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The Top-Drawer Collection | Skincare, Haircare & Everything Else


A few months back I shared my top-drawer makeup products and I've finally got around to doing the second half of this! Today it's going to be about the skincare, haircare and body products that I reach for over and over again, but often forget to even mention on my blog! I hope you enjoy this whistle-stop tour, and I've linked my full reviews below in case anything piques your interest. I did actually intend to post this a while back and I've tried some great products since choosing these ones, however I'm always hesitant to call something a favourite too fast, so I still stand by my picks!


Cleansers


Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel* | £31 | review | This product was a bit of a slow burn for me - I thought it was ridiculously expensive and expected something big and dramatic to happen to my skin! It's more of a quick and easy everyday skin boost and I must like that because this is about my fourth bottle of the stuff. You use it on dry skin and it has a gel texture that emulsifies on contact with water. It contains fruit enzymes and vitamins so your skin looks glowing and healthy, as well as feeling clean. 

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser | £15 | review | This is a perfect quick, easy, gentle morning cleanser. It has a jelly texture but doesn't emulsify. It just leaves my skin clean (but not stripped) and soft, getting rid of any excess oils. I think this would work for most skin types and it's a product I can trust to do the job, so I'm on my second purchase of it.

Niod Sanskrit Saponins | £34 | review | This is such an unusual cleanser - it has a paste-like texture. It's a really great option as a morning or second cleanser for combination skin as it helps to balance things out, removing any oiliness without stripping my skin. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and clean. I'm already on my second tube!

Skin Laundry Nourishing Cleansing Oil* | £26 | review | I always go for oil-based makeup removers because they're so quick and easy (emulsifying on contact with water), plus I wear waterproof eyeliner, so a lot of other products aren't as good at shifting it. This is a simple, minimal-effort product that I use pretty much every evening paired with a damp muslin cloth. It's gentle on my eyes and doesn't leave a greasy excess behind whilst being super-effective.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm | £47 | review | This is a more luxury makeup removal product for when I want to treat myself! It smells amazing, feels beautiful on the skin and lifts makeup without stinging my eyes. It has a gorgeous, plumping, softening effect on the skin too, so you are getting those benefits as well as makeup removal - a lot of people actually use it as a morning cleanse for that reason.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water | review | For minimal makeup days, after nights out and just to really get in there and ensure all that eye makeup is gone - I always have a bottle of Bioderma on hand (there are currently 4 backups in my drawer!) I've tried other micellar waters but I just find this to be the most gentle and effective with the least amount of product needed.

Toners & Exfoliators



Pixi Supersize Glow Tonic* | £32 | review | This is a product that barely needs an introduction! It's my favourite chemical exfoliator that contains the AHA Glycolic Acid. It gives an instant glow boost and smooths out my skin's texture, taking care of any dry patches. Over extended use I have also found that this has evened my skin tone, reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmentation.

Pixi Peel & Polish* | £26 | Although I use the Glow Tonic a good couple of times a week, sometimes I just need something more heavy-duty and this is my favourite physical exfoliator. It contains micro exfoliation particles in a cream base, so isn't too harsh but does the job of smoothing my skin out. 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs & Rose Water | £11 | review | I always reach for a facial spray in the morning when I'm in a rush and this is one of my favourites! It's lightweight, non-sticky and comes out in a fine mist. It gives an instant boost of hydration to my skin.

Morning Skincare


Niod Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex* | £38 | review | I love hyaluronic acid and this is one of my favourite serums containing it! It plumps, hydrates and softens my skin, making it look fresh and healthy when things are feeling a bit tired.

Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum* | £60 | review | Obviously this is pretty pricey but like with the MMHC, you can pick up a smaller size for less (I just happen to have the large version). This is the most amazing renewing serum; when I use it I honestly feel like my skin is brand new! It just improves the quality in every single way.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Perfecting Radiance Serum* | £46 | review | I love this lightweight milky serum - it provides light hydration and just gives my skin a healthy, radiant look. Over time I feel it's helped even out my skin tone and reduce the appearance of some of the dark spots I have.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% | £5 | review | This is a bargain product that really works! Yes, it does feel very slightly tacky, but it's worth it for the affordable price-point. It helps keep my skin clear and spot-free, as well as evening out any redness or inflammation.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre | £20 | review | This is my favourite moisturiser - it has this gorgeous whipped texture that means it gives nourishment whilst being lightweight. It plumps and smooths my skin, making it look healthy and radiant.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG | £5.80 | review | This eye gel contains caffeine and is perfect for me because I don't have dry eyes, they just get a bit tired, puffy and dark. This stuff makes me instantly look more awake.

Evening Skincare



Skin Laundry Night Renew Treatment* | £36 | review | I love this stuff and I'm nearly out of it but would definitely replace this once I've used up a couple of the retinols I already have open. What I love about this is that it's a nice, hydrating cream that contains a low percentage of retinol that just builds it into your 'every single day' routine instead of being an intense treatment. It has a smoothing and clarifying effect on my skin.

Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil* | £22 | review | I love rosehip oil and this is my specific brand and product of choice. It's lightweight and non-greasy - I use it overnight for hydration by morning. It plumps out my skin nicely, leaving it soft and smooth. It also evens the tone of it over extended use.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial* | £49 | review | This lightweight oil-serum is one of my go-to overnight products. It doesn't smother my skin or make it greasy, so I can use it every day if I want to. It contains various essential oils but also Vitamin A and leaves my skin smoother, more hydrated and looking healthier after use.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask* | £40 | review | This is a gentle overnight fix for tired, lacklustre skin. It has a jelly texture and contains AHAs that work overnight to clarify my complexion and boost my skin's overall radiance.

Skin Treatments



Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* | £55 | review | This is one of my favourite products for instant results and I often use it before I have a big event that I want my skin to look good for. It's intense, so not for sensitive skin and contains both physical and chemical exfoliation to give my skin a super-smooth finish, as well as evening out my complexion and giving my skin a noticeable glow.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Face Mask* | £22 | review | This is one of my favourite face masks and I'm on my 3rd or 4th tube of the stuff! It's so nourishing but the antibacterial properties of honey also means this helps keep the breakouts at bay.

Niod Flavanone Mud* | £29 | review | This is an amazing face mask option when you want a deep cleanse and to brighten your skin overall. It is intense on the skin and is a clay mask - so not one for everyday use! However I use it maybe once a week to give my skin that renewed feeling.

Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask* | £9.99 | review | This is a drugstore oldie but a goodie! It's a super-intense BHA face mask that's amazing for getting rid of breakouts and giving a radiance to the skin.

Haircare



Hair is Fabric Hydration Support | £25 (for the standard size) | review | This is a cleansing conditioner so can be used as a one-step hair washing product. It makes my hair look and feel strong, healthy and hydrated, whilst totally clean and lightweight at the same time.

Philip B White Truffle Ultra-Rich Moisturising Shampoo* | £59 | review | I don't have much left of this obscenely-priced shampoo, but if you do have the money to spend; it's probably the best I've ever tried! My hair just looks and feels so healthy and nourished when I use this. I didn't think a shampoo could but a game-changer but I was wrong...

Optima Australian Tea Tree Anti-Dandruff Shampoo | £5.99 | I have a pretty dry, sensitive scalp so researched some natural options and found this. I've since repurchased it about 6 times! It's very gentle and clears my scalp whilst relieving a lot of that irritation.

Colour Wow Style on Steroids Performance Enhancing Texture + Finishing Spray* | £20 | review | I love this product to give my hair some volume and texture - it's very fine and doesn't leave my hair sticky or crunchy. I can use this on freshly-washed hair with no issues and still get a bit of extra oomph in my hair.


Pureology Hydrate Max* | £23.50 | review | I really like using a serum on my hair whilst it's damp to lock in that hydration before I blow-dry. I like how this doesn't leave a residue and is pretty much traceless but it gives that softness and hydration.

Redken All Soft Shampoo* | £15 | review | This is one of my favourite shampoos as it just softens and hydrates my hair, helping it to look and feel far healthier.

Hask Keratin Protein Conditioner | £6.99 | review | I actually originally got this in PR but have repurchased it twice since! It's one of the best conditioners I've ever used. If you suffer from dull, dry, damaged or brittle hair then this is the antidote and it's SO cheap!

Colourwow Dream Coat* | £24  | review | I just bought a fresh bottle of this because I can't be without it! You use this before blow-drying your hair to help it stay smooth and not frizz at the first sign of moisture.

ESalon Tint Rinse in Red* | £13 | review | They've actually changed the packaging and name of this product since I received it, however it's the same concept - you use this tinted treatment after shampooing and before conditioning to lock in the colour and help it last longer after dyeing your hair.

Batiste Heat & Shine Spray | £4.49 | review | I way prefer using a dry shine-boosting spray over those wet heat protection mists when I'm styling my hair in-between washes and this product does the job for me.

L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray | £6.70 | This is an oldie but a goodie, holding my hair in place without leaving it sticky or crunchy. It's easy to brush out and I just use the normal hold level. It's never done me wrong so I've never really strayed.

Body


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil | £29 | review | This is my holy grail body product! It's intensely nourishing without feeling greasy on my skin and it can also be used on the hair.

Caudalie Hand & Nail Cream | £12 (for full size) | review | This is probably the best hand cream I've ever used - it's so hydrating but not thick or slippery at all. I also love the light grape fragrance.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius | £5.50 | It's hard to get too excited about foot cream but this does the job for me without being greasy. It also has a fresh, minty scent, which I like.

Diptyque Oyedo Eau de Toilette | £90 | review | It's always hard to choose a favourite fragrance but this really is the scent I reach for time and time again! It has this beautiful blend of citric and woody notes that is unique to my collection.

Lips


Caudalie Lip Conditioner | £5.50 | My other go-to lip balm is from Caudalie - this is so moisturising and softening but also very lightweight, making it easy to pop on during the day and underneath your lipstick.

Bybi Buffer Lip Scrub* | £9 | I always have a scrub on hand and I'm not ridiculously fussy about which I use, but I am liking this one from Bybi. It's like a moisturising balm with gentle but effective exfoliation particles. If I'm going for a matte lipstick, I'll usually use this beforehand.

Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom | £10 | review | This is a simple, functional product that smells great! I typically use it as a lip balm but it also smooths and hydrates any dry patches of skin.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm | £10 | review | I can't believe I managed to miss this out of my shot! It's probably my all-time favourite lip care product and I've used it every single night before bed for the past few years (so I'm sorry, Reve de Miel!) It has a thicker texture but, without fail, I wake up in the morning with lovely soft lips!

Tools & Essentials



Tweezerman Mini Point Tweezers | £29.95 (in a set) | These have been my go-to tweezers for a long time, though recently I've been using and loving a new pair - more on that soon! I really like how precise this style is - it's so much easier to get in there than with the tradition blunt, slanted tweezers.

Invisibobble | £4.95 (for 3) | I don't know what I was doing before I discovered these! I have clear ones, I have black ones, I have them in my desk at work, I have them in my handbag, I have them in my bathroom... They allow you to tie your hair up without leaving a kink and the material minimises damage to the hair.

Foreo Luna Mini 2* | £119 | review | I've raved about this cleansing 'brush' so many times because it just takes my cleanse to the next level! It has different settings, almost never needs recharging, it's hygienic, easy to clean and it works. It allows you to take your time to really work the cleanser into the skin and maximises the benefits as well as helping keep my skin clear.

Ecotools Facial Mask Mates* | £12.95 | Ok, these aren't absolute essentials for everyone, but if you're a face mask junkie (like me!) they certainly make life a bit easier. The mask brush allows you to evenly distribute the product on your face and is way more hygienic than using your fingers when you're going for a potted face mask. These sponges, when dampened, make removing your face mask way easier - especially when it's a clay formula.


Which skincare, body, hair and other bathroom bits do you keep on-hand?



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