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Sunday 26 November 2017

2017 Cult Favourites: Skincare

I usually post my end of year round up of favourite products in December but this year, I am posting them a little earlier to coincide with Cult Beauty's Cult Product of 2017 campaign, which is very exciting as you have the chance to win a £100 Cult Beauty voucher every day - keep reading to the end for details on that! Regular readers won't be surprised by any of the products as I have raved about them numerous times but it's good to put them all together in one post to showcase the best of the best! At the end, I will choose just one product from each category that is my Cult Product of 2017. Today, the focus is on skincare because we all know that I'm a total skincare junkie!

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm: Because I have dry skin, balms are my favourite type of cleanser and this Omorovicza cleansing balm is my favourite of all I have tried. It can be used to remove makeup because it literally melts even the most stubborn of mascaras and liquid liners, or can be used as a second cleanse. The texture isn't stiff, like some balms, and it is a pleasure to massage into the skin as it just melts upon application. What I love about all Omorovicza products, is how gentle they are due to the inclusion of healing thermal waters, but they are also some of the most effective products I have used. This cleanser leave my skin very cleaned but not at all stripped, soft, calm and comfortable. Whilst it is pricey at £48, a little goes a very long way and despite it being expensive, I have repurchased around 8 times so far, which is testament to how good it is!

Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist: Another Omorovicza product - it's my favourite skincare brand, so I make no apologies! This mist can be used as part of your skincare regime or to refresh makeup during the day. The nozzle delivers a very fine mist so it won't saturate the face, but it delivers a good dose of hydration and adds a small amount of dewiness. The rose and neroli scent is't overpowering, however it is refreshing and uplifting. This limited edition packaging is so pretty, which is a bonus! £25 for 50ml.

Omorovicza Omoressence: How many ways can I express my love for this product? I had never used an essence before this and to be honest, thought they were gimmicks - how wrong was I? Omoressence keeps any signs of dehydration at bay and has made a huge difference to my skin. I pat a few drops of it into my skin after cleansing, toning and misting. I then leave it for a few minutes before continuing with my skincare routine. It soothes, hydrates and protects, which results in calm, plump and comfortable skin. Because it is housed in a glass bottle, I never bring it on holiday and I can really see a difference in my skin on those occasions. Although it is expensive at £75 for 100ml, the bottle lasts at least a year because only a few drops are required per use.

Sunday Riley Good Genes: Now this is a product that is very hyped in the beauty community and with very good reason. It can be used as either a serum or a mask - I personally only use it as a serum. First things first, it doesn't smell great but I personally don't care because it works so well! It contains 40% Lactic Acid, which is an AHA, and although that sounds very high, Lactic Acid is gentler than Glycolic Acid so even those with sensitive skin would get on with this. I can almost feel it eating away at my dead skin cells and the morning after application, my skin is soft, smooth, clear and my pores are less visible. Again, this is an expensive product at £85 for 30ml, but it is totally worth it if you have issues such as scarring, hyperpigmentation, texture, dull skin and generally to combat the signs of ageing.

Oskia Super 16 Serum: This serum is named Super 16 because it contains a combination of 16 nutrients and bio-actives, all of which fight the signs of ageing and boost collagen synthesis. It contains Bakuchiol, which is nature's answer to retinol. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid, which attracts and holds moisture in the skin and Vitamins C & E protect the skin against free-radicals. With consistent use, my skin is firm, hydrated and strengthened - it really does answer all of my skin's needs and is a serum that I think would work for all skin types. £85 for 30ml.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream: This is the dream moisturiser for dry or dehydrated skin as it is comprised of 30% Hyaluronic Acid (the dream ingredient) and it literally feels like a drink for the skin. The name of the product could not be more appropriate as this moisturiser literally drenches the skin, yet it absorbs quickly and is light in texture. It is oil, alcohol and fragrance free, making it perfect for even sensitive skin and the result is soft, plump, soothed and comfortable skin. £42 for 48ml.

Oskia Renaissance Mask: I wonder how many times I have mentioned this mask on the blog?! This has been a consistently repurchased product in my collection for the past two and a half years because I absolutely love what this mask does to my skin. It uses fruit acids to exfoliate the skin, enzymes to decongest the skin, prebiotics to help fight bacteria and lactic acid, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The mask is peach in colour but when applied to the skin and massaged, it turns white, at which time I know it is beginning to work. I leave it on for around 15 minutes (beginners should start at around 8-10 minutes) and when I rinse it, my skin feels so soft and smooth, my pores are refined and overall, my skin looks much brighter.This really is a one mask does it all product because it deeply cleanses, exfoliates and hydrated the skin. £51 for 50ml.

Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask: Finally, I had to include the mask that I described as "Spanx for your face". Although this mask isn't the best smelling (but when do mud masks smell good?!), it really works wonders on the skin. It has all of the deep cleansing properties of a regular mud mask but with the added benefit of firming the skin My skin feels like it has a corset wrapped around it but not in an uncomfortable way. It is the perfect mask to use before a special occasion as I look like I've had a facial when I use it. My mother is also a fan and said that nothing else she has used has had such a dramatic effect on her neck. £65 for 50ml.

I absolutely love all of these products but if I had to choose just one to be my Cult Skincare Product of 2017 then it would have to be Sunday Riley Good Genes. Anything that can give pretty much instant results will always be head and shoulders above everything else.  I would love to hear what your Cult Product of 2017 is?

You can also win a £100 Cult Beauty voucher! To enter, you need to follow Cult Beauty on Instagram here and share your Cult Product on there with the hashtag #CultProductOfTheYear There will be one winner chosen daily until December 11th so get posting!

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All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. This post is not sponsored, however Cult Beauty did re-stock some of my favourite products. Opinion is always my own.

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