I was once told that a person could have so much makeup but if they didn’t take care of their skin even a £200 foundation would look shit. I don’t know who told me this, but you hear beauty bloggers and makeup artists constantly say that you need to prep the skin before makeup.
I am in a constant battle with my skin. It gets really dry and can be very sensitive depending on it’s mood. I went months with no issues at all, but then my skin decided to spit it’s dummy out over a face wipe. So I’m back to square one.
I wanted to share with you all of the things currently living in my makeup bag. I don’t use all of this at once. I like to chop and change depending on how my skin feels that morning. My usual routine however is cleanse, serums and then moisturise.
The bag itself is a free gift from Decleor when me and Mam visited Centre Parcs. If you bought 2 items, you got a pretty awesome free gift. This fits everything in it apart from the three items that live just next to it in my get ready box.
I do cleanse both in the morning and at night. In the morning, I use the gentler Decleor Aroma Cleanse, which is a cream consistency. It’s really gentle and smells amazing. I do have a toner that goes with this. This just removes any extra grime from my skin, and again it’s really gentle.
At night, I go for a more heavy duty cleanser in my Bare Minerals Oil Obsession. This massages ino the skin and dissolves all makeup, including waterproof mascara. It’s amazing stuff and since it’s an oil helps moisturise the skin too.
Serums are my skincare obsession. In my opinion, these work better than moisturisers at times to really nourish the skin. Every single one of these photographed have their own benefits; mainly hydration and brightening.My favourite one for really dry skin is a combination of Dior’s Hydra Life Sorbet and Bare Minerals Skin Longevity. These work really well together.
At night, I prefer the oilier serums such as the Bare Minerals Active Cell renewal and No7 Youthful Oil. With these being thicker, they have all night to work into the skin, leaving it looking brand new in the morning.
Two of these are day creams, and the other a night cream. Depending on how dry my skin is depends on which of the day creams gets used. The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector (yes, it’s back) is great for tacking problematic skin such as eczema. Honestly, it’s cheaper than paying the prescription fee at the pharmacy for Hydrocortisone. This works better too! If my skin is just dry with no nasty sore patches, I use the Bare Minerals Butter Drench. This is amazingly hydrating and works well at preventing the nasty sore patches from returning.
The night cream is from No7’s Early Defense range. I used to have the Day Cream, but I didn’t get on with it as well. The Night Cream is a lot more hydrating and soaks straight into the skin. It feels amazing.
I usually only have one in here, but my Estee Lauder one has almost ran out. The Dior one is on standby, however I changed because I was advised that this was better for dry skin. Both eye creams are brilliant for us late tweens wanting to prevent wrinkles forming under our eyes. I’d recommend both of them. I don’t use the step 2 of the Estee Lauder cream as much but it’s handy for days where I need a bit more heavy maintenance on that area.
These came with the makeup bag. I’m still trying to work out what they all are. I think the two yellow ones are moisturisers, and the tiny bottle looks like an eye cream. These will eventually end up in my gym bag since I do have enough full sizes in the bag to keep me going without introducing further new stuff to my routine.
The Random Stuff
These little trinkets don’t get used every day, but they’re there for problematic days or treat days.
And that is everything in my skincare bag. What are your skincare holy grails?
Bye for now!