Serums I’ve Fallen For This Year


Serums I’ve fallen for


These little bottles may be small, but they can really pack a punch with their potent mix of ingredients and give a quicker and more obvious results than creams. Serums are a valuable part of our daily skincare, but all too often it’s a step that gets missed.  if you’re not using a serum in your routine then you’re really missing out. Find one you love, and you won’t look back.

Throughout the year I’ve tried several and for me, they bridge the gap between a cream and an oil. Having now become a skincare staple I like to use mine in one of three ways – alone, as an overnight treatment, under my usual moisturiser or alone under my makeup, depending on how my skin feels that day. Today, I thought I would share four of the stand-out serums I’ve used and fallen for this year. (In no particular order).

Scienea Superfruit Anti-Ageing Serum

With a case of “love at first use” I couldn’t get enough of this serum and used it every night for as long as it lasted. My skin just lapped it up and I awakened to reassuringly plump, smooth and hydrated skin every morning. It’s a little bottle of super-goodness and smells absolutely wonderful – think blackcurrant with a hint of garden mint – that’s how I best describe it. Honestly, it’s Delicious, try it, you’ll be hooked.

Scienea is a British brand and produces just two serums – Superfruit and Superberry. Both are housed in a 20ml glass bottle with a pump dispenser. I love how the packaging is dark, with a purple detail which just screams blackcurrant. My bottle is sadly empty, but it remains in my skincare cupboard – looking hopeful. You can read my full Scienea Superfruit review here when I wrote about winning it in an Instagram competition.


Favourite serum collection


What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum

What Skin Needs is an Australian natural skincare brand, their product ranges are functional and targeted for eczema prone, dry or dehydrated skin and also may help reduce the appearance of scarring and pigmentation. Interestingly, their focus is on one plant-based ingredient “Plantolin”

This key ingredient is derived from the Australian indigenous plant Centipeda cunninghamii and is internationally patent-protected for its novel active compounds. It provides a natural synergy of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity from one natural source. Once the inflammation is eradicated and the effect of ‘free radicals’ is controlled the skin can naturally regenerate and replace damaged skin with a healthy renewed appearance.

What skin Needs say their hydrating serum is a perfect blend of vitamins and plant extracts to create a light, non-greasy formula combined together to create an easily absorbed oil-based facial serum with superior hydrating and skin cell renewal properties. The potent formula penetrates the skins deeper layers leaving you with healthier, younger looking skin.
I’m fortunate enough not to suffer from any particular skin condition or pigmentation, however, I definitely fit into the dry/dehydrated bracket. What Skin Needs hydrating serum does just what it claims – hydrates. The scent is akin to lemon, although it’s a little hard to describe I definitely get notes of citrus and quite intense at that. The formulation is lighter than other serums making it easily absorbed and perfect for day use under your usual skincare for an extra moisture surge. I found great results and my skin really hydrated, with a slightly more even tone generally.

Skin Chemists 24 Hour Aqua Repair Serum

Skin Chemists 24 Hour Aqua Repair Serum turned up in my Look Fantastic Beauty Box back along in the summer. A different consistency from what you might expect, and more of a gel formula I found. I’ve been tending to use it under my makeup as It lends itself to day use as opposed to night time. The formula is non-greasy, smooths on well, and blends into the skin readily.

Skin Chemists say, our 24 Hour Aqua Repair Facial Serum has been formulated to soothe and hydrate the skin for all-day moisturisation. This serum would be the perfect product to use on the go for a quick zap of hydration.

As for the 24-hour claim, that’s quite a tall order, however, I did find a good level of hydration when used under my usual day cream and my skin felt silky smooth and finer. I wouldn’t say the result was overly long-lasting for me, However, I enjoy using this serum and would repurchase given that it works so well for daytime use under makeup. The scent is a sweet marshmallow I would say which is really enjoyable. A little more expensive, Skin Chemists 24 Hour Serum comes in at £64 for a 30 ml tube, but as with all serums, a little goes a Long way and they do last well.

Heaven Skincare Dream Oil Serum

At first, I had mixed feelings about this serum as I wasn’t particularly taken with the scent. I don’t dislike it but Saying that, I do prefer a sweeter scent, this one has a potent marigold scent I found. of course, our scent preference is very personal and what may not work for me might be great for you. Read my full review of Dream Oil which came with my Heaven Skincare Bee Calm Kit. I like to cocktail it, as I call it and mix a few drops in with my Heaven moisturisers to give an extra boost of hydration.


Dream Oil serum


Do you love to use serums? have you any favourites of your own to share?

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  1. Anika May
    December 20, 2017 / 8:45 am

    The What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum sounds amazing, especially for scarring! I love that it’s non-greasy too 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this x

    Anika |

    • Samantha
      December 20, 2017 / 11:01 am

      It really is a good serum and smells so lovely. Thanks for stopping by x

  2. December 20, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Oh I couldnt agree more about serums. I love them! Im into retinol serums at the moment, but like the idea of the Superfruit serum. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing x

    • Samantha
      December 21, 2017 / 7:50 am

      The Superfruit is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve yet to try a retinol serum! Thanks lovely x

  3. December 25, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I love using serums in my routine and discovering new ones to try. This is the first time I’ve heard of most of these brands, so thank you for introducing them to me! The Scienea Super Fruit Serum, I have a weakness for products that smell good!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Samantha
      December 26, 2017 / 8:43 am

      You’re so welcome. Glad you found it useful. Yes, the Scienea smells gorgeous so that works be perfect! Thanks for stopping by x

  4. December 27, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I am currently loving facial oil, I feel like I need to give serums a try

    • Samantha
      December 27, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      I love facial oils too, but serums have really found their place in my routine throughout the year! x

    • Samantha
      December 28, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Sounds lovely. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for more to try too, I’ll have a look at Oskia. Thanks lovely! x

  5. Georgina brookes
    January 1, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Ooo the what skin needs hydrating serum sounds great! On the list!

    • Samantha
      January 1, 2018 / 11:45 am

      It’s a really lovely serum, definitely one of my favourites x

  6. January 5, 2018 / 11:37 pm

    I loved the Scienea serum but the Heaven one sounds amazing!! I’m also loving The Ordinary for serums as well as Clarins Double Serum which is lovely too! I am such a sucker for skincare! Haha!! Great post xx

    • Samantha
      January 6, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Ah yes the Ordinary, I really need to try some of their serums this year! I knew you would love the Scienea ☺️xx

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