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?

L’OREAL SKIN PERFECTION MOISTURISER AND SERUM: REVIEW

I have been using both of these for the last eight weeks; I wanted to give them a through testing before I posted my review. L’Oreal’s new Skin Perfection range is aimed at twenty to thirty years olds that want quality skincare at affordable prices. I am clinging on for dear life at the upper end of the suggested age range here but I still appreciate the cute girlie pink packaging. The plus side is that I picked both these up in Boots at a third off the retail prices. The Advanced Correcting Serum retails at €29.99 and the Correcting Day Moisturiser is €22.99 so even at full price they are still great value.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection
They are both “enriched with PERLINE-P,” which “helps correct and improve the appearance of skin quality, as if perfected. Picture perfect skin from every angle.” The Advanced Correcting Serum is also enriched with LR 2412, which is the same high tech ingredient in Lancôme’s Visionnarie Serum. The L’Oreal serum has LR 2412 at half the strength of the Lancôme Visionnarie but remember it’s only a fraction of the price. LR 2412 “optimises the structure of the epidermis to improve the quality of skin’s appearance.”

L'Oreal Skin Perfection
Now for the important bit, me and what I think of these two. I have to say that right after using them I do notice that my skin feels nice and smooth. These are suitable for all skin types; I’m combo to oily and got on really well with them. My skin is well moisturised without being shiny or greasy. I haven’t had any spots or blotches, which can sometimes happen to me with new products. The appearance of my pores is quite good. While I can’t say they are definitely visibly reduced, I think that the appearance of my pores has improved. I am really impressed with these for the price and I have enjoyed using them both. My skin looks and feels healthy. I would be tempted to repurchase these but I think I may need to admit that it’s time for something with more anti-aging benefits.

PACKING SKINCARE AND MAKEUP FOR HOLIDAYS

I am facing into the impossible task of trying to choose what products to bring with me on holidays to Portugal. I’m not a hand luggage only kinda gal and since I am going for ten days, I’ll need adequate supplies. We are staying in a five star (save your “ooh, no recession round here” because we got a good deal on alpharooms.com when we booked way back in January) so I expect the toiletries in the room will be decent but I still prefer to have my products with me. You never know how you might react to something when you factor in the extra heat of a sun holiday. So what’s making the cut?

Facial Skincare:

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Cleanser: La Roche Posey Physiological Foam Water, I reviewed the gel version of this here, I liked it so much I went to repurchase it but was tempted to try the foaming version for a change.
Serum & Moisturiser: L’Oreal Skin Perfection, I’ve only started using these so I will do a full review when I’ve given them a full trial, but initial impressions are very good.
Eye Cream: Sample size of Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Hair and Body:

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Body Wash: Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla
Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising range
Deodorant: Dove Invisible Dry Compressed

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Sun Screens: Piz Buin Tan Accelerator, SPF 15 & 6, believe it or not I can tan

Obviously I wouldn’t go to a warm country without adequate primers:

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MAC Prep & Prime for under foundation
MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream for occasional day use instead of foundation
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for eyelid primer

The old reliables for a perfect base:

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Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour
Colour Corrector: Bobbi Brown – under eyes
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear
Finishing Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Light
Contour: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep

Now the fun stuff, eyes:

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MAC Mineralise Eyeshadows in Fireside, Twilight Falls, and Summer Haze
MAC Eyeshadows in Omega (for Brows) Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, and Nylon (to use as a highlighter)

Liners: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze & Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Black Violet
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Blush & Lips:

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MAC Powder Blush in Peaches (my all-time favourite)
Dior Addict in Jet Set
Clarins Joli Rouge in Sweet Plum

I know it seems like a lot but I am sure I am forgetting something (I might leave out some of the eyeshadows). Any other suggestions, anything important that I am leaving out?