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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Desert Island Products: Skincare


Desert island skincare: Clinique anti-blemish solutions, bioderma micellaire water, cotton pads, lierac gentle scrub, sisley black rose cream mask, clarins hydraquench cream
Yes, I know I've not quite mastered the knack of photo composition

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Now, I know what you must be thinking; How big is the suitcase you get to take to a desert island?? In an ideal world i'd get away with using a minimal amount of products, but as an evil consumerist at heart I love stuff, especially skin care. I've tried to narrow it down as much as possible and you may note that i've left out any sort of 'normal' face wash- I think it was too boring to include!

Lierac gommage douceur/exfoliating cream scrub and Sisley masque creme a la rose noire/black rose cream mask

These two little beauts aren't so 'must have' that I can't go a week without using them, but I definitely reach for these more than a few times a month. Lierac is a French brand that I really like, and I was pleasantly surprised by this scrub. It smells a little like burning plastic to me but the scent washes off, its nicely exfoliating without being abrasive and I feel safe using it in the under-eye area. Its very rich in terms of oily-ness which leaves skin very soft and moisturised after use. 

Sisley is a highly covetable brand and products like the Black Rose Cream Mask make it obvious why. It feels incredibly luxurious (as it should for the price) and I really feel like i'm pampering myself with every use. My skin isn't at a risk of looking aged but I'm a convert to the school of thought for preventative measures! I'm getting really paranoid about wrinkles, which is absurd, but can't be helped. My face looks fairly plump which is due to my cheeks- I reckon I resemble a hamster sometimes- which means that the plumping effect of this cream isn't really noticeable but it leaves my skin irresistibly soft and smells very grown-up.

Clarins Creme Desalterante Hydraquench cream spf15

This is my favourite, favourite moisturiser. I have fallen a bit out of love with it lately but it's still my all time most-adored. I love the fact that it has SPF -although I have a tendency to wap this on at night! It is lovely and rich and is ideal during the winter or if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It does take a while to settle into my skin which can delay my morning make-up routine. I don't really like the scent but I'm willing to let that slide.

Clinique anti-blemish solutions clarifying lotion step 2

I love Clinique skincare and I find the 3-step ranges really easy to stick to in terms of a skincare regime.  I have that unfortunate post-teenage spot prone skin which is why I was attracted to the blemish-prone range. In my early teens I read an article in a magazine that said that spots stopped after you turned 17. I remember thinking this was fabulous and I really looked forward to that fateful day. My 17th birthday came and went: lo and behold my skin was exactly the same. Half a decade later I still have the occasional 'skin issue'. 

I've made myself sound really acne-ridden but i'm not- I was really fortunate in my teens and didn't really have to worry too much. I just struggle with the oil balance of my skin- I have a fairly oily T-zone which frequently leads to blackheads and other nasty things.
Anyway, I love this part of the 3-step regimen the best, I use the soap and moisturiser too but I don't consider them particularly noteworthy. There has been a bit of controversy as to whether this is actually bad for your skin-does it strip it of all the oil it needs? BUT there is nothing more satisfying than cleaning your face with this. (This is also why cotton pads are pictured).


I've not photographed the Bioderma as it's been talked about to death on beauty blogs over the last 18 months. Suffice it to say that it is, by far, the very best make up remover I have ever used in my entire life. Literally. 

What are your desert island skincare picks?
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