Nothing feels better than glowing, healthy complexion. As a make-up lover I was underestimating skin care role in my life. I was a 2-step cleanser+moisturiser beauty routine kind of girl who was covering herself under tones of make-up, laughing at others at the age of 20 starting to use anti-aging skin care products. And here I am now, still in my early 20’s being overly excited with new products and formulas.

With my, now, 7-step both morning and night beauty routine (it’s been a loooong journey), here are my top 5 products that I’ve tried and have seen amazing results on myself*.

*I have a combination and sensetive skin with tendency to clogged pores.

1. Sunday Riley Good Genes Glicolic Acid Treatment, 30ml, £85

Glicolic acid is basically a solution to every nightmare and mistake you have made during your youthful period – bad lifestyle choices, acne, sun over-exposion, and unavoidable pollution. This amazing serum made my skin radiant, firm and visibly brighter. I use it every morning before moisturiser, after washing and toning my face.

2. Pixi Retinol Tonic, 250ml, £18

I mentioned this product in my October favorites (link) and I got so obsessed with it that now I can’t believe how I managed to live without this tonic. Retinol is a super-multitasker – it’s essential in acne treatment, brightens and evens the skin tone and is anti-ageing. Added jasmine flower extract protects and neutralises irritation that can appear during retinol use. I use this tonic daily after cleansing.

3. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, 15m, £65.00

A little goes a long way! This moisturiser changed my make-up game – I use a tiny amount of this cream after applying serums in the morning and night. The Rich Cream is rich in Argan, Avocado and Evening Primrose Oil to leave your face hydrated and glowing from within.

4. Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser, 125ml, £63.00

If I would ever consider myself proud of ‘discovering’ a 100% and autentic brand, it would be over Tata Harper. Previous oily/combination skin type focused cleansers I used, left my skin feeling tense, dehydrated and slighly irritated, but since I started using this Clarifying Cleanser, I don’t have this problem.

5. Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-clarifying face oil, 35ml, £68

Yet another mulitasker on my list – this Sunday Riley U.F.O. Face Oil rich in salicylic acid not only exfoliates, helps with acne and blackheads treatment, but prevents from spot causing dirt and bacteria causing future break-outs. I use it instead of Good Genes Serum during my night time routine after toning.

6. Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, 30ml, £68

Salicylic acid is my becoming my favorite ingredient! This 100% natural and nontoxic mask is also powered by AHA peeling formula, so you will definitely notice pore visibility and redness reduction. I use this mask once or twice a week, depending of my needs, leaving it for 15 minutes and then massaging for exfoliating and peeling effect.

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I’ve been quite crazy in terms of make-up lately and some product that have been on my to try (aka buy) make-up list for long… well I’m in progress of shorting that list A LOT! Few weeks ago I purchased 4 of them and now, after several tries I can honestly recommend them! All of them, of course, are cruelty free!

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in CHAMPAGNE POP

This legendary highlighter is available in many shades, but I decided on buying the one that matches all the skin tones, as this is my first product from BECCA. I replaced my ABH Sugar Glow Kit with it, as BECCA formula is more creamy and less irritating for me (I have really sensetive eye and cheekbone area!). And most important – it’s extra buildable – gives you that juicy, natural glow, but if you are a blinding highlight person, just apply another layer, as it will blend into your skin like a dream!

 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in 1 FAIR

I admire Charlotte as an artist, business woman and amazing, uplifting others person. Last year I tried her product and there was no other option – I fell in love! I decided to purchase this Micro-Powder, as I have combination skin, and baking powders are perfect for my T-Zone area (Laura Mercier is still my best), but it exaggerates my dry skin and makes it feel even drier on my cheeks, under-eyes and jaw line. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Powder gives that smooth, silky finish with hydrating and flexible feeling on your face. It’s buildable, which makes it perfect for touch-ups. Although it’s in 3 shades, it has a translucent vibe to it, which made me skip the swatch photo (but also perfect to set up a cream contour).

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Rum Punch

This lipstick is just amazing! I did a wear test and it lasted around 4 hours, surviving 1 meal without any touch-up, it’s comfortable, not extremely drying and rich in color. It may be a little bit too dark for upcoming Spring, but when applied first on your finger with lip balm and blended in with tap motions from centre of your lips to corners, it gives your look a lively, natural touch.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Contour in Mink

I was quite surprised with its intense, deep color and was a little bit afraid that it may turn out too dark for me, but it blends so effortlessly and seamlessly, in perfect cold brown tone, that I can not imagine cream contouring without that babe!

I mentioned it before in my post (My easy to do cruelty free make-up) – I only use cruelty free make-up and cosmetics for obvious reasons. Since then I have used and changed a little bit my make-up routine, adding some new products.

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Products I used:

Embryolisse Lati-Creme Concentre (thick layer as moisturizer and primer)

Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Porcelain

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi Use Sculpting Concealer in Swan

Marc Jacobs O!mega Perfect Tan Bronzer in Tantric 102 (used as eyeshadow in creases and under-eye area)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush mixed with Urban Decay Beach Bronzer in Sun-Kissed

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua

Chatlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Black Vinyl

Laura Mercier Losse Setting Powder in Translucent 

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

 

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