I’m not going to profess to be an expert on beauty or skincare. I only know what works for MY skin.
I like good quality products, I like to try new things and keep my skincare line up in rotation – I blame working part time in a pharmacy from the ages of 14 – 21 and having unlimited access to the Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, and Guerlain counters and an abundance of samples.
Through a dutiful process of trial, error, and boredom when I’d run out of shelves to restock, I learnt a lot about which were the standout products from each brand, and which ones were not all that. Above all, I developed a penchant for high end products and realised the importance of a good skincare routine.
Here’s what I have been putting on my face recently:
(I should note that in between taking the photo and publishing this post, I’ve already swapped out a couple of items, so not everything I mentioned is pictured. Just to be confusing.)
Clarins Blue Orchid face treatment oil - I am all about the oils in winter. There’s nothing that makes my skin feel more protected and nourished throughout harsh winter conditions. And they smell great, too. My go-to is the classic Clarins Blue Orchid for dehydrated skin.
Korres Magnolia Bark Night Cream – I’m either using a facial oil at night, or I’m using Korres Magnolia Bark night cream. This cream glides on like an oil and takes its time to absorb, so it’s a great overnight moisturiser. It’s designed for ‘first wrinkles’, which I don’t yet have, but if the grey hairs are anything to go by, it’s only a matter of time.
Indeed Labs – The Indeed Labs Moisture Boosting Facial Serum followed by the Hydraluron Moisture jelly is my favourite morning moisturising combo. The moisture boost does what it says on the tin and sits underneath your everyday moisturiser, working with it to give your skin one big thirst-quenching boost. Both products contain hyaluronic acid, which everyone in the skincare world is currently banging on about as THE BEST ingredient for moisturisation. My favourite thing about these products is that they absorb super quickly so I can apply make-up straight away – a VITAL time-saving part of my morning routine. I tend to buy in bulk when Boots do a 3 for 2 offer on Indeed products.
My face. With make-up and an Instagram filter.
A’kin Rose and Geranium Cleanser – I chose this because I am a sucker for a rose scent, I was intrigued by the brand having never tried it before, and the reviews were all very positive. It ticks all the boxes as a natural, effective, great smelling cleanser. And I really love the flip top lid – it makes this cleanser super convenient to use in the shower, which is where my bottle now resides.
ESPA Hydrating cleansing milk – I’m currently this to cleanse and remove make-up in the evenings. I originally had a sample given to me at a John Lewis event. I liked it so much, I replenished with a full sized bottle as soon as it ran out.
Pixi Glow Tonic – it took me a long while to get hold of this, because it’s been raved about so much it was constantly sold out last year. I’ve been using it daily for around six months. It has all the usual toning qualities, plus it works as an exfoliator to strip away dead skin cells and promote a brighter, more even complexion. Although I can’t say that I’ve noticed any ‘AMAZING’ hype-worthy results, it does feel like it’s doing a little bit more work than any other toner I’ve used, it’s a good value buy, and connected or not, I’ve had hardly any breakouts.
Body Shop Vitamin E range – On the more affordable end of the scale, I really enjoy this range from Body Shop. I find the cleanser a little heavy and leaves some residue, but the toner and the creams are good. Using these from time to time in replacement of the more expensive skincare products in my favourites saves me a bit of money.
Origins - I have tried a LOT of the Origins range over the years, they are a brand that works very well with my skin, and so I keep coming back. One of my favourite products of theirs is Modern Friction. This exfoliant makes my skin feel smoother and look brighter. I use it twice a week and I always notice instant results. Be warned, it contains lemon oil which might not be the best if you have sensitive skin, and definitely avoid the eye area.
One thing I feel is missing from my current skincare collection is a good serum to use an the evenings. I’ve always seen serum as an extra, a non-vital step in my routine, and just used samples as and when I received them. But now that I’m 30 and my skin has officially moved up an age category, I think it might be a good time to start paying attention to the benefits of a decent serum. If you have any recommendations, let me know.
Discalimer: As stated, some products have originally been giving to me as PR samples, and the A’Kin cleanser was a PR sample that I selected from Big Green Smile.