8 Different Skincare Brands I’ve Used Over The Summer

8 Different Skincare Brands I’ve Used Over The Summer, well I say ‘Summer’ because what on earth would be call what has happened these past few months? Muggy, darker days, cold spells, rain, gale force winds, AND THEN ONE WEEKEND OF SUN WHERE WE ALL RUN OUTSIDE. Ah, what a great Summer!

Nighttime Skincare

With having such oily skin, I can’t actually use really heavy and extra hydrating products on my face every single night. I have to use them as a treatment as and when my skin actually needs them instead and these two have been my favourites over the past couple of months.

Good Night Deep Nourishing Sleep Mask – £38.00

I’m such a huge fan of Cloud 9 and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. It’s an incredibly beautiful sleep mask that contains Vitamin A, B12, and E, as well as avocado oil and it really is as hydrating as it sounds. It makes the skin instantly look brighter, fuller, and moisturised. I highly recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin. Obviously this is also great for preventing signs of ageing but as I’m 22, I won’t comment on that.

Superstar Retinol Night Oil – £63

With Grape, Jojoba, Pomegranate, Carry, and black cumin oil, this is seriously packed of different fruits and Retin-A. Even though it’s full of oils, it’s actually not as heavy as some other oils on the market and it does absorb really well. It has a real earthy smell, I want to call it a healthy smell too? Which makes me laugh but honestly it smells like you’re putting something ‘good’ on your face. It’s a whopping price tag but when it fights pigmentation caused by sun damage, irritation, radical damage, and elastin production. Again, this would be best on someone looking for anti-ageing skincare for normal to dry skin.

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Daytime Skincare

As I wear so much makeup, it’s not often that I actually find a day cream that sits well on my skin. Which means I end up wearing a lot just around the house on working days instead.

Amana – Stem-Cell Boost Cream £94.00

This is probably one of the most luxurious creams I’ve ever had the joy in using and it’s definitely impressive. Just like the other products, this is better on normal to dry skin so it’s not the best for me to use constantly on my oily skin.

This has such a beautiful and uplifting scent, and it’s SPF free so you would need to add an SPF seperately. It only lasts for 6 months after you open it so you really need to make sure that this is the cream for you so you don’t waste a drop. I’ve also got to point out how utterly beautiful the packaging is, I really loved how it was specially presented.

The website doesn’t contain any information on ingredients so I can only give you my blind opinion, and I genuinely think this is a great cream.

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PORE-FECTLY CLEAR Charcoal Face Mask – £5.99

I know what you’re thinking, ‘these aren’t really affordable, Georgina?’ If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know that I don’t really like spending money when I don’t have to, and with the blog it means I get to dabble in the luxury skincare but we all know where I’d spend my money!

These two products are under £10 and they’re actually pretty good. Willow bark, caffeine, pomegranate, and charcoal all in a facemask! This is fantastic on my oily skin and it’s so quick and easy to get results. With the Kaolin it really helps to take away any excess oils and it leaves my skin looking less shiny. I didn’t love the PORE-FECTLY CLEAR Face Wash – £4.99 that much, but only because it’s a semi-forming one, and I know they’re too drying, even for my skin!

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I’m sad to say that I actually hated the Bare Republic High Protection Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 – £17. It’s mineral based and extremely running despite no matter how long that I shake the bottle, it doesn’t apply on my face well and I actually didn’t like anything about it. I really tried, but this just isn’t a good product unfortunately.

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Similarly, I really didn’t see the point in the new Magnitone? I could barely feel it on my face and the amount of product/effort it needed was just unnecessary. Although it’s a pretty colour and a great design, I really did not feel any exfoliation on my skin at all. Even when I used exfoliating products with it. Maybe I was sent the sensitive head? Maybe I just like to exfoliate manually now. Either way, I definitely don’t recommend this. Your hands do a far superior job.

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A huge happy 20th birthday to Caudalie! As you can tell by the bottle, I actually use this Beauty Elixir quite a lot just to freshen up my face and as a little wake up boost during working days at home. I don’t use this to set my makeup, or refresh it during the day as this is quite a powerful spray bottle and would probably soak my makeup right off and ruin it. The big bottle is 100ml at £32 and the smaller one is 30ml for £12. As always I’m honest and I don’t think this actually does anything to my skin other than just make me feel a little fresher with the smell and feel. No miracles here.

The Botanics (Boots own brand) have had a new rebrand and according to a tweet I saw, a price increase too. I didn’t know the range beforehand to comment on that but I’ve been using the brand for the last few weeks and it really is a nice range. But with me being me, not all the products I tried out were great.


Botanics Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish – £9.99. This is a super pleasant day to day polish that you can use to buff and literally polish your skin. I say day to day as it isn’t as hard as others on the market and it’s a great price too. This brand currently has 1/3 off, so if you’re fast you can save quite a bit!

The eye roll on is a complete write off, I’m not even going to link to it as you have to press down so hard to get enough product that it’s probably a health and safety risk.

The Botanics Hydration Burst Hydrating Day Cream – £8.99 is actually my favourite of the range, and it’s the cream I’ve been using under my makeup. It’s hydrating enough to leave a small layer of moisture to work with on the top of my skin, without making my makeup move everywhere. It has a really pleasant smell too and it’s currently on offer for £5.99 making it an absolute steal.

The Triple Age Renewal Super Serum isn’t online right now, and I’d like to think that’s because it’s actually really good. It’s so cooling, refreshing, soothing, and it works wonderfully under a moisturiser. I only use serums at night and this is definitely my favourite one as it isn’t overpowering or too heavy for me.

Lastly the Botanics Organic Facial Oil 100% Organic is definitely the star of this range. At £11.49 it’s truly a beautifully smelling oil and it makes your skin look incredible.

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