While some might find it quite sad, one of the things that I was most excited about doing here in the US was discovering all of the different beauty bits and pieces that are available over here.
Now, most of that energy and excitement was, I’ll admit, focused on make-up more than anything else – I kind of thought I had all of my favourite skincare items locked down actually – but of all the things that I’ve purchased during the last month, there are three items in particular that stick out and all of them are skincare-based.
First up, face wipes. Shock horror. I’m not usually a fan of face wipes and tend to reserve them just for in-flight make-up removal or sad sick days when I can’t be bothered to do anything else to my face. But after spying a face wipe offering from Aveeno, one of my favourite skincare brands that I’ve found here in the US, I couldn’t resist giving them a whirl.
And having tried and tested them for about a week and a half now, I can honestly say that the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Make Up Removing Wipes ($7.99) are the best face wipes that I have ever used. Even better than the Ole Henriksen alternatives… They remove all traces of make up, without stripping your skin and leave your complexion looking so smooth and soft afterwards. Just delightful.
Another ace offering from the same brand is the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturiser ($13.99). For those of you that have used La Roche-Posay’s Efaclar Mat moisturiser, this one is fairly similar, although I find it a bit thicker and more nourishing – ideal for the current cold weather conditions. It smells lovely, leaves my skin feeling soft and plump but also gives a really nice matte finish which helps to prime my skin for make up.
Last up is something of an iconic skincare product here, the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($10.99). I’ve seen so many different bloggers and vloggers using this cleanser and have always been a bit confused about why it appealed. While I know appearances aren’t everything, it just doesn’t look like the most luxurious product in the world and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to find out what all the fuss was about. Now I know…
As expected, there’s nothing fancy or frilly about this product at all. It’s seriously basic – but seriously brilliant too. I tend to use it as my second stage cleanser; I remove my make up with an oil-based or balm product and then turn to this to give my complexion a good ole clean. And it does such a great job, leaving my face feeling totally fresh and clear, but not dry or stripped at all.
If you guys have any additional skincare recommendations, please do throw them my way – I’m always eager to give new products a whirl!