August 07, 2013

Skincare Staples

I can't get enough of skincare. I have a whole tower of drawers dedicated to back-up skincare products (Organised by La Roche-Posay and Vichy, Clarins, Lancome and Philosophy, Miscellaneous in case anyone cares!) and while I love dipping in and out of these treasure troves, I do have a few staple products in my skincare line-up that I will not be without and have/will repurchase. For some products, I will be as specific as to only repurchase that exact brand and product but, for others, I just know that I always need to have that type of product to hand. So, let me share must-have skincare staples!

I'm not too fussed about which micellaire water I use, I just always have to have one on my bathroom shelf. I have tried ones from L'Oreal, La Roche-Posay, Vichy and, most recently, Bioderma, and they are all on par with eachother; yes, the famed Bioderma is not some amazing and revolutionary product! My primary use for micellaire waters is as a pre-cleanse, to remove my make-up or the dirt and grime of the day. I also use it in the mornings to remove any residue from over night treatments before applying my make-up.

I'm getting down to the dregs of the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* and I'm torn between wanting to order another of the same or to try something different and, preferably, cheaper! This is probably the most effective balm cleanser I have used; it literally melts everything off, and it is my cleanser formula of choice as I wear a lot of waterproof make-up. If you have any cleansing balm recommendations, do let me know! Review

I have a lot of faith in charcoal masks and charcoal as a happy skin ingredient and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is the best of them all, in my opinion. I find it to be very effective in drawing impurities out of the skin and tightening the overall appearance of pores to make them less visible. If my skin is very congested, I will use this 1-2 times per week until things start looking clearer and then it could be 2-3 weeks before I use it again. It is my absolute Holy Grail skincare product for times when my skin needs a helping hand and I will not be without it. Review

Despite having a normal skintype, I am aware that dehydration occurs below the surface so, I always ensure that I have an intensely hydrating moisturiser for daily use. I absolutely swear by the La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Riche and will not be without a jar; it's like the elixir of the Gods for dry or dehydrated skin! Review

A multi-purpose skincare product is always handy to have around and La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is my personal choice. I think I am on my third tube of this stuff and carry it everywhere with me. It works great for soothing burns and blisters, helps repair and heal chapped skin (including eczema!), can be used as a lip conditioner and even as a deeply hydrating face mask. It was hailed as a wonder product when it was first released and, for me, it still is! Review

Are there any skincare products that are staples in your bathroom cabinet?


  1. I love these kind of posts! Like you, I'm a complete skincare addict. I've been using Bioderma for a few months and I'm honestly not that impressed. There is no denying it is a great product but I just don't think it's SO amazing like the hype makes it out to be. I really wish a few drugstore alternatives would reach Australia shores! It's so annoying not being able to find something similar at a lower cost.


  2. It is nice to see someone not make Bioderma out to be an amazing product. I have felt as though I must try it, but I have other micellaire waters which do a good enough job which I can buy on the high street :)
    A clay mask sounds fab :) I think my skin could do with one of these.
    Fab post

  3. I love Bioderma and I do much prefer it to other micellars e.g. Nuxe, LRP, but I think the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water is great too. It's uncanny how people have different experiences with the same product! Loved this post- think I must pick up some of that Origins charcoal mask!

  4. Really intrigued by the Elemis Cleansing balm! Love my Origins, Bioderma and Nutric Intense Riche, great picks!

  5. Great post - I love a good skincare related read! Bioderma and the Origins charcoal mask are on my list at the moment - so hard to get a hold of in Ireland though :( Rachael

  6. I really want to try the pro collagen cleansing balm, I love the pro collagen cream. Obssesed with Elemis!

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  8. This is very nice review of the products. These are basic skin care routines. It makes your skin glowing. I have been using Clinique skin care products and I had very great experience with it till now. If you want to know more about these products check out their website: .


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