It’s true. I do like my products.
These are my current skin care favourites.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold has been a total saviour. This Australian made product contains 5 per cent glycolic acid (AHA), and does an amazing job on my face every other night, plumping and gently smoothing my skin.
Biore UV PA 50+++ sunscreen milk. I bought this in a Watson’s pharmacy in hot sticky Singapore after my usual ‘screen didn’t live up to the climate. This Japanese made product leaves my skin silky, smooth and thoroughly protected from damaging rays. I have to track more of it down online.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Another travel buy, this time while in Hong Kong. I bought this from Lane Crawford during a Mid-Autumn (Mooncake) Festival sale. Think this full-size bottle was around HK$700 in a gift pack (with cloth mask, refining lotion, mini moisturiser and face wash), which is just under AUD$90, a total steal. I like using a Japanese style ‘softener’ like this prior to moisturising as I find it does more for my combination-oily skin.
Embryollise. The French pharmacy bug bit me, and bit me good. But sadly, this was from eBay and not the result of a trip to Paris. Quite a heavy option for me, so only at night, and only when my skin is parched.
Lanolips Lemon-aid. This delicious, citrus-smelling lip balm features lemon oil and the super-moisturising addition of pure medical-grade lanolin. I have three tubes. I love this stuff. It’s slick, but not greasy. Thick but not gluey. The fresh scent is invigorating and a change from gross synthetic berry “flavours” and medicinal scents.
Garnier Pure Sensitive Cleansing Milk. This was a supermarket impulse buy about a month ago, but a total keeper. Calling it a milk is a little misleading, as it’s actually more creamy in texture. It has the perfect amount of slip for thorough cleansing, removes even the stickiest of stay put mascara, eyeliner and primer, and works a treat with a warm water soaked flannel. The fact that it doesn’t dry out my skin is an added bonus, and one I can’t ignore when it means less dryness-induced irritation and break outs.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. As a relative newcomer to eye creams, this baby has been doing a great job of keeping my eye area smooth, soft and well prepped for make up. Ageing isn’t a huge concern for me yet, but dryness can be a problem. I’ve used this one from Kiehl’s for the last four or five years and it’s great.
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. This is fantastic for anyone with oily or otherwise temperamental skin. The gel texture is light, easy on angry skin, and leaves a soft but not greasy feel. You can apply it before and over makeup, and it’s a fantastic addition to your in-flight baggie, as it’s extremely moisturising. It’s perfect for hot weather too, as the formula feels cool on contact.
On the right. A rather large tumbler filled with makeup brushes. A mix of MAC, Illamasqua and Eco-tools, with a few miscellaneous ones thrown in for good measure.
P.S That’s not all of them. No, really.
What’s on the second shelf? Stay tuned for more!