July 13, 2012

Weekend Skincare Essentials


Last Satuday, I took off to spend a long weekend with my family in the glamourous setting of Achill Island, off the coast of County Mayo. Whilst Ibiza would ideally be my island of preference, I did still have a great, relaxing few days away. Now, I am an over-packer by nature. I didn't really have to worry about how much stuff I brought with me anyhow, as we were driving down. So, naturally, I brought a ton of makeup, which I'm not going to show you as it was just plain ridiculous - I'm talking half of my collection, but I still managed to forget eyeshadow! 

However, I did manage to (slightly) pare down my skincare, and was pretty pleased with myself when it all fit in the one bag - a Cath Kidston one which my Mam was kind enough to pick up for me a few weeks ago in Kildare Village.

I brought two cleansers because I'm an idiot - both from the new Nuxe Rose Petals* line, one is a wash-off gel and the other is a micellar solution. I ended up using the gel in the evenings with a muslin cloth to remove makeup (it takes off pretty much everything), and the micellar in the mornings just to freshen up my face. I also brought a tube of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 - I don't really know why, I just threw it in there - and ended up using it as a hand cream, er, twice.

I brought the two moisturisers that I have on rotation at the moment - one with SPF and one without. Avène Hydraence Legère* is a gorgeous, super-light cream that absorbs really quickly without compromising on moisture. The other moisturiser, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat*, is another light lotion that refines pores and mattifies the skin - hands down, one of the best makeup bases that I've tried in a long time. 
I also threw in a higher SPF cream, Vichy Capital Soleil 50+ Dry Touch*. To be honest, I probably could have gotten away with using this, as it moisturises, mattifies and protects your skin from the sun all at once. It's one of the best products that I've come across this summer, and I think that pretty much anyone would get on really well with it.
For my night cream, I used La Roche-Posay Effaclar K, which is an absolute wonder product. You can read more about it here - I adore it, and only wish that it came in a bigger tube! My eye cream is a super-cheap one from Simple, which I really like. It feels like it does firm the skin around my eyes somewhat, and one tube lasts an age.

Finally - I'm down to the last two products (I won't bore you by talking about my contact lenses)! In case I went heavy on the eye makeup, I brought Johnson's eye makeup remover. Sinéad and I have both gone on and on about how great this is. A good eye makeup remover should be a bi-phase (one that you have to shake up) - I really believe that if it's not, it's just not worth buying!

And finally, I chucked in a face mask type-product just in case I got bored (I did - it rained a lot). Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel* is a pretty cool product that gently exfoliates and refreshes the skin. I'll have a full review of it up soon, but my thoughts so far are that it is gorgeously creamy and smells good enough to eat!

What are your favourite products to take away?

PS: * indicates that I was sent the product for review. We're always honest and impartial in our reviews, and everything that I've written about here is something that I recommend and would repurchase (some of them I have already!)


  1. Hope you enjoyed Achill! :) Its on my "to visit" list haha! xxx

  2. That Johnson's eye makeup remover is a dream - agreed! Great post :)

    1. Thanks! Love it, and the Boots Botanics one as well x

  3. do you own a clarisonic? i was thinking of buying the same wash bag, but im not too sure if a clarisonic will fit in you think it will?

    1. Hi I don't, but I think it would? Maybe check how big your Clarisonic is in comparison to the products I's a great bag!

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