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Today I have another handful of exciting new skincare launches I wanted to review for you in depth and share my thoughts on, so without further ado...
Let's start with a pleasant surprise: the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream* | £79. Don't get me wrong; I love love love Charlotte Tilbury makeup, but the skincare has tended to leave me a little cold, in terms of the price-point vs. what the products are actually formulated with. I get that it's a luxury brand, but I guess that's not generally what I gravitate towards. However, the product itself was good! Charlotte's original Magic Cream is relatively rich and emollient and it's gorgeous under makeup or mixed in with foundation, however I know some people find it a bit too much for their skin. So, I think it's great that a new formula has been released that does still work really well under makeup and leaves my skin soft and happy, but has a much lighter texture. This water-cream melts into my skin but not in a way that leaves my skin the way it found it (I really don't like gel moisturisers that disappear into nothingness!) It's really hydrating and gives my skin a fresh, dewy look.
It's formulated with shea butter (which is probably how it provides lasting nourishment, despite the light texture), glycerin (a great water-attracting humectant for hydrated skin), there's soothing aloe in here, niacinamide (which helps boost skin barrier function, regulate oil production in the skin and help prevent the spread of discolouration in my skin) and squalane, which is a skin-imitating plant oil. Is it worth almost £80? I'd still be inclined to say no (these ingredients can be found in much more affordable products), but if it's within your budget, it's a really lovely formula.
I use the next product every day (AM, PM or both) and I'm almost halfway through the bottle, so it's probably no surprise that I have nothing but praise for the Glow Recipe Pomegranate Peptide Firming Serum* | £41. This is actually just a great all-rounder that I recommend if your skin doesn't tend to get along with Vitamin C and retinoids (either instead of, or on your 'off days' if you use those ingredients every other day). It's gentle, it's hydrating and it just leaves my skin hydrated, plump, happy and healthy-looking. Ok, let's rewind a little, because I know I'm gushing! This serum is formulated with antioxidant-rich plant oils and extracts, including pomegranate, to moisturise the skin and protect it from free radical damage (whilst not as powerful as a pure-form Vitamin C, it still helps boost this formula as a potential alternative option). There's also squalane and glycerin to condition and hydrate the skin, negating the need for a separate hydrating serum. Then we have our well-ageing peptides that also promote skin healing: Copper Tripeptide-1 and sr-Hydrozoan Polypeptide-1. They can help boost collagen production from within, which helps keep our skin full and bouncy as our natural stores deplete over time. And unlike the other established actives that help to do this - Vitamin C and retinoids - peptides don't cause irritation. I love the emulsion texture and for me, this is just a do-it-all that hydrates my skin, provides antioxidant benefits and helps with that all-important collagen. My skin has been looking and feeling so good!