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January 22, 2017
the skincare top shelf

In recent months I have become quite the skincare addict, gone are the days where I would spend every last penny on new makeup, now I am far more excited about buying the newest face mask - who would have guessed? Maybe it's been my move to France that has seen me surrounded by French pharmacies and the barely-there makeup sported by the French, making good skin a necessity. Or possibly the impending realisation that caking my face with makeup without a sturdy skin routine to back it up was simply asking for a skincare disaster. Nevertheless, skincare is taking pride of place in my bathroom, prompting me to keep up with my routine - and for once I am so happy with how my skin is looking.

skincare top shelf

For first-step cleansing I will always stick with The Body Shop Camomile Oil Cleanser, it really is just the best at removing all of your makeup - plus it's so easy, just put a few pumps into your hands and rub it all over your face, no fuss at all. For the second step cleanser I have been switching between the Nuxe Rose Cleansing Milk and the Biafine Cleanser as they are both super moisturising. Another addition that I have been obsessed with in the cleanser department has been the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser which leaves my skin feeling amazing, and although it's only a sample size I know that I will be purchasing the full size when I run out. I've also been testing out the Muji Facial Soap but I am planning a full Muji skincare post for the near future! Also not forgetting the cult-favourite makeup remover, Bioderma, an absolute must have for any skincare shelf. 

I am not so with-it when it comes to toners, in fact the only one I have been using recently has been the Pixi Glow Tonic, I have been slowly working through the sample sizes I have of it before buying the full size but this stuff is seriously amazing and if you don't have it, you should. This isn't really much of a toner anyway, more of a chemical exfoliant. For a physical exfoliant I have been using the Clarins Cream Exfoliator which helps to get rid of everything unwanted on my face while still keeping it smooth and hydrated. Next comes the serums, my favourites being the Time Bomb Derm Warfare that is packed with glycolic acid to repair your skin overnight. Then the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum for hydrating my skin throughout the day. And for when my skin is breaking out and irritated I love Effaclar Duo as a skin treatment to kick everything into shape.

Moisturisers are where I come into my element, I have so many that are constantly in rotation - I couldn't just choose a couple to keep on my shelf. The newest addition is the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate which works as a primer/moisturizer/moisture mask and goes on amazing under makeup. The Origins Ginzing Moisturiser is such a good wake-me-up-moisturiser, perfect for the morning. Then we have the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Hydrating Gel which has recently made it's way onto the top shelf as well as the Biafine Moisturiser, both I love. But my all time favourite has to be the Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser - I just love the stuff.

I am also a massive fan of facial water sprays, a lot of people may see these as a waste of money but for me they are a key part of my routine to refresh my skin and lock in moisture. The Evian Spray is your standard water-in-a-can product (p.s. please don't buy this from Sephora, I get this for €2 in the supermarket - don't go spending £10 on water people!). For something with an added kick I love the Insitut Esthederm Cellular Water Spray which is still glorified water but with some added ingredients. Finally I can't forget about my favourite eye cream, the La Roche Posay Hydraphase Yeux.
I have come to a point where my skincare routine is just working so well for my skin, you can see the French influences that are present on my shelf and these products have really become staples for me. My skincare routine is constantly changing but for right now I am really happy with where it is.

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