My Bathroom Beauty Products
I have a weird obsessions with other people’s bathroom and all of their beauty products they have in there. I think it’s because it is a very honest place. Nothing is on show like a handbag. I have always like to have a good nose around in there. My best friends have the best stuff! It reminds me of them. I am not going to lie to you. Some of these products have been provided as gifts, some as gratis as I do freelance for a few different brands and some I have purchased myself. If it makes it into my bathroom then I like it.
I also have a very varied choice of products some I use together, some alone. Some are almost gone (so sad) some are new. I do believe that our skin likes a variety of products much like our bodies with food. A varied diet is better than eating the same thing every single day. Learn to listen to your skin. This take practice but it’s worth listening to if you can after all we only have one face so we better take care of it.
Things you will find in my bathroom at the moment, I do swap things around every once and awhile:
From left to right as pictured as the picture above
Shu Uemura Skin Refining, Anti Dullness Cleansing Oil – I have used this on and off for probably 10 years but didn’t truly appreciate it until I reached my mid 30’s. I insisted on needing a foaming cleaner. I like this because it takes everything off, it doesn’t dry out my skin and it smell nice.
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm – I have been using this for about a year. I sort of shift from the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and this balm depending on my mood. It last a while as you only need a tiny amount. Take the Day Off literally takes off everything, waterproof mascara, stubborn eyeliner and lipsticks… I really like this cleanser as I have combination skin. I find that it doesn’t strip away all my natural oils leaving that squeaky feeling nor is it too oily it make my skin feel like an oil slick. All I do is take a tiny amount like the size of a chick pea, rub it all over my face in small circular motions (you could do a facial massage if you are that include) rub it gently around my eyes making sure I remove my eye makeup and then I rinse it away with a face cloth/flannel then I give a final splash of water. Job done!
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam- I use this in the morning mainly to remove my night time moisturizers and to “wake up” my face. You would be surprised how far this goes. You need to use the same amount as a grain of basmati rice, I am not kidding. First time I used this I use a penny sized amount and I could have done my entire body! I was a little dubious about this when I first saw the word white in the title. I don’t want to be white. I want to be sun kissed and glowing ideally but this cleanser give more of a brightening effect.
Dior Skin Nude Tan – This is a self-tan for the face as well as a makeup primer. It is in my bathroom rather than my makeup bag (as it is a primer) because it is imperative you wash your hands very well after applying this.
Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner – I have been using this twice a week for the past 6 months. I wanted something that was exfoliating but not an actual exfoliator in the winter. It’s pretty good. It uses fruit acids to eliminate dull skin leaving it smooth and happy. I apply this with cotton wool.
Shiseido White Lucent Softener- as you can see this is a little size. It come in a handy sample pack including the Shiseido Brightening Cleansing foam mentioned above and the Brightening Protective Emulsion mentioned below. Shiseido calls what we know as a toner a softening because they believe that softener is the beginning of the moisturizing process. This softener isn’t the slightest bit drying, rather moisturizing. I use this and the Clarins Exfoliating Toner on alternative days.
Shiseido White Lucent Protective Emulsion – Now, I like emulsion and fluid as I can have oily skin so this is fabulous for days when I need quick hydration without a heavier cream. Those of you with combination skin will understand that we can be dehydrated as well as oily all at the same time… Isn’t Mother Nature great sometimes?
Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover, Lids, Lashes and Lips – Why do I need this as well as the other cleansers that I have listed above you ask? Well my lovely mum bought it for me last Christmas and to be honest there are days when I fancy taking extra care in removing my eye makeup.
REN Radiance Perfecting Serum- Ah REN. Lovely REN! REN is like my secret weapon to all skin problems. About a year after my little girl was born my skin went berserk, little did I know at the time I was pregnant with my son! One of my dearest friends said “you need REN darling” and I so did! The entire REN Radiance range is superb. It is like radiance in a bottle with added even tone, plumpness, reduces hyperpigmentation…… Packed with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. Even tastes a little like oranges FYI!
REN Keep Young and Beautiful Serum – There is no messing around with this name. I want it. I want to keep young and beautiful! This is a little antiaging powerhouse. I instantly noticed my skin appeared happier the following day and my fine lines were a lot less apparent. Very hydrating and a lovely little serum indeed. Use this morning and night under your moisturizer.
REN Rose O12 Moisture Defense Serum – This serum is so soothing. Smells divine and will lock in moisture into your skin. Loved this during a long haul flight. This bottle is nearly out and I am a little sad about that. There is only a little bit left so I am using this very occasionally like when I am going somewhere special or my skin is a little sunburnt (naughty me).
Boitherm Blue Therapy Serum-in-Oil – I have only recently started using this. I tend to use this at night without anything else. It is summer so my skin is looking pretty good at the moment. This is an almost weightless serum and absorbs very quickly into the skin. Perfect for people that don’t like the feeling on products on their skin.
REN Global Protection Day Cream – My brother got me onto this moisturizer funnily enough. I had heard it was good so I bought it for him for his birthday or Christmas and he loved it. He said he loved how his skin felt after a cold day skiing so I had to buy this. This day moisturizer hydrates, soothes and makes the skin feel lovely a calm after you have been out in the sun, freezing cold, or wind or riding a London tube all day and have sustained some lovely pollutants.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – My good friend got me into this serum. I wasn’t very sure about using this. I am so glad that I tried it. I have so many serum and potions on my bathroom shelf it is crazy but this one is there for the long term. I noticed a difference in my skin the following morning. This is one of Lauders bestselling items and I can understand why. I apply a few drops of this under my night time moisturizer. This is oil free and is ideal for all signs of aging.
REN Clear Calm 3 Acne Treatment Mask- As I have combination skin I am prone to break outs and they did actually get worse after I had my children. Lovely! My feet have become 1 size larger too. May as well wear the boxes my shoes came in as shoes now…….. Anyway when I am experiencing a blemish attack I pop a little of this mask on. This lightens the red spots you can get with a breakout. It also helps absorb excess sebum and helps dry up the blemish. I apply this mask whenever I need to, at night or even in the morning when I am picking out my outfit and what shoe boxes, silly me I mean shoes to wear!
Biotherm Aqua Source- This is like a hydration gel. It is perfect for summer time. Light hydration, soothes and I am going to try to keep this in my fridge for days where I need a refreshing burst of hydration like after too many glasses of summer time sangria (shhhh)! Smells lovely too.
Clarins Double Serum- I was so excited to try this when it was launched. It a great serum, everyone can use it, oily, combination, dry, it balances everything out for you. Pores are less visible, my skin appeared firmer. I use this during the day under my day time moisturizer of choice.
Clarisonic – This is also relatively new. I actually won this on twitter! I have noticed that my large pores on my nose are less visible and I do not need to exfoliate very often. I am fair-ish so when I do get a break out along my jaw line they are usually very noticeable. I haven’t had some many since I started using the Clarisonic. I use it once a day either at night with my cleansing balm or oil or in the morning with my foaming cleanser. I like how conscious you need to be when using this. Rather than going on auto pilot you need to pay attention. This is a really good thing. We need to pay attention to the way we cleanse our beautiful faces.