CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

It’s been a while since I did a skincare update so I thought I would give you a quick rundown of what I have been using lately.

Let’s start with cleansers. These haven’t really changed since the last post. As much as I love to try new things, when I find products that work well for me I tend to stick with them, especially if they are not too pricey.

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Garnier Micellar Water – I use this for a quick cleanse in the morning to remove any residue left from the products applied the night before.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – I use this to remove all traces of makeup in the evenings. It’s a gentle and effective cleanser.

L'Oreal Revitalift Peeling Night Lotion

Toner is a step I have been skipping for years until I started using and loved some other products from the L’Oreal Revitalift range. I saw a review of the L’Oreal Revitalift Night Peeling Lotion on Beaut.ie and decided to give it a go. I can’t say I’ve noticed much difference when using this so when it runs out, I’ll probably go back to skipping toner in favour of spending the cash saved on serums and moisturisers.

Serums and Moisturisers

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum

I’ve recently repurchased the L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum. I used this ages ago and decided to give it a go again. I’ve only been using this since the week after Christmas so I’ll do a proper post on it when I have been using it for a few more weeks. Needless to say that I really like this serum, hence the repurchase.

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Before Christmas I was using a trial size of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum. I didn’t have enough of this to do a proper review but my initial impressions from the trial size (5ml) were good. It’s a lovely oil that really hydrates the skin well and sinks in quickly.

I also had a trial (15ml) size of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which I absolutely loved and am really tempted to splurge out on a full size. The texture is a light almost gel like cream, which is kind of cooling and refreshing to apply. A tiny bit is more than enough and it smells gorgeous. I kept this for night time and found that my skin looked really good in the mornings. Nicely hydrated and plumped, even over the Christmas, when healthy eating and drinking water went out the window.

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So at the moment I am using L’Oreal Revitalift Global Care Day SPF 25 in mornings if I have used the toner the night before or the Magic Blur if I didn’t use the toner. At night I am using a trial size (25ml) of No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream, which I got in the Boots No 7 Christmas crackers.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream & Intense Eye Cream

My current eye cream, No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream (5ml), is also from the No 7 Christmas crackers. I have to say, so far I really like the two No 7 products and when I finish the trial sizes I’ll let you know my final thoughts on them. I have a funny feeling I will be purchasing the full size versions of these.

Any products here that you rate? Any suggestions for the future?

MY THREE FAVOURITE CLEANSERS

I thought I would give you a quick rundown of my three favourite cleansers. They are three very different formulas but all three are equally good at removing all traces of makeup quickly, so no need for the double cleanse. Most importantly though, they are all gentle.

L'Occitane Imortelle Precious Cleansing Foam
First up is L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam. As much as I love this cleanser and it probably is my favourite of the three, it’s unfortunately the least available to me. The nearest retailer to me is an hour away and their boutiques are only in cities and some larger towns. You can purchase online but then you have to pay for delivery and wait for it to be delivered. Cleanser is not usually a product I think about purchasing until I realise the one I am using is empty. Then it’s a case of what can I get my hands on now. The price is €22 for a 150ml bottle but then you can purchase a 300ml refill for €29 which is much better value and a lot less packaging. One pump dispenses a lovely frothy foam that dissolves all my makeup, making cleansing quick and easy. The scent is subtle and it is gentle, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stripped and very importantly it doesn’t sting my eyes.

Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Frankincense Facial Wash
Next is Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Frankincense Facial Wash. This is about €21.60 for 100ml and is available online, in some pharmacies and health food shops so there are a few retailers near me. The formula of this one is a cleansing milk that dissolves all my makeup. I do slightly prefer a cleanser that lathers but since I can see this dissolving my makeup instantly I can live without the suds. Once again it is gentle so no stinging eyes or tight skin. The scent however is strong and may be an acquired taste. I don’t mind it but it might put some off. I tend to purchase this one more often in winter maybe because the heady scent is comforting in winter and because I often turn to the Frankincense Nourishing Cream as my moisturiser of choice during cold snaps.

La Roche Posay Physiological Gel
Last but certainly not least is La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel. I have waxed lyrical about this one in a number of skin care posts before so I won’t go on too much now. This one is cheaper at €15.25 for 200ml and is available in loads of pharmacies so I have a choice of retailers locally. This is an all round brilliant cleanser and the price makes it very good value. The Physiological Gel as the name suggests is a gel that dissolves all traces of makeup instantly and gently. It feels cool on the skin so it’s perfect for this time of year. My skin feels very soft after, never stripped or tight. It doesn’t sting my eyes but does remove waterproof eye makeup. This is the cleanser I repurchase the most.
What are your favourite cleansers?

CURRENT SKIN CARE ROUTINE

I haven’t done a post on my skincare routine in a while and since I think my skin is in pretty good condition at the moment I figured I would tell you about what I am currently using. There are a few new products to tell you about but if you have seen my previous skincare posts you will recognise a few old reliables. As much as I love trying new products, when I find something that does everything that I need it to do I will repurchase it over and over again. I may be fickle with makeup but when it comes to my skin and finding a product that does my skin good, then I am faithful. Here is a look at what I am using:
Cleansers:
L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar SolutionL’Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution – Instead of washing my face in the mornings this is what I use to remove any residue left from the products I applied the night before. It’s a quick and easy way to cleanse my face in the mornings when I am rushing and still groggy.

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La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – this is one of my reliables that I have repurchased over and over again. I have reviewed it here so I won’t say much about it now except that it is a brilliant cleanser that quickly and gently removes all makeup. I keep one in my bathroom and one in my gym bag.
Serum:

The Body Shop Vitamine E Ovenight Serum-In-Oil
The body Shop Vitamin E – I only review this last week so no need to go on about it now again. It is a really good hydrating serum that seems to be keeping my usually oily skin in check so I use it both morning and night.
Eye Cream:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Eye Cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Swirl – I’ve only been using this for just over two weeks now so I will review it properly in a few more weeks. I will say that first impressions are good; it’s a nice hydrating eye cream with light reflecting pigments, which brighten my dark circles.
Moisturiser:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream – again I have only been using this for just over two week and I will review it properly when I have been using it for a good five or six weeks. First impressions are good here also. I am really enjoying using this moisturiser. It’s really hydrating but also leaves a matte finish to my skin creating a perfect base for my foundation.
Masks:

Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Clay Mask
Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Clay Mask – I haven’t actually needed this in a while but this is the mask I turn to when my skin looks a bit spotty. I find it helps the spots that are already there heel quickly and generally clears my skin up so it stops breaking out.

Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask – this is just a lovely mask to use as a treat for my skin. It’s really hydrating and just really lovely to use when my skin is already in good condition. What I love about it thought is the way it sooths my skin when it is irritated, like from sun or (more likely) wind burn.
There you have it. There have been times when I have got carried away and ended up with loads of products like day cream, night cream, day eye cream, night eye cream, a hydrating serum, an anti-aging serum, lots of different cleansers… but for the moment I am trying to keep it simple and use as few products as possible. I look for products that can be used both morning and night time, along with cleansers that can clean my whole face including removing stubborn eye makeup while being gentle.
Do you use any of these products? What are your old reliable?

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel: Review

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALa Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel is aimed towards normal/combination sensitive skin, which means it is perfect for me. My skin isn’t particularly sensitive but some cleansers can irritate my mush and make my cheeks a bit red and not in the fresh flush of youth kinda way. Normally I like a good lather or foam for cleansing so the gel is a big change for me. This is a non-foaming gel cleanser that is free from soap, alcohol, dye and parabens. I really like the feeling of it on my skin; it is very cooling and soothing. I massage a pump in with my fingers and remove it with a warm muslin cloth. It leaves my skin feeling cleansed but not stripped or dry after using, so it is very gentle. There is a gentle scent that I quite like; it’s not offensive or overpowering at all. I also like the pump bottle which practical and can be locked for the travelling. The price of €15.25 is reasonable considering how long this bottle is likely to last me. I’ve been using it for about four weeks now and have only used about a fifth of the bottle.

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Now I put this bad boy through the ultimate test: I use it to remove Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation. If you have read my review of this foundation you will know I call it bullet proof, which means it’s not easy to remove. The Physiological Gel laughs in the face of the Lancome 24 hour. As I said, massage the gel in with hands, remove with warm muslin, and makeup be gone, face feel good. It’s impressive to see the gel dissolve my makeup on contact. Normally after cleansing, I can’t wait to slap serum and moisturiser on, but with the Physiological gel, my skin doesn’t have that tight feeling so I’ll get to the moisturiser when I get to it. I am converted from foamy lathers to the simple gel and I will definitely be repurchasing this again.