Wednesday, 13 April 2016

17 Must-have Items For Your Cosmetic Case
My 17 beauty must-haves in Aspinal of London Large Jet Black Lizard Cosmetic Case

I have searched the internet many times, to find a list of what I really REALLY need in my cosmetics case, especially when I travel.

I have combination skin, as you may remember from the earlier post, my pregnancy skincare; and I am constantly chopping, changing and creating a shortlist of products that is just perfect for me.
MrL may say that I have too many beauty products, they take up the bathroom cabinet, a shelf in my wardrobe, my dressing table and cosmetic cases; reason being I like to try products, give it the full 28 days so I can see the full benefit with the cell renewal, then switch!
This list below is to help you (and me) reduce the clutter and reduce to just 1 of each of these for your bathroom cabinet.

  1. Cleanser
Living in London, my skin is exposed to a lot of pollution, so a good cleanser is very much essential, to cleanse away the city, debris, makeup and dead skin cells. I like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel as it foams, perfect for my oily combination skin and is non-comedogenic.
  1. Toner
I love a good toner, I have grown up on the cleanse, tone, moisturise and SPF philosophy, mainly because I suffered from acne when I was 13. I have a few friends who don’t believe in toner, whereas I am still in fear that acne will return and like the clarifying and tightening benefits of a toner, and feel it properly preps my skin in advance of moisturiser. I like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion  
  1. Day Cream
I have many day creams which have SPF in it, but I am currently going through a phase where I am moisturising with creams without the sun protection, just focusing on smoothing and priming my skin in advance of applying makeup. I like La Roche-Posay EFFACLAR DUO[+] as it specifically targets my blemish prone skin.
  1. Night Cream
I don’t know why, but I always seem to get dull skin in the winter, so I have become a night cream convert in order to promote cell renewal and give me a complexion boost. I lIke Vichy Normaderm as it helps controls the amount of oil my skin produces, so my skin looks radiant as opposed to dull. Especially good for those who are spot prone.
  1. Scrub
Are you an over-exfoliator? I am! I always feel extra clean when I have used an exfoliator (I also thought it helped prevent breakouts, which it doesn’t when you abuse it this way), and was once guilty of exfoliating daily because I loved the new skin look and feel. I have been advised against ‘over-exfoliating’ and now look to gentle scrubs to help eliminate dirt. I like Sukin Pore Refining Facial Scrub plus Charcoal as it exfoliates, keeps pore clear of dirt and helps me get that ‘glow’. It’s key active ingredients are bamboo charcoal, moringa, chamomile, rooibos, willowherb and coconut oil and only costs £9.99!
  1. Face Mask
I mentioned above that I suffered dull skin occasionally, well, ever since I started using face masks (mind you it isn’t that often, especially now with a 4 month old), I have found it is such a great way to brighten, soften and hydrate your skin... if you have a spare 15 minutes. I like Nuxe Splendieuse masque, as it’s great for time poor mummies like me, 10 minutes gets you radiant and even complexion.
  1. Spot cream
Every so often, we break out (unless you are incredibly lucky), so I have resorted to many quick fixes to rid myself of that angry, sometimes painful, pus filled spot! I have used toothpaste, tried to scrub the spot away (don’t do this!) and vinegar (ouch!)! I have actually gotten quite lucky with toothpaste on occasion and clay masks. I like La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I for targeting that 1 pesky spot!
My 17 beauty faves in cosmetic case with blooms and Harper's Bazaar UK 

  1. Serum
These little serums (always so small and expensive) are packed full of ingredients that make you look like you get 8 hours every night, when in actual fact you know you got a lot less. I like Ole Henriksen truth serum collagen booster which I currently apply with my FaceSpa after cleansing and toning, so that this vitamin C complex is absorbed into my skin even quicker and tackles the pollutants that city living have given me, before applying my moisturiser.
  1. Oil
I used to avoid oils like the plague, as I had oily skin, it didn’t seem to make sense that applying oil would help with my oily skin, that it didn’t leave it feeling greasy, it actually felt smoother, fuller and all round YUM! Oils for oily skin actually equals beautiful skin. I like Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil as it contains vitamins A and E which is incredibly hydrating and neutralises those radicals from living in London; also both Chance and I use it to moisturise because it smells yummy.
  1. Neck and Upper body cream
I am a bit obsessed with moisturising, I have the combination oily face, then I have the dry body, so the in between my neck is incredibly important to me, not only because wrinkly necks are not attractive but because it is the most normal part of my body, and maybe my husband’s favourite part!! I like Sukin Facial Moisturiser it’s deeply hydrating and lightweight and it’s got my new favourite ingredient rose-hip oil.
  1. Eye cream
I have been told I have nice eyes, right now I haven’t got obvious wrinkles or crow's feet, or any other of gravity’s inflictions. The area around the eye is thin and fragile so needs some extra TLC in addition to your usual facial moisturiser. I like Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream even though it has 7 supercharged ingredients from vitamins C and E to blue-green algae, it’s incredibly lightweight for a cream that lasts all day and night.
  1. Lip Balm and Lip Tint (Essentially 12 and 13)
I should really have a 2 in 1 saviour, but I don’t think I have found it yet, not that it doesn’t exist. I have dry lips all year round, so I need something that will deeply moisturise as well as give me a tint of something special. I like Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15 as it moisturises, shines and tints with F√∂rsvarets Hudsalva, which my mother-in-law sends me from Sweden, as I cannot buy it in England. It was initially used by the Swedish defence and can be used all over the body and can even be used as cooking fat!
  1. Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (BB+CC+Tinted Moisturiser)
I haven’t used a BB, or a CC, or a tinted moisturiser, as I have this! Very hydrating, providing coverage as there is a little colour and it has SPF. Why I love it no silicone, parabens, non-comedogenic (no spots) and it’s mineral based. I like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream as it comes in my skin tone...AMAZING!
  1. Hydrating Mist
I have this separate to toner, although it can be used as a toner, I actually use it after my skincare routine, throughout the day and again after I have moisturised at night, as it provides moisture quite quickly, especially useful when it is muggy and in warmer climes. I like Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner
I have been in need of a product like this for the longest time (I am still reviewing this) but a 2-in-1 facial epilator and cleansing brush, so you can remove unwanted hair, cleanse your face and apply serums and oil to your face with the beauty sponge.
  1. SPF
If you don’t want wrinkles, droopy skin and age spots then you MUST use SPF (I talk about the benefits of SPF on collagen here) especially moisturisers which include both UVA and UVB protection. One of my favourites is the This Works, In Transit Skin Defence SPF30, as it is great for sensitive skin, moisturises and protects all day long.

Do you have any other favourites that you would recommend?

SAL xx


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