil and some moisturiser for oily skin are still too rich and causes make-up to fall off. My favourites are the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light (very light but doesn’t really have a mattifying effect) and the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Moisturiser and I’ve just tried the new Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone moisturiser and it looks promising (I’ll do a post when I’ve came to my conclusion).
  3. Exfoliate/Masks. It removes the dead skin and helps to clean out blogged pores. I don’t like scrubs but the Liz Earle Gentle Cream exfoliator is very good, its super gentle because it has the same texture as the cleanser but the joboba beads buff away dead skins without hurting my skin. Masks are great for cleaning out pores, my favs are the Liz Earle Clay Mask, Soap and Glory Fab Pore and Origins Clay Mask.


Liz Earle – John Lewis and

Soap and Glory – Boots and

Origins – Boots and John Lewis

Garnier, Simple and Neutrogena available in chemists, Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets

Purity – Superdrug

Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone Mattifying Fresh Cream Review

I have a really difficult time with moisturisers. I’ve never found one I love and I’ve so many mixed things about moisturiser. Some say moisturiser is the most important skincare product and others say it’s important but serum is more important because it has a thinner consistency and can therefore do more for the skin. I think I’m somewhere between the two, moisturiser is important but I’m not going spend a huge amount of money on it.

Mattifying moisturisers can be a little bit hit or miss, good ones are generally quite expensive so I’m always on the lookout for a high street alternative.
Moisture Match has five different moisturisers for all types of skin:

Shine Be Gone – oily/combination

Goodbye Dry – dry

Start Afresh – normal/dry

Wake Me Up – dullness, I tried a sample of this and it has a very light texture but sill hydrating so it would probably suit all skin types

Protect and Glow – normal skin

I bought the one designed for oily skin, it’s a whipped formula, according to the tube, and I think you can tell the difference between this and other oily skin moisturisers – it’s incredibly light and absorbs quicker than most others. I found it really does hydrate my skin without being too heavy or leaving a tackiness. It has a lovely fresh cucumber smell and the tube is very travel friendly. I really like the range, I think for the price, the quality is very good and going by Shine Be Gone, they live up to their claims.

Its £5.99 (currently £3.99 in Superdrug), I think this is a great moisturiser for someone who wants something super light and mattifying.