Current Serums I'm Using

serum picks
Serums aren't cheap, that's for sure. If you're unsure what a serum is, how it's used & why, please read my guide. The title is a little misleading as I'm not using these all at once, I've jumped from one to the next, NBD. It happens in this beauty life, I'll run through all these serums I've used for my skin during the year. Keep in mind, I'm a normal - combination, my skins extra oil is becoming more balanced but I am prone to break outs here and there & it's more than hormonal.



Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair 100ml (original - discontinued)
Application
I apply this according to how Estée Lauder advised, drop serum on each fingertip of one hand, touch fingertips of both hands together and apply to the face and neck from the center of the face outwards. Leaving it to absorb before you put on a moisturiser.

Texture & Smell
This is a gel based serum with a light sweet scent  - a scent that may divide.

Ingredients
Water\Aqua\EAU, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methylgluceth-20, PEG-75, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantethine, Caffeine, Glycereth-26, Sodium RNA, Squalane, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Bisabolol, Choleth-24, Ceteth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, TEA-Carbomer, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Green 5 (C61570I), Yellow 5 (CI19140), Red 4(CI14700)

Overall
When I apply this at night, applies nicely but I'm sure that's due to the slip agents, it's a tad tacky to touch but no dryness and in the morning no extra oil and plump skin. Hydrated, smooth skin. I do use several drops with this serum and my skin doesn't feel clogged. Since the first initial uses, I've used a moisturiser and the results are still good for my skin. I'm pleased it keeps my skin balanced and hydrated that's important for me during the night. Biggest draw back, animal testing & of course they have changed the formula for the new one by adding 3 new ingredients, so unfortunately I can only comment on the original.

Tested On Animals?
Yes

Organic?
No

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
No

Useful for
You want to 'slow down' visible ageing, repair past damage, prevent future damage and high levels of hydration.

Suitable for
All skin types

Elemental Herbology Cell Food Radiance And Vitality Serum30ml £45.00
Application
This one is suggested to be used twice a day – before your moisturiser in the morning and after cleansing in the evening. I apply a few drops as I do the previous serum and massage it in, along my neck and upwards onto my face starting from the center outwards.

Texture & Smell
This serum is cream gel & lightly fresh fragrance

Ingredients

Overall
Within this serum you have 3 Patents, 14 Actives & 6 Anti-Oxidants which give your skin certain benefits such as an increase in radiance, quality and vitality of the skin, helps stimulate cellular renewal to increase radiance and give a strong anti-oxidant complex. Olive Squalane softens the skin and conditions them which I noticed after use the skin was smooth but I definitely need moisturiser after this serum, the Aloe and Rose Damask calms & soothes sensitive skin. Green Tea and Co-Enzyme Q10 promote anti-oxidant activity and help reduce the damaging effects of the environment on the skin, which we all need help against. It's a bonus that the skin stays balanced, soothed and calm. Couldn't say I had an additional 'glow' to the skin but it certainly looks fresh after application before moisturising.

Tested On Animals?
No

Organic?
No

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Yes

Useful for
Suffer from dull & under-nourished skin.

Suitable for
All skin types

ice serum
ICE Serum 30ml £70.00
Application
You really need little of this you could put 1-2 pumps on your finger tips and apply it and even that might still be too much.

Texture & Smell
Gel based serum that has lil or no smell.

Ingredients
Penzyme - enzyme from marine organizmes (gadus morhua), water, glycerin, sorbitol, ethanol, carbomer, sodium hydroxide, tromethamine, chitosan, natriumklorid.

Overall
What I love about this is of course it's organic, free from any oil, perfume, preservatives, parabens, hypoallergenic and colouring agents. Making it great for those with any skin type. I find this is a serum I don't need any moisturiser afterwards, unless my skin is feeling dry which is rare. I found that this ICE Serum helped my acne, after I had my breakout I added this to my routine to help calm my skin and because I knew it was organic and free of so many nasties it helped soothe the skin and clear it up. It smooths over the skin, softly it almost reminds me of a primer.

Tested On Animals?
No

Organic?
Yes

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Yes

Useful for
Anti-ageing, acne, dry skin and redness.

Suitable for
All skin types


Beetox Manuka Honey & Bee Venom Serum - 30ml £45
Application
Apply small amounts of drops on the neck and face lightly on the skin & wait for it to absorb before moisturising.

Texture & Smell
Thick watery gel texture with a musky parfum scent.

What is UMF20+?
Unique Manuka Factor is the level of special non-peroxide antibacterial activity that is found in some Manuka honeys. The greater the number the greater the unique Manuka antibacterial potency of the honey.

Ingredients
Purified Water, Glycerin, Placental Protein, Manuka Honey UMF20+, Bee Venom, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbedensis Leaf Juice, Dehydroacetric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate

Overall
It's an oil free serum that contains UMF20+ & bee venom which gives an anti-ageing effect for the skin and deeply penetrates into the skin. Giving the skin a lot of hydration and assists with cell regeneration & reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. You don't need a lot but I did find that it's more drying on my skin and I definitely need a moisturiser after use. The fragrance I don't think would be good for those with sensitive skin or acne prone only because I think it may irritate the skin. I did break out a little bit, during the use of this and I was not sure if it's because of the fragrance but later noticed it was hormonal. I like bee products, they do work for my skin but this would be a lot more better without the fragrances. Do not use if you have allergies to bee stings

Tested On Animals?
No

Organic?
Yes

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
No

Useful for
Prevent & treat acne, scar reducing, fine lines, collagen formation & cell regeneration, antibacterial & Anti-inflammatory

Suitable for
Normal & combination skin

BalanceMe Skin Saviours Congested Skin Serum 15ml £16
Application
I apply this mostly to the areas where my skin is congested instead of all over the skin, my t-zone and cheeks.

Texture & Smell
Cream gel base it's a light fragrance and reminds me of lemon grass.

Ingredients
Aqua, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Glycerin, Moringa oliefera (moringa) oil, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract***, Iris florentina (iris) root extract, Papaver rhoeas (corn poppy) flower extract, Abies picea (spruce knot) extract, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile)*, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)*, Litsea cubeba (litsea may chang)*, Citrus limonum (lemon)*, Kunzea ericoides (kanuka)*, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus)*, Syzygium aromaticum (clove bud)*, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan) seaweed gum, Sclerotium gum, Sorbitan laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 laurate, Dilauryl citrate, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Citric acid, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Eugenol** *natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient

Overall
One of my favourites, I was having a bad moment with my skin and this one really helped balance my skin out. I love how well this goes on my skin, absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel hydrated, smooth and breathes. I can apply a light moisturiser over the top. No parabens, sulphates, petroleum, mineral oils, silicones, dea, pegs, propylene glycol, artificial fragrances and colours. This one I will purchase

Tested On Animals?
No

Organic?
Yes

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Yes

Useful for
Acne prone, sensitive skin.

Suitable for
All skin types

Michael Todd Organics Knu Anti Aging Serum 35ml $150 (estimate £95)
Application
Apply a few light drops of this serum onto the finger tips to apply on the skin & leave to absorb.

Texture & Smell
Watery gel based serum with little or no scent.

Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Beta Glucan, Epidermal Growth Factor, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosis (Organic Seaweed) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl® 3000), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (Syn®-coll), Dimethlaminoethanol (DMAE Bitartrate), Alpha-arbutin, L-arginine, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol,Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Essential Oil, Lavandula Spp. (Lavender 40/42) Essential Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Essential Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Essential Oil.

Overall
I can't give a full review on this at the moment but it's quite soothing, I've not broken out using this so that's a bonus so far, it's quite hydrating but I still need a moisturiser afterwards but in a few weeks I will have a separate full review. I did have a little break out before using this - hormonal and this seemed to soothe the spots and aid them to go down. This has anti-ageing properties made with 70% organic ingredients such as snail serum that has beneficial skin regeneration properties and has some great ingredients such as aloe vera, anti-oxidant cranberries, green tea and seaweed that's combined with their own blend of ingredients that are to repair and heal the skin. This is to help with wrinkles and fine lines and prevent further damage to the skin.

Tested On Animals?
No

Organic?
Yes

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
Yes

Useful for
Aids Treatment of Acne, Scarring and Rosacea
Repairs past damage, prevents further damage and reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles.

Suitable for
All skin types

What serums do you use?

This post contains samples

9 comments

  1. My favourite serum is the Estee Lauder ANR. It does wonders in terms of decongesting and brightening my skin x

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    1. It's a favourite of a lot of people. I wonder how people get on with the new one now. xo

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  2. The Michael Todd looks interesting, I am currently hooked on the Annemarie Borlind serums and the comfort zone hydra booster, that is something i've never seen before so effective.I have loved the anr for years but I tend to pick organic and natural brands more often now.

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    1. Agree with you, it works well but I'd rather go down the road of the organic - naturals myself. My skin favours it more xo

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  3. I'm actually suprised that you used/even tried the Estee Lauder serum (just because I know your stance on animal testing) but I'm so tempted to try the ICE serum . . .can you lend me £70??

    Joking (honest!!!)

    I might try the balance me serum just because my skin LOVES them!!! The only skincare range I've tried where nothing has broken me out

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    1. Yeah me too but it was sent to me in a bundle of things a while ago when I had to replicate a look for a company but as I said before, I'm weeding out things gradually as I can't afford to just throw things away.

      Balance Me is a great range and one that I would always recommend.

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  4. Esteé Lauder one looks interesting, currently I’m using one by Bobbi (intensive skin supplement) and so far so good :) but at the time of purchasing this was my second option ^^ such a shame about the animal testing... I think I should pay greater attention to this :( :(
    Thank you hun <3

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  5. The Balance Me one sounds pretty good for my skin. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

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  6. Thanks for the great review. Check out this Knu serum review video with an outstanding deal only available through this link for a limited time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noCvhHogvzs

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