Spring Skincare Routine

 

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – After finishing up the Dermalogica cleanser I mentioned in my Autumn skincare post, I have switched back to my all-time favourite. In my opinion this is the perfect facial cleanser. It is a gel cleanser and although it does foam up slightly while you’re using it I don’t find that it leaves my skin feeling stripped or dry at all. I bought the jumbo sized version of the product so you will no doubt see this again in my routine for Summer and potentially even Autumn.
 
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater – After finishing up the Kora Rose Mist I was using in Autumn and Winter, I switched things up and changed to the Mario Badescu Rose Mist. I prefer the smell of this product because it’s more subtle and overall a more pleasant fragrance, but the packaging lets it down because the mist comes out quite heavy and it doesn’t feel as nice to use.
 
Paula’s Choice 2% Salicylic Acid Liquid Exfoliant – I haven’t used this product in years, but I’m glad to have it back in my rotation. I always try to wear less makeup during the warmer months of the year (if you’re from Australia, I’m sure you can relate to the sensation of your makeup literally melting off your face), and part of feeling more confident with my skin is making sure I keep up with regular exfoliation. I find that it helps to keep my skin clear & smooth and makes me feel more comfortable with going bare-faced.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – I am still making my way through this gorgeous little product, although I anticipate that I will be finishing it up this season. I’ve really loved using this, it’s a lightweight serum that packs a punch when it comes to hydration.
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisturiser – I am also still going with this moisturiser, and this won’t be changing anytime soon as it’s my favourite and one I have had on regular rotation for years now. It is the perfect lightweight-yet-hydrating facial moisturiser.

Autumn Skincare Routine

 

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – This was my holy-grail facial cleanser before I discovered the magic of Paula’s Choice. I ran out of my Hydralight cleanser a few months ago, and the timing happened to coincide with Adore Beauty having a sale on Dermalogica products. So I decided to buy this and mix up my skin care routine a little bit. I like to change up my cleanser from time to time, to keep my skin on its toes.
 
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is another product that I have been using on and off for many years now. It’s actually Sebastian’s favourite facial cleanser so it’s something I always have on hand for us to use. I use this two or three times a week to help keep my skin smooth and to help reduce pigmentation.
 
Kora Balancing Rose Mist – I have been mixing it up lately with what kind of product I use as a ‘toner’ in my routine. I settled on using this because I find it to be soothing on my dry skin. I think this is the second time I’ve had this product in my routine but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it again because I prefer the–more affordable–facial mists from Mario Badescu.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – My biggest complaint during the cooler months of the year is hydration. I find the skin on my forehead is prone to dryness (the total opposite of the warmer months when it becomes an oil slick). I’ve received a few samples of Darphin skincare lately, and although they are often quite heavily fragranced I find the quality of the product is so good that I can forgive this.
 
Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisturiser – I have reverted to another old faithful for my daily moisturiser. This is my favourite facial moisturiser, and although it smells horrible (imo) it does a really good job as a lightweight but hydrating moisturiser that doesn’t feel too greasy on my skin.

Mecca Cosmetica Haul

I am allowing myself a little treat every pay day while in isolation, you know, just to keep morale up. Recently the lovely Anissa tweeted to say that the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes were available. I feel like I always miss out on the Beauty Loop boxes, so quickly I hopped onto the Mecca site to immediately place an order. Here’s what I purchased:

 


 

 

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I have lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this mascara, it’s the only one I wear. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other people about how well this works for them, but it’s perfect for me and I’m not even tempted to try something new. Stick to what works!
 
Mecca Max Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer – This is another product I have repurchased a few times. I’ve even managed to turn both my best friend and mum on to using it, so it must be doing something right. As a primer it doesn’t seem to do much in the way of keeping my makeup on my face for extended periods of time, but it does give a lovely “glow” as a base.
 
Living Proof Restore Repair Leave In Conditioner – I have been loving my Aveda shampoo and conditioner products, but I’m finding the conditioner is not quite as heavy duty as my hair needs at the moment. I’m nearly finished with my current “leave in” product (Kevin Murphy ‘Staying Alive’), and I wanted to try something new. I’m curious to see how this works for me during winter because my hair has a tendency to get quite dry at the ends during the colder months.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – True to tradition, my skin has been playing up a bit as we transition into a different season. My biggest concern at the moment is dryness, so I’m hoping this hydrating serum will help give my skin a bit of a boost. I’m a big fan of the Darphin skin care range (not so much the price tag) so I have high hopes that this will work well.

June Skin Care

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – It seems repetitive to keep mentioning this cleanser in every skincare post, but honestly I will shout about this product (or the entire range) from the hilltops until I’m blue in the face. This is genuinely the best cleanser I have ever used, and if you’re looking for something new or different to try I highly recommend picking this up.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – Again, this is one of my favourite products and my skin has been absolutely loving this lately. This is really good for keeping dry skin at bay and seems to do a great job of keeping my skin clear and helping to prevent any breakouts. One thing I really love about this is that as a manual exfoliant it is still very gentle on my sensitive skin, and doesn’t cause any negative reactions (not even any sort of redness, which is rare for me).

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I never really have much to say about toners, as I can never really tell if they’re doing much. The only thing I can really notice is whether they leave my skin feeling tight after application. And I’m happy to say that this one does not.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – This is a really lovely, lightweight moisturiser that works well with my sensitive skin. I can use this year-round, and I feel like it provides the perfect amount of hydration for me.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – This is one of my favourite products to whip out when the weather gets cold and my skin starts getting dry. I love this because it seems to work almost instantly. My favourite way to use this oil is to slather my face in it and take a nap, and then when I wake up my face feels nice and soft and my skin feels plumper and more hydrated almost immediately.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – This product is on the pricier end of the scale, but I really feel like it’s worth the money. I try to use these once or twice a week to help my skin looking clear and bright.

SkinCare – May 2018

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – To the surprise of absolutely no-one, this cleanser gets yet another mention on my blog. Yes it’s still my number one, yes I continue to repurchase it time and time again, and yes it’s still the best facial cleanser I’ve ever used. It does a great job of keeping my skin clear (even from pesky hormonal spots) and works really well with my combination/normal skin. Highly recommend.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite that has recently made a come back in my routine. I can easily notice the difference in my skin when I use this regularly, and my skin loves to complain if I skip using this for a few days in a row. I think this is a great cold-weather staple because it provides gentle exfoliation that helps to keep skin smooth and glowing.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I didn’t intentionally pair my toner and moisturiser with my current cleanser, I tend to rotate through both depending on what I’ve got in my cupboard and what I feel like my skin needs at the time. This is a basic toner that I use when my skin is in decent condition and doesn’t need any additional care or hydration.

Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – This is another old favourite that has made a reappearance in my daily routine. This is a product that I can see almost instant results from, and I’m not sure why I stopped using it for so long. This is a lightweight serum that sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any sort of oily residue.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Because I’m working from home at the moment my skin isn’t copping the full brunt of winter and is not too dry or dehydrated. This is a lovely light moisturiser that I use in both Winter and Summer, depending on how my skin is behaving.

Darphin Beauty Revealing Cream – My skin went through a phase of extreme dehydration earlier in the year, and this was my savior during that time. Now that it has settled down and is back to normal this cream is a little bit too heavy to use on the daily, so I’ve switched it up and am using it as a neck cream.