Minimalism isn’t quite where I’m at yet, but in an effort to reduce the volume of ‘stuff’ in my life I had a major beauty edit recently. Clearing out those product I tried but hadn’t stuck with, almost finished but not quite or had just been lingering for a tad too long. The end result being I switched an overflowing skincare stash for a simple skincare tray. Which happily contains all my day to day products in one pretty place and makes them easy to grab AND look nice in the process. I love a good combination of form and function.
The tray I have was a bargain from my favourite Homesense – around £14.99 I think? It was a recent buy so I’m sure they will have something similar in store, if not the same. It fits in with the bathroom which is a generally black/grey/white theme – fairly generic, but nice. The tiles etc are all as they were when we moved in. Of course I’d love to make it over into a Pinterest/Instagram dream space but – you know – money…. So for now, it’s the little touches that I’ve done to make it feel a bit more interesting(ish).
The tray was one of those ‘spot-it, love-it, buy-it’ moments that happen from time to time in somewhere like Homesense. A fab store, but it can be hit and miss. Sometimes it’s amazing, other times a little…random, to say the least. But this was exactly what I was looking for and at a good price point. To say I was a happy shopper was an understatement. It’s the little things in life!
But on to the skincare – what made the grade for the Skincare tray? Let’s take a peek.
Cleansers & Make Up Removers
Hylamide High Efficiency Face Cleanser – I love this to remove make-up before a double cleanse. It’s essentially an oil-like cleanser so it melts make-up off then emulsifies as soon as you add water and goes milky. It works well to take it all off quickly and easily.
Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Water – I swear this has been going for MONTHS. I’ve had it since before Christmas and I’m only just seeing the end. If I have a make-up free day, then sometimes I’ll single cleanse with just this. It’s quick but doesn’t leave my skin stripped of moisture. Really like it – cheap as chips too!
Vichy Fresh Cleansing Gel – If I’ve been in London I’ll use this as it feels like it really gets rid of the tube/pollution grime better than anything else. It’s foaming, so I try not to use it too much as know it can strip my skin. But I can’t help myself when I want my skin to feel ‘properly’ clean!
Simple Dual Effect Eye Make-up Remover – A dual layer eye make-up remover. Not my favourite to be honest but it’s ok so I’ll finish it off. It does an ok job, just maybe takes a little more work than others. My normal favourite is the Clarins Waterproof Makeup Remover in case you’re wondering.
Serums & Toners
Hydraluron – I use this every day, it’s one of those ‘what did I do before this’ type products. Instant hydration boost and I seem to feel like it locks in my moisturiser better than if I skip it.
Caudalie Moisturising Toner – This is an occasional use one for me but I like it for a refresh. If I’m not wearing make-up I’ll use this as a speedy refresher or just as en extra step in the skincare routine. Just for fun you know!?
Espa Instant Facial Serum – I’ve just finished this and loved every drop. A day or night boost. Smells like a spa and instantly hydrates and plumps my skin up. ESPA have just had a gorgeous re-brand too so I’ll give you a close look of the new-look one when I have one!
Liz Earle Eye Bright Lotion – An everyday one for me. Perfect for an instant wake-up and also handy to remove any last bits of missed mascara in the morning. One I’m fully in the routine of and love using every morning as soon as I wake up. Like a coffee…for the eyes.
Olay Regenerist Serum – Can’t be seen in the photo. But it’s there. I love how this has a tiny bit of radiance to it and opt for this on days when I feel I’m looking a tad sleepy or my skin is dull.
Bio Effect EGF Serum – A wonder night treatment that really is incredible. One of those ‘wake up feeling amazing’ options. It is pricey though. You can read a full review of it HERE.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream – I do love an eye product and love to have a selection to choose from. Bobbi Brown is a go-to for a simple but effective option. A great hydrator that I use day or night. Sometimes I layer it with a serum option.
Caudalie Resveratol Eye Balm – My favourite current daytime option. Lightweight but instantly hydrating. Makes a great base for make-up and makes my skin feel instantly smooth.
Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cream – I love Charlotte Tilbury skincare and this one being SO close to being finished right now is testament to that. I really want to eek out every last drop before I concede defeat and admit it’s finished. This is one that hydrates and plumps and works well day or night.
Bio Effect EGF Eye Serum – This is amazing as an overnight option. Along with the Bio Effect Serum which is amazing but also like gold dust because my sample rapidly diminishes and is pretty pricey to replace! (I’m still heartbroken about my first one of these breaking in a sink in Florida last year)
Moisturisers and ‘other bits’
Clarins Blue Orchid Oil – One of my absolute essentials. LOVE this, especially in winter but as an overnight wonder hydrator it can’t be beaten in my opinion.
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shielf SPF30 – Perfectly doubles up as primer and SPF in one. My final skincare step before make-up.
Embryolisse Hydra Matte Emulsion – Have almost finished this but really enjoyed it so far. Just a good all round, simple but effective moisturiser.
Alpha H Liquid Gold – I use this once or twice a week at the moment. On it’s own, overnight and my skin does always feel good in the morning. Brighter and smoother.
NYX Dewy Finishing Spray – Bit of a random one, sometimes I use this in the morning as a refresher but probably needs to move to sit by my make-up again…
Derma Roller 0.5mm – A new addition to my routine is the derma-roller. I’ve been doing this once or twice a week with a double application of serum. One before roller-ing, one after. It’s early days, but so far I like it.
That’s it – what I am planning to do is a regular update to see what switches in and out of the skincare tray. Of course what isn’t shown here are extra bits like masks or ‘problem’ products for breakouts etc. I tend to keep these stashed and pull them out if I need them.
A good way to keep track of what is working for me and what isn’t and how my skincare routine changes with seasons a bit too.
Majority of products featured provided for review.