Look at all those full-sized products. How wanton. There’s no excuse for their having come along on an overnight stay – I keep a huge cosmetics bag full of sachets for travel and still just lazily grab whatever I’m liking at the time to pack. I’m positively ashamed, but anyway…
REN Rosa Centifolia No 1 Purity Balm / A balm cleanser that’s ideal for extremely sensitive skin, I crack this out whenever mine is misbehaving (which is often – thanks hormones).
Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser / This either went on after the cleansing balm or in the morning – I wanted it on my skin, not doing the legwork of removing make-up or grime. Full review of this extremely good decongesting/gently-exfoliating cleanser here.
Alpha H Liquid Laser Cleanser Oil / In this instance, I massaged this cleanser directly on my face at night to dissolve make-up, though I’d have preferred to have used it right on my skin like the Pixi one either in the morning or after my first cleanse at night.
Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50 / A pretty high SPF for the midst of winter, granted, my justification being that SPFs left over from the summer don’t last through the winter so have to be used up (I’m now on a more moderate SPF 30 daily). Nice texture, doesn’t clog pores, makes for a good make-up base.
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Serum / I keep coming back to this eye serum – it seems to fill out my wrinkles a tad and doesn’t make my eyes red or sensitive as some do.
Niod Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Serum / Hyaluronic acid is heaven if your skin is dehydrated as mine is. This contains a variety of molecule sizes to both comfort the upper layer and penetrate more deeply to plump cells. If you buy this, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water – hyaluronic is hydrophilic and draws moisture to it, and will therefore grab water from your body.
Sjal Saphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Oil / Gemstones are set to be huge in skincare this year – brands using them claim that their inherent energy supercharges the other ingredients in the product. This one contains sapphires and aquamarine alongside fourteen plant oils.