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September 21, 2016

As part of a new segment I'm bringing to m0llylouise I want to discuss my seasonal skincare drawer. Rather than just show you a few of my favourite skincare picks every now and then I plan to change my drawer out with the season and share what made the cut and what products are suitable for the changing weather. Today we're talking transitional skincare, right now we are basically in Autumn but as the weather has shown in the past couple of weeks Summer is not quite ready to let go yet - or so is the case here in sunny northern France. So I have some skincare picks that I've been using all throughout the summer along with some of my more heavy duty winter skincare products that are starting to creep their way into the mix.

So starting with the water sprays which are very much a summer essential and not the kind of thing I will be reaching for all the time throughout the winter. The Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soin SPF 30 is very much a summer product, although of course it's imperative to wear sun protection regardless of the weather I don't see myself reaching for this on chilly autumn mornings but for right now it is a staple. Another of my favourite water sprays is the Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Spray which is just your normal water spray which mimics the cells naturally found in the skin. This would be the kind of product that I can see myself using all year round to freshen up my makeup throughout the day and keep my skin hydrated.

For moisturiser I'm keeping the Kiehs Ultra Facial Moisturiser in rotation as I can't get enough of this stuff. It moisturises my skin better than most other products and is light enough to use under makeup which makes it a perfect year round product. To add more hydration to my skin which is what it cries out for the second there is a chill in the air, I'm using the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum which  leaves the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. For eye cream I have a new addition that I haven't mentioned before around these parts, I have been trialling the Nip&Fab Dark Circle Fix Eye Cream for a few weeks and so far I really love it. I got it reduced in Superdrug as it has no pump but it's still easy to remove the lid and get the product out. It's a really thick and rich eye cream and although I haven't noticed any significant changes in the appearance of my dark circles, this cream does leave my under eyes really moisturised which makes it perfect for the changing weather.

Another year round staple for me is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, this blemish fighting treatment never fails to keep blemishes at bay and keep my skin in good shape so this is always a must-have. Another new addition is the Biafine Soothing Cleansing Milk, this cleanser is so rich and creamy that I almost feel like I don't need to use a moisturiser after this. It really does make my skin feel squeaky clean and helps to get rid of dry patches which are far too common for me when the weather gets cold.

Then we come onto my favourite skincare item, face masks. There is nothing better than having a 
pampering evening and using my favourite face mask. Now I have far too many face masks for one person to have so it was quite the task to narrow it down to just 4 masks to make the cut. The first two both come in from Caudalie, a brand that makes some truly great masks. The first being the Instant Detox Mask, when your skin is feeling congested and you see blemishes popping up this is the mask to unclog your pores and detoxify your skin leaving it feeling brand new. The other Caudalie Mask is the Glycolic Peel Mask, this mask exfoliates your dull skin leaving it glowing and refreshed. This is the kind of pick-me-up mask that I feel like my skin is in constant need of, anything to get that healthy glow am I right? Another mask that's a firm favourite of mine is the Origins Clear Improvements Mask. I don't really ever use this mask on its own, it usually joins a team of other masks to help with multimasking. Any areas where I am seeing blemishes is where this mask will go, it's a clay mask that draws out impurities and keeps blemishes away - a clay mask like this is always a staple. Finally I have The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask, I picked this up a few weeks ago after the lady working in the shop described this to me as overnight botox, after this I was instantly sold. This mask promises to cleanse the skin overnight, fighting the first signs of aging. Now as I'm 19 I'm not all that fussed about the anti-aging properties of this mask but sleeping masks have always intrigued me. This mask does feel pretty tacky and doesn't really dry down at all which can make it a bit of an annoyance to sleep with but the results are enough for me to continue using it. It's nothing groundbreaking but my skin feels soft, plump and ready for makeup come the morning so I'm happy.

And then we finish off with two little additions to the drawer. Starting with the La Roche Posay Nutritic Lip Balm, this is an all year round staple but especially for when the weather gets cold and your lips are suddenly constantly chapped. This is easy to throw in your bag and use on the go and keeps my lips from getting too dry. Then we have the Nip&Fab Glycolic Fix Pads, I use these after cleansing to exfoliate and give that extra glow to my skin and I've enjoyed using them so far, read a full post on these here.

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