I'm back! I finally have wifi at home, I'm now married and things are good! A few months ago I photographed some things I wanted to blog about but then my internet didn't get installed for ages so they got forgotten about. I'll no doubt do a few blog posts about my wedding, honeymoon etc however it's only really just happened so I need more time to prepare that stuff. Anyway, on to my blog post that isn't a blog sale! Yay!
In the months leading up to my wedding, I tried to get into a proper routine with my skincare as I'm prone to dryness as well as hormonal spots on my chin area and I needed to try and rectify these as much as possible.
This post is all about the products that kept my skin looking as good as possible and most of these products are repurchases so I've definitely given them a good test. These seemed to keep my skin spot-free apart from a small breakout a few months before the wedding, and just my luck, I got a big spot on my chin a few days before the wedding. I'm guessing that was stress though!
The Oskia Perfect Cleanser isn't really mentioned on blogs as I think most people go for the Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which I've tried and loved. During a Space NK Gift with Purchase haul I ended up trying the Perfect Cleanser and it's even more amazing than the Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It's a thick balm that feels so luxurious to use and really leaves the skin feeling hydrated, comfortable and clean. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, you NEED to try this! It's aimed at dry and hormonal skins so it's perfect for those like me who get dryness and spots. I'm now on my second tube of this. It actually lasts for ages and I like that you can tell exactly how much is left because it's packaged in a squeezy tube.
The Vichy Perfecting Toner was a bit of a random purchase when Boots had some sort of skincare offer on. I tend to use this every other day and find it to be really refreshing on the skin but not stripping at all. There's not really a lot to say about this as I don't find it does anything amazing but I like it. It just feels wrong if I don't sweep a toner over my face with a cotton pad prior to moisturising!
I actually use two other toners in my routine as they have different effects to the first one. The Clarins Gentle Exfoliator is a product I've used previously but thought it was too harsh on my skin. However, when it was used on me at an event I went to at Fenwick and I continued to use a sample I was given, I fell in love with it. Used once every other day, I find this to be amazing at getting rid of all the dead skin build up on my face without causing any redness or irritation. It makes the rest of my skincare and makeup apply much more smoothly. As soon as the sample ran out, I had to buy the full size as I can't see me not having this in my collection now.
The La Roche-Posay Serozinc Toner has been a blogger favourite for ages now but it's only recently been available in Boots. I'm on my second bottle of this now and I use this on the mornings where I use the Vichy Toner. I just follow up with a spritz of this and I find it great for keeping the skin free of breakouts. It's primarily aimed at oily skin but I don't find that it dries out my dry, dehydrated skin. I actually use this each night before bed as well and I think this, along with the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator have been the main assets in my routine for clearing existing spots and preventing new ones.
The serum I've been loving in my routine is the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, which is now a lot less empty than when I took this photo! This is a light, milky serum that makes my skin look brighter and more radiant. I love the pipette applicator and I love that it's not greasy. I use this every day prior to moisturiser and it definitely helps to reduce any spot scars I've got going on.
I got the Alpha H Daily Moisturiser SPF50 sample in a set from Cult Beauty and I think I started using this as I needed a good SPF to use in conjunction with my Clarins Exfoliating Toner. It's a much lighter moisturiser than I'm used to as I tend to prefer richer formulas but this has been perfect throughout the Summer. It provides enough hydration for my dehydrated skin and sinks in really fast. It has been great over my chin area too and has not caused any spots. The SPF50 element is perfect for my pale skin too. I tend to bring this down over my neck and decolletage and found that the couple of times I forgot to do this during the Summer, I actually got burnt in those areas so I know for a fact this definitely works! I'm working my way through a full size tube of this now but I reckon I'll switch to something richer soon for when it gets colder.
I always found it ridiculous that a lip balm could cost nearly £40 and swore I'd never buy it however I got a sample of the By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Balm in a Space NK gift bag and I fell in love. This is the most perfect, rose scented, slightly pink tinted, smooth, glossy lip balm. If I ever forget to use this, my lips just aren't the same. I actually went without it for a few weeks before ordering the full size and my lips felt disgusting! I now can't be without this! I did give one of the coloured versions a go but I didn't think it was as good so it's the original one all the way for me.
The Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream was a repurchase and I'd forgotten how good this stuff was as I had been without it for about a year whilst trying other things. I normally don't buy skincare from makeup brands as I prefer to go for 'proper' skincare brands but this is my favourite eye cream ever. It's super hydrating on my dry eye area so it makes applying concealer so much nicer but it doesn't feel like a really heavy cream either. It sinks in quickly and is basically perfect!
So these are the skincare essentials I've been loving since around June/July. I'm bound to be switching things up soon though as I love trying new things too much but I thought it would be good to let you know what products have been keeping my skin calm and as spot-free as possible before my wedding.
What are your current skincare essentials?
How will you be switching up your routine for Autumn/Winter?