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The Skincare Shelf


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I thought I'd do something a little bit different with my skincare posts and every few weeks or months I'll talk you through whatever's on my skincare shelf, whether that's new products I'm testing out, old favourites that are so much a part of my routine that I forget to mention them or things I'm trying to use up. This is my first shot at it, so I hope you enjoy and let's see how it goes...


The regulars

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water | £19.50 (500ml) | Unfortunately this pump version of my favourite micellar water doesn't seem to be available any more - I find it so handy that I just refill it every time! I love this stuff because it removes all traces of makeup with minimal product and effort. It's as gentle as water on my sensitive eyes and a product I always have on hand.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial* | £49 | This serum-oil has become an absolute favourite of mine! It's lightweight and contains Vitamin A as well as essential oils, meaning I can use it every night without it smothering my skin or breaking me out. It has an amazing nourishing, smoothing and glow-boosting effect, making it a fantastic all-rounder. I don't see this disappearing from my bedside skincare tub any time soon!

The new additions


Gatineau Perfection Ultime Miracle Eye Contour Cream* | £27 | This is one of those 'colour adjusting' eye creams, which really works for me though I do have a feeling it might look ashy on deeper skin tones. It actually goes a good way to concealing dark circles, making it perfect for 'no makeup' days. I wouldn't say it's hugely rich (and it isn't super-refreshing), but it's hydrating enough for me with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid.

Dr Roebuck's Healthy Skin Pack* | I'm a little bit confused, I have to admit! I was sent a load of products from this brand to try a couple of months back, however wasn't aware it hadn't launched in the UK yet and the US product range seems to have changed packaging... However I've spent my time trialling the bits in here so instead of re-shooting this post, I'm just going to talk about the products anyway! I really did like this minty, oil-based lip balm because it doesn't have a thick, heavy texture but still softens my lips. I was going to try the Face moisturiser in time for my next skincare update, but given the above, I'll probably skip that. I did try the Pure formula but did not like the texture at all! I struggle to describe it but it's thick and almost balmy and I have lots of moisturisers that work for me, so there's not really any reason why I'd reach for this instead. Finally the Polish is a gentle, natural exfoliator. It's not heavy-duty but it does the job for me on an everyday basis.

Verso Antioxidant Booster* | £79 | I've been using this for a couple of months as my everyday serum - it comes with a hefty price tag so I was very much in the frame of mind that it needed to prove it's cost to me! This is a lightweight milky serum containing Vitamin E and turmeric. It instantly softens and hydrates my skin, also calming any redness but also claims to combat environmental aggressors, protecting the skin and preventing ageing. I think I may have to come back to you on this one after I've used it for considerably longer - so far I like it but I'm not convinced it's life-changing enough to drop £80 on.

True North De-Stressed Serum* | £49 | I actually really, really liked this serum! I've been using it as an evening option and I find it so gentle and hydrating - I know my skin is going to love this when it's winter. It contains aloe vera and anti-inflammatory ingredients to calm sensitive skin. It leaves things soft and smooth without smothering my skin and reminds me a lot of my beloved, now-discontinued Avene serum.

Gatineau Perfection Ultime Rextexturising Beauty Cream* | £87 | I actually really enjoyed using this cream - I think it's fantastic - I just don't know if I personally feel comfortable telling you to buy this product when I don't think I could spend so much on a face cream. If you have the budget, I do really love this - I just have to be honest here! Essentially this is a beautifully-textured, luxurious-feeling cream that can be used day or night (I've tended to use it as a night cream). It has an amazing softening and smoothing effect without being heavy or greasy and makes my skin look so nice and healthy. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Soy Proteins and Caviar Extract.

Dr G. Aquasis Water Vital Sleeping Mask* | £30 | I've already mentioned this on my blog but I've steadily been reaching for it a couple of times a week and so wanted to give it a more detailed review. You can pick this up from Skinsider, which stocks a curated selection of Asian skincare brands. It's an overnight gel-cream mask that absorbs very easily, making it suitable for even oily skin types that can get dehydrated. It's fragrance-free and gentle on the skin too. It contains Aloe Vera and Resurrection Plant as ingredients and has a nice hydrating, plumping effect on the skin. By the time I wake up in the morning my skin feels smoother and softer and looks healthier overall.

Comfort Zone Hydramemory Mask* | £30 | I was kindly gifted this mask by Titanic Spa, as they do facials and also body treatments with Comfort Zone products. I'm kind of obsessed with this face mask! It has a gel-cream texture that leans more towards the 'gel' side of things. You use this like a normal face mask (as opposed to an overnight one) so you apply a thin layer, wait 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oils and rice, which gives this amazing softening, plumping effect. It's one of the only moisturising masks I've tried that isn't cream-based but I really feel like it absorbs into my skin so well for that reason.

True North De-Stress Cleansing Milk* | £28 | I really like the texture and feel of this gentle milk cleanser formulated with aloe vera. My gripe is that it doesn't really fit into my skincare routine: if you wear minimal makeup then this will be suitable for you, however I often opt for black waterproof liner, which this isn't heavy-duty enough to remove. It makes a nice morning cleanser to soften and hydrate my skin, but it doesn't stand out to me as special within that category.

The ones I'm using up

Time Bomb Peace & Quiet Coconut Cleansing Oil* | £25 | Don't be turned off by the name of this - it's not just an anti-aging product, it's one of my favourite cleansers for removing makeup. I know you can get coconut oil at a cheaper price-point but the ease and convenience of having it in a liquid and being able to dispense it from a handy pump bottle wins for me! This is so effective, lifting face and waterproof eye makeup with ease and is very gentle on my sensitive eyes. It isn't greasy and doesn't leave behind an excess.

Pestle & Mortar Renew Gel Cleanser* | £34 (for full size bottle) | I've linked through to the 100ml bottle but this is actually a mini version from the Double Cleanse System set. I was kindly sent over the large version (a brand overview is coming soon), so I thought I'd finish this up. It's a gel-to-oil cleanser that I apply to dry skin in the morning. After massaging it in, I rinse with a splash of water to emulsify the formula. It's actually pretty similar to the Oskia Renaissance cleanser but it's a tad richer, making it even better for dry skin. It makes my skin look fresh, feel clean and moisturises at the same time. It contains Papaya and Mango Fruit Enzymes for gentle daily exfoliation.

Niod Sanskrit Saponins* | £21 | I already have a backup of this, so I decided it was time to use up my original (as I'm typing this, I literally finished it today!) This is one of my favourite second / morning cleansers and I've been using it in the evening recently. It's perfect for combination skin, providing a deep cleanse that removes excess oils without stripping drier parts of my skin of moisture. It has an unusual scent (it contains plant extracts) and a paste-like texture. You apply this to dry skin before rinsing and there is a very, very mild foaming.

Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist* | £15 | I seem to have a lot of facial mists open and, given I was already a decent way through this one, I decided it was time to get it finished. This is a light, non-sticky but very hydrating facial mist that I use in the morning in place of a toner. It's so refreshing and gives hydration that lasts with ingredients such as Green Tea and Rose Water.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Mattifying Fluid* | £23 | I love Caudalie - their products are infused with hydrating grape water, so even their matte gel-cream moisturiser quenches dehydration. It gives a dry-touch finish but does still plump the skin nicely. I would repurchase this as a summer moisturiser (I just used it up last week) but my skin just isn't as shine-prone during the rest of the year as it once was. That being said; if you're oily or combination then definitely check this out.

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