My box of goodies from christmas!
As time went on, I realised I needed to cull all of the toiletries and make up I was using as I had way too many brands on my shelves and cupboards and it had been that way for years.
I’ve used Garnier, Clean and Clear, Clearasil, Biore, Aapri, Derma, L’Oreal, Nivea, (just to name a few in a sea of hundreds), whether it be cleansers, toners, moisturisers, (face and body), or wipes.
My make up was no better. Cheap store brands, Maybelline, BYS, Jordana, L’Oreal, only ever the brands that were cheap, on sale, and what I could afford. And in the colours I thought looked good.
Well no more.
I decided enough was enough and that I was culling and cutting it all back to just a few brands and getting rid of the things I didn’t need at all.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you what I have cut down to, and while it may seem like a lot, I have culled the brands down to 11 and hope to cut them down even more, if Covergirl make a clear BB cream, once I have finished my Jordana lippies.
So for week one here are my new face products courtesy of Olay and Nivea!
After trolling through the US and Aus Olay websites, finding out they had stopped producing certain lines, and taking weeks to figure out which products were appropriate for my skin, I decided to go with the “blue” Olay products. Also known as Deep Cleansing, I chose the Blackhead Clearing Scrub for the blue beads inside. I always feel much cleaner after washing with beads. I also chose the Oil Minimising Toner, as I have combination skin, and the Wet Cleansing cloths for make up removal. These even remove mascara without a problem and I’m able to buy a 60 pack (two 30 packs) as a deal together.
Next are the moisturisers and specialty treatments.
I was thinking of trying Total Effects for morning, but found the Regenerist Revitalising Cream (on left), as it comes without sunscreen, to use in the morning after my shower. Both work fine with my skin. After weighing up my options between T.E and Regen, I decided on the Regenerist Night Elixir (on right) as my night time moister. It gently removes dead cells for a new face.
The specialty treatments I’m trying are the Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush (left). It’s like make up that you pump out and apply with a brush. Other companies have similar products and it’s nice and light to use and does the job fairly well. In the middle is Regenerist Anti-Ageing Eye Roller. I use this in the morning after the Revitalising Cream and while I have dark circles, I only occasionally have bags, when I do, this helps. It has little silver balls that roll over your face to massage the bags so it decreases the size. Next is Regenerist Lip Anti-Ageing Concentrate (on right). It’s essentially a lip balm that’s supposed to help with wrinkles and lines around your mouth. I don’t have any but thought I’d try it anyway. It’s nice and I only use it when I go to bed so it has all night to work into my lips.
For the Olay face products I tried last year, the only one I would go back and use again would be the Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel System as it gave my skin a good rough up and made it feel nice and smooth.
As for sunscreen, wear it all the time when you go out. I used to use an Olay face sunscreen but found it too thick and sticky. Nivea Daily Face Veil, which I’ve mentioned before, is so soft and silky smooth it goes on like cream. The same for the body sunscreen, Nivea will be the only sunscreen I use and hopefully they will also up the percentage to 50 this year so I can keep using it.
Have you guys tried Olay or Nivea products? If so what did you think of them and did they work?