Hope you're all well and that you've had a good week. If you're one of my UK readers I also hope you enjoy the bank holiday we've got coming up and that you don't have to work this weekend! Sadly it don't look like we're going to be getting any sunshine down in London, but I'm still glad for the extra day off. I'm not going to be able to do any shopping this weekend though because I'm completely skint till payday, but I am going out for my mates birthday tomorrow night which should be fun!
Anyway as I have no money for shopping, I've decided to share my skincare collection with you this week instead, and this is the 2nd part of it. Click here if you haven't seen part one yet. These are all my non essential- skincare items as well as a few back ups, so read on to find out more...
First up we've got my back up skincare items, that's products I've got in my collection that are waiting to be opened once I've finished the skincare items I'm currently using. I don't really like having several eye creams or moisturisers on the go at once, so I'll only start a new product once I'm completely out of the old one. As these are my back ups, I never store them in the bathroom because bathrooms obviously get hot and steamy every time you shower. That's really bad for any kind of creams, especially ones which contain active ingredients. Heat and humidity can make the product go off, so I would always recommend storing skincare you are not currently using in a cool dark place (like a drawer in your bedroom perhaps) rather than in the bathroom.
I've never tried the Origins Plantscription Anti-Ageing Cream or the Origins Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, but a few weeks back Origins had a promotion on where you got a free full size eye cream with any moisturiser you bought. Now that was an offer too good too pass up! I chose the Anti-Ageing Cream because I'm in my early 30s, and even though mother nature has been kind to me, I always try to go for products that fight fine lines and wrinkles.
I've been using the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream for years and I love it. It's a moisturiser I always go back to. This product smells amazing and helps prevent as well correct fine lines and wrinkles. Clarins recommend the Multi-Active Day Cream for people in their mid 20s to mid 30s. It has SPF 15 and contains ingredients which help protect your skin against pollution. Great if you live in a city like me!Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask once a week and it's brilliant! I've done a full review on this which you can read by clicking here.
I 've also got the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Mask in my collection. I bought this mask when I was going through a bad patch with my skin and getting lots of spots. This mask is a white clay mask and it really helped clear up my skin. I only use this products when I have breakouts. It dries out my spots without drying out my skin, and I would really recommend this product to anyone who's having problems with their skin.
Right if you follow me on Twitter you will know I have a slight obsession with MAC. I do prefer MAC make up to their skincare though. These 3 MAC items are however my best picks out of all the MAC skincare I've tried.
MAC Strobe Cream is an illuminating cream that contains vitamins, antioxidants and green tea. This product is amazing. You can either use it as a base before applying your foundation, mix it in with your foundation or use it as a highlighter on the top of your cheekbones. It really is a multi-purpose product! MAC Strobe Cream has a really pretty iridescent sheen and I always use this when my skin is looking tired and dull. Whenever I use MAC Strobe Cream, my skin instantly looks more healthy and dewy.
MAC Fix + is perhaps one of MAC's most misunderstood products. MAC Fix + is a make up finishing spray rather than a spray that will keep your make up on for longer. I use this once I've finished applying all my make up to make it look more natural. This product is also great for freshening your make up throughout the day. It won't make your make up last all day, but it will stop it from looking too cakey or powdery. You can also use MAC Fix + to prep yours skin before applying your make up.
MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base is my go-to foundation primer. This product has worked with every foundation I've tried it with. It's my favourite primer and really does helps my make up stay put all day.
These are 2 products in my skincare collection that really don't work for me. I bought the Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer to go with my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, but these 2 products do not go well together at all. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is one of my favourite foundations, but if I use it with the Laura Mercier Oil free primer, my skin ends up looking like an oil slick and the foundation comes off rather than lasting all day. This is a very expensive foundation primer but frankly I think it's a waste of money. The only reason I'm not throwing it out is because it is so expensive, but I certainly would not recommend this product and I wont be repurchasing it once I've used it up.
Next up we have the Ritessens Exfoliant. I got this in a beauty box and I really don't like it at all. My biggest problem with the Ritessens Exfoliant is the smell. This product smells of wood, but not in a nice way. I don't really like using this on my face. Perhaps I will use it as a body scrub instead. Or I'll end up giving it away. Receiving products like these is part of the reason why I no longer subscribe to beauty boxes. I would rather spend the money on products I actually want instead of receiving samples that don't work for me.
Anyway that's it for my skincare collection. I hope you've enjoyed this post and that you've found it useful.
What skincare items would you recommend?